What did you play last week?

I got to enjoy some games of Pandemic: Iberia, Azul, and Railroad Ink: Red Edition. I have to say that I never expected to play solo games, but I've already played Railroad Ink solo a few times and enjoyed it. I know that the solo gamer experience can get a lot better than that too so I'm going to start exploring some games.

6 points by RollOuttaBed - updated 9 months ago | 42 comments | report | subscribe

rockstar 13 months ago | 5 points[-]

I played Reef and really enjoyed it! It's certainly not going hit the same level of award winning status as Azul, but man those little coral components are amazing!

Iantully 13 months ago | 5 points[-]

Last week I played Root twice as well as Spirit Island. 

Root was a total blast, which was kind of surprising for me considering I played it coop with my wife. We found the Better Bot project and played against the Mechanical Marquise 2.0 and it was just a solid blast. 

Spirit Island continues to just be a total package of fun, unique replayability, and challenge that I'm looking for in a game. 

walterbd 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

I bought root recently but accidentally ahipped it home instead of to my college. cant wait for a break to try it out!!

RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

It's pretty fun! I'm guessing Spring break is when you'd play.

walterbd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yes! just a week and a half away..... oooooo its so close!

RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

Wow, can you share a link to the Better Bot project? That sounds like something fun to try!

Iantully 13 months ago | 4 points[-]

The creator, Inconmon, created a separate bot with modular upgrades for every single faction. 

JustinC 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

That's pretty awesome, the bot seems to have been one of the major complaints, great to see it being improved

RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

Oh wow! I didn't expect the creator to do it. Very cool!

Skyw3rd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

How does the Mechanical Marquise 2.0 make the standard one better? I've never played with either, so I'm just generally curious.

Iantully 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

Great question that I'm not the most qualified to answer, because I also haven't played the original. With that being said, other players have said the bot is more evened out in that it is more evenly aggressive across its various ways of gaining VP. With MM1.0, most players complain is has unfair advantages that don't scale well with more players than 2. 

I believe the developer went for a bot that could gain VP in a variety of ways, and then have the capability of being a tougher opponent to players who wanted it. 

rockstar 13 months ago | 4 points[-]

I'm thinking about getting Viticulture: Essential Edition. I just don't know if I should get that or if there's a better game out there that fits into that genre.

Skyw3rd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

I actually just recieved Viticulture: Essential Edition Saturday, haven't gotten a play in yet, but I've gotten really interested in worker placement lately after getting Raiders of the North Sea and my wife and I playing it 8 times in a week. She loves Raiders and she loves wine. I figured it's a match made in heaven to get Viticulture.

It helps that I've heard good things about it from friends and reviewers I trust.

Gekey 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

I played quite a few actually:

    Architects of the West Kingdom - a epic 4 player game, lost horribly but it was fun!

    Flamme Rouge - first time for me, it was great fun trying to figure out what card to play and then getting completly blocked by your opponents

    The Quest for El Dorado - This game is great everytime I play it. Really considering the expansion now.

    Welcome to... - First time playing, and I think my favorite roll and write at the moment (you actually don't roll dice but I guess there is no other term for it)

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    Those are all games I've been looking at buying. It's hard to keep from getting everything but Welcome To... just seems like such a cheap and easy buy it's hard to resist!

    Oraclefour 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

    I played Wingspan solo last week. It was pretty darned good!

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    What would you consider the interesting points in the game? I keep looking at videos and it doesn't really capture my interest as much as the hype would allow me to think it would.

    Oraclefour 12 months ago | 1 point[-]

    1. Tough chooces for your limited moves. 

    2. You give up action cubes at the end of each turn, so each subsequent turn you rely more on your groups of cards in your tableau to give you what you need.

    3. The wide variety of bird cards with so many different combinations of abilities.

    benbernards 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

    Just tried Railroad Ink for the first time tonight -- gonna have to buy it. 

    Also Did Reef for the first time. Not bad. A lot like Azul / Sagrada / Takenoko. Not sure if it's worth adding to my library. 

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    Railroad Ink is great! I'd agree with your assessment of Reef as well. Nothing that stands out in terms of mechanics that is worth getting it over others but I really do love the components. Those little coral pieces are lovely!

    JustinC 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

    Finished up the campaign in Aeon's End: Legacy. Pretty fun

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    Oh sweet! Would you recommend getting that or the regular version?

    JustinC 12 months ago | 1 point[-]

    Tough call. Having played base a fair amount I prefer it over Legacy and feel that you get more game out of that box but Legacy starts very low complexity so it is a little more first time player friendly (but also a little odd for someone that has played Aeon's before). If the idea of Legacy is interesting I would get it over base but if you are just looking for pure game play the regular

    Skyw3rd 13 months ago | 3 points[-]

    In the last week I've played Scythe and Raiders of the North Sea and Root. Raiders I've played about 4 times. I've gotten the two expansions but so far only played Raiders of the North Sea: Hall of Heroes Expansion and it helps to balance it out with 2 players. Raiders has become my wife's favorite game to play and she asks to play all the time. 

    Scythe is a friends game, but we got one play in. Someday I'll win. Someday. I bought my own copy when it was GameNerdz deal of the day last week, so I'll get to play it more often now.

    Root was with 2 players, birds and alliance. I was playing against my brother in law as the birds. It was his first time playing ever and my first time playing Alliance. I got wrecked. The less I speak about it the better.

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    I feel so much regret not buying Scythe it during the sale. I even had the price alert which gave me plenty of time, but I just didn't pull the trigger and saw it leave the sale later that day...

    Skyw3rd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    I hear ya. I waited until the last minute and since I had wife approval I bought it. Then they added Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig which is another game I want, but I had to hold off. Too much money going out after all the Raiders stuff and then Scythe. I also have Wingspan coming next week.

    I'm starting to feel like a Stonemaier fanboy.

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    Haha, they do pump out a lot of great games.

    Markus 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    Have you played Eastern Wonders with Spice Road together?

    Markus 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    No, I haven't played it alone either. I wasn't too excited about it before because everybody said it was very much like Splendor (which I like, but why would I need another one?), but now I'm really intrigued...

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    I really like Spice Road. Plus it's got the slight benefit of playing with more than 4 players, compared to Splendor.

    Kanstandler 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    It was all solo this week! A couple of plays of Marvel Legendary and Viticulture EE. Loving the variety that Legendary offers and Viticulture is a great puzzle.

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    I didn't know Viticulture had a solo version. I was already considering getting it....

    FirstJohn318 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    I played Secret Unknown Stuff: Escape From Dulce. It is a new kickstarter that just came out this month. Took about 5 hours to play. Which I can not tell if it took us longer than normal because it was our first time playing but it was a load of fun. Our one freind kept rolling crit hits but then rolling 3 1s on D6s to do almost no damage. It was hilarious watching his frustration.

    hungry nerd 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    Played Clans of Caledonia, Castles of Burgundy and a whole bunch of fillers: High Society, Pickomino, Deep Sea Adventure, Fuji Flush, Why First and Oh My Goods! Phew!

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    Those are all fillers I haven't heard of. Which would you recommend?

    zerotozero 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    This week I also played some Pandemic just two game one of which we got destroyed super early. Since we won the second we will be moving up to all epidemic cards. Ticket to Ride: France and Old West Expansion Map Collection 6 has been the TTR of choice and we played 5 games on the France board and 3 on the old west side. We got a game of six players on the old west side which was awesome. Sushi Go! and Exploding Kittens Card Game also made an appearance this week.

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    I don't know if you're looking for it, but if you want another light game you can play with up to 6 people, I'd recommend Skull. It's a great bluffing style game with awesome art and components. I got it after SU&SD recommended it and it's easily one of my favorites now.

    zerotozero 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    Skull is one I am looking to pick up after seeing someone on here talking about it. My group is currently a lot more light than I would prefer so I'm working in their tastes.

    RollOuttaBed 13 months ago | 2 points[-]

    You definitely should. I throw it in my bag every time I go visit friends or family and it's always a hit.

    bushaaya 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    I played Endangered Orphans of Condyle Cove for the first time. Got it on a math trade recently and it was as awesome as I expected it to be!

    Super fun filler with a nice take that mechanism and light strategy

    FirstJohn318 13 months ago | 1 point[-]

    This week, I played Mystic Vale, Tales of the Northland: Adventures of Noggin the Nog, Boss Monster 2, and a bunch of Banagrams.