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trentellingsen Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
I got to play more Ultimate Fighters: Creatures of Titan this week. It's the game I designed and that @philryuh did some of the art for!
Sliddell11 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Wow you guys did a great job! I don’t know much about the game but I’m for sure going to check it out!
sdirrane Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Wait can we add photos on comments now! Sweet.
1nf1n1ty Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
We got in:
We would have played more but our oldest who was visiting has major AP so it almost doubled the length of every game.
BenjaminK 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
How do you like Reavers? I've been able to play it once so far, and I really like the worker placement aspect of it. Different, but I thought it worked really well.
I really like it. I have the KS version so it has all the nice bits.
I have played it three times now, and I am still exploring different strategies utilizing different combinations of locations. I haven't explored a full sea battle strategy yet, so would like to try that. Diversity, with a focus on keeps or lands seems to be the strongest so far. One thing I am finding is that after about round 3, no one chooses the Reavers action anymore. That location may be too in balance for it to be worth a first player choice in mid to late game.
Overall though, I enjoy it as much and perhaps more than champions.
BenjaminK 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Nice. Yeah, I have the KS version as well. Really need to play it more. So far I still like CoM better, but I really do love Reavers as well. Of the 4 of us who played, three of us were neck and neck at the end, and we all focused on different things. It felt pretty well balanced. But yeah I agree with the first player action; it doesn't get used much late-game.
theDL 4 months ago | 3 points[-]
I got to play a ton of different games this week!
WOW. That looks like an incredible list of games to play in a week haha
ive been eyeing keyforge for a bit because of the price point. Is it worth putting in the queue of games to buy?
theDL 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
So I've never played any dueling games before this (Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc), but I find the game very fun. I think it does some things that are unique, such as only being able to use cards from one "house" per turn, and of course the unique deck aspect of it is really cool.
I was attracted to it because of the unique decks, as I have no interest in building decks or paying lots of money for powerful cards. I love the fact that you just buy a deck for a few bucks and you're set. You do need at least one starter pack between the two of you, though, as that has all the tokens and whatnot, not to mention the rules. It does come with two decks, however, so it's completely playable by itself.
The only downside is that, because the decks are all unique and randomly generated, they're not all equal. This isn't that big of an issue, but it does mean that you'll probably but at least a handful of decks, instead of just one, which I'm sure is what they want you to do.
I don't know about replayability, as I've only played twice so far. I could see matches between the same decks becoming stale after a few times, but it's only a few dollars for a new deck, so that's not a huge deal to me.
Sorry if that was more words than you expected lol
Haha no that’s great! It’s been on my radar, plus it gets pretty cheap sometimes. And yeah the unique decks are super cool. I think that’s what made me the most interested!
Yeah it's a really cool idea, and implemented pretty well, as far as I can tell. They also keep adding and removing houses with newer sets to keep it fresh, which is fun. So I personally have 4 decks - 3 from "Call of the Archons", the first set, and 1 from "Age of Ascension", the second set. I don't have any from the newest set, but it doesn't really matter. All decks are playable with all other decks. I think they introduce a new mechanism or two in each set, but you can play against a newer deck with an older deck just fine. Your deck just won't use that newer mechanism, and the other deck might.
lol if you have someone to play with, I'd say go for it. 3 friends and myself went in on a box of 12 decks on Amazon for like $36, and then we drafted the decks. So we each ended up with 3 new decks for $9 each. They're from the first set, which is why it's so cheap, but it doesn't really matter unless you're playing competitively, which we don't.
That’s a great idea, thank you!
Who did you play as in Dune?
Bene Gesserit. Unfortunately we were not able to finish the game, but it was a lot of fun!
I don’t know anything about the game, but based on the book I think I’d really enjoy playing as Bene Gesserit.
They're probably the trickiest faction to play as, but definitely fun.
I do like tricky factions so that might be right up my alley (if I ever get a chance to play it). I've heard it really shines with a lot of player. How many did you play with?
6 players. So far we've only played at 6 (2 times). I really don't see anything less than 5 working well, and less than 4 seems terrible. 6 does seem optimal, because you have the option to have 3 separate alliances, and there's an even number. At 5, if people ally up, someone will be left out, and at 4, if people ally, there's just 2 sides instead of 3, which seems less fun.
If you play at lower player counts, the first faction the rulebook suggests you leave out is actually the Bene Gesserit, and the next is the Spacing Guild.
Thanks for the insight! I usually am able to get 4 - 6 people. Of course I don't know anyone with Dune currently so at this point it's moot. But maybe some day.
If your group is a fan of the books and enjoys heavier/longer games, I'd say it's a must-play. If there aren't any fans of the books, or maybe you're the only one, it's a tougher sell.
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Player count makes it a game I will probably never play. But it looks so awesome.
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Wow! Great games! Seems like you had fun.
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Were these with family or with a group?
Some were at work, some were with family/friends over the New Year festivities, and Lords of Waterdeep was just on Saturday with my brother in law and his cousins.
Sounds like fun
That is a great set of games. I have multiple plays on most of them. I have heard a lot of people playing Tiny Towns and am curious about that one.
theDL 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I like Tiny Towns a lot. I've only played 3 games of it so far, but it's a nice, simple, fairly quick game that still offers room for strategic thinking, and it goes up to 6 players. I'd say it's prime for "gateway game" status. Simple enough for pretty much everyone, but thinky enough to get you hooked.
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
This week I finished my 8-game solo campaign of Rise of Fenris. I also played games of Kingdomino and Racko with my kids.
Do you usually do your solo gaming at night?
Also, I could imagine the feeling of accomplishment yet sadness as you finish. Haha
Normally I do but I took a week vacation over Christmas and played in the afternoons while my kids were in “quiet time”.
Sliddell11 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
That’s super nice, and a great idea!
Looking forward to the fenris report.
Have you played lost cities? I consider it to be gamer Racko.
I have not! That makes it sound fairly interesting. I wonder if I could get my wife to try it.
My wife loves it. I like it. It is pleasant and cutthroat at the same time.
One other detail... It is cheap.
AoBJoe 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Got a rare 12 hour game day in on Saturday!!!!PhotosynthesisCoupDeep Sea AdventureThe MindAgricolaTerra MysticaSantoriniGet's my total game titles played in 2020 to 10 and total games logged up to 30.
shrimplypibbles 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I played my first game of Kemet. It was a 2 player game, so not that great. It was fairly close though, I lost but finished with 7 VP. We also did a 2 player game of Thunder Alley, which was quite fun, and always hilarious.
R0land1199 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Did you use the 1.5 version of the rules? I quite like them!
We didn't use those, but probably should have. Have you read the 1.5 rules?
We played it a week or so ago with the 1.5 rules. I'm not an expert on the game by any stretch but it felt like it flowed a bit better. The changes weren't huge at all but just enough to smooth things out.
zerotozero 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I played Sequence and Pig Out while I was back east this week. Fun simple games for people that have only played some of the basics.
hardforcash 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I played several games of Too Many Poops... the new Stockpile: Epic Edition... and the pièce de résistance, Vital Lacerda's new game On Mars.I'm hoping to finally get Brass: Birmingham to the table in a couple days. It's been on my shame shelf for the last few months.
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
It's a little slow to get going - but once you run through a couple cycles (like every Lacerda game), it all starts to come together. I think it will be one we play at least once a month.The person who hosts our game nights said it was his favorite. If I had to rank it with other Lacerda games, I would say it's in the middle for me.My personal rankings (of which I have played):
nealkfrank 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Lisboa seems to be the most intriguing to me, yet you have it his lowest. What makes it your least favorite?
Haven't played any of his. But, the ones I want to play are in exact reverse order that you put them down.
hardforcash 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Don't get me wrong - I enjoy all of them and would play any of them in a heartbeat. The theme plays a lot into my order. I have yet to play Kanban and CO2 - both of which someone in our group owns - but I feel they might be at the top as well.
Not sure about the semi coop part of co2.
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
All of them are excellent to start with 2 players - but I feel the games get tighter and better (in my opinion) if you can get to 3-4 players. Aside from myself, I have one friend who is a HUGE Lacerda fan in our group... and we always do an intial run through before we bring anything to the larger group.Definitely watch a playthrough or two online and read over the rules BEFORE attempting to play. It makes for a much better experience.
I've only played Escape Plan of his, but I really like it. Great heist/escape game.
Wow that game looks amazing haha
that’s On Mars?
Yup! It's somewhat intense, but the game is incredible!
Super cool, yeah it looks nice.
What do you like about it in particular?
There are so many rules and different actions to take, I won't get into all of them here... but some of the things I love (that also play into the theme) are:Space/Mars Actions Are DifferentiatedOne side of the board there are actions you take in space... and the other side are actions you can take if you choose to land on Mars. You are stuck in either space or Mars for three turns and then you can decide to go to the other side or stay on the side you are on. This forces you to make conscious decisions on what you need to accomplish and where you want to be in turn order. Choose WiselyIf you choose to do an action that someone already has done (where they have already placed a meeple), you aren't prevent from doing it too - just costs you an extra meeple to carry it out - and could even HELP your opponent (by allowing them to retrieve some of their meeples). Bonuses, Bonuses, BonusesThere are several ways to earn bonus VP's - by satisfying missions, contracts, etc. It's hard to know what others are sometimes working towards or how to defend... but it makes things very interesting.
These are just some of the things...
Your first point reminds of Black Angel and your second point reminds of Keyper where if you choose to follow your opponent's action, it rewards both you and the opponent with an additional resource.
I haven't played either of those, but I just added them to my list - thanks!I had previously heard of Black Angel, but forgot to add them earlier. I don't know how I have never heard of Keyper, though. I'm a huge Uwe Rosenberg fan and this looks like one of his games.
Oof that sounds good and meaty... I’ll have to watch some videos
You have to play Brass Birmingham. It is my current obsession. Super tight, super fun.
Man, all of his games are table hogs. Beautiful beautiful table hogs.
I really want to try on mars.
partenopei 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Thought we were gonna claim a rare win until freakin Cetus ate what was left of the Argo when we were just one step away from Iolkos :-(
It sounds interesting, I just don’t know much about it!
How do you like that game?
I really, REALLY like it.
I love Greek mythology and it is a very nice looking game that is very challenging but not too frustrating or complex to play.
Good to know! I’ll have to check it out!
Welcome to the forum! And that looks like a cool game, I've always been pretty fascinated by Greek mythology elements whenever I'd read them for school.
swilliams88 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Only got in one play of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle - Defense against the Dark Arts. Fun dueling deck builder. I prefer it over something like Star Realms.
Wow that’s a huge claim! I love star realms and deck builders. This makes me pretty interested in looking into this one. Are there any unique mechanics in this game that make it stand out, or is it primarily theme that makes it enjoyable?
Probably theme. But I like that you play multiple duels and the first to three KOs wins the game. They're pretty short and help divide up the action. Also, you can play hexes on your opponent which causes them to add some not so nice to their decks. Here, I did a short review on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6k3sInzVro
Cool thanks! I’ll for sure check this out!
The hexes sounds like a cool mechanic. That was one thing I liked about the witches in dominion!
I’ve been very interested in this base game for a long time. I almost got it for my family for Christmas but decided that they weren’t quite ready for it yet.
WadeB1977 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I played Wingspan and Taverns of Tiefenthal on Saturday and Gloomhaven Sunday morning and this morning. Tomorrow evening is our Denton Gaming Community monthly meeting...hoping for some more Taverns or maybe I'll bring Viticulture.
Haha that’s a dense week that sounds great.
What's Taverns like? I've seen that Title floating around a lot lately.
Most of all it's a deck building game. You get to run your own tavern as you build your deck and upgrading parts of your tavern will gather nobels to your tavern and make your card gathering actions more efficient. There are a lot of modules to play with and I think playing with them makes the game better but the base game is good as well and makes it easier to teach.
I do enjoy deck building. How is the player interaction? It sounds like it could be multiplayer solitaire?
There's definitely a little bit of solitaire but there's a dice drafting mechanic at the beginning of every around that determines which parts of your board will actually be able to use based on the dice you get get
I’m extremely excited to start my solo Gloomhaven campaign. I’m hoping to get started Wednesday.
Are you running it solo?
Very nice! Go you know what classes you are going to play starting out?
Did you manage to get started?
Nice! How big of a community is this and how did you end up joining?
I think we get around 15 players each month. I only play with them at that one event as there are several friends that come over to play at my place frequently and I tend to have a better beer selection. I think a friend of mine came across the group on Facebook and told me about it.
There are usually 10 or 20 various games folks have brought and typically someone will want to play one of them. Last night I think there were about 6 games going on simultaneously. Generally no game takes more than 2ish hours to explain and play. I played Raiders of the North Sea last night.
trentellingsen Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I got to play Wingspan this weekend with some friends and it's such a great one to introduce to people!
It really is! Super great looking game that’s easy to get into. Not to mention melodice makes it a perfect setting!
I played on Saturday and had a great engine going and went for the round goals and my bonus card instead of higher point birds and got third place out of four. Had I gone for the birds I likely would have gotten first. Each draw actions was about 5 cards for me and each food action would net me about 5-6 food.
That sounds like a win to me. I just love building great engines, haha.
I too really enjoy building engines. It’s so satisfying.
tallon.simmons 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Another comment for Hogwarts Battle! I’m regretting that I didn’t pick it up now.
What is 5211? I’ve never heard of it before.
It’s honestly way better than I expected.
5211 is a small, simple card game where you play cards and try to get a certain color to be dominant without going over a certain limit. It’s quite fun.
I've been playing Terraforming Mars on iOS and Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game on Steam here and there. Last night I also got in a solo play of Circle the Wagons (with The Long Cowboy expansion for solo play) and then played Sunset Over Water with my wife and parents. My parents beat me (as did my wife), which is great, because it means they understood the game haha
How is TM on iOS?
Very good. Smooth integration. I play solo a lot, since it plays much faster, although the AI is fun to play against as well. Playing online with others is also fun, and if you can get a game where everyone is on at the same time, turns don't take too long. Otherwise you have to wait until the other players log in to take their turns, and that could be sporadic. But, you can have multiple games going at once, so the laws of probability say if you have enough games going, you'll always have one to play (probably). :)
I've been considering this for nights I can't get a game set up and put away for solo play.
It's definitely good if setup makes playing difficult. And you can stop and pick it back up whenever as well.
Sounds fun. Maybe I’ll pick it up. I have a bit of an iTunes gift card left.
I think it's totally worth it with a gift card.
R0land1199 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
This week I managed two games of Ecos: First Continent.
This game was a big hit with my group. We normally don't play the same game twice in an evening but we finished the first game in under 2 hours and everyone was clambering to give it another go.
We played the first game with the standard decks and the second game drafting. I think the standard decks was a good way to start but drafting definitely added something to it.
The game is fast to play in many ways but I can definitely see some depth there and strategies I could use to be more effective next time. Can't wait to play it again!
This game looks really interesting! Can you compare it to any other game? What’s the gameplay like?
R0land1199 Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
I'm not sure exactly which game to compare it to. The core mechanic is elements getting pulled from a bag. You then cover up one of those elements on the cards you've played in front of you. When you fill up a card you activate it and do what's on the card. You could say it has a bingo mechanic at its core.
However, there is a lot more to it than bingo and if you can't cover anything you get to rotate your own player card which can give you more cubes to cover elements, lay more cards down, or gain new cards.
So what do you do when you activate a card? It depends, you might be adding new land to the continent, you might be gaining elements to place on other cards, you might be placing creatures on the land, you might be moving creatures around the board among other things. Everything placed on the board can be manipulated by everyone else. You don't own anything you put down. So you want to be careful where you put things as creating huge mountain ranges or forests might benefit someone else for scoring later on.
Many cards wills core you points. Sometimes it's simple: Place a fish, get 3 victory points. Other times it can be more complicated, place a shark, move it 4 spaces, every creature it eats gain 4 victory points. Or another example is, place two islands, score 7 points for every land mass surrounded by water. Or move all antelope in one direction, gain 1 victory point for every antelope that moved. Or score a point for every mountain range connected to the mountain you just put down.
It creates good player interaction because if you see someone putting down a lot of antelope they will either have a card down they can use to score points with those antelope or they likely have one in their hand. Maybe you put down some cheetah's to gobble up his points and add to your own!
Each card can only be activate a certain number of times from 1 - 4. Cards that can score big points or really change the board can often only be activated once so you need to time it right! However, they also often require a lot of cubes so you may not be able to hold a powerful card at the "almost activated" stage because you need those cubes back to place on other cards.
In our second game we drafted our own hands of cards which added another layer to the game. Do you go all in on one strategy to gain you points? What if that doesn't work out? Make sure you draft smaller cards you can activate early and bigger cards for points later. I could imagine a scenario where you forget to draft cards that give you enough points or only grab cards needing 5 energy cubes and end up doing a lot of waiting.
And that's probably my only complaint with the game. If everyone else has an "ECOS" (aka bingo) and can activate a card and possibly chain activations together and you don't you might find yourself sitting and watching for a bit. Mind you, it's not a lot of sitting and watching but it feels like a lot because usually the game is flowing along. We found taking the games advice and to only wait for players if they are doing something that will change the board state helped a lot.
So I can definitely say I really enjoyed it. I love seeing what we created at the end of the game and can't wait to play it again!
disom 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
I posted all of my plays from New Year's to Friday of last week in the previous post.
Over the weekend I re-installed Patchwork and played a handful of games on there.
1. Raiders of the North Sea
2. My Little Scythe (and my 7 year old whooped me)
We haven’t played Little Scythe for a while. I should get it out again. My kids are a few months older than the last time we played. I wonder if my 6 year old could try it this time...
I got it for my daughter for her 6th Birthday. She played once on or twice on a team and then I started making her play on her own. She did very well (although I did sometimes talk her through some things she was deciding on).
We have an unopened copy that I've been waiting to crack open with our oldest. She's 6 1/2 and I think she can probably handle it now with a little coaching.
Yeah I found coaching to be a big help in moving her quickly to playing on her own. It helped her learn all the different aspects of the game.
Good for him. That made the 7 year old proud.
Her* but yes she was very proud.
My bad. Not, I am quite pleased for her.
I played multiple games of go fish with my son.
I also played two games of Race for the Galaxy. The first one was a pretty standard game that I narrowly lost. The second one was super weird and I narrowly won.
Just played go fish with my 3-year old yesterday! She actually did quite well!
It is so fun to see them start picking up on strategy.
She’s actually not 3 until next week. I was so inspired that I went ahead and ordered My First Castle Panic for her birthday.
You'll have to let us know how Panic is. I've been keeping that in mind for my family.
My son turned 3 at the end of November. And, he beats us at go fish.
Good for you. I'm sure she will be tickled pink.
I risked my wife’s wrath by doing it. She gave me “the look” when I told her.
Are you still playing Race with that one website you mentioned previously? I never did check it out.
I am. I highly recommend it.
What site do you use? Have you ever had to teach this? I have always heard it is a bear to teach but fairly easy to play once you have it down.
I use the Keldon AI program I highly recommend it. But, I would NOT use it for mobile.
I have taught it several times. It takes a play or two to get it down. I have never had THAT hard a time teaching it. But I have only taught it to people familiar with Puerto Rico.
Awesome! I will look into that. I know it is highly regarded and want to give it a fair shot.
I am familiar with Puerto Rico so it may be more accessible then for me. I think that might help me find some common ground.
I got in a second game of Viticulture: Essential Edition with my wife! Welcome to... and Forbidden Island are on the horizon for this week.
My wife and I play Welcome To... all the time. I generally dislike roll-and-write's, but my wife has always loved the write aspect.As a flip-and-write - and with the possible bonus combinations - this game is pretty good and an excellent compromise.
In case you missed it, Trent did a live stream a while back doing a marathon to play all 100 sheets of Welcome To as a stunt lol
The theme works well for us and I enjoy how simple and relaxing it is while providing different routes to build up points. We definitely like it way more than Railroad Ink.
Haha man every time I see Viticulture it makes me that much more eager to want to try it... sadly I don’t know anyone who has it! Haha
There's always a future giveaway win for you and @nealkfrank :)
At the same time, I don't know if you guys would get that even if you won haha
Haha true true... I don’t know if it’s at the top of my list yet, but if I see more posts about it it might end up being the top!
@philryuh I thought my wife would love the concept but she was totally not about it when I pitched it to her which is why it has not been on my list much. I do love the quality of the components and the way the game functions though!
Hahaha I may have asked this before, but what's your wife's favorite game to play with you?
nealkfrank 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
She is honestly pretty open with games. She does enjoy Quacks and Azul, she got really into Castles of Burgundy. I think Welcome To will take the crown moving forward though, she liked our plays at the board game cafe!
Glad to see COB working out for ya'll.
I hope I can get my wife to play Viticulture with me at some point. She does love wine.
Sounds perfect then! We got out a bit of wine and cheese for our first play haha. I hope it happens :)
I’m glad that your wife is enjoying Viticulture! Seems like a fantastic game.
I played some forbidden island yesterday afternoon with my son, (in reality I was playing two handed solo.) I was struck again with how good the components are in comparison to price point.
Agreed, the one thing that often stops me from getting some fantastic older games is the component quality, and Forbidden Island has aged very well.
I’ve never actually played this one but I do agree about the components. It’s amazing what they are able to fit inside there.
There are many games 3-5 times it's price point that have hugely inferior components.
Just one game this week but it was a good one: Lorenzo il Magnifico
I had a great game and won by a fair amount. (Of course a first game of anything really doesn’t count much.)
It’s one that I've sort of had an eye on for quite a while but never quite had the money when Ithoughtof it andit was available.
Played Forbidden Island for the first time with my wife (and our first co-op as well)! We played two games: the first was an easy win on the novice level, and for the second, we went for the elite level and got crushed lol.
In comparison to Pandemic, I actually like how simple it is to setup and play quick sessions without much pressure. It's like PARKS is to worker placement games. Plus, while I'm not a fan of the tin, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it's aged--the components are great and the insert is practical (one thing I don't like about the insert on Viticulture is that it's hard to pull out the cards sometimes because it doesn't have a little indent where you can snag the cards from the side).
Anna currently places it among her top three (Forbidden Island, Catan, Viticulture EE). Some of the ones that don't quite make the cut are: Quacks, Wingspan, Just One, Welcome To, etc. She's been telling me to buy Tuscany already so I'll be doing that this weekend haha. Then getting either Everdell or Champions of Midgard. Thanks @trentellingsen for giving me your old copy!
also, I just saw, you have the gobblet of waters upside down, no wonder the island is sinking.
Awesome. Glad you liked it. I like heavier games, but I love forbidden island. I say it is good it's simplicity, but it might be my love for the cool art etc.... Drawing me in. I do hate the tin though. I like the art on it, but, the tin is nasty.
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