Some monthly stats for August 2004
Total games played: 35
Unique games played: 16
Total gaming sessions: 12
Total Gaming Time: 33:42
Total Set-up Time: 0:42
Average Game Length: 0:58
Games played more then once this month (other then Magic):
Hick Hack in Gackelwack 4
10 Days in the USA 3
G. I. Joe CCG 3
New games this month:
The Amazing Labyrinth
G. I. Joe CCG
Game of the month: Memoir '44
As a result of taking a few weeks of to go to GenCon, I didn't get to any of the usual SOG nights this past month. Thus, I was exposed to less new games then usual, which I regret. However, I was able to demo some games at the convention: Dos Rios, some Out-of-the-Box games (including Cloud Nine), and Memoir '44.
I noticed a significant difference between being taught a new game by a fellow player and being taught a new game by someone who is working a booth at a convention. The excitement isn't really there, and sometimes professional demo-ers make silly mistakes, such as misreading a red river card for green river card in Dos Rios ("Verde? Does that mean red?", he asked us.) I should mention that the people demoing Out of the Box games were much more like fellow gamers and really got into the games.
Based on discussions on the geek, I specifically sought out Memior '44 to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. The demo played quickly, the rules were easy to pick up, and the different scenarios seem to offer a long lifespan for the game. It reminded me of Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit, except without the hour-long setup time. The one difference that I found a little startling in Memoir '44 is that hexes of units are equally powerful regardless of the number of units remaining in that hex. In other words, four infantry men do as much damage as one. On the other hand, if this simplification helps the game move along more quickly (which I am sure it does), I can't complain too much.
I look forward to playing more scenarios of this game in the future. Based on its local popularity, I imagine it'll be easy to find someone with a copy at UG8!
Computer Games played: Age of Wonders II
PS2 Games played:
Karaoke Revolution (aka SSR for Sing Sing Revolution)
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
Eastern MA Gaming, Unity Games 8 - October 2, 2004
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