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Well, my love affair with Days of Wonder games seems to be continuing. What's worse is that it's now even moved on-line since I started playing Ticket To Ride online with people from all over the world. Their on-line play is actually very good and I'd reccommend it anyone with an interest in the games. The game play is exactly the same as the board game and is very easy to use. You can even just set up a closed game for you and your friends or just use against artificial computer players if you don't feel like testing your skills against unknown players from around the globe.

I played my first game agianst 3 computerised opponents as I wanted to get the hang of the online game before going 'live'. I've since had a few 'live' games and haven't done too badly. Slowly working my way up their rankings system :p

Anyway, we played another Days of Wonder game last night. The highly rated 'Shadows Over Camelot'. None of us had played it before but the rules are easy enough to pick up and play without too much of a fuss. The idea behind the game is that all the players take on the role of one of the famous 'Knights of the Round Table' and work together in defeating the various obstacles and completeing the Quests (such as the Quest of the Holy Grail). There is a chance that one of you may be a traitor however - which you'll need to try and unearth before the end of the game as they'll be playing alongside you but have their own agenda. It was a great game and one I'd certainly like to play again. It worked well with four players (we lost and none of us ended up as the traitor even though I accused Seth and he accused me at different points!). I'd like to play with the full 7 players as the paranoia over who's the traitor must be even more intense as it's highly likely someone will be in a 7-player game. It is one that I would certainly reccommend to people and has the rarity of being one of only a few boardgames where all the players are actually trying to help each other (well apart from that bastard traitor...) as opposed to out for personal gain.

                                                         

We also played Dungeoneer: Dragons of the Forsaken Desert again last night. And boy did this one turn out to be a marathon this time round. We brought it out as a 'quick filler' but it ended up taking about 2 hours with the four people playing. Admittedly we were being extra vicious to each other (I guess we'd co-operated enough for one evening after Shadows Over Camelot...) and were playing locations in extremely hard positions for the others to reach. The Forsaken Desert set is also the toughest set of Dungeoneer I've actually played which probably contributed to the length of the game too. My poor little Dragon Warrior was killed off around the hour mark after only completing one mission (only myself and Seth had successfully gone up a level by then!) and then the remaining three players toughed it out between them until finally Nicole (goldmoonrj) over came the odds and came out victorius over Dom who was the only remaining character alive.

Not sure when we'll be boardgaming againa s the next few sessions will be taking up with playing Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play and we've also got a few people away on gaming nights over the next month. Sure we'll be able to squeeze a game or two in somewhere though.... and failing that I always have Ticket To Ride On-Line!!! :p

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davedevil
Aug. 18th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
I is still up for playing WRUP if you have the space :)
I ran trek last night so every other week from next week I can makes it :)

angusabranson
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
I have dates in my diary for the WHFRPG sessions. Will double check them with the others and let you know!
karohemd
Aug. 18th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
I played Shadows twice at Consternation last weekend. It's indeed good fun. Not exactly taxing from a strategy point of view but very good entertainment.
In the first one, the traitor won (that was only four players), the second one was won by the knights. We managed to expose the traitor but it was close and there were only two empty siege engine slots left when we finished the last quest. Only two black swords, but we could easily have lost against the siege engines.

I need to check out TtR online. I enjoyed it when I played it last year at GenCon.
kit_hartford
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
All of the Days of Wonder games look like fun, but I've never actually played them. Do you have the Mystery of the Abbey or Pirates Cove (you may have mentioned before, sorry!)

- C
angusabranson
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
I have Pirate's Cove but not Mystery of the Abbey.

I've only played Pirate's Cove the once and have been meaning to have a second game of it. First time round I wasn't all that impressed as it seemed too linear without a lot of options for players. Thus I'd like to have a second game just to confirm my initial feelings about it as we could have overlooked something.

You should try and come along one evening for some Board gaming fun !
kit_hartford
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
I will. I'll have to dig out some of my boargames collection too: "A Game of Thrones" is fun (but plays best with max players) and I have "Seven Ages" too, but not had chance to play it - kind of "History of the World" (which I also have) on steroids.

Oh, and Serenisima, Settlers, RK's Lord of the Rings, War: Age of Imperialism, and a host of others ...
angusabranson
Aug. 18th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
I think I have 7 Ages too. Definetly have Serenissima somewhere too....

Been interested in playing the game of Thrones Baord Game as I've heard a lot of positive things about it. I've never read the books but apparently that shouldn't be an issue with playing the game.

Apart from our Wednesday night do we're looking at doing an all-dayer one weekend so we can actually tackle a longer game as well as some of the shorter 30-90 mins games.
goldmoonrj
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Yay, I prevailed (for once)! My punishment was taking over an hour and a half to get home with two night buses... ;)
angusabranson
Aug. 18th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
That'll teach you. You should always remember never to beat any of us in future!!! :p

Sorry it took so long to get home. We really should impose an upper time limit to make sure people can catch the last tube back :(
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