Saturday/Sunday at the Mania:
I started out Saturday with a four player Civilization that nearly made me quit boardgaming all together (sorry Jeff, it didn’t). I’m glad I got to try this but there was some serious downtime and I felt like I never did anything… and then the Egyptians sacked the Russians and the game was over. Not a minute too soon.
Then, I agreed to be in a 5 player game of Android which is a game set in the future where two Corporations who produce androids are vying for a security contract or whatever. I played Floyd, the devout, stoic biodroid who has a special relationship with his Priest and also is haunted by the thought of not having a soul. Well, whatever. I kicked ass and won thanks to some luck. It took 5 and a half hours and I had a great time.
Sunday I had to drop off a game someone had bought from me and I stayed for a game of Navegador. Surprise, surprise this is a game about ships and trading (see: every other Euro game). I got third out of four but the game was quick and I liked it. I’m worried I may buy it.
All in all, a good first Mania. It is tiring to be around strangers all day so I only lasted about an hour today. I got to try a lot of new games but unfortunately the games in my own collection that I haven’t played remain unplayed. I will have to study some rules and organize groups before hand. Anyway, I’m dying to play Dominant Species so let’s get it to the table soon!