Spent some time thinking about the recent winners of the Spiel Des Jahres and Kennerspiel. Played a little Praetor. Went 2-2 in an M15 prerelease this weekend!
Also talked a little about running a game lounge for a museum event and chatting with folks I wouldn’t otherwise meet!
Spent the day at a retailer’s trade show. Found out about a lot of organized play options… talk your ear off about Harbour, Progress and Dark Gothic.
more about Progress:
more about Dark Gothic(available right meow)
Wherein I discuss a little bit of GenCon, my excitement over Penny Press, Panamax, and Imperial Settlers. My hope for ignacy trzewiczek. Portobello Market, and general sleepiness.
A look into Euphoria: Building a Better Dystopia
This is 2-6 player game that plays in around 60 minutes.
My thoughts on the game begin at minute 24… and my tangents go a little undone. whoops!!
I found the bits in the box to be superb! Beautifully done. The strategy is not deep, but the politics and faction-play keeps the game exciting.
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A quick look at Coup, from the world of the Resistance. This is a multi-player game asking for bluffing and wizardry.
I backed this and am very happy with the results. I got an extra piece, and prettier money. This is great filler, people!
Reading about the new Race for the Galaxy expansion makes me very happy. This one has been in the works for a long time. I know this was to perfect the design… the components in Race have never been that impressive.
They had to get it right, Race is an institution. They are changing the format to a beloved title to give it a board. Exploration is now going to be tile-based.
Best news of all? It is shipping now.
I cannot wait to revisit one of my favoritist games ever… and to drag all my friends along with me.
Ginkgopolis is a 1-5 player game from Z-man Games. I love it!
Skip ahead to minute 20 to skip the rules overview. Play from the beginning to… not skip the rules overview.
Overall I’m delivering a 7.5/10!! Loves it!
Components are top notch. Nice-feeling cards, lots of wooden bits, not-useless(almost) player screens.
The gameplay is rather simple, but the rulebook is tangential and hard to decipher.
Playtime is short due to simultaneous action selection.
Bora Bora is a Stefan Feld game for 2-4 players. It plays around 1.5-2 hours.
Overall I would give it a healthy 8 out of 10.
The first 2 minutes is introduction. Then a game explanation. Opinons and wrap-up at 28:22.
In components and aesthetics, the island theme is lovely and bright. The colors are rich and vibrant.
Gameplay is fiddly and wonderful. Resetting the board each round will put off the newer gamer. For those of us looking for an intriguing challenge, this game has it. It has many paths to victory, all of which seem viable. You really need to react to the gamestate as it appears.
The improvement I could most see for it? Drafting the task tiles before the game is set. This will allow players to shape their strategy from the first turn onward.
Recently I started playing Drum Roll from Artepia Games. After several plays I’ve come away with the following thoughts:
Components: Beautiful, lots of colors, great wooden bits. Couldn’t be happier with quality, wish the player boards were smaller.
Gameplay: Works very smoothly. Though there were not innumerable choices, a turn did not have an obvious “best” choice. This did lead to some AP issues with multiple groups.
The Good: Fun, flavorful and lots of different performers.
The Not-so-good: Swingy cards with very little mitigation.
This game was certainly worth some plays. Overall a 6.5/10
ZOMG, Pre-orders went live this week for Omen: Reign of War!!
This is a STUNNING two-player card game from Small Box Games. They are only making 1000 copies, so most who would like copies will be pre-ordering them now. For twenty bucks, I couldn’t resist.
The game itself is a 2-player war game. Players use units of soldiers, spirits and beasties to gain rewards and accomplish feats for victory! Lots of neat card interactions in this.
I’ll be sure to post up some thoughts when it comes out later this year 😀