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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Guest Post – The Plan: Going Through My Game Collection Part 1

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Since we started Initiative : Tabletop I always had a dream to get outside content on the site. My idea was simple: start hosting guest posts on the site and let other writers express their creativity through it. The day has finally come, and I’m happy to announce the first series of guest posts to be hosted here at I:T! We all hope you enjoy it, and thank you to Brendan, the lucky guy who get’s the take the first slot! Remember, if you want to get a guest post here on the site, just email us and we’ll get it rolling. For now, on to the guest post!

On January 22 (or by the time you read this  – pending on my editors), we will be in the fourth week of 2014 and I can safely say that I am still on target to complete my ‘Plan’.  What is that you ask? Simply put, I plan on playing all of my board games in 2014; that’s right – all of them.  My current list is around 113. “Around” – you might be wondering why I use that word – I mean shouldn’t I know how many games I have in my collection?  Can’t I just go to Boardgamegeek.com and get the number? Well, the number of games on my list has been shifting since I have been refining my definition of a “board game” and thus what should and should not be on the list.

Dominion Rio Grande

For example, I own Dominion, Dominion: Intrigue and Dominion: Seaside.  Is that one, two or three games on my list?  At first I thought that it should be three since I have all three in my collection.  Then, I thought since all three have the exact same mechanics with just a bunch of different cards; it should only count as a single game.  So I came up with my first qualifier: if it’s an expansion to a base or core game, it shouldn’t count for the list (so I got to remove Dominion: Seaside and Zombicide: Toxic City Mall – neither is a standalone game).

Then, I decided that if it was a miniatures game then it isn’t really a ‘board game’ and removed those from the list as well (Warmachine, Firestorm Armada, Pirates of the Spanish Main, All Things Zombie – I could go on but you get the idea).  But, what about those miniature/board game hybrids – say Deadzone, Battletech, Blood Bowl, and dare I say it – Car Wars?  They have a board even though I would consider them all a miniature game.  Those games I kept on the list since those games have a static board (In the case of Battletech or Car Wars – they were designed as a board game before they were ported to the miniature game we might consider them).

If that wasn’t enough, what about just a purely card game (Magic: The Gathering, Guillotine, or Yomi)?  What about those games that are played with a basic deck of cards (Cribbage, Poker, or Rummy)?  Should it only count if it’s my actual game that gets played or is it enough to cross off Suburbia since I technically played it in 2014 (Suburbia is Simcity the computer game in board game form – if you loved the video game, you are doing yourself a disservice by not playing this one).  I wish I could make these questions up, but when you are a gamer, other gamers want these questions answered (For the record, I own a copy of monopoly clone: IU-opoly; yes, it is on the list). So, 113 games at present moment.

dungeon roll

So, if you made it this far I’m guessing you want to know of my progress. To date, I have played eight games off the list (105 to go).  Some of them were pretty quick but still fun games (Carcassonne and Dungeon Roll).  Some were games that had memorable results – failing to personally win LEVEL 7 [ESCAPE] when I needed to succeed an outwit test of three on 5 dice to get to the B Lift (the guards beat me down and threw me back into my cell). I will note that I spent some of the game IN the B Lift and still didn’t win that scenario.

Actually, two of the highlights of this journey so far are the 1970s Avalon Hill games – Outdoor Survival and Source of the Nile. Okay, I admit that I played both of these games solo and I admit that I had fun.  I mean poor Archibald the geologist getting lost while following a river in the wilds of Africa after running afoul with natives multiple times (first time they left him with a horse, a musket and 9 food; then nothing but his life and lastly they took that from him as well). That tidbit while playing Source of the Nile still makes me smile (and is still set up in my gaming area).  Lest not forget that for the first time in my life I actually won the Lost scenario in Outdoor Survival (technically that game is my father’s and has been in our family for decades – probably since 1972 – making it older than me)!

The only two I haven’t mentioned anything about for completion sake are Pocket Pro Golf (I bought the “deluxe copy” from the designer). Pocket Pro Golf is a simple press-your-luck golf game that has some really cool mechanics – I recommend it and finally Warmachine:  High Command – a deck building game from Privateer Press (check out the review on this website).

Game On! (To Cody & John – I salute you)

Brendan Mayhugh



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