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I have had a very busy time of it since we last had one of these threads.  Hopefully I can remember correctly:


Quite a game-filled week for me, although all online:

As mentioned below/above (no idea where my comment will appear), we finished another long running game of #Clans of Caledonia which I am a big fan of although it does melt my brain a little. Likewise played a couple of much shorter games of #Kingdom Builder which is a delightfully simple yet strategic game.

Also played #Luxor for the first time which was another lighter yet really interesting racing/set collection hybrid with some really nice mechanics. Maybe not one I would look to own but would love to play it again.

Tried #Santorini , also for the first time, and it is a delight. The BGA (Arena) version is 3D which is very cool and it is also a wonderfully simple yet tactical abstract thinker. I would love to own this one as I imagine playing it in person is joyous with the tiny buldings. 

Got in a couple of games of #Race for the Galaxy which is always a fun filler and continued my now fairly long running D&D campaign with some uni friends which this week involved a lot of beauracy and arguing with guards (as well as one almost unstoppable gnoll).

All in all a great week!

Welcome! What are some of your favorite games?

Here are some of my favorite lighter games:

  • #Century: Golem Edition - pretty quick engine-builder with a race element. It's easy to teach and has nice art and pieces, so it's a good crowd-pleaser.
  • #Kingdomino - great 15-minute domino game. Also very easy to teach, and has a nice small box. It has a puzzley feel with some tough decisions. It's got some luck in it, but definitely not too much, especially for how quick the game is.
  • #Santorini - one of my absolute favorite games, and one of the best "abstract strategy" games around. It has rules for up to 4 players, but it's essentially a 2 player game.
  • #Tiny Towns - another puzzley feeling game. It plays up to 6 players, and plays fairly quickly. If you like Tetris, you might enjoy this one.
  • #Horrified - very fun cooperative game about defeating Universal Pictures monsters such as Dracula and the Wolfman

A couple of games that we enjoy that I would consider to be a step up from the above games:

  • #Wingspan - huge hit from a couple of years ago. Engine builder about birds. Very pretty and enjoyable game.
  • #7 Wonders - this is a classic card drafting game, and was my intro to modern board games. It plays very quickly once everyone is familiar with the rules, but does take a few minutes to teach. I recommend finding a good rules explanation on youtube. There's a fancy new edition that came out recently with updated art and components.
  • #Dale of Merchants - my personal favorite deck-building game (it's actually a series of games that can be mixed and matched together)

Played #Flamme Rouge with the #Flamme Rouge: Meteo expansion.  3 Player game.  First time with expansion it was good.  Adds just enough without changing the overall feel and length of the game.  Close race as we had all 6 racers bunched together for the first 1/2 then a small breakway that I was able to catch and pass on the final turn to wiin the race.

Played #The Godfather: Corleone's Empire w/ 4.  A pretty close game between 1st and 3rd.  Guys thought I was the leader (and I might have been) and got hit pretty hard in the final act.  3rd place, snuck out a couple of control wins and a couple of job wins and won by a single dollar.  Really love this game, especially with a group that knows whats possible and how to extend each act as long as possible.

Broke out #This War of Mine: The Board Game for the first time in a couple of years and got 2 solo plays in.  Tried the Endless Night scenario and got CRUSHED on the first try.  Didn't survive the first full day with either of my starting characters.  Won the 2nd play through as I learned my lessons well from the first play through.  Still really like the game but it can be a bit of a pain to get to the table.  Definitly the type of game that I'd be more like to play if I could leave it set up during the week vs having to put it away so I could turn my gaming desk back into my work desk.

I played #Roll For The Galaxy which is #Race for the Galaxy: the dice game. I actually liked it quite a bit. It is a little longer than the original but it allows for more comboing as the cards are more focused. So whereas in the original you just have to hope you draw cards that work together in Roll you will always be able to make things work at least to some extent. I don't think I'll ever buy either but I don't see the dice version as being worse at all.

Good week!  Played a good variety of games!

  • #The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 (solo, physical) x3:  Picked this one up new. It's rare these days that I misfire on a game purchase but this is one of those cases. Now, don't get me wrong,the game is not horrible or anything but it was definitely not what I was hoping for.  It's a solitaire game where you play through the career of a German submarine captain.  The problem is that the game play has very shallow depth but the "story" elements and flavour is also extremely weak. For some people perhaps they can fill in their own story and use the game as a framework. But I was expecting something that would give me more story by itself. 
  • #Blackout: Hong Kong (solo, physical)x2:  Picked this one up for $20 CDN.  Alexander Pfister? Reviewed well?  Why not take a chance on it?  Glad I did!  This is a fun game with a good solo mode!  It's beat your own score which I generally don't like but it works in this one!
  • #Race for the Galaxy with#Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm (multiplayer, board game arena) x2: Played a couple of rounds of this excellent game waiting for our 4th player so we could play...
  • #Petrichor (multiplayer, TTS):  second time playing this although the first time was ages ago.  The game is fine.  The theme is different but the game is definitely quite cut throat so don't expect flowers and dew drops. The only drops of liquid will be tears when someone messes you up big time. (I managed to win so no tears for me this time.
  • #Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars (solo, physical):  Wow! What a game!  I played one round only against the bots.  It took a while to get the rules down and the bots down. I read the rulebook a second time now and highlighted all of the gotcha rules I missed. This game is beautiful, has a ton of history to it and has some excellent in depth game play that is going to take many plays to really get good at. Now this is what I want in a solo able war game!
  • #Cuba Libre (multiplayer, TTS):  my first COIN game and Ireally enjoyed it!  I can see this getting better on subsequent plays.  Especially now that we have seen the whole flow of the game. The interactions between the sides, the map layout balance to where you have to go out of your natural area to win.  It's just great.  I have #Andean Abyss coming for a follow up. 
  • #Russian Railroads (solo, physical): This one is out of print but I found one selling for a good price locally. I know a reprint is coming out but I am more than happy just to have this version. The official solo game is fun because the game is just so excellent in so many ways 

Good week!

wow, that is a good week.

If I had to choose only one, at this moment I would have to say #Russian Railroads but it is a hard choice.

I haven't had a chance to play #Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm yet. Are you happy with what it adds?

I am very surprised no one said #Race for the Galaxy. I consider it one of the best games ever.

I also recommend #Schotten Totten and #No Thanks!

#Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set will probably always be my favorite, even if I don't play anymore. My oldest (soon to be 6) should be old enough to fly the ships around and roll dice, so I need to try that with him. I may get more into 2.0 once he's older, but for now, I stopped playing when 2.0 launched because I didn't want to re-invest in my sets.

#Star Wars: Rebellion I've only played once but LOVED it.

I haven't played it yet--and I'm sure I'll love it when I do--but I asked for #Star Wars Imperial Assault for my birthday in July but I told my wife not to worry about it if she couldn't find one for a decent price. So fingers crossed! 

#Star Wars: Destiny is also a favorite, although I haven't played in some years now. I'm hoping my kids will want to play when they're older, so I'm keeping everything (I have enough for 3, maybe 4 decent decks). I always played casually anyway.

My kids love #Loopin' Chewie, and used to sit around and play that for hours. Great little babysitter haha

I'm a big fan of #Star Wars: Outer Rim, although I've decided I much prefer it at a higher player count. Solo just feels like a race (although I'll still play solo on occasion), and two-players leaves too much space between players. What I want to do is figure out a house rule to make ship-to-ship combat a regular action. That would be wonderful, but I haven't yet given it much thought.

And, lastly but not leastly, #Star Wars: Epic Duels Game is my grail game. One day it will be mine. Until then, I shall dream on.

My first play of #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) ended very memorably.  It was a tight race through 3 dominance checks.  The third check finally resulted in someone (me) being aligned with the dominant faction.  This put me into a tie for first place.  During the last "round" of the game myself and the other leader were slapping down coalition blocks like crazy.  During my turn had the chance to really take out a player and made another choice because I thought we had a while till the next dominance check but the last place player was wealtheir than we realized.  Right after I didn't wipe them out they bought the last check and since no one was dominant scored double points for having the most discs out on the board and won the game.

I have six perfect games in my collection:

1. #Race for the Galaxy

2. #Welcome to...

3. #Century: Golem Edition

4. #The Quest for El Dorado

5. #Colt Express

6. #Codenames

I have much better games than those: #Agricola, #Mage Knight, #Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, #7 Wonders, etc.

But those 6 games are, in my opinion, unbeatable from a pure design standpoint, each one on their own category. That doesn't mean that they are our favorite games or the ones we would keep if we had to drastically reduce our collection. Perfection is not always the only trait desirable in a game, just like a perfect circle may not be the best painting to hang on a wall.