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After Action Report

And lo, it was indeed a good weekend for gaming.

We ended up with around 30 people at the house on Saturday, some coming from a good distance and one in particular making an insanely long trek to surprise me. Many games were played and good times were had by all.

I finally got the chance to play King of Tokyo, which has been on my “to play” list for quite some time. The game is simple and elegant, relying on a dice rolling mechanic to get victory points, heal, do damage to other monsters, and collect energy cubes for buying special powers. My friend’s youngest daughter taught us how to play and it was a lot of fun. It plays fast, is good for all ages, and it’s about giant monsters stomping around Tokyo. What’s not to like?

I hear the expansion set adds more variety to the kaiju, so I’m putting both the base game and the expansion on my list to acquire.

I was also in on one of several games of Pandemic. This is the first time I’ve played with a full five players and we did quite well, getting within a single player’s action of winning the game. Unfortunately we ran out of cards immediately before the cures could be created, meaning the game ended and the world became a wasteland of plague and death.

Sentinels Tactics did not reach the table after all! So many other games were going that the heroes of the Multiverse will have to wait for another day. Though it won’t be too long, I’m sure.

Car Wars was a big hit. The city-scape and Matchbox cars made a big impression on the group and we ran two autoduels of five Division 10 cars. I used 5th Edition rules, which play fast and are easy to teach. Almost none of the drivers had played any edition of Car Wars before and it took little time to get them up to speed and smashing cars. I refereed the first game and played in the second, where I died quickly and in a blaze of glory immediately after obliterating another car. Photos are on the way.

I saw several other games hitting tables too and late in the evening a Euker game broke out. Then at 8:00 we took a Dr. Who break to watch the season premier. I think I’m going to like the new Doctor quite a bit.

Our game Grisleigh End was also played, to good reception. On Sunday we did a demo of the game for a local steampunk group, running two tables with five players each. The game was again well received and we had good feedback. We have some more rules that will need to be adjusted and hopefully we’ll have a revised edition hammered out soon.

It was an excellent weekend. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday (slightly late) than having a house full of friends throwing dice and having a good time.

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The weekend was a crit success!

 

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Gaming, Uncategorized

 

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Table Games

It’s looking to be a good week for tabletop gaming.

Last night we had a family game of Zombies!!!. We have several expansions for the game, so we use the optional rule of shuffling the helipad into the deck instead of putting it on the bottom. When it came up in round two it looked like we were about to have the shortest game of Zombies!!! ever. This was unsatisfying, so after a unanimous decision we shuffled the helipad back into the deck.

Play proceeded from there and the city grew, but options for new tiles dwindled. We had only one non-(un)dead end left when salvation! We found the gates to the military base! This gave us hope that we wouldn’t end up locked in a closed off city trying to kill all the zombies. Unfortunately the military base also ended up closed off without a helipad showing up. This is the first time I’ve played Zombies!!! where no escape from the city appeared.

Apparently karma was upset for us throwing away our earlier rescue.

Another unanimous decision later and the last military base tile was replaced with the helipad. Also, as it was a school night and the game was going long, we decided to eschew competition and turned it into a co-op game, working together to reach the helicopter. This turned out to be quite fun and the twist breathed fresh energy into my kids. It also avoided a sibling rivalry that had been brewing between them, making it a win on multiple fronts.

Tomorrow I’m having a number of friends over for a big gaming day. I don’t get to do this very often, so sometime around my birthday I like to blow it out and get a whole bunch of people over to sling dice, cards, and whatever else we can get to the tables. There are three games in particular that I’m looking forward to. The first is Grisleigh End, this is the board game I’ve been helping develop with friends and will hopefully see production. As you can imagine I’m rather fond of it and looking forward to showing it to my friends.

The second is Car Wars. I’ve got things prepped to run a game using Matchbox cars and a 3D city layout, which I’ve always wanted to do. There will be pictures.

The third is Sentinels Tactics, the miniatures game from the Sentinels of the Multiverse line. I expected to receive it in December, but it shipped early so I guess I’ll just have to play it early.

Oh darn. However will I endure?

Then Sunday we’re going to demo Grisleigh End for a local Steampunk society, which should be a heck of a lot of fun.

Game on!

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Gaming

 

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