On the podcast I start with the wishlist for Spiel this year by giving 4 titles that I am looking forward to. I'll probably do 4-5 more titles each week leading up to Spiel this year instead of just doing a Top 10 list, everyone does those, right?
Also, don't forget our contest for a copy of Codenames. New clue in the podcast and the board photo is up on the blog!
x1 Small World x1 Libertalia x1 Eclipse - Had some people over for an Eclipse game day. 5 of us played a 5 hour game, and only 2 of us had played before. The Planta player ended up winning by expanding heavily and turtling on the central tile. I came in a close 2nd as Draco by controlling the inner ring and defending several ancient hexes. There was an epic final battle that lasted 15 minutes.
I had assessment activities all day every day at work this week and a 50 mile charity ride in Indiana on Saturday which limited my gaming opportunities. We have a foreign exchange student arriving to stay with us for a couple weeks and I’ll be out of town for a conference next week so it I’m not sure how much gaming I’ll see the rest of the month.
Saturday 1 x Quelf Tried to introduce Betrayal at House on the Hill to my cousins who are not gamers (Quelf was their really awesome game that's completely different! ) but was quickly scolded by my brother (who has played an liked the game) for even bringing the game out...so we played Taboo instead. *insert kazoo sound*
Three days of gaming last week which is more than usual
We started with Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I liked that game. I wouldn't buy it but will happily play it again. I liked that the "overlord" was playing after every hero, this is something that I am missing in Level 7 [Omega Protocol]. But I think that it could be in any other world/theme, not necessarily SW and it would still be the same game.
We then played a 5-player game of I Hate Zombies. I think this gaming group is not the best audience for this game and it will have more success with non-gaming people.
6 nimmt!. I played it for first time and it was great. It is little more thinky than Sushi Go!, but Sushi looks better and I personally like the gameplay more. But still, cows are, for me, one of the best fillers.
Sheriff of Nottingham. Also played for the first time. Great fun, great bluffing game. I am strongly considering buying the game.
Imperial Settlers x1 - Second game of IS went much smoother. We finished in 2 hours, and everything zipped along at a good pace. Definitely a keeper. Hanabi x1 - 2 Stacks complete. No fuses lost. Agricola x1 - The new player and I had 16 points each...the 2 veteran players had 36 and 34 respectively. I really suck at Agricola Defenders of the Realm x1 - We were so close to winning, but Balazarg took Monarch City! Nest time we will be victorious!
The BSG games were particularly memorable. The first one I was playing a cylon leader but was helping the humans... until I got to the conditions under which I could fulfill my objectives and win. "Which one of you is an unrevealed cylon that wants an executive orders?" -- Cally (cylon) ends up executing Romo (human) and it all goes downhill from there.
The second game the humans one, but one of the pre-reveal cylons managed to activate every treachery skill check ability two checks in a row (Bill Adama using his OPG). This resulted in most of the destiny deck becoming treachery, and the destiny deck kept spitting out "A Better Machine" cards, resulting in more treachery going into the deck. It was a 4.5 hour game, and we only rebuilt the destiny deck (due to it running out of cards) ONCE. Humans barely won.
On Imperial, first time playing and it was very frustrating. Great game, but I started out as the chief investor for England and the guy playing France was playing the game as if it were Risk. I tried to diversify and invest into France, but he just re-invested and left their stock at zero and kept "producing" and "maneuvering". I will never play the game with someone like that again. It really ruins the game for others.
I could've gotten a game or 2 of Survivor or Cards Against Humanity. The house I visited had toys for toddlers and a 4yo girl. THOSE looked like more fun than either of those. Nah, I just chatted and socialized there instead of playing games.
Broom Service 4p
Firefly Shiny Dice 5p incomplete game. We only played 2 out of 3 rounds, with the 5th player in turn order perfectly fine with having only 1 turn
Elves And Orcs this was rethemed from? Don't know if that's a bad thing or not
Nevermore 5p Drafting game with a theme of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven
Planes 3p Finally got a copy of my game played! Not that it bothers me. There are plenty of other great games to get played. This one I got at half off at a convention many, many months ago this year
Game seemed to get a bit bogged down with looking at the rules to be reminded what the symbols do, having to move a space of cubes with your color on it, and how planning goes mostly out the window with the chaotic nature of even just 3p. However, the fun was still there. It's simple, but figuring it out still takes time is how'd I'd describe it.
Samurai The original version. IIRC, FFG's version isn't out yet.
San Juan, 1st edition with The Buildings and The Events expansion modules 4p
I could've gone to another game night, but it's another hour away, while I'm already being out of town. Nah, I already bought food (the gaming venue is at a restaurant and they ask we buy food so "it makes business sense for them"), and decided to check out a video game lounge since I was right there. The usual thing is I wouldn't be able to stay long since it was a Sunday and I'd need to leave by 7pm, which makes most board game nights that go anything past that meaningless to me anyways.
Camel Up x2 (great fun) Speculation x2 (better than expected) Dead of Winter x1 (not as much fun as previous plays) Drakon x1 (solid as always) Tahiti x1 (pretty simple, but good with family) 1st and Goal x1 (pretty random, but my son loves it) Tobago x1 (had been a while, but still really enjoy it)