Sunday, October 29, 2006

Full Day of Gaming: 10/28 Session Report

I'm happy to report that the pseudo-Halloween gaming day was a roaring success.

We had nine different gamers present over a thirteen hour stretch. Personally, I played sixteen games.

Attendees in order of arrival:

Jeff/Amy (tie)
Michael
Dennis
Jon
Ted
Chad
Simon
Dayna

Games played:

Crokinole
Castle of Magic
Java
Adel Verpflichtet
Traders of Genoa
Squint
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Ra
6 Nimmt!
Frank's Zoo
Once Upon a Time
Cranium
Bang!
Celebrities
Monsters Menace America

Humorous Interlude:
Doorbell rings. Ted looks out the window. "It's the postman!! Is he bringing more games?!?"

I'll not go into specific accounts since my memory is a bit fuzzy after so many great games. Post your favorite anecdote in the comments.

We hope that all who were able to come out had as much fun as Amy and I did. Those of you who couldn't make it were definitely missed. My only regret is that I managed to not play a single game with Ted all day.

10 Comments:

At 1:23 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

Thanks again for hosting Jeff and Amy. My brain is still highly frazzled after a long day of gaming. Once Upon a Time was the big winner in my book. You know I read a session report on BGG of a guy playing with his six year old daughter and the story resulting there was only about one billion times more coherent than any of the "stories" we came up with. "Then they got divorced (they were married???? Really???), but she still visits from time to time."

I am officialy the worst Crokinole player so can we officially say that I must play on the best players team from now on? Stupid cross body shots.

Castle of Magic was a fun game. Perhaps I should have done more to learn secrets about the other players because thats where most of the deduction comes into play I think.

Betrayal was interesting, but luck conspired to let us screw treacherous Chad over in a very anti-climactic way.

I got slightly excitable during Monsters Menace America. Dice will do that to me in many cases. My bad.

I would rate that mini SABG-con as a huge success.

 
At 2:24 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

"Then they got divorced, but she still visits from time to time."

Given any amount of extra time, I couldn't have made a better ending than that even if I tried my hardest.

Once Upon a Time was definitely the apex winner with Genoa being the nadir for me. Java was an interesting take on the Kramer AP system and probably second in my book behind Tikal by a wee bit. Adel seemed random even though it probably wasn't. Other thoughts coming later. Too much to get done right now... Be back in a bit.

"EVERYTHING is better with stinkwaves!"

 
At 2:26 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Oh and thanks again to Jeff and Amy for being such gracious hosts. Dayna says she had a ton of fun and looks forward to any future gaming with you guys.

 
At 2:58 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Jeff said...

Let me guess: Judging from the times Simon posted, Dayna was reading over his shoulder and smacked him when he hit 'Publish' and said something along the lines of "You didn't post that I said thank you!"

You are very welcome.

 
At 3:48 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

LOL Jeff...

Sigh... maybe next time (hopefully not Halloween 07)

 
At 5:24 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Jeff said...

There will more mega-events, Rob. Simon is hosting next Saturday, and I expect Amy and I will do the 13-hour thing again on the day after Thanksgiving.

After seeing the effect dice have on Michael, I have to make a plea to all the SABG: we must never let him play Titan. The future of the world could hang in the balance.

 
At 6:27 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Thanks to Jeff and Amy for hosting. I had a great time, and I played three new games across a spectrum of game types. Java is tile laying and action points with lots of tactics (aka analysis paralysis) and some strategy. Betrayal is a quickie RPG, as Chad said. Monsters Menace America is pure Ameritrash of the best or worst kind, depending on your viewpoint.

I liked Java, and I'm even more anxious to play Tikal now. I've been interested in Tikal for a while because the theme sounds cool. I was happy to pull out a 2nd place in Java against tough competition.

My experience w/ Betrayal matches the reviews: flawed, but sometimes fun for certain players. It's been said before, but I'll repeat it anyway. If you want a game that rewards skillful play and where the outcome is highly related to your play, then this game is not for you. If you want a game about theme and mood where the outcome is secondary to the experience, then give this one a try.

Monsters Menace America is a shallow game, but it's also quick, so the ratio works out. It's got several flaws, but I liked it anyway. Your giant monster runs around stomping people and powering up while you use your military to attack other players. After a little bit, there's a series of 1-1 monster battles. Last one standing wins.

I had the south (Texas to Florida) to myself, and I rarely got attacked, while other folks were competing w/ each other. I maneuvered to be the first challenger, too. Alas, I didn't fully appreciate the battle system, and I was creamed in a single round by Chad.

 
At 7:28 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Jeff, correct on all accounts.

:P

 
At 10:12 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

What a fantastic game session. It's gaming like this that makes our group so awesome!

 
At 9:48 AM, October 30, 2006, Blogger Amy said...

Simon, there's a reason Jeff could guess that Dayna was watching over your shoulder, then smacked you for not remembering to post what she had said. Similar things have happened to him before...

Thanks to everyone for coming over. Apparently (!) we have plans for an alternative to the Day-after-Thanksgiving sales at the mall, so hopefully those of you who couldn't make it Saturday can make it next month!

 

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