When I look back at this phase of my life — working as a partner in a creative agency and raising two girls in Brooklyn, I'm pretty sure that one of the things that will deserve credit for helping me manage the stress will be gaming. So, I'm going to have a go at chronicling my gaming life week to week. I should probably be writing about my kids or technology or something. But, hey — I'm writing, and, since no one is probably reading, I won't be overly concerned about the subject matter.

Early in the week I worked on some Wargames Factory Woodland Indians and Gripping Beast Dark Age Warriors, pretending that I was going to get in some more points before the close of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Alas, I did not. Better luck next year perhaps...

Wednesday I played a solo game of Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! It had been a while, so it took me couple of turns to get the hang of things. Hopefully, it won't be long before my next game. Thursday I played a solo game of Soviet Dawn from C3i magazine. I picked that one up right away. Remembering how much I enjoy the States of Siege games, I decided to order Empires in America.

Friday, I played Hogwarts Battle with my wife Sam and my friend Marco. We beat game five fair and square. It was a blast. I read the next day that an expansion is on the way. Given that Hogwarts Battle is a game my wife actually wants, this was welcome news.

Saturday, I visited Gamemaster Games in Hicksville, NY. It's a Magic supported FLGS with a great selection of boardgames, cards of sorts, RPGs, and wargames. Somehow I made it out of there without spending a fortune.

Sunday, I played another game with Marco. It was the Mines of Moria box set for the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. That was probably my favorite game of the week. I've had that box set for years and have never had a chance to play it. I'm looking forward to more games soon.

Tags: Week in Games, Board Game, Wargame, Gripping Beast