What did you play this week?

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27 days ago

#thefoxintheforest and #Warpgate we’re the two games I picked up and played this week. Can’t wait to get warpgate to the table again at a higher player count. Fox in the forest reminds me of hanamikoji. The simplicity and mind games.  So good.  

25 days ago

We have been really enjoying #The Fox in the Forest Duet recently, a very calming little game that can be played in 30 mins.

Supporter26 days ago

Welcome to the forum! How many players did you play #Warpgate with? I've yet to play a 4X game and I see that it's supposed to be a 4X experience at a fraction of the time. How's the game and does it seem good for two players?

25 days ago

I played it at 2p and will play it at 6 tomorrow. It’s hard to get a true 4x in a short amount of time, but warpgate makes an admirable attempt. In terms of taking over a galaxy, fighting others for resources, and holding your own space, warpgate does a great job for something that can be finished in a fraction of the time 

Supporter24 days ago

How does #Plunderous seem to you? Looks really interesting to me but it's just outside of my typical player count (2p) 

28 days ago

#Gloomhaven 4 times with my 2 eldest sons
#The Orchard: Card Game once

I started learning a couple solo RPGs
Ironsworn
Thousand Year Old Vampire
All We Love We Leave Behind

 

28 days ago

#Wingspan two times #Paladins of the West Kingdom and #Clans of Caledonia and two games of #Ecos: First Continent

Supporter28 days ago

Four great games!

25 days ago

How do you like Ecos? It has been loitering just below my wish-list for a little while

24 days ago

I like it. It does lend itself to analysis paralysis as there are so many options and most players won't get to do everything they set out to do. In some ways it's like a sandbox game and you can sort of do whatever you want (though point scoring might be hit or miss that way). 

I don't think this game would be for everybody. It is beautiful and enjoyable for the right personality but would likely be quite frustrating for others. The number of choices would be too much for some players and the lack of direction as far as game goals go might be tough on others. 

I think this one will see a lot of plays at our house because it has good visuals and the game play is pretty easy to engage. Personally I like Wingspan better and I think I like PARKS a bit more as well. 

24 days ago

Nice, thanks for taking the time to write that up! I think it would be one that I would like although I think I am prone to some AP so while I might enjoy it, my friends might not appreciate me playing it :D

28 days ago

I played...nothing. How incredibly sad, right? haha

Supporter28 days ago

Nah, that happens sometimes. It's not like you must play a certain amount.  It's for fun right?

28 days ago

It's true. But I do look forward to it, so I'm always a little disappointed when it doesn't happen. But, our other activities that took its place were also fun. :) 

Supporter27 days ago

I hear you.  Good that you were replacing it with something else fun too! :)

25 days ago

Just think about how sweet it will be when you do get to sit down with something. What is the game you would want to play most right now?

21 days ago

About a week ago, it was #Rurik: Dawn of Kiev. Fortunately, my wife and I got a game of that in last night. I always love that one. 

21 days ago

Congrats, I have never come across it before, what do you like about it?

19 days ago

I think it's the auction programming of actions that hooks me. Placing "advisors" (i.e. workers" on action spaces, but you are able to get bumped down on the action's juiciness by higher-numbered advisors. But, you can also increase your advisors' values by assigning them to actions with coins underneath them, increasing their "power." And, the lower numbers activate first, so there's some good give-and-take going on. It's a fantastic mechanic and lots of fun.

The rest of the gameplay is really smooth and well done as well.

19 days ago

Sounds very cool, will have to keep my eyes pealed for an opportunity to play.

Supporter19 days ago

I really like the idea of that particular mechanic.  I hope I get to play it someday.

19 days ago

I hope you do too. I think you'd like it. They're doing a reprint soon, along with an expansion, so I'm excited for that.

Supporter21 days ago

Nice.  This was on my wish list a while back but has moved toward the bottom of my wish list at the moment.

19 days ago

I find that the longer a game is on my wishlist, the further down the list it tends to travel. The ones that do stay up top, I know I really want. It's a fine strategy to have haha

Supporter19 days ago

Totally.  And for me part of it is the, I'm planning on only purchasing one game (which I've already one) in 2020.

28 days ago

  • #Carcassonne @ 2p
  • #King of New York @ 2p - played this for the first time. It's pretty cool! A little more going on than #King of Tokyo, but still least enough to teach in a few minutes. I'm looking forward to playing with a higher player count.
  • #Santorini @ 2p. It had been a while since I played this - one of my favorites.
  • #Concordia @ 2p - my wife beat me by 10 points. I had more cards but she put out all of her houses and therefore ended the game.
  • #Everdell @ 2p - my wife crushed me. I had a decent game but she had a great one. I love this game. So much combo potential.

27 days ago

I played #Great Western trail for the first time!

Supporter26 days ago

Oh man, this looked so interesting to me and then kind of fell by the wayside.  How was it?

23 days ago

It was kind of opposite for me.  Wasn't interested.  Then my son asked for a game with cows.  I said, I know of one but it's very complex.  He ended up not liking it but my wife and I like it alot.  Very interesting choices to make.  Some different "games" going on within a single game but they all feel cohesive, unlike say, Dinosaur Island, where each part of the game feels very separate.

We played two player.  Haven't played with more players yet.  I could see it being really long at four players.  Kind of hard to tell who is winning so, keeps things interesting for everyone most of the time.

Sometimes other people's turns aren't as interesting to you but they aren't super long so there isn't a ton of down time (at 2-players).

Great game.  We will be playing it lots I'm sure because we don't have many straight euro games.

Supporter22 days ago

Sounds great!  Glad you enjoyed it.  Maybe I'll play it someday.

27 days ago

How did you like it? It's one of my favourites (dutifully dubbed 'the cow game' in my circle of friends)

23 days ago

Really good game.  See above reply to sdirrane.

27 days ago

Played a game of #Azul with my partner, was her first time and she really enjoyed the tactility of the pieces. It is very calculating at 2P (as a lot of games are) with a lot of opportunities to be very mean.

Also tried out #Catacombs 3rd Edition for the first time, will write a review at some point when I get the chance.

Played another game of #The Defence of Procyon III on TTS with some folks from my game group. Slowly starting to appreciate more and more the interconnectedness of it all, cannot wait for the real thing to arrive next year and to get it into a table.

27 days ago

This  past week we played #No Thanks!  Our favorite and most played card games in our collection.  It's simple to learn and involves a bit of push your luck and an interesting timing mechanism on when to take a card you really don't want but the benefit of tokens is just too good not to.

#Unlock! Heroic Adventures We played the arcade one.  It was good.  I like the app and there are moments in this escape style game that are unique to it because of the app.  Overall we like the unlock series quite a bit.  Looking forward to the Star Wars themed one coming out soon.

#Obscurio This is a cool #Dixit#Mysterium style game  where one player uses fantastical pictures to help the other players find their way out of a locked magical library.  We played the 3 player game and so did not have a traitor.  We still had fun with it and won 2 time out of 3 with the third being on hard mode.  The game would absolutely be better with more players and the traitor though. Maybe even with just more players.

Finally we played #Azul with the new crystal mosaic overlay and boards.  The tile pieces fit on the overlay very nicely but I have to say the scoring cube is a little too big and doesn't sit correctly, also the overlay doesn't attach to the player board at all so it slides around a bit, which can be a little annoying.  The new player boards are really what makes this shine.  There is one new board x 4 with 2 different sides, one which has the 5 colored tiled printed once each but with a 2x scoring indicator.  It was fun trying to maximize that double scoring (I got an 18 for scoring 9 points and then doubling - having a full column and all but the last tile in that row). The second side has just 5 color tiles printed on the board but it ups the scoring for columns and rows I believe.  Overall a fun game and the new boards breathe some new life in to it.

Supporter27 days ago

I am still super busy, but I did manage to get in a game of #Carcassonne with my wife on sunday. 

27 days ago

Nice, a classic, do you have many of the expansions?

Supporter25 days ago

Nope. 

25 days ago

Ha, do you think you ever will or is the base game enough?

Supporter24 days ago

I am not opposed to getting more expansions for it, but I am usually very slow and hesitant to get expansions for any game. I have a limited budget, and, for now, I prefer to spend most of it on new games rather than expansions. 

24 days ago

I think I tend to be the same, although now I have a somewhat more rounded collection I am becoming more tempted to buy an expansion for a game I already own than a new game that is similar thematically/mechanically

Supporter24 days ago

I might get there, there are still holes in my collection I want to fill though. 

24 days ago

What are you missing do you feel?

Supporter24 days ago

Medium weight economic games. 

Medium weight coop

Negotiation

Two player dueling

Dungeon crawl

Splotter 

24 days ago

Do you tend to find you get a better cost/benefit buying a new game than expanding an game you already own?

Supporter24 days ago

I think I do. I find that, generally, expansions, while often nice, share a lot of DNA with the base game. That is good if the game is good. But, if you are looking to add variety to the collection it isn't quite as nice. 

24 days ago

Makes sense, do you tend to be someone who prefers replaying games a lot or enjoys more experiencing new games?

Supporter24 days ago

I do like replaying games, but I if I am going to spend money.... I'd rather get a different game. 

Supporter22 days ago

For me it's the thought process of, will it make a game I love to replay better/different in some way.  If I think it'll enhance a game I already love I usually go after expansions before new games.

Supporter28 days ago

I've been playing 7 wonders and t'zolkin  with friends on Board Game arena this week. Two of my very favorite games. Also another D&D session.

27 days ago

Are you running the game or a PC? How long have you been playing for?

Supporter26 days ago

I'm assuming you are talking about D&D. I am in two campaigns right now. One I've been in for about 3 months and we play weekly on Roll 20. The other, we play about every other week. This is our second campaign, and we have been playing as a group for close to 4 years now. We would normally play in person on this one, but due to COVID we are doing Roll 20.

I am also going to be playing Lancer on Discord with my son and his friends starting this week.

26 days ago

Yes D&D, sorry. Wow, 4 years is an impressive commitment, have the two campaigns felt very different or is there a similar feel because there are the same players?

Supporter21 days ago

We started a new campaign with new characters, and one person switched out in our group. It is a very different dynamic now. 

21 days ago

Nice, do you feel that is due to the DM creating a different tone to the world or that the players tried to actively act different/create a different group? or both?

Supporter20 days ago

It was both. Our last campaign, we very much played altruists like the 'avengers'. Our new group is very neutral and self-centered. The new campaign is more dungeon crawl, while the last was a 'save the world campaign'.

20 days ago

Glad you got to mix it up, have you/would you like to play any other RPG's do you think after this campaign or will you stick with D&D?

Supporter20 days ago

I've played 30-40 or so different ones in my gaming life. I just started a game of Lancer with my son. I played Monster of the week last month, and Fiasco the month before that. Earlier in the year, I played some Pathfinder 2.0. D&D 5e is still my favorite right now though.

19 days ago

Wow, that is impressive, what about 5e brings it out on top?

Supporter19 days ago

I am a huge fan of fantasy. D&D was my first game (AD&D). So part is nostalgia. It is also very accessible. It is simple enough that newer players (some of which we have in our group) can pick it up and play with not a whole lot of effort. The character development is strong and you get a lot of cool powers. There is also good flexibility.

I don't think it is the best system. Hero is the best system in my opinion. It is so flexible and the way it utilizes speed, stun, body, 3d6 base and a point based by system is extremely sublime. But it can take you 3 hours to build a character, so the learning curve is huge, and the game is complex.

17 days ago

Nice, I have played a little D&D, which I really enjoyed. And a few games of World of darkness as Mortals which was a lot of fun being completely outmatched by the monsters.

What would you recommend as a good storytelling/roleplaying heavy system?

Also, Hero sounds good, how does the 3d6 system work?

Supporter17 days ago

That is a tough question to answer. I am sure there are better storytelling systems than what I have played. Monster of the week is pretty easy and is heavy on storytelling. But of course, 5E is still king for me. It really depends on having a great GM. If you don't have that, it doesn't matter what system you play.

On 3d6, you have a different curve than on a d20. On a d20, fumble and crit are an equal chance at 5%. On 3d6, most of your rolls are going to average out in the middle at 11.5 average. So that changes the roll distribution greatly, and the chance of fumbles and crits are much lower.

28 days ago

Did a 3 player game of #Black Orchestra (for the first time at more than 2). Real nice, though we lost the first plot attempt. Doesn't change a whole lot from the 2 player game though.

Also played a few games of #The Quacks of Quedlinburg.

28 days ago

Got a game of #Welcome to... in with some friends, then my wife is trying to convert everyone we know into Aeon's End fans (this is the sign that she really enjoys the game), so we played a game of #Aeon's End: War Eternal with my sister-in-law and she enjoyed it! We have a convert!

Supporter28 days ago

Just two games this week but two big ones:

  • #Yokohama (boardgamearena, multiplayer): I've played this one a few times before and own it physically, Great game!  Unfortunately this was in beta on their site and we hit a bug with 2 turns to go and couldn't quite finish the game. :(  It felt like my best game of Yokohama ever for me.  Still, I quite enjoyed it as always!
  • #Lisboa (Tabletopia, multiplayer): My first game of this one.  I think the instruction video I watched the day previously confused me more than the game itself.  There is a TON of stuff going on in this game.  It's an intriguing puzzle.  I'm not fully convinced that there isn't some complexity in there simply for complexities sake but we enjoyed it enough that we are going to play it again next weekend.  (That and the learning investment is pretty big so we wanted to capitalize on it now while we have it fresh in our heads!) 

Not as many games but still a lot of fun.

Supporter28 days ago

Yokohama came on my radar recently. What do you like about it?

Supporter27 days ago

There's a few things about it that make it different from other games that I quite enjoy.  The spatial element of moving your president around the board combined with the building up of power to take bigger actions is fun and interesting.  The blocking of other presidents is starting to become another interesting aspect now that we've played it enough to be able to start looking around at what other people are doing. :) 

It's a bit of a race as well.  There are some pretty big scoring opportunities on the board that are only available once so you are keeping your eye on everyone else, what they have in their warehouse, where they have built up power, to guess what they might be going for.  

It's not quite like any other game I've personally played or seen.  I know #Istanbul is often compared to it but I find the similarities are only at a basic level.  (You move a main piece around using a path of assistants.)   I like both games but prefer Yokohama.

Supporter26 days ago

Thanks for that write up! I'm intrigued.

Supporter26 days ago

No problem.  Looks like board game arena fixed the major bug that squashed our game.  Give it another week or so and it will probably be pretty smooth sailing.  I actually found that having board game arena handle some of the aspects of the game made it a bit easier to see the overall action so it is probably a good way to get a game in and see what it is about!

19 days ago

This week has been #Pandemic: Legacy Season 2.  So far we have played through March and had won up until the last game in early March and then lost... just got crushed.  It's amazing how easy the game can seem right up until it crushes you!  So far really enjoying it.

22 days ago

#Hero Realms, #Jamacia, and #Thunderstone Quest Was a good evening of game playing with a buddy.


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23 days ago

I stayed up way past my bedtime one night this week to play the 6th scenario of #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion.  I play that one solo but I am playing it with all four characters so each round generally takes awhile.

Today I played #My Little Scythe: Pie in the Sky with my daughter and it was our first time playing with the airships.  The specific faction abilities seemed a little too complicated for her (She’s 8) to strategize with so she ignored it and still beat me anyway.  She has a sneaky way of always getting 3 trophies in her last two turns and beating me out of nowhere.  Makes me quite pleased to lose that way and I see much potential in her board gaming future.

Supporter22 days ago

Nice, I was wondering how the expansion was.  Maybe I'll get it for my daughter for her birthday.

22 days ago

The Airship adds a new way to collect Apples and Gems so it was quicker to upgrade, collect for deliveries to the castle and increase your pies and magic spells.  In our game I keep calling it popularity and power still but my daughter is quick to correct me.  I also like it because it fills in the two empty spots for characters in the tray and looks complete.