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Kickstarter Ending (11/22 - 11/29) [Mortis Arena.Battle for Frontera., Odyssey: ANTHROPOS, Vectorships: educational game, The Box of Holding, TITANS: historical fantasy miniature board g...]Like| 0 comments | [+]
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I played #Carpe Diem - Stefen Feld (#The Castles of Burgundy, #Bora Bora #Notre Dame) has done it again. Love his way of making a simple game and then cramming soooo many well-balanced options within it that it becomes this incredibly robust and big thing. That is the case here, draft tiles into a personal tableu placing them with #Carcassonne rules and then score tons of different types of points based on set collection and how your tiles interact of your bustling Roman town.

I played #Gridopolis - a 3D Strategy Game and System and I really want every 6 - 8 year old kid to check this out. It can be for anyone but has special educational goodness that young kids are going to get a lot out of. It is 3D chess meets legos with lots of bells and twists. The main issue is that the lego part is mainly in the setup (base board is around 100 pieces) which takes a while to get playing if you are in a hurry to get to that step.

went back to some classics with #Sushi Go Party! #7 Wonders and #Carcassonne

This is an expansion I am VERY excited about. #Wingspan gets more play than just about any other game in our house and is my wife and I's favorite game to play with each other.  We've adapted a very rules to help the game flow most of which I covered in a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmfqB6A9UOs ).  

Hard to say what I'd like to see in a new expansion but some of the balancing Becky and I use to reduce the R&D (randomness) would be nice to see.  I think birds that let players empty and refill the bird tray, birds that let players search through the deck, and possibly even a new die in the dice feeder that offers a unique choice...

(S1: any 1 food from supply, S2: turn a bird sideways taking up two slots, S3: remove a bird from your santuary and gain its food cost, S4: exchange any number of tucked cards or cached food for food or cards, S5: trigger the brown power of any other players bird, S6: discard any # of cards from hand and redraw that many cards)...

New birds and flavor text is always fun and somewhat educational.  This might end up being a Christmas gift for my brother if the timing works out.

My game closet is like my bookshelves: I'm happy with what's on there, but I can always use more. :)  I've got a good range of games, from theme and player count to mechanic and difficulty. But, new games release and I get interested, and before you know it, needs and wants merge into one. 

What I would like more of are educational games. I consider Wingspan to be educational, and I love it. In fact, just this morning my kids and I were identifying birds at our birdfeeder. We had Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Goldfinch, a Cardinal, a White-breasted Nuthatch, some Carolina Chickadees, and loads of Tufted Titmice (Mouses?). I love that #Wingspan was able to help instill a love of birds in this house, and I'd love to see what other educational games are out there to help get my kids interested in even more things. Even though they're still too young to even play Wingspan haha

A cute educational experience similar to that of #Wingspan for me was #Arboretum because it caught me by surprise. After playing that game you can identify different species of trees, which is neat.

Are you interested in historical games? I haven't been up to this point, but the educational factor cannot be denied. I know plays a lot of games like that - is the educational value a factor for you, Marsh?

DISCLAIMER: I haven't played #Wingspan

That being said it feels like it is a nice game with a nice theme. But, from what I here, it feels like it might be more educational than thematic.

As hinted, feelings are important in thematic games. Does it feel like you are building a sanctuary? Or does it feel like something different? How many thematice disconnects are there?

This does make it complicated. Some games will feel incredibly thematic to some people, while feeling like dry mechanistic excersises for me. For instance, I find #Star Trek: Frontiers to be a very thematice game. But, I know many people who look at it as a just a big intriguing mess of mechanisms with a totally pasted on theme.

So, is Wingspan thematic??? The answer is that it depends. How effectively does it evoke the theme for you?

 

Teachers? Classroom management? haha That one might be tough to impliment, but it could be a good educational tool if done well.

Antoher job could be social media manager. In this game, you would have to manage comments, reviews (good and bad), and use your resources to build an audience, appease irate customers, bring in sales, create content, etc. It could be a resource management game where time is a resource (i.e. be as effective as possible without working too much overtime, it takes x amount of hours to create a certain type of content). Could also be worker placement where you must assign a worker on a spot in order to fulfill that job requirement. For example, one spot could be to monitor comments on a live stream, write an article, or talk back and forth with the irate customer over DM about how you can't justify refunding the food they left on their counter for six months and now it's rotten and bad. You know, that kind of thing.

I think there could be a lot of fun games created based on "normal" jobs.

#1.  #Lewis & Clark is my top one after playing on Tabletopia and finding this to be a great game.  It also appears to be educationally appropriate for my children at this time.

#2. #Maracaibo looks pretty good and appears to be a game with enough dynamics and theme that I would enjoy playing it multiple times.

#3. #Frosthaven I'll probably wait a good while to get this as I haven't played through my own copy of Gloomhaven (though my buddy and I finished the game on his copy) and my buddy already backed Frosthaven.  Still, this and #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion are on my list

#4. #The Quacks of Quedlinburg could be my #2 but I'm putting it here.  

 

I've always been curious about this one because of the art. There's just something about watercolor illustrations that make them so inviting. I also tend to love games that are both fun and "educational". What's been your favorite player count?

I wouldn't mind hearing your thoughts on the newly announced Mariposas and the rise of educational games. Seems like we're getting some good ones, like Wingspan, for instance, and the one about the HK protests (can't remember what it's called). With Mariposas as another, and more out there, it could be an interesting trend. These educational games seem to range from biological science (Wingspan) to current events/social studies (HK Protests), and more. 

This one makes a lot more sense than Catan world I think.
It feels a bit weird though that we re watching virtual birds on the street when there are real ones :D
(of course not every species are within reach)
It can be a great gateway for real bird watching I guess, and a fantastic educational tool for people interested in animals.

I really like educational games and science themes are perfect for games.