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While at GenCon I saw The Three Little Wolves and new I had t play it! New to me!
Designed by and artwork by Poki and Smoox!!
I love the concept of Three Little Wolves. It is a neat take on the fairy tale having a big bad pig.
This is a card game where you have to manage your hand of cards and try to build up 3 different houses to be the biggest and best in each color. If at the end of the game you have the shortest house in a color then it will collapse. Also, during the game, you will want to allocate your wolves into houses that aren't going to collapse so they will score you points. The person with the most points at the end of the game will win.
Each turn you will draw a card and play a card or discard a card. You have to build your house in ascending order, but you are always able to add basement cards if you wanted. Some cards have extra points on them or extra floors. But, when you cover a card you will lose any points or floors that are showing on the one below.
With 2 players you will have to use a dummy 3rd player where you just draw and place a random card from the deck. It is pretty easy to incorporate into the play and it just makes sense to do so. It worked well and I quite enjoyed my first game of The Three Little Wolves.
In our game, my building collapsed I didn't have any buildings that were the tallest so I wasn't getting any bonus points either. Michael was better set up and really seemed to get all the good cards to make it work. Michael kicked my butt this time!
This was a fun game and I am happy to get the chance to check it out. I really enjoyed it and I think it is a keeper. This is one that I will want to play with more players to see if it changes the feeling at all, but even still it works well with 2. We will show this on the stream sometime in the near future I am sure. Great little game.
I have always loved Wind the Film, so I was actually quite surprised and excited to hear there was a new version out called Photograph.
This game is not new to me since they didn't change it at all. If you aren't familiar, it is a neat set collection game where you are trying to place shots in ascending or descending order. You can only place cards within a range of 3 values from one another or it will be an out-of-focus shot. The larger the sets the more points you will gain at the end of the game.
The heart of the game is the hand management system and how you draft the cards into your hand. You can't rearrange the hand of cards so you have to be careful with the cards you draft each turn. You will either know the card you are drafting or you will have a color and range value if it is facedown so you might have to take a risk and hope you get what you want. You can draft up to 3 cards in a line, but the number you draft is the number of cards you will have to play from the front of your hand to your tableau.
It is a give and takes and you have to do your best to manage your hand so you don't end up with a bunch of out-of-focus shots which are negative points.
This was a tough game for me. I was taking it slow with only 1 or 2 cards a turn to really get my ducks in a row. But I should have pushed harder to get the extra bonus cards before the sunset. In the final turns, I was pushing my luck too much and playing too many cards which gave me negative points.
I had no idea who would win this game until we counted the final totals.
Michael managed to win that game by 2 points! Oh, many I just had one too many out-of-focused shots. I know I am a better photographer than that! Doh! I will get him next time!
It had been far too long since I played this game and I love it. Everyone needs to check it out if you like card games with interesting hand management and set collection. Great little game. So happy they reprinted it!
I love color, I am pretty sure everyone knows that, so I was looking forward to trying my hand at Color Code. New to me!
Color Code is a new party game. Easy rules and familiar concepts will have people playing in a few minutes.
You will play a cooperative game where one person is active and everyone else will try to match what the active player is thinking.
The word might be wedding and if I am the active player I would probably choose white and place the card facedown. Everyone else will have to come together and decide what they think I picked for that word. The catch is that there are 3 words to apply colors to and it can be tricky to determine what will be what.
There are special bonuses that can be used to try and help the team when needed.
The goal is to get as many matches as possible and if you can get 12 matches or more you will basically do the best you can in the game.
I figured Michael and I would have this in the bank, but we had some really tricky words with a lot of overlapping colors with the words on display. It was way trickier than I anticipated.
We had forgotten to use the helping tokens, and we really should have used them sooner since it would have been more helpful. I think we still managed to get 10 matches by the end, but it should have been better!
I had fun with this, but it is a super simple concept. There isn't a whole lot of game going on but I am happy to play it on occasion. I like a color challenge, but if I am going to play a color game like this I would always choose to play Colorful before any others.Don't forget to pick up my Awesome Gaming Calendar 2022! https://stephsshop.ecwid.com/
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