Thursday, February 21, 2013

Little Wizards, Starshield, and SurfMonkey...Game On!

Sunday night I traveled to Flash's place for some Magic the Gathering. Had an enjoyable time with good friends and won more than I lost. A card slinger can't ask for more than that. 
Then on Monday, I traveled to Starshield HQ for our weekly D&D Next game. The members of the Gravenport University expedition found themselves stranded on what they believe to be the island they were looking for. Through hot and humid air and white sand beaches, they slowly surveyed their surroundings after salvaging essential survival gear from the wreckage of their crashed ship. They even made their first steps into the jungle. They got lost. 

After they became un lost, they were ambushed by massive sabertooth tigers.  Oh, my! The cats did some damage, but the adventurers eventually defeated the savage beasts. 

The heroes eventually made their way to a great wall behind which they found a native village. After passing through the massive gates and some ado, they were shown to the chief's quarters where during their discussion with the chief, a runner came in to say that the chief's son had been kidnapped by pirates who are asking for a ransom for the return of the young man. The chief, in her infinite wisdom, decided since the pirates were foreigners, that the heroes--foreigners as well--should deal with the problem. The heroes agreed to rescue her son and in the process of doing just that. Will they be successful? Will the Isle of Dread consume them? Check back here next week to follow the continuing adventures of the Expedition of Gravenport University. 

SurfMonkey Night 

Enjoying a trifecta of gaming, Tuesday was SurfMonkey's monthly visit. This time he brought Noir, a deductive reasoning game. There are several variations in the small little tuck box; we played the one where an investigator must search for a killer before that killer murders 16 victims.

We took turns playing the investigator and killer. Each time, it was fun. Thinky but not too thinky. A cool and quick mystery game. We look forward to trying out the other variations in other gaming nights.
Next we took Smash Up out for a spin. I played zombies and wizards vs. his choice of dinos and pirates. Smash Up hasn't risen above its filler reputation with me, and it is some mindless fun. I declare it is still worth the money.

Then we sat down to what I considered the main event of the evening. Our return to the universe of Warhammer Invasion. We first visited W:I way back in June 2011. I loved the game back then and still love it now. Of course, as followers of this blog know, I have been playing a ton of W:I with Maximan66. I continue to build my collection and each Battle Pack and expansion just keeps adding variety and fun to an already awesome game. On to the battle report.

In the first game, I never really was able to get my resources going. The second, we switched decks. I managed to win. That brought about the rubber match. We rolled for factions, and I kept the Dark Elves. The final game was an intense come-from-behind victory for me. I couldn't believe how awesome the whole thing was. Each time I play, I am loving the game more and more.

I am already looking forward to next month when SurfMonkey visits again. Sounds like next time, we will be playing X Wing miniatures game and finally re visit the Lord of the Rings LCG. SurfMonkey has sunk quite a bit into the expansion packs. I look forward to playing the game again. Cooperative play is always a nice change of pace. 

I will keep you posted on my other gaming experiences between then and now. Until next time, good reader thanks for reading and play more games!

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