Archive for September, 2013

Labor Day

Posted: September 3, 2013 in General Gaming and Geekery

By Monday we were pretty zonked from the marathon gaming weekend but we rolled out about noon, picked up some very tasty burgers and sat down to play Arkham Horror before I had to catch my flight back to Seattle.
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We died gloriously but this is the first time I really got to play the game for any period of time so I got a good handle on the rules. If you just sit down to read the instructions it is very complex and even daunting but playing through a few turns made things fairly clear. After that I climbed on a plane and flew back to hearth and home. Today was really rough as I would have liked to stay home and sleep instead of going into work 🙂

Saturday was a bit more low key with more events. Mike had a game right off and I was slated to go into a Hordes/Warmachine demo. I chose to not actually play so that I could watch the mechanics from both sides and ask questions. I fully feel that with a re read of my core books I will have a solid understanding of the game, so I am going to count that as a good demo. I sat through a lack luster seminar on game design then took another tour around the anemic dealers room. Not long after I got in there a friend of mine showed up and we spent a few hours catching up.

That night Benji and I went back to his place and along with his fiance we had a nice visit with some other friends I had not seen in a great deal of time.
On Sunday we stayed home from the convention and played several rounds of Settlers of Cattan and Dominon. We were then joined by another couple and played a long time favorite of mine, Betrayal at the House on the Hill.
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When it was just down to the three of us again we played Ticket to Ride and a nifty little game called Cartagena. By that time it was about 1:30 in the morning and the next order of business was glorious sleep.

Let me just say that it is totally different being a paying customer at the convention rather than having to work while there. I realized I was actually complete newbie at all the things a customer should know how to do because I had never actually done them. The first thing we were able to get into was a smashing game of Monster Island. The original rules are from Firefly Games http://www.firefly-games.com/ but the version we played was modified slightly.
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There were roughly 24 kaiju monsters to choose from and only six players. Benji grabbed up one of the four versions of Godzilla but I grabbed the nearest figure to me and ended up with Mecha King Ghidora.
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You could destroy anything on the board, including each other. There were military vehicles, rescue items and monuments of note.
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I thought I was clever, using my flying ability to get atop a building and take a pot shot at Destroya who rushed right in to charge a monument (which he demolished in one shot).
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He got out of range of my mighty lazer breath so I trooped into the center of town to confront an attack group of UFO’s who landed to try and capture the kaiju for their own nefarious purposes.
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I was doing alright until the mother ship managed to stun me and teleport me right over in front of Godzilla. Things quickly went downhill from there.
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I finished the game with three whole points and an epic death. It was a really enjoyable time and I know have this rule set. The hard part is going to be gathering my own collection of kaiju though I think that the MonsterPocalypse figures we have will serve for a while.

Friday evening we played in a Pathfinder game ran by my friend Casey and his compadre Bruce. This was a no frills hack and slash try to survive game. We recycled a stack of 30 character sheets 2 times between 6 players until we were finally killed off in the end. Not sure if I feel the overwhelming need to get a set of the Pathfinder rules, though the PDF is $10 so I may do that.