What Did You Play Mondays: April 27, 2020
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Another quiet week in self isolation for us. Here is what we played:
• Elysium is another card drafting/set collection game that I think has a bit of engine/tableau-building as well (but certainly not as much as other similar games). Players are drafting cards from the middle of the table using a unique method that I've not seen in another game. You can aren't required to "pay" for the card you take but must have the required pillars remaining on your board. After taking each card you must remove one of the 4 coloured pillars from your board, thereby limiting your options for future turns. TONS of strategic thinking required to play this one successfully. Cards will play off each other, award points during the game and/or at the end of the game and provide bonuses and extra actions during the game. This is not a multi-player solitaire game - it's essential that you watch what your opponents are doing and adjust your plans and strategies accordingly.
• Tumble Maze is a solo puzzle game by Blue Orange Games where you need to make the stainless steel marbles at the top of the 3D board peg drop to a specific ending position. The game comes with 40 puzzles requiring different skill levels and each puzzle has a different starting condition and a different goal for what you must make the marble(s) do. This is a very entertaining activity that teaches logic, perception, angles and prediction to children ages 8 and up but it's also a fun activity for adults who like puzzles.
• Lords of Waterdeep is a great gateway game to worker placement games that is easy to teach and learn and plays well at any player count.
• If you only have a few minutes to quickly play a game while waiting for the dog to finish her dinner before going to bed, can I suggest Ganz Schon Clever (translated to That's Pretty Clever)? This game is the modern successor to Yahtzee. Basically it's a really interesting and "clever" version of Yahtzee - okay, that's not really fair because Ganz Schon Clever is so much better, offers so many more strategic options, very little player down-time, and a satisfying chaining of actions during the middle and late game that makes you feel like you are doing SO MUCH MORE than just rolling dice and writing down the numbers. This game is extremely clever and a household staple for us.
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