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Last 5, Top 5 (March 2020)

It's been a while since the last one so I'm completely borrowing @BenjaminK's popular post topic.

We're almost done with the first quarter of 2020! What were the last five games you played, and how would you rank them against each other? (I'll share mine in the morning--it's 1 am here and I need more time to think)

3 points by philryuh - updated 3 months ago | 76 comments | report | subscribe

ObtusePunubiris 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'm terrible at ranking games.  I could make this list each of the next three days and it would probably be different each time.  Anyway, here goes...

#Xia: Legends of a Drift System - This was actually the least exciting game of Xia I've played.  Neither of us could get anything going and it was just a grind.  I still enjoyed it though.

#Dominion - Taught this to my daughter and, along with my wife, played a couple games of this staple in our collection.  Always fun.

#Puerto Rico - This was my 2nd time playing PR and my first in 8 years.  Great game that I expect to get a lot more table time now.

#The Godfather: Corleone's Empire - First time playing.  It's a very in your face, cutthroat game, at least at 2 players.  That's not a complaint though.  We enjoyed it a lot.

#Galaxy Trucker - This is one of those games that I really don't care about winning.  In fact, it often seems to be more fun when everything goes wrong and your ship gets blown to hell.


Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Here are mine:

1. #Root

2. #Terraforming Mars

3. #Star Wars: Outer Rim

4. #Ticket To Ride

5. #Clue Game

Quite a mix of games. I played Ticket to Ride and Clue with my family and the rest solo. I’m not sure if anyone else has said this yet, but Root is fantastic. Does anyone here like Root? I feel like I’m the only one talking about it.


philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'm still curious where Root stands in your top 5 now o_  o

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Definitely. I’ve got two posts in the hopper that I’m working on. One or both should answer your question. 

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Woahhh how times have changed. Where would you place Root now in your top 5? Glad it's working out for you and I was hoping everyone who wanted to get Root (after all of the talk that goes around here) wouldn't be disappointed. Also, you've played as the Cats and the WA so far. Have you given the Birds and the Vagabond a go yet?

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I think I've heard of Root. Possibly from you. I hear it's good. I also hear that I need to get that played solo! Was your Root solo or with others?

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Solo, naturally. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Seems like that's how most of our games get played these days haha

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Even before all the COVID-19 stuff. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

haha Fair enough.

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Choosing between #2 and #3 was the most difficult.

1. #Tuscany: Essential Edition - Haven't been overthrown yet and we still have more content/modules to get to.

2. #Clans of Caledonia - Still very fun but I'd say it scratches a very different itch than all others in this list. Definitely requires the most amount of planning and brain power, but in a good way.

3. #Architects of the West Kingdom - Okay, I was actually tempted to place this in #2. I think it would deserve that spot (maybe even #1) if I were to weigh in just the pure amount of fun I had playing it solo. I like it more than my #1 and #2 if I were to consider solo only, but I still have to see how my second play of 2p game with my wife will go.

4. #Camel Up (second edition) - Light, casual, chaotic fun with the family. Best family game I own so far in terms of pure fun. #Just One is another one but we haven't played that recently.

5. #Atlantis Rising (second edition) - It's a great co-op but it's harder to see plays these days because my wife's been so busy getting her YouTube channel started. Even if she weren't busy, I could see it losing out to my top games in getting to the table. And my bet is that if #Root co-op play goes well, we'll prefer that over Atlantis Rising for co-op experience.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Some great games here Phil. I’m surprised to see Atlantis rank at the bottom, although when compared to the other 4 games it’s a bit easier to see why. 

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I know right? Tough competition. I still like the game and it will probably see more plays in the future because I appreciate the tension it creates. But, when it comes to survival games, I think I prefer ones where each player moves around a single character on a map. For now, it definitely places below Camel Up in terms of pure fun factor. If I were to judge based on solo play, I'd currently place Architects at #1.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Good job solo play! And good job Architects. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

My in-laws ordered #Viticulture: Essential Edition for me as a late Christmas gift - I'm excited to receive it and play it! Though I don't know how long it will be now that Amazon is delaying "non-essential" item shipments, haha. Anyway, I'm sure we'll love it, and I'm sure we'll eventually get Tuscany as well!

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

This is amazing! My in-laws don’t support my addictions. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Haha! When they saw it was about making wine they said they wanted to come over and play it and drink some wine, lol

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

lol! Good for them. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yep and I'm down to teach them, but I know for a fact this will be the heaviest game they've ever played by a long shot.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

The theme and the mechanics should help quite a bit. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah that's what I've read. I hope it goes well! Though maybe I'll have to limit the wine drinking until after I'm done teaching, lol!

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I remember you mentioning that in a DM (I think I forgot to reply to that part though). Your in-laws are awesome! lol. I hope you and your wife will love it. Based on the games you like, I feel like it will go well. 

By the way, how does your wife typically feel about worker placement games where the action you want gets blocked off? There are fairly decent workarounds in #Viticulture: Essential Edition but I'm curious! (and besides, throwing in Tuscany adds so many options to find alternative routes toward what you're building).

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Well that happens in #Everdelland she doesn't seem to mind too much. In that game it's hard to know what the other player is going for, so you can't really do it on purpose. I'm not sure how it is in Viticulture.

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'd say it's quite tame. You will be set back sometimes by your opponent's action but you just have to be willing to be flexible and consider other options. It's mostly a matter of managing your Grande worker (you can place this worker in an already occupied area) or investing a bit on visitor cards that will allow you to bypass having to place a worker in a particular action space to complete that action. And again, Tuscany will do you wonders to mitigate bad luck in your card draws and to help jump start your engine. Also comes with great modules to drastically expand the replay value.

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

That sounds great! Have you played with any of the other expansions? #Viticulture: Moor Visitors Expansion or #Viticulture: Visit from the Rhine Valley? I think one of them is made specifically to reduce the luck factor.

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I can't recommend Rhine Valley enough, if you are starting with one Expansion for VEE it has to be this.  It fits into the overall Engine Building aspect of the game so nicely.  It allows you to win almost solely by filling your wine orders.  For me there is nothing more fulfilling in VEE than discarding a filled wine order and taking the wine out of your cellar.  It feels like you've made some wine enthusiasts very happy.

@philryuh I'm strongly considering using some of my savings from Board Game purchases this year to buy some bling.  Raiders really has me sold on Metal Coins.  I don't know that I'd spend much on screen printed Meeples.  But I really really want #Scythe and #Viticulture: Essential Edition coins.

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

That'd be fun for sure. I'm also pretty sold on getting metal coins at some point. I've also entertained the idea of getting #Scythe coins and using them for all of my games, but I'll likely get bothered by the inconsistency in theme/color :(

When I suggested that idea to my wife, that was the first thing she mentioned as well so we think alike lol. But.... how will I afford metal coins for Clans, Viticulture, AND Architects? I doubt there'd be a generic brand that I'd be satisfied with haha xD

She seemed to like the coins for #Clans of Caledonia as well but she was especially pleased by this: https://www.topshelfgamer.com/collections/clans-of-caledonia/products/deluxe-token-bundle-compatible-with-clans-of-caledonia. Looks like resin pieces for the resource tokens (not the ones on the player board)

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

You recommend that one over Tuscany?

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't but I've heard great things for #Viticulture: Visit from the Rhine Valley from @sdirrane if you want to put more emphasis on the engine-building aspect of Viticulture/focusing on wine production/fulfillment. This is because the base deck sometimes rewards victory points to players in a rather random way that can feel out of theme and detracting from focusing on wine making. My wife and I haven't gotten it yet but we still enjoy the game with the base deck. But considering how much of a hit this game is for us, I'm sure we'll get the deck, metal coins, and maybe even upgrade the workers to custom ones at some point xD

The Tuscany expansion is great for mitigating luck in your bad card draws if you're failing to draw the right vine cards or wine order cards. The new board has an action space that allows you to trade resources in a 1:1 fashion (between "resources" like cards in your hand, money/lyra, grape tokens, etc) so it gives you a way to be flexible.

Oh, and you get access to more action spaces in each action area when you're playing at higher player counts (e.g. planting vines area will open up to allow 2 or 3). At that point it becomes more of a competition for placing your workers on the action spaces that reward bonuses rather than completely getting blocked off from an action.

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah I like what they did with the bonus action spaces - makes for good competition but still seems like most of the time you'll be able to do most of what you want to do.

And Tuscany sounds awesome! I'm sure we'll get it a few months down the road.

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Cool idea. My last 5 played ranked against each other...

1. #Imhotep

2. #Tumblin' Dice

3. #JamSumo

4. #Azul: Summer Pavilion

5. #Kingdomino

theDL 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

What are your thoughts on Summer Pavilion? I've still only played the original Azul.

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I like it better than original Azul. I would maybe rate Azul at 6.5 and Summer Pavillion at 7.5.

Just offers some more interesting choices.

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Never heard of #Tumblin' Dice before so I looked up a video just now. So straightforward but it looks like a great party game for people who know how to have fun haha. And especially for @BenjaminK who loves dice? :D

Seems a bit expensive though. Not sure if the quality of the materials used is what justifies the price.

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I have played Tumblin' Dice one time, and I've really wanted it since. Great game. But yes, it is rather pricey which is what's keeping me away.

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I actually made my own copy for that very reason. Painted it up to be like a lake and a dam and called it “Bouncin’ Dice Bombs” in honor of the British dam busting raids where they used bouncing bombs to take out German dams in WW2.  

Looking back now though I wish I had just used wood stain cause the paint looks a bit too cartoonish. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

That is a great idea for a retheme! I've thought about making my own. Maybe during this lockdown I'll have more time to do so...

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

These are the plans I used. Pretty easy to do if you have some plywood laying around. Instead of eyehooks for the blockers I bought little wooden craft spools from Michael's and drilled holes in them and for dowel rods to attach to the board.

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/1yhvje/my_custom_tumblin_dice_board/

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Awesome, thanks for sharing that!

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

You are a saint! Thanks for the link! I downloaded the plans and will see what I can do with this. I'm no hand crafter, but I'm not incompetent either. This is going to be a fun project. :) 

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It will be interesting to see what you can come up with. 

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

It’s really fascinating to see all the different games that people play. I haven’t even heard of your 2 and 3. 

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

3 is from a single designer that self-publishes wooden games (I actually made my own copy of it)

2 has been around for a long time though. Fun game.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Well that explains that! Pretty cool that you made your own copy. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

  1. #Everdell - this will always be near the top of these lists.
  2. #Carcassonne - not that I necessarily like this one better than the games below it here, but I had a really fun time playing it with my wife.
  3. #Oh My Goods! - played this for the first time last night. We both liked it! Looking forward to playing more and getting better at it haha.
  4. #Akrotiri - played this for the 2nd time - still lots of fun! I won this time around, but only by a little!
  5. #Jixia Academy - taught a friend to play this. I think he enjoyed it but it didn't quite grab him.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Everdell is so good. I need to get that one out again. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I love it. We have the 2nd and 3rd expansions arriving this week from the Kickstarter!

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Ooo! That’s great. Can’t wait to hear how they play. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'll be sure to report back once I've played them! And maybe over I've played them a couple of times.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Please do!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

How many did you play #Oh My Goods! With? 

Was it just you and your wife? 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Ok @Marshwiggle92 @philryuh so I accidentally reported this comment - laptop trackpad misinterpreted the touch. Sorry!

But yes, it was just me and my wife, and it was kind of a learning game with a lot of "okay, now I do this....right?" We watched @nightsaroundatable's how to play video beforehand which helped quite a bit!

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

There goes Chris being offensive again. Tsk tsk. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Lol, saying such rude things like "How many players did you play with?" The nerve!

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

He was trying to get you to say that you violated the social distancing order. I know it. That’s exactly something he’d do. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

How did you find out my devious scheme?

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I’m on to you. That’s how. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Now I'm worried. If I can't hide in quarantine I'm El Salvador, where can I hide?

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

You can’t hide on Earth. Maybe on the dark side of the moon. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Man. I'm gonna have a hard time getting there. 

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

You could also try working at Kickstarter. I hear they allow unions now too. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I know this is heritcal to many people.... But, I really really do not like unions. 

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Lol I just thought I'd offer a place for you to hide xD

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Gotcha. 

theDL 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Haha!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

No worries on my part. Hope you get it to the table again. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Thanks Phil! I've been meaning to post another one of these for some time, so thanks for making it happen. Here are mine:

1. #Reavers of Midgard

2. #Twice As Clever

3. #Dino Dunk

4. #Pandemic

5. #Diceborn Heroes

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Hahaha Ben, what's your #1 dice game of all time? :)

Dino Dunk looked interesting by the way. Looked up a video on it. I do want to try a flicking game some day, maybe #Flick Em Up!

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

While I wouldn't call #Champions of Midgard a dice game, it does use dice pretty heavily (ok so maybe it is). That'd be my favorite. I also love #Fuse and #Proving Grounds

Dino Dunk just came in for me to review. I played it for about 5 minutes at Origins last year and really liked it. Still do. I really like flicking games, and I would love to try Flick em Up!. #Disc Duelers is a great flicking-combat game. #Flip Ships is probably my favorite dexterity game, although it's not so much flicking across a surface as through the air.

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I guessed right about #Champions of Midgard! Looked up #Fuse and boy, after making the connection between the title and seeing it's real-time, I felt the anxiety in me haha.

I looked up #Flip Ships and added to my wishlist. I think my family would enjoy this a lot! :)


BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

haha Yeah, I figured you would guess Champions :)

Fuse and Flip Ships I mostly play solo, although they're both still a blast with others as well. We used to play board games at my last job every Wednesday during lunch, and Flip Ships was probably the most fun any of us had with any game ever. It's a good one.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

  1. #Star Trek: Frontiers I played this last Sunday. Oh it's so so good. I love its big meaty puzzle full of nasty enemies. 
  2. #Spirit Island, played this yesterday and lost miserably. I love most of it. My only complaint is that the invaders tend to be a little fiddly to run. I, however, believe that that comes with the territory of such a good enemy in a coop. 
  3. #Agricola I really like this game. The components are good, but the gameplay is better. 
  4. #Deep Space D-6 I played this yesterday. I lost. But, this little dice allocation game is a lot of fun. My main complaint is that it tends to run a little bit longer than it wants to. My games have been running between 30 and 40 minutes, and I really wish it could be done in 30 minutes or less. I'm toying with the idea of taking a few cards out to make it shorter. 
  5. #Lost Cities is another game I played yesterday. I really think that it is a solid and fun game. But my wife likes it more than I do, so, for that reason we play it more often than I might choose too. If you game played #Rack-O all you need to know that Lost Cities is a fun gamers versión of #Rack-O

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Lost Cities is one I wouldn't mind having because it's a pretty good 2-player game. But I'm like you in that I think it's fun, but there are others I'd probably pick instead.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

It is fun. But, for me it is a 7 out of 10. And, I would like to keep most of my personal collection in El Salvador a 8 out of 10 or higher. In the states I have more room, so I'm more ok with 7s or 6s in my collection there. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, I'mm the same way. Seven is a good game, but with so many ranked above that, it's not a high priority.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Good way to put it.