8.7 Wiz-War (eighth edition) (33 all-time)
7 That's Not Lemonade (3 all-time)
6.5 Savage Planet: The Fate of Fantos NEW!
7.6 Meeple Circus (4 all-time)
7.4 Black Hole Council NEW!
8 Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress x3 NEW!
4 Disney Princess Pop-Up Magic Castle Game x2 NEW!
7.25 Warhammer 40,000: Speed Freeks (2 all-time)
6.6 The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary NEW!
7.1 Discover: Lands Unknown (4 all-time)
I wrote a little something about the ethics of semi-cooperation: https://playerelimination.com/2018/11/19/the-ethics-of-semi-...
This is the best iteration of Warhammer Quest. It's a combination of the previous two releases, Silver Tower and Shadows Over Hammerhal. I dig the way it bounces from encounter to encounter as opposed to room to room. You wipe the board clean and setup new and interesting combats.
Because of this setup and how you go on expeditions and then return to town, it very much feels like a roguelike. It does this without sacrificing some of the neater encounters from Silver Tower, such as stacking dice with a very quick dexterity challenge.
It's definitely not perfect and I think it can get a little repetitive - although the different skirmish setups to provoke various tactical considerations. It's not something I'd play weekly, but it does have a nice campaign that doesn't require you remember specific story bits that you could forget between sessions. Plus, it still has that dead simple Claustrophobia-esque dice allocation system that is blissful.
Introduced a new player to this. He loved it and he killed us. Good game Marcus.
Fate of Fantos
This is a kind of unruly game that has wild and crazy shit happen. It's a tableau builder where you acquire units and place them out in your row, using them to perform actions such as warring with the player at your left, harvesting resources which bleed the planet dry, or vying for tribute in order to become the champion of Fantos.
It's a screwage game with lots of crazy card effects and off turn counters. It's certainly enjoyable for me with this dramatic and off-kilter play. Word is that it's heavily influenced by Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (Or Jyhad if you'd rather).
The issues with this game all revolve around downtime. Turns can take awhile due to many phases and it's easy to lose focus. It also doesn't help that the game state can change pretty drastically and you're not quite sure what will be available on your turn.
Oh, the artwork is amazing. It has a crazy He-man style that's seriously gorgeous.
Black Hole Council
This was enjoyable. It definitely has some similarities to Tiefe Taschen, but it includes enough extraneous bits to separate itself somewhat. I don't love it as much as TT, but I did really dig this.
I will say that our play was soured slightly as it was a four player game and we realized at the end that one of the players drew an Agenda which conflicted with the other three player's Settle objectives (we all shared Red on settle), which worked to put him behind the eight ball and randomly made his incline steeper.
I'm looking forward to trying a larger game of this soon.
As Grace would say, "I won so best game ever."
Walking Dead: No Sanctuary
This is a Sadler brothers design put out by Cryptozoic. I backed the game, received my copy, and sold it barely squeaking out the smallest of profits. There was a lot of negativity when it hit backers due to poor production and a difficult rulebook. So I moved the game and didn't look back.
Except, I did look back. I felt the tug watching the newest season of WD and reaquired a Kickstarter copy with the two expansions and stretch goal content. Fortunately I picked it up for half of the cost I sold my stuff for, so big win there.
My first play was solo and it was pretty interesting. Let me just copy my thoughts I put into the comments section:
The core gameplay here is effective and unique. It's all about managing a somewhat obtuse economy of selecting an action card from your hand versus parameters laid about by the event card the leader chooses. Going off plan and utilizing a different type of card causes the leader stress.Discover: Lands Unknown
What's pretty interesting about this system is that it ties player choices of defying a laid out plan to in-game negative consequences, ones that are not terribly punishing but can get unruly if left to fester. This is Walking Dead the series in a nutshell. Fascinating what the Sadlers have accomplished regarding this.
So, why not a higher rating? The game is brutal to set up and put away. Prime offenders are building event and search decks from multiple smaller decks, requiring sorting and shuffling. Both of these could simply be a larger pool that you always draw from, giving up the personality and balance tied to scenarios for smoother playability.
Also, the production is laughable. I don't use that word lightly, I literally laughed when I saw the morale and threat tokens. They're the smallest tokens in a game I've ever seen.
The miniatures aren't horrible and I don't hold that against the game too much, but there's just a general sense of cheapness permeating the whole thing which broods in the background of the experience. When you look at the round leader token which simply says, "Leader", or you handle one of those paper scenario sheets putting a large crease in it from standard usage, you can't help but mumble vile nothings into an imagined Cryptozoic ear.
Finished out my box's storyline. I dug the narrative but the ending was kind of ho-hum. I don't know what to think of the game anymore. I enjoyed it and definitely think it has a place as a 7th Continent-light, but I also don't really feel like playing it anymore.
If the game had a wealth of scenarios and online content (like Robinson Crusoe), I'd probably change my tune. But it feels a little too disposable and limited in scope.
Overall, I enjoyed the game and give it positive marks, but it seems like an experiment that will be forgotten in a year or two. KeyForge on the other hand looks to be the opposite.
On My Mind
Regular game night is tomorrow night (looking at more KeyForge and possibly Cthulhu Wars), and then I may be playing TI4 on Black Friday.
Interestingly enough, I have no games to review that haven't received at least their first play yet. Should be working my way through my queue quickly then, getting second and third plays soon of Fallout Wasteland Warfare, Here's Negan!, Fate of Fantos, and Black Hole Council. Need to get another play in of Chronicles of Crime too.
Bohemian Rhapsody was powerful. I've been a relatively big Queen fan and I'm also a Rami Malek fan, so watching both collide was killer. I've been wanting to get back into drumming for a long while and this may have tipped me over the edge.
I have a huge Pearl kit with double bass that's been eating up a corner of the basement. I tossed out the heads on my bass' and a couple of toms when my basement flooded a few years ago. That, combined with my dog and family's disdain for how loud they are (or I play), means I haven't played in over 5 years.
I got the itch to play again a couple years ago after watching Whiplash, and it's been eating at me a bit. Anyway, the point of this is that I'm convincing family members to give me Amazon gift cards for my upcoming birthday so I can get an electron drum kit. I was always very anti e-Kit in the past, of course romanticizing the more organic sound of a standard set.
Not much in the TV sphere right now. Walking Dead is about all I'm watching after finishing up the last season of House of Cards (which had its moments but I kind of 360'd on the entire season in the last few episodes). I think the show could have ended very strong if Spacey wasn't a dirtbag and was still included.
Oh, I also got sucked into Miniature Market's early Black Friday sale and bought a bunch of Android: Netrunner. This was in my top 3 games for a couple of years when it first came out, then I purged the thing as I spent 90% of the time trying to keep up buying and curating data packs, and only 10% actually playing. Well, thankfully the ship is sunk and I can grab a big collection and just play in a closed casual environment in my group.
I also picked up the new edition of Condottiere, which is simply fabulous.