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Week 07: Newton Expedition

Isra C.
Valdemoro, Madrid
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Hi everyone!

I know that this will sound like the groundhog day, but we're still working our asses to the bone to get the Expansion for Red Cathedral finished, and other projects done for Spiel and as you know, all the time we spend "working" we don't spend it "playing".

But we play some interesting things!

From gallery of israperrillo

Now we're just playing for the sake of playing. The final touches suited very well to the game and I think that we can leave the game in Publisher's hands

Meanwhile, when they're with production stuff, we'll develop the solo mode that any eurogame should include nowadays


Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
From gallery of israperrillo

Instaloved the game! I might like this one more than Race For The Galaxy, because, you know, that was a blatant copy of the main mechanism of that game. It would be nice a side note in the rule book or something. It's just too blatant.

Probably this will be a killer for RftG for me because I tend to love more the resource management rather than hand management, and the iconography, far from being perfect, it's easier to remember and manage than the other one.

But probably will play again RftG and will keep both because despite not wanting to play RftG due to the iconography and all the laziness that gives me the fact that I should re-learn the game again, it's a superb game.


From gallery of israperrillo

One of my favorites Italian games out there that didn't have the buzz it deserved (at least in Spain). When you can spot a lot of same pieces in games from these designers interchanged between games, this stands out because the only thing that I can recall that is similar in earlier games, is the move when you can pay 1 coin to perform your action 1 point stronger like in Grand Austria Hotel or Golem.

This one won't leave my collection, never! Waiting for my copy of Darwin's Journey with a lot of hype!!


More secret prototypes
From gallery of israperrillo

That's it, this is the only picture I can take without giving too many details. We're testing physically and on TTS, and it is getting better in every game.

Cannot wait to say more about it <3


From gallery of israperrillo

And we closed the week playing this little abstract game that was really really good! Not sure how many games can stand if you play regularly with the same person but it has some very interesting ideas! Plus, the table presence is outstanding!

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