Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Starshield Boardgaming Knights: A Voyage Through the Multiverse and Other Stories

It was that time of the week again when our gaming group, The Starshield Gaming Society, assembled for its weekly gaming session. Taking a break from the RPG grind, we opted for board games. Many new games have hit the table lately, and this night was no exception.

We started out with what is becoming our warm-up game of choice: 7 Wonders. I had a miserable game and tied for last with Zoltar. Grez was the winner this night. Congrats, man. 

From the ancient world to the multiverse. I brought to the table the uber-cool card game Sentinels of the Multiverse, which is swiftly becoming one of my favorite games! The mixture of super hero goodness, excellent artwork, and awesome cooperative play leave me thirsting for more!

For the first game I played Bunker. Mage went with Ra, and MooseCadet played the Fanatic. We were trying to stop Baron Blade in Megalopolis. This game I tracked hit points with dice instead of the poker chips I used in my previous game. It went much better with the dice. 

Before I knew it, the Baron's 2 Backlash Fields had taken their toll on poor Bunker, and he was the first to fall. The others didn't survive too much longer after that. We did manage to flip the Baron, turning him into the Vengeful Mad Scientist, and he did have his vengeance. 

Next up, Weezoh traded places with MooseCadet at the Settlers of Catan table where Zoltar finished off the rest of the Society pretty quickly. We were at the beginning of our game, however, and continued on to try to defeat the Baron again; this time on Insula Primalis. I played Absolute Zero, Mage played Haka, and Weezoh piloted Tempest. I told Weezoh that Tempest was sort of like Aquaman. He said, "If they can make Aquaman cool, then it's a good game." We did realize, however, before the end of the game that Tempest is a mix between Storm and Aquaman. Either way, Weezoh loved the game. 

 I, of course, was the first too fall. I never really got Absolute Zero up and running. Couldn't get the synergy needed in the combination between his equipment and elemental powers to make him effective. We flipped the Baron, but he--in the end--defeated us heroes, once again destroying the Earth with the moon. 

Insula Primalis was brutal on us. Lots of dinosaurs chomping at us and foliage hindering us. I really enjoy this game! The narrative and cooperative aspects really shine for me. In fact, as I type these words, I really just want to be down in the Geek Cave playing it solo. I am very excited for the expansion, Rook City, which according to the forums at Greater Than Games, will be showing up on Kickstarter any day now! Looking forward to another crack at Baron Blade. Can't wait!

At the other table, the other half of the Society finished up a longish game of Quarriors! In the end, MooseCadet was Queen of the Quarries and head Quarrior! Excellent end to an excellent night.

Thanks for visiting my gaming table. Until next time, good reader, may the dice fall your way and may you play, play, play!

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