- MiahUnited States
The Heir Apparent is away watching pirate and superhero movies at her friend's house. Her Majesty and our other daughter are going to the park on some kind of mother-daughter excursion. The scene is set for an hour or two of apocalyptic gaming. I put on Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Nocturne", a fiery album that goes wonderfully with Flash Point, and set up the Hoarders Challenge from 1 Player Guild, which I found explosively difficult back in March.
I roll out with the Captain, CAFS, the Imaging Tech and Hazel, the Rescue Specialist who is my favorite character and the only one whose name has stuck. It's hard going from the beginning. Explosions come at a steady rate from the very first turn. We keep turning up hazmats in this crazy house. The dog dies on a flashover, casting a pall over the rescue operation. Everyone knows it's bad to lose the dog. Even a cat person knows this!
We battle on. The Imaging Tech runs to the truck and sends in the Hazmat Tech. It's a losing fight. The house is groaning, the fire is seething from room to room like an angry dragon. We lose another victim. We've removed three hazmats, lost one in a fireball.
The D/O replaces the Hazmat dude and turns on the cannon. Both dice are out of his quadrant, and when flipped they turn into a perfect hit, severing a long line of fire that is just waiting for its chance to become an explosion and shock wave that will bury us in our own funeral pyre. For a moment after his shot, it looks like we might be able to beat this thing.
Then the fire advances, and a different fire snake erupts. The flames wash over a POI, which turns out to be the cat.
At this point I have to get up and take a break. I know the game is about to be over, but I have to stop. Losing the dog was bad enough, but to lose both animals was a crushing blow. It was our third victim lost in the fire. I go off and had a cigarette. Yes, I know.
I come back and played Hazel's turn. She rides the ambulance all around the building and dashes in the front door to find - another hazmat. Racing to the door with the propane tank, she hears the sound of another explosion behind her, ripping through the north end of the house.
The house roars like a dying tyrannosaur, crushing three of our city's finest and four civilian victims. They shall be missed.
This was the scene after the last damage cube was placed.
This game slaughtered me. And it was far and away the most exciting game of Flash Point that I've had. It was beautiful. I loved watching the fire snake through the house. I knew fairly shortly that I couldn't beat it, but had a magnificent time fighting to the end.
Flash Point just rocks. It's pure action and creates a narrative that feels a lot like the climax of one of those firefighting movies everybody likes.
The Hoarders scenario is intense and challenging. All if the challenges are great, and I'm thrilled to see that lately there are monthly challenges in a bunch of different games. It's a great way to unite a community of hermit gamers. But Hoarders, specifically, is a really fun scenario and a terror to beat.
"Nocturne" is a great album to accompany Flash Point. I felt the music really worked together with the way my fire was behaving, and Siouxsie's voice just sounds like the screaming spirit of a burning house. I mean that with all the love in the world for this talented lady. She was one of the stars on the soundtrack of my troubled youth.
There is no empty star. This game is awesome.
My wife comes back halfway through my game. She sees the printout of the Hoarders challenge. "What is this? You're posting about your games now?" She has watched me get sucked into the hobby, and she's been very good about it. She buys me games, and doesn't protest when I buy new ones. She drives the whole family out to the FLGS, a good forty minutes away. She has a good time when I rope her into a family game of Flash Point or Carcassonne.
But she is not a gamer. She does not grok gaming. Especially not solo gaming. Never in a million years would she come to BGG to talk about her victories and losses, or search for an interpretation of a vague rule.
I tell her yes, I do post about my games. I tell her about the 1 Player Guild.
"You are SUCH a geek," she says.
"Yup," I say with a nod and a smile.
Then I tell her about the monthly challenges in the guild and how they add to the game and bring the community together in friendly competition.
"You are SUCH a geek."
I say, "hey, I WON that challenge."
"You are S U C H a G E E K!"
She does not grok.
- [+] Dice rolls
- Zoe M(Dunyazad)CanadaI wear my Halloween costume all year round!
- Thanks for reminding me about the hoarders challenge! I only discovered the monthly challenges the month after that, so I still need to go back and try the earlier ones.
- [+] Dice rolls