Sunday, May 1, 2016

How to Choose the Perfect Board Game

International TableTopDay 2016 Recap

International Table Top Day 2016 was not the huge hit that previous years had been--Team Schwarm had trouble finding shops that were actually particiapating this year--things just did not seem to be as organizied and it was not clear how to make chartible donations--rather then a celebration of table top, this year felt more like a promotion of Geek & Sundry which is not a bad thing at all, I really like the stuff that they do, but not what I was hoping for--I am looking for a global game day, which maybe is not the goal of TableTopDay?

In any event, we started with the game that started it all--Tsuro!

Cody like the Dragon's in Tsuro by the Sea and once again defeated me.

This lead directly into a game of Pillow War

which may not be a TableTop game, but is clearly one of the big games for us these days.

Next we played some X-Wing

We do not have enough ships OR enough understanding of the rules to really make this fun--we just fly around and blast each other--which is good, but not great.

After three table top games at home we went to Kingslayer Comics. KSC was doing more Magic-the Gathering Gameday stufff--scheduling TableTopDay and MtG Game days should be avoided in the future.

We started up a quick game of D&D

Continuing the game that Cody and Josh have been playing

I had a quick set up of the Kings Chamber, the Encounter with the Giant, the Kobold Betrayl, and the Princess Corruption--we got to the Giant before the kids got hungry and we left for food.

There were some fun Crits and some fun Fumbles

And we played with Travis, the shop owner's kid who was named Logan and really loved the Harry Potter pregen I had printed from Geek and Sundry Site.

After this we headed to Dice House Games! 

Tuan was on Fire--the shop was packed--but they had no TableTopDay stuff--evidently ~800 shops signed up & only 50 got boxes of promo stuff.

Jack and I drafted Shadows over Innistrad--sight unseen!

We had never seen the cards at all-we listened to Judge's Corner and Wedge on the drive down to figure out what was up...

I played a blue white spirits deck which did not really work.

 This was the only thing I won all night.

But it was great to be back at the best game shop in California playing Magic.

Friday, April 29, 2016

International Table Top Day 2016

This year for International Table Top Day, which may just be Tabletop Day, I plan to run some D&D for Cody and his seven year old friends in the morning.  In the afternoon play some Magic.

I am likely going to be doing all of this at Kingslayer Comics.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Curse of Strahd--D&D Encounters S22 S7

Another great week of D&D Encounters!

The table was very crowded this week--largely because of the hippie snacks brought back from Portland, but also because the players are being very consistent and showing up every week.

I lost a white D20 last week--I am sure ransom notes will start popping up again...

The players made amazing dice towers!

The session has a lot of investigation & then a fairly long combat

The players characters are level three but the players have not run many combats at that level, so party synergy was not hight

There were a lot of crits this week, but I did not get that many photos of them--this image is beautiful

I did capture all of the crits & fumbles--which are completely fantastic--this app is no longer on the iTunes app store and it needs to come back asap.

Actual Play Curse of Strahd--D&D Encounters S22 S7