I would like to thank all the folks in Denver and Broomfield for the enjoyable time I had playing games with them.
My friend John is loosing his battle with leukemia and I have spent the past few days being with him and his Family to provide support to them as well as John and to get to say my final goodbyes to my best friend of 32 years.
This world is loosing a good man. John was always able to out do me in any wargame that we played and he was able to keep pace with me in pretty much all other types of games as well.
The opportunities to play some games on Monday and Tuesday nights while I was up here served to help strengthen me and to keep in perspective that there are always endings and beginnings all around us.
The Denver Games Group http://www.denvergames.com/ welcomed me to their Monday Night session at the Whittier Community Center near downtown Denver.
We started out with a game of Mow where on the first round I was able to collect 38 Flies (Unfortunately the goal is to NOT collect Flies) in the following rounds I was able to do better but not enough to win. It was a fun and light game and one I think my Kids would enjoy.
We then went on to a game of Fist of Dragonstones. In this game I proved to myself that coming in second on almost every bid is not a viable strategy. I enjoy bidding games and this one did not prove an exception to that trend. With the game ending when someone gets three points it can go quick (Especially if no one decides to not throw themselves onto the sword to stop someone else from getting the third point)
I then finished up the evening getting to play a game of Warrior Knights. This is one that I have been wanting to play but have not been able to get into a game until then. During the game we had some minor conflict but no real all out battles. The head of the church was almost always without Faith. I took a strategy of ignoring knowledge and using only my nobles that had an advantage in fighting (Not the one that lessens the wages you have to pay). We did not finish the game due to time constraints and when we called it I was one point ahead of second place. I really enjoyed the game but I would probably want to play a longer version (to more ending points) so that the portion of the game with direct player to player conflict gets a chance to be in play more. This is one I will probably be adding to my game collection soon.
I had a great time Monday night and I want to thanks all of the folks there!
My second opportunity to game was Tuesday night over at Dave Jones's house with the Broomfield Gamers: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Broomfield_Gamers/ Dave Jones opened up his house for some great gaming. Dave gave me his spot at the Hansa Teutonica game. I really enjoy this game and every game ends up being a bit different. In this game almost no one increased the bag skill and there was lots of blocking going on. I changed strategies in the middle (Never a good thing, but in Hansa you can be more flexible than in some other games. The final score was close with one exception, the network points with the winning player getting 18 network points and the next closest only getting 6. That 12 point discrepancy was clearly evident in the final score . I made it into second but I was still a significant number of points behind 1st place.
We next moved on to The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac where we got to see one player crushed by the boulder before getting to the Lava (On that turn there were four 1's rolled so we all got only one action. I and another player had looked at two of the tiles each and as such we were able to make a very straight clear path through the Lava giving us a big lead on the boulder. The player that was crushed by the boulder found himself behind the boulder trying to push it along so he could catch up with us. Of course while he waited he did loot a couple of the statues in the Alcoves. The rest of the group was diving in the water and scooping up the treasures as fast as they could and with three of them doing that the treasures were quickly gone. I on the other hand was drawn to the golden disc in the alcove and spent two turns getting that out. Once the intrepid swimmers (now loaded down with loot) got to the waterfall there were couple that made it and one that went down into the darkness. Now that the boulder had moved on (but still blocking the stairs) the adventurer who was behind it dove for the river. Unfortunately for him the waterfall proved too much as he did not have enough treasure to lighten his load. In the end I came in second place by one point as the larger amount of smaller treasures proved to be just a bit more valuable than the big nice ones I had managed to escape with. In this game a few of the blank cards from the wall deck had been removed to make it a bit more challenging. However the Boulder and the 4 ones roll proved to be even deadlier.
Our Final game of the evening was Ubongo 3-D with five players using two sets. There was much frustration intermixed with shouts of Ubongo! Some of the pieces took on a role as a personal nemesis. The hints that Dave gave us in the rules explanation on thinking outside the box with the pieces worked well for me and I was able to take home first place (Of course the two random draws of the red 4 point stones also played a large role). Given my Kids enjoyment of Rumis and Blokus this will be going on the buy list (Although since it is an import it is a bit expensive, but who am I kidding I will be buying it soon).
My last game of the night was more of a solo affair - Finding my way back to John's house with only 5 minutes of power on my iPhone / GPS. I had some assistance by Sterling but unfortunately we were thwarted by the marketing group at Apple that decided to make the Ipod Touch and iPhone chargers not compatible with each other. I started off on my journey as I saw the power drop to 9%, then 8%..... I made it across the main highway to the side John's house is on as I lost GPS. I then drove by landmarks and found a road I recognized and was able then to complete my journey back home.
I had a great time playing games. And these two nights helped me so that I could help John and his family.
It is a really wonderful thing to go to a new city and find good folks to play games with.
If anyone ever finds themselves in Dallas please give me a shout so I can help you find some gaming opportunities while you are there.
Winkles is here to help!
Please let me know how I can help you.
It was great to have you join us, Kevin! I hope we provided a nice distraction from the reason for your visit and I wish you and your friend the best!
I am calling a Grand Tichu!
In old Ohio there's a team, That's known thru-out the land; Eleven warriors, brave and bold, Whose fame will ever stand, And when the ball goes over, Our cheers will reach the sky, Ohio Field will hear again The Buckeye Battle Cry.
It was great to have you stop by and join us for games. I enjoyed playing Ubongo 3D with your and wish I could have played more games with you. It is awesome that you were able to comfort and be there for your friend John and his family. You are the definition of what a good friend is!