You might wonder what this is all about.? Well as you might know I am currently the photographer of the Frosted Games Picture Calendar for Board Games and as each picture has a story at some stage I wanted to share these. So there is no board gaming content in here except some stories. So you have been warned!
First I want to thank all the people who have helped me in the making mostly because they lend me the games or even their cameras! Why would I lend a camera? Well mine broke after working on the second picture. And it not even fell down etc. Weird. But there was something else… Time! I might run out of time as I loose to many days here. All in all it worked out as you see, but wouldn’t have without their help. So thank you Steffi, Tim, Alex, Jan and Matthias! Plus a BIG thank you to all the publishers, agreeing to use their games in that matter!
So why me? Well at some stage Matthias from Frosted Games approached me on one of our gaming nights. He would need a photographer, as the last one was full with projects. I said to myself why not! And as the last one was accepted very well and the 200 copies where nearly gone after Spiel16 I was asked this year again. And I said why not? And as you see below it worked quite well.
So I started to check which games would be good and one or two brainstorming sessions with Matthias. And we drilled it down pretty well. Sadly some of my most wanted ideas did not make it, mostly because the weather worked well for, especially if you need to work 8 hours a day and the later the day, the less sun you see. A reason why I had no good shot out of Santorini for example. But well you can’t have everything. Another challenge was the agreement you need from the publishers so you can use their products. That in particular gave me some more insight, because the first one I asked declined immediately even I wanted to surprise a friend of mine (Peer Sylvester) with a shot as he always wanted a game of him to be shot by me. But as I wanted to sell the calendar to some extend it was declined. Still I will do this on a personal basis at some stage after Spiel (hint, hint, Peer). The others did agree and what even touched me more that they wanted to promote it. So thanks for that, but I am still to shy on that one I assume as I left this open to them. And I am happy to give them a calendar these days But I already talked a lot of to some stories!
Starting with the cover. NMBR 9. I never was sure how to do it but one thing was sure. 2018 needs to be seen. 4 numbers to be on top. Well pretty easy, play four games and put the required number at the bottom. The result is seen and to make it proper dimmed the unimportant colors. Voilá!
Also Matthias wanted to have Magic Maze in it. Inspiration was via Sit Down! itself but the construction as you see it took some time, especially as this was where my camera broke down. The setup stand three full days on my table Once the new camera was in, immediately took the picture, started small rearrangements and well I am pretty happy on that one and it got much positive feedback.
Photosynthesis was taken home from Gen Con by a friend. As soon as I saw it, I needed to take a photo of it. The drawback? I never had good weather conditions, only cloudy or dark rainy days. Than one Saturday it was sunny. I immediately jumped into the garden and took some pictures. It was pretty weird as really just thrown myself at it and my white shirt, well wasn't white anymore In the end one was selected by the publisher and is the one seen. Welcome Spring my friends!
As I was lucky to get Azul and saw how beautiful it is, well it was clear as once I had this idea. But it took a while, as the micromanagement of the tiles to perfect order was tricky, as as soon as you moved one piece it hopefully moved nothing else! Still it would upgrade my bathroom a lot, so maybe I buy all the ones at Spiel? At least I will get the promos for sure!
I had this idea to do something like with Leo last year, I liked that Leo arrangement a lot. On Great Western Trail I had the tents in mind. On a brainstorming session the rest came to it as I got handed more and more meeples to put into the game. Was fun to build up, can you name all the games used? Again I said it already, like the picture a lot.
The idea to ICECOOL was there nearly from the beginning but I never had the camera or angle to shoot it. I tried a lot and went from another idea like shooting trough one of the entrances with a longer shot, to see a penguin flying by. That did not satisfy me. But the idea with taking a shot trough one of the entrances was kept. Then I tried something new, maybe you can say I gave in to the advertisements that float around somewhere. The result was the one you saw and everyone seeing it liked it immediately, so I kept it. The photo is taken with an iPhone 6s.
Exit: The Game Series was the one taken last as he idea to prep it was slightly growing on me. The one with the ice was the first I had. Pharaoh, well that was easy once I looked onto my gaming shelf, Imhotep. Left the hut and that was quite some collecting of autumn parts. Still it was fun to work with ice, it’s sets a timer on you and the picture series is quite interesting as you see the ice melting bit by bit. Fun experience and a cool shot!
Kingdomino wasn’t clear from the start. And we tried different stuff until Matthias build something and I said that looks like a chessboard. Immediately we tried to build a raster that can be “mirrored”. The board was build and I needed chess pieces. Friends, good to have them! Until I got them I looked up chess pictures for good angles etc. none worked as I liked them or the board wasn’t seen, but this was critical. So I took it from the standard starting position to different moves afterwards. I am not that creative on chess, so can you guess the game I used here? As a hint it was in 2017.
Staying on Mars as it is now has been explored... Terraforming Mars. I wanted to have this in as I saw so many cool shots and I wanted to make my own. Especially hard as the sun was setting and I wanted to catch some light. When I moved the board I needed to rework all the cubes to have the light caught in them. When the sun had set I selected one that I was fine with.
Meeples that can be equipped? Tiny Epic Quest was an easy one when I looked along my RPG shelf. The first book I had was an older D&D book, but the one seen worked out good. Well a little bit fine tuning was needed to get the white page out of the picture, but the mushroom trader is happy for sure!
Last but not least… December. Sagrada. Such a colorful game and well I always wanted to make a shot after I saw Andrew Brooks (dotKeller) and Steph Hodge (punkin312) make some. So I thought it need to be a church and a church needs a preacher and he needs to be yellow. So the best one I had at home was from the old Der Pate by KOSMOS. Still making him stand where he is now, was quite a challenge. But cardboard solved it in the end to build him a proper podium.
Fun story to Sagrada. Daryl Andrews, one of the authors came by today (24th) and looked at the calendar with Jason from the Dice Tower and was pretty surprised when he flipped the last page. Very cool as I now met him in person too and could give him the specimen copies. Totally cool
That are some of the stories behind this creation and I am happy to give some to the publishers / artists / designers as well as podcasts, people I love and support as well as charity. The few left I hope I can sell to (partially) refinance me a camera to create more photos. This is actually one of the things I love doing besides playing. If you want to support me come by say hello and get a calendar. On the fair it will be 10€ and you can get it at the Frosted Games Booth (Hall 1 – D122) or with me at Hunter & Cron (Hall 8 – C121, yes the end of the fair and we know it!). I am happy to sign it if you want too, if I am not in front of the camera on the live stream. But I have Meet & Greet / Signature hours too:
Friday 2pm to 3pm at the Frosted Games Booth in Hall 1 – D122
Sunday Noon to 2 PM at the Hunter & Cron Booth in Hall 8 – C121
I would be happy to see you there and even if you don’t want a calendar stop by to say hi, I would be happy about it as I won’t be able to run around much this year.
That’s it and now only the fair matters, no you matter. Enjoy Spiel!
Thanks for coming by as I see I need to dust of some stuff here but I am back here in a minute. Also I know it is already Spiel17 week so I will make it short and just go over some minor things that might be interesting for Essen.
But first things first and I started series Make An Educated Guess which had components at the start of the week and you needed to guess the game. Apparently that hs stopped. Why? Well, my camera broke down and I am without any means to take awesome photos. But no worries there will be some still in this post.
So just a quick flashback onto the series, especially on those that I got some support on. Let us start with this:
As you ss it is Twenty One by Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag. Another small and fast dice chucking game as is Qwinto. Here each player play simultaneously too and tries to hit the numbers on the sheet. You are allowed one re-roll but need to keep 1s, these can’t be rerolled. But you can enter lower numbers as well which might be a point as the game ends once one player finishes his whole sheet. You count your total points. Most points wins. As usual right?
The game itself feels a bit more luck dependent as it predecessors and less tactical where to write which number. Still it is fast and fun to see if someone that never hit anything catch up within two or three rolls. Nice game, nothing for forever, but lots of fun with the correct people.
And this you know right? Yes, it is one of the most anticipated games that has been released. And will be available at Spiel as well. My first impression was pretty good until I ran out of cubes of one color. What? Well it is all manageable but I assume I have to high expectations on Portal Games games? We had lots of fun with it until one night I took the game to an open gaming night and we wanted to run another scenario. Here we should have a print out which is available on the website. Well we had no printer… Why hasn’t there been a possibility in the app? Weird. You can do better Ignacy!
Nevertheless this was before the early release date of the retail version. By now the App has improved tremendous and all small things I noted have been fixed. Also the introduction is an introduction, which is a good start into the game. Well done!
Yes people say it could all be in an app but given the fact it is a board game, I want to have some board game material. But that sheet, I would like to have this somehow as this would minimize track keeping, which I thing is why I would use electronic helpers.
Also one more complain which I am happy I can’t play the game solo as I can’t distinguish the red and green cubes. But that is my personal problem I assume and I have found a solution. All green cubes are not used: D
All in all I am very happy as it has the same cool stories I had with Robinson and that is what counts and I still have that campaign to play. That is where I am totally exited so do not give to much onto these first impressions.
And as it is very pretty. For that I show you a more decent shot, which I have used in my new Project as well the Frosted Games Board Game Calendar 2018. Hint hint, it is available at Spiel too:
Speaking of Spiel17 titles I could speak of all the rules I read and games I checked and which made it on my list to check or buy at Spiel. Furthermore I would like to shortly speak on Games I played that are at Spiel.
Let’s start with Paper Tales! This is a small and fast awesome filler. Yes, I like its a lot. Take 7 Wonders and just think about it having a five card draft. Put some cards into you player board, check special abilities and strength to you neighbors and begin the next of only four rounds. Most points in the end wins as in many games but it plays so fast and uses so many special abilities that it is just fun to play and explore. I really do like the aging mechanic in which a card ages at the end of the turn and would die next round, manipulation not included. So cool and happy to have played it and looking forward to get my copy at Spiel.
We where lucky and got a up front copy of Azul. And man that is so cool and it is damn gorgeous, especially material wise. Yes, I love abstract games and this really gives you some thinking. You have a number of factories depending on player count. These produce four tiles each round. When its your turn you can select one color to take from any factory or the middle. All things you do not take go into the middle making it more attractive as accumulation can be tempting. It is really cool as it offers simple decisions but these could be tough at some stage. Really cool. Also a bonus is that you explain it in mere minutes and need five minutes to set it up completely. Brilliant and a game I am happy to own and will not part from it easily
Have you seen Stranger Days? Do you like it? Yes? Ok, start the soundtrack and grab InBetween! This is a two player game where one player plays the monster and the other the town folk. Your goal? Save or Draw three humans into the other dimension. A tricky game where you try to trigger various action, spend your resources to do so. But beware if either side gets to aware of the situation he wins as well! Very cool, especially very thematic! Love it. (Warning! Pictures are the prototype!)
Shadows in Kyoto up next. Another small two player game. But one that is really cool if you love hidden movement. Stratego anyone? But here you try to find the winning information. The clue is that you need to see how you best position yourself. But really cool is when you start playing with commander powers and equipment. It really is a fun game. Small and very portable. Really enjoyed the games we had with it!
Next up would be Rajas of the Ganges. This one hit me like a well thrown rock. You do have worker placement and your resources for payment on some action is money which is indicated by its own track or dice. When you acquire dice you roll them once to see what value they do have. These is value of the currency they represent. To get a tile you might need to spend 7 green, so you need a total of seven green pips on any number of dice you want to spend. But why do you need tiles you ask yourself? Well you build your own little kingdom. With market stalls that will be able to give you more money if a worker is placed on the market. Or build monuments that will give you VP. Plus you are able to get some bonuses via the tiles if you connect some lands to your castle, ranging from money, victory points up to dice. Also there are many ways to use your worker to shift dice or manipulate them or just use your boatman to unlock one time bonus.. But I haven’t told you the idea that totally blew me away. There is no extraordinary long counting in the end. The game ends when your two markers (Victory Points & Money) pass each other as they move against each other, (Counter- & Clockwise). The person that has the most steps between these two markers once they passed wins the game. Easy. Yes, it is a race game but totally cool!
Last but not least I want to talk about Noria. I have played different stages of the game as prototype and not the final version yet, still after reading the rules I say that the last time I played had similar mechanics and the last tweaks where mostly action cost based.
The game is totally cool illustrated and gives a welcoming flair. But do not get fooled by hat charming smile, it is a harsh economic game. The best part? No victory conditions are set at the start. You need to manipulate these and push them into your favor of course. It is called politics for a reason! This is one of the actioons you can take in Noria, other include exploring and acquiring new mines , gather resources, produce goods or the most fun part add new actions to you player board, well player wheel. Wheel? Yeah, by now you know Noria has a unique action selection wheel right?
This is the key to all your actions. You can choose up to 3 from the ones aligned. As the wheel turns you get different combinations and option. So you want to populate these empty slots wisely to net you more actions per turn. But if you misplayed or maybe it is part of your plan you can manipulate this wheel of fortune by advancing one of the outer rings or even swap disks. This alone gives you so many things to think about, that even after my fifth play I am thinking what might be an even better strategy here. So neat. But one think is sure, do net get drawn to much into the wheel as without politics, you won’t score anything. For me a brilliant masterpiece by Sophia Wagner.
Last but not least I want to do a shout out to Broken Token as I got a Blood Rage insert from the last year and man this is really awesome. Easy to build, nearly no clue used. No more sorting into these plastic inlays, all expansions can be stored, even I need to get them now Another note... They are in Essen this year again, so no high shipping fees! Be sure to check them out at Hall 7 - Booth G111!
As I see my short note is already 4 pages long and even I have 2 hours to to Essen I leave it with that now. I will try to get one more post out before Spiel starts on Thursday but let’s see if I make it. For those interested it will be about the project I made with Frosted Games and is available at Spiel:
So long fellow gamers and hope to see you at Spiel. If you see me do not hesitate to say high!
Yep, I skipped 07 + 08 but as noted before I had no time to get a proper post online. Plus my computer crashed twice while checking the pictures. Buh! But for me it's still "Festival International des Jeux" time I decided to make it the main part of this post. I actually think I need more parts cover the impressions of the whole three days I was in Cannes. It was a blast and as it was my first time the impressions where to totally awesome. But first start with a tradition should we?
Make An Educated Guess!
As always... the first teaser.
The game shot!
Bonus Y-Wings chasing the Executor
Om Nom Nom! Star Wars and Food a perfect combo!
Yes, in week 08 it was Risk: Star Wars Edition and I find it as a perfect gateway game to get star wars fans into gaming. I even don't care that it might be a bit unbalanced towards the rebels. But there are a lot of variants too on BGG to make it more balanced, I will look into these for sure before playing again. Also make sure you read the Rule Clarifications!
The game is Rebellion vs. Imperium in which the Rebellion will try to blow up the Death Star, need to get the shield generator destroyed first and have Luke duel his father. It captures the feel of the movie quite well (even the winning of the Rebellion ) but I had a great night with my friend that I got into playing a board game that way. Just that made the game have its worth for me. Maybe we can continue with that start and in the end play an epic game of Star Wars: Rebellion at the far end of that trip
Risk itself is some kind on a black list for me as I dislike the tons of throwing dice without a real result. Here it is pretty simple and each action has a total of five dice before the next action is revealed and that feels fine. Speaking of actions, I do like the selection too, which gives a kind of action selection feature. Brilliant to to get that mechanism to new gamers. Plus you only select the card, it could still have more actions which you can choose depending on how your opponent acts. That allows to react with these kind of multi action usage too. It plays easily and you can have a great time while playing it. If your games do not feel epic, our first one didn't either, as the end game feels to easy, try some variants. Our second game was quite hard where the Rebellion just rolled like shit and the Imperial player had the god throws and even had a series of death star hits, felt overwhelming! Still I feel for the epic experience you need to go to Star Wars: Rebellion, which is still on the to play list, properly with a different player first to get the rules right. All in all I like Risk: Star Wars Edition and am positively surprised about it. Even I would like to have the Black Edition due to the three cooler minis, but I assume I just replace them with others I own. That said, give it a try! I will keep mine for sure.
As always... the first teaser.
Character cards and dice
Well being at the festival I thought I run a special right there as I spotted the lovely dice of the first shot. Attack on Titan: The Last Stand was solved pretty quickly and at the time taking the picture there was a long explanation. Sadly my French was to bad But the game had a huge crowd and quite an appearance. I like that titan "board". It has different platforms that players use and move around as they can start specific attacks only from dedicated positions. Also the Titan attacks these by selecting his cards at the start of the round. But only one is known (played openly), will you be at a save spot? The player use their dice to cancel these attacks and challenges until finally can run their killing blow! Sound interesting and well uses dice, count me in!
The Die Shot.
Game Shot - Two hits, one to go!
The following week used something I got from Blackrock Games. And you can read it in the second shot. Targets! It was already released in 2015 and will soon be released on Germany too by Zoch, even for more players! The game is about shooting dice at targets, simple correct? Well there are some special rules if you hit the bulls eye or your die show the same scores. Plus you can even claim targets from opponents if they are still in the game. Totally fun and I bet there are dice being going of the table for sure, part of the fun. Yes, it's short lived but very amusing! A flicking dice galore!
Die Shot - Let's get ready to rumble!
Set sails for raids!
And this week it was pretty easy as the dice seem so unique. It's Champions of Midgard! A totally cool gateway game in which you try to get the new Jarl of the village. To show that you are the most fitting for the job, you will go off, protect the village from trolls, fight of the undead Draugr or travel to distant lands to fight mystical beasts. This is all done via a worker placement board that has locations to fight these as well as locations in the village to recruit more warriors, food, or mystical items to gain special abilities or just horns to modify you die rolling. A neat touch is the adventure feel that you get when you board ships to start traveling. First you decide which warriors accompany you and how many provisions you will take. Then your ship will encounter an adventure card you need to solve until finally the epic battle will start. So plan wisely, because if you are not successful all is gone...
This is even one of the bad parts noted by many. If you are very unlucky on you rolls, you might not be able to recover. I had this in my latest game in which I lost all my warriors on an epic fight. Recovery was hard but in the end I won by 2 points. Still if that happens twice it might very hard to come back. Yes, you might plan better and use re-rolls still Fortuna is part of the game.
One big issue I had is the brown / red cubes for food and wood. Even they share 50% in letters, me with my red / green challenge, do have my problems. Bad choice has been taken here.
Apart from these the game has a lot of positive aspects. It is awesome looking and has great artwork, good quality cardboard tokens and beautiful dice. It is easy approachable and can be played after a short introduction, all steps are on the board as well. The worker placement comes along well and I heard often from people that they never has been crossed that often on their choices. All in all I like it and see it as a good intro game, especially due to the luck. As this can hit even the best players.
If you are interested the game can still be gotten via the current KS of the two expansions (yes, two!). The Kickstarter still has 24+ hours left, when this post goes live. I looking forward to Champions of Midgard: The Dark Mountains & especially Champions of Midgard: Valhalla as this introduces a resource you when your warriors die and is needed in some places or works as an small boost. Plus many more stuff like new dice, leader abilities and epic monsters!
One of the best add-ons for me will be the upgrade token pack for wood & food. The other is ok too, but I am pretty fine with the cardboard tokens.
Festival International De Jeux
As noted last week I went to Cannes for the first time. I hop on to a group of five and we took a ride down to France and shared a B&B room. The trip was easy and arriving is like coming to a holiday. Blue Skies, 20 Degree. Good Bye 4 degree snow & rain Berlin weather! The room was awesome and perfect for five. We dropped of the bags and went to the Convention Center to get our badges. The coolest part is that you would not even need these as the convention is free to the public. But you have some earlier access with it as well as access to the news room. The room where we headed next! But we where to early :/ Stupid Germans! And the games where just being set up. Still that did not hinder us to have a look at the ones already presented, even you seldom got an explanations. So I just give you some photo impressions, but feel free to ask!
Hello Visitor, we great you!
Brace yourself... Rush & Bash Expansion is coming!
Dice Forge! - New Die
Motivation Cards of Mysterium Secrets & Lies Expansion
Booo! - Are you scared?
Woho! Bubble Pop Expansion is coming!
Top Fantasy with some of the coolest artwork on earth!
Outlive uses all our old SIM Cards!
Riff Route - Fish are friends, right?
Hop Le J'Ton
Beautiful Stellium - Craft a universe
We stopped as soon as the press conference has started and joined that from above and that gave me a hint to improve my french if I should go there again. Spoiler: I would love to! Afterwards we took a small break and looked into getting some refreshments and just went into a small round of Kingdomino and I am still bad at it and still feel it quite unbalanced or better luck balanced depending on the tiles coming up. I scored very bad but that would not let me deny another game if it shows up
We grabbed something to eat and our waitress even spoke German and served some of the best bagels I had. It might be slightly influenced due to traveling that day but they where good. That just strengthened us for the conference and of we went! We where in quite early (even for Germans) but run into some friends so chatting along the way and also taking some funny quick shots. Sadly I do not find this anymore, even it should have been emailed to me
As D'Or Ceremony
Taking seats the show started and one thing that is totally different from the german ceremony is that this was held inside an cinema or opera hall. And the whole event is more like a show. It was moderated by some fancy dudes from Tric Trac as one after another of the nominees where called on stage to received their certificate for being nominated. There where some cool stories for sure, but I did not understand them. Except the few done in english and these where funny. xxx for example talked about he come to love this festival and what he learned from it. Especially how to make proper prototypes and what is important to prepare before you show them. But also how they get changed or even "destroyed" if you show something that is not properly set. Something I did hear before in a book called Boardgames That Tell Stories Part I
Small Bros watching up to their big cousins!
Ceremony Hall at the beginning!
View on the nominees and the stage.
Eric testing his new toy
Convention center getting full!
And so it begins...
The moderators taking over! Monsieur Phal (right)
1st Nominee - Children Category - Animouv by Publisher Djeco
The show was totally awesome and I had tons of fun. Even I needed to grab my courage to walk up and just take some photos. But why shouldn't I right? So you see the results above and I congratulate all the winners. There was a lot of discussion on Unlock when we went eating, especially as in Germany there are a lot of more exit room games around and unlock was not that well received. Still given the fact that it is the first one in France this is a well done choice especially due to its mechanics and innovative. Sometimes I would like to see more credit to more innovative games as game of the year as these are in general bring something new to the hobby. Even I have not played it yet, well earned!
After the show was over all was setup to congratulate the publishers and designers in person, accompanied by small drinks and snacks. All in all a wonderful evening in which I want to give my thanks to the organization being able to be a part of the ceremony!
Here is also a video Alex & myself did for the German YouTube Channel of Hunter & Cron:
Afterwards we just went for dinner and a full meal just closing of the day and catch some sleep and be ready for the next two days to come! I found some interesting new stuff and some ideas you will see or have already seen as W. Eric Martin from BGG was there too and he has the influence to open more doors than me as I had a hard time to get some info for Capt. Sonar Expansion I, but more on that story in the next post. That concludes Part I and stay tuned as I will continue and shed some more light on some games in the next weeks episode!
Have you already seen some news or seen anything you are totally exited about?
Welcome to another week being able to play games. I had the chance to play some games at least. Otherwise there is nothing much to be talking about. Just a heads up that there will be no post coming next week. Why? I will be at the "Festival International des Jeux" in Cannes! Woho! Finally a board gaming convention I am able to take part in. I am looking forward to that as I will be traveling with four friends. Even my French is quite bad aka nearly not existing This will be awesome If I get my EU data plan running there will be some smaller updates on Instagram and/or Twitter. So be sure to stay tuned.
Make An Educated Guess!
As always... the first teaser.
Resting at there designated spot.
The community was fast this week but the dice are pretty unique. They belong to Dynasties: Heirate & Herrsche! This is a game that is nearly no where to be seen as being played. Somehow I feel that weird because I like the game very much. Yes, I do like multifunctional cards, check. I like dice, check. And it has an awesome dividing mechanic, check, check, check (Yes, I might have watched to much Mr. Underwood)!
Especially the last is used often may it be for getting resources from a boat in the harbor or when a marriage is done. Because the player on the better position always makes the cut but the second player chooses which cut he takes. That way you will be needed to be smart on how you bundle the packages. Yes, while marring the dice are used a by far one of the most complains the game got due to the luck factor. The card draw can be a bit tough, still I feel the multi usage does help here. The dice itself fell ok to me, as there is still the cut being made. But having a luck factor brings up one other thing that I like. I can play it with people that are not so heavy into games as they might have a better roll at some point. I don't mind that, because if I would I might set up a night for Food Chain Magnet or similar.
There are a lot of different possibilities and even passing early might be good as you could choose a bonus before other peoples do. Still what road your dynasty will go and which territories it would like to control is at your grip. But remember this game is about partnerships, you won't be able to marry yourself!
In the end gaming is about having fun and I had it and would play it any time again PLUS it plays up to five which is another plus for me!
There is that game everyone is talking about! Have you heard about the superhot.exe? I just send it over, have a look into it yourself. The next you see? A kind of white roomed matrix style rooms and there are some of these red fractals. The have weapons and they are aiming at you! But wait...
time only goes forward if you move too!
Well you need to move at least a bit! You check your mission and of you go!
Box & Components
Normal I go over this is more detail as it is a KS and it is improving the further the KS has been raising money, the final production is not yet set. One thing is sure for today. You have cool bullet meeples to mark completed tasks on missions. A smaller travel sized box, even the one of the demo was small already. Final Card Quality needs to be seen, but one thing is sure, you got a lot of extras as by now!
Does it take ages to set up?
No. You deal a mission at random to you. Setup the game and the "first room". Draw the first cards from your deck and of you go! The final version will also come with a paper poster that has the required slots and areas printed on it. So easy as cake (if it isn't a lie).
Game Setup - Solo Game.
Additional Modules / Modes
As with the First Person Shooter this one is a solo game, but Board&Dice came up with some more options. There is co-op mode where two players can challenge the game with each one starting of with an own deck. but there will also be a competitive mode 1 vs 1 or even 3 player free for all. Rules for these modes will be in the final version. From my point of view it is still a solo game.
How does it play?
Let's take the thematic approach first!
Imagine you are waking up in this alternate reality. You have been given one note: Complete Mission X. At first you need to get into the mechanics and how the flow of time effects you and your opponents. You make errors as you are just learning. The last bullet was just undodgeable. But what doesn't kill you makes you harder and the exit should be revealed once the mission is completed. You push yourself to that task! You get more adapted to the mechanics and once they click in it gets smoother and smoother and you will be able to complete your mission. Done! Not yet, you can't leave. The exit? It will be seen after the next two missions. Harder obstacles come by and you raise more and more fond until you will make it to the end or die trying. Well seemed Morpheus was wrong and you're not the chosen one!
From a dry euro gamer view
The mechanics in the game need a bit getting used to and each player will have his own structure how to interact with the obstacles and how to advance time. Once you get this into your blood you see that the mechanics run like a honed clockwork. In it's heart it is a deck builder and you need to see what kind cards you want in your deck and which not. That said it has the luck draw and you might not prevent all bad things from happening. But well sometimes there is just one bullet to much in the air. Undodged bullets will clogging up your hand and or deck, limiting your options further until you loose once you have caught four bullets in your hand. One more thing you need to get used to, there are no victory points. You succeed or you lose!
The next obstacles, at least a safe place.
Mission In Progress.
Quick & Dirty
- The Good
Neat Mechanics The rotation that comes out of the time moves only when you move idea are really good. Once you know which cards you need to discard where it pretty smooth. The deck building aspect is really cool, and will blur away after some time. The poster will help here for sure. Super...
Theme Let's face it. This is taken one to one from the computer game. If you like that style you will like it here too. Plus if you can get into the First Person / Matrix Style feel this game shines. I still miss the car from the game ...Hot!
No Point Salat Finally a game that has no Victory Points. I hate solo games that you play against a scoring board where it states, you have 80 points! You're skilled like a grand master! You either make it or not, like in Pandemic. Super Hot!
Puzzles Each mission is a kind of puzzle you need to complete. Some are more easy than others, but you still need to dodge these bullets. Well each hand is a puzzle by itself as you need to see how you manipulate the objectives in front of you with the cards at hand or if you won't move for a while. Neat.
Is it repetitive? Actually with the KS you have so many missions (if you accept them), that there should be a lot of possibilities with 30 missions total (5 of these are KS exclusive) and you play 6 (9 in co-op) each time. The mechanics on the other hand will be the same, and might seem the actions you do are repetitive. Especially after you play it a lot, but than again it similar to the limits of a 3D computer engine of a game.
Take it anywhere The games comes in a small box that fits in any luggage or bag. One of the stretch goals is even a smaller travel sized box.
Not Expensive A game for 13$? Let's face it, I have spend more money on worse things. If you visit one of the big conventions you can even collect it PLUS since the social Stretch goals have been hit, it comes with a Stream Key of the computer game. Even that could be resold to cover the cost. But I would say try that game to, its fun.
- The Bad
Too easy? It may be me, but once you see how everything works, it feels easy. I bet Neo in the Matrix was also bored with normal stuff. But Board & Dice already promised me to make it more challenging / include a hard mode.
Solo only? We did play the co-op mode and it is a good time to share some time in that game together. The possibility to share a card does make it easier too, that is not countered by adding more mission goals to complete. Still a nice play but prefer it solo versus two player co-op. Still the competitive modes might be fun, as it is a dungeon master style with one player being the system and the other two playing against him.
- The Ugly
There will be no automated replay Just kidding! The video game comes with a summary in real time, this will not come in the card game.
No color issues! Well all is red, white, grey or black. All needs have symbols. All good!
I like SUPERHOT: The Card Game a lot and looking forward to the final version. It has really everything you find in the first person brother: Time moves only when you move, graphic style and PUZZLES! It's really SUPER HOT.
So if your interested, head over to the KS page! You still have some hours left to become SUPER HOT yourself: KS Page
Sweet Card Backs.
Can be quite some lead in the air...
Dodge This ?!
Last Mission Accomplished! Always have a plan b and c!
I will postpone everything else to the next issue of my blog or maybe even do a short one next week. Let's see. Also as I am being at the Festival International des Jeux...
Is there something I should keep an eye on or you would like to get more information ???
With that asked. Over & Out! May the games be with you! Peat
Yes it has been two weeks again and I feel like I have so much still to do. But how about catching up the last two weeks? Let's start with the new series review, should we?
Two weeks ago we started with this picture and apparently it wasn't solved immediately. But the second shot did the trick, a well suited Fidel might have helped!
The first teaser
Fidel failing the disarm!
Yes, it is Revenge of the Dictators and before you all join into the destructive lame on this game let me have some words on it even I agree on the sticker point. They are to large and a f***ing bloody pain to attach! Yes, after reading the rules I was worried on the game as the win consultation was rolling a die. Not really what I was looking for and you can compare it to Dog or TAC, basically the whole Pachisi-Ludo family as these share the base. Yes, Revenge of the Dictators is a race game, that has all the same possibilities to anger someone. Even you don't start at the beginning if hit, you need skip a turn or are forced to re-roll that winning die. The game lives of the luck and take that element BUT puts in that geeky touch that will put a smile on your face of you recognize them. So it's one of these beer and pretzel game you have one time a year or more of this is your favorite type of game. For me I play dog once a year as its the favorite game of a food friend and it's fun. This is the same with Revenge of the Dictators, I had my fun playing it and running trough all the cards to see the artwork and chucking some dice. Because even I needed to skip a turn or two, I had an awesome night with friends talking and laughing as the game actually did not take the whole attention away from the people.
The geeky approach
This week I had something else and the dice actually have given it away due to its uniqueness. Here are the shots from this week:
Beware of the octopod!
At the end of a two player game.
The people of Instagram & Twitter where correct, we are talking OctoDice here. This is a cute little dice chucker where all people have their attention at the table as you are allowed to copy dice from an opponents throw. It adds a bit more than the regular dice game as there are only a few that have a teach tree you can explore to unlock special actions or VPs. An additional cool feature is that each player gets his own sheet and can choose his own way to victory, still as in AquaSphere you need to clean out Octopods or you suffer negative points.
I do love the press your luck element and if you fail to see what you will do with you dice in the end and a relief of your opponent just hits the dice you need, letting you won just by that one point. No a must but all in all cool filler!
That concludes the update on my series and looking at the calendar we already have February. Weeeee! And even we play all those Essen 2016 goodies my top awaited games have been postponed and as everyone already anticipated their games here is what I am looking forward in 2017!
Top 10 Games I Look Forward Too
1. The Godfather: Corleone's Empire My #1 for sure. Nothing has so many things combined that are my favorite topics! Yes, I am a sucker for mafia themed games. And since the presentation of Blood Rage by Mr. Lang himself I am taken by his presence and his design as I looove Blood Rage. So I followed this quite some time now and had seen how it evolved and needless to say, I need this. Yes, NEED! Love the graphics and as in blood rage had the chance to get introduced to the game by Eric himself. Awesome! You can read about it in my Essen report! (Link: Essen - Spiel 16 report)
Victorian Masterminds Staying with Mr. Lang and putting in Mr. Bauza plus a alternate steampunked reality in which the players are all evil masterminds wanting to dominate (or destroy) the world. Still intrigued and a close one to number one on the list. You can follow over to my blog post about it (Here) or just have the Canadian guy explain it to you:
Brasil Well I had a chance on a small glimpse to it in 2016. Then it has been made a massive overhaul it seems. At least it looks are way more interesting and looks like an awesome prototype. The game features a modular board and given the player boards it looks like a game we expect from Nuno, Paulo and WYG?! Given the whole package I am looking forward to its release!
The Modular Main Board Picture by Bruno Valerio aka Oblivion
First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet Robinson Crusoe was is! just awesome. If this wanders into the same direction I am already sold. Plus using an App is always one thing that makes me interested in a game, in how it uses it. I find it funny given the themes. In Robinson smart devices where not yet invented, where a Mission to Mars is a far more technology using expedition. Fitting! The App as far as I see it is like a storytelling book that also keeps track of the game and even the campaigns you play. Seems pretty neat. The last app I encountered was in Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and this was pretty nice. The random elements it can give you is just fantastic. I have high hopes here as Ignacy himself guarantees an amazing story!
Spiel16 - Wednesday - First Martians Prototype behind glass
This War of Mine: The Board Game Staying with storytelling games... I was taken by the games background and as I am not into computer games haven't heard of its brother. But playing in a post war scenario fighting for survival is something that is total thematic to me and something I am looking forward too. The good part is that I have no reference and thus expectations but given the designer and other games I do like of him, I am looking forward to play this. And yes, I have backed it!
Prototype at Spiel 2016 Picture by François Mahieu aka poifpoif
Rising Sun Let's start with Blood Rage being one of my favorite games. Then it was noted this being a step up? Call me interested. As with Viking Mythology I love the Eastern one too, with the spiritual world around it. Then it was noted that there is a decent amount of negotiation around it. I love that as I recently love to play New Angeles if I can find a spot or even always look for a game of La Cosa Nostra where making deals is essential. Even this will limit the game to a handful of persons I know I am totally exited how this will work out. Needles to say I already started to save my money for the KS coming!
Awesome Miniatures as we know them. Picture by Brian Ivanson (Vargeth87)
The 7th Continent I always loved the old adventure books and having seen this intrigued me totally. An nearly unlimited adventure? Yes, please! But I had my doubts due to the playtime and save mechanism. I was noted by the designers to have a closer look and I did in Essen 2015 (see link). So having got it explained by them in person (Thanks for this!) this seemed to be an awesome little game. I actually backed it with a friend and looking forward to its release in 2017! Can't wait to jump into the adventures!
Just started game in Essen 2015.
Charterstone I do like Stonemaier games and try to keep them on my radar. Also I am looking forward on Legacy games. These are already two points for this game. It will feature a worker placement game which will play at least 12 games and will have 75+ modification. I recently learned that time is used as a resource too which sounds very interesting. Plus no rulebook? Very interesting but hope that the early games are not to easy and count within the 12 games. Lets see as this will be no KS when the release date is announced!
Gentes I am always looking for a good Civ game as all I found so war has not hit my taste. So why not this one? Especially as I like the Spielworxx tiles and the heavy games they create. So worth a look and it sounds very intriguing as you have a set number of time available to you in each epoch and as in Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island you can choose to spend one or two sand timers on an action, except I doubt there is failure involved. A special part is that you can educate your people, but you can't have all there are opposites which means increasing one will decrease the other. I love the use of action points from the next turn. Really a neat mechanic to manage building up your world!
Sagrada I follow Floodgate since Epic Resort and are always interested in their titles. Now with my love for dice and drafting I was totally triggered when I heard about Sagrada. It is dice drafting! Woho! Plus loved the concept and idea of the puzzle this brings to the table. Long story short Kickstarter is coming and will surely do photos as well as a Let's Play / Review. Looking forward to it, so exited!
So fast is a top 10 done! For more games that I spot, you can subscribe to this little geeklist: Peats Lookout 2017 - Games on the horizon!. I welcome you aboard if you join me! Than also the toy fair in Nürnberg has been held and only a few surprises have been spotted, I just will go over them shortly...
German releases - Well I liked the English versions and they finally have a German publisher:
Yokohama Well it has been a German version been announced as well and pre-order is currently still up. Release in April, as is the beautiful TMG version I backed. It also nearly made the top 10 and honestly is something I look forward to very much!
Dream Home I like the cute and beautiful game and I did not buy it in Essen. As it got high praises afterward I hoped it would release in German. Now it did with Pegasus Spiele!
Captain Sonar My top 6+ player game. I just love how it plays and if you need another person on a ship, gimme a shout. Glad it gets a German release! But also looking forward to the Update Pack coming 2017 and what it will add to the game!
New Angeles I played the FF version twice by now and I do like it very much. So glad it gets a German release. Still as it is already around I assume I won't get it but if you love negotiation games, you MUST have a look into it.
Top That! I saw the Blue Orange title last year and am happy it gets a German release. Fast magician themed puzzle ! Love it.
Onitama I saw it and the hype it got. Sadly I didn't see it anywhere and now the news came by that a German release is coming. Hell yeah
5-Minute Dungeon I only knew it as a Kickstarter. And even I was not interested in the game so much, this way I can have a look once it is available. Maybe I catch fire after playing?
New releases coming this year:
Yamataï Still looks a bit abstract on the first look but the card mechanisms and route building with the ships looks very interesting. Plus it looks so gorgeous, it will be a blast taking photos
Mountains of Madness Rob Daviau, iELLO, H. P. Lovecraft. Actually enough said, tight? Will be a late release this year but sounds like a lighter co-op game as you draw "curses" the further you go. These are kept hidden and you need play them while the group collects the resources to pass the mountain. Interested, so let's see how it will be and when it is done.
NMBR 9 This sounds like an awesome little game where you have each number form 0-9 twice. In a Tetris style you try to build as high as you can, as you only score if you build above the ground level AND you can only build up if the lower level supports the tile. Sounds like an awesome little puzzle game. Yes, it is a giant (multiplayer-)solitaire as each player builds his own "tower". Really looking forward to it!
The King's Will I had a chance to see the prototype, but only see it. The game took a bit but the mechanic on the victory conditions is great. Each player gets two victory condition cards and selects one to be in the game and the other is out of the game. So you know one of the kings wills but still do not need to play for it. There are five more and within the game you can view these and also decide which will gets activated for all players by selecting it. This plus a kingdom building element around it to explore lands, build more villages or even castles is something that sounds very interesting. Ah forgot to mention, there is an action selection mechanism that reminds me a bit to Puerto Rico and well I loved that mechanism.
Déjà Vu I am in general no fan of real time games PLUS I am really bad at memory games but I am totally looking forward to this one. As it is fast you play round after round and was the card this game or in the last round? Sounds totally fun!
Century: Spice Road If my mind is correct I saw this game last year in Nürnberg. Now with Plan B Games finally emerged I am totally looking forward to this tile and if the phoenix rising will bring us more great games. The presentation is just cool and it sounds like a neat engine builder. Loved what I heard so far. Plus it is 5p, which is a recent count in one of the player groups I have. Hope for the best! Pre-order is mid-April.
Mistkäfer aka dung beetle. A small little dice game that has quite a bit take that elements in it. Sounded fun and actually has no red and green it. Plus played in 20 minutes? Worth a look for sure!
LYNGK I like abstracts quite a bit so I need to check out the last one of the GIPF Project line fore sure Still I am curious if I can see all colors involved. Given the fact it is white, black, red, blue, it sounds ok to me. Also very interested as you choose your winning conditions during the game and start as a free for all board.
Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time Well I stumbled on it due to the name. I liked what Eric Martin noted. A co-op race to grab treasures out of the villa of Professor Evil disarming traps, while the doctor is chasing you and rearming his defenses. Sounds pretty fun and I hope to see it in Cannes
That said I am at the end of my post and hope you enjoyed it a bit and found some similarities as I will tend to report about these kind of games. Yes, there are small games that are cool too, but they might cross my way at some stage as good games always get talked about. Once again thanks for reading and let me know the answer to this question:
What are the games you look toward to in 2017 (or even have played) ???
Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome again! Yes, it is February already, but I moved it to Saturday, even some may already have seen the shots uploaded start of the month. So thanks for stopping by, here is the shot
Some masters have already been found. Well others still fight for the reign!
Welcome to the London and the brawl about predominance of the guilds that rule some aspects of the city if not the city itself. You as leader of your group will see how you will guide your liverymen to influence and manipulate these guilds, in the end, have the upper hand. Because in the end the chief representative will be Lord Major of London, will it be you?
Gameplay / What Can I Do?
In Guilds of London you use multifunction cards to have your liverymen moved around in London or of to the the distant plantation. Each round you are facing a hand of cards that can be used in different ways and somehow is a puzzle in itself. What is cool is that each card can be used as three standards: Move a liveryman of yours, hire a new liveryman or use it as a coin to pay for more powerful cards and their effects plus use it for the effect they allow. Totally cool!
At the end of dedicated rounds of area aka guild control, these guilds will check who will be elected as guild master and rewards for the new master and runner up are distributed. But beware each person has a special mayoral task or even more, as some tasks as these are given to new guild masters. If they succeed, these will give influence (victory) points too and suddenly the best viewed leader might be overtaken. In the end the person with the most points wins and is the new Lord Major of London!
My Experience / Thoughts
I know this game since quite some while now and it felt the community already played it years before its release as it was tested so well and also again postponed until it final hit retail, even in Germany thanks to Frosted Games. A reason why I know the game too, when it was in a state like this:
Learning the functions
The puzzle for the round
The game is yet a bit more fine tuned and it is absolutely gorgeous! This is so colorful and bright it seems you need sunglasses The game is as cool as I thought it was and yet I am totally happy that I can play it again, even regularly. After my first game I just again realized how I liked the game and how good the mechanics are. Yes, it is a bit mean in some cases as you can manipulate your opponents or have bad luck on the draw, still the card usage is what fascinates me and the options that result out of it. Super brilliant!
Quick & Dirty
- The Good
Multiple use of cards I think this is one of the mechanics that I like the most in all of board gaming. Guilds Of London uses it, and I must say it is really cool. Plus using not all cards keeps them for the next making hand management a key here too. Then still you always feel you are missing one fricking card, doesn't matter how much you have. But somehow there is always a way for you what you wanted to do, may cost you a card more but there is a card combo for your needs. Brilliant!
Random Setup Not only the cards are different every time you play, the city of London is random every time you play. Even all bonuses are shuffled so one game will never be like another.
Player interaction I know some do not like it, but for me that is needed. In Guilds of London it is a bit more present due to the neutral meeples that allow "buy" of the influence of your opponents. I feel it fits a political influencing theme. Money makes the world go around. Than again direct influence card don't feel that bad and are even to a neutral meeple. Plus having the shot on a 2nd place goody is nice too, sometimes even better or the one you wanted.
Awesome material All is really good produced. The meeples are cool wooden bits. The tiles are sturdy as hell and will resist lots of plays to form a fundament for London, as will the cards. They shuffle well and feel robust.
Language Independent The came is all using icons. Yes, you need to learn those but once you get them it's fast and easy. Plus there is a player aid available for each player having to look something up.
Easy to setup You actually start in a smaller town of London if not playing two players and the town expands mid game which is part of the random setup, but also a pretty neat feeling as the town gets more and more businesses it expands more. I already said it, Neat!
- The Bad
AP here I come! Due to the multiple usage, there is a permutation of possibilities available. So person that want the best out there cards might take longer, especially if they are the last player before scoring. Again go with the options seeing first usually is good. Play faster and play more
Player Aid / Getting into the game takes a bit Getting used to all the options you see at the game takes a moment. Most stuff I looked up on the Player Aid was not available and I need to find a similar card to explain me the icon. ALso numbers on the aid would have helped here.
Lady luck fails you sometimes - happened one time only to me There are situations when you can only use some of the cards and feel you would love to redrawn instead. Meaning if you only have harbor cards and there are no harbor guilds left and you have no type changer of any kind. It felt weirs not being able to do something with all the options the cards provide. It was a one time thing so far, but effected my mood a bit.
- The Ugly
Green Meeples With my color issue, I do have a problem once the green meeples scored a guild. I tend to overlook them A drawback of the colorful back, even that looks stunning at the end of the game. So I leave my calculations to someone else
More Photo Impressions
This was a tight finish!
Setting up the game!
End of a solo round. Isn't it gorgeous?
And now to something completely different....
That's it for today. Now of with you play some games!
May the games be with you!
Edit: 5.2.17 - Changed some photo links from private to public.
I skip private stuff as this is pretty boring and has only to do with lots of work that is not board game related. Told ya! Last week I went over my best 9 moments related to board gaming and as I played lots of games last year and have not talked about some of these I decided to talk about the nine games that made the biggest impression on me. Before we start let me just go back to this weeks "Make An Educated Guess!" Yes, all have found the answer to it and it was really easy, who does not know these dice:
First shot - The orange weather die only
Blog Bonus - Hard work!
Blog Bonus - If you think it can't get worse...
Second shot - The dice in action!
Yes we are talking about Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and this is one of the most dice that people cursed about I assume. Even Ignacy does call them the most hated dice in the industry. But the game is also one that made a big impact. It is one of the few co op games that people refer to when gaming. Yes, a lot will use Pandemic, but that never grepped me. This one did and I love it as you always struggle to survive. All you do are decisions you do to make it trough the scenario. Even it is based on luck as the events are chosen random and the dice you roll are out of control. Some might say, well you don't need to roll dice if you do not want to, but I say you need to you as you will never complete the scenario and the troubles will overwhelm you. Yes, you choose how you use your actions, but that doesn't remove the fact of the luck involved. Yes, it feels as you made this bad decision that broke your leg as you could have played it securely, that is one of the awesome things about the game. And I need to say I love playing it just to have a great evening. It so fun even if you loose! That being said I am totally looking forward to the sequel: First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet as I see a similarity and am so pumped to see how the app will enhance the game. If it is only a bit similar to the random events as in Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, I am already sold And remember the pre-orders with exclusives is still open! (Direct Link)
Yes, I hear you scream: "This is 2015!". Well sure but the German Version was postponed and was released in Q1 2016. And well the story I had with Blood Rage is a special one and it will always have a special place. Still I have played it several times by now and will play it much more. I always have fun playing it. The mechanics are great and it has all i like a lot. It always has new surprises as with the drafting you always get new challenges and strategies you need to pursue. That said it will see a lot of play in 2017 as well. So awesome!
I fell in love with this game at start of 2016. I had a friend loving Backgammon but also loving to play board games. That sounded like a perfect fit. When I played my first game I just loved it. The slight Asian touch, light dragon theme which gives your stones special abilities, and gorgeous pieces! All I played it with liked or even loved it. Easy to access and has some tactical depth but bear in mind you roll dice. Sometimes you loose due to a bad roll and opposing player domination. Happens but still fun. ALso the small box makes it easily taken everywhere, at least in my bag. A treasure for me in 2016. Hint: Already played it in 2017 too, so keeps hitting the table.
Backgammon on steroids! Love the dragon theme and the game <3
I got my copy in Essen last year and I need to say this is just awesome. Another 2 player game but man played so fast and comes with really tough choices. The only luck you use is the luck of the draw of the cards. In Hanamikoji you try to gain the favor of four of the seven geisha / artists. This is done by majority of influence cards on each geisha. On your turn you decide to use one of the four actions available to you but each action is only available once, so you MUST use all action at some point. Love that as it always gives cool deep decisions depending on your hand and cards on the table. Plus you play one or two rounds only until a winner is found, I only had one game of three rounds yet. Cool small little game, love it a lot and wonder why no German release is yet planned for it. True gem!
Staying in the same area in terms of releases. I was on the fence if I should get it as the price tag was a bit to high for something I did not know. Yes, I had no time to test it as I was working too. But I took the "risk" and brought it as it had some great notes. What can I say? It's on the list and I really like it. It's a solo game only but it is a bag builder in which you try to roast the best coffee. I like the game and the theme as you pull the beans out and put higher roasted once in. But there are many others tiles. Water, flavor tiles which you can use to unlock special abilities, but you need them for bonus scoring too. Sometimes a tough call but it is totally fun and drawn me in(to the bag). All in all it just has a great complete setting. I like it a lot and gladly use it if I need to kill some minutes or even hours. Great game!
This one just has taken me and I need to say the crew in Essen presenting the game played no small part in it. They where just so open and funny. They even brought a game to our welcoming party and all had a great time. The game is just cool and I do not even like agility games as I suck at them. But this reminds me of air hockey and is soooo much fun and if you are no match for your opponent than the game is over pretty quick but you just look for someone your skill or like me clench your teeth and get better by learning from the pro sitting opposite of you. Really really cool and glad it gets a German release in 2017
I am no fan of party games but this... THIS IS THE BOMB. I only talk about 6-8 player variant as this is a complete unique experience and I haven't tried less players but actually I do not want to. It is so much much fun and does create a really tense situation as all is real time. You play team vs. team and each are a crew of a submarine. First one taking four damage looses. So awesome and I am gladly play this if there are 6+ people. It sadly sees only two plays normally as the people are so taken by the whole sensation, but I have a trick here. Take a break after a game, just see it as shore leave to forget these tight submarine rooms Brilliant real time game!
This one struck me like the lightning hitting the hill valley courthouse! It just played nice and fast even with more players. Plus the theme just wrapped around my RPG mind. All this together just made it a wonderful experience and something I really adore. A cool fun game to play. Love it and can't wait for the expansions to expand this wasteland where each faction strives for control.
Last but not least game to mention. I love RoboRally and this is just so similar as you are programming mechs. But it adds some kind of story line to it making it awesome fun as it adds some kind of achievement system. Some might even call it Legacy (was this the new fashioned word?), but you only add cards not destroy them. Still I love to play it and we do the video series of it too. Sadly due to private changes with moving etc. time is limited but I still try to get this pushed forward as I just love the whole game. Still a bit worried what happens after the 10 games. But I assume you have the kit already, time for some #followerpower and fan content / missions. Really fun game ad great production. Glad there will also be a German version coming by mid of the year!
Come and get some!
That closes the list and yes, there might some games not in here. Mostly because I just played them once or not at all in 2016 (e.g. Scythe). That being said this closes this weeks post. Thanks for riding along! A small note, I might have troubles coming in next week as the work ahead is not less. Still I might be traveling. Where? Well Spielwarenmesse in Nürnberg is starting next week So I leave you with one last question:
Which game(s) had a you the most impact on you in 2016?
May the games be with you! Peat
Edit: 30.1.17 - Linked the pictures to the public galleries as they just got approved
Yes, it has been a loooong time. And actually this will be some kind of looking at 2016 and quite personal edition. I will not spend so much on private stuff, but mostly there are physical stuff that is happening and doctors to see. I will know this week how this continues. But no worries so far nothing lethal of course
Yes,you have not heard a lot of me lately here, that is mostly because my enthusiasm took a great hit when I heard a lot of "too long, did not read" notes and messages. That really hit me, really hard. A lot of ideas and work went into my Essen post (Direct Link) and well I only knew one thing that I need to change in the future but it was something that was not received well on me.
So all I did was keeping the monthly stuff up an even that was hitting delays. Why? Well there was December approaching and I got a new contract which added more work too. Yes, everyone needs to get the bucks coming from somewhere, plus I was told to relax and not push me to much. Actually I pushed myself to get all these posts in in time. Everyone does this somehow, but with the earlier note that I should a step back, it sadly was something that dropped of the time radar. Time is limited and all our days only have 24 hours. So all that find the time to present anything to others. You have my greatest respect. Well done!
First I want to note that there is a easy approach here that gives the priorities. Me > Friends > Work > Gaming or Photographing > Blogging. Yes, blogging is last, but mostly because I need to game to blog. The first two are easily noted and with December swooping in, I had lots of friends wanting to go to Christmas Markets and see one another friends just before Christmas. Still don't know why because I see all them in January and mostly because all their family knocks their doors on these days anyways. All worked well and to be honest if someone calls for a drink when I haven't seen them in ages, I won't pass that opportunity. So I wasn't doing nothing related to gaming all these days.
But I was dedicating more time with Alex and well creating Let's Plays on YouTube to host them on Hunter & Cron. Yes, they are German as these are created for the German market, but it was fun. Especially getting the chance to play Mech vs. Minions and I still like to chase this with us hitting Mission 6 now. I have yet to make a geeklist on the vids, but all of them could be found on my YouTube profile (Direct Link) or directly on the channel of Hunter & Cron. The draw back is I need to travel a bit, actually around two hours for each vid. So if anyone has a great idea on how I spend this time properly on public transport, I am widely open. I am still looking for a good possibility to write more here, but still not found something that fits me well.
I also started something new. The people following me on Instagram have already seen it and I hope to do more of this this year to have it in as a constant that you enjoy too. I started a new series: "Make An Educated Guess". I will post a component each Monday in black and white for you to guess the game. Actually I assume someone will always know it somehow. But that's part of the fun I assume. Then at a later day I will post a better view of the game with the component still being the main focus. Than the solution will be given on the next weeks component shot. That's why I don't want to reveal or answer comments right away, as this might spoil the fun of others. I am still thinking on featuring the games on the weekly blog once I get back on track. What do you think about this format?
Here is how this looks like:
Week 1.1 - The first hint...
Week 1.2 - ...and a bit more.
Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition So I started with something easy in this series as most people do know the dice of Roll for the Galaxy. And just gotten the expansion I thought I just use it. I hear a lot of people complain about the price of the expansion. But honestly, have you looked inside of it? There are 40 (!) dice inside and 9 layers of thick cardboard. So I can not complain in any way here. Plus I love the objectives. This gives the whole game a twist I like and puts it up a little higher than it was before as, to be honest, I did not select it to be played but never declined and currently I like this add-on, so I can chuck in some rolls in when time is right.
Week 2.1 - Starts similar...
Week 2.2 - ...but the 2nd shows a bit more.
The Curse of the Black Dice 2nd game in my series. These dice are just awesome and need to be shown more. The game is neat to, and it is a fast dice game where all players are a crew of pirates trying to gain treasures beyond believe. Still the curse will try to put a spoke into your wheels or holes into your sails if this fits you better. So you all try to survive, still the richest pirate will win in the end. So will you work for the greater good or being just to greedy?
Plus Board&Dice will soon be running a new Kickstarter for the SUPERHOT: The Card Game and I am exited for that. Hope to tell you more in a week. Kickstarter will start last day of Jan.
Week 3.1 - 45th Anniversary...
Week 3.2 - ...of the Godfather Movie.
Der Pate My first Godfather game and I needed to use this die especially as we do have the 45th anniversary of the movie. The game does host a lot of randomness and also is noted to be a bit unfair but then on the other hand, it's the mob, right? I like it and still like it and have a friend that would call for it if he visits me. He just loves my voice intros each round Graphically I like it still as I love the little car. I might have changed some stuff given the dice placement but it there is a bit of luck mitigation at some stage. Still love it but as you know (or see below) I do look forward to the new game from Cool Mini Or Not / Eric Lang.
Best 9 Of 2016
That's pretty much the stuff that captures all major things lately and before I start with new stuff lets have a look what happened in 2016. Most board gamers do the best games 2016 lists etc. But I want to focus on something different as there have been a lot of events influencing me and stuff I archived which are related to board gaming. So here are my best nine in no rating attached:
I had the pleasure of doing 14 great shots for this project as the original photographer attention was taken by the small kids. So I jumped in and it was an experience for sure. Also it made me a bit proud to have created something others do enjoy. Even if we did not sell out (*hint* *hint*) there have been a lot of homes and offices that now have ME on the wall! So cool and here is the overview page that you might get a feeling on the photos if you do not own one:
The Overview Page
2. Starting Let's Plays with Alex @ Hunter & Cron
As noted above this is something I do enjoy a lot. It is always fun with Alex and totally great as I visit him quite often, it feels like being a relative of the family. Let's see where this will go and I will continue this even it seems we will have a bit less time. Alex just acquired some land and well this needs to be prepared properly. Still we will slip in all the stuff that is requested plus maybe we are adding some more reviews too. YouTube Profile.
The start of our Mech vs. Minions Campaign
3. Berlin Board Gaming Convention breaks 1000+ visitors
One of the projects I stored in my heart. Why? I always wanted Berlin to have a proper convention and even I myself am to small to archive this by myself, I am happy I stumbled upon Hunter & Cron with the same idea. We started in 2015 with 250 visitors. Last year we had 1250 and we are already prepping for 2017. It will be so great. Lots of people enjoying board games Some impressions:
4. Hosting the Pandemic: Survival Tournament in Berlin
This was one of the best experiences I had with playing the evil mastermind to destroy all theses player worlds. In Survival mode you have X teams playing the game. CHaracters and decks are predefined. But there is only one infection deck controlled by the main referee. That way all people have to fight of the same infections. The team curing all diseases first wins. It was tons of fun, especially as I have noted within the game that there was a list what will be drawn from the deck. But it was so much fun presenting a Pandemic paired with an evil laughter. Muhaha! If the opportunity arises again, I will gladly sign up!
Welcome! Say hello to the doctor.
All fighting for survival!
5. Being able to go to the Spiel des Jahres Event
First time last year I was able to attend the Spiel Des Jahres event and had the pleasure to write about the event and mostly have a chat to all the designers I seldom see especially (again) if they came from overseas. Phil Walker-Harding for example came from Australia. Wow! Really cool and a really cool chat with him The whole report can be found here: Follow Me
6. Meeting Eric Lang (again in 2017)
Since he introduced me Blood Rage on the Asmodee Press Event I was taken by the charisma of this person. Plus he is still a normal person and likes to play games, talk, eat well, etc. Such a great ambassador of our hobby. This Essen I was a bit sad as his next game The Godfather: Corleone's Empire was pushed into 2017 and not being available. Well it's the 45th anniversary of the Godfather in 2017, coincidence? I skipped the Asmodee Press Event this year as I needed to work, but when I heard Eric was there presenting the game, I changed my shift and was off. I was just in time and this was the best moment of the day Glad to have seen you again Eric. Always a pleasure and thanks for the explanation. You can find my report of this here: Follow Me
Eric teaching me his new game The Godfather
7. Meeting the BGG Bloggers I do chase each week and which I talk often for insights!
Well. What should I say? This is what fairs are about. Meeting all the great person you only speak via the internet mostly because they live overseas or not in Germany. It was a pleasure even we have not know to long that I found time to meet some of the persons!
8. The best loot ever! Heavy Cardboard Zipper plus more
Not only did I meet Edward in Essen, I was also not only able to get a shirt but I got this beauty and it fits like a charm. Happy to have one as this would be so hard to get for me otherwise.
9. All the support given and seeing how games evolve!
This is about the persons and the love they spread. They are all approachable and do not turn you down if they can spare a minute. I even got a thank you note from Board&Dice. Thanks guys! Plus I had the chance to work on so many things. It where prototypes from Railroad Revolution, Phalanxx, Great Western Trail, Cottage Garden that are now big hits. And I was able to play and test them, even I assume if the chance arises that all board gamers interested in doing so could do this. For me I was able to give my inputs to on the prototypes I played and might have improved it a bit. Every time I see something that was in my feedback, I smile and I am happy. And it is all the small things where you can contribute. It can be explaining games, running tournaments or just give feedback on things that could be done better from your point of view. One thing is sure. Be nice and all will be nice to you. So my thanks to all of you that made my time awesome!
Something I am looking so much forward
Unpublished Prototype - Warehouse Robot (My name for it) Was one of the games on a regular designer meeting
Actually there where so many things I love to look back at but you know the best? There is even more if you look ahead!
Plus I started with Instagram and already got 250+ followers as well as hitting 300+ users on twitter is something I did not expect when I do look back. So thanks everyone for all the kind words, discussions, views and help & support. Your the best!
That being said I leave you to the rest of your Sunday and say thanks for stopping by and read all this whirl of thoughts. All comments are welcome and will, as always, be answered!
Thank you all for coming back in 2017 and see you soon
Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome! Yes, it is 2017 and I started my year actually yesterday. Yes, I was in a kind of hibernation at least for writing more stuff. Sorry, but working on it as I have so many things on my mind. Still being back at work I noted I need another background too. So here it is!
Welcome to the post apocalypse! You as leader of your faction have seen your opportunity. There is nothing owned and everything is here for the taking. With your smarts and resources you will be able to establish control over important locations, craft cunning deals or just exploiting your opponents or neutral resourceful areas. But will you be fast enough to establish so much influence to be named the ruler of the 51st State?
Gameplay / What Can I Do?
You and your people start in a little area. At the start of the round everyone is scouting for resources or other POIs you can make use of. This is done by drafting twice. Afterwards you gain resources from your state. Once all is gathered each player takes one action after another, gaining more resources, paying these to (your) people to occupy new regions, establish contacts, raiding neutral or opposing locations or smiting a deal to gain more income at the start of your round. Once your day is done and you can't do anything anymore, you pass and once all people pass a new round starts. You start again with your new network to gain even more control over the post apocalyptic lands! That sounds infinite? Kind of but once a player has established the majority in the wastelands (by hitting 25 points) that round will still be finished. The game ends and all is totaled where each location you still own is worth another point. So if you rush to 25 and not have enough territory control there might be a different king of the 51st State.
My Experience / Thoughts
I started with Imperial Settlers and sadly this did not hook me. I played four player games and with more experienced players. I never had the smallest chance. Still the game took ages and even I wanted to like it, it never turned out we have become friends. Bt I heard the predecessor should be similar and well the theme just hooked me much more. Plus reading notes from Ignacy on his blog about it and how Merry liked it made my decision clear I need to test this. Then a new set was announced, the Master Set. Ok, I can wait a bit longer for sure... I eagerly followed the path it took and once it finally arrived we did a play of it. I was immediately hocked as the theme was there but no set story, you could always tell the story yourself. Totally awesome.
Quick & Dirty
- The Good
Multi use cards I loooove cards you can use multiple ways. In 51st State you can either build the card to give you a permanent effect as you control it now, pillage it to gain resources and discarding it or strike a deal with the location giving you some resources at the start of your turn. Very cool.
Artwork Every type card has its own artwork and each is beautiful. There are lots of Easter eggs too and I need to say it just let's your mind spin around to create an awesome story (if your into this).
Telling a story Speaking of story, I need to say you just ca feel it sometimes when you drop down a contact to use him. And the next round, suddenly he is gone... Well seemed he was to powerful. These are the small things that make it even better.
Getting attacked is not bad / destructive Another thing that is cool is that if you got hit, you do get something. A resource or card etc. PLUS you are able to upgrade the ruin that has been left behind with a card allowing you to even play a more powerful card. Very cool!
Asymmetrical Factions There are 4 (6 with the pre-order) factions you can choose from. Each plays a bit different as they have different starting resources and exchange rates. That way you choose different cards to play and might need to focus somewhere else. All play very interesting and can win.
Replayability / Included Expansions Due to the randomness of the draw and the choice of factions it all will fold out differently every time you play. In addition the Master Set comes with the Winter and New Era expansion that shifts the focus of the game in how you can gain victory points. Pretty neat.
Engine Building - Warning Snowball! It all starts small. So the early turns just rush by. You do try to find that card that will give you an engine and gets you going. But then will your opponents let you keep it? Sometimes you need to adjust and if you are not fast enough someone else might take the lead. SO watch out for combos!
Plays all player counts good Due to that snowballing effect and a set number of points to finish the game it does play good on all player counts. Especially if you get used to the game you will just have these turns fly by and the race is on to get to that magic number of 25 and maybe even over before your engine started.
Awesome Resource Tokens I was one of the few that was a bit annoyed with the pre-order having better tokens. Mostly because when I was able to get it, the per-order was closed even the date wasn't reached (but the amount). But now as I own the retail version I need to say, these are still awesome. The only thing you miss is the mask on the meeples. But have you seen the tokens? each is resource is different in shape and color. Really well done. Love em!
- The Bad
Solo Mode not challenging I hoped for a challenging solo mode. Actually it is not. I totally like the mechanic on how the AI chooses which location to raid and I have found some weird surprises too. Card draw can be a beast sometimes Apart from this you nearly can't loose. A friend of mine even found a loop which I tripped on by accident as well. I saw how to exploit it but didn't as it would spoil the experience. Maybe there are some FAQs by now which I don't know etc. Then again, I hate playing for points and this gives me an opportunity to play it like a driven story where some bad stuff happens. It's like an adventure book. Like that part of it but as with all games it's more fun with other gamers
Cities Expansion feels overpowered I got this small expansion too and this actually often broke a great advantage to the player able to raze Jersey Crust first as it gives a bunch of cards. Some are better at razing than others and we felt it unbalanced the game. We just don't add it anymore. Did We miss something?
- The Ugly
Contact Token Color These are really hard to distinguish, especially in bad lighting. I actually can't see the difference between grey, red, multi-color. BUT you can sort them properly and then you can get the correct one at least. All people will find a way but adding a symbol (like the resource) would have been great.
More Photo Impressions
He can't be evil right? He has a rubber ducky!
Small Expansion - Cities - This gets out of hand!
Going deep into mining!
25 is the magic number in 51st State Masterset
Is it legal now as it is owned by the police?
They will offer you a deal you can't refuse...
Another view on the landscape!
And something that always comes to my mind when I hear 51st State
As always it was fun taking these shots and playing the game. Looking forward to play this cool game even more and get even more stories about the Mutants, New York Faction or Merchant Guild. PLUS an expansion has been noted too! Also some friends noted that I should look into Imperial Settlers again for the solo mode and with fewer players. I will for sure, maybe we can be friends in the end.
As we started into 2017 there are more games to choose. March is a bit set already but February is next. Do you have a game you want to see next? (and which I might get my hands on)
Again we came to an end. Thanks for reading! Play lots of games with your family & friends! If you have questions or want to interact with me leave a comment below. I am happy to answer
Hello friend of board gaming! Welcome to the December Issue of Take The Shot!
Yes, it has been ages since you heard anything of me. I am sorry for that to be honest. Even I'm preaching communication is the key. Shame on me! But I will not go into detail here as this is something I will do on the next blog entry I am planning and the ones asking already know about it. It currently personal matters, doctors, stuff like this. But I am well and I have internet again Yes, even my monthly pictures have been a bit late to use as a calender in December I still wanted to share them as nearly no one knows this cute little game called Edenia. As you know know the games now, shall we move on to the pictures?
Made it to the green grass of Edenia!
All the grass belongs to me!
Edenia In A Nutshell
The sheep are starving as they have eaten up all the grass on their home planet Arridis. But legends tell about a paradise called Edenia with green field as long as the eye can see. Seeing their destruction talented space sheep pilots (!) are send into space to find that planet. The pilot that travels to space the best wins the game in the end.
Gameplay / What Can I Do?
Each turn you decide what your space sheep pilots will do. You can think of yourself as a squad leader or commander! You have one action only and you can move any of your pilots. Either on a lane they are on or if on a planet choose a new lane to explore. The pilot follows it until he hits unexplored space or a planet. Depending on the size of the later you can acquire an artifact worth points and a special ability, gain a clover or build/replace a flag which is worth points too (A sample step for a sheep!). If you hit unexplored space AND you have not placed a tile, you draw a new one and move further on your space lane. If you have already placed a tile your turn ends. Instead of moving you can rest your fleet (pass) and gain a clover that allows you jumping over other sheep's on a lane (sheeps block lanes they occupy) or use it to dig up an artifact on a smaller planet. If you should be able to reach the famous Edenia, you get a great explorer token worth points in the end too. The next player takes his turn until one of three win conditions is completed. 1. First commander getting all his pilots to Edenia wins regardless of tokens left or points acquired. 2. If #1 is not met and explorer tokens on Edenia are depleted, game ends and most points wins. 3. If a player has 42 points at any stage of the game, he wins.
My Experience / Thoughts
The first thing you will see is the beauty of this game. The tiles are colorful, eye-catching as are the cute sheep miniatures. It is easy to play making it accessable to all kind of people including kids. Especially the whole presentation has the word cute and child friendly on it. Decisions aren't tough and mostly are choosing if you block someone or calculate the fast route by using bumpers and teleporters. Once you play with artifacts you spice things up just a small notch, still you won't need any academical degree.
All in all I like the easiness of the game as well as the presentation of it. Yes, it lacks the deep decisions iLike in games but Edenia is not aiming at that. It a quick, funny and drop dead gorgeous small game that I see as a gateway to many small or new gamer to get into the hobby.
More Photo Impressions
The dying planet of Arridis.
The rumored planet of Edenia (with giant mushrooms!).
A small step for a sheep!
The cute (artifical) guard dog.
Uhoh a black hole. Where does it lead? well ask the die!
On your way you find a lot of small planets too!
The fearless pilots!
A view of one whole galaxy. Is't it beautiful?
As always it was fun taking these shots and playing the game and looking forward to play this cute game even more.
Also we are approaching 2017! The question stays the same. Do you have a game you want to see next?
Otherwise have a great Christmas and if you want to leave a note or have questions on the game leave a comment below too.