Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Friday Board Game Night Is Back

We are going to run a Friday Board Game Night this week (15/6) at The Game Vault. Maybe we could set up the Library by then. Everyone's welcome to come and play.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Reborn In Catan, A Library In The Works

Are you still reading this?

Efforts of bringing back board gaming to the tables has begun again with Catan as the first game that we have cracked in many moons. A great game, this simple yet deep game is reviving the interests in board gaming.

One of the steps we are taking to bring back the interest in board gaming is to make a public game library. We now have enough variety and number of games to set up a small library of game where anyone can pick a game and try it out. We have not finalised on the details but we are willing to learn as we go along.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Life's like that


Hmm.. it sure has been a long while since the last post here, and as Ankabut said it's not easy getting our other fellow gamers to post on this blog. I'd say that it's not because the gamers here aren't supportive, but probably because we're either too lazy or just wanna spend our time gaming instead!

And let's be fair, we actually haven't had many (any?) board gaming sessions in February, what with Chinese New Year and a lot of our pals not being free / not around during the festive season, plus the pre and post festive period is also usually quiet as everyone is busy before and broke after. haha! Well, lets hope March will bring more life back to the local gaming scene *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


I have been neglecting board gaming for so long. This is mainly thanks to the DS but only second to MTG of course.

Making a board gaming blog and expecting fellow gamers to help out was a mistake. I learned that. I like board gaming but my first love is tech.

Anyway. Yesterday I paid a visit to my old High School and guess what? They got a Board Game Club now. The advisory teacher for the club is my old Computer Club advisory teacher. I am so excited. This could probably be my second chance to start a second serious gaming group and my first chance to make my dreams come true.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

So Many Games So Little Time

Since I got my hands on Battlelore I only got to play 3 complete games. I find Battlelore very balanced. At all points of the game the tide of war could go either side. To some amateurs the game looks pure random with cards and dice putting too much variable in the game to make any strategy a null. Strangely enough the game guys that play CCGs.

Battlelore has more in common to CCGs then many of the board games that I have played, but of course with a twist. Engines like dealing the situation with what you got, and using cards to bend the rules are present here too. The war council lets players mold their own game avatar, shaping their own rules. This feature is used in many CCGs. Hand size, power, and ability of a player is determined by the war council.

Unlike CCGs however battle are fought using a ratio instead of a number versus number system. A standard short swordsman has a 1 in 3 chance of hitting another short swordsman and 1 in 6 chance of hitting a calvary man. The dice brings allot of randomness to a battle but combined with the ratios of hitting it feels more like a real war. Think of it as a general instead of an omnipotent creature giving an order to the troops.

The reference cards are pure genius. Any gamer with a common sense could read the cards and get the gist of the game in moments. This is where CCG gamers shine. They are suppose to not mind reading lines of text from a card.

So far I got no complains about the game except for the limited number of players. That could be rectify yes but it is not part of the official rules.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


The war begins tomorrow...

Monday, January 15, 2007


I hate CCGs and TCGs. They are the same thing. They always cut into my board game time. I don't like it that I have to buy to play and I have to buy more to improve. I don't like it that it is more often then not, a dual, leaving others watching unable to join. Not wanting to play because I do not know the rules is not the games fault, but not being able to play because I do not have the money is.

That's why I start board gaming. It's everything a CCG is not. A one time buy, multi-player friendly, and a level playing field. I could drag total strangers into a fun session of board gaming but with CCGs it is not that easy. Understand that a price af a booster pack could feed you for a day here.

I just bought 2 starter boxes of World Of Warcraft Trading Card Game this past weekend.

Why do such a hypocritical thing like that? Table Top Games such as board games, or card games are not about the games. Table top games are about the people who play them. A game could be a total waste but with the right people it could be the most entertaining experience of your life.

My gaming friends here, especially the major 3 has always been there when I brought in new games. Always. No matter what game it is. It is usually I who went "Hey! Try this!" and they would just play along even if they have to buy to play. This time they are the ones who are excited. They are the ones who started and brought in a game. And it is time to return the favor.

Will this game be different from the other collectible games that came here to die? I hope so. I have read the rule book from cover to cover but have yet to try a single game thanks to the slew of MTG tournaments this week end. WOWTCG reminds me allot of all the collectible games I use to play. It has elements of MTG, V:TES, Warlords, and the VS System.

Want to know what it is all about and how the game works? Go click the Trigger Link below. I will put up a preview of the game after I played it at least once.

Trigger Link