Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

Origins 2017 Event Coverage 1: Arcane Wonders with Tony Gullotti

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I caught up with Tony Gullotti from Arcane Wonders at Origins Game Fair, where we played Spoils of War, and talked about the new Force Mage and Viral. The Force Mage is quite sexy. Spoils of War is a great bluffing game – better with beer. Viral is very intriguing at this point.

Best Play Recommends: Splendor

Posted on June 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

TL;DR What: A peaceful game of gems and jewels Players: 2 – 4 Time: 30 minutes People: Almost anyone, really Available: Grab it for a very cheap price on Amazon here The Gist Why we recommend it Most board games can be quite divisive. They are in my relationship anyway. Fancy a game of Jaipur? No, I’m not in the […]

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 26: The Great UK Games Expo Caper Part 1

Posted on June 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 26: The Great UK Games Expo Caper Part 1
 
Suffering from the sleep deprivation that comes from the 3 days at the UK Games Expo, Andy and Steve try to download from their brain everything they saw at the UK Games Expo 2017. They failed, which is why this episode covers just half of the games we saw.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved, we had a great time.

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Lords of Hellas Kickstarter Interview

Posted on June 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Lords of Hellas Kickstarter Interview

Anyone who has been on any form of board game social media may have noticed the new game from Awaken Realms involving loads of minis and some kind of cyber Greek mythology theme. I must admit that although the minis caught my eye the first thought was “here we go, another game packed to the gills with moulded plastic and not a whiff of gameplay” and then I found out that Lords of Hellas is being designed by Adam Kwapiński and I got very interested.

Me and Adam go way back (in that I spoke to him once at Essen and he didn’t look scared, uncomfortable or ask me to leave) and so I thought I would give him a shout and get the inside scoop on Lords of Hellas
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May 2017 Boardgame Round-Up

Posted on June 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Aprilended with a weekend of gaming (International Tabletop Day!) and I wondered if the game playing would peter out a but due to gaming exhaustion, but it turned out to have the opposite effect – it kind of reminded us how much fun we have gamin and inspired us to get gaming MORE! Well… at least for the first week or so… Towards the end of the month we got wrapped up in kids activities that were wrapping up for the (skool) year.

I have to admit I started writing this post at the beginning of May and tried adding a bit to it after each game – hoping to jot down some notes about each game AS THEY WERE PLAYED rather than trying to remember what the hell happened at the end of the month. Sometimes I remembered to do this… other times not-so-much… hence more detail about some games than others.
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

Kicked off May with another game of Hero Realms! (forgot to take a pic during the game). Finnegan played the Cleric, The Girl took the Thief, and I played the Ranger. I crushed them… and made them cry… Looking forward to the launch of the Co-op version of the game!! I think the trick to the game is to try to get as many champions as you can and focus on one or two of the colours – I mostly went for green and red and laid down some serious hurt. Though early in the game I did pick up a few bribes and a blue guild mage (or something like that) to give me some buying power – to get the big nasty heavy hitters from green and red – giants, trolls, vampires, etc…

On the Second we played Roborally(with a soundtrack of Chemical Brothers and Le Tigre cranked on the stereo). This was The Girl’s choice, but I love Roborally too. We don’t pull it out often largely because Amanda isn’t fond of it – but she was away in BC at a Yoga Nedra workshop, so…

The Girl played Twonky, Finnegan played… um… I forget who he played…  and I played #5 (whatever his name is…? I always thought he looked like that robot from… dang what was that movie called…? With Ally Sheedy and a robot named Number Five…? Short Circuit?

Finnegan had the worst game – he drove his robot off the board or into pits THREE TIMES!? He only ever made it to the second marker (out of four). He took it all rather well and laughed the whole time – which is a HUGE improvement from previous games we’ve had when he was driven to tears of frustration!

I had a pretty commanding lead for the first bit. Got to the first marker while Finnegan was still floundering on the first board. Made a clean getaway before The Girl’s robot got there.

I made a mistake trying to get to the third marker and got turned around on the conveyor belts surrounding it. I still got there before The Girl, but I kind of took the long way around trying to extract myself from this mess while avoiding The Girl and her robot’s presser beam option/upgrade – which could have spelt disaster with all these conveyor belts leading into pits! Then she had a couple of turns with hands full of Forward Threes and Twos while I had a couple of mitt-fulls of nuthin but Turn Lefts!?

It was a REALLY close race between me and The Girl – it came down to the very last turn and THIS register above (I think it was the third register of the turn) where she would have shot forward to claim the prize, but mine went first and bumped her off her path so I was able to turn and get to the final marker on the very last register!!

Didn’t play games again until Friday when Bruce, Bob, and Brian came over to play in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. We didn’t get up to much as three players were missing. Still on our way back to Quodeth from the Slavers city – ship got attacked by a mososaurus – or something like that. Lost a crewman and had to put into shore to do repairs. One of the parties sent into the woods didn’t come back and so we had to go search them out and got ambushed by some strange golem-like creature…

On Saturday Dragon’s Den Games was having another 20% off sale… apparently because it was Free Comic Book Day… but they didn’t have comics to give out… because they’re not a comic store… So they had a sale… Whatever, I went and bought a copy of Codenames: Pictures and Kingdomino. My mom had asked me to get a couple of games that we didn’t have, that we’d be interested in playing, that thaty could keep at their place and that THEY’d be able to play… not too tall of an order.

We happened to meet my folks for dinner at Amigos and we tried out Codenames: Pictures while we waited for out meals. It’s okay… our game was a bit rushed… I ended up buying this one because I had a few promo tiles for it from International Tabletop Day. I’m beginning to feel like I like the Words one better (which I played a year and a half ago…). A well… this one is fine. Perhaps I need to give it a few more tries.

Afterwards we walked back to my folks and tried out Kingdomino. I thought I was doing rather well, but in the spirit of her mother (who was still in BC at the yoga workshop) The Girl complained all game that she wasn’t doing very well… and then CRUSHED us all… well… I think she had 43 points, my mom and I were tied in second with 39… I forget what Finnegan had. I don’t think he was much behind…

If that weren’t enough for one day Brent and Kurtis came over in the evening to play Pax Renaissance. It’s been a little too long since we last played and I’d pretty much completely forgot the rules. I took them with me while I was out all afternoon running The Girl around to her Saturday dance classes – but I was SO TIRED I could barely keep my eyes open all afternoon – let alone read Phil Eklund rules! I remembered the basics – two actions, buy cards, play cards… I was a little fuzzy on how a lot of the ops worked…. And had no clue how to put it all together to put oneself into a position to… y’know… actually come close to achieving anyting resembling any of the victory conditions…

Brent seemed to have it figured out and got this incredible juggernaut of European renaissance high finance rolling and I had no clue how to even create so much as a speed bump, let along STOP HIM!?

I feel like I need to play this game every night for a week – like we did with Race for the Galaxy when we first tried to figure it out – then MAYBE I’ll start to get a clue how to play!

In the morning I had originally planned to go for a bike ride with the kids, but one thing lead to another and we didn’t end up going out… but we DID play another game of Hero Realms! This time The Girl played the Ranger, Finnegan played the Wizard, and I played the Fighter(which I’d picked up earlier in the week…).

From this moment on I pretty much knew I would now forever be the first one to die in Hero Realms – in this ONE TURN (pictured above) I put out 15 points worth of guards, dealt about 30 damage and healed myself for 30… yeah… from that point on it was pretty much GANG UP ON DAD, HE’S TOO GOOD AT THIS GAME!

Thursday the 11th was The Girl’s 11th birthday. While waiting for supper we introduced Amanda to Hero Realms. I’m not sure we even finished the game…?

After Supper we played a game of Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – as The Girl wanted to practice before running the game for some of her friends at her Birthday party the following evening. I played my Wandering Minstrel and Amanda played her Fallen Succubus (pictures of those from when we last played). Finnegan played the Deeproot Druid. We didn’t get through a complete game, but The Girl got the practice she needed.

The following evening was her birthday party and the game went over really well. Over the two weeks preceding the party I painted up a bunch of Super Dungeon Explore Heroes and a few of the forgotten King’s Minions.

On Saturday the 13the I wandered over to Kurtis’ to play another game of Pax Renaissance with him and Brent again. This time I was a bit better rested. I played the Fugger bank of Austria and… I can’t remember who Brent and Kurtis played… I could look at these pictures and look it up… but I’m feeling too lazy to do that at the moment. 

My first stab at victory. I think I had three kingdoms here and the others only had one – the feudalism victory condition was in play, but I didn’t have an action left to declare victory. The situation would change drastically before I had another turn. It was back and forth between me and Brent for a number of turns – I came close to winning a few more times, but Brent always had LOADS of money and was always able to foil me before I could declare victory. Finally he took enough away from my that he was able to declare victory. Seriously, I think he had just about every empire on the map in his pocket by that point…

Out of three games, we’ve only ever had feudalism victories…

Fugger bank sucks. (Or maybe it’s just that I do…). I feel like at the time I’d thought out some actual reasons why it was no fun to play.. they have to go first and start with less money…? I can’t remember… Need to play it again. And Pax Pamir

On Sunday (the 14th) we met my sister and folks at Amigos Cantina for a supper with them to celebrate The Girl’s birthday. They brought along Codenames; Pictures again. We played a couple quick games while waiting for food (boys vs. girls – with me and The Girl as Spymasters, we started a third with Amanda and me as spymasters, but the food arrived before we really got into it.

On Tuesday we tried out Monarch. Ever since we watched the Tabletop Season Four episode about Monarch back an the beginning of February, The Girl has been super stoked about tracking one down. I’d actually added it to the list of games my Mother-in-law could look for to get for my birthday – but when Amanda told be she went and got ALL of the games on the list I suggested she could hold onto Monarch until May and give it to The Girl for her birthday. So she did. The Girl was SUPER EXCITED to get it!!!

We all got to play sister princesses filling up our courts to score crowns (victory points) which, it think, were to gain the favour of our mother the queen..? It’s kind of a card drafting game – most card go into your “court” and you play until someone has seven in their court. Other cards you buy improve the lands which benefit everyone. To draft/buy these cards from the market you need to have gold which you get from taxing villages, but to tax them you have to have food to feed them – which you get from harvesting. You can either tax or harvest once on your turn and then buy as many cards as you like (actually you can buy cards before and/or after doing your taxation or harvest – which allows you to buy and improvement and then make use of it before anyone else does!)

The first game we played without banners because The Girl had read in the rules that it was suggested to play without them for your first game or so – honestly, we could have thrown them in. It’s a pretty easy game – for seasoned pros like us it wouldn’t have been too much to just play with them for the start…

I crushed the kids going heavy on Bounty.

In the second game I hammered them again – I had some pretty incredible luck, though – One of the first cards I got was the one that allowed you to get culture cards for 2 less gold and two other culture cards in the first turn and then snapped up the Culture Banner which meant pretty much anytime an unwanted guest showed up in the market, it was going into one of their courts for free (except the one that The Girl managed to buy and put into mine, before I could put it in one  of theirs…). It’s a bit of a double-edged sword of an ability, because it makes all the other players want to buy the unwanted guests and put them in YOURS! If playing with four players it could have gone much worse for me…

Later in the evening we introduced Amanda to the game.

I didn’t make note of how that game went. I think The Girl won.

The third weekend in May was the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada and I’d originally hoped to get in a LOT of gaming – at least seven games – Friday night, Saturda Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Evening, Monday afternoon and Monday evening… but then Amanda was feeling super behind at work and ended up going in for the day on Monday. Saturday and Sunday she decided we needed to get caught up on a bunch of chores and errands… booooo… we did get in a few games…

Friday Evening we played Legendary: The Marvel Deck-Building Game with the Deadpoolexpansion that Finnegan had bought some time ago and never got around to playing with. We played with mostly Deadpool hero cards… and some incompetant Agent of Hydra… and our mission was to stop Macho Gomez from stealing all the Chimichangas. It was weird.

Saturday evening I convinced the family to try out Faustus Furius – except with jet bikes! A full report of the ensuing shenanigans can be found elsewhere on this bolg:

Faustus Furius: 3000

Finally on Monday a couple of the kid’s friends came over and played Star Wars: X-Wing. I didn’t play in this one, and I’m not really sure how it went down. The Girl played with one of the Imperial Veterans these same lads gave her for her birthday (the crazy looking red interceptor thingie) and the younger of the brothers played a pair of bog standard Tie-Fighters with Academy pilots. Finnegan played the B-Wingand the elder brother played the Y-Wing. Once again it was a victory for the Forces of the Imperium – furthering their cause to promote peace, justice and ORDER in the galaxy by preventing the radicalized, terrorist Rebels from spreading their hokey weapons and ancient religion…

As I mentioned, the last week or so of May has been CrAzY busy with dance classes at the Uof S School of dance wrapping up and final rehearsals and recitals and getting a garden in and a bunch of other stuff going on. So we didn’t play any games as a family for over a week! Hopefully in June – and through the rest of the summer – we’ll find some more time for gaming.

I did get in one last game at John’s on the evening of the 31st. We played Quartermaster General 1914. QMG 1914 is a lighter card-driven game of the Great War. John actually called it “not a wargame, but an area control game with a war theme”. I liked it – I wish I’d had this to play with the kids instead of Axis & Allies 1914 back when we were boardgaming our way through history…. (I am reminded that I never actually FINISHED the last two posts about our boardgaming through history… maybe I should get on that…).

I played Russia, John played the UK and the USA, Brent played France and Italy. Opposing us were April, who played Germany, and Darrin playing Austro-Hungary and the Ottomans.

It was a weird game – The United states was in the war quicker that the British!? In fact the British never landed an army in France – but the Americans did! Italy marched through Tyrol and marched on Vienna and captured it! This happened quite early in the war and kind of screwed Darrin for the rest of the war as he was unable to do much of anything (all his units being out of supply and unable to build new ones…).

Near the end of the game – I used up all of my little men half way through the game and thus could expand no further – I could have used guys to attack into adjacent areas (on the rare occasion that I HAD land battle cards) but I wouldn’t have been able to take them over – just remove enemies from the areas denying them victory points – But the Germans had so many readied defence cards, I figured it would be pointless and tried to look for other ways to gain victory points (mostly through the use of event cards).

In other news…

I had a talk with John  – who is the chief-organizer-guy for ToonCon – and I’m going to be running either Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir on Sunday afternoon as part of their new “Learn to Play” series of games – Games that they figure very few people will have played  – some of which may be “heavier” games (ones that can be a bit of a slog to try and read through the rules without having played something similar before) – that people can sign up with no previous knowledge and know that the person running it will basically walk them through a game (and hopefully not have one super experienced person show up and crush everyone else because they had no clue how to play). My Faustus Furius game (which I’ll be running on the Saturday evening) will be part of this series. There might be a COIN game in this series or High Frontier 3rd Edition – both of which I’d be excited to play as well.

We have a few more weeks of furious activity – two or three more violin lessons, two more Irish dance classes (then two rehearsals and the final recital) and then our year-end homeschool reporting on the 20th. After that we are free and clear (mostly) for rthe rest of the summer… well… okay, we are renovating the kitchen – and I’m doing a lot of that… and the kids are each taking a week long theatre class at Persephone Theatre and Finnegan is going to Diabetes Camp and we’re all going on a short trip up to Prince Albert National Park for a few days of hiking and mountain biking… but OTHER THAN THAT – we don’t have much planned through the summer and I hope to get in a lot of biking and playing games!

Through June I do hope to get Saturday games in on at least three of the weekends… maybe even four (if Amanda can take the kids to one of the Irish rehearsals)…? This Saturday we’re planning to play Arkham Horror. As The Girl is done all her Saturday dance classes she’ll actually be able to join us, unfortunately Amanda is at a conference all weekend – so it’ll just be me and the kids and my friend Jasper who said he’d come and maybe I’ll be able to get one more player…

On two of the other Saturdays in June I’d like to get in games of Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir – so I can let the ToonCon peoples know which one I’m going to run.

I’ve been feeling the urge to run a role-playing game again. I’m pretty stoked about the idea of running a Cthulhu Invictus campaign. I’ve been considering running it with a very simple system based on A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith (I’d been thinig if I’d run a more modern Cthulhu campaign I could have called  it Fear and Faith and Fthagn!). I’d really like to run it for the kids – and maybe some others… I’m not entirely sure WHEN I’ll run it though… Ideally I’d like to get started over the summer – like, right after we’re doing with the Homeschool reporting!

Bruce, who has been running the bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign, has said he’s hoping to wrap it up by the end of the summer and then he’d like to take a break and has asked if my or Bob (one of the other players) if we’d step up and run something. I could possibly run Cthulhu Invictus then (perhaps a separate second campaign – or rerun the games I’ve already run with the kids?)… or possibly I could run something else entirely. I did just back the Astropolis II Kickstarter – the Astropolis figures look PERFECT for a Rogue Trader….

Bah – I’ll worry about that after ToonCon. I need to get building some Jet Bikes!

I’ve noticed that these Boardgame round-ups are my most popular posts – they are getting almost double traffic my regular posts of painted miniatures and miniature game reports!? Is it the labels? Searches for boardgames? If you’re not a regular and you popped by to read this – leave a comment and let me know how you got here – I’m just curious. 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably some pictures of Dwarves I’ve painted for the Highland Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband – not to be confused with the Mountain Dwarf warband (yeah, I’m working on two totally separate dwarf warbands for Dragon Rampant). The hopefully a Giant Robot and the onto some Jet Bikes and more game reports!! 

May 2017 Boardgame Round-Up

Posted on June 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Aprilended with a weekend of gaming (International Tabletop Day!) and I wondered if the game playing would peter out a but due to gaming exhaustion, but it turned out to have the opposite effect – it kind of reminded us how much fun we have gamin and inspired us to get gaming MORE! Well… at least for the first week or so… Towards the end of the month we got wrapped up in kids activities that were wrapping up for the (skool) year.

I have to admit I started writing this post at the beginning of May and tried adding a bit to it after each game – hoping to jot down some notes about each game AS THEY WERE PLAYED rather than trying to remember what the hell happened at the end of the month. Sometimes I remembered to do this… other times not-so-much… hence more detail about some games than others.
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

Kicked off May with another game of Hero Realms! (forgot to take a pic during the game). Finnegan played the Cleric, The Girl took the Thief, and I played the Ranger. I crushed them… and made them cry… Looking forward to the launch of the Co-op version of the game!! I think the trick to the game is to try to get as many champions as you can and focus on one or two of the colours – I mostly went for green and red and laid down some serious hurt. Though early in the game I did pick up a few bribes and a blue guild mage (or something like that) to give me some buying power – to get the big nasty heavy hitters from green and red – giants, trolls, vampires, etc…

On the Second we played Roborally(with a soundtrack of Chemical Brothers and Le Tigre cranked on the stereo). This was The Girl’s choice, but I love Roborally too. We don’t pull it out often largely because Amanda isn’t fond of it – but she was away in BC at a Yoga Nedra workshop, so…

The Girl played Twonky, Finnegan played… um… I forget who he played…  and I played #5 (whatever his name is…? I always thought he looked like that robot from… dang what was that movie called…? With Ally Sheedy and a robot named Number Five…? Short Circuit?

Finnegan had the worst game – he drove his robot off the board or into pits THREE TIMES!? He only ever made it to the second marker (out of four). He took it all rather well and laughed the whole time – which is a HUGE improvement from previous games we’ve had when he was driven to tears of frustration!

I had a pretty commanding lead for the first bit. Got to the first marker while Finnegan was still floundering on the first board. Made a clean getaway before The Girl’s robot got there.

I made a mistake trying to get to the third marker and got turned around on the conveyor belts surrounding it. I still got there before The Girl, but I kind of took the long way around trying to extract myself from this mess while avoiding The Girl and her robot’s presser beam option/upgrade – which could have spelt disaster with all these conveyor belts leading into pits! Then she had a couple of turns with hands full of Forward Threes and Twos while I had a couple of mitt-fulls of nuthin but Turn Lefts!?

It was a REALLY close race between me and The Girl – it came down to the very last turn and THIS register above (I think it was the third register of the turn) where she would have shot forward to claim the prize, but mine went first and bumped her off her path so I was able to turn and get to the final marker on the very last register!!

Didn’t play games again until Friday when Bruce, Bob, and Brian came over to play in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. We didn’t get up to much as three players were missing. Still on our way back to Quodeth from the Slavers city – ship got attacked by a mososaurus – or something like that. Lost a crewman and had to put into shore to do repairs. One of the parties sent into the woods didn’t come back and so we had to go search them out and got ambushed by some strange golem-like creature…

On Saturday Dragon’s Den Games was having another 20% off sale… apparently because it was Free Comic Book Day… but they didn’t have comics to give out… because they’re not a comic store… So they had a sale… Whatever, I went and bought a copy of Codenames: Pictures and Kingdomino. My mom had asked me to get a couple of games that we didn’t have, that we’d be interested in playing, that thaty could keep at their place and that THEY’d be able to play… not too tall of an order.

We happened to meet my folks for dinner at Amigos and we tried out Codenames: Pictures while we waited for out meals. It’s okay… our game was a bit rushed… I ended up buying this one because I had a few promo tiles for it from International Tabletop Day. I’m beginning to feel like I like the Words one better (which I played a year and a half ago…). A well… this one is fine. Perhaps I need to give it a few more tries.

Afterwards we walked back to my folks and tried out Kingdomino. I thought I was doing rather well, but in the spirit of her mother (who was still in BC at the yoga workshop) The Girl complained all game that she wasn’t doing very well… and then CRUSHED us all… well… I think she had 43 points, my mom and I were tied in second with 39… I forget what Finnegan had. I don’t think he was much behind…

If that weren’t enough for one day Brent and Kurtis came over in the evening to play Pax Renaissance. It’s been a little too long since we last played and I’d pretty much completely forgot the rules. I took them with me while I was out all afternoon running The Girl around to her Saturday dance classes – but I was SO TIRED I could barely keep my eyes open all afternoon – let alone read Phil Eklund rules! I remembered the basics – two actions, buy cards, play cards… I was a little fuzzy on how a lot of the ops worked…. And had no clue how to put it all together to put oneself into a position to… y’know… actually come close to achieving anyting resembling any of the victory conditions…

Brent seemed to have it figured out and got this incredible juggernaut of European renaissance high finance rolling and I had no clue how to even create so much as a speed bump, let along STOP HIM!?

I feel like I need to play this game every night for a week – like we did with Race for the Galaxy when we first tried to figure it out – then MAYBE I’ll start to get a clue how to play!

In the morning I had originally planned to go for a bike ride with the kids, but one thing lead to another and we didn’t end up going out… but we DID play another game of Hero Realms! This time The Girl played the Ranger, Finnegan played the Wizard, and I played the Fighter(which I’d picked up earlier in the week…).

From this moment on I pretty much knew I would now forever be the first one to die in Hero Realms – in this ONE TURN (pictured above) I put out 15 points worth of guards, dealt about 30 damage and healed myself for 30… yeah… from that point on it was pretty much GANG UP ON DAD, HE’S TOO GOOD AT THIS GAME!

Thursday the 11th was The Girl’s 11th birthday. While waiting for supper we introduced Amanda to Hero Realms. I’m not sure we even finished the game…?

After Supper we played a game of Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – as The Girl wanted to practice before running the game for some of her friends at her Birthday party the following evening. I played my Wandering Minstrel and Amanda played her Fallen Succubus (pictures of those from when we last played). Finnegan played the Deeproot Druid. We didn’t get through a complete game, but The Girl got the practice she needed.

The following evening was her birthday party and the game went over really well. Over the two weeks preceding the party I painted up a bunch of Super Dungeon Explore Heroes and a few of the forgotten King’s Minions.

On Saturday the 13the I wandered over to Kurtis’ to play another game of Pax Renaissance with him and Brent again. This time I was a bit better rested. I played the Fugger bank of Austria and… I can’t remember who Brent and Kurtis played… I could look at these pictures and look it up… but I’m feeling too lazy to do that at the moment. 

My first stab at victory. I think I had three kingdoms here and the others only had one – the feudalism victory condition was in play, but I didn’t have an action left to declare victory. The situation would change drastically before I had another turn. It was back and forth between me and Brent for a number of turns – I came close to winning a few more times, but Brent always had LOADS of money and was always able to foil me before I could declare victory. Finally he took enough away from my that he was able to declare victory. Seriously, I think he had just about every empire on the map in his pocket by that point…

Out of three games, we’ve only ever had feudalism victories…

Fugger bank sucks. (Or maybe it’s just that I do…). I feel like at the time I’d thought out some actual reasons why it was no fun to play.. they have to go first and start with less money…? I can’t remember… Need to play it again. And Pax Pamir

On Sunday (the 14th) we met my sister and folks at Amigos Cantina for a supper with them to celebrate The Girl’s birthday. They brought along Codenames; Pictures again. We played a couple quick games while waiting for food (boys vs. girls – with me and The Girl as Spymasters, we started a third with Amanda and me as spymasters, but the food arrived before we really got into it.

On Tuesday we tried out Monarch. Ever since we watched the Tabletop Season Four episode about Monarch back an the beginning of February, The Girl has been super stoked about tracking one down. I’d actually added it to the list of games my Mother-in-law could look for to get for my birthday – but when Amanda told be she went and got ALL of the games on the list I suggested she could hold onto Monarch until May and give it to The Girl for her birthday. So she did. The Girl was SUPER EXCITED to get it!!!

We all got to play sister princesses filling up our courts to score crowns (victory points) which, it think, were to gain the favour of our mother the queen..? It’s kind of a card drafting game – most card go into your “court” and you play until someone has seven in their court. Other cards you buy improve the lands which benefit everyone. To draft/buy these cards from the market you need to have gold which you get from taxing villages, but to tax them you have to have food to feed them – which you get from harvesting. You can either tax or harvest once on your turn and then buy as many cards as you like (actually you can buy cards before and/or after doing your taxation or harvest – which allows you to buy and improvement and then make use of it before anyone else does!)

The first game we played without banners because The Girl had read in the rules that it was suggested to play without them for your first game or so – honestly, we could have thrown them in. It’s a pretty easy game – for seasoned pros like us it wouldn’t have been too much to just play with them for the start…

I crushed the kids going heavy on Bounty.

In the second game I hammered them again – I had some pretty incredible luck, though – One of the first cards I got was the one that allowed you to get culture cards for 2 less gold and two other culture cards in the first turn and then snapped up the Culture Banner which meant pretty much anytime an unwanted guest showed up in the market, it was going into one of their courts for free (except the one that The Girl managed to buy and put into mine, before I could put it in one  of theirs…). It’s a bit of a double-edged sword of an ability, because it makes all the other players want to buy the unwanted guests and put them in YOURS! If playing with four players it could have gone much worse for me…

Later in the evening we introduced Amanda to the game.

I didn’t make note of how that game went. I think The Girl won.

The third weekend in May was the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada and I’d originally hoped to get in a LOT of gaming – at least seven games – Friday night, Saturda Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Evening, Monday afternoon and Monday evening… but then Amanda was feeling super behind at work and ended up going in for the day on Monday. Saturday and Sunday she decided we needed to get caught up on a bunch of chores and errands… booooo… we did get in a few games…

Friday Evening we played Legendary: The Marvel Deck-Building Game with the Deadpoolexpansion that Finnegan had bought some time ago and never got around to playing with. We played with mostly Deadpool hero cards… and some incompetant Agent of Hydra… and our mission was to stop Macho Gomez from stealing all the Chimichangas. It was weird.

Saturday evening I convinced the family to try out Faustus Furius – except with jet bikes! A full report of the ensuing shenanigans can be found elsewhere on this bolg:

Faustus Furius: 3000

Finally on Monday a couple of the kid’s friends came over and played Star Wars: X-Wing. I didn’t play in this one, and I’m not really sure how it went down. The Girl played with one of the Imperial Veterans these same lads gave her for her birthday (the crazy looking red interceptor thingie) and the younger of the brothers played a pair of bog standard Tie-Fighters with Academy pilots. Finnegan played the B-Wingand the elder brother played the Y-Wing. Once again it was a victory for the Forces of the Imperium – furthering their cause to promote peace, justice and ORDER in the galaxy by preventing the radicalized, terrorist Rebels from spreading their hokey weapons and ancient religion…

As I mentioned, the last week or so of May has been CrAzY busy with dance classes at the Uof S School of dance wrapping up and final rehearsals and recitals and getting a garden in and a bunch of other stuff going on. So we didn’t play any games as a family for over a week! Hopefully in June – and through the rest of the summer – we’ll find some more time for gaming.

I did get in one last game at John’s on the evening of the 31st. We played Quartermaster General 1914. QMG 1914 is a lighter card-driven game of the Great War. John actually called it “not a wargame, but an area control game with a war theme”. I liked it – I wish I’d had this to play with the kids instead of Axis & Allies 1914 back when we were boardgaming our way through history…. (I am reminded that I never actually FINISHED the last two posts about our boardgaming through history… maybe I should get on that…).

I played Russia, John played the UK and the USA, Brent played France and Italy. Opposing us were April, who played Germany, and Darrin playing Austro-Hungary and the Ottomans.

It was a weird game – The United states was in the war quicker that the British!? In fact the British never landed an army in France – but the Americans did! Italy marched through Tyrol and marched on Vienna and captured it! This happened quite early in the war and kind of screwed Darrin for the rest of the war as he was unable to do much of anything (all his units being out of supply and unable to build new ones…).

Near the end of the game – I used up all of my little men half way through the game and thus could expand no further – I could have used guys to attack into adjacent areas (on the rare occasion that I HAD land battle cards) but I wouldn’t have been able to take them over – just remove enemies from the areas denying them victory points – But the Germans had so many readied defence cards, I figured it would be pointless and tried to look for other ways to gain victory points (mostly through the use of event cards).

In other news…

I had a talk with John  – who is the chief-organizer-guy for ToonCon – and I’m going to be running either Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir on Sunday afternoon as part of their new “Learn to Play” series of games – Games that they figure very few people will have played  – some of which may be “heavier” games (ones that can be a bit of a slog to try and read through the rules without having played something similar before) – that people can sign up with no previous knowledge and know that the person running it will basically walk them through a game (and hopefully not have one super experienced person show up and crush everyone else because they had no clue how to play). My Faustus Furius game (which I’ll be running on the Saturday evening) will be part of this series. There might be a COIN game in this series or High Frontier 3rd Edition – both of which I’d be excited to play as well.

We have a few more weeks of furious activity – two or three more violin lessons, two more Irish dance classes (then two rehearsals and the final recital) and then our year-end homeschool reporting on the 20th. After that we are free and clear (mostly) for rthe rest of the summer… well… okay, we are renovating the kitchen – and I’m doing a lot of that… and the kids are each taking a week long theatre class at Persephone Theatre and Finnegan is going to Diabetes Camp and we’re all going on a short trip up to Prince Albert National Park for a few days of hiking and mountain biking… but OTHER THAN THAT – we don’t have much planned through the summer and I hope to get in a lot of biking and playing games!

Through June I do hope to get Saturday games in on at least three of the weekends… maybe even four (if Amanda can take the kids to one of the Irish rehearsals)…? This Saturday we’re planning to play Arkham Horror. As The Girl is done all her Saturday dance classes she’ll actually be able to join us, unfortunately Amanda is at a conference all weekend – so it’ll just be me and the kids and my friend Jasper who said he’d come and maybe I’ll be able to get one more player…

On two of the other Saturdays in June I’d like to get in games of Pax Renaissance or Pax Pamir – so I can let the ToonCon peoples know which one I’m going to run.

I’ve been feeling the urge to run a role-playing game again. I’m pretty stoked about the idea of running a Cthulhu Invictus campaign. I’ve been considering running it with a very simple system based on A Song of Blades and Heroes or Fear and Faith (I’d been thinig if I’d run a more modern Cthulhu campaign I could have called  it Fear and Faith and Fthagn!). I’d really like to run it for the kids – and maybe some others… I’m not entirely sure WHEN I’ll run it though… Ideally I’d like to get started over the summer – like, right after we’re doing with the Homeschool reporting!

Bruce, who has been running the bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign, has said he’s hoping to wrap it up by the end of the summer and then he’d like to take a break and has asked if my or Bob (one of the other players) if we’d step up and run something. I could possibly run Cthulhu Invictus then (perhaps a separate second campaign – or rerun the games I’ve already run with the kids?)… or possibly I could run something else entirely. I did just back the Astropolis II Kickstarter – the Astropolis figures look PERFECT for a Rogue Trader….

Bah – I’ll worry about that after ToonCon. I need to get building some Jet Bikes!

I’ve noticed that these Boardgame round-ups are my most popular posts – they are getting almost double traffic my regular posts of painted miniatures and miniature game reports!? Is it the labels? Searches for boardgames? If you’re not a regular and you popped by to read this – leave a comment and let me know how you got here – I’m just curious. 

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably some pictures of Dwarves I’ve painted for the Highland Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband – not to be confused with the Mountain Dwarf warband (yeah, I’m working on two totally separate dwarf warbands for Dragon Rampant). The hopefully a Giant Robot and the onto some Jet Bikes and more game reports!! 

2017 Spiel des Jahres Nominees Announced – The German “Board Game of the Year”

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Spiel des Jahres NomieesWhen it comes to board gaming awards, none are more coveted than the annual Spiel des Jahres. This is Germany’s annual “Game of the Year” and it’s one every designer would love to have displayed on their shelf. While the Spiel des Jahres is actually reserved for lighter, family style games, that doesn’t stop it […]

Realm Master Kickstarter Review

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Realm master board game kickstarter review

The more board games you play, the more you notice mechanics and concepts shared between various games. It’s actually one of those great things about learning to play a game, when you realise that there is a common DNA with another game, or a new game takes something familiar to you and mixes it up, using it in a way that you weren’t expecting. Unfortunately this sometimes leads to games feeling very similar, or sharing so many mechanics that it’s hard to differentiate them.
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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 25: The UK Games Expo Preview

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The UK Games Expo is the 2nd to 4th of June and it’s the biggest tabletop gaming convention in the UK.  It will be three days full of board games, card games, miniatures and roleplaying games and we take a look at the games that have got us excited.

To get more information and tickets head to https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

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Ravage: Dungeons of Plunder Kickstarter Review

Posted on May 18th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Dungeon crawling is a well-used trope in the board gaming world; grab a party of likeminded adventurers and head underground to grab some loot and kick the snot out of all manner of monsters. But what if I told you that gold and sparkling gems weren’t the real treasure? What if you were a culture that used teeth as a currency? Well, all of a sudden venturing into dark subterranean deaths isn’t about collecting shinies and honour, but instead becomes an attempt to recreate a Pantera album cover in as a many imaginative ways as possible.

In many ways Ravage: Dungeons of Plunder is a typical dungeon crawler and in its basic premise I have to say that there isn’t a huge amount of original ideas in the game. You’ll venture into dark depths, kill monsters, grab loot, level up and hopefully last long enough to take on the story’s goal. But Ravage puts a few interesting tweaks into the age old formula and wraps it up in a package of beautiful artwork and striking graphic design.
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EXIT: The Game – The Secret Lab Review

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 EXIT: The Game – The Secret Lab Review

You may have noticed a surge in the number or Escape Room style board games appearing over the last few months.  Fresh on the heels of cooperative puzzle games like TIME Stories comes a whole range of one-time puzzles based on the escape room phenomenon that is gripping the world.  If you are like me, and live at the arse end of nowheresville you will most likely not have had an opportunity to visit one of these experiences.
Thankfully system like Unlock, Escape the Room and EXIT allow you to experience these cooperative puzzle sessions at home. We were lucky to receive a copy of EXIT The Secret Lab from Kosmos and so the opportunity of a bank holiday weekend meant I was able to lock ourselves into the dining room after a Sunday roast and see if the Tudor family was clever enough to escape a devious laboratory.

We were not.
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Steam Works Review

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Steam Works Review

Picture the scene: you’re at a large convention at a popular UK site and you see through the crowd a man wearing a metallic owl on his shoulder, together in Victorian getup and an extendable spyglass fixed to the side of his head. On the streets, this kind of behaviour would usually result in a swift recapture followed by a series of injections and perhaps a straightjacket. In the safe and womb-like environment of the UK Games Expo however, it’s worthy of perhaps a gently raised eyebrow before being distracted by another miniatures vendor. Unless you’re me of course, where Steampunk holds a particular fascination ever since I donned the light gem and began a career as a thief in the PC game… er… Thief.
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Anachrony – First Impressions

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For many board games theme isn’t really that important. There are countless Mediterranean trading simulators and games that could use other themes without affecting gameplay. […]

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 24: Dark Souls, Farsight, Petrichor, Ravage and Exit

Posted on May 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In a desperate effort to clear the decks before the UK Games Expo, the boys from Polyhedron Collider cast their eye over the latest batch of board games and tabletop Kickstarters.

Steve faces the crushing difficulty and divisive gameplay of Dark Souls and then all three go to war with big mechs and sneaky spies in Farsight. Andy is one with the weather as he moves like the wind in Petrichor before joining Steve on the dungeon crawling of Ravage: Dungeons of Plunder. Finally Steve tries one of the latest Escape the Room games in Exit the Secret Lab.

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The UK Games Expo 2017

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The UK Games Expo 2017

Chaos. Games. Minis. Press. Cameras. Shops. Stalls. Cosplay. Shows. Talks. Seminars. And Two prats from Polyhedron Collider. It’s the UK Games Expo, it’s the biggest tabletop gaming convention in the UK and it’s only a few weeks away.
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Best Play Recommends: Captain Sonar

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TL;DR What: Team-based Battleships turned up to 11 Players: 2 – 8 (we recommend 6-8) Time: 45 minutes People: Best with two teams of friends who like to get their adrenaline pumping (with a board game) Available: Get it on Amazon here and support Best Play at the same time! The Gist Why we recommend it We also talked about […]

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March/April Boardgame Roundup

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I didn’t end up doing a lot of boardgaming in March because I was busy working on the Vimy Project… well…for the first half of the month before I abandoned it… I’m not sure why we didn’t do much gaming for the following three weeks…? General malaise after abandoning the project I’d worked so hard and so long on…? Maybe it was all the catching up on other things I had let slip while working so long and hard on it…? maybe a bit of both…? Anyway, gaming picked up in April..

Amanda and the kids and I played a game of Nationson the 5th. My friend Kurtis left the expansion nations from the Dynasties Expansion for us to try out.
I totally can’t remember what everyone else was playing… I’d played the previous few games with China – determined to find some way to win with them…

But it looks like I was playing with Japan this game… I have no idea who won. I just know it was fun. Because Nations is always fun. (Except when Amanda complains all game that she has no idea what she is doing and that she’s certain she’s not doing well and then UTTERLY CRUSHES US ALL by a landslide… Oh, wait, that’s EVERY game of Nations… Ah well, it’s still fun to play).

The following Friday (the 10th) we played Abyss. Abyss is an interesting set-collection game. The Girl got it for X-mas from my folks – she’d asked for it because she and Amanda had tried it out at International Tabletop Day last year and really enjoyed it. It’s fun.

These games were almost two months ago, so I don’t really remember how they went down… I should stay on top of these monthly Boardgame Roundups – even if I don’t play many games – just so I can remember what the heck happened in the games!? Or maybe even type a few lines about each game immediately after the game and then just post all the comments at the end of the month…?

We didn’t get in any games again until the next Saturday (18th) – when Bruce and Brent joined me and Finnegan to try out Pax Renaissance. It ended up being a “figuring it out” game and all I really remember about the game was I ended up playing King Maker for Brent – I took… something…? Away from Finnegan one turn – which set me up to declare victory on my following turn, but I hadn’t been paying attention as Brent ALSO had the requirements for the same sort of victory and started his turn by saying “Uh… I think I win…”

This was one of the games that my in-laws got me for my birthday, which had arrived earlier in the week. They live in Windsor (Ontario!) and my sister-in-law lives in Detroit (part time… sort of… long story…) so when Amanda said he mum was interested in a list of ideas for things she might be able to get me for my birthday I send along a list of a few things that are either impossible to get in Canada or prohibitively expensive to get in Canada – but are easily available through Amazon.com – with free shipping within the US! I sent a list of a few things  thinking she could maybe get two (which would be enough for free shipping) but tacked on a couple of extra options in case one or the other weren’t available… well she ended up buying ALL of the things on the list!?

Later in the evening some other friends came over to try out Secret Hitler – another of the birthday games. It’s a party-ish games – sort of along the lines of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow (in that there are people with secret identities – the fascists – which the other players – the Liberals – have to root out before they are destroyed by them..?). I think we played two or three rounds. I ended up being a fascist EVERY SINGLE TIME. The game involves bluffing and lying – which I am TERRIBLE at. It was a lot harder game for the Fascists to win than I imagined (But maybe that’s just because I’m such a terrible liar…).

The picture was probably taken AFTER a game – because I kept forgetting to take pictures because I was too involved in PLAYING the games…

We also played Are You The Cultist? – another similar game where the players are supposedly a group of investigators trying to stop cultists from summoning some dark god – but their group has been infiltrated by a couple of cultists who secretly try to foil the investigations. I totally don’t remember who was who, or who won… I seem to think there was a random element to the game which really messed things up…

I think both of the games play better with MORE people!

On the 28the Amanda and I played in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. The game that should have been played earlier in the month was cancelled for some reason…? I think this session was the one where the stars aligned and an island not on my chart rose from the sea and we were attacked by Deep Ones…

A week later, on the 31st we I finally got in a game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of the game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – Pork on the Trotters

Earlier in the week my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition which I Kickstarted almost two years ago

So on Saturday (1 April 2017) we set it up to have a go at it.

Bruce, Finnegan and I went through the “READ THIS BOOK FIRST – Training Guide”  because… well… it said to read it first and seemed to be a walkthrough of the rules (and also I hadn’t had an opportunity to read through the actual rules earlier). It turned out to be not all that helpful… I probably would have don’t better reading through the rules and puzzling it out on my own… anyway…

I think Bruce actually successfully managed to launch a rocket and get somewhere…

The following Saturday (8 April 2017) Brent joined us to have another go at the game. Bruce and I had both read the basic rules – and Brent had actually played before – so things went a BIT smoother. I still like I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing – but I LOVE the game! I NEED TO PLAY THIS MORE!!!

On the following Tuesday (11 April 2017) I got in another game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of that game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – River Crossing

I’m really enjoying The Pikeman’s Lament and have been painting a lot of stuff for it this past month.

The next day (12 April 2017) the kids just set up a game of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King while I was doing chores, but invited me to play for a bit when I took a break.

I got to play the Ember Mage. She’s pretty cool. With all the goodies she’d found she was blasting stuff right, left, and center.

I had to step out of the game before we finished, but the kids left it set out and I think finished it up after supper.

They just had a riot playing it. I hope we get to play this again soon!

Thursday and Friday (13/14 April 2017) We set up a game of Star Wars: X-Wing. It was really just one game we played – we set it up on the Thursday and got in an turn or two, but then had to stop for some reason… but we left it out overnight and finished it off Friday morning.

The Girl had picked out a TIE Interceptor with a named pilot and a couple of bog standard TIE Fighters with Academy Pilots. I took one of the TIE Fighters.

Finnegan took a Y-Wing and a B-wing

Finnegan’s Y-Wing took out The Girl’s Tie Fighter pretty quick in the game.

But then my TIE fighter took out the B-Wing!?

And then he took out the Y-Wing!?

An Academy Pilot… well he’d probably been promoted!

This turned out to be a WEEK-O-GAMING as one of the kids came over the following day to play a few more games with us.

We played a quick game of Ingenious.

I totally played my BEST GAME EVER – I ended up with 18 in ALL colours!?

Later we set a game of Onward to Venus I played France, Amanda was America, Finnegan played Germany, The Girl played the Russian Empire and the kid’s friend played the British Empire.

Since we had a bit of a Space theme going for the weekend I had hoped I’ve be able to introduce Amanda and The Girl to High Frontier, but then Amanda remembered she was teaching a yoga class in the afternoon and we ended up having to play a shorter game.

Trying to keep with the Space theme we played Race for the Galaxy. Amanda’s looking a bit gloaty here… She did end the game – putting out 14 developments and planets (she had a development that allowed her 14 in her tableau – rather than ending at 12). She’d played a FAST game getting things out as quick as possible. She didn’t end up winning though, so the celebrating was perhaps a bit premature…

The Girl was really upset by this – she’d needed a few more rounds to get out all the things she had in hand.

I didn’t get everything I had into play, but won the game anyway. I had a pretty solid theme going. I like that more than winning – it just happened that I got one of those 6-cost developments that gave me HUGE points for having all those Alien cards in play.

After Amanda left, we played another game, which I think I also ended up winning – this time with a bit of an uplift theme (I had originally thought of going for Imperial worlds – there had been a “First Goal” for imperium/military worlds – which I did end up getting, but not in the way I originally planned…)

Later in the evening I went over to my friend Kurtis’ to try out Wings of the Baron. Players are competing manufacturers of airplanes in Germany during the Great War. We were actually playtesting for a new expansion.

I played Albatross. I really enjoyed the game, but I really only felt like I was starting to get a clue how to play as the game ended… There are about six different actions you can take, but must select only a few of them to do each turn. These include researching new technology (giving you cards), implementing new designs (playing those cards), espionage (stealing technology others have already designed), building new factories, and banking (converting paper money into gold – because paper money is devalued throughout the game due to inflation – and becomes absolutely worthless if Germany loses the war).  Whoever has the best planes gets the most contracts. More contracts means more money, but you are limited in the number of contracts you can fulfill by tthe number of factories you have. So there is a lot going on in the game! 

Monday kicked off a week of High Frontier 3rd Edition (well… two days.. originally it was to be three days, which is pretty close to a week). For the first game I talked the kids into trying a play through of with me. I played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA, and The Girl played the UN. Finnegan’s starting to figure it out and managed to lay claim to all of Mars and build a factory there, he also built set up a factory and colony out in the asteroid belt. The Girl made a number of claims out in the asteroid belt and build two factories out there – one with a colony. I got a manned mission to Mercury and back – scoring a quick (well.. not really so quick as I effed up my first attempt 6 points claiming the glory for return trips to  Mercury and a Science site) Later I build a factory out in the belt – where I managed to do and Extra-terrestrial construction of a more efficient solar sail that I was able to bring back and use to take enough stuff to set up a factory and colony on Mercury! Finnegan and I tied at 26 points, and The Girl wasn’t far behind with 20…

Tuesday (18 April 2017) we tried to walk Amanda through it. I played Shimizo, The Girl played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA again and Amanda tried the UN. After a great deal of explanation we got a game underway around 8pm or so… but had to call it quits just after 9pm as Amanda was exhausted from her day at work (and hadn’t been sleeping well the last few nights). The Girl had already laid claim to a couple of Asteriods and has left a Robonaut floating in space waiting for a refinery to arrive for her to complete a factory on one. I was a turn away from claiming all of Mars! (MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaa….). Finnegan Has been about to launch a mission to Mercury, but I pointed out he was about to make the same mistake I had at the beginning of our previous game – going there without enough fuel to afterburn to get enough thrust to land and take off again! He decided to wait until he got a more efficient thruster to get his rocket TO the Venus zone where he could abandon it and carry on with his solar sail. Amanda had JUST gotten a PILE of equipment boosted into Low Earth Orbit, but then we pointed out she’d need to collect income for four more turns to have enough fuel to get to where she was planning to go… AND that she didn’t actually have a good enough ISRU to actually prospect at the location she was initially planning to go… and at that point she called the game and went to bed. She did think it was interesting and promised to have another go at it – on a weekend when we had more time and she was better rested!

The following day – Wednesday, 19 April – I was supposed to go over to Brent’s in the evening and play High Frontier AGAIN! Brent was planning to run us through a full Colonization game. I didn’t make it… I can’t remember what came up…?

Thursday was the start of the annual Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Book and Music sale (people donate books and cds and records and DVDs which members of the symphony and volunteers sell at this annual event – which now runs a whole week and a bit – to raise money for the SSO). I happened to find this old copy of Acquire.

This was Day One’s purchases – The Girl’s, Mine, and Finnegan’s piles. The whole shebang was about $50…? This was our biggest haul of the week – except for the second Saturday – the last day – when everything was 50% off…

Friday was our usual biweekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E game – and Amanda’s birthday! ( a couple of our regular players were missing…) 

The evening’s escapades brought us to the climax of an adventure that took us to a slavers city to try and free some Dwarf merchants and a master craftsman. We had a show down with a particularly nasty wizard of some sort that planned to sacrificed the dwarf in some dark ceremony. My fighter dude shot him out of the sky – I got a natural 20 and did 20-something damage… it was pretty epic…

The next week was pretty busy and we didn’t get to any gaming at all until Saturday, 29 April 2017 – International Tabletop Day2017!

This was the beginning of an insanely busy weekend. Amanda was away at a yoga instructors workshop in British Columbia, so I was doing stuff on my own with the kids… now, as I mentioned this Saturday was the final day of the SSO book and Music sale (everything 50% off the already insanely low prices…) it opened at 10am. We spent about half an hour there – gathered up a pile of stuff – mostly DVDs and then split.

Luckily it was a beautiful day. I think the forecast was for rain – which would have sucked – but it ended up being sunny and warm. After the SSO sale, Finnegan made his way to Dragon’s Den Games, and I took The Girl to one of her dance classes. She normally has three dance classes on Saturday. But I convinced her to play hooky from the two in the afternoon so we could all go to Tabletop Day and play games all afternoon. (this picture above is from where I was sitting and waiting for her while she did her class – in the Williams Building – in the distance there). It was nice to sit out in the sun.

After the class we headed over to The Den. Locked up our bikes – to the only place to lock bikes up to within half a block of the place…

When we got there things were well underway.

Finnegan was playing a game called Colosseum..? maybe…?

The Girl and I joined a few others to play a game called Shadow Hunters, which was pretty interesting. Players have a secret identity and are either Hunters, Shadows or Neutrals. Hunters and Shadows win by eliminating all of their opposites. The Neutrals have weird victory conditions. Part of the game is deducing who is on your side and who are your enemies and then destroying them before they figure out who you are… I ended up being a Hunter and The Girl was a neutral – her victory condition was that she won if the person to her right won…!? I figured out who the other Hunter was pretty quickly and then figured out who the Shadows were – but I think they pretty much figured me out about the same time. We took down one of the shadows, but then the other one finished me off. One of the Neutrals finished off the second Shadow to fulfill HIS victory condition – which made us Hunters win as well (including me, even though I was dead?!) AND The Girl was counted amongst the victors, as she was sitting to the left of the Neutral who ended the game and won…

The we joined in a game of Kemet. followers of different gods in ancient Egypt battling each other for control of temples and stuff… It was okay…

The Girl kind of looks bored in most of these pictures – she wasn’t – she was just very, very tired. It was a long week with a lot of activity, followed by a late night Friday evening, followed by and early morning on Saturday and a lot of running around – to the SSO, back home, over to Campus, 45 minute dance class, over to the Dragons Den (all by bicycle – tires an 11-year-old out…)

I spotted my friend Other Tim playing a game of Nations.

I had heard someone was going to be running a game of Terraforming Mars, which I’d really wanted to try out. But there was a sign up sheet and only four spots available and it was all full up before I got there… looks like a fun game though.

The kids played a game of Sentinels of the Multiverse with a couple. Actually Finnegan had played another game of Sentinels earlier in the day.

I tried out another game called Kingdomino. It was fun and quick. Probably be a good one to play with my folks.

There were doorprizes handed out throughout the afternoon. The Girl won a weekend pass to ToonCon in the fall and Finnegan won a game called Costa Rica.

There was also a bit of a sale going on and I ended up buying a copy of Neanderthal. My mom had asked me to pick up a game we could play with them over at their place. I thought about getting Kingdomino, but then the couple I’d played it with bought it… I had thought about Codenames… but the kids seemed pretty interested in Hero Realms, so I ended up picking up that. Finnegan also bought himself a game – something to do with Red Dragon Inn… but not actually Red Dragon Inn…? I think it might have been Battle for Greyport..? I’m sure we’ll be trying it out soon enough.

We stopped by my folks place for supper afterwards and actually ended up trying out Costa Rica and it was actually quite fun – and my folks could even play! Players took turns leading expeditions through the mountains, forests and wetlands of Costa Rica in search of critters. Each expedition initially has a one meeple of every players colour, but as players collect tiles with animals they are removed from the expedition. It’s essentially a set-collection game. This post is already WAY TOO LONG to really get into it… I’m sure we’ll play it again soon – maybe when Amanda gets back from BC.

 When we got back home we played YET ANOTHER GAME – Just Desserts. This is one of The Girls games and she loves playing it and she was feeling like she didn’t really get to play a game she’d wanted to play – she didn’t mind playing any of the games – but didn’t really feel they were ones she chose…? I don’t know… So we played a quick game of Just Desserts and she was happy.

I ended up Staying up  waaaay tooooo laaaaaate trying to get some patches sewed onto wone of The Girls dance costumes, and then we had another early start to get over the the Universities Physical Activity Complex for the U of S School of Dance’s Picture Day….

Picture Day. We were there from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon…. The Girl takes FIVE different dance classes with the UofS SoD… (and Finnegan takes one too!)

In some of the longer breaks between pictures we got a couple of games of Star Realms.

This was my last round of one of the games – I went pretty heavy with the BLOB forces. I think I did 28 damage! Finnegan had already been knocked out and The Girl only had about 13 Authority left, and maybe an outpost worth four…

After we were finished with pictures we scooted on over to Irish Dance (at a different dance studio) I caught the last 15 minutes of my class – which just about did me in (I was running of fumes at this point having had only 4.5 hours of sleep). I’d brought Neanderthalwith me thinking I’d sit and read the rules, but I couldn’t even focus my eyes to ready ANYTHING so I sprawled out on a couch in the basement and trie dot rest a bit.

After class it was pouring rain and the ride through the rain woke me up a bit. We went to my folks for supper again.

And this evening we tried out Hero Realms! I’d also picked up a few of the expansion started decks, so Finnegan tried out the Ranger, my dad tried the Cleric(which he always played in D&D as well….), and The Girl and my Mom teamed up to play the Wizard. I just played on of the generic starter decks from the base game. It was fun. My dad had to split to go feed my sister’s dogs – he wasn’t quite grasping the whole idea of deck-building – kept thinking the cards he bought in the turn he should be able to use then and there, but my mom followed along and pretty much had it figured out by the end. It is pretty much identical to star Realms – with different names and art – but it works. We had a lot of fun – it’s a good filler game when you don’t want to have to think too much. I’m interested to see what they come up with in the Co-operative campaign sets they’re planning.

Well! That’s a lot of gaming… I need to stay on top of these updates and do them monthly… or perhaps fortnightly!?

In addition to receiving my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition this month, I also kickstarted a couple new games in the last month or so – Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game and Bios: Gensis (2nd Edition)… because… SCIENCE!! I do really like Phil Eklund games and I’d been really interested in Bios: Genesis when it came out last year. I didn’t pre-order it though, thinking it would get to my local game store (Dragon’s Den) eventually – but it sold out before they shipped any to any stores and initially it sounded like they weren’t going to reprint anytime soon – so when they announced they were kickstarting a SECOND EDITION already, I jumped in on that on!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Some painting perhaps…? 

March/April Boardgame Roundup

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I didn’t end up doing a lot of boardgaming in March because I was busy working on the Vimy Project… well…for the first half of the month before I abandoned it… I’m not sure why we didn’t do much gaming for the following three weeks…? General malaise after abandoning the project I’d worked so hard and so long on…? Maybe it was all the catching up on other things I had let slip while working so long and hard on it…? maybe a bit of both…? Anyway, gaming picked up in April..

Amanda and the kids and I played a game of Nationson the 5th. My friend Kurtis left the expansion nations from the Dynasties Expansion for us to try out.
I totally can’t remember what everyone else was playing… I’d played the previous few games with China – determined to find some way to win with them…

But it looks like I was playing with Japan this game… I have no idea who won. I just know it was fun. Because Nations is always fun. (Except when Amanda complains all game that she has no idea what she is doing and that she’s certain she’s not doing well and then UTTERLY CRUSHES US ALL by a landslide… Oh, wait, that’s EVERY game of Nations… Ah well, it’s still fun to play).

The following Friday (the 10th) we played Abyss. Abyss is an interesting set-collection game. The Girl got it for X-mas from my folks – she’d asked for it because she and Amanda had tried it out at International Tabletop Day last year and really enjoyed it. It’s fun.

These games were almost two months ago, so I don’t really remember how they went down… I should stay on top of these monthly Boardgame Roundups – even if I don’t play many games – just so I can remember what the heck happened in the games!? Or maybe even type a few lines about each game immediately after the game and then just post all the comments at the end of the month…?

We didn’t get in any games again until the next Saturday (18th) – when Bruce and Brent joined me and Finnegan to try out Pax Renaissance. It ended up being a “figuring it out” game and all I really remember about the game was I ended up playing King Maker for Brent – I took… something…? Away from Finnegan one turn – which set me up to declare victory on my following turn, but I hadn’t been paying attention as Brent ALSO had the requirements for the same sort of victory and started his turn by saying “Uh… I think I win…”

This was one of the games that my in-laws got me for my birthday, which had arrived earlier in the week. They live in Windsor (Ontario!) and my sister-in-law lives in Detroit (part time… sort of… long story…) so when Amanda said he mum was interested in a list of ideas for things she might be able to get me for my birthday I send along a list of a few things that are either impossible to get in Canada or prohibitively expensive to get in Canada – but are easily available through Amazon.com – with free shipping within the US! I sent a list of a few things  thinking she could maybe get two (which would be enough for free shipping) but tacked on a couple of extra options in case one or the other weren’t available… well she ended up buying ALL of the things on the list!?

Later in the evening some other friends came over to try out Secret Hitler – another of the birthday games. It’s a party-ish games – sort of along the lines of Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow (in that there are people with secret identities – the fascists – which the other players – the Liberals – have to root out before they are destroyed by them..?). I think we played two or three rounds. I ended up being a fascist EVERY SINGLE TIME. The game involves bluffing and lying – which I am TERRIBLE at. It was a lot harder game for the Fascists to win than I imagined (But maybe that’s just because I’m such a terrible liar…).

The picture was probably taken AFTER a game – because I kept forgetting to take pictures because I was too involved in PLAYING the games…

We also played Are You The Cultist? – another similar game where the players are supposedly a group of investigators trying to stop cultists from summoning some dark god – but their group has been infiltrated by a couple of cultists who secretly try to foil the investigations. I totally don’t remember who was who, or who won… I seem to think there was a random element to the game which really messed things up…

I think both of the games play better with MORE people!

On the 28the Amanda and I played in our bi weekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E campaign. The game that should have been played earlier in the month was cancelled for some reason…? I think this session was the one where the stars aligned and an island not on my chart rose from the sea and we were attacked by Deep Ones…

A week later, on the 31st we I finally got in a game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of the game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – Pork on the Trotters

Earlier in the week my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition which I Kickstarted almost two years ago

So on Saturday (1 April 2017) we set it up to have a go at it.

Bruce, Finnegan and I went through the “READ THIS BOOK FIRST – Training Guide”  because… well… it said to read it first and seemed to be a walkthrough of the rules (and also I hadn’t had an opportunity to read through the actual rules earlier). It turned out to be not all that helpful… I probably would have don’t better reading through the rules and puzzling it out on my own… anyway…

I think Bruce actually successfully managed to launch a rocket and get somewhere…

The following Saturday (8 April 2017) Brent joined us to have another go at the game. Bruce and I had both read the basic rules – and Brent had actually played before – so things went a BIT smoother. I still like I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing – but I LOVE the game! I NEED TO PLAY THIS MORE!!!

On the following Tuesday (11 April 2017) I got in another game of The Pikeman’s Lament with the kids – a full report of that game (with loads more pictures) can be found here:

Pikeman’s Lament – River Crossing

I’m really enjoying The Pikeman’s Lament and have been painting a lot of stuff for it this past month.

The next day (12 April 2017) the kids just set up a game of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King while I was doing chores, but invited me to play for a bit when I took a break.

I got to play the Ember Mage. She’s pretty cool. With all the goodies she’d found she was blasting stuff right, left, and center.

I had to step out of the game before we finished, but the kids left it set out and I think finished it up after supper.

They just had a riot playing it. I hope we get to play this again soon!

Thursday and Friday (13/14 April 2017) We set up a game of Star Wars: X-Wing. It was really just one game we played – we set it up on the Thursday and got in an turn or two, but then had to stop for some reason… but we left it out overnight and finished it off Friday morning.

The Girl had picked out a TIE Interceptor with a named pilot and a couple of bog standard TIE Fighters with Academy Pilots. I took one of the TIE Fighters.

Finnegan took a Y-Wing and a B-wing

Finnegan’s Y-Wing took out The Girl’s Tie Fighter pretty quick in the game.

But then my TIE fighter took out the B-Wing!?

And then he took out the Y-Wing!?

An Academy Pilot… well he’d probably been promoted!

This turned out to be a WEEK-O-GAMING as one of the kids came over the following day to play a few more games with us.

We played a quick game of Ingenious.

I totally played my BEST GAME EVER – I ended up with 18 in ALL colours!?

Later we set a game of Onward to Venus I played France, Amanda was America, Finnegan played Germany, The Girl played the Russian Empire and the kid’s friend played the British Empire.

Since we had a bit of a Space theme going for the weekend I had hoped I’ve be able to introduce Amanda and The Girl to High Frontier, but then Amanda remembered she was teaching a yoga class in the afternoon and we ended up having to play a shorter game.

Trying to keep with the Space theme we played Race for the Galaxy. Amanda’s looking a bit gloaty here… She did end the game – putting out 14 developments and planets (she had a development that allowed her 14 in her tableau – rather than ending at 12). She’d played a FAST game getting things out as quick as possible. She didn’t end up winning though, so the celebrating was perhaps a bit premature…

The Girl was really upset by this – she’d needed a few more rounds to get out all the things she had in hand.

I didn’t get everything I had into play, but won the game anyway. I had a pretty solid theme going. I like that more than winning – it just happened that I got one of those 6-cost developments that gave me HUGE points for having all those Alien cards in play.

After Amanda left, we played another game, which I think I also ended up winning – this time with a bit of an uplift theme (I had originally thought of going for Imperial worlds – there had been a “First Goal” for imperium/military worlds – which I did end up getting, but not in the way I originally planned…)

Later in the evening I went over to my friend Kurtis’ to try out Wings of the Baron. Players are competing manufacturers of airplanes in Germany during the Great War. We were actually playtesting for a new expansion.

I played Albatross. I really enjoyed the game, but I really only felt like I was starting to get a clue how to play as the game ended… There are about six different actions you can take, but must select only a few of them to do each turn. These include researching new technology (giving you cards), implementing new designs (playing those cards), espionage (stealing technology others have already designed), building new factories, and banking (converting paper money into gold – because paper money is devalued throughout the game due to inflation – and becomes absolutely worthless if Germany loses the war).  Whoever has the best planes gets the most contracts. More contracts means more money, but you are limited in the number of contracts you can fulfill by tthe number of factories you have. So there is a lot going on in the game! 

Monday kicked off a week of High Frontier 3rd Edition (well… two days.. originally it was to be three days, which is pretty close to a week). For the first game I talked the kids into trying a play through of with me. I played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA, and The Girl played the UN. Finnegan’s starting to figure it out and managed to lay claim to all of Mars and build a factory there, he also built set up a factory and colony out in the asteroid belt. The Girl made a number of claims out in the asteroid belt and build two factories out there – one with a colony. I got a manned mission to Mercury and back – scoring a quick (well.. not really so quick as I effed up my first attempt 6 points claiming the glory for return trips to  Mercury and a Science site) Later I build a factory out in the belt – where I managed to do and Extra-terrestrial construction of a more efficient solar sail that I was able to bring back and use to take enough stuff to set up a factory and colony on Mercury! Finnegan and I tied at 26 points, and The Girl wasn’t far behind with 20…

Tuesday (18 April 2017) we tried to walk Amanda through it. I played Shimizo, The Girl played the European Space Agency, Finnegan played NASA again and Amanda tried the UN. After a great deal of explanation we got a game underway around 8pm or so… but had to call it quits just after 9pm as Amanda was exhausted from her day at work (and hadn’t been sleeping well the last few nights). The Girl had already laid claim to a couple of Asteriods and has left a Robonaut floating in space waiting for a refinery to arrive for her to complete a factory on one. I was a turn away from claiming all of Mars! (MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaa….). Finnegan Has been about to launch a mission to Mercury, but I pointed out he was about to make the same mistake I had at the beginning of our previous game – going there without enough fuel to afterburn to get enough thrust to land and take off again! He decided to wait until he got a more efficient thruster to get his rocket TO the Venus zone where he could abandon it and carry on with his solar sail. Amanda had JUST gotten a PILE of equipment boosted into Low Earth Orbit, but then we pointed out she’d need to collect income for four more turns to have enough fuel to get to where she was planning to go… AND that she didn’t actually have a good enough ISRU to actually prospect at the location she was initially planning to go… and at that point she called the game and went to bed. She did think it was interesting and promised to have another go at it – on a weekend when we had more time and she was better rested!

The following day – Wednesday, 19 April – I was supposed to go over to Brent’s in the evening and play High Frontier AGAIN! Brent was planning to run us through a full Colonization game. I didn’t make it… I can’t remember what came up…?

Thursday was the start of the annual Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Book and Music sale (people donate books and cds and records and DVDs which members of the symphony and volunteers sell at this annual event – which now runs a whole week and a bit – to raise money for the SSO). I happened to find this old copy of Acquire.

This was Day One’s purchases – The Girl’s, Mine, and Finnegan’s piles. The whole shebang was about $50…? This was our biggest haul of the week – except for the second Saturday – the last day – when everything was 50% off…

Friday was our usual biweekly Primeval Thule D&D 5E game – and Amanda’s birthday! ( a couple of our regular players were missing…) 

The evening’s escapades brought us to the climax of an adventure that took us to a slavers city to try and free some Dwarf merchants and a master craftsman. We had a show down with a particularly nasty wizard of some sort that planned to sacrificed the dwarf in some dark ceremony. My fighter dude shot him out of the sky – I got a natural 20 and did 20-something damage… it was pretty epic…

The next week was pretty busy and we didn’t get to any gaming at all until Saturday, 29 April 2017 – International Tabletop Day2017!

This was the beginning of an insanely busy weekend. Amanda was away at a yoga instructors workshop in British Columbia, so I was doing stuff on my own with the kids… now, as I mentioned this Saturday was the final day of the SSO book and Music sale (everything 50% off the already insanely low prices…) it opened at 10am. We spent about half an hour there – gathered up a pile of stuff – mostly DVDs and then split.

Luckily it was a beautiful day. I think the forecast was for rain – which would have sucked – but it ended up being sunny and warm. After the SSO sale, Finnegan made his way to Dragon’s Den Games, and I took The Girl to one of her dance classes. She normally has three dance classes on Saturday. But I convinced her to play hooky from the two in the afternoon so we could all go to Tabletop Day and play games all afternoon. (this picture above is from where I was sitting and waiting for her while she did her class – in the Williams Building – in the distance there). It was nice to sit out in the sun.

After the class we headed over to The Den. Locked up our bikes – to the only place to lock bikes up to within half a block of the place…

When we got there things were well underway.

Finnegan was playing a game called Colosseum..? maybe…?

The Girl and I joined a few others to play a game called Shadow Hunters, which was pretty interesting. Players have a secret identity and are either Hunters, Shadows or Neutrals. Hunters and Shadows win by eliminating all of their opposites. The Neutrals have weird victory conditions. Part of the game is deducing who is on your side and who are your enemies and then destroying them before they figure out who you are… I ended up being a Hunter and The Girl was a neutral – her victory condition was that she won if the person to her right won…!? I figured out who the other Hunter was pretty quickly and then figured out who the Shadows were – but I think they pretty much figured me out about the same time. We took down one of the shadows, but then the other one finished me off. One of the Neutrals finished off the second Shadow to fulfill HIS victory condition – which made us Hunters win as well (including me, even though I was dead?!) AND The Girl was counted amongst the victors, as she was sitting to the left of the Neutral who ended the game and won…

The we joined in a game of Kemet. followers of different gods in ancient Egypt battling each other for control of temples and stuff… It was okay…

The Girl kind of looks bored in most of these pictures – she wasn’t – she was just very, very tired. It was a long week with a lot of activity, followed by a late night Friday evening, followed by and early morning on Saturday and a lot of running around – to the SSO, back home, over to Campus, 45 minute dance class, over to the Dragons Den (all by bicycle – tires an 11-year-old out…)

I spotted my friend Other Tim playing a game of Nations.

I had heard someone was going to be running a game of Terraforming Mars, which I’d really wanted to try out. But there was a sign up sheet and only four spots available and it was all full up before I got there… looks like a fun game though.

The kids played a game of Sentinels of the Multiverse with a couple. Actually Finnegan had played another game of Sentinels earlier in the day.

I tried out another game called Kingdomino. It was fun and quick. Probably be a good one to play with my folks.

There were doorprizes handed out throughout the afternoon. The Girl won a weekend pass to ToonCon in the fall and Finnegan won a game called Costa Rica.

There was also a bit of a sale going on and I ended up buying a copy of Neanderthal. My mom had asked me to pick up a game we could play with them over at their place. I thought about getting Kingdomino, but then the couple I’d played it with bought it… I had thought about Codenames… but the kids seemed pretty interested in Hero Realms, so I ended up picking up that. Finnegan also bought himself a game – something to do with Red Dragon Inn… but not actually Red Dragon Inn…? I think it might have been Battle for Greyport..? I’m sure we’ll be trying it out soon enough.

We stopped by my folks place for supper afterwards and actually ended up trying out Costa Rica and it was actually quite fun – and my folks could even play! Players took turns leading expeditions through the mountains, forests and wetlands of Costa Rica in search of critters. Each expedition initially has a one meeple of every players colour, but as players collect tiles with animals they are removed from the expedition. It’s essentially a set-collection game. This post is already WAY TOO LONG to really get into it… I’m sure we’ll play it again soon – maybe when Amanda gets back from BC.

 When we got back home we played YET ANOTHER GAME – Just Desserts. This is one of The Girls games and she loves playing it and she was feeling like she didn’t really get to play a game she’d wanted to play – she didn’t mind playing any of the games – but didn’t really feel they were ones she chose…? I don’t know… So we played a quick game of Just Desserts and she was happy.

I ended up Staying up  waaaay tooooo laaaaaate trying to get some patches sewed onto wone of The Girls dance costumes, and then we had another early start to get over the the Universities Physical Activity Complex for the U of S School of Dance’s Picture Day….

Picture Day. We were there from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon…. The Girl takes FIVE different dance classes with the UofS SoD… (and Finnegan takes one too!)

In some of the longer breaks between pictures we got a couple of games of Star Realms.

This was my last round of one of the games – I went pretty heavy with the BLOB forces. I think I did 28 damage! Finnegan had already been knocked out and The Girl only had about 13 Authority left, and maybe an outpost worth four…

After we were finished with pictures we scooted on over to Irish Dance (at a different dance studio) I caught the last 15 minutes of my class – which just about did me in (I was running of fumes at this point having had only 4.5 hours of sleep). I’d brought Neanderthalwith me thinking I’d sit and read the rules, but I couldn’t even focus my eyes to ready ANYTHING so I sprawled out on a couch in the basement and trie dot rest a bit.

After class it was pouring rain and the ride through the rain woke me up a bit. We went to my folks for supper again.

And this evening we tried out Hero Realms! I’d also picked up a few of the expansion started decks, so Finnegan tried out the Ranger, my dad tried the Cleric(which he always played in D&D as well….), and The Girl and my Mom teamed up to play the Wizard. I just played on of the generic starter decks from the base game. It was fun. My dad had to split to go feed my sister’s dogs – he wasn’t quite grasping the whole idea of deck-building – kept thinking the cards he bought in the turn he should be able to use then and there, but my mom followed along and pretty much had it figured out by the end. It is pretty much identical to star Realms – with different names and art – but it works. We had a lot of fun – it’s a good filler game when you don’t want to have to think too much. I’m interested to see what they come up with in the Co-operative campaign sets they’re planning.

Well! That’s a lot of gaming… I need to stay on top of these updates and do them monthly… or perhaps fortnightly!?

In addition to receiving my copy of High Frontier 3rd Edition this month, I also kickstarted a couple new games in the last month or so – Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game and Bios: Gensis (2nd Edition)… because… SCIENCE!! I do really like Phil Eklund games and I’d been really interested in Bios: Genesis when it came out last year. I didn’t pre-order it though, thinking it would get to my local game store (Dragon’s Den) eventually – but it sold out before they shipped any to any stores and initially it sounded like they weren’t going to reprint anytime soon – so when they announced they were kickstarting a SECOND EDITION already, I jumped in on that on!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Some painting perhaps…? 

Martians: A Story of Civilization Review

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Martians: A Story of Civilization Review

Mars seems to be the hot ticket right now. Whether people are terraforming it, journeying to it, colonising it or battering it and deep frying it, the Red Planet has got more attention than Sean Spicer talking about what he believes to be an accurate account of German history. There are currently rovers on Mars roaming around giving us more information than ever before and they’re all more reliable than the cars of the same name. Rover Metros were less reliable than a London Midland commuter train on a bad day and the Mars Rover took less time to get to its destination.

So being the space-nut that I am, sometime in 2016 I jumped on the backing bandwagon, boarded the mission to Mars and backed Martians: A Story of Civilization. And I note the awful Americanisation of our beloved mother tongue with that filthy “z” instead of the Queen’s “s”, but, like an excited hound with the keys to a JCB, I dive down yet another rabbit hole.
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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 23 part 1: Mars, Tsuro and Planetarium

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Steve, Andy, his potty mouth, Jon and his creaky chair have come together for another batch of board gaming chat. In part one of a two parts special (I say special, its more that we waffled for too long and had to chop it down) we go through Andy’s Kickstarter habit, have a discussion on the pronunciation of the word Brass, Nandos and how best to censor Andy.

We also talk about some games, since that’s why we’re here. Andy takes us to Mars, in a Story of Civilisation, Steve ventures through time in TIME Stories Expedition Endurance, Jon is all at sea with Tsuro and we all learn some valuable science from Dr Lewis in Planetarium.

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Star Wars: Risk

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I have played Star Wars: Risk a number of times now with my Dad – it’s a great two-player game, and not like Risk at all. It’s based on the old “Star Wars: Queen’s Gambit” board game, but the theme is the attack on Death Star 2 from ROTJ. The designers…

Star Wars: Risk

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I have played Star Wars: Risk a number of times now with my Dad – it’s a great two-player game, and not like Risk at all. It’s based on the old “Star Wars: Queen’s Gambit” board game, but the theme is the attack on Death Star 2 from ROTJ. The designers…

Happy Birthday, Best Play

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One year old. When humans reach their first birthday, most of them can neither walk or talk, and almost all of them struggle to last more than a few hours without accidentally plopping their pants.  Well here at Best Play we’re happy to announce that we just turned one, and we are proud to share […]

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Happy Birthday, Best Play

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One year old. When humans reach their first birthday, most of them can neither walk or talk, and almost all of them struggle to last more than a few hours without accidentally plopping their pants.  Well here at Best Play we’re happy to announce that we just turned one, and we are proud to share […]

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T.I.M.E Stories: Expedition: Endurance Review

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T.I.M.E Stories: Expedition: Endurance Review

I have been a big fan of T.I.M.E Stories. At the time of its release the Myst style puzzles, accompanied by amazing artwork and interesting stories, made it one of my favourite cooperative game experiences. But this feeling has been eroded. The introduction of ‘escape room’ type games follow a similar concept and Mansions of Madness second edition and the Arkham Horror LCG have both made games that offer similar experiences in a much more re-playable format.

This meant that although I was eager to play the latest T.I.M.E Stories expansion ¬- Expedition: Endurance – as I played it the other games in this genre preyed in my mind. To remain king of the hill, T.I.M.E Stories would have to deliver an absolute blinder of a puzzle. Unfortunately, it failed.
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