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theDL 4 months ago | 3 points[-]
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I really want to try jixia academy / hanamikoji.
HooperGirl 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I love Hanamikoji although I can't spell it. Ha! But it's a great game.
theDL 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
haha well you got it that time!
Only because I kept going back to look! I should have just cut and pasted! hahahahaha
Yes! Work smarter, not harder, lol
BenjaminK 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I agree that Santorini is best at 2. I recently played with 3, and while it was fun, it was certainly a different experience haha
theDL 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Yep it was definitely fun at 3p, and there's more table talk that goes on, but it kind of felt like ganging up on one person, and I don't know if there's a way to avoid that. I'd never turn down a game at 3p though!
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Same here, it was way too chaotic and unclear how the power interactions work. The rulebook certainly doesn't help with clarifying things unless you go look online :(
Edit: Played with 4
I'm interested to try it at 4, but it does seem kind of weird. 3 was easy enough to play, at least with the powers we selected, but it's just not as good as it is at 2.
Sliddell11 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Dude that’s a lot of great games. That’s a very diverse list!
Haha, it was a great week!
Would you say oceans is worth the buy?
I'm not sure I can answer that fully, yet. I've only played at 2 players so far, although I have plans to play at 5 or 6 on Sunday. I wrote some more thoughts on Marsh's post here, if you're interested.
For sure. I guess it could scale really different. I’ll read it, thanks!
BenjaminK 4 months ago | 3 points[-]
Played #Keyflower (as you're all aware of by now haha), and last night we played #Secret Hitler and two games of #Codenames.
With Secret Hitler, my wife and I ended up being the two Fascists, and I was Hitler. After the third Fascist law/order/card/whatever it's called was played, I was nominated to be Chancellor. The vote was unanimous in my favor., so we won. Apparently I'm a good liar haha
I keep wanting to play keyflower more and more every time you post about it lol
BenjaminK 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
Unfortunately I was busy enough last week I didn't manage to get any gaming in. I did manage to do a fair amounts of gameplay yesterday (Sunday afternoon) but I'll save that report for next Monday.
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
I’m proud of myself! I’m getting some decent gaming time in lately.
I’ve played #Gloomhaven, #Everdell, and #My First Castle Panic. All fun and time well spent.
How'd you like Everdell? My wife and I are big fans of that one.
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
Brian shared about it in his latest post here!
Oh dang, not sure how I missed that one!
Dude that’s a lot of great stuff!
nealkfrank 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Except with my kids when I played Castle Panic.
sdirrane Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I have My Castle Panic on my list if I win another giveaway. It looks like something even my 4 year old could play.
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Solo really opens up the possibilities.
I remember when I first started getting into the hobby, the fact that Scythe had a solo mode drew me into researching it and hoping it looked like a game I’d enjoy.
It’s worked out nicely. 👍🏼
sdirrane Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I also got in a game of Bargain Quest with my 7 year old. I think she won the last time we played it, but I was able to take the win this time around.
Played a 4.5 player game of Western Legends. I scrapped out a 1 LP victory. Thankfully the person who finished in second was arrested twice. I was able to steer clear of the law. So much fun. Listened to a playlist I put together on Spotify called "Dive Bar Country".
This seems very sand boxy. Do you feel like there is a lot to take in on this?
It is primarily a sandbox game. But I think it's very easy to learn especially for anyone who is a seasoned Board Gamer. There is also a player aid that helps you look into what the different actions are.
A good player aid change the game like crazy. Do you feel like they give you much direction in the sand box?
I don't think there have been any instances of big misunderstanding. Even when that occurs we are able to use the rule book very quickly. I've never had a time where we just made a house decision on what a rule was because it didn't make sense.
...what is a 4.5 player game?
And man this game looks fun. I love westerns and it seems like it captures the theme pretty well, is that true?
I've been waiting for someone to notice that.
One of the guys had to go home early so he only played about half the game.
Western Legends is brilliant. I love being able to do pretty much anything I want. I can see a playlist bolstering the ambiance quite nicely!
Totally, and I just really enjoy how open it is and how much you get to interact even if it's another player playing as an NPC. It also lends itself to a lot of discussion at the table that might not be directly related to the game.
Sliddell11 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Played Quacks and Targi with my wife and sibling last night. It was a great time!
Do you have more thoughts on #targi?
Kinda like what I told Neal, it is smooth, easy to understand, and scoring is easy to calculate. Plus the player interaction is high without being too competitive which I like.
How did Targi go??
It was fun! Me and Todd played. He actually destroyed me haha he didn’t think the game would continue to be interesting because the border cards don’t change but I actually thought the opposite. It plays really smooth and is easy to score
Nice! Do the other cards change? I am assuming there is some shifting.
Essentially when your worker takes something from one of the middle cards (which each player does twice a round) that card is replaced with the opposite card. There are goods cards and tribe cards, so when one is taken the other takes its place, but remains face down until the following round
Ohhh interesting. So it is an every changing board state. Cool.
R0land1199 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I managed to get a great game day in on Saturday. We played:
Probably one of the best game days I've had in a while with 3 great games and I played quite well too!
Wow you don’t hear of too many people playing the gallerist! What else do you enjoy about the game?
R0land1199 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Well the components were really nicely done. The artwork you are buying and selling are cool and I found I was getting attached to artists I'd discovered. So it was easy to get in to the theme for me.
The way you want to get certain patrons in to your gallery was interesting.
The action economy was critical. You only take one move a turn but you can leave assistants behind that will get bumped giving you potentially another action. However, that action can be very costly if you don't set yourself up right.
It's kind of hard to go in to details after one game but the whole package just fits together well.
That sounds really interesting. I don’t know too much about it but I’ll have to look more into it!
Definitely worth a look. Can be hard to find and a bit pricey. I'm lucky in that there are lots of people buying board games in my group.
Haha that is always a nice perk! Will for sure check it out, maybe a Christmas present for the distant future lol
Just FYI, same designer as #Lisboa
Okay that’s what I thought!
Ya man, Vital Lacerda is a thug
Seriously... his games are such quality. I’d love to get one but there so expensive!
nealkfrank 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Ohhhh #The Gallerist is an interesting one! How was learning the game for you and your group?
We tend to play a lot of new games so learning the rules aren't too bad for us. It did take a while to go through all the rules and make sure we were clear on executive actions and kicked out actions etc.
That said, I think this is one of those games that knowing the rules is just the beginning. I think by the end of the game I started to see various optimizations of play and even employed some good strategy but I think there is a ton of depth in there. I'd definitely play it again!
Oh definitely, the rules are tough but how they are all interconnected is what gives them game its weight and its staying power!
swilliams88 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
The Taverns of Tiefenthal
The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
Where did you get the crew? Did you like it? I keep wondering how high it will get in the hotness this year.
swilliams88 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I had the opportunity to go to the open house for the new BGG Headquarters. They had a few copies there.
You sir, are a fortunate man.
One of the perks of living in Dallas!
Abyss looks really cool. What do you like about it? Besides the art, that is phenomenal.
It's great! I don't think I've played anything like it. It's got a pretty unique take on set collection that I think a lot of people would enjoy. I want to check out the expansions.
Could you describe how it feels to play? I'm wondering if this would
be a good one for me and my wife to play together. It looks beautiful,
so I'm already halfway there on selling her on it, lol.
That’s good to know. It looks great and I’ve only heard good things.
How's Taverns? I keep hearing about it and I'm wondering if it needs to get on my wishlist.
Hmmm... I definitely enjoyed my play of it! It has a lot of what I consider "upgrading." Making your deck better. Improving resource trade ratios, adding more actions, etc. Now, I did not play with any of the additional modules, just the introductory game. But based off of that, I personally would not buy it. I fear that it would feel pretty "samey" after a few plays. I am curious to see how it plays with the modules, I just didn't have the time.
Goya, well maybe I'll keep it off the wishlist for now. Thanks for the insight.
1nf1n1ty Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I like Abyss a lot. It is such a beautiful game. The art is amazing and it has different mechanics that make it interesting.
Could you describe how it feels to play? I'm wondering if this would be a good one for me and my wife to play together. It looks beautiful, so I'm already halfway there on selling her on it, lol.
I think at its base it is set collection. They you use those sets to buy cards that set up a simple engine. Not all cards have abilities, some are just better for points. There is a slight push your luck element as you choose to place or pick up cards. The stacks grow as play goes on and players can take a pile when they want. The timing of when you do that is up to each player, so there is a light tension which is fun.
There are some other elements like the ability to use pearls for different elements but that is the gist of it. It is not an overly complex game, but there is certainly enough there to make it very interesting. I have had wild swings in points. The difference between first and last place can be significant, but even when I did really poorly points wise, I didn't feel that far behind.
I have only played it with the full number of players. I am not sure if it would be as good with 2 (if you can play with two, I can't remember)
Hope that helps!
It does! Thanks for taking the time to write it out!
Mazon 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Played some #Star Wars: Outer Rim , #Terraforming Mars. with the new #Terraforming Mars: Turmoil expansion, #Happy Pigs & #Town Builder: Coevorden (solo)
#Star Wars: Outer Rim is on my list to try. I did play TM once a while back but am confident we played many parts wrong. Do you think TM is much better with expansions?
Really enjoyed both games! Outer Rim did go a little longer than anticipated and @ times I felt play took a while to get around the table (4 player game) could be just because we are figuring things out. I really enjoyed the gameplay & the story it creates though. TM is a great game and really stands up pretty well on its own without expansions. Turmoil does add some interesting elements and increases the level of player interaction, which I liked. It took us a bit to get the mechanics figured out but once we did i really enjoyed it. Having played all the expansions now I would probably recommend them in the following order. 1) Prelude 2) Colonies 3) Turmoil 4) Hellas & Elysiam. I’m not really a fan of Venus next so I leave it off my list. Overall both are great games and I’m looking forward to playing them again.
lukelebens 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
#Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and finally finished the Hobbit Saga sets. Will finally move on from my dwarf decks and I'm kinda glad.
How is that game? I've considered it before as a solo experience.
I'm a huge tolkien fanatic so I love the game. Not to mention it has some super cool mechanisms, and amazing art. And yeah I typically only play it solo, but usually multi-handed
This is an LCG right? What do you like about this one?
Yup, it's an LCG. I love the theme, the art, the wide variety of mechanisms the designers have come up with to give the game new life over the years. I also like tinkering around with deck constructing.
For sure! Is it two player only? And is it co op?
It is 1-4 player. And is almost entirely co op. There are a few small variants in some quests that allow for up to 12 players (but you need multiple sets of the quest) and a couple that allow for competitive (again - with multiple copies of the quest).
Oof that sounds like a good time.. I’ll have to look into it!
It's worth mentioning that with just the starter set the game is kinda meh. It wasnt until I had a few of the cycles that I started to really get into it. If you are a completionist and are going to want all of the expansions the game can get seriously expensive. Just fyi.
That makes sense. I have #Arkham Horror: The Card Game which functions similarly in that regard.
That's good to know. So the entry price point for it to really ramp up might be a little to high for me right now.
I feel like the nice part of these kinds of game is that the prices are relatively cheap, which makes picking them off over time easier instead of a really expensive up front cost
Gotya, well I'll definitely keep it on my look into radar because I love The Lord of the Rings Novels. They are probably my favorite novels of all time. Have you or @lukelebens played #The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth?
I havent played journeys. I heard a lot of mixed reviews right out of the gate. What's your thought on it?
I feel mixed about it too. I love Lord of the Rings as a theme. It seems very (although with some different mechanics), like a LOTR version of Imperial Assault. I think I'd be more interested if they created some more campaign content. I do think it's a little weird have a team of like young Bilbo and Aragorn. But that's probably being a little too nit picky. Ha.
No I haven’t, but I’ve heard it’s good!
m8ryx 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
#Empyreal: Spells & Steam arrived this week and got it onto the table with the family. Pretty fun so far. Hoping to get another game in this afternoon with some friends. Been on the road the last three game nights so been missing out on opportunities.
Just looking at the game page, it looks interesting! What’s it about and what do you like about it?
Still getting a feel but I'm really enjoying it so far. It has a really simple game loop with no upkeep phase. Fun engine building pickup and deliver with a pretty rich world and a nice aesthetic.
That sounds really nice! I’ll have to look more into it!
Yeah. It's a big box (with gametrayz). But I have the art book to my nine year old and she loves it... Sharing the art with her friends, and got her interested in playing. Happy to be raising a gamer and she gets it. This is a great game for teaching an engine builder. She already plays and winds at wingspan so not too big a leap.
So cool! That sounds like a ton of fun!
and I love game trayz... haha
Also got a game of #Gloomhaven today.
Haha very good!
verysmallbeta 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
#A Fistful of Meeples tonight (:
andrewmaj 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I got my Root Kickstarter box in, so I’ve been deep in that since I received it
Awesome! Did you have Root before or are you all in now?
Went all in. Been running a couple solo games so far
How’s it been solo? How many bots have you played with? Do you have a favorite faction to run?
Awesome. If you’ve seen around the Forum Root is my favorite game. I already had the base game and Riverfolk expansion. I’m just waiting on the KS Underworld and update player mats.
Cool beans, you liking it? Get any expansions with it?
Got everything in with it
That is great
pshapiro 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
What do you like about this one?
Best mechanic from Mombassa (the Pfister style of area control), the route/rondel movement from #Great Western Trail, and multi use cards that seem like #Oh My Goods! but actually plays a bit more like #Terraforming Mars. Solid game. Solid solo mode too.
Write that’s super interesting! I don’t know hardly anything about it. I’ll have to check it out!
ediswellcool 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I played my first game of Dominion this week. I'm a big fan of deck builders but somehow skipped Dominion. A friend kept telling me that I need to play it, so I tried it. Easy set up, easy to understand, and makes you want to immediately play another game. I know almost everyone has played it, but you should definitely give it a shot if you haven't and are even remotely curious.
Ahh dominion... such a classic. Glad you got to try it!
I'm happy I tried it, but now I'm also worried for my wallet. Im a bit of a completionist when it comes to games I like... especially when those games are deck builders. I backed the current Star Realms KS because it would bother me knowing that a foil set is out there and I don't have it haha.
Oof yeah that is dangerous... I’m very different in that regard. I usually only care about the base game unless I play it all the time. But at least with Dominion you can usually find it for pretty cheap on OfferUp or Facebook marketplace.
benbernards 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Finally got #Everdell to the table, and will likely add the #Everdell: Pearlbrook expansion this week!
Tomorrow night will be teaching #Viticulture to folks for the first time...totally stoked.
I'm so tempted to pick up #Everdell whenever I see it. But I am relatively new to board gaming. I've been into it for just under 2 years now. Anyway, there is still a lot I am learning about identifying a game I'd enjoy. What are some of the main things you enjoy more about Everdell than other games like it?
Nice! Man... Everdell keeps coming up again and again and I decided a while back to go with a different game. Will definitely have to get it some day.
How many people are you playing with for Viticulture? I love getting the bonus action spaces opened up. Also, have you tried out Tuscany yet?
Is viticulture easy to teach?
Yes, it's very easy to teach even to new gamers! I also love how a typical round (year) is separated into seasons you go through (spring, summer, fall, winter) where players only need to decide between the action spaces available for that particular season. It helps new gamers not to feel overwhelmed with too many choices.
That’s pretty cool! I like games that are easy to teach. When teaching takes to long it just makes a game tiring
Nothing this week! I'm going through game withdrawal! Hope someone plays a game with me soon.
Ha, this happens to me. I usually only have one game to report about every other week.
Hopefully not Smallworld!
Lololol. That or Sentinels of the Multiverse, his other fave. Luckily my neighbor is craving Takenoko, so I'm hoping that will be next to the table.
Very good! Gotta find ways to mix it up!
Played #The Voyages of Marco Polo by myself last night to get familiar with the rules before introducing it to my wife this week! We also played #Tuscany: Essential Edition for the first time together tonight. She loved it and is pretty amazed that we've only scratched the surface since we still have the other modules in addition to the new board. That's her player board by the way--she crushed me and won :)
I always love seeing photos of play. I'm glad we can add them now. Looks good. You have a lot of grapes maturing.
Agreed. And that's my wife's board by the way. Had to use hers because mine was too sad looking void of any grapes hahaha
You can’t let your workers be snacking on the produce. 😂
Good, because they didn't get much wine either xD (man I did pretty badly this time around--I goofed up and planted two cards with a visitor's card. I realized after several turns that it wouldn't have been allowed since I didn't have the right structure for it. I took it back and tried my best to catch up lol)
That's one thing I really like about enjoying a game so much I want to play it repeatedly. You get to know the game and you get to see what things you like best. What cards are you hoping to pull. Which direction do you hope to go.
Ahh yeah, always a bummer when you have to react to back tracking a mistake. One of my favorite visitor cards in the Rhine Valley gives you the ability to plant a vine even if it pushes your field to above the allowed vine limit.
Have you found any visitor cards from the base game you really like and hope you draw?
I always like the ones that let you build structures at a discount, especially if it comes early in the game. For the winter card, I like the ones that let you take an action from a previous season.
As for cards I hope to draw, it's funny because last night, I ran into cards that I had never seen before and it reminded how big the deck is for each season. The one that was most intriguing (but I didn't get to play) was a summer visitor card that gives you residual payment at a cost. It was something like "pay X for 1 residual payment or pay Y for 2 residual payments". If I remember correctly, I think you had to pay the cost with wine tokens, which if true is kinda like fulfilling an order in summer I suppose. That would've been super useful during year 2 or 3 or so!
That looks like a ton of fun bro!!
Ah man that is going to be amazing. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
I am sure it helps a lot that she won, but it is cool to see that she is becoming more and more interested!
Hahaha as long as you aren't bitter about losing and y'all are having fun, that is a win!
That really is the best part. It wouldn't be very enjoyable if we felt like we had to tread carefully around each other all the time. We just enjoy the experience of gaming together and don't mind losing.
Except, when I asked my wife how she might feel about games with lots of player conflict (this is me priming her up for Root), she said that she'd have fun as long as she feels like she's been given a chance to compete (instead of it being a completely one-sided massacre I suppose).
No one likes to play a game that is a one sided affair. I don’t mind losing as long as I’m playing a meaningful game.
I do feel like Root is definitely more balanced than other conflict heavy games so I think you should be in the clear!
Oh for sure. And I think it’s not so punishing that one battle is going to totally put you out of the game.
Definitely! Dominance Cards would most impacted by that single battle but at that point thats on you for not planning well!
We haven't had anyone go for Dominance yet but it seems like it'd be a fun Hail Mary.
Interesting! Do they seem more challenging than they are worth?
Oh they are definitely hard to win with. Because you have to make it all the way through the rest of the players turns and still hold the positions you want to. When you play one it incentivizes the other players to attack at least one of the areas you control.
Ya, I watched one of the rules videos you sent and when they said it is evaluated during Birdsong, I thought to myself how hard that would be!
You'd definitely need to have some good foresight and timing. You'd have to know it's not feasible for you to lose control even if someone attacked you. Or if there isn't a strong enough presence on the board to more in and take the location from you.
The only time I've played with my wife (3 games of a A Few Acres of Snow) she really really wanted to win and she won twice. This experience is why I think she would enjoy gaming if she gave it a chance.
Hope it happens some day! And if it doesn't, we'll make it happen via a covert operation at a BGA Con. Give her a winning raffle ticket for a game of her choice, some complementary food & drinks, etc etc
I like it.
Played #Terraforming Mars and #Welcome to... with the dudes as posted before.
Then on Saturday night my wife wanted to play #Azul so we played a best of 3 set there and I lost the first game but came back to win the final two! Great game and a quick set up!
Dude our game night was great... Glad you guys also had a great time too! Can’t wait to try Azul!
Ya man, it was a good time! Azul can be the next warm up game :)
Haha yes!!! I really like warmup games a ton...
If you have a good one, then I totally agree!
Yeah, and depending on who you’re playing with you could just have a night filled with a ton of games and have the satisfaction of winning something haha
Well I thought I had that last time but you snuck out the win during Welcome To...
Haha bro... at least you didn’t get spanked in terraforming mars....
Thanks for making me feel better... I just needed a couple more turns... the worst feeling ever haha
It was not the first and will not be the last time that someone plays sub-optimally!
My wife was just commenting about Welcome To tonight after playing Tuscany together. As much as she like it, she's been so hooked on Viticulture that it hasn't seen daylight yet. Hope to get it out for a play with the entire family soon. It's my favorite among games that play under 30 min.
Welcome to is great if you need just a quick game, Viticulture is a liitle more meaty so I get it! I need some meat in my life most of the time lol.
What's the "meatiest" game you've played? lol
According to BGG it is Gaia Project with a 4.2 weight rating, it definitely burns my brain and I have a scrambled brain the next morning lol. That and #Brass: Birmingham are probably the heaviest. #Spirit Island is a contender as well.
I ran a Catan National Qualifier. We had 16 participants. It was really fun to watch the competition. People were stoked to play in it and the prize support from Asmodee was great. The winner is going to go to Columbus for the finals with a chance to win a trip to worlds on Malta!
Someone else at the con borrowed and played my fully painted and blinged Scythe.
I got to play Silver and Gold, Medieval Academy and It's a Wonderful Life
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Going to Columbus?? Malta?? Wow that's quite a scale. Sounds awesome and it must've been a fun event for everyone :)
My goodness, knowing you, your Scythe must look AWESOME. How is Silver and Gold by the way? It seemed to get quite a bit of hype when it first came out.
My Scythe looks ok. :P
Silver and Gold is my most played game this year and everyone who has played it has enjoyed it (gamers and non gamers alike). It is quick, smooth, easy and interesting. It isn't strategically complex, but it is satisfying to fill boxes and complete cards.
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