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Back in January.... like forever ago and a day, we used to have conventions. I was lucky enough to check out Tantrum Con and had a blast! When I was there I learned a bunch of games including Jurassic Parts. At the time I learned it as a 2-player game against Chad of 25th Century. I figured I would lose that game since I was so inexperienced, but turns out I had a bit more skill than I thought and beat Chad!
Now was my time to play against Michael and see if I could hold the winner's title.
Since Michael hadn't played before, we went through the rules fully. I hadn't played in months so I also needed a refresher.
In Jurassic Parts, you will want to collect bones to make up the different dinos. At the start of the game, all of the dino tiles will be laid out with half face-up and half face-down.
Each turn you will want to chisel your way around the rocks and try to break away the different hexes. When you do break away a section you will claim half of the tiles, and the next person who contributed will get half of that and so on. The person who gets the most tiles will be the person who chiseled away most of the section.
Tons of ways to score points from the bones and fossils. You can also sell bones to the market for amber and amber is a currency to help you in your time of need otherwise it is worth one point.
We played our game with the bonus cards to help us along with a strategy. I had a backpack that allowed me to hold an extra chisel from round to round. I didn't find that too helpful since I was using all the chisels like it was my job. I should have been a bit more tactical with that though.
I was collecting all the fossils of the plants and scoring some big points from that set collection. Michael and I both misinterpreted the "wild" bones thinking they were worth 5 points, so Michael ended up going for them early only to realize they weren't worth what he thought. It threw him off his game at the end so I managed to win that game.
It was soooooo super close where I had 48 to his 47 so I mean it was really anyone's game. Pretty crazy!
I think this game is clever and interesting. You don't know what people will be doing since it is hard to even see all the possible options. I like this one and will be happy to play it again soon!
We even played it on the Livestream on Wednesday! Check it out@
I have loved all the Sherlock games and I knew I wanted to share the experience on the Livestream at least once. With the final Sherlock game that I have that we haven't played, we decided to play Sherlock: Propagation on the stream. New to me!
If you watch the video below, there will be spoilers, but we do explain how to play the game first and then dive into it with all our speculation and theories.
This game was quite a challenge. We were sort of on the right path, but some of our actions getting there weren't helpful. Definitely a lot of red herrings so beware!
So glad we got to play it, but there is still room to grow with regard to our scores. I think we scored 6 points this time. It was definitely a poor showing. It doesn't mean I like the game any less, because it only makes me want to play more cases and try to pick up on subtle clues.
There were a few easter eggs hidden in the artwork which I totally appreciated that referenced the other cases. Love that.
Anyway, they have announced more in the series and I am definitely looking forward to playing them!! Play 'em and love 'em as we do!
Michael wanted to play something light and fast so we tried out a new game called MeepFrog. New to me!
MeepFrog is a micro abstract game. There are a few meeples in a pouch with a cloth board. On the board, you will find the rules for how to play. So right off the bat, you know it is very portable for those looking for small games to bring around.
Each turn, you will choose to either pull a meeple from the bag and place it, or you can jump you color meeple to score points. The first person to collect 5 meeples in their color will win the game.
If you jump another players' color they will gain the point, so don't do that.
There are placement rules and jumping rules, but it is all fairly straightforward and simple to learn.
Michael and I zipped through this game really fast. There is a strange rule that if you draw your color meeple you get to have another turn, so at one point Michael got like 3 turns in a row. Yeah, he ended up winning this game and I think I captured 2 of my red meeples. It wasn't exactly a close game.
While the game is cute, it just didn't work for me so much. Not enough strategic decisions to make and it felt a bit uninspired. Not a game I would want to play again. It could work with the right people, but not for me.
I had some time and asked Dan and Shrey to play a game and Shrey wanted to learn Lost Ruins of Arnak.
There is a mod on TTS that we could play and I was more than excited to play this game again. It was my number #1 game from October and could possible make the Number 1 game of the year at this point since I love it so much!
I taught them both how to play and it was an easy teach. Everything in this game is very straight forward and the iconography is great.
It was a much different game with 3 people. Everyone was exploring and basically, all of the sites were taken by the end of the game. Totally different than the 2 player games I have played, so it is very interesting to see how that plays out.
I was focusing on exploring as much as I could in the beginning. As soon as they started exploring the far sites, I knew I had to switch gears and start collecting resources to advance on the research tracks. I ended up getting 2 assistants and a few artifacts to help rotate those assistants out. It seemed to be going pretty well for me.
While I did win, the guys weren't too far behind me. I won with 70 to Shrey's 61 and Dan's 56. I mean I have a few games on them so I excited to win, but I duno if I will beat them next time! (prolly).
I can't wait to get a published copy of the game. I love it so much!
I got together with Derek, Shrey, and Scott and we checked out a new BETA game on BGA called Yōkai. New to me!
We didn't know much about it, but Shrey read the rules on the spot and it was easy enough to follow.
Yokai is a cooperative memory game where you and your teammates will want to get the 4 colors all grouped together before declaring you're correct.
Each turn you will look at 2 cards and move one of them. So the memory element is knowing what people have moved and what you have seen to piece together all the clues to know if you have them all clumped together properly.
After you move a card, you will either have to reveal a hint card or play one of the hint cards on top of one of the face-down cards to try and give information to the other players.
I am not sure the hint cards are totally needed, but they help give extra points.
Considering all the guys I was playing with hate memory type games, we managed to do quite well. I was remembering all the cards I looked at and felt confident when we chose to end it. Fortunately, we did end it and it got us a few extra points since we won! I think we ended with 13/15 points so it was a fairly high score. Kinda seemed a bit too easy.
I duno, I liked it, but I am not sure anyone else enjoyed it. I would be happy to play it again. Michael doesn't like memory games, so I don't think I will be showing him that game on BGA. I would play again though.
New to the Collection:
Its a Wonderful World Corruption and Ascension
Its a Wonderful World War and Peace
The king is dead second edition
The Lost expedition + Expansion
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