Monday, May 27, 2013

GreyElephant Gaming "Trumpet Blast" Slurping Carmen


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Game Day at GreyElephant Gaming!

 
 
 
 Getting geared up to play some Galaxy Trucker for the first time with Bill, Tim, Noah, and Todd. Only Bill is in the picture, but doesn't he have such a lovely smile? :0)


Everyone was hanging out waiting for a game of Terra Mystica to end so we could begin the next round of gaming. Ken, Noah, Todd, Kevin, Bill, (Ken's Brother)

It was my birthday and my wife got me this awesome cake! Can you see what my birthday gifts from here were?
 

Here' another shot of my cake. with my new Falcon and Fett ships from X-Wing my wife got me for my birthday.
 
 
Can't smack that smile off my face! Go ahead and try!

Unwrapping my other gifts my wonderful wife got me.

More presents? YES! My wife rocks!

Super Dungeon Explore expansion along with the Succumbs!

A delivery was made that my wife said must of been my other present.

She bought all 3 of the LotR movies on DvD. She said after playing the LotR Deckbuilder so much lately, she's in the mood for a marathon movie day! She's AMAZING!

My Falcon and Slave I.
 
I wanted to bury my face into my cake.

Here is my first attempt at building a ship in Galaxy Trucker.

Noah's first ship.

Todd's first ship.

Upstairs they started a game of Guildhall. If you haven't played this game yet, DO IT! Fantastic game that keeps you very involved though out the entire game.

Carmen is learning how to play Eclipse for the first time. After it was all said and done, she was tired from sitting so long just to lose, which was obviously going to be the case early on.

Mid game of Eclipse.

Carmen was yellow, Billy was red, Ken's brother black, and Ken is blue. Ken's brother ended up winning by one point over Ken.

I taught everyone how to play Escape: Curse of the Temple. We ended up playing 3 times.

First game, we lost, but won the second game. So we set it up again!

Here's another shot of our victory on easy mode.

Played with the Curses and Treasures. Got it handed to us pretty good.

Noah is the only one who made it out alive. We came up with the idea that he must of used our dead bodies to climb out through the roof.

Tsuro Seas! Kevin, Noah, and myself all played. Kevin got eaten by a hungry sea monster while Noah found the edge of the world. I sailed away to victory!
 
All the kiddos playing downstairs.

Carmen, Kevin, Billy, Brad, and Elisa were all playing Terra Mystica. EVERYONE LOVES THIS GAME!

Chill'n playing some Luigi's Mansion. Get them ghosts!

Carmen, Kevin, and myself in a 3 player game of Terra Mystica. This was Kevins first time playing it and probably Carmen and mine 20th.

This was our end game scoring.
 
 
 
Forgot to take some picture of us playing the LotR Deckbuilder. We seem to play this everytime. Here is the Lurtz Impossible Mode card. Yes, you get eliminated if you guess wrong. Carmen guessed wrong. LOL!

Brad and his wife Elisa are learning Le Havre for the first time. They said they liked it!
 
Overall, we had a fantastic day and I can't wait to get with all my friends next month and do it again!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

GreyElephant Gaming "Quick Review" Princes of the Dragon Throne - Clever...


GreyElephant Gaming "How To Play" Princes of the Dragon Throne - Clever ...



00:29 - Set Up
03:25 - Mandatory Action #1 - Gather
05:12 - Mandatory Action #2 - Recruit Prospects
07:07 - Mandatory Action #3 - Deploy Supporters
09:22 - Taking Control of a Guild
10:18 - Mandatory Action #4 - Maneuver Supporters
11:52 - Kings Guard Action #1 - Place Up To 2 New Prospect Cards
12:46 - Kings Guard Action #2 - Move Prospect To Top of Stack
13:21 - Kings Guard Action #3 - Discard At The End Of Your Turn
14:23 - Guild Favor Cards Explained
18:00 - Parliament
20:02 - End Game Scoring

GreyElephant Gaming "Live Play" Princes of the Dragon Throne - Clever Mo...




00:18-Act 1. An Introduction, Some Gathering, Till Off We Prospect!
06:42-Act 2. Hey! Who Called A Parliament?
09:08-Act 3. Forgetting NP's and Muscling In On A Guild.
12:02-Act 4. King's Guards, Discounted Dragons, Our Second Parliament.
19:19-Act 5. Sorcery, Our Third Parliament and A Cheating Carmen?
24:55-Act 6. Royal Favors, Our Forth Parliament, and Tim Get's Whiney.
27:52-Act 7. Clerics Favors, Sheepless, and There's A Green Players Too!
36:50-Act 8. To Crown A King

Sunday, May 19, 2013

FemElephant Pictorial Quick Review: Princes of the Dragon Throne

Princes of the Dragon Throne
Vie for control of Kingdoms, Guilds, and the Clan Houses


The theme isn't just important, it is the game! You are vying for control by gaining Supporters (Dragons and Citizens), garnering favors (such as 4 sheep from a Shepherds Guild) and influencing Kings Guards (who then perform actions for you). You feel drawn in by the theme throughout the game play. GreyElephant calls this a "Euro Deck-builder"; it has really combined these two types of games into one, and this offers a variety throughout the game and different strategies to try out on your next one. This is not, however, a typical Euro game that uses stock meeples and cubes thus relying on your imagination.  You are recruiting and placing Dragons and Citizens. You are influencing King's Guards. The artwork on the cards and the custom components really add to the experience, bringing the game to life for you.

This is for a more experienced gamer. It takes somewhere between 1-3 hours depending on the number of players and the amount of time each player takes analyzing on their turn. I get completely absorbed into the strategy and the theme to really enjoy it. You want to be aware of the time and the concentration involved. When we played it in our group, we had a beginner that was totally lost for most of the game and another player that took a good amount of time to decide what to do each turn. It was the longest game I think we have ever played.
Princes of the Dragon Throne has deck-building, area control, resource management, clan favors, guild favors... all of which are very important aspects of game-play. When deck-building you must pay attention to which Kingdoms and Guilds you need Recruits (Dragon and Citizen cards) for, how many Supporters (custom pawns) you have in your reserve, what Prospects (Dragon and Citizen cards) are available on the board and how many Resources (Sheep, Gold, and Influence) you and your opponents have to spend on those Prospects. When placing you have to pay attention to Guilds, Kingdoms, and Clan Houses that you and your opponents control, along with how many Supporters and Dragon Lords you and your opponents have in your reserve. You can't over look the sheep you have in your reserve, because without them, you can't use Dragon cards at all!  You also consider what kind of Guild Favors you could gain, and when their use could come up in your deck.

This has become one of my favorite games. There is so much going on that it really requires a lot of thinking and strategy. The rules for the two player game make it just as fun and challenging as the 4 player game. We have a lot of very close games that have come down to the last turn. 


 Gather resources,


 
 Recruit Citizens and Dragons with those resources (deckbuilding)
Pay the required resources to Recruit Prospect cards to your deck
 and Supporters to your supply.



Use the cards to place your Supporters on the board (area control),

Red has taken control of this merchant guild.




The red kingdom.

Move the Supporters that are on the board
which results in control of Guilds and placements in the Clan House 
and Prestige points!













You receive a guild favor for taking control of a guild.
It is added to your discard pile, and then returned after a one-time use.


 


The deck-building aspect is heavy for most of the game, including the guild favors that you receive for taking over a guild. 
 



Clan Favors are selected at Parliament. They stay face up and benefit you depending on your overall strategy for that part of the game.







 

You also have to have sheep to feed your Dragons each time you use a Dragon card for any purpose.










  The overall mechanic is area control.  
The Clan Houses are full at the end of the game.

And end game scoring begins. Each player receives 5 points for each Kingdom, Guild, and Clan House in which they have majority of control, and 5 points for having the most dragon or citizen recruits (cards). Ties result in 2 points.

The winner takes their rightful place on the Dragon Throne!




Saturday, May 18, 2013

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