Mostly just kidding around with this thread. But I have a feeling I wouldn't want to play@sdirrane in Root because he'd totally demolish me.
Do you suffer from board game “Fear of missing out”? I know I definitely do. I suffer from two types - cult of the new and expansion content.
Cult of the new FOMO is pretty straightforward- you hear everyone talking about a new game and suddenly you find yourself contemplating acquiring said game. You fear missing out on the new experience and find yourself looking to buy the game at your earliest convenience. I find that Kickstarter plays into this fear quite a bit - back now! Kickstarter exclusive! Will never hit retail! This acknowledges that people fear missing out on the next cool game and are willing to pay handsomely to join the club. This is actually one of my biggest complaints about Kickstarter - but that’s a discussion for a different thread.
The other type of fear I suffer from is expansion FOMO. This is extremely evident in #A Feast For Odin. I love the base game but every time I play it I know there is an incredible expansion out there and my brain tells me that I need to get #A Feast For Odin: The Norwegians Expansion in order to enjoy the game fully. Which then starts to sour my enjoyment of the base game.
It’s also a problem for me with #Star Wars Imperial Assault. Early on I acquired all the boxed expansions and that satisfied my fear for a while, but now I’m on a quest to get all the small expansions and it’s incredible how expensive all those bubble packed expansions are. But my brain keeps telling me that in order to enjoy the game more fully I need to keep going until I have everything! It doesn’t help that the app version has a collection manager that shows you how much of the game you’ve collected...
I do find that acknowledgment of these fears helps me manage them better. The cult of the new FOMO doesn’t bother me as much now as it once did. I am definitely suffering from the expansion content fear right now though...
What about you? Does anyone else share these same fears? Or do you have different ones?
So a few days ago I posted about your favorite new to you game.
Today I’m going to ask the popular question, but with a twist.
What is your absolute favorite board game?
Now that you’ve answered that, take a step back and consider the design of the game. What are the specific mechanics that make you enjoy the game? Try to distill the game down to it’s core.
My wife and I recently had a double date with some good friends from our church. But because Covid 19 we actually tried a game night instead of going out for dinner. Many of you know that my wife is not the biggest fan of learning new board games but she does know and enjoy#Catan. The couple we played with hadn't played Catan before so we decided to teach them and play the game.
Spoiler alert: Catan is still really fun! Despite all the growth I've had with my time in the hobby it's fun to go back to the beginning and experience the game again.
I was particularly surprised by how well Catan introduces and teaches basic mechanics for board games. Hand management and negotiation. Collecting and using resources. Building and upgrading structures.
Everyone had a great time and I'm hopeful that we might have started a new game group! It would be so awesome to have a group with my wife and spend more time together.
What do you all think of Catan? I'm glad that it still has a spot in my collection.
Hello everyone! I just wanted to start a thread and check in on everyone and see how we are all holding up.
Many of us most likely use games to get away from the current situation, but that doesn’t mean that talking about our current situation won’t be helpful.
I am a pharmacist and would be happy to answer any health related questions you might have.
I’m also a parent of 3 children - ages 2nd grade, Kindergarten, and pre-school. I’d be happy to share ideas that we’ve been using to help keep our kiddos entertained. As long as you share some ideas back!
Im also here to talk or joke around or just listen if anyone needs to say anything. Let me know if I can help you in any way possible.
Stay safe. Stay at home. We will get through this together!
Hello and welcome to my Brian’s battery review for Star Wars: Outer Tim!
For those unfamiliar, Outer Rim is a game in which 1-4 players compete to see who can get to 10 fame points first. The game is set in the titular Outer Rim of the Star Wars galaxy and players travel around hunting down bounties, completing jobs, and delivering cargo. Every task you complete earns you money, fame, or both. Credits are used to pay for a myriad of things: gear or ship upgrades, to hire crew, or even to bribe Imperial patrols! The first player to 10 fame is the winner of the game and the most famous in the Outer Rim!
I’ve had the pleasure of playing this one both solo and with a group so I’ll be able to address both aspects this time around.
(+) This game is from FFG, so you know that the components will be stellar. And this game is no exception. The card quality is off the charts. The player boards are really cool and look very thematic. The actual board itself is modular and really cool to look at. The custom dice are unique and interesting. The art is Star Wars and it’s awesome.
(+) The rulebooks are great. This game follows a trend of having two separate books - one to learn to play and one rules reference. I personally really like this system because it allows the Learn to Play guide to focus on teaching the game while the reference can cover all the special cases and minutiae.
(+) This game is pure Star Wars. If you’ve ever wanted to play as Boba Fett and disintegrate your targets, here is your chance. If you ever want to drop your cargo at the first sign of Imperial trouble, here’s your game. The game is wonderfully thematic and all of the mechanisms tie together to make it a fantastic open world adventure. When playing you really do feel like you are in the world.
(+) The game utilizes a clever “databank” system to handle encounters or provide story information as the game progresses. Not only is this clever but it seems relatively expandable.
(+) Multiple paths to victory abound in this game. Want to play to the strengths of Lando and smuggle illegal cargo? Go ahead. Or do you want to take Lando and turn him into a bounty hunting machine? Go ahead and hire a crew and get it done! Or do a combination of everything as opportunities present themselves.
(++) As a huge Star Wars nerd I really appreciate how much thought went into this game. You can encounter some of my most favorite characters - like Grand Admiral Thrawn or the mighty Chewbacca - and complete missions for them or use them as crew members.
(+) All of the different player characters have different player powers and personal quests that really tie into who their character is in other media. Jyn Erso is driven to get revenge on the Empire while Lando just wants to deliver illegal cargo.
(+) The game plays well both multiplayer and solo. The solo mode features an AI opponent that realistically simulates a real opponent. Having played both modes, I can tell that a lot of thought went into the AI to make it a good facsimile of the multiplayer experience.
(+/-) I haven’t played at 4 player but I can imagine the game getting a little long at that high of a player count. At 3 players it was a decently long game, but solo it was relatively quick.
(+/-) I can see how long-term replay ability might suffer with this game as the databank is a set number of cards. It will take lots of plays to experience all the content but eventually you will see every card in the databank. Random setup certainly helps to mitigate this, but after you discover a job or character you might begin to remember what they want you to do. Good thing this is a FFG product so hopefully there will be at least one expansion.
Overall Outer Tim is an amazing open-world game that sets players loose in a thematic Star Wars sandbox. Players are free to pursue their own strategies with the end goal of acquiring 10 fame. I would consider this game a must own for Star Wars fans and a highly recommended product even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan.