Weekend Gaming: Birthdays and Comics

FCBDI celebrated my birthday over the weekend, and it also happened to be Free Comic Book Day.  Since we were out of town, we were able to stop into the local comics and game store and my son and I picked out a bunch of comics, an Iron Man Heroclix and I picked up a new game, Terra Mystica.

I was able to get through the hefty rules on Saturday, and that evening, Nick, Gina and I gave it a try.  I was running as the Nomads, Nick had Alchemists and Gina was the Witches.  It took a bit to get going, but once we had things figured out it ran pretty smoothly.  There are a lot of things to keep track of for scoring in the game.  Each round there are bonuses that can be earned.  Points are available for various upgrades, and then there are points earned at the end for having the biggest area controlled and for having the most power in each of four cults.

I was trying to influence the various cults, but I ended up losing track of that while attempting to increase the structures under my control to stay ahead of Gina.  Nick was making a much better use of the bonus points each round, building a pretty solid lead.  He also managed to bump his influence in the three lesser controlled cults on the last turn, which guaranteed him the win.  I was able to hold the largest area, and had the lead in one cult, but it wasn’t enough to catch up with Nick.


After the long game, we were all ready for something a bit quicker.  We ran through Tsuro, which I barely lost to Nick.  I managed to win at Mexican Train Dominoes  after a huge starting train, and then we finished with Cribbage, again won by Nick followed closely by Gina.

Until next time, happy gaming!


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