Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Dungeons and Dragons + NZ Festival of MindSports 2015

Mark Thornton runs a Game of Dragons!
Week two of the NZ Festival of MindSports was a resounding success in Thames this weekend. The North Island Wargaming Convention was held on the previous weekend, making the main hall eerily quiet. Not so our gaming room!

Richard Morita and his new Edo Jidai - Duelling Samurai game for a grand tounament complete with Japanese ritual bells ringing. Mark Thornton ran a new creation called Game of Dragons. Darren from Auckland brought Magic: The Gathering and a boardgame he purchased from a Kickstarter campaign called Cthulhu Wars which included all the expansions (for around 450 NZ$) and looked amazing. Cthulhu Wars is a strategy/horror board game from Lovecraft's classic Cthulhu Mythos.

I ran a game of D&D on the Saturday evening at Mark's place and then another game on Sunday at the Festival. The night game was reminiscent of how I began playing, with no miniatures or terrain, now often termed Theatre of the Mind. As Dungeon Master this is incredibly liberating and allows for a higher level of spontaneous creativity but in my experience works best with a smaller group. The next day I brought out the DWARVEN FORGERY™ terrain, which certainly helps keep focus on the game when running for sixteen players! 

Gorbraxis III

Edo Jidai

Edo Jidai

Cthulhu Wars

The Dragon Warriors!

My first roll of the day!

Cthulhu Wars

Cthulhu Wars

Edo Jidai

Dungeons & Dragons: Day Two

The final roll of the dice.

Wrapping things up.

Winners: Patrick (Gold, red shirt), Mathew (Silver, green shirt), Kamea (Bronze, blue shirt)
and my mum Marlene (Organiser, purple hat).

Magic: The Gathering

Cthulhu Wars

Congratulations to the winners: Patrick (Gold), Mathew (Silver), Kamea (Bronze). Thanks and blessings to all those who helped make it happen again for 2015, especially my mum Marlene.

God bless you and have a great week!

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