Greg and Renee kicked off Monday night with Hadara. Greg, “Played a full five player game to start the night off. It obviously makes the game a little bit longer but it still flows well and doesn’t drag as the decisions are short (if agonising). Setareh pipped Renee to the victory, with Roxy in third and myself and River bringing up the rear.” Renee, “I really enjoyed getting a chance to play this as a 5 player game. The player interaction is kept to a minimum, but it made a huge difference in the drafting of cards in the second part of the round. With more players you got to see so many cards that you didn’t have a chance to draft. Plus if everyone was drafting a certain colour, the pile depleted really quickly. I focused more on my own strategy this time and I felt pretty good with how it turned out. It’s hard to track all the other players, especially with simultaneous play, but it was fun to play it as a larger group. Its also good to know there is another decent 5 player game option out there. I think this has quite a bit of re-playability as the variety of cards in the purple deck provides lots of options for different strategies.”
We kick-off this week’s staff gaming blog with some awesome pictures of Chris’ Kill Team game:
“Got a game in with Mike, on his incredible-looking Necromunda board. Although all those levels may have worked more to my advantage, as my Space Marine Reivers had grapnel launchers and could drop down onto his Chaos Cultists like Batman. His early shooting managed to knock my sniper clean off a ledge and take him out, but over the next couple turns my aforementioned Reivers sliced up the center while the rest of my team was able to delay the rest of his attack in a close-range firefight. Eventually the casualties took their toll and the game ended when an unfortunate Break test forced Mike to retreat.”
Happy Heritage Day! We hope you’re enjoying a day of gaming like the folks that showed up today to play in the mezzanine. This week we have a batch of new games that the staff have tried out so they can share their mini-reviews.
Sue was so excited when Do You Know Me (from the makers of What Do You Meme) showed up as a Sentry Box new release and she wasn’t disappointed! “This is my new favorite game! We played this game for hours on Saturday night and we didn’t even make it through half the deck! Then we liked it so much we played it again on Sunday. It’s so fun seeing how well you know your friends, and the cards lead to some interesting stories and you get to know your friends a little bit better. It’s also fun answering questions about yourself. The questions are interesting, and you can literally play it with almost everyone you know. It’s versatile in that you can play it for 10 minutes or 5 hours. And it’s small enough you can easily take it to your friends’ homes, on a camping trip, or even on vacation! There is some mature subject matter, (but in no way is it over the top), so I would recommend it for high school and up. You can play it one on one or with a group. With people you know really well, or people you would like to get to know better. This is a really great party/ social game and I hope it does as well as What Do You Meme. If they make an expansion, I’m definitely getting it too!”
Welcome to a brand new Tale of Gamers! This time, four courageous staff members dive into the deadly, covert world of Games Workshop’s Kill Team! Over the next few months, you’ll be able to watch their journey from bare plastic sprues to fully-fledged teams of battle-hardened troops, commanders and elite warriors. Which force will come out on top?
Only time will tell…
More board gaming this week, more painting from Greg and some reading too!
To kick off Monday Board Game Night, Renee and Greg played Claim. Greg, “Renee taught me this two player trick taking game after her week of trying it with her sister. It’s quite interesting with the two halves of the game, using the first half to try to plan and set up for the second half when most of the scoring cards are taken. I liked the artwork too.” Renee, “I showed this to Greg, but as Jenn and I discovered, it takes a few plays to start to understand how to play your cards strategically to hopefully to yourself up with the majority of a faction.”
It was a busy week for the crew at The Sentry Box with lots of painting and gaming this week! Heck even Greg has started painting:
“I finally stained and painted the barrels from Brass: Birmingham. That’s right, I actually used a paint brush.”
Not every gamer can make it to GenCon but don’t be sad about your #GenCan’t. This year, AEG is bringing GenCon Big Game Night fun to The Sentry Box on Friday August 2nd from 5:30 – 9:00!
As part of AEG’s Big Game Night, brick and mortar retailers like us will have access to a month early pre-release of our three Big Game Night games PLUS the brand new Smash Up expansion: World Tour Culture Shock! We’ll alsohave eight limited edition collector’s pins of two designs – four of each. Each pin represents a different Smash Up faction, in this case the Spartans and Kaiju. These pins are limited and will not be made again.
The three Big Game Night games are all new releases: Point Salad, Curios, and Walking in Burano. These fast-playing, easy to learn games will be a hit at game night. Don’t miss your chance to have them a month before anyone else!
Come down to join Greg and Renee as they run demos of all the Big Game Night games throughout the evening!
Tichu is back! The Sentry Box will be hosting a tournament on Saturday July 27th. This will be a casual tournament, so there will be prizes but it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. As such, teams will be decided randomly on the day. The number of rounds will be determined by the total number of teams and we will have a 30 minute lunch break after the first round.
Start time: 10:30am
First Round: 10:45am
Entry Fee: $5
Number of rounds: 4
Max players: 32
Please note the English FAQ below, which has info on things like the timing of bombing which aren’t super clear in the various rulesets out there:
Greg kicked off Monday Board Gaming Night with another play of Underwater Cities, “Managed to get this to the table again. I really like this game. The combination of action selection, hand management and resource management really works well. It offers different strategic options as well as tactical play adjusting to what the other players are doing and what cards come out.”
Kris here with this weeks staff gaming blog while Renee enjoys some time off!
That change aside, let’s get right in to the usual swing of things with a fun Roll and Write game, this time played by Sue!