In just a few short days I'll be gaming for 24 hours straight, all to raise money for Boston Children's Hospital. 100% of the proceeds from your tax-deductible donation go to help these kids. If you haven't yet donated, won't you do so now?
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The wife and I had ten or twelve people join us over the course of the weekend to play games. This is the third year we've done this. She doesn't stay up all night, so I've talked a handful of friends to commit to the full 24 hours with me. This year we raised about $2,000. It was so much fun, the time really does fly by. I got to play more unique games this year than either of the previous two. For anyone curious here's a list of what I played with some thoughts thrown in on each (games in italics are those I played for the first time this weekend).
Das Motorsportspiel - Our tradition is to start with a racing game. We had 9p for this one. It was pretty good, but like most racing games with a lot of players it's really hard for those starting in back to get up to the front of the pack.
Between Two Cities - Nice variation on drafting: Tiles instead of cards. The semi-cooperative nature of choosing which tiles to play in which of your two cities is excellent, too. May need to add this one to the collection.
Witch's Brew - Solid game, but the asking price for this OOP gem (at least on Amazon) is a wee bit unrealistic.
Trieste - The first game I won! Three player only asymmetrical card game. Not bad, but the "roles" of each of the decks felt a little stiff, so that each game might play more or less the same.
Adorable Pandaring - Barely remember playing this one, but given the weekend as a whole that's not necessarily a reflection on the game. ;)
Love Letter - Classic that got overplayed when it first came out, but is still good every once in a while.
Qwixx - Possibly my favorite filler ever.
Castles of Burgundy - Possibly my favorite game ever.
Escape: The Curse of the Temple - We played (and lost) twice, and were thoroughly exhausted after.
Eminent Domain - Played 5p thanks to the Escalation expansion. Not sure I like it with that many. The game barely gets going and it's almost over.
-- The wife goes upstairs to lay down for a few minutes. We don't see her again until morning. --
No Thanks! - Another great filler.
Hearts of AttrAction - My new favorite dexterity game.
Five Tribes - Fun implementation of the mancala mechanic. Another one to consider adding to the collection.
Skull - I'm no good at bluffing games, and this is no exception. I have no poker face.
-- Midnight --
Mysterium - Excellent way to use Dixit cards.
Diamonds - Very simple trick-taking game at its root, with the addition of actions associated with each of the four suits.
-- Now it's just the core group of four players. --
In the City: Origins - Ok card game, with a certain production quality it was hard not to poke fun at. ;)
Mission: Red Planet (first edition) - This one has made an appearance each year so far. Perfect for the overnight hours.
Takenoko - The last game I won!
Hearts of AttrAction - So much my favorite dex game it made another appearance.
Maximum Throwdown - Dex game that's surprisingly fun for it's low BGG rating.
-- The wife wakes up at this point. --
Abraca-what? - Good deduction-like game. Made me think of a non-cooperative Hanabi.
Tsuro - Another one that seems to make an annual appearance.
Istanbul - I was perhaps over-confident in my teaching ability so close to the end of the marathon. But it's a light enough game that it was no big deal.
Coconuts! - We filled out the remaining minutes of our marathon time with another favorite dex game.
Thanks to , , and for doing this with me again. And thanks to for the promo games.
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