Games Played at GASP Games Day - September 9th, 2017
Don McCalmon
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Pittsburgh
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This was the last Games Day of 2016, and also the last Games Day at the Springdale location. Starting in 2017, we are moving to a new venue, see details below.

Games Days have been scheduled for all of 2017. Except for a few instances, we were able to keep the 2nd Saturday of the month. See below for the schedule, it will be updated as needed. Note one of these dates will be cancelled for GASPcon 17, we just don't know which one yet.

2017 Dates
• January 14th
• February 18th (third Saturday)
• March 11th
• April 1st (first Saturday)
• May 13th
• June 10th
• July 22nd (fourth Saturday)
• August 12th
• September 9th
• October 14th
• November 11th
• December 16th (third Saturday)

The address for the church is located at the bottom of the page

Game Days run from 10am till 10pm, and are open to everyone. There is a small fee per person ($5) to attend Games Day, to cover the cost of the rental hall. This fee is waived for all first-time attendees. The fee will be collected when you arrive, and will grant access to all the games contributed by our members, for use that day. Since we are starting in a new home, we will restart yearly payments again. You can sign-up for yearly payments at the December 2016 or January 2017 Games Day.

Speaking of games, there are always a multitude of board, card, role-playing, and miniature games being played on any given Game Day, but a few events are near constants.

• Our Multi-Player Magic League runs each Game Day, starting around 11am. It’s a league that runs Jan-Oct. There is a second league starting at 4:30PM with modified rules and decks, please read the forum post for more information.

• Several RPG campaigns are also run each Game Day, including our "One-Shot Saturdays", stand-alone adventures run by various GMs each month.

• There are several miniature games that regularly appear at each Game Day. These vary each month, but some examples are Bolt Action, X-Wing, Lord of the Rings, Firestorm Armada, Dystopian Wars, Axis and Allies: War at Sea & Angels 20, BattleTech, MERCS, Infinity, and others.

• Don’t forget our extensive board game contingent. You can always find players for a board game, whether you bring your own or try out one of the many titles our BGers own and bring each month to our Games Library.

We ask that everyone attending our Game Days brings something along as a snack and/or drink, for the community to share in. The facility has a full kitchen, so items that need refrigerated are OK. Most people bring some soda, chips, cookies, veggie tray, etc. This helps everyone have a good time without worrying about snacks or drinks.

See you at Games Day!


Location Information::
Baldwin Community United Methodist Church
5001 Baptist Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Visit www.gaspgamer.com for more information.

This Geeklist is for the games that were played at our latest Games Day.
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1. Board Game: Dracula's America: Shadows of the West [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
Don McCalmon
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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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This latest game by Opsrey was just released a few weeks ago, and Jim and I picked up copies at GENCON. It's a twist on the Old West, with the story being Dracula came to America, killed President Lincoln during the Civil War, then took over the country as President for Life. Jump to the Wild West, you now have all manner of supernatural beasts and beings running amock, and forming into factions to assert their power.

I played the Coven of the Red Hand (vampires) while Jim played the The Twilight Order (crusaders). The mechanics are simple, everyone has one stats-Grit, that is a die type (D6, D8, or D10). Every action requires a 5 to succeed, and modifiers affect the # of dice thrown, not the target # of 5. How many successes you get determines the outcome, so rolling more dice is better.

We had a good first play-through, but like most Osprey games (Frostgrave for example), the base mechanics are simple and all the special rules add to the tactics (and complexity.) Looking forward to more game time.
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2. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1899]
Don McCalmon
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Broke this bad boy out of mothballs, to play a game with my son. He really likes the game, and I enjoy it as well. We just played one 100pt game, where we each had a dragon and supporting character. His gold dragon finally downed my silver dragon with a massive 5-hit attack.
 
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3. RPG Item: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:52]
Don McCalmon
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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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I was going to play in Tim's 5e game, but the turn-out was not there this month due to SIBCON. So we sat around for a bit chatting about D&D 5e and other stuff.

5e got me back into RPGs. I did not like 4e at all, I feel it went in the wrong direction for D&D. I really liked 3.5, but it definitely had it's issues. I feel 5e combined the best of both and produced a solid ruleset that is accessible and fun. I play in one 5e game and am DM'ing another for my boys (using Fantasy Grounds since my one son is out of state.)

I may try and squeeze in some 5e at future Games Days.
 
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4. Board Game: Bolt Action [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:2145] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Don McCalmon
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Several games of BA were played throughout the day, as this remains a staple game for us. A new player hinted at maybe starting a North Africa themed campaign in the near future.
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5. Board Game: Valeria: Card Kingdoms [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:601]
Don McCalmon
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Had one 5-player game of this. I definitely enjoyed the game play, and a few play throughs would help to understand the pros-cons of your choices. It's similar to deck builders, in that you are buying from a common pool of cards to build your kingdom.
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6. Board Game: Century: Spice Road [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:250]
Don McCalmon
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Finished the evening out with this one. I enjoyed it, fast game that plays well with the 4 people we had.
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7. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:454]
Jason Lukac
United States
McKeesport
Pennsylvania
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After a rough start, we managed a victory against the dark forces.
 
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8. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:755]
Jason Lukac
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McKeesport
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Got this one in twice. A nice action point system based on trees getting sunlight.
 
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9. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:282]
Jason Lukac
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McKeesport
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Really an underrated update of Union Pacific. Had a nice four player go.
 
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10. Board Game: New Bedford [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1093]
Jason Lukac
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McKeesport
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My first play of this one. Neat meeple placement game about whaling. Thanks to Ben and Mark O for teaching.
 
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11. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:99]
Jason Lukac
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McKeesport
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Revisited this old favorite. Only ten points from first to fourth and a tie for second as well.
 
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12. Board Game: Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:642]
Jason Lukac
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McKeesport
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Excellent little race game with four players. It was fun.
 
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13. Board Game: Star Trek: Ascendancy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:738] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Curt Collins
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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Played 4 players. Federation, Romulan, Klingon, and Cardassian. Game went a little long, but the Cardassians won with 5 ascendancy thanks to some aggressive invading.
 
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14. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:509] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Curt Collins
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Pittsburgh
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Played race two in a 4 race season. I had been up big. Now it's a near tie for the lead in points.
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15. Board Game: Cottage Garden [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:633]
Curt Collins
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Pittsburgh
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Played a 4 player of this.
 
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16. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:875]
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Played a four player of this.
 
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17. Board Game: Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked]
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Played a 4 player game on the Hellas board. It was fun
 
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18. Board Game: Unfair [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:691]
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Second time playing it.
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19. Board Game: Massive Darkness [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:707] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Just got this kickstarte and enjoyed playing. Plays a lot like zombicide
 
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20. Board Game: Mutants and Death Ray Guns [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:6206]
Charles Sherrange
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Played my first game of this, enjoyed it and the mutated angry bear that won me the game
 
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21. Board Game: MiG Alley: Air War Over Korea 1951 [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
Jim LaManna

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Played first game. We got about half way through before the night ended. Took a couple rounds to get the hang of but them action got good. Will def break out again.
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