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Advent Day 5: Goats or Demons

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Day 5: It's Krampusnacht. Be like the Austrians and celebrate Krampus by playing a game with demons or goats.

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Goats are not the featured creatures in this game but they are absolutely necessary...to feed the carnivorous dinosaurs! Yesterday I played my favorite dinosaur-themed game DinoGenics with a group of 4 players with parts of the expansion DinoGenics: Controlled Chaos. Players are the heads of their own corporations set on building the best dino park, by establishing dinosaurs and tending to their unique needs, attracting visitors, and upgrading parks.

DinoGenics has a mechanism for everyone. Worker placement? Check. Set collection? Yes. Tile placement? Sure. Dice rolling? Chuck those rampage dice to see if a raptor breaks out of its enclosure. Aside from the pens/fields of dinosaurs, there are hotel rooms, biodomes and other types of buildings to attract more visitors to your park. You can create mutant dinosaurs if you combine different types of DNA.

One of the reasons that I like this dino game best is that it focuses mostly on the dinosaurs and less on the park itself. I also prefer the art style. It suggests seriousness, science and business. The dinosaur figures are shades of green or brown as they were in real life, instead of pink or blue. (Although I have to wonder if my colorblind friend would have trouble differentiating because many are similar shapes.) I also have all the available upgrades, such as fences and metal coins.

Starting to think about what I'm going to play today to meet this goal:
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Day 6: St. Nicholas Day is all about giving. Play a co-op game in which you share information or resources.
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Advent Day 4: National Dice Day

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Yesterday's challenge was Day 4: Today is National Dice Day so you know what you have to do.

It was a busy day for everyone in my house, so I decided on a solo game to meet my dice challenge. Maybe a roll and write like Fleet: The Dice Game or On Tour? Or something meatier like Roll Player or Yukon Airways? I split the difference and played Sagrada.
Board Game: Sagrada

Sagrada is special to me for a few reasons. I learned it on my first JoCo Cruise, it was the first game I played solo, and Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. I've been to the Sagrada Familia and taken every Gaudi tour I could find in the city.

There are many gorgeous pictures of Sagrada dice on this website. Not hard to do when even the dice look like stained glass. Just wander over to the game's page and browse through the gallery. And the gameplay has many of the features I appreciate: rolling dice, building patterns, and solving a puzzle. It's not highly interactive, as evidenced by its suitability as a solo game, but I always have fun playing this with others. Snagging a die you don't need that is perfect for an opponent's window gives it a little bit of "take that!" should you choose to play that way. Also, it has variable bonus actions and goals that are drawn randomly each game, so those change game to game.

Today is a nice stay-at-home day so I'm ready for the next challenge.
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Day 5: It's Krampusnacht. Be like the Austrians and celebrate Krampus by playing a game with demons or goats.
Some good options for this one! What to play?
DinoGenics - dino food = goat meeples
Mountain Goats - quick and easy with cutest goat meeples ever
Descent: Legends of the Dark - epic journey to slay some demons
Dungeon Petz - cute little demons
Everdell with Everdell: Spirecrest - big critter mountain goat

Also Go Kings! We beat the Clippers last night, it was a great game!
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Advent Day 3: Railroad Game

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Day 3: Coal in your stocking this year? Play a railroad game.

I settled on playing Ticket to Ride: Märklin yesterday with my son, and he decided to play basketball outside with his friends instead so there was no time. I will always encourage physical play over sitting at a game, but dammit he's messing up my Advent goals!

Board Game: Trains

So last night I played the deck-builder Trains combined with Trains: Rising Sun with my husband and a friend. Three is the best player count in my opinion. (Trains: Rising Sun is not an expansion, it's a standalone game, but can be combined with the base game.) I am in the minority that prefers Trains over Dominion. The deck-building mechanism in both games is very similar. And I like Dominion, but I prefer Trains which adds a board where players lay out their train routes and build up stations. There are different terrain types and some increase the cost of building your route there, such as mountains.

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My son, in typical son fashion, used to be obsessed with trains. Whether it was building them, riding them, going to the train museum, playing games or doing puzzles about trains, it was all trains, all the time. We have a really great train museum here in Sacramento and I've probably been there 50 times. He was a train conductor for three Halloweens. When he was little, someone gave us boxes of wooden track and he would build routes for hours, and cry if I took them apart. Occasionally we had to be able to walk through the room.
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At 8 y.o., he can play Trains competently but it's definitely not a kids' game. The box says 12+ and the community says 10+, and that's probably about right. We just got lucky--he has a great aptitude for understanding games. We started playing Ticket to Ride: First Journey (U.S.) when he was 3, and the regular Ticket to Ride when he was 4. I had to replace the cards in that game a couple of years ago because the cards bent in half from being shuffled so many times.

I can't imagine what I know or could learn about railroads or trains that anyone on this site doesn't know. I've ridden many trains. I've done overnight train trips in the U.S. and Europe. Once I took my kids on a 55-hour train trip and I got the stomach flu (or maybe food poisoning) on the first night. One of the worst nights of my life. Our tiny sleeper didn't have a bathroom or sink so I had to run down the car to the bathroom many times...you get the idea. Train bathrooms are typically pretty gross already.

Today's Advent goal is:
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Day 4: Today is National Dice Day so you know what you have to do.
So many choices! I love dice chuckers. I was thisclose to going mostly in on Too Many Bones, but I didn't do it. I'm sure I'll overpay for it after the next releases come out whistle
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Advent Day 2: Game with Fruit or Cheese

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Recap of Day 2: It's National Fritters Day! Thought to originate in Ancient Rome, fritters were often filled with fruit or cheese. Play a game with fruit or cheese.

Yesterday I thought about playing Orléans (it has cheese), Juicy Fruits (fruit), At the Gates of Loyang (fruit), Fabled Fruit, or Kitchen Rush. My kids offered to play Mouse Trap but then they started building a fort with their friend and blew me off. Rude. But I'm glad they were being creative.
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At least no one nailed a hand or foot to the floor of the fort.
Also, this makes me want to play Fort.


By the time the children got fed and bathed and did their homework and put in bed, I had less than an hour to play something before my on-line Pathfinder game. I briefly considered introducing fruit or cheese in the RPG storyline; we were headed to a celebration banquet after a jousting tournament. But I had an hour, and my husband and a friend were in our woodshop working on holiday gifts. So I wrangled them in for a quick game of Bites.

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Bites has wedges of cheese and fruit--apples, grapes and bell peppers. (Botanically a bell pepper is a fruit.) It also has toast, wine and chocolate. This is a game where ants pick up food at a picnic and take it to their anthill. Players are trying to collect food for maximum points, however the points are determined by the order in which the ants finish. The bonus cards are drawn at random so the goals differ from game to game. All the ants are available for each player to move, so players have to strategize which color food to collect and when to get that color ant to the anthill.

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Purple ant got most points, natch.

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Bites sounds and looks like a children's game, and I have only played it with children. But just because it's a light game doesn't mean it's a children's game. (It's got wine, after all.) The game is beautiful and the components are appealing to kids, and it's easy to learn and play, but they've never beat me. So playing it cutthroat with grownups was fun, and when it ended, all three of us wanted to try it again. But alas, there was a jousting celebration banquet waiting.

So I learned a few things about fritters today. I thought I hadn't really eaten many fritters, they aren't particularly popular in the western U.S. I think of a fritter as something similar to a fried corn cake or a zucchini pancake. And then I found out that I've tried many different types of fritters. Beignets (France), tempura (Japan), fritto misto (Italy) and pakora (India) are all types of fritters. They are popular street foods in Jamaica, Indonesia, Ghana...almost everywhere. The first known written recipe for a fritter was a honey and sesame fritter by a Roman physician around 100 A.D. There are many records of fritters from the Middle Ages and they were often made with apples and beer. I might have to try one of those.

Today is Advent Day 3: Coal in your stocking this year? Play a railroad game. So many possibilities but I expect my son will choose one of the Ticket to Ride maps. We'll see.
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Advent Day 1: Building Game

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Within a half hour of my Advent calendar post yesterday, my big beautiful 9 y.o. flamepoint cat died suddenly. We don't know if it was a health issue or an injury or poison, there's nothing visibly wrong with him and he had a good checkup in September.
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RIP Lord Commander Jon Snow

Lord Commander Jon Snow was found in 2012 by my then-teenage nephew in a box of kittens someone left in his front yard. Jon Snow was the only white kitten, his siblings were gray. They were about six weeks old. I had two cats already and convinced my husband to get just one more cat.

His name came to me immediately. I had read all the books in the series A Game of Ice and Fire, and the HBO show was on its second season. Although we usually referred to him as Jonny, sharing his full name with people served as a major spoiler if they skipped the books and were watching the show. He was a great cat with lots of personality, a crazy loud purr, beautiful light blue eyes and the closest thing I'll ever have to a lapdog. He will be missed.

In spite of that, I played a game last night for my Advent calendar challenge. In case you forgot:

Day 1: The Yule Goat will be erected in Sweden. Play a game where something is built.

Board Game: 7 Wonders: Architects
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I played two games of 7 Wonders: Architects. I built Giza in the first game, and the Colossus of Rhodes in the second. One friend in this group hasn't played many games, so I picked something light. I considered playing Junk Art or Meeple Circus, I would've if my kids were participating. Before the inclusion of the newbie gamer, I considered one of the West Kingdom trilogy, or Castles of Mad King Ludwig. But friends first.

Go to almost any thread in the 7 Wonders: Architects forums and you will see the word 'light' used often. Be it affectionate or insulting, everyone agrees that it's a light game. I'm in the affection camp. Sometimes it's fun to play a game with six people that doesn't overtax your brain and takes less than an hour. Also, we had a pretty lousy evening burying our cat so something we could play while having a drink and chatting with friends eased the pain.

When you are building one of the seven wonders, each piece of the wonder has a requirement that has to be met before you can flip it over, such as three resources that are not the same. The game has the expected resource types (from 7 Wonders) as well as technologies and combat. You can collect one of three resources on your turn--either a face-down card from a large community deck, or a face-up card from one of the two decks you share with each of the neighbors on your right and left.

If ever there was a game storage system for someone who likes organizing, this is it. Each player gets a box with the pieces of their wonder and their shared deck. The box has a picture of the layout of the wonder and the details about what that player's bonus action is. Then there's an additional box for the tokens and main deck of cards.
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I was reading the interesting history on what a Yule Goat is, which has its roots in paganism and honors the harvest. In the course of reading that, I learned about the Gävle Goat, which is the mother of all Yule Goats. And now it's the only thing I can think about. In the city of Gävle, Sweden, some local businessmen embarked on building a 13-meter 3-ton goat in 1966 to mark the beginning of advent. It had a wooden frame and was covered in straw. At midnight on New Year's Eve of that year, someone burned it down. Thus began the fascinating tradition--each year, the goat was built, and most years, it was burned down or otherwise destroyed. Sometimes within six hours of being built, sometimes in January. Sometimes it was arson, other times it collapsed or a car hit it. There's so much to this story: there is a second goat (dueling goats?), people have done jail time, and one year, people dressed as Santa shot flaming arrows at it. To prevent arson, over the years they put a fence around the goat, guarded it, made it fire resistant, added a second fence, put in 24-hour CCTV, and/or they got guard dogs. Once most of these measures were all in place, it stopped getting torched. The last time it burned down was 2016. This goat now has 24 hour webcam surveillance. Of course I watched the webcam. Nothing happened. It's better protected than every high school in the USA.

Why has nobody made a movie about the Gävle Goat? A mockumentary like Best in Show or A Mighty Wind. I'd watch that.

Today is a cheese or fruit game in honor of National Fritters Day. I actually have a game that includes both, so I might get bonus points for Day 2.
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MadQueenLudwig's 2021 Advent Calendar Challenge

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I like the idea of a game-per-day project, and I've never done one, so Advent seems like a good way to do a relatively short-term project. Also, I like making lists. I have the luxury of a fairly large collection, so there's no reason why I can't meet any of these goals. (I think I can, I think I can....) If any of these goals get skipped, it will be due to my questionable time management skills, not due to lack of games.

I used the 2021 Advent of Christmas Gaming as my basis, but removed non-gaming activities, added in more traditions from other areas of the world, and threw in a few just-for-fun ones.

If I misrepresented any descriptions or dates of unfamiliar holiday traditions that I researched, I wholeheartedly apologize and would love to hear your input, as well as why a tradition is special to you.

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My cats' favorite holiday tradition of acting very non-suspicious until
someone leaves the room so they can climb the tree.
Day 1: The Yule Goat will be erected in Sweden. Play a game where something is built.
Day 2: It's National Fritters Day! Thought to originate in Ancient Rome, fritters were often filled with fruit or cheese. Play a game with fruit or cheese.
Day 3: Coal in your stocking this year? Play a railroad game.
Day 4: Today is National Dice Day so you know what you have to do.
Day 5: It's Krampusnacht. Be like the Austrians and celebrate Krampus by playing a game with demons or goats.
Day 6: St. Nicholas Day is all about giving. Play a co-op game in which you share information or resources.
Day 7: Celebrate Little Candles Day in Columbia by playing a game that features candles or fire.
Day 8: Forget turkey! In Japan, many people dine on a bucket of fried chicken from KFC to celebrate Christmas. Play a game with birds.
Day 9: It's National Llama Day AND National Pastry Day. Play a game with llamas or pastries.
Day 10: Today is Dewey Decimal System Day so play a game featuring books or a library.
Day 11: Decorate your tree with spiderwebs like they do in Ukraine. Then play a game featuring spiders or other insects.
Day 12: Iceland's jólasveinar (Yule Lads) leave treats or rotten potatoes for kids depending on whether they are nice or naughty. Play a game with treats or potatoes.
Day 13: Remember the bravery of St. Lucia on Santa Lucia Day. Play a game involving conquering monsters or evil forces.
Day 14: Today is Roast Chestnuts Day. Surely you have a game containing nuts.
Day 15: Celebrate International Tea Day by playing a game that mentions tea.
Day 16: In the Philippines, the Giant Lantern Festival begins today. Play a game with lanterns (flashlights are OK).
Day 17: Mexico celebrates Las Posadas with poinsettias. Play a game with flowers or plants.
Day 18: In South Wales, residents celebrate Mary Lwyd during the holidays by parading an undead horse figure around the villages. Play a game featuring horses or undead.
Day 19: Honor the Catalan tradition of caga tió, also known as the pooping log, by playing a game with wood resources.
Day 20: It's the last day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere, so play a game with snow, ice, or animals from colder climes.
Day 21: Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, so play a game with a night or darkness.
Day 22: Rush to buy presents: Play a game involving time, either a limited-time game or a game that marks the passage of time.
Day 23: In Portugal, deceased relatives are honored during consoda with a place setting at the dining table. Play a game that contains family members.
Day 24: Be like the Norwegians and hide your brooms tonight so the evil spirits and witches don't ride them and wreak havoc while you sleep. Play a game featuring witches or spirits.
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Welcome to...Less Sleep

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I signed up for a premium account on Board Game Arena (BGA). I play electronic versions of board games on Steam, usually against an AI but sometimes against friends, but the game selection is limited and every game has to be purchased individually. Also, I get too much sleep [/sarcasm], so why not?
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I'm starting out with relatively easy and short games...Welcome To..., Lost Cities, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea. I hope to work my way up to more challenging games, but my biggest problem is not being able to pause the game. Kid wakes up from a bad dream or the dog needs to go out, and you gotta ask everyone to put the game on hold. I learned the hard way that if you let the time run out on your turn, you get negative points on your reputation. So I'm hesitant to embark on a 60+ minute game.

I thought using BGA would be helpful in terms of learning new games and ensuring that I understand all the rules of games I play. It turns out I was correct, as I realized I've been playing one of the rules for Welcome To... incorrectly. When I made fences, I was putting a fence next to the space I wrote a number in, instead of putting the fence anywhere on the map. Another incident of me playing a game in harder-than-necessary mode. So that's a nice bonus for playing on BGA.
Board Game: Cartographers Heroes

A few physical games hit the table over Thanksgiving break. Cartographers Heroes arrived and I played the base game with some of the new features. I like the variety of the new monsters and maps, but I haven't tried the volcanoes yet. There are many opportunities for changing up the base game (and you can play Heroes without it if you prefer).
Board Game: MonsDRAWsity

I played MonsDRAWsity with three other adults and two kids (ages 7 and 8). I've mentioned it before, it's a game where one player memorizes a picture of a monster and then describes it (without looking again) within a set time, and everyone draws the closest resemblance based on the description. Then players vote on the best resemblance. One of the monsters being described had a face that could best be described as Cthulhu. Alas, my 8 year old did not think to say that. This is definitely my favorite drawing game.

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Board Game: Roll Player: Monsters & Minions

My gaming group recovered from our lousy experience with Task A on Unsettled: Grakkis and attempted it again. A combination of conserving time units better and getting luckier with the card draws resulted in success. The cards weren't vastly better--we won with only one time unit left--but they were better enough to succeed. After that, rather than tackle Task B, we decided to play Roll Player with the Roll Player: Monsters & Minions expansion. My gaming friends got their KS for Roll Player Adventures, so we are gearing up to start that adventure.

I played The Hunger three times over Thanksgiving break. I'm working on a separate blog post about it and will post it soon. It needs more than a few lines. It's fun and I'm looking forward to playing it again.
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Getting Schooled

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On Sunday my gaming group settled on the cooperative space game Unsettled. We started on the second planet, Unsettled: Grakkis, and ooh boy, did we lose on that first task, twice. Task A appeared to have an inordinate amount of luck compared to the tasks on the first planet, Wenora. Based on our successful experiences on Wenora, we landed on Grakkis confident and ready, and Grakkis bitch-slapped us before turning us into space dust. By the middle of the second attempt, my normally peaceful and agreeable gaming group spiraled into dissension as the players struggled to find the key to this particular puzzle. Ending on a sour note is extremely rare for us, so yesterday I embarked on trying to research why we failed without spoiling it for myself.

Other Unsettled gamers do cite a significantly amped-up luck factor compared to other tasks and planets, but it isn't all luck. In the spirit of not spoiling Unsettled: Grakkis for anyone who aspires to play it, I will say that it seems our failure was due to the fact that we were ignoring some of the tools and moves that we did not find particularly useful for the first planet Wenora's tasks. We didn't need them to win on Wenora but we should have used them on Grakkis.

Let's say you decide to start fishing, and you go out and invest in everything you might need. For the first few months, you go fishing in a lake off a boat. You put worms on your hook and weights on your line and cast it, letting it sink to the depths. You sit there for half an hour and eventually something bites the line. After an afternoon, you proudly go home with a string of fish.

And then you decide to try fly-fishing. You stand on the side of the river, hook your worms on your weighted line as usual, cast your line and stand there and wait. And wait. And wait. Nothing ever bites your weighted line. You go home, fishless, disappointed that your previously successful fishing method did not catch any fish in a new location and setting. You realize after consulting your favorite comprehensive fishing website that you have some other tools that are better for fly-fishing--colorful feathery flies in your tackle box and a weird bendy rod that you've never tried, because you didn't need them to catch fish off your boat.

Maybe tonight we'll just play some more Cockroach Poker
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MadQueenLudwig's 2021 Holiday Gift DO NOT BUY Guide

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I started writing a holiday gift guide, and realized I have nothing particularly original to contribute to that conversation. So instead, I am offering a list of what games NOT to buy for people on your shopping list. Cheers!

Game for an 8 year old boy that loves video games: Rock Paper Scissors: Deluxe Edition

Game for a vegan: Donner Dinner Party

Game for co-worker who tortures you with stories of election fraud: Coup

Games for a dog lover: Cat Lady or Calico

Game for the childless friends who hate Disney: Codenames: Disney – Family Edition

Game for a large noisy family: Magic Maze

Game for annoying brother who drones on about CRT and has no idea what it means: Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Game for a devout Christian: Blasphemy

Game for friend with crippling social anxiety: Secret Hitler

Game for friend that complains about the supply chain: Curious Cargo

Game for anyone in the medical field: Pandemic: Rapid Response

Any other ideas?
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Last night my gaming group played Roll Player. My friend got the Roll Player Adventures Kickstarter but it was too late to start that, so we played the base game and added the Roll Player: Monsters & Minions expansion to whet our appetites for the big adventure. It was a tight game; I tied for first by going all-in on battling the bad guys and mostly ignoring the market cards. Any kind of dungeon crawl is a great fit for us. We were first and foremost an RPG group, enjoying Dungeons & Dragons or World of Warcraft starting in the 00's. We spent hundreds of hours discovering every corner of the Gloomhaven map over the last three years. We are ready for our next epic story.

We also took the shrink wrap off of The Crew: Mission Deep Sea and played a few rounds. The goals are intriguing, different from the original game. Look, The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine was innovative, a very original take on a trick-taking game. But Mission Deep Sea kicks it up a notch, making the goals for each hand random and usually unrelated. For example, in one game last night, one player had to take three cards of a particular color, while another player had to take ONLY two tricks. Mission Deep Sea reminds me even more of the games of Spades or Hearts that I spent so much time playing when I was younger. There are 96 different goal cards and the game smartly categorizes each by difficulty and player count. I can't wait to play more of this.


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The most frequent borrower from my board game library thoughtfully gifted me with 7 Wonders: Architects. Players are building a particular wonder (Hanging Gardens of Babylon or the Colossus, for example) and must collect resources to build a portion of it, and each of the five portions unlocks victory points and/or special actions. Anyone who has played 7 Wonders or 7 Wonders Duel can play this immediately. It's got the same art and iconography, and the resources, combat and technologies work in a very similar way. The game is quick, about 20-30 minutes. I've played three games, and my top 5 takeaways are:

1. Super easy to teach and learn
2. Great intro to the 7 Wonders family for kids or newbies
3. Many paths to victory
4. Most points wins, so just because you don't finish your wonder doesn't mean you cannot win
5. Luck factor is still a big one

Other games that made it to the table are Paladins of the West Kingdom (Fantastic, I can't decide if I like this or Architects of the West Kingdom better), Viticulture: Tuscany Essential Edition (always play with Tuscany and as many of the expansions as possible), Codenames: Disney – Family Edition at a birthday party, Forgotten Waters (I was Stumpy Hsu this time, it was more of the same jolly fun from last time here), and Hues and Cues. That was an interesting experiment...one of the players was colorblind, he has a red/green deficiency...and he won. For the most part we stayed away from red and green clues, but color me impressed. I don't understand much about colorblindness but I know that it can present itself in many forms and degrees.
Board Game: Paladins of the West Kingdom
Board Game: Viticulture: Tuscany Essential Edition
Board Game: Codenames: Disney – Family Edition
Board Game: Forgotten Waters
Board Game: Hues and Cues


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On to new games news. I took a friend to my favorite FLGS early last week, SHE'S NEVER BEEN THERE BEFORE. She picked up a couple of holiday gifts, and I picked up some items to research for my library and blog whistle

Board Game: Cockroach Poker
First up, Cockroach Poker. This seems to be a staple in so many BGGers' collections. I was hesitant to get it because I enjoy bluffing games, but most of my opponents/friends do not. And then I realized that they don't like social deduction bluffing games, because everyone loves this game so far. It's more akin to a pub game like Bullshit or Perudo than Secret Hitler or Spyfall.

Board Game: Viscounts of the West Kingdom

Viscounts of the West Kingdom was a no-brainer. The first two in the Series: The West Kingdom Trilogy (Garphill Games) have recently become favorites of me and my husband. They have so many options and paths to victory, and really interesting (yet different) worker placement mechanisms.

Board Game: Dream Home

My daughter's birthday is coming up so I bought Dream Home for her. A certain blogger keeps blogging about playing it with his daughter, and it's just such a darned cute game. I've had some success with building type games with my kids, such as Floor Plan, Junk Art and Best Treehouse Ever, and I'm still thinking about getting Men at Work and Tokyo Highway.

Board Game: Cartographers Heroes: Collector's Edition

I had a nice surprise yesterday when Cartographers Heroes: Collector's Edition showed up on my doorstep. I backed this game in 2020 during the depths of the pandemic. Cartographers is my favorite flip and write. I see a solo game in my near future if I can't find any warm bodies.
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