Spirit Island board game
Spirit Island board game

Spirit Island

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Powerful Spirits have existed on this isolated island for time immemorial. They are both part of the natural world and - at the same time - something beyond nature. Native Islanders, known as the Dahan, have learned how to co-exist with the spirits, but with a healthy dose of fear and reverence. However, now, the island has been "discovered" by invaders from a far-off land. These would-be colonists are taking over the land and upsetting the natural balance, destroying the presence of Spirits as they go. As Spirits, you must grow in power and work together to drive the invaders from your island... before it's too late!



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  • This game is a tactical monstrosity if done multi, as one said. Invader actions are procedural and therefore can be analyzed by every player which means there is no improvisation; you need to maximize your combos to halt their next course of action. Take into account the timing of your abilities (it either triggers before or after invader actions so you need to plan for that) and the initial Growth stage which affects how you will handle your resources (ie. Either a combo of moving presence which makes your card combo potential stronger, reclaim discarded cards, gather a new power card, or gain energy to use card) and you have yourself a monster of a tactical game that only uses simplistic mechanics and ideas.
  • A little more punishing than I care for. But a deep game with tons of replayability.
  • Although we started off as a group, in the last weeks I started playing spirit Island on my own and I love challenging myself, going higher and higher with the difficulty. I'm gonna have fun with it for a whole while but I'm already looking forward buying the expansions
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I've tried a decent number of co-ops. My favorite is of course #Spirit Island but hers is probably something like #Chronicles of Crime or maybe #Escape: The Curse of the Temple.

As far as legacy games go in general, I haven't tried one unless you count #Gloomhaven or #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. Still can't bring myself to put the stickers on my copy lol. That style of game never really appealed to me for that reason, though I guess lack of shelf space might be a factor in giving one a shot knowing that I don't have to keep it afterwards lol.

Like I said I wouldn't say either of us hate #Pandemic - I just would rather play something else and to be honest I don't know if her one play gave it justice for her. It was the end of a long night of gaming.

Good to know! Someone else just recommended this for us too so now I'm definitely going to go check it out further. Thanks!

Yeah we're waiting over here for things to return to semi normal so we can try to have more people over for gaming. We have some friends and family who would be willing to play but these times are hard for sure.

My favorite co-op at 2 would probably be #Spirit Island honestly. I will say I play it more solo than anything because Sarah doesn't get the same enjoyment out of it as I do haha. Making decisions on your own is a big draw as I don't typically like the quarterbacking issues that many co-ops run into. As far as other co-ops we can actually get to the table more often, #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. I would throw in #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine but it's not so great at 2. I think the only other co-ops we really have are #Chronicles of Crime or #Escape: The Curse of the Temple. Sarah probably prefers either of those over any of the others. We really need to get some more in our lives lol.

I'd personally go with #Spirit Island of those you listed. Though I admit I haven't played any of the others. But Spirit Island is among my favorites so I got to recommend it whenever possible

Yeah I feel that with the recent games I've acquired surprisingly climbing up my list of favorites pretty quickly.#Spirit Island is currently my number 3 favorite game (behind Wingspan and Terraforming Mars). Haven't played nearly enough as I should - only explored maybe half of the spirits in the base game. 

And yes we do own Parks and it's definitely one my fiancée likes quite a bit. I think it's mainly the art that won her over. I'm thinking she'll like#Everdell for the same reasons but I haven't been able to pick it up yet. I tried linking to pubmeeple.com elsewhere in the forum -  they let you rank your games. You should check it out!

I typically don't get too excited about co-ops in the style of Pandemic. It'd still be great to try out #Spirit Island some day. I'm curious how I'll feel about it.

I still need to play #Spirit Island; I see potential to see it enter the top 10 or perhaps even 5

I still need to play my copy of #Paladins of the West Kingdom against a human player.
Playing it "fake 2 player" solo was cool already. This has potential!

Just got my copy of #Everdell and can't wait to introduce it to the family; top 10 material for sure!

Still need to play a Clank title; it shows top 10 potential :D

#Root, #Spirit Island, and #Aeon's End are all games that I have not tried yet but I'm almost sure they would make it into my top 5 right away. I've heard so many good things about all of them on this site. I've watched a bunch of videos on them too.

A few games this week:

  • #Trains (Solo, Physical): Tried out a multiplayer variant I found online.  The variant was a good bit of fun but not comparable to multiplayer.  
  • #Spirit Island (Multiplayer, TTS): One of my favourite co-op games.  It seemed harder to play online than in person but we managed a reasonably solid win against the bare bones invaders.  
  • #Lords of Hellas (Multiplayer, TTS): First time playing this game.  Going in I wasn't sure if it would be a gimmicky game or a true dudes on a map game.  After the one play I definitely am leaning towards the latter.  It's a great dudes on a map game in the same vein as #Kemet, #Cyclades, #Blood Rage, #Inis etc.  I don't know if I can say that it matches up with those classics yet, more plays are required, but it definitely had elements I really enjoy from those type of games.  
  • #Inis (Multiplayer, TTS): I've played this one a few times before but it's been a while.  The different ways to win really make the game and I had to relearn some lessons I learned the last time we played it.  Great game and a good follow up to Lords of Hellas for a dudes on a map evening.

Wow that's quite the hack. I'll have to try it out next time they're running a promo on something I want. Thanks!

Not to totally keep breaking your bank...but on the topic of co-ops..

#Spirit Island is possibly the best co-op experience I've ever had. And it's great as a solo game to boot! I could 100% see why you'd want to play Gloomhaven with a friend or 2 because the experience is so great

Fun question! And of course because I think about this stuff far too much, I was trying to think of what I'd have to kick out to make it work.

Top 5:

#Spirit Island - Honestly don't know how this isn't there already. I'll have to reassess my list

#Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion - If only we had more time to play and get past the tutorial. It's such a great game and there's nothing I dislike about it.

Dropping out would be #Mystic Vale and #Dominion: Second Edition which I'd be the most sad to see go. Both are great games but I think I could see myself liking the other 2 just a little bit more.

Top 10:

#Barrage - I've had a lot of fun with this one in just two plays so far but I could easily see it making the jump. So much more to explore!

#Concordia - I'm still sad we haven't played this since our anniversary weekend. I'll have to find a way to change that soon.

I'd need 3 to drop out to make way for the new editions and the 1 dropping from the top 5 (Spirit Island was already top 10 so that's just a swap there). I think I'd bank on: #Orléans but just barely, #Team Play and #Chinatown. I think the latter 2 would make the biggest drop. Not because they aren't fun but I've just got so many other games it's hard to keep them up there.