Games Night 21st December 2017

Five players this week and a very warm welcome to JM, thank you for joining us this evening.

HG didn’t want a late night so we kicked of with a shorter game:

by Repos Production.
We brought HG up to speed with the rules and play commenced.
Cards were played, resources were paid for, wonders were built, armies were raised and a good time was had by all.

At the game’s conclusion the final scores were:

Player DA HG JM KV Mc
Army VPs 15 1 0 -4 18
Money VPs 2 7 5 7 2
Monument VPs 10 10 10 10 2
Civic Building VPs 19 3 33 8 11
Commercial Building VPs 5 0 3 9 6
Guild VPs 14 9 0 0 8
Scientific Structure VPs 0 11 0 1 4
Total Score 65 41 51 31 52

DA for the win!

HG took her leave and JM was very decisive in choosing

by Gamelyn Games.
After going over the rules for JM those space dice started to roll.
DA was the first to acquire a planet, and the next, and the next.
JM unfortunately didn’t quite realise how planets worked until near the end of the game so it should be noted that she would have down much better had we picked up on that sooner.

In the end it was MC who passed the 21 VP mark first (also his secret mission was to end the game). Being the last player of the round, the game ended there and then.
Final Scores:
DA: 15
JM: 8
KV: 18
MC: 25
Kudos to MC!

Next up we played

by Calliope Games
We really enjoyed this last week playing with 2 ships each, so we did it again here.
We played two games.

Despite the death-wish the dragons had, eating each other and leaping of the board, KV lost both his ships very early on. MC was the last to have a single ship afloat.
The dragon’s self-destructive behaviour continued in the second game. However they were still voracious enough to eliminate JM then both of MC’s ships at once. DA and KV doggedly persevered for a goodly while until DA found he couldn’t steer and ended up in the belly of a dragon.
Horay for KV! It only took 5 games to see victory!

To round off the evening we played

by Flatlined Games
DA really has it in for that guy in the chicken suit.

KV and MC raced ahead and were neck and neck at the end of round 2 at 19 points apiece.
Unfortunately for MC it all fell apart when both his housemates were eliminated very early on gaining him only 2 more points. The final standing housemate belonged to no one, but KV was the first runner up.
Final scores:
DA: 23
JM: 14
KV: 28
MC: 21
Huzzah for KV!

Thanks to all our players for a fantastic year of playing games.
May you all have a very merry Christmas and hope to see you all again in the new year.

Games Night 14th December 2017

Five of us this week.
With DA and HG turning up first, SC briefly joined us is a quick round of Sushi Go, during which KV and PH turned up.
Newly acquired

by Moonster Games was the game of eventual choice.

DA played as the blue Sharks, the obvious go-to choice for an anthropomorphic race of water-dwelling beings.
HG played as the purple Goblins
KV played as the orange Reptilians who think a dragon is a hot-air balloon
MC played as the white scantily-clad ice-dwelling Amazons who are presumably well-versed in the phrase “Freezing your tits off.”
PH played as the yellow tree elf-like Shibuke

This was a new one to all of us, but we quickly got to grips with the rules and the collection of cubes and tokens commenced. The bag of cubes gradually emptied as the white cube – Ryū’s Tear – refused to come out. Finally, as the penultimate cube, Ryū’s Tear made its first appearance. Having enjoyed the limelight Ryū’s Tear then proceeded to make a reappearance on average every other turn. It went from being eagerly anticipated to highly annoying, regardless of how much we shook the bag up.
PH ended the game by completing his dragon.
HG and KV had completed 4 dragon pieces each with DA and MC only managing 3 pieces each.
I must confess, I was a little concerned with this one. I had picked it up from The Works on a whim (£15 made it so tempting), and then heard less than flattering reviews for it. However, despite it lacking a little something, it actually played perfectly fine.

HG then bowed out leaving the four of us to have a

by Flatlined Games.
It’s worth mentioning that DA achieved the in-house low of 3 points in the second round.

MC was the winner after the three rounds.

Next up was

by Gamewright Games.
A new one to PH.

Final scores:

Player Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Puddings Final Score
DA 15 16 14 -2 43
KV 15 15 13 -2 41
MC 18 7 9 -2 32
PH 11 10 14 6 41

Well done DA.

To finish, we played three rounds of

by Calliope Games.
We each controlled 2 ships each.
the first game was the longer-lasting one, with DA being the first to lose both boats. The dragon population dwindled to 3 while PH and MC fought to keep on sailing. In the end PH found himself with no good choices left and ended up in the belly of a dragon. A win for MC.
The second game saw KV place his ship next to MC’s on a corner. MC’s first tile placement moved KV’s ship off the board. KV’s second ship wasn’t far behind. To make up for their lack in the previous game, the dragons increased their number to a total of 9.

The remaining dinghies that were dancing with death were eaten in a significant dragon move, leaving a solitary boat belonging to DA afloat. A win for DA.
The third game saw a collection of 6 boats placed adjacent to each other. Chaos ensued leaving MC boatless. There was much less dragon action this time round, though a few extra were added dueing the game. In the end PH again managed to find both his ships in a tight spot, but held in just long enough to have the last boat intact.

A win for PH.

What a great evening of games.
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Games Night 29th June 2017

Four of us again this week.
While there were three of us we had a quick game of Loony Labs’

PH of course turned up during the game and got dealt in.
KV went on to win due to the Rule stating that Creepers don’t stop you winning and by having the two required Keepers (the only 2 he had)

The main even was

by Arcane Wonders courtesy of KV.
After KV set it up and explained the rules we then went on to play the game…well duh!
KV chose to start with a level 3 Economy Pyramid.
MC edged his bets and went for a level 2 Economy Pyramid and a level 1 Defence Pyramid.
PH followed KV’s example with a level 3 Economy Pyramid.
DA chose to go for the Level 3 Defence Pyramid.
Temples were quickly snatched up with MC being the only player to hold more than one at the end of the first day, including the Sacrificial Temple.

Needless to say on the second day, MC got systematically hammered into prehistoria and never held a temple again.
The Sacrificial Temple was hotly contested starting with MC who lost it to KV who lost it to MC’s retaliation who immediately lost it to PH with an Elephant and held it against MC’s subsequent retaliation.
DA went largely uncontested for the majority of the game, brushing off MC’s Scorpion-assisted attack as nothing but losing a temple to KV and ending the game.
Final scores:
DA: 5
KV: 8
MC: 4
PH: 4
KV has clearly played this one before

Next up we all took turns to take on the persona of

by Matagot also courtesy of KV.
Not really a write-uppable game, you had to be there so I’ll pick out the highlights:

MC called KV’s bluff finding a contraband Bread in a batch of Cheese. KV had accidentally put the Bread in instead of the other Cheese.
DA played the greasy sheriff so well we all took our bribes back and told him to go without.
PH successfully lied.
Final scores in order of revelation:
MC: 109
KV: 125
PH: 171
DA: 204
MC thought he’d done quite well with triple figures…so did KV.
Well done DA.

Finally we had two games of Flatlined Games’

After a solid lead in the first two rounds, DA lost first place to KV.


KV continued his winning streak with the first two rounds of the second game. The third round saw a massive pile-up in the middle of the house leaving MC and KV in joint first place. DA, who caused the rumpus happened to find his two house-mates in the same room in the middle of the house and just piled house-mates in. A ploy that might have worked out, but didn’t.

Player of the night award goes to KV who won almost everything.
Noob of the night award goes to MC who could get to grips with the combat system in Kemet and failed at being a Sheriff.

Games Night 25th April 2017

A very warm welcome to BD who found us on the internet. We hope you had a great time.
In the tradition of all newcomers, BD was miles earlier than anyone else (i.e. on time) and so we had a quick game of

MC uncharacteristically rolled some great dice and got to the grand score of 13 in only a few turns.
BD made it to 3 and then went for broke, did an amazing run to 11 but had to bow out what with all the shotgun blasts to the face.


had been the most voted for so out it came. Thankfully PH did turn up before we started.
Having been long enough since we last played this, we were once again bamboozled by those bloody rules. Got there in the end.

PH triggered the end and the final scores came to:
BD (Green): 21
MC (Red): 28
PH (Nearly Green AKA Blue): 28

Keeping to a theme we then played

Dice were rolled, ships were flown, planets were colonised, dice were re-rolled.

Final scores:
BD (Yellow): 18
MC (Black): 23
PH (Green): 26
Well done PH!

With a few minutes left we played

Round one saw BD with both his house-mates still standing.
Round two saw BD with only one single house-mate still standing.
Round three saw BD score shockingly badly with the last house-mate to leave the house.

Final scores:
BD: 29
MC: 21
PH: 26
Hooray for BD, what a sterling finish!

Games Night 20th October 2016

On this fine night our main game was
Agricola

However we kicked off with a quick game of
Rumble in the House
End result of that was: EM-27; MC-28; PH-15
Huzzahs for MC!

So yeah, we had a go at Agricola.
playing-agricola
Crops were grown, animals were birthed…and eaten.
End result of that was: EM-26; MC-26; PH-34.
Whoopi for PH!

With a bit of time left we had a run of
cthulhu-gloom
Death! Mayhem! More death! More mayahem! Less death! Feeling better! Feeling better! Argh! Death again!
playing-gloom
End result:
EM: -215
MC: -125
PH: -115
Zippedy do for EM!

Games Night 13th October 2016

A warm welcome to EM this week.
While waiting for PH, we decided to start off with:
Rumble in the House
with the intention of getting about a round in and then PH turning up. As it happens, we managed all 3 rounds with the scores being: AL-25, MC-24, SF-21, EM-20.
Rumbling in the house
While discussing which game to play (no votes this week) PH turned and and we decided to make him choose.
He chose:
Cosmic Encounter
The races we became were:
AL Trader, Orange
EM Sorcerer, Yellow
MC Ethic, Purple
PH Virus, Green
SF Mercenary, Black
Significant events:
The Virus and Trader races were switched.
MC, PH and SF all lost their racial ability.
The Hazard card making all inactive racial abilities active again.
PH losing almost all his ships to the Warp
EM not having a single alien colony in their home system, despite our best efforts.
MC getting about a third of the deck as his hand.
Playing Cosmic Encounter
Final scores:
AL: 4
EM: 5
MC: 3
PH: 4
SF: 0
Well done EM. Tough luck PH, this is the first time you didn’t win this game.

Games Night 8th September 2016

Tonight we thought we’d play PM’s new game where square footage is an actual thing to score points with:
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
However, while waiting for him to turn up, we played:

About halfway through the first round, PM turned up.
Stopped at the end of the round with AL at 10, MC at 9 and PH at 8.

PM kindly explained the rules and the significance of square footage. I promised to use square footage in this write up. So: Square Footage!!!
The four favours of the night were:
Number Of corridors
Square footage of corridors
Square footage of gardens
Square footage of recreational rooms
Not really a game needing a blow, by blow account. Lots of thinking happened, particularly with the Masters Builders and what order the rooms should be in the shop.
This is what it looked like near the beginning:
Getting started
This is what it looked like at the end:
It's all over but the scoring

Key moments:
Anything to do with square footage.
PH’s lack of square acreage (his castle is in the bottom right in the above photo)
MC going skint.
AL going for the most ‘aesthetic’ castle.
PM investing heavily in L-shapes and bedrooms and L-shaped bedrooms.
MC investing heavily in recreational rooms.
PH interpreting the flame symbol (Flame/Onion) for living rooms as an onion, so onions rooms they were.
A discussion on the game’s title and whether that meant the castles themselves needed to be mad…
Final scores:
AL:- 123
MC:- 122
PH:- 140
PM:- 110
Yes, that’s right, we all beat the only person who’s played this game before.
Player of the night awarded to AL for winning a round of Rumble in the House, making the most aesthetic castle, and making a point to appreciate everyone elses castles from a practical perspective, i.e. how would a visitor literally move through the castles and room accessibility.