|The Grail has been found, and Merlin is warding off siege engines|
Next up, we pulled out The Walking Dead. Mike R. is always quick to point out that this is the game based on the comics, not the TV shows (of which there is another game). Basically, in this game, you are trying to be the first to successfully scout 3 locations on the map, based on location cards that are visible to everyone, and one secret location known only to you. As you travel around, you leave hordes of zombies in your wake, and draw encounter cards, which can be zombie fights, or other tasks that require you to roll your dice pool.
It gets successively harder to scout each of your 3 locations. In our game, Tom won in the end, although technically he "cheated", as he scouted the prison twice, and legally you can't scout the same location twice. But that's OK, I think we were all ready for it to be over. Now, I'm not a zombie fan(I really wish the whole zombie fad would star to die), so that's one strike against the game for me. But that's not really what I have against the game. It's fun in it's own way, but - and this is only my 2nd play - it can tend to drag a little. By the time people have scouted their 2nd location, I feel like most people are ready to be done. It didn't help that we had 6 players, which slows things down (although we allowed both Traci and Brian to "regenerate" after they were killed). The other thing that is a little annoying is that it's impossible to plan for some of the encounter cards. Sure, you can stock up on ammo and such to prepare for zombie encounters...but you may get a card that simply reads "you are successful at this encounter if you have the lowest amount of food - otherwise you fail". Well...how can you possibly plan for that? But, as was stated several times at the table, this game is all about atmosphere and story telling, and not really about strategy and tactics.
|The zombies are starting to mass...Atlanta is a (un)death trap!|
I did my part to stimulate the economy and help my FLGS by picking up a couple of items. I did my usual walk around the Game Parlor, not expecting to really find anything, when lo and behold, there on the shelf sat the new 7 Wonders:Wonder Pack. I had no idea such a thing existed. So, for $15 I snatched it up. Apparently the new Wonders are the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Abu Simbel, and they have reimplemented the promotional Manekken Pis "Wonder". I haven't looked at it in great detail, but the free beer has apparently been removed from Manneken Pis. So, being committed to spending $15, I wanted to find something for at least $5 more to get myself a free ticket for the evening (Game Parlor charges you $2 to play there, which I think takes a little of the "F" out of "FLGS"). I couldn't find anything that I was interested in for that cheap, so for $35 I settled on Roll Through the Ages. I've not played them, but I've heard good things about RTtA, and it's "big brother", Through the Ages. So, this one was bought on reputation alone...and yet again I need to find shelf space for more games. Sigh...I fear I'm going to have to ruthless about culling my collection soon.