Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!



Welcome to 2009, SABG! See ya, 2008!

Anyone have any board game-related resolutions? Mine is to learn and play, even if solo, NLT one of my unplayed wargames per month.

I hope everyone has a great game, filled holiday weekend.

15 Comments:

At 10:02 AM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Tiffany said...

I suppose I resolve to buy more games :) (given that most the games I have have been gifts)

To play more Euros

And to convert those friends who seem intersted into gamers :)

 
At 11:19 AM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Carlos said...

I have promised Mark that I will play Texas Glory with him AND to download and read the rules before our game so that we can get right into it.

I will also endeavor to host a large game at my house before to long.

Happy 2009 to all of you.

 
At 1:46 PM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Mark said...

In addition to playing Texas Glory, Carlos and I will play Europe Engulfed in January.

 
At 6:26 PM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

I've been debating which wargame I'm going to set up and move pieces around with first... I think I'll start easy with Conflict of Heroes.

I've been playing a couple of X-Box games this week... Call of Duty 5 is good... not as good as CoD4, I think, but still worthy enough. I'm not a big fan of the Pacific missions, but the epic spectacle of riding into a monster late war Eastern Front tank battle on the back of a T-34/85 with Sturmoviks buzzing the tree tops above your head is pretty impressive. Multi-player is so close to CoD4 its virtually unchanged, but I think I like the maps better. Battlefield: Bad Company did tanks and vehicles in general much better, but its still nice to have them in multiplayer.

I bit the bullet today and picked up the Tide of Iron expansions. For me the attraction is all the new tanks. I also picked up the Star Craft expansion, Talisman 4th edition revised, and 1960 second edition. I'm telling you... 1960 on Gametable online is awesome.

Oh... back to X-Box... Operation Darkness (now $20 at Best Buy) is essentially turn-based, squad-based Call of Duty 5, with Nazi zombies, vampires, and other occult favorites mixed in with the stormtroopers. Pretty fun stuff so far, though the camera control is awful. In a turn-based game, this is merely an annoyance, thankfully.

Oh... best purchase in recent memory: wireless surround sound headphones for when baby is sleeping.

 
At 7:17 PM, January 01, 2009, Blogger scott said...

does anybody else do gametableonline.com besides Ben?
Just curious who else I should look out for there?

 
At 8:26 PM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

I think my resolution has to do with being willing to turn over my game collection more and keep it at a finite size. I've been waiting to auction off some games until Ben finished his auction (didn't want to throw up 2 Descent collections at the same time) and now the Math Trade.

I've picked up Cash n' Guns +exp, Caylus MC, Shogun, Dominion, Neuroshima Hex (Z-Man ed), and the new Combat Commander stuff. So its finally time to send my first sizable chunk of my game collection on to other homes.

 
At 9:47 PM, January 01, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Yes... finite size would be good. I think I have another 3-5 games I need to dump myself.

Wow.... I just totally got killed at 1960. I need to go cool down and shake it off.

 
At 7:14 AM, January 02, 2009, Blogger Amy said...

What is this "finite size collection" of which you speak? Must have all! Gaming friends move, and when they do, they take their stuff with them. Things go out of print, and once you get rid of something you can't get it back!

Apparently, we're rapidly approaching 300 games. We bought an extra shelf a couple weeks ago. Now we just have to rearrange everything to drive Tiffany nuts.

 
At 8:31 AM, January 02, 2009, Blogger Tiffany said...

But you cant rearrange things. I know where all the games are now!!!!!!

 
At 9:39 AM, January 02, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

300 games..... wow! I refuse to count mine. I just don't want to know. Sort of like how I was mortified at the thought of clicking on the command in World of Warcraft that shows you how long you've played the game since first signing on...

I de-shrinked After the Flood this morning. Capsule review: Nice.

 
At 9:47 AM, January 02, 2009, Blogger Amy said...

You don't count? Well, as long as your "games owned" is up to date on BGG, I'll tell you -- you've got 202!

 
At 3:27 PM, January 02, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Ack! I'm afraid my BGG inventory is totally out of date, so I fear I'm closer to 250...

 
At 10:37 PM, January 03, 2009, Blogger Rob said...

Resolution? I like Brian's wargaming resolution. The other day I was reading Samurai's (GBOH) manual, and was surprised to realize that it's not as IMPOSSIBLE to grasp as I thought it would be. Maybe someday I'll solo it....then love it...and order SPQR too.

I'm planning a full campaign of HiS in February (for a local con). BTW, we should have boardgaming cons in SA...how's that for a resolution.

Somehow I've managed to maintain my collection at around 150 (with expansions).

After the Flood? Have played twice now and LOVE the game. It's even cooler than Perikles (the other martin wallace weuro). There's only one thing that I am concerned about, and that I will post on BGG to see what others with more experience think.

Basically it's a 3 player game where you optimize build/trade/battle actions before everyone scores. Then most of what you did is 'deleted', rinse wash repeat (with some variety added from decline turns) 5 times. Being that it is a 3 player game with the latter mechanic, I think that the game becomes a race against the leader, which is fine. But at times, a non-savy 2nd place player may decide to go after the 3rd place player because he's 'easy pickings', at the cost of ignoring and not hampering the 1st player's plans. This then leads to the third player falling further behind, but 1st and 2nd getting similar amounts of VP's.... thus leading to a net gain on the leader of practically nothing.

It's a 3 hr game, and on turn 2 (of 5) I called who was going to win because the 2nd place dude decided to ignore the 1st place guy going after me. He did it again on turn 4 at which point there was no chance for me to even fight for second, and him fight for first.

Newbs....

 
At 12:52 PM, January 05, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Ben, I've just been reading a little bit about Conflict of Heroes, and would like to try a round of that with you at some point.

 
At 7:29 PM, January 05, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Dennis:

I'm so glad to hear it. I should be able to schedule something with you later this month. In the mean time, if you're super motivated, the short set of rules is at www.conflictofheroes.com.

 

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