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I have been looking forward to checking out Mining Colony since I got it. New to me!
Mining Colony is all about building up your colony on Mars that will score you the most points after 10 rounds.
In Mining COlony, each player has a unique set of 12 cards with different values. Over 10 rounds, players will use these cards to bid on the groups.
Every player has a player board that they will add tiles to in order to grow their colony. At the end of the game, any space not occupied by a tile will be a -1 value so you want to cover up the land the best you can.
Besides tiles, you will want to gather gems, meeples, and ships. if they are placed in just the right formations you can possibly acquire special tokens, but those are limited and hard to get.
Each turn you will draw 3 cards and choose one to use for the bid. If you see something you want you should use the highest card you can to try and get it. Since everyone has 12 cards and there are 10 rounds, 2 cards will be leftover at the end. If those cards sum to the greatest number at the end you will get bonus points for that. Each token you collect will gain you points as well.
If there is ever a token or tile you can't take or don't want to take, you will gain a credit instead. Those credits are used to gain a circle piece that can replace a spot on your player board. Each picture can hold a specific type of tokens like a ship or meeple. Having access to those circular shapes is great since you might acquire the special tokens easier.
It is all about getting more stuff so you can score more points at the end of the game.
Michael and I played this pretty quickly. It was amazing to me how fast this game played! That is what happens when there is simultaneous card selection. I love this mechanic by the way. I love bidding for the group of stuff using the cards we have.
I was just holding on to my big cards for later in the game, so I didn't win like any of the initial bid wars. Michael picked up all the "good" stuff in the first part of the game. Eventually, I wanted to win some good groups, but my bidding was just not good enough since the cards I was getting could not beat Michael's bid even then.
I knew it was over for me when Michael won a bid I absolutely needed in order to get 2 special bonus tokens. Michael spent his 48 and I used my 42. Ughhhhh bad timing for me. Michael took away what I needed and he ended up getting those specials. He picked up 6 of the 8 special tokens, so I was definitely going to lose the game.
Sure enough, I couldn't come back from that disaster so Michael ended up winning 31 to my 18. Ouch! I guess I have to be more aggressive with my bidding going forward.
For a 30 minute game, there are a lot of great choices to make and it is easy to play. What a great filler game! I will be looking to play this a bunch more! Very cool game! I can't wait to show it off on the Livestream.
Since Michael and I ended up streaming on Tuesday since he was busy on Wednesday, I wanted to continue the adventure in Sleeping Gods.
It had been basically a month since the last time we played and it was pretty challenging to remember everything in order to play. Michael was very hesitant about playing it, but thankfully Aldie was around and he even got on a phone chat with us as we were battling some monsters and helped us out. Thanks, Aldie!
We struggled for the first few turns, but once we got into it a bit we were okay.
Thankfully we managed to make it through the full event deck and had a major surprise at the end. Oh boy.
This game is quite a challenge!
I wasn't even sure if we would continue playing it, but if we choose to move forward with the game, we will definitely play again within the month so we don't forget all the rules again. The game isn't hard but there are a lot of particulars.
If you are interested in seeing our progression with the game, I have included the video below of our part 2!
I like this game a lot, but I am not sure I love it. I think I would still prefer to play 7th Continent any day. I am definitely having mixed emotions at this point, but I want to continue to see what happens.
One night James and Susan stopped by and played a few 3 player games with me. Since they didn't have anything particular in mind, we ended up with MY CHOICE of The Magnificent: SNØ.
I had only played this expansion as a solo experience and I was dying to get it played with more people. Since James and Susan had the base game, I figured they would know how to play so we could jump into the game with the expansion easily.
Well, I wasn't too correct about that. They hadn't played in a long time and didn't really recall the rules all that well. So, we worked through the base rules and then through the expansion rules.
I didn't mind, I was just so happy to play this game again. I definitely think I have played this game solo more than I have with other players, so playing it multiplayer is always a treat for me.
I knew with the expansion in play that I wanted to get a bunch of the white tiles, but I knew from experience that the white tiles are a pain in the butt to work with and really screw up your board if you aren't careful.
Sure enough, my board was a wreck by the end, but I had a lot of leftover gems to fill in random spaces to score the 4 points for the closed regions, so I made it work.
Susan was having a difficult time with this game, I don't think the mechanics were making much sense to her, but she made it through. I am not sure she will ever be playing this game again since it was fairly frustrating for her. Sad! I hope she still likes the game after that. I do know that this game isn't for everyone, which is one reason why many people don't play it with me.
The reason it works so well for me is the challenge of getting the pieces you need for the posters you collect and getting that performance going is so much fun. I love that challenge so much! If it means that I have to keep playing it solo, I will. The expansion adds in a bunch of new things to think about so I adore it. So happy to get it played again!
The next game we decided to play was Through the Desert.
This is a game I always have a hard time getting played because it is fairly abstract and it is Knizia so Michael is less likely to say yes to a game like that.
Michael wasn't there so I managed to get it played! Susan hadn't played before and James had mentioned that he had also tried to get it played a number of times before with no luck, but he had played before.
I don't think I have ever played with 3 people as it plays very well with 5 so I usually try to play it when I have 5 players.
The way the board was once everyone placed their camels, worked out terrifically for me. There were no real points to be had in one-quarter of the board so neither James nor Susan were after that location. I just slowly made my way around and enclosed a HUGE area. Once they figured out what I was doing, it was too late, they could not stop me. I think the area ended up being worth 22 points. It was crazy. Never in a 5 player game would that happen.
Yeah, it was safe to say that I kicked some butt that game. I won with 104 and James and Susan were tied with 83!
I don't think Susan hated it, I actually think they both enjoyed the game! Well, I am hopeful anyway.
This is a classic! So much fun and always a game I would play. I very much enjoy it. Those camels are just delicious!
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