At the beginning of the month we made some changes to our Family 10x10 Borad Game Challenge. At the beginning of the year we said for a game to count towards the Family Game Challenge - all four members of the family had to play in it. This was mostly to keep Amanda involved in it and not just me and the kids cranking out games and her never joining in... but through the last few months Finnegan was clearly not having fun. He sat like a grump, sulking through most games and playing them in such a way as to end the game as fast as he could - often throwing the game just to end it quicker... which kind of sucked all the fun out of it for the rest of us... and that's kind of the POINT of games, right? "Fun"!?
I was kind of torn as to what to do about this. We had all agreed that these were all games we were wiling to play with each other. It's only two games a week. It doesn't seem like it should be such an onerous task. If nothing else the kid is compliant, but damn, when he doesn't WANT to do something he sure lets you know in a passive aggressive sort of way.
Anyway, we ended up decided that the games DIDN'T have to include ALL family members. There's no point in making the kid play games he's clearly not into (and ruining the fun for the rest of us).
So, I was a little discouraged at the beginning of the month after this decision was made and wasn't pushing to play games as much... and then Amanda got super busy at work - organizing a conference just for fun and preparing for a couple of other big things going on later in the month AND trying to get a months worth of work done in the first three weeks so she could take the last week of the month off while her folks were in town.... because... that's the way she is...
I've been doing a LOT of painting... and lots of activities have been wrapping up requiring extra rehearsals and recital performances...
And then Amanda's folks were in town for most of the last week... and they're not really game-playing types...
Here is what we did manage to get up to...
Saturday, 4 May 2019
The kids played Dungeon Crawl Classics... I think...
Monday/Tuesday, 6-7 May 2019
Keira and I played a game of Warhammer 40,000 (8th Edition)
She brought out her Eldar... I brought my Imperial Guard... it was pretty awesome.
You can read the full game report here:
The Battle of the Denfeld Wastes - Part One
The Battle of the Denfeld Wastes - Part Two
Friday, 10 May 2019
Amanda actually suggested we play a couple games this evening. Finnegan opted out. There was more interested in stuff on the computer to do... or... something...
First we played Century Golem Edition. It also ended up being a SUPER close game.
I ended the game picking up a sixth card, but Amanda ended up being only 3 points behind me - despite me having 6 cards to her 5... and had I not grabbed the scoring card when I did, ending the game, she likely would have the following turn or so and utterly crushed us!
Then we played Splendor. It was a pretty close game. Keira ended up being quite upset as she came very close to winning and was feeling like this might be her first time doing so... then Amanda took something which got her 15 points - which triggered the end game...
and then I took a 4 point card and a patron which rocketed me from 11 up to 18!!! Yeah...
Saturday, 11 May 2019
This was Keira's birthday party...
She decided she wanted a GIANT CHOCOLATE DONUT for a cake. She made it herself.
She pretty much invited the Saturday Dungeon Crawl Classics crew and ran a game of Dungeons and Doggies for them. (Heidi was supposed to come too, but her cat died...).
She also got them to play a few other games - like Just Desserts!
Friday, 17 May 2019
The following Friday our friend Laura joined us for a game of Terraforming Mars!
Laughing about something...?
This was the first time Laura played and she totally crushed it - ending the game with 71 points - taking the Mayor Milestone and being second for both the Scientist and Thermalist awards!! She played with a beginner corporation... which may have given her a BIT of an edge - but we've all played nearly 10 times, so...
Amanda played Thorgate and came in second with 67 points - taking the Builder Milestone and both the Banker and Scientist awards. Keira played Inventrix and wasn't too far behind with 60 - she was second for both the Banker and Scientist awards. Finnegan actually played with us and he played the United Nations Mars Initiative and ended with 48 points - not sure what happened, early in the game he was off to a commanding lead...
I played Helion, which I don't think I've played before. I took the Gardener Milestone and was first for the Thermalist award - and had a tonne of fun playing the game. I ended up with only 59 points though... Ah, well... Strangely I only put ONE blue card into play all game? Just didn't ever draw any.
Next time we're going to try with a drafting variant.
Saturday 18 May 2019
Dungeon Crawl Classics
Monday, 20 May 2019
We played a couple quick games of Set and Retro Loonacy with a friend of Amanda's from work. I didn't take pictures... I think I won the game of Retro Loonacy, but was dead last in SET. I used to rock that game... but now even Amanda had twice as many sets as me!?
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Keira was at an all day dress rehearsal for dance so Finnegan decided to run the Saturday crew through a series of Four Against Darkness games.
Keira got home before everyone took off so they ran through one more adventure with her.
Friday, 31 May 2019
This evening we all agreed to sit down and play Abyss. Even Finnegan... and he was even in a good mood and happy to play.
I ended up doing pretty good in this one.
92 points - my highest score yet! Getting the right locations really helps.
At this point we should probably be at about 40 games played and we're only at 34... I guess that isn't TOO far behind. We'll probably get playing a few more games over the summer when we're less busy with activities and stuff (though I am, in theory, supposed to be renovating the "Game Room" in the basement...).
Need to get painting those Blackstone Fortress figures so we can start playing THAT!!! Maybe that should be my goal once the Drukhari are done for the upcoming tournament.
Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:
Probably some more Drukhari - the rest of the Hellions first, most likely - and hopefully a bunch more 40K game reports!