03 March 2007 @ 09:58 am
M. had girl plans last night, and Comcast still hasn't fixed the wireless to my machine (fourth or fifth dispatch coming up this morning) and I hadn't really made proper plans, so I ended up getting a little painting done (Warmachine,) and working on that mix CD that's been on my radar for a couple weeks now.

Last Saturday night, sat down with dreamerdevie, elizardaa, and various friends and family members to try out the Game of Thrones board game. Now, credit where it's due, this evening was advertised as playing one of those 'complex games that we enjoy.' However, since no one had played before, we just started reading through the rules. Which were, well, very, very thorough. Like noting that a 2 is higher than a 1. Which I knew. Thoroughness is fine in rules, but if you're reading it out loud to a bunch of people, and it's a lengthy process, people are going to get punchy. Regardless, we were reading rules, joking around, and playing with the widgets for a couple hours. Funny, but, a bit time-consuming.

But once we got down to playing, my interest was definitely up. Reminds me of my old-school days of weekly six-player Legend of the Five Rings card games, with alliances, deals, treaties, and backstabbing. I picked Lannister, because I've been told they rock. I would love to sit down and give it a serious go at some point in the near future.

(No, I haven't read the books. By the time I heard they were good, there was already over a thousand pages written, and it isn't done yet, so at this point I think I'll just watch the HBO series.)

News later, and a nice bitchy post forthcoming. Make note.
Brian: Mother of Godvwvortexer on March 3rd, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Does Comcast have the slightest clue as to what's wrong? I'm sitting at Panera bread now since they can't figure it out down here.
PMMJ: Hammer & nailcheetahmaster on March 3rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
According to Comcast, the fault is now my computer. You know how their outages can do that sort of thing.
Brian: Evil Empirevwvortexer on March 3rd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, right. They've been telling me my fault is with the router, even though this is now the third router with which it's happened, and all three function just fine at my office.

I guess I'm just going to have to throw down $60/month to go back to Speakeasy. It's expensive, but at least it'll work.
The Antichrist: Stark bitch!theantichrist on March 3rd, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I picked Lannister, because I've been told they rock.

You may not know it, but you just made a horrible joke.
PMMJ: Adult Swim terroristcheetahmaster on March 3rd, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Nope, clueless. I've been told they're the cool bad guys, though, and I can get behind that.
Patricknalroth on March 4th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't have a sister.
Super Karate Monkey Death Carfrecklefaerie on March 3rd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Game of Thrones definitely has more playability as you play with a group that learns the rules. We haven't played here in awhile, but I've been thinking about it.
PMMJ: Shere Khancheetahmaster on March 3rd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Swanky. How long does an average game last?
Super Karate Monkey Death Carfrecklefaerie on March 5th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
It depends on the cards, really, and whether it's a four person or a six person game. We've had a four person game go by in 45 minutes, and a six person game that's lasted 2 hours - with experienced players.
Super Karate Monkey Death Carfrecklefaerie on March 5th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah - getting enough mustering cards at key times seems to help the game move. Also the card about collecting your points based on strongholds (blanking on the card name). If you spend the whole time on "Clash of Kings" (as I recall that two hour game being) it can really drag.