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My wife and I found a craft organizer at the store the other day. Immediately our minds went to “we can organize Catan with this.” We have the seafarers expansion, plus the 5-6 expansions for regular and seafarers. All the small pieces fit perfectly, and found a use for that bumper sticker. Now to find something to hold all the map tiles and borders. 

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.

Because we were joined by Our ‘Becca’s fellah, Alex we decided to have gamesnight a day early. Who know, maybe we’ll get another game of something tomorrow.

We started the night with Carcassonne as neither Hannah nor Mrs Rumleech had played it before and I thought it’s medieval Frenchiness might appeal to Mrs Rumleech.

The All-Meeple Glee Club Display Team provided our pre-match entertainment tonight. Please, everyone, give them a big hand!

and here we have the complete river. Hannah has gone for a very early farmer strategy - we’ll see how that does later.

No one trusts my shuffling and to demonstrate this Mrs Rumleech elected to pick from each tile stack in turn. Honestly! I try to not be offended but it can be hard some days.

I placed the highlighted tile rather to passively-aggressively for Hannah (in blue). She hasn’t spoken to me since.

This is our completed Languedoc - Hannah just skipped to an easy victory thatnks to her early-bird farmer and I came away weeping openly.

The chaps and I held a post-mortem and have decided that it’s all Jean-Claude’s fault.

We moved onto another oldie but goldie, Ticket to Ride, which Alex had never played before, an opportunity for teaching.

Is this how the US looks to Canadians?

There was a lot of blocking in this game, the area east of Oklahoma was an especially hot spot.

The fighting then moves to my quiet corner and stops my attempt to get longest track, dammit! (Notice Hannah’s blue, is she getting revenge for earlier do we think?)

The game ended soon after this (Our ‘Becca winning but in a much tighter competition than Carcassonne so I didn’t feel nearly so ashamed). Alex seemed to enjoy himself so he can come back!

The Hobbit 3-Way.  Dwarves v elves v army of the dead.

Battles of Westeros: Lannister v Baratheon.

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!

Playing Fortune and Glory. Take that, Nazis.

I pulled a @Wilw and lost every game I played, but had fun while doing it. This year both my kids managed to win a game at the 2 events we played at. My 7 year-old won #Fluxx at our FLGS @greenfieldgames, and my 10 year old won #carcasonne at the event we hosted with his school

One of the five geeky dishes we put together for International Tabletop Day 2014:
CarcaLssone
Farmers, knights, monks, and robbers all have one thing in common; they all need to eat.  This geeky “calzone” like dish will do the job, with pizza crust folded over and stuffed with cheese, marinara sauce, pepperoni, and roasted peppers.

One of the five geeky dishes we put together for International Tabletop Day 2014:

CarcaLssone

Farmers, knights, monks, and robbers all have one thing in common; they all need to eat.  This geeky “calzone” like dish will do the job, with pizza crust folded over and stuffed with cheese, marinara sauce, pepperoni, and roasted peppers.

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.