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On Wednesday's Stream I got to show off the new Dominion Steam App and play a bunch of games on BGA with friends. Here is the Dominion video. It is an AWESOME app by the way!
I was so excited to get Hallertau to the table with Michael, Jon, & Lainie!
Hallertau is a game I was gifted for my Secret Santa gift last year and this was the first chance I could get it played! I knew Jon and Lainie enjoyed Uwe Rosenburg games so this was my chance to finally get it to the table.
I had recently played with Shrey and Derek so I was amped to get it played. Michael walked through the rulebook and everyone seemed to grasp the game pretty well. It is actually not very difficult to learn since the player aid walks you through each step really well and clearly.
We played with the base cards the rules tell you to use. Now, when Michael and I played on the Livestream I picked a few different decks, and possibly one of the more challenging decks since Michael had a harder time during that play.
With 4 players, you aren't going to have special cards to tell you which quadrants to remove cubes from, you simply remove cubes from the entire board. When playing with 2 players you will have a much different experience, but the cards really help keep the balance as if more players were in the game.
I am just terrible at moving the big house along. I get caught up with cards and trying to fulfill the different cards for points that I forget to move the house. I end up behind when it comes to workers. This happened in BOTH of the recent games and I just struggled to stay alive and not get run over by everyone else.
Michael ended up winning both of the games we played, and he won with 86 in the 4 player game. I was at 73. Jon beat me in that game too and Lainie ended up losing. Even though she lost the first thing she said to Jon was "we need that game" so he bought it the next day. I am such a great influence.
Hallertau is a game that is deserving to be on the shelf. It is a great game and I very much enjoy it. I know this is another Uwe game that I would gladly play anytime, just add it to the long list! Can't wait to play again!
Jon has a LOT of weird older titles and games I haven't heard of. There was one that stuck out and I mentioned it and he said I HAD to play it right then and there so we played Hab & Gut. New to me!
I didn't know anything about it, but once Jon explained it was clear there weren't many rules to the game, and pretty easy to understand.
Hab & Gut is a buy low & sell high game. The biggest catch of it all is the donation part of the game. If you don't donate enough then you will be eliminated from the game before the final totals roll through. You simply don't want to donate the least amount of all the players to qualify to score.
The part I love most about the game is the duel card trays you are in control of. You will get to view the cards from two trays that are in between you and the players to either side of you. You know those cards but not the cards on the other trays you can't see. Each round, all of the cards will be played, but they might be played at full value or half value. Some are negatives.
The idea is that you want to buy the goods when the value is low, and sell them off once the value is high, or SUPER HIGH if you can manage.
The trick is knowing when to play the cards to influence their values and just hope your neighbors are thinking what you are thinking so they don't mess up your plans.
I absolutely loved this game. I had a great time playing this one! I was on-point with my buying and selling. I could just see what was going to happen, I guess, or maybe I could guess what Michael would attempt to do and just try to buy the cards out from under him so he would get fewer than me. I duno but had everything seemed to go according to plan.
I didn't donate enough in the first part of the game, so I really had to step it up in the second half to make sure I wasn't eliminated. I ended up donating the right cards since a few of them capped out at the end and made bank. I ended up donating the MOST out of anyone. Not only that but I had crushed it in the selling game.
In the end, I won with 1215, Michael was second with 1035, Lainie 3rd with 855, and Jon didn't donate enough and had 0.
Yah, it can be a bit harsh to not donate enough and get eliminated. That is not my favorite mechanic but it really makes you think about donating more so that doesn't happen to you.
I loved this game and definitely need a copy, so it is on the radar now! very cool game and I am glad we were able to check it out!
I know Michael had played the app game before, but he hadn't ever played Suburbia IRL!
Jon only had the base game, but that was good enough for me. I have been itching to get this game played, and I think the collector's ed is a bit intimidating to get played, so this was my chance!
Oh man, how I love this game. It was so great to get it back to the table, I only wish we could have played a few times!
During the game, I was fighting Jon the whole time for the grey building majority, but he just wouldn't let me have it. He wasn't even fighting me for it, they just happened to be tiles he thought would be good. Lainie had a whole lot of cool tiles and lakes that were generating a ton of money.
Lainie and Michael were all about the residents and gaining a lot of points from those types of buildings.
I honestly had no idea if I would be able to pull out a win for the game, so I was very impressed with the scores.
Michael won with 98 but I was right behind him with 95. Lainie had 83 and Jon was at 76.
Sooooo happy to play this again. It had been years and years is far too long IMO. Love it so much, so if you haven't played it, you should.
During the game day, there were several gamer kids running around the house and at one point I got to check out a game with a few of them called Mummy's Treasure. New to me! Ish...
So this is actually the game Tiny Park, but Mummy's Treasure came first!
You are doing the exact same thing. Rolling dice and grabbing pieces to fill your board with treasures. So yeah, I have played this game before, but it has its own entry in BGG, so I count it as a new game.
This is a super cute kids game with some push-your-luck dice rolling.
It is even better to play this game with actual kids who are just so totally into the game. The small girl we were playing with had played before and she explained the whole game to me. She was too cute.
In the end, she was the one to even WIN the game. I think I managed to come in second somehow since I was so far behind, but everyone else seemed to have some bad luck.
Always happy to play some kid's games. I am really glad they re-themed it to amusement parks. Definitely, a game to check out for the family.
Since there is always time for a silly kids game, we got to try Viva Topo!. New to me!
Now, I am not really into race games, but man the cute mice are just over the top and so adorable! Not to mention the huge cute kitty too.
Viva Topo is a racing game, sure, but you are also pushing your luck to beat the kitty. Your mouse family is trying to get to safety and paradise for the best cheese, but the cat is on the chase to catch you.
You have to be tricky with your movements, and get a bit lucky too.
Michael and I both made it to paradise with two mice pieces. Lainie got scared and she took shelter with several of her family members earlier than paradise. Even though she was safe, she didn't have enough cheese to beat me and Michael. It ended in a big fat tie between us.
Really cute game, and I am glad I got to play it. Definitely not a game I need to play on the regular, but certainly happy to have tried it. Love the pieces!!
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