Boardgame Review: Bushido: Way Of The Warrior

31 10 2010

Sigh, another late post. But better late than never, that’s what I say.

Anyway, here’s another type of post I’m hoping to make a regular thing: the boardgame review. Boardgames aren’t that big in the Philippines so you don’t see much mainstream stuff on it – mostly local gaming is based around CCGs and miniatures. However, we are making some headway with our regular meetups and the local community’s got a fair-sized collection between them.

I got into the board game scene two years ago and it’s been a blast. Anyway, I’ve got my own board game collection and I’ll go through them one by one to show them off and hopefully attract some players to our regular Friday Nights @ Hobbymania.

Here’s one of my more recent acquisitions, the German game Bushido: Der Weg Des Kriegers. You can tell it’s German from the name alone. This is one of the more non-standard German designs – it’s more French than anything else. Germans seem to like to avoid overt conflict in their games – this one has its fair share of combat albeit a bit limited.

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Last Friday’s Hobbymania Gaming Night – October 22

25 10 2010

As you can note from the time stamps – this has been pretty delayed. Anyway, I’ll probably get a hang of it as time passes. I was hoping to start off with a review of some games and other stuff, but obviously I’ll have to settle for Friday Gaming Night @ Hobbymania.

Hobbymania is a cozy little gaming shop located near La Salle Taft – close enough that we can steal some WiFi – hehehe – and if you skip over the PCs downstairs, which is the shop’s bread-and-butter, you can clim up to the second floor for some board game action – especially on Friday nights. We’ve been doing this since mid-2009 and we won’t be stopping anytime soon. Jay, my friend and proprietor, has two shelves full of games which he owns, though me and the other guys bring in other games if we’re in the mood for some difference.

Four of us where playing tonight: Jay, Mark, Nico, and me – we usually have five to six players but work sometimes gets in the way of gaming. ^_^

First of all, we started the night off with “Bushido – Way of the Warrior“, a German Samurai game of honor and backstabbing. I actually forgot to take pictures of that; the game was pretty smooth – a lot smoother than the first time we played it. The second play through definitely got the kinks out of the game. Four of us battled it out for a race to 50 honor on a hexagonal constructed board.

The great thing about Bushido is that every turn you aren’t the one making the moves – you’ll be delegating your responsibilities to other players. One gets to be your Sensei, your political adviser. Another gets to be your Samurai, which is your general. Finally, one gets to be your whipping boy, the Bushi. You’ll have to trust the other players to help you win – but then they’ll be trying to win, too. It’s a great game and has got the Japanese theme I like.

Anyway, it was a pretty fast game – we ended on turn 5 of a 12 turn game. Nico won by outsmarting us all and inviting Marc to a tea party he couldn’t refuse.

Next, I finally remembered my camera and started a game of Khronos. Khronos is a funky time-travel game – you’re a bunch of time travelers who plan to make a whole lot of profit from it. You do this by building structures across three different time periods.

Here’s a view of the board:

The Age of Might, the Age of Faith and the Age of Reason are the three battlegrounds.  The great thing about it is that structure ripple through time. If you build something significant in the past – it carries over to the other ages – with corresponding results. You might suddenly see that cathedral you build in the Age of Faith disappear to be replaced by a fortress because of a time paradox.

Building structures requires cards – as you can see from my four-card hand. Scoring is done in boards where you have a time traveler present – and you only have two time traveler for three boards.

Anyway, Jay managed to win this time by totally dominating the Age of Faith with a little help from the Age of Might. Would have won if I time-rippled my fortress from the past into the future, meh. Win some, you lose some.

Finally to round out the day, we played several rounds of Guillotine! A classic from Wizards of the Coast.

You play as revolutionaries collecting noble heads –  a simple game with a lot of screw-you mechanics.

Here’s the line of nobles as they march to be beheaded. Everyone got the chance to win. ^_^

Anyway – game night ended around 12 and we all went home until the next game night.

Inaugural Post

19 10 2010

Well, here’s the inaugural post from me for this blog. A bit sparse here at first as I tool around to make it more me.

The blog will be about mainly my interests: books, games, and food – and the occasional other stuff. It’ll also help me get a bit of writing discipline as regular posting should get my creative juices going. Well, here’s the first hello and hopefully it works.




Hello world!

18 10 2010

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