I’ve brought my November played game tally to a nice 29, and the month isn’t even over yet! w00t!
Tuesday I stopped by Meeplemart quickly, but then went to Andrew’s place. Sorin was there as well, and we got to play three games.
First was Tanto Quore, what I find to be a slightly more enjoyable Dominion clone, and one of the better deck-building games. And not just because of the anime maids, either! Mechanically it works quite similar to Dominion, but the addition of Chambering, thus freeing up your deck, is pretty nice. The fact that some of the maids give you points, and some ONLY give you points, when Chambered is even sneakier. And it’s quick enough that you can play it multiple times, or play other games as well. This was my second play of the game.
Next came 51st State, again my second play of the game, the first being just last weekend at TABSCon. I did much, much better this time around, and I find I now understand some of the subleties of the game. I was able to get a few ‘combos’ together, first with Weapons and Tommy the Gun, then with Fuel. I ended up winning the game.
Last came Dixit, with Andrew’s wife playing as well. This is a fun family-friendly game, and I’m sure it’ll be good to play with kids as well. It’s just such a creative game, like Apples to Apples but with art instead of language. And again, this was my second time playing the game.
A few days later, back to Meeplemart for another Thursday night.
Kicked off with Martian Dice, where for the majority of the game I wrestled with my usual push-your-luck MO: failure. I couldn’t survive the humans’ resistance for the life of me! Ended the game with a measly 11 points. Pfft. Stupid tanks, always kickin’ my Martian butt. xombe won, with Thor just a point away.
Next came Ascension, a Math Trade game. I’m going to need some more plays of this, and I might just have to look into variants or something. I wasn’t disappointed, I just wasn’t wow’d. I think the lack of monsters was a turn off. After playing things like Quarriors!, Tanto Quore and Eminent Domain recently, Ascension seems to be lacking somewhere. I do like the different ‘suits’, though, like the Mechana and the Void stuff. Nice flavour. I hope this one grows on me after some more plays.
Then the prize of the night, two games of The Resistance. Another Math Trade pick-up which I’m very glad I got. First game I was a spy, along with xombe and Robert. Interestingly, we were all on one side of the table together. This is a great Werewolf-type game, with a nice mix of logic, bluffing, finger-pointing and meta-gaming. The spies won. In the second, 8-player game, Hutton, Francisco and Ken did a bang-up job of letting the rest of us convince ourselves that we were spies. In fact, looking back, all three of them were the least vocal throughout the game. That should have been a tip-off. Dang! Anyway, two great plays. This is going to have to come back. I think it was well-received, and hopefully no bad blood came out of it. I’m sure if Steve had some copies, they would have sold. Nice to play with some of the newer TABS Night attendees, too.
Randall and I tried to get our timing lined up so I could play his Discworld, but it was not to be. Instead, the final game of the night was a 3-player go at Jet Set, one more of my Math Trade games. This is a nice replacement for Ticket to Ride: Europe that I’m selling. I’m not sure if it’s better, worse or even with Airlines Europe, which I also enjoyed. I’ll probably try to get this tabled some more in the near future.
And finally Friday, while volunteering in a grade 6 class, I convinced a few of the students to try Martian Dice, and then Poo. As you can imagine, Poo was a big hit, especially amongst a handful of boys. They are eager to fling poo at each other again next week. How can I not oblige them? 🙂
Well that was a great week for gaming, for sure. The amount I play will likely be going down this coming month, as the holidays roll around. Which just means I have to pick up and play even more in January to make up for it! Mwahahaha!