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Tracy's AAR for 2019/11/14, 2019/11/21 and Late Game Tomorrow

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 16:49

Games are "normally" on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

Tomorrow we are back on schedule with a late start. No sooner than 7:30PM, so the game will have to be quick and easy.

We had our usual Philly Cheese Steak Pizza with fresh Mozzarella. Lately we have added diced tomatoes.

After Action Report (AAR) for two gaming sessions prior. (Due to U.S. Thanksgiving Day on 28 Nov, we skipped it.)

++++ SUMMARY ++++

On November 14th, we played Avalon Hill's "Civlization" and the Western expansion board with 5 Players. It was another game with a learning curve but our new partipant got the hang of it. I deprecated myself by picking Crete so the other players would have a chance. By the time we had to quit, we finally got to the point of being able to "trade" a catastrophe because we had gone through the trade decks.

On November 21st, we Played Samurai Swords with 5 players, due to the learning curve we didn't get very far. One player consistently bid on the Ninja and took out a couple of Daimyo to prevent battle before it started. Everyone was still fairly even with territories by Turn 6 when we quit. Although a couple of Players lost an Army and would have been hard pressed to maintain the status quo.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

Tracy Johnson

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Gaming AAR for 2019/10/17, 2019/10/24 and No Game Tomorrow

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 14:26

No game tomorrow because I'm staying home to answer to door for Trick or Treaters.

Next game will be on November 14th. I have my local American Legion meeting on the 7th.

(Note the new domain for SOCDAISY in the "To" address, we have migrated off of yahoogroups due to group deprecation.)

Games are normally on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

We had our usual Philly Cheese Steak Pizza with fresh Mozzarella. Lately we have added diced tomatoes.

Summary for two weeks prior:

++++ SUMMARY ++++

On October 17, we Played another round of TSR's "Dungeon!" we had five players this time. A visiting Player won as a Wizard by pretending to go back to the staircase to replenish his spells, but he really had his 30K in gold.

After taking the game back home I put it in dry dock for refurbishment. There are no manufacturers for sleeves on those little 28mm by 38mm cards. So I ended up buying 43mm by 65mm sleeves and snipping them short in a paper cutter 3 or 4 at a time.

On October 24, we Played Rail Baron with 5 players using the B&O extends to New York option. Again our guest Player came out on top with only 4 railroads, but a good network. (Although I think he eventually would have lost money but we called it due to time constraints.)

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

Tracy Johnson

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Gaming 2019/10/10 Dungeon!

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:53

Games are normally on Thursday nights sometime after 6:00PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601. (Yes I moved back to Thursday.)

We had our usual Philly Cheese Steak Pizza with fresh Mozzarella. Lately we have added diced tomatoes.

++++ SUMMARY ++++

On October 10, we Played two games of TSR's original "Dungeon!" the children's version of D&D played out on a singular map.

The game is full of small cards, 28mm by 38mm.

You start out as one of four types of characters, represented by a simple colored pawn. A green pawn to be an Elf, a blue pawn to be a Hero, a red pawn to be a uperhero, or a white pawn to be a Wizard. The objective to return to the start space with prizes as follows:

Elf: Prizes worth 10,000 gold pieces.
Hero: Prizes worth 10,000 gold pieces.
Superhero: Prizes worth 20,000 gold pieces.
Wizard: Prizes worth 30,000 gold pieces.

Each Monster has a number to roll on two dice to defeat it. The Elf in this regard has the more difficult die rolls and the Superhero generally has the easier die rolls. The Wizard also has a much difficulty as the Elf, but he has two spells, Lightning Bolt or Fireball to defeat the Monster. To mitigate the difficulty of the Elf, the Elf gets to go through secret doors easier.

The layout of Dungeon! very simple, there are a series of rooms color coded for levels one to six. Each room has a Prize card in it. On top of each prize card, a Monster card is placed on it. Players move tokens five spaces down hallways from room to room. If you open a new room you fight the Monster, if you defeat it, you win the Prize card. If you lose, you roll on a LOSER table and odds are you may drop a Prize card and retreat. If you roll snake eyes, boxcars or a three, you drop everything and go to back to the Starting spot. (On snake eyes your character is dead but you get to start as a new character anyway.)

In any case back to the objectives, the Prizes on levels one, two, and three are smaller and the Monsters are easier to defeat. Hence the Elf and Hero should stick to those levels. The Prizes on levels four through six are progressively harder, so the Superhero and Wizard should concentrate there.

Here is the funny part. Should you drop all your prizes and be sent back to Start, another Player could enter the space where you dropped the prizes, defeat the same Monster and get all your prizes. Or you can ambush another player and take their prizes. The game plays with 2 to 12 Players, so in a game with a lot of Players, they have a tendency to follow each other around hoping the other Player has a major defeat to collect the loser's prizes.

There are other small mechanics too numerous to mention them all.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

Next game is Thursday, we had a new Player show up, so we may get back to HackMaster again. I have a fallback game in mind if this pans out.

Tracy Johnson

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Gaming 2019/09/26 Summit

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:43

The HackMaster moniker has been removed from the Subject line. I'm retiring that campaign and going strictly to ad hoc games for the time being.

Games are normally on Thursday nights sometime after 6:00PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601. (Yes I moved back to Thursday.)

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Last game on September 26, we Played two games of Milton Bradley's "Summit" from 1961. This was a blast from the past from the Cold War that has relevance to Today. Three to six Players play over a polar projection of a world map and represent major world powers, U.S., Russia, China, Western Europe, India and South American as a whole. (Given the relevance to the 1960s I think the last two countries were thrown in because they needed to make space for 6 Players.)

The game design offered a "training game" where the random events deck are pre-programmed so the Players learn what to do by doing for the first two turns. This was our first game so we opted to continue as it was after the pre-programmed turns. The second game we played naturally. I won't say what the results were or who won, (mainly because I forgot).

It is actually more fun to describe the game. The players are supposed to build their economies by spending resources (represented by "I" beams) to build tokens representing steel mills, factories, and military bases on minor countries at a cost of two "I" beams each. Countries can share the same steel mills and factories, but if you but a military base on a minor country, the mills and factories are removed and the owner gets a token representing scrap to rebuild elsewhere.

Steel mills in your own country produce an "I" beam, and with a hat tip to the colonial exploitation of the time a steel mill in a minor country produces two "I" beams.

The event cards also seem like today's news, for example a trade dispute can make you lose production or that your country develops a new missile so you get a military power token. One player commented, "These cards can be updated by prefixing it with "Your President's tweet causes ...".

Victory is determined by adding up tokens across the board by event card that calls for a census which may occur several times throughout the game. You get extra points by having a military base on each country on the final census.

++++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR ++++

Next game is Tomorrow, I plan on bringing out an old TSR classic "Dungeon!" which was a board-like reenactment of a Dungeons & Dragons game back in the day.

Tracy Johnson

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HackMaster Summary for 2019/09/20 Tempus Regressus

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 20:36

We had another Steak and Fresh Mozz with Tomatoes pizza.

Due to a lack of a quorum we played another game of RailBaron with the 21st Century options, namely:

1. B&O serves New York

2. You don't have to pay the $1K on your own railroads. (Saves on time played.)

Oddly enough when not Playing HackMaster I attracted two more players so we had a 5 player game of Rail Baron.

++++ Change of Days ++++

Because the noise and crowd factor on Friday nights is untenable, I'm moving back to Thursday nights. The other gamers in the room are so loud you can't hear yourself talk. It is strange that a small room of people who are sitting next to each other feel the need to shout at the top of their lungs.

Tracy Johnson

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HackMaster Summary 2019/09/13 Rail Baron

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 03:43

Games are normally on Friday nights sometime after 6:00PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

We played the board game RailBaron three times, hence there is no HackMaster summary report. The second game lasted 10 minutes as we determined the winner by early purchases and bad location die rolls by others. The winner got SAL and ACL before anyone else and two other players rolled Miami as their next destination.

Looking for a quorum next time. Perhaps we can roll up new characters.

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