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nealkfrank 2 months ago
I had a pretty decent week!
1 solo play of #Too Many Bones and played as Boomer this time around. Had a blast with that!
Also played #Evolution: Climate with a friend for the first time! Tried to make @theDL proud!
philryuh Supporter2 months ago
Nice! By the way, does the game adjust difficulty based on how many gearlocs you play with?
It has multiple ways of scaling! There is something called a Baddie Queue and you multiple the day you are on by the amount of gearlocs you have. So if you are on day two, with two Gearlocs, you get 4 points of baddies.
There are also some set up scaling as well!
lanista Supporter2 months ago
Have you faced multiple tyrants? I faced my second one and really like its unique abillities.
I have fought two Tyrants! I have fought Nom and Mulmesh. Mulmesh was fairly easy because I was playing as boomer. I just hucked a bunch of bombs at him lol. Nom is much harder...he has Thick Skin 3. I could see him beeing easier with a ranged Gearloc though.
theDL 2 months ago
Woohoo! How did you enjoy your first play? Also that is one that I recommend at 3 or 4. 2 is still fun but I like it with a couple more players better, personally.
I enjoyed it for the most part! The starting events we had layed out did not come into play at all so that was a let down and my friend did not explain end game scoring well so I shifted strategy at the end of the game in a way that I FOR SURE should not have done. I basically took away all of my protection cards for more grazing cards because had been fairly peaceful so far, not realizing how much end game scoring is impacted by the cards you have out and the species you have alive. I probably lost at least 12 points if not more because of that. I would enjoy it more with a second play and a better understanding of the process and scoring.
Ah yes, scoring is important to cover, haha. In most of my games I've found people to be very scared to hit the climate events, which is disappointing. You can build a strategy around hitting those events and making other people feel the pain while you're sitting there in your winter coat, eating everyone. Lol. But if everyone just wants to keep the climate in the middle, that aspect can be kind of boring.
It was not that we were avoiding them, they were just SO far on the opposite ends both of the spectrums that it would have taken a concerted effort to get there. I can also see how playing at two players would make it harder to get down there in general!
Ah yeah, that just happens sometimes. Well, I hope you get to play again!
I am sure I will play it again at some point. I like to give games multiple tries before making a decision on them!
coachmeriwether Supporter2 months ago
Played a three player game of #Tapestry with a friend who wanted to try it for the first time. I don't think the game has a ton of variability after playing a few times but I still really enjoy it.
Played a quick two player game of #Res Arcana which I hadn't played in quite awhile, for how quick it is I really like the decision space.
Played two player #Wingspan with #Wingspan: European Expansion which is always a solid game, another one that is easy to pull off in short time period.
On Saturday played three player games of #Pendulum #Scythe with #Scythe: Invaders from Afar and #Brass: Birmingham all at the choice of a friend who had come over. It was my first time with Pendulum and I really really love what it's trying to do with simultaneous play. I haven't had the chance to play on the advanced side of the board but I do think the added asymmetry will make it a really good game. From the perspective of game design there's so much to think about in terms of choices that were made. I wonder if the simplicity of it will hurt the replayability eventually, but at the same time while you are making decisions and thinking about timing I found myself very thankful that the decision space was simple enough that I didn't have to think too much about what things did. Scythe is always a favorite and I played with Albion live for the first time which was a fun experience. Brass: Birmingham is a game I really love but I really worried that it would be hard to get people to enjoy it, that hasn't proven to be the case.
Finally on Sunday my wife wanted to play another game of #Brass: Birmingham it definitely seems like it's quickly becoming a favorite of hers which I didn't expect. That and Maracaibo are definitely the recent games we've played she has liked the most.
We just picked up #Paladins of the West Kingdom #Mariposas and #Alma Mater so those should be on the docket in the coming week or two.
That's a lot of great games right there!
Which games are your wife's favorites? I'm hoping my wife would like Brass too so I'm wondering what sort of preferences she has.
Also, have you had a chance to play #Alma Mater yet?
Haven't been able to play #Alma Mater yet, should get it in this week. I feel pretty confident the 2 player isn't going to be as good as more players since there is a variable market but I'm hoping that's a minor issue, seems like the "dummy" player is low maintenance. Like #Clans of Caledonia has a moving market and I don't think it hurts the two player game.
My wife wasn't drawn to #Brass: Birmingham but loves it now that we've played it- her favorites are #Underwater Cities #Everdell #Agricola (Revised Edition) #The Castles of Burgundy #Wingspan #Tapestry. The card play and planning for the era change are things she really loves. I think it has a lot of things she likes in games that play more multiplayer solitare but with player interaction that isn't cruel.
R0land1199 Supporter2 months ago
How did you like Pendulum? Brass is definitely one of my favourites. You're lucky to have a partner to play it with you!
Paladins is probably my least favourite of the series but it's still a really good game. I think Viscounts might be my favourite closely followed by Architects.
I really like #Pendulum so far. My biggest concern was that it would be too easy and be solvable after a few plays or that it would be too frantic- neither of those seem to be the case. The assymetry of the advanced sides of the board should prevent any kind of solvability and especially early in the game it seems like once you get comfortable with everything (I'm far from there) you can also recognize what your opponent is going to try to do and make some of those strategies harder. The timers give you plenty of time to do your actions and so it isn't frenzied, but it also doesn't feel like any game I've ever played in the way you have to string together actions while the timer is going. In a normal game if I'm planning ahead I may look at the board and think "ok, on this turn I'm going to put a worker here and get this resource and then depending on what player X does I'm either going to play this card or draw but I need to remember on the turn after that that no matter what I need to move." So that type of XYZ thinking with some sense of preparing to mitigate based on what opponents will do. Well in this game the start of each round will have you in that mindset but you have to keep your mind rolling to keep planning ahead since there aren't any breaks for turns. The rulebook and reviewers all pointed out that you will make mistakes and that is part of the game but I was picturing making those mistakes because of frenzied moves, instead you make mistakes because at the start of the round you plan to do XYZ but after you do X and Y you're thinking of your actions past Z because the game continues to move and at some point you'll skip a step, it's either that or miss an opportunity because you stopped to think for too long- it is a game that does penalize AP, but in a way I appreciate. I still need to play more to get a better feel for the game but I do think that this should hopefully bring about more strategy games with simultaneous/real time play to keep the game moving.
Wow! Sounds super interesting! I'll have to see about giving this one a shot. I wonder if there is an online implementation that might work?
Had a slow week until Saturday, when I was able to get together with a friend and we had a pretty epic gaming session. We played:
cbrady748 2 months ago
I ordered#Paladins of the West Kingdom recently too. Hasn't arrive yet but that's unfortunate to hear about the box. Guess it's a good thing my SO keeps all the extra baggies we don't use from other games!
Yep you'll want have those! Other than the box though, no complaints. I really enjoyed my first play of it!
You got in games that all seem to fit your preferences quite well! :)
I really need to give soloing Paladins a try this week. I'm just so overwhelmed by the setup involved (still have to learn the rules too)
The setup was a bear, haha. Obviously it will get faster with experience, but there are just a lot of things to set up. The rules I found weren't actually too bad, once I kinda knew what was going on. There's a lot going on, but once you get past that hump, it flows pretty well, so I didn't feel the rules were difficult to grasp.
docker37 2 months ago
I have found that putting all of the starting character stuff in a baggie (all the pieces, money, supply, cards, etc) and then you just pull out how many bags you need for the player count. Everything else is pretty simple to set up.
That's a good idea. I'll suggest it to my friend next time we play.
War Chest is sort of on my watch list in the back of my brain. I don't get a lot of chances to play two player games though so I'll probably let it pass.
I'll be posting a first impressions post later today hopefully, but something to note is that you can also play at 4 players (2v2). I haven't done that yet, but it does actually seem pretty fun.
Cool. I'll check out your post later on. Maybe I'll see if I can do 2v2 on TTS or something.
I haven't tried that yet, but this seems to be the best one: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1570777111
Not quite as action packed as last week but still got some good gaming in!