Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Special

On this Father's Day, Max gave me the present of his time. We sat down across the gaming table to play my own homebrew board game: Portal Mage. 

And congratulations on your win! Came down to the wire, but you pulled it off. Well played, son. Well played.

Thank you, Max. I had the time of my life. Love you.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The SurfMonkey Invasion

This month, SurfMonkey arrived to play Warhammer Invasion Card Game from Fantasy Flight Games. I had used some Christmas money to pick this up in January, and now we have finally gotten around to trying it out.
All I can say is, I wish we would have played it sooner. I loved it!

I gave SurfMonkey first choice. He chose the Empire. I went with WAAUGH!! The orcs. The first game we were both getting the feel for the rules, but after a few turns, we were up and running. I burned his Quest area pretty fast, but he rebounded somewhat, but in the end my hordes were too much for him.

The second game we stuck with the same decks (we did remove, shuffled, and re-distributed the Neutral cards between each game) now that we had a feel for them.

Pretty much from mid-game to the end, it was all Empire. His resources far out stripped mine, and the maneuverability of his forces pretty much was the end for my greenskins.

Then we switched decks, I played the Empire and he the orcs. I decided to concentrate more on Resources for this game and developments as well. I was leading pretty much the whole game, then a well-timed Judgement of Verena, and I pretty much sealed the deal. He never recovered from that blow, and I finished him!

After that smackdown, we decided to have a brief intermission of something a bit lighter: Zombie Dice. We played three games. He wiped up in the first game, I took the second game, and in our slow third game rubber match, he was victorious.

No SurfMonkey game night would be complete without engaging in the Summoner Wars. As with last time, we randomly determined which faction we would play. I rolled the Phoenix Elves, and he the Cloaks. 

I pretty much dominated the whole game. He had a few great moves and did manage to wound Elien, but in the end, I simply swarmed him. I held his summoning places to two, I pulled the Spirit of the Phoenix twice, just when I needed them. He didn't even get a Champion on the board. It was an old-fashioned butt-whoopin'!

We meet again in July. Plans are to play my own home-brew board game: Portal Mage. And the main game is his choice this time around. And, of course, we will more than likely end the night with a game of Summoner Wars because it really is that fun. 

Until next time, good dice and good gaming.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Most Excellent Birthday Present!

Max loves his Champions of the Tundra Orcs.

On my birthday, I decided it was time for Max to learn how to play Summoner Wars. I let him choose his faction, and he chose my favorite the Tundra Orcs. I chose the Vanguards. Then he went about kicking my butt with his beginners' luck. 

I did help a little as we went through the game, but his luck and some good decisions that were all his own led to my defeat. 

The highlight of the game was when he rolled Fury 5 times on the same attack with one of his Fighters! 5 times!

What a great time. A father can't ask for much more than quality time spent with his son sharing a game. Thanks, Max.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Max Designs a Star Wars mini game

As some of you may know, I like to design games in my spare time. Well, apparently, I have had an influence on my son, Max, as he has taken to a little design of his own.

Now, go easy on him, this game hasn't even hit beta testing yet...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Looking Forward to This One as Well...

Click on the awesome picture to go to the site for more information.

I think I may have to go sell some more Magic the Gathering cards soon with all these awesome Fantasy Flight games coming out oh so soon!