Archive for December, 2014

A nice day of games

December 27, 2014

Kyle came over today and we played my newest acquisition, Guiscard.  Guiscard was released in 2013, and is basically a re-boot of an older game system called Cry Havoc.  I taught the game, at least as much as I understand it.  We played the first combat scenario which had me owning a team of Norman knights mounted on horses, attacking a contingent of German knights on foot.  The scene opens with 3 mounted German knights bringing some Lombard light infantry to the rescue.

The battle was rather one-sided, as Kyle cleaned my force off the map.  I should have made a much better set up.  But regardless of the results we learned how to play the game.  This was a learning scenario, with only the simplest rules in effect.  Scenario #2 will introduce javelins and archers, and therefore all the missile fire rules.  As we go further into the system, siege warfare and galley rules await us.

I am enticed by this system.  The counters all feature hand drawn artwork.  Each character has 4 images (2 counters): full health/wounded/stunned/dead.  The mounted characters have 4 additional images (2 more counters): full health on the horse/wounded on the horse/a riderless horse/a dead horse.  The counters are thin, but the detailed artwork is cool.  You play on a geomorphic set of maps.  Guiscard is backwards compatible with all the old Cry Havoc maps.  I own these older games, so I have a nice selection of maps and overlays available.

I hope I get more chances to play.  The game seems reasonably suitable to solitaire play too.

After we finished my whipping, we played a game of Stratego.  I recently bought a nice first edition of this game, with the handsome wooden pieces.  We had a good match, but Kyle prevailed again.

Later, Kyle, Terry and Peggy joined me for a spot of gaming.  We decided upon Splendor.  This is a game Peggy enjoys, and the rest of us like it too.  It played quickly, so we played it again.  I think Kyle had a good time today, he left for home having won all 4 games he played.

72 New Games Played in 2014

December 15, 2014

One of the joys of keeping records, is being able to do some review.  December is especially fun to do reviews, as it gives a good look of what has transpired so far for most of a year.

I see I have tried 72 new-to-me games in 2014.  I haven’t compared to previous years, but I suspect this is a better-than-average year.  18 of these 72 games are in my collection, while 4 games which had been in my collection were subsequently purged.  Of the 18 in my collection, just 2 of them were purchased after I tried the game on someone else’s copy.  Of the remaining 16 games, 9 of them were newly acquired, while 7 had been on the shelves awaiting attention for a fairly long time.

By the years:

  • New in 2014 – 9 games tried
  • 2013 – 23 games tried
  • 2012 – 9 games tried
  • 2011 – 4 games tried
  • 2000 – 2010 – 9 games tried
  • 1990’s – 5 games tried
  • 1980’s – 6 games tried
  • 1960’s – 2 games tried
  • The remainder were prototypes.

Roughly 1/3 of the new games I tried were played with Joe Huber.  This is remarkable, since I live nowhere close to Joe.  But we managed to get together 3 times in 2014, and he is an avid player of newly published games.

I calculate I have played 307 games in 2014.  That means 72/307 is my ratio, working out to 23% of my plays have been on new-to-me games.