What did you play this week?

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11 months ago

Lots of gaming for me this past week:

  • Black Angel (x2)
  • Root
  • Wingspan
  • Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear (x2)
  • Railroad Ink
  • Pipeline

And now I'm currently working on a solo helper web app for Dice Settlers.

Gotta love Christmas break!

11 months ago

Wow there are some great games right there!

11 months ago

Indeed - it's a great time to be a board gamer!

10 months ago

Haha right??

Supporter10 months ago

Awesome list of games. I'm pretty sure I'll like Pipeline a lot but have yet to play (Trent has a copy). What was your take on it?

10 months ago

Oh, Pipeline is amazing. The rules overhead is minimal, but the gameplay is deep. If you are at all interested in economic type games you should definitely give it a try. 

Plus, it plays in under an hour at 2 and the artwork/graphic design is done by Ian O’Toole. It’s my number 3 game of the year!

Supporter10 months ago

I've yet to play an economic type game but I'm very interested in them! I've also had an eye on Brass: Birmingham. Sure hope to interview Ian some day.

By the way, could you remind me again? What are your top 2 games? :)

10 months ago

Brass: Birmingham is something special. I’d say if you were only able to get one economic game, that would be the one to get. It’s phenomenal. 

The top two of 2019 for me are Black Angel at #2 and Pax Pamir 2e at #1 (and in fact it’s in my top 3 of all time).

Though, as I look at my games from 2019, Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear (3rd edition) may end up taking #2 of the year, I just haven’t yet played it enough to say that for certain.

I think I remember you saying that you played Pamir and didn’t really enjoy it; is that right?

Supporter10 months ago

Gotta try it some day. I wonder how my wife would like it haha. How does it play for two players? and what sort of interactions does it have?

Those are some great games! And yes, it was unfortunate but Trent, his wife, and I had a lackluster experience. I think Trent might have needed more time to teach us but overall he felt the rulebook was harder to read through in comparison to other games. The dominance check(?) cards were also spaced out wrong and made the game end quite a bit earlier so I'm sure that affected the experience. It'd be great to give it another go some day but it'll be difficult because it was a rare night when it was just the three of us, and we're usually accompanied by 2 or 3 others who are new to board games.

As for me, it was my first time playing a game and feeling like I couldn't tell how my decisions were affecting the overall landscape of the game. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though and I'd like to give it another chance when opportunity comes up.

10 months ago

Ah, that's a bummer! 

Yeah, it's definitely a relatively opaque design and takes a couple of plays to grasp what's going on and how to affect the state of the game. I'd say it's worth that investment though.

That being said, after watching yours and Trent's top ten video, it seems like it just may not be the type of game you guys enjoy. Which is totally understandable - though far more accessible than its siblings Pamir 2e is still a Pax game; and Pax games definitely fit a very distinct space in gaming.

 But, if you ever want to give it a go again (and have access to tabletop simulator), I'd be more than happy to play it with you and whoever wants to join.

11 months ago

Utter Nonsense
Unmatched
Downforce
Orleans
Above and Below
Empires of the Void 2

11 months ago

I’ve only played above and below once. I thought it was a good game!

how do you like empires of the void?

11 months ago

Wow, this community is really engaging. Ryan Laukat games all have a similar feel as you play them. I feel like all of his games end just as an engine develops, Empires of the Void is no exception. It ends faster than anyone expects, so you need to feel pressured as you play. The environment feels very dreamy and ethereal. Have you tried Near and Far?

10 months ago

Is it similar to Near and Far?

10 months ago

I know it’s a great community! That’s interesting, do you find that to be annoying or a good thing?

No, I think A&B is the only one I’ve played by him, though there are a few I’ve wanted to try!

10 months ago

In Empires it feels a little annoying at first to most players who think they are going to get a chance to move and position on the map a lot. Feels a bit premature for an end on a game of this magnitude. On above and below, i feel like I want to be able to do at least 1 maybe 2 more turns consistently to realize the potential ive built towards. On Near and Far, most people feel like the game is too long, but it has the potential to also be a blowout, the difference is that he puts the end game condition in the hands of the players. We can realize that players will drag something out as long as possible to ensure a victory.

10 months ago

That’s good to know, thanks for that!

ill probably check out some gameplay soon!

Supporter11 months ago

It was our family's first time playing board games together during Christmas break (I guess it's due to my influence haha). We got in:
  • 4 Plays of Just One
  • 2 Plays of Azul
  • 2 Plays of Skull
  • Planned for Forbidden Island and Welcome To but didn't have time

11 months ago

That sounds like a lot of fun!

Supporter10 months ago

Yup, it felt a bit strange being the one to initiate all these game nights, but I thought it was necessary because otherwise every night would have been pretty uneventful. And it sure was interesting to see the personalities come out when we played Skull! lol

10 months ago

Yeah that’s always a little hard haha 

I’ve  actually never played skull! How does it play?

Supporter11 months ago

Which one was the favorite of the other players? 

Supporter11 months ago

Good question, and I'm honestly not sure haha. My brother and sister-in-law said they will be getting Azul after going back home, so even if it might not have been their favorite, it was one that fit their needs the most.

My parents killed it at Skull and won each of the two sessions we played. My wife's favorite out of all of these is probably Welcome To but maybe she'll really enjoy Forbidden Island?

Supporter11 months ago

Sounds great. 

10 months ago

From New Year's through Yesterday:

  1. Paladins of the West Kingdom
  2. Foodies
  3. Cinephile
  4. Megacity: Oceania
  5. I Spy Eagle Eye
  6. Drop It (x2)
  7. Suspend
  8. Pirates Blast
  9. Here, Fishy, Fishy! (x2)

10 months ago

Got in some Wingspan, Cockroach Salad, Cartographers, and Tiny Epic Quest. 

Supporter11 months ago

Sushi Go Party, Star Wars: Outer Rim, Codenames: Pictures and Jumanji

10 months ago

I still have yet to play any of the Star Wars games... I feel sad about this...

Supporter10 months ago

The good news is there are a lot to choose from. Which one do you think you would like the most?

10 months ago

Honestly not 100% sure since I don’t know how they play, but I’ve been interested in the X-wing one since it’s really cheap compared to the rest! Haha 

I’ve  never looked into them until recently and had no idea how many there were!