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Is Merchants & Marauders fun? (What about EVERY OTHER pirate board game?) - Nights Around a Table ( [Pirates of the 7 Seas, Libertalia, Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot, Black Fleet, Piratoons, Jamaica: The Crew Expansion, Dark Seas, Chrono Corsairs, Dea...]Like| 0 comments | [+]
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I am not buying anything the rest of the year....


Merchants and Marauders
Merchants and Marauders: Seas of Glory
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye: Druids
Firefly: The Game
Firefly: Breaking Atmos
Firefly: Artful Dodger
Firefly: Pirates and Bounty Hunter
Dice Throne Pirate vs Artificier
Dice Throne Gunslinger vs Samurai
Wasteland Express
Wasteland Express: Scrappening
The Mind
Istanbul Big Box
Black Angel
Food Chain Magnate 
Fallout Atomic Bonds
Xia: Legends of a Drift System
Bean Trader
Incan Gold

I'm very excited to get my copy of #Tiny Epic Pirates And to  learn more about the new Root expansion and #Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile!


Nifty list! Even a few games I haven’t heard of. Pre-Covid, my wife’s family would participate in a white elephant/Yankee swap in which we would always throw in a small game. Here is short list of games we’ve gifted in the past that should fit in a sock.

#Sushi Go!: Very simplistic drafting and set collecting game that works well with all ages. The artwork may inspire nightmares as the food stuffs are rendered anime style with slightly creepy faces. If more variety desired, go with #Sushi Go Party!, but be warned it comes in a tin that will stretch that sock.

#Parade: Such a neat little game. Basically players add cards to a line (5 suits with values ranging from 0-9) and depending on what they add to the line they may have to take cards from said line and placed in front of the player. The interesting thing about scoring is the player with the majority of a specific suit only counts the number of cards rather than the face value of the cards. Lowest score wins.

#Cockroach Poker: the most pure bluffing game that I can think of. This is another odd one as everyone wins aside from a single loser.

#Biblios: This is like two games in one box. First part is a draft of sorts where a card can either go in front of the start player, in front of an opponent, or in the auction pile for the second part of the game.

#Archaeology: The New Expedition: We gifted the older Z-man version (#Archaeology: The Card Game), but this newer version adds a little more variety via monuments.

#Claim: mentioned the tiny epic games, here is another one from the same designer. Claim is trick taking game that work well with two (which was a shock to me). Each suit or in this case race is unique and this does take a few plays to figure out, but its worth it. Also, there are plenty of little expansions (and a standalone) available for this as well to increase variety.

#Fleet: Another odd one. Mix multi-use cards, auctions, and tableau building with the veneer of that deadest catch TV show (is that still on?) and you get this game. Will note that I refuse to play without the #Fleet: Arctic Bounty Expansion as it has those neat “going fishing cards” that really help those turns when you either can’t or don’t want to buy a new license. Also crab meeples. CRAB MEEPLES!!!

#Hanamikoji: I’ve heard this described as I pick you choose. What’s neat about this is it is both thought provoking and short. I think it was the last game we played where I was beaten in the first round.

#Port Royal: Basically building a tableau of sorts while pressing your luck with pirates.

Another relatively quiet week but with the good weather outside I was doing a lot of yard work which is also super enjoyable!

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (solo & multiplayer, physical & TTS) x3: #Marvel Champions: The Card Game - Galaxy's Most Wanted arrived this week.  I played a couple of times as Groot against the first mission so I could tweak my deck.  I then tried out my Rocket deck with a friend against the Green Goblin.  Fun as always!
  • #Forgotten Waters (multiplayer/TTS): First time playing this game.  It was good to fine.  The games milieau and humour definitely jive with mine.  I'd say the story was good.   Gameplay wise it was fine.  The pirates being selfishly motivated while trying to work together made it interesting but the system otherwise was just fine.  It's interesting because I think for the story I'd almost rather just play it solo.  We ended up skipping past the story bits and just looking at the results in the latter half of the game.  But if you play it solo you'll be missing the other players making odd/suboptimal decisions to make their objectives.   Make of that what you will.
  • #Beyond Baker Street (multiplayer/TTS) x2: I've played this one before.  It's an ok deduction style game.  One of the players in the group really likes it so I'll play it for them of course.  However, I think #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine is a much better deduction game and I'd rather just play it instead.

Good review. I learned something about the game that might have helped me win at least once.  I bought this as my first solo game shortly after things closed down due to the pandemic becuase I'd read it was a great solo game.  It is a good looking game.  I probably played it a dozen+ times.  I never did very well or got to fight the pirates and I soon gave up on it.  Maybe it's just me not understanding it well enough...

i want to see more themes within themes. Like playing pirates in the Star Wars universe. Or gambling in a fantasy setting.

What is your favorite theme for a game? Pirates, space, medieval, etc.

Oh boy! I have bought so many games over the last year that I haven't played yet. It is kind of my way of coping with the pandemic. But just over the last month, I bought Castles of Tuscany, Talisman Kingdom Hearts, Quetzal, Sanctum, Lost Ruins of Arnak, and Horrified. I also pre-ordered Sparticus and Tiny Epic Pirates and kickstarted Stellaris. I removed Sid's Civilization (original), some Unlock games, and Cthulu the card game. I never played them and I have decided that any game rated less than 8 out of 10 for me is potentially on the chopping block because I just don't have room anymore.

Don't really have specific ones in mind for the holidays, so I'll just do a general "must play" list

  1. #Hansa Teutonica - Got my hands on this one pretty recently. It's been on the back burner in lieu of also buying #Pax Pamir (Second Edition), but after watching a playthrough and seeing how snappy and clever the game seems, I desperately want to get this one played.
  2. #Forgotten Waters - This was the GameNerdz DotD recently and I nabbed one. I'm pumped to get a full complement of seven people together and give this one a whirl. I've been involved in theatre for the last few years and I know more than a few thespians who would love to role play as wacky pirates.
  3. #Lancaster - Another solid euro that I recently acquired my hands on. Almost got this to the table the other day, but #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) beat it out. It's definitely on deck.
  4. #Brass: Lancashire - I have thoroughly enjoyed my three plays of #Brass: Birmingham, but I don't own it. GameNerdz suckered me again when they put this title up for their DotD. I'm curious to see how it differs from Birmingham and if I end up preferring it.
  5. #Inis - This is the only one that isn't currently on the shelf of shame, and I've played it ten times. I just bought #Inis: Seasons of Inis Expansion and I am eager to play this game with some of the new modules. 5 player Inis sounds like a blast!

BoardGameBliss has discounts up to 80% in their Black Friday sale.

Additional 5% / 7% discount for buying over $150 / $250.

They ship to the US (and free to the US at $200 CAD, which is roughly $154 USD).


#A Tale of Pirates $17.58 CAD, save 68%

#Agents of Mayhem: Firing Squad $6.99 CAD, save 80%

#Agents of Mayhem: Get Gaunt $4.79 CAD, save 80%

#Battle Ravens $27.48 CAD, save 50%

#Boom, Bang, Gold $5.61 CAD, save 80%

#Ceylon $18.73 CAD, save 67%

#Dreams $17.61 CAD, save 57%

#Kilt Castle $15.18 CAD, save 60%

#Lincoln $21.98 CAD, save 60%

#Vortex $15.18 CAD, save 60%


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