Brandon Kempf(Vacabck)United States
I love this time of year, the weather is starting to get warmer and we as a family come out of our hibernation and get out. Only bad thing about it is, it limits gaming time So with us running around, getting sunshine and working in the yard, it kind of limited us to short games, which is right in my daughter's wheelhouse.
Friday night was a night to introduce my brother in law and his fiance to Pastiche. My wife and I love this game and we figured that they would as well, and they did, even with me flubbing a rule in there that limited our ability to pick up Primary colors, kind of lengthened the game a bit unnecessarily. But all still had fun and it's a game that we will continue to break out as long as people want to play it.
After that my daughter and I broke out the newly acquired Can't Stop and pushed our luck, well, I did. She seemed to not need any help getting to the end with three really quickly as I messed around at the beginning.
We had time for a game of Ticket to Ride, we played a 2-player game and found that both of us were working on the East Coast so it kind of made the game a bit tense for a bit, but we both managed to enjoy it quite a bit. I was kind of worried about what would happen when I blocked a route my daughter was working on, but she adapted well and moved around me without even a complaint! I love that I am having to help her less and less in this game, she's got it down pretty well, only thing I really have to help her with is remembering to flip over cards from the pile. I had a nice 39 car train, but in the end, my daughter won 108-104!
Also half played a round of Guillotine with my brother on Saturday, we were all kind of distracted with 2 crying little ones, but it has all the makings of a fun game so I imagine we'll try this one again next time we are all together. There is something fun about beheading the nobility.
My daughter and I did make a trip to our "local" game shop that was having a garage sale for customers, lots of tables set up with some pretty cool miniatures and games. We had a good time talking to everyone at the different tables and I think my daughter wants to start painting miniatures, so much so that she asked if we could go back tonight to the painting event that they host on Monday nights, so we'll see what happens. There were some really good painters there, and most all of them seemed more than happy to talk about their hobby and explain some of their methods. It just stinks that the game shop closest to us is 1/2 hour away, best we have here is a Barnes and Noble.
We also picked up a copy of Quarriors! I really can't wait to get into this, even though I do realize that dice don't do what I want them to, ever.