Well It's that time of year again and once again I find myself in Seattle for PAX Prime. I'll be trying to get as much info out over the next 3 days as possible with pictures of all the shiny new games and the trade floor (which I might add is nearly double the size this year). You can check back here or follow my misadventures on twitter @3pgPAX.
Today's adventures were more of airport/customs fun, finding hotel, food and then ending up at a board game PAX meet up where we took over the Sheraton Hotel Lobby.
Citadels is card game for 2-7 player of bluffing, building, diplomacy and accidental back stabbing, it will make more sense in a minute, I swear. The objective of the game was to build buildings for your citadel, all which cost a varying different amount of gold between 1 and 6. Each player had a role card, which grants them an extra ability or income each turn, that you also go to change at the end of every round. Starting with one player each player at the top of each round shuffled through the 8 different role cards and chose one in secret from everyone else, until there were none remaining. Each class has a different turn order, labelled from 1-8 that will always be the same, so for instance the Assassin is always the first person to go in a round, they get to choose one other role to assassinate each round and they miss that round. I say role because they aren't choose a player, they say I'm assassinating the Merchant, not really knowing who they are until it becomes the merchants turn and a corpse turns up.
All in all a lot of fun, a bit slow on the uptake but once it got rolling it was a lot more about guessing who to screw and how.
The gem of the night though was Fantasy Flight Games' Red November, a cooperative board game where 6 gnomes are on a submarine with a bunch of vodka that's breaking down. Everyone has to work together to keep themselves alive as fires break out, bulkheads get blocked, parts of the sub flood and if you're really unlucky, a kraken attack. It was much simpler and a hectic crazy of "Well do we put out the fire or try and stop the missile bay from exploding". It's also great playing a game where vodka makes you more powerful. Although sadly, just like in real life there is the consequences of the hangover.
Over all a great first day and I need to give a shout out to a few of the guys over at The Modern Day Pirates who we were board gaming with most of the night.
That about wraps up the festivities of pre-PAX. I'm off to bed to rest of for a day of gaming sensory overload.
I do ask over the next couple of days you bear with my spelling and grammar abilities, or lack thereof, as well pictures being updated later into the posts as my main goal is to get information out as fast as possible this weekend with the intent of tidiness a little bit later.
Cheers from PAX.