February 11th Part Two

We turned to longer and more serious gaming next with Jeremy’s Tyrants of the Underdark and A Feast for Odin. There was still space for some light games however with Codenames, Boss Monster, and Justyna’s copy of King of Tokyo.

We played Tyrants of the Underdark with Jeremy introducing the game to 5 new players. It is a 4 player deck building and area control game in the DnD world using the Drow or dark elves  battling and building up forces.  Mia and James were pretty new to games, so Mia teamed up with Jenna, and James teamed up with Sam who ended up leaving midway through the game leaving just James. Evan and Jeremy played individually.  It was a quick somewhat low scoring game as James was able to bring his forces to the board using good deployment cards. Once his troops were all in play the game ended quickly, and we added up the scores with Jenna and Mia taking the win with 96 points followed closely by the other players except for the cursed teacher of the game.

I didn’t get any pictures of Codenames, Boss Monster, or King of Tokyo.  Codenames went for 3 rounds with teams of 3 on 3.  Justyna, Sarah, and Changyeon versus Tricia, Katie, and Injae.  Tricia, Katie, and Injae won the first round of play, but Justyna, Sarah, and Changyeon one the next 2 rounds showing great teamwork.

Boss Monster came with Anthony T I think. The game is about making a dungeon that will attract and kill off more heroes before the other monsters. The first player to 10 kills without death by wounds is the winner. This time Emy won with 10 souls versus Ronnie, Anthony, and Kate.

King of Tokyo hit the table with Justyna, Sarah, Injae, Tricia, and Changyeon playing.  Justyna ended up winning I think by knocking everyone else out, but I am not sure of that.

Justin showed Ronnie and Daniel how to play A Feast for Odin. Both of them were quite keen on the Odin theme. It was their first time playing a heavy Worker Placement game with a lot of choices. This game in particular gives player around 60 choices at the start of the round. Justin stuck around and gave strategy tips for them. Daniel took the win but Ronnie wasn’t too far behind.

The final games of the night were Betrayal at House on the Hill and Pandemic Iberia.  Betrayal for one looked to be a very entertaining story of aliens and synchronized swimming.  The players were a team of Injae and Justyna, Anthony, Sarah, Emy, Katie, and Kate.


The players were locked in a house and had to attempt many skills to get out.  After many attempts at the tricks they failed to escape.  One particular task was synchronized swimming somehow. Injae/Justyna ended up being the betrayer character who was Doctor Frank N. Sense’s assistant.  They summoned monsters to make completing tasks and skills more difficult for the other players, and time ran out. The house turned into a big rocket and flew to another planet where aliens did strange experiments on all of them.  The end.

The last game at Swan Valley was Pandemic Iberia with Evan, Anthony, Sara and Justin. Other players had taken off at that point for dinner.  The game has different roles from the original Pandemic based on new mechanics appropriate to the earlier time period. Rail laying is essential in moving around the board even as the map is so much smaller.  Players can also move over water.  Another possible move is purifying water in order to hold off infection for a quadrant of the board.   There was an early misplay on the first turn that caused an outbreak which might have cost the the game. Play continued intelligently and strategically after that with good cooperation.  However, the last epidemic came, and though the players were on the verge of winning on the very next turn, the cards drawn created several more outbreaks which ended the game in a loss. All in all, there were some great strategic moves despite the lack of success. These ideas will help players make better decisions the next time. Such a tight game!

Such a great day of games! See everyone next time!

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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Codenames

20160827_222710Another game of Codenames this time between the teams were Evan and Bruce versus Daniel and Jenna.  The game went 5 rounds to avoid a tie.  Bruce and Evan were ahead 2 to 1, but Jenna and Daniel were able to win the last 2 rounds and win.  This was partly due to some missed clues between Evan and Bruce.  It was a fun game to end the night for this group.

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The 2nd game went to Ksenia, Justyna, Jeremy, and Daniel by consensus.  No final score was kept, but the game went on long enough to comprise 2 games, and it was agreed that the teams split the wins.

Codenames

As usual, August 27th saw many games of Codenames.  It is a good game to bring out that doesn’t require much explanation and many people can enjoy it together.  This time the game started with 4 or 5 players and more players joined later to make 7 players total.  The teams were Aaren, Katie, and Jenna versus Ksenia, Justyna, Jeremy, and Daniel.  The first game, Katie, Aaren, and Jenna won.

July 16th, 2016 Game Day: Miscellaneous Practice/Short/Filler Games

There were a lot of little fillers between big games with no real score to record but some challenges and fun worth mentioning for this game day.

There were some rounds of Concept with no final result starting with just Aaren, Justin, Evan, and Jeremy G then later including Daniel and Jenna to start the day of games.  Almost no success, but I think before we finished Jenna, Aaren, and Justin finally had 2 points to Daniel, Evan, and Jeremy G’s one point.  Not a full game but some challenging communication.

There were some learning games of Tichu with Katie, Justyna, Ksenia, and Ginger followed by a second learning game with for Justyna and Ksenia but paired with Halen and Justin.  There are no results to record but good games anyway.

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There was some Codenames using Dixit cards successfully for 2 rounds.  Justin gave clues with pictures and Jenna as well.  We played with no teams against the Box at that point with Evan, Jeremy G, and Daniel as well. Later they switched to words for a single round of team play Evan and Daniel versus Jenna and Jeremy G before Evan had to return to his wife and daughter.  Evan and Daniel beat Jenna and Jeremy G in that round by a narrow margin and some risky calls.

One round of Spyfall was also played in which Ronnie revealed herself as the spy before she could be caught but failed to guess the location leading to a win by Aaren, Kate, Emy, Daniel, Jeremy G, and Jenna.  However, it was a single round.

Finally, Halen, Justin, Daniel, Jenna, and Aaren played some rounds of Mafia de Cuba. An enjoyable but short game with no results to record. The last game of the night when all the other players had left.

 

Codenames

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Team play of Codenames.  Katie, Aaren, Jenna, and Liz beat Justin, Halen, Jeremy, and Justyna 2 rounds out of 3.  The mostly J name team lost in this matchup. This was the first of 3 big group games at a small table.