Discussion in 'Tabletop Games, Wargaming and Scale Modelling.' started by GTanny, Jul 27, 2015.
Searching on turn 1? Wow...
Earliest for us was turn 4.
Penultimate games night before Halloween (have one more on Monday, but that's a smaller group), plus the 2nd anniversary of this club. So there was sweeties and cake...
Naturally, the creepier games came out. Ended up learning to play Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. Enjoyed it. Nice theme. Still not played the original Pandemic, but now played 2 of the themed versions. I think I prefer Fall of Rome, but Cthulhu is interesting. Has some nice figurines in it which is better than the wooden cubes and dull player markers in Fall of Rome. Apparently it's easier to win Cthulhu, but when things go wrong, they go very wrong, very quickly. Will have to pick up a copy of Pandemic at some point.
It's finally arrived... Finally... Ordered on July 7th, arrived yesterday night.
Flash Point Fire Rescue. Was a special for £9.30
They changed the delivery date several times, so I complained a few times. Got several £5 vouchers, so it actually cost me £4.30
Apologies for the lack of Spiel updates, I completely forgot that I can't get onto OCUK forums when I'm abroad. Back with the loot now and starting to play through it.
First, we played a round of Armata Strigoi as people couldn't resist the theme. It's actually pretty good, although we screwed up a couple of rules and made things a bit easy for ourselves.
Then we moved on to Point Salad, a light drafting game. Cards have one of six veggies on one side and a unique scoring condition on the other. On a player's turn he can take two veggies from a tableau or one scoring card from the top of the three decks. The tableau then refills from the appropriate decks, so you can deny people scoring cards that are good for them. You can also flip one of your own scoring cards to its veggie side if it's no longer good for you. When all the cards are taken, you add up the points and see who wins. Good fun, good for families.
We finished off with two rounds of King Thief Minister, a micro-game from Iran. It's like Mascarade, if you've ever played that, except instead of playing to 13 coins you play until the bank of $5 per player is empty. There are six hidden roles, which are all in play regardless of player count, and at the start each player knows one role that isn't theirs. On your turn you can pay $1 to see your card, rotate all six cards either left or right, or claim a role and do it. The King takes $3 from the bank and his Minister can claim $1, the Thief steals $1 from his neighbours, the Executioner guesses a player's role and if correct takes all their money, the Minister can swap two cards either openly or in secret, the Sheriff makes everyone pay tax to the bank. The last and most important role is the Peasant: if he can correctly locate all six roles, he takes all the money in the bank. As you might imagine, this is often enough to win. We enjoyed this one very much.
Played "Marvel Champions" co-operative card game this afternoon.
Very FFG like mechanics but gets the theme across reasonably well and a good starter set. Will need to play it more to see if it has the longevity of L5R or Arkham Horror.
Got a bunch of things played on Sunday. No less than three rounds of Island Project, a game about solving global warming by setting off underwater volcanoes to make new land. Also got in a quick round of Misty, a drafting game of drawing patterns on a foggy window; a full play of Where Am I?, a really lovely light social deduction game about the Mad Hatter's Tea Party where half the game is setting the table with real ceramic crocks; and another game of Point Salad.
Also we played a game of Fast Sloths, in which you are a very hungry but very lazy sloth being carried from tree to tree by other animals. You do this by playing cards for the animal you want to use, adding up the movement points. However, while you can take several cards a turn they all have to be for different animals. Also, as you eat more you become even lazier, meaning that you can draw and hold fewer cards. This means you really have to plan ahead if you don't want to stall for several turns replenishing your hand. It's simple enough for non-gamers to learn, but with enough thinking to challenge.
Judge dredd cursed earth. Solo play lost was first time so not even sure I played it right but was fun none the less
Flash Point Fire Rescue.
First time playing it, so on family rules. Soooo close to winning it. Another 2AP would have got the final person out safely, but an explosion was caused and that catastrophically damaged the building. We killed a cat as well.
I saw this being played in the bar recently, other half was playing and I have nothing going on so watched for a bit. Confused was not the word. However, pretty simple in reality. Just missed a few things while watching.
Hand of card , pick one, pass to the right (or left depending on the round). Score points at the end for similar groupings.
I tend to focus on science and neglect a military (unlike my neighbours). Never won yet. Love the game though.
You can't decide in advance what to focus on or neglect, is why you're losing. It depends on what you get passed. I'll happily take Military if the player to my right isn't taking it, because it's guaranteed points against him and probably points against my other neighbour too. By neglecting your military when both your neighbours are taking it, you're giving both of them a 15-point swing against you: +9 for their victories and -6 for your defeats.
Yeah I know. I just have a habit of focusing on science and tech in a lot of games and I can't shake it.
Yeah, got it when playing a couple of games. Came 2nd and then last of all. Went for science in the first round, got 6 of the same symbol which I was very happy with. Second round, went for military as I kept getting a buttload of military cards and nothing really useful for building. But it was all pretty close that time, we all found it a pretty horrible set of hands.
Also picked up Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu from another club member. Played it over Halloween week. Good fun, but when it starts to go wrong, it really screws you over fast.
Games of Patchwork and Onitama today!
Light, easy fun!
Nice £9 what a deal! That games been on my radar for ages.
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