With isolation and limited ability to go outside the home, I find myself in a position (along with the rest of you) of nervousness and boredom. One can only watch so much Netflix before you develop bedsores and a stiff neck! So, I’ve set myself a challenge to play at least one board game a day during this time and if possible pair it with a good beer, wine, or cocktail. Why not! Feel free to play along.

For day two, my wife Sarajo and I played the Lord Humungus of the boardgame Thunderdome: Gloomhaven. This box is so heavy you have to be careful to lift with the knees. And since I put together the Broken Token wooden organizer, this adds even more weight! This was a Kickstarter, and one of the most successful in the boardgame genre, ever. I was late to the party and got mine at The Source, an excellent well… source…for boardgames in the Twin Cities.

This is an epic Legacy style game: meaning you are changing the status of the world map with stickers, tearing up certain cards when done with them, opening sealed envelopes, and altering the whole game as you play it. Each scenario puts 1-4 players into a set of map tiles with a small story element and a particular goal for the scenario. The game starts with 6 player classes, each with their own miniature and special deck of cards. Over the course of the game, you retire characters and unlock several more hidden classes with new minis and skills. I love this aspect of the game! As a miniature painter, I love unlocking a new class and painting up the minis.

Here is Sj’s character the Vermling Mindthief.

Today’s scenario involved taking out a plethora of rabid Vermlings and looting the heck of out the place. I’ll try not to give too much away, including pictures of my character (since spoilers abound in the mysterious game). Sj and her summoned rat swarm were exhausted (out of cards) for the last 2 rounds, but I managed to hold on long enough to finish the last enemy and loot the treasure chest!

I have plans of trying to specifically pair cocktails with these games, but right now we are trying to finish up some growlers of beer before they go south from oxidation. So this particular game, I had Lupulin Brewing’s (in Big Lake) Sophistry IPA–a well balanced hazy IPA. Sj had Three Floyd’s Alpha Kong: a sweet and spicy Belgian Quad. Ok, I drank some of that too!

With about 100 scenarios to play through, this huge box should provide enough to do alone for the next month of isolation! But, don’t worry, I’ll try more games.