Tuesday, October 07, 2008

GMT Expansion Goodness (and Weekend Planning)

While I imagine that anyone that is remotely interested in this got the same email I did, I just wanted to post this for much rejoicing. Imperial Rome and Epic Ancients. Man, that's like chocolate and...well, more chocolate. Internal Roman civil wars sounds fun. And revised rules and special cards for Epic battles? That can't be bad, either. Sign me up.
Let's start talking weekend. Now, Saturday is the OU game at noon EDIT: oops, it's at 11AM. That can't really be any more in the middle of normal Saturday gaming time, so unfortunately, Saturday is right out for me as far as gaming goes (but someone else can feel free to host if that's the best time for everyone). I'm up for hosting some Sunday gaming, as the Cowboys don't play until 3:15pm. But Sunday will always be family day for some, and I also get the impression that we're moving into a part of the year where others of us will start having less time to get together, so I'm trying to gauge the level of interest for Sunday morning. Anyone interested?
In addition, someone help a friend out and post a session report from Monday night.


At 9:29 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Sunday can potentially work. I am uncertain yet how the work schedule is looking. So it would depend on the time.

At 9:35 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

I'm excited for the CC stuff in the new C3i, AND the new D Day game on P500, Normandy 44. I was just thinking that I would love to have a wargame that covers D Day at the operational level (read, the whole thing, the big kahuna)

At 10:18 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

I just ordered both C&C games as well as Pensacola 1781 and the C3i. These guys definitely have my number. I'm still hoping we'll see Biblical C&C: Ancients, with Moses cashing in Lore tokens to cast bad things upon the evil Pharaoh's minions. Or, even Mythological C&C: Ancients might be cool, sort of like tactical Mare Nostrum.

I also just ordered Field Command: Rommel and Modern Naval Battles from Boulder Games.

Sunday appears promising at the moment. I'm committed to a 21 mile run that morning, but given sufficient Motrin and bean/bacon breakfast tacos I should be able to make it.

I had a great time at DL last night. Stage II was fun. Hopefully we can someday find another trivia game with equal legs. TTR: Nordic vs. Kendahl was great too. Falling... not so much, but perhaps its an acquired taste.

At 10:26 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Two-minute Monday session report:

I arrived right at the beginning of 5-player Lifeboats with Brian, Sean, Scott, and Kendall. Everyone acted small and tried to spread the casualties around. Usually if someone suggested a course of action, everyone followed along except Scott, who tended to do his own thing. Sean and Brian held the lead near the end, and since I had too may pawns still at sea, Kendall got the bulk of the "hit the leader" love and pulled out the win on the last turn.

Ben arrived, and Michael and Jon were on the way, so we chose Stage II as filler. The game still has summoning powers, as Michael and Jon arrived just as we began. Michael needs to take on at least part of my handicap, as he finished with 63 while nearly everyone else was in the 40s.

Sean brought out Falling, the game only he and I like. After five quick hands with five different winners and a lot of confusion, it remains the game only he and I like.

Scott and Jon left, Ben and Kendall started up 2-player Ticket to Ride, and the rest of us played some Bridge. Michael dropped me in four spades contracts at every opportunity, and somehow they kept making.

Ben and Brian left, and the remaining four played Ave Caesar with two robo-chariots. Not only did a robot take fourth in race #3, but the other one *won* race #4. Kendall won the closest game ever, 15-14-13-12. He also scored Betrayal at House on the Hill in shrink, so overall a great night for him.

At 10:33 PM, October 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, already preordered the new C3i as well.

Is anyone considering or looking at any of the War of the Roses games on the P500 list? I looked over Sun of York, which sounds neat. Thankfully, it's "made the cut," so I can wait for a review. I also looked at "Crown of Roses." A WotR block game sounds intriguing, but I need to see a rulebook.

The War of the Roses is a great subject for a game, but I'd like something besides Kingmaker, which I could just never seem to get into.

At 10:34 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

I've already ordered Crown of Roses. It looks like a nicely upgraded and modernized Kingmaker. I expect this will be high on Steve's list as well.

At 10:37 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

GMT's Fields of Fire looks quite intriguing. The newly posted component pictures have me thinking about it...

At 11:04 PM, October 07, 2008, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

So Chris, we get to watch the UT game on your massive tv Saturday?

I am currently unsure on my Saturday availability, but Sunday should be good for me.

At 12:23 AM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Speaking of planning -- I think there needs to be more Agricola playing. Cause i am still not decent, and well practice makes prefect, or at least better -- in theory. And I know some people have lives, but I don't (my boss would be so proud), so if people wanted, there could be some Friday evening Agricola playing as the casa de Tiffy. Potentially. Just saying.

At 3:09 AM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Friday Agricola: ok.

Saturday College Football: ok.

Sunday: NFL football: ok.

Sounds like we have the weekend planned.

At 8:16 AM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Kendahl said...

Had a great time! Fun to see some of the old crowd and meet some of the new. Only disappointment was that we didn't get a game of Werewolf in... Michael even wore his classic Manipulate the Data for the occasion. Michael has me (almost) talked into buying an XBOX. We'll see...

We almost played Shadows Over Camelot, but as luck would have it, I was ablet to convince Ben on a two-player game of TTR: Nordic Countries. A fun game but Ben smoked me. I think he doubled the score.

Thanks for a fun night of gaming! I'll let you know how the Betrayal at House on the Hill arbitrage goes (picked it up for $43 with tax).

Oh, and on another note, Kingmaker is a bad game (based on my one play) with a great theme and holding a lot of potential. If a retooling can fix the problems, I am in.

At 4:17 PM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

Oh yes, I'm defintiively looking forward to

Fields of Fire
Crown of Roses
AND Columbia Games Wars of the Roses (it's by the Hammer of the Scots guy...I just HAD to get it).

I'll probably pick one Roses game for sure, and try the other one before considering getting both.

At 6:39 PM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

I'll host this Saturday if people are interested (starting at 9am ish).

At 6:42 PM, October 08, 2008, Blogger scott said...

friday and saturday i am doubtful
for sunday I am up to possible

At 7:55 PM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

It looks doubtful for Saturday for me. Sunday is better.

At 10:13 PM, October 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you all know what the TV will be tuned to Saturday and Sunday. The more the merrier--anyone who wants to watch some college FB is welcome to join me on Saturday, and anyone who wants to stick around for the Cowboys on Sunday is welcome to stay as well.

Sweet, someone is getting Crown of Roses. Having friends is good. I'll definitely play.

Kendahl, sorry I missed meeting you. We'll do it next time you swing through SA again.

Thanks for the offers to host. I love to play games, but Friday I will be post call AND watching the Red Sox win game 1 of the ALCS.
Saturday I will be taking Tums as I watch the Horns try to keep up with the Sooners.

At 11:00 PM, October 08, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Chris, so does that mean that there is gaming Sunday. Did I miss that in here somewhere? What time? I admit to confusion as to what is going on when this weekend.

At 11:17 PM, October 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I am hosting on Sunday (time TBD, probably 10am unless people clamor for something earlier).

Brian is hosting on Saturday. I myself am watching TX-OU at my place on Saturday at 11 AM. Gaming fans may congregate at Brian's, and football fans can come hang out at my place. (If Rock Band or gaming breaks out at my place on Saturday around the game with whoever is here, so be it.) But the official plan is for games here on Sunday 10am-3pm. People can hang out for games past 3pm (as long as they don't mind the football on TV), or hang out for NFL football/MLB playoffs as well as long as they want.

I thought about opening the house officially for gaming and football on both days, but that would probably make the world explode. So Sunday is official gaming, and Saturday is just an unofficial "Come join me if you want, the door's open" thing with nothing promised beyond college football.

At 2:33 PM, October 09, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

Epic Ancients sounds fun... I still need to play it more. I haven't even opened the 1st expansion.

At 6:10 PM, October 09, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

I have only stickered the base set, though I think we've just about worn Steve's cubes down into little round caveman wheels.

One of these days I'll sit down and sticker all five expansions over one long, long afternoon.

I hope the new Epic boards are deep, BattleLore Epic style.

At 9:31 PM, October 11, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Just checking, but I think it was said 10AM gaming?

Unless I hear otherwise I will show up at 10ish. I also have some baked goods -- cookie scone like things, that I might bring. :)


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