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Weekly Gaming 04/03/2014 (+ Halesowen #6)

This last week has been slightly different, in that I probably played more video games than board games! On Friday night I hosted a small LAN party for some of my friends from University and had an evening making lots of noise in our overfilled lounge ^^. I did still play board games of course, and even managed to slip one in with some of those video-gamer friends :)

Wednesday – Halesowen Board Gamers

At halesowen this week we once again played a game of Viticulture. On this occasion it was a highly overloaded game with a lot of extra content to try out, and I’m very appreciative that James, Phil & Andy were up for playing despite a lot of it being a bit ‘print+play’ ^^.

As I’ve left it a bit long I forget how the games flow went, but there’s a few points I remember about how things went. First of all we had a very worker-heavy game, with all players hitting the maximum of 6 workers, which is something that’s not happened before when I’ve played Viticulture. The extra spots available make it a little more worth it to take this tactic, but I think that a player staying to 4 or 5 could still have kept up just fine.

Another interesting thing is that every player got and used the Yoke. I think this is in part as a result of 2 (3?) of the players having all 3 of their fields populated with vines, and the only way to make use of that was to have an extra harvest opportunity. I was making use of it so that I could worry about using other actions in that season, such as making wine rather than getting the grapes for it. I might not have bothered, but a visitor card gave me 1VP per $2-$3 building, so it seemed worthwhile to have all 3 that fit that description.

For the first few years I didn’t get my vines planted, as I was never able to take the plant 2 spot (James did the same too), I think this was a mistake as I had extra orders at the end that I just didn’t have time to fill. When I did get them planted however I managed to have a well balanced pair of fields, with my 3rd being sold off for money. I spent a couple of years gathering grapes/wine and was prepared to start filling orders when it suddenly dawned the game would end within a year or two! My first order fullfillment was the 2nd to last year, and while I’d got VP’s from some other sources I was at the back of the pack and 2nd-to-last in the pick order for placements.

I opted to go last, and avoided using workers as much as possible (I used one to harvest and one to make wine, keeping the other 5 free), this let me sell wine (Only for 2VP but last year so worth it ^^) and after everyone else passed step in and take both fill order spaces putting me just behind 2 of the other players. Some end game scoring put all 3 of us on 27VP! Andy T was fortunate enough to have more money left over and win the tie-break, so well done for that!
Friday – LAN Party

On Friday I hosted a LAN party for myself and 6 of my friends from University. The first task of the evening was to actually fit everyone in, which I probably should have thought about beforehand! In the end it involved moving just about the whole room around, and nicking a small table from my housemates room leaving us with 5 on one table and 2 on the other, huzzah! :P

I had originally hoped to place Space Cadets before we got computers and such set up, but as we had 7 people and not 6 or less I figured it was best not to push it ^^. Instead, the first game we played was League of Legends with 3 of us while we waited for others to patch as they played other games. It was an ARAM game where we happened to get a comically overpowered team to shred the other side (Something like Lux, Ezreal, Nidalee, Soraka, +1) without needing to get close and having heals to boot.

When all players (Except one who isn’t much of a LoL lover) were patched up, we queued up and had a couple of games of Hexakill. This is a temporary game mode where the game goes 6vs6 instead of the standard 5vs5, which breaks down the ‘metagame’ and leads to hilarity where everyone isn’t quite sure how to arrange themselves best. Our first game had me & Handy top lane as Viktor and Wukong respectively, where we did pretty well (Well..Handy did, but my pick was rushed thanks to Grant ignoring me in picking..-_-). The enemies mid laner got pretty fed on Yasuo (Or jungler, not sure) making him pretty terrifying for a good while, but who ultimately built too squishy so he didn’t last long enough to do too much. We won the game thanks to some good teamplay/split-pushing!

Our second game we went with silly-mode in that we played team-yordle. This was something like Tristana, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Amumu, Kennen & Teemo. This might have gone ok, but I was against Ziggs and got absolutely trashed, thanks to his not needing to worry about turrets with his long range. I’m not sure how well the other lanes went, but as our jungler helped them instead of me despite my comments I presume they were poor too. We lost in the end as we just couldn’t quite draw the game on long enough (I think that another 5 minutes and we could have caught up enough to turn the tide, but that advantage from the early game hurt too much. The other teams long-range ult comp was a bit of a pain too, Ashe ult into 5 others…insta death.

Following this, we changed to a different game to get Dave involved (The absentee from LoL). The game we went for was Artemis, and this time Ash abstained, leaving us again with 6 (I don’t generally want to play Artemis but it’s more fun to play it with others than play solo In a  corner to be honest!). We had a number of games, and I got to try out Comms, Weapons & Helm in that time, which were all fairly fun, although I spent more time tabbed out of the game than not when playing as commons. We won 3 games I believe out of 4, with Handy being the captain in the failed game. The last one we switched from jump drive to warp drive (I’d had helm a second time in a row) which I found a lot of fun for navigating around obstacles in traveling places.

With that done, 3 of us in the room started up a game of openra, which for whatever reason noone else wanted to do (I don’t get the rts hate with this group, *;(*). This was me, Dave & Shakespeare, with Me & Dave as allies and Shakespeare as Soviets I think, plus one computer player who I pretty much didn’t see ^^. Dave dominated the game, as for one thing he seemed to actually know what he was doing. I sat in a corner and occasionally threw things at people as I had a reasonable economy built up, and Shakespeare got pretty screwed in his corner as he didn’t know about capturing oil rigs for the extra income :S

Everyone just sort of split into different games then, ‘War Thunder’ seemed to get played a lot, and Shakespeare who was next to me played some planetside 2. We sorted a game of Red Alert 2 out a bit later on, which ended up just being me & Dave vs AI – we were going to do a bigger game but I think people had difficulty getting it setup, so maybe next time. We lost anyway, probably because I’m really bad at Red Alert! My chrono legionnaires took down a lot of enemies though!

After sleeping, we got some more individual games on before packing up, and I took the opportunity to suggest a board game. With just me, Handy, Dave & Shakespeare remaining we played Carcassonne. It was a fairly friendly game with us playing that fields were worth only 2/city instead of 3, and one where Handy managed to take the victory, damnit Handy! ;)

Sunday – Afternoon Play

The problem with afternoon play is that if you don’t get there right on time, it’s a bit short to do much. We went on Sunday and only actually played one game, with an American guy who was called Jordan or John, not really sure as we both heard different things =P We played Smash Up which he picked up very fast. I was Steampunk Locals, Grace was Miskatonic Zombies and Jordan/John played Wizard Tricksters. The game was pretty tight at the end, with all 3 of us being within a turn of taking victory, but J managed to take it just ahead of me, thanks to lots of screwing me over the game (God damn tricksters :P). Despite my faction I barely managed to keep actions on bases! Good game though.

In the evening me & Grace played a game of Carcassonne while watching Lord of the Rings. I managed to get a lot of cities but really messed up with using all my meeples, missing a couple of good scoring opportunities. Grace neatly took the victory something like 90-70 ish I think! Highlight of the night is that she enjoyed LoTR, great success!

Fun week as always. looking forward to Halesowen tomorrow and whatever other gaming opportunities come up! Till then…um…bye or something ;)

 

 

 

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Random Musings #1

Oops, so much for Friday/Monday posting, I’ve been a bit distracted with the whole looking for a job thing, and completely forgot about this! I’ll have to do a couple of random posts to make it up =)

I’m not really sure where to go from here, so I’ll just start with writing about the games I mentioned in my last post and see where things go!

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

I got the pathfinder adventure card game last week, and have played it rather a lot since! In fact me and my housemate Ken have completed the starter adventure ‘Perils of the Lost Coast’ and the start of the RoTR adventure path ‘Burnt Offerings’ already, leaving me wanting the rest of the adventure path as soon as possible!

In the game, you have a deck of cards representing your character, which contains spells, armour, weapons, items and more. The deck is quite small (at least at first) with 15 cards. For the main character I’m using – Ezren – that means 8 Spells, 1 Weapon, 3 Allies and 3 Items. Throughout the game, you travel to and explore various locations, bringing up opportunities to get new stuff (cards) and fight enemies, hoping to weed out and corner the ‘villain’ for a particular scenario. When you use cards, you sometimes get an opportunity to ‘recharge’ them to put them at the bottom of your deck to pick up later.

Did I mention that deck is also your health bar? Well, it is, and damage taken in the game will cut down your deck, reducing your capabilities and leaving you fatigued from fighting. I love this mechanic, as you have to really think about how to handle what comes up and when you can use cards (Place them in the discard pile), as that will limit your further options for the scenario!

At the end of each scenario, you receive a reward of some kind and move onto the next scenario in an adventure. Those rewards are often cards or ‘feats’ that affect your character for all future games. I absolutely love this aspect, and it has me feeling somewhat attached to my wizard and wanting to progress him to new heights as we continue with the adventures.

It’s an absolutely awesome game, and my ramblings about it don’t do it justice, despite it’s numerous..issues (There’s a lot of errata already due to unclear wording!). Absolutely looking forward to buying all the adventures as they come out and travelling through them, despite the fear of death that will accompany us throughout! (Characters dying is usually for good, no reviving them for the next game!). Just..brilliant.

Smash Up: Obligatory Cthulhu Set

I’ve not really played this much, but me and 2 housemates had a go on Monday night. I love the addition of madness, and manipulating it as you play is great fun, and the new factions are pretty damned cool and further making me interested in the lovecraftian universe. I played as the Miskatonic University Steampunks society and had a lot of fun adding and removing madness from my deck while spamming actions all over the place (Steampunks are possibly my favorite faction, covering bases everywhere in actions is awesome!).

I didn’t win, but I think the new factions will be adding a lot to the game, and it may well have to be a rule that each player gets 1 cthulhu faction and 1 other for the next few games, just so we get to have lots of madness shenanigans. Can’t wait to try out the elder things faction next time!

LoL Worlds

What, this doesn’t belong here. Well tough! The World Championships for League of Legends are happening at the moment, and the quarter finals have been on for the last couple of days. I don’t usually card much about this kind of thing, but I have a lot of friends who do and I’m trying to follow it to some extent.

We’re all going to meet up for the finals, which I am really looking forward to. I don’t get to see all my friends from Uni very often, and I can’t wait for this as a result. I guess I have to admit a bit more appreciation for sports than I usually do, because having it as something to bring people together is a valiant cause, even if normal sports are wholly uninteresting to me ^^

Go Fanatic! ;)

I’ll leave it at that for now. I have a few more things to bring up (Planned custom content for pathfinder for example, which is going to take a long while) but they can wait for another post. Thanks for reading!

PS: I think I’ll start applying numbers to posts as naming them all completely differently will get confusing!

My Life and Gaming

Edit: This is a soppy-ness warning. A friend let me know this is a pretty pitiful post, so feel free to ignore it and read the more interesting posts following it! ^^

I’m going to start this blog off, with a picture of my board games collection. The reason for this is that I don’t really know what to post on a blog, and the only thing that comes to mind is to write something about myself.

I’ve always played games, ever since I was small. Traditional Board Games when I was small, monopoly, scrabble, cluedo and the like, those games that everybody plays, but I never really enjoyed playing them (Well, maybe scrabble). My enjoyment of games came with video games, since my older brother got a PS1 I have always loved them, and since I got my first PC even more.

Crash Bandicoot numbered among the earlier games I’ve played, and it still reflects today, where platform games are among my favourite genre’s, despite being sadly neglected in modern consoles. Since then memorable games for me in the earlier years of my gaming have been Quake 3, Jak & Daxter, Counter Strike, Ratchet and Clank, Battlefield 2142, Hydro Thunder, XGIII and Burnout (Wow, I never considered how many racing games I used to like). FPS games held my desires for a long time, but a few years ago got replaced by World of Warcraft.

It’s funny, how I feel ashamed in many ways to say that WoW was a big part of my life, but it was something I needed, an escape from the world. I didn’t much enjoy my last few years of school, and timetables left me never seeing much of my friends at college, so I immersed myself in the game world. In the real world I went to college, ate, and come home, in WoW I was a user of the magic arts, I was something more. I don’t even think I care how pitiful that sounds, I needed it at that time in my life.

Come University, I gave it up. It wasn’t that I got bored of the game, or didn’t want to play, it was that I was going to a completely new place, and I had a perfect opportunity to start afresh, to make new friends instead of feeling like a misfit. It was a great choice, and I instead occupied my time with friends, with the game of choice being Team Fortress 2, where we could run around in a manic scenario having fun together. That lasted a long while, until a friend convinced us to try out League of Legends, a game which I still love today.

Our last year at University had LoL at the game of choice when meeting up with friends for games. I tended to organise LAN parties occasionally through all of University, as well as the Computer Science events, so it just a switch from TF2 to LoL at those times. We’re all fairly good at the game now, and playing 5-man teams in ranked games is amazing fun, even if we aren’t exactly top-level players (Besides, casually playing is more fun).

Also in that final year of University I joined my friends in doing some roleplaying games. It’s such an amazing thing to just sit around a room with friends and immerse yourselves in something else, while still being highly social. The fact that noone overly serious about it and takes things in a casual light was just perfect. I stopped attending much around when I started playing board games, as I just didn’t find time, but I hope to attend one again, particularly now I have one of my mates that does it living in a house with me!

Don’t worry, it’s on to board games now. Last year, Wil Wheatons tabletop series started airing on youtube. A friend showed me the first one, (Small World) and I kind of impulse bought it…and it’s sequel, and tried to convince everyone to play all the time. I had a lot of fun playing that, and wanted to try other games, so I went along to the UoB tabletop society with a couple of friends of mine to try other games. Since then I almost feel like doing so opened up a whole new chapter in my life, as I had enough fun that I booked off more Friday afternoons than not to attend the society and play board games with people. I even met Grace, now my wonderfully awesome girlfriend, at the society – I didn’t even notice I was attracted to her for a while, I just loved spending time with her and to be honest, probably stayed more to spend time with Grace than to play board games.

I took to buying a lot more board games now that I came across more, via both Wil Wheatons series and the societies games. I discovered boardgamegeek and signed up in January, although I didn’t post for a while after that, to find out about more games. My collection has increased substantially from just Small World, so I now have some 40 games, and more on their way from kickstarter this year. I love playing them all, it gives me opportunities to be social where before I’d have sat in my room, and while I still love playing league of legends with friends, that has nothing on sitting to a table with them and enjoying a physical medium.

So, below you have my collection of board games as it stands. Some of the RP books are mine but most of them are my housemate Kens. I’m so happy to have them, as they really are a bright spark in my life and have made me a much happier person in general, so I think they will be getting shown off frequently in this blog.

Long. Live. Tabletop Games!

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