Gaming pentathlon (or, Why Chris Pramas Is A Genius — Reason #235)

While the title is not exactly surprising news to anybody that’s spent any time with Green Ronin’s various and sundry gaming products, this isn’t about GR or their excellent product line.

Pramas’ LJ entry for the day is a stroke of sheer, mad-cap, game-loving genius, and I must find a way (or several ways) to execute similar events of my own as soon as possible.

Short form, for those that don’t read the linked post: a gaming pentathlon, with a variety of game types (board, card, minis, RPG, etc) constructed around a common theme. Players would compete in each round, exhibiting skill/mastery/whatever in a wide variety of game play styles and game types. It’s similar in some ways to Penny Arcade’s PAX Omegathon video game contests, with more of a focus on analog gaming. I think it’s a fantastic notion, and something that any group of sufficiently geeky friends could make a day of.

I’m wondering if Marvel: Ultimate Alliance + HeroClix + ??? + ??? + classic Marvel Super Heroes would work, and if I could sell it to my gaming group as an all-day Saturday or Sunday thing. With X-Men/Spider-Man/Iron Man movies running on TV throughout the day for theme, and stacks of comics around for reading by those who are eliminated from a game early. 🙂


  1. Dindrane September 27, 2007 4:13 pm 

    Oooh, that could be fun. I know there’s a Marvel Monopoly, plus a Trading Card Game. And you could create trivia lightning rounds… maybe a sketch contest? A “Who throws cards like Gambit” contest?

  2. Doc September 27, 2007 4:20 pm 

    I’ve also got most of the pieces to do a Pirate-themed event and am discussing possibilities with Widge re: a zombie-themed event. 🙂

  3. Widgett September 28, 2007 1:57 am 

    There’s also a Munchkin Pentathlon. Four different variations of Munchkin, then the last game is all four mixed together along with the Blender cards.

  4. Kevyspice September 29, 2007 12:14 pm 

    As a member of said gaming group, I hereby officially dig the zombie, pirate and even the superhero suggestions. 🙂

    A few more options that spring to mind:

    World War II: Axis and Allies D-Day (Board game) -> Some RPG (Savage Worlds/GURPS) -> Battlefield 1942 LAN game (or a console shooter, if y’all insist… :). I’m sure there are some other games out there that could be thrown in, but I can’t think of them at the moment…

    Star Wars: Any number of game combinations.

    Cthulhu: Munchkin Cthulhu -> CoC RPG -> Cthulhu 500 card game -> ???

    Lord of the Rings: LotR Risk -> Old-school MERP -> LotR trivia -> ???

    Might think of more when I get some lunch in me. 🙂

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