Monday, April 26, 2010

Game Days

Wow! Weekend of gaming! Went to Game Days with some of my friends this weekend. Had a fantastic time playing some new games. I would have to say the best new game I played was La Havre (may have to get this one) and the best old game was Descent. Here are some of my random thoughts on the games I played:


War of the Roses- My fav. board game right now. Lost this one, but had a great time doing it. Saw some great strategies from Mark, Jerry, and Peter. Don't get out ahead too far in this one. It is the death knell.

Steam- I do like some train games. This one is fun, but not overly complex. Given the fact that we had some liquid refreshment for lunch, I was not on my A game, but I did try a new strategy and it seemed to work ok. This one was a B for me, at the con.

Race For the Galaxy- Still one of my favorites. Play any time, any place.

Fairy Tale- Another favorite. Very quick and fun. Good draft game.

Washington's War- Jerry and I played this one. Even though we were learning and did a few things wrong, it is a really solid strategy game. Can't wait to try it again.

Bisikle- Peter knows how much I love dexterity games. I have the dexterity of a bull in a china shop. Surprisingly, this game got me. I liked the rolling ball mechanic, the jumps I could never make it over, the curves I flew off the board, etc. I am just not that dexterous. But it was quick and a LOT of FUN! So it didn't matter. A great game.

Factory Manager- OK. Hate this game. I will play it if everyone else wants too, but this was the longest 2 hours. Did my best, but could not wait for it to be over.

Thunderstone- I like this game. The theme is excellent. There is a HUGE random element to the game that can influence the enjoyment level. All in all, a fun game.

Through the Ages- I like this game a lot.  I am willing to invest the 3 hours to play.  That being said, I played poorly.  Dropped out after Jerry decimated my civilization.  Bombed me back to the stone age!

La Havre-  My favorite new boardgame.  A shipping game with building as part of the mechanic.  Liked this one a ton.  I really got into the actions, building, ect.  Like it better than Agricola.  Fun!  One downside, I can see it taking a loooong time if people don't know the cards.  But it still is a fantastic game.

Descent- Jerry, Peter, and I played with another convention goer against a dm.  We lost, but it was very fun.  It took a lot longer than I remembered, but it still was cool.  You need to move fast in that game, cause the longer you take to get through a dungeon, the longer the GM has to kill you.

It was a very fun con.  Top it off with Malafaux miniatures and getting Horus Heresy for 80 bucks and I call it a successful weekend!


  1. Sounds like a great time man! I want to play La Havre tooooooo.

    I think I would definitely enjoy Washington's war, and I definitely want to try Thunderstone. The rest doesn't excite me all that much. Can't wait to give Malifaux a try!

  2. Washington's War was cool. Card driven but not like all the other iterations of that mechanic. Thunderstone is a lot of fun. We can play La Havre one game night. It takes a good 2+ hours.