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.

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20 months ago

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. 

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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

https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/170084/root-better-bot-project 

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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

20 months ago

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. 

20 months ago

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!

20 months ago

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.

20 months ago

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.

20 months ago

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)

    20 months ago

    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!

    20 months ago

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

    20 months ago

    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.

    19 months ago

    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.

    20 months ago

    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. 

    20 months ago

    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!

    20 months ago

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

    20 months ago

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

    19 months ago

    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

    20 months ago

    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.

    20 months ago

    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...

    20 months ago

    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.

    20 months ago

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

    20 months ago

    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.

    20 months ago

    20 months ago

    Have you played Eastern Wonders with Spice Road together?