Trees Down Thur – Being a Drax Report v1.1

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Coffee Coffee and more Coffee was the order of the evening, at least for me.  I have a coffee problem, actually I don’t I have any issues with coffee, more correct to say I have a STOP coffee problem.  In my quest for awesome coffee my radar has pinged several times to the shape of the Aerobie Aeropress coffee maker.  I finally bought one and tried it out.  It’s very impressive.

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If you squint at the picture you’ll see it’s effectively a large syringe that forces air and boiling water through the grinds up against a paper filter and out into your cup.  It makes damn fine coffee, way better than drip filter, it’s cheap, easy to use, easy to clean and unexpectedly it’s not a gimmick.  It does use more coffee than normal but I found I was making a pot of coffee with the machine and not drinking all of it so it balances out.  If I had a larger group of gamers I’d go back to the pot but for a few or just one this is just perfect.  so now.

Truth be told I can’t remember the actual name of the Thur, I just tend to differentiate them as best I can.  It was Thur and after a long week of travel it was time to game, we we’re not found wanting.

First up for me was a quick game of Netrunner.  It’s surprising how after nearly a dozen games I’m still not 100% there with rules.  Okay maybe it’s not.. it’s probably a good thing I’m not involved in law enforcement.

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I found myself still referring to the rules for a couple of questions.  But I’m getting there and I still prefer being the evil corporation than the runner.  surprise.

After that we had on offer some very nice new games but opted to play once again A Study in Emerald.  This game hasn’t worked for everyone, it can be over very quickly indeed if you’re not careful and some people don’t like the whole card drafting mechanic.  I think it’s awesome and the fact that it’s getting a lot of playtime speaks of it’s quality.

aSiE is a game you need to play a few times to get your head around, it’s also a game that changes every time you play it.  Thur’s game had a LOT of agents on the board, the most I’ve ever seen.  We also figured out a couple of rules we hadn’t come across before, again no surprises there.  As we become more familiar with the game we’ve started to become a lot more devious in our play, specifically in how we hide our secret faction.  I was in the dark with a couple of players as to whom they worked for up until the very end.  I was also on the losing end from the start to the finish.  I can’t imagine why but a lot of people we’re picking on me 🙂

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BUT I still enjoyed the game from start to finish.  It’s a great game from a great bunch of people and I wholeheartedly recommend it.  I’m also excited about it’s longevity, there’s a pile of mechanics like vampires and zombies that haven’t appeared or played any major part in the game YET.  Looking forward to seeing those in the future and I’m confident just like Imperial 2030 this is a game that will be hitting the table often and long into the future

 

Next up was Android Infiltration

The biggest enemy in this game is not the NPC, not the traps, but the timer. AGAIN we all, well most of us bar one sneaky player, got caught by the timer and very very quickly.  I’m not sure we’ve ever gotten to the second floor and I really am starting to think we are not cut out to be cyber thieves.

We got into FOUR rooms of a possible sixteen +, four, just four and the game ended but not before one keen player nipped out the elevator shaft and triggered more alarms and got us all arrested.  well played that cyber thief.

Android Infiltration is a nice little (and short) game.  I’m going to revisit the rules on the alarm, we keep getting hit by it, I’m sure we’re (against all odds) getting the rules wrong, we have to be.  I’d blame certain players in the group but they’re weren’t even there so I can’t.  But I will.  Great game, surprising more fun than it thought it would be.  This one is going to appear again and again I reckon

After that is was the normal warm down of Turtles, discussions on what’s going to happen at the next Knavecon and what games we want to play next

More of that sort of thing soon

Huzzah!

Vic

 

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