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I try to do that as well but perhaps I'm not going in as much as I should. 

I think I over focus on one thing, generally something no one I'm playing against seems to be doing. Usually just ends up being buying a bunch of cows and trying to deliver to as many cities as I can. Though in my last game or 2, I felt like I was moving along the train track quite a bit. Have yet to try a builder strategy.

We had a decent time with it, but I do want to play it again before deciding what to do with it. If it continues to feel impossible, onto my chopping block it will too go.

Played Brass: Birmingham

Played at San Antonio, Texas with 2 players.

Spent a pleasant couple of hours with an old friend. It's been a spell since we played so we had to refresh ourselves slightly with the rules, but after the rust wore off we got into the flow and had a great time with this game. It's so much fun building up things and then executing the sell action to just rack up tons of points and pounds. This game is just comfort food for us and we have to play it more often.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

#Regicide is fun. To me it's not a game I'd pull out regularly, but a nice game to keep around and play while at a cafe or on an airplane or something. I could see us picking up a copy for our next trip, or something like that.

Heads up that we've got another group of spam messages that have been there for a while (1 blockchain and 2 Korean). All have been reported.

Deep Sea Adventure is such a strange game. I've never played a game of it and not thought we were doing something wrong because it seems almost impossible for anyone to grab anything of value and make it back up to the submarine. I've had to tweak the setup and removed one of each tile type for each additional player over 4 players. It's not in the rulebook but it's really the only way anyone even has any chance of making it back up in higher player counts.

It's currently one of three games on the chopping block to get removed from my collection because it frustrates everyone playing more than provides a good time.

I can get in to the 60's maybe but that is a really good game for me.  My average is 51.  There's just something I am missing I think in how I play.  Trying to do too much every go around or not focusing on one thing enough?

Will do! It's actually not THAT much after it gets going, there are just a bunch of interlocking systems, but each of them individually are pretty straightforward. Its helped by the fact that you literally only get 12 actions for the game, so you have to limit yourself.

And we're doing 3 games 5 times. We'll see how this goes! I could see us switching to a 5x3 for the next round, but we're going with this for now. She was actually the one to request the challenge, because she thought the one I'm doing with my game group sounded fun. And who was I to say no to my wife asking to play games??

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I feel like my weeks are either really good or really bad as far as playing games go. This past week happened to be a good one with a lot of plays.

#Tigris & Euphrates - still playing with the same crew from BGA. Finished up 2 games, the 2nd of which I won and had my highest score. I wouldn't quite say that means I figured things out, but I'm on the right track I guess? lol

#Wingspan - played this a couple of times last week; once with just Sarah and myself and again last night with my cousins. Sarah crushed me the first game and the second my cousins really picked up on how things worked faster than they have before and beat the both of us. They've played with us a bunch but with big gaps between plays and it's just a tad heavier than games they normally play. Really happy to get to share this game with people who seem to enjoy it.

#Regicide - I played this solo on BGA while waiting for my turns in other games (more on that in next week's post I suppose). I played till I actually won which is to say I played a whopping 8 games of it lol. The good thing is it goes super quick. The bad part is now that I've won, I don't know how much more I want to keep playing.

#Yura Yura Penguin Mini - went to my Meetup group's 3rd anniversary party on Saturday with Sarah, my brother, and a couple friends of ours. Got in a 5 player game of this to start the day and very incorrectly called the person who knocked down the iceberg the winner which I was positive I read in the rules was allowed to happen. Didn't think about how much it didn't make sense until just now, so I'll have to think back on who would have actually won...

#Fantasy Realms - one of Sarah's favorite games and it's up there for me too. I hear there's a deluxe edition coming out soon so I'll have to pick that up.

#Fearsome Floors - it was at this point during the day that Sarah bailed on us to go play #The Castles of Burgundy with some other people who were setting it up. I broke out one of the few games I brought with me that I didn't think she'd want to play. Played at 4 which was vastly different from the only other game of it I played at 2. Still feels very tactical and we only just started to realize it was a good strategy to force the monster in certain directions to kill other players towards the very end of the play. I won but I feel like it was only because I went last..now I'm again wondering if the rules say to rotate the first player marker.....<checks rules>...whoops...

#Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition - the other game I brought that I didn't think Sarah would want to play was #Snakesss, but with only 4 players that didn't seem like a good choice. Instead I perused the games other people brought to the party and found this which has been on my wishlist ever since I heard about it. It did not disappoint. It took a little bit to get some of us to wrap our heads around what was happening, but we all seemed to really like it. I moved it up my wishlist accordingly lol.

#Team Play - for whatever reason, my brother was really itching to play this. I guess it's a good thing since he actually wanted to play a game of mine. It's been awhile since I'd last played but this game doesn't disappoint.

#Diamant - aka Incan Gold. As I mentioned, my cousins were over last night so of course I made them play a bunch of games. This seemed to be a pretty big hit as it usually seems to be with most groups. I do feel that there could have been more table talk and shenanigans happening but it was fun for what it was.

#Sequoia - first time playing this at more than 2 and it was just as quick as advertised. Had a lot of fun with this one.

#Deep Sea Adventure - of course had to play a new to me game from my shelf of shame/opportunity while I had the chance. Doing well in this seems pretty impossible, but we were also playing pretty greedy. I made it out once with 2 artifacts both worth a solid 0 points so that was fun haha.

Keep me posted on how #Golem goes for your wife moving forward. I was REALLY interested in when it was announced based on the designers alone. Then I actually watched a how to play and immediately felt like it would be too heavy for mostly Sarah but even myself lol. Super interesting that your wife liked it!

A 3x5 challenge seems super manageable but I wonder..is it 3 games played 5 times or 5 games played 3 times? We would definitely take the latter after our last experience attempting one lol.

Also played Cat in the Box last week and I loved it! It took a minute to get it wrapped around our heads but once we did it was excellent.

I would never claim to be "a lot better" than anyone at any game lol. I also don't know what you consider a high score, but apparently my average score after 6 plays is 82. I'd play it with you regardless of whether or not this suits your needs LOL

Played Rivals for Catan

Played at Lamar with 2 players.

First time. Angela was leading 6-5 at time. Fun!
Played Memoir '44

Played at San Antonio, Texas with 2 players.

Nail-biter of a game tonight! Played the Omaha Beach scenario with Mari as the American and myself as the Germans. I managed to get a lucky roll (I'd call a 1 in 6 shot of success lucky) to kill her last Ranger and win the scenario. If I hadn't, her Shermans were getting ready to crush my infantry. We really enjoyed the game and I rest easy knowing I got my wife to play a war game with me :)
Played Too Many Bones

Played at C. with 2 players.

Played at C. with 2 players.

3 games on monday night, the first I've forgotten its name, but realised part way through the teach that I'd played it before!

Then #Furnace and I managed to continue my 100% record... I've come last every time - and I'm the one whose game it is / taught it! I'm enjoying it still, feeling it hits just the right moment to stop, when the brain burn really kicks in.

Finally #A game about WEE WHIMSICAL CREATURES and trying to identify them after someone makes noises. which is absolutely made by Bez's absurd art. Lots of giggles and credit to the one player who didn't want to play, but agreed to do so as long as she didn't have to do any of the making noises bit.

Had some car problems early in the week which made me miss my Monday game night so only had one night of gaming:

#Disney Villainous @6p - Had been meaning to play this for a while so I'm glad I finally did. I have the first 3 expansions included as well. We had 3 new players and 3 experienced players. I ranked the villains out by relative difficulty and most people chose easy characters while one of the new players and I went with a medium difficulty and one of the experienced players went with a very difficult one. I picked Yzma and went about searching for Kuzco while holding on to Kronk for most of the game. I chose to look in the wrong decks 3 out of 4 times and by the time I knew where to find Kuzco the game had ended and the new player that chose the medium difficulty character won. I still really like this game even though it's kind of difficult to teach just because every villain is so different from one another.

#Codenames: Disney Family Edition @6p - After Villainous, we still had a bit of time before the restaurant closed but some people wanted to leave earlier so we decided on a relatively short game. I had never played the Disney edition and I was a bit cautious going in. Our team ended up only winning 1 of 3 games. I had the impossible task of describing Shere Khan and Tramp while somehow avoiding Pluto the assassin. I failed. I don't think the Disney edition is better than the original or Pictures version.

Not quite as many games as usual.  The group helped one of the members move on game day.  We called it our strength and endurance gaming session. :)

Fun week for me. 

  1. #Ark Nova - another 2 player game of this.  I ended up getting crushed as I couldn't get my engine going but still such a fun game. 
  2. #Critical: Foundation – Season 1 - It was fine.  RPG's aren't necessarily what I enjoy about this hobby.  We did the intro scenario and while our GM has plenty of other experience running game's so the experience was fun for the group, but not something I'm interested in playing again.  Do appreciate what its trying to do though.  If you like RPG's its probably worth checking out.
  3. #Yokai Septet - played 2 games of this and had a good time as always.
  4. #Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition - This was a pretty fun trick taking game that I can see why people are high on it.  I only created the Paradox once but came in a pretty distant 2nd place. 

Just 2 in person plays this week:

  • #Golem @ 3p - this was a birthday gift from my game group a couple of months ago. I was finally able to get it played with my wife and one of the guys from the group. Wow, there's quite a bit going on in this one! It's a point-salad style Euro, where you're trying to weave your way through the game and get the most points you can. I was terrible in this first play, where my wife and my friend did quite well. There's quite a bit of resource management in this one, which is not necessarily my forte, but I enjoyed the game! I think I'll enjoy it more next time, now that I know how to play and have learned from my mistakes in that first play. My wife liked it quite a bit, so we'll probably play again in the not too distant future.
  • #Bohnanza @ 2p - my wife and I have decided to take on a 3x5 challenge! This was my wife's first pick. We have the anniversary edition of the game, and in the rules there is a Duel variant for 2 players, so that's what we're going to be playing for this challenge. The Duel variant is interesting - there's not the direct negotiation of the regular game, but there's still considerations of what to "give" to your opponent and what to deny them.
Played Food Truck Champion

Played with 2 players.

Played Oriflamme

Played at @boardgamearena with 2 players.

Played Cartographers Heroes

Played with 2 players.

Played Gloomhaven

Played at Steam with 2 players.

Played Gloomhaven

Played at Steam with 2 players.

Played Gloomhaven

Played at Steam with 2 players.

Played Shaky Manor
Played Shaky Manor
Played Carnegie

Played at Gross' House with 2 players.

Played Chess

Played at W. with 2 players.

Played Chess

Played at W. with 2 players.

Played with 2 players.

Played Friday

Played at C. with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played Sagrada

Played at H. with 2 players.

Played Five Tribes

Played at Randy's Place with 2 players.

Played Clubs

Played at Pats with 2 players.

Played Destinies

Played at H. with 2 players.

Played Jaipur

Played at Online with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played New Frontiers

Played at boardgamearena.com with 2 players.

Played Kaikoro

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played Space Base

Played at Online with 2 players.

Played Patchwork

Played at Online with 2 players.

Played Lost Cities

Played at Online with 2 players.

Played Jekyll vs. Hyde

Played at Online with 2 players.

Played Skull King

Played at Work with 2 players.

Played Lost Cities

Played at Phone App with 2 players.

Played Here to Slay

Played at 2114 Grant St, Berkeley, CA with 2 players.

Played Trek 12

Played at BGA-TB with 2 players.

Played with 2 players.

Played with 2 players.

Played at BGA-TB with 2 players.

Played at BGA-TB with 2 players.

Played at BGA-TB with 2 players.

Played at BGA-TB with 2 players.

Played The Initiative

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played The Initiative

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Dad & Mom's House with 2 players.

Played Ticket to Ride

Played at Dad & Mom's House with 2 players.

Played Rummy

Played at St. Ignace Hotel with 2 players.

Played Point Salad

Played at Dad & Mom's House with 2 players.

Played Phase 10 Dice

Played at St. Ignace Hotel with 2 players.

Played Marvel United: X-Men

Played at Dad & Mom's House with 2 players.

Played Marvel United

Played at Dad & Mom's House with 2 players.

Played 6 Nimmt!
Played Skulls of Sedlec

Played at Barcelos with 2 players.

Played Jungle Speed

Played at Xisto with 2 players.

Played Circle the Wagons

Played at Barcelos with 2 players.

Hi all, I've been super busy so haven't been on in a while. I'll continue to be busy but will try to pop in from time to time until things slow after fall.

Interesting discussion though!