Thursday, July 12, 2007

Saturday Gaming

I can start early if someone is willing to host or just kick things off at Dragon's Lair at 10:00 AM. Please post if you're interested in playing and any specific games you'd like to play.

Games highest on my list (besides TI:3): Warrior Knights (with expansion), WotR (w/exp), Britannia, Tide of Iron, Cowboys (new from Worthington), Arkham (now with three expansions).

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At 4:06 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger Chad said...

I'd be able to show up whereever around 10, although I'd prefer Dragon's Lair since I wanna buy a few things.

TI3 is always number one on my list, but I'm game for anything. I haven't played Arkham with either of the small expansions, so that'd be my second vote.

 
At 4:12 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

TI:3? Don't tease me, Chad! Two more players, and we'd have a quorum. Just throwing it out there...

10:00 at DL it is!

I haven't had time to peel the shrink off King in Yellow yet, but I'll endeavor to do so prior to Saturday just in case.

 
At 8:00 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

TI:3 would even work with three... Here's a great website with a very detailed tutorial of the non-expanded game:

http://www.preeminent.org/steve/games/ti3/ti3demo/

Also, Bookshelf Games has an excellent series of videos on how to play the game. :)

 
At 8:00 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

BTW, Worthington's Cowboys looks like a good fun game. Sort of like Epic Duels in the Old West...

 
At 8:18 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

It sounds like a few folks can only stay for the morning, so perhaps we'll play shorter stuff (like WotR, maybe) until noon or so, then maybe something big.

 
At 8:43 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

I'll check in with the wife to see my Saturday morning duties. Of course I too burn with TI3 in my system. I am eager to try out my new TI3 player aides. WotR would also be nice. I'll have to check out King in Yellow. Have not heard of this one.

 
At 9:41 PM, July 12, 2007, Blogger jbarreto said...

By a lucky coincidence I am free this Saturday. I will be at DL at 10 to fill in any games you need players for.

 
At 12:09 AM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

I should be there at 10am too. Any of the usual big candidates are good--Arkham, Descent, and TI3 are the ones I always think of (none of which I've gotten to play yet, oddly enough). I also want to play Warrior Kings at some point. I can always split off and play Memoir '44/ Battlelore/ Runebound with one or two others as well, but I'm not sure we're going to have so many people that we'll really be splitting off at all.

I really wouldn't mind getting in another game of Colosseum or Zooloretto either, although I know those have seen the table recently and some of these others have not. Decisions, decisions! Arrrgh!

 
At 8:32 AM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

Oh, I have an itch for TI3. It's been too long. But it'll probably be a month before I drive back.

 
At 10:56 AM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Jeff said...

Just a heads-up: There's a Magic tourney tomorrow at DL (celebrating the release of Tenth edition - you get a foil Reya, Dawnbringer for participating... mmmm...Reya...). No idea what sort of crowd they're expecting.

In other news, I won't be available for Fri or Sat gaming until mid-August. I should be able to make it to Monday nights, though.

 
At 12:54 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Chad said...

Change of plans. I won't be there until around noon.

 
At 5:08 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

I suddenly find myself with a free saturday, so I'll be at DLair at 10am.

 
At 5:24 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Hmmm.... if there's a Magic tournament underway at DL, I'm a bit reluctant to bring a component intensive game like TI:3 or Arkham into that environment. I'll bring a pile of good stuff, and hopefully we can secure a side room right at 10:00 so as to be outside the insanity.

 
At 7:17 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

I'm kind of interested in Cowboys, but not enough to buy it, at least not yet.

The best looking part of that game is the list of scenarios. There are 26(!), and many of them seem to be pretty interesting.

 
At 9:14 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

I am still not sure if I can make it. I may be able to host a game of TI3 in a few weeks.

 
At 10:14 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I'll say it again... Cowboys is SW: Epic Duels with spurs on. If you go in with that level of expectation, I think you'll enjoy it. Its definitely not up to the realism of AH's Gunslinger, but then I don't know many people that actually enjoy Gunslinger's level of complexity.

I think for TI:3 to materialize, we'll need at least 3-4 people to firmly commit 3-5 days in advance. I'm up for it on any given Saturday, so there's one. Perhaps next Sat?

 
At 10:18 PM, July 13, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

One thing that is a very weird coincidence (oe perhaps it was planned) is that AH's Gunslinger (aka the only other significant wargame on the subject) also included exactly 26 scenarios...

 
At 9:22 AM, July 14, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

I suddenly find myself with a free saturday, so I'll be at DLair at 10am.

Well, that's changed (literally 5 minutes ago), so I won't make it. Have Fun

 
At 10:32 AM, July 14, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

I had too many domestic chores to do today, so I could not make it. We got two new cats that need to be introduced into the home and to their big feline brother.

I am eager to see what played out today, but if TI3 does not make the list AND if you want to schedule a game in the future as per Ben's suggestion, then I will also offer to play.

If you go for next week, I will not be available then, but if you can wait one more week I can probably host at my house.

 
At 6:10 PM, July 14, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Re: Cowboys

I've been following this one recently, and it seems that your Epic Duels analogy is decent. The difference is that Epic Duels only has one "scenario" with slightly varying terrain: death match.

Cowboys, by contrast, has more variable goals and terrain which should be a big step up. For example, one scenario has the sherrif confronting a bad guy gang and needing to kill the leader. Immediately, however, the deputy turns yeller and runs away. The sherriff is now facing 4 bad guys. He needs to slow down the bad guy, who wins by leaving the board, but if he stays around he could well be killed. The title sums up the problem: A Pickle of Fix.

There's an interesting thread where the game design argues that Cowboys is actually more realistic than other wild west games. While the other games are much more detailed, they allow for things that never actually happened and also aren't plausible. For example one of the games has rules for carrying a knife, but there are few or no documented cases of knife fights in the classic old west.

Looks like it should be a fun, simple game. The question weighing on my mind is whether I can justify buying it given the tremendous backlog I've got.

 
At 11:33 PM, July 14, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

You know, I've actually tried Gunslinger, and liked it. Cowboys seems cool, but I'm concerned that it may leave me wanting more (like say, Memoir 44 did, but Combat Commander corrected).

But then again, a simple quick Cowboy game.... how can you go wrong with that?

 
At 3:35 PM, July 15, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

At the risk of alerting the genre police....

Epic Duels is sort of like Combat Commander in that your choice of actions is limited by the cards you draw. Cowboys is more like Tide of Iron, in that you can choose your actions for the turn, then use some cards to temporarily buff or de-buff as needed.

Though there are 26 scenarios in Cowboys, there are really only about 6-8 different types. The others are either purely introductory or extremely close variants of each other.

Still, pretty much every famous western movie has a scenario based on it. The Wild Bunch scenario looks particularly exciting. If you haven't seen the movie, it features 5 drunk cowboys partying in Mexico. One tries to have his way with a female villager, and suddenly they have to fight a mob of about 50 armed townspeople. Great ultra-violent movie that looks well implemented here.

 

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