I visited Nath this weekend. The weekend before his birthday. All of a sudden that little boy who looked up to you, is now towering over you, started a degree, and living the student life (despite being told to slow down, but it seems I’m old, and Halls has changed since I was in them last).
We only played one game Friday night. And it only just was Friday when we started it. That was 7 Wonders Duel.
It was a close game, neither of us bothered attempting for a science victory. Nath progressed a military path early on, whilst I did grab matching science tokens to give me a bonus that was worth three points at the end. A decision that would haunt me at the end.
I did manage to build all my Wonders early on, whilst Nath only managed one. But he was racking up blue victory point cards. Having forgotten his military plan during the second age. It was midway through the second age that I went big into the military path.
During the third and final age I managed to get right up to the door of his empire on the military path. One more point and I’d have the instant win. One point that I would have had if I’d taken the right science bonus earlier.
Instead the game went to points. Which gave Nath the win by two massive victory points.
Saturday saw me hunting down two lgs in Portsmouth while Nath had his football training.
Before I got to the first one I passed an artisan bakers. Who could resist one of them?
After being tempted to buy one of everything on the cake front, and narrowing the bread options down to two. I left the premises with a baguette, beer loaf, two cinnamon rolls, and a lemon meringue pie.
All I’m saying is best lemon meringue pie ever! Perfectly balanced, lovely pastry. Amazing.
We started our gaming off with Timeline Star Wars. A nice light start. Although one or two cards did stump Nath to give me the wins.
We followed that up with a game of Karmaka, which I had just received after backing on Kickstarter.
First up I love the art on this game. The box is beautiful, as is the art on the cards.
There are some nice touches like the two cards you can use to replace the main board, allowing you to take the game on the go in a smaller box.
The components are of a high quality. I love the little meditating meeples. The insert is nice, and a great touch.
This game really does capture its theme of reincarnation and karma in its mechanics and art.
I like the whole having to decide how you use a card. Do you save it for your future life? Do you score it for its deeds value? Or do you play it for its ability and possibly have your opponent place it in their future life to possibly use against you?
I like how the death, rebirth works. The moving up levels of transcendence based on whether you have scored enough deeds. Or you might get stuck if you haven’t and get a karmic ring instead.
Nath and I found for a game about karma and transcendence this had a high take that thing going.
We enjoyed our game, another Kickstarter win for me, and a game win for Nath.
Next up was a game of Magic the Gathering using the latest duel decks Nissa vs Ob Nixlis.
Next Nath and I tried to make our way across America and to safety while avoiding zombies in Hit Z Road.
Nath had a default win after my survivors failed to make it to safety and ended up as zombie food.
Our gaming finished off with Star Realms. Which I won. Although Nath thought it was over kill that I added up my total killing blow instead of stopping once I’d hit enough to win. Well it’s not Star Realms unless you are hitting them for as much as possible.
Sunday started off really relaxed! It was half nine when I woke and made a coffee for myself.
Finally with Nath awake we hit the local spoons which was literally a stones throw from Naths.
Back at the bomb site known as Naths room there was time for one more game before I had to head back.
Nath chose the game our weekend started off with 7 Wonders Duel. During the Wonders drafting I drafted a couple with military bonuses to stop Nath having them. And then decided that I would go big on the military route to victory.
Which I managed to pull off despite Nath trying to slow me down once or twice.
A great game to finish on.
I had a great weekend with Nath. I’m so proud of him. Can’t wait until my next visit.