Saturday, July 07, 2007

A Wafer Thin Day of Gaming

I've just finished a day long gluttonous feast of gaming. Games I played today:
  • War of the Ring (with expansion)
  • Star Wars Epic Duels (x2)
  • Fearsome Floors
  • Zooloretto
  • Caylus Magna Carta
  • Merchants of Amsterdam
  • Colosseum
I also saw Age of Empires 3, Mississippi Queen, and Mexica being played on the other table. What a great session! My thanks to the hosts for a wonderful day.



At 9:11 PM, July 07, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

Where was this might game fest? Mark and I could have played there. I have always wanted to see Mexica.

I am looking forward to playing WotR again soon.

At 10:01 PM, July 07, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Location has been kept confidential due to it being a private residence.

At 11:31 PM, July 07, 2007, Blogger Schifani said...

Ben played an excellent game of WotR and won convincingly. Excellent display of efficiency as he used almost all his action dice to effect, while I misused far too many to keep pace. A well deserved victory for Ben and the goody two-shoeses.

At 5:29 AM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Steve, you did a great job smashing Helms Deep quickly, plus taking out Lorien. It seems it takes about 20 armies to kill Lorien when Galadriel is in the house. Taking Helms Deep immediately before Rohan wakes up seems to be a no-brainer.

At 7:51 AM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

As both of you (Ben and Steve) have played many more game of WotR than I have played (about three) I wonder about one thing: How much do the games vary? Can one try a "Completly way out strategy" ro does it always flow in a similar manner?

Has anyone tried the tactical battles that come with the expansion yet? I would like to, however at this point I enjoy the regular game so much that I want to just play that.

At 9:39 AM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

You know, it's been over a year since I played WotR, and I haven't tried the expansion. If someone wants to get a game of this, let me know.

I don't normally throw this into the bag because of size, but perhaps I should ...

At 10:57 AM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Schifani said...

In ths past I've done a decent job of mustering the right troops for fast sieges but I totally bogged down at Minas Tirith despite a less than optimal garrison (only 1 elite + 4 regulars). It took at least 3 times more action dice than a normal siege and was the key struggle to the game, I believe. Ben still had a better than even chance of winning even if things had gone according to the combat averages, but Minas Tirith's superb defense sealed it. At least it did fall, but far too late.

Carlos, the games vary quite a bit. Often the cards guide where to concentrate your energies.

I have a large table on which I can leave WotR set up, so anyone wanting to play can come over and I can already have the game all set up. Ben and I finished in less than 2 hours even with set-up (we did, didn't we?...or is my sense of time shot?). If you want to plan for a game at a randomly free time just e-mail or call me.

At 1:45 PM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Yep, we were putting pieces back in the box at the 2 hour mark. We played WotR plus two games of Epic Duels in the time it took the other group to play their first learning game of AoE3.

Even with the quantity/frequency of our playing this game, I'm not even close to tired of it. I still feel like I'm learning a new trick or two each game we play, and the drama and intensity of each game keeps the excitement level high.

At 8:06 PM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

In related WotR news, check this out:


At 11:50 PM, July 08, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

Of note,

AOEIII with 4 out of 5 new players: ~20min setup and rules, 2hr gametime. After my second game, I don't think it's the best game ever as some profess, but I don't see myself getting tired of it for a LONG time.

It was great seeing you all again.
(insert sarcasm:)Too bad I couldn't play anything with Jon to have him beat me as usua.... oh wait, Fearsome Floors... dammit!

Zooloretto was a blast, and Caylus Magna Carta was a tasty 1hr treat.

At 9:10 AM, July 09, 2007, Blogger Jeff said...

I had a great time all day long, but Colosseum was the big winner in my book. I found myself thinking about it for the rest of the weekend. 'Days of Wonder does Princes of Florence' Players are attempting to draw spectators to their colosseum by staging elaborate shows. You have to have the correct mix of asset tiles to successfully present the show (lions, scenery, chariots, etc). The person who is able to produce the show that draws the biggest crowd wins. Like Princes, you need a long-term plan that can adapt on the fly. The flaw is that your oh-so-delicate plans can be derailed by a crappy tile draw. Still, it's a blast to play and is gorgeously produced in typical DoW style.

It looked like Chris would run away with it since he had a very nice opening set of tiles, but then he stalled in the mid-game. It was looking like Amy would pull out the win, but Chris managed to get everything he needed for an 81 point extravaganza in the last round.

At 12:58 PM, July 09, 2007, Blogger Jonathan W. said...


Don't forget the New World smack down that was AOE III.

It was nice seeing you again, you need to come back in town more often, and maybe next time Michael will not be hiding in Louisiana.

At 4:32 PM, July 09, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

Well, at least in AOE I was third (of 5) and not by too much. FF was just a massacre where I even sacrificed a dude in vain.


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