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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!

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I must admit that I have lowered the number of board game nights to once a week. Obviously, this has greatly lowered the number of games that can get to the table. Even after a one week hiatus, I have only played four games, three of which I don’t actually own. The last one happens to be a miniature game – Warmachine/Hordes, played twice last week. The priorities for the year have definitely shifted since I am not trying to get through all my games.

The main thing that I have been working on recently, other than reading through all the Conan stories now that I backed that board game on Kickstarter, is that I am in charge of the game for the quarterly birthday party at my work. In effect, I have created a relay race of goofy mini-games very similar to the games found in Space Cadets using dice, Bananagrams and Pitch Car. I will give you an update on how it went in the next installment of this column.

In other news, I got to talking to people this week about The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. My group is still working through the Rise of the Rune Lords (there is a third one in the works, complete with a character add-on and 6 scenario packs and we are not even half way finished with this one). I haven’t played that game in a while and I haven’t played my copy for longer than I can remember (over 6 months if I had to guess). This is one that I need to just sit down with my copy, create three or four heroes and just play it. The only thing that is holding me back is that I feel it would be quite taxing to play multiple heroes by myself. Since there is a digital version of that game, it might be one that I purchase – I will miss getting to roll the dice and everything, but not having to create all the location decks might be worth it.

Notable Games Played

The first game I will mention is Sheriff of Nottingham. After watching a couple of videos about this one, it was purchased as the perfect game for our group. It didn’t disappoint – a great bluffing game that is a reimplementation of an earlier game called Robin Hood. The game play is simple – one player takes the role of the Sheriff while the other players are all merchants. After a quick round of card exchange for the merchants (called the market phase), each merchant places between 1 and 5 cards into their pouch. These cards are what they are trying to bring into the city under the watchful eye of the sheriff. Once the pouch is sealed, the merchant makes a declaration of what is in their bag. It must be equal to the exact number of cards and a single type of legal good (cheese, bread, chickens or apples). The next phase is whether the Sheriff will inspect the bag or let it pass. Any amount of discussion, bribing and deals can be made for this phase. If the Sheriff decides to inspect the bag, if there is anything that isn’t what the merchant declared, those items are confiscated and the merchant is fined for all those good cards (between 2 and 4 coins). If the declaration is completely accurate, the Sheriff must pay the merchant a fee for his trouble. Once each player is the Sheriff twice the game ends and whoever has the most gold wins. If bluffing games are your thing with your friends, you really need to play this – it is a lot of fun!

Sheriff of Nottingham – If you love bluffing games, this is a must play!

Sheriff of Nottingham – If you love bluffing games, this is a must play!

I played two games of Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island. That is a fantastic cooperative game that is quite brutal that just dares you to play it again once you have lost. At the heart, it is a worker placement game, but what makes this one great is that the choices are so difficult. In most games that I have played of this we have just watched the slow downward spiral to oblivion. When I had the chance to pick up a used copy of this one I jumped at the chance to get it. I really can’t wait to play through this and the expansion!

Robinson Crusoe: Adventure of the Cursed Island – Can’t wait to get this to the table more now that I own it.

Robinson Crusoe: Adventure of the Cursed Island – Can’t wait to get this to the table more now that I own it.

Until next time – Play a Game!

Brendan Mayhugh


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