Hello Nonfictional Friends!
Recently Diana and I took part in Extra Life, which is a gaming marathon that helps raise money for local children’s hospitals. Our gaming group played games together for 24 hours straight! Here is a look at our fresh faces as we are just getting started.
Not pictured is me, since I am operating the camera. I am to blame for the poor quality of photographs in this post. Cut me some slack, I was deeply exhausted for most of them.
We started strong with Motobushido! A relatively new system for our group but it is an absolute blast. Basically you play a gang of Samurai that ride around on Motorcycles. Something that really sets this game apart from other RPGs is the fact that the first round of play isn’t with your actual characters. You basically role play a flash back. You and the other players build the world and live some of your characters history. I think this is a fantastic element because it gives you a chance to get familiar with how to play the system and gets you invested in the world.
Here is our fearless GM and it was his idea to participate in Extra Life this year. Please give him and his furry friend a round of applause.
Next we moved onto Smash Up! This is a delightful shuffle building game where you take two different faction decks and shuffle them together to create your team. What are faction decks? Well there are a variety to choose from such as pirate, ninja, cowboy, dinosaur, robot… You get the idea. So when you mix them together you get something fantastic like ninja werewolves. Then you vie with the other players to win points by taking down the bases cards. It was so fun we had to play twice.
After that we took a break from table top gaming and played some video games! We started with Speed Runner, which I heartily recommend. It’s basically a race game and you want to be the last Super hero standing. You can’t just button smash to get through, which is why I’m so terrible at it, but it is a lot of fun and will really bring out the competitive streak while you play.
At midnight, halfway through our 24 hour play through, we moved on to Tricky Towers. Tricky Towers is basically free form competitive Tetris. Only you are trying to build as high a tower as you can despite the many hazard your fellow players throw at you. Very challenging and lots of fun.
Tower Fall Ascension came next. An 8bit game where each of you play an archer and you battle monsters and each other. Diana kicked some ass in this game.
It is here that we moved back to board games. Next was Arkham Horror, deeply elaborate game that took us an extremely long time to beat. It was a new game for us and we were already very tired so this game took us eight hours to finish. Yes, you read that right. Eight hours. Exhaustion and unfamiliar games is not a good mix. However we were victorious in the end. Perseverance won the day. I guess I’m glad no one let me set the game on fire, like I repeatedly suggested we do. We sealed all monsters out of our plane of existence and did some celebratory jigging with what little energy we had left.
We ended our twenty four hour marathon with the only game that could keep our eyes open, Spaceteam. Spaceteam is a game for your phone that encourages you to scream at your friends. Each player, in the guise of an eight bit alien, boards a spacecraft that you must use team work to keep flying. Each player is then given a control panel that they are in charge of managing. Instructions flash at the top of the screens that match up with someone controls. So everybody just shouts all the instructions out in the hopes that the right person will hear the one they need.
That’s how we made it through the last little bit. Bleary eyed, wired, exhausted, and shouting our heads off. We had a great time and raised a good amount of money for the Children’s Hospital. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. It means the world to us and it will mean the world to the kids. We love you!
Toodles and farewell for now!