Played a junior-ized version of “Ticket to Ride” with my nephew again this afternoon and I was joined by Mrs Rumleech and Hannah. He had a heck of a lot of fun with it and he’s eager for another game. Next time I’ll introduce some more of the full rules, I think he’ll cope.
He was more interested in making patterns on the board and laying lines of his favourite colours than playing tactically but that’ll come all in good time, which meant that Mrs Rumleech could romp home to an easy victory which pleased her lots.
First test of “We’ve Got To Go Back!” scenario of Last Night On Earth
Logbook: March 21st 2010
I still don’t know what pushed me to go into this suicidal mission…
Maybe it was destiny, maybe it was in the hope to find a way out, or maybe it was for the simple fact that I wanted to witness first hand while Johnny slashed his way through every single zombie, with the chainsaw… Those bastards killed my High School friends, and now it was payback time !
So here I was, in a precarious truck with Sheriff Anderson, Johnny and the always short on words: Jake the Drifter, heading back to Woodinvale.
Our mission was to bring back 2 Bio-Chemical canisters which supposedly were located in two of the several buildings in town. It was like finding the well known needle in a haystack but surrounded by zombies!
Back at the military base, we were able to gather 4 weapons, some ammo and a welding torch. Yeah I know, everybody wondered why I wanted to carry the welding torch, but I don’t know, maybe it made me feel safer to carry it in addition to the revolver. Two defensive items are better than one right?
Johnny parked the truck in a zombie-free wasteland, divided by a field of corns which helped us get closer to town, without being seen.
Sheriff Anderson’s face was pale and then out of the blue, Jake had the brilliant idea to divide our party in two groups so we could cover more buildings in less time. Which shows that under extreme conditions you never know who will grow as a leader and who will just be a shyly witness…
The Sheriff and I went to the eastern side of town, and just as we emerged out of the corn field we were able to distinguish some wandering zombies inside the buildings.
Strangely enough, I though that we would find more zombies on the streets but there were none. Sheriff Anderson went straight to the closest available building: the Farmhouse. As soon as he entered he was startled to see one of the farmers standing in the middle of the room.
It was like an endless second where both froze and stared at each other but I guess it was the lifeless look in the eyes of the farmer/zombie that hinted the Sheriff or maybe it was his professional instinct, but one thing is sure, that first shotgun shot brought back his survivalist instinct and from that moment on he was quite a trigger happy. You could even say that he enjoyed blasting those damn zombies. He turned out to be a hero, but more on that later.
On the other side of town, Jake dragged Johnny into going to the Airplane Hangar. Now that I think about it, maybe his intention all along was to find an airplane and leave us all to our misery… The only disadvantage to his idea was that the Hospital and the Graveyard which were near to the Hangar, were infested with zombies. And to make things worse, the Hangar door was locked from the inside… So while he was desperately trying to kick the door open, it allowed two zombies enough time to reach him and attack. He shot one of them but was bitten by the other. Once the door was open he saw a canister, which I think brought him back to the purpose of our mission. Unfortunately, all those gunshots attracted more zombies and even one of them who was holding an explosive… After some hide and seek with the zombies and after killing a bunch of them, he managed to safely run out of the Hangar, although seriously wounded. He tried to take a last look through the Hangar window in order to better discern the canister, only to find himself face to face with the explosive-bearer zombie. The click sound one second before the explosion projected the same scary look on both of their faces. That stunned zombie face was the last image for Jake.
The shockwave of the explosion made me fall down but didn’t distracted the zombies that were surrounding me between the Junkyard and the Bank. I was screwed! Each wave of zombies brought even more zombies and suddenly out of nowhere Sheriff Anderson appeared and started to kill everything around me. He saved me! I previously had found one of the sought after Bio-Canisters so we were on our way out. And just when you think that nothing else could go wrong, it started to rain, which slowed us down and allowed the zombies to get even closer. Fortunately Sheriff Anderson, now transformed to a Rambo-like hero, covered my run while shooting everything in sight.
Meanwhile, Johnny who was still in shock by Jake’s death found Father Joseph hiding in the Church. They both went to check the canister on the Hangar and surely found the other one we needed! From then on it was a race against the clock to reach the truck before sunset or in other words before being overruned by zombies.
The Sheriff and I arrived first at the truck and not so far from us we saw Father Joseph and Johnny running toward us followed by a horde of zombies. Father Joseph jumped in the back of the truck but Johnny tripped on the skateboard he found earlier and was a step short to get to the truck.
I don’t know if it was the screams or the confusion or the adrenaline or everything put together but in that moment Sheriff Anderson stepped on the accelerator without looking behind, leaving Johnny to his cruel ending… I couldn’t look through the rearview mirror but was able to hear the constant spinning of the chainsaw slowly fade and then suddenly stop…
I can’t put the blame on the Sheriff. I guess one more second and we were all dead…
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but sure hope that those bio-chemicals will bring to an end this zombie infestation!
So, i decided to show my friend , zombie dice. My first turn was decent, but my friend picked up 3 dice, 2 green and one yellow, and rolled 3 shots to the face. Later i was down by seven points, and i was making hype that i was going to do great, rolled 3 shots.
For Easter this year, instead of getting together for a short time on Sunday after church we decide to spend Saturday night all together. There were nine of us all together so we set up two tables of Ticket to Ride. At one table we had the United States map, and at another we had the European map. My grandma had never played before…she went into it thinking it would be too hard for her, and she’d never be able to pick it up. We started her on the U.S map, and she smoked us! She ended up winning with a 50 point lead over the rest!!
It was so cool hearing everyone playing together and laughing together. We’ve been through a lot in the last few months personally with surgeries and health scares; this time we were able to be together helped us forget about all of that, and let us enjoy being together and playing more games!!
Thanks Wil for expanding my tabletop gaming horizons! Can’t wait for season three!
After watching the Tabletop episode of Unspeakable Words two weeks ago, we decided we wanted to get it, and were super bummed to find out most online retailers were selling it for 80 bucks. Last night we found it at a small hobby shop for 20 bucks. So we got it, and first thing this morning we played it. It is awesome.
We got together with the super awesome folks of Ballista Games to bring International TableTop Day to Cebu City! This is the first time Tabletop day is being celebrated in our island under the sun. Since the board game events that we host have always been themed, we decided to make TT Day a day to celebrate Medieval and Fantasy-themed board games.
International Tabletop Day - Gold Coast, Australia
It was going to be tricky - how were we to fit in a day of awesome Tabletop gaming AND a pop culture convention at the same time?
Thankfully, some lovely people set up a Tabletop gaming stall at Supanova exactly for this dilemma.
Instead of partaking at their stall, we headed back to our hotel for a number of rounds of Cards Against Humanity - the Bigger, Blacker Box (base set, 4 expansions and the Box expansion).
Whilst we didn’t get too many pics of our horrible CAH choices (including some pearlers from the 12 and 16 year-olds staying with us…we are SO going to hell on the bullet train for introducing them to this game), we still had plenty of fun!
A week after the hugely successful, partly devoted to gaming, LuxCon, a group of gamers gathered in the small town of Syren, home fo one of the gaming clubs. Around 30 people in total partook in the vast offering of games available, talked, laughed and generally had a great time with games.
Among the games played were: Smallworld, Rampage, Wrath of Ashardalon, Gloom, Grave Robbers from Outer Space, HeroQuest, Munchkin Quest, Cate Panic, Coup, and Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures.
Early in the afternoon.
Wrath of Ashardalon in progress.
One of the reasons why the ‘Panic’ in the title is deserved.
Relief after we beat Castle Panic.
The City before…
… and after the monsters had a go at it.
Deep inside a game of Chicago Gangsters
Trying to get our heads around Grave Robbers From Outer Space.
Gloom clearly needs the gestures to be fully appreciated.
I’ve been the gaming geek my entire life. Three friends of mine & I have gamed basically every single week since we were in
A computer gamer from back when a 286 with Power Menu was state of the art, I was hooked on great games (mostly Sierra’s) from youth. From there my uncle introduced me to D&D, got a group together in early High School, we still game weekly to this day over 20 years later.
We found Magic: The Gathering as 4th Ed came out. Never having much money, I didn’t stay with it for too long, especially with my rotten booster draw luck. Games Workshop took a lot of our funds already between 40K, Blood Bowl & Necromunda. But it was a few years back and two other friends of mine simply changed my life, ramping up the gaming level to 11.
I played RoboRally. That was the first domino to fall. Then I got introduced to Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, Totally Renamed Spy Game, Pandemic, Werewolf, Battlestar Galactica and more. It was an avalanche and I was caught up in it and loving it as it swept me along to awesomeness.
I was lucky to watch the first episode of Tabletop the day it went up. Giddily, I told my friend about it, by sheer coincidence, he’d picked up Smallworld that week without knowing anything about the show. After about 3 rewatchings of the ep, I basically could play the game on the first try with barely an additional rule explained to me. I found a local board game group (well, still an hour’s drive away) then PAX came to Australia. My collection of new games kept growing and I was bringing more and more friends into the ‘fold’.
Then International Tabletop Day was announced and I jumped on board. I think we were actually the only event in Melbourne. My partner Jess, took a whole heap of footage and uploaded it, we were running a kind of pre-show to the USA. 3am local time and a handful of us are still up as Amy popped up on screen with the Livestream. We watched through Takenoko then finally succumbed to sleep.
Since then, we’ve had a half dozen other events of massive Tabletop Game days. Each one getting bigger than the last. 30-40 people turn up at our house with the 7 tables we have set up & everyone has a brilliant time. Some are hardcore gamers, some social, some just new & looking to learn. Friends have brought their friends, we’ve set up a little community where a retail store just isn’t about to visit & play in.
This Tabletop Day was no exception. Though this time, I hired a bear costume minus the head, bought an Owl mask off Ebay, painted to match & set up a Twitter for a laugh. Oh boy, what a result! J
More games will be played and more massive days ahead. I’m backing Season 3 next week when I get paid next, I NEED those dvds & can’t wait for the new season to begin!
I found a trophy at goodwill then added some gaming details. During our game nights I write with winners name on my personal trophy of awesome and they get their picture taken. I take back the trophy but they get to keep the piece of paper. A little bit of Tabletop brought to my game group.
Last Night on Earth! (Command Combat Battle Reports)
I’ve always been a huge gaming fan, and of course I’ve been watching Tabletop since it’s been on. I have my own channel that’s dedicated mostly to war gaming, but it also has some other conflict-type games as well, such as Last Night on Earth, seen here.
International Tabletop Day let me play a game I’ve been wanting to play for quite some time. Super Dungeon Explore. The Miniatures you see before you are the brave Heroes who ventured into the Dungeons below. I managed to Knock out the Druid/Angry Bear, and the Nyan Nyan characters, but they manage to revive Nyan Nyan.
The game took about 2 hours to play. Was doing my best as the Council to destroy the heroes, but they manage to pull the victory out alive. This was a fun game to play. I personally would like to play more of it.
I enjoyed International Tabletop day for allowing me to play this game with a few of my friends and those who participated in playing this game with me.
On a side note, I do wish to see this be played on Tabletop itself and see if Wil and his friends can survive the Chibi ordeal that lays before him. But that’s wishful thinking on my part. ^_^.