PAX Madness
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Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:30 pm)

Well we survived PAX 2009 in Seattle. It was pretty crazy, and there were tons of sweaty, nerdy gamers all over the place.

We met several famous people there, including Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek TNG fame), Steve Jackson, Jonathan Coulton, and Jhonen Vasquez.

We played several new board games, some that aren't even available yet. My favorite was Nanuk which we'll be ordering as soon as possible. The Stars are Right was also really fun, although a little bit harder to get started with. I don't mean this in a bad way, though. It's just such a different type of game than I've played before. Well-worth learning and playing.

We also got two Waiting For Santa packs for Munchkin. They still aren't available for purchase through normal venues, but they had a very limited quantity available at PAX. I was too late to get any of the Fairy Dust packs.

We also met the folks from Flying Frog Productions, creators of Last Night On Earth. We met the actors that play Sally and Jake and got autographed photos from them. We also picked up the expansion for LNOE and preordered three new expansions coming out later this year.

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Last Night On Earth, The Zombie Game
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Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:34 pm)

Wednesday night my youngest brother Wesley came over and we (he, Lorien, and I) played Last Night On Earth, The Zombie Game. Although it can be a 2-player game, I suspect it's a bit more playable with more than two people. It supports up to six.

This game is pretty incredible, it even comes with its own CD soundtrack! The game board is made of several pieces, four randomly chosen and one central piece, which introduces a nice variance to the game. There are always two sides to this game, the survivors and the zombies, with at least one player controlling each side.

The cards are very high quality, and real actors were photographed for the content. There are numerous (14) zombie pieces, and eight human pieces. There are many assorted counters and special tokens as well.

To help get the hang of the game, we started with the basic scenario, "Die, Zombies, Die!" The goal is to kill enough zombies before the sun sets. The combat sounded a little confusing at first, but it's really not very hard to learn. The tough part can be getting a weapon to help you kill the zombies. With luck, searching through an empty building will yield a useful weapon (like the chainsaw!), but not always.

Lorien and I managed to defeat Wesley's zombie horde with about two turns to spare before sundown. Having the basic game down made it easy to jump into the next scenario we chose, "Defend the Manor House." This time our goal was to stop nine zombies from entering the Manor House (it's on the back of the town center board) before it was too late. At one point, we nearly lost the game: there were eight zombies inside, and several more only a step away. Fortunately, the stranger Jake got some gasoline and a lighter and was able to torch six of the zombies, but unluckily, he was caught in the fire and killed. He died helping the rest of the survivors, and at least he got to have his "last night on Earth" (a Zombie card event) with Jenny the farm girl before his noble sacrifice.

In all, it was a really fun game, and I'm quite glad I have added it to my board game collection. If you can't find it at your friendly local game store, check out Flying Frog Productions' website and buy it online!

New Games!
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:51 am)

Two games arrived yesterday in the mail. One because it was the only way I could get it, and the other because it was cheaper than buying it at the store. The two games are (in order): Last Night On Earth, The Zombie Game and Pandemic. After playing Pandemic at Ellie and Wade's we knew we had to get our own copy. Looks like an expansion is coming out this summer, too!

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Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:57 am)

We played Mwahahaha! with Ellie and Wade (he just got home again) last night. It was a long game because Wade was learning how to play.

I was Doctor Dookie again, and slipped under the radar when everyone was worrying about Wade completing his doomsday device. I launched my attack from my Lunar Stronghold, threatened the world with raising the dead and won.

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New Board Game
Posted in Hobbies
Last dog watch, 1 bell (6:46 pm)

Our friends Ellie and Wade will be interested to know we bought a new board game today. It's Mwahahaha!, a game about mad scientists and world domination. It's a big heavy box with tons of cards, dice, cardboard, etc. It looked pretty cool, and you certainly feel like you got your money's worth when you open up the box and can't hardly put everything back in.

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Cooperative Board Game
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Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:34 am)

Last night we played Pandemic with Ellie and Wade. I can't remember playing a cooperative board game like this before. Once we played through our first game (and lost quite badly), I think we started figuring out how to work together better, so our second game was successful. It was really fun, and quite strategic. And like I said, you have to work together, not against each other, to win the game.

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