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I am just curious. Does anyone else get a kick out of reading through rulebooks?
Near perfect evening: Say goodnight to kids, warp up chores, have bed warmer started 1 hour before, around 8pm sink under the sheets with the rules to a new boardgame or to review rules for a game I'm about to set up and play.
Sometimes I'll print the rules to a game I'm waiting for and read through them before it arrives. If I've kickstarted a game I'll almost always do this if given the option.
1. Does anyone else get this excited about reading rules?
2. What's your favorite way to digest rules for a new game?
Do you ever have a weekend where you want to play a game (or 10!) but no one wants to play? Such was this past weekend. No games. I even offered to pay my son to play Viticulture with me but he would only agree to #Exploding Kittens (whoops, I forgot I played that 2-3 times). This was one of those non-stop weekends of chores and doing everything but playing a boardgame.
How often does this happen to you? Do you ever desperately want to get a game to the table and just can't sell anyone one it?
This seems like a rare one-off weekend but with school and other fall activities it might be that I need to start thinking about what to play solo.
- How long have you been in the hobby? How long have you been collecting?
For whatever reason I could only get the one picture to load. I've been playing modern board games for about 3-4 years now. Probably got started after playing Magic the Gathering for years and then being introduced to Dominion about 4 years ago or so. It was all downhill from there. I used to make fun of a friend for having so many games.
- How would you describe your board game preferences?
Like my beer I like a good well designed game. I'd prefer something easier to teach that I can get my family into but I love more complex games such as Scythe or Gloomhaven as well (maybe more deep than complex?). I am not a big fan of a game like War of the Ring (a great game by the way) as there are more variables then I care to consider in the gameplay. It feels a little too much like chess and I like my focus to be narrowed a bit more.
- What are the favorites in your collection? Why?
#Heaven & Ale still remains one of my top games to this day. #Scythe or #Gloomhaven are around #2 and I would put #Paladins of the West Kingdom near the top as well. #Wingspan and #PARKS should get mentioned among this list as well.
- What is your least favorite (or least played) game in your collection? Why?
I still have #Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Legacy & #Charterstone sitting on my shelf unplayed. Too soon for one and family is not ready for the other. #Founders of Gloomhaven & #Firefly The Game don;t get played much due to their size and complexity though I look forward to having folks over again one day to play.
- What do you like about your collection? Is there anything you'd change?
I like the variety in my collection and having a game for almost any occasion or gaming preference. If I could change something I'd have an entire closet dedicated to boardgames only.
- Which game would you absolutely LOVE to add to your collection and why?
I would love to add #DinoGenics to my collection because I like dinosaurs because I guess I'm still a kid and I like the game style with the theme. I'd love to compare playing it with Dinosaur Island and see what my family things as well.
- Feel free to add anything else to this!
I would love to dabble with play-testing games but family life never really allowed time for conferences and getting into places where I can do that regularly. I've toyed with the idea of posting a video with my kids playing through a game just for fun. I send feedback on rules and whatnot on Kickstarter whenever possible and helped a friend with this one time.
Finally got to play with my wife and brother-in-law. The rules took about 20 minutes to walk through with questions and clarifications. It's easy to miss a few things while playing since many actions involve two or three things happening. Took us about 2 hours and 20 minutes to finish but much of that was fumbling through the first several rounds so I'd put this at about a 90 minute game with everyone knowing the rules and no one over thinking their turn.
I'd say while this is a clear worker placement game the unique use of different workers and significant variety of actions makes it unique within the genre. It hints at Anachrony but has more worker types and more actions. It is easy to drown amid the number of options you have available on a given turn.
The king's orders provide some direction while playing narrowing the reasonable options somewhat though deciding between building your engine and pursuing king's orders can be challenging.
Everyone enjoyed it including my wife who generally hates learning games but loves playing them once they are learned. She ended up winning as the attributes are the valuable for points and the rest of us spent a turn too long trying to engine build.
Great game in a small box for the price. Not a gateway game but when taking the jump from entry level games to the next level this might be on the heavy side of a good choice.
I ended up with 8 folks sitting at the table for #Wingspan. I seriously debated setting up a second table and running two games and then flipping tables.
I read a few folks on BGG had tried 6 players and said the downtime was just too much and this made me nervous. I wasn't sure if 8 people would feel too crowded and this made me nervous. I was feeling the trepidation. I did it anyway.
1. I have a 4x6 portable game table. It's flimsy but does the job and I had plenty of space.
2. I had extra boards from my original Wingspan prior to #Wingspan: Oceania Expansion so only three of us had to use the old boards.
3. All but one player at the table owned Wingspan and only 1 person had never played before and that person had played quite a few other games.
Only having the explain the #Wingspan: European Expansion and Oceania rules adjustments made the decision a little easier. Everyone picked up on those pretty easily and after that I was just hoping folks wouldn't take forever on their turns.
We started at 12:30 pm and finished at 3:15. Two hours and 45 minutes wasn't too bad for 8 players and it didn't feel like it took too long between turns. Folks played pretty fast and the rounds did not feel like they were dragging.
I wouldn't call it "ideal" but it wasn't bad either. If you played a pink power bird it was almost a guarantee it would trigger. Teal power birds were slightly easier to trigger as well and you generally gained a few extra food or eggs from other players' birds each round.
One downside at a larger table was not really being able to see across the table and know what every player was doing. I wouldn't say this mattered to anyone there that much but for some players, this could be a challenge.
I saw one negative comment on a 6 player game about the points taking a long time to calculate. We used a calculator and didn't find this to be an issue. The nectar took the longest to figure out and that didn't take too long.
Perhaps the pandemic background influences this but it was rather nice to be able to play a game with 8 people and just enjoy the process. We all wore masks and no one was eating (to limit taking masks off) and we were in my garage with a propane heater going. I think everyone felt safe enough and while wearing a mask is a necessary annoyance I provided tissues and water bottles and I think the experience outweighed the discomforts of being outside in the winter and mask-wearing.
If you've pondered playing with more than 5 players I'd say go for it. I think it was fun and allowed us to get some use out of the original boards. We did run out of nectar during the game and had to find a substitute but that wasn't too much trouble either.
What games have you played that you pushed over the normal player limit?
I just wrapped up a second solo playthrough of #Obsession. I won the first against an intermediate opponent scoring 126 (with Ponsonby). I decide to use an expert opponent for the second game (using Asquith). On my second game I score a whopping (at least to me) 220 points! AI 134.
I am enjoying the solo variant and hope to add the #Upstairs, Downstairs: an Obsession Expansion at some point but haven't been playing with that. Couple of questions for those who have played with the base game:
1. What do your general scores look like?
2. Have you added the AI scoring the Monuments?
3. If you have the expansion, how much does it change the solo variant?
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