Monday, May 26, 2008

Gamex 2008: Post-Con Report

Perhaps some of the most gaming I've done in years. We started playing at 3pm on Friday and we didn't let up until Monday morning at 2am.

In no particular order, we played

Power Grid
Tomb (four times)
History of the World
Ra
Apples to apples
Wits and Wagers
Wayne's new game design
Rheinlander

and a few other little games that I can't recall

While it's not good for the convention when attendance is down, I prefer not having to arm wrestle to find an open table.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Strategicon: Gamex 2008

I'll be at the local convention, showing off Tomb and gaming with my friends.

Games I hope to play:
History of the World
Battlelore
Power Grid
Zooloreto
Tomb
Maybe some Vampire

Monday, May 12, 2008

Carcassone: The Discovery

While I'm not a fan of Carcassone, Hunters and Gatherers makes my Top 10 list of games, every time. The Discovery is another game in the series, incompatible with the previous games. While gameplay is identical, scoring is VERY different and this sets Discovery apart from the other two.

Each player only has four pieces (a fifth is used for scoring) which incidentally look like little KKK Clansmen. There are three terrain types -- plains, mountains, sea -- and you mostly score for being next to cities, instead of the actual terrain you are on. Game play is otherwise identical, with land masses being "closed" off and completed. Scoring only two lands is heavily penalized and not completing terrain is also frowned on.

The new feature to the game is how and when you score. You do not place and score, but rather choose to either place OR score. A Clansman, once placed, remains until the player chooses to remove him. We had to play twice to really get a handle on this.

Scoring is much lower in this version, although we did lap the 50 point board. I give it a 7 for now. But after I play it some more, I might go to an 8. It's definately not a 10, like H&G.

ASIDE: I just realized that my ex stole Lost Cities from me, so I have to order a copy. 1960 by Z-Man games is also on my list of soon to be purchased games. I'm selling a bunch of junk from my closet. Let me know if you need something. And does anyone have a copy of the Aria RPG?

Friday, May 09, 2008

No Shock Here, But Favreau is a Nerd

Iron Man director finally outs himself.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

GTA Four: Limited Edition


Sorry about the picture quality. I cannot believe all the swag you get for $90. A lockbox, totebag, artbook, CD, one-month of LIVE Xbox, and oh... yeah... the game.

I have not started playing yet, but I had to show this off.

Sweet.