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What did you play this week?

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R0land1199 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

Just one game last week, Gaia Project

It's definitely a favourite of mine.  Still haven't won a game (came in second again) but I managed to follow a plan and scored pretty well.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I will own this one. Someday. 

R0land1199 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't own it but someone else in my group does which works for me. :)

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I really want to try that game sometime. 

R0land1199 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Well worth it!  

Marshwiggle92 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

So everybody tells me. 

nealkfrank 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

I got a juicy session of Gaia Project in last week. The guys I have been playing with have progressively been getting better and I have plateaued a little so I need to get my act together. They were scoring in the 140-168 range and I ended up with roughly 115. To be fair one of them was a PhD candidate in Math up until recently...

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sounds like a ton of fun!

rancidmike Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Just got Gaia Project on a Black Friday deal and I’m stoked to play.

nealkfrank 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Excellent! Be ready for a doozy of a game. There is a lot to consider at all times. 

rancidmike Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

I like doozies :) I also got Feast for Odin, which based on my quick scan of the rules, looks a lot more straightforward, so I’ll probably break that one out first.

nealkfrank 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ya, AFFO seems like a straight forward worker placement. The doozy-ness of the game comes from knowing all of the action spaces and how they benefit your specific strategy. Definitely in the multiplayer solitaire in a big open sandbox type of realm but less upkeep and rules to keep track of than Gaia Project!

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I played a lot of this one game this last week. It’s been out for a very long time. The reviews for it are pretty meh. The game is called nothing. 

Garindan 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Got to try Corinth and Broom Service when I was able to get off work early this week!  She really liked Corinth - we played again immediately afterwards, but was cool on Broom Service - she said she doesn't like having to figure out what her opponents are going to do (which makes up a big part of that game!).

rancidmike Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Thanksgiving week was busy, but I got to play Pax Pamir, which was a ton of fun. I ended up winning through sheer dumb betrayal.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

We played a bunch this past week, which was amazing! Here's what we played (according to my memory)

Wingspan

Twice as Clever

Treasure Hunter (x2)

Medieval Academy

Outer Rim

Point Salad

Incan Gold

Western Legends

And everything was amazing :) 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I am so jealous. 

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

And yet, there was something missing. A presence of a long-lost Internet friend... You should come to KY for Thanksgiving next year :)

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow. That is a lot. 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It helps that two of my wife's uncles (and their kids) love board games :) 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I hope you were properly thankful ;-P

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

The most thankfulerest :)

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't finished a game in...checks BG Stats...a month! Yeesh. 

I did setup a solo game of Vinhos Deluxe last night, and I'll hopefully get around to playing that sometime this week.

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Do you have a regular group you play with?

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nope! My wife is my gaming partner :)

We used to play quite frequently, but a 5 year old and 1 year old have made that nearly impossible lately haha. 

So, most of my gaming is solo, but even that has been a challenge as of late.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

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

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ah I see, I can certainly relate to that lol. At least you'll have two more gaming partners in the future hopefully xD

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Kids have to be good for something, right?

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's been getting cold in the mornings and my son makes a nice warm pillow to hold onto too

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Do you guys co-sleep?

And by cold do you mean 50? Or what?

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ah, so when we're in the living room in the morning (guessing it's around 60 or or so?), I usually have him on my lap with his blanket and we read a book or something. Helps me warm up faster too haha

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 2 points[-]

Lol. Californians. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't played any lacerda but I want to.  Let us know how it goes. 

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lacerda is my favorite designer; you should definitely give his games a try. They’re magic. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

So I hear, what is your favorite game by him? 

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lisboa for sure. The theme is so great, and the mechanisms all tie into it beautifully. 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's one game I definitely want to try playing next year too

tallon.simmons 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's very good. Definitely in my top 3 favorite games of all time.

Have you played any of Lacerda's other titles?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I want to play it. But, being as I haven't played any game, by him I remain reluctant to drop that kind of coin on something I don't know if I will like or not. Also, the boxes are so big, it makes getting them here a real hassle.

Do you feel like the solo mode works well in his games? 

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

His solo modes are fantastic. You can play pretty much any of his games free on Tabletopia. You should check it out there!

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Two rounds of Just One - I expected it, but boy this game can be difficult when playing with my parents or my in-laws who only speak conversational English haha. I got a copy at Target for a great Thanksgiving deal and gifted it to my wife's brother and his wife. Scored 1 point on our first game but then stepped it up and got 5 points on our second game. I'd say it was a hit and they're thinking of introducing it to their band members or kids from church! (my in-laws are part of a soft rock band--pretty cool!)

Catan - Also played with my wife, my brother-in-law, and his wife. It's a new to me game since my first time with Catan was way back in high school when I joined in for 15 minutes alongside veteran players until someone replaced me. I always enjoy figuring out strategies so I had fun but I could see what others meant about how luck driven the game is. Went way too long and we finished after 3 hours or so. My wife ended up winning (it was also her first time) and I got to see her getting more and more into the game so that's always a plus :D

The Quacks of Quedlinburg - Played one game with my wife split into three different sessions throughout the day. We went through setup, played a few rounds, then took a picture and cleaned up either when our son would wake up from his nap, or when we had to prep for lunch/dinner. It was a bit of a painful process for me but I didn't mind since I'd been looking forward to introducing it to my wife so that I can decide whether I should get my own copy for us (we played with @trentellingsen's copy). My wife won and while she found Quacks enjoyable, she didn't like that there was little to zero interaction between players. I went in hoping that she would love it, but it ended up being a great opportunity to learn about her preferences and getting to know why/when she found board games enjoyable. I was ready to go all in and get my own copy + buy the geek bits so I'm glad I decided to have a test run first!


Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Phil I am oddly proud of you for playing Catan. I don’t really know why. I’ve had tons of fun playing that game and I’d play it again if someone asked. But I won’t intentionally get it out myself. 

Sounds like you guys had a fun time. 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Hahhah I also felt like I finally got to put a check mark on a milestone as someone in this hobby, so it was a good moment. We all got into it and I was proud of my wife who kept a poker face as she pulled off her finishing move and won the whole thing. She said her heart was pounding so hard hoping that the person before her turn wouldn't roll a 7

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

This is why we love gaming. Moments like that are just incomparable. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

3+ hr Catan? Wow! I've never had a Catan go that long without a number of expansions. 

I still enjoy Catan, but if I can I will always play it with the Cities and Knights expansion. It turns the game up from a 6 to a 8.

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes haha. Probably due to the fact that my brother-in-law and his wife had only played it once, while it was also the first time for me and my wife. The luck factor sure didn't help though, because just when I thought I'd be able to upgrade my settlement someone would roll a 7 or play a knight--that just repeated all throughout. What does the expansion improve on?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Gives you ways to hold more cards, gives you other opportunities to gain points rather than just building on the board, jumps the value of ore and sheep, gives three more resource types you can only gain with cities, gives you ways to collect even when the rolls aren't going your way. These are some of the ways it improves the game. 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, that does sound like a big game changer! Maybe I'll gift them the expansion next year hahaha (or maybe a good step-up game from Catan)

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think the consensus best expansion for Catan is the Seafarers one. But I don’t own that one. I own Cities and Knights also. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I played a couple games of Carcassonne and Forbidden Island with non gamers. 

I played Dominion with my wife. 

I played two solo sessions of Star Trek: Frontiers. That game is so so engrossing. 

I played several games of Race for the Galaxy electronically. 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Glad to hear you're still digging Star Trek: Frontiers. I think I'll be giving that one a closer look.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It is weird beast. I don't know if I enjoy it or not. BUT I am constantly compelled to play it, and I lose all track of time when I am playing it.

But the beast is so complicated. It is hard for me to recomend it to anyone else, and I certainly don't want to teach it to anyone else. I imagine I will at some point, but not anytime soon.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

haha That's an interesting way of describing it. I've played games like that, and I eventually decided I liked them. Weird and strange indeed. You haven't dissuaded me from looking more into it though :)

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Good, I don't want to dissuade you from looking into it. Please, please look into it. I think for many people it can/could be a rich and rewarding experience. I just want to dissuade you from rushing out and blindly buying it on my, or anybody elses, recomendation. YOU need to look into it and decide if it is right for you. I hope that it is.

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

There's a copy of Frontiers sitting in my FLGS's consignment section that I've been eyeing for a few months. Lack of time and familiarity with the IP has kept me from pulling the trigger though.

How long does it take to play through a game typically?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't think that you necesarily have too be terribly familiar with the IP. But, the system is fairly dense. I have a hard time saying how much time I have spent with it because I have lost total track of time both times I have played it. But I expect that with some familiarity with the system it will take me about 90 minutes to play a solo game. Indeed, I think that is what my last game was, more or less. I am not 100 percent sure I enjoy it. But, I have been totally engrossed both times I have played it. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the system more.

I posted my first impressions earlier last week. It is titled "it hurts so good," check that out for more of my thoughts and a link to a review from someone who has played it more than me.

I do think that with more familiarity with the system this will rank between a 9 and a 10 for me. I am very impressed so far.

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice! Sounds like my kind of game. It’s inexpensive enough that I may just go for it.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Just don't expect eagle-gryphon component quality. 

Have you played Mage Knight? 

tallon.simmons 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol, yeah, the components don't look too fantastic, but that’s fine. 

No, I haven’t played it. I don’t really dig the theme. 

Have you played it? I hear Frontiers is a bit more on the streamlined side in comparison. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haven't played it. I hear that 

  1. Frontiers combat is a little less punishing. 
  2. They did emove the day /night cycle from MK
  3. But they did add diplomacy and away missions. 

As far as I can tell everything else is more or less ported over. And, the theme is much more appealing to me.