This past New Year’s was enjoyed with friends and games; this included our first ever play of Two Booms and a Room as well as Hawsy (short for Hasenpfeffer, a type of Bid Euchre) and Age of War.
Here’s to a great New Year!
October 26-28th of last year was our annual Cardboard LAN and not only was this the longest I was ever able to spend with the guys but it had the most variety in terms of what we played and did.
Board games, video games (including the NES Classic Edition), Mystery Science Theater 3000, real-life escape rooms, etc. This long weekend had it all!
The above is just a taste of the goodness we had that long weekend
And speaking of taste we had amazing brats as well.
Fact: The majority of social gaming is done online.
Cool Follow-Up Fact: Nothing can beat gaming with your friends in the same social space.
The map Exile (see above) was our most-used playground
A nice surprise this year was being invited to game with a group of guys who meet on a semi-regular basis to LAN, with Halo 4 as the game of choice.
My regular multiplayer is Halo 5 so getting back in the previous groove proved a little trying, however soon enough I was slaying with the rest of the pack.
(Not that I was any good, I just felt I reached my “normal” level of skill 🙂 )
Many thanks for the invite and for the making of new memories while fondly remembering the old ones of LANs gone by.
A friend and I watched The People vs. George Lucas, almost on a whim.
I thought it was a great look at some of the thoughts people have about the relationship between the franchise and it’s creator; I can see both sides.
Our annual celebration of all that is good – friendship and gaming – took place last year on November 11th through the 12th, 2016.
What did we enjoy?
X-COM: The Board Game
- X-COM: The Board Game
- Wizard People, Dear Reader (not a board game of course, but always fantastic)
- Love Letter
- Odin’s Ravens
- Keep Talking and No One Explodes
The best of times.
(A closing note – there were at least two other bigger gaming days in 2016 but those notes didn’t make it into this post.)
On January 2 of 2016 I was able to play a great few games of Resistance with nine others, including the expansion Hostile Intent.
The more people play the game the more fun it is, so with this size group it was fantastic!
The girls were taught Dutch Blitz over at a friend’s house on August 22, 2015.
I didn’t plan on them learning it somewhere else, but now that they know it’s been another game to go to in our game library.
LANs are great, be they video or board game.
The former is what took place on February 20-21 of last year (2015) and we had a fantastic time – games played:
- On the Brink (Pandemic Expansion)
- In the Lab (Pandemic Expansion) – first time played with either of these expansions, but I was glad I had someone else looking at the rule book. There was a lot more to keep track of
- King of Tokyo
- Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation – this game is always so good. Even when you lose, it’s always so close and goes back and forth so many times. Having said that I still wish I would have won!
- Coup – we played eight games of this and I did really well, mostly because unlike The Resistance you can use the truth more to your advantage I think
- Hanabi – first time playing this and really enjoyed it; the goal for us was to try to be perfect rather than just win
- Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
Assault and Glory Await!
On one of the last Friday nights in 2014, a group of men met beneath the stars – and a roof – to rekindle the flame of the LAN.
Undimmed by time or online gaming, the LAN stubbornly refuses to go away completely as having everyone in the same place is something special, something that reminds us of the realness of the experience.
It’s to this experience that we raised our controllers and, bathed in the glow of big screens and comforted by the smell of finely crafted pizza, proceeded to play some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
We played a few warm-up games but the real meat of the evening was Assault on Boneyard via Halo: Reach.
The teams were pretty even and we traded the bomb back and forth, strategies planned (or yelled out on the fly) and verbal barbs traded – but our team emerged victorious for the most part and it was a blast.
I’m really glad the event game together and a big thank you to those who made it happen, and who made it enjoyable!
The weekends come and go – we look forward to them all week, and they’re gone too soon.
Yet truly great weekends find a way to last longer, a way to stay with us more than the two and a half days they officially take up.
I point to Exhibit A – a recent weekend (10/10-11/14) – as my latest example of Continue reading →