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Happy New Years! What games are you

looking forward to this year? 

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10 months ago

Looking forward to getting El Grande and Reef back on the table soon.

10 months ago

I'm looking forward to receiving The Isle of Cats and Calico.

I'm also looking forward to playing the 10 games my wife and I will choose for our 10x2 challenge.

Supporter10 months ago

That's great that you choose those together! 10x2 is a good way to go about it also. 

Supporter10 months ago

The most obvious one is playing Tuscany with my wife! I will also be looking out for another worker placement game that we can enjoy together, or maybe even a non-worker placement game.

As for new games, I'd really like to try Cooper Island at some point.

Supporter10 months ago

I’m excited first of all, to keep playing the great games I already have.  But I also have a few I’m looking forward to.

1. Root: The Underworld Expansion

2. Trick Shot

and if Oath gets shipped in 2020 I’ll be looking forward to that.

Oh, and my buddy is getting Unsettled so if that gets shipped in 2020 that’ll be on my list too.

Supporter10 months ago

I am also pretty interested in the new game Stonemaier is going to be releasing. 

10 months ago

I'm excited to get home and get my Tiny Epic Tactics to the table! I can't think of anything else off the top of my head that's upcoming, so that's a good sign for my wallet haha

Supporter10 months ago

I’m excited for Tactics as well!  Hoping to at least get a solo game in this week.

Supporter10 months ago

Definitely looking forward to the Everdell expansions Spirecrest and Bellfaire for myself. Should be here in less than two months!!!

Also, I am looking forward to receiving Calico from Flatout Games. I am looking forward to this more so for my family than me as I think this has a good potential to become the most liked game in my house by my wife and daughter. Right now my wife's favorite is Azul and my daughter's favorite is Dixit. But I have a good feeling this will be both of theirs by the end of this year. Although I could be completely wrong.

Supporter10 months ago

I have been becoming more and more interested in Everdell. 

Supporter10 months ago

Interest has really picked up recently after the last Kickstarter for the two new expansions. They almost made $1 million in funding and had almost 12,000 backers. The base game made it's way into the top 100 on BGG also.

It is a good game mechanically, a lot of the negative I hear about it is regarding the theme. Overall for me I like everything Everdell offers.

Supporter10 months ago

The theme and art is the most interesting thing about Everdell in my mind. I continue to question how good their AI is for solo play. 

Supporter10 months ago

From my experience you definitely have to take a different approach to the solo game then you would in a game with out players. I struggled for a while trying to figure out how to beat the highest level of the AI. I believe I have it down pretty well on how to approach the solo game and I can beat the hardest level around 35 - 40% of the time. A lot of it can depend on which cards become available in the game, which a lot of people have complaints about (and which variants have been created to negate), but I know that it was an intentional design element in the game and I am okay with that. It helps provide a bit of luck to the game that I am comfortable with. Ocassionaly, when I just want a relaxing evening of solo play, I will  play a casual solo game without competing against the AI (I know you don't care for the beat your high score type of solo play). I use most of the structure of collecting cards and removing them from the game that the AI rules present but I am not comparing my city to theirs.

Right now I am struggling to beat the AI with the Pearlbrook expansion. I have tried twice now and have been completely embarrassed. Worse than I ever had in just Everdell by itself. So hopefully one day I can conquer that one as well.

Supporter10 months ago

Two questions. 

Do you think this game would be worth it if 60-70 percent of your plays would be solo? Keep in mind that I loved the Redwall books growing up and I think the art and theme are extremely appealing. 

How long does a solo mode with the base game only take you? 

If I were to win the GAW this round I would be pretty open to considering Everdell. 

Supporter10 months ago

Everdell was a game I really bought for myself. I have played more games of it solo than with other people. For me theme and stories with in the games are what I initially look at when buying a game for myself and the art in this game is amazing and is what drew me to the game in the first place. All of the actions of the cards, whether critter or construction, tie into the theme so well. It just always feels  fun to be kind of in this world for a few moments the artwork and theme are definitely there for this game. I use the melodice playlist when playing solo and it takes it up another notch. Mechanically-wise I don't think there is anything mind blowing here but I believe everything works well together. When playing with other people some have trouble with the fact that you can all be in different seasons (phases) of the game but I think it works quite nicely. 

I think they did a good job designing the solo aspect of the game. The reason I love board games is the brain exercises they put you through while providing a fun atmosphere to do it in. It gives me more of a sense of accomplishment than finishing a Sudoku puzzle. Everdell has that aspect in every game I play whether solo or with others (as mentioned before though, Rugwort (the AI), you have to change the way you play when playing solo), you always have to be thinking of the best way to make your city. It accomplishes this feat in one way because of the sheer amount of cards in the deck. You never know what card is going to come out and you have to work with what you get. I have never burned through the entire deck in any of my plays, to be fair I have never really tried either. There are multiple ways to build your engine in the game that also helps keep things fresh. Keeping things fresh is another important qualification for me if a game is to be long running, especially solo. And I believe Everdell has been able to accomplish that with the assortment of cards in the deck, the variable traits of the cards, the selection of worker placement spots (there are 11 special forest locations, you choose 3 each game for the solo and I believe 2 player version), and the special events you try to accomplish each game (out of 16 different events you draw 4 each game).

Is it worth it a majority solo game for you. I think it has great potential. You are going to love the theme and art work of this without a doubt. Especially if you loved Redwall. James A. Wilson and Starling Games have put a lot of thought into building this little critter world and it works. I believe the biggest question left is will it work for you mechanically, especially when playing solo. Here is a solo playthrough that should help you see the mechanics at work. (FYI, I have not watched this video so I don't know how great it is, sorry :) )

The solo game takes me usually about 50 - 60 minutes. I get into AP very early in the game and at the end. The first season (round) of the game should be the shortest because you can usually only play one or two cards to your tableau/city. But I get right to business on trying to figure out how best to start the game off. Then of course I end up playing the game again a second time since I already have it out and set up. I believe it could play a little bit shorter or maybe even really short as the play through I sent you was about 38 minutes and that's with the guy talking through the whole (at least I believe he talked through the whole thing, as stated previously I didn't watch it). I don't mind the time it takes me as I do feel like I got enough game out of it by the time I finish.

Sorry for the rambling, hope this helps.

Supporter10 months ago

I watched the video now. It was quite helpful. Most of my soloable games are mid heavy to heavy. So, I think this would really fill a nice hole in my collection. 

Supporter10 months ago

Thanks. That is very helpful. 

Supporter10 months ago

Everdell is one that I’d like to get into. I’m pretty sure it could be a hit with my group

Supporter10 months ago

I loved it from the moment I got. It will definitely stay in my collection for a long time.

Supporter10 months ago

Good to know. It keeps creeping up higher on my wish list

10 months ago

I believe I'll finally get to play Forgotten Circles this year and look forward to diffing into a new box.  I doubt Frosthaven will be out in time to play in 2020 but we will see.  Tiny Epic Dinosaurs should be available to print and play in the next month or so and I look forward to playing that soon.  I am hoping that Rococo deluxe is within a price range that I will get to play that by mid-year.  Everdell Spirecrest will get to the table as soon as that arrives.  Call to Adventure is high on my list at the moment and I would love to see that happen this year along with the Tuscany edition of Viticulture and perhaps the Heaven and Ale expansion if I am able to get ahold of it.

PARKS and Trismegistus and Maracaibo and Marvel Champions are all games I'd love to play at one point or another during the year.  

Supporter10 months ago

Great list! Looks like I’m going to come over and join in your gaming exploits this year lol

10 months ago

If you're ever in Texas (Denton) swing by! I'll take any excuse to pull a game or games off the shelve!

Supporter10 months ago

We’re just heading home from visiting family in TX! (Austin area)

Supporter10 months ago

Looking forward to the Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile campaign. Still do not know if I'll get it or not. But I am looking forward to it. 

Supporter10 months ago

Yes that will be a good one!

Supporter10 months ago

Yes siree

Supporter10 months ago

I’ll go... Frostgrave!

Supporter10 months ago

Have you played Gloomhaven? 

Supporter10 months ago

No! I haven’t. One day...