Games Night 25th August

Tonight’s offering was:
Fury Of Dracula
as provided by AL who borrowed it from a friend.
AL played the part of Dracula
MC became Lord Godalming
PH was Dr Seward
PM hunted as Mina Harker
SC joined us to become Van Helsing

The adventure kicked off with the four hunters scattered across the map, stumbling from one city to the next with very little to show for it. An event revealed recent activity in Hamburg. With MC being the closest to that locations, Lord Godalming gave chase. At this point Godalming had yet to acquire any items, he didn’t chase too keenly. As the other hunters converged Godalming encountered a vampire – that ran away. Closer came the other hunters. Godalming, once again, tracked down the fearsome fanged fiend – and it ran away again. Closer still came the other hunters.
On the third attempt, the bothersome bloodsucking baddie was no more. Inexplicably it successfully bit Godalming and, just like a bee apparently, that was the end of it.
We never did find out why he was so cross
With the hunters finally converged (Van Helsing started off in Edinburgh), they gave chase into Russia, as Dracula assumed his wolf-form.
Van Helsing encountered a mighty meddling minion, whom she dispatched with aplomb (and apommigranet). However, it was an enduring example of evil and came back for seconds. This time, the elderly Van Helsing was outmatched and nearly snuffed it before finally smiting the smelly suck-up to suckers.
After Dracula was forced to reveal his location, Mina Harker pounced, got in a couple of punches before Dracula managed to give the hunters the slip, or thought he had. Sensing the bold move for what it was, Godalming, now equipped with a bunch of decent vampire vanquishing vittles, doubled back, found him, got bit and subsequently lost all his gear and spent the rest of the game in hospital playing Alhambra on his Tablet.
Van Helsing then closed in on the dreaded demon of dangerous dentures and had to face off with another snivelling subordinate suckerphile. This too was an enduring one. The doddering Van Helsing had barely any puff left when that mirthless minion was mashed. One brief encounter with the cruel caped count saw Van Helsing air-lifted to the hospital in a non-crashing type of dirigible. With the dawning of a new day, Dracula was victorious.

To finish off the evening we played three rounds of:
The Resistance
This is one of those games that cannot really be written up and give it any type of justice, so I’ll focus on the highlights.
Round 1 saw PH and PM as being the Spies. They were successful in thwarting the 5th and final mission.
Round 2 saw MC and PM as being the Spies. They were successful in thwarting the 5th and final mission.
Round 3 saw MC and PM reprising their Spyish ways. MC took a gamble on this one and failed the 3rd Mission (the 2 agent one). So MC or SC was definitely a spy. But which one? With 2 failed missions already PM was chosen to go on the 4th mission. Like a muppet he let the mission succeed (sorry, but this was his third consecutive turn at being a spy!). MC died inside a little bit. With SC to choose, there was no way she was going to let MC go on the mission. But who should she take? PM and PH both let the previous mission succeed, but was that a gaff? In the end PM was chosen to go on the mission and did manage to do his job and fail the mission.

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Games Night 18th August

This week AL had gotten ahold of some games and was keen to play them.
So we kicked off with:
Archer: Once You Go Blackmail...
AL’s first move was to play Ray Gilette to get MC to discard his card – Mallory Archer, so that was the end of MC for that round. SF and AL then Sterling Archered each other until SF correctly guessed AL’s card. Round 1 to SF!
Knocking out MC early
Round two saw MC get both the Dr. Krieger cards. As he was first player, he got to incorrectly guess the mystery card. Then correctly remember it on his next round. Round 2 to MC.
SF’s first move was to eliminate MC, so that was the end of MC for that round. MC’s strategy at this point was to be the first player, that way he get a look in. AL went on to win that round, somehow.
At this point PH arrived, so he was dealt in. A better game with 4 players. Instead of playing best of 5, we played best of 2 and SF won!!! Hurrah! SF has won something!
Next up:
Battlestar Galactica
Civilisations rose and fell. Stars were born. A decent DC movie got made. Finally, the game was set up and the rules had been gone over.
AL played as Gaius
MC was Admiral Adama
PH played President Laura Roslin
SF Did some piloting as Lt. Leeland Joseph Adama.
The loyalty cards were dealt out, and MC very quickly sussed who the Cylon was (correctly).
In the first jump, it took a long time to get jump-ready and Cylon ships were all over the place. Then we jumped a distance of 2 and everything was okay.
The second jump was quicker and saw a second Cylon mothership turn up. Then we jumped a distance of 1 and everything was okay.
Denis going for the Cylon look
The third jump saw many, many ships and the first boarding party. It almost got interesting when we lost our first civilian ship. Then we jumped a distance of 3 and everything was okay, except for the fact we started with Cylon ships and mothership.
The fourth jump saw the next loyalty cards get dealt out with AL announcing that he’s the sympathiser. To the brig with him, but not for long. MC points out AL’s having been a Cylon all along after trying to frame SF and attempting to run for presidency. After forcing an early jump he whizzed off to the birthing ship. Two more boarding parties invade the ship. Then we jumped a distance of 3 and everything was okay.
The final jumps saw not very much at all happen. No Cylon ships or anything really. AL played an extreme crisis to which we went ‘Meh’ and completed the final jump a little early. Thus the game was ended. AL was defeated and the humans won. Woo.
Player of the evening goes to SF for winning everything tonight!
AL, PH and SF all appear to have enjoyed this game. MC’s views on it were probably gleaned from this write-up. I’m informed that he’s appreciative for the opportunity to give this game a go.

Games Night 9th August 2016

Decided to break the mould and have a game on a Tuesday. Crazy! PM is introduced to Denis
This week we revisited an old favourite:
Small World
Not really a blow-by-blow type game to recount so here’s who and what:
MC: Started as Seafaring Sorcerers, became Soul-Touch Elves, reverted to Seafaring Sorcers and finished with Underworld Goblins. Final score: 81
PH: Started as Spirit Skeletons, became Peaceloving Trolls and finished with Behemoth Leprechauns. Final score: 85
PM: Started with Imperial Amazons, became Lava Halflings and finished with Mercenary Barbarians. Final score 112
Well done PM.
Small World

Next up was:
Seasons

Denis was able to fit the mood for each season very nicely.
WinterSpringSummerAutumn

The End
Final scores: MC: 190, PH: 138, PM: 143

Games Night 21st July 2016

Four players this week.
While waiting for PH, we had just enough time for one round of
Rumble in the House
A nice, simple game we got into really quickly. But then PH turned up and AL won the round.
Rumble In The House

To properly christen Denis, we played
StarCraft: The Board Game
AL played as Arcturus Mensk
MC played as Tassadar
PH played as Arcturus The Overmind
SF played as Kerrigan, Queen Of Blades
Getting Started
Poor SF did his best with this one, but this was a little beyond his gaming experience, but still managed a decent innings.
Conquests
The usual progressions of planet and resource acquisition took place, while SF’s excellent starting planet scored him loads of points.
In the third age, AL attained his secondary goal.
Well done AL.
The End