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OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by coopasonic » Wed May 15, 2019 5:01 pm

AWS260 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 4:43 pm
The player boards, on the other hand, are awfully chintzy -- particularly given how critical they are to the game play. The whole game, we were terrified that someone would accidentally bump the table or brush their sleeve over their player board, sending cubes scattering. The publisher needs to take a cue from Ninth Haven and upgrade to double-layer boards that can hold tracking cubes in place.
There are several third party solutions out there for this. If it is your game, get one of them.

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/165689 ... n-overlays
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by Zarathud » Wed May 15, 2019 6:10 pm

Terraforming Mars is a great game. An organizer and game board helper is worthwhile.
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by hepcat » Wed May 15, 2019 8:27 pm

I backed the kickstarter expansion recently primarily for the new player boards. The broken token ones are better than the flimsy originals, but the lack of color always bugs me.
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by Zarathud » Wed May 15, 2019 10:04 pm

Paint. You have miniature paints.
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by coopasonic » Sun May 19, 2019 7:58 am

Yesterday was "Stone Age" Saturday in our household... no it doesn't mean we played Stone Age all day, it means electronics are off limits for the day. No video games, tablets, whatever... I mean TV was still on the table because come on. Anyway, with nothing better to do we played a few games. We started with Meteor, which I still can't believe is winnable when played by the rules. Then we played a few rounds of 5 Second Rule which is a very simple party game. We then played an actual game, Scotland Yard. It was the first time anyone in the family played, including me, and my older son caught me on about the 7th turn (out of 22 turns needed for a Mr. X win). Then I brought out Ticket to Ride, but nobody bit. Oh well, progress. They played something with me.
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by Skinypupy » Sun May 19, 2019 10:28 am

Picked up Aeon’s End Legacy last night. More details to come in the solo gamer thread, but I’ve been absolutely blown away by this game so far. I know I have little tabletop experience, but this is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen. Amazing stuff.

Also been playing a ton of Shards of Infinity on iPad. It’s a new deck builder from the Ascension folks that is fantastic.
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by AWS260 » Sun May 19, 2019 11:43 am

coopasonic wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 7:58 am
Yesterday was "Stone Age" Saturday in our household... no it doesn't mean we played Stone Age all day, it means electronics are off limits for the day.
Coincidentally, I did actually play Stone Age yesterday.

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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by Anonymous Bosch » Sun May 19, 2019 12:46 pm

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Sun May 19, 2019 7:58 am
Yesterday was "Stone Age" Saturday in our household... no it doesn't mean we played Stone Age all day, it means electronics are off limits for the day. No video games, tablets, whatever... I mean TV was still on the table because come on. Anyway, with nothing better to do we played a few games. We started with Meteor, which I still can't believe is winnable when played by the rules. Then we played a few rounds of 5 Second Rule which is a very simple party game. We then played an actual game, Scotland Yard. It was the first time anyone in the family played, including me, and my older son caught me on about the 7th turn (out of 22 turns needed for a Mr. X win). Then I brought out Ticket to Ride, but nobody bit. Oh well, progress. They played something with me.
If you're looking to hook your kids, mark my words, go with a decent dexterity game or two (e.g. Push It, Catacombs, Flick 'em Up, Cube Quest etc).

They're typically among the most intuitively easy games to learn, yet kids' nimble fingers almost invariably outperform the clumsy Bratwursts most grown-ups possess so they receive a natural advantage, and the games just become more amusing if and when players do bugger things up.
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by AWS260 » Mon May 20, 2019 10:51 am

On Sunday I taught my kid High Frontier. I wasn't planning to -- I was just laying out the board to refresh myself on the rules, in hopes of getting it to the table with some local folks over the summer. But he asked, so we went for it.

I have to say, it was really gratifying to see how quickly he picked up the basics of the fuel track and rocket movement, and how much he seemed to be enjoying it. At one point, I was trying to explain the nuances of a half-lander burn that my rocket was about to encounter, and he said, "I can't listen to you right now, I'm planning my next move." :)

When we wrapped up, he had a factory at the S site on the Moon and had produced his first two black cards. I, on the other hand, ignominiously failed to establish a factory on Ceres -- my rocket couldn't land because I had miscalculated and was a single fuel step short. He insisted that I take pictures of the board state so that we can pick up where we left off next time.

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A couple of takeaways:
  • This is the first time I've played High Frontier against another human being. In the past, I've only played multiplayer solitaire against myself. It really makes the auction phase more interesting, and I have a better appreciation for when to auction vs. when to just collect income.
  • Jeez, this board is big. Even the small version is 2'x3', and then you need space for player boards, components, patent card stacks, glory cards, and the water bank. The table I play on is only 2'x4', so we had to use a TV tray for extra space, and even then we left the glory cards and water bank in the box on the floor.

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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by Blackhawk » Sat May 25, 2019 8:54 pm

We were finally able to break out Batman: Gotham City Chronicles and play the first mission. I really like the game. The mechanics are fairly straightforward, and have a decent amount of depth. Combat is all about resource management, as you're spending energy to act, but you only get back a certain amount per turn. Spend a turn resting and you get back considerably more. Do you go all out and make sure you pass a roll, but then find yourself useless for a round or two? Or do you do a little each round without needing a break? Wounds come from the same pool of energy, too, which makes it worthwhile for the villain to beat the heroes up just to slow them down.

Each mission in the core game is one-vs-all, with one player controller the henchmen and all the goons, and the other controlling one hero each. The one mission we played was really well balanced. I played the villain (Bane), the kids played Nightwing, Batman, and Catwoman (Caiden played two.) Each of us had a point at which we didn't think we could win, but we both came really, really close in the end. The game was decided by one die roll on the last action of the last hero's turn on the last round of the game. If Batman succeeded at the roll, the heroes won. If he failed, I won. He put everything he had into the roll, literally knocking himself unconscious in the process, and managed to disarm that last bomb. I can't wait to try out the next scenario.

This is famously huge game. It takes up a ton of space on the shelf. The thing is, though, most of the expansions that come with it are content, not rules. They're alternate characters, alternate maps, and alternate scenarios. Of the three regular expansions two only add one rule (how to use the elevator in the batcave.) The Batmobile expansion adds rules, but only about a pamphlet's worth. The only real new rules are in the Versus expansion, which is a completely separate 1v1 mode. So once you learn the rules, you don't have to keep fiddling with them every time you grab a box. You just have a much bigger selection of content. Add to that the fact that each scenario can be played with a different combination of heroes and there is enough content here to play for a long, long time without repeating the experience.

The components are top notch, and their use of theme is great, too. I really liked the fact that they made it interesting and self-contained, but still stayed true to the source material. The only real criticism I have is the manual. It is overly wordy and repeats way too much information. Their intent, they've said, was to ensure that each time you look up a process, you'll have everything you need in that one section without flipping back and forth. When learning that game, though, that means that every single subsection repeats the same information with just a few details different. I find that actually slows things down rather than speeding them up, as you can't just look up the tweaks to the 'action' rule that comprise a 'complex manipulation', but rather have to read through the entire rule looking for the differences. Still, the rules aren't that complex, and after a game or two you won't need the books much.

FWIW, this will be back on Kickstarter on the 4th of June. It'll be a reprint, plus new content. Since the game will never be released to retail, this will likely be the last chance. They've been dropping teases for a while now about the new maps, scenarios, and characters. Expect the Suicide Squad, including King Shark, Black Manta, Amanda Waller, Rick Flag, Joker's Daughter, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Bronze Tiger, and others. They've also shown the League of Assassins (ie - League of Shadows), Jim Gordon Batman, and Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond.)

I was given this monstrosity as a gift, and the two who did so have already said that they're getting me any new content being released. Damn! :shock:
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Re: OO Boardgamers, what did you play this weekend?

Post by YellowKing » Sat May 25, 2019 9:41 pm

I REALLY want this one, but my gaming group will never go for a 1 vs many game. So without any kind of solo rules, I'd never get it to the table.

It's a damn shame, because I'm a huge Batman fan and just having the minis alone would be a thrill. But I could never justify the cost for something that would likely get no play time.

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