Once everyone arrived, I showed the players the character sheets for the new Khepera edition of Atlantis: The Second Age. The players were quite impressed with the game sheets and can't wait to get back to their Atlantis campaign, but I have to say that I won't be running it again until the hardcover rulebook is in my hands. After chatting for a bit about the changes they would need to make to their characters, we got down to gaming for the night.
Once things settled down around 7:30 pm or so, the group decided they wanted to play a board game, and the choice was made to play Dominant Species. This game is one of my favourite board games, but to be honest, I wasn't sure how I would do given my mental state of health given the illness I've been suffering from. That said, it was a fun evening of gaming...
(I apologise in advance, but there are no photos of the game played, as I just wasn't in the mood to take any.)
We played a six-player game of Dominant Species, and it was an interesting night of gaming. Kathy and Ellie played the Insects, Nick took on the Birds, Tom played the Arachnids, Joanne played the Mammals, David and Angela teamed up to play the Reptiles, and I played the Amphibians. A
Two of the highlights of the game were where, in the First Turn, due to Glaciation and a few other things, I and my Amphibians were down to 1 cube total. I decided to make an effort to stay in the game as long as possible, though I still had a fuzzy mind, and didn't feel like being eliminated by what appeared to me as a very rare set of circumstances. I made an immediate comeback, became an actual threat, and took down the Birds towards the end of the game so they could not win and, for a short period, actually looked to have won the game. Another player got the victory however, but I felt really great about the game, as I managed to make a good comeback.
In the end, the final scores looked like this:
Tom (Arachnids) - 160
Kathy/Ellie (Insects) - 124
Joanne (Mammals) - 121 (Finished third due to Food Chain tie-breaker)
JohnK (Amphibians) - 121
David/Angela (Reptiles) - 110
Nick (Birds) - 96
Overall, it was a fun night's gaming, as we played Dominant Species for about 4 hours, 15 minutes after setting the stuff up, and had a good night of it.