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It was a Highway Heist when I called Tichu and the World Changers wrote a book with Quill and Parchment about Genotype

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Michael and I went to visit our friends Jon and Lainie out in OK!! so excited to see them and spend the weekend breaking Lainie by playing ALL THE GAMES! She loved it though . 3 full days of gaming with great friends is always exciting!

We went out for dinner one night and saw some cool wall paintings.

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Before we took off for OK, Michael and I did a quick learn of a new game called World Changers. New to me!

World Changers is a 10-minute filler card game! You are looking to gain the most points at the end of the game from the cards you collect during the game.

Each turn you can either take a card from the display or recruit one from your hand. Some of the people will have immediate actions you will carry out and others have end of the game scoring or a persistent effect.

Once you do any actions, you will have to replace any card from the display that you moved with cards from your hand and you will replenish your hand with cards from the draw deck.

Once the deck and the display are all gone, or all players pass consecutively, then the game will end.

In a 2 player game, there are only 12 cards in play, so it goes super quick. It also means there are a ton of cards not being used and the interactions will always be different.

When Michael and I learned the game it was super easy to get into. We also played it on the stream as a 4th game since it was just too fast to play as the 3rd game in our set.

Michael and I both really enjoyed the few games we have played. We saw totally different set of cards and I was trying to plan for a card in the second game, but it never showed up so that didn't go according to my plan.

I certainly did much better in my first game when I didn't know what to expect or how long the game would take. I managed to sneak out a win that first game with 17 to Michael's 16... so close!!

I was thinking toooo much in the game we played on the Livestream so that was my 10 to Michael's 18! I got crushed!! I shouldn't have let him get the awesome multiplier with all the cards it seems.

Really cool card game with lots of interesting choices in a quick playtime. I hope it becomes available everywhere or maybe it will show up on BGG Store or something. Really cool game and more people need to play!

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During the Game Day, I was so excited to try the recently delivered KS game called Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game. New to me!

This is a game I saw at GenCon 2019 in prototype and knew I wanted to play it!

Genotype is a worker-placement game that will play over 5 rounds. You will be planting peas and assigning traits to them. YOu will score points for all the plants you have grown and uprooted at the end of the game and if you have the most points you will win!

Each player will start with 3 workers. There are a bunch of spaces on the board to gather tools, plants, some extra money, or if you want first dibs at specific traits you can claim first selection, or alter the pattern to be more to your liking.

immediately following the worker-placement phase, all of the dice will be rolled and placed according to their chart. These dice are the traits you will want to fulfill the plant's requirements. Players will take turns drafting dice for their plants. You can only draft as many dice as you have spaces.

After everyone has played their workers and carried out the dice drafting, there will be a market phase where players can buy some special items like new workers, assistants, plots, or dice spaces.

After 5 rounds you will see who has the most points.

When we learned the game, it was actually another Dwayne's copy and he has the shiny KS game. But when Michael and I streamed it we used the version I have. I took pictures of both games below, so just know that some of the components are from KS and some are not!

What is really cool about this game is how tight everything is. You want money to gain workers and assistants, but you also need it to do research and gain a bunch of end-game bonus points. You have to pick and choose how to proceed. There is also a lot of control with manipulating the different traits, and you will want to use that to your benefit, especially if you see another player want something completely opposite to what you are doing.

I love the use of the tool cards. They are super powerful one-time actions that really boost what you are doing when used properly.

During my first play, I was just trying to get my plants filled up and scored so I could gain the most points. Everyone seemed to be doing better than I was. I had some cool assistants, but I wasn't confident in my final score. Turns out Michael won that first game with 68 and I was second place with 64... so I wasn't too far behind after all.

We loved this game so much we came home from the trip and played it immediately on the Livestream to show it off. It is a delightful game and it is one I will definitely be playing in the future. Tons of juicy choices and an all-around beautiful game.

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Since Genotype was a hit, we ended up playing another game of interested called Fast & Furious: Highway Heist. New to me!

Okay, so I am not really a fan of the IP, well, I haven't ever seen a Fast & Furious movie before so I have no real connection to the theme. Fortunately, I was playing with 3 guys who loved the theme to really make the game come alive during the play.

During the game, everyone is working together to defeat the bad guys! you are obviously in a high-speed car chase overcoming obstacles and bad guys on SUVs that are trying to take you out.

In the game box, you will find 3 missions. We played the first mission that is easier than the other missions, but you can have advanced modes for each mission by taking out more cards in the event deck forcing the end of the game faster.

You will have specific tasks to work on and positions to set up so you can accomplish those tasks. Ultimately you don't want to get overrun by bad guys and lose your car and your abilities. Even if you lose your car, you will be able to take over one of the bad guys' SUVs, so there is still hope.

In our play, we were up against a huge tank and needed to defeat it by causing enough damage to it by wrecking cards IN FRONT of the tank so the tank would run over the wrecks.

Each player turn, you also have to roll for the enemy and something bad will likely happen. For example, a lot of cars will populate with people that will jump from vehicle to vehicle to try and ruin your day. Some of the die results will have you draw a card that will trigger the movement of the Tank and other baaad things will happen.

What is cool about the game are the people you can choose to play with and the car you pair with them. Each person has their own stats and the car will have its own stats and when combined you will have a lot of possible combos and abilities you can use.

The stats will help you with speed, control, agility, and defense.

Any task/stunt we were able to pull off in our game was basically a slow-motion action film presented by Dwayne and his son Jordan. They were soooooo into it and Michael was all about boosting that slow-mo with his special commentary.

It was a pretty amazing moment when Dwayne found out about the truck (used in mission 2) and how it had a latch on the back for car minis to pull into. Apparently, that was super thematic and wicked cool. Anyway, it wasn't in the game we were playing, but we will be on the lookout during the next game.

We were pretty much on point this whole game. We got through all of the stunts and we managed to deal all the damage we needed to. If we didn't play on the standard mode, we might not have succeeded in the mission, but as it stood we were just fine. We had some good combos and just made it work!

We had a great time beating up that tank and working together to make it happen. I do think this will be a game for the fans of the IP. It was pretty entertaining to play with huge fans and it really made the game that much better. I kinda want to watch a few of the movies now. I had a fun time playing, but I do like other cooperative games more so I don't think this will ever be a go-to game for me, but I definitely had fun and will play again with the right crowd.


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When packing for the trip, I didn't bring MANY games, but I did bring a few games I knew I wanted to check out. So another game we got to try was Biblios: Quill and Parchment. New to me!

This Biblios game isn't related to the other Biblios games you might already know. This is a totally different game.

Biblios Quill & Parchment is a new roll n write game that is played in 8 rounds. The first 4 rounds are played one way, and the last 4 rounds are played in a completely different way, so it is almost like playing 2 games. After those 8 rounds, whoever had ended with the most points will win!

During the first half of the game, players will be in control of their own set of dice. The dice are rolled with the option to roll them all again or single out ONE die to re-roll. They can do that up to 2 times. Once everyone has settled on their dice results they can mark their sheets. Mark off the books they collected, or if they visit the chapel. You will move your novice along the path possibly gaining any rewards. The sum value of the white dice will go into the influence box for the round it is.

You will add up all your influence from the first 4 rounds and then start USING it to bid on the dice you gain in the second half of the game. Sure, you can gain some points from the Influence you collect, so you don't want to go crazy with spending it if you don't have to.

Since you simply can't do everything, you have to pick and choose how you want to use your dice in the game. Do you try to get to the top of a few book tracks for some bonus points, or just try to collect a bunch of all of the books to gain majorities for the end of the game.

In the games I have played so far I made it to the top of the chapel track for 10 bonus points, but it also breaks all ties for the end majority scoring, which totally has helped me.

The first game I played, I didn't end up winning, but I wasn't doing that badly. I knew I wanted to get to the top of the chapel track and I made it happen. Lainie won the game with 57 and I was JUST behind with 55. Jon lost with 40 so that was the spread of points.

She ended up getting a bunch of books and a lot of bonuses for those at the end of the game. It can be super important!

When Michael and I played on the Livestream, we had to use the AI 3rd player, but it wasn't so bad. You just roll for books that will be used as a 3rd person for the majorities at the end of the game. It was pretty good.

Hey, I think this game is just great! I really enjoy the fast-paced choices and dice rolling. There is even a SIDE B way to play the game. Tons of options when playing and that is always great! I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be requesting it in the near future. If you love the roll n writes then this is a good one to pick up.

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Jon and Lainie BOTH enjoy Tichu so we played!!

Since we were lazy about moving seats we sat where we were and I was partnered with Lainie.

Oh, I warned her about my crazy Tichu calling habits, but she was fine with it. Jon and Lainie both needed a slight reminder on what was what, but after the first hand, it was definitely smooth sailing.

The first 8 cards had me calling Grand just because I had a great hand and I figured what was the worst thing that could happen? I think that was the picture below.

We totally rocked it and started off with a bang! I proceeded to call Tichu in the second hand and succeeded at making that as well. Well, we did better than that since we went 1-2 for 300 points.

We were so far out in the lead, I didn't do anything crazy like lose all of our points.

Somehow Jon and Michael managed to catch up a good deal during the game, and Lainie and I were on the cusp of winning.

Even still, we got the few points we needed in order to get the victory. 1020 to 580 in the end.

It was a great game and I am sooooo happy that we were able to pull out the victory. I always love playing Tichu!! So much fun!


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