What did you play this week?

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3 months ago

Played the solo variant of #Jamaica last night. The ghost player worked surprisingly well and it was a very close game with them just pipping me at the end with some serious luck. Would recommend if you have a copy and a spare 15-20mins. 👍

3 months ago

Sherlock Holmes

3 months ago

Technically not playing, but I've been scripting #Excavation Earth on TTS for the past couple of weeks.  It's my first attempt at scripting a boardgame so the going is slow, and it's turned out way harder than I initially expected. I think I'm almost done though and will upload it on the Steam Workshop by the end of the week.

#Pipeline 3p TTS. Great game. I've played it a couple of times now on TTS at 2p and 3p and it's fun at both. I just love how tight the game feels, and how the arc of the engine building feels so satisfying. The most recent play was a new teach for one of the players so we didn't use the 7's or the competitive upgrade rule. Still lots of fun, but definitely prefer the "full" game.

#Res Arcana 2p, 4p TTS and in-person. Played this game on TTS a couple of weeks ago for the first time after Rahdo gave it such high praise. Afterward, I immediately ordered a physical copy of it. Man, I love this game. It's so well-balanced, satisfying, and quick. Probably one of my favorite games of all time now. Also, the component quality and box insert are great. O, and it was only $25.

#Gloomhaven 4p TTS. Been playing this one weekly with my brother, aunt, and uncle for about a month now. We just hit level 2 after 3 scenarios. I'm kinda lukewarm on the game so far. Not sure what it is exactly, but I just find games like #Pipeline and #Res Arcana more my style. Family likes it though so I'm gonna stick with it.

3 months ago

Res Arcana looks like one that I'd enjoy, but I'm not sure how often I'd be able to get people to play it with me, haha

3 months ago

I've found it really easy to get to the table actually since the rules overhead is low and it only takes 30-60 min for a game. In fact, I normally have the people I teach it to want to play another game immediately afterwards. 

3 months ago

Huh, good to know!

3 months ago

Wow you played some highly regarded games! Pipeline is one of those games I am interested in but I cannot get past the thought that it is mostly an optimization game. Does it feel like that to you?

3 months ago

Efficiency - "Efficiency is the ability to avoid wasting materials, energy, efforts, money, and time in doing something or in producing a desired result."

I'd say that perfectly summarizes the game and is why I personally like it so much. You definitely need to strategize long-term so that each action does multiple things or you'll just run out of time and everyone else will take all the good stuff.

3 months ago

I guess my potential qualm with the game is that I worry that it will feel like the same game every time since it and efficiency game. I have not played it so I am not saying that it does this, it is just my worry. What are the variability factors? The pipe tiles available? The contracts you have? 

3 months ago

I've played it probably 5-6 times now and it's felt very different everytime due to set-up variability, player interaction, and end-game scoring. For set-up, the 4 inner action spaces, pipe tiles, upgrades, refinement requirements, and 3 of the end-game scoring cards are all randomized. I could elaborate on the specifics, but suffice it to say - there is a ton of variability.

Also, the designer has said that he already has an expansion ready that will further enhance variability. He said it might come out by the end if the year.

3 months ago

Interesting, I did not realize that the action locations are variable. It does seem to have more variability than at first glance. 

3 months ago

I think it is absolutely an optimisation/efficiency game. However, there is a very satisfying curve to the game as you build your 'pipeline'. While there are some nice thematic mechanics the game on the whole lacks any kind of narrative/arc/exciting moments. I does however make up for this by being a enjoyable puzzle that can lead to some nice personal moments of triumph as it all comes together (or tragedy when it does not). I think it set out to be what it is and does that very well but personal preference will really swing it for many people. Personally it sits in the category of, I will happily play it on occasion when someone brings it along but wouldn't purchase it for myself.

Supporter3 months ago

I thought I was going to get a chance to play a solo game or two on saturday afternoon. But then my son didn't take a nap, so I played Spot it, and Go Fish, and Memory with him.

Tropical storm Amanda wreaked havoc here, so I don't know that I will be able to get any games in in the next while.

Supporter3 months ago

We only played Wingspan, twice.... too much other stuff going on, and trying to enjoy the outdoors more... summer generally bring less games to the table. 

Supporter3 months ago

Been playing a lot of #Star Wars Imperial Assault. Just can’t stop playing it actually. 

My game group met on TTS for our second Heart of the Empire campaign session. I’ve still yet to win a mission against them. 

3 months ago

Played the solo version of #Nova Luna last night.  Was pretty straight forward, I scored a 75 which is under a 100 and the game calls "great:...Honestly it didn't seem that hard to me...perhaps I just got lucky with the tiles that came out...Have any of you played solo and what was your score?  It could also be that I am scoring the game incorrectly and not adding the 2 phases together even though the rule book doesn't explicitly say to do so...

Supporter3 months ago

Was the Game fun?

3 months ago

Yes, there is def a puzzly piece to it that is fun to work out.  I am not a solo player in general so I'm not sure I'm the best one to judge how good a solo experience it was but I enjoyed it.  I also played 2 2 player games and 3 3 player games and it's a much better game, for me, that way...and quite different with 2 and 3 and I would imagine with 4 as well.  It's just the nature of the way the pieces move and with more players a bit harder to plan ahead.  It still has the tile placement puzzle but with a bit more uncertainty that you are going to get the tiles you want.

3 months ago

I played quite a few of my Magic the Gathering decks against one another including play testing a vintage deck with at least a couple of turn one win conditions.  I also managed to play two solo Viscounts of the West Kingdom games on Tabletopia and another 2 player game with a friend.  Other games this past week include Love Letter, Authors, Wingspan, Volcano Island the Curse of..., Pictures 2x, and Trismeggistus which I convinced my wife to play and she semi-enjoyed but it's hard to say if she will play it again.

Supporter3 months ago

Dang, nice variety of games there!

3 months ago

Not much this weekend. #Codenames and #Codenames: Duet and a game of #The Mind but nothing outside of that really!

Supporter3 months ago

Still sounds fun though!

3 months ago

Oh ya, it was a good time.  Especially since we played with humans in real life! It was refreshing. 

3 months ago

#The Quacks of Quedlinburg arrived pretty fast in  the mail and got 3 plays in at 2 players, we loved game, really fun. 

#Lord of the Rings: The Card Game solo and lost pretty hard, first time playing the tactics sphere.

#Scythe second time ever playing scythe. Tabletopia at 2p. 

Supporter3 months ago

Quacks is a ton of fun but Scythe is one of my favourites of all time.  I haven't played it at 2 but I know people that have played hundreds of two player games and love it.  How did you find it at 2?

3 months ago

I've wanted to buy it since release but always hold out cause its on the heavier side and i'd primarily play it at 2. I love it though. I'd definitely prefer it at higher player counts but I  liked it. I was teaching the game though so I'd hold out on the verdict until at least one more play. 

3 months ago

Quacks is sooo good! Did you play with just the first level ingredients?

3 months ago

I've  played with the first 3  sets. So far my least favorite combination is the level  3 ones, but I love the variability. Also has your experience been that its very hard to catch up to the leader? Not that many plays in, but i did notice neither of us could catch up when the other was ahead. 

3 months ago

I think 3 is my least favorite as well. 

For the catch up, I have played games where no lead is safe...I have also played games where what you experienced is true. Each game plays out differently and each person pushes their luck differently!

3 months ago

okay, I'm glad then. I want it to be possible to take over the lead at least. 

Can you pin point why that set though? I feel the blue one is too unlikely to happen (land in a ruby space with that chip) but maybe the yellow one somewhat undermines the risk factor (exploding) too much which is part of the fun. Not sure really. 

3 months ago

I think the level 3 ingredients all seem pretty weak. Like I do not get excited about what any of them do I think. 

3 months ago

I taught my four-year-old (5 this month!) how to play #Bullfrogs yesterday. He caught on super fast, although strategy was obviously a bit above him haha I like teaching him new games to get a grasp for what he's ready for. This kid will be my gaming buddy in a few years; he loves playing games, even if he has no idea what's going on haha

Last night I dusted off my copy of #Horizons which I haven't played since I reviewed it back in the end of 2018. My wife beat me 61-56, which, if I had done one thing differently at the end, I would have beat her by one point. It's a great game. It's a 4x game, without the extermination. So 3x, I suppose haha There is a small #Extermination Expansion Pack that adds a small amount of player interaction (such as removing or destroying the all-important colonies), so I guess that makes it 4x. Great game though, and my wife enjoyed it too, which will help it get to the table a lot more. I've been really wanting to play it for a year now, so I'm glad I finally got it out.

3 months ago

I played another game of #The Fox in the Forest Duet with my partner, we are still enjoying it greatly.

Also started a game of #The Defence of Procyon III on TTS, didn't have time to finish, but I am really enjoying it.

3 months ago

I hadn't heard of The Defence Procyon III before, so I just looked into it and it looks pretty neat!

3 months ago

It is my first Kickstarter game (threw myself in at the deep end) but it is worth a try on TTS if you can find 3 people and an evening (it is quite a long game)

3 months ago

My biggest issue is finding three people haha I'll probably tinker around with it on my own on TTS to get a feel for it though.

3 months ago

If you wanted to give it a go sometime just let me know, it would work with 2 players it would just require a lot more thinking!

3 months ago

I'd love to some time. At this point, though, I'm not sure when I would have time. If you end up playing again in a few weeks, shoot me a message beforehand (I get notifications from BGA). These next few weeks are going to be busy for me though. 

3 months ago

Will do :)

3 months ago

Supporter3 months ago

Dude your games are always decided by one point!

3 months ago

Lol, it does seem fairly frequent

Supporter3 months ago

Three games of #Cryptid. Just bought it this week. The kids liked it more than me but that is fine. 

And another game of #Tiny Epic Galaxies. I am possibly reaching the point of cancelling my #Tiny Epic Pirates pledge. I don’t normally do Kickstarter and I’m starting to get cold feet on this one. 

3 months ago

Did #Tiny Epic Galaxies put you off #Tiny Epic Pirates? Or was it something else? I have never quite gotten into the tiny epic series

Supporter3 months ago

The Tiny Epic games do a good job of combining mechanics from other games into a small package but somehow never feel as engaging as the games they borrow from. So a couple recent plays of Galaxies after a long time and the fact that my other tiny epic games never seem to come off the shelf, has me questioning getting another tiny epic game. 

Supporter3 months ago

Interesting. I’ve considered a couple of Tiny Epic Games a number of times but never pulled the trigger. The lack of potential depth was always a concern for me. 

3 months ago

Even considering the fact that it's a $20-$25 game in a tiny box? Games like that generally don't have a ton of depth.

Supporter3 months ago

Exactly. I worry about wasting those dollars when I could have invested in something with more depth. 

3 months ago

Ah ok, so the "tiny" aspect holds no special appeal to you?

Supporter3 months ago

Correct. 

3 months ago

Yeah, I can definitely see that, I have played a couple of them, Quest and Zombies, and while I love the little equip-able meeples the games do seem to tend towards the shallower side. But I can imagine as a travel game some of them could work out okay. Is there another game or other games that fill the Tiny Epic niche better for you?

3 months ago

#Oh My Goods! is a neat engine builder in a tiny box

3 months ago

I do enjoy that game, love the multi-use cards

Supporter3 months ago

I don’t know...I don’t normally worry too much about portability of games. I guess games that come in smaller boxes that I like would Love Letter, Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, not sure what else. 

3 months ago

I guess not just in portability but shorter games with probably quite simple mechanics but that feel deeper to you than the tiny epic ones do?

Love letter is a fun game, definitely a good one for portability

Supporter3 months ago

Games that find more engaging than the tiny epic games but that still fall into the 30-45 min range...

#Jaipur

#Star Realms

#QE

#Camel Up

#World's Fair 1893

#King of Tokyo

#The Estates


3 months ago

Not heard of some of these, will have to give #QE and #The Estates a look!

Supporter3 months ago

Both are excellent games. My two favorite acquisitions from the past year. 

3 months ago

Played #Raccoon Tycoon online with 4 other players at tabletopia.com.  Simple mechanics but has strategic depth.

3 months ago

Pipeline is one of those games I am interested in but I cannot get past the thought that it is mostly an optimization game. Does it feel like that to you?

3 months ago

Bought both #Sagrada on amazon.ca and #Suburbia used locally. Played them both for the first time and definitely new family fav staples.

3 months ago

I got Imperial Settlers a few weeks ago and finally set it up. I played several rounds with three of the factions so far.

3 months ago

I played #Junk Art with a friend and his kids in their driveway. It was a good time. That game is really fun , the added precariousness of the slight breeze blowing through every now and again really added to the tension.

Supporter3 months ago

My oldest came down so we all played #Too Many Bones. I'm really enjoying this one. The character development is so fun in the game and seeing how each character plays so differently. We have been playing on easy mode and it has been a bit too easy now that we know how to play. We're going to have to ratchet up the difficulty a notch.

3 months ago

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Supporter3 months ago

Had my usual one night and one day of gaming this week.  We got a broad set of games in, some classics which I was dying to play:

  • #Tzol'kin: The Mayan Calendar: Board game arena, multiplayer.  First time playing this and I really enjoyed it!  I could definitely see the seeds of #Teotihuacan: City of Gods in it.  However, I think I would consider owning both as the gears are a cool feature and this is a faster playing game.  (Although I do prefer Teotihuacan overall.)
  • #6 Nimmit!: Board Game Arena, multiplayer (x2): Fun game I've played before.  Always good for some chuckles.  Great filler game.
  • #Troyes: Board Game Arena multiplayer: First time playing for me.  Played quite fast.  I enjoyed the dice/worker combination and the player interaction of buying other players dice.  Really added a nice interactive element to the game.  The game was close overall.
  • #Race for the Galaxy: Board Game Arena, multiplayer: I've played this one a couple of times before.  It actually felt a bit easier to play on Board Game Arena as it managed the cards for you but the teach was harder as you couldn't flip over cards to show as examples for the explanations.  
  • #Libertalia Board Game: Board Game Arena, multiplayer: I've seen it on tabletop but never played it.  It was a fun little game with some cool mechanisms and interactions.  I like games where everyone picks their card and shows them at the same time and then you see what the fallout is.  (See 6 Nimmit! above for another example.)  It just leads to some funny occurrences and good natured ribbing.  The game is short enough that getting screwed by bad luck isn't a huge deal.  With the reset after every campaign you are never really fully out of it anyway.
  • #Caylus: Board Game Arena: Multiplayer.  This is another classic which I had never played.  I really enjoyed this one!  I like the Provus interaction and making sure you take that in to account.  You definitely have to be more cuthroat with the provost, trying to go first in the various spots etc.  Another player and I started jockeying over the lawyer as he was creating all the residences and I was trying to get some myself.  The third player went a completely different strategy and won quite handily.  Fun game!  It's one I'd own for sure.



Supporter3 months ago

That is a great set of games! Tzolkin is one of my all time favorites. Race is as well.

Supporter3 months ago

I definitely think it was my best gaming week in a while. No duds in there for me at all!

Supporter3 months ago

Wow fantastic selections. A week well-spent!

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, I really enjoyed the games this week!  They each had their own little hook that made them fun and interesting.

3 months ago

That is an impressive amount of game to fit into one day and one night! You must take turns much quicker than I do 😅

Which play was the best experience for you (even if not your favourite game)?

Supporter3 months ago

It depends who we have with us in our group.  Both sessions this week we had the faster group who don't absolutely have to min/max every move, especially in our first play of a game!

Best experience is a good question but hard to answer.  I am pretty easy going for most games.  I'm just happy to be playing.  I think if I had to answer I think I enjoyed playing Tzol'kin the most but Troyes and Caylus were close seconds.  For pure laughs per minute of play 6 Nimmit! was the best. :)

3 months ago

Haha, I did tend to do the min/maxing. It's not so much that I feel any need to win, more just that I get lost in the puzzle of it. But I am working on cutting down my thinking time to be more considerate 😄

I am glad it was a hard decision, hopefully means you had a good time all round.

Supporter3 months ago

I definitely had a good time.  I'm pretty easy going so having a good time gaming is the typical for me. :)

I don't mind the mix/maxing as well.  It's a balancing act.  Some people can't have a good time being rushed, and some people have more fun by taking the best option and seeing what happens.  It's only ever annoying if you have one person who is really out of sync with the group but my group tends to handle it well.  Plus online you can have another window open while you are waiting. :)

Supporter3 months ago

I didn't realize #Caylus was on Board Game Arena. I've had my eye on #Caylus 1303 but it would be nice to try the original first.


Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, we added Board Game Arena to get access to some new options we really wanted to try.  Tabletopia is good as well of course.  More selection isn't a bad thing.  :)

I've heard mixed things from Caylus players about the new version but I've never played it.  I quite like the old version!

Supporter3 months ago

I also just started using Board game Arena... look for me as Marinated meeple if you want to play anything... I'm just learning some new games on there too. 

Supporter3 months ago

Sure I will but to be honest I usually have the players and games pre-setup before I even get on.  However, can I look you up if we are short one day perhaps?