Due to an incredible sale on at a UK shop, I picked up a copy of Darjeeling at a ridiculous price. Finally broke it out of the shrink wrap at the weekend. Didn’t really buy it to play with the kids, but gave it a shot anyway. We had good fun (although it is possible to run away with the lead).
Lil’ Wil Wheaton takes a look at the (ridiculously large) box.
My daughter seemed to have fun - she grasped all the basic concepts, and the beginnings of the strategy.
Sadly, Daddy hasn’t quite worked out how to manipulate the gameplay enough to keep it even until the end…..
Our ‘Becca and Alex, her fellah, are staying with us and brought Tokaido to play. Dutiful children. Yay, my first Antoine Bauza game!
Before we start I’d better get this out of the way…
Oh you tak the low road,
An’ I’ll Tokaido.
An’ Ill be in Edo,
I am so, so sorry.
This is me, Zen-emon, the Merchant. His special ability is that he can buy 1 item at each village cheap. Let’s see if that turns out to be useful.
Getting to know each other at the starting inn. Suspicious looks over the chopsticks.
In case any of you were wondering, I do bathe. And look, everything IS better with monkeys.
Here we all are at Old Edo and what a turn up for the books, Mrs Rumleech won. Again. She even beat me at the shopping. Still, I did have the most expensive repasts and scored the Gourmet bonus. Art following life, perhaps?
This was a lovely, light entertainment. I’ll play this again.
So, we played another game of Ticket to Ride and it was rather tense the whole game. I had been ahead from pretty much the start of the game with the shotgun trains. This however, came quickly into contest as the TaRDiS trains and Cole trains sped out of their stations and across the nation.
We had all drawn extra destination cards and I felt rather smug about mine - one was already completed by my long route, and the other two were right in line. Everyone played down to their last trains (I was able to use all of mine) and then we started to total points, starting with the person with the least. Both of the other players jumped to a respectable 120 points after their destinations were calculated.
Then came my turn to reveal. As I was laying down my destinations, I quickly surpassed them, up to a whopping 136 before my last card. I then read the two locations, or at least started to, as I realized the 2nd location was Oklahoma City, not Kansas City costing me a very valuable 14 points (but still ahead of the others by 2 points!!).
We then remembered the Globetrotter card and points from the 1910 expansion and since I no longer had 6 completed destination cards (and therefore fell out of the 2-way tie with one of the other players) saw them surpass me. It becomes even worse when I realize I would have beaten her by 1 FREAKING POINT, if I’d been smart and properly read the Destination Ticket and not picked it up.
A friend and I have been picking up games left and right and have been playing with others at the local game and comic book shop every Saturday for the past few months. Thought I’d share some of the pictures I’ve taken recently!
First time playing Carcassonne. The owner of the game included castles and bridges in this play through. I took this picture of the over lapping bridges that I believe eventually made a 12 point completed road.
Later that night I played my first and last game of Krosmasters. Was glad to have the opportunity to try this game! Sadly, I lost because the other two players decided to team up against me. I did have the two more powerful characters (which I was randomly assigned by the owner of the game. Not my fault!).
Another game we don’t own but I think I’m going to add to my wish list. Survive: Escape from Atlantis - very fun game where you try to get your survivors to safety. One of the gentlemen we played with mentioned it was the ‘bloodiest’ he’d ever played. We might have been a bit aggressive when moving the sea monsters and sharks.
Another game of Carcassonne played today with a different expansion. I don’t remember the name but had builders and pig farmers.
Yet even more Carcassonne. And again, with another expansion. I think I ended up tying for first on this one!
In between the games of Carcassonne today, we played Forbidden Island for the first time. We barely made it out of this one even after getting all the items (we started on novice, not as big of an achievement). But had to hope for an airlift card as we had used them all earlier. Did up ending making it out alive - as you can see, it was just barely.
Bottom line? I can’t recommend Carcassonne enough! I couldn’t wait after playing it the first time a few weeks ago. I immediately went back to the store and bought my own copy.
Two years ago (in August), I had my first panic attack on the way to work. I had to quit my job and pretty much became a recluse for the first four months. They come very frequently, even when I’m at home and it’s ruined my life as I know it. I couldn’t -and still can’t- leave the house by myself. Like, at all. I can’t even walk down my street on my own.
A year ago, I was talking to a friend of mine and he mentioned that he’d seen TableTop on G&S’s youtube channel. So, I watched it, enjoyed it and then, he said he’d bought Ticket To Ride and that we should play it. We did, awesome…
He then mentioned the notion of starting a local gaming club in town… and I freaked. I started saying sentences that contained ‘I can’t’ ‘What if?’ ‘Not happening’ and generally just like ‘I will die!’. He goes ‘You can. Just try. I’ll help you.’
Now, I’ve officially been diagnosed as having severe social anxiety and agoraphobia. At the time, I shook with fear at the thought of seeing people outside of my house.
However, I realised that as soon as I got to the place, I felt okay. (My sister had to drive me)
I’ve been playing there for a year, getting out of the house, and I’m getting better. I now walk to club every week. I love table top games and I can now say, after two years of suffering, I’m getting my life back and I owe it to gaming.
TableTop made me want to see people again. I hated people for making me feel worse. I’m now getting to like people again and it makes me happy so…
Thank you Wil. Thank you Felicia. Thank you EVERYONE who works on TableTop. You’ve saved my life.
The wife and I had some family come into town to visit. So we got everyone together and pulled out our selection of games. We let everyone else decide what to play and they all chose Nuts!. It’s a hilarious card game that focuses on stealing everyone else’s nuts. I think it’d be a great game to be played on TableTop for sure. Lots of laughs and innuendos.
Thank you TableTop for many nights of fun with friends (not flags, though)
I really wish I’d have the presence of mind to take pictures while we’re actually playing the bloody games (we’d just got done a 4-player game of Smash Up! [The Robot/Wizards won the day with Ninja/Dinosaurs in a close second]). They’re arranged in order of purchase (Ticket to Ride’s 10th Anniversary is gorgeous!).
We’ve started a weekly gaming night that is starting to grow (thankfully) and we’re always looking for more games that can be played with varying numbers of players. We’ll likely expand it with a few more co-operative games (Pandemic, Mice and Mystics and Zombicide are the largest candidates) to flesh out the ratio between co-op and competitive.
I hadn’t played tabletop games since my childhood (Hero’s Quest, The Uncanny X-Men Alert and Anti-Monopoly II were the staples) and after watching TableTop, it re-ignited my childhood love for them. There have been so many fun-filled days and nights of gaming, so many moments of anguish and betrayal, triumph and shocking turns of events. I look forward to many more events with friends.
Been playing more Pandemic lately. I’ve played a few times with one other player and then a couple times alone with me controlling two Roles against the Plagues. I think I’m starting to see the puzzle/Matrix…
But it still SUCKS MIGHTILY when you get two Epidemic cards with only a single player card between them. That pretty much wiped the world out in one fell swoop. So many cascading Outbreaks…
My significant other and I have been playing a lot of Ticket to Ride lately, after finally being able to go out and purchase our own copy. Once I saw it on Tabletop, I fell in love with the gameplay and the art style, and I’ve been anxious to have a copy as well as somebody to play with.
As we’ve played, we’ve found that we have very distinctly different playing styles. I look for the longest possible route that connects my initial tickets (ensuring the longest train bonus), and I try to claim as many routes as I can to rack up points as we go. She, on the other hand, connects major cities near her tickets and picks up as many tickets as she can possibly connect.
We’ve determined that her style tends to win more games between the two of us (or maybe I’m just not that good :P ) but we were both rather shocked when, recently, we had somehow both managed to score exactly 132 points! Photographic evidence is below; I’m blue, she’s yellow. Thanks Tabletop for introducing me to this game, and for allowing us to share this improbable stalemate with the world!
Normally I don’t buy board games because my social life tends to play out more online than in meat space, but watching enough Tabletop got me out to the local game store to browse games (where my buddy picked up Pandemic and Arkham Horror) but then I ran across this and knew I must have it!
My first large game was yesterday in preparation for running the game as a GM at CONvergence coming up early next month and aside from someone being a little butthurt that Inara died trying to capture Crow for the bounty, it went amazingly well. I can’t wait to run it again!
Hoping we might get to see this game come to Tabletop, we had a blast playing it!
Oh, and yes the “Dinosaur of Inevitable Betrayal” is in fact the current player token.
My son’s 2nd Grade class had an end-of-year Game Day today. Our 7-yr-old son chose to take Tsuro to share. His teacher sent us an email describing how our son apparently put on his best “Wil Wheaton” as he taught his classmates the “Game of the Path”.
A few years ago I moved to Seattle. It’s tough making new friends in a big city where everyone is rushing around. Especially when you’ve got social anxiety.
I started watching Table Top the very first day it came out. I’ve always loved games, whether they were board, video, or card games. Table top rekindled my desire to go find some friends to game with.
I found this great little game shop that has game nights every Wednesday. I’ve been playing there almost every week for the last two months. The people are great, and incredibly inviting. They love introducing people to new games. I’ve tried out dozens of new games that I didn’t even know existed, and I have a fabulous excuse to get out of the house.
Thank you for starting Table Top, and encouraging people to play more games.
I’ve been making an online comic for a couple of months now about gaming in general but board games are a big portion of it as well. So I thought I’ld share it here since Carcassonne started it all more can be found on the link below. http://foeshel.prosite.com/
My husband and I bought Fiasco for a friend of ours for Christmas in 2012 and didn’t play it for the first time until fall 2013. Almost a year later! We are so glad we finally gave it a try! It was a blast! Our little group of friends is too big to all play, but myself and another played a character together and it worked amazingly. “The Ice” was our playset of choice and our character was fatally wounded (our choice, thought it would make things very interesting. It did.) and she bled out in the arms of her lover. Still can’t hear Imagine Dragons “Bleeding Out” without thinking of it. We’ve played several times since then, but no time has been as good as that first one.
Picked up Qwirkle recently. Played it with some friends for the first time while we were keeping an eye on the food in the kitchen at a youth rally for church. It was the first time for all of us to play. We had a spot on the board where a purple circle would score two Qwirkles and neither one, because of the way the board was laid out, could be qwirkle-blocked. Nobody could draw one! Once it was played, the three of us who didn’t play it cried to the heavens, “purple circle!”. Now, whenever we play, it is the mantra of that group.