Nowa Gralicja
Michał Juszczak
Poland
Kraków
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This weekend in Cracow(Poland) there was small game event called Nowa Gralicja its hosted in one of the Schools here. Its free to join and runs for two days for around 8h a day. This year on Saturday there was also possibility to donate blood. It was my second visit to this event, previously i went june last year.

This year i decided to go with a plan to play some games i never played before, so i asked my brother Tom and my friend Rob to join me. We went on both saturday and sunday. On Saturday we played three games while on sunday we were able to make it four.

a little about myself i'm 36yo. I Like games a lot, most of my life i played computer games cause i haven't got place and/or people to play board games. Right now i have players and i can squeaze a game night every month or so. And i prefer to play in control environment And ince i'm a little control freak and i have some issues with listening to people explaining rules(basically i've got attention span of 2 minutes if anyone talks boring more than it i'm zoning out ) i'm always reading and explaining rules in our group. So whenever we play wrong it's my fault in Colosseum for example i read wrong how you refill markets with assets and only in 4 round (out of 5) we started playing it right which made game even better
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1. Board Game: Might & Magic Heroes [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2908]
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Me Tom and Rob arrived at 11am and we started playing this one.

it wasn't the best idea(mine of course) since its a looong game especially when you don't know rules (which we didn't) But still game seems nice its a mix strategy with adventure and first few turns seemed nice but since it took us around 3h (most of it was going through rules because game is quite complicated at first and rulebook ain't the best i've seen) we decided to finish it and play some other games. Initial thoughts were quite good actually and we thought that if we would play it at home instead of in here we probably would like it more. Although to be fair none of us thought of buying it. Definitely game to check before buy but i'd say worth trying.
 
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2. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:351]
Michał Juszczak
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When we switched games our three were joined by Greg and his gf Kate.

I picked this because Tom Vassel and Sam Healey talked some good about this game and when i saw it on shelf i was Yeah ! thats what we play now. It was fun and smart and even more fun. Very thematic game in which you expand and upgrade your colosseum and show some events on it to attract as many visitors us possible, earning money and fame. I very liked that assets used in shows stay with you to next ones but they are being used up a little (basically you loose one asset of all you used for the show) And well all game is really evolving you in it firs you may invest in your stadium or colosseum then you auction for different assets after this you trade with other players and then you show your events. Its really fast game in way that you don't wait long for your action. So i enjoyed this one a lot and must say that if it was available to purchase i probably would come back home with copy This was the best i played this weekend
 
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3. Board Game: 12 Thieves [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2028]
Michał Juszczak
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Since there wasn't much time Me Tom and Rob picked this fast game.

We played it twice. Its quite nice logic game. it doesn't take too much time but you have to think a lot in here to were move your guards for them to benefit you best or to obstruct your opponent plans. I liked it and would play it again if possibility would present itself. Some luck involved but mostly winner is gamer who can think.
 
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4. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Phoenix Elves vs Tundra Orcs [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
Michał Juszczak
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Me and Tom got back on Gralicja at 10am we needed 2 player game i wanted to check Neuroshima 3.0 but it was out so we got Summoner Wars which i wanted to check too.

I liked this game its quite fast and i felt like summoner fighting another one. There is some luck factor since you draw cards and roll dices but tactic is very important in achieving victory. Cards are pretty and functional although i wold like if cards were mirror imaged (all info was on right side not left) so i could keep them like normal cards and being able to know what i hold. This is minor complain actually just a thought which i had during play and we managed to address this issue holding cards horizontally. Other than that i had nothing to complain although i must say i didn't fall in love with this game which i thought i might so i have to make some more research in this area. I like it though don't get me wrong just didn't like it as much as i predicted
 
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5. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:89]
Michał Juszczak
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Kraków
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Since it was still just me and Tom we picked another two player game.

This one i picked thanks to Richard Hum (Rhaldo Runs Through) when i saw His Runtrough i decided to give this game a try. I don't like Agricola so every game by Uwe Rosenburg which is said is similar to Agricola i tend to walk around I'd say this i don't think we played it 100% correctly since it was our first try but i really liked it it was fun and i actually felt like running monastery and expanding it. Compared to Agricola where you are smacked around by game this was fun experience. I don't know about replayabillity since there are not much buildings and you see all of the in every game but i just felt good playing it. It was thematic, buildings made sense well that is true in all Uwe games i played, but in here i was having fun and felt quite good at the end while in Agricola half way trough i juast want it to end . Ora et Labora is involving, smart and fun game. For Tom it was best game of the weekend and he wanted to play it more. For me it very good game and i would like to play it again some time.
 
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6. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:296]
Michał Juszczak
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Greg finally arrived so we picked three player game.

This one i picked because i heard of it some good in some Dicetower top 100s. I think Ericks and Toms. We picked this one and started playing, its easy to teach game, 4 actions to choose from in round then next player. Wait for other players is minimal so that is always a plus for me. Random scoring time (its randomized by shuffling 3 scoring cards in deck in some particular way) not so much but in here i think it works. I wouldn't play this game too often but it is nice game and i enjoyed it quite a bit. Its interesting that players don't own airlines but are rather investors and by collecting shares and investing in airlines they achieve Victory Points. I think its nice variation on ticket to ride type of games (connecting different cities). Overall i like it a lot and would like to play it in the future. For Tom it was least likeable game we played this weekend, still he liked it but not as much as other ones.
 
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7. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:527] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
Michał Juszczak
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We haven't got much time till closing so we picked game Greg new.

I played Dominion before while Tom never played this type of games. I'd say its nice variation of deckbuilding and i enjoyed it. I like that there are two types of value in game, money and attack. Also upgrading our heroes was fun. We had to finish it sooner cause of closing and all but i think we made 3/4 of the game and i liked way more than Dominion which when it come out i played some and liked but after few games it started feel flat for me. While this approach felt much richer. For me it's good game and i was having some fun while playing it
 
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