Here we are at the transition from summer to fall, and the last long weekend hurrah for a while. Temperatures will moderate, kids will be trapped inside classrooms once again, and board game lovers will rejoice as awesome new games hit the shelves. A few of those awesome games arrived last week, and one big one will arrive next week.
Before I get into the games though, I wanted to throw out a huge thanks to Josh, our fearless Pathfinder Camp gamemaster. During the past week, Josh has taken a group of eager kids on an adventure that could potentially change their lives forever. A few of the kids were participating in the camp for a second time, so they were already hooked on the fantastic world of roleplaying games, but the other kids had never experienced anything like Pathfinder. Josh has patiently helped these newbies learn the intricacies of their character sheets, the rules of the game, and the importance of creativity and teamwork. Our playroom has not been quiet at all this week, every time we walk in we hear shouts of “I’m doing a perception check” or “Somebody help my velociraptor!” or “Doesn’t anyone have good diplomacy?”. Both camps this summer have really been fun to watch, and sometimes participate in. So thanks Josh, I hope you are enjoying it as much as the tikes are, and I hope you are proud of yourself for setting these guys up for a life of imaginative geekdom!
And now, more roleplaying-related news. After the camp this afternoon, Josh and I will continue deliberations over the possibility of setting up a few different roleplaying events. One may be a once-a-month campaign for kids, probably Pathfinder, but other systems will also be considered. The other event would be a once-a-month roleplaying evening for adults, either on a thursday or saturday evening. These nights, we hope, will be open play, where gamemasters run players through one-off adventures in any system they choose. If you are at all interested in either of these events, contact us and we can set up a mailing list, but also contact us with any ideas we may want to consider. To make these events work, we will really need some gamemasters, any out there?
Alrighty, now for the games. We sold out of our first batches of 7 Wonders Cities, Dominion Dark Ages, and the Glory to Rome Black Box yesterday, but we have more arriving this afternoon, so wait until the evening if you were hoping to pick up any of those titles for the long weekend. I have now played the 7 Wonders Cities expansion a few times and am enjoying the extras. I am always amazed at how the addition of a few minor mechanics can have a potentially profound impact on a game. The price tag of $30 seems a bit high for what’s in the box, but let’s see, so far 3 people have enjoyed the experience for a total of 2 hours, so about the price of a new movie release. But we will put in far more than 2 hours of play over the next few years or more, and we have been socializing the entire time. When looked at this way, meaningful social entertainment does not get much cheaper, unless of course you buy your copy online, which is so droll (I’ll explain that opinion in a later post). I have not tried the Dominion Dark Ages expansion yet, but I have been reading the cards and am imagining all of the really strange new ways to play.
While we are waiting for the small publishers to get their production and distribution issues sorted out to finally ship the games announced at GenCon, the folks at Fantasy Flight, the game lords of 2012, are sitting comfortably in their thrones, issuing their second massive release of the year (Descent was the first). On Thursday of next week we will have the revised edition of Netrunner in our hands. This is a re-imagining of Richard Garfield’s other great collectible card game, with Magic the Gathering being his mint game. Fantasy Flight will be adding Netrunner to its Living Card Game line though, so you’ll get to enjoy the game and not fuss with the whole collecting part. Those of you who pre-recorded this title, keep your phones close to your chests on Thursday!
Well, I thought there would be more new games to talk about, but after reviewing the email from my rep, it looks like no one wants to go up against Netrunner next week. As far as used games, the only fresh ones we’ve acquired are copies of 2nd edition Bang and the Dodge City expansion, as well as a quirky little card game called Who Stole Ed’s Pants. No new rentals this week, but we added the new Dominion expansion to the demo library.
So on to the events. Meaty Games Day was a bust last saturday, probably because everyone was out of town, hopefully the next will work out, mark those calendars now for September 29. Here’s a list of events for the upcoming week, happy gaming everyone:
Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.
Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards.
Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.
Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): The best darn game night in town, as evidenced by the amount of friendly smack talking and raucous laughter during last weeks game night. And much of that was over Power Grid and Le Havre, games not typically associated with the word raucous!