September 23rd, 2013

Games: Consoles (Nintendo)

Lazy(?) Weekend

So this weekend i had plans to play Minecraft and hang out with Avalyn. However Avalyn had been fighting off a cold(?) for most of the week, so of course as soon as the weekend arrived she finally succumbed to it. So i didn't get to do either of the fun things i had planned.

My next thought was to play some other games and catch up on LJ. Well i did play a little Sins of a Solar Empire (i've been playing bits of that on and off trying to get the last dozen or so achievements) and a lot of 3DS Mii Plaza games but then got distracted by organizing my finances.

Way back when i had to spend a lot of money on car repairs and was in a fair amount of debt (for me anyways, i think it was in the $3000-$6000 range) i started tracking what i was spending on what every month. I put together a spreadsheet (my answer for everything!) and every month i'd look at all my accounts and categorize all my expenses into a dozen or so different categories. This would take up an hour or three every month. Even after i'd paid off all the car repairs i kept it up because it was kind of cool to see how the numbers changed over time. Plus the whole it being a good habit to have thing. However a little over a year ago keeping the spreadsheet updated was one of the many things i let lapse at the time.

So since it was the right time of month to pay my bills on friday and i didn't have any other plans for the weekend i decided i ought to at least make a start on getting the spreadsheet back in order. And then once i started i kinda didn't stop =P Well that's not 100% true, i did do other things over the weekend, but i spent a fair bit of time every day on it. I was up till 3am friday night/saturday morning getting all the American Express records recorded and sorted (and in the process adding several improvements to the spreadsheet.) I think i actually got to sleep around 4am. Then i started in on the Capital One records saturday night and was up till 3 or 4 doing that. Then i tackled my checking account records sunday evening and was only up until 11 or midnight doing that.

So the other stuff i did earlier in the days before getting sucked into mucking about with finances and spreadsheets:

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Sunday: Lords of Waterdeep

I got up at 11ish again on sunday. I went to the weekly boardgaming session around 12:30 where we played two games of Lords of Waterdeep, but i think i'll actually save that for another post.
Boardgames: Acquire

Lords of Waterdeep

After watching the TableTop episode on Lords of Waterdeep a week or two ago i decided i wanted to pick up a copy of it. In large part because of the Owlbears. (Yes, i realize that's a very trivial reason, but i was already wavering when the Owlbears came up and it was just so amusing.)

(For those who don't feel like following the video link, Lords of Waterdeep is a D&D themed board game that's a lot like Caylus or a little like Agricola.)

Of course trying to buy a game featured on TableTop shortly after the episode can be a bit of a problem. I called three different game stores last tuesday. The first said they didn't have it and their supplier was out. The second said they didn't have it. The third said they didn't have it but they were expecting a new shipment on wednesday or friday. So i called again wednesday right after work and they said they'd gotten it in, so i drove by and picked up a copy.

First of all i've got to say that i'm rather impressed with the counter tray. (Is there a specific name for that thing? I forget.) Collapse )

So i got to gaming a little early on sunday, on the theory that if the game is already set up when the others get there they're much more likely to agree to play it :) However the others said they were going to be a little late, so the host and i tried out a two player game first.

I really lucked out for that game. I got the Builder lord, who i suspect is somewhat overpowered in a two player to begin with. I also _started_ with the plot quest that gives you the Lieutenant (a piece that lets you take an extra action every round.) And then almost immediately the "get 4 extra points for buying buildings" plot quest came up in the Inn and i managed to grab it.

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Shortly after we finished that game the rest of the people showed up and we started a five player game.

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So all and all the first two runs of the game seemed pretty good, if i say so myself :)

It will be interesting to see how it goes after some replay. The one major imbalance i see is the plot quests. It's not so bad if they show up in the Inn and you have to compete for them, but having players start with some of the better plot quests seems a little odd. I could see a variation where you take out the plot quests while distributing the starting quests and then shuffle them into the deck. Alternately if you wanted to get things off to a quick start you could deal one regular quest and one plot quest to everyone at the beginning. However that would only moderate the luck factor somewhat. No one would be without a plot quest in that case, but some people would get one that worked well with their Lord's ability and some wouldn't.

The Intrigue cards also offer a bit of luck, since they're randomly drawn both at the start and during the game. Some of them are pretty awesome and some of them are rather "meh". Most of them are significantly more useful in games with more players. (The "take two cubes of color X and choose one opponent to receive one cube of color X" cards were kind of a joke in the two player game.)