Thanksgiving Day was a good gaming day for the old boy. The Eldest and I started it out with a few learning games of Castle Ravenloft Board Game. It is basically 4e D&D streamed down to the bare essentials for an elemental board game. Despite me failing to catch one very significant rule, we came very close to winning once and got throttled the others. As with most role play experiences, it is a cooperative game that seems to do a fairly decent job of managing the 'bad guys' against the players.
Later that day we played a few hands of Dominion. We split the games 2 and 2. After six Eric made it over and we tried our hand at Ravenloft again, still having not won a game. When Paul showed we threw him into the mix and that is when we found that we should have been taking treasure cards on every monster kill... Oops! That made it a much more balanced game and we got our first win!
Afterwards The Eldest went to crash and the Eric, Paul, and I tried a go at Space Hulk: Blood Angel from Fantasy Flight Games. It was late and since I had been up since about 3am, I was a bit tired. The mechanics took a few rounds to figure out, and I would like to try again when I am more focused and we can try three or so games back to back in order to figure out the best way to conduct the cooperative aspects of the game.
On Friday when the Eldest got off work we tried Ravenloft again as a two player and were very close to winning the next adventure. Just one stinkin' gargoyle away from a win! Later we went to the theater and caught RED. I have been wanting to see it as it looked alike a great action flick. It was perfect summer fare at the very tail end of fall. I give it 3 1/2 out of 4 ex-CIA operatives. John Malkovich was a hoot.