Last 5, Top 5.

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It has been a while since we have done this. I think was the one who started this whole deal here on BGA.

Basically list and rank the last five games you played. This is not a ranking of your top 5 games of all time, just the last five games you played. You can give as much or as little explanation as you wish. For me, the last 5 games I have played, ranked in order from best to worst are: 

  1. #Navajo Wars
  2. #Pax Porfiriana
  3. #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
  4. #1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties
  5. #Root

Keep in mind that these are games that are ranked against each other. These are all truly great games. I am not saying root is a bad game by putting it last on the list.

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8 months ago

Yikes, this is hard.

1. #Too Many Bones

2. #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

3. #Concordia

4. #Barrage

5. #Race for the Galaxy

I could swap all three of my bottom of the list around and be content with it...

Premium User8 months ago

I'm looking at this list thinking you could honestly put them in any order and I wouldn't be mad haha

8 months ago

Lol I agree!! I've been extremely pleased with what has gotten to the table lately!

Supporter8 months ago

Oooo boy... You are grooving hard on TMB. I love seeing you love it. 

8 months ago

I really am man...I really enjoy the combat, the progression, the puzzles. It fits my thought process well. 

Supporter8 months ago

I am glad. Honestly, if I were lucky enough to win a $200 gift certificate, I would very highly consider #Too Many Bones or #Cloudspire as something to get.

8 months ago

VERY different games. There is a lot happening in Cloudspire (to me it is not unreasonable) but it can be a lot! TMB is the sweet spot for me. 

Supporter8 months ago

Yep, I realize how different they are. CS just appeals to me more than TMB.

8 months ago

You ever play any MOBA style games like LoL?

Supporter8 months ago

LoL a bit. I "many" years ago used to play some video games. I played just a few MOBA's. Honestly, that is not the part that appeals to me more about CS. I am curious how they can manage to make a solo MOBA in neoprene and plastic. I am interested in it, for what I percieve to be a bit of a weird design space.

8 months ago

It is definitely not something was an obvious space to fill in the board game world. I think the game is interesting but just so unapproachable that I would only buy it if I was ok with it being strictly solo. 

Supporter8 months ago

And, I totally am on with that. 

8 months ago

Lol yes. I forgot who i was talking to lol

Supporter8 months ago

I should call myself Marsh solo.

8 months ago

I approve of this new nickname!

Supporter8 months ago

And, I apparently must call you, Neal, the enabler, Frank.

8 months ago

Hahaha I will graciously accept this nickname!

Supporter8 months ago

Perfect.

8 months ago

  1. #Inis - Played this two-player for the first time recently and it still worked. Definitely better with three and four, but still such an excellent game.
  2. #The Quest for El Dorado - Hadn't played this one in a while, but I was reminded why I love it. It's such an excellent game for the time slot it fills. 
  3. #Race for the Galaxy - The more I play this two-player, the more I like it. Easy breezy thirty-minute engine builder that lets you be powerful. No rubber-banding or rules exceptions.
  4. #Terraforming Mars - Had my first play of this the other day. Really enjoyed it. I would not mind owning this one bit.
  5. #Flash Point: Fire Rescue - So far, this is my favorite coop. That said, coops are always at a disadvantage when compared to competitive games for me. Still a fun game.

Inis and Quest really battled for that top spot. 

Owner8 months ago

I'll be able to try out Inis at 2 player count soon, likely this month. Seems like one of those rare area control games that actually work at lower player counts, so here's hoping my wife and I enjoy it :)

Premium User8 months ago

I'll cross my fingers for you! Does she usually like area control games? I think mine would think they're too mean.

Owner8 months ago

Very little experience with it but she has played #Root 1v1 with me twice. It's interesting to think about but I think it's easier to handle conflict when it's upfront and expected like in Root, whereas it's not preferable when conflict is in the form of sabotaging each other's plans. There's a bit of a passive aggressiveness to it

Premium User8 months ago

Interesting thought. I've always thought my fiancée would be against all conflict but you got me wondering now if that's expected, if it would be more acceptable for her. My guess is still no haha she's too petty for that.

8 months ago

Yep, seems it's one of the few that works at two. It's the nature of the modular board that makes it possible. You only start out with as many territories as there are players, so it scales really well. You'll have to let me know how your play goes!

Supporter8 months ago

Does the drafting get a little wonky at two? or is it fine?

8 months ago

Just a tad. You do two drafts of six cards each, drafting three cards apiece, which creates a full hand of six cards. The nature of a two-player draft is that you have near-perfect information regarding the distribution of the action (green) cards (you still can't account for the card that was removed randomly). If I pass cards from my initial hand and they don't return to me, then I know the other player has them. In a three and four-player game, there would be more opacity to this element. 

Another element is that the onus is that much more on both players to draft cards that would be too powerful for their opponent. This is an element of the three and four-player games, but the burden is even more apparent here. My opponent didn't do a good enough job of taking the sanctuary card, which allowed me to win via sanctuaries. They were also a new payer, so that was unsurprising.  

I'd be curious to play again at two players with a more experienced player to see how it differs. 

Supporter8 months ago

That does make it seem much more deterministic in some ways. But, it sounds like like it could work well.

Owner8 months ago

Gotcha, and yes of course! These days, it feels wrong not to lol

Supporter8 months ago

I really want to try Inis sometime. I have wanted to try it for years.