Sunday, April 30, 2017

International Table Top Day!

Yesterday was International Table Top Day. To celebrate, we decided to go to our local small game store's ITTD event. They had a 24 hour event that started at 6 pm Friday and went to 6 pm Saturday, where you could come in and play their demo games for free. There were a couple of board game giveaways and Amber won a copy of Dixit Journey. We got there at 6 Friday night and stayed for 8 hours before running home for a few hours of sleep, then we returned Saturday to play for 8 more hours before heading home to play a few of our own games.These are the games we played during those 24+ hours:

Friday Night


Smash Up- We decided to start off our night with a game we own and know how to play, but do not own any expansions for yet, while waiting for a friend to show up. It was fun getting to play with the expansions and Amber's Mad Scientist Bear Calvary won over Shannon's Vampire Kittens!
Shannon- I like the concept of this game a whole lot. I like the idea of mixing two factions together to form a unique deck. Unfortunately for me, that is my favorite part of the whole game. I do like the game, and I will play it when other people suggest it, but it's not one that I see myself spending more money on.
Amber- I found that when we picked factions based on how cool/funny we think they would be together, is not very practical. Bear Calvary and Mad Scientists do not flow well together. 

Dead of Winter- Next we taught this to a friend who joined us for the rest of the night. This is a game that we both love a lot and really enjoyed getting to play it again. It was also a lot of fun getting to teach this game to a friend... even though we lost to the game. (And it helped us both mark off another box on our 10x10 Challenges!)

Zombicide: Black Plague- After that, another gamer asked us if we would like to learn to play Zombicide. We really enjoyed learning this game from someone who already knew how to play. We quickly caught on and had a lot of fun, and we won!
Shannon- This game has been on my wish list for a while now, so it was really nice getting to learn this game before I buy it. I love a good cooperative game, and this fits nicely into that category. The miniatures were nice, and I loved how it made me think of a dungeon crawl game like Descent. This was hands down my favorite game that I learned during ITTD.
Amber- Definitely adding to our wish list. I liked the feel of it being cooperative. It slightly reminded me of all the weapons and moving around the board like Mice and Mystics, but with zombies chasing me instead of rats and spiders. 

Jim Henson's Labyrinth- Next our friend wanted to try out this game since he is a fan of the movie. Unfortunately, we lost.
Shannon-I have only seen Labyrinth once, and that was a while ago, so the theme was not that appealing to me. I spent most of the game trying to catch up to everyone else, which I never did, so I felt my character was pretty useless for the whole game. Not one I would buy, but I think fans of the movie would enjoy it.
Amber- Not a game I would buy right off since I have never seen the movie, and the rules were confusing at parts. 

Plague Inc.- The other two people we were playing with at this point both wanted to try out this game. Neither of us won this area control game.
Shannon- This game was only okay for me. I have found that I'm not the biggest fan of area control games, so I didn't like this one as much as the other three I was playing against. I only lost by a couple of points, so I think I would give this game another try at some point.
Amber- I liked the game, but not sure if it is a right off buy for me, because I'm not sure if my husband would like it. It, at first, made me think it would be like the diseases in Pandemic, but it was different in board, events, and ways to outbreak. 

Saturday

Stone Age- We decided to learn some new games to start off our day and started with this worker placement that we had both heard about and thought about buying at some point.
Amber- Awesome game! I decided to buy the game! :D I have really begun to enjoy worker placement games. It played well as a two player game, and I think it would play just as well with more. I really like the theme and the feel of trying to build my village and yet also feed everyone.
Shannon- This game was pretty good. I debated buying it after watching it played on Table Top, but worker placement games are a hit or miss with me, so I did not want to buy this one without playing it first. I liked it, and can't wait to play it with Amber again. 

Just Desserts- We learned this short game before grabbing some lunch. It was an easy to learn set collection/hand management game all about making some desserts!
Amber- I could see this being a fun game to take on a trip like camping or to play sitting at a coffee shop. Plus it was an easy game to pick up and know how to play within 5 minutes.
Shannon- This game is one that my kids want to get, so when I saw that they had it to play, I wanted to try it out. It was cute and fun, and easy enough that I know my kids will catch on how to play quick. I am excited for them to get this one so I can play it with them. 

Mission: Red Planet- This was the last game we learned before heading home thanks to a power outage in the area. This one is a space themed area control game.
Amber- I really liked this game too, and will be adding it to my wish list. I think it would flow better as a 3+ player game, because you would not have neutral players, but it was an okay two player game. I liked how well the planet and launchpad were assembled and all of the little astronaut minis!
Shannon- This game just didn't pull me in and make me enjoy it. I had bad luck with the mission cards that I got, and didn't have any luck playing cards from my hand either. Part of my problem with this one was trying to read cards with the power out and either misreading something or missing something completely. I would give this game another try, with power this time so I could actually read what my cards say, but I still don't think it's a game for me. 

Dragonheart- Back home, we played a quick game of Dragonheart since it is a favorite two player game of ours and it helps Shannon mark off another space on her 10x10.

Dead of Winter: The Long Night- We ended our International Table Top Day by playing a scenario that we had played a few weeks ago and lost in the last round. We beat it this time, and it was a nice way to end our day.

We hope that everyone enjoyed their ITTD as much as we did.
Click the game names to find out more about them at boardgamegeek! 


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