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As noted in the blog yesterday, I managed to game with the Friday night gamers last night. Since the Halloween scenario for the Chill 3rd Edition RPG that I'm working on isn't ready yet, it was decided that we would play some board games last night.

The players showed up around 7:05 pm or so, give or take 10 minutes, and we spent some time catching up on the week and discussing American politics. After that, we had some tea, and got down to gaming for the night. The players decided that they had enjoyed it so much last week, that we'd play a couple or three games of The Great Dinosaur Rush. So we dug the game out, and started setting up. Since everyone had played the game before, I didn't have to explain the rules to the players, and we just got into the game for the evening. I didn't take any pictures of the game board last night, or of any of the dinosaurs built, but it was a pretty fun evening overall.

In the first game, the scores were:

KathyB/Ellie 120
Angela 114
DavidM 91
Mark 91
JohnK 100

It was a very close, tight game all the way through until the final Turn, and even then Angela and KathyB/Ellie were in doubt as to which of them would win. I finished with the most Notoriety Points, so that cost me a shot at winning the game, but it was still good fun. Mark created the most fun dinosaur of the night, nicknamed Wall-Esaurus for his resemblance to a certain movie character. :)

The second game was a pretty good match, and the scores were:

Kathy 89
Angela 92
DavidM 102
Mark/Ellie 104
JohnK 91

The scores in this game were pretty tight, DavidM seemingly having the win sewn up until Mark/Ellie managed to get rid of their Notoriety Points in the last Action phase and earned themselves the win. I had a rough third Turn, and couldn't get the bone colours that I needed, and failed to complete two of my Dinosaur Bonus cards. But you do what you can. *sigh*

The third game was probably my best game of the night. Ellie fell asleep, so after KathyB tucked her in for a while in my bed, we played a third game for the night, with the scores as follows:

KathyB 101
Angela 96
DavidM 100
Mark 114
JohnK 108

A fun game, with a very tight scoring total for the night. Mark beat me by 6 points, and the only reason Angela came in last was because she had the highest Notoriety Points on the play. I managed to complete three Dinosaur Bonus cards for the night, and had a pretty good run of it.

Overall, it was a fun night of playing The Great Dinosaur Rush, and the Friday night gamers and I had a marvellous time of it. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we broke up about 11:10 pm after having a bit of tea to wrap up the night (except Ellie, of course, who was sound asleep by this time).

Looking forward to gaming next Friday night. No idea what will be in store, yet.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Spent a relatively relaxing time of it this afternoon after getting home from work.

Did a bit of writing, and took a nap. Also tried to figure out where the water dripping from the base of my fridge is coming from, but nothing obvious there. (Admittedly, I didn't look too intensively. Didn't want to make it worse.)

Gaming is on for this evening.

Since the Chill 3rd Edition Halloween scenario isn't ready quite yet, as I needed to do a complete re-write of the adventure (for reasons I won't go into here), I'm not sure what the Friday night gamers will do this evening. Have to wait and see.

In the meantime, I need to make some supper before the gaming group arrives.

Have a good night, folks. :)

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Spent a good, fun evening with the Wednesday night gaming group last night.


The players showed up around 7:00 pm or so, give or take 10 minutes, and we spent a bit of time catching up with each other, and then got down to board gaming for the evening. Donna and DavidW were quite hyped about playing some games of The Great Dinosaur Rush from APE Games, after having checked out the website, and so that's what we decided to do.

After setting up The Great Dinosaur Rush board game on my dining room table, I talked to the players about the game rules, showed them a basic example of building a dinosaur, and then we got into the first game. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the game board or any of the dinosaurs built during the game, but it was a fun night for the five of us (Donna, DavidW, Kendall, Crystal, and myself) and both plays of the game were enjoyable.

The scores for the first game were:

Donna 101
DavidW 83
Kendall 98
Crystal 93
JohnK 94

It was a very close, veery tight game all the way through, with scoring on the last turn influenced by the Notoriety Points (Kendall would have won the game, except for the fact that she had 8 points). I played a pretty decent first game, and thought that I did all right for myself, although during the 2nd Turn I almost forgot to give my dinosaur some ribs during the Build Phase! Silly me! :)

The second game was interesting as well.

Donna 93
DavidW 102
Kendall 101
Crystal 95
JohnK 96

Again, it was an interesting game, and one that had the scores flip-flop a little bit near the end of the game on the final Exhibit Phase with some truly nice dinosaur Builds (Donna actually scoring 3 Dinosaur Bonus cards!). I scored a total of 15 points in cards as well on the final Exhibit Phase, but for a while I wasn't sure that I would have the Limb and Neck bones to make the second card during that play.

Overall, it was a fun evening of playing The Great Dinosaur Rush, and the four players agreed that it's a game that we'll be playing again in future as well.
Getting ready for this evening's gaming session with the Wednesday night group.


We won't be doing any roleplaying game stuff this evening, as the four players are quite eager to do a bit of boardgaming. So I'll be playing a game or two with them of APE Games's The Great Dinosaur Rush. I don't promise any photos tonight, but we'll see what we shall see.

In the meantime, I need to get upstairs and make some supper. Stir fry, I think, with a bit of rice. And a side salad, of course. :)

Have a good night, folks.


John Kahane

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