Weekly Challenge #5: Player Board Unlockables
I love progression. In life, in games (video or board) and in so many other aspects of life! I think this is why I love play boards that give you abilities as you uncover differen portions of the board! I do not really care what other mechanics come along with this, I am a total sucker for this! Here are the games I have played that have this and I have enjoyed (some more than others, but still) and some games that I am interested in because of this!
1. #Gaia Project - I talk about this game a ton, but I have not talked much about the player boards! This board is fairly unique though in that you can often loose the benefit that you just gained by upgrading another building. Ugrading a mine to a trading post? Oh you have to take back the mine and put it back on your player board covering up some Ore production. It really is so well done.
2. #Scythe - I have not had the best experiences playing this game. I may have just played with the wrong crowd BUT I really do enjoy the playerboard mechanics (my problems are with the players and the board state). I enjoy being able to move those cubes around the wonderful dual layered play board and get those building out onto the board. Very satisfying!
3. #Clans of Caledonia - I like this one for similar reasons as GP, the tension of placing a piece verses pulling it off the board is a juicy decision! Its about building an economy of your own that will benefit you the most!
Writing this list has made me realize I have not played many of these games...many of the games that got me interested in this are games I just know about!
#Hansa Teutonica - The first game that did this! The more cubes and buildings you get out the there, the more efficient your actions are. Quick turns, simple rules, it is a win-win.
#Barrage - This is a game that surprised me. I typically do not love games that just overwhelm a table with just stuff...but this game really does intrigue me. The opportunity to be in a symbiotic relationship with another player is unique and the different abilities unlocked on the board seem super interesting and game changing.
I am a sucker for this, so if you have other games that have player boards that function like this, send them my way!