Thrift Treasure: Pathwayz Board Game

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Not only did we find Pathwayz, a new game to us, at thrift, we also discovered that the Go! calendar store has gotten into the publishing biz!...

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4 months ago

Would you say the strategy is more involved than Othello as you are giving your opponent a piece as well or about equivalent?

4 months ago

I don't think I'd say that, although we only a have few plays under our belt yet. There seems to be a solid first-player bias and it is very difficult to come back once you notice you're behind. You're basically waiting on your opponent to make a bad move instead of being able to win by making the perfect choice.

Giving an opponent a permanent piece is super interesting though.

4 months ago

Are there any house rules you have put in play to correct for the bias?

Shame about the lack of catch-up potential, but that is often the case with more abstract games, it can easily reach a point where the game is decided well before someone actually wins

4 months ago

None that I've been able to confirm actually work. I think most abstracts have a slight bias which is only seen during expert play. This one we experienced after just a few rounds. And not once could the player in second ever catch up unless a mistake was made.

4 months ago

I'll have to get to Goodwill once in a while to try to find some gems. Also it's so cool that you guys designed your own abstract game!

4 months ago

Here's a solid tip. Right after Christmas is the best time to go. People need to make room in their closets for new gifts and the old ones make their way to Goodwill!

4 months ago

ahhh nice! I'll have to remember that.

4 months ago

I have sometimes found brand new sealed games a few weeks after christmas (usually the more popular/party end of games) presumably given either by a non-gamer to their 'friend who likes games' without really knowing what would appeal of by a gamer in the hope of introducing a friend/family member to the hobby and it not working out.

4 months ago

That's awesome!

4 months ago

Indeed, I got copies of Codenames and pandemic that way for like £5 each, pandemic I gifted someone that (hopefully) enjoys it and codenames I gave to my family to play as they are into games too

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