My son decided to celebrate his seventh birthday with a boardgame party. After much consideration we came up with the title “Martin’s Meeple Madness.” In preparation for his friends coming over, the whole family worked together to build a snowmeeple to greet everyone.
We decked out the dining room for the party and I made him a meeple cake (in yellow, his standard token color). His dad got Forbidden Island prepped and ready.
Martin even picked out a special character meeple for each of his friend to use while playing Forbidden Island and then take home as a favor.
Since we were also sending everyone home with their own copy of Dino Hunt Dice, we played through it so they’d learn the game and teach their families. We used their character meeples as point trackers and they had so much fun. It was truly a pleasure playing boardgames with my son’s friends and to enjoy their smiles and laughter.
After waiting oh so very patiently, the Kickstarters from the latest Sentinels of the Multiverse Kickstarter have arrived! Mr. Chomps decided to look over the haul.
This is what many happy future hours of gaming with friends looks like. Especially those friends who are also in our super powers LARP.
Under the lid of the Vengeance box is a teaser for the next expansion.
And Mr. Chomps finally got to meet himself in card format!
Sentinels is one of our favourite boardgames - almost all of our circle of friends has their own copy - just so that we are reasonably sure that there will always be one around if the urge to defeat evil strikes.
In order to challenge my niece (15 y.o) who seems to have it in her head she can not do math we regularly play games that require simple arithmetic. I tutor her in algebra and fully recognize, she gets it, she just lacks a bit of confidence.
This last weekend while celebrating another niece’s first birthday five of us sat down to play 7 Wonders. One of the participants was my 15 y.o. niece’s friend. She kept saying, she only likes Apples to Apples while looking through our mound of games. Anyone who has ever played a game of Apples to Apples with an age gap between participants in the 20+ range knows it’s not that fun. We urged her to give 7 Wonders a try, the game plays fast, if she didn’t like it we could try something else.
Somewhere around the middle of the 2nd age our new participant exclaims, I get it. We see her board go from a lot of 0 point cards and few resources to what looked like a jumbled mess of points… until we tallied the scores. Jumbled was either the fantastic pairing of the best options available or a clever amalgamation of cards.
40 (me) - 40 (sis) - 48 (niece) - 68 (mom) - 71 (friend)… She gets it. If it weren’t a school night and already 8:30 pm we would have played another round.
I was browsing profiles on OKCupid and came across a profile for a board gamer who mentioned Catan. I sent a message on a whim asking simply “Star Trek Settlers of Catan: Brilliant idea or WTF?” A year and 1/2 later Catan guy and I are still together.
Board Games bring people together in many different ways!
Some of us aren’t into football, but HOCKEY! So, my friends and I started a new event last year where we played cool games, ate good food and kept an eye out for hilarious commercials and the high score this year.
We started off with some light games and moved on to the epic. Much fun was had from Hey, That’s My Fish!, Guillotine, Hunters Of Arcfall, Arkham Horror and X-Wing.
We had some difficulty starting out, due to a significant dearth of wood and wheat, but massive quantities of sheep, ore, and brick. Red player started out with her settlements on either side of the ore tile, with no opportunity to get wood, but was somehow of the mindset that she needed to hoard all of the ore and brick cards she was swimming in, and so she was screwed. Orange player was getting all the wood in the game, but couldn’t get any wheat, so she just kept building roads. The rare occasions that she did get wheat, she bought development cards… which let her build two more roads.
As Blue player, I was playing pretty well, I thought. I was able to upgrade my settlements to cities, which brought in a lot of resources that I could trade in for what I needed to keep myself in the game.
So, Orange up to 8 (or 9) points thanks to having both the Longest Road and the Largest Army, I was up to 8 points, and Red had 2 points and was holding most of the cards for brick and ore. “My hands are full of hard things!” she cried. Orange and I had already missed out on collecting brick cards, because the deck had run out - Red was hanging on to them all! We badgered her into doing the 4:1 trade that we were doing, that had gotten us pretty close to victory up until this point. She was able to build some roads, and another settlement or two, and scored a couple of Development cards over the next few rounds.
I was doing pretty well for myself, though, with 4 cities and a settlement bringing me up to 9 points, while Orange had just lost her Largest Army card to Red, leaving her with only 7. I looked at my hand and thought, “With the right Development card, I could win this.” So I asked the table if I wanted a Development card, to which they both replied, “No, you don’t need that, have some more wine.”
Clearly they were trying to sabotage me, so I bought the Development card. It was a Palace, worth one Victory Point! YEAAAAAAHHHH! I was going to win this game!
It was Red’s turn next, and somewhere in there I decided to open my stupid mouth and ask how many points she had. We counted, came to the conclusion that she had 8 points, and she exclaimed, with more delight than was strictly called for, “I guess I can play these two Development cards now, right?”
Shey played them, and they were each worth one point, and I spent the next ten minutes beating my head against the wall for my foolishness.