What did you play this week?

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9 months ago

Got to play a couple games at work:

At home I got to play:

  • #Kingdomino
  • #Dune - still collecting my thoughts on this play and intend to post about it

9 months ago

Supporter9 months ago

Excited to read your thoughts, especially in light of the what are you reading forum conversations.

9 months ago

Haha, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my thoughts!

Supporter9 months ago

Great. I look forward to reading it. 

Supporter9 months ago

I want all the dune reports you can give. 

9 months ago

:)

Prepare for a long one, I think I'm just planning to tell the whole story of how the game played out.

Supporter9 months ago

That's awesome 

Supporter9 months ago

#Cooper Island - melts our brains a little, but is so good.


Owner9 months ago

This is the game that I was most curious about throughout Essen news coverage. Seems to have a mashup of different mechanics that I tend to like :)

Supporter9 months ago

By the same designer as La Granja, and "mashup of different mechanics that I tend to like" describes them both.

Supporter9 months ago

I really want to try this one. 

9 months ago

Oh wow, it looks like you build the map with sort of hex dominoes?

Supporter9 months ago

Exactly, and if you stack a spot it becomes worth more (that brown cube 3 high is 3 wood, mountains can make gold at 3 high) but there are also reasons to stretch out and cover areas, and you have to time everything, because you have to build on the highest open spot, so you may not want to put a house on your mountain that can make gold for you. 

Supporter9 months ago

I like the idea of height being important. Did you have problems determining at a glance how high something was? 

Supporter9 months ago

No, because your own island is right in front of you, you don't have to look across the table. The picture is looking over at Sam's island, and is towards the end of the game (so it's not like everything will have stacks).

Supporter9 months ago

Oh. So everybody is building their own island? 

Supporter9 months ago

Right, but you can put your boats over by another person's island, and use the bonuses they've built. Here my blue boat is over by Sam's red island. When I go past one of the bonus action spaces in the water, I get to do the thing, plus when I pass the space at the far end of his island, I get to draw a bonus tile. You have two boats, so you can decide when you want to move each (also matters how you've built up your own island). 

Supporter9 months ago

That sounds fun. 

Does it affect the other player when you visit their island? 

Supporter9 months ago

No, they don't lose anything.

Supporter9 months ago

Shoot 

Owner9 months ago

Lol I felt like I could read your mind as you asked those questions

Supporter9 months ago

I want my actions to negatively affect another player in a game like this. 

9 months ago

I see...sounds like something I'd enjoy! Was it easy to learn?

Supporter9 months ago

The playermat has a good overview so you can go step by step... income phase, you add one of the hexes with water, then a non-water hex (and later you may have extra income abilities from boats you've purchased).

Then the worker placement phase, you start out with 2 workers that go in the basic (circle) spots. There are some anytime actions that are crucial to spring-board you at certain moments. The trick of the game is making the timing work out the best that you can. 

Then there is a cleanup phase, where you feed your people and reset things for the next round (there are 5). 

Once you know what things mean, there are lots of hints on the boards so that you don't have to remember rules. The playing's not hard so much as making it work out well. You have to work to get the resources you need to do something, but also make sure you have the right spot and the right moment to do it as well. 

9 months ago

It sounds like a well-produced game that doesn't get in it's own way, and lets figuring out the strategy really be the focus. Sound accurate?

Supporter9 months ago

I would agree with that.

Supporter9 months ago

End of week before last there was a accident that claimed the life of a 8 year old girl. This girl was a family member to some of my coworkers, so they immediately went to the states to be with family and for the funeral. I'm glad that they did, but it did make my life much more stressful. So, once again, for the second week in a row, I did no gaming. 

9 months ago

That is too bad, I'm sorry to hear that :'(

Supporter9 months ago

I feel awful for the family.