I spent some time preparing for next week's convention by taking the large pile of printed game guides and documentation and organizing them: some went into binders and some were laminated because I'm kind of obsessive that way. Also, I watched House of Cards season three (or as I'm calling it, "Things Just Sort Of Work Out For The Bad People").
Once I got home from work this was the first game I played. I had never played it before but I thought I'd start the con with something relatively straightforward. I need to give it another try -- I wrote down that I got 226 but I think I got a couple of rules wrong so I'm disqualifying myself today.
Since I was getting warmed up with throwing some dice, I thought I'd try GOLO next. I picked it up at the thrift store this week for cheap, and I always love a new dice game. It's simple but I like the push your luck aspect even though I've never played golf that wasn't of the mini variety. My first score was a 75, with 72 being par so that's three over.
My second playing was based on the GOLO Challenge: The Royal County Down Golf Club which added the twist that you could only choose dice in a certain order reflecting the actual course, which made it pretty challenging. That was an 85 out of 71, which was 14 over par. That includes taking a mulligan on each half.
Next, I thought I'd pick up one of my current favorites. Pandemic: the Cure was my first entry on edosan's Game of the Week and I was looking forward to giving it a shot this weekend. I really think The Cure is a great quick game that captures what I love about Pandemic while being its own thing.
I played with three (the Contigency Planner, the Medic, and the Scientist) but I lost on outbreaks because I just couldn't get the Medic the right rolls to fly around and cure.
After dinner and a movie, I thought I'd go from my first Game of the Week to my current one. I've really enjoyed the opportunity to give Infection some good time this week and I figured why not continue that into the con?
I like the logistic puzzle this game gives you: balancing assembling molecules with destroying the virus before it gets out of hand with a limited budget and a research staff that can't seem to put aside their squabbles to keep the world from succumbing to a global pandemic. Go figure.
Anyway, I've only played the easy side so far and I'm thinking about either flipping it over to the hard side or adding in some of the optional rules, like the Equipment Rental rule.
After sleeping in, I thought I'd give Decathlon another attempt. I ended up doing well (and I think I got all the rules right this time) with a 231. My best event was the long jump, with an almost perfect 27 out of 30!
Buoyed by my success in the Olympics, I thought I'd tackle some mountain climbing. I thought my first play went well until I realized I misread a rule or two. Suffice to say the Everest Travel Group were sued by the survivors for taking them to a K-Mart parking lot, carrying them around on piggyback for a while an claiming it was a "real mountain experience."
The second play with the World Class Adventurers went slightly less fraudulently, scoring a Victory with only one casualy (but at least Elena got to see the summit before she died and Hektor was saved by the timely use of a medical kit).
Next up was a game I really enjoy multiplayer but have never played single player.
I only got two games into the series until I got blown out of the water. Wow, that was rough. I had no idea it was going to be that much of a scramble to keep up all game. The 3 food per person and the wood space not building up didn't exactly help. The first occupation I played was the Master Forester (let's you use the 2 wood card from the 3 player game which felt almost like cheating but I'm not proud) but I barely got the required 50 points to move on. The second game I fell short by two points so there goes my farming career.