We started the night by playing two concurrent games of Love Letter. I think everyone should try that card game. It is simple to explain (you just have to go over a simple card sized set of instructions), and after a couple of rounds everyone gets the idea of how the game works. I think it is one of those games you should keep a copy of when traveling – great filler that will probably please gamers and non-gamers alike.
Then we split into two tables:
* Adam, David and Frank played Survive: Escape from Atlantis! first – one of my childhood favorite classics that has been recently reprinted now. Your objective is to save your meeples from a volcano explosion while making sure your opponent meeples don’t reach shore. It is simple to explain, with a lot of cutthroat fun. The other game that this table played was Sentinels of the Multiverse – but I must confess I was so into the game on the next table that I completely lost track of how the game was.
* Chris, John, Randy, Welch, and Jose played an Epic game of Eclipse. This Exploration / Civilization Building game came out fairly recently (2011), and quickly rose to #5 board game in boardgamegeek.com (as of this writing). It will probably become a classic, especially now that several other games are copying the style and mechanic into their own tribute creations. Hopefully I explained the rules well enough, as most of us were learning the game. The game was tense, and ended with the top three scores in a very close range (33, 32, 31). This is my kind of game (The crunchier type – and the ones that are or are about to become a classic.) All in all, I was glad I did punched this game out of a new box just before everyone arrived. I wasn’t expecting to be able to play it, but given that both Adam and Randy had expressed interest into it last time I wanted to keep it ready. I think I will have to find a way to organize those upgrades better than just throwing them on a bag.
Will have to skip the games for the next couple of sessions while we have our baby here – don’t want to have to interrupt a game session because we have to run to the hospital. But we should be back to gaming very soon.
I do encourage everyone to find time to meet and play a game at a different location / dates / times. Invite me if you can (I may need to escape from parenting for a couple of hours).
Said that, there are plenty of game options to keep everyone happy in the mean time:
* Monday night games at Hudson Roast Beef – Hudson, MA – ask Ann for details or check out their Meetup page (search for Hopkinton Board Games).
* Randy may be able to schedule a Tuesday night game for the weeks in between the ones we host in Sudbury in a Hudson / Marlborough location.
* Matt hosts his weekly Thursday night FRAGS games (In Framingham, MA @ 7:30pm).
Pictures from the games we played: