Sunday, April 19, 2009

Let the games begin!

We've just wrapped up a very nice weekend house party of game playing with some friends. We had a full house, with 3 guests staying over and 2 day-tripping. And a fun time was had by all. 
The fun started Friday with pizza from Aver's followed by a game of Battlestar Galactica, which is a complex (10!!! decks of cards) semi-cooperative game. It is also very fun. The first game was a little slow as we figured out the mechanics. Did I mention it is complex? You don't have to know anything about the show to play, since the basic premise is that there is a mole (or two) trying to sabotage the goal that everyone is trying to reach. Thus the semi-cooperative: you don't know who is not helping. The trick is to figure it out. We played a second game on Saturday, which went much better, although we weren't fully utilizing some of the options. I'd really like to play another time and explore more.
Saturday, we started with bacon and pancakes for breakfast, then on to Munchkin Booty. Munchkin is a fun card game (there are many varieties; Booty is pirates, navy and merchants on the high seas). It pays homage to D&D type gaming, but you really don't have to know anything about RPG's to play. The fun is in trying to thwart the other players as you try to reach level 10 by killing monsters. Really, fun card game.
After breaking for lunch, we moved on to that second game of Battlestar Galactica. Much better, and I was even a secret Cylon (the mole). 
Dinner was re-fried burritos, one of Chris's specialties, then a quick game of Clue (the new board with the added Intrigue cards and character powers.) Lots of fun as 2 players were "killed" off before the final curtain. 
This morning was a quiet morning as our houseguests headed home. All in all, it was a very enjoyable weekend. With everyone spread out, it will probably be another 2 years before we all get together again.

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