GCL Phoenix 134: The Good, the Bad and the Trivial (28 July 2013)
Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
flag msg tools
I didn't know what to do with my UberBadge, so I left it as a GeekBadge.
badge
Planning...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
20 
 Thumb up
1.50
 tip
 Hide
Welcome to this week's GCL Phoenix Geeklist. If you've stumbled across this list and want to know what's going on, click here or here. Feel free to comment and members should add an item with their weekly plays and favourite recipes.



Phoenix roster:
BennyD - next up
chally
Dormammu
Eeeville
Hawkeye77
indigopotter
Lowengrin
Morganza
Mr_Nuts
ravenskana
rynelf
Taibi
tjshields
woodnoggin
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Maze of Good & Bad [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
flag msg tools
I didn't know what to do with my UberBadge, so I left it as a GeekBadge.
badge
Planning...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
What's the worst thing about your favourite game (or, if you don't have a favourite, just a game you particularly enjoy)? Could a -10--rated game be improved upon to make it even better?

What's the most annoying thing about your favourite designer's games (or just a designer whose games you generally like)? Do they have a design style or quirk that is evident in multiple games which you'd rather wasn't there?
9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Positive Negative [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
flag msg tools
I didn't know what to do with my UberBadge, so I left it as a GeekBadge.
badge
Planning...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Now pick a terrible game, one of your least favourites and try to find something positive to say about it. What's the best thing about this bad game?

Similarly, is there a designer whose games you rarely enjoy but who occasionally shows sparks of genius?
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Trivia Adventure [Average Rating:4.36 Unranked]
Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
flag msg tools
I didn't know what to do with my UberBadge, so I left it as a GeekBadge.
badge
Planning...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recently I've ended up playing quite a few trivia games. Map It! I tend to do well at, knowing the location of a lot of obscure places; Fauna I'm much worse at - my knowledge of wildlife is clearly lacking. I know trivia games aren't for everyone, but what sort of trivia game would you do well at? With what specialist area of knowledge could you crush the competition?

Now, if there really was a game featuring those sorts of questions, would it even be any fun? Does a trivia game need to provide a similar level of challenge for all participants?
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: The Zombie Apocalypse [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Rich P
United Kingdom
Sheffield
United Kingdom
flag msg tools
I didn't know what to do with my UberBadge, so I left it as a GeekBadge.
badge
Planning...
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
-10- Age of Steam (+Zombie Apocalypse)
-8- Kingdom Builder (+Nomads; Caves)
-8- Macao (x2)
-7- Kaleidos (+Expansion boards)
-6- Carcassonne: The City

Not a whole lot of gaming this week, mostly quick two-players with Kate. We put up a new set of shelves and did some game rearranging, which brought a few old titles to our attention. Carcassonne: The City came down for its first outing in many years. It was better than we both remembered; similar to Carcasonne but with the extra element of considering the placement of walls and guards. The drawback with this version is it takes a little longer because you can't take a tile in advance of your turn and begin planning: your opponent's placement could trigger wall building and you'd then have more information than you're supposed to have when placing pieces of wall.

I'd forgotten how fast Macao can be two-player - we zoomed through the early rounds. Kate diverged from her usual strategy of getting offices and making enough money to buy VPs from the Tribute Table each round, and it opened the game up for her some more. It was one she really liked anyway, but now I think it's becoming a favourite. I made some terrible decisions in both games, taking risks that didn't pay off and not looking ahead when I should have done. Some cut-throat plays from both of us!

Since Phil has become interested in Age of Steam again, I've been looking for maps that play well with three. (Any suggestions gladly received.) Michigan from the Zombie Apocalypse expansion is for three only so we gave that a go. It looked quite open and filled with goods cubes at the start, but the rampaging zombies soon saw to that and it became a struggle to find anything worth delivering. The zombies randomly started in the south west corner of the board and we worked out that there were three or four cities which couldn't be reached by them over the course of the whole game. I thought those locations would be hotly contested, but I managed to get exclusive access to a couple of the northern cities which helped me maintain long deliveries when the rest of the board was experiencing scarcity. No Locomotive action really hurts - you have to take an income hit on the turns you want to increase your engine capacity.

It was great to come back to Kingdom Builder after a while. We'd all forgotten how much we enjoy it and it's just breezy fun with loads of variety. I can't wait for the Crossroads expansion to be released (should be soon, right?).

We watched the animated film 'Madagascar' since so many people had recommended it after hearing we'd visited there. Oddly enough, the most "ooh, we've been there!" bits came during the scenes where the animals are running loose through New York. There were a few good jokes, and it was nice to see the fossa in there, but the film is pretty weak altogether. It just sort of fizzles out at the end with no real story arc to speak of. Oh yeah, we also thought it was racist and sexist, so a bad pick all round, really.

The Edinburgh Fringe festival starts up this week and we've coincidentally been invited to a gaming day there next weekend, so that's what I'm looking forward to at the moment.
13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:375]
Ben Draper
United States
Seattle
Washington
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmb
_6_ 7 Wonders
_6_ Dixit
_6_ Thebes
_6_ Ticket to Ride
_4_ Bohnanza
_4_ Carcassonne (x2)
_4_ For Sale (x3)
_4_ King of Tokyo (x2) New!
_4_ Piece o' Cake (x3)
_4_ Wits & Wagers Family New!
_2_ Forbidden Island (x2) New!
_2_ Sleeping Queens

Last week I ran a board game "play & design" class at my school. Only two students signed up for the class, G and M, 10- and 9-year old sisters. But their 10-year old boy cousin, P, joined the class on Wednesday. The classes were three hours each, with a 15-minute recess and snack break in the middle.

On Monday, we warmed up with back-to-back-to-back games of Piece o' Cake. The girls picked up on the game mechanics quickly, but didn't quite get the majority scoring until the end when we tallied up the scores. M ate all of her pieces, something we dubbed the "M Whipped Cream Strategy". When she took third place, she revised her strategy and collected everything the next game. When she again took third place, she revised again for the third game by making decisions based on what other players were collecting. thumbsup

We continued with three games of For Sale, which they both really enjoyed ("It's like Monopoly, except more fun!") M felt like G and I were picking on her by dropping out of the auction consecutively, so that she had to pay full price. I tried to explain to her that she always had the option to drop out before that point, but 9-year olds don't always listen to reason.

After the break, we played a relatively quick game of Ticket to Ride (~70 min. including set up, rules, game, and teardown). Despite my best attempts, I ran away with the game. Both girls managed to complete all of their routes, though, including additional ones obtained during the game. G was interested in the extra maps and pieces in the box (TTR:E and TTR:S).

That evening, my dad and mom (visiting from California) played Bohnanza with me. By the end, my mom was a ruthless trader! My dad and I played an uninteresting 2-player game of King of Tokyo.

On Tuesday, the board game class began with Sleeping Queens. There's really not much going on in the game, but the girls own and had played the game before, so it seemed like a fine warm-up for the day.

Next, we learned our first co-op, Forbidden Island. Despite my poor rating of the game, it worked brilliantly for the purpose of the games class. G and M were able to discuss strategy out loud with each other, which helped them each improve their own logical reasoning. These thought processes carried over into other games, where the girls talked through their decisions with each other, even in non-co-op games.

We ended with a half play of "farmerless" Carcassonne. This was a big hit, s they loved putting the tiles together to form the map. A full play was requested for Wednesday.

To be continued...
12 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
Dice bags!
United States
Wurtsboro
NY
flag msg tools
admin
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
The Castles of Burgundy x 5
Cosmic Cows x3
Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper

Last night we went to a bbq, and our hosts house was under the area where parachute jumpers came down. We were out on the deck, and several times we heard the yelling and looked up and saw the parachutes open. One of the more experienced people did a loop in the air, a little bit like Snoopy and the Red Baron.
12 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1181]
Burster of Bubbles, Destroyer of Dreams.
United States
Sunnyvale
California
flag msg tools
Just imagine the red offboard up here. I'll create it Real Soon Now...
badge
Yes, I know a proper 18XX tile should have a tile number.
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
The insanity at work continues but hopefully will calm down soon (there have been... changes.)

Meanwhile, I hosted gaming on Saturday for the first time since March (though I was still doing work stuff when people showed up.). Even on 2 hours notice I still got a table of 5.

My nice wooden table next to the full-wall window looking out on the back yard. Boo yah!



I had this horrible idea that I should play Hamsterrolle with the animals from Tier auf Tier; has anyone tried that?

Monday night at Y!:
1830 3p. Me, Dayton, JC.

Game called on time in an unexpected manner so we're not quite sure what the outcome would have been, as JC and I would have started doubling up trains if the game had played out normally -- and I had 4 companies to his 2.

Tuesday night at Red Rock:
Locomotive Werks 5p. JC, me, Shelby, Eve, Alex T.

I was unable to shake last in turn order and JC passed me on the last turn.

Thursday night at Dukefish:
Equinox 2p. I taught Albert while we were waiting for more players. He said I should bring it again. :-)
Kingdom Builder: Nomads 3p. Me, Albert, Dave. I still don't either really like this game or do particularly well at it, but sometimes it's the right choice.
Factory Fun 3p. Me, Albert, Dante.

This was a low-scoring game but surprisingly I squeezed it out by 3 points. I regret not taking a picture of my final board, though, as I suspect that on the last turn I could have rearranged my orange/blue corner of the board for a loss in immediate points but a big bonus.

Saturday at my place:
Hamsterrolle 4p; first play for everyone but Andy. Me and John versus Albert and Andy. I have a few photos of really improbable successes. We won't talk about the rather inevitable failures. :-)
Terra Mystica 5p. Me, Albert, Andy (first play), John, Kevin. The board was rather crowded; everyone got 2 cities, even the Chaos Magicians, which left several people suddenly changing plans as the keys vanished. Ended in a tie.
TransAmerica 4p. me, Albert, Kevin, John. Albert completely crushed us. Included one improbable start with all of us on one line.
14 
 Thumb up
0.02
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:68]
Jon
United States
Urbana
Illinois
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Games Played:

_7_ Lancaster x1
Second play of this game with my boys and this time they were more agressive and kept me from doing many things I wanted to do which paid off well for them. My oldest son won with 69, my youngest son had 52 while I only had 46.

_10_ Troyes x1 Kudos!
Finally got this back to the table after a long time. My oldest son attacked the events left and right, as he had the goal of winning event cards. I got some event cards too but not as much as he did and the other things we were doing on the table didn't quite match up to what he accomplished. Oldest son 57 while I had 50 and youngest son 36.

_6_ Flash Point: Fire Rescue x3
Three plays this week. First time the five of us won against the ranch house on novice mode.

For the second play, tried Urban Expansion brownstone map with structural engineer but lost the house with one person left to save.

In the third game, we played beach house with my kids, nephew, and brother-in-law (first game for them) and won for a nice introduction game.




TRACK:

Tabled: 5 unplayed.
Removed: 29 removed.
Acquired: 27 acquired.

Cultish: 09 worthy / 10 played.
Kudos: 03 achieved / 16 progress.

2013 TRACK - Tabled, Removed, Acquired, Cultish and Kudos
12 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Catan Histories: Settlers of America – Trails to Rails [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1152]
Bryan Maxwell
United States
Burtchville
Michigan
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Battle Line x 1

I stole a win from my wife; she had 4 flags, but I managed 3 in a row. This is one that I don't think to play very often, but when I do - I'm reminded of why I rate the game a 10. Battle Line is fantastic.

Say Bye to the Villains x 15

The bloom is coming off the rose with this one. As much as I love the aesthetics and theme, I really want to like the game but it's growing more frustrating the more we play it. It seems like we can either scout the bad guys then lose because we don't have to arm well enough, or we can arm up then inevitably get hosed by a card that changes the win condition. I like that it's tough, but I feel like most of our games have been unwinnable unless we get lucky.

Hanabi x 3

We played 3 games w/o the rainbows and scored 24, 23 and 22.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue x 1


We lost a 3-player game in the Duplex on Veteran difficulty. We had rescued 4 people and the Paramedic was in position to get the last 3 when the building came down. So close.

Yggdrasil x 1

After getting beaten up at Say Bye, we won a 3-player game of Yggdrasil. The team was Frey, Try and Freyja. We completed the rune that lets us skip drawing enemy cards for 3 turns. That helps.

Innovation w/Echoes of the Past x 1

Kat took a 7-4 win; I achieved early, but her superior board kept her a step ahead the entire way.

Flowerfall x 1


Taught this at the shop, a 3-player game took about 5 minutes and featured lots of laughter and ineptitude. Carl won 10-1-1. I blame the fan that was on in the basement.

Dominant Species x 1

I was never really in contention in this one, though I finished 3rd of 5. Jimbob won as the Arachnids with Paul about 5 points back as the Insects. I still don't quite know how to play as the Birds.

Race for the Galaxy x 10


8 plays with the wife, then a 3-player game and 4-player game. Amazing how different the 3 and 4-player games feel. Very low scoring, much tougher. I like it. I won today's 4-player game with 28; it was base game only with 1 new player and 1 new-ish player.

Notre Dame x 1

Played this with 4 this week, my first time playing any player count above 2. I liked it a lot. It doesn't seem like there would be much difference between 3, 4 or 5 players apart from down time, but it's fun with more than 2. Doesn't hurt that I won.

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails x 1

First play in about 2.5 years. I'm very fond of this one; these days when I want to play Settlers, this is what I want. It keeps the core of Settlers in place with a few important fixes, and I like the way the different win conditions entangle the incentives and influence the player decisions. I don't play this often, but I'm glad when I do.



Should be another good week. Steady as she goes.
11 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:532]
Ben
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Ben
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb


Games Played:
_9_ Archipelago
_8_ The Palaces of Carrara (x2)
_7_ Stephenson's Rocket

Gaming Notes:
Nothing too extensive this week. The quality of my sessions was inversely proportional to my overall ratings of the titles. The Archipelago session was a two-player teaching game, and it fell a little flat. The Palaces of Carrara was great in one respect: I won handedly, lapping at least one player in each of our two three-player sessions (the final score in the last game was 123-49-27). Stephenson's Rocket was delicious, despite my taking a beating nearly as good as the one I gave in Carrara.


meeple
13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
11. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:814]
Albatros
Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Games Played

_8_ Magic: The Gathering x3
_7_ Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer x1
_7_ Merkator x1 New to Me!


Expansions Used

_7_ Ascension: Return of the Fallen x1


The Gaming Week in Review

Not a lot of gaming again this week. Three plays of Magic: The Gathering on Monday against P. Although he hasn't played in a decade or so, his experience shows and he schools me in most of our plays. In fact, of the three plays, I only had a chance in one of them.

S and my one play of Ascension: Deckbuilding Game resulted in a surprise victory for moi. I don't think either of us expected it given the number of Mechana Constructs she had - but my slaying the Avatar gave me a ten point turn which was enough to win it.

Tonight she and I played Merkator for the first time. Strangely enough, she seemed more taken by it than me. In particular, she like how the travelling to one city space seeded the neighbouring city spaces with goods. Moreover, as she like to place the new cubes, it actually gave me time to plan. I can't complain about that.

Most surprising of all was that when it was over and done and she'd "won" by a point, we sat at the table for another ten or so minutes discussing the mechanics and some of the potential strategies we'd gleaned from our one play. In particular, we discussed the value of keeping the maximum allowable number of contracts for flexibility or selling some for cash and using the cash to buy bonus cards and/or victory cards. In our just finished first play, we always opted to keep five contracts, but now neither of us are sure that investing in some victory point cards early might be better to direct long term strategy.

So, in short, Merkator might have some legs around here.

In other gaming news, I continue to work my way through the campaign for Duels of the Planeswalkers (2014) on the iPad. Every time I unlock a new deck, I go back to the beginning and play through with that deck so it's taking some time.

Yesterday, I picked up Le Havre (The Harbor) (for $0.99). Have played it three times now against two intermediate AI (which seem to be about my level having won one, tied one, and come second in the other). I'm not completely enamoured by the interface though. It's a bit clunky - and the screen for trading/consuming goods is not that intuitive. And I pretty much have to play with my reading glasses because the text is very small. In fact, because everything is crammed onto the little screen, it's difficult to see at a glance who has which building card and what each card does. So I tend to play more sloppily than I would for real. But all in all, given S hates Le Havre, it's not a bad way to get my fix.


The Week Ahead

Probably play some more Merkator as we left it set up on the dining room table. My old university buddy, K, is pencilled in for one evening this long weekend (I forget which) so that means we'll probably dust off The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game or Sentinels of the Multiverse as he prefers to play coops.
10 
 Thumb up
0.01
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
12. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
Daniel Kenel
United States
New London
Iowa
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Games Played (since my last post)
Lost Legacy x10
- I find myself with a strong preference for Love Letter at this point. In fact I'm likely going to sell this one off while the demand is still high as long as my daughter approves of me selling it.

Say Bye to the Villains x4

- Sticking with my original assessment of this just being a decent game. Nothing I find myself really excited about. However, my oldest daughter enjoys it and as a result it has been hitting the table a bit. We won 3 out of 4 of the games played during this time.

Julchen und die Monster x3
- All of these plays were while visiting Tom. This one continues to annoy me. It teases that it might be a really neat little game but something feels off.

Divinare x2
- A couple of quick 2-player games with my wife while waiting on Tom to finish his run in Tacoma. I really like this one better at lower player counts. A fine 2 player game.

Erie Railroad x2
- I guess there might be a game hidden in this one but it failed to click for our table. I don't feel inspired to put the effort into discovering what this one might hold. Although it really could be a little gem for those willing to do so.

Midnight Party x2
- My youngest daughter (age 6) loves Hugo and when she requests to play we are happy to oblige.

Northern Pacific x2
- Is there really a game here? I blinked and it was over. I'm certainly willing to play this little filler a few more times to see if something more develops.

Qwixx x2
- My oldest daughter enjoys this simple little dice filler. I find it a pleasant enough way to spend 15 minutes.

Age of Steam x1
- I got in my 2nd ever play of AoS and this one was a 3-player session on the Ireland map. Once again I managed to tie for the win. Unbelievable. A super tight game that I really enjoyed. It puts clamps on my brain like few other games have thus far but I love it.

Can't Stop x1
- Actually played the iOS version while waiting in the airport with my wife. I found the graphics really annoying and distracting.

Fresh Fish x1
- I'm not even sure if I can count this one as a play. We crashed and burned on the rules and I still don't think we have them figured out at this point despite considerable discussion both during and post game. A rather frustrating experience as I think there might be a neat little game hidden under some horrible rules.

Ginkgopolis x1
- I taught Joel one of my favorite releases from the last year. A wonderful 2p game that packs a lot more meaningful decisions into a 45 minute session than I anticipated. Joel liked it as well.

Jackal & High x1
- Blah. I'm tired of this one and would much rather play Qwixx at this point.

Kakerlakenpoker Royal x1
- Another one with the kids. My wife and I were amused that while we were gone on vacation our daughters taught this one to both of their Grandmothers. Apparently it was a hit as they reported playing it several times.

Kapitän Wackelpudding x1
- This one always proves to be a silly good time. It came down to the last move of the game and my oldest daughter just had to make it without dropping any pieces to claim the win. She almost made it...

Khmer x1
- A quick game with Tori while waiting for our flight to Seattle. Despite dropping the 1st hand I came back and won the next 3 for the win.
12 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
13. Board Game: Timeline: Inventions [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:855] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
Max Maloney
United States
Portland
Oregon
flag msg tools
badge
"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." -Jack Handey
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Games Played

.10! Hanabi 2
.10! Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 1
_9_ Magic: The Gathering 8
_7_ The Castles of Burgundy 1
_6_ Timeline: Inventions 14 New!

Week in Review

For our two games of Hanabi, we played with the variant in which rainbows act as wild cards in clues. In other words, any color clue must always indicate the rainbow cards and there is no way to point only to rainbows by color. This is a pretty taxing way to play. Our first attempt netted a pitiful 19 (out of 30).

Magic this week was mostly EDH again.

I read that the iOS adaptation of Timeline was good and I picked it up. All the plays above are with other players live in the same room, simply using the iPad instead of the card version of the game. It's a simple, light game but I find it inherently interesting to be learning little bits of knowledge. Some inventions have very surprising dates that take you by surprise.
9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
14. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1162]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
flag msg tools
Powers:Coleridge:Milton: Faith...must be, if anything, a clear-eyed recognition of the patterns and tendencies, to be found in every piece of the world's fabric, which are the lineaments of God.
badge
That's Tim Powers' fictional Samuel Coleridge "quoting" John Milton in _The Anubis Gates_.
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Scorecard for the Week/Month/Year as of 27Jul2013:

1/25/256 plays of 1/21/132 total games, with 0/3/26 expansions employed.
Plays with 3/21/72 distinct opponents.

1/1/17 games acquired (plus 0/0/6 expansions.)
0/0/10 games ordered (plus 0/0/4 expansions.)
Orders for 6 games and 2 expansions still outstanding.

With my three youngsters:
1x _6.7_ Space Cadets New! - Perhaps bought in a fit of madness - yet my kids like co-ops better than I; so it didn't seem like a completely terrible idea at the time. In practice, it turned out that the eldest wasn't stretched quite as far as he might prefer; the youngest was a bit overmatched, and my 13 year old daughter thought it was completely excellent (and additionally thinks it might work with several of her friends.) So it might get played in the end, even if not necessarily with my boys.

Owned-and-unplayed: 14 (+1/-1)

Outlook for the week: More unpredictability. I think I'll have a play of something for you next week, though.
9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
15. Board Game: Archaeologists [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
Denmark
Ebeltoft
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Hello everyone...

I am a bit late (again) with the current weeks posting. Today my application to Aarhus University and Classical Archaeology has been accepted and a spot on the course has my name on it.

5 minutes ago I accepted electronically and I begin introductions in week 35 and classes in week 36. I am super excited about all this and am so looking forward to this new venture.

We have been out celebrating tonight, while last night was spent waiting (just like New Year's) for the release of the results at midnight. Right now I am going to sit down with my wonderful wife, look her in the eyes and tell her how much I appreciate her support.

I will see you all tomorrow.

Life is GOOD.

Games Played Week 30:

On a Quiet Monday with V.:
1x _7.4_ Suburbia
I think we both were a bit tired and I misplayed a tile, one from the Spiel set, which you are only allowed one of. We are looking forward to the Suburbia Inc expansion even if we are not done with this by far. It flows nice and easy and is good fun.

Mid-week Blues with V.:
1x Viticulture (rating pending)
Another fun session with this and it seems to be growing on us. I enjoy the tense gameplay and the variable routes to victory, even if we both seem to go the same way - filling wine orders.

A rating is pending though we are getting there...

Massive Thursday:
1x _8.2_ Jet Set w/ Distant Lands
This game continued the trend of me hammering V. over the head with her old planes that cannot connect to the places people want to go...

1x _7.8_ Merkator
I enjoy this for the quick romp it is and it is easy to set-up on top.

4x _7.8_ Kingdom Builder
After a long break we seem to be getting back into this game and having fun at it too. I think the break was good though because at the time it was all V. was requesting. Now I can appreciate it again.

Friday with V.:
1x _8.0_ Key Market
A rare win for V. in a game I really enjoy. I hope this will get me more plays from V. who seems a bit more lukewarm on the game though through no fault of the game. I think it taxes her.

1x _7.8_ Puerto Rico w/ Expansion
Always a pleasure and really due for a revision of the rating.

Sunny Saturday with V.:
1x _7.8_ Agricola
The stars aligned in this game and everything just flowed together for a crushing win. I think this is another game that is due for a rating change soon.

1x _7.4_ Glen More
Everytime I play this I feel like checking out other games by Matthias Cramer only to find that they are more often than not better with more players...

This was another quick game and always a pleasure. Decisions are sometimes easy but still they are there and you feel you get your money's worth at the end.

1x _8.0_ Troyes w/ parts of Troyes: The Ladies of Troyes
I have been wanting to get this back on the table and V. finally said yes. It is fun to figure out how to utilize the cards to your advantage and then make it happen, I enjoy it.

Windy Sunday with V.:
1x _8.2_ Jet Set w/ Distant Lands
A very tight, low-scoring game for a change.

1x Viticulture (rating pending)
This was a frustrating session. I seemed to be getting nowhere with V. nicking the action I would have liked or if I finally got it she had a card that let her do the same and something on top too...

I felt very frustrated but it also opened my eyes to other ways of scoring points. My problem was I realized it too late to do anything about it. Maybe next time...

1x Serica: Plains of Dust (new to us)
I have had this for a while and finally got it to the table. It is a fun little game that should play in 30 minutes though ours took 90. I think already our next play will be much quicker.

As for the game itself, it is a 2 player only game where one is the Roman Empire, the other the Han Dynasty. Players trade goods along the ancient trade route in the hope of scoring the most prestige by the time the game ends which is once either player has built 10 buildings (cards) along the trade route.

Cards have abilities that can be used but only when present in your Empire (the 4 cards drawn and placed in front of you every turn) and can be used to better your caravans, improve scoring, defeat bandits and more.

All in all a fun game with a decent theme.

1x _8.0_ Yedo
Our current thematic game and one we both enjoy a lot. This game though was a romp and over in 60 minutes. My mission cards just fit together wonderfully and the game ended when I killed the Shogun.

Love to play this game and look forward to our next session, hopefully sooner rather than later.

The Week Ahead:
Well, since it is practically the weekend already there is not much to report. I have been looking at kickstarters again... bad idea. We get the kids home Saturday afternoon and then they leave again on Monday for a "school" trip. We will most likely spend some quality time with them and less gaming.

Given the past week I can live with that...
13 
 Thumb up
0.35
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.