Tapestry board game
Tapestry board game

Tapestry

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Tapestry is a two-hour civilization game for 1-5 players designed by Jamey Stegmaier.

Create the civilization with the most storied history, starting at the beginning of humankind and reaching into the future. The paths you choose will vary greatly from real-world events or people — your civilization is unique!

In Tapestry, you start from nothing and advance on any of the four advancement tracks (science, technology, exploration, and military) to earn progressively better benefits. You can focus on a specific track or take a more balanced approach. You will also improve your income, build your capital city, leverage your asymmetric abilities, earn victory points, and gain tapestry cards that will tell the story of your civilization.

—description from the publisher



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  • I'd rather stare at an actual tapestry for two hours than play Tapestry ever again.
  • This is another great game by Stonemaier Games. I love the literal simplicity of each turn with solid, medium crunchiness hidden beneath. You need to have a long term strategy for which tracks to travel, but you can't overlook opportunities as they arise. There are some rough edges that can be found depending on how others are playing, but it's a very pleasant experience and the components are gorgeous.Only ding from me is the player boards seem so cheap / flimsy compared to the other components. They have a nice gritty / tacky feel to them, but they are just cardstock where you're used to finding cardboard.
  • Wow. Just so much fun! The variety of the civilizations, ways to gain VP, the speed of play. It's all just so fantastic. I cannot wait to play this again! Another fantastic game from Jamey and Stonemaier. I was on the fence about Wingspan but definitely going to buy it now.
  • Zero interesting decisions for players to make.
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The best overall design.

#Gloomhaven

Your best memories

#Scythe

Best cover art

#Scythe: The Rise of Fenris

The best euro

#Clans of Caledonia

The best quick game (30m or less)

#Wingspan

The most fun you can have with your clothes on

#Viticulture: Essential Edition

The first game you loved 

#Splendor

The best game you can can fit in your pocket.

#The Mind

The most immersive experience

#Gloomhaven

Your most played game

#Wingspan

Your favourite components

#Tapestry

The 'to put it politely, I can't fathom how anyone can enjoy this' award

#Yahtzee

 

 

I mean I think just making it out of nicer components would do it. Wood would be amazing, maybe with sculpts like the buildings in #Tapestry as the workers? A wooden board would be sick.

Thanks!  

Kinda roundabout for me--through RPG's (D&D), which I started as much for my son (9 yrs old then, just turned 10) as for myself, to try to entice him with an alternative to his immersion in video games.  Then came across #Call to Adventure and #Tapestry as a way of trying to bring my wife into gaming with us as well.  She enjoys the story-building/telling in Call to Adventure but never took an interest in Tapestry.  My son, however, fell into Tapestry with me (his strategic mind blows me away, and he beats me as often as I do him), and from there I tried #Cyclades with him, since he became obsessed with Greek Mythology through the Percy Jackson books.

I began also to discover the whole ecosystem of board gaming content on YouTube and have been particularly influenced by channels such as Rahdo and Shut Up and Sit Down, and also couples such as Ant Lab Games and Before You Play who have given me an appreciation for thinkier Euros.  I am discovering that beyond the gameplay itself, theme and artwork are quite important to me in my enjoyment of and immersion in the games I play, and the whole #Mysthea / #Icaion thing definitely pushes those buttons for me.  I acquired #Anachrony not too long ago and am still waiting to give it a go. I've loved #Trickerion--still just a bit daunted by the complexity of Anachrony but really want to get to it sooner rather than later...! 

These days, of course, much of my gaming is solo.  I never really found a gaming group outside my family before COVID hit.   My wife doesn't have much interest in longer games, so it's mostly #Codenames, #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, or (most recently) #Coup that hits the table for my family--and I do very much enjoy those games with them as well.  I am holding out hopes of drawing my wife into a game of #Wingspan some time.  It's hit or miss pulling my son away from his Minecraft or Roblox online.  We did make it through a full campaign of #Arcadia Quest over the past 2 months, where he trounced me soundly.  I've got #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion waiting in the wings... ;-) 

Thanks again for taking the interest to ask!--longer answer, probably, than you were looking for, but it was nice for me to reflect on my path down the rabbit hole...

I don't think my brain works that way.  I fall asleep when I'm pondering how to defeat a game or design a game tends to put me to sleep rather than keep me away.  I played about 8 games of solo #Viticulture: Essential Edition over the past three to four games and sadly was only able to get within 3 points on my best game.  It didn't keep me up at night but I have not yet unraveled the puzzle of winning within 7 seasons. 

I do love to read heavy rule books and drift into unconscienceness pondering the minutia of turn by turn play.   If I one day find myself in possession of #Brass: Birmingham or #The Gallerist I will likely spend hours perusing the rules working out various turn caveates in my head.

This coming Monday I have a PTO day in which I will spend the whole day playing boardgames with a recovering friend and will walk through a few rule books on games I am rusty on that we plan to play that day #Root, #Tapestry, #Anachrony, #Heaven & Ale, and if #Viscounts of the West Kingdom or #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion come in I'll be updating myself on those.

Thanks Neal! Yeah, it's been a nice change of pace. I get to squeeze in at least one gaming session a week now haha. Will be trying to introduce one game a week to Trent and I have plenty in the backlog:

Hahahah thank you :)

Good lighting always helps make something look good even though I'm not particularly skilled with taking pictures. The game does look better in person though, and so does #Tapestry.

Are you thinking of playing #The Great Zimbabwe with a group? Or is there a great solo variant for it?