What game did you play most recently that went bad... Mine was Root

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I recently tried playing Root with my group and maybe it was that I wasn't prepared enough or just that it's too much for my group, but when I was going through rules it took over 45 minutes and when we started taking turns I realized that someone didn't even setup their board yet for the Eyrie.

It ended up feeling like a chore for the first half of the game to continue to remind of rules and the Eyrie player seemed pretty disinterested from the beginning.

Afterwards I even found out that I got a rule wrong for the Woodland Alliance.

Overall it wasn't the best playthrough but I'm hoping I can get to play again because I still see where it would be fun once everyone understands it.

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Supporter16 months ago

I really carefully pick games for my group to try to avoid this. I think the last one was Eldritch Horror. We learned as we played, got swamped and still played for 4 hours. Wasn't that fun... I want to try again but am thinking of trading it lol

Supporter16 months ago

It can definitely take a while.  I always plan on the first play through a game getting some things wrong.  Having said that I prepared more for Root than any other game I’ve taught because I one it would be tough.  In want to encourage you to try again because it gets better every time we play it.

 I’m almost a little bummed we are going to have 6 at game night this weekend because with 6 Root is way too long

16 months ago

I feel like this is common for a first game of Root. It is a lot of learning for each individual player and especially the teacher of the game. 

I have not had a bad debut of a game for my group yet. We typically do some good research before hand. The closest thing I had being a poor first play was Captain Sonar. We got rules wrong and it felt prohibitively limiting. 

16 months ago

Getting the rules wrong in any game can be debilitating. I can see Captain Sonar being a hot mess with some misunderstood rules. 

16 months ago

It was amplified by the fact that he teacher was not super great...and he was on the other team so we kinda just had to go for it!

16 months ago

Ah, yes. You really need a good teacher for that game. And if you’re playing in real-time (which is the only way to play, in my very humble opinion), there’s no chance at all to get help. Sorry it turned out that way. I hope you get to play it again with better results. I love the game, personally. But then again, I love hectic real-time games anyway. 

16 months ago

Maybe! I am not inclined to seek it out but if it happens I am not opposed. 

Supporter16 months ago

I just assume with any new game we are going to get things wrong the first time.  Then it feels less deflating because know the next time we’ll get everything ironed out and it’ll be smooth.  That’s what happened with Root

16 months ago

That’s actually not a bad strategy to have. Some games have so many rules we’re supposed to remember. Unless you play it over and over and over again, there’s bound to be something forgotten, even if it’s not your first play. It happens to me all the time. 

Supporter16 months ago

I wish I could try Root. No one I know has a copy. 

Supporter16 months ago

I know this isn’t the same but they are releasing a Digital Version soon.  I’ve only played the digital version of Scythe.  I got it when it was on sale for like 7 bucks.  It is nice when I don’t have time to set up a solo game.  But it’s still not as good as the physical copy

Supporter16 months ago

I’m aware of that... but digital versions just aren’t the same. If I’m playing a game on my PC I might as well play a video game. 

Supporter16 months ago

I get that.  I don't really play video games so Scythe Digital is okay on the rare occasions I can't set up a solo game.

Supporter16 months ago

Video games were my first great obsession. 

Supporter16 months ago

Me too, but it dropped after college and when I got married.  I still have a digital copy of Final Fantasy Tactics my favorite all time game.  Just never got into the newer stuff.

Supporter16 months ago

Probably better that way. More money for board games. 

16 months ago

I think Root was the last one I bombed out on as well. I was thee Eyrie, and it was rough. I went through all my bird leaders because planning is hard. But we all actually ended fairly close to each other in points. If the others had ever played before, I'm sure I would have lost miserably. And yes, I did play one rule wrong for the Eyrie, but at least it was consistent until caught :) I also want to play again because now that we have one game under our belts, thee others should be much, much better. I still enjoyed it though.

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