Weekend Gaming: Family Time

I didn’t play any board games this weekend.  Instead, on Saturday my son helped me install a new motherboard, processor, and memory into my computer.  He had fun helping and it was neat to do something like that with him.

Then Saturday evening, Gina and I finally watched Captain America: Winter Soldier.  It was quite good and we really enjoyed it.  It was one of the best Marvel superhero movies we’ve seen.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Mystics and More

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe usual crew of Joe, Kevin, and Louis came over Saturday and we kicked things off with Terra Mystica.  I was playing the Witches; Louis – the Nomads; Joe – the Cultists; and Kevin – the Swarmlings.  With bonus points for building big buildings in the first two rounds, everyone had built their stronghold in the first round.  I started flying around with my witches trying to setup for a town in round three.  I managed to get the town built, but it cost quite a bit of resources.  

Joe was working the cult tracks pretty well, but didn’t have much of a presence on the board.  Kevin and Louis were spreading out nicely and Louis had a fairly well connected empire.  I built a second town, and caught Kevin and Joe by surprise, quickly overtaking them for the first place position in the Air cult.  I then spent the last rounds trying to increase the size of my empire, but I couldn’t quite catch Louis.  It didn’t matter, though, as Kevin had a solid position on all of the cult tracks and had built a sizable point lead during the game, winning with about 120 points.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGina then joined us for a quick game of Glen More.  I went heavily into the distilleries and wound up taking all three taverns.  It took quite a few jumps to the front, though, so I only had nine tiles and missed a few scoring opportunities.  Joe had grabbed a ton of villages, creating a bunch of chieftains and then took the castle that provided bonuses for each village.  That was the decider, as he wracked up points with chieftains and the villages.

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Kevin, Joe, and I finished with Eminent Domain.  I went with a heavy military strategy, conquering as many planets as I could.  I did alright, with two planets giving me bonuses to warfare roles.  The problem was that every planet I managed to survey required six fighters, except for the one that required five.  It took too many resources to get them flipped quickly, so I ended up in last while Kevin and Joe managed to tie at 20 with a bunch of colonized planets.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Lancaster and Castles of Burgundy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope everyone had a great extended weekend. Joe, Louis, and Kevin came over Saturday for games. Kevin had brought Lancaster, so we started off with that. I planned to make gold using my castle and then buy the various nobles. I quickly realized that making enough money for that would be difficult. Louis was doing a much better job of earning nobles, while Joe and Kevin were working the battles and bonus points. Louis had managed to get all of the nobles, but Kevin had just enough to beat him out for the victory.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe followed that with Castles of Burgundy after Gina called it a night. I had the plot with one large pasture area, so I tried filling it with all of the cows. I was using the market building to get animals and had the bonus for that building. Things were going well, but the last two cows came in the final round and I was going last, so Louis was able to snatched the cows away from me. He ended up winning with a bunch of end game bonuses for all kinds of things.

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Until next time, happy gaming.

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKevin and Joe joined Gina and I for games Saturday.  Gina was busy, so the rest of us started things off with a game of Dominion.  Joe got to buying Colonies early using his Gold and Banks, but cooled off a bit as Kevin started getting his money flowing.  I had been buying Cities and Trade Routes early, but I was having difficulty getting my engine going.  Once a pile was emptied, though, my cities took off and propelled me through my deck repeatedly.  I was able to buy multiple Colonies and Provinces at a time and ended the game with a dominant 86 points.

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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!


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