My Monthly Plays - 2014
Alyssa McCain
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Raleigh
North Carolina
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My husband and I got into gaming with games beyond Monopoly and Scattegories in December of 2012 when some new friends invited us over for a game night. Ever since we've been enjoying discovering new games and playing what have become old favorites.

I like to keep track of what games we play each month and thought I'd try to keep a geeklist this year. I'm hoping to also record initial thoughts along with what we play each month. I bought a ton of games in 2013 (our first full year of gaming) so we will be tackling a lot of new games in 2014.
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1. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:690]
Alyssa McCain
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We kicked off 2014 with a game night with another couple on the first Friday night of the new year(they usually host the big game nights, but this time it was just the four of us). We played three games that were new to us.


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Parade was first up. Very fun, rather quick card game. Light enough we could chat a bit while playing, but there is definitely a little strategy at play. Everyone really enjoyed this game and we played it three times.


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Next we played a game the other couple suggested: Volldampf. This game is an economic/move and deliver type game. I was terrible at it! For some reason I could not visualize the routes and I never knew when to bid up for starting choice. Ah well, the other three people playing had fun. It was just a matter of time before I found a game I didn't like.


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The final game of the night was The Downfall of Pompeii. This game was new to us all and it was so much fun! The beginning phase has some great strategic value, while the second half is filled with screams as people are tossed into the volcano and their is a lot of negotiating and convincing going on as we all try to persuade each other to not kill our people! We played two games of this one and look forward to many more. I've also been inspired to read the book Pompeii by Harris.

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Last night (January 9th) my husband and I decided to give Defenders of the Realm a try because we'd made plans to play with our friends today (sadly we had to cancel that due to a sick kiddo) and wanted to be sure we knew what the heck we were doing. Good thing we did! We set up the game and proceeded to get killed quickly on the first game (Playing Paladin and Rogue).

So, we tried again, and this time we were nearly winners (Wizard and Rogue)! But then our daughter woke up (at midnight) super sick and the game was packed up for the night. While up to the wee hours of the morning with our sick little one, I read the FAQ on the game and realized we had made A LOT of mistakes. Our biggest mistake was we weren't continuing to spread darkness/minions for the species we'd vanquished! So, after killing the Orc general, we stopped adding orc minions, and so on with the Demon general, and the Undead general. Oops! No wonder we didn't find the latter part of the game that difficult! Also, my wizard husband was teleporting more than once a turn. Oops again! There were a few other minor mistakes, but now I feel we can really dive into this game in the future. It's a very interesting and enjoyable mix of luck, strategy, cooperation, and impending doom.



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Game night at our friends' last night (January 17th). We brought The Downfall of Pompeii and Sentinels of the Multiverse and ended up playing both.


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Four of us played Pompeii (one person for the first time) and we had a great time. I really love the strategy in the beginning of the game and then the crazy lava-flowing, volcano tossing fun that ensues.


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We then played a three person game of Sentinels of the Multiverse with the Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City expansion. I played Ra, my husband was Bunker, and our friend was The Visionary. The villain was the Plague Rat and we played in the Rook City environment. It took us a few rounds to find our groove, but then things got crazy! After a fierce fight, we were annihilated by the Plague Rat (Curse you!).

We all agree that we may need to just pick one or two heroes each and really learn the decks. I think it would help if I knew what all my cards were and had a bit more planning. Overall, we all really enjoy this game. It's a fantastic co-op with some real challenge.

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Last night (Sunday, January 19th)we had friends come and stay with us for the night. Their son (age 9) and our five year old LOVE King of Tokyo so we played it a couple times. I always have a fun time playing this one and everyone got into it.


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Once the kids were in bed we decided to play another game. We have lots of games we haven't played yet and since one of our friends wanted a lighter game we went with the new to us Takenoko. (Other choices had been Elder Sign and Lords of Vegas. All of them are on my 10 games, 10 plays challenge so I was happy with any of the three).

After reviewing the rules, we dived in and had a great time! The components were a constant pleasure throughout the game. Everyone loved the panda. The rules were well-written and easy to explain. I liked how you had so many options for actions each turn and the weather die made for some fun randomness.

We played a couple games. I should have won both, but was thwarted at the end both times by group efforts to defeat me. Sigh. Oh well, moving an emotional-eating panda about was fun no matter what.

 
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