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.

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