Snow wins economic victory. Cates was one space away from culture victory. Roland tried stuff, like attacking Cates and getting shut out. Mark moved his whole army to the front door of Cates' capitol city on the final turn.
3 player Bernie, Thomas and myself -it seemed to start off well and as the dungeon opened up more and more we were taken apart. we only needed one more tile and then finish the special requirements when I died with no way to bring me back.
My daughter bravely faced the first teaching of my new game. I had watched 3 how-to videos, and did a fairly decent job teaching her. My hope was that my son would play too, and I'd just officiate, and help them through a 2-player game. But it was just me and molly.
She got a great early card that allowed her to splay most of her piles left pretty quickly, and I started to be on the defensive. But I eventually managed to copy her action, and splayed a really deep pile. I had gotten an early start on the scoring pile, while she had neglected it, mainly because she knew her scoring dogma was one I could copy too. So I soon had a few achievements, and I deliberately didn't take the 15 pointer, for a long time, hoping she could catch up.
We eventually got up into level 8, and she managed to pick apart some of my hefty score pile. And then I got FLIGHT. I knew once I saw that, she had no chance. In 3 turns I had all my piles splayed up, with counts like 13 factories and 19 crowns. She couldn't touch me any more, and I started scooping up the special achievements.
About halfway through she was starting to realize how she should be playing differently, and I offered her a restart, but she said no, she wanted to play it out. Good Girl.
Zane has promised to play tomorrow, if we have time.
My son Zane and I played Ascension Return of the Fallen today. When we were putting it away he executed some bizarre maneuver that involved the fact the tight-fitting box lid was stuck. As we were picking up the cards I realized he's been setting up the game for me, and he's been leaving out about a third of the cards. He thought they were extras. So we were leafing through, and noticing expansion cards that we've never played with. So next time we're going to have to start mixing them in.
The game we played was a surprise at the end. Zane had taken 41 stones of honor, to my 19. But I had been buying up the big Mechana Constructs purely for the points. I never used a single mech construct ability. But I had a bunch of big guys, and eeked past the boy 53 to 51.
A one player game - Allot of dice rolling - I didn't seem to do so well - the Zombi were too powerful for me and I ended up getting killed in the third round. seems like an ok luck based game I played and old man with the mission of finding a cure - I'm not sure what else there is with the missions, I think there's also a last man standing
I twisted my son's arm to try this one out with me. The rules are very simple, on your turn draw a card then do one of 4 things 1) play cards to your tableau/city 2) buy land 3) run your city 4) draw 3 more cards then make sure your hand size is 9 or less.
The interesting thing is every turn you are given those choices and there are so many ways you can go. Running your city can be good but you also have to take poverty for all the cards in your tableau and in hand so you have to keep your hand size small but that's hard to do. Playing cards to your tableau can be good but you have to decide which cards to play and which to discard which your opponent can possibly pick up. Then buy land which in the long term can reduce your poverty but you need money to do it. Do you take loans or not?
Anyway, there is a lot of game space to explore in this game. Very cool.
I, too, did some arm-twisting. Well, not much, but I got my son to try Innovation with me. After cringing through the teaching-the-rules phase, with at least two inevitable instances of failure-to-communicate, we launched into the game. I didn't explain about special achievements until after we had started the game, and gone a few rounds, and it began to make sense. Then he managed to find the Agriculture loop all on his own, and rode it to a win....
Sort of. We were just playing a short game, and I failed to explain (or even remember) the limit of not being able to take an achievement from a higher age than your best top-card.
So, he won, albeit by error, and now he's more interested in the game. So I won too. (Sew Eye One Two?)
Okay, apparently I pushed things one game too far....
This week we start our Music Camp, which is basically 1 week of 2 hour rehearsals, with 90+ kids and we present our kids christmas musical on Saturday & Sunday. My wife is in charge, and I'm helping her. And this morning we were just sitting around, and my daughter and I got in a game of innovation right after breakfast. After Molly won, she says, "I like this game." And Carrie replies very sweetly. "Good. Now can you plan to like it AFTER the musical is done?"
4 Player Game. It was Tony's younger son's 12th birthday. Also playing was Tony and me of course, and my 21 year old son. Guess who won? The 12 year old! He beat Tony by 1 point. I thought he made a couple of poor choices but he beat me by 10 points. Played with Cursed and Grand Dames and a house rule of allowing the last player to pick a race 1st at the start of the game.
Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Study hard, be evil.
Played a couple of games of Quarriors with Crystal last night, her first time, my second.
First game she stomped me by getting a dragon that I couldn't stop early on and being able to get it summoned almost every round. Second game was the opposite I was able to get my creatures out and score and she kept rolling money and no monsters and wasn't able to summon creatures onto the field.
Played a one player game - mission style and I was the old man trying to make a bomb - It came down to one Zombi, I would have won, but (This isn't horseshoes) with only one health left my downfall was sure to follow. It was a nice balance, I would have liked to have some health or maybe a dog to do some fighting. Being old makes you slow and weak so allot of the Zombi were able to attack me first
Played with the family. Kate had a hilarious drawing of Snow White Mugging an old lady in the post office. My three stooges running from the police ing the airport was pretty good if I do say so myself
No this was a fun one with my grandson and myself we played about three rounds the last round we completed all the pieces with out knocking it over the honors went to my grandson who then destroyed the work of art
went to some frieds house last night - I was slow to get anything going, after my 1st card I won, I started winning more but too little to late. Mike won with 7 cards I ended with 5 not sure of the rest
We've had innovation out several times in the last few days. My wife won her first play, narrowly. Then yesterday I was well on my way to winning my first time in several plays, 5 to 1, when we ran out of time and had to leave for a show. Got back too late to finish, so we "called" it.
I offered my son his choice of any game to play. He picked this one. It's kind of like battleship, except that instead of placing 5 ships, you have to build a secret maze. Well, after the 10 minute build, he plays first and hits a wall, then I say, "Can I enter the maze at C1?" He looks at me and says, "You win." He tried the 1 in 8 gamble of hiding the goal in a 1 square maze and hope I chose one of the other 7 entrances, and lost. About then the doorbell rings, and a friend comes over. So now they play pathfinder. I totally felt ripped off, even though I won, the game lasted about 8 seconds.
Thanks to my Secret Santa I now have 2 games and one expansion from Asmadi Games. In the rulebook for Innovation, I found the words, "And play Win Lose or Banana online at www.winloseorbanana.com"
Well, playing online is not really the same, but it got my curiosity going, and I fashioned my own set, (which was quite stylish). I knew the rules, and thought, this could be stupid or cool. When I unleashed it on the kids at church last night (well, the few that actually showed up 4 days before Christmas), and it was the ONLY thing happening in the room until I called the place to order. Every kid there was standing in line (and by line, I mean the round kind that looks more like a huddle) to play next or watch the others play. It may not be a gamer's game, but for about 20 minutes it consumed the attention of at least 12 kids.
2 player game Nick and myself - this game feels allot like a race game - hurry and get your frogs into the safe area and then into the pond - allot of luck rolling the dice and then you have the yellow blocking from that seems more like a disturbance than a bonus or whatever - there was one rule I think we didn't do correctly although I don't think it would have changed the game. it came down to 1 frog or 4 frogs if Nick had rolled doubles he would have won
Close game not impressed - I'll try it again and see if I feel the same way