Pardon me, the end of the year is always so busy I didn’t get around to showing you these extra photos, mostly from the tournaments day in November, but also our Picnic in December.
(We also had another of our “500” cards nights in November – once again it was very popular!!)
Over one weekend in November the Canberra-based club “Australian Games Expo” came down to Melbourne to run tournaments to find Victoria’s best players of “Settlers of Catan”, “Stone Age”, “Carcassonne”, “Dominion”, and “Magic The Gathering”.
Quite by chance they decided to run their event on the same date and same location as our monthly Cafe Games day – the Celtic Club, so we were able to join forces and have a lovely general games-fest after the official proceedings were over.
Tournaments and General Games night
In “Magic” players take on the roles of Wizards who fight each other using spells and magical animals. Each player owns their own deck of cards – the cards are collectors items and are usually bought in randomly packaged sets. (This is not normally a game that gets played at Cafe Games.)
On the other hand, the “Settlers of Catan” tournament seemed quite laid-back.
If you don’t know this classic “euro” strategy game, players are colonists on a new island, they try to set up their settlements in such a way that they’ll be able to make better use of the island’s resources and crops than each other. They can also barter with each other for things they need.
Finalists table for the “Settlers” tournament.
More islands – but this time it’s Treasure Island and Pirates’ Cove. Can you become the most famous pirate of them all? Fight! Plunder! Bury treasure! Brag at the pub!
A rare boys-only table at Mahjong.
Drum Roll !!! Life in the circus? It’s a colourful and exotic boardgame that Julian (Unhalfbricking games store) brought back from the famous Essen boardgame festival in Germany.
Fresco – an appropriate game for an artist to introduce, eh Paul? Folks, don’t worry if you’re not an artist, no actual drawing is required in this strategy game. You’ll be re-enacting life as a mediaeval artist helping restore an old cathedral fresco: buying the right paints for each section, impressing the bishop, earning money on the side, and even knowing which days you can sleep in 🙂
If you’re intrigued, check out this video review of Fresco by “Castelli”, an Australian blogger.
It’s a Small World – but packed with exotic creatures all trying to make it their home.
A quick little game of Carcassonne, another classic game, but one that produces a quirky map as a result.
Fans of the comedy card game “Munchkin” give its horror themed version Munchkin Cthulhu a run through. Fight monsters, collect treasure, try to remain sane in the face of unspeakable horror.
No, he’s not hiding behind a napkin, he’s talking to a covered baby attached to his chest! Here the gang are playing Bohnanza, trading colourful “bean” cards with each other to try and make the best sets.
Playing San Juan – the card game version of Puerto Rico – set up buildings and grow plantations to run the most profitable business.
Qwirkle – it’s fast become a staple game here. Interesting that these guys have “stretched out” the tiles so far, usually they’re more compacted in together.
Looks like Colossal Arena again. Must be a good game since Bayden always seems to be playing it. Gamble on which fantasy creatures will beat which others.
Staple of many games clubs – Ticket To Ride. In this expansion they’re building train routes all across “Asia” – from the Mediterranean to Japan
A desperate rush to find the four treasures on Forbidden Island before it sinks under the ocean.
WOW!!! A dramatic occasion as four intrepid ghost-busters manage to finally beat the big boss in Ghost Stories!!! It’s a wonderfully colourful co-operative game set amongst the supernatural legends from China. You all work together to try to defeat the swarms of exotic ghosts plaguing the land. It’s also quite tricky – this was my first win in over 30 games. Special thanks to Mike for using the Buddha statues to great effect!
Cafe Games Picnic!
In December we held our annual picnic. A bit later in the month than usual, so there were less people, but we still had fun!
We were based at Albert Park Lake and had wonderful sunny weather, and mostly the swans and seagulls played their own games instead of getting involved in ours.
This game of Cosmic Encounter has a table-cloth! How refined!
Bridie towering over everyone else while playing the popular imaginative picture game “Dixit”
French? Mexican? Russian? All sorts of exotic types wait for the Greed dice to be rolled.
Quick, name a fairy tale! … No, “Bugs Bunny” doesn’t count!!
Anomia – tie your brain in knots!
The guys ham it up through the dungeon in the fantasy-comedy game Munchkin (Deluxe!)
Thank you all for helping me make 2011 the best year for Cafe Games so far. We’ve had some massive events and a great time as well. I look forward to seeing you all again in 2012!
Feedback: Did you get games for Christmas?
Did you get any new boardgames for Christmas? Leave a comment below sharing the news about your cool new games.