Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Battle of the Dragon's Lair, 22 May 2006

Once again its time for our weekly gathering at Dragon's Lair on Monday, 22 May 2006. Rumor has it Rob may make an appearance, so this week's picture has a Crusader Rex theme to it in his honor.

I'm still digesting my latest pile of new games, but I'll bring a few perennial favorites plus a few fresh ones for play:

Dungeoneer (and its various expansion decks)
Twilight Struggle
Family Business (this game rocks)
Colossal Arena (never get tired of it)
Zero (aka Down in Flames volume 3; Midway campaign anyone?)
Lightning Midway (light starter)

I should be there by 1730 hours.


At 11:08 AM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Rick N said...

Based on your enthusiastic recommendations, I'd like to try Ra.

I'll probably bring Caylus (matches the time period if not the theme).

Hope to be there by 6.

At 12:29 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

I should be there and can arrive early to match other early arrivers. Just let me know what time would be appropriate.

At 1:31 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

One of these days I need to cash in some comp time for a Monday off...

At 9:12 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

I can probally show up around 4-5:00pm

At 10:28 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Thanks Ben for the "honor".

So I guess we are both finally playing TS tomorrow. Then I'm up for whatever.

I am very pleased with how everyone enjoyed Family business. I got that game not really knowing how it played, and I was pleasantly surprised most have enjoyed it.... even when the cards don't describe what they do (although it's not too hard to figure out after a game or two), you really have no particular mission or reason to attack any particular player, etc...

Ben, would love to try Dungeoneer. I read A LOT about it some time ago, but lost interest eventually. Dennis...Battlegrounds? I feel I'm missing more games in the general category of fantasy, medieval, D&D worlds. I recently got World of Warcraft.

I'll bring Louis XIV again, Crusader Rex just in case (I have one more playtest session to go).... etc.

Ted mentioned Catan sometime ago. That would be interesting.

Anyway, I plan to be there early once again. Tomorrow's session has to make up for 6 weeks of no gaming, so I plan to maximize play time....even if it cuts into the Spurs' game.

At 12:17 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Sorry guys, but there is NO way I'm missing game 7. -Not even in the name of gaming.

Have fun!

At 12:43 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

hmmm... making me feel guilty of missing the game. go spurs go.

At 12:46 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Oh I'll show up but as soon as 8:00pm draws near...I'm outta there like nothing you've ever seen.

At 2:26 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

Couldn't someone bring a handheld radio so nobody has to feel guilty about missing anything? Or people could always sneak over to the wings place and check out the game there during breaks.

At 7:07 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Thank God for Tivo!

At 7:13 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Rob: We definitely need to put WoW on the calendar someday, sometime... The big box and pretty pieces keep whispering to me.

I played Dungeoneer solo over the weekend and found it to be a lot of fun. Sort of like Descent with cards, but non-cooperative and with a much simpler combat system. Each player plays the DM against the others during their turn, which seems to make the game a bit more wicked.

At 8:05 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Wicked?.... as in kick your opponent where it hurts the most while on the ground? I'm getting this game.

At 9:04 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I have all the decks, and I'm bringing them tonight for your perusal.

Man, I'm looking forward to gaming tonight. The first e-mail I received at work today was, "Do you have any interest in doing a 3-4 month tour in Iraq?"

At 10:18 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

I see some great looking games out there, but I'm going to have to miss yet another game event. Got back from a week on the road, and I still have my household split between two locations.

Great looking game list, Ben: Lightning Midway, Ra, Colossal Arena. Zero and Dungeoneer have been on my radar for a while, too.

I don't know that I want to replay Midway, but I might be interested in some of the south Pacific campaigns.

At 11:22 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Ted: I know from first hand experience that Jon and Michael are expert movers if you need some help! :)

I always like the Midway campaign just because of the sheer number of flat tops involved. Still the game (adding Hellcats/Corsairs in) includes Malaya, Burma, Philippines '41, Coral Sea, Solomon Islands, Philippines '44, Eastern Solomons, Santa Cruz, Okinawa, Aleutians, Birmark Sea, and Marshall Islands campaigns. Something for everyone!

At 11:31 AM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Ummm... that's Bismark Sea.

At 1:11 PM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

I'd be interested in checking out any of those scenarios sometime Ben.

Midway involved almost no land. In other words, a huge, empty, featureless ocean. The other campaigns had nearby land with bays, narrow passages, airfields, island hopping, and amphibious landings. These seem more interesting than an empty ocean.

But I am not familiar with the game at all. Maybe Midway would be more interesting than I am imagining. If you find the other carriers first, it's a huge advantage. I can see a lot of tension rising from that.

At 1:45 PM, May 22, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Are you all talking about lightning Midway? Sounds complex for a card game. Interesting.

Too many games, so little time.


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