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Thanks for the welcome!

  1. How did you find Board Game Atlas? I found it from a comment off of a youtube video after looking for a board game site with a little less outside banter.
  2. How long have you been in the hobby?  Just over 10 years.  I was introduced to Axis and Allies first and then purchased Catan a few months after that.  I think I currently have close to 200 games in my collection right now.
  3. What are your favorite 3 games at the moment?  Wingspan, Marvel Legendary, and Dinosaur Island with Honey Buzz coming in at a close number 4.

    I used to help run a local game group but it fizzled out after one of the main members who helped me start the group moved away.  I currently play a fair amount of 2 player games with my wife along with some kids games with my 2 oldest children and party games with my church youth group.  I do some PNP games sometimes and I own some solo games, always with the intent of playing them but I rarely have the time or space to do so.  Maybe someday.

    Thanks for the being so welcoming!

Birthday weekend so I got a lot of games played.

On Saturday hosted another gaming marathon

  1. 2 Games of #Mechs vs. Minions @ 3 player.  Did the first two scenarios.  Won both but it was pretty close both times.  I am really enjoying this game.  For the 2nd game we ended up with almost 90 minions on the board for the last turn, which was awesome.    Minions, minions everywhere
  2. 1 Game of #Beyond the Sun @ 3 player.  Two of us had played previously and 1 new player.  Scores were a lot tighter this time around then the first time I played.  I came in 2nd by 1 point. 
  3. 1 Game of #Rajas of the Ganges  @ 3 player.  I ran away with this by really pushing my fame track.  Was new to one player who could/should have pushed his money track a lot harder than he did.  He was big into one of the market types. 
  4. 1 game of #Sagrada @ 2 players.  I won by 4 points.  Really enjoy for a quick light game to end the night.

On Sunday went to visit my family to celebrate and played a bunch of family/party games

  1. 1 Game of #Just One @ 9 players.  A couple of people rotated in/out but had a blast.  Trying to get my mom to guess Magnets with only a single clue (pole) was fun.  Lots of laughter around this one. 
  2. 3 games of #Point Salad, 1 game at 4, 2 games at 5 players.  Had a bunch of fun with this.  Taught to most of the players.  Watching my sister lightly smack her husband for forcing her to take an onion with the last card and losing 6 points was hilarious.  It also cost her the win (96 to 92 points)
  3. 1 Game of #Bohnanza @ 5 players was lots of fun as well.  Nice playing with my nephews and brothers. 

I am not sure I have any non-party games that use this concept.  I would agree that it's not utilized in the general board gaming world.  There are elements of #Anachrony using the Doomsday Module that employs some team synergy, but the win still goes to one player.

Magic the Gathering has a few team variants that I have played before (two-headed giant).  

I don't think I'd classify #Team Play as a party game, but it's definitely lighter than what you're looking for lol.

I don't purchase a lot of expansions as I'd rather get new experiences than expand on the ones I already have with my limited gaming budget.

Expansions I own.  I don't regret any of these though the Legendary expansion is my least favorite of the ones listed here.

  1. #Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men - This adds a bunch of new modules to include with the base game and includes an extra player count which was the primary reason I picked this expansion up.  The more people around the table lying and bluffing is a great thing IMO. Fits in the Core Box.
  2. #Sushi Go!: Soy Sauce Promo, #Sushi Go Party!: Sake Promo, #Sushi Go Party!: Inari Promo, #Sushi Go Party!: Pickled Ginger Promo - I'm counting the Promo's as expansions.  More options for a great party game is always welcome.  This game is a hit with my extended family. All fit in the core tin.
  3. #Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport - Adds two new modules, though I've only ever played with the Corruption one, and an extra player count.  I really enjoy the corruption module, it opens the game up a little bit and gives you another something to track.  Each corruption you have at the end of the game is worth negative points based on how much corruption is out there.  Both the base game and expansion fit in the smaller expansion box :)
  4. #Camel Up: Supercup Expansion - Adds 4 or so modules.  Love this game and the expansion made sense especially to make the race a litle longer.  Fits in the core box
  5. #Legendary: A Marvel Deckbuilding Game - World War Hulk - Hulk is my favorite character to play in the base game so adding more Hulk made sense.  I've gotten just a couple of plays out of this expansion so far as Legendary doesn't  hit the table as often as it us to.  Fits into the core box.
  6. #Clank!: Sunken Treasures and #Clank!: The Mummy's Curse - More maps for Clank.  Clank is my favorite deckbuilder so having more maps made sense.  Love both of these expansions and they both fit in the base box.
  7. #Downforce: Danger Circuit Expansion and #Downforce: Wild Ride Expansion - similar to Clank, more maps and more powers to add variety to the game. I've gotten a ton of plays and excitement from both of these expansions.  Both fit in the core box :)
  8. #Kingdomino: Age of Giants - Adds additional scoring options and provides a score sheet which is nice.  Doesn't change the base game a lot but freshens up a game that was getting a little stale.  The base and expansion fit in the smaller expansion box. 

Not sure I have any expansions for games that I'm going to avoid. 

Potential future expansions include:

  1. #Flamme Rouge: Peloton and/or #Flamme Rouge: Meteo
  2. #Bärenpark: The Bad News Bears
  3. #Bohnanza: Ladies & Gangsters Expansion - probably the least likely expansion I'd pick up as I love the base game and don't play with all of the beans in the game as it is so plenty of replayability left.
  4. #7 Wonders: Leaders, #7 Wonders: Wonder Pack, #7 Wonders: Cities, #7 Wonders: Babel, #7 Wonders: Armada
  5. #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion
  6. #Carcassonne: Expansion 6 - Count, King & Robber, #Carcassonne: Expansion 2 - Traders & Builders are probably the two I'd most likely consider but the base game doesn't get a ton of play anymore so not likely to purchase.

Also, thanks to another post I was reminded of #BANG! which I think is a lot of fun as a light party game.

#Think 'n Sync is a fun trivia/party game that the driver could play.

Lots of dice games will work with a small dice tray to contain things. I've played #Delve: The Dice Game and #Dungeon Roll in the car using an old travel version of Yahtzee:

Roll-and-writes like #Qwixx or #Rolling America would work as well.

Other games that come to mind are #Fold-it, #Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series, #Mancala, and the travel version of #Blokus Duo that comes with a fold-up board:

Good luck and have fun!

I dug #Evil Corp, it does a good job of straddling strategy game and party game.

I don't spend any real time in FLGS, Oxford does have a nice board game cafe - Thirsty meeples, that I have been to a handful of times and is a really nice place, but me and others I know have enough games between us that we rarely need to vsist, although it does make for a nice evening from time to time. 

In a superpark I would love to have staff running mega-games, just gathering a bunch of people and then organising it for them, I think could be a really cool aspect. That and giant/more interactive versions of some party games: #Sushi Go! with actual sushi, giant versions of dexterity games. #Zombicide with nerf guns etc.

1. I definitely have a bit of a completionist problem, so if there is a game I already own and love or a game that I am getting that I know I will like, I tend to just get whatever expansion/expansions are available. I also trust the opinion of some YouTube content creators who have a lot more time to play these games and expansions than I ever will.

2. #Underwater Cities: New Discoveries, #Tuscany: Essential Edition, #A Feast For Odin: The Norwegians - I wouldn't call any of these essential, but since I love these games so much, they are essential for me!

3. I have all of the Terraforming Mars expansions except for #Terraforming Mars: Turmoil - I just cannot figure out why they designed this. It really does take the game in a direction I don't want to go down personally. Can't ever see myself buying this one. I also will never buy any 5-6 player expansions because I generally never want to play a game with that many people (unless its a light party game/filler)

A decidedly not impressive week lol

In person

  • #Barrage - Solo Play - Not loving the solo mode still on this. It just feels like it lacks bite and inteligence, I am bummed because the game was billed as having that!
  • #Karuba - 4 players - Classic game that we play with my wife's friends lol. Thankfully I enjoy it! And I win often lol
  • #The Climbers - 3 players - this game is so so so much better at not 2- players. Made me remember why I am happy to own it!
  • #Wavelength - 2 games with different groups and it crushed. Love this game and will always be my party game of choice. 


  • #Innovation - 2 players - on BGA - I am not good at this but I love it! Interesting decision, wild interactions and fun moments. 
  • #Russian Railroads - 3 players - played this live instead of asynchronous. I am getting the hang of some strategies and really enjoying it. Still might be too linear to own it.