Above: Ice Cool. Our first game. An ice-breaker if you will (no penguins were harmed in the taking of this picture).
Above: Dan and Mike about to begin a game of Guild Ball. (I realise, that as a reader of my blog, you have yet to see either of them both in a picture with 'normal' faces. Just be aware, neither of them have 'normal' faces. Perhaps it's a beard thing?). I particularly like Nathan's expression in back of picture - it reminds me of a despairing parent wishing that his children could, for once, stop messing about).
Nathan and Dave C played Infinity over the afternoon. I brought along and set up two of my boards, which have featured in our recent Infinity intro evenings. Here are pictures to best show them off. Enjoy.
Above: Nathan and Dave get down to business.
Above: A small (ironically), and perfectly formed, 40K Killteam tournament with four participants.
Above: Joe counting coins from the club's refreshments donations jar. Not quite enough for afternoon tea at the Ritz. Perhaps enough for a box of Ritz crackers instead?
So onto the main event of the afternoon for the OB Boys, a new board game called Scythe. Fresh from its Kickstarter where our resident Bearded Board Gamer, Dan, invested in what Tabletop Gaming called 'a perfect combination of style and substance'. Personally, I have never played a game that had so many counters, tokens, cards and markers (520 all told). Taking them out of their baggies seemed to be logistical challenge before we even started the game. To misquote a famous movie quote, 'We are going to need a bigger table'. Fortunately, with Dan's adept teaching style, all five of us* picked it up pretty quick, and had a jolly good time, as the following pictures will testify.
*normally, I need at least three games of a new game before the rules begin to sink in. Let's not dwell on how well I did, but focus instead on the all important podium, where Dan pipped Mike to the victory by one solitary point. I think Joe came third and Ed fourth.
Above: Dan reading stuff out. Ed paying full attention.
Above: Dan's extra moustache is a chewy sweet! (The answer to your next question is - I have no idea).
Above: Nathan and Dave move onto the Spaceship Infinity table.
Above: Joe doing complex Scythe stuff.
All those who went long for the afternoon enjoyed themselves. It would have been nice to have seen a few more clubbers pop in, but considering that the weather had been very good, I can understand topping up on the vitamin D was also an attractive proposition.
As usual, keep rolling close to, or above, your target numbers.