What did you play this week?

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Supporter12 months ago

I’m continuing my solo campaign of Imperial Assault. I need to finish the campaign so I can write up that review. Eventually. 

I also played a solo game of Outer Rim and had a great time. 

On Thursday my game group met for the first time in a month and we played Outer Rim! I came in second but everyone had a great time. Outer Rim is a very good game and is now firmly in my Top 5 games. 

Supporter12 months ago

Some shorter games this week including:

Mysterium is the only one I haven't played before.  I'm able to relax and just have fun with seeing how a game turns out.  That's good because if you don't think like the ghost you are gonna have a bad time. 

Condottiere is a favourite of mine.  You can never just play one game I find.  With 5 players you have to really think about whether or not it's worth going full bore for a territory.

Tiny Towns is one I've played tons.  I had probably a personal best game and pulled out a win.

Supporter12 months ago

I haven't played Condottiere. I k imagine it is best at full player counts. Is that right? How is it at lower player counts? 

Supporter12 months ago

I've played it at 5 and at 3.

Because the hand refresh only occurs when one person is left with cards you end up with more to consider at 5.  

With 3 players if 2 people go in hard then the last one might as well too because they won't get to keep their cards if the other 2 run out.  

With 5 that's not necessarily true.  Sometimes quitting out of a combat early can leave you with a lot of power for the next battle.  But if you do it too often you end up not having fought for anything and having to toss a lot of cards.  

I still enjoy it a lot at 3 without those considerations.  Almost every combat has an exciting moment where things turn around and with all 3 players able to go all in if necessary the battles get pretty amazing.  

In the 5 player game on the other hand we had cases where too many people dropped out and handed combats to people for very little power.  Different flavour of a great game!


Supporter12 months ago

I was able to get in 4 games of PARKS (three solo and one 3 player), 2 games of Azul (in which my wife beat me handily in both games) and 2 games of Everdell: Pearlbrook. By far one of my best gaming weeks in a while.

Supporter12 months ago

I didn't have time to play anything last week. But I would rather have that problem than have the problem that /u/Benjamink had. He had his his play partner back out on him. Sorry about that. 

I do have parents-in-laws visiting this week. If I get a chance I will break out a gateway or too. 

Supporter12 months ago

I also had in-laws visiting. Whenever I'm with them we always play Texas Hold'em poker which is a great time.

Supporter12 months ago

I got to play Bargain Quest with my oldest daughter.  It’s a fun light game especially with a 7 year old.

Supporter12 months ago

Man I need to pick up this game. I think my oldest (8 now) would really enjoy it. It’s cool to learn it has a solo mode also. 

Supporter12 months ago

It's a fun concept/theme.  Really light game.  I played the first time with open hands.

12 months ago

Bargain Quest is a lot of fun. I'd love to give the Solo and other expansions a spin (although I do have Black Market expansion which is excellent). Good to hear it plays well with a seven-year-old. Three more years until my oldest gets there! haha

Supporter12 months ago

Totally.  I think my daughter picked it up at 6 and 1/2 and could have before so you may not have to wait until 7.

12 months ago

My son is desperate to play big-kid games with me. I have a few games sitting around my office, and when he comes in to say high during the day, he'll always point some out and say, "That one you have to be 10 to play" (or however old the age recommendation is on the boxes). He's always asking how old he has to be to play any game. It's cute. I hope to teach him a lot of games earlier than the recommended age, so hopefully I won't have to wait until he's 7 :) 

Supporter12 months ago

That is cute hahaha. So which big-kid game do you think will be his first--one that you'd love to play with him but will be a big challenge?

12 months ago

I'll probably start with Tokaido or Tsuro, as those are fairly simple in nature. King of Tokyo, Splendor, and Carcassonne are also up there on the list. I will feel all is well with the world once we can play Champions of Midgard and X-Wing together :) 

Supporter12 months ago

Oh yeah, I always subtract 2 - 3 years off the recommended age.  But I also adjust the rules a bit if needed to make that happen.

12 months ago

I played several games of Everdell. I love it. It immediately shot up near the top of my favorites list. I played I think 4 2-player games and 1 solo game. The solo actually works quite well! The only thing that feels different from the normal game is that the NPC takes cards from the meadow randomly (selecting them using an 8-sided die). This makes it less predictable, so sometimes you can have your plan wrecked by pure chance, where in the normal game you can look at your opponent's city and resources and sort of guess what they'll go for. Anyway, solo is still fun! Would definitely play it again.

Played one game of Kingdomino. I like this game, but it becomes and entirely better game in my opinion when playing using the 2-player, 7x7 variant, instead of the standard 5x5.

12 months ago

I'm still hoping to play Everdell some day soon. Looks great. And I agree 100% on the 7x7 variant for Kingdomino. The standard 5x5 is great, but 7x7 is even more greaterest (to use my best English possible).

12 months ago

I highly recommend it! I'm also looking forward to getting all the expansions. Won't happen any time soon lol.

Have you played Queendomino? It looks interesting as well with some more complexity, although it does seem like something entirely different than the original.

12 months ago

I haven't played Queendomino, and I really don't know much about it either, so I am of little help in that regard.

Supporter12 months ago

Amen to the message. 

12 months ago

Played a gae of Champions of Midgard with my wife, in which we tied. The winner of the tiebreaker was...no one. We tied on that, too. And that is how close I like my games to be, folks.

We also played Tiny Epic Mechs last night in which my wife destroyed me. Good times.

Supporter12 months ago

I'm still really wanting to play this. It just seems to have a lot of elements that I enjoy--worker placement and dice combat (and visuals seem to be a plus too)

12 months ago

It's definitely thematic in its approach, and it does it well. If you like worker placement and dice combat, you'd probably really enjoy this one.

Supporter12 months ago

It’s so cool that your wife games with you. 

12 months ago

It is. I just wish I could get her to play more often. Still, I'll count it as a win :) 

Supporter12 months ago

It’s definitely a win.