|It's frozen, frosted deliciousness knows no equal.
|These are still up a week later. They may never come down.
Since the next day was going to be jam packed with games, my dear wife gave me my present early. I now have my very own copy of Arkham Horror! Being a big Lovecraft fan, it was a game I'd always intended to own but never got around to. Now it was all mine to devour my life with hours and hours of gameplay.
|Fun fact: I have been playing the same game session for a week now.
The night before the big event, my friend Marc arrived to stay. We spent that night getting some extra gaming in, so I introduced him to X-Wing, Quarriors and DungeonQuest.
The next morning after breakfast we were joined by my friend Jay. Unfortunately my cousin and his wife ended up not being able to make it, so our group was a bit smaller than expected. However, I still had two games on the agenda that I wanted to make sure got played, and I wasn't going to let dwindling numbers stop me.
The first was Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre. I had recently acquired this game and it ended up being a blast. It is insanely random and ridiculous and worth every penny. I don't think we've laughed so hard around a gaming table in a long while.
|My character for the game. Also pictured: Me losing.
|Mid game madness.
|Note the non-essential cardboard cut-out of Mt. Skullzfyre in the background.
|Into the dungeon
|The dwarf makes short work (heh) of the Cultist in the first room...
|And the Barbarian crushes the Orc soon after. The Goblin stood no chance after that.
|Another Cultist is surrounded and chopped to pieces.
|The Dwarf finds a healing well, while the Elf finds a Mummy.
|The Elf fights the Mummy alone...uh, a little help?
|The Wizard wanders off alone and finds some new friends.
|The cult revealed, and the Slaaneshi Chaos warrior behind it!
|Slowed by the Elf's spell, the Chaos Warrior is defeated by the Barbarian.
We wound down the day with a game of the DC Comics Deck-Building Game. It's not the deepest deck-builder out there, but it was great for coming down off the gaming high. It was also the only game I won all weekend, with Jay coming in second by sheer amount of cards in his deck. Apparently his strategy was "buy everything". And it almost worked.
And that was Birthday Gaming Extravaganza 2013. I had initially named it that as a joke, but honestly I like it. I intend to do this again next year and possibly for years to come. I will certainly plan it a bit better, possibly with further advance notice, and a better system for taking pictures. There are certainly a slew of games coming out in the next year I'd love to showcase!
See you all again at BGE 14!