Dungeoneering! and the taming of the Husband.
I am going to start with a long-winded story. Bear with me. There will be a point to this.
So a long time ago, I ordered Yokohama and one of the wooden tokens was broken. So I emailed Tasty Minstrel Games and to my surprise, they sent me a replacement. Not only did they send a replacement, I got a personalised note and a Dargon meeple. I was so amazed at how good the customer service was that I posted about it on my instagram. The person in charge of instagram, for TMG, Steph Hodge, tagged Barbara Allen who was in charge of customer service. That led to us chatting about everything and anything-and by anything I mean how did she paint her nails in Avenger logos for a con. This then led to do you want to start a Women’s Network of Gamers. (PS. If you are female or identify as female, join our discord channel the link will be at the end). To which I said, who do I have to kill to do that? And so we did.
Now, I was so excited about this that I started blabbing about it at school and found out that there were secret female gamers on our staff. Thus, we vowed that we would meet up once a month to play boardgames!
Our first gaming session was Gloomhaven. Perfect for us because I really wanted to get good at it and two of the people I was gaming with were also DnDers. It took me a while to first, sort the components and sleeve the necessary cards, then another few days to study the rulebook and watch the how to play video by Paul Grogan. Saturday rolled along and I had the table setup and the Proseco Spritz iced and we were good to go.
It was a good thing that I had DnDers in the group because boy the game has a lot of moving parts. You do City Events, then Road events, then during combat you determine initiative order, then handle monster ability cards, then there’s the attack modifier deck and then sorting out disadvantage and advantage during attacks and on and on and on. Really, the Proseco Spritz was a necessity.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining because this game freaking rocks!!!! The ability deck alone is worth the purchase. The top/bottom actions leads to many interesting choices and on top of that deciding if you want to go higher up in the initiative order is so cool. It actually creates the feeling of how a real battle would be. There are lots of tactics and planning but also a lot of chaos. It’s like the blessed child of Euro and Thematic games. Who would have thought a game like this would exist. I can’t wait to play this game again and really immerse myself in the world.
This game has been sitting on my shelf for ages. Correction, this game and all it’s expansions plus deluxe upgrade kit has been sitting on my shelf for ages, waiting to be played by my husband and I. I know that he would find it enjoyable because not only did he enjoy Trajan when I taught it to him, he won! Beginner’s luck is mean.
I found that with newbies like my husband teaching worker placement is easier. I don’t know why but it in my experience it does. Maybe because you get to do one action at a time, maybe because my husband is a chess player and likes putting tokens in certain places or maybe because I choose really good games. All equally valid reasons.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon when we played so I wanted to play something that had both whimsy and depth. My husband has also realised that in order to spend more time with me he has to play boardgames so Orléans was the perfect choice. The art by Klemens Franz is amazing. Aside from Ian O’ Toole, I think he’s one of the best artists out there. I just really like the colours he chooses – truly vibrant and fun. You might think bag-building engine is a game of chance but really it’s pretty strategic. You have to find out what you want to do and choose the right workers that go in your bag. There’s randomness but not so overwhelming that you feel that the game is playing you. It was a real hit with my husband.
There was a shelfie thing going on, on Instagram and I took this collage of my collection. It kind of freaked me out when somebody posted if I was sure that I was only a year into the hobby. I have a problem. Do I want it solved? My dice roll says no.
I also jumped the gun and bought Vinhos. Woohoo – another Vital game in my collection. I will get you all!