February 19th, 2017: Can’t Decide!

Crew Members: Gabe, Gila, Zevvy, Ben, (Carly and Sara)

 

My roommates got an Xbox tonight, but nothing beats plastic and cardboard. And wood. Not much of a decision there…

Can’t Stop

Winner: Gabe

This game can be played with a bunch of dice and paper, but the official board and cone shaped markers make it easy to keep track of where everyone is. Players roll four dice and climb up to three slots at a time based on the pairs of numbers their dice can make. More probable numbers require more climbing to get to the top, and if a player cannot pair their dice to continue their current climb then all progress for their turn is lost.

Gabe got an early lead by starting the 12 and the 2, while Ben and Gila had trouble getting on the board. I had a few very low down on 6 7 and 8, so not close to the peak. Ben played safely for a while and make headway, eventually overtaking me on the 7, but Gabe had already completed the 2 and was closing in on the 10. Gila took several rounds before making it on the board but eventually overtook Gabe at the 11. But Gabe was too far ahead on other fronts and it wasn’t long before he had climbed three peaks and claimed victory.

Caylus

Zevvy – 80, Gila – 79, Gabe – 78, Ben – 64

A worker placement game where players add actions to the board in the form of buildings which other players can use to each other’s mutual benefit. We played a slightly simplified version where favor is converted directly into 3 points instead of other material rewards.

20170219_232441.jpgBen led off with providing Stone Upgrades while Gabe provided the ability to build Mansions for extra income. Gila and Gabe focused on building the King’s palace early on, while Ben focused on money and buildings. Instead of point I was more focused on long term resource management for the expensive buildings at the end. Ben and I fought back and forth over the ability to place workers for 1 gold after others pass, and one round it really paid off for me when everyone else was short on cash. There was not too much cutthroat play in terms of moving the white disc back (which cuts off actions after it from being performed), but it did prevent some players from taking critical actions. Though Ben caught up by building a Blue Building worth 16 points and 2 income, I shot ahead by getting the 25 point building. Gabe and Gila stayed close behind, though they did not have much cash they had many raw materials to build the Palace. At the very end I build another Blue Building and contributed slightly to the Palace, pulling ahead by one point, while Gila was just one resource away from building another part of the Palace.

On Shabbat at Gabe’s I played Dixit, but this is first time since we played Marco Polo that I got to play a real tabletop strategy game. Next time we have several hours to spend we’ll do Through the Ages, the one game Martin told me about but which we never got to play in person. And we’ll get a timer for Gabe so we can finish before the next Solar Cycle :p

June 28th, 2016: Lucky Stars

Crew Members: Zevvy, David W., David M.

It was a still night. Nothing excited happened whatsoever.

Farkle

Winner – David

David taught me this simple dice game which I’ve seen for sale in stores, but all you need is 6 dice. Certain combinations are worth points and you keep rolling and setting aside used dice until you decide to stop or get no points for a roll. We played with a house rule that allows you to copy the previous player’s points but using only whatever dice are leftover which they did not want to risk. David got a lot of good combos early on, and though I caught up a bit he said it was one of the fastest games he’s played.

Can’t Stop

Winner – Zevvy

Another simple dice game, David drew a board on a piece of paper with bins for the numbers 2-12. Roll four dice and make two pairs, and start climbing. The spots to climb in each bin followed the binomial distribution, though in the published version some near the center might require more rolls. You can keep rolling to climb three numbers at a time, and either choose to stop and save your progress in those columns or fail to roll one those numbers and lose your progress for that turn. David got the 12 and 11 columns early on, but I overtook him in the 7 column just in time. I had saved progress on many of the central numbers, and won by getting to the top of 8 and 4 I think in one round.

Sentinels of the Multiverse

David M. – The Sentinels, David W. – Absolute Zero, Zevvy – Setback

Villains: Baron Blade, Proletariat, Fright Train – DEFEATED

Environment: Wagner Mars Base

When his plan to collide the moon into the Earth failed, Baron Blade realized he chose the wrong heavenly body–too obvious, right? So he teamed up with the Russians to build a base on Mars to set it on a collision course with the Earth. Fortunately our heroes were there to stop them.

Baron Blade set up his defenses, so we focused on Proletariat, the Idealist’s psychic abilities able to identify the original and avoid simply hitting his clones. Absolute Zero began setting up his modules, and Setback took some Friendly Fire, increasing his unlucky pool. The heroes had a slow start, especially with the Pervasive Red Dust destroying AZ’s equipment, but Dr. Medico kept us in good health. But while Baron Blade plotted, Fright Train and Proletariat began hitting harder and harder. Our heroes would not be able to survive much longer when — BOOM! Meteors began striking the planet left and right, providing a temporary ceasefire. When the right moment came, Absolute Zero was ready to strike — BOOM! More meteors! Eventually, Proletariat’s games came to frosty end at AZ’s hands, provided with some fuel from a convenient Fire in the Biosphere.

At this point Writhe had become the enemy’s priority target, which was bad news for them as he confounded our foes, causing them to strike themselves! Setback was ready for some high risk behavior, and together the heroes took out Fright Train. Baron Blade proved tough, and his accomplices took out Setback and the Idealist, but luckily Setback was protected by the Silver Lining and Dr. Medico was able to revive the Idealist. After destroying all his devices, our heroes quickly sabotaged the place and left as an Oxygen Leak left Baron Blade incapacitated, his maleficent plot foiled once again.

Yep. Nothing exciting here on Earth. A still night.