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theDL 50 days ago | 2 points[-]

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

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great. I look forward to reading it. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I want all the dune reports you can give. 

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

:)

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's awesome 

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

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


philryuh Supporter49 days ago | 2 points[-]

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 :)

indigopotter Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

I really want to try this one. 

theDL 50 days ago | 2 points[-]

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

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

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

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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).

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh. So everybody is building their own island? 

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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). 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

That sounds fun. 

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

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

No, they don't lose anything.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Shoot 

philryuh Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

theDL 50 days ago | 2 points[-]

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

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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. 

theDL 50 days ago | 2 points[-]

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?

indigopotter Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I would agree with that.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter51 days ago | 2 points[-]

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. 

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I feel awful for the family. 

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah that's terrible

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

To make the situation even more regrettable, her older sister was getting married the day after the accident. 

dt101010 46 days ago | 1 point[-]

Played #Scythe  a couple times this week. Introduced a couple friends to the game.

It seems consistently if we are introducing 2 or more people to the game, its going to be a 3hr game. Love it!

Mazon 46 days ago | 1 point[-]

slimyhog 46 days ago | 1 point[-]

Getting back into the swing of playing games weekly. Having a kid really set my board gaming back.

Javimarti 47 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ticket to ride Europe and also Marvel legendary. 

rkalajian 49 days ago | 1 point[-]

So far I've gotten 3 games of Fray in, and that's about it. I've got As The Earth Crumbles on my list to play, as well as Enchanters.

LeethalArrow 49 days ago | 1 point[-]

Playing Wingspan for the first time today! Looking forward to it! Though, I imagine this first play through is going to be a long one...

Marshwiggle92 Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

So, how was it? 

LeethalArrow 48 days ago | 1 point[-]

It was fun! Took about three hours, but I really enjoyed it. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Good. Glad you liked it. How many were playing? 

LeethalArrow 48 days ago | 1 point[-]

It was four of us playing. We used the first four turn walkthrough that's provided. Though, it definitely screwed over some of us in the long run. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm sure the next game will be better. 

sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Did you really like it?  I want to like it because I love the idea but it seems a bit too much like multiplayer solitaire.

philryuh Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's reallllly not bad for first plays. At all. The majority of your group should pick up on the mechanics after the first round and understand the gist of the strategies. The time will depend on the number of players but I'd imagine it would be around 2 hours for 4 players if most of them are new to the game. Have fun! I'll be looking forward to hearing how it went.

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

I got to play Just One and World's Fair 1893. I also acquired 51st State and can’t wait to play that one!

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

#Sushi Go!

#Root - with my daughter again, and we wrangled my wife into playing!  She was the Eyrie and figured out how they worked through and ended up winning.  My daughter was the Cats again and I played the WA.  I think I might be able to get my wife into other games but she didn't love the asymmetry mostly because she doesn't want to take the time it would take to learn about all the other factions.  But hoping this will open up other gaming possibilities to her!

philryuh Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

What??? I only saw this now. Glad your wife got to try it out at least :)

Are you pretty set on your choice of game for a game night with her?

sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Not 100% yet but I'm hoping/thinking it'll be Viticulture.  While we both enjoy a glass of wine.  (Really the only time I ever drink wine is when I play Viticulture, haha).

philryuh Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm really looking forward to hearing how it went (when is it happening?)

sdirrane Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

Not sure yet.  We have a big Gala event for my daughters school this weekend so it’ll probably be a few weeks away.

philryuh Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

When I started reading your reply, I honestly read it as, "Not sure yet. We have a big Gaia event for my daughters..." I was like, O_ O

sdirrane Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha, I wouldn't complain.

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]


When your 7 year old is playing the Marquise and thinks it hilarious to move her to whole army into one clearing. 😂, although I do think this move stoped her from getting the win.

philryuh Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's too cute hahaha. That makes me wonder what I would do if my son made a move like that into my sympathetic clearing........ revolt or not revolt? xD

sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

I tend to try not to hold back.  That wasn't a sympathetic clearing though so I probably would have said something to her if it was.  Although I was able to get her to do my bidding from there going after my wife (The Eyrie) so I may have held off.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol

philryuh Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I mentioned this on another thread but I got in two plays of #Root with my wife! I also finally got out #Century: Golem Edition. What a gem of a game, and super simple! I just really like their attention to detail in making little changes in the illustrations to match the action of the card. The details go a long way with this one. Oh and I also got crushed by my wife and lost 67-40 or something like that haha


Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's so so beautiful 

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perish 47 days ago | 1 point[-]

Had a board game night with friends yesterday. We played: 

At home with my fiance we played a few this week: 

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

#Anachrony with the #Anachrony: Exosuit Commander Pack for the first time on Saturday and later on played #Viticulture with #Tuscany: Essential Edition edition later on and then  Wingspan on Sunday

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Viticulture from another.  Yes!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

Still wanting to be Knighted "meme lord of the bga?" 

sdirrane Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think I should be Lord of the Gifs already.  @philryuh?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lord??? Yep, I like that better than knight or sit. 

philryuh Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

Well you're the only one who uses them so no competition there lol. Except for a few of them from @BenjaminK. They sure spice up the fun factor in every thread so keep it up! :D

BenjaminK 49 days ago | 2 points[-]

Guess I'd better up my game! 

sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 2 points[-]


sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

If I could I would communicate solely with Gifs

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

We ran into one issue with the Tuscany expansion in that we could not find a ruling in the instructions on selling fields?  We never took that action during the game but I have to wonder how much of a difference that might have made.  

philryuh Supporter49 days ago | 1 point[-]

Looks like Scott answered your question below but yes, selling your field tends to be a major way to kick off your engine by starting with lots of money.

WadeB1977 48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yep, I emailed them got a reply today that they are processing. In the meantime...how much do the fields sell for?

philryuh Supporter47 days ago | 1 point[-]

Each field sells for number of Lyra that matches the number of grapes it can hold. So the first field (which can hold 5 grapes) will sell for 5 Lyra, 6 Lyra for the second, and the last field will sell for 7

WadeB1977 47 days ago | 1 point[-]

Fabulous! Thank you my friend!

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's the "Flip One Property" space in Autumn.

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yep, didn't come with the flip cards :/


sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

#Viticulture: Essential Edition includes the field flip/sell cards.

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I had the original Viticulture though and the Moors visitors. All I wanted was the Tuscany expansion. I didn't realize it was missing though pieces. 

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Gotya.  You know SM is pretty awesome.  You should contact customer service and let them know about your situation.  They may send you the cards.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Anachrony is another of those games that I have to get sometime.

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

It is a great game.  Setup and take down is too long and I am working on getting a 3D printing set of holders for parts that go into the box to reduce this.  The Exosuit Commander pack is great...makes the game feel better when playing...its just so dang expensive!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes, I know, that is why I don't have it yet... Also the box is too big. 

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

lol! It is a huge box!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Since my international move I have found myself thinking that even the ticket too ride size boxes are too big. I love the ttr size boxes, it's my favorite size, but I look more and more for full sized game experiences in smaller boxes. 

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I would think the Paladins of the West Kingdom or possibly any in the series would be nice full game experiences in smaller boxes. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've actually been thinking pretty hard about games from Sierra Madre games. Also, #root is a a bit of a smaller box. 

WadeB1977 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's true. Root is a great example. Bosk is a small box but not heavy. PARKS is relatively small. Viticulture is definitely small for the game size and weight it commands

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great examples 

CaptainPossum Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Eight-Minute Empire: Legends. 

Such a good little area control game. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

How long does it usually take to play a game of it? Surely more than 8 minutes? How convulated is setup? 

CaptainPossum Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

20 - 30 minutes based on player count is more realistic.  Setup is super easy. Even playing with a couple of the included variants only amounts to adding a couple tokens to the board and explaining a simple rule. 

EME: Legends is a far better game than the original EME. The Lost Lands expansion for Legends adds cool new cards and leaders but much of the rest of it is unnecessary. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

I need to try this sometime. 

BenjaminK 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Played #Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea this week with the #Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea: Order & Chaos Expansion expansion. Love this game so much!

Also played another game of #Tiny Epic Tactics - Featuring a 3D Environment, this time with four players and on the Winter Map expansion. Such a great game (even if my brother-in-law takes all attacks personally haha). I have yet to win a multiplayer game, and always lose the most units, but dang, it's fun.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

We need your review on heroes... 

BenjaminK 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm officially reviewing the expansions, so you will get one...eventually :) 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great 

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've seen some good things about Heroes. Care to give a brief impression of it?

BenjaminK 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's a 4x game, so there's a lot going on: exploration, expansion, extermination, exploitation. It's also a miniatures game, so the game is pretty big. You start off with two serfs (general workers) and one warrior and from there start exploring your continent to gain resources in order to recruit more units, build structures (buildings, towers, and adding on to your capital), and of course, fight to the death.

The combat system is interesting in that it takes each attacking unit's natural strength and pits them against the defender's natural strength. Fighting in a region with a tower gives +3 power to the owner of the tower. Magic spell cards can be cast to influence the battle. And each player also selects one of seven tactic cards to play which will boost their combat power. Some cards are strong for defenders, while others rely on bringing in more of your units from your continent. Each tactic has a resource cost, so knowing when to go into battle really depends on your resources. If you can't pay for a tactic card, you're probably not going to do well. But if you have a super strong army, you may do fine regardless.

Considering its size and intimidation factor, it's a really simple game to understand. It's similar to Tiny Epic Kingdoms, only much more grand (and time consuming). But turns go quickly and it only takes a few rounds to really get a good idea of how to play.

The end game is triggered when a player has build all three of their towers, has recruited all their serfs and warriors, eliminates another player's capital, or all the land exploration tokens have been revealed. The game takes a couple of hours to play, but as is the case with a lot of games, it ends just when you really start to feel you're making good progress with recruiting, building, fighting, etc.

It's a dudes-on-a-map game with area control and combat, and it does it really, really well. Dice Tower had it on their latest Top 10 list (possibly for the decade, but I can't remember exactly) ranked as #1. And while I may have picked something else as the top game of the decade, it's certainly way up there on my rankings.

Hope that's enough to get a feel for it. :) 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

And, it is by the same designer at the Tiny Epic.... Game line. 

BenjaminK 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's right! I should have mentioned that. Scott Almes does both tiny epics and large epics.

theDL 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, great explanation! Sounds like a lot of fun!

BenjaminK 50 days ago | 1 point[-]

It certainly is. And with each faction having different powers, it makes for some interesting games.

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I can’t wait to try Tactics out multiplayer.  I’m glad it was fun.

sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

How is Heroes?  It's always interested me but I've heard combat can be a little like Rock Paper Scissor and isn't very satisfying.  Do you agree or disagree?

BenjaminK 48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Disagree, but I can see where you're coming from. It's more like...Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock in that you have seven Tactic cards, so there is a lot more variation. They'll help bolster your attack power, but even if it's a rock-beats-scissors matchup, scissors still has a shot at winning due to powers, spells, and the like. 

I actually like the combat a lot. You have to manage your resources, because that's how you pay for tactics. But you still need to use resources for building and recruiting, etc., so there's a good balance there. And, yes, if you use up too many resources in one round, someone is likely to take advantage of that. It's all part of the game. Now, games like #Kaiju Crush that use rock-paper-scissors in combat mechanics doesn't always fly for me. I think Heroes does combat well. But that's just this gamer's opinion. 😃 

sdirrane Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool, sounds like overall something I'd like to try.  I really think I'd like a 4X game but at present don't own one.

BenjaminK 47 days ago | 1 point[-]

I really love 4x games, but they tend to be pricey or else I'd have more. Tiny Epic kingdoms is also 4x, but Heroes is a much better game in that regard.

successfulgeek 45 days ago | 1 point[-]

So far I only got to play 1 game this week because it went long.

#Underwater Cities


R0land1199 Supporter51 days ago | 1 point[-]

I had quite an active week this week including playing a lot of solo:

  • Gloomhaven (5x solo). Now that I’ve gone solo with it I’m enjoying the more rapid pace.  It’s replaced some of my evening video gaming at least for now!
  • Vikings Raid & Conquer Game.  I really enjoyed this game at SHUX.  I think it’s very underrated BUT it does require 4-5 players to be at it’s best. We played with 3 and it was still good mind you but we could see even more potential. The hook with this game is it is a deck builder but the difference is you decide what you are going to do with your attack power before you play your cards or see others card (after you see your cards of course).  You can raid an objective as a party or try to go alone, attack other players or defend your realm and bury your treasure to build up a bribe.  It is definitely a new thing with deck builders for me and I’m excited to try more!
  • Viticulture: Essential Edition with Tuscany: Essential Edition.  First time playing my copy with the Tuscany board.  Yup, really like this game! Doesn’t hurt that I put together a pretty decent win!
  • Cities: Skylines - The Board Game.  (2x solo). Just picked this one up and I thought I’d give it a whirl to learn the game. It seems pretty tough with all the modules added but I think it’s one we’ll enjoy. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter51 days ago | 2 points[-]

Sounds fun. I didn't know you did so much solo gaming. 

R0land1199 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't normally.  I was up really late to do a kid pickup after the pub so got a lot of Gloomhaven in.  Gloomhaven is the one game I am happy to play solo as I really enjoy the story, seeing how new cards interact with each other, and of course opening the goodies!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter49 days ago | 2 points[-]

Have you tried it week the official audio narration? 

R0land1199 Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

Not yet.  I have iOS but once it comes out I'll give it a whirl for sure!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter48 days ago | 2 points[-]

Wonder how it will improve or detract. 

R0land1199 Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't know.  I liked the Mechs vs Minions radio play and the Mansions of Madness app adds something.  We'll have to see!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter48 days ago | 2 points[-]

I didn't know #Mechs vs. Minions had something like that 

R0land1199 Supporter48 days ago | 1 point[-]

https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/featured/mechs-vs-minions/choose-a-mission

it's pretty neat.  Adds some flavour to an already great game!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

Gotcha. I have yet to play gloomhaven. But I have heard from a number of people that it is THE game they will play solo. 

R0land1199 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

I would agree with them for sure!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

Good deal 

R0land1199 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yup!

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

Awesome.  Viticulture is one of my favorite games and I love the Tuscany board.  🤞🏼 I can get my wife to try it out one night.

R0land1199 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, the Tuscany board adds a lot to it.  We didn't try the workers or buildings modules yet.

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

I've done the workers.  They are fun.  There are a few my group didn't care for so we just redrew if we got it.  I haven't done the buildings yet but it seems like a lot of fun.  Next time I play hopefully.

R0land1199 Supporter50 days ago | 1 point[-]

It was our first time with the Tuscany board so it seemed enough as-is.  Next time maybe we'll toss some extras in.

sdirrane Supporter50 days ago | 2 points[-]

Oh totally, we didn't use special workers until the 2nd time with the Tuscany board.  Next time we'll include buildings.