You asked, we listened.
Starting Friday 18 October, we’ll be hosting a weekly Games Night here at Scalliwag Toys. Every week we’ll feature a different game, with a brief introduction and run-through. You can then go on and play that game (if space permits) or, if you prefer, choose another of our demo games and play that instead. You can even bring your own game to play if you want!
Here are the basic ground rules, as far as we’ve thought them out:
- We’ll be set and ready to go at 7:00 p.m., and we’ll start shutting things down at 9:00 p.m.
- We reserve the right to limit the number of players to the number of seats we have available.
- Our supply of games, while large (and growing) is not inexhaustible. If you really want to play the game we’re featuring, call ahead to reserve a seat.
- Due to time constraints, we will be concentrating on games that can be played in under two hours. We recommend that any games you bring from home fit that time frame.
- There will be a game-related door prize weekly.
- Coffee and a selection of teas will be available for a
nominal smalltiny charge.
And because we know that everyone loves a bargain, the weekly featured game will be 20% off to any player if purchased (or ordered) by closing time Saturday.
Since we’ll be starting just a couple of weeks before Halloween, the game scheduled for 18 October will be the darkly-funny Gloom (Atlas Games, 2004). This innovative card game is all about visiting horrible things upon your own “family” of characters, and good things upon your opponents’ families. (Because, in this case, bad is good and good is bad. If you follow me.) You can read my capsule review from an earlier blog post here. Or, if you prefer the slick, Hollywood version of things, you can watch Wil Wheaton and friends play and explain Gloom on this episode of Tabletop. Or do both — but then come down and play!
On the same night, our friends Jared and Jason, local Men in Black from Steve Jackson Games, will also be on hand if people want to learn — or just to play —Munchkin Zombies. If you’ve never played Munchkin before and you want to get a taste of what it’s like, you can head on over to the Rigged Flash Demo on the Steve Jackson Games website. (Hint: in the flash game, the computer player always wins. It’s a Rigged Demo! But the sheer number of cards in the real games means that almost anything can happen.)
On 25 October, we’ll be playing Munchkin Bites, from Steve Jackson Games, once again with the help of Jason and Jared. (Since it’s just a few days before Halloween, should we award extra points if you show up in costume?) And on 1 November, we’ll be taking 7 Wonders (Asmodée Games) out for a spin. You can cram before the test by reading my 7 Wonders game review here.
Each week’s featured game will be posted well in advance on the Scalliwag Toys Google Calendar, which you can find here. We’re also more than happy to take suggestions. See you soon!