President's Day/Snow Day - Impromptu Game Day - Waddya Play?
Greg Gresik
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So yesterday was technically a holiday for school children in many places in the U.S. - it was also quite snowy hear in the Chicago area (we picked up about 6" of snow yesterday).

My office was also closed for the holiday - and my wife just happened to have off as well.

So her, myself and my 2 boys (18 & 8) had a little impromptu game day of sorts - with some light housework, laundry, etc. in between.

Here's what we did...and please add what you played if you had the opportunity yesterday!
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1. Board Game: Chitin: I [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:7872]
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To start the day, my wife headed out for a couple hours and my youngest had to finish cleaning his room. So the 18 year old and I sat down to try out Chitin I.

I had printed Scott Everts awesome graphic redesign (here) of this classic. I simply set the map in a poster frame (playing on the frame's plastic cover really helps us feel like grognards!). I had cut out and glued up enough pieces to run through the "learning scenario". (No airborn bugs, no command and control and no charging attacks). We enjoyed it.

My eldest has played Valor and Victory with me in the past, so he had a basic understanding of hex-and-counter. He made exquisite use of the "class adds" - having maneuvered certain types of warrior bugs (yes, every time someone says that, there is a Bug's Life memory that jumps to mind) in perfect position to take down their preferred enemy on my side. Later he admitted that the "expertise" of the execution was somewhat accidental, as he didn't realize it until the turn before the attack (i.e. he hadn't exactly planned it). But it worked - and he won, capturing 30 points worth of harvest tokens, while I managed to drag away the lone 20-pointer from the center (but my Gantuas paid dearly to the Phlanx that were waiting in ambush).

We're going to try this again in the coming weeks, with added rules and units to see if it's worth the "full treatment" as far as PnP. (i.e. at least chipboard pieces instead of paper).
 
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2. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:968]
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Well, the youngest had finished his room, and my wife still hadn't returned. We knew we couldn't get in a game of Eclipse before the lady of the house returned, so we pulled out our PnP (slightly "pimped" version with the nicer territory cards, as suggested by Criswell in the forums, here).

The youngest was the elves (he is always the elves, as he thinks they are the strongest...and I may agree with him...but that's a different discussion). The eldest elected to play Goblins, and I, the Dwarves.

Now, we also had printed up the ruins and cities territory cards and mixed them in. We all drew randomly for our starting territory. I got a city, my eldest a "standard" and the youngest a ruins.

It was definitely a fun play. I held my city the entire game (making sure to have two cubes in it near the end to stop any would-be VP thieves) - I had managed to build highest on the tower - but only got to level 4 magic.

Near the end the Goblins were coming up very short, so the eldest went after his younger brother (who had been pestering him all game - both in game and out) and made him use up his manna in a battle, taking away a VP on the last turn (Elves magic level 5).

I won by 1 (but would have won the tie-breaker anyway - so the youngest can't be too mad at his older brother).

The more I play this game - especially with the additions of the bonus races and some of the stretch goal add-ons, the more I am delighted that I backed this game - and since I did so at the $24 level, will have some fun PnP-ing at the end of March!
 
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3. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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My lovely wife finally returned. Lunch was needed by all - then there were some other chores and activities that needed attention. By the time all were ready for another game, dinner preparation was nearing. So I made the executive decision to start dinner early, and we would play Stone Age right after (rather than starting, pausing the game and picking it up again after dinner).

Everyone liked the idea (well, except for the eldest - as Stone Age is one his favorites, and he wasn't feeling particularly patient)

After dinner we settled in for a nice 4 player Stone Age. I was quickly reminded why this game is in my personal top 5 - especially with 4. I had a fairly poor game, struggling to do much of anything cohesive - but I love the game so much, I didn't even care.

All played well with the final scores being within about 30 points of each other. The eldest son won with just over 200, while the rest of us checked in between 165 and 185 (he won by a lot, with the 3 of us bunched up closer together).

All in all, a splendid day. 3 good games - and my favorite gaming group!

So what did you play?
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