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Did I hear...giveaway?Anthony Adams Rubbing Hands | Know Your Meme

Hahaha seriously though I don't need any more games. I still haven't released my second hold from my last win. Not to mention there's my Miniature Market hold out there in the world...oops.

But for fun... if I were to win...I'd probably have to go with #Baseball Highlights: 2045. has been raving about that game ever since I sent him a copy.

Do you mean 2-player exclusive games? Or any games that work well/best at 2 players? I guess I can give my opinions for both categories.

Favorite 2-player exclusive games

  • #Santorini - ok, technically there is a 3 and a 4 player mode, but they're essentially tacked on. This is a 2 player game, and it's great.
  • #Baseball Highlights: 2045 - I love this game. Super quick, very thematic, and really fun strategy. The box says 4 players, but that's if you're playing in a tournament. An actual round of this game is only played with 2 players.
  • #7 Wonders Duel - this game has been lauded enough, so I won't get into it.
  • #Hive / #Hive Pocket - excellent, quick-playing abstract game
  • #Onitama - see above comments
  • #Targi - I have only played online but it is excellent!
  • #Jaipur - fun, quick, 2 player only market game

Favorite games to play at 2 players (that also play at higher counts)

  • #Everdell - this game is arguably even better at 3 players, but I've only tried that like 2 times, and I have like 30 plays at 2 players. It's my wife's and my favorite game to play together!
  • #Paladins of the West Kingdom - I'd argue that this game is just too long at anything higher than 2 players, but it is excellent at 2.
  • #Azul - we sold this a while back as it just wasn't making it to the table, but I would still happily play it. Great game!

2-player games I'd love to try:

Birthday weekend so I got a lot of games played.

On Saturday hosted another gaming marathon

  1. 2 Games of #Mechs vs. Minions @ 3 player.  Did the first two scenarios.  Won both but it was pretty close both times.  I am really enjoying this game.  For the 2nd game we ended up with almost 90 minions on the board for the last turn, which was awesome.    Minions, minions everywhere
  2. 1 Game of #Beyond the Sun @ 3 player.  Two of us had played previously and 1 new player.  Scores were a lot tighter this time around then the first time I played.  I came in 2nd by 1 point. 
  3. 1 Game of #Rajas of the Ganges  @ 3 player.  I ran away with this by really pushing my fame track.  Was new to one player who could/should have pushed his money track a lot harder than he did.  He was big into one of the market types. 
  4. 1 game of #Sagrada @ 2 players.  I won by 4 points.  Really enjoy for a quick light game to end the night.

On Sunday went to visit my family to celebrate and played a bunch of family/party games

  1. 1 Game of #Just One @ 9 players.  A couple of people rotated in/out but had a blast.  Trying to get my mom to guess Magnets with only a single clue (pole) was fun.  Lots of laughter around this one. 
  2. 3 games of #Point Salad, 1 game at 4, 2 games at 5 players.  Had a bunch of fun with this.  Taught to most of the players.  Watching my sister lightly smack her husband for forcing her to take an onion with the last card and losing 6 points was hilarious.  It also cost her the win (96 to 92 points)
  3. 1 Game of #Bohnanza @ 5 players was lots of fun as well.  Nice playing with my nephews and brothers. 

Not a premium users but a couple of things that might get me to change my mind.

1. A marketplace section to sell/trade games
1a. A default trade list for each user that we can tag games we have to trade that other can then search on or put it on each games page as a Market tab so people can see who has the game available for trade. 
1b. The ability for people to include location to help make meet up/shipping details better.  I may want to trade with JoeBobSue but is they are in New Zealand then i'm probably not willing to ship to them.

2. The ability to turn off price alerts for games that I already own.  I dont need to know that game X is now on sale for whatever amount, it a) makes me annoyed that I could now get the game cheaper than I bought it for and b) clutters up my notifications with things that don't matter. 

3. Give users the ability to specify BoardGameArena, Yucata, Tabletopia, etc account names so people can find them there to play games together.

4. Give users the ability to specify what type of games they like, play times, theme, weight and suggest games they may like but don't already own.
4a. Use the players own game list and suggest games they may like based on what they already own and rated above a 7/10 or 4 stars.

Started off the week with a play of #Trajan, as we continued our attempt to play our newer, unplayed games. I mentioned in another post on here that we played incorrectly (as seems to be our normal for first plays). Instead of going around the time track 4 times for each quarter year, we stopped after the 3rd time around for the first half of the game. Aside from that making the game feel super quick, we had a great time playing it. Can't wait to get it out again!

Sarah's birthday was Friday, and she shockingly agreed to play games with me haha. Her request was #It's a Wonderful World which I have brought up on here before as one of her most requested games. I got some real lucky draws and was able to win pretty easily as her cards didn't quite work together like mine seemed to. Instead of a rematch of that, we settled on #The Quacks of Quedlinburg. I'm really glad we picked this one up as I could see it becoming another game she requests to play often. I beat her there too but don't worry she'd get me back.

As her birthday weekend continued, we went down to her parents to celebrate. Her dad had picked me up #Codenames: Disney Family Edition as a late Christmas gift so we gave it a try with them. Usually we have 6 of us, but this time we only had 5, so we had a designated codemaster to keep the teams even. Sarah and I played against her parents and despite my clear lack of Disney knowledge, we split the two games we played.

Sunday we went over to my parents to celebrate with them and my brother and sister in law. I finally broke out my copy of #Secret Hitler. Sarah managed to convince us she wasn't Hitler, mostly because my dad was acting sus lol. Not entirely sure if he knew what he was doing as we later learned he was on the liberal team haha. I definitely prefer playing with more people but with 6 of us it wasn't that bad.

Afterwards we played a game of #Speculation. I bought this awhile ago thinking Sarah's cutthroat siblings would like manipulating the market to screw over everyone else. Turns out the game rarely plays out that way so it only went over so so with them. My family seemed to enjoy it a bit more, but not enough to convince them that they needed to play again, so it's probably safe to throw on the trade pile. Sarah ended up crushing us, proving she is the Wolf of Wall Street.

Wrapped up the weekend watching the Super Bowl with my cousins. Before the game, we played a game of #Cat Lady: Premium Edition with the #Cat Lady: Box of Treats expansion. Super simple drafting game that I'm excited to play more of! Sarah beat me in a close game while my cousins didn't do so hot. They picked it up quickly though so I think next time they'll do a lot better.

I finally went through it and I'm still not sure lol. For once I've gotten in a lot of solid games so it's difficult to order them even more than usual.

1. #The Quest for El Dorado

I like competitive games, especially when it's highly interactive. I like games that are easy to learn and teach but feel deeply rewarding when you play the right hand. I like games with luck factor and the fun and thrilling moments they create. Knizia's take on deck-building race through the jungle is perfect for me and I'd love to try playing this with 4 players!

2. #Nemo's War (Second Edition)

First off, I only played half of a game. And the first 60 min of gameplay didn't go all that smoothly because I had to constantly look at the rulebook. With that said, it's a solo game that leaves an impression. Filled with fun decisions that puts you in the head of Captain Nemo, you constantly need to make crucial decisions while weighing the odds (plus a bunch of dice rolling). The game takes you on a journey and it seems to play out drastically different depending on your starting Motive. The setup time isn't that bad, the game isn't as much of a tablehog as I expected either, comes with lovely components, and I could see myself wanting to get it out again soon.

3. #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale

Similar to Quest for El Dorado, this is a game that's slightly less complex and deep than what I typically go for. But it hits a great sweet spot of offering fun decisions in short playtime. Soothing experience of drawing on the map and it leaves you with good balance of long term strategy and tactical plays.

4. #Obsession

Great theme integration, one of the best I've seen to date. I do wish there was more interaction between players, but there's still a good amount of competition for the market and in trying to court the Fairchilds. The game has an overall pleasant vibe to it and again, the delivery of the theme makes all the difference here.

5. #Tiny Towns

Fun puzzly game of creating your town on tiny real estate. It's simple and elegant, surprisingly headache-inducing, surprisingly mean depending on how you choose to play, and overall a smart design that will either leaves you disappointed at yourself or satisfied like you Marie Kondo'd your room. It sits at a spot where it's too puzzly to be a solo game that I'll get out to play, not as compelling to play with my wife as Cartographers, and possibly more frustrating/mean than other games I could introduce to my parents.

Just the sheer amount of games makes me happy that I wasn't the only one to get that many games in a month lol. Granted my crazy month was December..not so much January. That being said, I did get a few games in January

#Caverna: The Cave Farmers - picked this one up on Amazon after finagling a few (more than a few lol) gift cards. Really enjoyed my first play so much, I'm thinking about grabbing #Caverna: The Forgotten Folk Expansion

#Bag-o-loot - Guess you could call this an addition since it is in my house lol. Got this for free for agreeing to playtest it.

#Cat Lady: Premium Edition - I got the expansion on a GameNerdz deal of the day (more on that in a moment) so I obviously needed to get the base game..

#Glen More II: Chronicles - I really wanted to play Cat Lady with my cousins and couldn't wait for the months it may have taken to get said expansion, so I threw on a couple of games to my hold to get the free shipping threshhold. Technically this is a pick up from my giveaway win here in December

#Exit: The Game - The Sunken Treasure - See above

#Brass: Birmingham - Also got this on a DOTD from GameNerdz. Don't have it in my possession yet but I am real excited to play it..might take a couple months

#Hansa Teutonica: Big Box - Miniature Market totally got me on a sale combined with a "we miss you here's $5 off email." Like Brass, this is just currently sitting on hold waiting for free shipping to be met.

Played #Qwixx and #Black Market on game night.  My neighbor received Black Market some time ago as a gift and it wasn't actually in the database here at BGA, so I added it.  It's an auction/betting game.  Interesting.  I'd have to give it another try before I make up my mind on it.  We had fun interacting, but I wasn't very good at the game.