What did you play this week?

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Supporter12 months ago

Clans of Caledonia solo.  It was quick and fun.  A great way to practice leading into game nights.

12 months ago

Got in a 5-player game of Champions of Midgard at game night. First time playing with 5 and it was loads of fun.

Played a solo game of Proving Grounds.

Played two games (solo) of Cartographers.

And to top things off, I played a solo game of Flip Ships.

Apparently I need more friends haha

Supporter12 months ago

Ben you are really inspiring me to get into solo gaming. I think it’ll be great to get more and more games to the table, even if it’s just by myself. 

12 months ago

That's why I started playing solo. I wanted to play games but didn't have people to play with. So I started with games I already owned and knew well that had a solo variant, learned, and played. It was just OK at first, but I've started to really enjoy it. Sometimes I'd almost rather play solo. OK so that might be a bit of a stretch  haha But the solo experience can be very good. You just gotta find the games that work for you (some solo variants are rubbish). And now that 1-player count on the box makes it even more desirable. 

Supporter12 months ago

Right! That’s why I posted about solo and multiplayer games. I’ll use a game so much more if it has a solo mode. 

Supporter12 months ago

I'm a big fan of Champions of Midgard!  Hoping to get some plays with both expansions in soon.

12 months ago

I love the Valhalla expansion! Wouldn't play without it (since it makes me feel better about killing off my Viking warriors...). Definitely  adds to the excitement

Supporter12 months ago

If I buy the base game should I also buy Valhalla at the same time? Or space it out a bit?

12 months ago

Depends on your budget, really. I love the base game as-is and would never hesitate to play it without expansions. If you want more luck mitigation (i.e. using your dead dice for actual points and resources), Valhalla would probably be recommended to be purchased alongside the base game. If you're ok with not too much luck mitigation in the game (I personally feel it works fine without as well), then the base game is a good start and you can feel it out from there.

Supporter12 months ago

What if you suffer from board game collection syndrome and you have an innate desire to get all the things? 

12 months ago

Then maybe your medical provider can write it off as a medical expense? haha Honestly, knowing what I know now about CoM and the expansions, I would have wanted Valhalla immediately. Because I love it. The Dark Mountains is good too, but really only essential for five players (possibly even three or four if you want to open things up a bit more).

12 months ago

Magnate: The First City  A new game coming to kickstarter this week about property flipping in a boom market that ends with a market crash. Pretty good game, highish complexity in some areas, but different which is good

Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans  Been testing the new expansion for Architects with is being released soon. Some improvements and opens more options, but definitely the kind of expansion thats for the fans of the game. If you didnt like architects before, this wont change that. But it will add some new juice

Stronghold Second Edition  Because i got a copy ages ago and am keen to see if i want to pick the Undead version

Terraforming Mars Because I always play this

Supporter12 months ago

Do you use any expansions for TM?

12 months ago

All of them, including the promos my friend got me as a birthday gift. 

Supporter12 months ago

If you were going to pick one to add first - I only have the base game - which one would you add?

12 months ago

Consensus would say Prelude, as it shortens the game and gives more flex at the start. 

I'm weird in that i actually like the Venus expansion a lot. 

Supporter12 months ago

A long Saturday session this week.  Got a few games to the table:

  • Forbidden Stars one of my favourites. Played the Orks and ended up tied with the Eldar player after round 8. Great game!  Can’t wait to see the designer’s proposed rework. 
  • Pax Pamir (Second Edition) (x2) first time playing this one. I’m not sure if I like it or not. I’d like to try it with 4 or 5 instead of 3. At 3 we seemed to be very dependent on the right cards coming out and swapping allegiances never worked out.  Judgement requires another couple of games. 
  • Hero Realms I’ve played this one a few times before but this was the first time with the hero packs. Added a nice bit of flavour to the game and I think I’ll have to get this one out more often!

12 months ago

How do you like Hero Reasons compared to Star Realms?

Supporter12 months ago

I've never actually played Star Realms.  One of the other players does and he says it's pretty comparable.  I think there is a LOT more out there for Star Realms right now though.  

Really it probably depends on whether you like Fantasy or Sci-fi more.

12 months ago

Nice. I definitely prefer Sci-fi to Fantasy, but Hero Realms just has higher quality art in my opinion. But who am I kidding, my wife won't want to play either one, lol.

Supporter12 months ago

Ooo, pax Pamir is one of the most intriguing games out there, in my mind. I really want it, but I know I would never get it to the table, because of the people I play with. 

Supporter12 months ago

Yeah, I'm lucky in that my group has several people who buy games and we're generally willing to play anything.  

See if you can play it in Tabletop Simulator or at a game night at a local game store perhaps.

Supporter12 months ago

I might need to try tabletop simulator. 

I would like to play it at a game store, but I don't know of a single game store in the entire country. 

Supporter12 months ago

Remind me where you are living again?

Supporter12 months ago

El Salvador is where I live. And when I'm not in Central America I spend most of my time in rural southeast Kansas. 

Supporter12 months ago

That’s right. I thought you were the one that lived in Central America but I wasn’t 100% sure. 

Yeah, I can’t imagine there are many game stores there. 

Supporter12 months ago

No, there aren't. But the problem is worse than that. The distribution and variety for Spanish games is comparatively poor. In English, you have access to so much more. 

Supporter12 months ago

I wonder why that is. There is a significant world audience for Spanish language. 

Supporter12 months ago

Numbers wise yes, there are a lot of Spanish speaking people. But in terms of gaming demographics it starts looking a little bit different. The majority of countries where Spanish is a/the primary language the people tend to have less financial means to throw at board games. And, the majority of people who are wealthy enough to throw money at games are bi/trilingual. Therefore, they can buy games in French, or English and get play if they so desire. 

Also, there is a market for Spanish games, but it seems to be centered mostly in Spain, and maybe parts of Argentina or Chile. To bring one of those games to central America is often more expensive than to get a English version of the same game. 

Supporter12 months ago

Valid points. Do you find that the humidity impacts your board games too?