Yesterday was international tabletop games day. I normally would have gone to my LFGS , but everyone was struck with the bout of the lurgy. So rather than miss it altogether it seems a good idea to lock the doors , draw the curtains and have a day altogether playing old favourite sharing our own germs. As a family affair the games would have to be kid friendly (9 & 10) and also ‘mummy’ friendly – not so easy!
First up was Metro. The theme being Art Nouveau Parisian rail management. It’s a simple pattern matching game as players place tiles to try and create long tracks from station to station. It’s a great kick off game as you can put as must or as little effort in (as the tile placement is quite prescribed), and other player tiles an easily mess up your well planned ideas
Georgie writes -When we played the game Metro, it was really quite fun. It was a kind of game you really had to think about and plan in your head otherwise you got really confused. I like it when you have a proper family game that nearly everyone can play plus if I got to rate it it would definitely be a 5 out of 5!
Next up was Wings of War. WW1 themed combat (in the centenary year). The game is played with placement card planned for 3 moves in advance. The shooting is drawing cards from damage deck. Our game we had to call short as we had to break for dinner. It was a bit skewed by the Allies insisting on using a 2 seater! Have and fore and aft machine gun sounds like a good thing, but the single gun only has a lesser capablility. In the initial pass the Allies had the worst of it. The Nieuport took 7 damaged and damaged rudder meaning that it couldn’t turn right for the remainder of the game. The DH4 opponents drew a slew of 0 damage cards from front and aft. So advantage to the Germans , but a long way to go before we called time for lunch
Georgie writes – Unfortunately we had to stop the game in the middle but we got most of it. I like the way you don’t know what other people are going to do and your card may not work for the other players!
Game 3 was the choice of my little boy – Warmachine. A starter box match between Khador and Cygnar. Using the quick starter rules it makes things a lot easier and Warmachine less of a brain strain than Hordes. What’s not to like with big battling robots!
Georgie writes – War-machine. Just a game filled to the brim of plans and carefree fighting! Robots fighting robots. It does not get any better! At first I didn’t really fancy playing but now I can see how my dad and brother liked so much!
For afternoon tea we took in a little Tongiaki. A game of Polynesian island conquest. I used to have fun with this a few years ago, but couldn’t quite get it this time round. There is partly a co-operative element where players need to group together in numbers to make sea travel less risky. The flip side of that coin is sacrificing your own pieces to send you opponents on treacherous sea voyages where sometimes they never come back!
Georgie writes – Tongiaki was a game of luck, waiting for which card would come out of the pile and seeing if you would get lost. It was a really fun and easy game to play. A good game in a short amount of time.
Finally and getting late was the old skool dungeon bash – Dungeons and Dragons. Lower the lights and get the flickering candles as a bunch of intrepid adventures must enter the dungeon to find the portal to enable the trapped children return home in time for school in the morning! This was an old Pendraken 10mm dungeon that I’ve had for many years. It’s nice to experience a 9 & 10 years olds naïve view of the dungeon experience. The simplest of encounters and traps all ‘new to young eyes’! Lovely
Georgie writes – Dungeons and Dragons!!!!!! My favourite! My dad was the dungeon master and boy he was good. The way he introduced it to us was brill. He made all dark and spooky. We came down stairs slowly. He twirled us round and round, sat us down at the table and we played. I like the way you can just ask to do anything you want and see if it happens. I asked if I could play basketball with a skeleton’s head. It smashed on the stone floor!