A while back, I asked for ideas on weekly or monthly threads and one of them was for sharing about games you added to or removed from your collection. We'll eventually have a bot for this, but I wanted to kick it off for this month! (Feel free to make any suggestions on the formatting/presentation of this thread for future months)
Here are the questions I plan to ask every month:
Here are my answers:
Zero. But I did back #Root: The Marauder Expansion today!
Removed/thinking about removing
I primarily play solo or 2p with my wife. I'm culling out my solo games that I know aren't compelling enough for me to get to them regularly. It's been rare to get in gaming times with my wife as well, so I'm focusing on keeping the strongest titles within several categories of games we like.
Played once with my wife and I was disappointed. I didn't find the combo play satisfying and the game leaves you with a sprawled out tableau of cards that makes it overwhelming. Mostly importantly, I didn't enjoy the "heads down" low level of player interaction. It's also not a type of game I'd find compelling enough to play solo.
There's a fun puzzle here where timing is of the essence. I can see fans of real-time enjoying this. But I personally thought that same sensation could be recreated in most games by adding in a timer to make things frantic. Played once with @trentellingsen. It was fun, but it felt like a novelty that would quickly wear off. And I would not want to introduce it to those new to gaming and leave them completely dumbfounded.
Played once with my wife. Bought it used and while I enjoyed the game and its simple but clever mechanic, our preferences lean toward heavier/more complex games. It was still a nice experience diving into the Disney nostalgia.
Soloed twice. I've wanted to introduce this to my wife to see her reaction but that seems unlikely. Gaming time with her is a precious resource and there are many other games I'd love to introduce her to ahead of Tapestry.
It's a solid game but not compelling enough because its civ-building theme is too abstracted. Since my wife loved playing Age of Empires on the PC as a kid, I was hopeful about Tapestry but something like #Civilization: A New Dawn would be a better pick. Or a 4X game.
This is the best game in this list. There are many ways to mitigate bad dice rolls and I love that low rolls aren't necessarily bad either. The game presents a fun puzzle and makes you feel clever whenever you manage to fulfill multiple contracts and rewards you with tons of precious resources.
Anna and I have about 4 plays on this game and it was enjoyable every single time. No complaints on the game but given the limited window of opportunity to play with my wife, it always loses out to other priority titles.
Games on my radar
If I can sell all of the games above, it'll free up my budget to get TMB. It would likely be my ideal solo game, while also being a promising 2p game.
Still have my eyes on this one. I know this will only see solo sessions, so I need to figure out whether it's worth backing when the Kickstarter goes live. I've enjoyed soloing #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) and I find Cole's games fascinating.