Posts Tagged ‘BOARD GAMES’

Clans of Caledonia Review

Posted on October 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Clans of Caledonia Review

Whenever I visited my gran’s house, she always had a ropey old tea towel in her kitchen, presumably from around the time when Robert the Bruce was a lad, depicting hairy “coos”, big red-headed strapping men in kilts and the odd wild Haggis. It is this romantic image of Scotland that stuck with me through my life until I lived there and found that it’s actually an accurate depiction of the place and the image on the tea towel was presumably a photograph, much like the image above.

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Monster Lands Kickstarter Review

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

Monster Lands Kickstarter Review
Monster Lands is a bit of a tease.  Its cartoon artwork and cutesy graphic design are nothing but a honey trap, luring you in with the promise of a cute game for all the family but you will soon come to realise that Monster Lands is a meaty grown up game of resource placement and second guessing your opponent.  However, even that veneer is misleading because behind Monster Land’s euro game appearance is a game where the roll of a die can change everything.

In Monster Lands you must hire a group of mighty warriors to defeat fearsome monsters and conquer lands in the quest for glory and reputation.  I’m not going to try and explain every rule and mechanic for Monster Lands, because believe me when I say there is a lot going on in this board game.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 32: Clans of Caledonia, Monster Lands, Inbetween and our Essen

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 32: Clans of Caledonia, Monster Lands, Inbetween and our Essen
It’s time to get excited about Essen Spiel and so the boys try and keep it clean and family friendly.  Unfortunately, a request for Polyhedron Collider to review adult products leads to a discussion of said products and things evolve into childish giggling.
We do however get a chance to play ‘game of the year’ contender Clans of Caledonia, dice placement fantasy game Monster-Lands and talk about the Stranger Things inspired two-player card game Inbetween. We also then take our pick of the most interesting games to play and buy at Essen.

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USS Missouri (BB-63) – Axis and Allies Game Piece

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

A few years ago I painted up a small model of the USS Missouri – the model itself is an old game piece from an Axis and Allies boardgame.  It is based on a Games Workshop cavalry base.   I quickly painted it one evening to test out water…

USS Missouri (BB-63) – Axis and Allies Game Piece

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

A few years ago I painted up a small model of the USS Missouri – the model itself is an old game piece from an Axis and Allies boardgame.  It is based on a Games Workshop cavalry base.   I quickly painted it one evening to test out water…

Tim’s ToonCon 2017 Report

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend I attended ToonCon 2017 with my family. Two years ago I started going with Finnegan. Last year Amanda and The Girl joined us. It’s kind of just a thing we do now. (I also ran games at the event in 2012 and 2013).

Day One – Friday, 29 September 2017

This year the event moved from the Sutherland Hall (on the far end of town from us) to the Ramada Hotel on Idylwyld Drive (about 10 blocks from us!). the even had a bike rack – though it was a very small one…  

The convention room actually had carpeted floors and suspended ceiling tiles which made it a lot quieter than the Sutherland Hall

The Girl and I kicked off things with a couple of games of 7 Wonders (something weird going on with this picture – it looks to me like she’s about to burst into tears or something!? I assure you she was having fun). Last year The Girl won the event with the highest score of all the games played, but didn’t manage to hang onto that title this year. I actually won both games!? And the first game I won with build cards and military – which is something I rarely ever do?

While we were playing 7 wonders, Amanda and Finnegan were trying out Vegas Showdown – a game about building casinos, I think (which none of us have played before).

Apparently he won the event!?

For the second segment of the evening Amanda joined The Girl and I to play Dominion

For out first game The Girl and I played with Logan (on the left) and… um… super nice guy I played a couple games with whose name I am suddenly totally blanking on… Ugh… I am the worst with names. I should write them down or something… (Sorry if you happen to read this!)

We played with the Village Square set from the original box – which was fun because they were cards I had not played with recently and never in that combination. I swear, I totally played my best game EVAR!? (which isn’t really saying much… but at the end I felt like Hannibal Smith from the old A-Team Tv series I watched as a kid and felt like saying “I love it when a plan comes together!”

 

While the rest of us were playing Dominion, Finnegan played Roll for the Galaxy. He figured – we HAVE Dominion, he could play that ANYTIME (though we don’t, all that often!?) and wanted to try out or play games that we don’t own.

We do have RACE for the Galaxy – which we play a fair bit. And we’ve all TRIED Roll for the Galaxy, but don’t really feel like buying because… well… we already HAVE Race for the Galaxy and we actually LIKE it! I know a lot of people that hate Race, but LOVE Roll…?

I don’t mind playing games we already own at conventions – because as conventions I get to play them with different people who always have different approaches and different strategies than the people I’m used to playing with (which is for the most part, my family) which makes it challenging and informs my own playing as I learn a lot from seeing how others play the game.

For the second round of Dominion we switched up tables a bit and The Girl joined Amanda.

While James and… the fellow in the blue shirt (I want to say Justin, but I really have no idea…). This game we played with randomized cards picked by an app – though only using cards from the base set. It was a totally fun game, but I just couldn’t seem to get my engine running fast enough…

There was another round of games later in the evening, but we decided to call it quits and head home to try and get some sleep.

Day 2 – Saturday, 30 September 2017

On Saturday I had to take the Yuba all loaded up with stuff for the game I was running in the evening.  It almost didn’t make it though the gate!

When we got to the hotel I was a little disconcerted to note there were bits of cut bike locks laying about the bike rack!?

Cut cable lock.

Despite being locked outside all day and night – none of our bikes disappeared or were damaged (I was a little worried about the latter as the bike rack was kind of hidden behind a bush and almost directly in the path of cars backing out of the adjacent parking space).

To start off the day the kids played Sentinels of the Multiverse. Finnegan loves Sentinels – he often sets up solo games on the floor in his room. He was trying out a new hero this game, while The Girl played one of her favourites. They lost… I’m not sure which villain they were battling, but it was apparently a very close game.

Amanda tried out a totally new game (to her) – Mission: Red Planet.

I joined Logan and Ellen (in the blue) and… (ANOTHER person whose name I can’t remember) for a game of Castles of Mad King Ludwig.

I didn’t do great in the game… but I got a Secret Lair – so that’s pretty much a WIN for me!

I’ve only played the game twice, but I love it. The castles that get built so very much remind me of the plans for “dream homes” I drew in my teens that were a mash up of castles, dungeons, and secret underground survival bunker complexes… with art studios…

Part of me feels like I’d like to get this game… but I’ve actually gotten to the point were we have so many games that I already don’t get to play enough, that when I encounter a new game that seems interesting I seriously question if I REALLY NEED it…

I should really cull some of the collection. I’d though of doing that at the auction this year, but didn’t get to it…

After the first games there was a bit of a break for lunch. After we ate the sandwiches we brought along these two women that Amanda had played Mission: Red Planet with taught us how to play Splendor. We didn’t get to FINISH the game as the organizers came and kicked us off the table so they could set up Scythe, but we got to play it long enough to get a sense of how it’s played. It also seems like a really fun game that would be fun to have… I’d actually seen a copy in the bargain bin at my FLGS a month or so ago. I didn’t buy it at the time. I went home and looked it up on board game geek and saw how highly rated it was and went back looking for it a few days later, but it was gone… Now I am kicking myself for having left it there… Ah well…

In the afternoon I tried out Scythe.

I’ve heard a lot of people raving about what a great game it is and I really love Jakub Różalski’s artwork that inspired the game. Given all that raving and the amazing artwork I was really expecting… well… something… more…? I didn’t dislike the game, and the guys I played with were just great. I kind of felt like I was just getting things going when the game ended.

My Saxon bit of the Scythe world at the end of the game.

While I was playing Scythe, Amanda and the kids were playing Viticulture with our friend Kurtis (and some other people) I like viticulture, I’ve played it at my friend John’s. I kind of wished I’d played that instead. Ah well. I got to try a new game and now I know I don’t have to buy it.

Neither Amanda nor the kids had played viticulture before and they all liked it a lot.

After Viticulture Amanda and Finnegan had signed up to play Wings for the Baron. As my Scythe game ended earlier than expected I got to join in. For some reason I didn’t take a picture?

Wings for the Baron – which sounds like a Great War airplane game… well… I guess it IS a Great War Airplane game… but I feel like it sounds like a combat game, but it’s actually an economic game where each player is a different manufacturer of German airplanes racing to develop better and better planes so that they can gain government contracts to make money and then convert that money into gold before the war ends and hyperinflation devalues all their cash money. I really like it. I’d played it before. Finnegan did really well at it – I think he actually won! Amanda was utterly lost – which was odd as she’s usually very good (or at least lucky) at these economic management games. I think it was the mechanic that determined the number of contracts you got that confused her.

While the rest of us were playing Wings of the Baron, The Girl had signed up for 5 Tribes… she played that… and then found some people who were looking for another player for Machi Koro and just joined them!?

After that there was a bit of a break for supper while they set up for the auction.

I always forget to take pictures of the auction. I guess I’m too busy watching to see what’s coming up next and if it’s something I want to bid on. I have to say I felt I showed considerable restraint. Despite having $200 cash in my pocket (it’s cash only) I spent less than $40 of it. I had looked over all the auction items (of which there were over 300!) Friday evening, made a list of things I was potentially interested in and the starting bids, went home and looked to see what they cost new and what they generally sell for used, and made a bit list with the maximum amount I was willing to pay – and I stuck to it! There ended up being only 10 items on the list, two or three that I was really interested in, a few others that were “well if I can get it for $10 or less…” I ended up getting one of the things I was actually interested in, and one of the “well if I can get it for $10 or less…” things and made one impulse buy (which was $6, so….).

After the auction I set up my big even a game of Faustus Furius: 3000! Faustus Furius is actually a chariot racing game, but upon reading I felt the mechanics would really lend themselves to jet bike racing – so over the last 8 months or so I’ve been periodically working on some jet bikes and occasionally play testing the rules for this event.

The players from left to right: Pat, Chris, James, John, Gary and Morgan.

it was a RIOT! I’ll have a comple separate post with a report of the ensuing shenanigans!

Finnegan had actually signed up for Small World, but ended uphaning out with me until they were just starting Small World, ran over to play, played as quick as he could and then came back. He later said it was really hard to concentrate on the game when he could hear us all laughing and having fun!

While I was running my jet bike racing game, Amanda tried out Terraforming Mars. I’d really wanted to try it out as well – and was pretty disappointed when I found out it was scheduled for the same time as the game I was running! She seemed to like it a lot. She even asked if there was anyone I knew that had it (I do) and if we might be able to convince them to bring I over sometime (we probably will!).

The Girl signed up for Codenames while we were all doing our other things. I have to admit I was really impressed that she did this – she is often EXTREMELY shy in situations with people she doesn’t know. I guess it is a testament to just how friendly and welcoming everyone at this event are!

As the game I was running and the one Amanda was playing were longer games, the kids had also signed up for Pandemic. I think they actually won.

The days haul. I actually WON Fresco in the raffle. I’ve never played it, but every game I’ve like any game I’ve played by Queen Games, so I’m looking forward to trying it out. Tail Feathers was the game I got in the auction (for $25CAD) – as we have Mice and Mystics (though we have yet to PLAY it) and I’ve seen Tail Feathers for $95!? Lascaux was on the “well if I can get it for $10 or less…” list, and Space Junkyard was the impulse buy that I paid $6 for… and am kind of regretting… I mean, I already HAVE Space Junk!? How many games about garbage in space do I NEED!?

If anyone out there wants it and has anything they’d like to trade…?

There was one other game I wished I’d bid higher one – there had been a old well loved copy of Ultra Marines there… It came up early in the auction when I was determined to not bid over what I had originally planned to bid… and let it go at $12… I kind of wished I’d bid a bit more. Maybe $25. I still might not have won it…

It was a LONG day – we got home after midnight and everyone was very, VERY tired…

Day 3 – Sunday, 1 October 2017

Everyone was a little crusty in the morning, but we eventually got out the door and on our way.

The Girl and I started off our day with Kingdom Builder. I’ve only played once, and the last time I played was at ToonCon 2015. But it’s a pretty simple, straightforward game so it all came back to me pretty quick. The game was a lot of fun. I somehow squeaked out a win…

…and that put me at the “Winner’s Table” for round two… it was an altogether different game – very cutthroat. It was still totally fun – but one of the victory conditions was connecting sites with contiguous settlements so there was a LOT of cutting off of each other. The guying the ball cap won by two or three points.

Amanda andFinnegan went for something altogether different – they tried out Dominant Species!! I think The Girl and I were both done out Kingdom builder games before Lief, who was running it, finished explaining the rules! The both really seemed to enjoy it. The game went a little long, though, and Amanda missed out on joining in Tzolkin which she had signed up for in the last slot of the day.

After Kingdom Builder The Girl had signed up for Castles of Burgundy. She played it last year with Amanda and liked it so much she’d asked for it for Xmas. We couldn’t find a copy at that time, but picked one up later for her birthday in the spring… but we STILL haven’t played it at home!

For the afternoon I ran one of the Learn-to-Play events. The Learn-to-Play series is new to ToonCon this year and featured games that are a little harder to learn. While other events have 4+ copies of the game and the person running it would give a brief explanation and then let everyone go at it, and maybe group beginners at one game and try to help them out, the Learn-to-Play series had very limited spots – only enough for one table. This was so the event moderator could sit and thoroughly explain the rules and play through the game with the participants pointing out options and strategies and such.

The game I ran was Pax Renaissance – which I love – but it is a fairly complicated game (not quite as complicated as High Frontier, but it is a Phil Eklund game and it is up there!). I ran Amy, Aaron, and Jon through the game. It was a long game, but I had a lot of fun (despite being dead tired…). I think everyone was pretty tired at this point in the weekend. There is an overwhelming number of choices and strategies and even once you’ve played the game a few times, you can’t just follow the same plan as wild different cards can show up in different parts of the game. Amy came very close to a Renaissance victory (republics and laws) but Aaron eventually won with an Imperial victory (two more kingdoms than anyone else). Great game with a fun group of people to play with (who, hopefully, feel like then know sort of how to play the game now). I feel like I should write more about how the game went… but I’m SUPER tired and just want to get this done…

After I’d packed up the game I found the family at a table and The Girl had set up Kingdom Builder and was trying to teach them how to play. As they had not started I joined them for ONE MORE GAME.

I asked afterwards what their three favourite games were and Amanda said Terraforming Mars, Dominant Species and Splendor. The Girl liked Castles of Burgundy, Viticulture and Kingdom Builder. Finnegan couldn’t nail it down to just three – he liked Sentinels of the Multiverse, Pandemic, Vegas Showdown, Viticulture and Dominant Species.

Despite being dreadfully tired at the end of it all, everyone had a GREAT time. Pretty much everyone I played with were fabulous people that were there to have fun. There were no “WIN-AT-ALL-COST!” types. I really like the new location, I hope they run it there in future years. I don’t know if I could nail it down to just three – the two games I ran were the best, other than that…? Dominion? I had a lot of fun at that… Maybe we should play that more (and I should open the expansion I bought at the ToonCon auction last year that I still haven’t opened!?)

Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers and players that made it a fantastic weekend.

(Now to figure out what game I’m going to run next year)

(Actually first I should probably figure out what I’m going to do for the Winter Wargaming Weekend in February…)

Tim’s ToonCon 2017 Report

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend I attended ToonCon 2017 with my family. Two years ago I started going with Finnegan. Last year Amanda and The Girl joined us. It’s kind of just a thing we do now. (I also ran games at the event in 2012 and 2013).

Day One – Friday, 29 September 2017

This year the event moved from the Sutherland Hall (on the far end of town from us) to the Ramada Hotel on Idylwyld Drive (about 10 blocks from us!). the even had a bike rack – though it was a very small one…  

The convention room actually had carpeted floors and suspended ceiling tiles which made it a lot quieter than the Sutherland Hall

The Girl and I kicked off things with a couple of games of 7 Wonders (something weird going on with this picture – it looks to me like she’s about to burst into tears or something!? I assure you she was having fun). Last year The Girl won the event with the highest score of all the games played, but didn’t manage to hang onto that title this year. I actually won both games!? And the first game I won with build cards and military – which is something I rarely ever do?

While we were playing 7 wonders, Amanda and Finnegan were trying out Vegas Showdown – a game about building casinos, I think (which none of us have played before).

Apparently he won the event!?

For the second segment of the evening Amanda joined The Girl and I to play Dominion

For out first game The Girl and I played with Logan (on the left) and… um… super nice guy I played a couple games with whose name I am suddenly totally blanking on… Ugh… I am the worst with names. I should write them down or something… (Sorry if you happen to read this!)

We played with the Village Square set from the original box – which was fun because they were cards I had not played with recently and never in that combination. I swear, I totally played my best game EVAR!? (which isn’t really saying much… but at the end I felt like Hannibal Smith from the old A-Team Tv series I watched as a kid and felt like saying “I love it when a plan comes together!”

 

While the rest of us were playing Dominion, Finnegan played Roll for the Galaxy. He figured – we HAVE Dominion, he could play that ANYTIME (though we don’t, all that often!?) and wanted to try out or play games that we don’t own.

We do have RACE for the Galaxy – which we play a fair bit. And we’ve all TRIED Roll for the Galaxy, but don’t really feel like buying because… well… we already HAVE Race for the Galaxy and we actually LIKE it! I know a lot of people that hate Race, but LOVE Roll…?

I don’t mind playing games we already own at conventions – because as conventions I get to play them with different people who always have different approaches and different strategies than the people I’m used to playing with (which is for the most part, my family) which makes it challenging and informs my own playing as I learn a lot from seeing how others play the game.

For the second round of Dominion we switched up tables a bit and The Girl joined Amanda.

While James and… the fellow in the blue shirt (I want to say Justin, but I really have no idea…). This game we played with randomized cards picked by an app – though only using cards from the base set. It was a totally fun game, but I just couldn’t seem to get my engine running fast enough…

There was another round of games later in the evening, but we decided to call it quits and head home to try and get some sleep.

Day 2 – Saturday, 30 September 2017

On Saturday I had to take the Yuba all loaded up with stuff for the game I was running in the evening.  It almost didn’t make it though the gate!

When we got to the hotel I was a little disconcerted to note there were bits of cut bike locks laying about the bike rack!?

Cut cable lock.

Despite being locked outside all day and night – none of our bikes disappeared or were damaged (I was a little worried about the latter as the bike rack was kind of hidden behind a bush and almost directly in the path of cars backing out of the adjacent parking space).

To start off the day the kids played Sentinels of the Multiverse. Finnegan loves Sentinels – he often sets up solo games on the floor in his room. He was trying out a new hero this game, while The Girl played one of her favourites. They lost… I’m not sure which villain they were battling, but it was apparently a very close game.

Amanda tried out a totally new game (to her) – Mission: Red Planet.

I joined Logan and Ellen (in the blue) and… (ANOTHER person whose name I can’t remember) for a game of Castles of Mad King Ludwig.

I didn’t do great in the game… but I got a Secret Lair – so that’s pretty much a WIN for me!

I’ve only played the game twice, but I love it. The castles that get built so very much remind me of the plans for “dream homes” I drew in my teens that were a mash up of castles, dungeons, and secret underground survival bunker complexes… with art studios…

Part of me feels like I’d like to get this game… but I’ve actually gotten to the point were we have so many games that I already don’t get to play enough, that when I encounter a new game that seems interesting I seriously question if I REALLY NEED it…

I should really cull some of the collection. I’d though of doing that at the auction this year, but didn’t get to it…

After the first games there was a bit of a break for lunch. After we ate the sandwiches we brought along these two women that Amanda had played Mission: Red Planet with taught us how to play Splendor. We didn’t get to FINISH the game as the organizers came and kicked us off the table so they could set up Scythe, but we got to play it long enough to get a sense of how it’s played. It also seems like a really fun game that would be fun to have… I’d actually seen a copy in the bargain bin at my FLGS a month or so ago. I didn’t buy it at the time. I went home and looked it up on board game geek and saw how highly rated it was and went back looking for it a few days later, but it was gone… Now I am kicking myself for having left it there… Ah well…

In the afternoon I tried out Scythe.

I’ve heard a lot of people raving about what a great game it is and I really love Jakub Różalski’s artwork that inspired the game. Given all that raving and the amazing artwork I was really expecting… well… something… more…? I didn’t dislike the game, and the guys I played with were just great. I kind of felt like I was just getting things going when the game ended.

My Saxon bit of the Scythe world at the end of the game.

While I was playing Scythe, Amanda and the kids were playing Viticulture with our friend Kurtis (and some other people) I like viticulture, I’ve played it at my friend John’s. I kind of wished I’d played that instead. Ah well. I got to try a new game and now I know I don’t have to buy it.

Neither Amanda nor the kids had played viticulture before and they all liked it a lot.

After Viticulture Amanda and Finnegan had signed up to play Wings for the Baron. As my Scythe game ended earlier than expected I got to join in. For some reason I didn’t take a picture?

Wings for the Baron – which sounds like a Great War airplane game… well… I guess it IS a Great War Airplane game… but I feel like it sounds like a combat game, but it’s actually an economic game where each player is a different manufacturer of German airplanes racing to develop better and better planes so that they can gain government contracts to make money and then convert that money into gold before the war ends and hyperinflation devalues all their cash money. I really like it. I’d played it before. Finnegan did really well at it – I think he actually won! Amanda was utterly lost – which was odd as she’s usually very good (or at least lucky) at these economic management games. I think it was the mechanic that determined the number of contracts you got that confused her.

While the rest of us were playing Wings of the Baron, The Girl had signed up for 5 Tribes… she played that… and then found some people who were looking for another player for Machi Koro and just joined them!?

After that there was a bit of a break for supper while they set up for the auction.

I always forget to take pictures of the auction. I guess I’m too busy watching to see what’s coming up next and if it’s something I want to bid on. I have to say I felt I showed considerable restraint. Despite having $200 cash in my pocket (it’s cash only) I spent less than $40 of it. I had looked over all the auction items (of which there were over 300!) Friday evening, made a list of things I was potentially interested in and the starting bids, went home and looked to see what they cost new and what they generally sell for used, and made a bit list with the maximum amount I was willing to pay – and I stuck to it! There ended up being only 10 items on the list, two or three that I was really interested in, a few others that were “well if I can get it for $10 or less…” I ended up getting one of the things I was actually interested in, and one of the “well if I can get it for $10 or less…” things and made one impulse buy (which was $6, so….).

After the auction I set up my big even a game of Faustus Furius: 3000! Faustus Furius is actually a chariot racing game, but upon reading I felt the mechanics would really lend themselves to jet bike racing – so over the last 8 months or so I’ve been periodically working on some jet bikes and occasionally play testing the rules for this event.

The players from left to right: Pat, Chris, James, John, Gary and Morgan.

it was a RIOT! I’ll have a comple separate post with a report of the ensuing shenanigans!

Finnegan had actually signed up for Small World, but ended uphaning out with me until they were just starting Small World, ran over to play, played as quick as he could and then came back. He later said it was really hard to concentrate on the game when he could hear us all laughing and having fun!

While I was running my jet bike racing game, Amanda tried out Terraforming Mars. I’d really wanted to try it out as well – and was pretty disappointed when I found out it was scheduled for the same time as the game I was running! She seemed to like it a lot. She even asked if there was anyone I knew that had it (I do) and if we might be able to convince them to bring I over sometime (we probably will!).

The Girl signed up for Codenames while we were all doing our other things. I have to admit I was really impressed that she did this – she is often EXTREMELY shy in situations with people she doesn’t know. I guess it is a testament to just how friendly and welcoming everyone at this event are!

As the game I was running and the one Amanda was playing were longer games, the kids had also signed up for Pandemic. I think they actually won.

The days haul. I actually WON Fresco in the raffle. I’ve never played it, but every game I’ve like any game I’ve played by Queen Games, so I’m looking forward to trying it out. Tail Feathers was the game I got in the auction (for $25CAD) – as we have Mice and Mystics (though we have yet to PLAY it) and I’ve seen Tail Feathers for $95!? Lascaux was on the “well if I can get it for $10 or less…” list, and Space Junkyard was the impulse buy that I paid $6 for… and am kind of regretting… I mean, I already HAVE Space Junk!? How many games about garbage in space do I NEED!?

If anyone out there wants it and has anything they’d like to trade…?

There was one other game I wished I’d bid higher one – there had been a old well loved copy of Ultra Marines there… It came up early in the auction when I was determined to not bid over what I had originally planned to bid… and let it go at $12… I kind of wished I’d bid a bit more. Maybe $25. I still might not have won it…

It was a LONG day – we got home after midnight and everyone was very, VERY tired…

Day 3 – Sunday, 1 October 2017

Everyone was a little crusty in the morning, but we eventually got out the door and on our way.

The Girl and I started off our day with Kingdom Builder. I’ve only played once, and the last time I played was at ToonCon 2015. But it’s a pretty simple, straightforward game so it all came back to me pretty quick. The game was a lot of fun. I somehow squeaked out a win…

…and that put me at the “Winner’s Table” for round two… it was an altogether different game – very cutthroat. It was still totally fun – but one of the victory conditions was connecting sites with contiguous settlements so there was a LOT of cutting off of each other. The guying the ball cap won by two or three points.

Amanda andFinnegan went for something altogether different – they tried out Dominant Species!! I think The Girl and I were both done out Kingdom builder games before Lief, who was running it, finished explaining the rules! The both really seemed to enjoy it. The game went a little long, though, and Amanda missed out on joining in Tzolkin which she had signed up for in the last slot of the day.

After Kingdom Builder The Girl had signed up for Castles of Burgundy. She played it last year with Amanda and liked it so much she’d asked for it for Xmas. We couldn’t find a copy at that time, but picked one up later for her birthday in the spring… but we STILL haven’t played it at home!

For the afternoon I ran one of the Learn-to-Play events. The Learn-to-Play series is new to ToonCon this year and featured games that are a little harder to learn. While other events have 4+ copies of the game and the person running it would give a brief explanation and then let everyone go at it, and maybe group beginners at one game and try to help them out, the Learn-to-Play series had very limited spots – only enough for one table. This was so the event moderator could sit and thoroughly explain the rules and play through the game with the participants pointing out options and strategies and such.

The game I ran was Pax Renaissance – which I love – but it is a fairly complicated game (not quite as complicated as High Frontier, but it is a Phil Eklund game and it is up there!). I ran Amy, Aaron, and Jon through the game. It was a long game, but I had a lot of fun (despite being dead tired…). I think everyone was pretty tired at this point in the weekend. There is an overwhelming number of choices and strategies and even once you’ve played the game a few times, you can’t just follow the same plan as wild different cards can show up in different parts of the game. Amy came very close to a Renaissance victory (republics and laws) but Aaron eventually won with an Imperial victory (two more kingdoms than anyone else). Great game with a fun group of people to play with (who, hopefully, feel like then know sort of how to play the game now). I feel like I should write more about how the game went… but I’m SUPER tired and just want to get this done…

After I’d packed up the game I found the family at a table and The Girl had set up Kingdom Builder and was trying to teach them how to play. As they had not started I joined them for ONE MORE GAME.

I asked afterwards what their three favourite games were and Amanda said Terraforming Mars, Dominant Species and Splendor. The Girl liked Castles of Burgundy, Viticulture and Kingdom Builder. Finnegan couldn’t nail it down to just three – he liked Sentinels of the Multiverse, Pandemic, Vegas Showdown, Viticulture and Dominant Species.

Despite being dreadfully tired at the end of it all, everyone had a GREAT time. Pretty much everyone I played with were fabulous people that were there to have fun. There were no “WIN-AT-ALL-COST!” types. I really like the new location, I hope they run it there in future years. I don’t know if I could nail it down to just three – the two games I ran were the best, other than that…? Dominion? I had a lot of fun at that… Maybe we should play that more (and I should open the expansion I bought at the ToonCon auction last year that I still haven’t opened!?)

Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers and players that made it a fantastic weekend.

(Now to figure out what game I’m going to run next year)

(Actually first I should probably figure out what I’m going to do for the Winter Wargaming Weekend in February…)

Imperial Assault: Rebel Saboteurs

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Enjoying painting the line of miniatures for Imperial Assault. The miniatures are pretty good for a board game but not so good that I feel guilty when I only throw a quick paint job on them. Anyways, anyone who’s played IA skirmish knows how good these…

Imperial Assault: Rebel Saboteurs

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

Enjoying painting the line of miniatures for Imperial Assault. The miniatures are pretty good for a board game but not so good that I feel guilty when I only throw a quick paint job on them. Anyways, anyone who’s played IA skirmish knows how good these…

Drakkar Kickstarter Review

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Now we all love a bit of Norse mythology. The Marvel films are testament to that. A good looking chap with a big mallet walloping things around the head seems to make for the good times. And I’m sure he’s handy in a workshop too. Smacking nails into wood with one mighty swing – even less if he uses his hammer. 

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Drakkar Kickstarter Review

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

Now we all love a bit of Norse mythology. The Marvel films are testament to that. A good looking chap with a big mallet walloping things around the head seems to make for the good times. And I’m sure he’s handy in a workshop too. Smacking nails into wood with one mighty swing – even less if he uses his hammer. 

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Mice and Mystics: Three (Not-Blind) Mice

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I painted these up a year or two ago, for the Mice and Mystics game by Plaid Hat Games.  I painted them up simply, and then dipped them per my usual method.  Although the models are fun, the game was unfortunately not a hit in our househ…

Mice and Mystics: Three (Not-Blind) Mice

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I painted these up a year or two ago, for the Mice and Mystics game by Plaid Hat Games.  I painted them up simply, and then dipped them per my usual method.  Although the models are fun, the game was unfortunately not a hit in our househ…

Fourth Annual September Game-a-Day Challenge

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For the last few years, the kids and I have done a Game-a-Day Challenge through the month of September. The first year it was just any game, at least one per day. There were a lot of quick games of For Sale played just before bedtime that year! In the following years, we’ve tried to up the challenge by making it a DIFFERENT game each day through the month of September.

This year I’ve had the kids each come up with a list of TEN games they’d like to play through the month – that way we each get to play at least a few games that we really want to. I did ask for a mix of longer and shorter games. I also asked for a couple of “alternates” in case we got to play a few extras, or in case someone else has the same one on their lists, etc.

Here are our lists (alternates are denoted with ??):

The Girl’s List

Dixit

Super Dungeon Explore

Shadowrun: Crossfire

For Sale

Forbidden Island

Castle Ravenloft Boardgame

Carcassonne (with an expansion!)

Small World Underground

Agricola

Castles of Burgundy

Fluxx??

Set??

Cthulhu Pandemic??

Finnegan’s List

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Lords of Waterdeep

Legendary

Dominion

Smash Up

7 Wonders

Retro Loonacy

Love Letter

Small World

Arkham Horror??

Bios: Megafauna??

Ingenious??

Ticket to Ride??

Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport??

My list

Railways of the World (or North America or Great Britain)

A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)

London

Pax: Renaissance

Faustus Furius

The New Science

Star Trek: Five Year Mission

Compounded

Samarkand

Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean

Warhammer 40000 (8th Edition)??

Only War??

Tales from the Loop??

Should be a fun month!  
Now the last few days of September we’ll be at ToonCon – so there’ll be a few extra games getting played there – but that also might mean that two of the games on these lists might not get played (unless they happen to be the ones we play at ToonCon on those days…). But hopefully everyone will get to play MOST of their games!

The Girl wanted to put some role-playing games on the list and I wasn’t so sure that would work – as they take a considerable amount of time to play and even more to prepare… I do want to get playing MORE role-playing games, though…

Fourth Annual September Game-a-Day Challenge

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For the last few years, the kids and I have done a Game-a-Day Challenge through the month of September. The first year it was just any game, at least one per day. There were a lot of quick games of For Sale played just before bedtime that year! In the following years, we’ve tried to up the challenge by making it a DIFFERENT game each day through the month of September.

This year I’ve had the kids each come up with a list of TEN games they’d like to play through the month – that way we each get to play at least a few games that we really want to. I did ask for a mix of longer and shorter games. I also asked for a couple of “alternates” in case we got to play a few extras, or in case someone else has the same one on their lists, etc.

Here are our lists (alternates are denoted with ??):

The Girl’s List

Dixit

Super Dungeon Explore

Shadowrun: Crossfire

For Sale

Forbidden Island

Castle Ravenloft Boardgame

Carcassonne (with an expansion!)

Small World Underground

Agricola

Castles of Burgundy

Fluxx??

Set??

Cthulhu Pandemic??

Finnegan’s List

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Lords of Waterdeep

Legendary

Dominion

Smash Up

7 Wonders

Retro Loonacy

Love Letter

Small World

Arkham Horror??

Bios: Megafauna??

Ingenious??

Ticket to Ride??

Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport??

My list

Railways of the World (or North America or Great Britain)

A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)

London

Pax: Renaissance

Faustus Furius

The New Science

Star Trek: Five Year Mission

Compounded

Samarkand

Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean

Warhammer 40000 (8th Edition)??

Only War??

Tales from the Loop??

Should be a fun month!  
Now the last few days of September we’ll be at ToonCon – so there’ll be a few extra games getting played there – but that also might mean that two of the games on these lists might not get played (unless they happen to be the ones we play at ToonCon on those days…). But hopefully everyone will get to play MOST of their games!

The Girl wanted to put some role-playing games on the list and I wasn’t so sure that would work – as they take a considerable amount of time to play and even more to prepare… I do want to get playing MORE role-playing games, though…

August 2017 Boardgames Round-up

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Throughout this month I got to thinking a lot about role-playing  – largely because I was answering all the RPGaDay questions everyday…. And I DID actually get to run a few role-playing games! It’s been too long since I ran a regular role-playing game, I do hope I’ll get a campaign or two going in the fall. 
4 August 2017 – D&D5E/Primeval Thule


Didn’t really get going on the gaming until Friday the fourth. Bruce came by to run his bi-weekly (in theory) D&D5e/Primeval Thule game. We fought the Big Bad that was trying to summon an Elder God. This finished off the current adventure.

Bruce is planning to wrap up the campaign next month and then I’m going to be taking over as GM for a bit to run… something else… possibly Tales from the Loop or one of the 40K RPGs (Only War or Rogue Trader) or possibly a near future “Hard SF” campaign using some home-brew rules.

7 August 2017 – Painting/KingDomino/Loonacy

In the afternoon we had a bit of a painting party with some friends and got some miniatures painted!

Later in the evening we went over to my folks place for supper and played a few games afterwards

Finnegan and I introduced Amanda and my dad to Kingdomino. It was a oretty close game… I think I may have eked out a victory because I had five crowns on a forest of seven or eight squares?!

My mom and The Girl played a game of Loonacy while we played Kingdomino. After the game of Kingdomino they joined us at the table and we all played a few rounds of Loonacy together.

9 August 2017 – Set

The Girl got out Set to play and I joined her. I think we might be missing a card!? Dagnabbit!

10 August 2017 – ONLY WAR

Two friends of the kids came over for the day on Thurday and I tried running them through a game of Only War– using The Eleventh Hour a Free RPG Day quckstart rules and adventure I’ve had for years. The adventure focuses on a small group of survivors whose unit has been overrun by Orks and have to fight their way out from behind enemy lines before the Imperial Navy destroys everything in an orbital bombardment.

They came over just after 9am. By the time I’d explained the rules and the setting and started them off on their mission with the background of the assault on the planet and how they came to find themselves in the middle of an Ork fortress surrounded by heaps of slain Orks and comrades alike. We got through the second “scene” – their first encounter with the Orks – and I had to call it. This was around noon. The youngest was bored out of his mind. Well, he was totally into it and excited WHEN IT WAS HIS TURN, but as the slightest idle moment (i.e. when I was explaingin stuff or other people were having their turns) he started dancing around the room (literally) or climbing on the back of the couch, sitting upside down on the couch, sliding off the couch, playing with dice, playing with markers, losing dice and markers he was playing with under the couch… Finnegan and his older brother were severely disappointed as they were TOTALLY INTO IT!

I have high hopes that we’ll be able to play a campaign of this in the fall – well, at least with two older boys. The Girl seemed less interested, but suggested she’d have more fun if she got to make her OWN character (I was using pre-gens so we could just leap into the action) also she was sitting next to the younger brother and found his antics highly distracting…

11 August 2017 – UNO!?

The night before our summer vacation – Finnegan was heading off to D-Camp and one of the possible activities listed was boardgames and card games and I thought if it ended up raining and they spent a lot of time indoors surely one of the games they’d have would be UNO – so I thought I’d teach the kids to play, so Finnegan would know how to play if anyone busted out a deck (oh, he also took along a few of his own games – just in case! He even brought enough D&D books that he could set up and run and adventure, if the occasion arose!)

They thought it was okay. Finnegan thought it was “slightly boring” and there “wasn’t much to it”…

13 August 2017 – Just Desserts, Hero Realms, Black-Handed Henry’s Potion Party

Now well and truly on our vacation…

We a brought along a few games to play in the evenings or if any days got rained out. Moslty games The Girl picked out. The vacation was (mostly) ALL ABOUT HER. She had expressed earlier in the year that she felt like we only ever pay attention to Finnegan, which is often a complaint of siblings of kids with Diabetes (and its’ true – we do spend a LOT of time focusing on him – checking his blood-sugar levels, counting carbs in meals, making meals for him, figuring out insulin doses, etc, etc…). So we played a LOT of games SHE’s been wanting to play for some time – and didn’t really get to play some of the OTHER games we brought along…

The second night we were at the Ranch we busted out the gamee and played a couple games of Just Desserts. I have a feeling that I won one of them… I won a few games of Just Desserts over the week.

…and Black-Handed Henry’s Potion Party. I can’t remember who played which character… or who won…?

…and Hero Realms. I think I had the Fighter for this one, Amanda had the Cleric, and The Girl had the Wizard..? I’m not sure if we even finished this game…

14 August 2017 – Just Desserts and Hero Realms

We moved locations on the 14th, for Part Two of our Summer Vacation, taking up residence in a cabin at Waskesiu.

The first evening there we played some MORE Just Desserts.

…and another game of Hero Realms where the girls ganged up on me (beause I was doing “too well” the previous evening) – the picture was taken AFTER I was out of the game. I don’t remember who played which character or who ended up winning (other than NOT ME!).


While I really dig Star Realms as a quick competitive, card-drafting/deck-building game. I don’t love Hero Realms – at least as a competitive game. I think it will be great fun when they release the co-op campaign… 

15 August 2017 – Just Desserts and Monarch

STILL More Just Desserts. Playing this really just makes me want to eat dessert… 

This evening we finally broke out Monarch. I got off to a pretty slow start, but ended up flying the banner of MIGHT – which was the first time I’ve done that. Being able to sweep the market for free every turn is pretty sweet and can really WRECK other people’s plans if there’s cool stuff there that they desperately need for their courts… I think I did pretty well… I might have even won – though I recall it being a fairly close game near the end. The Girl went with CULTURE and managed to drop a couple of unwanted guests in both mine and Amanda’s courts. Amanda went with Wisdom.

16 August 2017 – Just Desserts

We were all pretty tired from all the riding around we’d done the past few days and needed to pack up to leave early in the morning, so we only got in one quick game of Just Desserts.

17 August 2017 – Codenames: Pictures

We left Waskesiu pretty early in the moring and picked up Finnegan around 10 and we back in Saskatoon around lunchtime.

After unloading and decompressing a bit we got in a couple rounds of Codenames: Pictures. I don’t love this game. I should have got the original Codenames…

18 August 2017 – D&D

Our alternating Fridays D&D 5E Primeval Thule game was on the 18th – the night before Amanda had to get up early and head off to Seattle for a week.

I can never seem to get everyone in a single shot… This week we were tracking down a slavetrader that owed the Thieves Guild some money and had skipped town and made off into the jungle. By the end of the game we’d caught up with them at an ancient city full of degenerate little cannibal creatures…

19 August 2017 – Loonacy

We had supper at my folks on the Saturday and played about 5 rounds of Loonacy.

One round I just could not get any cards down and at one point had almost a dozen cards in my hand!?

20 August 2017 – Only War

The kids made some characters for Only War  They are probably only “practice” charcters – made just for the fun of making character and may or may not actually ever get used in a game… Finnegan made a Tech-priest Enginseer, The Girl made a Sanctioned Psyker… both support types… We used the Catachan Regiment for their background/regiment bonuses (just in case we decide to use these for The Eleventh Hour – when we have another go at it…). It seems a bit odd using the regiment that a support character serves with as their “background” as most support elements would have come from elsewhere and are simply attached to units as required….? Ah well…

24 August 2017 – Carcassonne

Another evening while Amanda was away we decided to play Carcassonne – which we haven’t played in a LONG time. Despite all the expansions, we just played with the base set. I totally got skooled by the kids. The Girl utterly crushed us, and Finnegan shot way ahead of me in the final scoring.

31 August 2017 – Only War

on the last day of the month we had another try at Only War.

The kids made some characters of their own and I tried running them through The Eleventh Hour again.

We pretty much played all day. Everyone had a great deal of fun. We didn’t get through the entire adventure, but I brought it to a close. The boys characters ended up dying in the orbital bombardment, but The Girl’s Sanctioned Psyker made it out of the zone – she was able to secure transport on boat across the Hellfen.

Everyone’s pretty excited about making new characters and starting a proper campaign for the fall… Now to figure out a time when we can all get together on a regular basis!?

Tomorrow starts off out annual Game-a-Day Challenge for September. I think I’ll post weekly updates through the month. ToonCon is also four short weeks away!! I need to get working on a few more Jet Bikes and do a bit more play-testing with some larger groups!!

Also Coming Soon:

Tomorrow I’m also going to be running a game of Tales from the Loop for some adult friends! I am curious to see how it goes. 
I have a squad of Astra Militarum Tallarn infantry I’m just finishing up and should be able to post pictures soon.

Just… don’t ask…

August 2017 Boardgames Round-up

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

Throughout this month I got to thinking a lot about role-playing  – largely because I was answering all the RPGaDay questions everyday…. And I DID actually get to run a few role-playing games! It’s been too long since I ran a regular role-playing game, I do hope I’ll get a campaign or two going in the fall. 
4 August 2017 – D&D5E/Primeval Thule


Didn’t really get going on the gaming until Friday the fourth. Bruce came by to run his bi-weekly (in theory) D&D5e/Primeval Thule game. We fought the Big Bad that was trying to summon an Elder God. This finished off the current adventure.

Bruce is planning to wrap up the campaign next month and then I’m going to be taking over as GM for a bit to run… something else… possibly Tales from the Loop or one of the 40K RPGs (Only War or Rogue Trader) or possibly a near future “Hard SF” campaign using some home-brew rules.

7 August 2017 – Painting/KingDomino/Loonacy

In the afternoon we had a bit of a painting party with some friends and got some miniatures painted!

Later in the evening we went over to my folks place for supper and played a few games afterwards

Finnegan and I introduced Amanda and my dad to Kingdomino. It was a oretty close game… I think I may have eked out a victory because I had five crowns on a forest of seven or eight squares?!

My mom and The Girl played a game of Loonacy while we played Kingdomino. After the game of Kingdomino they joined us at the table and we all played a few rounds of Loonacy together.

9 August 2017 – Set

The Girl got out Set to play and I joined her. I think we might be missing a card!? Dagnabbit!

10 August 2017 – ONLY WAR

Two friends of the kids came over for the day on Thurday and I tried running them through a game of Only War– using The Eleventh Hour a Free RPG Day quckstart rules and adventure I’ve had for years. The adventure focuses on a small group of survivors whose unit has been overrun by Orks and have to fight their way out from behind enemy lines before the Imperial Navy destroys everything in an orbital bombardment.

They came over just after 9am. By the time I’d explained the rules and the setting and started them off on their mission with the background of the assault on the planet and how they came to find themselves in the middle of an Ork fortress surrounded by heaps of slain Orks and comrades alike. We got through the second “scene” – their first encounter with the Orks – and I had to call it. This was around noon. The youngest was bored out of his mind. Well, he was totally into it and excited WHEN IT WAS HIS TURN, but as the slightest idle moment (i.e. when I was explaingin stuff or other people were having their turns) he started dancing around the room (literally) or climbing on the back of the couch, sitting upside down on the couch, sliding off the couch, playing with dice, playing with markers, losing dice and markers he was playing with under the couch… Finnegan and his older brother were severely disappointed as they were TOTALLY INTO IT!

I have high hopes that we’ll be able to play a campaign of this in the fall – well, at least with two older boys. The Girl seemed less interested, but suggested she’d have more fun if she got to make her OWN character (I was using pre-gens so we could just leap into the action) also she was sitting next to the younger brother and found his antics highly distracting…

11 August 2017 – UNO!?

The night before our summer vacation – Finnegan was heading off to D-Camp and one of the possible activities listed was boardgames and card games and I thought if it ended up raining and they spent a lot of time indoors surely one of the games they’d have would be UNO – so I thought I’d teach the kids to play, so Finnegan would know how to play if anyone busted out a deck (oh, he also took along a few of his own games – just in case! He even brought enough D&D books that he could set up and run and adventure, if the occasion arose!)

They thought it was okay. Finnegan thought it was “slightly boring” and there “wasn’t much to it”…

13 August 2017 – Just Desserts, Hero Realms, Black-Handed Henry’s Potion Party

Now well and truly on our vacation…

We a brought along a few games to play in the evenings or if any days got rained out. Moslty games The Girl picked out. The vacation was (mostly) ALL ABOUT HER. She had expressed earlier in the year that she felt like we only ever pay attention to Finnegan, which is often a complaint of siblings of kids with Diabetes (and its’ true – we do spend a LOT of time focusing on him – checking his blood-sugar levels, counting carbs in meals, making meals for him, figuring out insulin doses, etc, etc…). So we played a LOT of games SHE’s been wanting to play for some time – and didn’t really get to play some of the OTHER games we brought along…

The second night we were at the Ranch we busted out the gamee and played a couple games of Just Desserts. I have a feeling that I won one of them… I won a few games of Just Desserts over the week.

…and Black-Handed Henry’s Potion Party. I can’t remember who played which character… or who won…?

…and Hero Realms. I think I had the Fighter for this one, Amanda had the Cleric, and The Girl had the Wizard..? I’m not sure if we even finished this game…

14 August 2017 – Just Desserts and Hero Realms

We moved locations on the 14th, for Part Two of our Summer Vacation, taking up residence in a cabin at Waskesiu.

The first evening there we played some MORE Just Desserts.

…and another game of Hero Realms where the girls ganged up on me (beause I was doing “too well” the previous evening) – the picture was taken AFTER I was out of the game. I don’t remember who played which character or who ended up winning (other than NOT ME!).


While I really dig Star Realms as a quick competitive, card-drafting/deck-building game. I don’t love Hero Realms – at least as a competitive game. I think it will be great fun when they release the co-op campaign… 

15 August 2017 – Just Desserts and Monarch

STILL More Just Desserts. Playing this really just makes me want to eat dessert… 

This evening we finally broke out Monarch. I got off to a pretty slow start, but ended up flying the banner of MIGHT – which was the first time I’ve done that. Being able to sweep the market for free every turn is pretty sweet and can really WRECK other people’s plans if there’s cool stuff there that they desperately need for their courts… I think I did pretty well… I might have even won – though I recall it being a fairly close game near the end. The Girl went with CULTURE and managed to drop a couple of unwanted guests in both mine and Amanda’s courts. Amanda went with Wisdom.

16 August 2017 – Just Desserts

We were all pretty tired from all the riding around we’d done the past few days and needed to pack up to leave early in the morning, so we only got in one quick game of Just Desserts.

17 August 2017 – Codenames: Pictures

We left Waskesiu pretty early in the moring and picked up Finnegan around 10 and we back in Saskatoon around lunchtime.

After unloading and decompressing a bit we got in a couple rounds of Codenames: Pictures. I don’t love this game. I should have got the original Codenames…

18 August 2017 – D&D

Our alternating Fridays D&D 5E Primeval Thule game was on the 18th – the night before Amanda had to get up early and head off to Seattle for a week.

I can never seem to get everyone in a single shot… This week we were tracking down a slavetrader that owed the Thieves Guild some money and had skipped town and made off into the jungle. By the end of the game we’d caught up with them at an ancient city full of degenerate little cannibal creatures…

19 August 2017 – Loonacy

We had supper at my folks on the Saturday and played about 5 rounds of Loonacy.

One round I just could not get any cards down and at one point had almost a dozen cards in my hand!?

20 August 2017 – Only War

The kids made some characters for Only War  They are probably only “practice” charcters – made just for the fun of making character and may or may not actually ever get used in a game… Finnegan made a Tech-priest Enginseer, The Girl made a Sanctioned Psyker… both support types… We used the Catachan Regiment for their background/regiment bonuses (just in case we decide to use these for The Eleventh Hour – when we have another go at it…). It seems a bit odd using the regiment that a support character serves with as their “background” as most support elements would have come from elsewhere and are simply attached to units as required….? Ah well…

24 August 2017 – Carcassonne

Another evening while Amanda was away we decided to play Carcassonne – which we haven’t played in a LONG time. Despite all the expansions, we just played with the base set. I totally got skooled by the kids. The Girl utterly crushed us, and Finnegan shot way ahead of me in the final scoring.

31 August 2017 – Only War

on the last day of the month we had another try at Only War.

The kids made some characters of their own and I tried running them through The Eleventh Hour again.

We pretty much played all day. Everyone had a great deal of fun. We didn’t get through the entire adventure, but I brought it to a close. The boys characters ended up dying in the orbital bombardment, but The Girl’s Sanctioned Psyker made it out of the zone – she was able to secure transport on boat across the Hellfen.

Everyone’s pretty excited about making new characters and starting a proper campaign for the fall… Now to figure out a time when we can all get together on a regular basis!?

Tomorrow starts off out annual Game-a-Day Challenge for September. I think I’ll post weekly updates through the month. ToonCon is also four short weeks away!! I need to get working on a few more Jet Bikes and do a bit more play-testing with some larger groups!!

Also Coming Soon:

Tomorrow I’m also going to be running a game of Tales from the Loop for some adult friends! I am curious to see how it goes. 
I have a squad of Astra Militarum Tallarn infantry I’m just finishing up and should be able to post pictures soon.

Just… don’t ask…

Imperial Assault: C3PO and R2D2

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Finished these two quite awhile ago but just getting around to posting them. Been doing a lot of speed painting lately as it’s a therapeutic break from high quality, detail work.

Imperial Assault: C3PO and R2D2

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Finished these two quite awhile ago but just getting around to posting them. Been doing a lot of speed painting lately as it’s a therapeutic break from high quality, detail work.

The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 30: Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

After summer holiday season the Polyhedron Collider schedule has taken a hit, so here we are two weeks late with a bumper podcast full of chat about board games, Gen Con, involute gear forms, and eating olives.  We take in depth looks at Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth and provide a roundup of some of the games we have been sent to review that where rather bad.

We also answer questions from the mail bag about blinging out our games, use of theme and which are our most significant games.

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The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 30: Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

After summer holiday season the Polyhedron Collider schedule has taken a hit, so here we are two weeks late with a bumper podcast full of chat about board games, Gen Con, involute gear forms, and eating olives.  We take in depth looks at Anachrony, Tzolk’in and Labyrinth and provide a roundup of some of the games we have been sent to review that where rather bad.

We also answer questions from the mail bag about blinging out our games, use of theme and which are our most significant games.

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GuardCon 2017

Posted on August 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

GuardCon 2017ACG Club’s annual convention of gaming.Featuring the largest Warhammer 40K doubles tournament in NZ, The 9th Age: Fantasy Battle, Age of Sigmar, X-Wing, Board gaming and more!!Hosted by Equinox Tournaments in association with the ACG Club….

GuardCon 2017

Posted on August 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

GuardCon 2017ACG Club’s annual convention of gaming.Featuring the largest Warhammer 40K doubles tournament in NZ, The 9th Age: Fantasy Battle, Age of Sigmar, X-Wing, Board gaming and more!!Hosted by Equinox Tournaments in association with the ACG Club….

Steamforged announces next Kickstarter

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Probably one of the best announcements came this week, if you are of a certain age and had the original PlayStation or PS one as […]

Review Roundup

Posted on August 10th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Over the years we have been sent a number of review copies of games that have slipped through the net. It’s an embarrassment, it’s unprofessional, its ramshackle, but there is a reason these games have remained unreviewed, they have struggled to even get to the table. Some of them are boring, some are uninspiring and some are just plain bad but it’s our duty as honest reviewers to tell you why we just don’t like this set of games.

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