Pandemic Legacy Win and Loss

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Justin, Halen, and Evan played the 2nd game set in June and the 1st game set in July on November 19th, 2016.  Justin played using a military unit with the ability to get rid of faded figures. After losing the quarantine expert last game, Justin’s military unit was necessary slow down the spread of the disease with quarantines and removing faded figures with his special ability.  Justin took care of this untreatable problem while Halen as the dispatcher and Evan as the medic dealt with the other diseases.  Halen had the ability to use cards for travel without having to discard them which was very useful.  She also had a relationship with the military unit played by Justin which gave an advantage for sharing information and finding cures more easily.  Evan’s doctor was able to predict the spread of diseases and treat disease outbreaks more easily.

Unfortunately, the game set in June ended in a loss because there were too many outbreaks in a short time between cities with faded figures.  The players were focused on finding a cure and let the faded figures get out of control quickly.  The one good point of the June loss was the addition of another military base which allowed the players to move around the globe more easily.

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June was a loss, but the players were able to get a win in July the first time around.  There was a new option to search for another strong character as another objective, but the players just focused on curing 3 diseases (mandatory for a win) and the quarantine objective.  Three objectives were needed to win, but one of those was having 1 military base in each of the 6 areas.  That was already complete from the beginning and was one less thing to think about.  The strategy was effective this time around.  Nothing got out of control.  Another research center was also added to give more options for curing diseases and more starting positions for the beginning of a game.

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The 3 completed objectives were eradicate at least 1 disease (yellow eradicated by the medic), have a military base in each of the 6 major regions of the world (already complete, actually have 7), and discover cures to the 3 normal diseases (mandatory objective).  We didn’t complete the search, but that may be possible in a future game.

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Justin was able to keep the faded figures in check and share information with Halen with their characters’ special relationship.  Evan was mostly just playing clean up.  The 2 upgrades the players chose were keeping the research center (after losing Atlanta and having 1 in the middle of the faded figure area not really accessible for most players).  Justin’s character also gained 2 upgrades in the 2 games.  He got Local Pressure and Paramilitary Escort upgrades shown in the picture below.  Both make dealing with faded figures more possible.

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Guillotine

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For 2 to 5 players. About 30 minutes of play.  Take turns beheading nobles in line for the guillotine in this card game.  You are the executioner and can change the order of the line to your advantage for more points.  Play continues for 3 days worth of beheadings, and scores are added up at the end.

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Codenames: Deep Undercover

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A more adult set of words to go with the original Codenames rules.  These words lend themselves to innuendo and imaginative clue giving for the dirty mind.  This game also works well as an alternative to Codenames or used in combination with the original words or even a 3 way combination with Pictures. 2 to 8 players 10 to 20 minutes or as long as you feel like playing.

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Codenames: Pictures

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A new fun alternative way to play Codenames.  This version uses pictures instead of words and a 5×4 grid instead of 5×5.  The rules remain the same.  The pictures are in black and white and combine at least 2 images into one picture for unique combinations.  This is fun to play as another optional form of Codenames or in combination with other formats. 2 to 8 players 10 to 20 minutes or as long as you feel like playing.

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Ending Games

Ginger served some great homemade burgers feeding all her guests.  Dinner also included salads and pumpkin pie.  Drinks included beer and mead.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures.

After dinner, some had to leave and about 9 stayed for a final game.  There was another Thurn and Taxis and Broom Service to continue the Halloween theme.

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This time Ginger, Bruce, Halen, and Justin played Thurn and Taxis Power and Glory.  Bruce tied Justin with 20 points to end the game.  Pretty good day for Bruce all things considered.  2 wins and a tie for first not including the Dead of Winter. Justin also got 2 wins and a tie among other games.  2016-10-29-22.31.05

Jeremy  brought his new copy of Broom Service and introduced it to Daniel and Justyna.  Evan and Aaren had played before when Justin borrowed the game from Travis.  Last time, Aaren won, but wasn’t sure if she liked the game.  This time, Evan won, and everyone seemed to enjoy the game much more.  Jeremy pointed out that the game is much more maddening if people try to play the brave roles too often, so people tended to play more carefully this time.  Evan had another win for the night with 61 points to Jeremy’s 57, Daniel’s 56, Aaren’s 52, and Justyna’s 48.  It was pretty close until the end when Evan was able to get a lucky final round obtaining a big point delivery that had failed in previous rounds.

As the games finished, people packed up to go.  Another great game night finished.

All Manners of Codenames in the Mix

There are 2 new versions of Codenames to play around with.  Codenames: Pictures is what it sounds like.  It uses black and white pictures with mixed imagery instead of words the rest of the rules remain the same.  The other new version is Codenames: Deep Undercover.  That one uses words but ones that are commonly used in euphemisms and more adult innuendo.  All versions of Codenames seem simple enough, but each can be enjoyed on its own anytime or mixed and matched in a single game.  There will actually be a Codenames Tournament to raise money for the Yangsan Orphanage with copies of the game as prizes.

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We had games of all of the above on Saturday, October 29th for the game day hosted by Bruce and Ginger in their fine apartment.  The first game of Codenames started out with Deep Undercover for a round then changed to a mix of original Codenames and Codenames: Pictures.  Katie and Aaren won 2 rounds to Justin and Halen’s 1 round.  The last round finished with the assassin coming out.

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Another group played Codenames starting with 4 rounds of Deep Undercover.  The team of Jeremy, Daniel, and Jenna were practicing for the tournament versus a team including Matt, Justyna, Ksenia, and Evan.  The practicing team won 3 rounds to 1, but each round was pretty close.  It also ended up being educational for some unfamiliar with English innuendo.

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The same groups played once more using Pictures.  The rounds continued to be quite close.  Out of 3 rounds team Ksenia, Justyna, Evan, and Matt won 2 over the practicing team of Jeremy, Jenna, and Daniel.

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I will also mention a game of Thurn and Taxis Power and Glory here.  Halen, Aaren, Katie, and Justin played with Halen winning.  Halen got 23 points to win.

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While Codenames took up a lot of time and attention, the big long game of the day  was Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game.  Bruce, Ginger, Ronnie, Kate, and Jef all played for the first time.  It is Evan’s game, but he was playing Codenames so was only able to advise while the group attempted to learn and play the game.  The final result was quite close, but the Box won.  The mission was to kill a certain number of zombies in 5 rounds, and they fell one short.  There was also an attempted betrayal by Ginger as her secret mission was to help the downfall of the group. However, she was also unsuccessful.  There were no winners here as is the case in most zombie movies.  Appropriate.

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Costumed Beginning and Middle

October 29th saw some costumes and Halloween themed games.  There was nothing too crazy, but it was fun to see Kane before an alien burst out, Pikachu, a Nasty Woman, a Bad Hombre, a wizard, and others.  The day of games started out early with a 3 player game of Splendor between Jef, Bruce, and Ginger.  Bruce won with a solid 15 points.

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The 2nd game started was Archaeology the New Expedition.  This was a 5 player game with Katie, Justin, Halen, Jeremy, and Evan.  Evan won with 68 points including a last minute steal of a map card to trade in for a stack of cards and points. Jeremy was a close 2nd at 67 points.

2016-10-29-16.09.56More people arrived and 3 more games were started with the newcomers mixed with those who had just finished games.  A somewhat appropriate game of Smash Up included Jenna, Daniel, Matt (their neighbor and new group member), and Evan.  Matt played for the first time.  He had ghosts, another faction, and Jeremy’s advice to help.  He did quite well.  Jenna had mythic horses and steampunks. Evan had bear cavalry and tricksters. Finally, Daniel won with 18 points using robots and shapeshifters over Jenna at second with 12.

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At the same time, Ticket to Ride (original) started between Kate, Ginger, Ronnie, Jef, and Bruce.  Bruce pulled off another hard fought win with 118 points and Ronnie a close second at 112.

Halen, Aaren, Katie, and Justin got a few short games in together.  One Night Ultimate Werewolf went just one round and was won by the werewolves, Justin and Katie.

Guillotine was next with Katie winning over Justin by just 1 point.  Katie got 21 points to Justin’s 20.  Aaren and Halen followed.

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Katie also won a game of I’m the Boss over Halen, Justin, and Aaren with about $1,400.

The order of those games may not be quite right.  I should really try to keep track of timing.  I am putting some other games together in their own post.  Codenames got a lot of play, and Thurn and Taxi Power and Glory came out more than once.  They get their own mentions.

Meeting in Queenstown (D&D in Yangsan)

First Session: October 16th, 2016

Dungeon Master: Daniel Cryer

Party: Ronnie Wilson as Drow Wizard Zandahar, Emy Speights as Half-Orc Barbarian Malibu Barbarianne, Jeremy Olivier as Tiefling Ranger Lokethos, Tim as Half-Elf Rogue Verrun Seathra, and Bryan as Human Druid Harrison Buttonbottom

 The Story So Far…

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So, I was super bored in the tavern and found this crusty book and a quill. So, I decided to keep a journal!!!!! This is to a) keep track of all the crazy things that I get myself into and b) keep up my penmanship ((OH DEAR, if mother could hear me now!  “Penmanship is next to godliness… blah, blah.” ))
Anyway, I met these people at a stand that was handing out fresh mead. They seemed cool, and dangerous, so I kept an eye on them.  This handsome elf bumped into me, and his face morphed into a Drow! Crazy Shit! Then this stoner Druid guy ( Harrison Button Bottom) saw it, and this tiefling guy ( Lokethos), and everyone freaked out. I didn’t want to start a scene, so I dragged them to a bar to get the Drow drunk for questioning. Loose lips and all that jazz, you know.

Then this  dude Verron Seathra showed up and challenged the brewmaster to a drink-off, which then turned into an extended competition. Someone crashed into the tavern and made fisticuffs at the drow (Zandahar) . (Who, by the way, has been hitting on me and totally drunk and harmless the entire night). Me, Tailman, and the stoner druid would not take any sheit, so they took it outside. The captain called his 2 friends to help him, but to no avail. I  decapitated him  in a fit of rage after he ripped her dress. Lurker Mcgee (Verron) crept from the shadows and shanked a dude, and Zanzibar burned a guy’s face off. We let the last dude live, and made him into our spy to tell us the goings on in the town, and also present us with chocolates and soaps from his uncle’s artisinal soap shop (I KNOW??!!! RIIIGGGHHHTT???!!!). So, then we got a room and bonded like best friends. We found out that the tiefling dude has a luxurious tail, and he is allowed to hunt in the Variweklalsjf territory because of a scar. They are like… wolf people. Or something. He is also on a quest to find a hunting prize to present to his peoples. Anyway, Verron is a sailor, and he and Harry know each other. Harry, aka stoner druid, is a little gross, but cool and chill. He had a weird dream of the world ending… here. So he bumbled to this place to check it out, and do opium. Zanzibar can disguise himself as an elf, and is impossibly thirsty. Anyway, I am getting sleepy, so MALIBU OUT!

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Scythe (borrowed)

2016-10-01-15-29-455 players played Scythe on Saturday, October 1st.  Justin and Halen had already played 2 practice games, so they had the best handle on the rules.  However, the other players watched a good video explaining the rules before arriving, and Justin gave a quick run down of rules again to the other players; Evan, Jeremy, and Michael (visiting from Seoul).  Justin borrowed the game from another friend of his, Travis.

The first game took about 3 and a half hours despite having everything set up and having a decent understanding of the game.  It still took some time to work through strategy as the game wasn’t that familiar yet.  Evan won the game with 78 coins at the end.  Halen came in second with 56, Jeremy 51, Michael 50, and Justin had to fight people off a lot, so he ended with 38 coins.

The win conditions come down to coins gained throughout the game, coin values of territories controlled, coin values for stars gained by game advancement, and coins gained from resources as well as special rules depending on the each game’s conditions.  Popularity ranking also plays a large role in the number of coins gained in each area.  The game appears complex and has a lot of options for stars to pursue while watching how other players progress.  It seems fighting is not always in people’s best interest.

Jeremy, Justin, and Halen played a second 3 player game as Evan and Michael both had to leave after the first for different reasons.  Jeremy won the 2nd game with 59 coins, Justin came in 2nd with 54, and Halen 3rd with 40 some coins.

This game has  a very enjoyable mix of genres with a great theme.  We will play again for sure.

The next day, Jeremy G, Jenna, and Daniel played some Codenames and Sheriff of Nottingham.  Jenna won Sheriff of Nottingham with Jeremy in 2nd.  No known results for Codenames, but it sounds like they had some good games.