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Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 3 points[-]

I had a decent week. 

Last Sunday I played a game of Star Trek: Frontiers. I was really doing well and leveling up nicely. I found and attacked the first of two Borg cubes, and I crushed it. So, I got cocky and sailed in for a fight with the second, stronger Borg Cube. I was handed a crushing defeat. But, I had fun. After that I played a game of Forbidden Island "with" my three year old. I did try to give gone some more agency, which did end up losing us the game. I think he needs a little bit more time before he will really grasp the concepts. 

On Saturday I played two games of Carcassonne, and I had a lot of fun. After that I taught my brother in law Innovation. Once again I was just really impressed with how every card is so broken, but that makes it work together so well. I did end up winning that game, but for quite a while he looked like he would. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Carcassonne man, that game just is so classic. So accessible for people too. Whenever my wife and I have kids that and Kingdomino will probably be the first intro games. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

It is just so fun. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

You ever play with expansions?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I few. They are fun. I like them. I don't know if I like them better than the base game. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

My wife has some friends that come over just to play with the Dragon and Princess expansion, pretty take that and it has a lot of opportunity to swing the game status!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I really do get a bang out of that particular expansion. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

You have to definitely play with people who will not take it personally when you make the Dragon eat them...then steal their castle with a tunnel...

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

So true. 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dude not a bad list of games! 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 1 point[-]

I liked them 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 1 point[-]

I keep seeing innovation, how do you like it?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 1 point[-]

I love it. But it isn't for everyone. 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 1 point[-]

I only know that it’s a card game and that you don’t like the art haha 

is there a theme or major mechanic?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 1 point[-]

It feels chaotic your first several plays. And it has a lot of "take that" in it. 

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh gotcha. Sounds interesting! And it’s well priced!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Interesting is very accurate. I really do love it. 

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’ll check it out soon! 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

good luck

Skurvy5 Supporter6 days ago | 3 points[-]

4 scenarios in my solo Gloomhaven campaign. Both of my characters are level 2 now and I’m really starting to get the combat system. I’m also loving the slight “deck-building” aspect where you pick your class cards to bring with you to a scenario. 

This game is really good, guys. 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 2 points[-]

Dang someone is putting in WORK

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I’m just leaving it set up! Makes it easy. Plus it’s very alluring sitting over there. Calling to me...

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Hahaha dude that’s hilarious. I envy your constant setup. 

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I’m just leaving it set up! Makes it easy. Plus it’s very alluring sitting over there. Calling to me...

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 2 points[-]

So glad you like it. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Nice! Have you gotten the set up and tear down more streamlined yet?

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yeah. It’s called leave it set up. Also I went ahead and got the app. It saves a lot of table space. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Ha! That is awesome! That is what I have heard mostly. both with leaving it up and the app. 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 3 points[-]

Played a few games of One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Bang!: The Dice Game during a bachelor party I was at. Then we attempted Space Base on the wedding day yesterday but we had to stop haha 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 2 points[-]

Still no targi? Looking forward to your report on that? 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 3 points[-]

Haha sadly no... I’m hoping sometime in the next few days. I’m starting back to work this week and my wife is due any day now. So games will be hard for awhile hahaha

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 3 points[-]

I understand. 

Congrats on a new baby. 

Sliddell11 6 days ago | 3 points[-]

Thanks! Yeah it’ll either be solo gaming (assuming I’m not to exhausted) or 2 player (assuming both my wife and I are not exhausted). Both of these scenarios are highly unlikely haha

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 2 points[-]

Hey, I'm all supportive of solo gaming. 

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Haha let’s just hope it actually happens! 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

If you get desperate enough it will. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I use to do it because of desperation. But, now I do it for fun. 

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha I actually think I understand that a bit. It’s hard to get people over sometimes but you still really want to play. It’s a great compromise!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't even consider it a compromise any more. I don't prefer it to multiplayer games, except for some. But, neither do I prefer multiplayer games, except for some.

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I can see that. I think I for sure prefer multiplayer every time, but solo is still really fun if I can’t play with others.

Sliddell11 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I will need a way to wind down for sure..

disom 6 days ago | 2 points[-]

Only got two games in during our 6 hour game day, Nemesis and The Isle of Cats. 

I wasn't expecting to be playing such a long game until about 15 minutes before arriving, but Nemesis was worth it for sure. We were playing with semi-cooperative rules so we all had our own objectives. Nobody chose an objective that was against the group, so we were helping one another quite a bit. In the end, we all ended up dying at the hands of various aliens without escaping or hibernating. Even if one of us had hibernated, the ship wasn't destined for earth so it didn't matter. I look forward to playing this again soon.

I just got my copy of The Isle of Cats this week, so I was eager to get it to the table. Everyone really enjoyed it and even though I covered the most spaces on my ship, I came in last by a few points. I opted to wait on getting private lessons cards during the first round drafting phase and only got a few good ones in the later rounds. I won't repeat that mistake in the future.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 2 points[-]

Was it your first play of nemesis? 

disom 6 days ago | 2 points[-]

It was our first play so there was the whole learning aspect plus rule clarifications throughout that made the game take longer. The couple that we play with had played it once before with the full coop rules.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter6 days ago | 2 points[-]

Gotcha. 

Glad you enjoyed isle of cats. It looks beautiful. 

1nf1n1ty Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I am really intrigued by Nemesis. That may need to be in my collection at some point. It sounds awesome.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Not gonna lie, I love cats. My cat rules. When I saw Ilse of Cats being produced I was intrigued but it seemed overly complex for I was hoping. Do you feel like it is easy to pick up?

disom 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's very easy to pick up, even if you're playing the regular rules that involve drafting the various cards in the game.

If complexity is a issue, it comes with a streamlined Family version set of rules and cards that removes the drafting. I think our youngest (6) could play with the Family rules if we helped her a bit. Playing with the family rules for a while would prepare casual/younger gamers for the regular rules.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I mean I am fine with complexity, I love Gaia Project, Brass, Concordia, all fairly complex games. I guess I was hoping for a more soothing game like carcassonne! I will have to look more into it. 

disom 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I would not call it soothing, lol. There's always a good chance that you won't get all of the tiles you want each round. So that forces you to make due with what you can take. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

I will just have to shift my expectations for it then! I like tile laying so I will give it a shot. 

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nemesis is so good. I've played it once as well and we almost made it. That tension near the end is insane, and I love it.

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

This is scheduled to be played the next time my game group gets around to meeting.

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

Have so much fun  :)

disom 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

The tension really made the ending for us. I had a one chance to do a noise roll to take an escape pod, which would have won me the game, but the roll failed. I held out for a few more rounds, but never got another opportunity.

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

That was about the same with us. We had one guy in stasis, watching everything go down the drain quickly. All I needed was to enter stasis and the game would be over and I would have been the sole survivor and winner, but I had to battle a Queen that had spawned on my location. The ship blew up before I could defeat her even haha

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

That is sorta hilarious 

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

We were all nervous laughing by the end of it. And that's one reason I love this game.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

That is great 

disom 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

At least you didn't give her the satisfaction of killing you.

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 1 point[-]

haha So true! If I have to explode, the monster might as well explode with me. 

theDL 6 days ago | 2 points[-]

I finally received my Kickstarter copy of Oceans: An Evolution Game! I played a quick intro game weird my wife just to see how it plays, but haven't yet played a full game with all of the rules. I'm excited to do so!

I also got in a couple games of Kingdomino during a double date, and a game of 7 Wonders Duel with the Pantheon expansion at work.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Ohhh I loved the look of Oceans, but did not dive in (pun intended) to understand the gameplay enough. How would you describe the play mechanics? Tableau builder mostly?

theDL 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Haha, I have always found it difficult to describe Evolution, and now Oceans. There's a bit of tableau building, but nothing in your tableau is necessarily permanent, so that's not how I would choose to describe it. In addition, you are controlling one or more different species, and each of them has a "tableau" (or set of traits) that is separate from that of the other species.

I would say it's closer to an engine builder, as you're trying to build species that are best equipped to deal with the ever-changing state of the reef/ocean and compete with the species owned by your opponents. In Oceans, you only get to "feed" one of your species per turn, but that doesn't mean only one of your species will get to eat. You can build species that are pretty much self-sustaining, as they can either feed when other species feed, or passively leech population from other species, etc.

It's a really interesting game, and I'm really looking forward to getting some more plays in, especially with a bigger group (we just played at 2 players).

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Oh ya, that definitely sounds like a game that flourishes at higher player counts so you aren't just beating up that other player in 2p! I will have to look more into this one! The art alone is worth a glance.

theDL 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

It's interesting though, there is definite competition, but even at 2 players, you aren't necessarily attacking each other every turn. You can attack, but you can also feed by "foraging", which is taking population from the common supply in the reef. In addition, there are traits that allow you to "gain" population when certain events occur, which is also taking from the common supply, in this case from the ocean. So even at 2 players, while you are competing, you're not necessarily attacking.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Sounds very modular! Everything functions very uniquely!

theDL 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yep, it's pretty fun. Oceans has 12 different "surface" traits, which can be combined and even duplicated for all kinds of cool creatures that interact with each other in interesting ways, but the really exciting part is the almost 100 "Deep" trait cards, all of which are unique, and very powerful.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Nice! Seems simple of the surface mechanically but complex in other ways. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I like that sort of deal. 

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Sounds really interesting.

theDL 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

It is!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yes it does 

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m excited to hear more about how you like Oceans! It looks so cool!

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I plan to play again tonight (still at 2 players, though). We plan to play the full game instead of the introductory "reef variant", so I'm excited for that!

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

So cool! They have an intro variant?

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yup! Honestly I don't really feel like it's necessary if you're a gamer, but maybe if you're introducing more casual players (like a wife, perhaps, lol), it might be a good idea. It removes the "scenario" cards and the "Deep" cards.

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

That’s pretty cool! Makes me think of Evolution Climate or the family edition of Agricola 

theDL 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Well the game is a sequel to Evolution, so it should! I love that game, haha

Sliddell11 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha I’ve only played it once but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully I get to try oceans soon!

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Good old TM. Do you have any expansions for it?

Skyw3rd 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nope, borrowed from a friend. First play, beginner corporations. I have mixed feelings about it.

Skurvy5 Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

The beginner corps are just that - a beginning. You shouldn’t judge it until you pick one of the other corps. They really spice up the game and help you start with a strategy in mind. 

Skyw3rd 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

My reservations are more about component quality and the fact that I own games that have similar feels to TM but look better and play in a shorter amount of time.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Pretty good weekend! Was able to get Raiders of the North Sea played with no expansions and Dragon Castle both in the same session with a friend I don't get to see a lot. Always a fun time to catch up over games and coffee. It was fun even though I lost both games.......

Then that same night my wife and I were able to play 2 rounds of Welcome to... The beautiful part of it was that she suggested playing it! And suggested the second game! The best! 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Wow. Congrats with the wifely suggestion. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

It is always a beautiful day when she offers up a game, even better when she knows exactly what she wants to play lol. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Yes it is nice. 

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dude you got Welcome to!!! How is it??

nealkfrank 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

I did! It is great! I laminated a couple of the sheets and will getting some expo markers here soon so I have taken some measure to pimp it out lol. I have played it a couple times prior to getting it but it is a fun quick game, I would call it a warm up game for some other good stuff. Or a nice relaxing night in playing a couple games with Melanie. 

Sliddell11 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dude that’s perfect! How long does it take?

nealkfrank 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

If everyone knows how to play 25-30 minutes. Very quick and even soothing!

Sliddell11 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha not to often am I soothes by a game! That sounds nice! Would be a great game to play when we’re waiting for Charlie! Lol

nealkfrank 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol definitely, it is soothing in that you dont have too many decisions to make, every decision you make scores you points but it is a matter of maximizing those points. Pretty clever game. 

Sliddell11 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah I like the sound of that, like it won’t kick you in the pants for a dumb decision... another to the wishlist!

nealkfrank 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

True, definitely point salady in that regard but all about min/maxing and choosing the ideal card combo presented. 

But who doesn't love a good kick in the pants every once in a while...

sdirrane Supporter5 days ago | 1 point[-]

What’d you think of Raiders?

nealkfrank 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I like it, I have played with all of the expansions and none of them and much prefer with expansions. Without them it turns into "gather resources, raid, gather resources, raid". The expansions allow for a much deeper strategic experience. 

sdirrane Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's good, I just have Hall of Heroes but I'm excited to add it next time I play.

nealkfrank 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I personally like the Hall of Heroes expansion better than the fields of fame. The fields make it a little agonizing. 

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Played Ice Cool and Treasure Hunter yesterday. My kids had a friend over yesterday and my four-year-old brought out My First Castle Panic. He set it up by himself, taught the game, and helped keep to the rules as they played. So proud. Also, my three-year-old is so good at Ice Cool. It's almost unfair haha

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

That's cool. 

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I have been seeing Ice Cool come up around these parts a lot! I need to look into it more! Seems fun!

BenjaminK 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

It's great fun. The rules are easy to learn and it's great for any age, really. Once you get the hang of flicking the penguins around, you can then work on trick shots, which makes for some really fun turns.

nealkfrank 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I have not gotten into any dexterity games so this could be a good jumping off point!

Skurvy5 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I am in the same boat. I should probably add a game like this to the collection.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I really need to get a good dexterity game. 

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Dude I’ve been looking at it too. It’s super cheap but looks like it’s well done

WadeB1977 5 days ago | 2 points[-]

Thus far, Paladins of the West Kingdom 2x and nothing else.  Work and the trappings of life have caused me to be a responsible adult over playing any games.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter5 days ago | 2 points[-]

I hear that. 

NicholasBrimer Supporter13 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I've been playing the Wendy's Feast of Legends which has been very entertaining! It's a very simplified D&D campaign but still full of laughter and plenty of skeeming! 


I'm hoping to get Forbidden Island soon because I've heard only great reviews. The price point is nice for the amount of play time and has been recommended more than once. 


Anyone else have any ideas on quick play time games for 3-6 people?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Forbidden Island is way better than its price point would suggest. 

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I also just got a quarter of the way through my first play of Targi! Bummed I couldn’t finish it... I also won a game of 6 player Catan, so that was fun lol

Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

First impressions of targi.... Please... 

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha I was going to wait for the full play through... but it was great. From what I got I really liked it since it plays smoothly/interestingly. You have choices that have layers. It’s supposed to take an hour but seems like it would feel quicker because of how much movement there is. Replayability seems good since about half of the cards are different every time. Overall it’s super good from the couple rounds I got to play!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Good. Good to hear you are still excited about it. 

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha very much so. I just need one person to play with haha 

JHagedorn0125 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Targi is fantastic. I need to pick up the geekup bits for it, but I'm waiting for the bits for The Quacks of Quedlinburg to come back in stock before pulling the trigger.

Sliddell11 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah that will be a tempting buy for me too. The more and more I play with cardboard or wood pieces, it just makes me want good solid components...

Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Never heard of kerala. You like it? 

swilliams88 Supporter35 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Yes! Great tile-laying game with beautiful elephants! Kerala

Sliddell11 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven’t played a single one of those.. any you’d recommend?

swilliams88 Supporter35 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Depends on what you like. I think if I were to recommend only one, it would be Ghost Stories!Ghost Stories

Sliddell11 31 hours ago | 1 point[-]

That looks interesting! Is it only co op?

Sliddell11 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha that is satisfying when it’s not you...

JHagedorn0125 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

Broke out some games with the kids that haven't seen any play in a while and a couple new ones.

For Sale - This needs to see more playtime. Everybody enjoys it, and it's perfect for those nights when there's no time to pull out the big games.

Survive: Escape From Atlantis - I threw in everything but the squids.

Sheriff of Nottingham - Generally not a fan of this one, the kids like it, but we usually have to many people to break it out. This was probably the 5 the play for us and it was the 1st time I've enjoyed playing it.

Tsuro: Phoenix Rising - 1st play, it's okay. The kids had fun, but I think I prefer Tsuro of the Seas.

Claustrophobia 1643 - Big fan of this one, it's  lopsided in the best kind of way, still haven't seen the humans win.

The Fox in the Forest - I really like this one, it's the 1st trick taking game I've played that wasn't hearts or spades. 

Coffee Roaster - decided to grab the app to see if I'd like the game. Turns out, it's fantastic, but I'm nott sure if I'll pick up a physical copy

Jaipur - Played on the app. This one is on the shelf, but it's getting dusty.

Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated - Scheduled and rescheduled so many times. Trying to get this to the table more than anything, but can't get the 3 other seats filled at the same time. I swear I might just play this one solo. 🤪

Sliddell11 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow that’s a lot of games! Haha sounds like a fun time.

Do you like Jaipur? I know it’s kind of a classic, but I don’t know much about it.

pshapiro 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Trismegistus, Trails of Tucana, and Hansa Teutonica

nealkfrank 2 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ooooo Hansa Teutonica, that is a classic game that is on my list...but hard to find. 

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philryuh Supporter44 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I think you have the wrong person? xD

Sliddell11 22 hours ago | 1 point[-]

Just got in some Welcome to and Terraforming Mars last night with @nealkfrank and some of our other friends. Such a good time.

disom 14 hours ago | 1 point[-]

My wife and I knocked out both plays of Kingdom Builder as a part of our 10x2 for the year. I wish the couple we play with were interested in it because we both really like it and I have all but 1 expansion and 1 mini expansion.