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. Today marks day 11 of quasi-quarantine. Just so my readers know, I’m not actually in quarantine yet–I’m a pediatrician and am still going into work on my regular work days. So while I’m not technically stuck at home, I am in a high-stress work environment these days and really need game playing as an outlet when I get home.

Arkham Horror the Card Game

Last night I made my wife, Sarajo, fill in for me in a game of Arkham Horror the Card Game by Minnesota company Fantasy Flight Games. Back in 2017 Dan and I played this and wrote up one of our first Flights & Flagons articles for Beerploma: that episode is HERE and gives a lot more info about the game. I’ve been playing a solo campaign using two characters for this, but it was nice to have Sj step in and only have to think about one character!

Here, Poirot demonstrates the story cards that show the goals of both the evil monstrosities bent on destroying the Earth and the intrepid investigators. My larger pic of the entire set-up apparently didn’t take.

This particular game is the fifth in The Forgotten Age cycle, which involves expeditions to South America, serpent men, poisonous snakes, and various other adventures. This expansion comes with the cards to play the first two chapters of the adventure, then six more episodic packs have come out over the year letting you continue the story. I love this episodic nature to the game, as well as the strong story aspect of it. It is punishingly hard though! Sj and I actually succeeded in this particular mission, with not too much permanent damage to our characters! I also love the ability to spend hard-earned experience points to upgrade the cards in your character deck for the next (harder) chapter. The new Exploration Deck for this expansion series is also a nice addition to game and adds an element of “will we find the next location we need to discover…or get bit by a poisonous snake?” At one point Sj drew a card called Ants! and exclaimed, “Do you want ants? ‘Cause that’s how you get ants!”

The evil overlord blocks us at every move!

Oh, I forgot our beer pairing! For this game we broke out a growler of Waconia Brewing’s famous Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter! A dark beer for a dark game! Some people view peanut butter beers as one of those hideous monstrosities that must be banished back to the nether realms–but I’m not one of them! This is one of the best in the state.

So one more game played in the attempt to play a game during each day of quarantine! Remember folks, Keep Calm and Play Games!

Next up Batman: Gotham City Chronicles!