MT's post-apocalyptic rabble.
Four of us got together for a figure/board game weekend on the last weekend in August. I have been gaming with PB, MT and SOS for years although we rarely manage to get more than two or three of us together at the same time. As a result these weekends tend to be pizza and booze affairs that start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. That we can get as many games in as possible. Be there and be square.
The emphasis on the weekend was supposed to be to play the Mutants and Death Ray Guns miniatures game but we ended up only playing one game of that and then a whole load of board games. Many of the boardgames were quite miniatures heavy so it scratched that itch a little at least.
Below are some snaps of the various games in progress. I regularly forgot to photograph some of the games enough and completely forgot to photograph the big success of the weekend: Chaos in the Old World. CitOW is a FFG board game about the Warhammer chaos powers taking over the Warhammer world. We played it twice and I am looking forward to playing it again: well worth a look. No photos of us playing it Im afraid.
We started on Friday evening with CitOW and on Saturday we played MDRG.
The start of the four player MDRG game.
Each player in the game had two hidden objectives dealt from a deck of cards. The objectives were pretty straightforward: kill a particular players leader model, pick up a MacGuffin in the centre of the board and take it back to where you started etc. The objectives worked pretty well and stopped the game from being simply a case of lining the guys up so that they could simply be knocked back down again.
SOS' Genestealer coven gets to grips with PB's Little Green Men
In fact, they pretty much kept at it for the entire game in various different places.
Karloth Valois drops his prize while under pressure from Mean Machine, Cyber-Hitler and Silvernail.
Next up was Battlecars.
PB brought the copy of Battlecars that he picked up on Ebay. He had played it as a kid at a con and had fond memories of it. We played it and while a couple of glaring (but easily remedied) issues came up it does look like a solid enough base to get that eighties car fighting buzz from.
Chaos in the Old World got played next, but I didnt take any photos. Oh well. Monsters Menace America was up after that.
Monsters Menace America...again.
Monsters Menace America is a game that in many respects we probably should hate. The end game in particular is pretty random but every time that we play it we have enjoyed it. The cool monster pieces and the even cooler little military elements really help the theme. The gameplay also encourages a certain amount of screwing over opponents (fun) while not usually forcing players to pursue a vendetta (less fun). MMA is great and it gets played several times a year, which is more than I can say for most of my games.
It was then time for RoboRally.
H0W-E, Phran 19, FRANK-E and B0B line up for their RoboRally debut.
RoboRally was one of those games that we had all played at different times over the years. The general consensus was that we didnt like it. It turns out however that mostly we had played it:
- with people who play games really slowly (or “dicks” as they are also known),
- at conventions where some bright spark figured that a longer game automatically makes for more fun,
- with morons,
- with people who had never played before,
- without a timer
FRANK-E trails behind as Phran gets ready to win.
When the above factors are removed/accounted for we find that RoboRally provides a good couple of hours entertainment, usually with a lot of laughs. Ideal for later in the evening when a not too taxing mental challenge is required but before we reach Buckaroo levels of cognitive ability.
Speaking of which, the penultimate game that we played on Saturday was this…
Spider-Man vs Doc Ock
Spider-Man Vs Doc Ock (this may not be its actual name, I cant remember) is a roll (or “spin”) and move game aimed at under fives. I got it as a gift last year from someone who picked it up second hand in pretty battered condition. Despite the fact that the game was obviously unlikely to scratch any major strategic or tactical itches I neurotically repaired it months ago, just in case we might get some fun out of it at some stage. The time investment paid off as Spidey vs Doc Ock became the most unintentionally hilarious game of the weekend. I dont recommend that you rush out and find a copy, but sometimes a daft game like this suits the mood.
This led us nicely to a 15 minute long Buckaroo tournament but I dont have any photos of that: my hands were shaking too much.
Lastly on Sunday we played one more game, four Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel missions.
Three Doomtrooper teams get bogged down by evil minions as the Ezoghoul approaches.
The Ezoghoul doing its thing
A Capitol Doomtrooper gets mugged
The game is pretty light and as a result can be a little scripted but I enjoyed it all the same.
It was a pity that we didnt get Cosmic Encounter played over the weekend but all in all the wekend was a success I think. Hopefully we will get in another four player weeekend in before Xmas.
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