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Pretty light week, unfortunately. I was hoping to be able to get #The Castles of Burgundy played with my wife, but it didn't work out. Hopefully this week!

  • #Godzilla: Tokyo Clash @ 3p - I got this for my cousin for his birthday, so he and a friend came over and played it. This is a really fun game! You get to do fun things like throw other kaiju at skyscrapers, but it also has surprisingly engaging tactical decisions. You have to manage a hand of cards and your "energy," which is basically the currency used to play your cards. The miniatures are very cool as well.
  • #Windward @ 3p - my 2nd time playing this. It's a fun one! I probably won't go out of my way or ask to play it, but won't turn down a game of it, at least not for the time being. I could see it getting old, but it does have several other game modes that we haven't used, so that's cool.
  • #Draftosaurus @ 5p - played this online and liked it! Super simple, but difficult decisions.

This is great and I'll look into it down the line once I actually play #Dune. I've also never used neoprene before but I do know #Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile comes with a neoprene mat so that will help inform if I decide to pick this up.

The miniatures are not a huge selling point for me... but I guess it would be a nice thing to have.

Same for me on the miniatures, but they're neat. I don't feel that neoprene itself is necessary for this game, but the size of the mat is welcome. Neoprene helps for picking up cards, which isn't a big problem in Dune as you're not playing a lot of cards down and picking them up, just every now and then. Still, I pre-ordered immediately - even before posting, haha. Had to make sure I got my copy!

Great photo choice, very timely. I got A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game! Good evaluation!!

#Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set will probably always be my favorite, even if I don't play anymore. My oldest (soon to be 6) should be old enough to fly the ships around and roll dice, so I need to try that with him. I may get more into 2.0 once he's older, but for now, I stopped playing when 2.0 launched because I didn't want to re-invest in my sets.

#Star Wars: Rebellion I've only played once but LOVED it.

I haven't played it yet--and I'm sure I'll love it when I do--but I asked for #Star Wars Imperial Assault for my birthday in July but I told my wife not to worry about it if she couldn't find one for a decent price. So fingers crossed! 

#Star Wars: Destiny is also a favorite, although I haven't played in some years now. I'm hoping my kids will want to play when they're older, so I'm keeping everything (I have enough for 3, maybe 4 decent decks). I always played casually anyway.

My kids love #Loopin' Chewie, and used to sit around and play that for hours. Great little babysitter haha

I'm a big fan of #Star Wars: Outer Rim, although I've decided I much prefer it at a higher player count. Solo just feels like a race (although I'll still play solo on occasion), and two-players leaves too much space between players. What I want to do is figure out a house rule to make ship-to-ship combat a regular action. That would be wonderful, but I haven't yet given it much thought.

And, lastly but not leastly, #Star Wars: Epic Duels Game is my grail game. One day it will be mine. Until then, I shall dream on.

I don't know a ton about it, but the recently released #Marvel United looks to be a bit simpler than something like #Marvel Champions: The Card Game or #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. It also has great looking miniatures, which I'm sure your son would love. It's also currently quite affordable on Amazon.

It's pretty obvious, but you can always try #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. I'd say that one and the games BoardGameHalv suggested are your best shots.

And there is also the new #Marvel United though I know nothing about it but it seems simpler than the others and comes with cute miniatures.

The metallic pieces in #The Reckoners. The bamboo in #Takenoko. The miniatures in #Star Wars X-Wing. I'm a components person; I love good/great quality components and aspects that use them in visually appealing ways (i.e. stacking the bamboo in Takenoko).

Handling weighty pieces of any kind! From my collection, the chips from #War Chest stand out, but any game that has metal coins or large miniatures (e.g. #Blood Rage) would satisty this as well, I'm sure.

Personally I think miniatures are ALWAYS better. ;)

That said, the minis have their sight cones as part of the figure. Would be dificult to do that as a meeple or standee. Not saying they couldn't find a way around it, but it definitely makes it easier visually.

IRL:

Good week for gaming with the family! We played #Small World, #Caravan, #Watergate, #Jaws, and #A Few Acres of Snow. Some of those were inspired by playing on Board Game Arena, as you'll see...

Digital:
Good night with the Allegany Boardgaming Society! Two of us were early, so I taught #Watergate (currently in alpha testing). Then with the rest of the group, #Welcome to..., #P.I., #Paris Connection, and #No Thanks!.

Learned a few games on my own as well: #Caravan, which is a fun pick-up-and-deliver, and #Martian Dice Game - a push-your-luck game in the same vein as #Zombie Dice.

And struck up a game of #A Few Acres of Snow with on Yucata - which led to teaching it to my son on there and then playing the cardboard version with my wife. Love this game!

On the #Magic: The Gathering front, the new set (Kaldheim) came out. I'd been saving up gold for a while, so was able to do a bunch of drafts. I like the set so far - nothing seems incredibly broken and the theme (Norse mythology) is cool.

Miniatures:
No games of #Frostgrave: Second Edition this week - my wife took the kids snowtubing. :) But I'm still cranking out minis! Painted up a couple of thieves, an archer, a crossbowman, and a whole troupe of Reaper yetis that will be used as white gorillas!