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sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 5 points[-]

Played a solo game of #Clans of Caledonia

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

How well did you do? 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I got pretty close to 115 points which is the top for the "Newbie" score level.  You don't actually try to score more than the Automa you just try to reach different levels.  I also believe I missed giving myself points for a couple of the end of round bonuses.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I hate that feeling of wondering if you missed something or not. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yeah, thankfully for me with Clans I still feel like I had a great time and really got to play the game.  Which is the most important part.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

That’s the best part of playing solo. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yes it is. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 4 points[-]

Got in another play of #Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea with the Pestilence and Order and Chaos expansions. Love the new factions in these expansions, especially the Birdfolk, as they have some interesting abilities. Also, that floating continent just looks super cool. We also taught it to my brother-in-law's girlfriend, who isn't a gamer by any means, and yes, she did enjoy it. So that's another win!

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

That game sounds so cool. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Man I think I want try this game.  Sounds like the $$$ could get high.

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It’s so stinkin’ good. But yeah it could get pretty pricey. Fortunately, I won the base game in a giveaway Gamelyn did during its original Kickstarter and then I got the expansions for review. I must say I am very lucky/blessed in that regard, otherwise there’s no way I’d have it. 

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Nice!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Wow, that is good. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Oh wow that's awesome.  Very helpful.

theDL 3 months ago | 3 points[-]

  • #Santorini - just one game this week
  • #Jaipur - 2x - I got this to play with my wife and she likes it! This is a great little game. So simple and quick and yet strategic enough to keep us engaged. Perfect coffee shop game.
  • #Everdell: Pearlbrook - we love this game. Played with the Pearlbrook expansion, which is pretty good. I wouldn't say it's an essential expansion, but it's fun and gives you different options for paths to victory. My wife edged me for 2 points.

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

Got in a couple games of #Carcassonne: Star Wars Edition. First time it got to the table in almost three years.  I know it isn’t a favorite of #Carcassonne purists but I enjoy it more than the original simply due to the combat mechanism that adds a little bit of “take that” to the game. 

BenjaminK 3 months ago | 3 points[-]

I like Carcassonne, but I think I'd love the Star Wars version. One, the theme speaks to me, and two, I think that combat mechanic would be fun. Now I just gotta play it haha

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

There is a Star Wars Version?!?!??! 

theDL 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

How does the combat work?

CaptainPossum Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Really really abstracted. Each players rolls 1-3 dice depending on a couple factors. Only the highest die roll from each player matters. If there is a tie each player gets 1 point and they roll again. The loser gets a point per dice rolled and removed meeple from contested area. The winner leaves their meeple in place. 

One cool thing is if you place a tile next to an occupied planet you can choose to fight for that planet instead of putting a meeple on the tile you just placed. 

For me the fun is in winning or losing a fight and the mild frustration that causes more so than how the combat functions. 

theDL 3 months ago | 3 points[-]

Haha nice. Sounds like a nice little twist on the original!

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

It's nice that it has some new mechanics and it's not just Carcassonne with a Star Wars skin.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

The only thing I managed to play last week was three games of #CIV: Carta Impera Victoria. It is a great quick little game. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have never heard of this, what is it like?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I wrote about my first impressions here. 

https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/nVZfeLy12K/cic-carta-impera-victoria-first-impressions-

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Excellent! I will read through that. 

LScott 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I am helping a friend who is designing a game and did some more playtesting on that.

taksDK 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Played a game of #Nemesis in which the player that  played as the Android won by escaping on an escape pod with an intruder egg. The ship blew up right after and everyone else died. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I think I'd really like to play this game.  I don't think I'd end up buying it at any point but sounds like it's very thematic.  Did you happen to put on some Alien Soundtrack music?  I think that'd be really fun.

taksDK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah if you get a chance to play it’s definitely worth it for the stories that come out of it. It’s very luck dependent so that isn’t your thing it might not hit with you. There is a YouTube video of ambient sounds specifically for Nemesis that is a lot of fun

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I don't mind luck.  Although I don't like luck that is so central that there is no way to try to work around bad luck.  Catan is a great example to me.  If you don't get rolls and therefore don't get resources there is no way to mitigate it and actually get to play the game.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Sounds like that produced a good story at least. 

taksDK 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah definitely! Very thematic 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

That is very valuable in a game like that. 

rlupino 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

5211, pass the pigs, Escape Room Jumanji, and Jamaica.  We also finished the first Time Stories from the new season.



HalfAdd3r Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Solo #Arkham Horror: The Card Game (still on Night on the Zealot), #7 Wonders Duel, and #Dice Throne

Despite being on my second fail on The Devourer Below, I'm still pumped. It feels like I'm learning to play better as I go. I'll stop that ritual yet!

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Played #Gloomhaven, #Underwater Cities, and #Terraforming Mars solo this week. Fun was had. Very much fun. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Gloomhaven has to be on my I have to play someday list.  I'm excited to hear what you have to say about Underwater Cities.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have batteries in progress for both Underwater Cities and Terraforming Mars. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Haha, nice!

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Taught my daughter the Eyrie, we played as a team against the Mechanical Marquise and pulled out the win.  Eyrie just agains the Mechanical Marquise is pretty easy without the challenge cards.  But that's good for teaching a new player.

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]


Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Man I'm getting more and more excited for my copy.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Had a pretty solid game night this Saturday. 

#The Resistance - the Resistance got owned. The Spies played the game really well. 

#Welcome to... - 7 player game, two of the guys liked it so much they said they were going to buy it! One even put it in his Amazon cart lol. 

#Puerto Rico - Holy moly I really liked this game. I bagged on it for a bit just because of how ugly it looked, but I loved my experience with it, just the right amount of mean, fun strategy and you are constantly doing things based on the different roles selected!

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I'm so curious about the new Puerto Rico game. The new art reveal looked amazing.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have not been able to see that! Where did you find the new art?

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/2G2nBgTlGp/alea-2020-releases-the-castles-of-tuscany--puerto-rico-

Not sure what the story is on these yet though. There haven't been many details.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Weird, the tweet is gone!

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yeah, the link shared by the OP was quickly taken down. Seems like there may have been some miscommunication and it got leaked too early maybe. In the thread, you'll see one of my comments sharing a link that goes to a different tweet by a non-English account.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Got it! The box art looks cool though, hopefully the components are inmproved too. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yes, I am quite excited to see that as well. I am very curious to see if they make a good two player or solo variant as well. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I do still really enjoy #Puerto Rico. Sometimes I'm afraid that a lot of new gamers don't get to play it. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I've heard the name before but never played it or really looked into too much myself.  What's it about?

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

You are basically colonists building up San Juan and plantations, making money and points by buying and selling your different crops. Mechanically, it is a role selection game. There are 7 roles in a 4 player game, when one person selects a role, everyone else gets to do that same action, but the person who selected it gets a bonus benefit. It is the father of #Race for the Galaxy!

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Cool, sounds like a theme I'd enjoy.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

They are coming out with a new version of it here soon that should hopefully be more pretty lol. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

That's always nice to hear.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Love that! Prettier good games are good!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Amen 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yup.  I'm always a big proponent for great art and quality components.  Aesthetics are huge for me.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Looking at your collection, you do have a lot of games with solid graphic design!

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Of course there is a lot more to a game.  But I do like to look at what I'm playing and really appreciate it's beauty of the play as well as the art.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It is definitely a perk! It does a lot to draw you in. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]


nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Wow I have not seen the Powerpuff girls in a while lol. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

nice

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It was #1 on BGG for a long time. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It was the original hype train!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

When I got into gateway games I introduced #catan to my friends, one of my buddies got but by the gaming bug, and he stayed buying games. He bought a bunch of games, even though non of the rest of us were really into gaming. One of those that he bought was #Puerto Rico, solely based on the fact it was #1. That one we actually latched onto and played a lot of. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I think I would play it over quite few of the games above it on the BGG ranking list. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Definitely 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I am curious why it is getting buried now. It really is a beautifully designed game (not asthetically) but the mechanics are really sleek! 

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I have yet to try it but it seems like something I would really like. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

If you like Race for the Galaxy you would def enjoy this!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I don't know if that is strictly true. I love both, but, in puerto Rico there is no hidden information, none. Neither is there any randomness. This does lead to a very deep strategic game, whereas race is a very swift tactical game with a fair amount of hidden information in hand of cards, and randomness in card draws. 

Ultimately I like race better, but they are both awesome games. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I said that after not every playing Race, just Roll, but that makes sense. I have heard there is a lot of sifting through the deck for a specific card in Race which adds that randomness. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

But it is so so fun. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It is on my list of games to play with @Sliddell11!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Awesome. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Was it the first time you played it? 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yes it was my first play through, there was some sloppy play for sure lol, but overall I really enjoyed the way the game and the roles functioned. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Glad you had fun. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Ya man, I am hoping to get some more plays in!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I don't think that it scales as well as some more "modern" games. That is why I don't have it right now. But, it is one of the best euros out there in my opinion. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Are you saying it does not scale well player count wise?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yes. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Ya I don not think I would play at 2 players, this would be a 3+ game for me. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I am not even sure the box allows for two. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It looks like it does, but it does not interest me. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

You are right. It almost seems like I did play it once at two but there were some special variant rules or something. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Ya I think they take out a role or something, definitely alters things a little. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It is a lot less of a gane if I recall correctly. I know I disliked it sufficiently to never play it again. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Lol very good, what do you mean by a lot less of a game?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It was a lot looser, and wonkier. It's probably been 5 years, so I forget the details. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Huh, interesting. I would not categorize PR as loose!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

It most definitely is not. I love a mean Euro games. And, I would say that PR is a mean Euro game. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

For sure, I hogged a whole ship for my coffee which made people have to throw out many many pieces of corn, definitely my proudest move of the game. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

So so fun. That, in my mind is so much more satisfying than battling on a open battlefield. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I completely agree, I liked the feeling of being clever enough to fill up the ships in a way that benefited me most and hurt the other players the most too!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I feel like it is generally wise to make sure there are sharp objects within your friends reach before doing something like that. 

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

There ARE sharp objects? You are very adventurous lol. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

LOL

I was on mobile and mistyped. Make sure there are NO sharp objects within reach.

nealkfrank 3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Livin life on the edge!

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Keep edgy..... But don't stab anybody.

R0land1199 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Just one game session this week but it was a good one!

  • #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated Two plays.  Games 3 and 4.  I did NOT have my best games this session but also the gods of luck were firmly against me.  (5 cubes in the bag out of like 30 cubes and 4 of mine were pulled...)
  • #Bargain Quest I've played this once before.  It's a fun little game. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

Bargain Quest is a fun light game I got to play with my youngest.  I think it could be considered a great filler game.

Skurvy5 Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

I’d love to pick up Bargain Quest at some point. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

It's definitely a great one for play with the kids too.

R0land1199 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Agreed.  If you sort of role play as a shop keeper it adds to the fun too!

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Gaming Indoors 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Another awesome game of Azul :)

1nf1n1ty Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Gamenight last night:

  • #Architects of the West Kingdom: Really enjoyed this one. I lost due to inefficient resource gathering. Though I was 4 points behind with no work on the Cathedral so I think their are multiple paths to victory. I like #Raiders of the North Sea better, but like them both enough to keep both for now.
  • #Clank! In! Space! Put another play on this. Nice pretty fast 3 player game. I can't imagine going back and playing #Dominion after playing a deck builder with so much more going on.
  • Luchidor Dice: This game was made for my friend. Massive to the point of gaudy overproduction, lots of random dice chucking, themed play, near mindless fun. If you are looking for just silly fun, and can role play a bit, this is fun. If you are looking for a solemn tactical and strategic experience, run.
  • #Unbroken: Put another play on this. I still like it. It is a fun gaming experience.

Also of course used #Start Player

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Awesome.  Do you play with both expansions for Raiders?  What is you like better about Raiders over Architects?

1nf1n1ty Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

When I it, I played with both. I like it better than architects because I find it a bit deeper, less 'take that', and I feel the theme a bit more.

sdirrane Supporter2 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'll be excited to play it with Heroes (the only expansion I have right now.  Interesting to hear it has less Take That than Architects, that actually causes my interest in Architects to go up.

rngcurator 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Played Massive Darkness again, which was really enjoyable. We aren't playing the campaign mode, though. We're enjoying the quests as one shots because the game is fairly easy to jump into and it's good for satisfying the need for a dungeon crawl without getting into a campaign if you just want a one and done session.

Also played The Others for the first time this week. I was really looking forward to the game, but was rather unimpressed. It'll likely go to our sell list. We're going to give it another go and see how it feels. We played 2p -- I was the hero side and won, but it wasn't really enjoyable to play. Most of the game felt hopeless and then it came down to two lucky rolls at the end. I'm not against dice chuckers, but this one was just a miss for me.

-Rebecca

LScott 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I thought I had posted already, but do not see it. I have playtested the Viticulture Essential Edition app. That's my first introduction to the game and it's been great. On the table I have playtested a game a friend is designing. Also, good gaming. 

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

#Clans of Caledonia (2p) - Shared about my first impressions here

Also solo'd a game of Clans last night. Tonight, my wife and I will be trying out #Atlantis Rising (second edition)!

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

How'd the solo play go?  What did you score?

philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

It made me want an insert again! I'll have to buy it real soon. As for the gameplay, I slowed down way too much trying to make the optimal moves hahaha. Next time, I should try to make my decisions a lot faster.

Otherwise, it was a very satisfying gameplay where I felt like solving a tough puzzle. Having all of the 1-value spaces blocked off sure made it challenging. I scored 124 and got zero bonus from settlement (I had 6 settlements within shipping reach) so I placed as a "rookie". If I had played faster, I would've ended up at "newbie" I think.

I like a good challenge and the top score ranges seem like a big mountain at the moment. I also like being able to test out each clan and seeing their strengths. I played with the clan that encourages specializing in building (getting more discounts the more you build the same type). I went for a strategy where I pretty much went all-in on wheat fields and distilleries. Sold off lots of whiskey for money so that I can make use of the market for goods and to expand with animals to slaughter them. Seeing the score, I'm sure there are many ways I can improve :)

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, nice score for game 1.  I haven't cracked 115 in three or four solo games.  I may have to look up some strategies, which isn't my favorite, but there is something I must be missing because I've never won.  Haha.  At least I still really enjoy the process.

WineScar Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

Everdell, and I did some play testing of my own personal games

1nf1n1ty Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I went to Orcon (Strategicon) over the weekend. I got quite a few plays in and some solo plays

Game of the con for me:

  • #Raiders of the North Sea with all of the expansions. I really enjoyed this one. It is a fun worker placement game with some twists, multiple scoring paths and interesting balancing. I am going to try to find a full KS edition

Biggest surprise:

  • #Unbroken I Kickstarted this, I am not a huge solo player, but I really liked this one. I played 6 or 7 games in a row one night. It is a great fantasy battle fix for me. 

Biggest dissapointment

  • #Port Royal I didn't really enjoy this. I could see where some people wanting a light filler might, but I found it very flat and I didn't care for the implementation of the push your luck mechanic.

The rest:

  • #Legacy of Dragonholt I started playing this solo. I don't think it would be a great multiplayer. It is essentially a glorified choose your own adventure. I am enjoying it ok so far. 
  • #Kick-Ass: The Board Game. A rather meh coop. I never felt particularly threatened. It is an ok dice chucker. Sort of a run of the mill CMON game
  • Idol. This was a rather cute prototype with dueling DJs. It had manipulation of a record player as part of it. He is getting ready for KS.
  • #Terraforming Mars. I got this in a math trade. I played part of a demo, then several solo plays (a couple with prelude. It is intersesting, but I haven't gotten a feel for multiplayer yet. I am very curious how that will go. So far I think it is a good game. I am not sure it is as great as it is ranked, but i'll see with more plays.

HalfAdd3r Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

I've played the app, but I just can't get into #Terraforming Mars. Glad I'm not the only person who's not 100% on it. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 3 points[-]

I definitely need to play it again before saying it's not for me.  It'd be helpful to play it correctly, haha.

HalfAdd3r Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Said in the cadence of Princess Bride: Have fun growing the algae! 

1nf1n1ty Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

It is an interesting game. I can see why it is popular. The theme is pretty strong for a euro. There is a sense that you are terraforming. The variety of cards is pretty amazing as well.

There is something that is a little flat for me, but I have mostly played solo games so I am interested to see how it will be with multiplayer. 

I feel like it can be difficult to get good combos. In some games, I get two cards that work amazing together, in others it is all limited to a haphazard mix. 

I like it and it is a good game, but I have many I like better.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 2 points[-]

Glad you like unbroken. It has been on my radar for awhile. 

sdirrane Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

I only have the Heroes Expansion for Raiders but I haven't tried it yet.  I'll be glad to get it out next time I play.