2012

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Wow, Christmas is over, and it was rather crazy around my house. Unfortunately, the chaos of having little ones around when presents are involved sort of made almost any gaming during family gatherings a near impossibility. But, at least, the week before Christmas was our last game night of the year, and it was pretty darn great, both in what I got to play and how many people were able to be there! And as a little extra holiday bonus for me, it even got started a lot earlier than usual due to an eye doctor appointment that afternoon!
So having such a great evening of gaming was almost like my first real Christmas present of the season…

The thing that concerns me a lot more, though, is this idea I seem to encounter from time to time that, essentially, no game is worth the price that’s being asked for it…

Since I actually made it to game night this week, I have some actual new pictures! My choice this time around is actually from a game I didn’t even play, Space Empires 4X, which Scott and Kenny sat down and learned together on Tuesday night…

Okay, let’s try to get back into the swing of actually writing about games for a change! After many, many absences over the last few months, I hope to have now returned to a more consistent attendance. I made a couple of visits back in November that I’ll touch on, but most of these games were played this very week, but the rest of the backlog will just have to be lost to the void of time. So, let’s get on with it!

No, I’m not dead or anything like that. My absence from this blog (and my poor, long-neglected podcast) over the last couple of weeks has been due to my wife and I taking our little girls (Corinne, age 2, and Samantha, age 4 & a half) to Walt Disney World for 6 amazing days in their various theme parks. Gwen and I had been twice before together, first on our honeymoon and then again 5 years later), but the last was nearly 12 years ago, and never had we gone before with small children. So we went in being reasonably well-informed and making some educated guesses about how the experience would be different with the little ones as our real focus this time around…

This week’s picture is from my first play of Ora & Labora. I had wanted to try it out ever since it came out, but just never seemed to have a good chance. And during our game (in which I was totally lost most of the time), the turn/resource wheel thingy never ceased to dazzle me with both its efficiency and its ingenuity…

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Here you will find 30 games that I think will make really fantastic gifts.  And between the 5 different categories, you should hopefully be able to find a game for almost anyone on your holiday shopping list…

As this article is being published through the wonder of computers and their ability to schedule things ahead of time, I’m making my way to Charlotte for my 10th annual MACE. Hopefully, I’ll have lots of cool things to talk about from it and my 3 days straight of gaming there, but first, let me catch up on this week’s game night and all it entailed.
Because, you know, it continues to be a strange period in my gaming career. After missing last week’s regular game night because I was still recovering from Extra Life and my ensuing illness, I was glad to get back this week. But there were only 7 of us there the whole night, and never more than 5 of us at any one time around a table together. I’m hoping that’s just a fluke, though, and despite me not being able to get in a game of our Game of the Month! (X-Wing Minis, which I’m freaking dying to play more), it was still a lot of fun…

Since this week was Halloween, I was really happy to get in a play with Betrayal at House on the Hill at game night on Tuesday. Betrayal has been one of my favorite “spooky” boardgames since I first played it, and our session this week came right down to the wire…

PhotobucketSo in the process of the conversation, I essentially called them out and said that they weren’t playing it right, so they didn’t really have grounds to complain about how the game played. The mere mention of the phrase “you’re not playing it right” made one other listener bristle up and push back against me a little. And that small point of contention was interesting enough to me that I thought I’d explore this whole idea of what is the “right” way to play a game…

I’m not as young as I used to be.
On the front side of the Extra Life event, a 24-hour gaming marathon sounded like a really cool idea. I was all giddy and happy and excited to play so many games with my gaming homies…