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Buck had come over for a bunch of games and I sort of put Magic Money on the table! New to me!
I have had this on my 3 player shelf for a long time and it just looked soooooo cute I was definitely interested in checking it out.
Magic Money is actually very similar to Q.E. in a lot of ways. It was also designed without knowledge of QE which I think is interesting. Perhaps if you enjoy QE then you will enjoy this one!
In Magic Money, you will be using invisible money to bid on cards. One player will have a public bid and the other players will have a chance to secretly bid for the card. The person who bids the most will gain the card. If a hidden bid wins then that bid is put on a secret ledger.
At the end of the game the person who spends the most money will be eliminated, so you don't want to spend the most money!
Buck had played QE before, and he had an outrageous strategy to basically bid and increase the bid with an extra 0 each time. I wasn't buying anything. Now, the person who wins the bid is supposed to bid 10% less than their previous bid according to the rules, but we played with designer house rules that the player who has the public bid can bid whatever they want.
So Buck was playing epically crazy, and I just didn't buy any cards. I waited until the last card to bid 1 higher than Buck's bid. So I won that card.
Michael had previously bid and won a card, so all I needed was a card that was slightly better than Michael's card.
I think Buck missed the rule about the combined value of all the winning bids that he made would count against him. Or he was simply doing math wrong.
Hey, it worked out for me since I beat Michael by 1 point so I guess I won.
In any case, it confirmed that I just don't like open auction games like this. It is sad since I really do enjoy auction games in general. I don't like it when the bidding gets to be 1,000,000 I think that is just stupid. Buck certainly was playing the game a specific way, in which the game was not intended for. But, things like that need to be tested. You can play that way but it really makes the game less fun.
It is too bad since the creatures in the game are just amazingly cute. The game just isn't for me, much like QE isn't for me.
Buck was over pointed to Islebound.
This game has been on the play again to see if it is a keeper. I have had it a long time and have enjoyed the plays of it, but wasn't sure if it has held up.
Buck typically enjoys Red Raven Games so wanted to try out Islebound. Michael hadn't played before so this seemed like a good time to try it out.
Michael worked through the rules, and even though they are longish everything is clear and easy to follow so we definitely like Red Ravens Rules. Good job.
It is funny, I feel like when I play this game I always get the same starting location that allows me to trade in books for points. Each game I feel like I am always going for books, and that might be due to the starting location.
Michael was alllll about military and taking over the locations with force. Buck was doing very well with being diplomatic and taking over the island with influence.
I was just in the middle treading water, and doing my own thing. I never picked up an extra crew and thus my speed was incredibly slow. I found myself off across the board and I was stranded. My only hope was a good event card to show up for my final turn, and sure enough, luck was on my side and Michael revealed the perfect event that I could do for the final turn.
Well, I didn't win, but it was A LOT closer than I would have guessed. Buck ended up winning with 67! Ohhh but Michael and I TIED with 66!! Dang, it was a tight game. I didn't even think I was in the running, but it all fell into place the last turn so I had a chance.
This game is pretty good. There are a lot of things to try out and it was clear we were all doing different strategies. I like the building cards and I have the expansion which I haven't ever mixed in since I haven't even played the base game enough to need more content. It is a pretty good game and that is why I still own it after all these years. Michael certainly enjoyed it enough to the point where he said it's a keeper! haha so we might end up showing that on the stream at some point. Glad we got to play it.
Buck showed up a bit before Michael did so we played a few 2 player games and one of them was Imhotep: The Duel.
I was looking forward to playing this one again since I only played it when I first go it and that was about a year ago.
The rules are super simple though and it was easy to jump in and play. Buck had played the big game before but was interested in the Duel version to see how it compared.
Honestly, Imhotep is okay for me. I still have the big game, but if you are looking for a 2 player experience the Duel version is where it is at. It plays out in like 30 minutes and you make a lot of interesting decisions.
The game itself is pretty easy since you are just trying to collect tiles to form different types of sets.
So, I have a hard time gauging the situation and what I need to try and hate draft away. I sort of focus on a few things on my own board and hope the best in the end.
I should have paid a bit more attention to what Buck was doing since he was gaining a huge point value for his tomb and obelisk. He totally won the game with 64 to my 54, so I wasn't too far behind, but I wasn't exactly close either.
Buck said it was his surprise hit out of all the games we played that day, so I anticipate he will end up picking up a copy of it. He quite enjoyed this. So that was pretty cool! Glad we could play it. I will definitely want to show it on the stream at some point in the near future since it is fresh on the brain. Great little game.
Buck and I also got to play 7 Wonders Duel. This was when we were still playing 2p games before Michael showed up and Buck mentioned that he was really looking forward to learning it.
I sort of rolled my eyes as I am not the biggest 7 Wonders Duel fan. But he hadn't played before so I figured I would give it another play. It is on BGA for those who are interested in learning it.
I was actually a bit surprised that he hadn't played it before.
it had been years since I last played this... maybe 3 years? Maybe longer.
It wasn't really hard to recall all the rules though and we could play it easily enough.
I didn't have a valid strategy, I was just trying to get military and science, but when I would go hard for military, Buck would turn around and just grab a whole lot of red cards and played the tug of war game.
Since the majority of the games I have played of & Wonders Duel has ended in either a Science or Military win, I never ever go for the blue card points. I always try to end it by another method than scoring points.
I knew when the game had ended and we had to score, that I was definitely going to lose the game. Sure enough, Buck absolutely destroyed me 54 to my 34.
To my surprise, Buck didn't really enjoy this game either. He enjoys 7 Wonders, but Duel just didn't do it for him. He was even surprised since the game has so much hype and people seem to love it. I just never really understood that so much.
I am definitely lukewarm on it, but am happy to play every 3 years or so. That can now stay shelved for a while.
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