Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Middle-earth is Overrun (The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth: A Review)

This week I finally finished my grand adventure in Middle-earth. It did not end well. In the final scenario, my heroes were overrun by the forces of evil and the land was swept into darkness. We fought bravely, but in the end my fellowship succombed to fear and perished. This does not set things up nicely for the fellowship of the ring - poor Frodo will be down a few members as he heads into Mordor.

Does this game suffer the same fate? Or does it rise up to conquer the critics?

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Adventure is Almost at an End

My ruffians. Apparently FFG sent one of them into battle without weapons. Trying to get that fixed.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Great Week of Gaming

I'm continuing to roll solo through The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth. I finished the fifth adventure last night and noted a couple of interesting things (spoiler-free).

+ I finally received enough lore to level up some of my weapons and armor. I'm excited to see how they play out in the next adventure!

+ One of my characters received their first title! A seemingly mundane search event turned out to have a huge benefit for a certain race. Well, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and now have a new, powerful card in my deck!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Love at First Sight?

I picked up The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth from my friendly local gaming store on Friday night with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I am a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, having read most of his books (including ones like The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales) several times. The Lord of the Rings (LotR) movies are my favourite of all time (not so much The Hobbit ones). Unfortunately, the LotR games I've tried so far did not turn out so well for me.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Theme in Board Games

One of the ways I try stay stay in shape and also save money is bike to work. It's not a bad trek, only about a 15 minute ride. I try to make the most use of that time and usually listen to podcasts from my favourite authors and pastors. The last few weeks, however, when I've needed a break from something deep and introspective, I've found a few board game podcasts that I really enjoy. Being a solo gamer, my favourite two are Solosaurus and ENGN (Every Night is Game Night). You can easily find them on any podcast app.

On April 12, the host of ENGN (Jason) was joined by Paul Grogan (Gaming Rules on YouTube) and Marc Davis (Thoughful Gamer blog) for a very interesting discussion about theme in games. This was one of the most informative and thought-provoking podcasts I've ever listened to. Sure, board games may not be life changing (although they might be...), but this was a really good podcast, especially for someone who is a player, reviewer, and designer.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Birthday Board Bash: Part Deux

Another board game celebration for me! On Saturday we did a collaborative Easter/birthday dinner with my wife's family. This delicious DQ ice cream cake had this cute little image on it. After we had ate our fill of cake and got the sugar-delirious children to bed, the games came out.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Paragon of Light (Call to Adventure: A Playthrough)

Fenwick was just a lowly settler when he first came to this land, gifted with just a little bit of constitution and intelligence. The only thing that set him apart from others like him was his thirst for knowledge. As he read and studied in the local library, he learned about the virtues of purity and goodness and honest. He strove to be an example of living for others. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Stay in Your Lane, Girl

Yesterday I was finally able to throw down a few games of Mephisto: The Card Game. This is a PnP that I backed on Kickstarter earlier this year. Here's the description right from the Kickstarter page:

Mephisto is a 1-4 player dungeon crawling card game where you play as a power hungry adventurer who’s made a deal with the archdemon Mephistopheles. In exchange for unholy strength, you must collect the souls of monsters you defeat in the dungeon. The catch is — you aren’t the only one who’s agreed to this pact, but only one of you will receive the demon’s gift. Race to collect the most souls for Mephisto before time runs out or be doomed to serve the beast for eternity!

In this game you have a 60 card deck of cards. You start with a hand of cards (varying amounts depending on player order) and you use those cards to defeat monsters in the dungeon. The deck consists of four different types of cards: (1) monsters that you battle and gain souls from, (2) weapons that you use to battle the monsters, (3) spells that allow you to boost weapons and gain cards, and (4) items that work basically the same as spells. The difference between spells and items are spells are one time use and items stay in their lane (more on that later). You use the weapons, spells, and items at your disposal to defeat monsters and gain the most souls. That makes you the winner.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Birthday Board Bash

My 33rd birthday is right around the corner (April 18) and so on Saturday night I had a few of my closest friends over to play some games. I'll start off by apologizing for not taking any pictures. I was enjoying the quality time with friends too much to stop and snap.

But what luck! Renegade and Call to Adventure, which weren't supposed to arrive until today, got here on Friday! I don't usually like to learn a new game with other people, but I really wanted to get one of these to the table in a multiplayer game.

We were waiting on one friend, so the three of us decided to tackle a dungeon for our first game. A 5 Minute Dungeon, that is. I haven't tried the new Curses! Foiled Again! expansion with three people, so we gave that a try with the second level boss, the Grime Reaper. Three players is the most difficulty becuase you only have 3 decks - with 5 players you have 5, with 4 you have 4, and with 2 people you each take 2 decks, giving you 4 total. But, with 3 players, there are only 3 decks. So by far you have the fewest cards available to you. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

No-No Solo

Aye yai yai. I had so many plans to play games this week and it just has not turned out! Mounds of marking, fever-ish children, extracurricular excitement, oh my! I've missed writing here so I thought I'd do a little update on what I'm going to be playing, because I do have a few games in the mail or otherwise coming soon.

So, here's what I'm looking forward to playing!

In Mephisto: The Card Game you play as one of the power hungry adventurers who has made a pact with the archdemon Mephistopheles. The deal is simple. Collect the souls of monsters you encounter in the dungeon and receive unholy strength in return. The catch is: You aren't the only contestant seeking his gift, but only one of you will receive it. Be the player with the most souls by the end of the day or be doomed to serve Mephisto for eternity! (from BoardGameGeek)

I really don't know much about how this single deck adventure game works, but I backed the PnP version on Kickstarter earlier this year. The high quality version was just "delivered" and looks really cool. I'm a big fan of the artwork for this one. I got a hack job printed off, sleeved for ease of shuffling, and I'm going to try out the solo rules as soon as I can.