What did you play this week?

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Supporter8 months ago

I played a number of games last week.

Last Sunday I played a game of #Deep Space D-6, and lost pretty quickly. I then played a thrilling game of #Spirit Island and had a narrow lost. Those two games were solo. I followed them up with a game of #Lost Cities with my wife. She said that I can blame my loss in that game to, "my awesome wife."

On Tuesday I played #Star Trek: Frontiers, and won. I really really do dig the big meaty movement puzzles in this game. It makes me see why #Mage Knight is considered to be the ultimate solo game. I did win. but not by much. I was full enough of damage after tackling the final Borg cube that I could barely move.

On Wednesday I played #Forbidden Island. Really I was playing two handed solo, but my three year old son was "helping me" and I did allow him to make some decisions, including the one that ended up getting us in the same situation that @philryuh was in last week where we got down to two tiles and lost the game.

On Friday I played #Spirit Island solo. It was my first play as "shadows flicker like flame" and it was my first play, I think, that ended in a pure fear win.

On Saturday I played another game of #Star Trek: Frontiers. I really really dig this game. It is on my 10x10 for the year, and this quarantine period should allow me to get some games whipped out. My play time has settled to 90-120 minutes for a solo runthrough, this is just perfect for a Sunday afternoon, or anytime my son is napping. It is such a big open world sandboxy game, and you can just loose yourself in your decisions from turn to turn. It is great.

So, overall, I had what I consider to be a very good week of gaming.

8 months ago

Great job! Because, you know, we apparently need encouragement to play games haha But that's a great list of games. Happy to see you got a lot in!

8 months ago

How did you dive into Star Trek: Frontiers?  Did you watch how its played videos or a quick start guide or did you just dive in with the rules? 

I found it daunting to start and haven't gotten it to the table yet because of that.

Supporter8 months ago

It is daunting. And trust me, I have made more than my fair share of mistakes. But, the good news is that it is one of the most, if not the most rewarding solo gaming experiences that I have had. Also, I assume that you may be quarantined, so, it might be a good time to dig in. 

I read both rulebooks all the way through before I tried it the first time. I don't know for sure if that was helpful or not, but I think it was. 

I found Ricky Royals playthrough tremendously helpful. You can find it right here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5UyaJ4tfEqyh6w-vpXotwQYsSRizd0Ms. This isn't as much of a rules teach, as a idea of gameflow. And gameflow is something that I can't get from the rulebooks in the box. 

Lastly, just play it. You will make mistakes, and you need to be OK with that. Just get it out and play it. If you have questions look it up, but don't spend too much time on that. Play it out then look what you did wrong later.

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the rules forum on BGG. 

Let us know how it goes.... And good luck. 

8 months ago

Wow, quite a packed week of games!

Supporter8 months ago

#quarantine. 

8 months ago

Got a couple games of #Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra in with the wife. She loves this game for some reason! It is fun, do not get me wrong, but it is not what she typically likes. 

We also got a FaceTime game of #Welcome to... in with some friends! It was a good time, it made the hangout feel more normal. 

Owner8 months ago

I'm planning to teach my mom #Welcome to... this week. Hope she loves it! And you will be missed on the live stream tomorrow Neal. By the way, what does your wife typically like? Curious why you didn't expect her to like it as much as she did.

8 months ago

Oh I think she will!! I don't know anyone that has not liked it once they understand it! I am definitely bummed about not making it...

She really does love the Azul games, I am just surprised at how much she loves the Stained Glass version of it! She also really likes #Carcassonne and #Five Crowns (a basic trick taking game similar to Phase 10). She likes to not think toooo much, which is where we differ greatly. 

Owner8 months ago

Feels like she prefers the more elegant games that are simple but potentially deep. Maybe that's what she likes about #Concordia?

8 months ago

I honestly think that is probably the best explanation for it. She gets overwhelmed by lots of options (which there are in Concordia, but they are small options). Brass overwhelmed her with how many different directions she could go. 

8 months ago

Didn't get in quite as many sessions as expected, but what we did get in was a blast!

  • #Viticulture: Essential Edition - my in-laws got it for me as a late Christmas gift - they're great. And so is this game! We played twice at 2p. I won both times, but my wife had a good time with it. On our 2nd game I think she got kind of unlucky with her order cards, and I got pretty lucky with my visitor cards. Looking forward to many future plays!
  • #Everdell - our Kickstarter for the new expansions arrived. We played with some of the modules from #Everdell: Bellfaire Expansion - it was great! I doubt we'll ever play without those again (flower festival, player powers). At least not when it's just the two of us. Looking forward to trying all the modules in Bellfaire, and REALLY looking forward to trying #Everdell: Spirecrest!

8 months ago

Forgot that we got a couple of games of #Tiny Towns in over Google Duo! This game is great for playing remotely if you everyone has a copy.

Owner8 months ago

Nice! That's such a solid game to play remote without much workarounds if everyone has a copy. Any other plans for remote sessions?

Edit: That game is sooo much more difficult than it looks at first glance lol

8 months ago

Haha, yeah the rules are simple, but playing it is pretty hard!

But no, no plans at the moment for any other remote board games. We do have plans for a remote Jackbox session, which should be fun.

Owner8 months ago

Jackbox is so fun! It's always a blast for everyone.

Supporter8 months ago

Glad you're still digging #Everdell 

8 months ago

Yep, and I don't think we'll tire of it any time soon, with all this new content. We were still enjoying just the base game!

Supporter8 months ago

👍

Supporter8 months ago

I got in some good gaming during Quarantine.  #Viticulture: Essential Edition, #Secret Hitler, #Tuscany: Essential Edition, #Root with #Root: The Underworld Expansion.

I'll be getting in a Tabletopia game of #Raiders of the North Sea with some buddies tomorrow night.

8 months ago

This week we played The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine have played up to Mission 12...fun game.  Coop trick taking...Also played The Isle of Cats, enjoyed this as well.  And finally we played Flyin' Goblin a silly dexterity game that my son really enjoys and has a bit more strategy in it than you would think...

8 months ago

Sylvion. my favorite solo game.

8 months ago

The one, the only... Cribbage!

8 months ago

I played two games of #Coloma: Deluxe Edition two player. I'm really liking this game, art is pretty amazing and the components are great. I like that there are so many paths you can take in this game to score points, not needing to play the same every game.

I also played in two player, Case V (last case) in #Detective: A Modern Crime Game it was a pretty fulfilling ending for us, although I don't think everyone agrees, but we managed to solve the case successfully, so it was pretty satisfying to finish, and now really wanting to play more from the Detective series.

Owner8 months ago

I've looked at Coloma a few times in the past when I was going through a phase looking at all of the games with Mihajlo's illustration. Never checked out anything about the actual game play though. It's worker placement game correct?

Edit: By the way, the designer of Coloma came out with a new game called Lions of Lydia and it's on Kickstarter now!

8 months ago

I attempted to play Amerigo six months or more ago with a work colleague, but he wasn't into it. I've been itching to play again since then so yesterday I pulled that out to play with my wife and daughter, who beats us both. Great time gaming regardless who won. 

Owner8 months ago

Sounds like your daughter is old enough to handle relatively complex games. Is gaming a regular thing in your family?

8 months ago

I am the biggest board game fan in the house, but can get my family to the table as well. My daughter is a young adult and, like her mom, is very strategic. I never take a victory lightly because they both provide a good challenge. Fun!!

8 months ago

Well, staying in hasn’t been all bad.  I have learned a lot of new stuff in the last week:

Aquatica  - soloed this on Tabletopia.  Now I know why it’s hard to find a copy of this.  Really nice little hand management game with Vermeer artwork and lots of combo-y goodness.

Forum Trajanum - 2 player game on Yucata.  I love Feld, but this one felt a bit too convoluted for me.  Nice art though and looks like it would have great presence.  

Roll for the Galaxy - really like this one and hadn’t played it in awhile.  The implementation on Board Game Arena is really nice.  Looking forward to giving it another go soon.  

Marvel Champions - taught my wife this game finally.  While it wasn’t a hit for her, it will still stay in the collection as the solo mode is very nice.  



Owner8 months ago

I've been back and forth about #Marvel Champions: The Card Game. There was a period of time when I was so tempted to get it but after holding it in for a while, I cooled off on it. My wife and I love MCU films and we don't have that type of co-op game yet so I thought it'd be a great game for us. What was it that didn't exactly work for your wife?