Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sat Gaming Notes

We met at Chris's about 9. We munched on some goodies while Chris's cat frolicked.

Steve, Travis, Tiffany, Ben, and I played El Grande, while Chris and Scott played Strat.

I enjoyed El Grande. There's a lot going on, and there's a lot to think about. The game is a serious meat-and-potatoes meal, and it's no substitute for popcorn. For the next few times I play, I plan to use the shorter variant. I've read some on-line strategy articles, but I think I misunderstood them. They talk in vague terms about moving the king to create conflicts among other people. I tried that at the end, but I had mixed results.

Steve joined Jon and Michael playing video games. Chris and Scott were still playing their best of three.

Travis, Ben, Tiffany, and I played Colossal Arena. It's a great card game. Ben, Travis, and Tiffany all bet on the Colossus. I almost joined, but then I realized my best bet of winning would be to kill the that beast and destroy their bets. If I had pulled it off it would have been quite a coup, but with all three of them trying to keep him alive it was too much for me to overcome. Like so many of Knizia's games, I enjoy this game a lot, but I don't begin to understand the strategy. I think that I play another 5 or 6 games of this, I might begin to understand how to play well.

At this point it I was almost 2 hrs late for lunch, and I was starving. Strangely, no one else seemed to be hungry. I hoped to get a 2 player wargame to table, but when that failed my hunger drove me in search of food.

Ben, Tiffany, Chris, and Travis were setting up Kingsburg (?) when I left, while Steve, Jon, and Michael were still playing video games.

I don't know what happened after I left.

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At 9:57 PM, April 12, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Thanks again for hosting Chris. :)

Chris, Ben, Travis and I played Kingburg. We played one mock round, just to understand the mechanisms before we dove in.

I really like the game, just because there are so many options to focus on. There are building which will change whom one can influence in the court, and I think i found that most useful.

I really do enjoy a good resource management game.

Steve left sometime while we were playing Kingsburg, so Michael played solo rock band while Jon watched the end portion of our game and tired to feed Chris resources so he could build a cathedral.

Then we all gathered our things and left.

All in all it was a good time. :) I got my fill of wooden bits, which is always good. I just now want more of them. Such a wood bits addict I am, I swear.

At 6:03 AM, April 13, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

For Sale: Kingsburg, played only once. $10.

I really enjoyed El Grande.

At 7:18 AM, April 13, 2008, Blogger Carlos said...

Ben, you're a funny guy!

At 9:11 AM, April 13, 2008, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Chris: Let me know if you find a small brown cube in your dining room. I got out El Grande, and I discovered I am missing one of the brown cubes.

Ben: Did it accidentally get put away w/ Kingburg?

At 10:27 AM, April 13, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

Ben: nice...

I don't think it's the best game ever, but I do enjoy it quite a bit though.... I do have suckier games in my collection.

Ted: You don't need lunch at Chris's when you have so many sweets to choose from. They are lunch-stalling tools. :)

At 10:40 AM, April 13, 2008, Blogger Jonathan W. said...


The cube was on the ground, and it is currently at Chris's along with your coffee mug.

At 7:19 PM, April 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted, let me know the best way to get you your cube and your mug back to you. I figure I'll bring them with me to the next few gaming sessions and hopefully we'll both attend the same one at some point.


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