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7WD will be one to play with Little B 11.4. She enjoys competitive games, and from what I remember from playing it with my brother, it’s about at her comprehension level.

Good lord, Firefly is a table hog. Got about halfway through my first game before getting an overwhelming urge to watch Serenity for the umpteenth time. Will have to finish tomorrow.
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Teaching 18Chesapeake today on 18xx.games. It's a really good game with a really good online implementation. Hopefully at some point I'll get to play a full game with experienced players, but I'm learning the nuances of the game every time I teach. This will be my fourth teach and my sixth play. I like it more and more each time I play, a really good buy for me.
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Last weekend I played Before the Wind, a 2007 game about (yawn) trading goods as a merchant in the port of Amsterdam. It is fundamentally a game of set collection and auctions, as every round is a set of auctions on different cards, which will give you the different goods needed to fulfill the orders of specific ships in the harbor. The other key mechanic is "spoilage": after a certain point, goods in your hand with go bad and become useless, so triggering that point before your opponent can complete orders is a key strategy.

The theme is bone-dry, but the auctions and spoilage mechanics make for plenty of direct player interaction. Not exceptional, but solid. It falls squarely into the "If my friend wants to play it, sure I'll join in" category.

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The last game I played was the last of us 2. I thought it was impossible to surprise me anymore. But this is the most amazing game I've played.

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A good day of games today. Mythic Battles: Pantheon, which is an absolutely ridiculous mountain of plastic, colliding in endless dice rolls. It's ridiculously expensive, but a friend of mine picked up a copy on the cheap from someone moving house. Really fun overall, although it can be difficult to keep track of the different powers of so many characters.

Also Finca, a relatively simple game of collecting and selling fruit that still managed to generate a fair amount of brain-burning. It's the most straightforward rondel-based game I've played.

Finally good old Cosmic Encounter, with a couple of people who don't play board games all that often. The rules explanation was a bit of a slog, but then they took to it like ducks to water. Fun and funny.

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Finally good old Cosmic Encounter, with a couple of people who don't play board games all that often. The rules explanation was a bit of a slog, but then they took to it like ducks to water. Fun and funny.
Glad to hear they were able to enjoy the experience even after slogging through the rules explanation. It's definitely not an easy game to explain or teach effectively. In my experience, the following BGG thread provides the optimum method for doing so, FWIW:

How to effectively teach Cosmic Encounter
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Time of Crisis today. I've only played this once before, with two players, and it felt like the map was way too big for the two of us. This time we had the full complement of four players, and it made a world of difference. Lots of jockeying for power, painful and triumphant dice rolls, etc.

It was great fun, super thematic, and has driven me to revisit the relevant episodes of Mike Duncan's The History of Rome podcast (events coinciding with Time of Crisis start at episode 107).

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Zarathud taught me Dinogenics Sunday. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Anyone know anything about this one? :ninja:

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I finally got Hungarian Rhapsody clipped and set up this last weekend. Took me 3/4 of Saturday to set up the one map Battle of Debrecen scenario. Of course there were interruptions for honey-do list stuff so it wasn't all setup during that time. Lots of Soviet infantry divisions that all look the same except the division # printed on the counter take the most time to sort out. I'm doing a solo run through to get familiar with the rules, both game and series, as it's been a while since I have OCSed. Took me another half of Sunday to get through the Soviet's first turn. It's a big game and there's lots of counters to push and things to think about. I got the "you're wasting your life" speech from the wife. I think this game will be a great convention game for when, you know, we can actually have conventions again. :(

I also got in a game of Command and Colors: Medieval with my dad. He's aging and had a stroke a decade ago so he struggles with the rules but it's fun for us to bond over and I don't mind walking him through stuff.
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Time of Crisis today. I've only played this once before, with two players, and it felt like the map was way too big for the two of us. This time we had the full complement of four players, and it made a world of difference. Lots of jockeying for power, painful and triumphant dice rolls, etc.

It was great fun, super thematic, and has driven me to revisit the relevant episodes of Mike Duncan's The History of Rome podcast (events coinciding with Time of Crisis start at episode 107).
ToC is a really fun game. Curious, when you played with two players before did you reduce the map size or play with the full map?

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hepcat wrote:
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Zarathud taught me Dinogenics Sunday. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Anyone know anything about this one? :ninja:

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ezmacncheese wrote:
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ToC is a really fun game. Curious, when you played with two players before did you reduce the map size or play with the full map?
We used the reduced map size, but it still felt pretty low-friction. The fact that we were both new players probably contributed to that.

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I am playing Feast for Odin for the first time (on Discord - one guy owns the game and posts pictures as the game state changes). Man, this is one weird-ass game. It basically takes the highly thematic survival vibe of Agricola or Caverna, and asks, "What if we added Tetris?"

I think both Agricola and Caverna (and Le Havre, the other Uwe Rosenberg game I've played) do a great job of melding theme and gameplay, so Feast has thrown me for a loop. It is not a-thematic like so many bland eurogames. It is aggressively anti-thematic: arranging different-shaped goods on a Tetris grid has no reasonable analogue in reality whatsover. It's really interesting to see such a deliberate design decision, clearly grounded in a belief that sometime it's more important just to make game mechanisms that are fun.

Our game is barely halfway through, but so far, it's working.

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On impulse I picked up Marvel United at Walmart the other night. I really had not given it much thought at all, but when I saw those cool minis (or not?) :lol: I couldn't resist. I figured worst case maybe the kids would play it at some point.

About halfway through I was like, "Yeah, this is way too easy" and was about to dismiss it as a kid's game. Right before I lost. I had over-confidently let some locations go as I leisurely waltzed around the board, not realizing I could find myself in a situation where I couldn't get to Red Skull while he pounded on some hapless civilians. Whoops.

It's very light, but it plays quick. Was reminiscent in some ways of other Marvel games like Champions and Thanos Rising, though those (particularly Champions) provide a bit more strategic thinking. Still, it's a fun little game and is not a bad addition to my collection. I love to have some quick soloable games in my arsenal for those times when I just don't have time for the massive dungeon crawlers.

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hepcat wrote:
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Zarathud taught me Dinogenics Sunday. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Anyone know anything about this one? :ninja:

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Oh, you're familiar with this little gem?
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Oh, you're familiar with this little gem?
It’s a shame I have some degree of morals. I see people selling copies on eBay for upwards of $300 and I have a few hundred copies sitting in a warehouse waiting to sell (for normal prices) once I am confident the majority of replacements have been taken care of.

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Speaking of which, I laughed at the scarred corrupted T-Rex meeple is a feature not a bug post. Received my replacement bits. Hope everything goes smoothly as you wrap up fulfillment.

Playing really opened up a lot of interesting options. What I was trying to do with my superior dino DNA didnt quite work out while hepcat leaned into the corrupted bad-boys and Manipulation to leapfrog me hard.
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Speaking of which, I laughed at the scarred corrupted T-Rex meeple is a feature not a bug post.
If that's what you're after, there's another KS which should have that covered:

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Argent was...nothing like I expected. I like my Euro worker placement, and it was definitely a Euro with a great theme. You start out the 1st of 5 rounds feeling like an apprentice, with only 1 spell and no knowledge of the "deans" in charge. The ability to choose your starting mix of workers (with their special actions) pairs nicely with the placement options, which end up supplemented by all the supporters (1 time bonus), equipment (1 time or 1/turn bonuses), spells (powered by mana) and resources (# of spells, # of spell levels, mana and bonus actions) you acquire by the 5th turn. Once again, I accumulated an engine -- this time to acquire tons of spells underneath everyone else's noses while they all fought for the awesome equipment -- and at the end knew all of the victory conditions. Fortunately, most of the deans in our game were looking for factions of spells and supporters. So the factions in my spell acquisition engine helped me lock down most of the deans' votes. Still, it was a tense game because at the end EVERYTHING, including VP, is all secondary to getting the most votes.
Several years late to the party, but I just played Argent: The Consortium for the first time and really enjoyed it. I love how much it encourages you to be a bully, pushing around other players' workers to make room for your own. Tense and mean in a really fun way.

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I love Argent. I backed the 2nd edition for the upgrade and expansions, which gave me such an incredible amount of replayability it’s ridiculous. That and Anachrony are my go to games for worker placement.
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I meed to get Everdell to the table...
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you still haven't replied to my last game day invite, punk.
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Been laid up playing patient in a cut-rate version of Operation. On the mend, but take care of yourselves!
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Picked up Call To Adventure today. While the gameplay itself is quite simple and a little more RNG that I'd like, I really enjoy the way it builds a character story. The theme and structure of the game (along with the fantastic artwork) creates a very epic feel that overcomes some of the inherent gameplay shortcomings.

Plus, casting runes instead of chucking dice is just cool.

I also finally got my list of owned games into BGG. I'm just glad they don't show the prices. :lol:
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Picked up Call To Adventure today. While the gameplay itself is quite simple and a little more RNG that I'd like, I really enjoy the way it builds a character story. The theme and structure of the game (along with the fantastic artwork) creates a very epic feel that overcomes some of the inherent gameplay shortcomings.

Plus, casting runes instead of chucking dice is just cool.

I also finally got my list of owned games into BGG. I'm just glad they don't show the prices. :lol:
Did you play it solo, co-op, or vs.? I'm curious how well it plays in its different forms.

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I didn't like it for solo play (you didn't ask me, but I can at least jump in). It's a beautiful game - the card art is really evocative and well done. My issue with it was that I am not really sure it's a game. Instead, it felt more to me like it was like an RPG character creator and for solo you're trying to craft a character that's acquiring runes that will defeat a specific foe. If that's what you're looking for, it delivers. But in terms of playing a game? I just didn't see myself reaching for it ever again after a few times of playing.

I don't know if that would have changed playing with someone else either. I guess I agree with Liz - she sums it up well. To me it felt like the first iteration of a game. Kinda how I also felt when playing Folklore. It didn't feel like it was done.

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