10×10 Challenge and 10 Day Of Gaming…So Far

My Twisted 10×10 Challenge is making good progress. My Battlestar Galactica count is up to 53 games so far this year. My target is to play BSG at least 70 times. It will be tight to complete the required number. I am confidant as my local gaming group can often finish 2-3 games of BSG in one evening. So say we all.

October the 4th 10x10 Challenge
October the 4th 10×10 Challenge
October the 4th 10x10 Challenge
October the 4th 10×10 Challenge
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October the 4th 10×10 Challenge

I am spoiled with local gaming opportunities. It has not always been the case. It is now possible to game, for no cost other than fuel, at least 4 times a week. A Monday evening meetup has been added to the weekly calendar of my local gaming Meetup group. With the semi-regular weekend events it has been possible to game 5 days in a row. Taking advantage of this I decided how long I could go where I play games on consecutive days.

So far I have gamed every day from Saturday, the 23rd of September, until today. There is no end in sight to this run of gaming. Only one day have I gamed in a non-public location. To keep the streak going I did play a (board) game with the girlfriend to bridge a game between events. I will do so tonight too. She is a good sport putting up with my shenanigans.


10×10 Challenge And More McGregors

12-July-2017 10x10
12-July-2017 10×10

My twisted 10×10 Challenge has been making progress in the more difficult “non-GMT aka the Other Wargame” category. This is great as I have been playing some interesting wargames. Many of these games are new to me too.

A wargame that I have been long wanting to play is The Big Push. I posted an After Action Report (AAR) for this game in a recent post here. Continuing with the WW1 theme I played In Flanders Fields with Ken Tee. This game is on the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915. This battle was the first use of poison gas in warfare, and is a key part of the game for the German side. We had to end the game early, but we hope to revisit the game soon.

Thee games especially helped to increase the list of the “other wargames” category. A category that I was concerned that I was falling behind on. The 10×10 Challenge has helped to add visibility to what games I am playing, and to add more variety to the types of games that I play. Job Done!

Flarchcon 2017

Last week was the annual Flarchcon week of gaming hosted by Rob March. As is normal we played a bunch of games, played with his awesome dog Denali, and consumed lots of nice food and drink. The revelation for me was playing Quartermaster General 1914 for the first time. I had read the rules a while ago, but the game had not gelled in my brain. The original Quartermaster General game is very simple, hence it pays fast and frantic. The new game in the series adds a number of mechanics that seem to muddy the clean and simple gameplay. Or so I thought it did. I was wrong. Quartermaster General 1914 is a great little 5 player wargame. It still plays fast, and has a good amount of bluff and strategy. The players have more options, which in this case works well.This game is worthy addition to the multi-player wargame category.

The disappointment of Flarchcon for me, was after a full day of playing Virgin Queen we only got to the start of turn 5. It was a tight game, with all the players trying hard, and the game ebbing and flowing. The longer game suits the side that I played, the English. The longer game has more events that swing the game into new areas. We rarely get to explore those aspects as the game often ends in turn 4. We had some serious gameplay queries that caused the game to pause. The thing to remember with such a game is to keep it flowing. Saving a few minutes here and there would have allowed us to play that extra turn. This could have resulted in an actual winner being determined. Instead we had France with 22 points, and myself as England with 19 points. The game was just getting fun when we ended the game, out of time.

Battlestar Galactica

Unexpectedly, I am falling slightly behind the curve with my Battlestar Galactica plays. The Tuesday night group has been having a problem getting a quorum for BSG. It has been a problem all year. We have managed to recruit a new guy into the regular pool of players. New Chris is shaping up well. I am looking forward to being airlocked by him in a sneaky cylon treacherous move.


On July the 23rd there will be another Sunday event at McGregors Craft Beer and Wine, in Moorpark. The first event there attracted 17 people, a good crowd for a first event. I am hoping for more next time. It would be great if we get some beginners or newcomers too.

Board games and Beer at McGregors in Moorpark

Here are links to the Ventura County Strategy Boardgamers Meetup event, and my Facebook event.


Tim

12th July 2017

3500 games played, 10×10 update and TableTop DOG 2017

This is a longer post with three, no make that four main topics.

First, let me focus on one of the reasons why I started gaming back when I was a young pre-teenager. After my father bought me a second-hand library book on WW2 I gained an avid interest in history.  Back in the 1970’s historical wargame’s were they only type of ‘real’ games available for me to play with my brother, and my school friends. So a connection between history and board games was formed that continues to this day. Therefore it was great to see an airworthy B-29 named FiFi at Camarillo Airport. My inner historian, coupled with the rampant gamer , immediately wants to break out a game involving Boeing B-29 bombers. Wrooommm.

3500 Games Played

It was only when I got back from last weekends GMT West “Weekend at the warehouse” did I realize that I had passed the grand total of 3500 games played. And by games played I actually mean games that I have logged on BoardGameGeek. The number of 3500 does not include all the board, and card, games that I have ever played. I first began logging my games played back in 2007, and my start was rather erratic. I have covered my thoughts, suggestion, and ideas for game logging, in too much depth, in an separate article here.

Let me sum up some snippets based on these 3500 game playes:

  1. I have played Battlestar Galactica 521 times, and it is still a great game.
  2. With 68 plays, Codenames is my most played party game.
  3. My most logged wargame is Labyrinth: The War on Terror with 58 plays. This is a game when I was proud to take part in the playtest process.
  4. The game that made me hit 3500 logged games was Cards Against Humanity. This game is one where you actually do not want to play it too often. It is a horrible game, for horrible people. I am a horrible person. With the right people this game is an absolute hilarious experience, and we do not bother tracking who won.
  5. Despite playing the game 15 times, I have never won a game of  Wings For The Baron. Even so, it is a great economic-wargame hybrid.
  6. Some games I play for the benefit of other people. With 46 plays, Battle Cry is a game I purchased primarily for use at the Wargame Bootcamp as an introductory wargame.
  7. There are 279 games that I have played only once each.
  8. I have met many good people, and a few not so good people playing these games. I have also made many good friends playing these games.
  9. I still cannot effectively shuffle cards, and dice still hate me.

My twisted 10×10 Challenge for 2017

For a joke I twisted the standard 10×10 Challenge into a BSG focused grid. My joke backfired on me as I committed myself to the challenge. After a few hectic weeks of gaming it was about time for me to update my 10×10 grid.

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10×10 grid with the games played so far in 2017
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Games played so far in 2017

This Saturday is TableTop DOG 2017 on International Table Top Day

I am hurriedly plotting activities for the attendees at this weekends TableTop DOG in Oxnard. This is our 4th event on Table Top Day. With over 40 people already signed up we are expecting a bigger event than last years event.

As this is an official Table Top Day event there will be kiddie and family friendly games at hand; along with the usual mix of euro, strategy, wargame, thematic, and party games we normally play.

Tim

 

Gamer fatigue and the growth of the hobby

Some interesting points on the growth of the hobby. As a lifelong board gamer I want the hobby to grow steadily without a bust cycle. We will have to see how the growth curve progresses.
Tim

Formal Ferret Games

In a recent episode of Breaking Into Board Games, we discussed our predictions about 2017. One of my predictions was that we would start seeing a cap on attendance at larger conventions. I wanted to continue on that subject with a wider lens, looking at a possible scenario we may be facing in the coming years.

The board game industry is growing at an explosive rate (revenue from hobby board games grew 56% from 2014 to 2015; I’d expect similar numbers when the numbers come in for 2016), and I’ve heard a few pundits indicate that there’s no end in sight. As an independent board game designer/publisher, I certainly hope that’s the case.

But I always try to plan for contingencies, and part of that is planning for the possibility that this explosive growth slows, stops, or even reverses.

To be honest, I would expect the hobby to continue…

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10×10 Challenge update and Upcycling Punchboards

The page with my latest 10×10 Challenge for 2017 has been updated. I am making progress but I have concerns on making all of the categories.

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10×10 Challenge

Christieann took some photos of used punchboards being used as drawing templates in her classroom. It is a great example of upcycling. You can find out more here.

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Upcycle (or resuse) the punched countersheets as drawing templates for younger kids.

 

10×10 Challenge 2017 – 5th March update

This is the latest update to my (Battlestar Galactica) heavy 10×10 challenge. The status is up to 5th of March 2017.

The standard 10×10 challenge is to play 10 different games a total of 10 times each. My version is a bit wonky.

BSG is doing well, no surprise there. There should be little problem playing games by GMT Games. I need to focus on more “Other Wargames”. I own a lot of non-GMT published wargames, they just need to hit the table more.

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Twilight Struggle for $30 – {Ended}

Sorry it’s now Out of Stock – 2nd March 2017

If you are looking for a good price on Twilight Struggle try BoardGamePrices.com

Miniature Market is currently selling the very popular Twilight Struggle for a measly $30, which is half the list price. Order $100 of stuff from Miniature Market and you get free shipping.

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Twilight Struggle is a great two-player game on the Cold War struggle between the USA and the USSR. The game play is driven by a deck of cards that represent the historical events from 1945 up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

You and your opponent replay the events that defined a generation. Can you dominate the Space Race ? Will Cuba and Vietnam be flashpoints of tension between the Superpowers ? You can decide to follow history or remake it.

If you ask me nicely, I’ll even teach you the game.

Tim

 

Here is a video review by The Dice Tower

 

BoardGameGeek page for Twilight Struggle.

 

Posted: 1st March 2017; updated: 2nd March 2017.

DOGS game AMA – Monday, March 6th 8-10am

A gamer mate of mine, Rob Masson, is holding an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit on Monday, March the 6th (rescheduled from  Friday) from 8 to 10 am.

The AMA will be in  /r/boardgames. An Ask Me Anything is an online interview, where the audience can literally ask any question of the guest.

I am thinking of asking Rob why he likes dressing up in a toga !

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The AMA just happens to coincide with the ending of the Kickstarter campaign for the publishing of the DOGS board game. I am already a backer the DOGS Kickstarter campaign, it is doing well having already passed their funding target and into the stretch goals. So far they have raised almost double the campaign target.

Here is a bit about the game…..

Dogs has been previously published in Brazil (selling out 3 print runs) and is a complete game. This is an English language translation of that same game with some small enhancements to the layout and components as well as a revised two-player variant. The game, its art, and all the components are complete. The funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will be going directly to printing costs.

img_2564In Dogs, each player owns an Animal Rescue Center and wants to turn it into the largest and most comfortable shelter for city and country dogs. Each game round is divided into three phases:

In Phase 1 players move their trucks through two different areas of the board, Country and City, collecting various stray dogs. Certain dogs will provide immediate financial rewards, while other lost and abandoned dogs of differing breeds will need medical care and food, yielding valuable points at the end of the game. Players will be competing for the same breeds, so tactics and strategy should be carefully considered.

In Phase 2 players select special cards and can perform important actions in five different places: City Hall, the Warehouse, the Pet Shop, a Veterinary Clinic, and the Dog Fair. The number of players who can use each location in the round is limited so choosing the right action is crucial to bringing about good results. In addition, there are three types of resources in the game (gas, food, and medicine) and it is essential to manage them successfully in order to avoid penalties.

In Phase 3 players feed the dogs in their kennels, pay the salaries of assistants, and organize the board for the next round.

Upon completion of a certain number of rounds, the kennel with the highest score wins the game!

The basic game is the same as the original version which was released in Brazil. We have made some changes to the art and added new rules for the two-player game as well as some advanced options for when you’re ready for even more of a challenge.

The two-player game changes things up a bit, there are fewer dogs and resources making decisions tougher. Roadwork tiles are added to the bag and appear on the board randomly, costing extra valuable gas to move through. Several new game end triggers were also added, so keep a close eye on your opponents’ actions!

Advanced options are flexible, add in just one or select them all. Use the two-player Roadwork tiles in a 3 or 4 player game. Limit the amount of food and medicine that can be purchased from the Pet Store. Use one or two of the two-player end game triggers. The choice is yours. While Dogs is primarily a family game, it also has enough depth to engage the strategy gamer.

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Links

The Kickstarter page for the DOGS boardgame.
Gray Mass games website.
The /r/boardgames subreddit on Reddit.com.

Originally posted: 1st March 2017, updated 2nd March 2017

Secret Hitler game sent to U.S. Senators

Not everyone likes Cards Against Humanity, but you have to like the folks behind the game. Along with stunts like buying an island to share, or letting people be King for a day of an Irish castle; these people have a great sense of humor and their own way of dealing with the worlds…issues.

Max Temkin, one of the designers of both Cards Against Humanity and Secret Hitler has sent a copy of Secret Hitler to all U.S. Senators.You can buy the game on the website, on Amazon, or you can download the PDF version of the game for free.

What is Secret Hitler ?


Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5–10 people about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.

The majority of players are liberals.

If they can learn to trust each other, they have enough votes to control the table and win the game.

But some players are fascists.

They will say whatever it takes to get elected, enact their agenda, and blame others for the fallout.

The liberals must work together to discover the truth before the fascists install their cold-blooded leader and win the game.


May Max and the Cards Against Humanity crew continue to entertain and enlighten in their own way. Like giving their Chinese workers paid time off.