What did you play this week?

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3 months ago

  • #Kiitos @ 2p - I backed this game on a whim after learning of it from . It just arrived this week. I'm kind of a word nerd, and this looked like a game that both word nerds and others could enjoy. I got to play it once with my wife and found that to be true! We both enjoyed it, and she actually ended up winning (she's definitely not a word nerd). Lots of laughs were had! I look forward to playing it some more and figuring out some of the strategy you can employ.
  • #Western Legends @4p - my best friend and I have both played a couple of times now and talked about it with our wives, and they both wanted to try it out, so we played a teaching game with them. They both really enjoyed it and played great! My wife actually beat me after duelling me twice, haha.
  • #Res Arcana @ 2p - I chose this as one of my giveaway wins - thank you BGA! We managed to get it to the table last night. I really enjoyed it. half an hour after we'd put it away I said to my wife "I want to play again," haha. It's definitely an engine builder, and if feels kind of puzzley. It's a short race, so each turn feels important. My wife beat me again. I'm noticing a trend here... Anyway, we were kind of keeping pace, then she managed to buy the "Place of Power" that put her over the goal AND allowed her to "check for victory" immediately, rather than at the end of the round, and that was that. She said she liked the game as well, so I think we'll be getting this out again soon :D

3 months ago

#Kiitos is an absolute gem. I've said it before, but its the kind of game i can see in every toy store in the world, somewhere between Uno and Scrabble

3 months ago

That would be cool to see! It's such a neat idea for a game with such a simple ruleset. I'm looking forward to trying it with my parents eventually.

3 months ago

O man, Res Arcana is so good. Definitely one of my favorite games of all time. I definitely recommend the expansion. At the very least, you should check out the expansion's rulebook for the new setup rules on different player counts. They make the game tighter and scale better.

3 months ago

I did see something about that in a review. I think we'll play for a bit as is, then if we're itching for more I'm sure we'll pick it up!

3 months ago

#Clans of Caledonia - played an outdoor game with a friend.  It was our first play of Clans together and we will be playing this one again for sure.  I had to raise my rating a bit after this full playthrough.  

#Wingspan - I played three solo games this weekend.  Lost them all but it was fun.

#Paladins of the West Kingdom - Becky played a game with me.  I actually beat her at a game! Doesn't happen too often.  

#Unstable Unicorns Base Game - Played two games with my daughter.  Its definitely a 'gotcha' game...I avoided downgrade cards the second game and let her win.  Made her work for it kicking unicorns out of her stable several turns in a row but nevertheless, she is not a true unicorn herder.

3 months ago

#Railroad Ink: Blazing Red
4p, first time, family with kids aged 7 and 10.
Loved this chill game that comes with 3 variations within one box.
A pity a regular game only takes 7 turns but it is the ideal number to make you go "hmmmm I -NEED- this..." :)
Components work great, the artstyle was appreciated by all and we laughed when mommy had to put the dice on her map to "see" what the combination were while the 7yo and 10yo had no issues. Didn't win, didn't care; 100% escapism!

 

Supporter3 months ago

It's a great game to just get into the zone and start drawing and just enjoying the process of trying out different paths.

3 months ago

#Loot of Lima

Just got this in from the kickstarter a couple days ago and got it to the table last night.  We played 2 players and stuggled a bit with the special 2P (and single) rules.  The game is a pretty simple deduction game where you are trying to determine where 2 treasures are on a map.  The big issue is that the game shipped with a bad (they told us to recycle it) maual for playing 2 players and less, so out first game was very wonky and we didn't understand what we were doing wrong until we got the email and figured it out.  As a bonus they have realeased a pc software version of the booklet so you can play in the meantime and they are talking about creating apps for android and apple which I think will be the best thing.  Otherwise it's a fun deduction game and if you like games like clue or #Awkward Guests guests you may like this as well.  It plays up to 5.

3 months ago

I've gotten a bunch of new games played this week so far, and I'm hoping to get more done!

#Last-Second Quest
I've played this one both 2 & 3-player so far. The kids have a lot of fun with it, but I can see it wearing thin fairly quickly. Reviewed.

#Fight Your Friends
I wasn't as impressed with this one on the first play as much as I am watching my kids play it and taking their time with deck construction and planning. Light, simple, cheap. Reviewed

#Skully Bunnies
For as weird as this game is, it's the one I most enjoy out of the bunch. It's simple enough, but has a good amount of strategy will action cards. This is the one the kids have been begging me to play more of, and I'm sure it'll be a hit with them for a while. Not yet reviewed.

#Something Wicked
Breaking Games' newest. It looks more like a toy but is really light, family-friendly, and fun. Very, very simple. Try to get 13-14 (depending on the number of players) of the same color wands into your hand using 1 of 3 actions on your turn. You can never take the same action more than twice in a row. Nothing to write home about, just a simple mass-market game that provides some silliness. Not yet reviewed.

3 months ago

Played some #Point Salad, #Pandemic: Rapid Response, and #Chaos in the Old World. All such great games!

3 months ago

How are you liking Rapid Response? I don't have any of the Pandemic games other than the original, but this one seems really interesting to me.

3 months ago

I just got it and have only played it twice--once two-handed solo (to learn) and then once with my wife immediately after. So far, I really like what it's about. I enjoy real-time games a lot and I find I pretty much love any game by Kane Klenko, and Rapid Response is looking to be of the same caliber. It's quick--especially if you're not doing well--but has some interesting mechanics. My first impressions are very postitive. 

Supporter3 months ago

Played #TEAM3 PINK definitely chalenging and fun, but I assume it will get less chalenging and we play more. Kind of like #The Mind, after a while playing with the same group, it will just click. At least this one has a competitive version, which i am looking forward to trying.

Supporter3 months ago

Pretty good week this week!

  • #Clank! In! Space! (solo physical x2):  one of my favourite games. I like the app for the solo play but just wish they would integrate the expansions in to it. 
  • #Heaven & Ale (TTS multiplayer):  Second time playing it. Two players last time three this time. I definitely like this game!  It’s just a bit different than anything else. 
  • #Race for the Galaxy (Board game arena multiplayer x2): couple of quick two player games with all the expansions. Once you have the cards and symbology down this is a great game to just play a few rounds of. 
  • #Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea (TTS multiplayer):  Just has to try this one again. I went for an early victory but ended up losing on the tie breaker!  I quite like this game!  I want to get a full 4 now to see what that plays like. 
  • #Civilization: A New Dawn (TTS multiplayer):  Since we had some time after I ended heroes a bit early we decided to try this one. I had heard mixed opinions but I liked it for the most part. I was actually ok with the tokens instead of armies. It was different but not bad at all!  My one complaint is that military was really strong at the end. I was lucky that one player attacked the other in the three player game which opened up the door for me to win. He could have easily attacked me and wiped out my chances pretty easily.  Definitely interested to see what the new expansion does. 
  • #Tiny Towns with #Tiny Towns: Fortune (solo physical x2):  I’m trying out all of my soloable games and tiny towns was next. A very enjoyable game and one of my favourites. Solo is just as good for the puzzle aspect of the game but it is always more fun to see what everyone comes up with. 

All in all all a good week for board gaming!

3 months ago

How did you like the Fortune expansion?

Supporter3 months ago

I'm also interested in that. I've been on the fence with getting it but I erally enjoy #Tiny Towns.

3 months ago

I watched the Dice Tower video about it a while back and at the time didn't feel like I needed to pick it up, but I'm interested to see what people think about it.

Supporter3 months ago

It encourages people to be a bit more risky with their buildings to try to get two in one turn to get the coin.  The reward is that the coin allows you to be flexible in a later turn as you can spend the coin to use any resource you want instead of the declared resource.

There are also buildings that give you coins but generally they don't give you as many points. So there's a tension around getting the flexibility but still getting a high score.

For solo play it's fine.  I played two games and in my second game I got a lot of coins but ended up without a great score because you can only get 4 coins max and they are 1 point each.  The buildings that were giving me more coins werent' great for points.  So there's some extra decision space there.

Multiplayer I suspect it might encourage people looking up more to see people trying to go for multiple buildings and then trying to mess them up.  There's also the question of getting coins through buildings that might not get you many points at all.  

I'd say if you love the game it's worth it for more decision space and options.  It adds to the game without taking it too far and ruining the simplicity. I wouldn't consider it a must have though. 

3 months ago

Interesting. Thanks! I think I'll pass on this one unless I come across a crazy deal on it.

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, that's a good call.   If you can get it for a good price then it gives you more options but at full price might not be worth it.

3 months ago

It's exciting to see someone else who likes #Heaven & Ale.  Such a great and often underrated game!

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, it had a brief time where it was talked about and then disappeared. 

After my second play I started to really start to get the tensiion around taking actions but also scoring/activating my tiles. 

The other two players were new however so I basiically ran them over.  They play a lot of games but this one is just different.

I want to play it again now that we could get a 4 player game together in my group with all of us having played it to really feel it.  

I think I like the tightness of the game without it feeling like a massive slog. (#Lignum being an example of a game that was tight and felt like a slog, even though I did enjoy it.)  You can screw yourr chances of winning if you don't have a plan to keep that cash flow going but it does offer some outs to keep the engine going at least. 

I also found it plays pretty fast.  Our 3 player game was done in maybe an hour or so not including the teach.  In a switch from the normal I expect it will take longer to play once people learn the game and know what decision space to work in.

3 months ago

I think Becky and I generally play through in about 30-40 minutes or less with just two of us.  The rounds feel a little short as we know the game well enough to play pretty fast.

Supporter3 months ago

I figure we'll get there eventually but there will be a dip slower initally once people get it.

2 months ago

I played #Clank!: Sunken Treasures (3 player), 2 games of #The Quest for El Dorado(3 player), game 12 in #Risk: Legacy(5 player), #Raptor (2 player),  #Kingdomino w #Kingdomino: Age of Giants Expansion (3 player). 

I don't track any of my online plays.  I have anywhere between 8 to 15 games going between Board Game Arena and Yucata. 

3 months ago

#Maracaibo against solo about 6-8 games into the campaign.  I wanted to see how the campaign played out and what it added to the game.  I had a good time against the solo but think the campaign would certainly be more fun with more players.  I'll hold out to play with others down the road but did learn that it would be just fine playing with some o the legacy tiles during a regular game. 

#Exploding Kittens about 3-4 games as my son has been into playing this recently.