Games games games! Lots and lots of games!
We will once again have expanded gaming at the Myths and Legends Convention.
Open gaming throughout the weekend, hosted by our boardgaming staff. There will be games for the deep, hard-core gamer all the way to fun, silly games, as well as great introductory games for folks who are new to “Euro-style” gaming.
Anyone who plays a play-to-win game over the course of the weekend is entered into a drawing to win that copy of the game! Prizes are awarded Sunday afternoon.
For 2017, we have the following Play to Win games available:
Happy Salmon donated by Time Well Spent
Description from the publisher:
Happy Salmon is a simple, ultra-fast, very silly card game.
There are no turns. Players call out the action shown on their cards as fast as they can. When two players have a match, they celebrate by performing the action. Actions include the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful and bizarre “Happy Salmon”.
Each time a player celebrates a match, they quickly discard a card. The first person to get rid of all their cards wins.
The “FIN-tastically” unique and cute fish pouch makes Happy Salmon perfect to take to camp, vacation or if you are just traveling upstream.
Holmes: Sherlock and Mycroft donated by Time Well Spent
In February 1895, London woke up to a loud bang. A large pillar of smoke showed that a bomb had exploded in the Houses of Parliament. Security forces were activated immediately and they arrested a suspicious young laborer near the area.
Mycroft Holmes, at the service of the crown, was commissioned to investigate the relationship of the young laborer with anarchist groups. He thinks it will be an easy task that he can do from the comfort of his armchair in the Diogenes Club — until he is informed of disturbing news; his younger brother Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, has been hired by the boy’s parents to prove the innocence of his son, who believes to be a scapegoat of a dark conspiracy.
For the first time, the brightest minds in London face each other. Was the young laborer involved in this terrible attack or he is just a scapegoat for a dark conspiracy?
Spellcaster donated by Time Well Spent
Legend speaks of the enchanted Sapphire Island. Shrouded in mist and magic, the island summons mages to battle in the ultimate test of magical combat — but only those who survive the supernatural duels are granted great prestige and riches.
Spellcaster is a card game pitting two to four mages in a duel of supremacy. You win by exhausting your opponent’s energies or by collecting enough sorcery sapphires to overpower them. Sixty different spells are included from four fields of study: Combat, Conjuring, Healing and Sorcery. Cast one or more spells each turn to overcome your opponent and become the Grand Master Mage!
Warehouse 51 donated by Time Well Spent
The year is 2038. After decades of borrowing money from the rest of the world, the USA finally went bankrupt. In a last desperate move, the federal government decided to auction its most secret treasures: the artifacts and relics stored in Warehouse 51. And there’s serious stuff in there, such as Aladdin’s Lamp, the Hammer of Thor, the Golem, and the Philosopher’s Stone.
In Warehouse 51, players are multimillionaires from across the globe who want to buy these artifacts for their collections, but most of the items have strange paranormal effects that can influence the game, and many of them are fakes…
Wizard’s Brew donated by Time Well Spent
Players are wizards who use their energy to power spells and collect ingredients from the game board. Collect the right combination of ingredients – which varies depending on the number of players – and you win!
Spell cards are the heart and soul of the game. You get two random spells at the start of each game, then can acquire more via short, “once around” auctions at the start of each round. You bid energy cubes in these auctions, and you have only ten, so bid wisely. When you win an auction, you place energy cubes equal to your bid on the spell card. A certain number of these cubes are removed from the card at the end of each round; once the final cube is removed, the spell leaves the game and you lose that power.
Spell cards generate the Element cards depicted on them for their owners. You then use these Element cards to bid on and collect Ingredients. You can bid for Ingredients only with the Elements shown on the landmark tokens on areas of the game board; these tokens are placed randomly each game. To increase the strategy and player interactivity, some Spell cards let you bid extra cards or different cards, while others allow you to change the rules for bidding. After visiting 3-6 areas, with the number being determined by a die roll at the start of the round, the round ends and players remove Energy cubes from their spells.
The game ends as soon as a player collects the required number of ingredients, e.g., in a six-player game, five differently colored ingredients or six ingredients in any combination of colors.
Vikings on Board donated by Time Well Spent
Vikings on Board is a family-strategy/worker-placement game in which your objective is to set sail with your clan of Vikings on board the ships best supplied for a successful voyage, while simultaneously placing bets on which clan you think will control each ship as they set sail.
Ships are divided into three sections: the front (bow), the middle (body), and the end (stern). During the course of the game, you will place supplies on the ships’ bows, while moving around their body pieces so that your clan has majority control of a ship when it sets sail. Stern pieces are used to show which ships have already set sail.
Each turn, the active player will perform one of the remaining available actions. Actions include: taking first pick of actions next round, rearranging ships’ pieces (x4), placing bets on ships (x2), adding supplies to a ship (x2), increasing the value of supplies in the market, or setting sail.
When a ship sets sail, players will share its supplies in order of how many times their clan’s shield appears on the body pieces of that ship. Starting with the player with the most shields, players will claim a supply token of their choice from the bow of the ship and place it facedown on their scoring circle. These supply tokens will score points based on their value in the market at the end of the game. Additionally, if a player placed a bet on the clan that had majority control of the ship, then they take their winning bet and place it facedown on their scoring circle.
The game ends after seven ships have set sail. Players calculate their final scores by adding together the value of their supply tokens with the value of their winning bets. The player with the most points wins.
We are pleased to host RPGs all weekend long! Stay tuned for the 2017 lineup!
Q: I’ve never played an RPG. What are they and should I try one?
A: RPGs, or role playing games, are fun and interactive. Think of it as a choose your own adventure with a small group of other folks and you make the choices together as a group. The setting can very, from a dungeon crawl or fantasy setting (think Lord of the Rings) to space (Firefly) to futuristic (5th Element).
If you’ve never tried one before, definitely give it a try! You may find a whole new thing you never knew existed that is a lot of fun for you, and if it’s not for you, you only spent a few hours to find that out. When you sign up, look for the sessions that say “Beginners Welcome”.
Q: What’s a GM?
A: That’s the Game Master. They used to be called DMs, or Dungeon Masters, but so many games are set outside of dungeons, the term has migrated. The GM is the person in charge of running the adventure. They tell you what is happening and can answer questions about the game, both rules questions (do I have the range shoot the orc from where I’m standing) and character questions (I climb up the tree, what do I see).
Q: What do you mean, no extra charge?
A: Some conventions charge one fee for entrance and additional fees for unlimited gaming or piecemeal games. We are doing neither. The Myths and Legends Convention badge covers all the gaming, as well as entry into any other convention activities.