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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: This Week’s Gaming in Review

I’m back without a real plan for 2015. After the amount of pressure to get all my games played in 2014, it’s nice to not force a gaming plan. Of course, making a lofty goal and having to write a weekly column about finishing it for the world really keeps you on the task. I think my overall goal is to play through five complete campaigns from five different games. I still working on which five games that I want to complete – I hope to have that one figured out in the next couple of days. I also would like to get more board games played with my wife but that might be a lofty goal in itself. The games we did play last year were pretty fun – I think it’s just a matter of finding the right games.

I played a couple of games this week that I would like to highlight. The first is Camel Up. This game is a great and I can certainly understand why this won the Spiel des Jahres for 2014. It’s an easy to learn, fun to play gambling game. You get one action on your turn – take a leg-betting tile for one of the five camels, place your oasis/desert tile, take a pyramid tile (which moves one of the camels between 1 and 3 spaces), or bet on the overall winner or loser of the race. Once all the camels have moved, you break for leg scoring – only the first and second place camel win you money. The game continues until at least one camel passes the finish line. There is one final leg scoring followed by a payout by the race’s overall winner and loser with the person that has the most money the winner. I have played in games of four and seven players and really loved it.

Camel Up – A fantastic gambling game with camels!

Camel Up – A fantastic gambling game with camels!

After two plays of Star Wars: Imperial Assault, I can’t recommend it enough if you like Star Wars or Descent. There is a couple of rules changes in Star Wars: Imperial Assault from Descent that I really like. Some people even noted that it would be cool if the rule changes were back compatible with Descent, but I don’t think we will be seeing a third edition of Descent any time soon. I think I will wait for a couple more plays before I give my final report of this game, but so far I like what I see. I will say that the campaign idea in this game is quite novel and would love to see a rework of the campaign system in the game Myth – one of its faults.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault – The beginning of the intro mission; I believe the heroes lost since the miniatures weren’t painted!

Star Wars: Imperial Assault – The beginning of the intro mission; I believe the heroes lost since the miniatures weren’t painted!

A side plan for this year is to get to play as many miniature games that I own. I can’t say that I will get to all of them, but I would love to play some of the more obscure one – if nothing else to highlight some that readers might not have seen or played. Stay tune for more!

Until next time – Play a Game!

Brendan Mayhugh


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