So a couple of week ago I’m browsing the internet and find out there’s a gaming group in Bolton (near Manchester). It’s 2 bus rides away from me. Despite this I decided to give it a go because I’m interested in all the things the “Will and his friends” (hi!) but none of my family and friends are. It’s called “Gamers of North Manchester, England”. This group has been around since 2007 and bi-annually they have all day gaming days and the turn out if pretty big!
So I trot along to the meet. It’s in an upstairs room of a pub gloriously named “Doffcocker Inn”. I got a beer and make my way upstairs to find the friendliest group of people I’ve ever met. In total I played 3 games Ginkgopolis, Mall of Horrors and Five Tribes (the new Days of Wonder game that came out that very same day!). I haven’t been back because I either worked that evening or I had to go to bed early to get to work early the next morning (I think it’s a work conspiracy to stop me enjoying myself :p) but I would never have found this unexplored joy in my life if it wasn’t for TableTop. I liked playing games but only the ones you generally find in every home in the UK. These games that I’ve been watching on the internet and playing at the pub are just fantastic! And the blokes that run this group know their stuff. They say they own 1000 games between them. When I named games (99% games I’ve seen on TT) they both said they owned them.
I will definately go to this again (work permitting) so THANKYOU WIL! THANKYOU GnS!
With a lazy weekend planned, it didn’t take much to decide to break out some board games with the kids.
On Saturday we broke out Pandemic, with 4 epidemic cards, and managed to eke out a win. It was pretty close, and one epidemic card was right at the bottom of the deck which helped.
We followed up with a quick game of This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us, a tile-laying game a bit lik
e Carcassone, but with somewhat simpler scoring.
Sunday afternoon’s session began with a game of Star Fluxx. It probably has a little two much reading in it fo
r my youngest, but they want to play games they’ve seen Wil play! The lack of long-term strategy probably favo
urs my youngest, and he managed to win the first game by himself (with a little help from Dad ;) )
When he went off to a party, my daughter wanted to get Pandemic out. She wanted to play at Standard level - 5
epidemic cards! The first game, playing as Medic and Scientist, started out well. We cured the yellow disease
(I believe it was “the worms”) pretty quickly, but started getting hit with yellow cards and epidemic cards so
on after that, leaving 3 cubes all over Africa and ending our game with a massive set of outbreaks.
Because it had ended so quickly, we reset the game, swapped roles, and dug in for a 2nd game. This time, with
some careful planning, we managed to win with 2 epidemic cards still in the deck. \o/
Last week myself and my regular gaming friend started a small games group \o/ (No pictures yet….)
We started with a game of Darjeeling - quite a fun euro-style game involving collecting and shipping crates of tea. We followed up with a quick game of Ca$h ‘n Gun$ - 2nd edition only just out of the shrinkwrap!
Last night we finally moved into the “As Seen on Tabletop” territory with a great 5-player game of Lords of Waterdeep. The best thing is that one of my friends brought her 17-year-old son, who is very much into D&D and was really excited to play. We had an epic game - extremely close with only 2 points in it at the final count. Everyone enjoyed it greatly and it’s definitely one of my favourite games at the moment. (Must get the expansion….)
We finished again with Ca$h ‘n Gun$ with the most epic ending possible - in the final round, 4 players took each other out leaving the fifth to take all 8 loot cards and the victory!
(Next week will hopefully include The Resistance, and maybe Dixit or Catan depending on numbers)
We have a weekly game night. Our 3 year old sleeps right through everything, but our 9 month old often wakes up near the end, but can usually be settled pretty quickly. A few weeks ago she wouldn’t go back to sleep, so I brought her downstairs as we were almost done with our game of Settlers of Catan. For the record, they won that game.
Thursday was usual board game day. 7 Wonders, Catan (which the ending is pictured), Dominion, Takenoko and Alhambra. Won Takenoko~
Sunday I was asked to join a huge group at a Hobby shop to play. Started with Decent, few rounds of Avalon, two games of Bang! which lead to my first play through of Betrayal at the house on the Hill, followed by a game of Lost Legends (which I won at, woo!) then lastly we played 2 games of Survive: Escape From Atlantis. Which I won the first round, and really, really lost the second one, lol.
Two great days filled with classic and new board games. Looking forward to playing more!
The family played a couple of games I’d never played before, they’ve been sitting on my shelves waiting their turn.
First up is “The Resistance”. In a bolshy house like ours you’d have thought we’d have played earlier, never the less.
I was one of the spies which is annoying as I have exactly zero poker face
Do you think any of them suspect? My palms are getting sweaty, now.
Last turn and this mission decides the game. The leader (loyalist) chose the other 2 loyal players ARGH!!!
… there goes my government pension!
Next up comes “Cosmic Encounter”. This has been sitting on my shelves for rather longer than “The Resistance”. I’ve owned it, untouched, for nearly 30 years. It’s the 1986 Games Workshop republication of a 1977 game so this is a good place to introduce a new, irregular feature I am pleased to call, “My School Is Older Than Yours”.
I don’t know why I never got this game out before, it was always clearly a bright, cheerful, fun and funny game. Better late I suppose.
Deck of Destiny,
Turn, turn, turn,
Show me the species,
I must burn, burn, burn.
Standing room only in the Phantom Zone.
… and one Moebius Tube later it empties out.
… and I won the game! Which is, as Mrs Rumleech reminded the table, a rare thing :’-(
Because I love you all and because it’s been a while I thought I’d include a surprise bonus, photos of the family playing “Kingmaker” on holiday 3 years ago.
… why yes, of course we take board games with us on holiday to the South of France. Doesn’t everyone?