Sunday, February 22, 2009

Accusatory

On Saturday afternoon Brenden, Dan, Chris, Jon and Dave came over to do some strategy boardgaming. Brenden and I had been talking about getting together to play the Battlestar Galactica boardgame (the new one, not my old 1978 one) since he got it several months ago, but our schedules didn't work out until this weekend.

The game was a lot of fun, and very similar to what I was expecting based on the write-ups I had read on it. The game is based on the current re-imagined series where you don't know who is a cylon. So while everyone is supposedly working towards the same goal, some amount of the players at any given time are secretly cyclons and are doing their best to sabotage the efforts of the humans.

In the end, Brenden, Dave and I made up the human team, and got soundly thrashed by the Cylons. We were doing well through the first two-thirds of the game, when there was only one active Cylon, but when the other two players ended up being Cylons things turned into a disaster almost immediately.

Because everyone knows there are players working against the team, but there isn't really anyway to determine who is doing what, a lot of the game revolves around being highly suspicious of the motives of other players. There are many opportunities in the game where people could be not telling the truth about why they 'had' to do something, or whether they could or could not help resolve a particular crisis. So as long as you enjoy the suspicious ambiance that brings to the game, it is a lot of fun.

After Battlestar Galactica we played a partial game of Arkham Horror, which was also quite a bit of fun. That game was new to everyone buy Dave, and so we all had fun learning it. The game is more a boardgame based RPG (think HeroQuest or the like), but set in the Cthulhu mythos. Since it is a cooperative game, it went well in soothing tensions after the contentious BSG game. Unfortunately Arkham Horror is really, really hard (not to learn, but in difficulty to win) and demonstrated that in a big way as players died or went insane left and right. That bogged us down a bit and since we didn't start playing until 8:30 and were still going at 2am we ended up having to cut the game a bit short. It was still a lot of fun.

The whole evening was a good time, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I'm definitely hoping to get to play both games again.

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