Profile

Cover photo
Avram Grumer
Attended Kinneret Day School
Lived in New York City, NY
792 followers|150,978 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos+1's

Stream

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Today was International Tabletop Day! I went to the Twenty-Sided Store for their game day. 

My first game was Fury of Dracula, which we only played partway through. It’s kinda complicated, and the guy explaining it to us had to run off and explain another game at some point, which slowed us down even more. We did find Dracula, and get a little combat done. I was playing Mina Harker, and got to hit Dracula with a pistol and holy bullets for 5 points of damage. 

Second game was Doodle Quest, a bit of a filler game aimed at kids. It involves drawing lines on an acetate sheet while looking at a diagram, trying to draw your line so it hits some targets and avoids others. When you’re done drawing, you place the sheet on the diagram and see how you did. 

I’ve played King of Tokyo before, and it was great, like always, but this was the first time I’ve been in a game where someone won by knocking all the other monsters out of the game, instead of through victory points. 

The highlight of the day was getting to play three games of Secret Hitler, using print-and-play components. In the first game, I got to be the player who killed Hitler! In the other two, I was the first person killed. 
7
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Today was Game Designer Spotlight day at the Twenty Sided Store in Williamsburg. I played four games currently being playtested or developed: 

How in the Word is a one of those games where the group has to come up with a thing and one person is the judge who selects the best one, like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. (There doesn’t seem to be a widely-used name for this mechanic.) In this game, the judge builds a fictional word out of word fragments, and the other players come up with amusing definitions. This was OK, but the fact that you have to write the definitions down made things slower than in games where you’re just picking a card. 

Complicated Boardgame — The Card Game is a Fluxx-like game where you have to get rid of an assortment of tiles and alter the rules for doing so with cards. The rule-changing is even more extreme than in Fluxx — one of the cards turned it into a team game, and since the teams were determined randomly, our game of five players turned into a team of four versus a lone player! 

Sumer was a computer game which I didn’t play, but check out that screen showing you who won! 

Lil’ Cthulhu is currently in Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deevolutionstudios/lil-cthluhu-you-cannot-win-only-hope-to-survive). You’re a Cthulhu cultist assigned to babysitting duty. You’re digging through a pile of toy parts (a card deck with a press-your-luck draw mechanic) looking for the toys that will keep baby from throwing a tantrum and wrecking you. 

Salvage is one of those gridded games where you draw cards to determine how you can move. Your spaceships have had important parts blown off, and you need to collect a set (four all either the same color or the same shape) to get home. Each part gives you a useful ability tweak of some kind. 
8
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Got to play more boardgames the other night. A few hands of Trickster: Fantasy, which I’d played once before, but this group got a better handle on the mechanics. It was a lot better this time; I don’t know if I’d recommend this game to casual gamers. Then a two-player game of Tiny Epic Galaxies, which I still like a lot. 
5
Matthew Coyne's profile photo
 
Tiny Epic Galaxies solo play works well, too.
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Spent the weekend at Dreamation, a games convention in New Jersey. Played Roll for the Galaxy, Suburbia, The Grizzled, 7 Wonders, Diner, Eminent Domain: Microcosm, Hey, That’s My Fish!, Tiny Epic Galaxies, and Twirk. I think that was it. Didn’t remember to snap photos of everything. The 7 Wonders game turned out to be an official prize game, and I won, so I got a prize point, which I turned in for a free convention t-shirt. 

I also picked up a copy of the second edition of Greenland in the dealers room. 
14
David Luchetti's profile photoLoliyo Abundiz's profile photoAvram Grumer's profile photoRay George's profile photo
4 comments
 
The Grizzled is pretty cool. Tough to win with all the ailments in the deck. Christmas is always nice to see pop up though haha.
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Played a bunch of new games today: Ticket to Ride Asia, Schmovie, The Contender (which we stopped after a few rounds because it was terrible), and something called Lamarckian Poker played with a standard deck of playing cards. There was also a bit of RPGing, which belongs in a different community. 
6
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Fate Accelerated Edition (FAE)  - 
 
My copy of It’s Not My Fault! (http://www.drivethrucards.com/product/162084/Its-Not-My-Fault) arrived on Monday, and it looks pretty great. The one thing that concerns me is approaches. The rules have you combine three cards, each one listing three of the standard six Fate Accelerated approaches, to make a character. Your PC’s approaches will add up to +9, just like a standard PC, but the distribution might be different. The sample character shown on the DriveThruCards page has three +2 approaches and three +1. The first character I made up just to try it out had two +3 approaches, one each of +2 and +1, and two +0. 

Does this bother anyone else, or is it just me? In a skills-based game, it would probably be OK, but with approaches, it’s pretty easy to drive play to favor your best approach. With two +3 approaches, a clever player could be using a +3 approach for nearly ever roll. 
It's Not My Fault! - It's Not My Fault is a one-shot-in-a-box character and situation generator for Fate Accelerated! With just a few minute
3
Marcel Wittram's profile photoRobert Sims's profile photoThinker Monkey's profile photoDylan Ross's profile photo
9 comments
 
I had a similar issue with the #Omegazone character building cards but just went with it. It provides way more laughs and cool fiction than it interferes with play (I actually don't think it interferes with play at all).
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
792 people
Keith Blasberg's profile photo
Tim Ballew's profile photo
Lowell Francis (edige23)'s profile photo
Richard Stevens's profile photo
Paul Brown's profile photo
Peter Clifton's profile photo
Praisegod Barebones's profile photo
Ryan Toxopeus's profile photo
aulia akbar's profile photo

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Brooklyn Ethical Culture Games Night again! I got to finally play Spyfall, which was awesome, so simple and yet so clever! (Didn’t take any photos of it, though; it’s not much to look at.) Pretty fast, too; we played like four or five games of it. 

We also played a couple of six-hand games of Trickster: Fantasy, a game of Avalon, and a couple games of One Night Werewolf. The night was heavy on social discovery games. 

Oh, and I forgot: I also got a chance to play Love Letters for the first time. Another good, simple, quick game. 
2
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Lightweight night at the Ethical Culture Society boardgame meetup. Played two or three games of Anomia, which was new to me, and fun. Players take turns playing cards that each have a symbol and a descriptive term like “Fruit” or “Famous Cartoon Character.” When two players match, each has to name something matching the other’s category; first one to finish gets the other’s card in their scorepile. Hectic fun, especially when we added a “no repeating a term” house rule. 

Then it was a series of increasingly drunken games of One Night Werewolf. 
2
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
The Park Slope Ethical Culture Boardgames group is meeting again, and it was pretty lively, looked like there might’ve been a couple dozen people there last night (Friday). I got to play two games I hadn’t played before (The Hanging Gardens and Kigi), and one I’d played solo but never before in a group (Pandemic: The Cure).

In Pandemic we managed to cure two of the diseases, but then had a stretch of bad rolls that killed us all.

I forgot to take a photo of Kigi in play, which is a shame, because it looks really great. Play seemed a bit awkward, though; I’m not 100% sure we were doing it right. 

The Hanging Gardens was pretty great, a novel take on tile-laying with ideas I hadn’t seen before. I got off to a strong start, but languished in the later game while one of the other players, who’d started slow and favored territory over scoring early on, zoomed ahead to take first. 
4
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Fate Accelerated Edition (FAE)  - 
 
Finally got to play a game of It’s Not My Fault! today! Someone else was GMing. Wacky piratical hijinks ensued. It’s a great way of jumping quickly into a lightweight game, sort of Fate Even More Accelerated. My sheet doesn’t reflect the fact that by the end of the game, I’d picked up a new aspect in the form of a pirate intern (formerly a guard holding some of us captive) I’d suborned with tales of wealth and stock trading. 
14
3
Nathan Hare's profile photo.J. Hunter's profile photoAvram Grumer's profile photo
5 comments
 
+.J. Hunter That’s basically Westley from The Princess Bride, at one point in his backstory. 
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Went up to Queens to play boardgames with some friends. Two games each of Codenames, Splendor, and Sushi Go. The first two were new to me. I can see why Splendor is popular! 
8
Add a comment...

Avram Grumer

Pictures of Games  - 
 
I picked up a copy of The Grizzled at the Twenty-Sided Store today. It’s a coöperative game about World War 1, with artwork by the French cartoonist Tignous, who was killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. When I first saw photos of the components, I decided to buy it, based solely on the artwork. Lucky for me it’s not too expensive (about $20, though I had store credit), and not too big (about 5.5 inches square, 2 inches deep). 

I haven’t unwrapped the cards from their plastic yet. They’re a slightly unusual (for the US) size, about 57.5mm x 88mm. Some discussion on Bardgamegeek claims that Mayday Games’s USA Chimera sleeves (https://maydaygames.com/usa-chimera-card-sleeves.html) are just the thing. 

You can find more information, and more photos, here: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/171668/grizzled
19
Chris Bennett's profile photoScott Bogen (The Board Game Show)'s profile photo
2 comments
 
Beautiful art direction. Love it.
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
792 people
Keith Blasberg's profile photo
Tim Ballew's profile photo
Lowell Francis (edige23)'s profile photo
Richard Stevens's profile photo
Paul Brown's profile photo
Peter Clifton's profile photo
Praisegod Barebones's profile photo
Ryan Toxopeus's profile photo
aulia akbar's profile photo
Education
  • Kinneret Day School
    1972 - 1980
  • Bronx High School of Science
    1980 - 1984
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    1984 - 1987
  • School of Visual Arts
    1987 - 1992
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Dissecting you with my mind
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
New York City, NY - Rochester, NY - Jersey City, NJ
Avram Grumer's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Androminion
market.android.com

Play Dominion, the award winning strategy game, on your phone or tablet against brilliant* AI's! Version 4.x now contains all the cards from

Answers to Google Social Network - Google+
googleplusanswers.com

A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by thousands who use the Google+ social network.