Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tuesday 16-February-2016: Bingham Boardgames Group

Tuesday 16th Feb was the most recent meetup of our small, Bingham-based boardgaming group. Once again - for the third time in a row - I brought Settlers Of Catan (the original version, back when it was still called Settlers Of Catan), along with the 5-6 player expansion. This was after the success of the previous 2 meetups, but this time we used both a randomised island, and the robber. Once again, I didn't win. It took us about 1.25-1.5 hours, similar to the second game of Catan we played. We did realise near the end of the game, that we had not been using one of the (quite important) rules, relating to where a settlement can be built. The rule is, you can only build a settlement on a hex corner where both the adjacent corners are not built on. This would make placing settlements much more challenging (with 6 players, anyway) and probably result in a somewhat longer game.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday 02-February-2016: Bingham Boardgames Group

Tuesday last week was the next meetup of our small, Bingham-based boardgaming group. This time, again, I brought Settlers Of Catan (the original version, back when it was still called Settlers Of Catan), along with the 5-6 player expansion. This was after the success of the previous meet, at the end of which everyone had said they would like a 2nd game of Catan. I didn't win this time, either! It was quite a bit quicker than the first time around, only taking between 1.25-1.5 hours. Now that everyone has got the hang of it, I think at the next session we are going to play once more, with the island fully randomised, and also using the 2 robbers as well. Should make it a more fun, and probably more chaotic, game to play.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Saturday 23-January-2016: FANGCon #54

Managed to get through 5 different games this time! 7-player Shadow Hunters. The second time I've played it, the first time was actually the first time I attended a FANGcon. Think it was also 7 players that time. The game works really well with this number of players. So we had 3 Hunters, 3 Shadows and 1 Neutral. Despite 2 of us (I was a Hunter) mistaking the 3rd Hunter for a Shadow, and so assisting in her early demise, for a while it looked like we were going to win. In the end though, it was down to 1 Hunter (not me) vs. 1 Shadow, and the Shadow won. The game took about 45 minutes to play. 4-player Chaos In The Old World. This is the first time I've played. I enjoyed it a lot, which bodes well for my purchase of Cthulhu Wars, which i have read is very similar. We randomly assigned factions, I got Khorne. I came last, but I feel I was beginning to get the hang of playing Korne near the end - for the last 3 turns or so. Would very much like to try playing this again. The game lasted about 1.5 hours 5-player Mission: Red Planet. I drew last place in this game. I do feel the combination of game-wide bonus, and the personal missions cards you start with (and can accrue extra) have the possibility of severely limiting your chances to score points. This actually happened with me, whereby the personal missions I had meant I was split between trying to complete them, and trying to be the player that gained the game-wide bonus. In the end, I did manage to do well with my personal missions (one was a success or failure, which I completed, the other had 4 levels of success, of which I managed 3) I wasn't particularly fond of this game though. It lasted about an hour. 5-player 7 Wonders, I think it also had the Leaders expansion. I've played this once before, at one of my games days with colleagues. It took me a round or 2 to recall what the various symbols on the cards mean, and how resources and building stuff works. I came last, but only by 5 points. The game only took half an hour. I would very much like to play this again some time as well. The last game of the day was 4-player Five Tribes. I liked the main play mechanic this game uses - picking up the meeples on one square of the board and leaving them on other squares as you move, taking all the same-coloured meeples as the last one, from the square it lands on. And I didn't come last! I was second-last instead, with 111 points. Also, the player who came 2nd only beat me by 1 point! The only downside is there's quite a lot to consider and keep track of, as far as scoring is concerned. I would probably player it again however, given the chance. This game took a little over an hour. All in all a very fun day for me.