The State of Games, Episode 46 – The One About the Fate of the Galaxy

And now for something completely different. In a fit of momentary madness, myself and five other brave boardgamers – Dan Patriss of The Geek All-Stars, Paul Hetrick, Shawn Purtell, Michael Harrison and Daniel Solis – decided we wanted to settle once and for all who would rule the galaxy. And, so, we set out on a half-day mission to get a full six-player experience of Twilight Imperium on the Dice Hate Me table. This is our story.


Pictures of the play-by-play:
setup

The arena of battle!

The board at the start of the battle.

The board at the start of the battle. The players are: L1Z1X (Chris) at top in black, Hacan (Dan) in yellow, Yssaril (Shawn) in purple, Xxcha (Paul) in green, Sardakk N’orr (Michael) in red, and Federation of Sol (Daniel Solis) in blue.

First conquest for the L1Z1X!

First conquest for the L1Z1X!

mecatolfalls

The Yssaril take control of Mecatol Rex at the end of Round 2!

End of round 2.

End of round 2.

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First blood! Michael’s Sardakk N’orr beat up on Paul’s Xxcha turtles in Round 3.

warsuns

And now witness the full operational power of the L1Z1Z battlestation! War Sun on Round 3. Awww yeah.

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Round 4 – The move for Mecatol Rex.

Mecatol Rex falls to the cyborgs.

Mecatol Rex falls to the cyborgs.

And Mecatol Rex is fully assimilated.

And Mecatol Rex is fully assimilated.

Round 6.

Round 6.

The L1Z1X/Sol stand-off.

The L1Z1X/Sol stand-off.

The massive Sol fleet at the end of the game - possibly the biggest I've ever seen.

The massive Sol fleet at the end of the game – possibly the biggest I’ve ever seen.

The Final Score.

The Final Score.

The galaxy after the dust had settled.

The galaxy after the dust had settled.

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AND DON’T FORGET!

Mark your calendars for June 12-16 – that’s Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. Dice Hate Me Games will be there in full force, with designers TC Petty III, Darrell Louder and Jason Kotarski! Come on by booth #809, say hello, and be sure to pick up a copy of VivaJava: The Coffee Game, The Great Heartland Hauling Co. or Carnival (the last remaining copies of the first printing!) - each game comes with their limited expansion, only available at Origins! We’ll also be offering demos of Compounded, Belle of the Ball and Brew Crafters, so plan on having a great time at booth #809. We’ll see you there!

 

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VivaJava: The Coffee Game (Get your summer orders in!)

Carnival (It’s here, and ready for you to enjoy!)

 

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4 Responses to “The State of Games, Episode 46 – The One About the Fate of the Galaxy”
  1. futurewolfie says:

    I didn’t listen to the podcast yet, but it looks like Sol missed a huge opportunity to CRUSH the L1Z1X, conquer the homeworld, and prevent them from scoring more points… such a huge fleet but it looks like it was never actually used for anything…

  2. Kevin Kortekaas says:

    Just finished the podcast, god damn do I wish I knew you guys in person, I’d be all over that TI game!

  3. Ben Pinchback says:

    I think I heard wrong and after 12 hours, the Federation of Solis had zero? points?? Incredible. LOVED the format btw. The two different intro sound bytes were genius. It was like the start of something awesomely new. Reality epic boardgaming radio. Next time though, I gotta have some TC and Darrrelll to listen to.

  4. Galen says:

    I tried an 8 player game last Labor Day. it took 11 hours.

    In the two months leading up to the event, I hand painted wooden planet tiles to replace the planet cards. I love the look and the reduced bookkeeping.

    In retrospect, we should not have used the latest expansion as we all found the political rules lackluster. Down time was also a problem.

    In short I would not try it again. Overall, I find Eclipse to be a overall superior experience anyway.

    Now what to do with all those planets…

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