Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gaming this week... 7/2

THis week I'm hosting on Wed 7/2 at 7pm. Come one, come all! I'd love to try Canal Mania, or even Shogun which I haven't played in a long time. BUT as always, I'm open to anything.

For the newer guys, these are some of the things that get played when I host.

Leave comments to let everyone know if you are coming...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Last night's gaming... less fluff, more game!

Ok, so most of the guys that have registered here were actually at Coffee Culture for the meetup, so this will be brief. Just a few thoughts:

1. I was impressed with the number of people that showed up. Nice job Joseph

2. I potentially gained 2 recruits to the weekly sessions at my place. yeah!

3. Playing with none hardcore gamers is refreshing: it reminds me that in the end, it's really all about the fun.

4. The fluffy games I tried were quite enjoyable....except for Snorta. Like Jungle Speed, my reflexes just suck, so I get my butt kicked easily in these kinds of games.

5. Kingsburg, the only medium game I tried, really needs an expansion. Last night was my 5th game, and I basically confirmed that there's really only 3 possible solid winning strategies (church track, embassy track, and lots of dice mods to get the queen as much as possible [who gives you 3VP's each time]). The Dice Despot that I am, I still enjoy it, but last night was the first time I was bummed by this.

Next week I'll probably be hosting on Wed 7/2. Mark your calendars.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday: Race for the Qwirkle of Rome

I was delighted to learn Race for the Galaxy and Glory to Rome on Sunday afternoon; even if I was a little sleep deprived.

I had partied with games until midnight the night before then driving an hour home before some sleep and church....I made it to Fuddrucker's at 1pm to make sure a friend and Assistant Organizer felt at home there and met some people she will be seeing again. So I was a bit tired through the day since I sacrificed my Sunday afternoon nap.

I am not sure if my fatigue was apparent to the game facilitator who was teaching me and another guy Race for the Galaxy...either he thought I was tired, or just plain slow at learning new games when I have not had a preview. But he knows me pretty well, so I trust that he knew it was both.

Race for the Galaxy is a cool game. I suspected as much with the hype on Rob, are you gonna buy an I-Phone, so that you can get the RFtG background? lol.

You can Develop technology, and you can end the game by building 12 I did both. Some of the other nuances of the game escaped me, but I had a nice time, even if Rob had to re-explain each phase to me each turn. And I guess that Rob enjoyed it since he got to evangelize myself and another about one of his favorite games.

Speaking of evangelizing, I am still in love with Qwirkle, after what seems like two weeks of owning it. A month after playing it for the first time, I was still daydreaming about it; so, I bought it.

So after learning RFtG, I was about wiped I was working on leaving. Two of the fluffy gamers from my group--well I can't call my Assistant Organizer fluffy anymore since she really like Puerto Rico-- but they were trying to find a game to play. And since I can teach Qwirkle pretty quickly and its about the complexity and weight they needed, I got them to play it. So I taught it too them and watched them for a couple of turns, when an old friend from the Almost Inside the Loop games meetup showed up. And even though I told my group I had to leave, I decided to stay and play with my old friend since I had not seen her in ages, and she lives waaay up in Houston.

So after jockeying for a quick game to play, I mentioned that I wanted to learn Glory to Rome, and I was quite surprised to learn that Lewis had it. So he taught us, and I caught onto the mechanics, but I had to leave for another obligation before we finished. Glory to Rome certainly has an ingenious card design mechanics, where every card can be used for four or five things.

I was dragging a bit as a result of sleep deprivation, but I got to share a game that I love, and I got to watch a friend develop a crush on a game so it was absolutely worth it.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Gaming Tues 6/24

There won't be any gaming at my place this week. This week gaming is at Coffee Culture, 6/24 at 7pm. I'm bringing Kingsburg (because Joseph asked a long time ago) and Race for the Galaxy because Joseph had his learning game today, and said that he needs to play it soon to memorize the rules. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gaming with your spouse...

It has been a long road, but I am proud to admit that I was able to turn my wife from a game-disliking (hating is such a strong word) person to a true gamer... although not as obsessive, compulsive, competitive, as me. Still, she is a gamer, and I love her even more for that. It took me about 3 yrs to get here, but the nay-sayers out there, it can be done. Today we played a game of Caylus Magna Carta (EXCELLENT as a 2 player game btw). She won... I admit I am not the best gamer in town, but I do admit to having been lax in my strategy while playing with her today. Every now and then she needs a victory to stay motivated and just plain interested in gaming.

In other gaming news, we are going to Fuddruckers tomorrow to game with the meetup group. See you there.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sad day...

Why? WHY?!!! It seems that Agricola is bound to be released a year after I fell in love with it (that was last year for BGG.con ... Nov 07)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome....and a gaming report

Welcome! This is my blog... this is your blog. The focus? Anything gaming, but mainly boardgames. And to start things off, here's what happened yesterday:

Who came? Lewis and JD.

What was played? We started things off with a game of Last Night on Earth (JD's). It's basically a zombies vs human characters in a race to achieve certain goals by the end of a set number of rounds. The undead forces (Lewis and me) will rule the world if last night was any indication of what a zombie attack may end up looking like. To be fair, JD and his 4 human characters were painfully close to saving the 4 townsfolk they had to find and save (he had 3) before the zombies killed 2 of them or time ran out. For the Horde (any World of Warcraft players out there?)!!!

Then we played one of my fav games: In the Year of the Dragon. I've played now with 3,4,and 5 players and it works just as well with any combination. I have yet to try it with 2, although I think I'll end up preferring more players. Even with this being my 5th (?) game under my belt, I still saw an interesting strategy from Lewis that gave him the victory over me by 3 points: he basically ended up using 3 cards to hire 3 monks total (so the Monk card, and the 2 wild cards for those that have played), and managed to stick them all in one 3 level palace. Kaboom! Lots of end game points.

Then we moved on the dicey games starting with Airships....were players are racing to build zepellins....yeah! great theme! I tried this game last year at BGG con, and being a huge fan of dice/action activating games, I just had to get it. It joins other great dice games like To Court the King, and Kingsburg. JD and Lewis seemed to enjoy it. I like it a lot, but still prefer To Court the King a bit more because I thoroughly enjoy the more sophisticated 'dice manipulating' powers of To Court the King. Still, it is indeed a very enjoyable game. We even finished the Hindenburg (which from what I read only happens about 25% of the time).

Last but not least, we played 2 games of Perudo/bluff/Liar's Dice. A few words of advice: don't trust Lewis. When you think he's lying, he's not. When you think he's telling the truth, he's not. I may have to apply some reverse psychology next time (or 2 reverse, or triple reverse psychology...or something).

All in all, a great gaming night.

'til next time.