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Games, Games, and More Games Reprisal February 4, 2011

Filed under: What We're Playing — hoamer @ 6:27 PM

     Finally!  A week has gone by, and I have a little time to sit down and tell you about our gaming weekend.  If you’ll remember, Friday night was a large group of adults and kids.  The evening was a fun time of fellowship and games for kids and grownups alike.  We ended up breaking into men’s and women’s tables to start out the evening.  The guys sat down to a two hour game of Power Grid, while the women played through two rounds of Incan Gold (interspersed with plenty of chatting).  Notably, one player in Incan Gold had a whopping 31 points worth of treasure that she lost to a hazard (don’t get too greedy!)  We lost a few couples after Power Grid ended, so we were able to combine into one table of 6 for two fun games of Seven Wonders.

     Saturday night was a smaller group (of both kids and adults).  We had a tasty dinner together, chatted for a bit, then got down to gaming.  We stuck to one table and eight player games, which can be hard to come by, but are lots of fun.  By request, we started with Robo Rally, a game whose rules seems complex, but which plays pretty easily.  There was lots of twirling, whirling, lasering, and starting over as everyone got the hang of moving their robots through a factory to gain flags for a win.

    Incan Gold made another appearance Saturday – it really is a great game to get new gamers going, and it’s a nice, light game to start an evening.  It’s fun to see which players press their luck at all costs, and who plays more conservatively.

     We wrapped up Saturday night with another good large-group game, Wits and Wagers.  This is a trivia game, but nothing like your usual trivia.  Winning the game depends upon betting the odds of a correct answer.  It’s a bit like Trivial Pursuit meets Balderdash, with betting thrown in.  All players write a numerical answer to a question (i.e. “In what year was the Eiffel Tower built), all answers are sorted from least to greatest, and players bet on the correct answer.  Depending on the location of the answer on the play board, correct bets get varying payouts.  This is a fantastic game for a group, and can be found at Target stores (and possibly Wal-Mart, alth0ugh I have not been able to verify that one).

    Thanks to all the couples and kids who got together to enjoy some games, and to the wonderful families who opened up their houses to the crowds!  It’s always a blast!


Links – new 2/7/11 February 1, 2011

Filed under: Links — hoamer @ 9:53 AM

I am starting a Links category so I can put some links to gaming and non-gaming sites for you.  These will be places where you can read game reviews, watch game demos, purchase games, or (like today) get “daily deals” so you can save your money for games! 🙂

Here’s today’s link:  Plum District, a daily deal hook up.  We haven’t bought anything from here yet, but have gotten some good deals from similar sites.

The review of the great gaming weekend is coming up this afternoon  up, and I am still working on the how to get started post.

2/7/11  A few more savings links to add:

Tanga has deals on several items, often times including boardgames.  Recently, they had Tikal II for sale.  There are some fun mind-bending puzzles that can earn you “Tanga points” to spend later.

The next link takes you to some cooking ebooks written by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship.   Katie has a great handle oin eating “real” foods and keeping to a budget, which is important to me, and I know to many of you.  We tried a preview recipe from her upcoming book about beans and it was a real hit with the kids.  Last night we made homemade hamburger helper (at about $0.30 per serving! ) that was gone in a flash.  If you’re interested in checking them out, click on ebooks, above, or click here now!  This is an affiliate link, so any purchase made would give me 33% of the purchase price.   If you just want to check out Katie’s blog, I urge you to visit her here.  There’s a lot to learn about and enjoy!


Games, Games, and More Games January 28, 2011

Filed under: What We're Playing — hoamer @ 2:24 PM

     We started our gaming weekend early by getting in a game of Vikings with our neighbors last night.  The components in Vikings are a lot of fun – how can anyone not like little wooden viking pieces!  We opted to add in the advanced components, and were all soundly walloped by Nate, who wasn’t afraid to lay down some cash early, and really got his rhythm down in this game (very important in Vikings).

     But that’s just the beginning of a busy gaming weekend!

     This evening, we will be gaming with a group of 12 adults (and 20 kids!  Wow!), some of whom are old pros, and some who are new to Euro-style games.  It’s always fun to introduce new games to new faces, but it can be a bit of a challenge with a group this large.  We want to try to keep as many people together tonight, so the plan is to split into two groups of six.  That is a challenge, too, since many Euro games cap out at 5 players (and more often, 4 players). 

     Here are our thoughts on what’s going into the game tub for tonight: Seven Wonders (plays up to 7), Around the World in 80 Days (although this one is sometimes a little harder for the newbie to grasp), Cable Car, Grenada, Incan Gold (fast and easy to pick up), Trans America, Winner’s Circle, Power Grid, Antike, and Chicago Express.  These represent a pretty good selection of mostly easier games that can accommodate 6 players at the table.

     We continue the gaming weekend Saturday night with another group of mostly new players, but this time will only have 8 adults (and 12 kids).  We’ll still have to split into two tables, but will have more options, since we’ll be able to pull out games for 4.  We had a request for Saturday evening, Robo Rally.  It’s a fun game, and basically pretty easy as far as mechanics, but the rules can be a little daunting to read and grasp. 

     I know I promised a blurb on how to start out in some of these games, and it is coming – really!  It’s in the works, as I continue to figure out how to make the most of the tools for the blog.  I want to really get more pictures in my posts, and that will take time for me to figure out!  Be patient and you will be rewarded.

     I’ll post pictures from our game nights as soon as the weekend winds down, so you can take a look at what we played!


A quick look at what we’re playing January 15, 2011

Filed under: What We're Playing — hoamer @ 9:13 PM
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Thursday night we sat down to play a couple of games, and I thought I’d share a little about one of  them with you.

We started the evening off with Roll Through the Ages , a quick civilization-building game.  We played this two-player, but it works equally well with up to four people.  Your goal in this game is to increase the number of cities in your civilization, develop nifty abilities (like farming and medicine) to help your civilization gain strength, and build wonders to increase the beauty of your lands.  And it’s all done with a roll of the dice and some good record-keeping.

In the box, you will find:

  • record keeping/score sheets
  • seven wooden dice
  • four goods and food peg boards
  • pegs
  • rules 

Here are the basics for play.  Roll the dice and assign the results to your record sheet; feed your people; grow your civilization.  Really.  It’s that easy.

Nate started out by developing agriculture and a quarry so that he could gather food and stone goods faster.  I took the path of early city building in order to roll more dice (and therefore get more of everything) sooner.  The early goods-developments really paid off for Nate, since he was able to buy much higher priced developments sooner and with more frequency.  Rolling more dice gave me plenty of people to assign, and had I concentrated more on building wonders, I may have ended the game with a better score.  I tried to do a little bit of everything, instead.  We both ended the game with 5 developments, but Nate’s were higher scoring advancements, and he had a better score for his wonders.  Sadly, because I was rolling more dice, I also had more  of a chance for disaster to strike, which equals minus points at the end of the game.  Nate beat me and it wasn’t even close.  Oh well!  I’ll know better next time.

Want to find out more about Roll Through the Ages?  Check it out on Board Game Geek.


And So Can You! (or why you should ditch the tv and play a game) January 13, 2011

Filed under: Weekly Entry — hoamer @ 6:01 PM
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When we moved to a new house 10 years ago, my husband and I decided that it was time to ditch the tv.  We were tired of paying for cable and getting programming we rarely watched.  There were so many more entertaining and engaging things to do with our time (and many of them gave us more bang for our entertainment buck!).  Our favorite then (and now) was to sit down and play a board game.

Now, I know you’re thinking of Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Apples to Apples – the list goes on. There’s nothing wrong with those games, and everyone has cut their teeth on them.  BUT, maybe you’ve played all of those and are just plain bored.  That, my friends, is why I’m here!  I’ll provide you with game related information each week that will get you out of the plain-Jane game rut and back in the game with some things you may never heard of.  Once you’re hooked, game night might just become a weekly occurrence in your house.

My next post will be a little overview of how to get started in some new and exciting games, including some of the more unusual games found in the big box stores, where to find other people interested in gaming, and how to find games that suit  your interests and abilities.

Memoir 44 in progress

A beach landing in Memoir 44