Weekend Gaming: School Days

No gaming for me this weekend outside of a couple games of Pokemon with my son.  With school starting next week, we were busy getting ready for that.  Gina spent Saturday night out with a friend and Sunday was spent at another friend’s son’s birthday party.  Overall a good weekend before school starts again.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Dominion, Lancaster, and Manhattan Project

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Gina joined us then for Lancaster.  I decided to ignore my castle and focused on fighting in the wars again France and upgrading my knights.  Kevin and Gina had much more upgraded castles, while Joe had a bunch of low level knights early.  They all seemed to be working together better and were rewarded with Laws that benefit them much more than me.

By the end, though, I was able to leverage my high level knights to score quite a few points in the battles and took the 6 point county.  I also was rewarded for having one of each level knight, thanks to some well timed laws and help from Kevin.  With the strongest army, I was able to overtake Joe for the lead and Kevin wound up taking second.

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Gina headed to bed, while Joe and Kevin stuck around for a game of The Manhattan Project.  I had intended to focus on Uranium bombs, but when a bunch of Plutonium reactors and nice bombs were available, I had to switch plans.  I bought a couple nice Universities, paying $14 for the one that provided three scientists for one.  I also had the only efficient source of yellow cake – two engineers for four cake.  There was some espionage late, but not enough to really slow me down once I had built and tested a small bomb and then finished with two larger ones to get the 60 points needed.  Kevin wasn’t far behind with Joe bringing up the rear.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

500th Post Prize!

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In addition to the Space Hulk card game, I included a custom painted Space Marine.  Since the winner’s favorite color is Blue, I felt that an Ultramarine Captain would be appropriate.  It was a fun model to paint with plenty of details.  Cloth is always enjoyable and this had a nice mix of hard and soft surfaces to work with.  It is now finished and will be shipped off to the winner shortly.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Vacation

Got back from vacation late Saturday so we didn’t host any games.

Last week was both productive and relaxing.  I spent some time early last week fixing up my garage, and then took a few days in Minneapolis. Went the the Vikings game on Friday with my family. The kids enjoyed it and we all had a good time even though it was just preseason.

We also spent quite a bit of time at the Mall of America.  My wife and daughter loved the Barbie exhibit and my son and I enjoyed the Star Trek exhibit. Instead of trying to fit everything in on Friday, we decided to take time on Saturday to go back to the mall for Nickelodeon Universe. We rode a bunch of rides and had a great time.  My daughter was a little freaked out about the log ride, but once we got her onto the ride she had a great time.  They all loved the big roller coaster that circled the entire park.

It was the first family vacation where we didn’t have some other family obligation included, and it was a lot of fun.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Camping Time

This weekend was spent camping with my family.  It was great to see family that I don’t see all that often.  The weather was great and there was plenty of swimming, tubing, water-skiing, and silly camping games for everyone.  The kids had a blast and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

Until next time, happy gaming!

500th Post Contest Winner!

As of the contest closing there were 13 entrants.  Thank you to all who entered.  It was great to hear your favorite games and colors.  It was especially interesting to see the criteria some of you had for why it was your favorite color.  It was also nice to get some links to new sites to check out.

The list of everyone’s favorite games is:

  • Kingdom Builder x2
  • Fantastiqua
  • Castles of Burgundy x2
  • Dominion
  • Nothing Personal
  • Star Trek Fleet Captains
  • Tiny Epic Defenders
  • Suburbia
  • Belfort
  • Formula De
  • Carcassonne
  • Power Grid
  • Eclipse
  • Viktory II

For completeness, my answers:

Name: Andy
Favorite Color: Blue – no preference of color when gaming
Favorite Game: It shifts, but Railways of the World is pretty consistently near the top.  Clash of Cultures is a more recent favorite.

And now to the important bit, the winner!

After putting everyone’s name into Randomizer.org, the person who came out on top was Alex!

Alex is my name!
Blue is my favorite color!
Kingdom Builder is very fun, but I don’t have a favorite!
I’m really excited to try out this game!

Congratulations to him!  An email has been sent out to him to work out the shipping details.  Expect to see a picture of the Space Marine prize early next week.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Take care, and happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Dog Days of Summer

Nothing much to write about today.  My in-laws were in town for a bit on Saturday so we didn’t host our typical game night.  The only games I played were on my PC with Wildstar and Hearthstone keeping my attention.  Actually it will probably be a bit slow gaming wise for a few weeks.  This coming weekend I am going camping with family and then the weekend after that we are taking the family to Minneapolis to see a Vikings-Raiders game.  It should be fun.

Don’t forget to enter the contest giveaway!  Click here to check it out.  The winner will be drawn Thursday!

Take care and happy gaming!


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