A couple of first impressions
I got to play a couple of games for the first time over Tabletop Simulator this weekend.
- #Ethnos - I played this with a coworker on Friday. We were supposed to have a group of 4, but 2 people couldn't make it, so we just played a 2 player game. There are some slight differences here, but the game mostly plays the same. I really enjoyed this one! The balance of quick turns and strategic decisions is great. Most turns took less than 15 seconds, but there were still interesting decisions to be made. Do I hold out for more cards for this territory to place a control token, or do I play a tribe that won't get me a control token, but will get me a fair number of points at the end of the age? I really liked all the different tribe abilities, and look forward to seeing all of the tribes at some point (in a 2 player game you play with 5 tribes out of something like 10). I think this would be a lot of fun at a higher player count, so hopefully we'll get our group of 4 together for it soon!
- #Boss Monster - played this 3 times last night - twice at 3p and once at 4p. This game is...okay. It's easy to learn, and the theme is fun, but it's really not satisfying in the way that I like my games to be. I think of this one in the same vein as #Munchkin, as they are fairly similar in theme and even in mechanisms, but I prefer this to Munchkin. Boss Monster, theme-wise, is the same as Munchkin, but the inverse - you're playing a Monster luring adventurers to your dungeon to kill them and capture their souls. Unlike Munchkin, however, there are not a ton of mechanisms to learn, and the game plays fairly quickly, so the simplicity of the game is justified. All in all, I had fun playing, but wouldn't ever vote for this game.