Friday, August 31, 2018

August's Games

Well.... we got a few games in through August...

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Some new friends finally made it over for a visit and a couple of games...

We started off with a game of For Sale.  I think I ended up with the Sky Scraper, but Finnegan or Taotao got the space station...

Next we played a couple of rounds of Codenames: Pictures. Both games were Girls against Boys. In the first round Finnegan and Amanda were the spy masters. Amanda and the Girl totally beat us down. Taotao had berated Finnegan a little bit and did a lot of face palms at his "clues" - which I didn't think were THAT bad. We played a quick second round - I suggested Taotao should be the spymaster for us that time so he could see it wasn't so easy... but then the girls guessed the assassin spot on their FIRST CLUE... and so he really didn't get a chance...

Thursday, 2 August 2018

My old friend Joss, whom I have not seen in YEARS (probably over a Decade! Maybe TWO!?), was in town and we managed to meet up to play a game. Joss is an absolutely fabulous guy who I met while I was working at the original Colllector's Edge in Saskatoon (before it burned down). (That weren't me). In addition to playing Magic: The Gathering, Joss actually played a lot of obscure CCGs which he introduced me to - Dune and . I think we also played a bit of Illuminati: New World Order (which I probably introduced him to. He also introduced me to Roborally - which was kind of the first non -military/historical warfare boardgame I think I ever played. Well... other than Monopoly and Payday and Game of Life and all those rubbish games I played as a kid...

We ended up playing Viticulture, as it was one of the few games I had that Joss had not played and he wanted to give it a try. There were no complaints from me or The Girl as we both really like the game too.

It was a super close game... well.. for Joss and The Girl - they had 22 or 21...? I think The Girl won in the end. I scored the very first victory point, but my lead was VERY short-lived. I ended the game with 15 points... I was only just getting my ducks in a row. If there'd been one more round I'd have been right up there with them... of course THEY probably would have scored more points and then I wouldn't have been up there with them...? Still love the game, even if I am crap at it!

Friday, 3 August 2018

After three and a half years I FINALLY got all of the miniatures painted and we played a game. This would be bad enough if it was my own game, but it was actually given to Finnegan as a birthday present with the promise I would play it with him as soon as I got the minis done (Worst. Gamer. Dad. EVER!)

We played Scenario 1: Beachhead. Marine victory was to have 7+ surviving marines and all rooms cleared of genestealers at the end of turn twelve. Genestealer wins if less than five remaining marines at the end of turn twelve. Any other outcome is a draw.

The game was INTENSE! I played the marines and lost three of my guys in the first three rounds!! Losing one more meant I could not win the mission - only make it a draw! I forged ahead, though, and eventually started to feel like I was getting the upper hand - then, on turn ten (out of twelve) I lost a fourth and fifth marine.... I managed to save the rest of the crew and bring it to a draw, however...

There is a full report of this game here:

Space Hulk – Game One - Beachhead

Saturday, 4 August 2018

On Saturday, Amanda and I wandered over to our friend Kurtis' for his birthday celebration - and some games!

First we played Portal: The Uncooperative Game of Cake Acquisition

All I really remember was that it was really quick, and Brent won...

Next we played Condottiere.

It was also kind of quick... I kind of gambled picking the next location to be one that was next to one of Kurtis' two adjacent territories, hoping everyone would team-up against Kurtis to keep him from winning and they'd all waste their cards in the process so I could sweep in and win... Yeah, that kind of failed..

Finally, we played a game of Century: Spice Road.  Kurtis ended the game picking up a fifth card - everyone else had four. It was SUPER close Now won with 71, I had 67, everyone else was in the 60s. Despite having 5 cards, Kurtis ended up being last at 62!

It was a fun afternoon of games.

Sunday, 5 August 2018


Amanda, The Girl and I had a quick game of Kingdomino in the evening.

I totally crushed it with 58 points! Woo!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Finnegan and I got in THREE games of Space Hulk in the afternoon.

First, we played the first scenario again, switching sides. I played Genestealers, Finnegan played Marines. I won in three turns...

 I had some insanely lucky rolls, coupled with some really bad rolls on Finnegan's part at critical moments...

Took down this Sergeant with the Thunderhammer and Lightning Shield... and it was all downhill from there.

Next, we played Scenario #2: Suicide Mission. I played the marines, Finnegan played the genestealers. I made it to the end of turn four, and about half way to the objective room.

Then we switched it around and played Scenario #2: Suicide Mission again.  This time I took the Genestealers and Finnegan took the Marines. He made it to the end of the fourth turn. Around the end of the third turn he was feeling a little deja vu...

There is a more detailed report of these games - with loads more pictures here:

MORE Space Hulk - Three More Games

Friday, 10 August 2018

On Friday we played Another game of Space Hulk in the afternoon.

We played Scenario #3: Exterminate. This was a bit longer of a game and SUPER INTENSE!! I played the Marines again and Finnegan the Genestealers.

So close... I got to turn 11 then everything went to shit for the marines...

A full report and LOADS of pictures can be found here:

STILL More Space Hulk

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

WE finally got in a game of Kill Team!

My friend Other Tim stopped by and I set up a game for him and Finnegan to play. Finnegan played Orks. Other Tim played Space Marines. They played the Gathering Intel mission from the book. Finnegan's Ork team was broken by the end of Turn Three.

There is a full report of this action over here:

Kill Team - First Game!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Friday evening I FINALLY got to finish running Blessings Unheralded - the Free RPG day Quickstart rules and adventure for Wrath & Glory. It was great fun.

At one point Bob, who was playing Pater Naemoris, the Ministorium preacher, lead the faithful in prayers to the Emperor for the swift recovery of their ailing friend in the hospital.

For the final showdown, I used one of my handy new Sector Imperialis boards from Kill Team. 

Amanda, playing the Battle Sister, making some sort of declaration or oath... 

They succeeded in defeating the big bad guy, but only after he contaminated the distribution facility. Amanda was able to shift two exalted icons in her tech roll to attempt to shut the facility down before the contagion spread, so I said only a few hundred died due to starvation while a small part of the facility was decontaminated...

So looking forward to the full release of this game and running a campaign later in the fall... 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Taotao popped by for a few more games Saturday evening... 

First we played Exploding Kittens. Luckily I was first out of the game. I LOVE the Oatmeal... but loathe Exploding Kittens... 

Then we played another game of For Sale, which Taotao and Finnegan tied with $62000. 

Finally, we tired to get in a game of Century: Golem, but it was cut short by Taotao's mum's arrival. 

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Two more games of Kill Team! 

We introduced the game to Da Boyz - a couple of the kids friends...

The first game went waaaaay longer than it should have, the second game was much shorter. 

There is a full report of the afternoon's shenanigans over here:

Monday, 20 August 2018

 I finally got in a game, myself. I fought with my Tallarn Desert Raiders against Finnegan's Orks.

It went poorly for the Guard...

There is a full report of this game too:


Tuesday, 21 August 2018

ON Tuesday we played Flashpoint: Fire Rescue

Keira's been asking to play this for a while. Just playing the basic intro game - as those are the only rules she's read and I've read none of them.

It was a very near thing half the house was ablaze by the time we ended the game. We DID manage to rescue seven (I think) before too many perished in the blaze. Those two markers at the bottom of the picture would have been toast...

Friday, 24 August 2018

On Friday Finnegan offered to run a role-playing game for the rest of the family.


He ended up running and introductory game of Dungeon Crawl Classics. I have to admit, I've been bored to tears by fantasy games for some time now, but this was genuinely fun. Maybe it was just because I was playing with my very favourite people in the world. Or Finnegan's totally enthusiasm. Whatever it was, I had a good time. We each started by rolling up FIVE level 0 characters!

It was a short dungeon we bashed our way through, losing a few of our characters along the way. Perfect for a single-envening one-shot adventure.

All of my characters.

I'd play it again...

Sunday, 26 August 2018

In the afternoon, Taotao stopped by to play games again.


We all played a game of Railways of the World. Taotao picked up the game very quickly and totally won, beating Amanda by a couple points...

Afterwards Amanda went out to play Numenera. I've dropped out of the group because... well.. Numenera's just not doing it for me. I don't know if it's the system or the setting or a subtle combination of the two, but I was having a really hard time caring about it at all and was looking upon each session with dread, feeling like I HAD to go... Then I got to thinking - Why am I doing this if I'm not really having fun? So I dropped out. Amanda's still going, though.

The rest of us played a game of Kingdomino. Which Keira utterly thrashed us at!

Monday, 27 August 2018

This past Monday was the beginning of our Kamp Kill Team Campaign! For the last week of summer vacation I ran a short campaign of Kill Team for the kids and a couple of their friends. Monday through Thursday we played a couple of games of Kill Team each day and on Friday they were to play 40K with a force with a Power Level equal to the resources their team had remaining at the end of the campaign.

There are full reports of each days activities - Day One can be found here:

Kamp Kill Team Campaign - Day One

Tyranids vs Harlequins

Orks vs. Chaos Space Marines

Tyranids vs Chaos Space Marines

Orks vs Harlequins

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 

Day Two of Kamp Kill Team

Kamp Kill Team Campaign - Day Two

Orks vs Tyranids

Harlequins vs Chaos Space Marines

Tyranids vs Harlequins

Orks vs Chaos Space Marines

It wasn't ALL Kill Team - I did get the kids doing a few other things - climbing on the climbing wall, painting, running around like maniacs in the yard...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Day Three of Kamp Kill Team

Kamp Kill Team Campaign - Day Three

Tyranids vs Chaos Space Marines

Orks vs Harlequins

Chaos Space Marines vs Harlequins

Orks vs Tyranids

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Day Four of Kamp Kill Team

Kamp Kill Team Campaign - Day Four

Orks vs Harlequins

Tyranids vs Chaos Space Marines

Friday, 31 August 2018 

Day Five of Kamp Kill Team - though we didn't actually play Kill Team today... Teh kids played a couple games of regular old 40K with Power Levels equal to the total resources they had at the end of the campaign.

The Girl's Harlequins faced the Forces of Chaos

Finnegan's Orks Faced the forces of Hivefleet Haemorrhoid.

A full report of these two epic games can be found elsewhere on this blog:

Kamp Kill Team - Day Five - the Final Battle

After the 40K games Finnegan had to run out for a quick appointment and Keira got Da Boyz to play a quick game of Just Desserts with her!

Whew! That WAS a lot of gaming - especially this last week!

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog:

September... Usually in September we have a Game-a-Day Challenge. We've done this for the last four years, I think...? the last few, we added the extra stipulation that it should be a DIFFERENT game each day... I'm thinking this year, to try and get caught up a bit on the 25/30x5 gaming challenge, we might select six games and play them five times each - 30 games, 30 days... I'll probably do weekly updates through September.

Other than that expect the usual painting updates, which will likely consist of Kill Team terrain and teams as I ramp up to run another campaign with the family and prepare for the Learn-to-Play I am running at ToonCon this year.