Last Saturday I headed down to the double bill of the Grad Pad Games monthly game day and Heffers fortnightly evening games night. Eleven games played in total, six of them new. Loads of new players as well. He’re a rundown below of the new games I played.
Quite an interesting game set in an underwater kingdom where you are trying to influence the council to select the new king. You start by collecting cards with low influence which use then spend to get Lord cards that give you both VPs and extra powers. A unique card drawing system means that every card you draw has to be offered to other players in an auction, where they can pay you to take the good cards before you have a chance. Quite tactical towards with several routes to get victory, but I won in the end. 🙂
Then after lunch I joined another table to play some shorter games.
Fun and quick games where you have to secretly build structures out of six dice based on a blueprint card you are given. Your structures are then scored depending on the colour of dice you used and the winners get victory points for the highest scoring building, with extra points awarded for style. Very fun but misleading as you can often do better by doing your own thing rather than sticking to the blueprints. Now that gives me a great idea for a film!
A more serious game where your dice represent space ships with different abilities, which need to colonise different planets. I got annoyed with the player next to me as he kept asking questions, despite all the info being clearly listed on the play sheets we were given. Then again he may have been bluffing as he ended up winning as I missed his potential for a win while I was setting up my win the next turn. We played with 4 players which had an interesting mechanic, where two of us leaped into early leads while the other two fought each other until they noticed we were winning and then attacked us. Interested to see how it works with two players but there seemed to be several board variations to keep it interesting.
Fluxx – Cthluhu style. Just a quick 2P game with a first time player. Quite short but I managed to pull off a win with an Ungoal and Secret Cultist. 😀
Finished the session with a 7 player game of Camel Up. I liked this the first time I played it and bought myself a copy, but when I played it with my friends none of them did, despite it winning the Spiel du Jours! Fortunately I managed to sell my copy for £20 earlier in the day so it wasn’t too bad. Came second this time round.
At this point it was getting close to six and I had trouble finding other games for a group to play. The group really likes eurogames and when I look around the hall a lot of the games look like maps with lots of coloured blocks on them. While I like the odd eurogame, I do like a lot of flavour in my games too. While I enjoy playing with them, and tried lots of great games, many of them can be quite disparaging about games like Fluxx or Last Night on Earth, which I had taken down hoping to play.
So I decided to leave early and check out the new games night I had just heard about. This one is a fortnightly Saturday night club ran in the Heffers bookshop after it closes.
Now this is more my group. Younger (Lots more students – but with enough other older people that I didn’t feel old) and more fun. We could talk about Tabletop and see it as inspiration, rather than something looked down on in a hipster fashion. I could also see lots of copies of games I already owned. People were playing everything from Magic: TG to Axis and Allies. One person even had a bag of all versions of Fluxx. Within minutes of turning up I was with a group of eight to play an introductory game, which worked out well as both a way to get people playing straight away and meeting new people.
A cross between pictionary and chinese whispers. We didn’t score but we had fun drawing and guessing and then going over the answers at the end.
Another TableTop game I hadn’t tried yet. I was worried that I wasn’t creative enough to really get into it – and I was right! I had fun playing it but wasn’t surprised when I had finished last. I’d play it again but I wouldn’t pick it.
The Resistance: Battlestar Galactica Edition
I’d been wanting to play this for a while – and the Battlestar Galactica theme fitted quite well, even if it did contain spoilers for those who hadn’t seen the whole series. I ended up being a traiterous cylon, trying to bring down Galactica. I was doing quite well and had them convinced I was a trustworty human, when I made a fatal error because I didn’t know the rules of the game and they weren’t explained properly (There was no official rules). When they tried to explain a special rule I thought they were dicussing strategy – not a rule. So due to my imcompetance we lost. 🙁 Shame as I had set it up for a spectacular Cylon victory.
We then split into smaller groups while waiting for another game to finish and played Forbidden Island. We were doing well until we noticed I had gotten a rule wrong. The game then got a lot, lot harder. We still scraped a win, but now I understand why I had won so many games in the past.
Last Night on Earth
As soon as I turned up and mentioned that I had brought LNOE with me the organiser and her husband said they wanted to play. We soon had a group of six interested once we were all available and despite deciding to swap two players at the last minute for taking too long we then had a fantastic game. Lots of arguing, rules change, roleplaying, and most of all fun, everyone enjoyed playin the Escape in the Truck scenario. I was rolling like Wil Wheaton (My first hero started outside and moved 1 space a turn for 4 turns before being surrounded and killed by zombies). But with two turns left and me on my 4th hero we eventually escaped victorious. Well I say “we” but I mean “they”, as my last hero missed the truck by one space so they left me behind!
So overall I had a fantastic time at the Heffers event. I’ve already arranged with the organiser to have a Mansions of Madness game at the next session and we have all the players already lined up. Really looking forward to that.