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I was so excited to get Let's Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game to the table! New to me!
This is one of those games that when it comes through the door it is essentially no time before it hits the table ready to play. I was so ready to play this!!
If you are familiar with Let's Make a Bus Route, this one will come naturally. Now, The Dice Game is only for 1-2 players but as I play at those counts, I am very happy by this.
The way the Dice Game works is very similar to that of the base game. Over 12 turns, you will make your route and collect bonuses. The start player will roll all 6 dice and choose 3 to take and mark on their board. The remaining 3 dice will be used by the other player to select one and continue their route. So, as the start player, you will want to take the dice the 2nd player can't or may not want in order to limit their options.
The first 3 dice that are selected will get used on the player board to gain elderly, commuters, students, tourists, families, or even no entry sign. The no-entry result will be used to unlock bonuses on your player board for later.
So most of the icons will be familiar. The Family result is different and a new addition to this game. You will have to reach locations with special symbols and circle the icon on your player board. Once it is circled you can select the green family die face and color in the circle. Only then will you gain the points at the end of the game.
Instead of hidden goals, you will roll dice at the beginning of the game and score bonuses if you reach that letter on the board multiple times. Player's might have the same goal to target.
The game plays out pretty quickly too.
When Michael and I played the first time, I was sure I would win. I unlocked all of the bonuses and did everything I planned on doing! It was amazing, things seemed to fall into place. I scored an awesome 92 points. Michael managed to beat me with 99!! What! He did something different than I did and focused on getting students and university routes. He gained so many points from that.
During the Livestream (vid below) I managed to balance myself better and work with most of the sections. I was really trying to avoid the negative points, but if it meant getting a better result for the negatives I ended up taking it.
Negatives worked in my favor this time since I managed to win 98 to Michael's 96! so close though!
I can't wait to play again and use the Mars side of the game board with warp stations! It looks awesome! I even want to try the solo game sometime soon. I really enjoyed this game and I believe it will show up in the BGG store so keep an eye out for that if it interests you. I loved it and will definitely be playing it more!
Michael and I were so pumped up from playing a game of Galaxy Trucker that we wanted to play again so this time we played with Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion. New to me Expansion
So we mixed in a whole bunch of new tiles with new abilities. When you play with 2 players you also have to eliminate like 75 tiles from the game before you play! Wow that changes up the game soooo much. You are so limited in how you build your ship and you will likely have to make a clunker.
The first ship didn't matter so much since it is smaller. As the rounds go on and on then you see the bigger ships and you know you will have to just do your best to figure it out.
I think I am terrible at this game because I just hope for the best. I know Michael takes his time to look at the cards, but it will just confuse me and I will lose focus on building a decent ship. So, I just don't look at the cards ever.
It was definitely a problem in this game since I was just not prepared to have a million people on deck. Fortunately, I had some incubators that I was able to wake up some people when most of my people were killed off. I have to say I did enjoy that new tile that has 4 dudes sleeping.
During round 1 I basically forgot everything about the new tiles, so I was just grabbing whatever would fit. Let's just say... #mistakesweremade. I ended up in debt sooooo there were big problems. Not only was my ship equipped to handle the events, but I was losing money and parts. Michael was sooooo far in the lead, I figured I would not catch back up.
In round 2 I remembered there was a new alien type so I definitely wanted to make sure to grab him. The teal aliens give special abilities that totally help with the events. In the end, I did manage to pull myself out of the debt, but not by much, and maybe I should have waited since I was NEAR going into debt again, thankfully I didn't have to go back down.
In the final round, I did get another teal alien and he allowed me to not have to pay for all my broken parts, and it was great. I just didn't have to worry about that. I did fairly well in the final round, but I was still nowhere near Michael's ship level and all the income he managed to grab in the first 2 rounds.
Michael won with 101... and I managed to get 44... that was a beat down!
Did I learn from my mistakes? Will I look at the cards next time I play? I duno, probably not! It is still a super fun challenge to play this game. I want to play it again right now!
Since I was playing solo games while Michael was away I got to check out Mazescape Labyrinthos & Mazescape Ariadne! New to me!
I am grouping both of these games together since I played them at the same time and they offer basically the same type of gameplay/feeling.
Immediately, these games remind me of MC Escher and Monument Valley.
This is a solo game where you are working your way through 7 levels/mazes to collect the artifacts and figure out all the puzzles inside the puzzle in order to make it out the exit. You can time yourself and see how long it takes.
You will use your finger or the pointer to walk along the paths to find all the items you need to. You will open and fold pages that you don't have your pointer on, so you have to plan carefully.
The first maze really gets you planning and thinking properly. I even went to the second maze when I was playing Labyrinthos and wow was I thrown through a loop with new concepts, it was already soooo much more challenging, and super interesting.
In Ariadne, I just played the first level and it seemed to go pretty well. I did take a look at the second map and it was cut differently so the choices will REALLY matter in that maze.
These mazes are super clever and so engaging. I think the stream was enjoying me struggle a bit. They were definitely not easy! I have to say I am really impressed and had a fantastic time playing them. I simply cannot wait to play the harder levels! If you are into these types of puzzles or even if you just loved Monument Valley, then you should definitely check out these games. Highly recommended.
Tomorrow is a new Kickstarter for the Van Ryder Adventure Books and I wanted to play one of the books on my stream the other day! I decided to try my hand at Pirates: The City of Skulls. New to me!
I have played several of these adventure books so far and have always enjoyed the choices I get to make.
In this adventure, I got to choose my character and gain some stats associated with him. I worked with the chat to make it happen. The chat was helping me make all of my choices.
I actually haven't played the first Pirate book, but it left off with a guy who managed to escape the ship, so our goal in this book is to find the prisoner and bring him back to the boat.
Without giving much away, I wanted to comment that I managed to find the gaming con inside the book, and that was a lot of fun!
In the video, you can watch a lot of the playthrough, but I wasn't anywhere near finishing the book's adventure. I have a long way to go even still.
These books are so cool so I will definitely be checking out the Kickstarter when that hits. Always a good time, and offer a lot of cool stories to check out as well.
In case you missed it here is Steph's Hodgepodge of Gaming from Friday!
New to the Collection:
the kringle caper
the independence incident
nations the dice game
nations the dice game unrest expansion
Fort Cats & Dogs Expansion
pass the pot
one hundred torii
herbaceous pocket edition
Terraforming Mars Ares Expedition
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