This week was a bit different. I am sick and therefore missed Hypermind Game Night on Tuesday. But I do have some gaming to report. Starting with the previous Tuesday night Hypermind Game Night. I got there early for me, about 6:30p. Not many people there yet. I brought Homesteaders for us to try. Alton was really wanting to see it. So I sat down with him and thought we would play it. He really wanted to play Macao and who am I to argue with that. So we waited for Chris to show up with his copy. Well, Kenny arrived first and happened to have his Macao so off we went. It was a good game. I had decided to go with a ‘keep working the same color’ strategy and it worked ok. I ended up third again though. Alton came in second behind Kenny I think. Britt came after me. To his credit, he doesn’t like the game and just played because we needed a forth. But I’m sure I would have done much better if Britt had not thwarted me twice for a good, which would have given me 20 points, and a district, which would have given me 12 points for the row. But it was a good game.
Next we played Homesteaders. Chip joined me and Alton for this one. I went through the rules kind of creakily and we started. It seemed like things were kind of slow then round 5 kicked in and the strategy of the game really came out. There are hard decisions to be made each round. I tried a ‘VP as income’ tact while Alton worked a ‘buildings with bonuses’ strategy. Chip did a combo ‘building/resources’ thing. It went well. Both liked the game and Alton gave it the high praise “I’ll play this one any time.” That says a lot. So I’m to bring it with me all the time now.
Saturday at my Mom’s it was me and Z and O. We brought Forbidden Island, Hurry Cup, Zooloretto, Bohnanza, and Ablaze. Z and I got in a quick two player of Hurry Cup. This was the first play on this one. It has potential. We need to play with a full complement of 6 though. He liked creating the track.
Next was a two player Bohnanza game. It was ok but I think we played too long and both got tired of it. This is another that needed at least 3 for a proper play.
Then we played Forbidden Island. We started on Normal. Z was the Pilot and I was the Navigator. We got into trouble pretty quickly and were almost there when Water Rise! popped up and the whole island sank. This was the first time that we had lost like that so that was neat. The tension was high the entire game. Z really likes this one and he is learning strategy from it. Bravo Mat Leacock and Gamewright.
Lastly we played the ‘air tanker’ game in Ablaze. I won by one point. It was a good game.
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for a new series – Six Quick Questions With…
Tuesday night I got in the following games:
Roll Through The Ages – this one just hasn’t clicked with me yet. I want to like it but it’s just not doing it for me.
Macao – I walked in the store and Adam, who was playing Ghost Stories, says ‘We’ll play Macao when I’m done here.” Macao is so great. Lose constantly but I still love it.
Pandemic – My number two game – it was a short game as the outbreaks broke us. I really like it and need to play it more.
Dream Factory – first time play – it was a pretty good auction game and I did ok. Next time I’ll get started earlier though.
It was a good night.
I’m playing several games online either at Yucata.de or SpielByWeb. On Yucata I’m playing Atta Ants with Eric and losing again. This is another one that just eludes me. I’m also playing Hey! That’s My Fish with Chris. I’m up by one at the moment but he has more penguins. And I’ve started a game of Stone Age. I want to learn this one but boy is it slow online.
Over on SpielByWeb, Chris, Kenny, Steve, and I are playing Wallenstein. And it seems to be gang up on Tom time. I’m down to only 5 provinces. The cube tower is hateful. I was attacked by Steve with 5 armies against my 12 and I lost!! That just ain’t right.
Played a lot of Halo3 with Z too.
How could I have forgotten?!!
Thanks to Terry for chastising me for it. It is a playset set in the Reconstruction period after the American Civil War. Here’s the copy on the website about it.
It is 1867. The American Civil War is over and the South is in ashes. She must be restored to the Union, and the process by which she will be rebuilt and embraced by the victors – well, it is not a smooth one.
In southern Virginia, amid the still-smoldering ruins of late-war battlefields, newly freed slaves mingle with former owners. Carpetbaggers and scallywags look for quick profits. Corruption is the coin of the realm, and the desperate, despicable and insane all look for an angle.
It was tons of fun to build and to work with Jason on getting it just right.
Anyway, jump over here to the Bully Pulpit website in their downloads area to get my playset for Fiasco. Go NOW! Then come back.
Welcome back. Please play it and let me know how it went for you, good or bad. I need the feedback as I’m working on a couple of new playsets and would like to avoid mistakes made in this one.
I’m missing HeroesCon this year. It’s not on Father’s Day as usual so that threw me. And I’m bummed cause my friend Jeff Parker is there, in from Portland. I haven’t seen him in several years. Maybe I’ll head over tomorrow. Maybe.
The Bones is a new book about dice. It looks very interesting. They are hosting a blog carnival about, guess what, dice and randomness. So I’m heading out to think about dice and how to use them. They are located here – http://gameplaywright.net/?page_id=1474
Rob Donoghue has posted some really interesting things on his blog – Some Space To Think – http://rdonoghue.blogspot.com/2010/06/stranger-twins-and-scales.html. A good article on dice and randomness and dice systems and a new game idea that really excites me. Go over there and check it out.
So I was able to make it to Game Night this past Tuesday in spite of the rain. It was a good gaming night.
I walked in just after Adam who happened to have his copy of Macao. Everyone else was already in a game so I helped him set up Macao. We persuaded David and Michelle to join in. They were first time players. But you wouldn’t have know it from the way Michelle played. She did a really good job of matching and synching her cards. This is mainly because she stayed in first on the wall most of the game, which allowed her first choice of cards. I had tried this strategy in the last game I played but I wasn’t as married to it as she was and it didn’t work out for me. She stayed ahead the whole game, at least one full space ahead. It was good to see that I had had the right idea about this. She parlayed it into as really strong gold and cube engine and translated it into a second place win. Adam ultimately won due to his monopolizing one of the trade goods and building a respectable section of town. David and I battled for third place the whole time for the most part (though I stayed in first place for the frist 4 or so turns). In the end I maintained my third place record in this game.
I am enamored with this game despite never doing that well. It’s hard decisions and strategic planning are so sweet. I have a strategy for the next game that coupled with trying to stay in first or second on the wall should prove more successful.
Next, Adam and I broke out Forbidden Island. He had not played so I taught him what was what as we set up and we were off. Things went pretty good for a while but we ended up losing with 3 or 4 tiles left. One of the artifacts’ areas sunk on us. End game.
When we finished Chris and Josh joined us for another game of FI. Though we played well we lose on the last card draw. I really like this game. It’s quick, inspires thinking and cooperation, and is very pretty. It is currently Z’s favorite. I’m training him for Pandemic with it.
Lastly we played a 4 handed No Thanks! game. I did really well on the first three rounds but the rest of the guys ganged up on me because I was so far ahead that I ended up coming in … third.
Earlier in the week Z and O and I played a game of Carcassonne and one of Forbidden Island (O’s first of this one). They both went well. Carcassonne is another favorite of the family. They are comfortable enough with it to play with the farmers now.
It was a good game week. Hopefully I’ll get another game or two in tonight or tomorrow or Sunday.