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A Week Until GenCon Indy Starts! August 10, 2017

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Looking at the calendar, I see that today is the 10th of August.

This means that GenCon Indy starts exactly a week today.

Eeek! Where has the time gone? I’ve got so much to do to get ready for the convention before flying down to Indy on Tuesday. Eeek!

Replacement Parts for The Princes of Machu Picchu August 1, 2017

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For those who recall the “water on the gaming table, map, and components” business that happened with a game of The Princes of Machu Picchu the other week (and here’s the blog entry for those that don’t), I have good news today.

The folks at Rio Grande Games were kind enough to ship me the replacement parts for the game, though it cost me a pretty penny (some $30 Canadian) and they arrived in the snail mail today! 🙂

I’m content, but tired.

Sunday Gaming Is On July 30, 2017

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Just spoke to SteveR this morning, and he’s decided that he’s coming out to my place for the afternoon.

We’re not going to do any roleplaying today, but we are going to do some board gaming today. Not sure what yet, but we’ll see when he gets here.

In the meantime, I need to shower. And hopefully work some of the kinks out of my back and shoulder.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming July 28, 2017

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Another Friday, another gaming night. 🙂

I spoke to the Friday night players last night, and they said they really want to play a game this evening, but they weren’t picky as to whether it would be a roleplaying game or a board game. Since I’m feeling all right, except for the arm and shoulder business and some pains and problems with my feet, I told them this morning in e-mail that gaming was on for tonight.

I’m not sure whether I want to play a board game or do some roleplaying game stuff tonight, but I’ll see what the players’ tastes are for the evening when they arrive, and we’ll roll from there.

In the meantime, I need to make some supper. Not sure what to eat either, but it will involve some pasta as the grain.

Have a good night, folks.

Will Be Gaming on a Sunday Afternoon July 23, 2017

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SteveR has decided to pop over for the afternoon, as he wants to play some sort of game today.

I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for, whether I want to play a board game or perhaps roleplaying of some sort. We’ll see what happens when he gets here today.

Just going to be nice to get to play some sort of game(s) today.

Friday Night Board Gaming Thoughts July 22, 2017

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Spent last night gaming with the Friday night group, and had a pretty good time of it.

The Friday night gaming group arrived around 7:00 pm (including Ellie, who had decided she missed gaming a bit, and wanted to play), and we sat around and chatted for about 10 minutes about the week that was and Real Life(tm). The group discussed what they wanted to play, and agreed that they could wait on roleplaying games a bit, so we discussed what games to play in the board game variety.

The group decided to start with a couple of games of The Great Dinosaur Rush. This is a game that I really like, but haven’t played in a bit. In the first game, the scores were as follows.

KathyB/Ellie 93
Angela 110
DavidM 89
Mark 92
JohnK 98

It was a very close game for the longest time, right up until the final Turn, and Angela leapt in front with a really neat dinosaur design, and I…fell short on my dinosaur design and didn’t score enough points. Still, a fun game.

The second game was a lot of fun, too. The scores in that game were:

Kathy 90
Angela 94
DavidM 100
Mark/Ellie 103
JohnK 92

Another fun game, and even closer score-wise than the first game had been. Mark/Ellie and DavidM went right down to the wire with this one, the final Turn proving to be DavidM’s downfall, as Kathy and I snagged a few points and managed to break the 90-point mark. Some interesting dinosaur designs in this one, too.

The final game of the night was Pandemic, and this one, was as usual, a nail biter of a game. It was unclear right up until the evening’s end as to whether we’d beat the various plagues or not, and I thought we did pretty wel. I played the Scientist, and we managed to contain the Red and Yellow plagues, eliminated the Blue plague, but were decimated when the Black plague spread outward from Moscow. It was a fun, if nerve wracking, game and I was pleased when with about two cards left in the Deck we were able to wipe out the fourth plague and win the game.

Overall, a fun evening of board gaming and some good camaraderie. Looking forward to gaming next Friday night. 🙂

Getting Ready for A Bit of Friday Board Gaming July 21, 2017

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Another Friday afternoon, late. Another nap, nice.

Getting ready to head upstairs and make some supper. The Friday gaming group is coming out to play this evening, but I’m not sure what we’re going to do. Other than play a game of some sort, I guess. 🙂 I’ve got no plans for what I’d like to play (or run, if they decide to play an RPG), but will happily go along with the Friday players’ decision once they arrive.

In the meantime, another couple of pain pills, and then supper of some sort. (Will see what’s in the fridge and the freezer.)

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

A Friday Night of Board Gaming July 15, 2017

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Last night, as mentioned in my previous blog entry, the Friday night gaming group agreed to play board games. Things went according to plan.

The Friday night players, including Ellie (who apparently favours board gaming to roleplaying games these days), arrived around 7:00 pm. We sat and chatted for a bit, probably around 10 minutes, and then got down to some board gaming for the evening. After a bit of discussion, we settled on what we were going to play for the night. (Sorry, no pics.)

By consensus, the group agreed to start off with a game of Dragonriders of Pern, one of my old favourites in the board gaming landscape. In the game, I took on the role of Benden Weyr, and did a good job of it (relatively speaking). I spent a few Turns that fortunately had light Threadfall making a couple of deals with Lord Holders, and reached an agreement with a couple of the other players on where we’d mutually fight Thread if the need arose. As usual, it did (of course), and the middle part of the game was spent frantically fighting Threadfall. The game lasted for approximately 2-1/2 hours, and in the end, we had hung on and fought Thread to a standstill, though not without losing a few flights of dragons here and there. An overall highly satisfying game.

Afterwards, Ellie caught sight of the old Torg RPG materials lying around in the den, and asked me what I was doing with those out. We talked about Torg: Eternity somewhat (she had never played the original, as she hadn’t been born yet!), and she was intrigued. After the discussion about the game, the Friday night players packed up and left for the night.

Overall, a satisfying night of board gaming. I look forward to the next evening of gaming, board or otherwise, with the Friday night group.

Getting Ready for a Bit of Friday Board Gaming July 14, 2017

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It’s late Friday afternoon, and I’ve just had a nice nap. Feeling a bit more myself.

I spoke to the Friday night group of players about the matter, and they’ve agreed that they’re fine playing a or some board games this evening. No plans in my mind about what game to play, but we’ll see what the players decide on once everyone is here.

In the meantime, I need to take a couple of pain pills, and then make some supper before gaming this evening. Looking forward to it.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

Played The Princes of Machu Picchu on Sunday Afternoon July 10, 2017

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Had a pretty good afternoon of gaming on Sunday afternoon, despite the absolute pain in my shoulder.

SteveR showed up around the usual time, and after a bit of chat, we got down to some board gaming for the afternoon. We had planned to play a game of The Princes of Machu Picchu for the afternoon, a fun game that has some cooperation mixed in with some competitive elements, and had a good time of it.

We started off the afternoon by taking all the components of the game out of the box, and counting everything up and making sure that they were all there. We were able to note the condition of the pieces that had gotten wet last weekend when Tammy dumped some water on the game board and pieces (see this LJ entry), and sure enohgh, other than the board itself, all the pieces that got wet are splitting. (I think I’ve managed to order some replacement copies of those pieces, but am still waiting to hear on this matter.) Once we had taken care of that, we set up the board for a three-player game, and this is what the game board looked like.

The Princes of Machu Picchu is a game that’s lots of fun, and has a lot of different aspects to it the players have to juggle as the game progresses. The Cloth good can be very important in the game, but the Llamas are just as important in their own way. We played for just under three hours, and managed to avoid the win by the Spanish, instead winning the game with the claiming of all 15 Priests and Virgins. Then it was just a matter of totalling up the Victory Points and seeing who won.

The game play was interesting, as it took a lot more goods (3 Cloth, a Pottery, and a Cocoa) to claim a Virgin as opposed to the Puma or Condor Priests. Since one can only move one area on the map at a time, unless one is willing to pay a Llama, and since Llamas are also used to sacrifice at Temples in order to advance on the Incatrail (and thus gain new Sacrifice cards that are used to determine Victory Points (unless the Spanish win, of course)), there is a premium on certain goods. Corn, the monetary unit for the game, also has its purpose, but so do Pottery and Cocoa goods. One of the things that the game teaches is resource management, since one only has so many Incas in order to produce goods in various production areas. I won the game, beating Steve by the fact that I had lots of Corn producers and snagged several Virgins early on for the win.

Overall, a fun afternoon of gaming with The Princes of Machu Picchu, a board game that has good replayability, and also has elements of cooperation that I really like. Looking forward to playing it again in future.