Jason ClineUnited States
There are a few things that I’m going to try to do this year. I’m not sure I’d call them resolutions, just some personal goals. Two of those things are tied directly to gaming, and they are to keep track of which games I play, and talk and post regularly about the games that I play.
So here we are on the second day of January, and I have some games to talk about.
One of the things I’ve been wanting to do for a while is take games out to public places and play for a few hours. Having Legends Family and Hobby Games is a great thing, as it always gives us a place to get together and play, but it’s nice to have a change of scenery sometimes, and it’s great to give people who wouldn’t go out of their way to come into a hobby gaming store a chance to see some great games being played. Saturday, we delivered a copy of the new Dino Hunt Dice game to both local coffee shops. On Sunday, we went back to one of them, and spent our early afternoon playing Starship Catan. A few people asked us about it, and it gave us a chance to talk about it and other games for a bit. We had a great time with it, and it was Jamie’s first experience with Starship Catan.
On Tuesday, we decided to have a New Years Gaming Day at Legends, and had a few friends join us. Jamie and I played The Rivals for Catan while we waited for others to show up, and enjoyed it quite a bit. We haven’t tried it with any of the eras, but that will be coming soon.
Over the holiday, I picked up a copy of Mission: Red Planet while visiting family up north. We played two five player games of that, and while the first one took a bit, we got the hang of it pretty quick, and played a second game. Jamie won the first game, and tied for first in the second. It made us both realize how much we want a copy of Libertalia, though. That’s going to have to be corrected very soon.
A friend of ours brought Jamie some maternity clothes, so she dropped out for our last game of the day. Allen also had to go, so we only had three people by the time we got started. Honestly, I wish I had waited til we had more players. The game was Cosmic Encounter. And while I can see how much fun it can be, only having 3 players really detracted from it. I look forward to playing it again, but REALLY want at least 4 players before we do it again. At least now we know what we’re doing, I think. I have two different copies of Cosmic Encounter, the newest FFG printing, and the 2000 Avalon Hill version, which I got in a recent BGG auction. We played the FFG version.
All in all it’s been a great week for games, and it’s not over yet. I won’t get to play as many games this year, as we are expecting our first child (a daughter) in March. But while I won’t get to play as often, I’m going to try very hard to make the most of the playing time I *do* have.
Things I want to play in the very near future (for the first time): Game of Thrones 2nd Edition, Star Wars LCG, Battleground: Fantasy Warfare
Things I want to play again in the very near future: Descent (campaign in progress), Warhammer: Invasion, Starship Catan, Mice and Mystics, Summoner Wars (If I can ever get a Jungle Elves deck), Mansions of Madness, Libertalia (I need a copy of this).
And to the handful of you who have been following my thoughts in the past year, thank you for reading. I hope you find it interesting enough to keep coming back.