GCL Eclipse 178: Hype
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Firstly, sorry the lateness. Life, work, and all that jazz has slowed me down for doing this. But on to the much too late geeklist.


Hype. Last weekend here in Colorado, the news media latched onto oncoming snow (like its rare here), and made it sound like it was going to be a snowapoclyse. Suffice it to say, it was not a very epic snowstorm. It had about a couple hours that were pretty terrible, but not a entire weekend of impending death. I went to the grocery store as I normally do on a Friday, and, well, it was terrible. They were actually out of all potatoes!

Gaming is often subject to hype. Let us discuss.


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New games often as the subject of much hype. Have you been sucked in by that only to find that the game was not that good?
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Games that are hard to get, such as the mentioned Terra Mystica, often create hype just by there rarity. Have you been sucked in by this?
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What games have you bought simply due to hype? Disappointed? Happy?
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When a new game that has a lot of hype is released, we see it shoot up in the ratings. Is this problematic? Does this artificially up its permanent rating in your opinion?
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5. Board Game: The Mushroom Eaters [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:4336]
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Highlights of games played 2/17-2/23:

Had a better week for gaming - 2+ days at a convention will do that...

Novo Dice (Joe=13) - a game introduced to me by Frank Branham, one of the folks _not_ on this list I look to to uncover hidden gems; this is basically dice slots, but with some interesting choices and decisions to make. The really interesting thing about the game is that it's never been available commercially - it is given to successful sellers of gaming equipment (darts, pool, etc.) in Germany.

Minister (Joe=14) - the first time I've played the 1990s reprint in a while - and I know why; the original is a better game.

Jungle Rumble (Joe=8) - much as I want this to be a keeper, I'm not convinced it is; there's no randomness in the game, and it shows.

Entenrallye (Joe=13) - one thing I find is that while there's no one who I have a strong overlap with in game preferences, I can find a common ground with nearly everyone - often a large common ground. With Mark Jackson, that common ground includes games such as Novo Dice and Minister - and Entenrallye, a thoroughly charming Citroen racing game.

The Mushroom Eaters (Joe=1) - five things you might wish to know about The Mushroom Eaters: (1) The game comes with 3D glasses - but you don't need to be able to see red/blue 3D images to play the game, thankfully... (2) The rules suggest that The Mushroom Eaters cannot be played while consuming mushrooms, in case you were so tempted... (3) The game uses a slowly unfolding board, as seen in Key to the Kingdom (as noted by Dan Blum), and uses it well... (4) You can, in the game, go on a Personal Journey, during which time you don't experience any of the - well, journey, I suppose - dealt with by the rest of the players... (5) The game is, as heart, 60% experience game with enough European-style mechanisms to work as a game.

Witness (Joe=3) - I bought this from Dale, because I believe I'll get my money's worth out of it. It's a really fascinating take on The Telephone Game, but with the added challenge of _collectively_ trying to solve a mystery. It's a game which I'd recommend that everyone try, even though I suspect the reactions to it will be more negative than positive.

(A complete aside, but - when I see "everyone should try this" lists, way too much of the content on those lists are games that nearly everyone _has_ tried - and those who haven't are probably fine without it. When Opinionated Gamers created such a list, I filled it with bizarre games that I really believe folks _should_ try, even if they don't end up liking them, because the experience will be valuable. I don't often add games to such a list, but this is one. Maybe I should write up such a list...)

Zoff im Hühnerhof (Joe=1) - I think this is the first game I've played with three generations of players were I wasn't one of the generations...

Quartier Latin (Joe=8) - I've been enjoying this take on Mille Bornes since re-acquiring it back in 2012. But I'd only recommend it with four - it's not a good choice with six.

Favor of the Pharaoh (Joe=2) - Yeah, I'll be getting this one.

Julchen und die Monster (Joe=10) - A more interesting and more thematic take on Coda. Fun little game.

Reis de Portugal (Joe=2) - My second play, with 3 and without the advanced rules, was better. Still not enough for it to stand out, but enough to make it a nice souvenir.

Marrying Mr. Darcy (Joe=1) - Reminded me a _lot_ of Munchkin. More literary, though.

Birth (Joe=1) - I had hopes for this, as I like the 6-Tage Rennen inspired movement, but in the end it's just another abstract for me.

Who Am I? (Joe=3) - Purchased from Dale for the sole purpose of getting it to Joe Rushanan. My plan succeeded.
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Games played (2/15 - 2/21)

NONE.

It was a very busy week at work. I organized cards and made preliminary really bad decks for LOTR:LCG for the first quest. But we didn't quite get to it.
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7. Board Game: Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
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Monday night at LoB.

For a nice change I did not take any games along with me as I had arranged to play someone else’s copies.

We started with my favourite game of 2013, Viticulture with a couple of modules from Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture added to it. I have done quite well in my previous plays of Viticulture, winning most of them. This was just about my worst showing, I only delivered one wine shipment and I was dead last.

Then Roll for the Galaxy. I committed myself early on by going for one of the six cost developments. It was the one that gave bonus points for Brown worlds and as I started with one in play and one under construction it seemed like a good idea. However far too many turns where I only managed two dice left me in third place. I did get the development finished and three brown worlds. One more turn and it would have been four, and a possible win.


Tuesday night at LoB.

My week of playing other peoples games continues as I had signed up for a game of The Ancient World. I nearly bought a copy of it a couple of weeks ago, but went for Scoville instead.

It’s a worker placement game with a twist. The workers have a numerical value and for a lot of the spaces, you can only place on them if another player already took the space if you can place a worker with a higher value. Everyone starts with three workers value 1, 2 and 3. So early on (Until player start getting more workers) an early 3 can close of a spot.

A key mistake on turn one by yours truly, meant I was unsuccessfully playing catch up for most of the game. I thought I could be the first player to defeat a Titan. (These can provide end game points and lots of other good stuff), but I forgot that my armies were mercenaries and I needed to pay them to fight. Guess who spent all their money on turn one getting into position to be able to fight? Doh

Everyone else bought buildings and got either income or in game advantages. I just wasted a worker getting an extra one time only sword that I could not use. Still I enjoyed the game, though I do need to play it again just to do a bit better.

Then we did play the only game I took to LoB this week, Homeland: The Game. It’s been described as a more streamlined Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, and that seemed fair to me. It does play fairly differently though so just because you like or don’t like BSG, you might still have the opposite reaction. Two of our players particularly dislike BSG and they both thought it was a lot better.

It does seem to be a pretty brutal game, in this game and the solo sim I played at the weekend, the terrorist wiped the floor with the Agency pretty quickly. As I was the terrorist player I did not mind too much. It was played at LoB by a different group Monday night and the Agency won, so as brutal as I have seen it the good guys can win.

Finished off the night with a game of Linko!. Although I have played it a lot, I burnt out a bit on it last year and had not played it for a while. As it was getting late we agreed to play for two rounds only. I finished the first round to score 13 points, but the player next to me had picked up lots of extra cards during the round and so managed to score 18 points.

The second round was pretty brutal. The round ended because we ran out of cards and everyone had cards left in their hands. I did see it coming and managed to play 4 x 13 as my last play which meant I finished the round on -5 for a grand total score of 8. My neighbour who scored 18 on the first round took a -11 hit to finish on 7 points. As the other players all finished with negative points, I took the win.
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8. Board Game: Elements [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2861]
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Sadly my gaming has been very spotty lately.
Over the past few weeks I did manage
Akrotirix2 a nice more involved 2 player game. I'm not sure on it's staying power as the maps and goals get a little stale. Also not sure the portage goals are valued high enough.
Patchwork pleasant non-farming Uwe Rosenberg
The King of Frontierx2 another quick playing game.
Elementsx2 stil love this one. It's a funny game though, I think you love it or hate it or maybe just don't get it? I've tried teaching it several times and I'm met about half the time with funny looks about why I like this game so much, although to be honest as a nonbluffing person I'm not sure why I like it so much myself.
Neosx6 my partner loved this, thanks Joe for introducing me to it. Puzzle-y goodness with a touch of push your luck
Lewis & Clark finally got this back to the table. I still like it quite a bit.
Kanban: Driver's Edition I felt behind in the whole game but managed to squeak in 2nd.
Catan Card Game haven't played this in 8 or 9 years and now I remember why. Don't really care for the "take that" part of the game. Just give me vanilla Settlers! lol it's funny thoughh, now I feel like I need to go back and replay some of those other settlers variants

Acquisitions: Pecunia Joe I'll be contacting you with rules questions
Road to the Palace which Mary liked quite a bit
Birth
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