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Kbieb 4 months ago | 3 points[-]
Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress - played about 2/3rds of an expedition with a friend to figure things out. I found it to be a decent and challenging co-op and I'm looking forward to our campaign.
Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated - played my first game of this with my adult daughter. Awesome game so far. I'm not a big fan of legacy games (I've tried Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and Charterstone, they were both okay but I would rather play other games) but this one was great fun! I really like the humor and sense of discovery.
Claustrophobia 1643 - played the Western warriors against my Claustrophobia demon nemesis wife. She beats me at this more often than not but I somehow managed to pull off a nail-biter victory.
sdirrane Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
As always when I see a game that looks interesting, I have to ask. What's the player interaction like in Clank Legacy. I believe it's nearly zero in the base game.
Kbieb 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
There's no direct player interactivity to speak of, in other words, no attacking.
But actions that you take can definitely have an effect on the other players. Some objects are unique or in limited supply, so if you take one, that object may not be available for other players. Exiting the map speeds up the endgame which could have a huge effect on other players. For the legacy game specifically, some actions you take may alter the game in ways that will definitely impact the other players.
Aside from that, my daughter and I interacted a lot personally based on what was happening in game.
Cool, I may keep it in the back of my head for a potential deck building game down the line. It's a game mechanic I don't really have yet. Is it a one time play and throwaway like other Legacy games.
The actual legacy part is a one-off but that will be about 10 to 12 games. After the "campaign" though you will have a completely unique version of Clank (based on your decisions in the campaign) to play that is equivalent to a base game plus two expansions.
It's cool that it basically turns into its own unique game you can play afterwards. I don't know a lot about legacy games but I've always felt I didn't have a strong interest in a game you can only play a finite number of times.
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
This is part of what makes Clank Legacy so attractive. The fact that it’s useful once it’s done
JamesReid860 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Clank Legacy is high on my list!
I would love to grab Clank Legacy.
R0land1199 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
We are starting Clank! Legacy next weekend. Really looking forward to it!
nealkfrank 4 months ago | 2 points[-]
How exciting! I am curious how it will go. Looking forward to a write up :)
I’ll see what I can do. I’m not always the best at detailed descriptions. :)
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 3 points[-]
Had a decent week of gaming. I’ve been playing #Gloomhaven almost nightly and am progressing nicely through my campaign.
Yesterday I played #Paladins of the West Kingdom for the first time. What a game! There is a lot to take in with this one for sure. Looking forward to playing this one more.
My group has sort of fallen apart so I had my first solo Gloomhaven game last night. Still great! I picked up the helper app and I'm glad I did as it made it much easier.
I played Paladins for the first time the other week and really enjoyed it! (It didn't hurt that I won pretty handily. First game lucky!) I definitely found that focusing on one aspect was really helpful but most importantly was playing the right Paladin as the right time.
As an example, I had a major turn built up to create 3 walls. I had a ton of food to make it happen. But it just so happens that I drew the paladin that said walls don't cost food this turn.
So I ended up with a ton of food which then allowed me to chain together multiple garrison actions to max out that line as well.
That was massive for me and really gave me the win.
So I think the paladin selection and timing is super important. Multiple plays will clear that up more I think as I just got lucky in this case.
Skurvy5 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Gloomhaven is so great solo! It’s also nice solo because you can go as fast as you want to. I think the app is essential when playing solo as there is just too much to keep track of for one person.
Yeah, the app speeds it up for sure and also helps with setup time. No need to hunt for the right cards and whatnot.
And it keeps track of things I always forget. Like adjusting the element strength and such.
True! I did notice that it doesn't do things like tick off health for wounds and stuff so there's still a lot to pay attention to but I'm sure once I get used to it I'll enjoy it even more.
The element stuff is pretty important and yeah, I used to forget that all the time!
I agree, I wish it would do stuff like that. It also doesn’t keep track of Shield, or automatically remove status effects like Muddle or Stun.
Sliddell11 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
What are some of your thoughts on Paladins???
I’ll be posting a first impressions thread when I get home from work later on.
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Great. I'm looking forward to it.
#Gloomhaven seems really cool. Almost like a Tabletop version of a video game RPG. Since I won't be picking it up anytime soon how do you feel it compares to running #Star Wars Imperial Assault with the App?
Great question Scott. From 10,000ft you could argue that they are superficially similar. They are both Co-op dungeon crawlers.
Sorry I’ll post more later work interrupted me.
sdirrane Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Haha no problem. I was about to say...???
theDL 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Paladins looks great. I've never played any of the games in that line, so I doubt I'll start with that one. Probably #Raiders of the North Sea.
Raiders is really fun. I had a blast playing it with 4 a few weeks back. I can't wait to try it out again.
From what I've seen, the expansions for it are great as well.
Yeah I have #Raiders of the North Sea: Hall of Heroes Expansion but didn't use it the first time. I plan on adding it next time.
Cool! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Raiders is near the top of my list of games to eventually get.
Looking forward to being able to share my thoughts.
You play #Paladins of the West Kingdom solo?
How long do you expect a solo game to take when you get out down?
Marshwiggle92 Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Had a pretty good week.
On Sunday I played: 1 game of #Innovation, 1 game of #Lost Cities, and 3 games of #Dominion: Second Edition.
On Thursday I played 3 games of #Carcassonne.
On Friday I played 2 games of #Deep Space D-6 and one game of #Spirit Island.
On Saturday I played 1 game of #Deep Space D-6 and one game of #Spirit Island.
I have now played #Deep Space D-6 3 times, I really am enjoying it for a quick solo experience. I really do recomend it for the solo gamer, if you can find it, you should pick it up.
I also played #Spirit Island yesterday afternoon. So, I have now played it three times with three different spirits, the first two games were a little to easy, spoiler alert, I missed the rule about cascading blight. But, in the last game, which I played as "a spread of rampant green" I got stomped. I think I love this game, I think it will end up in my top three of all time. In fact, I expect it will end up as my one or two, I need more plays to cement my impressions, but, I do know it is so so good.
That’s a great week of gaming!
Spirit Island is a great game and one of the few I really enjoy solo!
Loving it so far
nealkfrank 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
It brings me joy seeing you enjoy Deep Space! And Spirit Island! Both great ones.
And I'm glad you enjoy #The Castles of Burgundy.
Dude so much games! I take it you’ve been liking D-6?
Very much so.
So cool. Glad you enjoy it!
BenjaminK 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I will have to keep my eye out for a Deep Space D-6 sale so I can get it without feeling too guilty about spending money haha
I've never heard of Deep Space but I'm always interested in hearing about good solo games.
Spirit Island is very good but I wish I could try it multiplayer. Or maybe next time I’ll try multiple spirits. I think much of the joy in the game would come from combining spirit powers with other spirits.
Spirit Island was on my list when I was looking into games when I won the giveaway, but I was totally not interested in a co-op game at the moment. One nice thing about coops is they do tend to scale to solo well. I think I've played #Pandemic: Iberia as a solo game a couple of times. (running two characters).
I hear ya. I tend to not enjoy coops multiplayer as much, but they are good solo. And, I think that #Spirit Island would actually be super engaging multiplayer.
Awesome. Well maybe I can try it out whenever we get BGA Con going.
Yes, long term I hope to play two handed, but I am just so so surprised at how satisfying playing with one spirit actually is.
No doubt! It’s still a lot to keep track of even with just one spirit.
Ugh the cascading blight is nasty!
Sliddell11 3 months ago | 1 point[-]
I got to play the #On Tour and #Le Havre apps. Both are good! I thought On tour wasn’t all that great until I realized it is actually a roll and write. Le Havre is one I’ve wanted to buy, but I got the app first to see if it would be a worthwhile purchase and I would say so! The app doesn’t teach the game SUPER clearly, but I did learn the game I think by the end of a full game.
swilliams88 Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I forgot to post earlier! So here's what I played last weekend:
Spurs: A Tale in The Old West
Valley of the Vikings
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 1 point[-]
My wife and I played our second game of #The Voyages of Marco Polo tonight. Setup, gameplay, and cleanup took a total of 1.5 hrs so looks like we shaved off at least 30 min since our first play! Enjoyed trying out new character powers and my wife improved her score by about 50%. She won 70-69 this time so it a nail biter!
I also played 3 games of #On Tour on the app! Will try to make a post about this soon.
Once I found out it was a roll and write I started to enjoy the app more
rkalajian 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
I got Tiny Epic Tactics and Brutality to the table this week. I'll also be DM'ing my D&D group tomorrow night.
philryuh Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]
How is Brutality holding up for you? I also remember some people commenting about the 2v2 being prone to quarterbacking. Does it feel that way?
rkalajian 3 months ago | 1 point[-]
I haven't played enough yet, and I generally only play 2 players.
Haha is DMing a lot of work?
You have no idea! I DM for 4 different campaigns right now and spend hours a week planning.
Jed1knight 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Played #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine with 2 other friends. we all loved it! I think it could win the kennerspiel next year
Spelunk 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Great week of gaming for me!
As a quick aside - this is my first post on Board Game Atlas! Discovered this site via the reddit post last week. I'm excited to check it all out.
Glad to have you here! We still have a lot to work on but I hope you're enjoying it so far.
You know, I've yet to play a legacy game but I could easily imagine myself having trouble with permanently destroying the board/components haha
Spirit Island is one that I'm eyeing for the future and it seems like a good sign if you're excited to get back into it even after a tough game.
This is a long list! Sounds great! And welcome to the forum!
#Deep Space D-6 hasn't been mentioned much. I think it is great that it showed up twice in this thread.
Recently I’ve played Black Fleet and Scoville.
How do you like these games?
JamesReid860 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]
I really like both of them! They are very different games
WadeB1977 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Taverns of Tiefenthal, Paladins of the West Kingdom, and Gloomhaven
I have been hearing more on Taverns of Teifenthal, what is it all about? Mechanically and theme?
Ultimately it's a deck building game. However, there's also a dice drafting mechanic followed by dice placement each round. The basic theme is you are running a tavern and at the end of the game whoever has operated their tavern the best will have the most victory points in their deck.
Definitely seems like something I could see myself playing! I will do some more research. I like the dice placement aspect and the theme is for sure my vibe.
Couple of games this week in Friday and Sunday session:
I also love me some Scythe. It's been too long since I played it. I love it at 4+ players. The more the better for me.
Yeah it's great at all all player counts but I'm like you, the more the merrier. The biggest game I've had was 6 players and it was awesome!
Have you gotten the chance to try the modular board yet? I can't wait to add that to my collection and use it. I love changing things up.
Not yet. I have it but haven't got it out. I don't know if my group has played it enough to warrant the switch yet.
Well when you do you'll have to post your thoughts. I'm very excited at the possibility of using it. I love to add as much variety I can.
I have heard it can be good for lower player counts to limit board space as well.
I've heard that as well. @philryuh if you do plan on playing two player Scythe and find there is too much room you should consider the modular board.
I've played with a full 7 before. I know some people shy away because of play time, but actually if all the players already know the game and are able to start their turn while the person before them is taking their bottom row action it's not bad. I think 7 took us about 90 minutes.
I just love a crowded board because it incentivizes combat and player interaction. Area control is at a premium.
Wow, 90 minutes is fast! Even with 4 it's usually a 2 - 2 1/2 hour game for us if not more sometimes. Mind you, we have some AP prone people.
Combat is always hard to tell in the game. With 4 players I think we had more combat than we had with 6 players. It really depends on the group and everyone's plans.
philryuh Supporter4 months ago | 2 points[-]
Any idea how long it would take with 2 players? I'm interested in getting it in the future to play with my wife!
If you're learning it while playing I'd still give it at least 90 minutes the first time. But I also suggest trying to throw an Automa into the game as I don't think it scales well at 2.
Just got a game of #Agricola Revised Edition in with some guys on Saturday night, got my teeth kicked in, but I fed my people every round which I always count as a win!
Just saw this post... makes me sad because I was not there... haha
I like #Agricola Revised Edition so much.
There is just something about it that is just amazing, it is also fun to have little sheep, cow and hog meeples running around your plot of land. Just being able to visualize all your work is very gratifying.
I actually think that it is a quite thematic game.
I totally agree, basically every worker spot is something that a farmer would need to do to get those resources!
I’m played the official-ish solo variants for #Cry Havoc and #Targi so that was cool.
Also got a game of #Skip-Bo in with my wife!
How is Cry Havoc growing on you? Have you been able to process more?
Well I only played it that one time, and it’s also somewhat different than with 2-3 other players so I definitely need to get a couple more plays in! But I did like what I played!
I played Tiny Epic Zombies solo and Tiny Epic Tactics solo. And another game night of #Nemesis! Which, by the way, was one of the most fun/hilarious games I've played to date. Nemesis has quickly climbed to one of my favorites. So thematic and fun.
How'd TEZ go? That's a fun easy one to play solo.
It was good! I lost miserably but had a lot of fun doing so. The two-handed solo isn't for some people, but I don't mind it. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of solo play. Not a lot of flipping through the rule book (looking at you, Tactics), which helped keep the flow going. I'll definiteley play it solo again.
Yeah. I think my first couple of TEZ I had to double check some things but after that it ran smoothly. I suspect Tactics might be like that for me too.
Tactics just has a lot to remember for solo, mostly in the dungeons but also how the AI moves and reacts. Each solo game of Tactics gets better/faster though, so there's definitely a slight learning curve.
Always. I'm sure you'll get it down. I feel pretty good about most things except for maybe a few of the abilities and movement of AI.
Man, Nemesis seems like a delight, almost like a board game version of the videogame Alien: Isolation...but not Alien the movie themed!
I've heard it compared to Alien plenty of times, and it really does seem similar. I'm not super familiar with Alien, but from what I know, it checks out haha
I mean, you are running away from a big scary Alien in both of them! The comparisons are natural!
Yes, that is a pretty big similarity haha
We are still trying to schedule our session for #Nemesis. I can’t wait to give it a try.
I hope you get a play in soon. Once you play your first game the rules come much easier. Even halfway through the first (or sooner). The first time we played, the host had a bunch of flow charts taped up so we could better follow the rules haha Intimidating, but not exactly necessary :)
#Nemesis looks so cool! Would you say it’s heavy strategy or more story??
More story, I'd say. But, there's a lot to think about and you've gotta be able to adjust your strategy on the fly (because aliens...and evil players). I love the thematic aspect of it, and while I don't do "horror" really of any kind, I'm beginning to realize it's different on tabletop. I really love this theme and narrative that comes with it.
For sure. That sounds really interesting. I’m right there with you with horror, and I also agree with it being really fun on tabletop!
disom 4 months ago | 1 point[-]
Our game day was on Saturday and we played 4 games:
#Nemesis - I wanted to play this again while it was fresh in everybody's mind. Our second game played much quicker than the first and two of the players actually won!
#Vadoran Gardens - This game hurts my brain in a nice way because of the spatial aspect. I like abstract games with restrictions, but this might have one too many.
#Res Arcana - It's been $30 for a week or so and I couldn't pass it up at that price. I LOVE this game. The take that part of the game never came up, which my group appreciated, and everyone liked building their little engine. I ground out a victory via tiebreaker.
#Junk Art - I love Junk Art. It's one of my favorite games that I don't own.
I am having trouble getting on the #Res Arcana hype train, what makes you love it?
I love Engine Building so as a former MTG player there's something extremely satisfying as getting a deck humming. Res Arcana is like an extremely streamlined version of MTG that replaces combat damage with the race to 10 points. I think that will be be even more true when I start using the drafting variant.
I also enjoy the art and potential wrinkles that can be added with expansions. The first one looks to already do that with demons and scrolls.
I think the drafting would make the game more interesting. I just did not see much replay value in the game when I watched the GameNight play through, but if they are adding more cards and actions I can see it getting deeper and more engaging!
Sometime I need to try #Res Arcana.
We played Nemesis again this week too. Massive amounts of fun. The last fifteen minutes actually saw us laughing so hard some of us had troubles stopping. Just thee way everything happened was very comical. I'm beginning to really love Nemesis.
Nemesis looks awesome! I doubt I'll ever get to try it due to price, etc, but I'd love to play it some day.
Res Arcana is one that I really want to play, and I've considered buying it, but I really don't know how I'd end up liking it, and especially how my wife would end up liking it. Would you say that the take-that element just didn't show up in the game(s) you played, or that it's not too prevalent in the game in general?
I only played the one game of Res Arcana and only one card that could attack the other players came out. That player only used it for the point it was worth and never attacked. The other three of us didn't even have an attacking card in our decks. From what I've heard, the take that portion isn't prevalent at all. Using the drafting variant, a player could potentially get a few and make that their focus.
Good to hear. Thanks!
Wow! I am jealous of your ability to get games to the table. Even at work!
Yeah it definitely helps that I work with other nerds, lol.
Man, jealous of that! My coworkers are not the most open to games...
Ah, bummer. Yep I definitely know I'm blessed in this regard.
Dude this is a really dense list! Would like to hear more about your evolution/oceans comparison
Just posted about this!
Cool I’ll look at it!
Haha, yeah I definitely got in quite a few this week!
And alright, I'll collect my thoughts and make a post about it. I actually remembered to take a couple pics this time!
Haha way more than I got!!
Taught my 7 year old Root. Let my 4 year old move my birds around and roll for me.
Wow! Did the 7 year old pick it up well? I'd imagine the strategy side of things might not be as strong for a younger kid like that.
Also, movement is much easier in a two player game because it's very unlikely that you won't rule the clearing or moving from or to.
She did pretty good, she mostly just focused on doing her turn, but she said she could kind of understand what I was going with the Birds. We dropped crafting and I do think it'd be strategically more difficult if we had 3 people playing. I think head to head worked well for learning the game. I also coached her a bit. I told her next time I'd coach less but I am still planning of leaving crafting out for a few games.
Nice! I've never played so I don't know what crafting is, but I take it that it's a component that's not super vital to the gameplay.
I mean it is pretty important, but also a little difficult to understand how you can do it and the suit. There are two suits on a card one for the card and one for crafting and they aren't always the same. It can add quite a bit to the game. But I think it's better to ease stuff in with a 7 year old.
Glad to help. So far my oldest (7) has played (in this order) My Little Scythe, Fireball Island, Sushi Go!, Bargain Quest, Pandemic: Iberia, Root.
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