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I love this idea! Here are some quick ideas, may think of more:

  • What was the last game you played?
  • What is a game you're hoping or planning to play soon?
  • Last 5, top 5 (might be less interesting if you're going to do these posts regularly)
  • Non-boardgaming hobbies/interests
  • Do you have a favorite FLGS? - could be cool if people just want to plug their FLGS or something like that
  • "Desert Island" games - not sure if this is much different than "favorite" games
  • A favorite gaming memory or story

I really like the idea of asking about your favorite memory or story, especially since I love a game that tells a great story.

I have been having trouble getting into a groove lately, but I squeezed in a good amount this week. I will even dip a little into last week since I did not post last week

  • #Le Havre @ 2-players - I have been wanting to play this for years and finally got to it. It is a solid B but I think it overstays its welcome a little. It is a long game with a lot of micro turns. I like the interwoven decision making and want to play it more but it did not wow me like I had hoped it would. 
  • #CABO (second edition) @ 4-players - This game is very fun...I did not expect to like this as much as I did. A fun mix of memory and hidden information. I just wish the graphic design wasnt so bleh. 
  • #Mysterium @ 4-players - Fun game, my wife loved it as she loves anything that is thematic, but I could see the game getting repetitive as we went through the whole clue deck in 2 plays. Gimmicky but I am glad we played. 
  • #Dune: Imperium Solo - I am debating if I want to keep this. The game just has been falling flat for me. The conflict is a little bit too emphasized, and I am not convinced it is worth having in my collection. Thinking about selling/trading. 
  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game Solo - Played my first game with Thor against Klaw and got ROCKED. I barely did anything to Klaw. Thor is probably the first hero that I really did not feel like I could grasp a strategy for out the gate. I played with an Agression aspect too so I had a lot of trouble thwarting the whole game lol. 

Thanks for your time. This is the first I've heard of you and your game(s) and any of the drama surrounding Unbroken, but regardless, congratulations for the courage to continue what sounds like an uphill battle while also being willing to try again with another game.


My question is this: what is the first, or earliest, or most fond early memory you have of playing games?

I'm glad this drama is not so omnipresent that _everyone_ knows about it :)

Appreciate your kind words.

The earliest memory I have is playing the Russian-ized version of Monopoly that my older cousin used to have around 1990. I found the paper money and the small plastic tokens used instead of hotels etc. mesmerizing :)

Currently working through the rules for #The Gallerist.  From what I can tell it seems very nicely laid out and I am generally enjoying the readthrough and picking up on most of the pieces.  He seems to refer back to connecting rules at just the right time.  

I recently pulled out the rules for #The 7th Continent and reread them as well to refresh my memory and potentially start playing again.  

#Brass: Birmingham is next up on the list after I've played through #The Gallerist.

#Sentient is one of my 10s. Everyone I play it with loves it, which is not common in my experience. It has a nice balance between simplicity (can be taught in just a few minutes) and strategic complexity (short-term and long-term goals). The only criticism I've heard from other players is it can be a bit "math-y", but the only math involves single digits, so it's not too bad. LoL.

#Deja Vu: Fragments of Memory is a relatively unknown game (at least in my circle of game-playing friends), but it's defiitely a 10. As a work of art alone, it's absolutely gorgeous. Every bit of this game was beautifully produced, from the cards to the playmat. The game play is also very enjoyable, and different from any other game I've played. I recommend it highly (if you can find a copy!)

First time hearing of #Deja Vu: Fragments of Memory for me as well. The anime style is a hit or miss with some people but I'm a fan of anime so I'm good there haha. From the description of the game/theme, it sounded like it could be a solo game too, but looks there isn't an official one.

Great topic! Two games jump to mind:

#Lisboa -- my favorite heavy game, but it is such a thinky, multi-stage turn game that it is hard to get on the table (even before the pandemic).  Plus, I have to relearn the rules every time. Even though the game is famously simple according to the designer (play a card, pick a card) each of those actions have so many waterfall effects that I need to refresh my memory. Plus every single card, every single token and every single part of the board has unique symbology which makes sense but not if you haven't played in a while.

#Baseball Highlights: 2045 I generally only play this at Dice Tower Con, which of course didn't happen this year. At the con and in prepping for the "World Championship" me and my son usually play a bunch of games. I'll easily get 10-15 plays of the game over the course of about a week.  I just don't have anyone locally that loves it as much as I do! 

  • Favorite national park you've enjoyed with the family? 
  • First/Favorite memory of playing boardgame with your kids? 
  • best and worst parts of the RV life? My dad has always talked about getting one! 

Love the image of you and your family. 

1. While it wasn't my favorite park, I think we may have had the most fun at yellowstone 

2. Splendor was a great hit and still is for the most part. Everdell was the first big game they all loved to play.  But my favorite memory, is Taryn and Elijah playing chess together in the car and in the RV. 🤩

3. The best part is having heat and AC at the ready and feeling like you're camping when you're really cheating but seeing all those other people in tents and feeling a little smug inside your house on wheels.  Actually we love getting to hike and explore places and get away from the house for a couple nights easily and not having to prep for it too much.

The worst part might be having to plan ahead so far to get a good site. People book them WAY in advance...and I'm a planner (I plan all our road trips) but for a two night get away an hour away...meh. 

Hey there! Thanks for being here.


What is your earliest board game-related memory, or what did you absolutely love playing early in life?

I love this! I don't have the time to type mine all out right now, but here's an export of my logs from the BG stats app: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Xkpw2TXlB-yNyHA6jTkbhmkweoKAjsd1/view?usp=sharing

Some quick thoughts:

  • #Santorini at #1 is no surprise. I played a lot with a coworker early in the year, and it plays very quickly.
  • #Everdell at #2 is also no surprise. Most of those were 2 player with my wife.
  • #War Chest at #3 is a bit surprising, given that I acquired it in the latter half of the year, but on the other hand, not surprising at all give how big of a hit it was with my group.
  • #Horrified at 7 plays - what a great purchase this was. This is a great one to bring out with friends who are more casual players. The theme is fun, and it's easy to teach and play, but not necessarily easy to win.
  • 5 plays each of #Dune and #Western Legends. Wish it was higher for both. Also 5 plays of #Root, 2 of which were online if my memory serves.
  • Many games at 1 play, obviously. A few that will definitely get more plays in 2021 (or already have) are: #Terraforming Mars, #Dune: Imperium, #Inis, #Dale of Merchants, and the second and third Century Golem games.

I've played with 7 once and I loved it.  Minimal space means maximum combat.

I've only played once in recent memory but I remember it being a great the last time I played (about 3 months ago).  It was a partial teaching game but the new player came out strong.  We also had a lot of objetives filled and a lot of cold war, almost fight moments with some tenuous alliances.  But... we did a good job of doing what we said, which was short term agreements.  So short that the Saxony still pulled off placing more than two stars for winning combat.  In the end I won by a small margin.

I haven't played enough story-based board games to really name one with any interesting story arc or substantive depth, but #Cosmic Encounter probably has the widest variety of interesting character powers ever, and they kind of let you create your own stories. You can be an alien that marries and divorces opponents, one that asks your opponents yes/no questions which become binding obligations, one that is allowed to commit a variety of rules errors that newcomers often make, and so many others.

Some of my favorite film characters:

  • Jesse and Celine from the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy. These movies are so well-written and give such deep insights into these two people whose lives intersect for a brief few hours
  • Bill from Kill Bill Volumes 1&2. Shrouded in mystery and preceded by the most dangerous people on the planet, he's built up to be an incredible badass. The final confrontation with him is such a surprise, at once living up to your expectations and also throwing them out the window.
  • Anton Chigurh from No Country For Old Men. Quite possibly the most menacing film character in recent memory. Unflinching, seemingly unstoppable, and unforgettable.

I haven't played probably many classics but a few that others have mentioned that jogged my memory:

#Agricola (Revised Edition) - I actually have this because a friend gave it to me but haven't had a chance to attempt it

#Power Grid - I've been wanting to play this one for a long time but its never worked out

#Twilight Struggle - I bought this one because it was #1 on BGG for such a long time.  I was hoping to play it with my husband someday.

Haven't played either of the epic super games of yore #Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition or #Eclipse.  Those I might never get to just because of the super long play times.