This month has been a difficult one for me, and it follows a month that wasn’t so great either, so gaming has been a rare smiley face in a sea of poop emojis.
Camels, Beans, Garbage and Skulls
The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth was the only new game I played this month. I don’t know that I would have liked it as much if I had been playing this with a different group of people. I have a really nice group of friends and it’s so nice to spend time with them, especially when I’m not having such a good month.
The rest of the month was filled with older games like Bohnanza, R-eco and Jaipur. These are all favorites of mine, especially Jaipur. I think it may be my favorite two-player game. If it’s not, it’s certainly one of my top five. It was reprinted with some new art, so there’s no reason to not have a copy of it in your game collection.
I also played Jamaica, which features some of the best cardboard coins that you can find in a board game. This needs to comes back in September at our annual Pirate Party. I need to make sure the annual Pirate Party comes back. We skipped it 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances. Skull is still a pretty new game to me. I think I bought a copy after the Bookwyrm in 2018. It’s a bluffing game similar to Liars Dice, played with thick paper coasters decorated with Day of the Dead style skulls.
Downfall and Dungeons & Dragons
I managed to get in a few RPG sessions this month, including Downfall, a game where three players tell the story of how a society of their own creation slowly crumbles from within. Yes, this is terribly depressing, but my friend Patrick has helped me learn to enjoy games like this. Downfall was created by Caroline Hobbs, but I’m not exactly sure where you can buy it. (Update! A clever squirrel told me that Downfall is available from Indie Press Revolution.) Our story was about what happens inside a magic lamp when the genie leaves and never comes back.
I’ve been running an all bard Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons campaign on Roll20 for a couple of months now. It’s a homebrew campaign. You can check it out at Scabard: Permission to Bard. I like Scabard, but I haven’t had a lot of time this month to world build. The players recently made it to 3rd level, so it was time to head off to Bard College. It was pretty funny when they learned that they didn’t have enough money to pay their tuition and had to seek assistance from the financial aid office.
In other D&D news, my group that’s spent years trying to get through the quest started in Five Temples of the Earth Mother, has made it to the doorstep of the final temple. Having lost a good deal of time in the Shadowfell, it didn’t seem like they would make it to the island of Alaron in time, but they caught a ride in a dangerous metal rocket created by the Gnomes of Steam. I guess there’s still hope for the Moonshae Isles after all.
I guess there’s still hope for me too.