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Subject: Played this in a crowded bar last night... rss

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Richard Pickman
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Not a nerd bar. Just a regular sports bar. A very loud, very crowded sports bar.

We grabbed the longest table available, wiped it with cocktail napkins, and laid the game out. It took up the entire table, forcing everyone to banish plates and drinks to the corners.

I then explained the rules to my friends. Naturally, I did this at the top of my lungs, so I could be heard above the din.

On seeing the game, the waitress remarked that she liked Monopoly and Candyland. Then she asked if this game was like D&D. We told her it was more like D&D than it was like Candyland. A brief argument followed amongst ourselves, as to the merits of Candyland.

The game actually went rather well. Unlike in most of my solo games, we did not lose any space marines in the first round. On our way out of the void lock, we destroyed two Genestealers, giving us some breathing space in room 1A. Sadly, sometime between room 2 and room 3, two large swarms began amassing uncontrollably. It seemed that every spawn coincided with either the one or the other.

A lot of effort went into protecting Lexicanium Calistarius, but unfortunately he barely had an opportunity to execute more than one or two psychic attacks. The kills were pretty evenly divided; there was no single outstanding hero. Brother Claudio got in a heroic rush, Brother Zael got in a flamer attack, Brother Adron got in a rocket launch, Brother Leon got in a full auto attack. A little bit of everything. In retrospect, we may have neglected support somewhat.

In room 3, we had lined up a swarm of about 8 Genestealers in front of the Promethium Tank when the right blip pile was exhausted. Curses!

The red team lasted until the bitter end. In room 4, Brother Leon (or was it Brother Valencio?) was the last man standing. With two support tokens on the Control Panel, it was down to a coin flip, so we decided it was time to take our chances. We all cheered my friend as he rolled...

... and got a 3. Oh well. We came so very, very close.
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I'm not sure I see the appeal of playing this game in that type of venue? Was there a desire to draw attention or generate gaming interest in a bar full of rowdy, loud drunk people?
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wytefang wrote:
I'm not sure I see the appeal of playing this game in that type of venue? Was there a desire to draw attention or generate gaming interest in a bar full of rowdy, loud drunk people?


Availability of a very large table, perhaps? One reason I game at a local sports bar on occasion.
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dochogan wrote:
wytefang wrote:
I'm not sure I see the appeal of playing this game in that type of venue? Was there a desire to draw attention or generate gaming interest in a bar full of rowdy, loud drunk people?


Availability of a very large table, perhaps? One reason I game at a local sports bar on occasion.


Also: constant stream of decent food coming in, that none of the players have to prepare. And drinks!

It's actually a PERFECT venue for this sort of (beer-n-pretzel) game...
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wytefang wrote:
I'm not sure I see the appeal of playing this game in that type of venue? Was there a desire to draw attention or generate gaming interest in a bar full of rowdy, loud drunk people?


Oh, it wasn't planned!

We had gone out to celebrate my admission to the New York bar (not *that* kind of bar)... And I casually happened to mention that I had a certain game with me... And one thing led to another.

Edit: Typo.
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Ah, I see! Congrats on the New York Bar thing!
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wytefang wrote:
Ah, I see! Congrats on the New York Bar thing!


Thank you! It was hard, but not as hard as beating SHDA. laugh
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Nothing like playing a good game with mates at a pub. Done it once and it is a fond memory.
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Was there one women left in the bar when you were done?
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Rook96 wrote:
Nothing like playing a good game with mates at a pub. Done it once and it is a fond memory.


While I enjoy gaming with friends, doing it in that specific type of environment seems problematic and distracting to me. But I could see the appeal if you were already going out to that type of place. It's just not something I'd want to do myself.
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tekay44 wrote:
Was there one women left in the bar when you were done?


Lol. I don't think people were really paying us much attention.
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wytefang wrote:
Rook96 wrote:
Nothing like playing a good game with mates at a pub. Done it once and it is a fond memory.


While I enjoy gaming with friends, doing it in that specific type of environment seems problematic and distracting to me. But I could see the appeal if you were already going out to that type of place. It's just not something I'd want to do myself.


It takes the right environment. Some pubs would be terrible for it, but here in Bathurst we have a few good natured pubs with some open minded and friendly blokes. So, point taken.
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Yeah, I've been in some really cool pubs while I was stationed in Cornwall, England where I could easily see playing a game or two. However my experience with many other bars/pubs is that it's just so dang noisy and distracting that it would really take some work to stay on focus enough to enjoy the gaming.
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wytefang wrote:
Yeah, I've been in some really cool pubs while I was stationed in Cornwall, England where I could easily see playing a game or two. However my experience with many other bars/pubs is that it's just so dang noisy and distracting that it would really take some work to stay on focus enough to enjoy the gaming.

No question, it was not the environment I would have chosen for a game. However, the mood was upon us, and we would not be deterred.

I might also note that "game nights" at bars are a totally different matter, and an excellent environment (apart from the lighting) to play games in.
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Awesome.

I want to play Space Hulk at an NFL game.
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Jaymorshuggah wrote:
Awesome.

I want to play Space Hulk at an NFL game.

Well, the players are already wearing Space Marine Terminator armor...
 
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