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The Alien visited the Flower Shop in Paris and saw the Windmill in the Aquaretto....

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Hia Everyone!


It's Friday!! Every Friday you can join me on my Twitch Channel for Steph's Hodgepodge of Gaming. Join me at 2pm CST!


This Saturday I get to participate in an awesome panel hosted by Wil Wheaton and Official Bicycle® Cards
along with other board game friends with the topic of "How to Get More Gamers to the Board Game Table".
The panel starts at 4:00pm EST!
You can watch at twitch.tv/gamesbybicycle or youtube.com/bicyclecards

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Here is a video Michael and I played on Wednesday's Livestream event!! If you enjoy the content, please consider following me on Twitch.

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On a recent Livestream, Michael and I had Shrey as a guest and we played a few games. I was glad we were able to check out Windmill: Cozy Stories. New to me!

Since it is a game that requires 3+ players, we opted to try with Shrey. Now, CrowD Games has a sponsored event scheduled for Dec 9!! This event will be awesome!! We will feature a ton of their games and have a bunch of giveaways so you don't want to miss that game night!

We may or may not choose to play Windmill again since they have so many titles, but it might show up towards the end of the night if we have time.

In Windmill Cozy Stories, Players are trying to gain points by either providing good clues or guessing other players' clues. If you are a storyteller, you can present your clue in the form of a story, and I believe the rules suggest you should connect your story from the previous person's story as well.

In the display, you will see all the possible cards, and the clue-giver will draw a card from the deck of cards that will match one from the display. They will provide a clue and then in clockwise order, the players will guess. If the first player is incorrect the next player can guess and at that time, it is worth 1 more point than before. A player also has a chance to use a windmill and basically wager a point in order to gain the points all for themselves. If they do this and guess incorrectly they will lose points, but if they guess correctly the clue-giver won't receive any points for their clue and the guesser will gain them all.

So, when you are providing a clue you don't want to be obvious or people will know what you are getting at. You will want to use broad concepts and ideas that can work for several cards, but not too broad since you do want SOMEONE to guess it correctly so you gain points.

the artwork is beautiful and the gameplay is nice. I like the fun push-your-luck aspect of the game.

It was clear I was very bad at this game from an early stance since Shrey and Michael seemed to be on a better wavelength. It was fun to play over the Livestream though. I made sure to prep Shrey with photos of the artwork so he could carefully see the images up close by zooming in if he needed to.

Yeah, I think Michael pull ahead into the lead at the end of it, but I will have to go back and watch the tapes.

I am glad we got to play. These cards could easily be mixed with other games that use special artwork like this, so that is cool. It would be harder to mix in Dixit cards etc to use in this game, but I suppose you can always just imagine one card before you tell a story and just play for fun like that.

I like this one and would gladly play again. It would definitely make for a fun family game.

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It was Michael's birthday a while back and his request was to play Alien Frontiers. New to me!

It was Michael's day! He got to pick the games we played and I was fine learning whatever he wanted. He knew the game pretty well so that worked out and we could jump in fairly quickly.

Alien Frontiers is a dice-placement game with some luck of the rolls. You will be building up your dice pool as the game goes on and trying to get out your stations to gain majority and bonuses.

I won't get too deep into the rules, as most people have heard of this game by now.

It started out fairly well on an even level playing field, but it was a rough few turns following in his footsteps. I ended up going for some early cards and then he would end up stealing them away.

There was a lot of theft in this game, and it kind of made me sour on the game a bit. I really didn't care for that. Things I spent my hard-working dice on he could just steal away. Everything else in the game worked fine for me. I built my stations and held my own for VP's I was chugging along. Seemed all good, until the very end where he just slashed me up and took everything away for the win.

So, it was a bit rough for me. I can't say I had much fun. I know Michael loves the game so I would play again, but it wouldn't be the first choice. It was a bit too mean for my liking.

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I was looking forward to checking out The Little Flower Shop. New to me!

The Little Flower Shop (of horrors), is a sweet drafting game where players are drafting cards to collect the best flower arrangments they can manage. After 3 rounds, everyone will evaluate their shops and whoever collects the most flower petals will win the game.

Each player begins the game with 3 vases with special requirements for the types of flowers to place in them. Then everyone is dealt 7 cards.

What is interesting about the draft for 2 players is that when you are finished picking a card you will draw a card from the deck and then discard a card from the hand. Finally, you will pass the hand to the next player. So, you will end up possibly changing the hands throughout the game, but you also don't want to give the other play an advantage so you have to be careful what you are passing. It is really neat.

Among the cards, you will find a variety of flowers either single, double or triple, and you will draft those cards to put in the vases. Some vases have a white flower outlined and that means any type can go in there, but it also usually means they are worth fewer petal points. You want to try and gain some high-scoring vases early so you can scout for the flowers for a longer duration.

Other cards you might see are straight-up cash cards. You need cash to buy the hanging baskets for your shop. You also have the chance to spend $2 at the end of each round to discard the final card and draw blind from the top. Ooooo the choices.

Michael and I played this and really enjoyed it so we ended up playing it on Twitch, and that worked out really well!

During our first play, Michael ended up beating me because he was able to gather just a few more petals than I was. Otherwise, we did exactly the same thing. We had all the same vases filled in and baskets hanging but I had easier to fill in vases it seems. It was super tight.

Now, when we played on the stream, we added in the small variant to also gain points for fillers and that helped me out a bunch. I got him back!

You can check out the stream posted below! Very delightful little game and one I would happily play again. I really love drafting games and this is a solid game. Quite beautiful too. Definitely recommended!


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So, long ago at a con far far away I picked up a used game of Aquaretto and we finally got it off the unplayed shelf! New to me!

Well, I figured that it was very similar to Zooloretto, and it is, but I happen to like Zooloretto!

In Aquaretto there are a few changes that happen, and of course, all the animals are amazing marine animals.

It has been so long since I played Zooloretto but I am pretty sure there were no trainers involved. So in Aquaretto, you can gain trainers that will score for the different types of animals that surround her. So you will want to collect fish from the animals in case you wanted to send a person to handle the fish area and they will score you points at the end of the game.

Small minor changes, but you are still pulling and drafting tiles as you would in Zooloretto.

We could easily play this game and it was a bunch of fun. I honestly can't say which of the games I enjoy more, but I had a good time with this one. I do not think I need to continue to own both games, and I don't think one FIRES the other, so it is really up in the air as to what happens.

Both are games I am happy to play, I might even like the dice game best, but they are all fairly good. Happy to play this more and I am glad we could finally play it!

PS I love all the little baby animals they are the cutest!!


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New to the Collection:
Winter Queen
Alluvium
Couperation





Thanks for following along!

Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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