Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

Last Night on Earth: Starfleet Survivor Pavel Chekov

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Fourth in my Star Trek-themed survivors from the Last Night on Earth board game is Pavel Cheko, a young ensign aboard the USS Enterprise who also sometimes on duty at the science officer’s station on the bridge. To represent Chekov I used Jake Cartwrig…

Freezerburn 2015

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

This past weekend was Freezerburn 2015. Freezerburn is an annual day of gaming that my friend John has been hosting for the last few years. There’s usually about 12 participants. Gaming starts at 8:30 in the morning and ends late in the evening. Everyone brings a game to put on the prize table then through the day everybody’s position in each game is tracked and points are awarded and whoever has the highest point total at the end of the day picks first from the prize table. 

I went to Freezerburn I back in 2011 (was it THAT long ago!?). I haven’t been able to make it to any of the other ones for one reason or another. I was really looking forward to going this year. I mean I was REEAAALLLY looking forward to going – especially because I’ve been playing a LOT more boardgameslately and the line up of games to be played looked super exciting! 

9-10:30 – Small World

10:30-12:30 – Nexus Ops

1:00-3:30 – Steam

3:30-4:30 – Love Letter

4:30-6:30 – London

7:30-9:30 – Power Grid

Looked like SOOOOO much fun…


Totally didn’t make it…

No, instead I spent 5 Days in St. Paul’s Hospital (link is to a summary of those events on my other blog) which was considerably less fun…

I did, however get in a bit of gaming over the five days! The family showed up to visit and brought along some card games that could be played on the bedside table…
Love Letter.

More Love Letter.

Packing up after a game of The Hobbit Card Game.

On Tuesday my friend Garystopped by with his homemade version of End Garde – which really lifted my spirits on a day when things were getting a bit gloomy.

I’m out now and doing okay. Hopefully get back to some gamin’ and paintin’… actually I have a few things painted and ready for posting before I went in to the hospital – hopefully I’ll get those posted tomorrow! 

Wizard Dodgeball Preview

Posted on January 21st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Wizard Dodgeball Review

Combining sports and fantasy elements is becoming a bit of a mainstay in tabletop gaming, especially if that sport is American style football or rugby. Bloodbowl did it first but games like Dreadball, Guild Ball and Chaos Ball all take a similar approach, but why not other sports? Would you be interested in Orc Cricket? Troll Tennis? Or how about Wizard Dodgeball? Well the last one is a reality as Peter Newland at Mind the Gap Studios has added a fantasy element to a game about dodging balls.
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Box Breaking 153 Alien Uprising From MR. B Games

Posted on January 20th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In this Box Breaking Matt takes a look at Alien Uprising from MR B Games.  In Alien Uprising you are part of a crew hat has crashed on an alien planet.  Your goal is to survive while repairing your ship or you get rescued.     I have managed to play Alien Uprising once already […]

20 Reasons Why 2015 Is Going To Be Awesome For Tabletop Games

Posted on January 19th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by


I still haven’t played all the games I wanted to from 2012, seriously I have yet to play both Rex and Merchants of Venus, never mind all the game is wanted to play from 2013 and 2014. Yet the gaming industry doesn’t stop and due to the backlog of funded games on Kickstarter and the way in which the industry as a whole is getting better at building hype for future games, we have a really good idea of what’s available in the coming year. So much so I was able to put together a list of 20 games that could possibly be brilliant in coming year. If even half of these games deliver on their promises then 2015 is going to be another awesome year in gaming.

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Arch Enemy 2015 – Results & Pics

Posted on January 19th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

This is our first One Dayer style tournament and it was a great success with 73 gamers enjoying a day of maximum games. We had a huge hand from the local retailers who sponsored the event. This meant that there were many prizes given back to the commun…

Arch Enemy 2015

Posted on January 15th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Arch Enemy 2015 One dayerWarhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, Flames of War, X-Wing & Board Gaming.When : 17th January , Saturday.Where : Freemans Bay Community Centre.Cafeteria on site : Pls bring cash as there is no EFTPOS (we’re a non-pro…

From Czech Games Edition

Posted on January 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Alchemists $59.95   A little mandrake root, a little raven’s feather. Toss them in the cauldron and see what they make. Should you drink it? Maybe not. After all, that’s what students are for.   Welcome to the world of Alchemists! Perform experiments to discover the magical properties of your ingredients. Demonstrate your knowledge by […]

Shadow Throne

Posted on January 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Shadow Throne $25.00   In this card drafting, hand management game, the empire is crumbling. The King clings to power by any means necessary; the Queen leads a rebellion to overthrow him; and the Princess has abandoned both of her parents to join the church. As members of a secret society, you and the other […]

Twisted Eschews Kickstarter and Becomes a Skirmish Game

Posted on January 8th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Twisted Game News Steampunk Skirmish game

If you where getting all prepped up for the launch of Demented Games’ Kickstarter then we’ve got news for you, and you can decide if its good or bad in your own time. Twisted, a steampunk skirmish and board game isn’t coming to Kickstarter, instead Demented games are just going to release it.
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Last Night on Earth: Starfleet Survivor Nyota Uhura

Posted on January 7th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Third in my Star Trek-themed survivors from the Last Night on Earth board game is Nyota Uhura, the Communications Officer aboard the starship USS Enterprise. To represent Uhura I used Sally the High School Sweetheart, the board game piece which I felt …

Wings of Glory WWI

Posted on January 6th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The year 1917. All across Europe, while men face a last-ditch battle in the mud of the trenches, colorful biplanes fly in the foggy sky, gallantly fighting each other as true “knights of the air”. Take the commands of one of the early flying machines to shoot down your enemy, complete recon missions, and become […]

14 Days of Gaming

Posted on January 6th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

(or “What I Did For My Winter Vacation”)

I mentioned in Game Plan 2015 that starting on Monday, 22 December 2014 we were going to play one new game every day until the new year. I decided shortly thereafter that we should extend that right up to The Boy’s birthday – which was today (well… yesterday now…) – Monday, 5 January 2015…  

So here is what we’ve been playing over the last two weeks….

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)

Monday 22 December 2014


This is one that falls under the category of “played-it-lots-back-in-the-day-but-not-in-the-last-8-years” category. I played a LOT of Roborally back in the day. I don’t know how it got shelved and left for so long. I was a bit worried that the kids wouldn’t catch on – but they totally did. I was especially pleased when The Boy – after accidentally driving his robot off the edge of the board and having to start over again – just carried on. I’d half expected tears of rage and frustration – but apparently he had so much fun (even though he was dead last) that he hounded to play it again all week.

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Age of Mythology: The Board Game

We played an EPIC – FOUR AND A HALF HOUR – game of Age of Mythology: The Board Game (Now that we know what’s going on I really hope it take less time next time we play!).

I’m going to go ahead and brag a bit here…. I have seriously awesome kids. How many other 8-10 year olds can sit and play a board game for 4.5 hours and remain totally focused on the game for the whole time – paying attention to what others are doing on their turns, and planning their turns in advance!?

I was pleasantly surprised by the game – I had originally picked it up super cheap from distributor that was going out business and dumping all their stock on ebay. When I got it and had a look at it I didn’t think too much of it – I it looked a little simplistic – but the kids were excited about it – likely because of all the little toys that come with it. They’ve been bugging me about busting it open and trying it out for ages so I told them we’d try it out when they finished their school-y stuff for the year. The first time we sat down to try and play it we ended up just spending two hours simply cutting all the little toys off the sprues and trying to wrap our heads around the rules. When we finally sat down to play it – it turned out to be far from simplistic, but instead there were a few different routes to victory and a number of different ways to go about either of them – I think the game really rewards having a good strategic plan from the get-go and sticking to it.

The Boy won this first game with 10 victory points – I was just a hair behind with 9. The Girl only got 2 victory points – BUT – she was so very, VERY close to building The Wonder – which would have scored her another 8 – tying with Finnegan.

Finnegan tried a martial approach – building up his army – he found, however, that actually using the army for combat wasn’t really that advantageous as, in his own words, “combat is the most unpredictable part of the game”. (The points he got were simply from having the largest army at the end of the game)

I’m curious to see how it turns out next time we play – now that we have a better idea of how the mechanics work.


In the evening when Amanda got home we got her to play a game of Olympus with us. I’d played it the previous week with the kids and they had been telling her how much fin it was ever since so she was curious to have a go.

I got this one from the recent Fantasy Flight Gamessale.

Wednesday 24 December 2014 – Xmas Eve

O Zoo Le Mio

In the afternoon I played a game of O Zoo Le Mio with the kids. This, as with Age of Mythology above, was another of the games I originally picked it up super cheap from a distributor that was going out business and dumping all their stock on ebay a few years back. This is a clever little game where we played Zoo Directors trying to build the most impressive zoo to attract the most customers – involving bidding and tile laying.

We also played a quick game of Breakaway Rider – a bicycle racing card game. Simple – but really brings out the feel of a bicycle road race. We’d figured out how to play this the previous week – so it didn’t count towards the “New Games Played”

In the evening we wandered over to my folks place for our Family Xmas get-together – as has been our tradition since… forever…

This was the Year of the Boardgames for Xmas gifts… so we opened up a few and played a few…

Fearsome Floors

My folks got this one for The Boy. Amanda is gloating just a bit. It was rather infuriating because The Boy and I spent so much time figuring out where the monster would be heading on the next turn – but were always confounded by Amanda and The Girl’s inexplicable and random movements – they would almost every turn unwittingly draw the Monster’s attention and having it raging off in a completely different direction than we had foreseen.


After that we broke out Ingenious (a game my folks got for me). I think The Boy won this one…? it was very close!

Thursday 25 December 2014

As I mentioned this was the Year of the Boardgames for Xmas gifts… by the time the dust settled on Xmas morning we were left with this stack:

So… we started cracking them and playing…

Chaos Marauders

The Boy got this game in his stocking (another game I picked up at the FFG sale). Everyone’s doing their best Orc or Goblin impression.

Amanda taking it rather well that she’d just lost ANOTHER battle line of her own sue to rolling the Mark of Chaos after completing it and attempting to attack someone else’s uncompleted battle line (1 in 6 chance). I think this was the third such line to be lost in this way. We were all laughing at the utter ridiculousness of it!?

I think the box said it was supposed to be  played in 30 minutes, but it took us about TWO HOURS!? The Boy utterly defeated us scoring nearly as many points as the rest of us together!

Small World Underground

After that (and after a very late lunch) we played one of The Girl’s games: Small World Underground. The Girl completely destroyed us all. She only played two races in the whole game but there were turns where she was scoring 20 VP!? The last few turns the Spiderines just sat on what they had and sacrificed her in decline Krakens to the Well of Souls…

Mony Python Fluxx

I totally won this one – but only because I could sing more Monty Python Songs than anyone else – there was a New Rule card that allows you to draw another card if you can sing a few bars (or lines?) of any Monty Python song and an additional extra card if you can sing one that no one else has sung before in the game. So I was drawing two additional cards every round (and conveniently was holding the “Stop It! No Singing!” card that specifically cancelled the New Rule)…

I’d hoped to get in another game (one of each of our games) in the evening but everyone wanted to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. So…

Friday 26 December 2014 – Boxing Day

The kids and I rode over to the Dragon’s Denfor their Boxing Day Sale! We arrived shortly after 10 when they opened but there was already people streaming out with piles of boxed games under their arms! When we got in the store it was like being in a Rubik’s Cube and there was a line to get to the till that warped around the store.

I bought a LOT of games. I’m embarrassed to list them here. Sadly, the one game I was sure I’d be able to get – because there was a stack of SIX copies the previous Sunday when I’d been in scouting things out – were all sold out!? Ah well…

The Boy spent most of the rest of the day reading his Order of the Stick books he picked up. I did convince him to put them aside to come out and play ONE game…

Love Letter

One of the games I picked up on Boxing Day at the Dragon’s Den. In the end it was The Boy who won the affections of the Princess (though it was a very close game – both the Girl and I were only one token away)!

Saturday 27 December 2014

Smash Up

This afternoon we started off with Smash Up along with the Big Geeky Box that our friend “Other Tim” got us and the Science Fiction Double Feature expansion that The Girl picked up on Boxing Day.

7 Wonders

In the evening we played 7 Wonders – another gift for me from my folks. Amanda – the Military Dictator of Rhodes – crushed us all – and yet, there were still smiles all around. I can see why this game is so popular.

Sunday 28 December 2014

Shadows Over Camelot

On Sunday we tried out Shadows Over Camelot – we lost. Fun, but damn is it hard! Hopefully we’ll get to have another go at this again soon

Later we got in another game of Mony Python Fluxx

…and introduced Amanda to O Zoo Le Mio

Monday 29 December 2014

Arkham Horror

We finally busted out Arkham Horror. We didn’t really get started until after supper (a late supper at that!) and by the time we had gone through the rules (mostly) it was already well past the kids regular bed time. We played a few rounds just to see how it plays (so hopefully we’d REMEMBER some of the rules the next time we had a chance to sit down and play it) – though we didn’t finish I’m still counting it as a play!

Tuesday 30 December 2014


Amanda’s gift from my folks.

I had The Researcher, Keria had The Scientist, Amanda was the Quarantine Specialist, and Finnegan played the Contingency Planner.

Things started off looking not great with three blue cubes on both New York and San Fransico, and two on Washington. As it turned out it was pretty easy to deal with (us all starting in Atlanta and all) and by the third or fourth turn Blue was eradicated (Woo-Hoo!). We were one player turn away from curing red and a second player turn from eradicating it when I drew TWO yellow on cities where there was three starting a chain reaction of outbreaks which lost us the game (due to running out of yellow markers).


The kids took the loss pretty hard. Amanda and I thought it was a LOT of fun – fast playing – a real nail-biter!

The Boy finally hounded me enough so I broke out Roborallyagain.

This time it wasn’t such a cakewalk for me! We played with options this time and The Boy had a double laser – on the register that I actually landed on the first checkpoint he dealt me a ninth point of damage – as laser fire is resolved before checkpoints are tagged I had so start at the very beginning with my archive copy…

It was a SUPER close race in the end! I ended up one square away on the register The Boy tagged the final checkpoint

Some of Amanda’s friends were over in the evening and she roped them into playing another game of pandemic.

Once again we were super close to finding a cure and eradicating a second disease when everything when to crap with a couple of unfortunate draws of cards which say chain reaction outbreaks…

So close…


So close that Amanda was so determined to beat the game she tried to convince me and the kids to try a third game of it after they left.

Instead we ended up playing Ingenious again. Super high-scoring, super close game – but despite scoring 18 in all colours but one… I was still dead last!?

Wednesday 31 December 2014 - New Year’s Eve

Star Trek Catan

We bought a copy of Star Trek Catan for my Dad for Xmas. The kids go over there often so we thought we’d buy it so there’d be a game they could play with my Dad from time to time.

I have to admit I had never played any of the Catan games – none of us had had ever played any of the Catan games (oh, except Kids of Catan – but that doesn’t really count). The game took us a lot longer than the 75 minutes it says it’s supposed to take on the box… it was closer to 3.5 hours!

The Girl – pretty excited about her victory. 

Thursday 1 January 2014

The Game fest raged on into the new year.

Small World

We kicked off the New year with a game of Small World. We have played a LOT of Small World since we picked it up last spring – what was new was the Spider’s Web expansion that I picked up on Boxing Day and the Tales and Legends deck that my Folks got for me. The Spider’s Web stuff was so-so, but the Tales and Legends Deck added an interesting element to the game. I don’t know that we’ll ALWAYS play with it… but I would definitely like to play with it more.

Friday 2 January 2014

The Hobbit Card Game

I didn’t get a picture of this one. Another game I picked up in the FFG sale that The Girl found in her stocking Xmas morning. Fun, quick, trick-taking card game. Reminded me a bit of Kaiser…

We played three games:

Game #1 – Keira played Smaug – Good Guys won.

Game #2 – I played Smaug – I rained down death and destruction across Middle Earth killing all in my path! MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha- ha-ha-haaaaaa…! (I won).

Game #3 – Amanda played Smaug – Good Guys won.

Saturday 3 January 2015

We had a busy day on the 3rd… I don’t even remember what happened in the morning… In the afternoon Amanda and I did a belaying course at a local climbing gym (and the kids hung out at my folks) then we picked them up and headed home for a quick supper and a game before taking them back to my folks for the evening while we went out to The Interview… The game was…

Ingenious Challenges

Well… the card game part (there’s three different games in that tiny little box!?

Sunday 4 January 2015

Arkham Horror


This time we played a full game to the finish. 

I played Joe Diamond, Private Investigator

The Girl played Amanda Sharpe, The Student

Amanda played Mandy Thompson, The Researcher

The Boy played “Ashcan” Pete, The Drifter

It took us four hours – but we actually WON!? I think it was more blind, dumb luck that skill or mastery of the game. We did in the early part of the game – perhaps in the first six turns or so – manage to seal three gates. Foe many of the following turns when we drew Mythos cards we kept drawing THOSE same locations – so instead of a new gate opening up or another monster surge… nothing happened… We also had a lot of mythos cards that took monsters away… as we neared the end we found ourselves on a few turns wondering what to do – there were no monsters to chase down… and maybe one gate open – but we didn’t have clue tokens to seal it and there were none on the board.

It was long and pretty fun. I could see it really going badly if one WEREN’T so lucky with the cards. I could also see this being a LOT harder with fewer players. Unlike Pandemic where new bad cards are drawn EVERY Player turn, with Arkham Horror Mythos cards are drawn after everyone’s had a chance to do something. So if there are more players there are more opportunities to DO things before the next batch of badness arrives.

Of course I could also see games with a lot of people taking a LONG time to play… maybe if you had a lot of people that all knew and loved the game it could go a bit quicker and people wouldn’t get bored along the way.

I am definitely stoked to try it again – but it probably won’t be a “regular” simply because it potentially could take too long to play.


Because the trick taking element of The Hobbit Card Game reminded me of Kaiser – a game I played a LOT of back in the day… I decided to teach the kids how to play. WE didn’t get to play a full game, but we played a few hands together (with open hands) and then played four rounds with Amanda – so they could get a sense of the game.

Monday, 5 January 2015

The BIG DAY – The Boy’s Birthday – we called it FinnCon1 (hopefully to become an annual day of gaming and cake)

We started the day with opening some presents…

Among the presents was a suave new housecoat and a copy of Space Hulk (we did crack it open and have a look, but didn’t get to assembling the toys or playing the game… perhaps tomorrow…). We had also planned to head out to the Dragon’s Den – because he Nana got him a gift certificate – but we got up a little late and friends were coming after lunch and I hadn’t finished the cake(s) yet (and it was -41°C with the windchill!!!), so we decided to go on Wednesday after our violin lesson (as the Den is not far from our instructors studio).

Then, after lunch, friends came by to start our DAY OF GAMING!

Small World Underground (again)

This was pretty fun… There were some interesting new combinations (well they’re all new and interesting as we have only really played this once before…)

King of Tokyo

I think this is the first time we tried playing with this many people – we had to use Tokyo Bay! I tried to sit in Tokyo and just deal damage to everyone and win by eliminating them all, but stayed a little too long and ended up dying and getting kicked out of the game first (probably because I was playing the Kraken and not my traditional Cyber-Bunny…).

After our friends left I hurriedly finished of The Cake:

Did I mention earlier that The Boy has recently discovered Order of the Stick…? Yeah, he’s pretty excited about it and requested that I make him a Vaarsuvius cake. (I know, I know… head’s too small/body too big… Everyone that mattered got it and it was all eaten an hour later anyway…)  

Other friends came over after supper to have some cake and ice cream – and play more games!


We had a pretty big, six-player game of Roborally – with two completely new-to-the-game players. It went well enough, but our friends had to leave around 8pm bfore the game was finished.

We tried to play a bit longer and finish the game

But around the time we all finally got to the irst checkpoint it became evident that the kids were getting a bit tired and were having not-so-much fun so we decided to pack it in and call it a day.

We finished off the day reading a bit of Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – which we’d started reading together a couple of weeks ago… but them got busy doing other stuff with the holidaze…


So… what next…!? Though I have a few more board games lined up to play in the near future – I think it’s time I got back to some miniature gaming… My (gaming) priorities for the coming weeks (in roughly order of priority) are:

Make a Kraken and a Vauban-style fort/shore battery for Galleys and Galleons

PLAY some games of Galleys and Galleons

Get that second plastic faction done for Song of Shadows and Dust.

Get the kids working on THEIR Song of Shadows and Dust factions

Get making buildings for the Song of Shadows and Dust campaign

PLAY some games of Song of Shadows and Dust (and Song of Blades and Heroes)!

(Some of this may be held up by the more pressing concern of finishing the bookshelves in the kids rooms and the return to regularly scheduled activities and schooly work) 

2014 in Review

Posted on January 1st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The first two months of this past year were pretty much intensely focused on painting and preparing for the 10th Annual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend. I painted enough Feudal Japanese for SEVEN Buntai – plus a whole bunch of assorted extras civilians, extra samurai and ashigaru and ronin that didn’t fit into one buntai or another and a bunch more for a few buntai that I never got to finish. I also built four 3×3 dedicated terrain boards the Marshy Forest, the Clearing, the River Ford, and the EPIC Mountain Pass!

The 10th Annual Wargaming Birthday Bash itself was played over the weekend of 21-23 February. On Friday night and all day Saturday I had eight people playing in a Ronin Campaign/Tournament. It was pretty awesome. Definitely right up there with the Dark Age DBA campaign and the first Hordes of the Things Campaign Weekend. On the Sunday we played Ikusa and some other games -(including Smash-up – Which my friend Cory got for me for my birthday – and turned out to be one of our most played games of 2014.

After that I pretty much dropped Ronin – Skirmish Wargames in the Age of the Samurai – not because it isn’t a good game (it is a GREAT game) – it somehow just got eclipsed by the more versatile A Song of Blades and Heroes which I played a LOT of for the rest of the year – mostly just playing it with the family. We ever played a couple of short campaigns;

One in the spring and one in the fall.

At this point I own just about all the Ganesha Games that use the A Song of Blades and Heroes game engine – though I haven’t played them all. So far I think my favourite iteration is Song of Shadows and Dust (street fighting in urban centres around the Ancient Mediterranean) and I am currently helping with playtesting Galleys and Galleons (a game of naval combat in the age of sail – by the same author as Song of Shadows and Dust). We also tried Mutants and Death Ray Guns and Song of Drums and Shakos and got to playtest Power Legion. Hopefully we’ll get to trying out the rest in the coming year.

We played a LOT of Boardgames this year. There are a few games we’ve played over the last couple years… and last year we picked up a few munchkin games and played those. But this year the boardgames really took off. It really started in the spring – I can’t remember why, but I picked up a copy of Small World and brought it home to play. We played it a few more times. At the end of the school year – after the kids year end portfolio review – we stopped by the Dragon’s Den and picked up a couple expansions for Small World and King of Tokyo(which a friend had given us for Xmas last year). Things really took off in August when I started playing Smash Up with the kids. In September I made a pact with them that we were going to play at least ONE GAME EVERY DAY throughout the month. We did  it. WE played 69 games through the month – averaging over TWO a day!? WE also started hosting a weekly boardgame afternoon for some other homeschoolers on Tuesday afternoons.

Also in the spring I started in on a survey of world history – starting with ancient times – and I started looking for games thematically related to what we were studying. I already had Urand The Hanging Gardens for Mesopotamia, and I picked up Rafor ancient Egypt. We’ve also played Olympusfor the Greeks. I have many, MANY more lined up for this next year.

As I mentioned in the Game Plan 2015 I would like to play 100 new games (games that I own that I have not played – or haven’t played in the last 7 years since I started recording game plays on BGG. We kicked things off a week and a half ago – the day the kids finished up their activity books for the year. I told them we would, over the next two weeks before The Boy’s birthday, play one new game every day. 90% of our Xmas gifts this year were Boardgames so we had a lot of NEW, new stuff to choose from over the last week. So far we’ve played Roborally, Age of Mythology: The Boardgame, Lover Letter, Ingenious, Pandemic, 7 Wonders, Arkham Horror, Chaos Marauders, Fearsome Floors, Small World Underground, Shadows Over Camelot, Smash Up with our new Science Fiction Double Feature and the Geeks from the  Big Geeky Box, and finally, on New Year’s Eve, Star Treek: Catan – scratching 14 off the list of unplayed games! We’ll continue through to Monday (The Boy’s Birthday – which will be a DAY OF GAMING!) There will be a post on this after the birthday celebrations – I’ve been taking pictures of all the games.

We didn’t do so much Role-playing this year. Throughout the first half of the year we tried getting a couple of campaigns going – mostly with my friend Christian and his daughters – but they weren’t available often enough it was hard to maintain continuity or enthusiasm (especially for me the GM) when 2-3 weeks (or even a month) would go by between sessions – which were generally limited to Friday or Saturday evenings when everyone was pretty tired… Perhaps next year…

Painting? As mentioned, I painted a LOT of Feudal Japanese for the first two months of the year. After that…? bits of this and that… I added considerably to the Ancients and fantasy collections – for Song of Blades and Heroes and Song of Shadows and Dust. I finished up a bunch of Ancient and Mythical Greeks – hoping to use them in a Greek Myth role-playing game using A Tale of Blades and Heroes – which never really got off the ground…

I seem to have failed in the Paint-More-Than-I-Purchase Department. 845 28mm foot painted to 1181 purchased (or otherwise acquired) – it wasn’t really as bad as it looks over 400 of those “purchased (or otherwise acquired)” were a pile of cheap plastic Hät 28mm Napoleonics that I’d convinced Amanda to get for me for my birthday (an online store was blowing them out of $5 or maybe $7 for a box – I can’t remember, it was an insane deal – there’s 32-48 figures in each of those boxes!?) Other than that I bought a lot of Feudal Japanese – most of them got painted. I bought a lot of ancients – most of those got painted. At the end of the year I bought a pile of Great War British (that I’ll be using as Canadians)… I haven’t even touched them yet – but they’ll get painted some time early in the New Year.

I spent quite a bit of time painting and reading with the kids – we would all sit down to paint miniatures – but each of us would take turns taking a break from painting to read a chapter of a novel – we got through a lot of books this year.

Well… that’s pretty much it…  I hope this past year has been as fun and exciting for you as it has been for me – and I hope this New Year finds you all healthy, happy, and gaming! 

Level 7 [Omega Protocol]

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  Level 7 [Omega Protocol] picks up after the events of Level 7 [Escape] where the captive of Subterra Bravo managed to escape the underground holding facility past the various captives and the defenses of the base. [Omega Protocol] continues … Continue reading

Guardians of Eden

Posted on December 27th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Guardians of Eden 

There’s a werewolf fighting a dinosaur. I’ll say that again in case you didn’t quite catch it or see the images, there is a werewolf fighting a dinosaur. And that’s all we really know about Guardians of Eden, well maybe a little bit more.
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Modiphius Announce Achtung! Cthulhu Board Game

Posted on December 26th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Modiphius Announce Achtung! Cthulhu Board Game

Christmas Day isn’t the usual time to be making a major new game’s announcement. You’re too full of roast turkey and fig pudding to digest that Modiphius have announced an Achtung! Cthulhu board game by one the designers of Arkham Horror, it’s enough to make you miss the Queen’s speech.
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The Spirit of the Season

Posted on December 25th, 2014 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,With Enfield Gamers mothballed until 6th January a few of the chaps reported to casa del Oddleg Tuesday night to scratch the itch. After a few minor emergencies it was myself, Charlie, Rob and Mr C.Mr C had been keen on playing Rebel Assau…

Game Plan 2015

Posted on December 22nd, 2014 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Never too early to start planning for next year…

Most of this Involves some concrete plans for the first quarter and some general plans or ideas for the rest of the year.


I recently posted that I will be hosting my 11thAnnual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend the weekend of 13-15 February 2015. It will be a Rome-themed weekend with a Song of Shadows and Dust campaign on Friday and Saturday and some board games on Sunday including Conquest of the Empire.

Beyond that…?

I had a thought of hosting a Summer Campaign Weekend… I won’t be thinking about this too much until Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend is over. I am of missed feelings about a summer gaming thing. Part of me feels like “who would want to spend a weekend indoors in the summer when they could be outside enjoying the weather!?”. On the other hand, it would be easier to travel in the summer – for friends in other cities…


Board and Card Games

We’re going to play a LOT of boardgames over the next year…

I was looking at my BGG Collection – which by the time the dust settles after the seasonal holiday gift-giving (and BOXING DAY!) I’ll have over 400 games and expansions. Looking a little further I realized I’ve only played a quarter of those – now, keep in mind, many of those are small expansions (a single pack of cards added to a Munchkin game is a separate entry – NINE of those are just Carcasonne expansions that came with the BIG BOX. Many others are games I played a lot “back in the day” but simply haven’t played in the last seven or eight years that I’ve been tracking game plays on The Geek. I have decided that starting now and before the end of the 2015 I’m going to make sure we play 100 new games and expansions – so at least half my collection will have plays recorded! That’s on average about two per week. To kick us off, starting tomorrow, We’re going to play one new game EVERY DAY until the new year – that’ll knock ten off the list and get us on our way.

All the boardgames i played over the last year with the kids was definitely one of the highlights of the year and finding games to tie into the history we were studying was a stroke of brilliance (If I do say so myself) – more on all that in the 2014 In Review post coming up in a week or tow – so I’m really looking forward to playing even more this coming year.

While there will be a lot of other games going on – there will be a number of games following teh periods of history we will be studying over the year – starting with 7 WondersParthenon and  Alexander the Great this week to finish up the Greeks (and other ancients), followed by Rome (ItaliaConquest of the Empire, Ostia, Quo Vadis, Palatinus)  and moving through the Dark Ages (Dux Bellorum, Song of Arthur and Merlin, Tara, Constantinopolis, etc…) and Middle Ages (Carcassonne? Hammer of the Scots, King Arthur, Knights of Charlemagne, Warrior Knights, Lion Rampant, San Gimignano, Siena, Ventura, etc) to the Renaissance… 

In the fall I started hosting a Board Game Afternoon on Tuesday for some fellow homeschoolificators. It was fun. I plan to continue.

I’m attending Freezerburn 2015 this year – a small one-day-boardgaming-min-con hosted by my friend John, who also organizes Tooncon(not to be confused with John – who makes the Toy Soldiers)

Perhaps it’s about time I started attending Tooncon with The Boy…?
Skirmish Miniature Gaming

The next couple of months will be mostly focused on preparing for the Song of Shadows and Dust campaign at the 11thAnnual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend. I will be spending a LOT of time making buildings – but hopefully we’ll be playing lots of games just to get the rules in my head really good.

Other than that I imagine I’ll be playing a lot of other Ganesha Games I picked up most of their catalogue over the last year and a few of those remain unplayed. I have Of Gods and Mortals, A Fistful of Kung Fu – Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules,  Flying Lead, Hearts and Minds, Fear and Faith, Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters, MORE Drums and Shakos, Song of Arthur and Merlin, Samurai Robot Battle Royale, Mighty Monsters, Flashing Steel, and Song of Drums and Tomahawks – all of which I have bought, but haven’t played yet. I’m going to play all of them in 2015 sometime… (that’ll be 12 games off my list right there!)

I’d also like to run a few A Song of Blades and Heroes campaigns using Song of Deeds and Glory.

I’ll also still be playtesting Galleys and Galleons! (not sure if that qualifies as “Skirmish wargaming”..?)

Big Battle Miniature Gaming

I don’t really have time to build any “Big Armies”… I could bust out some Great War stuff and play Contemptible Little Armies… I have any number of Hordes of the Things armies or Dark Ages DBA armies that I could get out… but I haven’t really had the urge to do so lately and I can’t see me doing that at any point in the immediate future. Nor will I likely be adding to any of the existing forces at any point in the near future – with the exception of the Great War miniatures for the Vimy Project. Perhaps I’ll get in a game of CLA before

The only Big Battle games I could see myself playing a bit of is Lion Rampant (which isn’t very “Big Battles” as it still has a 1:1 figure ratio… it’s just Bigger than all teh other skirmish games I’ve been playing of late…) and possibly Dux Bellorum – because I have it and I might be able to get away with using elements of my DBA Dark Ages armies to play it.

Role-Playing Games

I made a few attempts last year to get a few Role-playing campaigns going, but most fizzled before they really got started. This year I’m planning on running a Cthulhu Invictus campaign for the kids – which should tie neatly into our study of Ancient Rome over the next few months.


My main focus for the first part of the year will be to make terrain – buildings, buildings and MORE buildings for the upcoming Song of Shadows and Dust campaign at the 11thAnnual Wargaming Birthday Bash/Winter Wargaming Weekend. I should also get a few civilians done and maybe another faction…

After that…? Painting stuff I already have, mostly. I have a bunch of medieval units for  Lion Rampant I’d like to paint up. I need to finish up The Third Division for the Vimy Project and over 2015 I will need to acquire figures for the 2ndDivision and some Germans (though I may just cast more of my own sculpts) and get cracking on some terrain!

I may pick up another Ancient Civilians Collection… and figures for the 2nd Canadian Division  (I think the plan was to use 1stCorps, Gripping Beast/Woodbine, and Irregular Miniatures… but otherwise I don’t imagine buying much else – I’m sure the odd thing will come up… but for the most part I HAVE all the miniatures for all of the games I’m planning on playing this year – I just need to find time to PAINT the ones that are as yet unpainted!  

Well…. That’s as much of the plan I have sorted out so far. I’m sure I’ll be updating the plan as they year goes by. Stay tuned for the aforementioned 2014 in Review (in a week and a bit) and more game reports and painting updates this week!! 

?Sails of Glory Napoleonic Wars From Ares Games

Posted on December 17th, 2014 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Sails of Glory Napoleonic Wars In an age where the fleets of the French Emperor Napoleon I battled across the seas and the powerful Royal Navy of the British Empire clashed against the French from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, prepare your naval fleet for battle on an epic stage like no other […]


Posted on December 17th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Now then,I have owned this game for a while now, Its a great game, and probably has the best components of ANY game ive seen. The makers of this game really have raised the bar when it comes to production values!Last week, I decided id paint all the mi…

Yomi’s Gate, the plastic fantastic

Posted on December 16th, 2014 under , . Posted by

 Board Games are made of cardboard, those are the rules right? It’s even in the name; board games, as in cardboard games? Well that’s just old fashioned thinking because these days you can make a game out of anything, and if you have access to a l…

12 Realms is coming like a Ghost Town

Posted on December 15th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

12 Realms is fast approaching living up to its name. Four Realms where included in the base game, four more in Ancestor’s Legacy and now one more is available in the latest 12 Realms Expansion Ghost Town.Read more »

V-Commandos sneak onto Kickstarter

Posted on December 14th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Did you ever play Commandos on the PC? It was a complex strategy game where the aim was to complete your mission using a team of highly specialised Commandoes from a broad spectrum of allied World War II forces, and it was ridiculously difficult.If you…

Conan Hyborian Quests Launch Gameplay Video

Posted on December 12th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

 Things are moving fast on the new tactical miniatures game Conan: Hyborian Quests. The project is due to hit Kickstarter early in 2015 and to tease you more than a muscled man in a loin cloth is a video of the game in action.Recorded at Essen Spiel 2…