Bobby's Games

I will be posting monthly recaps of my gaming which I have been doing in GeekLists. I'll also be commenting on games on occasion, though I can tell you that I will be behind the curve because I just don't get to play the new games as soon as some people do.
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Games Played in October 2011

Bobby Warren
United States
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It's been a hectic week, so no intro patter. This is becoming the norm, which I have to change.

I played 25 different games a total of 62 times and four expansions a total of fifteen times. Of those, none of the games were new to me and I played eight of them in the previous month.

Here are the games I played.

7 Wonders
Times Played: 7
Last Month Played: 9/11

Expansion Played: Leaders x4.

David picked the game up and we played it without the expansion. Of course those weren't the only three games played.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

Mike and I played this and I liked it. It's a deck builder with some bidding by assigning your cards to try and take over the cards which you will gain to your deck. I don't know if I would like it with more than two people.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

We played the basic game, which was okay, but it looks like it will shine with the special scoring cards added.

Blood Bowl: Team Manager: The Card Game
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 8/11

Four players. It was the Humans, the Dwarves, the Skaven, and the Orcs. Rob's Orcs pulled out the win while my Dwarves finished dead last without any competition for the cellar. I really do not see how to score any better than I did with the options that were available to me, so I am obviously missing something.

Mike Rob and Greg played a three-player game earlier in the day and all thought it was better with three players than with four. I'll happily play this again, though I am still on the fence about whether I should buy it or not.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

This was a surprise. Neither Mike nor I were that interested in getting it, but he broke down and we played a three-player game with Hilary and we really enjoyed it. It's a worker placement/area control game which works quite well. I don't know how adding more players will impact the enjoyment, but I would be willing to try because I suspect we'll see a lot more disputes arise over the different buildings.

Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 9/11

Expansion Played: Prosperity in both games.

Nico and I played a couple of quick games. The first one had the Chapel and I was able to use it best and ended up buying six or seven of eight available Colonies.

The second game, with a different set of cards, was closer.

Prosperity is the best of the expansions and the one I would be willing play anytime.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 5/2

Four brave (i.e., foolish) adventurers (i.e., dragon snacks) went boldly into the dungeon (death trap) to try and abscond with some loot. The smart thing would be for everyone to stick together and work through it as a team. These guys weren't very smart, at all.

One stumbled into a bottomless pit (like fighting a ground war in Asia). One wandered the catacombs for the entire time, finding almost nothing (like a college student on an eight-year plan who ended up in fast food) before coming out at an exit with a paltry sum. One managed to raid the dragon's loot (like Bernie Madoff at a retirement home). And the last one managed to wake the dragon (like a man telling his wife the dress does make her butt look big).

In the end, two survived, one was rich (until his money was stolen from him) and the other had a drink and a wench, and was killed in his sleep by the wench, who mistook him for the one which got away with all the loot.

Eaten by Zombies!
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

Not that good. We played the basic card set-up and I was bored most of the game.

Elder Sign
Times Played: 4
Last Month Played: 9/11

Four games, all winners. The last one was not close at all as we breezed through and beat Yog-Sothoth before he even knew he was trying to wake up. What a poser.

This needs an expansion to toughen up the game.

Eminent Domain
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 9/11

Nico broke out his copy for Michael, Rita, Nico and I to play.

It was enjoyed by the group, and now I am leaning more towards picking it up than not.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 2/10

Some people never learn. The dice love me! (Except when they don't...)

King of Tokyo
Times Played: 7
Last Month Played: 9/11

Big monsters fight over Tokyo. Dice are rolled. Trash is talked. I won all the games that didn't have cheating by the other players. devil

Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: 12/09

As you can see above, the last time I played this was almost two years ago. I always liked the game, but thought it was a bit over-priced, so I was quite happy to acquire it in a math trade a short time back. I taught the game to Michael and Kelly and I misspoke and said there would be a number of towers in each city equal to the value of the two scoring chips, which was wrong. It is equal the value of the higher scoring chip for each city. We realized this towards the end of the game. Since the game plays quickly, we decided to play again right away with us knowing the true number of towers to complete a city. It didn't matter since Michael managed to win both times.

A couple of weeks later, we played again with four and it was just as fun. I'll be keeping this in the game bag on a regular basis.

Pizza Theory
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

A cute, quick game. It's now up on Kickstarter. Check it out.

Power Grid
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 8/11

We played with five players on the Benelux map because it was faster and we were under a time pressure. Alex had not played before and seemed to like the game. Of course, I managed to get his e-mail address wrong so he hasn't been coming back to play.

Times Played: 6
Last Month Played: 9/11

Usually quick, though there is occasionally a game which has more ways of preventing scoring than being able to score. Here's hoping some depth is added by the expansions which come out, beginning this month.

Race for the Galaxy
Times Played: 8
Last Month Played: 9/11

Expansion Played: The Gathering Storm in all the games.

A bunch of games with Michael.

Roll Through the Ages
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 5/11

Now that Mike has won a game, maybe he'll be willing to play some more.

Star Trek Deck Building Game
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: New to me

Mike picked this up and we played a couple of two-player games. In the second, he cheated like a Ferengi and ran away with the game. Okay, so he didn't cheat, we just changed the explore rules and he gathered more points than he should have faster than he should have.

It's a fun game, though I am not sure if we'll be able to drastically cut the time down. If not, I would rather play Thunderstone. I would like to try out the different ways of playing the game, like playing against the Borg and the team game.

Times Played: 5
Last Month Played: 9/11

Expansions Played: All the available ones were in the mix for all the games.

Mike and I played a couple of close two-player games, and another slow game near the end of the month. I also played a couple of games at the store with three and four players.

To Court the King
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 9/09

I hadn't played this in a while, so I took it along on a Saturday. I think Michael had played before, but it had been a while, so I explained it to Kelly and him and we cranked out a couple of games.

Unpublished Prototype
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

A prototype which has been picked up and will be published. I didn't ask what I could say and there is no entry in the database for it, so this is all I'll say.

Unpublished Prototype: I'm the Boss!: The Card Game
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

A very early prototype card game. Needs work, but I bet it does get published at some point.

Viva Pamplona!
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 7/06

Only one brave team managed to cross the line in front of the bull and the others were punished for their cowardice as the trophy was awarded to the experienced team.

In other words, I was the only one who had played before and I won. There were several people just behind Toro, which made a late sprint to the finish. Thanks to Kevin Whitmore's note on my BGG blog, I remembered to rotate the start player each turn, which is something this game probably needed in the rules.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

Six years after buying some minis, I finally played the game. Erik and I played a quick battle box match with my (Rob's, really) Khador starting force taking on his (Mike's) Menoth. It was a quick battle with the lesson learned that warcasters are squishy and I can't gauge two figures being a half-inch apart as well as I can gauge them being an inch apart. (Plus, I can't spell gauge without thinking about it really hard!)

Since playing, I have acquired a few models so I can play a Mercenary dwarf force. I had most of what I needed from when I initially bought figures all those years ago, so it wasn't much of an expense. I have them put together and many of them in some stage of being painted. I am not worrying too much about the detail on the troops and am just putting on a base coat of the colors and using MinWax to "dip" the figures for shading.
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