What did you play this week?

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5 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. ūüĎć

5 months ago

Sherlock Holmes

5 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.

5 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

5 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. 

5 months ago

Huh, good to know!

5 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?

5 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.

5 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? 

5 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.

5 months ago

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

5 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.

Supporter5 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.

Supporter5 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. 

Supporter5 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. 

5 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...

Supporter5 months ago

Was the Game fun?

5 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.

5 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.

Supporter5 months ago

Dang, nice variety of games there!

5 months ago

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

Supporter5 months ago

Still sounds fun though!

5 months ago

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

Supporter5 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. 

Supporter5 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?

Supporter5 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. 

5 months ago

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

Supporter5 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. 

5 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!

Supporter5 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.