When living in Minnesota, fall, winter and early spring are all prime board gaming times. As the temperature swings wildly up here right now I start to think about what I want to focus on during this most wonderful time.
The Underworld expansion for Root should be delivered to me soonish and it got me thinking that I want to hit that game hard. Play as much as I can with as many factions as I can. Use the new boards. Really get the most out of it.
What are you looking to get the most out of his Board Game Season?
I like medium to heavy games. I like games that make me think and make tough choices. Maybe try to figure out what my opponents are doing and how I can out maneuver them....
Then COVID hit and came with it social distancing and in home lock down. It also came with my two kids 11 and 7 being home every day and me working from home (thank goodness I still have a job). Also coming on the first day of school being cancelled and working from home and the thought of a couple months in seclusion with the family (I love my family to pieces, just want to make that clear) and our landlord decides he wants to sell the house we rent from him and have been renting from him for 4 years and he wants to do it immediately. We love the house and are thankfully in a position were we can get a loan to buy it, but it's added even more stress. Sorry for this sob story when I know it's happening for so many others, but it sets up my question.
The thought of playing some of my favorite games doesn't appeal to me much right now. Figure the entire Garphill catalog and games like #Scythe and Viticulture and you get the idea. My wife and I are worker placement superfans. Our minds are so full of stress and we want to unwind with a game and not be necessarily challenged by it. That said, I need a game with some meat on it and something that can get my kids involved. I also know that "party" games are not in our wheelhouse. Nothing against them, it's just not what we're looking for.
Any lighter, 2-4 player games that have some meat on them but don't burn brains that you fine folks can recommend?
After owning it for quite some time and only playing solo once before, I had the chance to play Architects of the West Kingdom for the first time this weekend. This was a two player game and it flowed so quickly with intuitive rules that it felt like we've played it more than we have. My wife and I are huge fans of Raiders of the North Sea and it feels like we just slipped into this one easily with it's worker investment. The only trouble spot we had was the black market reset and deciphering what some of the cards did. At the end of the game we tallied up the points and I won by 13. I know exactly why I won (I'd invested in building the cathedral to the tune of 12 points) and it felt good that it didn't feel random.
Now, I keep a tight collection. I focus on mechanics and themes and I realized after this play that I now have 3 worker placement games: Raiders, Architects and Viticulture EE. Raiders is our favorite game, Architects is familiar but has its own twist and the odd one out is Viticulture. I like this game, but I feel like we never truly have "fun" playing it. I also feel that far too much of the game is focused on the cards. After playing Architects I immediately thought, "I should sell Viticulture". I haven't yet, but i'ts almost there.