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!

February 11th Part One

For February 11th, 2017 we played at Cafe Swan Valley.  This ended up being a great location for games with several good size tables and a very generous owner.  Not to mention the food was great and prices reasonable. We will definitely play here again in the future I think.

The first sets of games included Parade, That’s It, and Sherlock 13.  Evan introduced his game, Parade to all the players more than once as more players arrived during set up and explanations.  The first game was with Tricia, Justyna, Injae, Sarah, Changyeon, and Evan.  Evan and Tricia tied at -12 to win.  The game is won by the person with the fewest negative points.  The scores were all close, and the players picked up on the rules quickly.  The 2nd game had the addition of Daniel to the game and Tricia and Changyeon teamed up.  This time Sarah won with a very high score of -4 followed by Evan with -10.  The negatives got a bit bigger this time with a more competitive 2nd game strategy.

Played two quick games of Sherlock 13. It was the first time for a few players. James, Mia, and Jeremy were first timers. Jeremy took the first game versus James, Sam, and Justin quite quickly by making a quick guess that was well informed, and so he took that game. The 2nd game was versus Mia, Justin, and Sam.  He made another guess but got it wrong which lead the way for Justin to win.

Ronnie, Kate, Emy, and Anthony played That’s It! for quite awhile, and Ronnie ended up winning that with more cards than other players but an unknown number.  I heard one hint for something that turns your eyes red and a guess at soju which seems reasonable except the game was not made in Korea.

The 2nd batch of short games included Sushi Go Party!, Love Letter Premium, and 7 Wonders Duel.

Sushi Go Party! was a first for all players I believe, but Injae and Evan at least had played the original game.  Daniel, Evan, Sarah, Changyeon, Tricia, Injae, Justyna, and Katie played the first round with Justyna emerging the winner with 42 points, followed by 38 from Daniel, and 36 from Evan. The addition of some new cards and the board in the party version make for welcome new elements to give the game more replay value and interesting variations.  I liked the risk of possibly getting 3 points or nothing for miso if another player also chose that card on the same turn.

The 2nd round was played between Tricia, Changyeon, Injae, Katie, Justyna, and Sarah with higher scores with 6 rather than 8 players.  Tricia won with 65, Changyeon got 2nd with 63, and Injae grabbed 3rd with 56 points.

While the 2nd round of Sushi Go Party! was happening, Evan and Daniel pursued a game of 7 Wonders Duel.  Daniel was very strong in victory points, but we didn’t count them up because Evan won a military victory and was also pretty close to a science one.

Also played love Letter with 6 players including Jenna, Justin, Jeremy, James, Mia, and Sam. A lot of first timers in this won especially with the new roles included in the premium edition. The game does tend to take longer with the added roles. Jenna got ahead quickly and at one point got two tokens with a well timed role of guessing James card when all other players were eliminated which netted her two tokens for the final win.

Finally, Justin tried to introduce Insider to a few players but didn’t end up playing a real recorded game.  This was just a chance for a bunch of people to try the new party deduction word game.

 

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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Survive: Escape from Atlantis

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The last game of Survive for the day by different players.  This one was between Aaren, Ronnie, Kate, and Emy.  Ronnie won with 24 points, but the other scores were not recalled.  A good last game for them.  This was the last game to record of the day aside from some filler games like Spyfall, Codenames, and Mafia de Cuba as mentioned in a previous post.

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

Another game between Ronnie, Aaren, Emy, and Kate (in order of scores).   Ronnie won this time with 44 points, but the scores were very close.  Aaren got 43, Emy 37, and Kate 36.  Good results for all.

Gloom

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A long story-filled game between Kate, Ronnie, Aaren, and Emy.  The death filled game ended with Kate finishing off her family first and obtaining a great negative score of -150. Other families saw less tragedy with Aaren’s family ending at -95, Ronnie at -90, and Emy at -50.

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.

 

Star Trek Catan

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Ronnie was the teacher once again.  She showed Kate and Emmy how to play leading to Kate winning the game with over the usual total victory points at 12.  Ronnie got 11 points and Emmy 8. This as the groups final game before leaving for the day.  They fit a lot of games into their time.  Hope they can come to join us from Busan again next time.