Board Game Update: Xia, X-wing, and More Pandemic: Legacy

Had a good board gaming day yesterday. Had two packages show up, both a bit belated birthday presents, one with Xia, Legends of a Drift System, a pretty sweet sci-fi “sandbox” game. You all start out with a ship with a special ability, and a randomly generated (albeit via finite tiles) star system to explore, with plenty of ways to earn victory. A group of friends and I all played it at a con and really loved it, but didn’t love its nearly $90 price tag. Managed to score it as a birthday gift to bypass that, and am trying to get a game day together. Should be fun.

Other package was the Imperial Raider for the X-wing miniatures game. A really sweet huge ship. Sadly, one of the plastic pieces that connects it to the stand had broken off in the box, and the ship wasn’t usable. Amazon made the return rather painless and will even ship the replacement before they get the original back, so that’s alright. While I would rather have gotten the ship intact, seeing it made me pretty excited for the real deal. Finding an excuse to actually USE it will be another matter entirely.

After a two-and-a-half month hiatus, the gang also sat down to play another round of Pandemic Legacy. I highly recommend playing it, assuming you enjoy Pandemic enough to commit to 12 to 24 games of it. I also recommend going in blind, so you might want to stop reading if you haven’t gotten to it yet. If you don’t have much knowledge of the If you have, or don’t care, click here for the rest!

Gaming Year in Review – 2016

2016 is quickly drawing to a close, and so, I’d like to reflect on the gaming highlights of the year.

In board gaming, the big highlights of the year were Netrunner, and Pandemic: Legacy. I was a little later to the party on both of those, but they were both a lot of fun. Netrunner a buddy and I got pretty into for a while in the spring, meeting pretty regularly for games (and to show off the new cards we bought) for about 2 months. I kinda got busy and so we didn’t keep getting together for regular things, but man did I enjoy the really durdly decks I made with it. Pandemic Legacy has continuously been amazing, with the only fault being that we just haven’t gotten together enough to complete it. I love the group of people I am playing with it, but actually getting all 4 of us together is a pain in the butt.

This year in video games was mostly about sequels and old franchises for me, Pokemon Sun & Moon are almost certainly the best Pokemon games in a while, and the new Ace Attorney game is finally something that can stand among the original trilogy after the mediocre 4 & 5. XCOM 2 was pretty amazing and kept me hooked through several runs until I beat it on Ironman! Star Fox Zero also gets special mention, the new controls worked for me, although I can see how they didn’t for others. I also FINALLY went back and beat Valkyria Chronicles, which might not have been notable except it has been one of those games on my list for YEARS, and it felt good to clear that off.

I’d have to put Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE as my game of the year. Despite it not being what anyone (myself included) expected from a SMT/FE crossover game, AND the unfortunate changes done during localization, it is actually a wonderfully done JRPG with a lot of heart put into it, I actually still have the vocal CD in my car’s CD player.

This year in Role-playing was actually pretty good, all things considered. The first part of the year involved finishing up an Age of Rebellion (FFG Star Wars) game, as my new job at the time made continuing to run it unfeasible. The ending was a bit rushed, but it was an ACTUAL ENDING, which I hadn’t had a chance to do as a GM before then. Also this year, was the Burning Holy War of Succession, a Burning Wheel game I was a player in, that lasted a good 18 sessions to the completion of the main arc. That gave way to my Revenge of the North game (the postmortem here being one of my first posts on this blog), which didn’t last very long, but also had an ending.  After that, this same group is taking a break from Burning Wheel and has been playing The Good Shepherds, a Blades in the Dark game, which we’ll sit down for a new session of on the first!

As for RPG books, this year I bought, Tenra Bansho Zero, Torchbearer, The Burning Wheel Codex, and (just recently) Sorcerer.  Haven’t got a chance to use all of those yet, but would totally like to!

The big things I am looking forward to in 2017 are:

  • Getting that Devil Survivor Game I mentioned in my post here going.
  • The Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild
  • Finishing Pandemic and then starting SeaFall
  • Getting my Wooden Copy of Inheritance I backed for from when I was feeling rich with job money.  Hopefully I’ll get to play it, but getting 9 other people together may be tough!

I’m not too likely to post again this year, so I hope you all have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Let’s all have some good gaming in 2017!