Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More Washington's War

Round 2 of the WBC PBEM tournament for Washington's War. After my Turn 1 loss in Round 1, I'm comfortably bobbing around in the warm, shallow loser's end of the pool. This time I'm running the evil British forces. As you might surmise (if you've played this or Hannibal), my opponent is about to get a refresher on the political isolation rules... So far, this my favorite game of 2010, though I do have a fair amount of de-shrinking to do, and I'm hearing rumors of some game called Innovation taking the group by storm.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Persistence Against Consistency

Another two weeks of daily Angband; an other level 30 Dwarf Fighter slain by a basilisk. This game will at some point cause my brain to explode. Anyhow, back to Level 1.

In more happy news, I did just order a pile of games:

Thunderstone plus expansion: Yes, I'm late to the game, but I was finally persuaded by marketing.

Axis and Allies: Europe 1940: Because I've gotta catch 'em all.

Bang: Wild West Show: Because I needed more reason to de-shrink Bang: The Bullet.

Arkham: Lurker on the Threshold. Because the game is not yet large and complicated enough.

Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League: Because I don't yet have the stones to unshrink my mint copy of Merchant of Venus.

Carson City: In celebration of finally completing Red Dead Redemption

Heroscape D2: Again, gotta catch 'em all.

Talisman: Highland: I like my expansion boards to be symmetrical, so I have at least two more to go after this.

PC Gaming: I picked up Mount and Blade: Warband off this weekend's Steam sale.

Adios for now!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tichu for the IPhone is Live!!

I may have a new go-to game of choice for wasting time when I'm sitting at the doctor's office... no offense to any doctors in the house. It's out, and I've played one hand so far... The cost is $3, and it's fairly well rounded. The AI has five skill levels and three "styles" - conservative, normal, and aggressive. Multiplayer is supported through bluetooth - no online multiplayer. The settings page has a decent amount of options, and you know the developer is a Tichu fan when one of the options lets you set which way you pass even cards...

Find it here

What are some of your other favorite board games on the Iphone? My other best purchases so far have been Roll Through the Ages, Carcassone (both have good solitaire versions of the game), and Words with Friends (scrabble clone). In the good but not great category are Button Men, Croke, Hive, Ingenious, Gipsy King.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Are you ready for some (fantasy) football?

So do we have any interest this year in a free online fantasy football league?


Saturday, August 14, 2010


Yeah, I know it's not for everyone, but having gone for 20 years, and meeting and making friends with a lot of great people, it's worth going for me.

On the pleasant side, I won the Automobile tournament, which was an absolute brain drain, and I'm still amazed at the flexibilty the game has.

On the funny side, I thought having to travel by plane, I'd not be buying a lot of stuff at the dealers room. Wrong. Wound up bringing home about 8 new games. Fortunately, I've got someone who is sending me the excess games home.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Emergency Gaming Success!

Chris and I got in a bout of CC:Med last night ... the full session report is online at BGG (may as well get a few thumbs). Right now I don't know exactly how many CC players we've got. I know three, but I think Rob converted another, and I don't remember if Ben plays. I've got to play this more ... I enjoy it and (as a 2 player game) it's very convenient for "emergency gaming" sessions at someone's home.


Saturday, August 07, 2010

Angband... So it Goes...

If you've read much of Tolkien's writing about the First Age of the Middle Earth (in particular the recently released Children of Hurin), you'll know its a story of one horrible, dark, bitter defeat and disappointment after another. Angband, the free Rogue-like game set in this universe, certainly follows this theme. Your job is to decend from town to level 99 of the dungeon, slay Morgoth, then return to the surface with his crown. The trick is that death is permanent. If you die, game over. Roll a new character, and start over. The game is also hideously difficult and death is sudden and merciless. Nonetheless, the game has had a loyal following for 20-years now and is continually under development, tweaking, and balancing. I love it, though in the ~10 years I've played, I've never come close to winning.

Here is how my latest attempt ended:

[Last Messages]>

The Greater basilisk gazes at you.> You are unaffected!>

The Greater basilisk bites you.> You are more poisoned!>

The Greater basilisk bites you.> You are more poisoned!>

The Greater basilisk gazes at you.> You are unaffected!>

The Greater basilisk misses you.>

The Greater basilisk bites you.> You are more poisoned!>

The Greater basilisk breathes nexus.> You resist the effects!>

The Greater basilisk breathes darkness.> You die.

Killed by a Greater basilisk.

...and so ends another valiant try. My level 31 dwarf fighter bites the dust, the victim of overconfidence and complacency as he butchered his way through the first 35 levels of Morgoth's fortress, only to encounter a monster that normally doesn't appear until around level 45. Five keyboard clicks later, and about 12 hours of dungeon delving comes to a close. Great composure was needed to keep myself from smashing my laptop into a hundred little bits.

What is most infuriating is that I was fully capable of escaping his beast via teleport, but I was clicking away faster than my brain was engaged and so died before I realized what was happening. Argh!

Anyhow... valuable lesson learned. Starting around level 30, Angband seems to be actively trying to screw you. Several times in the last few levels before I died I encountered stuff that was from way deeper in the dungeon, sprinkled in little vaults next to enticing treasure, just tempting me to give it a shot. Now I know to be a bit more careful.
In other news, the Lord of the Rings Online Free Play beta is now open. I think I'll give it a shot tonight.


Also selling games

...it's not just Tiffany. Check out the geeklist. Ya'll should be able to outbid everyone, since you won't pay shipping.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Westeros - Battlelore

Hey all. Like Tifany, I too have been absent from the scene. Just wanted to let you know that today I played the Westeros/Battlelore game. I really liked it! I have only played one game so far, but it went very well. The game belongs to my friend Jerry - whom some of you met when we played TI3 at my house.

I thought it was a much cleaned up Battlelore system. Where BL uses the Left-Center-Right system, Westeros relies more on field commanders that fight alongside the troops. If you are unlucky enough to lose a commander, your ability to command your army is greatly diminished. I also liked the the victory conditions were dependent on capturing and holding certain objectives rather than just destroy enemy units. What was cool was that different things could affect the moral of the army - including the losses taken in battle.

I was a little disappointed in that the figures kept falling out of their stands. They did not seem as sturdy as my BL figures.

The game itself was very Battlelore Like. I would say that the games are at least 70% similar - Of course based on my one play. Not sure if I will get it myself, but I am sure tempted. My son and I like to play BL and I think this would be a worthy addition to our gaming experience.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Selling Games --

Its been a while since Ive been around, i know, and things have been very blah and icky over here. That being said, I am selling off some games and stuff. Just so you know.