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Ahhh, the good old ‘Hack and slash’ games

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Do you remember Wolfenstein 3D?

Some time ago (when I was still young ;-) ) – I was a video game addict. Almost every minute of my spare time was used to play video games. It was the time of

just to name a few. I also used to play a lot of arcade games and this is where my gamer/nick name ‘ZZZ’ comes from. If you made it into the highscore tables you had to enter your name and in a lot of these arcade games there was room for just three letters. Simply entering the first letter of my surname three times did it for me. I am still using it today even though you can use many more than three letters.

Getting older

Over the years my addiction flattened a bit and my time was used for other things. Just every now and then I got the time for some gaming. In 2007 unfortunately there was even less time for enjoying a good video game. I think it get’s less and less over the years.

Change is on it’s way

During our gaming session with Karin and Markus I once again acquired a taste for video games. It was like handing an alcohol addict a glass of wine. ;-) Looking through my Playstation 2 games collection I came across ‘Gauntlet Dark Legacy‘ a ‘hack and slash‘-game we started to play some time ago but never finished it. Perfect! Let’s get it on! :-)

Gauntlet Dark Legacy - a great game for Playstation 2

Gauntlet Dark Legacy is a sequel to the original Gauntlet I played back at the end of the 80′s (or was it the beginning of the 90′s?) on an Amiga 500. Thanks to Josch for all the funny afternoons with his Amiga! Although the Amiga 500 was a great thing, my Atari Mega ST 2 was even better! ;-)

Let’s slay some monsters! ;-)

In Gauntlet Dark Legacy you (and up to three teammates) can choose between different player characters (wizard, sorceress, knight, valkyrie, warrior, dwarf, archer and jester) and give them a name of your choice. Then you are off to explore the virtual world of Gauntlet, fight thousands of monsters, collect special items and prepare for the final fight against Garm. If you are interested in the full story, you can find it at the wikipedia-page of Gauntlet Dark Legacy.

We spent the whole afternoon and evening with the game. :-) It’s really fun to play (particularly in a team) and it got me going again with my video game addiction. Ok, I’m off now for some gaming action!

An evening with Karin the darling of fortune

Gaming Session

Saturday. Time for a funny evening with a chummily couple. We invited Karin and Markus – who are addicted to board and card games just like us – to give ‘Thurn and Taxis‘ a try.

Karin and Markus playing 'Thurn and Taxis' with us

In ‘Thurn and Taxis’ you are set back in the beginning of the 17th century where the family ‘Thurn und Taxis‘ created the first postal system through Europe. In the board game you have to build routes accross Bavaria and the surrounding areas, place buildings in the towns you pass, upgrade your stage coaches and collect bonuses for accomplishing special tasks.

'Thurn and Taxis' (a board game)

You get points for each completed route, task, bonus etc. The game ends as soon as someone has either placed all of his houses (20 per player) or reaches the biggest stagecoach (level 7). The one with most of the points wins the game. In our case it was Karin. She reached 19 and beat me by 4 points.

Karin holding the finishing chip of 'Thurn and Taxis'

In this picture she is holding the bonus-chip for finishing the game (she built all of her 20 buildings) and showing me V for victory. Yeah, thanks, we know you won the game. DAMN! ;-) Beware of next time! :-)

If you want to give ‘Thurn and Taxis’ a try, go to brettspielwelt.de where you can play it online for free. If you want to buy it, ask at your favourite game store or look at Amazon.

Welcome to the jungle!

After that we decided to play ‘Jungle Party‘ on Playstation 2. A very funny party game for up to four players. It consists of 40 mini-games that are played one by one with a special input device, the buzzer. The buzzer originally came into the PS2-World with ‘Buzz! The Music Quiz‘. In ‘Jungle Party’ you can choose if you want to play a marathon game (all 40 games) or a long, middle or short game. The shorter the game the less mini-games are randomly choosen out of all available games. At the end, the player with most of the points wins. We played two middle games. And guess who won both of them? Yeah, Karin again. Damn! ;-) It was soooo close in the second round, but again, I finished on second place. Karin, are you doing anything else at home apart from playing this game? ;-) Anyway, thanks to Karin and Markus for coming over to our place and spending this funny evening with us! We are very much looking forward to the next gaming session! :-)