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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Red 7

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This was a learning game of Red 7 for everyone involved.  Justyna, Aaren, Ksenia, and Ginger played the longest game of Red 7 I have seen.  It took awhile to clarify the rules; but after that, they seemed to enjoy it.  They played for quite awhile until Ksenia suddenly got a big winning hand that put her over 30 points.

This was the last game to finish the night for everyone.  Jeremy, Bruce, and Ginger left last and may have continued elsewhere, but I don’t know the results.

King of Tokyo

20160827_204357Games continued at Evan’s classrooms with about 11 players.  First, the group split up into 2 games at 2 different tables.  The bigger group played King of Tokyo.  The players included Bruce, Ksenia, Jeremy, Justyna, Ginger, and Aaren.  Some people got knocked out of the game along the way, but in the end Jeremy won by points getting to 21.  It seems many King of Tokyo games with our group end this way.  Maybe, we are not as aggressive and more thoughtful?

Codenames

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.

The Resistance: Avalon

The 2nd game with new teams.  The same 8 players played again, but this time Justin, Katie, and Sam were the villains.  Halen, Jef, Justyna, Aaren, and Ksenia were good.  Aaren was Merlin.  This time things worked out better for the good side, and they were able to complete their missions and find the villains.

The Resistance: Avalon

20160827_150058The biggest group social deduction game of August 27th, 2016.  8 players played twice in a row.  The first game had new player Sam, Halen, and Ksenia as the baddies being pursued by the good Jef, Justin, Justyna, Katie, and Aaren.  Merlin and pals were not successful this time, so Sam has started his first entry into the board gaming world with a win alongside Halen and Ksenia.  Halen is always a villain in this kind of game, so that doesn’t really come as a surprise though.

Cosmic August

Once again, our group gathered for games on August 27th, 2016.  So far, we have been able to keep the monthly momentum going.  Those gathered to play board games usually number between 12 and 18 at this point.  We had 16 players this time.

Lots of good gaming yesterday! I will record more detailed results later, but for now just the highlights. We got in some Codenames, The Grizzled, Summoner Wars, Catan: Cities and Knights, The Resistance Avalon, Ninjato, Seventh Hero, Cosmic Encounters, Bohnanza, King of Tokyo, and Red7. I don’t think I have had so much fun while not winning once. Thanks Justin Bos, Halen Bak, Aaren Tucker, Anthony Wilborn, Jeremy J. Goard, Bruce, Ginger Park, Justyna Stryjewska, Jef Fej, Sam, Ksen mm, Jenna Jordan, Daniel Cryer, and Katie Orazem for gaming with us this time.

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We also enjoyed some bulgogi together at a nearby restaurant between games.

Thurn and Taxis Power and Glory

2016-07-16 19.18.19This game was between Ginger  who had played a few times and Ksenia, Justyna, and Kate learning it for the first time, so the veteran of the game took the win this time.  No scores recorded as Ginger felt she had too much of an advantage.

Survive: Escape from Atlantis

The 2nd game with the same group saw a 3 way tie at 19 points for Katie, Ginger, and Justyna followed closely by Ksenia with 18 points.  Quite a match it seems.