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I am anxious to see what this expansion entails.  I'm honestly looking forward to the Oceania expansion for #Wingspan more than this one at the moment.  I have a feeling I am tapped out for game purchases this year and will have to be satisfied with whatever comes in the mail via Kickstarter backing and #Crokinole that I got for a family Christmas gift this year (yes, I've got my Christmas shopping started).

That being said I'd get this in a heartbeat if I have the funds. #Fort and #Brass: Birmingham are also high on my hit list should the opportunity present itself.

Haha, #Archipelago  and #Nemesis did tend to feature a lot. Both have space for back-stabbing, Nemesis generally has to be less direct. There are some fairly direct actions you can take to hurt other players (set a room on fire, lock them in a room with an alien/throw a grenade into that room) but for the most part you have to be fairly sneaky: you can set the engines to explode but tell everyone they are fine or promise to help someone kill an alien and then after they spend their turn shooting it you just walk away. 

With Archipelago, you can be somewhat more directly confrontational, especially with the use of towns: if you build a town on a hex and put one of your meeples in it, no one can build/harvest on that tile without your express permission and anyone can just walk into a space that is 'yours' (no one really owns anything) and build a town to crew you over. Similarly, we always play that any immediate exchange is binding (i.e. if we agree to trade of two wood for 5 gold then you have to honour it) but anything that isn't immeditae isn't binding, for example: we might make a deal that you give me some resources now to help me build a port but I will let you use that port every other turn to sell your goods. Now I am not in any way obliged to keep that promise. And so you build up this web of deal and loose alliances but at any point someone might renege on those for their own gain or a better deal.

If you want a really back-stabbing filled game then I'd suggest #No Honor Among Thieves, in that game betrayal is baked into the mechnics but you also have to work together to complete the missions: it's glorious!

I love #Shadows Over Camelot, I also wish I had it in my collection. That said I would recommend #Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game or #Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game as good alternative hidden traitor games.

Thanks to your lists I'm looking at #Archipelago.  I also love the sound of what may be happening in #Nemesis.  I love the idea of semi-cooperative really competative style of game.  Sounds like it has a strong chance of some back stabbing?

I'd love to try out #Nemesis some day! Actually, from what I've heard (from you mostly), #The Defence of Procyon III totally sounds like my type of game.

Kickstarter is a pretty new world for me, I have only ever backed one game ( #The Defence of Procyon III) and don't make a habit of browsing it. However, if I had the money, I think #Nemesis would be a game I would regret not backing.

I like your description for worker placement, so true and I really like that part too xD

I'd love to try out #Nemesis some day. Unfortunately, I feel like it's going to be a longgggg time until that's possible haha. Baesd on your descriptions, I feel like you'd really appreciate #Root's puzzles, the theme, and the tabletalk!

Ha, interesting concept:

R - #Raiders of the North Sea (I secretly prefer #Architects of the West Kingdom but I don't have an A in my name) I really enjoy this take on worker placement, as it means you can usually do one of the things you want to do, but rarely both so you have to keep your plan flexible. 

N - #Nemesis (Adding in my middle initial so I can talk about this game) Love the theming and narrative that this game has always created when I've played it. I sadly don't own it as I don't have all the money but am always delighted when it hits the table at my club.

T - #The Grizzled (I actually struggled with 'T' surprisingly) I do really like this game though, it is full of tricky decisions and 'the unknown'. The themeing is wonderfully refreshing and well implemented.

The trends I see in games I like:

  • Theme intergrated with mechanics: Nemesis and The Grizzled I think both do this really well.
  • Games where negotiation and conversation are baked in and vital for the game (nemesis does this, but my favourites are things like #Archipelago and #Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game or #No Honor Among Thieves)
  • A puzzle to crack, whether that be efficiency or engine building. While this often doesn't go hand in hand with my other preferences, there is a definite part of my brain that loves to test itself in this way.
  • Games that produce stories, all the better if the game itself doesn't force a story on you but enables the actions of the players to create one.

I have a hard time getting #Root to the table (not enough player count) but maybe if I start soloing it really often! It's currently the most likely candidate after #Atlantis Rising (second edition) and #Architects of the West Kingdom. Probably not until next year though, since I'll go for upgrading my favorite games with metal coins first.

Since you mentioned about #A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition, how do you feel about #A War of Whispers? I think I've heard that it supposedly gives a similar experience in a fraction of the time.

I actually have the two separate dual-sided #Root neoprene mats for all four of their distinct maps. I highly recommend them. They aboslutely make the game a better experience to play. I also have a mat for #A Game of Thrones:.  The Board Game Second Edition. However, I will caveat my opinion by saying I would only ever consider a mat for a game that I either play fairly regularly (in the case of Root), or is a separate special occassion sort of game. For GoT, we only play the game once a year with a select group of 8 players. It is a very satisfying way to class up the table when its huge game that holds a special place in your collection. 

Hahaha I saw a #Crokinole Kickstarter recently but decided not to go for it. Would love to play #The Reckoners with all those good looking dice :)

1. #Crokinole is y heaviest. haha But, if we're going boxed games, probably #The Reckoners. It's got lots of metal pieces in it that helps weigh it down. 

2. For depth of play, perhpas #Trajan or #Escape Plan. For compact, probably #Tiny Epic Galaxies, since I have the expansion packed into the base box as well haha

I love good, heavy bits and pieces, but if the gameplay isn't there, what's the point? Gonna go with number 2.

I just love sci fi, and the infinite possibilities that are out there. Anything you can imagine has the possibility of existing somewhere out in space.

One of my favorite games is #Sol: Last Days of a Star, not only is the board beautiful (a staple in most space games) but the orbiting mechanic and lore (it comes with a second manual just for lore!) is awesome.

another favorite is #Nemesis because it hits the space horror perfectly. 

Lastly, ive been on a massive #Warpgate kick lately. My group has played it two weeks in a row at 6. It definitely deserves more attention. 

#Between Two Cities - I really like the game, but after picking up #Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig I didn't feel like I needed both in my collection, so I gave the former to a friend.

I think #Nemesis or #War of the Ring (Second Edition) would top my list, I am always super up for a game of either.

Those or #The Defence of Procyon III but no one owns it yet as the Kickstarter isn't due till next year. But the TTS version is good.

I really would like to experience something like #Dune or #Nemesis some day! Now that you got some of the more accessible games like #Point Salad, when do you think you and your wife will be able to start opening up game nights to more people? Seems like you'll have a lot of stories to tell once that happens haha

Now, how do you feel about semi co-op games? I feel like that would help you scratch that itch to backstab someone lol (e.g. #Nemesis)

Edit: Sorry for making you sound so evil :)

Interesting idea for a video! #Crokinole definitely. Does #Jenga count?