Sunday, June 24, 2018

Game On!

With Craig hosting a bunch of us over for a game of Cthulhu Wars (we keep hoping for that 8 player game). However it ended up with 6 players as 1 person bowed out. He offered people to come over earlier to play some X-wing.

Seems I was the only one who was up for that. So Craig set up a scenario where the Imperials were trying to destroy 2 shuttles. I took the Imperials.

The shuttles were denoted by cardstock counters & were moving at a speed of 2, with no weapons & 6 damage. Craig set them up split apart, so there was some 'space' between the groups.

Most of my pilots were the Academy Trainees, below one is blown up by the torpedoes of the B Wing.

The X-wing was pilotted by Biggs who was able to give protection to the shuttle & also required that I had to shoot at him if he was in arc. Apparently its in the script.

The one shuttle I was having some good success on, so left 2 of the Academy pilots to deal with. It was being escorted by an A wing....not sure what it was doing way back in the background.

I was able to splash that shuttle.

Then onto the battle where Vader takes down the B-Wing.

Things continued to sour, as Biggs was next to go. That last shuttle is beginning to lose its support.

The last of the escorts blows. However by this time the shuttle was 1 turn away from exiting the table. I had one last salvo with all weapons to take it down. Alas I was unable too. He had some lucky evades to keep himself alive.

This is the second time I've played & I really do enjoy it. The mechanics are slick & each ship has its own nuances which makes for exciting battles.

Then it was time to chow down on BBQ burgers (Thanks again Craig & Arlene for feeding us!) 

So with bellies full, it was onto Cthulhu Wars. I played the Windwalkers. Just some photos of the game in progress. We played on the Dreamlands map. 

Scott who played the Opener of the Ways eked out a victory.

So if that wasn't enough gaming for the day, we decided to play a game of Mansions of Madness 2nd Ed. This is the version with the App driven narrative. I have the 1st ed, where 1 players needs to run the game.

I am not a big fan of games now requiring Apps to play, as I feel it deflects from the social interactions. Sure they are a big help with rules heavy games & I get that.

However that being said, I did enjoy this game & we actually won! It was interesting how during the mythos phase the App would 'target' certain of the characters to have the sanity test. There are still lots of cards & tokens to keep track of. I also liked the puzzles that the game introduced. 

I played Joe Diamond in this scenario. 

I can see how the app for this game will allow for lots of digital content (scenario's, etc) & I think Craig said they had all the expansions for it. There were certainly lots of room tiles that we had to dig through to lay out the map.

We did discuss the repeatability of the scenarios & if indeed the app would run it differently each time, as different characters were introduced or players did things in different orders. It was an enjoyable game.

So getting home at 2am, I was quick to put head to pillow. Thanks again for the great day of gaming!


  1. X-Wing is terrific game but how cool does Cthulhu wars look? MoM is quite a favourite with our group, I know what you mean by losing some of the social interaction but the atmosphere the whole game has is awesome!

    1. Thanks Gobbo, yep, all 3 games played were very enjoyable. I will resist buying the Mansions 2nd ed. as Craig has it. Will just need to keep him inviting me to play it 8D

  2. I do like to see a big game of x-wing, still a firm favourite of mine.

    1. Thanks Michael. Yes I would play it more if the opportunity arose.

  3. A mate of mine has asked me to play a game of X-Wing. I may have to dip my toe in and give it a go. Thanks for sharing Terry.