It's the week of The Gathering of Friends, which in the small pond that is the gaming world is a time when many of the big frogs have the opportunity to get together & play games. (In a previous post, I've chronicled my own invitation & yearly sadness at not getting to go, so we won't get into that right now.)
But I've gathered a few thoughts on the Gathering & the early reports coming out of Columbus, so here it goes:
- Beware the negative buzz on "big" games - the year I attended, Goldland was getting lukewarm reviews because people were playing it with 5 players. (It's yet another one of those games that has components & rules for more players than it really needs.) The early "loser" in the bad buzz category looks like it will be Colosseum, which is just getting ready to be released by Days of Wonder. My advice: wait for a few more people to play it before you give this game of bread & circuses the thumbs down. (Interesting side note: Goldland & Colosseum are both designed by Wolfgang Kramer.)
- Race for the Galaxy continues to gather buzz momentum... which is no surprise, as a number of folks I respect (Brian Bankler, Joe Huber, etc.) have been raving about it for a while now. I'm curious if I'll enjoy it since I really don't like San Juan.
- Just in case I wasn't clear enough earlier, Goldland is a GREAT game for 2-3 players. It's a puzzle/logic game crossed with an exploration game and done up in classic Goldsieber style.
- Game I'm most miffed I missed out on this year: Hour of Glory... esp. since I'd get to play it with my one of my favorite gamers, Frank Branham. (And I'll bet he has the minis painted, too... sigh.)
Other thoughts I've gathered that don't have anything to do with gaming:
- The only thing keeping me from pulling my hair out (what little I have left) at the thought of Charla & Mirna staying in the Amazing Race and Sanjaya not even being in the bottom 3 on American Idol is the elimination of both Rocky & Lisi on Survivor. (Yes, I watch too much TV... we clearly established that last fall.)
- I'm currently reading Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory graphic novels... Mr. Morrison is one trippy dude. (I'm about 1/2 way through the third volume - there's four of 'em - and I have no clue how this is going to all play out. Nice.)
- It's Good Friday... take a minute and read the Gospel accounts of the death of Jesus. Whether you buy into Christianity or not, these events are watershed moments in world history. It'd be wise to check out the story from the source.