What did you play this week?

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Supporter16 months ago

My group played Empires of the Void 2. It was our first play through and we had a great time! I was able to acquire the Kickstarter Deluxe Edition for $50 and was so happy to pick it up. 

Premium User16 months ago

I've looked at this one once or twice but I wasn't sure I would get it to the table enough vs all of the other games my group has to play.

What would you say it is like?  What was it's greatest weakness and strength from your point of view?

Supporter16 months ago

Empires of the Void 2 attempts to distill the TI experience down to a reasonable play time. We finished our first play through in about 2.5 hours and this was with frequent stops to check the rules. 

When teaching the game we actually compared it quite a bit to Scythe. Several mechanics are similar between the two:

1. Action selection each round

- Players can’t pick the same action as the previous round,

2. Combat resolved with hidden combat power cards

-Defeated player must retreat instead of losing all of their units

3. Unique personal player mats with upgrades that are unlocked by paying resource costs during the game 

- Player mats also have tracks that reveal further upgrades as additional units or buildings are deployed

4. Exploration system with significant rewards for competing missions 


After the game my group agreed that we really wanted to play it again now that we were more comfortable with the rules and the flow of the game. 

The greatest strength of the game is the fact that it distills that epic 4X experience down to a very fun and tight playtime of 2-3 hours. All of the wonderful mechanisms of a 4X are present - random exploration, discovery of resources, building and expansion of your empire, combat, diplomacy- but without the all day commitment of a game like TI4.

The biggest weakness of the game would be that even though it is a distilled version of the 4X experience it is still quite complex to teach and play. It took my group most of the first game to really be comfortable with the game.

Also I lost badly - you have opportunities to score points at a couple of places during the game and the strategy I pursued didn’t have me in a position to score many points at the midgame - but that’s neither here nor there. Lol. 

Premium User16 months ago

Hmmm, that really sounds up my alley.  I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Supporter16 months ago

I was very excited when I saw someone selling it. 

16 months ago

Those metal space coins are the bee's knees.

Supporter16 months ago

They are so cool! 

16 months ago

How does Empire of the Void compare with other Red Raven games?  It looks like something I'd really like.

Supporter16 months ago

I honestly couldn’t name a single other Red Raven game. So I’m not very helpful with this, sorry. 

16 months ago

No worries! They also do Above and Below, Near and Far, and Megaland. I really just need to start checking out Empire of the Void more in depth.

Supporter16 months ago

Oh yeah. I’ve heard of the Near and Far/ Above and Below. Haven’t played them though so I have no idea what they are about. 

16 months ago

I am finally going to play Quacks of Quedlinburg(sp?) tomorrow. I am pumped :)

16 months ago

I played Tiny Towns for the first time and it was fine. I don't think it's a game I'd like to play with any regularity. I also played Unlock! A Noside Story and it was the first Unlock! game I've played. The kids loved it. There were some puzzles we couldn't solve without hints and in some cases the solution itself. I'm glad I rented it for $1.50 as I don't think owning it would be worth it.

16 months ago

Played Just One and Black Angel.

Black Angel was all kinds of confusing at first, but by the end we had effectively figured it out. Now I just need to play again so I can remember what's going on! I really liked it; definitely my type of game.

Just one is a fun word game that's team-based, but a bit different in execution. I like the team mechanics, and how you can make it incredibly difficult for the guesser by being too generic, or thinking along the same lines as your teammates. I can definitely see why this won Game of the Year.

16 months ago

Just one was my go to filler, party game since playing it at BGG Con last year. Though gotta admit I used the cards from another party game and the dry erase boards from Say Anything for the first 6 months it was hard to get ahold of!

16 months ago

Huh. That's a good idea! haha We have Word Slam Family and other word games that we could use instead of Just One. Thanks for the idea! :D 

Supporter16 months ago

I haven’t watched too much about Black Angel. I think that I will watch a couple of videos tomorrow. Seems interesting. 

16 months ago

I have heard the exact sentiment towards Black Angel. Confusing at first, then at the end of the game everything becomes clear, and a second game needs to be completed to solidify everything!

16 months ago

I played Call to Adventure and really enjoyed it. I like the life story that you have after the game. After one play I immediately bought it :)

16 months ago

Busy week given it was a long weekend here in Canada. Played Madame Ching, Clans of Caledonia, Coimbra, 1830, Arboretum x3, Point Salad & Istanbul. Got Games night at the local library tonight too.

16 months ago

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! 

16 months ago

Thanks! It was pretty chill, I’m doing the USA version this year too, visiting my brother. Also happy thanksgiving to you too if you are a fellow Canadian.

16 months ago

Born and raised in Alberta but went to the US for college and grad school and, well, I'm still here haha My wife made pie and got me some Ruffles All Dressed chips (my favorite!), so it's more than I was expecting :) It's much easier to make it a holiday when it's actually a holiday haha

16 months ago

All dressed are my fav too, tried them while we were on a previous US trip and they had like diluted the flavour, it was weird.

Premium User16 months ago

This week:

I'd played 1/2 a game of Tiny Towns before.  It was a big hit with the group as it's thinky but fast.    After the first game where everyone got their sea legs under them the second game was very close and competitive.  I do think that it's possible for a player to get a monument that really work with the cards but since the game is short it's not a huge deal if there's one runaway leader.  (In our second game one player had 36 and the other 4 were 28, 27, 26, 25.)

Villages of Valeria was the free game I chose from SHUX.  I didn't know a lot about it except that it looked better than the other 2 games on offer.  However, I ended up quite enjoying it!  The follow on action and being able to use other peoples resources kept the tension up and everyone involved.   I'll definitely get that one to the table again.

Three Cheers for Master is a game I'd never heard of.  It involves monster cheerleader squads trying to get their leader up as high as possible to score points.  All the while other teams are sending in rogue monsters to try to mess up other players formations.  It took a bit to "get it" but we had a good time once we did.  It's not a 10/10 by any means but if your group isn't against a take that style of game it's great for a few laughs.

Supporter16 months ago

I played Celestia for the first time and then taught Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time. 

16 months ago

Over the weekend, I played Dingo's Dreams, Fugitive, and R-Eco. All fantastic games. 

Supporter16 months ago

So many board games. I haven’t heard of a single one of these games!

16 months ago

We have Dingos Dreams great quick game that is like one of those old school sliding puzzles.

Supporter16 months ago

Oh cool. Like in Zelda dungeons too?