Saturday 19 January 2008

Squires of the Sofa

This is something I don't think I've talked about here on my blog at all yet other then a brief comment I made on someone else's blog. I am a gamer, No I don't live in my parent's basement, and yes I do shower. I enjoy sitting downBig Ears Small Mouse with a small group of friends and playing a roleplaying game or a board game. There both lots of fun and really enjoyable. I've been apart of group now for about 5 years maybe 6 or 7. A long time ago we dubbed ourselves the "Squires of the Sofa" It was kind of a way to pay homage to a comic called "Knights of the Dinner Table"

Well tonight was the first time we had gotten together as a group in a number of months to game. My wife has taken on the role of GM and is running us through a new system called B.E.S.M. or Big Eyes, Small Mouth. Her plan is to run a sub game of it called Big Ears, Small Mouse. We don't know a lot about the game yet, tonight was just character creation. What we have gotten is that we are from a Mouse and Squirrel city that had been built around an Asian import warehouse and packaging plant. All in all as rodent life goes we've got it good, things get dropped we collect it and use it to live off. Pretty much we've lived in the plant our whole lives and loved every minute of it. Sadly the silly humans have decided they need to move, and it going to be our job to find them and figure a way to transport the rest of our community over to the new location.

I have no idea how it's going to work out but the system seems pretty straight forward and looks pretty interesting.

Once we had finished with character creation for the night it was time to check out one of the new games we recently got. Called "Bull in a China Shop" it's put out by a company called Playroom Entertainment. We picked it up based on its low price (less the $10) a interesting description of the game play off the back of the box and the box art. Normally we look to recommendations from friends but this one was different and it was a pleasant surprise at that.Bullin a China Shop

After setting up the game we got down to playing, at first it seemed surprisingly simple. Then as

we got further in to the all of us began to notice a deeper level to it. It could easily be a really simple game or one with a fair amount of planning before each move. The scoring was a little complex and hard to follow at first. But once I took a closer look at the provided score sheet it made a lot sense.

Bull In a China Shop
Players: 3 - 5 Ages: 8 and up Playing time: 30 Minutes

4 out of 5 stars

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