Learning how to play The U.S. Civil War part 1


I’ve long wanted to play a sophisticated U.S. civil war game.
As an owner of The Civil War, published by Victory Games, I was fascinated by the detailed rules.  So fascinated, the game went untouched and never played thanks to those same rules.  Decades fly by before a new generation takes its place, its The U.S. Civil War, published by GMT Games.  After weeks of reading rules and watching Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, I wasn’t going to shy this time.

I’ve set up a solo-game with the paper rule book on my left and reading the .pdf of the latest published book on my laptop to my right.  Documenting as much as I can, I journal my moves and reference sections from the rule book.  Strategies will be questionable, the decisions reckless and naive.  All is important is I learn how to play the game and have some fun!

The best way to learn how to play the game is to play the game.

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Betrayal at House on the Hill: Session (10.16.2016)

2016-10-16_betrayal-aJust in time for Halloween,
we break out Betrayal at House on the Hill.  It’s a game session of four.  The professor takes three mental patients out on a late night field trip.  What could go wrong?  The answer is most everything.  Read carefully how the house betrays hero and villains alike.  This session concluded on October 16, 2016.

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Star Wars Rebellion: Game session (9/14/2016)

starwarsrebellion-20160914aStar Wars: Rebellion joins our collection,
and we celebrate the galactic struggle with a game session journal.  Will Luke be a Jedi?  Will Admiral Ackbar scream “It’s a trap!”?  Is Darth Vader warming up the Carbonite machine?  It may not be the original trilogy, but the game session is dated September 14, 2016.
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Eldritch Horror: First look at the game

EldritchHorror-Cover-aEldritch Horror,
is a spin off board game from the makers of Arkham Horror.  It has many features you expect out of a Fantasy Flight Games with “horror” in its title; numerous cards, convoluted rules, merciless roles of dice, and a creative theme that reads like a novel.  Read more to see if this is a game experience for you.

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Betrayal at House on the Hill: A visit part 1 (12/14/2014)

BaHotH-01Two orphans, Brandon and Zoe, run up to Father Rhinehardt telling him wild stories about strange happenings the house on the hill.  “Nonsense!” exclaimed Father.  He lectures them for an hour about God fearing and blasphemy.   However, the children’s imagination could not be erased by Rhinehardt’s repeating thumping on the table.  Frustrated by his ineffective piousness, he takes each child by the hand and escorts them to the mansion at dusk.
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Betrayal at House on the Hill: A look at the game

Betrayal_9547Betrayal at House on the Hill is a thematic game and an impulse buy.   Its about nosy characters trespassing a haunted house, pilfering items and having psychedelic yet dangerous encounters from room to mysterious room.  No two games will be alike due to its mechanics of map building and its unknown plot.  Full of twists and turns, its “fun factor” depends how much imagination and enthusiasm players are willing to invest in it.  We’ll go over why would anyone want this board game and what you can expect out of it.

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