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In my opinion, the most beloved superhero game of right now is #Marvel Champions: The Card Game. It is a cooperative hand management game so it would be you and your son as heroes teaming up to fight against the villains of the games. It, however, is not like anything on the list you provided.

#Splendor is a great game that is one of the super easy yet robust titles like #Carcassonne and #Ticket To Ride. It is an engine builder where you either take gems or spend them to get bigger and better things and a quest for victory points. Luckily, there is a new #Splendor Marvel version that helps give a little superhero style.

Decent week!  Got some online play and some solo play in this week:

  • #Clank! In! Space! (Solo x2): This game is great with the app.  The missions it was throwing at me added some interesting challenges to the games.  Fun!
  • #Underwater Cities with #Underwater Cities: New Discoveries (Solo): I didn't come close to hitting the points threshold in this game but I did enjoy the game.  I have to think further ahead as to what is going to be blocked off for me on the next turn so I prioritize my actions better!
  • #Beyond the Sun (Multiplayer on TTS): First play of this game.  Super interesting!  I see why people like it.  Building the tech tree, exploring outer space.  It's tight on resources and you need to plan ahead but still react tactically to the other players.  Good game!
  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (Solo x2): Built and Iron Man Protection deck and took down Task master standard.  Tweaked it a bit and took him down at expert.  Had fun as always!
  • #Dominant Species (Multiplayer on TTS): First play of this game as well.  A bit of advice for a first game: 1) A practice round is important to see how things work and 2) Go through the domination cards so you have an idea of the things you have to watch out for.  I got screwed on the second turn and never recovered.  And with a couple of AP players it really dragged on.  I'd play it again now knowing more and I can see why people like it but the first game wasn't a lot of fun for me.  Their new verison #Dominant Species: Marine might get a look from us as well.
  • #Fluxx with #Fluxx Dice (Multiplayer physical x3): Played with the family during a power outage.  Had fun and the dice add something a little more interesting to the affair.  
  • #Scythe (Solo physical): Used the Scythekick app with the AR enhancement in a 4 player game.  Honestly, I preferred the regular method as I found it easier to use.  Love this game!  I need to bump the automa up a notch though as I handily won without an issue.

Fun week!

FINALLY got to play some real games this week. Definitely refreshed by that. 

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game - Couple games of this. Still playing on a relatively easy mode and while learning all the heroes!
  • #Innovation - have been playing this a ton online but got an in-person game of this in as well!
  • #Keyflower - Gosh this game is good...very satisfying and a neat turn structure. For sure can be played in like an hour and a half with experienced players at 3-4 players. 
  • #Karuba - Continues to be the best game for a quick light experience with friends! I always crush at this lol
  • #Welcome to... - This was the last game with some friends on a fun night. I cannot seem to win this one anymore!

Oh boy! I'm a big Knizia fan  - we held a Kniziathon at our local gaming group, and we usually do an all-Knizia night around his birthday. :)

ALL-TIME GREATS (and I mean all-time great games by anyone, not just Knizia)

#Ra - Such a tense game that combines auctions, press-your-luck, and set collection. And you get to yell "RA!" :)

#High Society - An auction game with some similarities to Ra, but nastier. The "poorest person loses" rule and the reverse auctions for bad items are just so mean!


#Through the Desert - An area-control abstract that puts a lot of balls in the air - reaching oases, fencing off areas, putting out the most camels in a color. And it's very pretty!

#Taj Mahal - Very interesting hand-management game in which you are trying to build the best hand to win auctions. Feels like Euro Poker.

#Lost Cities Board Game  - Multiplayer #Lost Cities with racing on a variable-setup board. Play with the #Keltis rules!

#The Lord of the Rings - Seminal co-op that manages to achieve the feeling of a fellowship with a minimum of rules and chrome.


#Merchants of Amsterdam - Another Knizia auction/area control game - but with a Dutch Auction clock!

#Clash of the Gladiators - Possibly the most un-Knizialike game on the list... Dice rolling! Player elimination! Draft teams of gladiators and pit them against each other. If your gladiators die, you get to control the lions. :D


#Blazing Aces! A Fistful of Family Card Games , #Dice Games Properly Explained, #New Tactical Games with Dice and Cards - In addition to designing hundreds of board games, The Doctor has also written books about board games. All three of these are full of interesting insights into game design from a master - and they have games in them, too!

Wow, what great prices! I did set my alarm every hour to check them out and wasn't really surprised to see so many of the games sell out within 5-10 minutes.

I only bought one- #Marvel Champions: The Card Game for my son. He likes both #Dominion: Second Edition and Marvel and I thought he might like it.  When I asked him about it he said he'd play it, especially if Black Widow was in it. So I had to buy the Black Widow deck, too.

I had previously bought #Paladins of the West Kingdom (last summer) and #Raiders of Scythia (arrived last week) so missed out on those incredible deals.

#Gaia Project for $54.97

#Marvel Champions: The Card Game for $24.97

edit: just posting some low prices

#Marvel Champions: The Card Game is certainly the best choice I can think of also #Marvel United is likely a good choice as well. #Marvel Champions: The Card Game is more likely to be one you might like but it is on the complex side for a 7-year-old.

#Megaland was a hit with my son. #Dinosaur Island was another he liked well before I thought he would. #ICECOOL was a hit as was #Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar.  Elijah has been playing magic with me since he was 7 at least.  I think it was around that age I built him a reasonably good dinosaur deck that is hard to beat.

I loce

#The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. I have played it over 300 times. Many with my wife and daughter as we work through the stories. And then I play it again solo until I win it twice. Mercy there are so many twists and turns. I love the variety and art and story. Great game. 

Got quite a few different games in this week again:

  • #Andean Abyss (solo, physical) x3: I enjoyed #Cuba Libre so much I had to pick this one up.  Solo is pretty fun!  The bots did a decent job for sure but it's more fun with other players for sure!
  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (solo, physical) x2:I felt like a little Thor action so I built a Thor Justice deck.  With a couple of games against the Green Gobling I lost the first game with some nasty luck.  Tweaked the deck a bit and managed to take him down the second game!
  • #Underwater Cities with #Underwater Cities: New Discoveries (multiplayer, TTS): Finished off the game we started last week. I managed to pull out a close win!
  • #Dogs of War (Multiplayer, TTS):  First time playing this one.  I wouldn't mind giving it another whirl.  I like the back and forth and bluff/double bluff wondering where other players are going to go.  I pulled off a pretty sizeable win by getting points during the round and some good noble house "investments" late in the game.
  • #Arkwright (Multipayer, TTS): Second time plaything this game and I think I started to grasp it a lot more.  A third game should have a lot more control.  I managed to squeak out a win despite going a bit heavy in to making money rather than increasing my stock price. I bought all of my stock and a late factory build gave me just enough stock price to take the win.
  • #Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars (solo, physical) x2: Man, I just love this game!  Second solo game, this time as a spartan faction, and I'm really enjoying it.  It captures what I've read about the war in a nice package.  I can just tell that subtleties are in there and starting to peak out.  I only hope I can get 3 other players to play it one day!

#Gloomhaven - Over our campaign we had many games come down to the flip of a card.  We were always on the edge of our seat when that happened.

#Arkham Horror: The Card Game - I was playing with one of my friends who was new to the game and he played the "fighter" character while I was the more evasive character.  The scenario came down to me trying to save him from an enemy but the situation was hopeless, I had to draw the single +3 from the chaos bag (1 in 15 chance or so) or we lost the scenario.  Amazingly, I pulled out the +3 and we won!  That was quite a rush.

I was on this every hour. While the deals were great, I ultimately didn't jump on anything - mostly because the ones I would be interested in, I already had lol. Maybe I have too many games now?

The only games that almost got me were #Marvel Champions: The Card Game, #Whistle Mountain, and #The Game: Quick & Easy. With other Marvel games in my collection, I decided not to go for Champions. Whistle Mountain was the most likely had it still been available after the time I refreshed the page lol. And The Game I think Sarah would instantly hate after I explained the rules haha.

I am definitely trying to limit my games purchases this year, mostly due to space and so my wife does not make me feel guilty lol. BUT I have a couple things on my radar.

I mentioned this in my comment to Phil but John Company is definitely on the radar. It is likely I will buy it but not sure I will go all in like I did with Pax (ie. no metal coins).

I am also really looking forward to playing #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion with my wife. It has been a long time coming but I think she will really enjoy it, life has just been busy!

I also am really digging #Marvel Champions: The Card Game, I have Hulk coming my way and I pre-ordered Venom too. I am going to try and get Melanie interested in this one too and hopefully go through the new Guardians Campaign with her! If she hates it then I will get it for myself lol

I also am getting a little bored of my games I play with non-gamers so I want to spice those up, I am eyeing #Cubitos for that!

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.

+1 on #Marvel Champions: The Card Game! Now I'm curious, who are your son's favorite superheroes? Has he watched any Marvel movies? Knowing that would give me a better idea :D

Got my 2nd play of #Viscounts of the West Kingdom in on Sunday w/ 3 players.  Scores went up pretty dramatically from first play.  I won the first game 74/72 to 57.  This game ended 92/92/112 so it appears we all figured out how to increase our point totals.  Not sure if I like it more or less than #Paladins of the West Kingdom.  I think I still prefer Paladins.

On Monday played

  1. 2 Games of #Planet w/3 players.  Really quick and easy game.  I think this is going to stay in the collection for a while. 
  2. #Space Base w/3 players.  I won going away.  I had managed to get my income up early which is such an advantage.  I also loaded up on the 1 and 3 dice spots and was able to rack up some serious VPs on the other two players turns.  a Double 1 roll earned me 8 points and $6. 
  3. #Qwixx - it was a fine roll n write.  I think I prefer #That's Pretty Clever which has a better combo strategy. 
  4. #Abandon All Artichokes w/ #Abandon All Artichokes: Rhubarb Promo which was a clever little card game.  I managed to win this on first time playing. 

Got a good variety of games in this week:

  • #Arctic Scavengers: Base Game + HQ + Recon (tts, multiplayer): I was thinking of trading of selling this one but after our multiplayer game I decided to hang on to it.The combat at the end of each round is super fun and adds something to the whole game. The official solo mode and variants I have tried aren't very good at least in my opinion. But multiplayer it shines!  Yup. I'll find space for this one!
  • #Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (tts, multiplayer): And with this play my shelf of shame is empty.   I love tile laying games and this one has a great twist in how tiles are acquired during the buy phase. 
  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (physical, solo): played with Scarlet Witch and then Quicksilver vs Crossbones. My one game conclusions: Quicksilver has a lot of internal card synergy like Ant man. The Scarlet Witch needs a bit more deck building care like the Wasp. I look forward to figuring out some good decks in the future!
  • #Sword & Sorcery: Immortal Souls (tts, multiplayer):  First time playing this one.  I had quite a lot of fun!  I think we are going to play some more of the campaign. Fun dice checker although the rulebook needs a lot of work.
  • #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (tts, multiplayer):  missions 22-24 accomplished. Things are getting tougher but once we shook the rust off we did quite well.
  • #Lorenzo il Magnifico with#Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance Expansion (physical, solo): I found a really good variant that covers the expansion. This is probably my favourite dice style placement euro. The expansion is excellent and I can't wait to give it a whirl with the gang!