So, I actually had a good couple of weeks of gaming, and I was trying to stretch out the games a bit, so I’d have more posts to make here, but the events are starting to get a bit fuzzy in my mind, so I figure I better do some summing up.
RPG: Shatterzone went pretty well last week. The group got into a couple of big fights, and the rules handled them pretty well. The group has made it to “Planet X’ and despite having to race 2 (3?) other groups to find the data they are looking for and being forced to fight the natives, they seem to be holding up pretty well. Next session will most likely end this story arc, and we’ll be playing some of Robert’s Silver Age Sentinels game for a little bit.
Board: In addition to playing Nuclear War the other day, we were able to get in a game of Titan: The Arena by Avalon Hill (also known as Colossal Arena under the Fantasy Flight imprint). T:TA, which is not to be confused with the monster-sized Titan boardgame, is a betting game. There are 8 monsters fighting in an arena, and each player has 5 coins to bet on the outcome of the battle. Each round, the players play cards from their hands to try to keep the monsters they like alive. At the end of each round, the monster with the lowest card value is eliminated. Each player may also place bets during each round. The bets placed in earlier rounds are worth more, but they run more of a risk of the other players trying to eliminate the monster on which they are placed. The winner is the person with the most coins still in play after the 5th round.
The game is quite fun, and involves a good bit of bluffing and trying to screw over the other players. (In the first round, each player can make a secret bet that’s worth more coins on one monster, and they can reveal it when they wish later in the game. A big part of our games was trying to guess where the secret bets were placed.) There’s also some good strategy with the betting, and in the two games we played, I never felt like the cards were my downfall. Overall, I like this game a lot, and I remember liking it back in college, too.
Wargaming: And finally . . . I got in a game of DBA against Robert last week. He played his Carthaginians, who are starting to paint up quite nicely. (I love his bushy mustachioed warbands!) I had a mental block at the beginning of the game, and I thought that I was playing against Robert’s other army, the Parthians. So, I set up lots of rough terrain to slow down his horses. But he didn’t really have horses, which I didn’t really notice until his psiloi and mine were locked in a deep-forest chess match. So, the terrain played a huge factor in this game, limiting our movement because of blocked line of sight to our generals and giving us big enough penalties that we were both jockeying for position out of the forest. We wound up in a tough little fight on the east side of the board, and finished the game with my blades trapping Robert’s general on his own after an elephant charge. I was pretty happy with my performance. I felt like I was better about using my units to control who was able to fight at what point, but I was also saved by some decent dice rolls when it counted. I continue to enjoy this game, and am trying to get my Middle Assyrian army in working order–although I sense that will be after summer is over at the rate I’m going.
Unrelated: I found a promo code for Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited–Marvel’s collection of digital comics readable online. The code gave me one month free on the service, so I’ve been reading comics like a madman. So far, I’ve read all they have of Alpha Flight, the Civil War series, and a handful of random comics–currently working through Hawkeye & Mockingbird. I’m not yet sure if I would pay for this service. The web interface is fine for my needs, and I don’t really need print versions of any more comics (mainly because they take away from space for games), but there are sometimes large gaps in the online collections. (I’m pretty sure that some comics are posted online because of the guest appearances by more famous characters, and not for the featured character.) At any rate, free comics is good!