What did you play this week?

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15 days ago

This week my playgroup went with a little light hearted games for a change. #Codenames, #Secret Hitler and #King of Tokyo had their turns and were tons of fun.

15 days ago

Got some new games in this weekend!

  • #Wavelength - super fun, very quick and we did not play a competitive game but I like that it feels fresh. 
  • #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine - I Really enjoyed this...nice little puzzle and it is a refreshing take on a classic system. 
  • #Bus - Really enjoying this one, played at 5-players. Might be on the edge of what is ideal, so far I have enjoyed it at 4. 
  • #Brass: Birmingham - Solo with Mautoma as mentioned!
  • #Aeon's End: Legacy with the wife, we finally lost a scenario. We are definitely not veterans of the game but we are still enjoying ourselves a lot!

Supporter16 days ago

I played a ton of Kerbal Space Program. I'm so addicted to it right now. 

17 days ago

  • #Point Salad 2x @ 4p
  • #Sushi Go Party! 2x @ 4p -  both of these food themed games we played with some non-gamer friends and both were a hit, as far as I could tell
  • #The Isle of Cats 2x @ 2p - I did a first impressions post about this. I got the game last week and played it on Saturday and Sunday with my brother in law and wife respectively. So far I'm loving it. It's pretty easy to learn and teach, has a fun theme and art, and the gameplay is pretty satisfying.

17 days ago

Played #Rurik: Dawn of Kiev with four players for game night. "Knife fight in a phone booth" is how one person described it, and it's quite accurate. At least one of them plans on backing it on Kickstarter when the reprint launches at the end of August.

Then we played #Nova Luna, which I already made a post about. Good game. Highly enjoyable.

I tried out #The Alpha with my kids, ages 5 and 3. As expected, my three-year-old struggled to focus ("I'm done with this game. Have yyou won yet?"). Still, he won by putting his wolves on random animals. My five-year-old caught on quickly and did really well. Because of the simple gameplay and lack of text on the tiles, I thought he might be able to play it despite being so young. He liked it a lot, and I wouldn't hesitate having him play with us when we do play it. 

Also played a solo  and cooperative game of #Call to Adventure: The Stormlight Archive with my wife. Solo is crazy hard, and I have yet to win. We did win cooperatively, however. Looking forward to playing it compeetitively to see how that goes.

Supporter14 days ago

Knife Fight in a Phone Booth sounds like my kind of game!

Supporter14 days ago

Knife Fight in a Phone Booth sounds like my kind of game!

Supporter16 days ago

Rurik sounds really good. I'm jealous. 

16 days ago

Come visit. You need to play it. :) 

10 days ago

I played #Takenoko with my wife and 2 friend that were not really familiar to board games. They loved it, and one of them won both plays! Slowly I'm building our playgroup.

11 days ago

I taught #Lockup: A Roll Player Tale to my gaming group yesterday. Everyone had a lot of fun!

12 days ago

12 days ago

We played some:

 

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Supporter13 days ago

Got in a game of #Scythe (hoping to roll into a #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris campaign soon) and a game of #Raiders of the North Sea.  Went 2 - 0 (which doesn't always happen).

Supporter14 days ago

I played #Throne and the Grail in an implementation I made on PlayingCards.io (This screenshot is from the game where I won by getting all 3 grails.) On Sunday a bunch of friends had an online game day and played #American Bookshop Card Game #Texas Showdown #Voodoo Prince Nakanuki Paradise #Maskmen #Fool!

14 days ago

I played #Firefly: Shiny Dice by myself this week. This was/is a pretty busy week as it's the last week of my summer semester. The gambler in me ALWAYS risks it to get the gorram biscuit.

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Supporter15 days ago

I got to play #Fort with yesterday and had an absolute blast! I'm really looking forward to making some videos to cover my thoughts on it. We'll be posting a playthrough as well!

15 days ago

Oooohhh!!!!! Very exciting! I cannot wait to see some of that content!

 

16 days ago

Played a couple games of the co-op survival game #Don't Let It Die, got beat down one game and then proceeded to beat the game down for the second game : )

Supporter17 days ago

Some big games and some small games this week:

  • #The Voyages of Marco Polo (Yucata, multiplayer): I've been keeping an eye on this one for quite a while as it seems to be up my alley.  I definitely quite enjoyed it and the game seemed to fly by.  I probably could have used a turn or two more to it.  I might check out the second one to see if it fits even better.
  • #Imhotep (yucata, muliplayer) x2: I've played this one before.  It's a nice little game made good by the concept of filing boats with your stones but having any player move any boat to any location.  So do you fiit one more stone in a boat and hope you get it somewhere good but risk someone else sending it somewhere poor and/or taking the spot you want to go to, or do you send it now and get what you can?  Fun and quick.
  • #Concordia with #Concordia: Britannia & Germania map (britannia) (Tabletop Simulator, multiplayer) I've played this one quite a few times now although not on this particular map.  One of my favourite games and the TTS implementation we played was enjoyable and a good experience.
  • #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Tabletop Simulator, multiplayer): First time playing this game.  It was a lot of fun!  Went through a few scenarios pretty quickly.  I could see even a non-gamer getting in to this.
  • #Kingdomino (Tabletop Simulator, Multiplayer):  I've played this game a ton.  A great fiiller game with just enough puzzle to keep your brain engaged. 

Supporter16 days ago

Woww! Jealous of your plays!

Supporter16 days ago

I think I've been getting more plays with my group with Covid by being solely online.  It's not as nice as being in person and some games are sitting on my shelf all jealous but we're doing pretty good considering. One thing is that we are fairly geographically disperse in our city so it's easier to get together for just a couple of hours if you aren't spending 45 minutes to an hour just getting to game night.

 

16 days ago

Makes a lot of sense! How often would you get together when there wasn't a pandemic on?

16 days ago

Also, have you noted any games that actually are improved by played online? 

Supporter16 days ago

We would get together typically Thursday evening and every second Saturday.

Now we get together Thursday and Saturday every week without fail.  And of course people are more willing to play an extra game at the end if there is no long trip home.

For your second question...it's a tricky one because we are mostly playing games we haven't played before which means I can't do a compariison. 

I think there are pluses and minuses between games and even platforms.  Some are more scripted which makes scoring easier but if you don't already know the game it can sometimes just whip through the process so fast that it's hard to understand what is happening. 

Of course I miss the physical components a lot.  That tactile feedback is part of the fun! 

I think Race for the Galaxy on board game arena was improved.  The physical components are just cards and the online version lays things out really well and handles the game really well.

In most other cases I can think of there are pluses and minuses.  I definitely would prefer to be playing in person but the online options are pretty good.  

15 days ago

That's some good regular gaming!

Yeah, I have had similar thoughts about the online stuff, while it has been really nice to get to try out a bunch of new games on Table Top Simulator, I do miss physcially rolling dice or flicking through a hand of cards! That said, not having to set-up or pack away anything is a big time saver (although games take longer so maybe it all balances out)

Supporter15 days ago

I agree.  The actual playing of the game can really depend on the implementation as well as the game.  A good script in a game with lots of fiddly setup and between round activities can make it faster or at least more enjoyable. 

Now that we are mostly used to the interfaces the play isn't too much longer although some games can have weird gotchas and TTS scripting can be a bit weird in some cases.  (The Alchemists was an odd one although we figured it out.)

It doesn't replace physically playing the game but it's definitely a decent replacement.

17 days ago

I got in half a game of #878: Vikings - Invasions of England (still sat on our table waiting to be finished) which is everythign I have hoped it would be and we are having a blast: although I am getting squashed.

Also played a game of #War of the Ring (Second Edition) on TTS, it was surprisingly easy to play (and saved ages on set -up time). Took about 4 hours, but was so much fun and came down to the last play of the game! I had conquered 11 points of city but Frodo managed to drop the ring into mount doom just after and so unfortunately the forces of darkness couldn't prevail.

Supporter13 days ago

We actually had the canonical ending where frodo made it to the end of the track just as he succumbed to the corruption.  Fun game!

Supporter16 days ago

Awesome report! How DO they fit 878 Vikings into one box?

16 days ago

One of life's great mysteries! And that's JUST the Vikings, there are a heap of Saxons too!

Supporter16 days ago

Well, obviously the Saxons are in a sack. That's easy. 

16 days ago

16 days ago

Haha, perfect, also that is a hilarious film!