Gaming with the Family

After another long week of travel, I was determined to spend as many waking
hours over the weekend with Julie, Jacob, and Matthew. On Saturday, Julie and
Jacob had a Cub Scout outing for the morning and early afternoon. Matthew and
I did some Christmas shopping, had lunch and Matthew’s favorite fast food
joint (Arby’s), then came home for some fun one-on-one time. We opened up the
game closet to see what we should play – we both agreed that
Battlecards would be
a great two-player game to idle away the afternoon.

Battlecards: World Conflict, Pacific Theatre

I own each of the expansions for this game except for the newly released
North African Campaign. I
wrote a review of the first product back in March.

This game was very one-sided, with me on top for the entire game. In fact, we
didn’t even finish the game since it was clear I would prevail. The Pacific
expansion is different in that most of the battles have Pearl Harbor as a pre-
requisite. This potentially leads to quite a bit of buildup before the first
battle. Unfortunately for Matthew, I drew most of the military buildup cards.
This just shouldn’t happen – there’s a decent distribution of these cards, so
I don’t think this is a flaw in the game.

Battlecards: World Conflict, The Russian Front

Jacob arrived and saw the tail end of my game with Matthew, so we went to
battle on the eastern front. Similar result this time – I ended up winning
every battle and achieving the victory condition of > 1/2 available victory
points. Even though these games were one-sided, I still really enjoy playing
this game.

Can’t Stop

Julie, Matthew, and I played an abbreviated game of Can’t Stop before bed
time. This has become one our light favorites – very often when I come home
from work I learn that Julie has played this with the boys after coming home
from school. I won with an amazing string of high rolls on the 10 and 11
tracks.