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The Outcasts of the Shadowed Kingdom Divvy up the Truffles to Feast on around the Furnace.

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Tonight at 5pm CDT join us while we play through Aeon's End: Outcasts followed by Furnace on my Twitch Channel! Be sure to follow and subscribe!



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Ever since it arrived, I knew I wanted to play the first game of Aeon's End: Outcasts on the Twitch channel!! Michael and I had to get it played ASAP!!! New to me!

This game is particularly cool since Michael and I got to get a glimpse of it when it was in progress since they were looking for some fans to pre-read the backstory and give some input. So that was super cool and our names appear in the back of the rules!

But, As many of you know, we are pretty much super fans of Aeon's End and all the content for this game. It is always a fun new adventure when we get to try a new expansion or a new big-box standalone game appears!

Here we have the Outcasts! It is a 4-game campaign game much like New Age from 2019. There is a new Curse mechanic that is introduced, but otherwise, it plays out very much like any Aeon's End game except we have all new characters and a bunch of new content!

So, Michael and I have only played the first game, which is what we will feature on the channel tonight starting at 5 pm.

In our first play, it was a nail biter since we felt pretty doomed. So very many bad things were happening to us. The FIRST FOUR ALMOST FIVE rounds we had back to back nemesis cards. The 5th rounds had the first card being a nemesis, but thankfully it switched up after. It was absolute chaos.

At one point during the game, Michael was down to 1 life, but he had a powerful ability that gained him 3 life back, so he was using that as much as possible. By the end, I was at 3 health. Fortunately, we were able to keep Gravehold alive and well. We would have been toast if the cards revealed in a different way than the final round. We got seriously lucky and had enough attack power to kill off the remainder of the nemesis before a bunch of unleashes were about to happen. It could have easily been doom and gloom, but we pulled it out the last second.

We rocked it!

This game is just so awesome! I love every second of playing it! On the stream tonight we will try some different characters and see how well we do! Come join us!

More of Aeon's End is BETTER! If you like Aeon's End then you should definitely check out this new release. So great!


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Shrey had requested a playthrough of Furnace on the Livestream so Michael and I wanted to play that next! New to me!

Furnace is a light economic game. In the game, you are looking to gain factories for your production line. You will get to run this line each turn and will want to gain as many victory points by the end of the game as possible.

Over four rounds, players will be using four differently sized discs to essentially bid on different factory buildings in a lineup of cards. Each card can hold only one disc of each size and color. The biggest disc on each factory card will claim the card, but the other disc will get a small compensation for their participation. There are resources printed at the top and depending on the size of your disc you will get a multiplier 1/2/3 times the resources printed on the card. You can never get a multiplier of 4 since that disc would have automatically won the factory as the reward.

With careful planning, you might get the resources you need to run the factories you have and gain a bunch of points that way. Having more factories is not necessarily the way go to. You really have to be clever.

Each player also has a special ability they can use once per round so they will help guild you in a particular direction as well.

In our game, I was focused on getting coal since my cool ability was to spend extra coal to re-activate a factory card. I tried to pick up all the cards that gave extra coal when I run teh factory card, and it was working okay.

The catch with the 2 player game is that we have to use an AI to help block locations. I actually found this mechanic to be very well implemented and it did an incredible job blocking me from what I wanted to accomplish. One of the best AI's I have seen for a 2 player game.

As a result of always being blocked from acquiring the factory cards I wanted, I ended up with tons of extra resources. I was able to use those resources in the factories I had and I totally kept up with Michael's score and sometimes I even had MORE points than he did.

In the end, Michael just had a KILLER line of factory cards and had a fantastic final round. I got shut out of some cards I wanted. Curse you AI! Michael won with 87 to my 76!

Really enjoyed this game! I think it will be a lot of fun to demonstrate on the Livestream tonight and I hope you all can join us as we play! This is a very clever game and one that will remain in the collection. I definitely recommend checking it out!



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Roll n write games have been a constant hit for me. I always enjoy learning new and playing a roll n write game! This time I had the pleasure of checking out Divvy Dice. New to me!

I am still not sure I know what the word divvy means, but I thought it meant like divide it up. Not sure I am accurate, nor do I understand how it relates. Ah well, it is still a fun word, nonetheless.

Divvy Dice is a game where you really have to be clever and timing is everything. The game-end will trigger when one player takes their 9th card. You can take a card each turn if you wanted, but you will only score points on the cards you completely fill up with numbers and X's.

There are 2 types of cards. Cards that will score you points and cards that will give you some special abilities you can use. You will want to collect sets of colors to help score points for the cards that need a specific pattern or variety of colors. But you will want to gain some extra abilities too that will help fill in the cards and mitigate the dice rolling you will be doing.

Each turn you will roll the dice and then choose to re-roll as many of them as you choose up to twice more. Each roll after the first one will let other players gain a bonus from the results so maybe you just suffer from your first roll, thus punishing the other players so they get NOTHING. devil

Ofter you will need to reroll to get that perfect number for a space on your card. It is hard to get lucky on the first roll anyway, though possible.

Michael and I had a fun time with this one. We both agree that we think playing with more players would be better though. I was getting a lot of lucky rolls and not needing to re-roll a 2nd or 3rd time and Michael was missing out on extra dice he really needed. He was rolling a bunch so it was very helpful for my cards!

I think he ended up triggering the ending and getting his 9th card. I was just one card away and going second so I had essentially 2 more turns. I could claim a card and if I was lucky, I would be able to complete it in the final turn. Turns out luck was on my side and I ended up doing just that. It gave me the win! 93 to 74. I had some killer points on my scoring cards. It worked out this time.

As far as roll n write games go, I do like this one. I don't think I would ever choose to play this over Ganz Schon Clever, but I think this was pretty interesting. I do think it would be better with more players and more interaction with the dice. I would definitely play again.


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There is a new Disney game out called Disney Shadowed Kingdom and it is for only 2 players! I had to try it. New to me!

The theme in this game is very dark, it is such a cool twist on the normal Disney image you might have in your mind. I think the setting is super cool and the artwork is dark and mysterious which is very nice.

In Shadowed Kingdom, players are working together to find the Wish cards and boost the Wish track up. They have to avoid Shadow cards. If the Shadow cards are revealed then the Shadow track is pushed up and if that goes too high then the players will lose.

In front of the players are 4 facedown cards 2x2 formation. The active player will choose to push a card off to one side left or right and that card will be eliminated and discarded. If the active player pushed the card straight across that revealed card will be activated by the opposite player. That card is them put into the other player's hand and then they will take their turn.

The catch is when you play a card, you will have to play the oldest card in your hand, so you don't have a choice of cards when you go to play. There is definitely a few parts of this game where you need to remember a bunch of cards and information you know or think you know, since you don't want to misplay.

Michael and I learned I had two of the Wish card in my deck so we had to be careful with my cards. We had a some good luck wish discarding Shadow cards and finding those Wishes!

While we did end up winning this game, it all felt very luck driven. There aren't many choices to be made since you are forced to play the oldest card in your hand. It doesn't really give you many options, but I understand the rule since you wouldn't play a Shadow card otherwise.

This whole game felt underdeveloped. Maybe my hopes for it were too high, but I did want to love it. I just don't see playing this game again. Not enough interesting choices. Felt like just a memory game with limited options.



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Well, I love chocolate, and if there is a game about Truffles I am all in... Michael and I played a game of Truffle Shuffle! New to me!

Truffle Shuffle is a light card game with some set collection to gain the most points. Over three rounds, players will collect cards and use cards to form sets. The better the set the more points it will be worth. You want to have sets all in the same color for even more points. There is a handy player aid to help direct you in the different sets and what everything is worth.

Each round the tableau of cards is laid out with alternating rows of face-up and face-down cards. you will always know the color of the card by the backside if it is face-down.

You will simply take one available card in the tableau and you have the choice to form a set and collect points afterward. You just keep doing this until there are no more cards in the tableau.

Some cards have abilities you can use like Take 2 where you gt to take 2 cards on your turn or there is an ability to change the color of a card. Cool little twists to keep you on your toes.

Each round I found I was looking for the most common color in the tableau and tried to collect those colors whenever possible. You do have a hand limit when you go into the next round and you have to be cautious of that, meaning you don't want to have too many leftover so use them in sets when you can!

I think because of my overall strategy, it allowed for me to get lucky at times but ultimately have the cards I needed for bigger and better sets. It was a close one though since Michael seemed to be right there with me in points. It was down to the wire and my few extra points from creating bigger sets edged me out in the end for 84 points to Michael's 81!

Super close game. I think it works great with 2 players. I played it again with friends on TTS and had a great time with 4 players as well. Fun little game to close the night with.

We played this game easily and quickly! I immediately knew this was a perfect game I could play with my family during the holidays. Easy to understand and simple strategy with some luck. I would definitely recommend checking out Truffle Shuffle!


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My recent play of A Feast for Odin

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New to the Collection:
The Shining
Scribbletown
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Lost Ruins of Arnak (prototype)
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