I am re-rolling my character sheet, as it were. This little journal started as a log for me to look back on at the end of the year, but is becoming a way for readers who stumble upon it to see if a game is something they would be interested in playing or purchasing.
What you will find as image attributes:
What was played
Who played it (and their ages)
Why the game was played
If the game went well or if there were problems
Some games I have played this year are beautiful, some are silly, and some come out of the game room multiple times a week because they are portable or the kids are addicted to them. Below the images each week, you will find a link to Board Game Geek (or another informational site) for more information on the game (if it is a board game) or to a similar site for video games. If someone on GeekMom or GeekDad has reviewed the game, I will also try to link to those. Last, I will give a link for purchasing the game if it sounds like one you would be interested in.
I am not going to review the games here. This is strictly a record of what I have played over the calendar year.
What was played: Hero Quest Who played it: Tim, our daughter, the kids from around the corner, and their dad. Player ages include 7, 10, 11, and 30+. Why: We started a campaign several months ago so the kids could have a dungeon-crawl experience. Though I only observe or play games with my son during these sessions, I think it is worth mentioning here. +1 to death rolls: This campaign has been a great experience for the kids to learn teamwork and sportsmanship.
What was played: Tremulus: A Storytelling Game of Lovecraftian Horror Who played it: Two couples with young children. Why: A friend of ours thought it would be a fun one-shot RPG since we only get together once a month. +1 to Psychic abilities: For the first time EVER I found it easy to fall into a character. My psychic is trying to pitch a ghost hunter type show to the Discovery channel. I’m goth, and I speak in third person. It’s awesome.
What was played: Cthulhu Gloom Who played it: Friends with little kids, all 30s aged people played. Why: We had been playing Tremulous, but crazy kids between the ages of 1.5 and 4 were making game play and concentration difficult. This game was pulled out instead. +1 to death rolls: Apparently, I won…by quite a bit. I wasn’t even really trying. I just had very lucky draws.
What was played: World of Darkness Who played it: Regular couple through Tim’s work Why: We have been playing this campaign for a few months. We all like our characters. I like my nun with a ‘tude. +1 to creeped-out rolls: I forgot my character sheet, and we winged it. It was one of those adventures that you just survive and don’t really “win.” It was…interesting.
What was played: Love Letter Who played it: Couple from Tim’s work Why: Needed a quick game to play before dinner. +1 to well….roses: No tokens of affection for me. But the new players really enjoyed it. This game is an adult favorite for sure.
What was played: Get Bit Who played it: We played with the couple through Tim’s work Why: Another quick game to fill the time +1 to chompy robot bits: After playing with GeekDad Jonathan a week-or-so ago, I found I have been playing it wrong, so we read the rules again and made changes accordingly.
What was played: Call of Cthulhu Who played it: Friend through Tim’s work taught me. Why: Because it was new and interesting +1 to Big Trouble in Little China rolls: My deck focused on Lo Pan which gave crazy bonuses to all of my stats. It was fun to play, though I don’t think I would ever get into it seriously. The TCG falls into the same trap as all TCGs – “lawyer reading” the details of the cards drives me nuts!
What was played: Machine of Death Who played it: Couple from Tim’s work Why: I needed another playthrough so I can review it for GeekMom…
+1 to reading the rules: Tim read the rules again and found we were making it harder than needed. The change in the rules made it easier to win. Other players really liked rolling for “specialists” after the assassinations took place.
What was played: Roll For It Who played it: Post clan (so grandparents/parents then kids/grandparents) Why: We went over for dinner and felt like a quick series of games before going home. +1 to d6 rolls: It’s a quick easy game that all of us can play – even the 4-year-old – so it is always a favorite.
What was played: World of Warcraft Who played it: Tim and I Why: I felt the need to plow through areas, level up, and kill my wrists in the name of “parental stress relief”. +1 to mounts: Oh level 20, how I missed thee. In the free trial, you can’t get mounts so this is a much missed achievement from the old days.
What was played: Netrunner Who played it: Tim and I Why: He likes the game, so I am trying to learn it. +1 to capitalism rolls: I played the hacker this time, but couldn’t wrap my head around the corporation this time. As Tim said, it’s not a learning curve – it’s a learning cliff. Next time!
What was played: Super Mario Bros Wii U Who played it: Tim and I Why: We finally saved up enough gift cards to purchase a Wii U on Amazon to replace our dying Wii we stood in line for almost 8 years ago. +1 to bubble rolls: As Hank Green would say, “SO BAD AT GAME!” I am getting better, but if it is a jumping heavy level, I might as well just stay in a bubble. Since I didn’t grow up with these games (I don’t think I played through a level of Mario until I was in college), there is a sharp learning curve…but it is still fun.
What was played: Pathfinder ACG Who played it: GeekDad Jonathan and “crew” Why: We started playing…and haven’t stopped. We are now on the third expansion deck with only one scenario left, and are looking forward to the next one! +1 to helping rolls: With the completion of today’s scenario, I am now able to assist my teammates by putting a card on the bottom of my draw deck giving someone a d4+2 to their roll.