A short week of gaming with only 2 games played and they were all played on Sunday. Seems our July wanted to go out in a whimper instead of a bang due to just being busy busy busy.
First up we got our first 3 plays of GemPacked Cards, the upcoming game from Eduardo Baraf and Pencil First Games, LLC. I won't say too much here as I do expect to have a preview out in the next week or so ahead of this one hitting Kickstarter. It worked really well at 2 and 3 players, need to play it at 4 and 5 now.
Lastly Kerensa and I finally sat down and tackled Rococo and absolutely loved it. I give it the go over on the podcast if you want to hear more, but I hope to play again soon.
Actually wrote this up last night in preparation! Coming down off the Gencon high. Packing up to head back home right now.
Shadows Over Westminster x1 (This felt a bit lackluster. It was okay, but I'm not sure it really brought anything unique to the co-op game field.)
Sangoku x1 (Problems: The poor guy teaching this game was thrown into it completely unprepared and clueless. The rulebook needs work. And one of the folks we were playing with was sooooooooooooo slow for what I feel should be a quick, snappy sort of filler game. That said, while the game could stand for a bit more development, I still feel like it has potential to be a really neat game centered around poker-hands. And the art and graphic design are great.) Revolution x1 Consequential x1 (App based game. The game has some neat ideas, making each player the "leader" during one round of the game and having the choices you make on the app create a sort o "legacy" effect on the game/story over 16 episodes. We had fun playing it, but the demo was a super simplified version of what the final product is supposed to be so I'm really going to have to wait and see on this one. Potential is there, but final execution will be important.) Discworld: Ankh-Morpork x1
Deus x1 (Was playing with some pretty hardcore competitive dudes and I won despite thinking I was playing horribly. So that was pretty cool.)
Peasant Buffet x2 (I don't know why, but I love this game. It's so silly and fast. I think I just like a press your luck game that has zero dice.)
Awesome consignment deals: Pillars of the Earth Kingdom Builder Vegas Showdown Wizard's Brew The Adventurers Deadwood Tricks or Treats Empires of the Void 2 Nightfall expansions Quarriors expansion
New Buys: New edition of Caylus! Mysterium Viceroy Mission: Red Planet Medieval Academy Isle of Skye Star Trek: 5 year Mission The Grizzled Four Taverns Graveyards, Ghosts, and Haunted Mansions Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn XCOM X Marks the Spot (free game) Last Will + Getting Sacked Expansion Frank's Zoo Elysium Ryu Stockpile Artifacts, Inc. Five Tribes Expansion Takenoko Chibis expansion
Sunday We played a game of Cthulhu Wars. It is slowly becoming my most favorite game ever. I deffinitely don't regret spending the money on this and I can't wait for the September Onslaught 2 to buy all the expansions...And it has nothing to do with the fact that this time, I actually won .
This week was a light week due to most of my gaming group being at GenCon.
Flip City x1 (2p, Loss x1): I decided to get opaque sleeves for this game to help with the "shuffle-challenged" and it works pretty well. That being said, I still have not been able to achieve the alternate victory condition before my opponent finishes the game.
Dark Moon x1 (5p,Infected Loss x1): There is a bit of meta-gaming karma here as people I play with decided that I was an infected real early. I mean, I was. But their suspicion was purely based off that I play these bluffing games way too much. Anyways, I calculated my betrayal in response to their accusations. So that I managed to sabotage their task effort two turns before my turn, and was all set for the reveal. The uninfected player couldn't vote me into quarantine because the vote action was disabled. But as I gloat, the player before me managed to draw the one task card that mandated a quarantine vote.... Pride before the Fall I guess.
Roll for the Galaxy x2 (3p, Win x1, Loss x1): Due to some lucky tile draws I was sailing through the second game for my very first RftG victory. But no doubt my terrible skill and luck at this game will return.
Eminent Domain: Microcosm x2 (Loss x2): I claim I lose most of my teaching games. And though I wasn't sure that I managed to convey the rules and strategy of this game to my opponent. That they won twice against me must mean I am teaching pretty well? Sigh, most likely it's just that I am terrible.
Steam Torpedo: First Contact x1 (Win x1): I didn't think this game went well with my opponent. This is the second time I brought out this game, and both times it got pretty luke warm reception.
Nations: The Dice Game x1 (3p, Loss x1): I want to like this game. But it really feels like there is only a single way to victory. And that is build wonders. I think this one is going to my "To Trade" list.
Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension x1 (2p, Loss x1): Finished up the night by showing a new player this game. He seems to really like it. It always feels good introducing a enjoyable game to people.
On Monday, GF and I played our second and third games of Race for the Galaxy. Nice to see that, after a long first game the day before, with a lot of rulebook referencing, we got in two rather quick games. This game is promising to become better and better
On Wednesday, no gaming. But I guess I can't complain
On Thursday, she didn't feel like playing anything big, so we played a game of Love Letter. Not the greatest two-player game around, but we had fun (even though she beat me...!) After that we had a quick round of Guillotine, which I won for the first time by grabbing a lead and pushing to end the game. We then played Sushi Go!, which also isn't all that great with two. Still fun, though, and I forgot who won. After that, I improvised a two-player variant of Win, Lose, or Banana by dealing both of us a 'Win!' card, yelling 'EVERYONE'S A WINNER!' and quickly putting the game away before she started poking me And we finished with a quick play of Hey, That's My Fish! on my phone.
On Friday, it was Twilight Struggle time. It was a pretty tense game, but we both got tired and I ended up winning in the last Mid-war turn. Fifth play, and I really love that game
Saturday, we went to my parents' place to try out Eclipse with my brother. I'm in awe at how wonderfully elegant and smooth that game is! The full game, including rules explanation, took 4.5 hours, but none of us really wanted it to finish already. I'm glad I watched Rahdo's run-through and extended play videos, because that, combined with reading the rule book cover to cover, made explaining the game before I had my own first play in a breeze I won by tie-breaker, MUAHAHAHA!
On Sunday, we played a game of Ticket to Ride on her laptop, which I won by a four-point margin. She grabbed (and completed) a ton of tickets, while I went for long routes and longest route. If I hadn't pushed for the end and given her one more round, she would've won. She only needed one more card to finish her last ticket and there was a locomotive lying around After I had finished installing all my stuff on her iPad (she's leaving for an internship in China in a month and won't be bringing it), I started Hey, That's My Fish! and passed her the iPad. She agreed to play and fun was had After that we played one more game of Race for the Galaxy, where she beat me, and went to watch Firefly before hitting the hay