Gainesville Gamers Guild - 30 Days of Gaming - Day 31
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Some months have 31 days right? Well I figured there were enough questions on my list of questions to have a 31st day in this installment but I wanted this to be a bit different.

Again I want to thank everyone for their participation but on today's entry I want to thank those who submitted questions to help endeavor make it to the end with interesting and thought provoking questions. For today I'm going to post ALL of the left over questions. You task will be to pick one question and answer it! This will let you guys see all the questions I had to choose from each day and answer your favorite. Here they are:

What is your favorite family based gaming experience?
What is your favorite non-family based gaming experience?
Why do you like print-and-play?
What game do you still keep even though you are missing pieces?
Who is your favorite publisher and why?
What is your favorite subdomain and why? (euro, ameritrash, abstract, wargame...)
What was your favorite game to learn (best 1st-time-playing experience)?
What game do you really like, but you hate the name?
What game do you really hate, but you love the name?


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1. Board Game: Take Your Daughter to the Slaughter [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:11297]
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Q: What is your favorite family based gaming experience?

No question as to what I was going to choose. I have cherished creating a semi-gamer daughter. She loves to game but it's not her #1 passion. Still the sessions we've had over the years have been incredible. I would win and she would (mostly) take it in stride and know she did her best. Over the course of playing some games she would make comments about how she is improving and closing the gap in scores with me. She would beat me in games and you could see the excitement on her face. Yes I have loved these years of gaming with her. Now she's almost 18 and next year who knows where she's headed. It's been a fun ride and I hope as she begins her life on her own she will bring gaming into it. Looks like I'm going to relegated to holiday visits soon enough and I'll continue to love those moments of gaming with Ivy.

Things that matter...aka Games I play with my daughter

I feel obligated to take up the mantle and answer this one:

Why do you like print-and-play?
That's actually how Dimitri worded it. Mike even suggested changing it to "Do you like PnP, why?" but I figured I drop it in exactly as it was originally suggested.

I think I may be the only PnPer in our group. I love 'em. Some of them are pretty cool games. Now I'm no artist. My craft skills are only so so if you ask me but I like trying new things and developing a game in a new way. I take part in the Print 'n Play Secret Santa each year and it's an incredibly rewarding thing for me. I will print out games and when prepped properly sit in front of the TV cutting them out and enjoying a show. There is definitely something therapeutic about the process for me. I'll take an old game box (thanks Mike) and spray paint it then put cover art on it so the new PnP game has a home of it's own.

I have made some that look good to me and they tried them and they sucked. Then again I've got an awesome copy of Free At Last that is going to be published by Jolly Roger Games in the style and quality of Founding Fathers. I'd love to get this one played but it's a bit long and 2 player. It's a CDG similar to say Twilight Struggle. Looks cool.

Anyway PnP games really do offer some interesting things. If you've never looked at 'em you probably should.
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2. Board Game: ? [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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What is your favorite family based gaming experience?

Before I met Sierra, board gaming was never a regular hobby for her. She would play Scrabble on occasion, but that was it, and never very competitively. I can not begin to express how happy it makes me that she's into the hobby now, and with tastes similar to mine. It makes me proud when I walk by whatever she's playing and she's destroying someone or advising on rules or strategy. I just hope Vincent's equally receptive to the hobby when he's older.

What is your favorite non-family based gaming experience?

Fuck, a lot of things come to mind for this.

- Unexpectedly gaining 155,629 life in a single turn in a game of Magic. You should have seen the look on my opponent's face. I was dying from laughter while trying to do the math.

- Playing game after game of Race for the Galaxy until the wee hours of the morning at CoolStuff with Gerry (owner) and TJ (then manager).

- In a game of Descent, in which I was playing as Lord Hawthorne (who naturally has Reach [can hit with melee two squares away]), I stepped into a room packed with monsters. Using a hammer with Knockback (hit enemies move back three squares), I used the Sweeping Blow action (your next attack gains Sweep [hits all enemies within reach]). Half a dozen monsters died on the spot. The other half exploded out away from me in an arc.

- More general: The Friday Night Magic (weekly local sanctioned Standard tournaments) scene at CoolStuff prior to the invention of the "mythic rare," back when you could walk in there with a $50 deck and still do well enough to get prized out. Specifically at CoolStuff because their FNM was only $5, you got a slice of pizza and a can of soda, and it always lasted at least five rounds of play because of how big the turnout always was (vs. $7 at Vorpal and $8 at Mega, neither of which fed you).

- My original RPG group back in Polk County, playing the second edition of Wizards' Star Wars d20 game. Super casual, non-serious group. Even the GM had a character. The casualness of the group made for some really hilarious moments... someone untrained in unarmed combat trying to judo chop a stormtrooper when getting their speeder pulled over, one team member secretly crafting droids that in turn would craft other droids that were in turn secretly crafting a star destroyer, haha.... one team member secretly collecting ears for a necklace after every boss fight (and unknown to the rest of the group, slipping to the dark side... we wound up having to kill him).

Why do you like print-and-play?

I don't. Yet. Have yet to come across a game that seems worth the effort.

What game do you still keep even though you are missing pieces?

Scrabble: Chocolate Edition. I saved all of the wrappers. One of these days I'll find/buy wood tiled to wrap them around and make it playable again. Not that I think it will ever get played again.

Who is your favorite publisher and why?

Fantasy Flight. They fit my style - heavily thematic Ameritrash with a subtle splash of Euros. And no matter what game of theirs I buy, I know it's going to have beautiful, quality components.

What is your favorite subdomain and why? (euro, ameritrash, abstract, wargame...)

In terms of play style: Ameritrash. Specifically thematic games, though. A) Because I love flavor and story. Arkham/Mansions/Descent are basically RPGs in boxes. B) 90% of Euros, simply put, aren't fun to me. I can appreciate design/mechanics/etc., but I typically just don't get into them.

In terms of genre: Card games. After recently reviewing my first year's worth of stats, definitely card games. Little to no setup, plays quickly, seldom any opportunities for AP-ing. My top ten most played games this year:

Magic: The Gathering - 213 (actually 439 individual games)
7 Wonders: 90
Dominion: 60
Race for the Galaxy: 37
Blokus: 26
Innovation: 19
King of Tokyo: 17
Fluxx: 16
Summoner Wars: 15
Arkham Horror: 11

What game/theme would you design if you had the resources?

We answered this one a couple days back, I believe.

What was your favorite game to learn (best 1st-time-playing experience)?

Definitely Hansa Teutonica. If I remember right, this was with John, Neil, and Ivy. The fact that I got to custom evolve my player powers while earning points blew me away. Being the Magic blue mage that I am, I went bonkers over the extra actions option and would up getting to five actions per turn before anyone else even had four. After that, I just ran circles around everyone.

What game do you think you'd never get tired of no matter how many times you played (I guess, the "desert island game").

Answered this too, yo.

What game do you really like, but you hate the name?

Neuroshima Hex!. And the TV show Jeopardy!, for that matter. Anything with an exclamation mark. We get it. You're excited about your own game. It's just that there's always that one guy who's like, "Hurr hurr, you're not saying it right, you need to shout it, hurr hurr."

I'm not including Bang! or Quarriors! in this because you used the adverb "really."

What game do you really hate, but you love the name?

Nothing comes to mind. :-\
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3. Board Game Publisher: alea
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I really like the Alea games that I have played. I have played Puerto Rico, Princess of Florence, Ra, Witch's Brew, and think that they are all great. I have played Chinatown and didn't mind it.
I should be playing Taj Mahal and Louis the XIV soon. Notre Dame and In the Year of the Dragon are waiting in the wings.
Neil informed me that I should check out 5th Avenue.
I am looking forward to playing Castles of Burgundy.

What is your favorite subdomain and why? (euro, ameritrash, abstract, wargame...)
I like all games, but I guess I should go with Euro games as my favorite subdomain. I guess I like mechanics over theme, but if you can combine the two that is really awesome.
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4. Board Game: Hodge Podge [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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What is your favorite family based gaming experience?
Spending Saturday night playing games with the family.
What is your favorite non-family based gaming experience?
hanging out at the mini-meets at Mikes as I got to play things that I use to not even give a second thought.
Why do you like print-and-play?
Don't do P&P
What game do you still keep even though you are missing pieces?
Streets of Stalingrad. Missing the first sheet of German counters. Keeping it because the designer signed the cover (no idea where my dad got it from.)
Who is your favorite publisher and why?
Gee you have to ask? AVALON HILL! (before it got assimilated) I cut my teeth playing their wargames.
What is your favorite subdomain and why? (euro, ameritrash, abstract, wargame...)
Ameritrash, I got use to 4+ hour games. Starting to like some of the Euro games as they can be played quicker and I can get my non-gamers to play.
What was your favorite game to learn (best 1st-time-playing experience)?
This one is hard but at this time I will have to go with 7 Wonders, after playing it one time I was hooked. The same thing could be said about D&D and Settlers of Catan.
What game do you really like, but you hate the name?
Don't really have any.
What game do you really hate, but you love the name? Bunny, Bunny, Moose, Moose. My hands start hurting after a while trying to make the moose or rabbit ears.

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5. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1111]
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What is your favorite family based gaming experience?
My brother and parents and I all met up in Durham NC for my mom's 60th birthday back in 2007. I taught them Mystery of the Abbey and we had a blast playing. We all got thirsty from all the questioning but we were so into the game none of us wanted to get up to get water. It was a long game filled with lots of talk and laughter.


What is your favorite non-family based gaming experience?
Probably one of our sessions at Mike's of Shadows Over Camelot, when we speak in outrageously bad English accents. Maybe the one where I was the traitor and squeezed out the win.

Why do you like print-and-play?
So far I've found it to be too much trouble, I'd rather pay extra for the complete ready-to-go game. Although I did some scale model building as a kid, I've never been a very "crafty" person. But, I can see the appeal in learning how to make a nicely put-together game and would like to get into it when I do have more time. I do have a few PnP games that are for the most part just in their "downloaded file" form. So, rather than mark them as "owned" I am just keeping track of them by geeklist:
JohnnyDollar's Print-N-Play downloads

What game do you still keep even though you are missing pieces?
I take obsessively good care of my games, and out of the 117 in my collection I don't believe any are missing pieces.
The only one I can think of is at my parent's house, an old travel chess set I used to have as a kid that lost a pawn, which was replaced by one we made out of a few lego blocks.

Who is your favorite publisher and why?
Ah, this is a tough one.
Z-man has impressed me with their line-up, very very diverse, but I worry about the filosofia merger.
White Goblin, with games like Rattus and Lost Temple is on my radar as an exciting newcomer.
Asmodee has put out some of my favorite games like Fire & Axe & Mission Red Planet.
Fantasy Flight Games puts out beautiful games and bits, and they go the extra mile and do little extra things they don't have to just to make the game nicer. But in the end I think they will be 2nd to:
Rio Grande Games
For consistently putting out exceptional games in the US and having top notch customer service.

What is your favorite subdomain and why? (euro, ameritrash, abstract, wargame...)
My first microbadge was "loves all games". There are games I really enjoy in all of the subdomains, and even hybridy games. But as evidenced by my Top 10, I tend towards euro/strategy games more than the others.

What was your favorite game to learn (best 1st-time-playing experience)?
Probably El Grande, not only because it was very intuitive to learn, but also for the session. It was at one of Mike's Mini Meets, at about 1 in the morning, our brains were all fried after a previous game of Container, and we were all having an awesome time screwing each other over in the shadow of the Castillo.

What game do you really like, but you hate the name?
Urban Sprawl. Great game. But one of the things I hate most about modern civilization. Not much I hate more than homogeneous strip malls and big box stores that look the same whether I'm on Archer Road or in California, New York or Texas. Give me downtown Gainesville or the wildflowers along 441 any day over urban sprawl.

What game do you really hate, but you love the name?
I think I mentioned this in the favorite name day, but,
Paranoia Mandatory Bonus Fun! Card Game
Although I don't really hate the game, it just runs a bit long. Well a lot long.
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6. Board Game: A Victory Lost: Crisis in Ukraine 1942-1943 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:997]
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What is your favorite non-family based gaming experience?

What a tough, tough question. I've been playing wargames since I was eleven, and everything in between since then. So many moments, so many games with friends...(starts to tear up)...

So, to pick one. I've posted about WBC here before, and one of it's many charms to me is that while it is tournament-focused, you don't have to be a tournament warrior to enjoy yourself. Which is good, because even in my best event, Wilderness War, I've rarely placed higher than sixth (out of an average of thirty).

One year I was there A Victory Lost had just been released, and MMP sponsored a tournament of it. IIRC, it drew about eight entrants, which was disappointing. My first two games of it were with people who were still learning the games, and they turned into teaching experiences rather than competitive exercises, and both of my opponents conceded to me at some point in the game, even though one of them was winning.

This was enough to propel me to the 'finals'. In the mean time, two friends, Nick Richardson and John Vasilakos had just finished a titanic game of it, won by John's Soviets by the skin of their teeth. So John and I were matched in the final. We decided to meet the first thing the following morning and play the final.

Neither of us had anything scheduled to do that day, so early in the morning we showed up and started playing at a deliberate pace. I like fast play, but I can certainly take my time as well and enjoy it, and this game was a delight. Moments of terror and joy alternated as the tides of the game shifted back and forth.

The game is chit-driven, chits identifying various formations are dropped in a cup and pulled one at a time, allowing the formation whose chit was just drawn to move and fight. The Soviet Player, to reflect the rigidity of Soviet planning, has to secretly select which formations chits he can use for the whole game before the game starts. There is one chit that activates all the Soviet forces that the Soviet player gets automatically. So if you don't pick a formation's chit at the beginning of the game as the Soviet player, that formation will never move more than once per turn.

At the start of each turn, the Soviet and the German player place the chits they want for the coming turn into the cup (secretly, of course), and the turn begins. The number of chits each player places is determined by the turn number. The Soviets place a lot at first, but fewer as the game goes along as their offensive runs out of steam, and the Germans only get a few at start, but more as Manstein's counter-offensive gathers momentum.

As the Soviet player I picked an obscure army as one of my chosen formations, and all game long I kept it out of the cup, never revealing it as a formation that I could activate. As the game entered the late stages, my chance finally came. The STAVKA chit came out (the one that allows all Soviets to move and fight), and John, knowing what chits I had been playing all game, left a hole in his line right in front of my 'secret' army. I had placed the secret armies chit in the cup this turn for the first time, so once I saw this my eyes lit up and I started shifting in my seat. Unfortunately, John picked up on my 'tell', looked down on the board, and sussed what I was excited about, and fixed his position before my chit came out. D'oh!

The game came down to a fight for Kharkov. John's Germans fought their way into the city, which would have won him the game, but a late Soviet counterattack pushed him out of the city and gave me the win. Twelve hours (with breaks for lunch and dinner) after we started, I had my one and only WBC event win (I have a plaque somewhere in my game shelves) and one of my most memorable gaming experiences.
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7. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:617]
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What is your favorite family based gaming experience?

Any night playing with my kids. But most recently, I really had a great time plying Clay-O-Rama as the first official MMMX game. It was special because Sabrina joined in.

What is your favorite non-family based gaming experience?

Probably Mike's Mini Meets. They are still some stress and angst here and there, but it's really some of the best parts of Jonescon with a lot less stress and angst.

Why do you like print-and-play?

I don't, I'm not that into putting that much work into something like that (I stopped mini gaming for that reason).

What game do you still keep even though you are missing pieces?
I take it you mean other then the extra copy of Acquire I keep around and give parts to people that need them. I can't think of any game I'm missing any major components for. I did just find Alex's Paws Token.

Who is your favorite publisher and why?

Very tough one. There's so many of them. Reiver, I've already mentioned. North Star for almost the same reason. I appreciate the 'treatment' FFG gives their games, but many of the publishers are very much a like these days. So, I'd have to say that Fragor or Ludo Art would have to get my nod. Just purely for filling that Garish Niche I enjoy from time to time.

What is your favorite subdomain and why? (euro, ameritrash, abstract, wargame...)

I don't sort or search by subdomains normally. I'd have to say Family if pushed. Really if I'd look at it on paper, I'd say Strategy Games, but then I'd go looking at this database and find more of the 'mid-weight games' I enjoy and would never play with Sabrina under family instead.

What was your favorite game to learn (best 1st-time-playing experience)?

They are start blurring together. But, I'd probably have to go with Um Reifenbreite with Charles. We have a great time playing that game. Enough to make me love that game.

What game do you really like, but you hate the name?

Um Reifenbreite, I added this as a tag both times when I wasn't using them because I can never remember how to spell it. Heck, I'm not even sure I say it right.

What game do you really hate, but you love the name?

Devil Bunny Needs a Ham. Come on what's not to like about that title? The game however? Yeah, nothing there really.
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