Thursday, 5 July 2007

Theme Game Days

I have been thinking that I may want to have more theme nights; these would be outside regular game nights and would focus on one style (or company’s) game. The first theme night I did was the Commands & Colours Day, which attracted 9 people. My thoughts for a second theme night (or day) is an Avalon Hill Day, a Cheapass Day, or a Puffing Billy (or Train Game) Day as well..

The Avalon Hill Game-A-Thon would be all AH games from their heyday in the 80s (and some earlier). I have an assortment of AH games, including Merchants of Venus, Wrasslin’, Acquire, Blackbeard, Tyranno Ex, Kremlin, Wooden Ships and Iron Men, Gladiator, and Enemy in Sight. The longer games such as Diplomacy, Civilization, and History of the World would be skipped in favour of the shorter 1-3 hour games.

The Cheapass Game Day would include other small game companies as well, like Placebo Press and Green Ronin Publishing. The games would all be light and cheap. I am thinking this would be better named to “Trashy Game Day, Bring Beer.” and go from there. These games would primarily last 10 to 75 minutes and would be at the lower end of the complexity scale.

A Puffing Billy Day would involve an assortment of train games, from Ticket to Ride (all three versions) to Santa Fe Rails, Empire Builder and Railroad Tycoon. These are all games that last around 1-3 hours as well. If someone brought over a copy of Age of Steam or an 18XX game I would not be averse to playing it as well.

Let me know what you preference is, and I can get started planning these. My months of July & August are pretty full, so the earliest I can plan this for is September. Please reply here so I can track to see if there is any interest.

9 comments:

tim said...

You could have a chainsaw theme day - all games that involve chainsaws... uh... I can't think of any right now... wait I could lend you Chainsaw Warrior - that might be a little boring for a group as it's a solitaire game... blood bowl - there were chainsaw fanatics in that... uh... was there a chainsaw in Kill Doctor Lucky? I know it's totally your favourite game!

Work with me here... what other games have chainsaws in them...?

Jolo said...

Well to list a couple, I believe Army of Darkness, Zombies, Dawn of the Dead and Munchkin all have chainsaws. Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have one (I don't know, I have never played it).

I think Kill Dr Lucky had a pointy stick...

Cory said...

I haven't played civ yet, how about including that in an AH day? Or is it too long?

Jolo said...

The downside of Civ is that it is a 6-8 hour game. It is more suited to a single day devoted to it alone.

I am planning that for a winter weekend.

tim said...

...there's no zombies in Civilization...?

Jolo said...

No, there are zombies in the post apocalyptic version but this is not that one.

tim said...

Yeah...? Is that new? I couldn't find it on BGG....

Jolo said...

It will be, as soon as I design it...

tim said...

ah!

Will there be a "BRAINS!" trade card?

Will you be able to gain chainsaws as a technology?