WERE YOU GAME ENOUGH?
First of all, I would like to thank Mintea and Dude for their place and hospitality during this event. Secondly, to the rest of the Valkyrie Knights for being such great sports to this day and major shout-outs to those who couldn’t physically be with us!
So without further ado and whatever, here’s how our International TableTop Day went!
Game #1: Monopoly: Singapore Then and Now (by Hasbro)
We started the session by breaking in Raven’s newly-bought Monopoly: Singapore Then and Now, two boards in one – Singapore Then, with the landmarks of our past and the use of the familiar Monopoly money, and Singapore Now, with our current commercial landmarks and the use of flashy (well, not so much) credit cards and a device that calculated all our card-stored millions. To find out more about the game, click here.
Winner: Sarah (because she went to own all the MRTs)
Key Moment: This is probably a tie between the time the Tiger and I were negotiating land trade with Mintea and the moment after the Tiger was sent to jail for the second time, right after making fun of Raven for going to jail.
Game #2: Takenoko (by Antoine Bauza, Matagot, Bombyx)
Though we actually wanted to play Betrayal by this time, Raven caught eye of one of the games I brought – Takenoko, and was immediately taken in by the cuteness that was the Panda counter. One of my favourite games, I played Gamemaster while virgin Takenoko players built colourful gardens and grew incredibly cute lengths of bamboo. To find out more about the game, click here.
Winner: The Tiger
Key Moment: The constant halting of the game because Lyn, Viki, and Lina were too overwhelmed by the cuteness of the panda and gardener playing pieces.
Game #3: Betrayal at House on the Hill (by Wizards on the Coast)
One of our favourite games of all time, Betrayal at House on the Hill was the game that got me back into analog gaming. The game board changes every time you play since you build your own haunted house and explore its creepy interior before the real “fun”, or in our case, the haunt, starts. With 50 haunts and no one ever knowing who among you is the traitor until the haunt starts, this game boasts massive replayability, if you’re game enough for it. To find out more about the game, click here.
Winner: The Traitor, who happened to be me.
Key Moment: Lyn going, “You better not put my doll in the basement!!!” while they were frantically searching for the voodoo dolls during the Haunt.
Game #4: Cards Against Humanity (by Cards Against Humanity)
We finished off with a quick round of Cards Against Humanity, easily one of the favourite games of the VK as well because it’s so deviously evil. The game is easy enough – you get random white cards with answers printed or written on them, then you choose one of those cards to answer a random question on a black card. What makes this game go up to the next level is the countless attempts of players trying to explain their answers. Without much success. To find out more about this game, click here.
Winner: A tie between Sarah and the Tiger
Key Moment: Pretty much all the time when we had to place our answers onto the table for each black card scenario.
So that’s all for this year! To be honest, it was a pretty good run (going from 2 in the afternoon to 8 in the evening), and we hope it’s going to be the first of many. Until next year then!
Note: Most of the pictures were courtesy of Sarah Coldheart. You can check out her adventures and website here.
If you would like to see more of the games we play, I do update my Analog Gaming Tumblr, Blanket Fortress Play, twice a month. Or you can check out other gaming channels on YouTube like Geek & Sundry’s “TableTop” or Team Hypercube.
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