Games Night 25th October 2018

A warm welcome to GN as we embark on combat and conquest in the Kropulu sector with

by Fantasy Flight Games
DA played as the Terran Arcturus Mengsk
GN played as the Protoss Tassadar
MA played as the Terran James Raynor
MC played as the Zerg Queen Of Blades
PH played as the Zero Overmind

The various factions quickly started claiming their neighbouring planets with Raynor and Tassadar the first to come to blows.

The Queen of Blades benefited from quickly controlling 3VPs worth of conquest areas, but suffered from the lack of resources. Particularly once Raynor started his invasion of Abaddon.
As time went on, time quickly became approaching midnight, so various attempts to speed the game play up were made. If one action had no consequence to the subsequent player then play would continue while the faffing went on. This worked quite well but did result in two simultaneous battles taking place between Raynor vs Tassadar and The Overmind Vs Mengsk. The Queen of Blades took this photo while waiting for things to conclude:

Unfortunately for James Raynor, a series of losses left him with no active forces, and it was only through his Terran ability to move his last surviving base was he even able to stay in the game. As it happens, even if he had been eliminated, the end of the game had already been triggered.
With many factions meeting their special victory conditions Phase III came into being but two players beat the rest to the punch by having 15 Conquest Points.

At the game’s conclusion (at 00:15 am), The Queen Of Blades and Arcturus Mengsk both had 15 Conquest Points. However Mengsk, being the sly politician that he is, was able to secure more resources and so attained victory.
Well done DA.
Tassadar and The Overmind both had 11 Conquest Points and the remnants of James Raynor had 9.
Another excellent play of this game!

Games Night 11th January 2018

This is my 1st games night summary for Board Games In Bedford.
This time six of us played StarCraft: The Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games (www.fantasyflightgames.com)
The players:
AL: Aldaris (Orange Protoss)
AM: Arcturus Mengsk (Red Terran)
HG: Kerrigan, Queen Of Blades (Purple Zerg)
KV: The Overmind (Green Zerg)
MC: Tassadar (Yellow Protoss)
SF: James Raynor (Blue Terran)


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Games Night 14th September 2017

A very warm welcome to TS and BS this week.
Started to play a quick game of Star Realms by White Wizard Games with DA while we waited for the others to turn up.
They turned up so we didn’t finish but DA was clearly going to win.

This week saw us play a 5-player games of Fantasy Flight Games’ most excellent

BS – The Overmind
DA – Arturus Mengsk
MC – Tassadar
PH – Jim Raynorr
TS – Aldaris

The first round saw each faction happily settle on a neighbouring planet uncontested. The next two turns were uneventful as the players’ built up their forces. The Overmind garnering the most points at 4 points a turn and Tassadar a close second with 3. TS managed all of 1 point a turn. Hostilities started up between the two Terran factions with Raynor invading Mengsk’s world and then being repelled. Aldaris and Tassadar clashed with the Overmind on a world of depleted resources. Both Protoss factions maintained their foothold on The Overmind’s planet but were unsuccessful to invade further.
At the game’s conclusion:
Tassadar had 18 points
The Overmind had 16 points
Both Terrans had 12 points
Aldaris score has been repressed for being so small.
However, being at the third phase:
Both Terrans had achieve their special victory conditions, but it was James Raynor who was able to break the tie by having more resources.
Well done PH!
I’m quite impressed we completed a 5-player game in under 3 hours. I still maintain this is up to 30 minutes a player, with a quicker game when all the players know what they’re doing.

Games Night 22nd June 2017

For the first time in ages we had the astronomical heights of four players.

by Fantasy Flight Games was the game of the night.
However DA was bang on time so while waiting for the others we had a quick game of DogEared Games’

Typically we had just got going when everyone turned up, but we played on regardless finishing with both Staks being destroyed.

On to the main event:
DA was reborn as the Queen of Blades
KV became cool and calculating as Tassadar
MC had deep thoughts as the Overmind
PH looked to gain every advantage as Arcturus Mengsk
After crafting the Kropulu sector into the shape of a Klingon Warbird the four factions quickly got into the business of building and expanding.

Conflict soon took the form of Tassadar and Kerrigan systematically hammering the Overmind into oblivion. At least MC got to play to see Phase II.

Mengsk quietly got on with building up his forces but forgot the very significant matter of transportation. However, he was sitting on a goldmine of points.

Tassadar quickly established his Special Victory condition and resolutely waited for Phase III. With Mengsk’s quick accumulation of points, Kerrigan and Tassadar formed an uneasy alliance to wrest some of the points away from him.
Phase III then came into being drawing the game to a close.
Final scores:
DA: 14 and with Special Victory
KV: 3
MC: 1 (eliminated)
PH: 13
Well done DA.

Games Night 20th April 2017

Tonight three of us started to play

However, in round 1 Tassadar (MC) and the Queen of Blades (PH aka “The Zerg are rubbish”) clashed over the same planet leaving Tassadar with no active forces and Kerrigan with just enough to occupy Tassadar’s starting planet before any more troops could be built. Boom!. Jim Raynor (LH) looked on in bemusement as within 20 minutes of play MC removed himself from the playing area.
Fortunately MC still got to participate a bit by assisting LH who hadn’t played this game before and also was pretty sharp at doling out Event Cards and moving the score tracker pieces when needed. Otherwise, he just played with his Carriers, played the StarCraft soundtrack and discovered a not very good app that played the voices of the units.
For the next two hours, the forces of Terran and Zerg fought numerous skirmishes with both players asking MC if this is the right card to play.

True to the form of “the Zerg are rubbish” the Queen of Blades scored 15 Victory Points and attained the Secondary Victory as well. Jim Raynor had very little active units by this point but had the decent score of 10.
Well done PH.

Games Night 25th February

Tonight we were at PM’s house. The two top voted games were StarCraft the Board Game and Space Command – only the two biggest boxes I own!
We picked:
StarCraft The Board Game
AL played the megalomaniac Arcturus Mengsk, MC played the all-consuming Overmind and PM played Tassadar and grumbled that he never wins this game (SPOILER ALERT! – He didn’t).
We brought AL up to speed and the proceeded to play the quickest game of StarCraft I’ve ever played. There was one battle between the Terrans and Protoss, where the Terrans successfully wrenched control of a colony planet. Using a Lockdown successfully on a Dragoon was a nice touch. The Zerg managed to attain a second colony planet from the Protoss who decided to scarper than hold their ground. Having reached their Special Victory conditions, the Terrans pretty much sped through the Event deck until the 3rd Phase was reached. However, the Zerg also had achieved their Special Victory condition and, after much rummaging through the tome of a rule book, eventually found the tie-resolution on page 7. Both ‘winners’ also had the same number of normal Victory Points. Resources where then counted…MC-13, AL-14.
Hurray! AL won something.
With the game all packed up, and with plenty of time left we tried our hand at:
Incan Gold
AL chickened out quickly in the first round, but did better than the other two who got bitten by a snake. Subsequently, AL chickened out again, but more tactically, gaining him an idol. The snake struck again, this time affecting all three plucky archaeologists. The final round saw all three scarper out of there, with MC holding his courage the longest.

Final scores
AL 34
MC 42
PM 46

With still time left, we tried our stead hands at:
Animal Upon Animal
MC went on to win the one proper play through, despite some awkward placements, and almost single-handedly playing the first 7 turns of the game.
Further games were played, without the dice and PM’s stacking skills got progressively worse.

Games Night 24th September

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For our first games night in the Thursday slot nobody had voted for anything so PH chose StarCraft the Board Game. Factions were chosen at random with MC ending up as James Raynor, PH as Tassadar, PM as the Overmind and PN as the Kerrigan the Queen of Blades. By the time we were set up, it was 9pm. With only a cursory reminder of the rules, Tassadar started off the proceedings. Both Raynor and Tassadar claimed planets with 2 victory points on them. The secondary empty planets were subsequently claimed within the first round. Kerrigan kicked off hostilities first sending the purple Zerg forces through a handy z-axis lane to Tassadar’s starting world, Torus – the most contested in the game because of its single 2 VP region. Tassadar successfully held back the initial attack before succumbing to a subsequent one also by Kerrigan, who by this time have very few forces left. Meanwhile, the Overmind quietly accumulated its forces and Raynor attempted to sneak onto Kerrigan’s resource planet, forgetting to build a transport put paid to his initial attempt – as seen in the photo (at the back with the purple Zerg forces attacking the yellow Protoss forces, battlers are currently choosing their battle cards while MC and PM look on):
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Tassadar once again kicked Kerrigan’s forces back off of his planet once more.
It was at this point that PN realised he misread his starting unit list and had Mutalisks instead of Hydralisks giving him an unfair aerial advantage – fat lot of good that did him. The Overmnind then strode forth into the war-torn planet with his newly evolved Guardian. He then suffered a chronic case of rubbish cards and got booted of again. Raynor successfully took Kerrigan’s secondary planet and claimed his 7th resource region when the 3rd phase came into being and winning, having attained Jim Raynor’s Special Victory requirement. A close call though, Tassadar was leading on the score track with the end in sight and the Overmind had amassed a large army ready to do untold Zerg damage to either Raynor or Tassadar. Kerrigan’s forces were looking a little sorry for themselves and with Raynor’s invading Goliaths claiming precious resources, the chances of bouncing back would have been slim.
Total game time: 90 minutes, which is very impressive for a four-player game.