Friday, April 24, 2015

Game Night at NerdStrong Gym

Wednesday was Magic the Gathering at NerdStrong... tonight is Game Night. So when I got off work I headed over to NerdStrong Gym. I got there a bit early and helped Derek and Seely set up. Soon we had a nice group of people so we stared with a "team" game called Geek Out!. I never played this but I did see it on Table Top and it looked like a lot of fun. It's a trivia game but as I mentioned you play in teams. There is a die with different colors on each side, each one of those colors correspond with a certain geeky topic/question. For example one of the questions might be, Name 3 Wizards that go bad. If your team can name three you announce it to the group. The other team has a chance to outbid you, for example they can say.. "We can name 5 Wizards", then you say "We can name 6" and then they counter with "We can do 7" and if your team can't go 8 then you tell them to "Go ahead and name them". If they can name as many as they claim they can, then win the card.. if they can't you win. It was a lot of fun but our teams were pretty evenly matched so we tied in the end. We played this game for about an hour before moving on and breaking into smaller groups.

Once in a smaller group the first game we played was Love Letters. I played this several times the last few NerdStrong Game Nights. It's a fairly easy game to learn and loads of fun to play. It's lot of guessing and a bit of luck but the games go quickly. We managed to play about 5 rounds before moving on to another game.

The last game of the evening was one that I had heard of (from Table Top) but never played, King of Tokyo. In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens – all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo. At the start of each turn, you roll six dice. The dice show the following six symbols: 1, 2, or 3 Victory Points, Energy, Heal, and Attack. Over three successive throws, choose whether to keep or discard each die in order to win victory points, gain energy, restore health, or attack other players into understanding that Tokyo is YOUR territory. The fiercest player will occupy Tokyo, and earn extra victory points, but that player can't heal and must face all the other monsters alone! Top this off with special cards purchased with energy that have a permanent or temporary effect, such as the growing of a second head which grants you an additional die, body armor, nova death ray, and more.... and it's one of the most explosive games of the year! In order to win the game, one must either destroy Tokyo by accumulating 20 victory points, or be the only surviving monster once the fighting has ended.

This was a fun game to play, easy to learn and something I can see playing again. As it got close to midnight we finished off our second game of King of Tokyo before calling it a night. I helped Derek and Andrew clean up the gym and prepare for tomorrow mornings class, which I was also partaking in before heading home.

It was another successful Game Night at NerdStrong Gym. Thanks to Derek and Seely for organizing it and to Coach Andrew & Marla for allowing us to use NerdStrong.

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