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What did you play this week?

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doover25 20 days ago | 6 points[-]

I just played #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion Scenario 1 tonight, after painting a couple of the starting characters. Less than 1hr including setup and it make the game very easy to learn as each of the first 5 scenarios is a tutorial; with each scenario adding something to the previous one.



1nf1n1ty Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sweet. Paint jobs look great! Really nice basing!

philryuh Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, I remember looking at the minis for Jaws of the Lion and thinking, "How do people paint the details on something so small??"

Great job!

nsayres1335 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Those look sick dude. Nice job. Which class is your favorite so far?

doover25 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've painted the Hatchet and Red Guard, so those are the only two I've played so far from Jaws of the Lion. Both were fun and worked well together.

Hungry Gamer New User19 days ago | 1 point[-]

wow you painted those like lightning!

I literally just painted my first mini since middle school today!

doover25 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha.

Since we are work at home and the last few days have only been meetings...someone may have been multi-tasking. :)

lanista 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

dude, nice paint job! Excited to see the other 2

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

These look awesome, nice job!

doover25 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Thank you. I still feel like such a novice painter since I've only done less than 50 figures so far, but I've watched a LOT of how-to videos and am still using the Reaper Learn to Paint I and II set of paints..

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's about 50 more than I'm ever likely to do, haha.  So compared to me you're a professional.  Keep up the good work.

sdirrane Supporter17 days ago | 3 points[-]

@philryuh, played a solo game of #Clans of Caledonia.  It's been a while, but man is it fun, and it photographs well too.  I've improved a lot since my last solo run through, still only scored 133 but solidly in the middle after finishing newbie my first couple of solo plays.  Clan MacDonald was really cool too.

philryuh Supporter17 days ago | 1 point[-]

I showed this picture to my wife saying that it makes me want to play. She said she'll play again as soon as we get the deluxe components haha

Does Clan MacDonald allow you to place workers on water? Oh and also, did you include your score when you logged your play? The community stat still shows my last play as the highest score (124). I don't mind though xD


sdirrane Supporter16 days ago | 1 point[-]

Also, I updated my score.  Thanks for the heads up!

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

It works! Now time to challenge your score this week haha


sdirrane Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm just gonna enter a ridiculous score even if I don't get it, haha!

sdirrane Supporter16 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice!  What other deluxe components are out there besides the metal coins?  I still think my metal coin priority (if I ever upgraded) would be Scythe/Viticulture (1a and 1b) depending on price, then Clans.

Yeah, they are called fishermen.  They all cost 6 lbs and only get you 4 lbs, but it's really nice (especially solo when you don't have an 1 lb board spaces) to be able to just pay the worker cost.  Plus they have a rowing ability which allows you to move them (I chose to read the rule as only being able to row at the beginning of a round, but that might not be right).  This was really helpful in spreading out and getting to ship tiles.

philryuh Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh I can actually refer to our game page for the accessories now! The store we're working with (Meeple Source) doesn't have the custom metal coins though. Hoping to get the other stores integrated in the future.

Anyway, it's the deluxe resource tokens. If you click on it then it leads you to this page: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/search/game/bmqaGH8GJT/clans-of-caledonia-realistic-upgrade-set-64-pcs. I never imagined I would get one of these upgrades. It's for sure driven by "my wife likes the game" factor that @theDL mentioned in his first impression of #Western Legends :)

And that's a really interesting clan ability! I suppose that would decrease the need to upgrade your shipping and also get you closer to expanding onto cheap lands too?

sdirrane Supporter14 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ahh gotya.  These look really cool!  Maybe someday I'll get into blinging things out.  Really cool your wife wants to bling it.

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 3 points[-]

Got a game of #Aeon's End: War Eternal in to test the waters with my wife. Ended up going so well that she gave me the okay to grab #Aeon's End: Legacy on Wednesday for the fundraiser. Just came in the mail yesterday!

theDL 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's awesome!

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ya man, it will be a good time. I have not seen her this excited about a game ever!

theDL 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dude that's great! Sounds like a real winner

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ya! I am hoping it opens the door to some other games like Too Many Bones or Gloomhaven. We will see!

capnbishop 18 days ago | 2 points[-]

While everyone else seems to be playing Jaws of the Lion, I picked up #Gaia Project, #Lost Cities, #Azul: Summer Pavilion, and #Tiny Towns. I've been paying those with my daughter, except for Gaia Project, which I've been playing solo. Great fun all around.

1nf1n1ty Supporter21 days ago | 2 points[-]

Just got done with a three day run with a friend.

Pretty great few days!


nealkfrank 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ohhhhh Too Many Bones!! How was the experience?? It is on my wishlist so I am doing quite a bit of research on it!

1nf1n1ty Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

The simple answer is that I love it. I've put 10 plays on it from solo to 3 people. The best part of it is the character development. You can customize your character dramatically over the adventure and really feel the power increase. Each character is quite different in how it operates, and it is clear they put a lot of thought and care into each one's development. 

I can see that the cards and creatures could become repetitive eventually. I have the Undertow and 4 extra characters, and having that really helps to try different challenges. I still have only personally played about half of the characters, and only about a third of the bosses, so I am a while from facing real repetition exhaustion. 

The biggest barrier for most people would be the price. After that, learning how to play a character takes some time. I don't think the overall ruleset is overly challenging, but determining how to best play your character is a learning curve. In game, trying to determine if you should level up your base stats versus your shiny abilities is always a really difficult choice.

Overall, I am super impressed with it and enjoying it immensely. 

nealkfrank 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, thanks for the mini-write up! I think my biggest hesitation is the repetitiveness potential, but from what I am seeing is that they have some fairly affordable expansions that add new encounters and tyrants and adventures. The main barrier of entry is the cost for sure, but I am mostly sold!

philryuh Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Things aren't looking good for your wallet @nealkfrank :(

And mine's not looking good next year either haha. Thanks for the insight, I've been interested in this for quite a while too. Which character would you say is your favorite so far?

1nf1n1ty Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

That is a tough question. I am really not sure. It might be Stanza because I really enjoy the bard class in RPG's. 

One gaming stand out. was playing Picket while my son played Boomer. Picket is a shield wall. He has a shield on his shield and then another shield on his back (in the picture). Basically a damage soaker, but can lay it out too. Boomer is a fragile range character that collects components then turns them into various bombs up to the 'holy handgranade'. So I was blocking and fighting while Boomer lobbed death over me (sometimes hitting me in the back). We did a couple scenarios with those two and it was so fun and memorable.

nealkfrank 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Hahaha I will most likely have to wait on this, I really really want it but I need to be responsible!! I actually reached out to Chip Theory to see when the pre-order deadline is and if there will be copies available after the pre-order!

1nf1n1ty Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Undertow may be a good entry point. You can find it new for $90 or less. It is a 1-2 player with 2 characters. Though, I imagine if you bought that, it would lower your self restraint to buy more. Just speaking from personal experience. :P

nealkfrank 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have thought about Undertow as an entry point, but I feel like the Gearlocs are harder to grasp than the originals and I can spent an additional 40 bucks to get two more gearlocs in the core set! 40 is nothing to sneeze at but I like starting with the variability. 

nsayres1335 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Just played Roll Player recently after not having played it for a while. Forgot how good it is.

I only have the base game though. Been thinking about getting an expansion or two. What are your thoughts on Monsters & Minions?

1nf1n1ty Supporter20 days ago | 2 points[-]

Monsters and Minions is interesting. I like it, but I don't think I am going to buy it (we played my friends copy). It is very interesting, and you can go and fight monsters instead of buying items from the shop. Plus you fight a boss at the end, which can give you more victory points. You collect XP along the way to use for varying reasons. That XP can help you do better on your character creation by allowing you more attribute actions.

What I found is that it really diluted the shop action. One it has a bunch of cards that are added to that deck, and two, you don't buy as much because there is benefit from fighting monsters. So while I liked the expansion content, it diluted the base game purchasing. 

If I were completely burnt out on Roll Player, I could see buying it and playing with it. But it falls where a bunch of other expansions do for me. Considering that I am always playing different games, by the time I get back around to something, I don't want to have to learn the expansion on top of the base game. Thus I end up often only playing the base game to make it easier to get on and off the table so I can play the next game in line. There are some exceptions for me, where the expansion is simple enough or valuable enough that I only would really play with the expansion, but that is more rare than not. 

Overall, the games are very different and I am still happy enough with the base game and its pure content.

nsayres1335 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Interesting. That is kind of a bummer that the shop action it diluted. It does present some difficult choices and good player interaction.

1nf1n1ty Supporter19 days ago | 2 points[-]

The game with Minions and Monsters is different enough to stand on its own. It changes the game experience a lot, and is intriguing. I really like the experience piece. Just for how often I play it, I still think I'll stay with the simple base game.

theDL 21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Holy cow! Were these all in person? Impressive!

1nf1n1ty Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah. We did a three day game session.

theDL 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dang, that sounds great

1nf1n1ty Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

It was. We both really needed to get away for a while. We do it about every other year. Sort of our own convention.

theDL 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

So fun! I'd love to do that!

R0land1199 Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice run!  I've only played a few of those but overall looks like a great selection.

theDL 22 days ago | 2 points[-]

#Point Salad - 2x @ 5p. This is fun, simple little card game! You can play it with anyone and it goes up to 6 players, which is nice.

#Root @ 4p. I FINALLY got to play this after having plans to play it fall through multiple times. 3 of us were first-timers, so it took quite a while (one of my friends was killing me with his level of AP). I played as the Vagabond, which was pretty fun once I realized kind of what I needed to do, haha. The owner of the game played as the Woodland Alliance and ended up winning. I ended with 21 points. I probably waited a turn or two too long before going hostile, so I missed out on a few points that way. I had a lot of fun and look forward to playing it again!

#Wingspan @ 2p

sdirrane Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yay! Glad you finally got to try out Root, hopefully you can play again soon and maybe as another faction.  If I'm completely honest, the Vagabond is the least appealing to play as (unless I was playing against bots), and I'm not really a big fan of having anyone place the Vagabond unless they have to.

theDL 21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Really? I thought he was fun to play! But I can see how it could be less appealing to some people since you're not required to interact with other players as much. I especially had low interaction since I chose the Tinker. If I'd chosen the Ranger, it would've been more interactive, I think, since I would've started with the sword and crossbow. No one ever crafted the crossbow, so I never got that at all :/

sdirrane Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's probably largely due to the player interaction piece, which is why I think it would be fun to play the Vagabond solo.  Just kind of an adventure game.  I also don't love them in the game because in my experience they haven't offered a lot in impacting the meta game besides aiding people.  I never consult with the Vagabond or really get them to try to help me out during their turn.  

My opinion may be a bit harsh though because I have both expansions.  I had the Riverfolk expansion right away so I had 5 other viable factions to use that I felt worked better with what I like best about Root.  I do know a lot of people enjoy the Vagabond.

Saying all that, it's one thing that makes Root so good, so many options.  I love playing the Lizard Cult but many others don't.  I'm going to post an interesting link in the next few days where a website gives their opinion of all the factions and they really hate the Lizard Cult, and I really think their reasons are "wrong" haha.

theDL 21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha, well now having played, I'll actually know what's going on and I'll be sure to check out that link!

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Vagabond is a tough place to start! sounds like a fun evening though!

theDL 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Is it? I have no idea, haha. They all seem tough in their own way.

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Looking through a lot of the forums out there, I have heard them and the Woodland alliance are the trickiest for first time players to play and win with. I have only played as the Eyrie Dynasty so I do not have too much experience thoguh!

theDL 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Hm, I guess I could see that. The only one that seemed a tad easier in my view was the Marquise de Cat, but of course I haven't actually played it.

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ya, in my opinion as far as mechanics and strategy go, from easiest to hardes: Cats, Birds, Alliance, Vagabond. Just some fiddly bits here and there. 

philryuh Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

I agree with that assessment (and I think that's how Leder Games orders them too). I've yet to play as the Vagabond and I'm more hesitant to try them out because it plays so differently. Also, it feels like it would be strange for me to play as the Vagabond if I'm doing a solo session against two bots haha

theDL 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice. I'm keen to try the Vagabond again, and to try all of the other factions too.

sdirrane Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

They all have their good parts for sure.  I do not really care for the Marquise either.  I have played them, but they aren't super fun to me.  All the other Factions I really enjoy (although I haven't played the Corvid yet).

nealkfrank 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ya each one plays quite differently so it for sure adds some nice variability. 

sdirrane Supporter22 days ago | 2 points[-]

My daughter and I have been playing a bit of #Pokémon Trading Card Game

BenjaminK 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

I wish I had never sold my collection when I was 15 years old. Such a great game!

sdirrane Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have no idea what happened to the cards I played with in High School.  It is really fun and light.

BenjaminK 22 days ago | 2 points[-]

We FINALLY played #Star Wars: Rebellion for game night. Two teams of two; I played as the Imps. My goodneess I'm in love with that game. It took us 5 hours, but it flew by. The Imps lost, but it was down to wire.


Last night my wife and I played #Trekking the National Parks, and then we played Jackbox TV with the in-laws over Zoom, which was a hoot.

lanista 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Rebellion is great. I've only played it 1v1 and had a blast. So thematic. it is a very long game though, and starting at 9pm ... lol. Did you get the death star operational?

BenjaminK 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

We did get it working, but didn't have a chance to blow anything up. I tried to convince my teammate that we needed to blow up a planet no matter what, but he wouldn't have it, unfortunately haha

lanista 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

An imp with a conscience, unheard of! haha 

R0land1199 Supporter22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Rebellion is a great game.  I've only played it 2 vs 2 once but honestly didn't enjoy it as much.  How did you find it?

BenjaminK 22 days ago | 2 points[-]

I actually really loved it 2 v 2. Although, I think I'd like it much better 1 v 1, since I'd be making all the decisions haha It's a tough one to collaborate with, since then the other team will know your plans. But I loved it. I doubt my wife would ever play with me, so I doubt I'll ever buy it. If I do, I gotta wait like five+ years for my oldest to get old enough to play with haha

R0land1199 Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's cool.  It wasn't a BAD game 2 v 2 but I enjoyed it more 1 v 1.

I did play a 2 imperial vs 1 rebel game and that was decent as well.  Felt more thematic in a way.  Rebels can listen in on imperial plans etc.

sdirrane Supporter22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Man I wish I had 5 hours to dedicate to a game, sounds fun!

BenjaminK 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

We didn't start playing until 9:00 p.m., so I wasn't missing anything other than sleep (which is one thing I hate missing haha).

theDL 22 days ago | 2 points[-]

Starting Rebellion at 9pm?


BenjaminK 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

AND playing with two newbies to the game. Yes, it was probably not a *good* choice, but it was still an *awesome* choice. :) 

theDL 22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol well I'm glad you had fun

sdirrane Supporter21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow! Nice.

xerozum 15 days ago | 1 point[-]

I played #TheCrew this week

JamesReid860 Supporter17 days ago | 1 point[-]

Just got in a play of #Deep Blue! We enjoyed it including my wife so it’s a winner!

Courageous Bob 18 days ago | 1 point[-]

Played some #Flamme Rouge with my partner, she out plays me pretty much every time, but I sometimes steal a win by timing my last minute sprint a little better (it helps that she doesn't like counting).

Courageous Bob 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Played #Flamme Rouge for the first time, was so good, very simple to teach and set-up, even with teaching the first game was under an hour at 2P and as it is simultaneous would imagine it not be much longer at 4P. The game is so much fun, the fact you are controlling 2 riders is genius, you try to make them work together but you pick your movement card for one rider before you see your options for the second. Overall a huge amount of fun, and came right down to the wire with me having 50/50 whether I drew my last 9 movement sprint card on the last hand, otherwise my partner who played much better than me most of the game but timed her last sprint a little late would have taken it. Fortunately the gods of luck were on my side and my very tired sprinter collapsed over the finish line.

Would absolutely recommend it.

unsingefou 21 days ago | 1 point[-]

I just received #Stuffed Fables for my birthday. My daughter, 5, and son, 2, are loving it! Played through the first story over a couple of nights. They mostly love the story and all the figures. I guide my son and give him some interesting choices based on the dice he rolled, which works out really well. He is content just rolling dice and moving his stuffie. My daughter though, is making her own choices and having a blast!

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Another question.  How many "missions" are there and what the replayability like?  How much gaming time do you think you get out of the box?

unsingefou 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

There are 7 stories total, with an additional Print & Play story on the website. Part of the fun, is the discovery as you read through the tale the first time. There are a several different paths though, so for the first story, from what I can tell, we didn't go to 3 pages. Additionally, there are random encounters, lost toys to help, and a bunch of items cards. I'd say there is a fair bit of replay-ability. My kids read the same stories over and over, so I think they'd do the same here.

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

I wonder if @Hungry Gamer has played this as well as #Aftermath?  If so how do they compare or which do you like better?

Hungry Gamer New User20 days ago | 1 point[-]

@sdirrane, this is not one I have played.  The only Hawthorne games I have played are Aftermath and Mice and Mystics.  I THINK this was the first of the Adventure book style games he did.  

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Cool.  How do you think Aftermath and Mice & Mystics compare?  Which did you like better?

Hungry Gamer New User19 days ago | 1 point[-]

I prefer Aftermath, but I like the mix of dice and card play more than I like the just dice in MM.  Both are delightful, MM is probably better for younger kids, though the story chunks are longer

sdirrane Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't looked into Aftermath a lot yet but I didn't love what I saw regarding the dice rolling in MM.  It looks like if I really want to get something that'll be good for the kids that #Stuffed Fables is going to be the way to go.

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

This is one I've considered because one of my kids is already into gaming and I'm hoping to eventually get the rest interested in well. 

unsingefou 20 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think it’s a blast, as a dad to play too. I do moderate some of the bad things that happen so it’s not overwhelming to them, but it works well!

sdirrane Supporter20 days ago | 1 point[-]

Awesome.  Is there a ton of dice rolling?  I remember I was looking at Mice & Mystics but it looked like it was too much dice rolling for my flavor.  I don't mind some, but it felt like that was the primary aspect of the game.

unsingefou 19 days ago | 1 point[-]

The dice rolling is just fine for me. The color of the dice that you pull from the bag determines the types of actions that you can take on your turn. How you spend them is up to you. The rolling mechanism adds a bit of unpredictability, which some people don't like, but it actually makes the game fun for us, not knowing if your going to land a hit on a minion or if you'll be able to recover some of your stuffing. It works!

sdirrane Supporter19 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great, this sounds good.  I actually like dice rolling, just not if it totally controls your ability to play the game.  This sounds like it'll be alright.

doover25 21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ethnos with wife and four kids...great game at 6-player. Still goes fast as there are so few actions on one's turn, but there are many strategic decisions to make on one's turn. Enjoyable time!

WadeB1977 21 days ago | 1 point[-]

Got a game of #Dinosaur Island with my son and played two games of #Wingspan with my wife and daughter.  #Love Letter and #Marvel Champions: The Card Game also hit the table over the week.

R0land1199 Supporter22 days ago | 1 point[-]

Got lots of games in this week!

  • #Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl physical solo: I finished painting the miniatures so I had to give the game a whirl.  I am looking forward to getting this one to the table multiplayer.  I had some lucky events and combinations so I won the game pretty handily.
  • #Russian Railroads Tabletopia, multiplayer (x2): Lots of fun!  Played it twice as it runs fast.  I can see this one popping in at the end of game night as it's pretty quick but has lots of details to get down.  I tried two different strategies in the two games and they both had their interesting quirks.
  • #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar physical solo: I recently purchased this one as I really enjoyed it online.  There was a solo variant posted on BGG that I thought I would try out.  It was pretty good but not as good as real players of course.  
  • #Raiders of the North Sea Tabletopia multiplayer: First time playing this one.  It was a lot of fun!  I can see why people like it.  It felt like a bit of a shorter version of...
  • #Champions of Midgard with #Champions of Midgard: Valhalla & #Champions of Midgard: Dark Mountains Expansion Tabletopia multiplayer: One of my favourite games.  I don't think I've ever won one but I always have a blast.  I tried a different strategy this time which just didn't work out but I still enjoyed it.   Great game and my favourite in the "Vikings raid the things" genre. 

Great week!