What did you play this week?

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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 proud!

Supporter2 months ago

Nice! By the way, does the game adjust difficulty based on how many gearlocs you play with?

2 months ago

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!

Supporter2 months ago

Have you faced multiple tyrants? I faced my second one and really like its unique abillities. 

2 months ago

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. 

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.

2 months ago

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. 

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

Ah yeah, that just happens sometimes. Well, I hope you get to play again!

2 months ago

I am sure I will play it again at some point. I like to give games multiple tries before making a decision on them!

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. 

Supporter2 months ago

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?

Supporter2 months ago

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. 

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.

Supporter2 months ago

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. 

Supporter2 months ago

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?

2 months ago

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:

  • #Paladins of the West Kingdom 1x @ 2p - my friend bought this game and we both tried it out for the first time. There's quite a bit going on in the game, but we both really enjoyed it! I ended up winning, mostly because of the Outsiders I converted and the King's decree or whatever that I qualified for. Those got me a total of 20 points together.
    Side note: that box is stupid. Just make a slightly bigger box and include an actual insert! It didn't even include baggies for the cards!
  • #War Chest 3x @ 2p - I picked this up with my recent giveaway gift card, and finally got to play it this weekend. We LOVED IT. We played 3 times in a row, mixing up the units we used each time. I won 2 of 3 games. The third one we had entirely random sets of units, and I felt that his set was stronger and had more synergy than mine, but I ended up pretty much wiping the floor with him in that game! I LOVE this game, and I'll do a first impressions post, but I can't wait to play again.
  • #The Isle of Cats 1x @ 2p - showed my friend this game, and we both had a ton of fun! My personal best score, and in fact the highest score I've seen in a game yet. My friend also got a family of 10 cats (worth a ton of points), and also had the most entertaining turn I've seen in a game, where he had 6 baskets in the final turn (ridiculous, usually it's like 2 or 3).

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!

2 months ago

Yep you'll want have those! Other than the box though, no complaints. I really enjoyed my first play of it!

Supporter2 months ago

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)

2 months ago

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.

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. 

2 months ago

That's a good idea. I'll suggest it to my friend next time we play.

Supporter2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

Supporter2 months ago

Cool.  I'll check out your post later on.  Maybe I'll see if I can do 2v2 on TTS or something.

2 months ago

I haven't tried that yet, but this seems to be the best one: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1570777111

Supporter2 months ago

Subscribed!  Thanks!

Supporter2 months ago

Not quite as action packed as last week but still got some good gaming in!

  • #Great Western Trail with #Great Western Trail: Rails to the North (solo variant physical):  Still going through my games that are soloable. This week I felt like the great western trail variant as I got my rails to the north expansion.  I had quite a bit of fun vs two “bots”. It felt like the real thing as well so a fun evening overall. 
  • #Ride the Rails (TTS, multiplayer):  First time playing this. It was fun!  It was a simple form of train game with “stocks” of a sort. Quick to play as well. 
  • #Irish Gauge (TTS, multiplayer):  Double header with ride the rails for a train evening. It was over faster than I expected. Between the two I think I liked Irish gauge a bit more but they both had their charms. 
  • #Imperial 2030 (TTS multiplayer): I have had the physical copy of this game for ages.  I kept trying to get a full table to play it but finally I just decided to go with 3 players. Oh man do I like this game!  Timing when to take a country over so you can get that sweet taxation loot.  Figuring out when and how badly to hit another country knowing that if you overdo it someone is likely to buy you out. So many little things like knowing the other players and figuring out how you are going to get more out of the situation than they are. Just a ton of fun!  Can’t wait to try it in the real world with more players!