James has just joined the club facebook page. You can as well. He has a stack of games he can play. There are some good ones here. Come along and get playing.
Carcassonne was played last week. One of the most popular games Carcassonne attract a wide following. It is a simple system but an interplay that creates a complex range of strategies and game play. It is one the most popular selling games of the last decade. It’s good for family games, hardened gamers and club games. Boardgamegeek reviews it well. It has many upgrades and can even be downloaded as an ap’ or your phone or i pad .
Galaxy Trucker. From Boardgamegeek and from our club players who agree: ”In a galaxy far, far away… they need sewer systems, too. Corporation Incorporated builds them. Everyone knows their drivers — the brave men and women who fear no danger and would, if the pay was good enough, even fly through Hell.
Now you can join them. You will gain access to prefabricated spaceship components cleverly made from sewer pipes. Can you build a space ship durable enough to weather storms of meteors? Armed enough to defend against pirates? Big enough to carry a large crew and valuable cargo? Fast enough to get there first?
Of course you can. Become a Galaxy Trucker. It’s loads of fun”
Another tense and hard fought game of Twilight Struggle with Bernie last week (one day we will finish this in an evening).
We finished at the start of turn 8. Bernie (USSR) was on + 5 VPs, and would have drawn “WarGames” in his next hand. With Defcon at or around 2, this would have placed him tantalisingly close to global Communist victory. My sense was that if I survived the next two turns, I would be ok. Asia and Africa were in the US bag, and the Americas not far behind. Only Europe had come close to total collapse, but the “Chernobyl” card had allowed me to stabilise it.
It is a quick-playing, low-complexity game in that tradition. The game map is a world map of the period, whereon players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT’s other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one’s cards and units given consistently limited resources?
In Agricola, you’re a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you’ll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. First published 2007 this Agricola has become an award-winning game. Boardgamegeek reviews it highly. The game at the Headingley Games Club was one of many. The five players had close results-22, 40, 41, 42 and 44 points.
Heroclix-the collectable miniature game by Wizkids. Heroclix was up for playing at the Headingley Games Club last Thursday. Lots of Heroes fuigures moving around the board bashing things. HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game that uses the Clix system that centers around the world of superhero comic books, especially the Marvel and DC Comics universes. Players construct teams of comic book heroes, villains, or characters from various video games series such as Street Fighter, Gears of War, and Halo and engage in a turn-by-turn battle on grid maps based on various storyline locations. The Hulk, Spiderman, iron man, green goblin, Mr Hyde, a huge Fondness for Batroc, a horrendous French stereotype with a fancy mustache called ze Leaper are some of the chosen few out on the board. It looks like it’s up for repeat games on future Thurdays.
Game of Thrones: The Boardgame. This was played by 6 players at the club recently . They seemed to enjoy it.
Game description from the publisher: King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle.In the second edition of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, three to six players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne through the use of diplomacy and warfare. Based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones is an epic board game in which it will take more than military might to win. Will you take power through force, use honeyed words to coerce your way onto the throne, or rally the townsfolk to your side? Through strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, spread your influence over Westeros! More of the game system can be found here
1830-Robber Barons by Avalon Hill-Yes we are retro gaming again. This brilliant and evergreen game by Francis Tresham. Steve Mathews won by ignoring the train race and running his companies with obsolescent trains scooping in cash and boosting his share prices. The other raced to get more advanced trains in order to bankrupt someone. 1830 is a great game belonging to the 18xx series. Avalon took over the franchise later in its development.
Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game (2011) was bring played last Thursday. Boardgamegeek reviews it well. Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game is a bone-breaking, breathtaking standalone card game of violence and outright cheating for two to four players. Chaos, Dwarf, Wood Elf, Human, Orc, and Skaven teams compete against each other over the course of a brutal season. Customize your team by drafting Star Players, hiring staff, upgrading facilities, and cheating like mad. Lead your gang of misfits and miscreants to glory over your rivals all to become Spike! Magazine’s Manager of the Year! It’s ” sort of ” based on American football.