LadyKittania – Board Game Run Down

LadyKittania, back again with another Board Game Rundown. So draw your starting hand and let’s b-b-b-b-blog!

Gam3rCon! The event I look forward to all year, starts today with our soft open. And I plan to be there every day, hanging out with all you lovely people and of course playing lots of games. Here are a few I’m looking forward to.

Tanto Coure. Where you use love to hire maids, to put in your private quarters for victory! (I love that description, and it’s very accurate.)

Red Dragon Inn. Collect gold by betting, while trying to drink your opponents under the table. (No actually drinking need be involved.)

Stomple. Stomp marbles through the board as you try to trap your opponents. If you can’t move on the start of your turn, you lose! Be the last player left on the board and you win!

Kill the Overlord. I’ve only gotten to play this once so far, but loved it. You pass around the execution order, and try to kill the overlord so you can become the new one.

Resistance. The game of spies and backstabbing. I love being one of the spies, and tricking everyone. It’s great fun!

Spot it. A simpler game, great for kids. Just match up symbols on the cards to either collect them all, or get rid of them.

Force of Will. A tcg, (trading card game) that has beautiful art and a much easier play style then others I’ve seen. (Sorry Magic!)

Exodus. Another tcg that I adore, but as one of a tiny handful of SD players I don’t get to play it much. But I will be happy to teach anyone who wants to check it out!

Kill Doctor Lucky. If I remember correctly, it’s a little like clue, but backwards. Instead of trying to figure out who done it, you are trying to kill Doctor Lucky without witnesses.

Indies! I can’t wait to see what indie games come out to play with us this year, and look forward to trying them all!

Well that’s it for today, until next time Gam3rs! See you at Con, and play lots of games!

LadyKittania – Board Game Run Down

LadyKittania here, with some blabbing about some of my favorite tabletop/board games. I know for most people when they hear ‘board games’ a few immediately come to mind. Monopoly, Risk, maybe Chutes and Ladders or Sorry. But there is so much more to the tabletop/ board game world. So let’s grab our dice and Mountain Dew and dive right in.

First for a less well known classic, and my personal favorite, Cosmic Encounters. Like Monopoly, this is a game you have to dedicate some serious time to, so expect to be at the table for a good bit. The premise of the game is that every player is an alien race trying to establish itself as the new ruling race of the galaxies. You send out your ships to fight other races and try to establish bases on their homeworlds.
But the simplicity ends there. Each race has an ability that breaks or bends the rules. (Kind of like cheat codes.) I do want to point out that you will not always enjoy playing. There are times when even I have gotten annoyed to the point of wanting to flip the table. It just depends on the mix of aliens everyone gets, which is completely random. Still I love this game and recommend it for those enthusiasts who like a nice long game.

Next on my list is Smallworld. A game that reminds me a bit of Risk, but with Orcs, as one of my friends once described it. Players purchase races with in game currency and use those troops to conquer territory on the game board. With only a limited number of troops for each race, you will find yourself mixing quite a few. Getting those few to work together well is a challenge I love, and often with disasterous or hilarious results. (Depending on my mood when I play.)
Now like Risk, expect to be fiddling with small troop pieces a lot, as you collect/place/remove them from the box/board. If this is something that annoys you, then this is not the game for you. Fortunately there are many, many more games to choose from.
Though not as complex as my first favorite, this is still a game I look forward to playing often. Fear the wrath of my mighty Orcs!

Third I want to talk a bit about a lesser known title from the mighty Steve Jackson Games. I’m sure most of you have heard of and/or played Munchkin, possibly even Zombie/Cuthulu dice. But they have a few other games that aren’t as popular, like ‘Give Me the Brain’. In this funny little game you are zombies working in a fast food establishment attempting to complete your tasks so you can go home, but you have only the one brain between you. And brains are slippery, which makes them hard to hold on to.
Don’t expect a lot of seriousness in this game, the cards themselves are too funny to play this without cracking at least a smile. I always end up with a sore face after playing this.
If you are a fan of Munchkin, I highly recommend trying this game out as well. And if you aren’t, I still think you should give it a try. It’s a game for everyone, and even kids should get a kick out of it.

Finally I want to dive into the world of Indie games with ‘Villains and Henchmen’.
I’ve heard many good things about this game, and seen quite a few people have a lot fun with it. So it was high time I played it for myself. I’ve always had a great love for the Villains, the Chaos Bringers, and the Refusers to stay within the norm. So playing a game in which you are a henchman vying for the title of Villain really struck my fancy.
Currently in kickstarter, this new game from Ravensdale Publishing was a delight to play and fairly easy to learn quickly. No two games are ever the same, and I found lots to love about it. From the powers you can buy, the chance you might not be able to complete the objective, to even the Heros you love to hate, this was a fun strategy game that I fully plan to come back to and play some more. Especially since I didn’t actually get to finish that first game. (In which we did not lose, we simply ran out of time to play.)
So if you’re looking for something new to buy and introduce to your gaming friends, check out this one.

Plans for the future. We all make them, and try to keep to them. I’m no different. It is my hope that I will be able to chat about four to five games with each blog, and hopefully have a few in-depth ones where I focus more heavily on one or two. And I plan to check out more indie’s to chat about, because it’s so much fun to check out something so new it doesn’t even have a box yet.
(Which does eliminate that collectors part of me that loves having a box sit there and simply look pretty.)

So whether you, dear reader, are a permanent resident of the tabletop realm or merely an occasional visitor, I hope my bit of blathering has given you ideas for your next gaming session.

Until next time,
LadyKittania out with this heartfelt message.

Be well and give more time to games.