Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Friday Gaming



Amy and I will host an all-day and into-the-evening session of gaming this Friday starting at 9 AM. I hope all of you lucky punks who went to BGG.CON saved up some Brownie points.

As per Ted's request, Mare Nostrum with the expansion will be (one of) the centerpiece games.

RSVP in the comments section and make any plans for specific games in that same comments section.

33 Comments:

At 5:00 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I will try to make it, at least a good part of the day. I have some contractors giving my house a high colonic, but I'm hopeful they'll finish up today.

As a proud owner of an unplayed copy of Mare Nostrum for about two years, I'm definitely interested in playing it.

Games also stratospherically high on my list: Brass, Hannibal, Glory to Rome, StarCraft.

 
At 7:11 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Sounds great to me! I'll bring a bunch of euros, along with MN+expansion!

 
At 7:22 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

I thought I'd be a bit more specific.

I plan to arrive about 9a, and I plan to stay until the late afternoon (4p or so).

The alternate euros I'll bring will include:

--Reef Encounter
--Ra
--the ever controversial Beowulf
--Betrayal at House on the Hill

Well, I guess that last one is more Ameritrash, but you get the idea.

 
At 8:07 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger scott said...

I will be able to make it but I will have to check back in with guestimates on the from and to times. Enough others have specific game desires so I will pass on adding to the list. I am happy to bring Dune, Acquire, Kremlin, win place and show, and politika if anybody has any desire to play any of them.

 
At 8:48 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

I'll be there. The bag will make decisions at a later date, but Hannibal:RvC could show up. Revolution: The Dutch revolt will be in the bag (very long), other than that, who knows.

There damn well better be copies of Race available.

 
At 9:19 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I think my copy of RftG is approaching about 40 plays... it now seems likely that I can play most of the day Friday.

You might enjoy the latest 2F game, Cat in the Sack, so I'll bring that too as a filler.

Hooray! Non-broken StarCraft ships showed up today. FFG has great customer service.

 
At 9:56 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

I'll be there. I'd like to list all the things I'd like to play, but I can't remember them all.

I would like to play Power Grid with the new deck. I'm also up for Mare Nostrum. Other than that one, Ted's haul is all new to me, so I'm looking forward to those as well.

I'd definitely like to play a long game sometime, like Here I Stand or 7 Ages (I missed the last game), but I figure those need a consensus a little ahead of time so I can brush up on the rules. New Glory to Rome sounds good, too.

C'mon, Friday!

 
At 10:06 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Is anyone open for Combat Commander? I'm really thinking about picking this one up and I should probably play at least one game first.

Plus I'd really like to see Wings of War.

Just brainstorming.

 
At 10:06 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Carlos said...

I will probably have the family in town, so I will not go.

 
At 10:24 PM, November 19, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I can bring the Wings of War stuff. Perhaps with so many suggestions we should start talking about Saturday as well...

I'm always up for Combat Commander, especially with new content coming any day now...

 
At 7:49 AM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Re: Mare Nostrum

I'm hoping for a full boat of 6 people. Can we get a show of hands?

Who is willing and able to play MN starting at 9:30a? Other times?

Re: Combat Commander

CC is one of my current faves, but Fri is more of a euro day for me.

 
At 1:06 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Tiffany said...

I will be there. with me and myself. :)

 
At 6:28 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I'm not the world's biggest Mare Nostrum fan, but I'd be up for most of the other things on this list, particularly Starcraft, Wings of War, RftG, Revolution, etc. I'd even be willing to give Combat Commander another chance. Do you still have Galaxy Trucker, Ben?

 
At 6:54 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger scott said...

I have turned from an almost definite to a doubtful overnight. My wife and I have the onset of some really bad colds and so barring that definitively passing well ahead of Friday I will not risk biological warfare. On the plus side if anybody has any suggestions on a good computer game it looks like I will get to pick one for the holidays.

 
At 7:19 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Chad said...

I'll try to swing by, especially if I drag myself out of bed to hit Best Buy that morning. I'll be up for whatever's being played.

 
At 8:35 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Is anyone coming that has Cash & Guns: Yakuzas? I don't know if everyone enjoyed it but I sure did, and it sounds like we'd have enough of a crowd to have a fun game.

 
At 9:07 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Schifani said...

I might be able to make it. But just prior to 2:30, I turn into a cloud of bats and flap home to watch the game in the Fortress of Solitude.

 
At 9:45 PM, November 20, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Steve: It seems you're a cross between Superman and Dracula... it seems that our yellow sun both gives you your powers and also threatens to kill you. Talk about your mixed messages...

Re: Mare Nostrum

Well, I'm still hopeful, and I plan to bring it, but this seems like a bad omen so far. We shall see.

 
At 12:25 AM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Ted, don't give up on it yet- it sounds like we'll have the right number of people. I'll play. It sounds like Ben will play. I'm guessing Brian will play (although I don't want to speak for him). With you, that's four. Maybe Jeff and Amy? Tiffany? Chad? I bet we can get 5-6. Plus it sounds like there will be enough to split and play something else at the same time.

By the way, where's Michael? Didn't he tie for the win last time? I know he got the job interview (congrats!) (and congrats on the new job Brian, since I haven't had a chance to tell you in person yet), but he's been quiet.

I know Jon played before as well. It sounded like he was going to be making the rounds with his family at several places over the holiday and eating his second or third Thanksgiving meal on Friday. Lucky bastard. :)

Hope you feel better, Scott. Looking at the computer game note, does that include an XBox 360? Or just PC games? Seems like the latter are getting fewer and further between. It's not like the good ol' days anymore. These young kids with their fancy video game consoles...

 
At 12:43 AM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

XBOX360 post follows (most of you can skip this one, but Ben, you might want to read it--did I tell you this one already?)

Speaking of video games, my XB360 died right before BGG.con. Google "red ring of death" for the scoop, including how Microsoft spent a billion dollars to extend the warranty on these things from one year to three years. Clearly, this is a major issue they're dealing with.

I go online, fill out the support form, and a UPS mailer box arrives at my doorstep. I pack up my XB360 and take it to the UPS store across from DL the next day. As SOON as I walk in the door (I had taken maybe two steps inside, and the door hadn't even closed yet), one of the ladies at the other end of the store sees me and says "XBox 360?"

Wow. I was totally caught off guard by her guess. I said, "Uhhh.....yeah." I wondered, "How does she know from all the way across the store? She must recognize the size and color of the mailer box, I guess. Wow, that's a bad bad sign."

As I turned it in, I said casually, "I must not be the first one with this if you recognize the box from all the way across the store."

She said, "Yep. We get about twenty returns a week. Usually it's three to four a day. Yesterday, we had five."

TWENTY A WEEK? This is one small drop off store in northwest San Antonio!!! The scale of this problem simply blows me away.

She finished by saying, "How many times is this for you?"

What? I replied, "Uh, bringing it back? First time, I guess." She said that many people have done multiple returns on the same unit for multiple failures. One guy, she said, is into double digits.

On the bright side, it looks like I'll be getting more fresh air and sunshine now.

Back to game planning posts.

 
At 7:30 AM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Amy said...

I'll most likely not want to play Mare Nostrum.

And I think Michael had posted somewhere else about being out of town this weekend.

 
At 10:43 AM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

I certainly could play Mare Nostrum, but I've hit 10+ plays (although only twice with the expansion) and both games were over the summer, so it's not a burning desire. Still, it's not terribly long. There's just lots of newer stuff I'd prefer. And I've only played Antiquity once ....

 
At 1:15 PM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Amy said...

Oooh... Antiquity. I really need to play that again, given that last time I lost the game in the first round.

 
At 3:17 PM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Owning a X-Box 360 is like having a fantastically hot girlfriend you know might cheat on you. Having it around will be incredible fun, but might occassionally cause problems. Is it worth it? Probably. In fact, I just bought one.

Antiquity.... I think I might prefer someone to take me out Jeff and Amy's back door and beat me with a large stick rather than play another Splotter game.... but perhaps I'm not being open minded.

Mare Nostrum is probably somewhere near the bottom of the top 20 games I'm most looking forward to playing, but I figure group support is a sound investment towards future good will, so you can count me in. I'll bring some other stuff too, as it seems fragmentation is likely.

 
At 6:32 PM, November 21, 2007, Blogger scott said...

PC only not X box
I am actually feeling much better and think I may have beat this cold but my wife is miserable so it is a toss up if she is going to be happier with me around or not so I am only upgrading to questionable.

 
At 7:04 PM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Scott: Company of Heroes

 
At 7:05 PM, November 21, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Or... Civ IV with Beyond the Sword

 
At 7:22 AM, November 22, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

This is better than Antiquity. Go, preorder now.

 
At 10:58 AM, November 22, 2007, Blogger scott said...

It looks like I am upgraded to a probable at this point; I think I am far enough past my cold not to be a danger to myself or others. My gaming preferences are anything i haven't played before which sounds like most of what will be on the table.

 
At 9:32 PM, November 22, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I need to figure out how to add hyperlinks in comments. I'm cautious about Agricola... though interested. I'm confused as to why a farming game is named after Gnaeus Julius Agricola though...

 
At 9:34 PM, November 22, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Okay, enough playing around... back to my Hannibal game vs. Evil Ben.

 
At 10:18 PM, November 22, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Don't forget Wings of War and Glory to Rome, Ben!

I'll bring my new Power Grid deck and the alternate boards.

 
At 7:56 AM, November 23, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

In spanish, Agricola = adj. something related to farming.

Any of the Guitar Hero veterans have any suggestions for the wrist and finger cramps that you get after beating the game on 'easy' and 'medium'? It makes it difficult to play in 'hard'.

 

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