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docker37 11 months ago
Got my normal group back together and got 3 games in
1) #Khôra: Rise of an Empire - Got crushed (97 to 68, 67) but such a fun experience. Winner had an engine that gave a bunch of points for all of the politcs cards played (5pts * 8 cards).
2) #Nidavellir - Crushed again as the guys seemed to take immense pleasure in taking the cards for my strategy. Lost 293, 277 and 227. Still had fun in our first play. After all the first rule of gaming groups: "Win if you can, but if not make sure Kyle doesn't".
3) #Kingdomino w/ #Kingdomino: Age of Giants expansion. The expansion is great. Takes an extra min for rules explaination. I didn't score great in any single category but did score a little in each category and sneaked out a victory 76, 75 to 70.
R0land1199 Premium User11 months ago
I like the expansion for the cool little box for the tiles and it allowed 5 players which was important when I was playing it in the office during lunch.
I also discovered due to someone else on this site that you can fit the base game in the age of giants box which is nice.
That was probably me who said that as I have everything in the expansion box.
Probably was! Thanks for the advice!
2 games of #Undaunted: Normandy as I taught it to a new friend and we did Scenario 1 and Scenario 3. Pretty light week but things are starting to calm down now that both of my boys are wrapping up football for the year. Should help to get me back into my regular routine.
The sports are great but they can be quite disruptive can't they?
cbrady748 Moderator Level 111 months ago
One more play than the week before is good, right?
#Nemo's War (Second Edition) - Hadn't played this in awhile so I broke it out to give it another try. I wasn't a huge fan of the randomness associated with all the die rolls and felt I had very few ways to mitigate them. At the end of the day, it's a fun game, but I don't think it's one I would necessarily reach for if I was looking for something to solo. Likely will add this to the trade pile.
#Kahuna - My friend wanted to play this again so we played on BGA. I actually scored a point this time! Fun game.
#Mercado de Lisboa - As I posted about the other day, Sarah and I have basically given up on our 10 x 5. We pretty much know what games we like from it and which we are getting rid of. More importantly, giving up opens up the possibility to play unplayed games. I gave Sarah some game options and this is what she landed on. We had a close game, but I don't think there's anything particularly great about this game. It's got some small interaction to it in that you're trying to share some customers, but at 2 it was pretty easy to stay out of each other's way. I want to give it a few more plays at higher counts to see if that changes anything.
#Furnace - This arrived from Miniature Market a few days ago and I have been super excited to give it a try. Sarah and I played last night with my brother and man was it a tight game. We didn't exactly play the way the rulebook recommended for your first game. We used the capitalist cards (Sarah actually forgot about her's the first round but still won) but did our production phases one at a time vs simultaneously. I think not doing that simultaneously was good for a round or 2 just to get a feel for how to play, but after that, I was barely paying attention to what they were up to. It made the game drag a bit which would be my only downside after the first play.
theDL Moderator Level 111 months ago
Ha! Cool to see that you are enjoying Kahuna. That is a neat game. Too bad about Nemo's War...that seems like a pretty cool solo game, but I do tend to enjoy dice-based games less than other types.
Yeah it being so cheap makes me ALMOST want to put it on my wishlist for Secret Santa purposes this year. Sarah can't hate it if I don't buy it myself, right? Lol.
As for Nemo's War, don't get me wrong it is really fun. It's just a lot to set up just to roll a bunch of dice in my opinion.
Got it, that makes sense! Yeah setup time is really important to me for a solo game. Basically the only one I've done more than once is #Baseball Highlights: 2045 because the setup is so simple. And thanks again to you for that!
You're welcome! I've had Baseball Highlights on my wishlist ever since you told me about it lol. I recently heard about a game called #BasketBoss which at least sounds similar just with a basketball theme as opposed to baseball. It's getting a reprint at some mysterious time in the future and I'm definitely going to pick that one up.
Oh cool! Yeah come to think of it I haven't seen any other basketball themed games so that could be interesting!
boardgamegumbo Partner11 months ago
Another solid week of gaming, here are the highlights!
#Four Gardens - played this three or four times with three different groups! Each play of this game gets better. I love how the physicality of the game is crticial, not just show pieces. The movement of the tower, the space in your storage, the layout of the cards, the push and pull on the tracks -- it's all super important! As much as I have loved my plays, I'm not sure I would ever want to play with someone with AP!
#Abandon All Artichokes - played this live on the stream, so it was a quick teach and away we went! I had no expectations other than as a potential end-of-the-night-at-a-con game, and that's exactly what it is. I could see this supplementing No Thanks! or For Sale or Silver or Point Salad any of those small box card games we like to play when winding down after a big game.
#Thurn and Taxis - I played this a dozen times online during the first part of the pandemic, and loved every single play. So then the search began to find my own copy. Man, it's not easy! But I finally found a copy with the Power & Glory expansion in the box. First time on the table -- I forgot how much Yucata manages everything. It's not fiddly, but there are some adjacency rules that need to be watched carefully. It was a great first play on the table, and I want to get the expansion out next.
#Bullet♥︎ - this is probably our most played physical game this year. We just can't get enough and all we have is the base game. Can't wait to try the expansions.
#PARKS - second play in the past couple of weeks, and while I SHOULD love this game, I just find it doesn't fire me up at all. Can't put my finger on it because I love the artwork, love the Tokaido mechanic, love the tiny little enginge building in other games, why not Parks? Who knows? It just doesn't speak to me, I guess.
#Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale - haven't played this one without the expansions in a while! It was fun to get it back to the table, and we taught three new players. The monsters left us alone for the most part, so there was some high scoring (by other people, not me!) as I recall. Great little randowriter, made better by the Heroes expansion if you can get it.
I'm about 3/4 of the way through a Parks game and yeah, it feels really meh to me as well. Like really meh.
I am have the kickstarter for Cartographer's coming at some point and I can't wait for it! Fun little game.
I really like Parks but can see where people can get the meh feeling. It is a lot more AP inducing then you might assume based on the theme and mechanics. I find it grows on me the more I play it as the strategy comes to life.
I thought about backing Cartographers but I have the app and that's all i really need. My groups tend to not play a bunch of Roll/Flip N writes so didn't think it would get to the table enough to justify.
Fair enough on Cartographers. I play it a lot solo so it's worth it to me.
For Parks I generally find that style of game play pretty bland so it's not likely going to work for me. The one game of that style I have played and enjoyed is #Naramata but it's a pretty unknown game. (Happens to be about an area in my province and by someone in my province so I had to kick start it. :) )
That's cool about the game from your area. I found I got bored with #tokiadio pretty quickly due to the constant path locations. The changing path in Parks keeps my interest a lot longer
nwrex Moderator Level 111 months ago
That's a lot of fun you packed in last week.
Board game arena tends to pad the numbers a bit! But it was a fun week for sure.
We used to play War Chest a lot (I even demoed it for AEG at BGG CON one year) but have yet to try the expansions. Which one would you geaux for first?
Nobility 100%. Both are great, but Nobility adds flexibility to the Royal Coin in the form of Proclamations (I think that's what they're called) - basically once per game actions. It's a small tweak but it opens up a ton of new strategy IMO. There are also 4 new units with each expansion, and they're pretty cool.
Siege is very cool too, but definitely more of a "if you have played a bunch and want even more stuff" type of expansion. It adds Siege Weapons, which have tactics that are only available if the unit is bolstered. It also adds Fortifications, which make locations you control harder to attack/control for your opponent.
Nobility it is! Thanks for the tip.
Hope you enjoy it!
Last week's game night included #Azul, #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, and two games of #Tri-Ominos. I then played a solo game of #Clank! In! Space! with the app. A few days later, our friends introduced us to #Five Crowns. My wife even said while we were playing it that we should get it. I just ordered it this week.