Sudbury Board Gaming September 10th 2013

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Thanks for joining us to play games at my place Tuesday September 10th 2013. People that joined us (excuses if I miss someone):

Games we Played:
We started with two tables:

  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island– Chris brought this recently published copy. It is the 2nd time in a row it shows up at the gaming tables of these events, so I decided I had to try it. Those who know me know that I am not a Co-operative Play game fan, but this game has changed my mind. Maybe it is the Worker Placement / resource gathering / building aspect of it that makes it feel almost like Agricola, but everyone working together. The game was really thematic and climatic – and I thought we were completely DOOMED, while Chris C. was completely sure everything was fine – in the end he was right and it seems positivism brings salvation. After all, the 1st need of survival is the will to survive. We won on the 2nd round that we could have won (even if everyone was about one or two wounds from losing), and we did it even when we all forgot to include the special ability cards that are normally used. Amazing Game!
  • Nightfall – I have played this once and loved it. If you are like me (not great at deck building games), you may want to do Dominion for a while before getting into the more interactive deck building variants. As a matter of facts, I need to practice my Deck / Pool Building abilities to the point I do not feel that frustrated when things don’t happen the way they should, so please, bring all the deck-building games you can and invite me to play them – or at least lets play with the unopened copy of Dominion I have so that some day I am proficient on them.

Then we merged into one Viticulture with the Viticulture: Arboriculture Expansion expansion as some of us had to call it an early night. I hear there is a competition for expansions for this game, and a future Kickstarter for the expansions. Stay tuned on that. The Arboriculture expansion really blends well into the game. It makes the game go faster by allowing for victory points to accumulate in a different way and by allowing more worker spots (on your own board) to use your meeples rather than having to let them produce a single coin on the Fall/Winter part of the main board. We also tried the restriction of only being able to produce two grapes of different colors – that one does slightly compensate for the increase of game pace provided by the expansion. The shorter game (in turn length) minimizes the excess money (or useless money) problem at the end of the game. The shorter game is still as fun to play as the way we were doing it earlier, except that now we may be able to fit more games in the same gaming night.

Important Announcements of next gaming events:

  • Tuesday, September 17th 2013 – 7pm – Rail Trail Tuesdays meeting every other week, on those weeks we don’t meet at my house.
  • Saturday, September 21st, 2013 – 11am – Old School House Pub & Restaurant, 17 School Street, Hudson, MA. Details below.
  • Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 – 7pm – Board Games at my house (Sudbury)

Please join our Meet Up group. (Meetup Group recently changed, and it is free.)

Event: All-Day Quarterly
Date and time: September 21, 2013 at 11:00 am
Where: Old School House Pub & Restaurant, 17 School Street, Hudson, MA 01749
Description: Time for another all-day quarterly! All-day open gaming from 11AM to midnight at the Old School House Pub & Restaurant in Hudson. Anyone interested in playing board games is welcome.

$5 admission buys you a seat in a private function room with approximately 60 seats at the venue.

The parking lot attached to the building is small, but they also own the parking lot directly across the street. Additionally, street parking in Hudson is free and there are municipal just a few blocks away.

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