Weekend Gaming: Xidit and Brass

IMG_20141213_224337_673-1024We kicked off games on Saturday with Lords of Xidit.  I was doing alright, but was behind on mage towers throughout.  I knew I had to catch up, but there weren’t a whole lot of locations available.  Joe and Louis both had 10, Gina had five, and Kevin had 13.  In the last year, I was able to pick up three to get to nine, and I had a wizard left over to hopefully win the final census to score a tenth tower.  Everything was going well until both Louis picked up three more towers and Joe snatched a single tower on the last action of the game.  I ended up getting eliminated, and Joe went on to win the game.

IMG_20141214_245246_786-1024Gina headed to bed and the rest of us played Brass.  I was trying to get some Iron Works built early, but was only able to get one.  I didn’t have a real strong focus and was really only able to get a couple of ports built in Lancaster in the first phase.  Kevin had a much stronger first phase with some Cotton Mills and plenty of canals.  There was a ton of coal built in the first phase as well, and everyone was taking loans.

In the rail phase, Joe was taking loans like crazy, while Louis was able to build a sizable income.  Kevin was still working on Cotton Mills and connections.  I had build more in Preston and Lancaster and was actually able to build a boat up in the far North.  Joe managed to build two boats, but in the end it was Kevin that managed to win the game.  His connections and strong Cotton presence was too much to overcome.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Brass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoe, Kevin, and Louis joined me Saturday and we learned Brass.  I’ve been sitting on this game for a while, but I hadn’t been about to get it to the table.

After going over the rules and a few kinks in the first round things were pretty smooth.  Kevin and I were focusing on Cotton Mills, while Louis and Joe were more interested in mines and iron works.  Joe was developing quite a bit more than the rest of us, which allowed him to have more of his industries stick around from the canal phase to the rail phase.  He also had the best score coming out of the canal phase.

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In the rail phase, I was able to build a few ports and use them to ship from my cotton mills.  That helped with my income and allowed me to build quite a few links.  Joe was sitting with the lowest income throughout, but was building some we developed buildings.  He ended up scoring a ton from his build, launching him into first place.

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Until next time, happy gaming.

Weekend Gaming: Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We spent the weekend with family and had a great time. The only gaming was some Cards Against Humanity on Thanksgiving eve. We had a blast playing with my sister and her husband.

We did do some shopping on Friday, while my aunt took the kids to the hotel for swimming. Then, after returning home on Saturday, we started decorating for Christmas. It was a great weekend and lots of fun with family.

Until next time, happy gaming.

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!


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