Sunday, June 24, 2007

There's no place like home!

Three weeks of board game deprivation are now hopefully at an end! Jet lag is crushing my mind and though my body is roughly 12 hours out of sync with the sunlight here in San Antonio, I'm ready to play some board games! Heck, I'd even try Stratomatic just to see what the insanity is all about.

By the way, what happened to Saturday gaming???

High on my must play list are:
  • Tide of Iron (rules now read twice, surprisingly straightforward rules, ready to roll)
  • Warrior Knights w/Expansion
  • Star Wars Pocket Model (15 minutes of pure geek fun; nice companion to Epic Duels; full booster box coming this week)
  • Colosseum (too pretty not to play)
  • WotR w/expansion (of course... deluxe set announced for this year's holiday season, $250 retail...) about 20 others. Anyway, if you want to get some game on, just shoot me an e-mail. I definitely plan on playing this coming Saturday and the following Monday (all day if anyone else is off work as well).



At 10:31 AM, June 24, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

I'll be at DLair monday, but not until my usually time.

At 3:10 PM, June 24, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

Welcome home, Ben.

There is a little demon sitting on my shoulder whispering "Tide of Iron" in my ear. The urge to resist this purchase is getting weaker. Perhaps if we play a game and you do everything in your power to make me hate it,then I will thank you.

I have scheduled the week of the 4th off. Although I have planned some family outings, I would be very available for any of the above mentioned games. I am leaning towards Tide, but would also like to see the Star Wars game you mentioned.

My son and I have been playing lots of battleLore and I want to see what the goblin drummers can do. What's the deal with Epic BattleLore?

How about a game of Puerto Rico? And mark and I are supposed to play a game of EastFront.

At 7:09 PM, June 24, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

Wow, great list Ben. I would help you out if I could.

BTW, short update. I've made contact yesterday and today with 2 of the larger groups from south of Houston, and it's been great. Have met all kinds of gamers: from casual to hardcore (read, I finally have more chances to win...heck today I won a 5 player game of Notre Dame, and my wife was second!!!).

It looks like I will be getting some good gaming in the next 3 years afterall, although I will be driving far for it (35-45min vs 7 minutes for DL).

At 7:22 PM, June 24, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Carlos: We can knock out the Star Wars game as a quick brain warm-up in just a few minutes. I'm having a lot of fun just putting the ships together! If your son likes Star Wars at all, I would think you could have great fun with him playing this game. I'm thinkink of taking a few days off during the week of the 4th as well. I'm not ruling out TI:3 either....

Speaking of Puerto Rico, Rob, I miss you, buddy! Great to hear you're able to connect with the groups in Houston. It will be good to hear any perspectives you can share regarding what they think of new games and what sorts of things they play. I'm leaning ever closer to committing to go to BGG.con, so perhaps we'll reunite there. Oh, wait... aren't you coming back on weekends for a while?

Alright, I'm off to redrill my ToI squad bases to make them work better...

At 9:40 PM, June 24, 2007, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

looks like I will not be at the DL this monday for sure.

Also, I got bored and coughed up the geekgold so our group has a guild on BGG. I mainly just put it up so people could find our group on the guild list.

At 10:02 PM, June 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ben! Welcome back! I've been doing a little bit of flying out to the west coast, but not really beyond it like you did. Glad to be home, though.

Anyway, I took off work Monday the 25th and have all day to play. I'd love to play Tide of Iron and Warrior Knights and any other good stuff we can think up. Are you playing Monday the 25th? (your post said next Saturday and the Monday after that, so I wasn't sure what your availability was for this Monday (tomorrow). I also did the drill-bit thing for my TOI bases--MUCH better. I also bought some of those little Plano plastic kits like the BGG post said (I got mine at Target but I'm sure Wal-Mart has 'em) and that should save a LOT of setup time, as I basically made an Allied kit, an Axis kit, and an everything-else kit.

I opened my Strat-o-Matic and separated the cards....and separated some more...and separated some more. Good grief, I wish Strat could invest in an industrial-sized paper cutter--just 4 quick cuts would have saved me several hours of separating and sorting. On the bright side, I got to find out some interesting names that I had no idea were among the top 837 players in the MLB, as well as the "San Francisco left fielder who shall remain nameless because he does his own licensing rather than through the MLBPA life everyone else." Funny, it had all of his exact stats...just no name.

Rob, glad to hear you've found a couple of good groups. I too am interested to hear updates.

Anyone else going to DL during the early daylight hours? 10am? Noon? I'm ready for Dodger Blue to start racking up some Strat-o-Matic wins! (Not necessarily confident, but ready.)

Did anyone else notice the little blurb in the Strat instructions about how you can play solo or with two players, but two-player Strat is the much more popular way to play. So, not only am I doing a trial run with a baseball game on my own, I'm decidedly unpopular for doing so. Thanks for that little ego boost there, Strat.

At 11:18 PM, June 24, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Replied to Chris via e-mail. Short version: I have a cajillion things to catch up on, so no gaming for me tomorrow.

At 8:31 AM, June 25, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

...I will be driving far for it (35-45min vs 7 minutes for DL)

Ha! Feel my pain!

Or at least part of my pain. My biggest gaming roadblock these days is actually ironically quite small. Round about 5 lbs 4 oz, these days. Relatively soon Henry will be coming home, and then I can see if there's any time for gaming after kids. Brian and Carlos give me hope.

At 11:14 AM, June 25, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Rob: Though it's not convenient, I'm glad to hooked up with some gamers out there.

Game on, buddy!

At 6:26 PM, June 25, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

thanks Ted and Ben. Wow 5 lb's already... GREAT!

Carlos, I think, does not give you much hope though. :)

At 9:40 PM, June 25, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

Speaking of kids, the more you have the less gaming time you will have at the start. But if you instruct them well you will have more opportunities than you thought possible. My oldest cannot get enough battlelore, and he loves just about everything I do (like TI3!). My middle child is just starting to get enthusiastic about settlers. She is off to a good start.

I wish Henry the very best and look forward to hearing news of his homecoming.

Rob, are any of those gaming guys the ones that I told you about?

At 10:42 PM, June 26, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

Actually yes Carlos. I played Notre Dame with the ones you mentioned (Houston Boardgame Meetup). I even met a Marty in that group, who knows Brian and Jacqui from pre SABG days.

The other group (Houston Gamers)seems more hardcore though (more SABG'ish).

At 7:50 PM, June 28, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I love all this talk about Notre Dame.... even if it is the "other" ND. :)


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