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Board Gaming Fun and a return to RPGs....

We had another installment of our board games night adventures this evening. We didn't end up playing Shadows Over Camelot in the end but instead went for 'RA' and 'Ticket to Ride'.

I hadn't played RA for several years so we decided to dust down the box and give it another whirl. It's a fun, reasonably quick, bidding game and even though it took a few minutes for me to remember the rules I still managed to cream everyone and ealked away with a clear victory.
The next game up was Ticket To Ride which won game of the year over in Germany last year (the games equivalent of  The Oscars). Now winning this is very big news and 9 times out of 10 means the game is truly brilliant (Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan and Alhambra for example) and I'd heard a lot of very good reports about this one. The only thing that had mildly put me off (and had certainly put Dom into two minds as we'd spoken about playing this one a few times before) was its 'train' theme. I don't know why but train games have always carried a bit of a stigmata for me (I don't know why as I love 1825 and 1830) but I think it has something to do with my image of trainspotters and some of the very advid fans of train games that I've had to deal with over the years at work and conventions. Anyway, Ticket To Ride is a family game and only takes 30-60 minutes to play and it had received so much good press we thought 'why not' and broke it open.
Boy am I glad we did. This game is fantastic! Played across a map of America you are trying to build routes between cities to complete the Destination Cards you have in your hand. Some of these are fairly easy, others can be a nightmare. You have to plan your routes fairly carefully because you only have a limited number of pieces to use and with other players screwing you over by needing (and taking) the same, or quicker, lines you need it can really get you thinking. I loved it, we all loved it and we will hopefully be giving this one another shot in the next couple of sessions.
After we'd finished playing we had a chat about getting a RPG up and running. Dom and Nicole haven't RPG'd for ages and I haven't since early December so we're all sort of itching to get back again. Seth still plays in a regular weekly group so he gets his fix, even so he was up for a bi-weekly game alternating with our board games sessions. The problem (as always) is what to play and who to run it. Well we ended up narrowing the selection down to a handful of titles and then one suggestion started to run away from the others with Nicole frothing about it, Seth and myself agreeing it was a great setting and very good system and Dom getting caught up in the hysteria which has led him taking away my players book to read up on the background and world setting.

So what game will we be playing? 7th Sea. Starting in early July once Nicole gets back from Brazil. And I seem to be running it :)

Not sure of the campaign or cultural make-up of the party yet though.


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May. 18th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Are you in the shop tomorrow?
May. 18th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yep, 9.30 til 6pm (with an hour off for lunch at somepoint between 1-3pm)
May. 19th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
Ticket to Ride is indeed fun. Played it at GenCon last year.
May. 19th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
7th Sea!

We played two short campaigns when it first came out and haven't played it since. It's a cracking game and if only I lived in or near London I would be there like a shot.

Enjoy it, all of you!
May. 19th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
Wish I could join in.

My game's going.. um.. 'well' though :)

May. 19th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
7th sea you say...

*ponders when such agame shall be run :D*
May. 19th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
Well, Greenwich is just about commutable.... not as easy as Kentish town was though :(
May. 19th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC)
Its fine coming back from work to go to Finchley though, so a week night game is definatly good. Weekends can also be good. I liek 7th sea though and have neve rhad the chance to play it :)

Also we're goign to be doign TT games regularly at our place 3rd sunday of the month, take advantage of the summer and a garden :) you (and Dom who I have not seen for ages) are welcome
May. 19th, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
What day were you thinking of playing? Alex was moaning about not being in a weekly game any more a while back. (If you're accepting applications by proxy, that is.)

Thursday's out, he does Aikido that day.

May. 19th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)
Usually Wednesdays. Bi-weekly with board/card games on the alternative Wednesday.
May. 19th, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
Talking of 7th Sea...
I've just started running a game myself. Several of the players would like to buy the old players guild (roll and keep) if you can get hold of any...
May. 19th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: Talking of 7th Sea...
The original 7th Sea material we have in stock can be found at

The Swashbuckling Adventures material (which is dual system) can be found at

May. 19th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
I got really into the 7th Sea card game that came out at the same time as the books. That was really fun, but I stopped playing when there was nobody outside my household that did it. I got all the Books, and was involved in one campaign of the role-playing game. Great fun is sure to be had.
May. 20th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
7th sea
Best. Game. Ever.
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