Weekend Gaming: Family Fun

My wife went to the movies Saturday with the rest of the wives, so most of our game group was home watching kids.  Joe, Kevin, and I spent the evening playing World of Warcraft together online and enjoying the new expansion.

Then on Sunday, my kids and I spent a good chunk of the day working on the Ultimate Collector’s Edition LEGO Sandcrawler.  It’s a set that I’ve been dreaming about even since the first edition was released years ago.  We had a ton of fun building it over the last week and the finished set is amazing.  It looks great and has a ton of things to play with.  It is definitely more than just a display piece.  Here’s my son posing with the final creation.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: New Games and Warhammer 40k

This weekend, we were out of town for a Warhammer 40k tournament.  We were staying at Nick’s house, so we spent Thursday night learning one of his new games, Tzolk’in.  It was an interesting game with plenty to track and plan for.  The main part of the game is an ingenious gear mechanism that moves the players’ workers around each turn.  You need to plan ahead to make sure that your workers were in the right place to get their actions done.  The game was close as we all tried to figure out the best way to go.  Nick ended up winning, thanks to a strong monument purchased on the last turn.

Then on Saturday, Nick and I played in a Warhammer 40k charity event.  It was a fun tournament setup using a 500 point list for one game and a 2000 point list for the other two games.  There were six other there playing Chaos, Tyranids (two of them), Tau and Imperial Knights, Dark Angels, and Imperial Guard.  I was playing Eldar and Nick had his Orks.

My first game was 500 points against Chase and his Tyranids.  My Warp Spiders were the MVPs, destroying his Zoathorpes and generally being a nuisance as he failed to kill them in assault and then watched them jump out of combat just to shoot more into the bugs.  I had two units of jetbikes that didn’t do much.  They were protecting some objectives, but one group, including my Farseer got tied up by his Mawloc and perished.  The other squad survived the game, but I ended up losing by a couple points.

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I played against Nick next, which is always fun.  I was doing well early, destroying the majority of his vehicles within the first couple turns.  The highlight was my Wraithlord destroying a Battlewagon with a single well placed bright lance shot. After four turns, the game ended in a draw.  I just couldn’t kill off enough of his orks since they were actually armored, and he wasn’t able to get close enough to get into assault.  Things would have been really interesting on turn five, but we were out of time.

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My final game was against John’s Tyranids.  He had a lot more big bugs than Chase, but there were plenty of smaller things too.  I was able to destroy a squad of gaunts and his warlord on the first turn with some nice shooting.  On the second turn, he had a huge squad of guants outflank to my left and a Mawloc appear near my Avengers.  The guants killed all but one of my Warp Spiders, and that Spider managed to survive the rest of the game in some ruins.  The Mawloc missed on his entrance and couldn’t do anything on his turn, so I was able to put a ton of fire into it and then assaulted it with a Wraithlord, killing it.  The Guants were shot up by Dire Avengers  and jetbikes, and then wiped out in assault.  At this point it was mostly clean up for the Eldar.  I just had to avoid the worst of the big bugs and finish out the last two turns for the victory.

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The Tau ended up with the tournament victory.  I did end up winning a gift certificate, which I used on a new game, and ultimately the 8 of us raised over $120 for Sanford Children’s Hospital.

That evening, Nick, Gina, and I learned my new game, Lords of Xidit.  It was another game with lots of planning.  This time the planning involved deciding on your next six actions before each round.  Then the actions were carried out in order to move around recruiting warriors and defeating monsters.  The pre-planning aspect made things somewhat relaxing as we weren’t working out every move with excruciating detail.  You had to plan ahead and try to guess what the others were doing, but once those moves were set, it was just a matter of executing.  Nick won again, just barely beating me with the tie-breaker.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Slow Days

Nothing much going this weekend with a couple people out of town.  For the most part we just enjoyed a quiet weekend before the craziness of the holidays hits us.  On Saturday night Joe and I did spend some time playing World of Warcraft.  I was able to finish the final boss fight with him and had some great fun.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Halloween

This weekend was our annual Halloween party, so Nick and Laura were in town visiting.  After taking all the kids out for the festivities on Friday, Joe joined us for a game.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGina had been wanting to play CO2, so we taught it to Laura.  I had the Corporate Goal that rewarded a bonus for UN Goals, so I was trying to get a bunch of different power plants built.  I was able to get all but nuclear built and picked up four of the UN goals.  I had lead the scoring nearly the entire game, but on the last turn Joe was able to wrest control of South America from me and I had no access to CEPs.  Laura had control of North America and Oceana plus a large stock of her own CEPs.  This was a huge boost to her score, and she ended up winning her first game by a wide margin.

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On Saturday, everyone came over for the party.  After getting pictures of the steampunk themed costumes, some jumped into Zombie Dice while others were getting situated.  After that, everyone played The Resistance.  Laura, Nick, Dana and I were the Spies and I started off as the leader.  Dana was the next leader, and with the two of us we were able to quickly fail the first two missions while casting serious doubt on Louis.  When the next mission was assigned and there were three spies being sent, the resistance didn’t stand a chance.  With two failures it was over quickly.

Ryan and Laurel showed up part way through the game, so Phil, Joe, and I joined them for Hanabi while the rest of the group played more Resistance.  Hanabi went well, and we scored solidly.  We followed that with a game they called PEGS, which consists of a board with 100 spaces on it where you and your teammate are trying to get 5-in-a-row.  Jaime joined us and Joe and I were on a team.  Joe and I won the first game quickly, but couldn’t get things going in the second.  Both Ryan and Jaime, and Phil and Laurel had lines that required a 3 to complete, but no one had the card.  It went around a few times before Jaime managed to draw the card and finish the game.

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In the meantime the others played Chicago Express, and when that was finished a few of the group had to leave.  We finished the night with Shadows over Camelot.  It was a busy game with the knights quickly completing a war against the Saxons.  The Grail quest was also quickly finished, which was quite surprising.  Phil and Gina were both acting suspiciously, but I didn’t really consider Gina’s actions to be traitor worthy.  Louis did call out Phil, though, and he was revealed to be a traitor.  Gina revealed herself later because of a random action.  It was too late for the traitors, though, and we were able to finish out the rest of the game cleanly and the victory went to the knights.

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It was a great weekend overall, and another fun filled Halloween weekend.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Eminent Domain and Lords of Waterdeep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Joe, Kevin, Louis, Gina and I kicked off games Saturday evening with Eminent Domain along with the expansion.  I decided to focus on colonization and research.  I quickly settled my first planet and then picked up a Peace Treaty to benefit from Joe and Louis’ warfare roles.  The others were quickly expanding their empires, while I focused on the research.  I managed to get two metalic planets, but the technologies available weren’t terribly useful.  I picked up a bunch of points early with the Peace Treaties, and then finished the game with a bunch of technology and a prestige planet that I picked up using the planet recon technology.  I had a sizable lead in point and handily took the win with 42.  The next closest was 26.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe followed that with Lords of Waterdeep with the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion.  I was aiming for Warfare and Commerce quests.  I managed to get 10 of them completed, but most were smaller points.  Joe was able to build a building that provided 10 points for three adventurers.  Plus he had a quest that let him get the owner bonus when he used his own buildings.  He was consistently getting 12 points from that building, since everyone was focused on their own quests and didn’t bother to contest the building.

Corruption flew off the board, and the building that removed it from the game was available.  There were a couple points late where I had to take a 10 point hit to do an action, which ended up hurting my score significantly.  Louis, Kevin and Gina were doing well, but couldn’t catch Joe.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Chicago Express and Eminent Domain

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was joined by Joe, his friend Brent, Kevin, and Louis on Saturday.  We started off with Chicago Express.  I wanted to take the green line across country to Chicago and I did manage to get the first share of it, but things didn’t quite go as planned.  Joe, who didn’t have any shares quickly put the second share up for bid and it ended up with Brent.  Louis had sole control of Red, but Brent and I were making it difficult for red to continue.  Blue was pretty much halted after its first expansion.

Brent and I were working well on green.  Eventually, though, I lost any semblance of control when Kevin picked up a share and Brent bought a second.  At this point I knew I was out of it, so I tried to derail green, but was unable to before Kevin connected it to Chicago.  Brent picked up the first black share, and I quickly bought the second.  It didn’t end up mattering much.  Kevin quietly had control of green and yellow and was making quite a bit each dividend.  He finished with over $70 and the victory.

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We followed that with Eminent Domain including the Escalation expansion.  It was interesting.  It took a bit to explain everything, since Brent hadn’t played before.  Once we got going, it was a little slow as well.  Adding a fifth player seemed to add a bit if you weren’t following the other players’ action often.  Joe was doing some warfare, while Kevin and Brent each had Peace Treaties in play for bonus points.  Louis and I were working with production and trade, but I was slow to get started due to expensive planets.  Kevin had picked up a bunch of research cards and got a nice combination being able to get replenishing fighters and the ability to trade fighters like resources.  Kevin won with a score in the 40’s.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Sleepovers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy son had a friend over Saturday night, so we didn’t get the normal group together for games.  Gina and I did get to play a couple games Saturday afternoon, though.  We started with a couple runs though our newest game, Hanabi.  We were just learning things, and we didn’t score better than 11 in either game.  It was interesting to figure out how to communicate within the limited rules to get the cards played in the right order.

We then played Terra Mystica.  Gina was the Witches, and I played the Darklings.  I was able to get a city relatively quickly, focusing on temples.  Things were pretty even throughout the game, but Gina wasn’t doing much on the cult track, so I was able to easily take a lead in three out of the four cults.  I also had the largest empire by just a couple, thanks to my boats.  I ended up with a score around 120 and Gina had about 90.

Until next time, happy gaming!


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