Tuesday, April 10, 2012

GAMING SEASON

I go some great gaming in over the weekend.

Not only that, I gained a few converts which means more gaming in the future.

It would stand to reason that board gaming is a Winter fad. When it is too cold and miserable to enjoy the outdoors, gaming is a nice fall back. People have more time to relax.

In fact, I have found that with hockey, swimming, Shallaway, Basketball and other children centered activities that we are beat to a snot. Too busy/tired to do laundry, clean the house and host friends. Our social life in the Winter sucks. We spend our time at rinks, pools, gyms and concert halls. That is all slowing down now, the weather is getting better and our routine is gradually normalizing to the point where we have the energy to invite people in, or accept an invitation.

Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Castle Panic and  6 Nimmt hit the tables over the Easter Weekend, in between putting together the ad/information booklet for the Mega "Atom" Hockey tournament. The in-laws are now addicted to Dominion, which means the game will get lots of play over the next while.  

Ticket to Ride is a fun game for folks that are new to Eurogames. Once you are hooked there is no going back. There is also a fantastic version for the iPad that allows you to play aagainst A.I., friends or strangers.

6 Nimmt is a card game. Even if you are not a fan of card games, I wager that you will enjoy it. Players are dealt a hand of ten cards from a deck of 104. Each round, players choose a card from their hands and play it simultaneously, attempting to abandon the card in one of four rows positioned in the center of the table. Each card is marked from between one and seven ox heads; when a player has played his hand, he receives a point for every ox head he's taken. The game ends when somebody reaches 66 points; lowest score wins!

Dominion takes a little bit of time and a dry run to get accustomed to but once you do it is powerfully addictive. No two games are the same and players are forced to juggle coins, resources and cards to purchase the Estates needed to win!   Dominion has no board and is played entirely using cards. The game comes with 500 cards. You select 10 of the 25 Kingdom card types to include in any given play -- leading to immense variety. Each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most best way path to the purchase those estates.

Castle Panic was an opportunity to have fun with the boys. It is a co-operative game where you work together to keep the monsters, orcs trolls and goblins from destroying your castle walls. It is a pretty well designed game, not nearly as intense as Pandemic but the theme works well. Conor loves it and I love having fun with him. Beats getting my butt handed to me in a video game.

If your into boardgames, touch base. I am always on the look out for other gamers?



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