Well, I am recovering from an awesome 9 hours of Dark Knight fantasticness. That’s right, Thursday night I acted like I wasback in college with little responsibility, and I went to watch the Dark Knight movies on the big screen, back to back, with a midnight showing of the new film. I was excited and scared at the same time, but I survived, and I could easily do it all again because those movies are soooo great. But, if you stop by at all on friday, be gentle.
Alrighty, on to the new games and events highlights . . . . .
Descent, 2nd Edition: Oh yes, it is finally here, and I have yet to find anyone who has been disappointed with the experience. As I’ve ranted about before, this is epic fantasy adventuring at its finest, outside of true roleplaying that is. The new edition cleans up just about every fiddly part of the original, and throws a full campaign guide in the base set. The battle between the adventurers and the evil overlord is extremely tactical and feels epic despite the fact that each stand-alone encounter takes only about an 60-90 minutes to play. I am sure my friends and I will test the longevity of the components on this baby. Come check out our demo copy. Better yet, come next saturday (see below) and start a campaign to really experience this great game.
Dominant Species Card Game: Here’s an interesting one. Dominant Species is a very lengthy fiddly game about spreading your crittery goodness over an expanding map. The card game, however, is a short experience with no fiddly bits. Despite the similarity in name, I wonder if the two games will appeal to the same crowd. I know my parents would not play the board game with me, but I get the sense they may enjoy the card game. From the reviews, it sounds like a game that takes a few plays to see the depth, always a nice quality for a game to have.
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small: Unlike the Dominant Species Card Game, here is one shrunken version of a game that sounds like it will definitely appeal to fans of the full game. Agricola is also a lengthy fiddly game where you struggle to work and expand your farm. All Creatures Big and Small takes only a few elements of the full game and shrinks them into a two player experience. This little game is not cheap, typical for an Uwe Rosenburg experience, but I’m sure the game is solid, and the wooden animal meeples are so darn cute.
Pokemon League (Every Saturday 10-noon): Bring your cards and throw some pocket monsters into the ring. There’s playing, trading, and some free cards. We can also teach the game to new players, so don’t be shy.
Magic Draft Tournament (1st and 3rd Saturdays 5-9pm): This saturday is the first chance to draft with the new 2013 core set at Cloud Cap. Our tournaments are very casual and a mix of ages. While you don’t need to be a pro, working knowledge of the game is necessary, as well as $15 for the booster packs and some prize support.
Meaty Game Day (Every last Saturday 4-11pm): We still have a week to go for this event, but it is worth marking your calendars. This is the day to play some seriously long and heavy duty games, and because space can be limiting, table priority will be given to truly meaty games. Sometimes we end with a stalemate over which game to play since everyone shows up with their favorite puppies. If this happens, we’ll play a nice game of Candyland to end the lockdown!
Recent Additions to the used game shelf: Dominion Base Set (with sleeves), Dominion Intrigue, Small World, Battlelore base set, Heroscape Master Set 2: Swarm of the Marrow, Apples to Apples Party Box.