Games Night 1st February 2018

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted, popped over to Disney World Florida for a bit and was otherwise occupied.

Three of us this week and we played:

by Days Of Wonder
After explaining the rules to HG we quickly got on with the collecting of cards and the placing of plastic trains.

When the game ended, it looked like this:

Final scores:
HG (Green): 102
MC (Black): 143 (+10 for longest track)
SC (Yellow): 86

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Games Night 25th January 2018

Three of us again this week.
This week we played two games of MC’s Christmas present

By Bombyx
It’s not really a game to be recounted blow-by-blow so here are the two scoreboards:
Game 1:

Player HG MC SC
Location VPs 12 20 13
Lord VPs 41 48 33
Affiliate VPs 17 21 16
Monster VPs 0 0 5
Total Score 70 89 67


Game 2:

Player HG MC SC
Location VPs 12 11 12
Lord VPs 31 44 39
Affiliate VPs 8 14 15
Monster VPs 3 0 2
Total Score 57 69 68

Games Night 18th January 2018

Three of us this week.
First up was HG’s latest acquisition:

By Fantasy Flight Games?
Once the rules were read and understood – actually the rules were pretty well explained in the rulebook, which was nice..
HG won the first round with 3 banners with MC and SC with two banners apiece.
To make it a little easier to play we made up the grid using thread.

MC won that round.
Next up we played 2 games of

By Wizkids
MC dominated the first game with the final scores being:

MC: 23
HG: 7
SC: 4
The second game used the same cards to keep things straightforward for HG.

HG and SC were able to quickly amass a good number of Glory with MC stuck on 1 Glory for much of the game. MC did manage a comeback and stopped SC from achieving victory, however it was HG who managed to secure first place this time.

Final scores:
HG:21
MC & SC: 15

Games Night 11th January 2018

This is my 1st games night summary for Board Games In Bedford.
This time six of us played StarCraft: The Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games (www.fantasyflightgames.com)
The players:
AL: Aldaris (Orange Protoss)
AM: Arcturus Mengsk (Red Terran)
HG: Kerrigan, Queen Of Blades (Purple Zerg)
KV: The Overmind (Green Zerg)
MC: Tassadar (Yellow Protoss)
SF: James Raynor (Blue Terran)


Photos from the event:


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Games Night 4th January 2018

Five of us this week.
The game of this night with the all-time highest number of votes with 4 votes was:
Betrayal At House On The Hill
By Avalon Hill with the Widow’s walk expansion.
The players were:
AL – Darren ‘Flash’ Williams
DA – Brandon Jaspers
MC – Professor Longfellow
PH – Madame Zastra
SF – Zoe Ingstrom

In the way it always is in these things, it was a dark and stormy night. Four intrepid explorers and one failed hitchhiker coincidentally found themselves atop a hill besides a mysterious yet insanely designed house. Driven by some compulsion that they didn’t even bother to attempt thinking about resisting, these five idiots illegally entered the house. Knowing that staying together was perhaps the best approach to self-preservation, everyone dashed off in different directions to different floors. Madame Zastra was able to acquire a handy everyday tool, the chainsaw, which is just the thing one wants when exploring a weird-ass house with the bathroom in the roof. Not much of anything else happened and more and more of the house’s improbable layout was discovered. Suddenly, due to something that Brandon Jaspers did, or didn’t do or was thinking when he did or didn’t do it, the HAUNTING #92 kicked in.

In a surprise twist, the betrayer this time turned out to be… no one! The shock! The horror! The contravention of the Trade Descriptions Act,,,if fact, I saw no ‘hill’ and no house is built like this…
The house was to be fully searched and a tribute given to the ghost each turn.
The criteria for the tributes were provided by the five loonies sitting round the table:
Blue
Not a weapon
Dangerous
Used in a kitchen
Can be ingested
Nothing was ever blue.
The rest of the house was dutifully searched and stuff was dutifully given to the ghost. Professor Longfellow was fortunate enough to locate the final room and finished this story by exiting the house. The other four presumably just left when they felt like it.

Games Night 21st December 2017

Five players this week and a very warm welcome to JM, thank you for joining us this evening.

HG didn’t want a late night so we kicked of with a shorter game:

by Repos Production.
We brought HG up to speed with the rules and play commenced.
Cards were played, resources were paid for, wonders were built, armies were raised and a good time was had by all.

At the game’s conclusion the final scores were:

Player DA HG JM KV Mc
Army VPs 15 1 0 -4 18
Money VPs 2 7 5 7 2
Monument VPs 10 10 10 10 2
Civic Building VPs 19 3 33 8 11
Commercial Building VPs 5 0 3 9 6
Guild VPs 14 9 0 0 8
Scientific Structure VPs 0 11 0 1 4
Total Score 65 41 51 31 52

DA for the win!

HG took her leave and JM was very decisive in choosing

by Gamelyn Games.
After going over the rules for JM those space dice started to roll.
DA was the first to acquire a planet, and the next, and the next.
JM unfortunately didn’t quite realise how planets worked until near the end of the game so it should be noted that she would have down much better had we picked up on that sooner.

In the end it was MC who passed the 21 VP mark first (also his secret mission was to end the game). Being the last player of the round, the game ended there and then.
Final Scores:
DA: 15
JM: 8
KV: 18
MC: 25
Kudos to MC!

Next up we played

by Calliope Games
We really enjoyed this last week playing with 2 ships each, so we did it again here.
We played two games.

Despite the death-wish the dragons had, eating each other and leaping of the board, KV lost both his ships very early on. MC was the last to have a single ship afloat.
The dragon’s self-destructive behaviour continued in the second game. However they were still voracious enough to eliminate JM then both of MC’s ships at once. DA and KV doggedly persevered for a goodly while until DA found he couldn’t steer and ended up in the belly of a dragon.
Horay for KV! It only took 5 games to see victory!

To round off the evening we played

by Flatlined Games
DA really has it in for that guy in the chicken suit.

KV and MC raced ahead and were neck and neck at the end of round 2 at 19 points apiece.
Unfortunately for MC it all fell apart when both his housemates were eliminated very early on gaining him only 2 more points. The final standing housemate belonged to no one, but KV was the first runner up.
Final scores:
DA: 23
JM: 14
KV: 28
MC: 21
Huzzah for KV!

Thanks to all our players for a fantastic year of playing games.
May you all have a very merry Christmas and hope to see you all again in the new year.

Games Night 14th December 2017

Five of us this week.
With DA and HG turning up first, SC briefly joined us is a quick round of Sushi Go, during which KV and PH turned up.
Newly acquired

by Moonster Games was the game of eventual choice.

DA played as the blue Sharks, the obvious go-to choice for an anthropomorphic race of water-dwelling beings.
HG played as the purple Goblins
KV played as the orange Reptilians who think a dragon is a hot-air balloon
MC played as the white scantily-clad ice-dwelling Amazons who are presumably well-versed in the phrase “Freezing your tits off.”
PH played as the yellow tree elf-like Shibuke

This was a new one to all of us, but we quickly got to grips with the rules and the collection of cubes and tokens commenced. The bag of cubes gradually emptied as the white cube – Ryū’s Tear – refused to come out. Finally, as the penultimate cube, Ryū’s Tear made its first appearance. Having enjoyed the limelight Ryū’s Tear then proceeded to make a reappearance on average every other turn. It went from being eagerly anticipated to highly annoying, regardless of how much we shook the bag up.
PH ended the game by completing his dragon.
HG and KV had completed 4 dragon pieces each with DA and MC only managing 3 pieces each.
I must confess, I was a little concerned with this one. I had picked it up from The Works on a whim (£15 made it so tempting), and then heard less than flattering reviews for it. However, despite it lacking a little something, it actually played perfectly fine.

HG then bowed out leaving the four of us to have a

by Flatlined Games.
It’s worth mentioning that DA achieved the in-house low of 3 points in the second round.

MC was the winner after the three rounds.

Next up was

by Gamewright Games.
A new one to PH.

Final scores:

Player Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Puddings Final Score
DA 15 16 14 -2 43
KV 15 15 13 -2 41
MC 18 7 9 -2 32
PH 11 10 14 6 41

Well done DA.

To finish, we played three rounds of

by Calliope Games.
We each controlled 2 ships each.
the first game was the longer-lasting one, with DA being the first to lose both boats. The dragon population dwindled to 3 while PH and MC fought to keep on sailing. In the end PH found himself with no good choices left and ended up in the belly of a dragon. A win for MC.
The second game saw KV place his ship next to MC’s on a corner. MC’s first tile placement moved KV’s ship off the board. KV’s second ship wasn’t far behind. To make up for their lack in the previous game, the dragons increased their number to a total of 9.

The remaining dinghies that were dancing with death were eaten in a significant dragon move, leaving a solitary boat belonging to DA afloat. A win for DA.
The third game saw a collection of 6 boats placed adjacent to each other. Chaos ensued leaving MC boatless. There was much less dragon action this time round, though a few extra were added dueing the game. In the end PH again managed to find both his ships in a tight spot, but held in just long enough to have the last boat intact.

A win for PH.

What a great evening of games.
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