(not miniature or wargaming, per se, but definitely gaming related...)
On Saturday I usually play Savage Worlds in the evening, but not so yesterday I attended the inaugural FreezerBurn - John Burt's invitational Board Gaming Day. There were Eleven participants and we played six games. Each game participants got points based on their placement within the group they were playing with and at the end of the day the Participant with the highest point total got to choose first from the prize table (everyone also had to bring one board game to put up as a prize - so everyone got to go home with a new game!).
Stumbled into John's house just as SMall world was starting. This turned out to be teh only game of the day I'd actually played before... and I'd only played it once before... over a year ago... Above is the table I played at with (left to right) Leah, Jason, and Dan. I eeked out a victory over Jason by ONE POINT!?
I like Small World. I'll probably break down and buy it some day.... Maybe after I get around to playing some of the board games I already have!!
Railways of the World
Played with (left to right) Darrin, John (the Host), Aaron, and Leah. This was the first "Train Game" I've ever played. It was fun enough. I think I was dead last....? Leah and I were kind of competing in the region of Chicago. The others were more or less on the other side of the Mountains, and Aaron built track through the area to complete a main line, but didn't really interfere.
I played this with Darrin, John and Brenda. Fun. Fast. So fast I completely forgot to take a picture of the game - so here's John clearing it up!
Played with (left to right) Darrin and Jason. Not only had I not played it, but Darrin and Jason had only ever played it once and there was much confusion... This time it was Jason's turn to beat me by ONE POINT!?
Ticket To Ride
Another fast playing game - which I forgot to take a picture of!? There was only two table of this one and I played with John, Darrin, Aaron, and Jason. Wow... I'm not sure how many people this game is usually played with, but with five there was an awful lot of cutting each other off. The initial tickets I was given were horrid - not ONE of them used any of the same track - I picked the two biggest and the shortest one. The shortest was the only one I wasn't able to complete the others Vancouver to Montreal and Calgary to Phoenix I managed to do (though Calgary-Phoenix was by a rather circuitous route) I thought I'd done rather well for myself - until everyone else tallied up their points and I was left in the dust! OI! Fun just the same.
(left to right) Brenda, Dave and Kimber. This was a fun game too, but I wasn't really clear on the objective of teh game and was given some not-so-great advise from the other players on where to start that kind of killed me... ("yeah set up in the corner there - you'll be totally close to that one so you can quickly expand into the next city and can take over this whole area without anyone coming near you because it will be too expensive to get through this bottleneck..." - turn three Brenda came through the bottle neck and took three cities pinning me in a corner for a couple turns with only five cities until phase two where I could expand into cities covered by others... ah well...).
I ended up in the middle and came home with a brand new copy of Munchkin Cthulhu (plus three expansions!!)
Somehow I never got to end up at a table with Al!? (maybe next year Al!?)
Anyway it was a totally fun day with some totally fun people! Big thanks to John for organizing it - I hope I get invited again next year!!