Despite the fact that I haven’t reviewed a board game in a while, International Table Top Day happened this weekend (in conjunction with the Cooper River Bridge run for any Charleston-ites). If any of you follow Felicia Day over at Geek and Sundry or Wil Wheaton’s Table Top episodes, you may have heard of the event as they have been marketing it a bunch.
My husband and I decided to host a “Marathon” gaming event at our house – 12 pm to 12 am, come and go as you please. Bonus: My sister-in-law was in town with her boyfriend, so we got to hang out with them, too! Even though I have a tendency to go overboard preparing for events that we host, Jesse helped me restrict myself to cupcakes, shots, and easy appetizer like foods (sweets, cheese and crackers, etc). Guests also brought various snacks and adult beverages to imbibe. We wound up with about 11-12 people or so at the height of the “crowds”.
Since Settlers of Catan is kind of the gateway drug to geek gaming, I based my homemade goodies on that – cupcakes and shots. Cupcakes I have made once before, but I feel like I improved upon this round, especially the sheep.
And of course, the more important and definitely more popular, Settlers of Catan shots. Let’s face it, I winged this one. On the right side are my recipes for the different board types from Settlers. I think I did alright, since there were none leftover by the end of the night.
It was quite an epic day, with folks arriving from around 1 pm and staying until after midnight. That is an excellent gaming session, in my humble opinion. We started the day off with some Sewer Pirats:
I think Jamie won this game. By the time we finished that game, we had amassed a big enough crowd for Ladies and Gentlemen, which can play up to 10 people. But first, a brief pause for pictures and the first round of Settlers shots.
Ladies and Gentlemen is really like two completely different games mashed together; this round I was playing the role of a gentleman, with my teammate and wife, Amber. We did well, but didn’t quite win. Still, quite a fun game. Here are the various ladies from this game:
That is quite the crew. Kelly is standing off to the side because originally she was going to play the Courtesan in this game (which is a way to play with only 9 people), but we found a 10th player in Nick, so they “shacked up” last minute. Here is the corresponding team of Gentlemen (without Nick since he joined last minute):
I’m not certain if we did any better than the Ladies team with our picture.
After this we split into groups, I went to get pizza, and more things happened. There was a game of Robinson Crusoe:
Other folks ate pizza and chatted for a while. I like Nick’s Hanging Light Fixture Hat in this photo; I have excellent picture taking skillz.
The above group and I played Unexploded Cow after we finished pizza, but I failed at pictures there. Amanda won that game. The other group tried to catch up to us by playing Tsuro, which I think Val won.
We played one more larger group game, a team game that is similar to Cranium – it’s called Evolution. A bit harder than Cranium. You do anything from brain teasers to answering questions, to charades, to drawing pictures for your teammates to guess. Below is a video I took during the game of my team trying to guess a charades answer.
Most folks had to head home at this point, but a few hung around. Those of us who were left played two rounds of Flash Point, which is a new game of ours we hadn’t tried before. It’s a co-op game, and allows 6 players. These days we wind up looking for games that can fit more people since when we have game nights we almost certainly have more than 4 players. Here we are trying to put out lots of fires and rescue people. And animals. Gotta save those dogs and cats, too.
I think we lost a few more after this game, and Jesse and Jamie decided to play a two player game at this point – The Awful Green Things from Outer Space. When they finished that, I jumped back in for one more game, a round of Trains! Have I ever mentioned that I am bad at deck building games? Cause I am. Alcohol and 1 am do not make me any better at them either, in case you are curious. The picture below is about how I was feeling around 11 pm, so extrapolate from there.
So all in all, we played 9 different games over the course of the day:
- Sewer Pirates
- Ladies and Gentlemen
- Robinson Crusoe
- Unxploded Cow
- Flash Point
- The Awful Green Things from Outer Space
Thanks to everyone who came out for our first International Table Top Day Gaming Marathon! It was really fun! We did miss some of our regular gaming friends, but there is always another game night 🙂