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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 – Part 21: Pastimes!

The Subbuteo tournament that I went to this past weekend was pretty fun. I wish I could tell you that I won anything this time, but I can’t. Fact of the matter is that I didn’t even win a single game. There was some pretty tough competition this year and well, I couldn’t seem to score any goals which made it pretty hard to win a soccer game. Still after every one of these tournaments I come home with two goals in mind. One, to work on getting a league here in Bloomington (we have three complete pitches and a decent number of teams to use – we just need the players). Two, to practice and get better – I want to be competitive – heck I’ll settle for competent, I was pretty embarrassed on my performance this year. Interested in playing some time? Let me know – I’ve got everything needed to play!

Subbuteo Brendan

Subbuteo – A wonderful dexterity game played mainly in Europe and northeast US.

This week saw me complete a game that I thought would be hard to complete with my gaming group – not that it isn’t a good game quite the opposite, but it has two perceived problems and I thought it was going to hurt my chances of playing Arkham Horror. The first is that people think it is a long and complicated game with a lot of rules and exceptions. Secondly, the newer game Eldritch Horror has replaced it – being an all together better game. It is complicated, but manageable with some time spent reading the rules. I can safely say that this play is the second time in all my games that I have felt like it was going smoothly. I have been watching a play through on Youtube which allowed me to brush up on my knowledge of the game before playing it and the people that were playing remembered enough about Eldritch Horror to slide into this game without much difficulty. We only had to consult the rules a couple of times the entire night which really sped up the game – it was still about a three hour game from setup to cleanup, but it wasn’t a grueling event that I remember from most of my plays. I guess it pays to be on top of the rules in a game like that. I don’t think I’m ready to play again with complete newbies, but I’d like it get more plays in the following months. If you haven’t tried this cooperative game set in the Cthulhu mythos, give it a try!

Arkham Horror – The streets in the southern part of town are teeming with things best not talked about!

Arkham Horror – The streets in the southern part of town are teeming with things best not talked about!

I will note that I did play Star Frontiers – Knight Hawks. This is the war game aspect of a RPG produced by TSR in the 1980s (My game was copyrighted 1983 meaning it just celebrated its 31st birthday!) This game was one of the two reasons I got into gaming as bad as I did. RPGs were the start for the side that would eventually become board games but this tactical game would get me into miniature gaming. So after finding the digitally re-mastered rule books on the internet, I started reading my copy. After that, it was a simple matter into getting an actual game in (we only played the basic rules). It is a dated game with a lot of low probable shots and a movement system that is definitely antiquated. We decided that once all of hard hitting limited supply ordinance was gone that we would be there “forever” trying to hit each other with laser batteries and laser cannons and called it a draw. Still, it was nice to replay that game – too bad I don’t have enough actual miniatures to create a couple of fleets. It might be nice to convert that into Starmada sometime. But then, we are moving to playing all my miniature games and that is a bit of a slippery slope!

Star Frontiers - The evil Sathar (green) attack the fortress Kdikit; the UPF task force Cassidine moved to engage.

Star Frontiers – The evil Sathar (green) attack the fortress Kdikit; the UPF task force Cassidine moved to engage.

I’m off to Origins this week for four days of gaming – I’m sure to have a long report next time!

Until next time – Play a game!

Brendan Mayhugh


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