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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 44: According to Hoyle

This weekend, I headed to the mountains of Tennessee to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday with a bunch of my friends from college! It was a bit cold to walk about the multiple tourist locations where we were staying so a lot of time was spent in the cabin (a huge 6 bedroom dwelling complete with the game room – sadly no board games but what we brought).   Most of the time playing games meant various card games using your standard deck of 52 cards. Most games that I played were cribbage and euchre over the weekend. Due to that, only one game was played from the list.

I purchased the Telestrations twelve player party pack for the trip (which puts it on the list) and we managed to play it on Saturday while in Tennessee. Of course we added Cards Against Humanity as well (a friend of mine printed and cut out the cards) to make it a gut-busting good time! It was as fun with this group as it was during Gen Con. My hat is off to my friend Justin who told me to merge the games.

Telestrations – though the actual game is entertaining, adding the white cards from Cards against Humanity takes it to a whole new level.

Telestrations – though the actual game is entertaining, adding the white cards from Cards against Humanity takes it to a whole new level.

Other games played:

Also played this week was Shadowrun: Crossfire. Shadowrun is a still a really hard game to win and after a couple of plays, I can’t decide if I like it or not. The fact that your deck starts over with just the basic cards each play instead of slowly increasing like other games of that sort has been a disappointing feature. I admit that I haven’t played it enough to get any Karma upgrades and that might be the issue. Time will tell if this one will be kept for the 2015 purge.

Xia on the other hand has been a hit with multiple people and multiple plays. We have only played games to 5 and 10 fame points (victory points), but each game has been fun. The only thing that I can see being a problem is the fame point for completing a merchant run. Too often the planets that you need to make that run lie adjacent to each other and can truly make it an easy path to victory. None of the games I have played has had someone doing that exclusively (mainly because the other players have scorned that path), but I can see it being a possible loophole in an otherwise fantastic game!

Since I talked about building dungeon tiles with my castle molds last week, I figured that I would show everyone my set up. Since a full cast only takes 30 minutes, I can get quite a bit done during a day if I set my mind to it. The way I figure it, I have about 70 more casts before I have enough tiles for my dungeon. With the weather turning colder, I will be hard pressed to stay long in my basement – it’s just too cold!

Brendan Hirst Arts

Hirst Arts Castle Molds – This is my current set up, notice the DIY vibrating table and scale to measure out the plaster.


Until next time – Play a Game!

Brendan Mayhugh



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