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On the new games front —


I haven’t been actively avoiding new games, but I haven’t been jumping into them either. I’ve been revisiting old games. I suppose I should try Seasons, at least.

  • I got a copy of expansion #2 to Smarty Party, which I didn’t know existed. It’s still infuriating.
  • I (finally) printed out the 2nd edition rules for No Retreat! I need to get that back to the table. This is one of the few games I’m planning on bringing to the Gathering to play. I was inspired by the latest P500 geeklist, which had a number of interesting sounding games. I preordered four (including the new No Retreat! for North Africa, which should be out in a 3-4 months).¬† I may wake up and undo the other three, as they are all long games.
  • Best¬†Who Would Win Debate I’ve ever heard — Conan vs Darth Vader at Science Fair. Not a great game, but amusing.
  • Now that Isotropic is dead, played a few games of Dominion (Dark Ages) face to face. Still good.
  • Also played a few games of Ticket to Ride (1910), Wiz War, Alhambra and a few older games got a play as well over the last month.
  • Coup is still the go-to filler de jour. I’ll probably have fifty plays within 48 hours. Netrunner broke 150 plays recently.

(FYI — My P500s — No Retreat! The North African Front, Churchill, Unconditional Surrender and The Supreme Commander).

Written by taogaming

April 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

Latest SR and Cineplexity

(I just finished watching baseball and I can’t sleep).

At our gaming session tonight we:

  • Ran out of Smarty Party cards (the expansion). I guess we’re done.
  • Played Union Pacific. Haven’t done that in a while.
  • Played Acquire. Ditto.
  • Played a new game …

The new game is Cineplexity. Basically it’s a movie trivia game. The judge flips up two cards. Whoever shouts out a movie that matches both cards wins the ‘older’ card. For example, if you have “Has Dustin Hoffman or Tom Hanks” and “Main character dies at the end” you have to meet both. (Note that Dustin Hoffman or Tom Hanks don’t have to die, you can fulfill each card separately). In case of arguments, the judge decides (unless you have a reference handy). That’s basically it, with some rules for getting stuck.

It’s surprisingly hard, except when it’s ridiculously easy (getting “Contains explosions” and “Stars Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, or Bruce Willis” … if Bruce wasn’t there, then maybe we’re talking difficult).

You may also have to reach into knowledge of older movies. Anyway, if you like films and party/trivia games, then this seems good enough.

And speaking of baseball … I took over the Mets (“The Nigh Mets are my favorite.”) and had my epic collapse tonight. We’re now looking at the rules for a three-way tie. (Since I had a choice, I started Glavine in the final game, win and I clinch … his choke wasn’t as epic as yesterdays, but was still sad). So I may have a playoff game (or two), but the regular season of Strat-o is over.

Jacqui calls it “Bunco for boys” and she’s right. As my opponent in tonight’s series said: “This game destroyed what little respect I had for baseball managers.” Your decisions matter, but in such a small probabilistic way that it’s noise. (If we were playing with the super-advanced rules, then there would be more scope for judgment). But I still enjoy it (as a league, anyway). It’s fun watching a 95% steal chance fail … twice in one game. Or the 95% homer split fail, twice in one game. Both of which happened (different games).

We’ll probably do a smaller (person) but more detailed league later on, and I’m looking forward to it.

Written by taogaming

October 2, 2007 at 2:58 am

I’m going to party like its 49 BC

Which is just another way of saying I’m finally of the schneid in Ave Caesar. In fact, I won more races last night than I’ve won in the prior games combined (that I recall). Will I now retire to do color commentary? Decisions …

The rest of the night was devoted to party games. We finally broke open the Smarty Party Expansion Pack. I’m pleased that the questions seem more interesting and varied. I’m less pleased that some of the answers still seem bogus. You know how people add the phrase “in bed” to fortune cookies? We add the phrase “That we like” to Smarty Party Questions. As in “Name the best selling brands of X” (‘that we like’). But we keep playing it. It’s gallows humor, really.

Other than that, just some Wits & Wagers and Stage II to round out the evening. What am I going to do when we run out of Stage II questions? (Granted this may take a year). My copy had an advertisement for an expansions, but I’ve never seen one for trade/sale. I’ve made up a few cards myself, but that’s pretty tough work. I wish someone would republish a new version.

An amusing note — several “He knows that I know” moment. In Wits and Wagers, we had to pick a year. I didn’t know, so I just picked the century that it happened (like 1900), figuring I’d be lowest and perhaps everyone else would overshoot. One opponent wrote down a number, erased it, and then said “Screw it.” I figured he did the same thing, so I changed my answer to 1901. That’s always fun. In Smarty Party, I saved a good obscure answer, when I saw another player go “Aha!” Figuring he had it, I guessed. We were both wrong. Sigh.

Written by taogaming

January 27, 2007 at 9:51 am