78th What We're Playing - September 2019
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The idea behind these lists is to post what you're currently playing, or just played. It's interesting to see who's playing what, to see if people are playing the same things, and to ask questions that might otherwise be relegated to a forum about a game with the benefit of the responses coming from someone who has it fresh on their mind.

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1. Board Game: Istanbul: The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:843]
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Most excellent game!
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2. Board Game: Battle Sheep [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1392]
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Daniel Rodriguez
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Never been a favorite but Day loves it. Turns out we'd been playing wrong all this time. We were dropping a sheep on each hex instead of moving stacks. Way better with the right rules and looking forward to more plays.
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3. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:764] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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More Avengers goodness!
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4. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:339] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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2 plays, a 2 vs 1 scenario and a 3 player capture the flag. So many epic moments from the treacherous dice! Best moment was a 7 attack dice roll for the crushing blow...all blanks!
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5. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157]
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Ouch. Played last night with some new friends who, it turns out, are serious and vicious boardgamers. That is fine. I appreciate that. But my usual gaming friends are very laid-back and non-confrontational. The result is that I am ill-prepared for gamers like these new friends. The game ended and I had a whopping 4 points to my name. zombie
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6. Board Game: Spirit Island [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:13]
Board Game: Spirit Island
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…more than a game. It's a visceral reality. …For these guys, a campaign isn't a thing, but a place. When they game, they are somewhere else. They are someone else. They are steeped in the setting like a thrice-used bag of chamomile. — Clark Timmins
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Then we taught them Spirit Island, and I am glad to say I did not lose -- we all lost! laugh One of the friends remarked on the invaders at one point, "They just keep coming!"

I played Thunderspeaker, which I have played solo before, but I must have overlooked one of her "powers" because it was much, much more difficult last night. A few turns into the game, I looked again at the tiny print, her fabulous ability to die right along with the Dahan. I kept putting presence on the island, and my presence kept getting swept off the island.
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7. Board Game: Spirit Island: Promo Pack 1 [Average Rating:8.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.85 Unranked]
Board Game: Spirit Island: Promo Pack 1
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Lots of gaming for the start of September for me since I had a long weekend!

Two games of Spirit Island, both of which (by pure random chance) included Heart of the Wildifire, which is one of our favorite spirits - it does a lot of damage, but also places a lot of blight, so its very tricky to use!

One of the games had both Wildfire and Serpent Slumbering Beneath the Island. Since Serpent eats other spirit's presence, we had a lot of jokes about spicy food.

Lisa just broke 400 plays of this. I'm not quite there yet; she's played more solo than I have.
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8. Board Game: The Quacks of Quedlinburg [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:75]
Board Game: The Quacks of Quedlinburg
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Our current favorite reasonably quick game. A lot of luck, but fun trying to pick the optimal combos and deciding when to push your luck.

Seems like we have one person winning in streaks; this weekend was my turn to win.
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9. Board Game: UNDO: Blood in the Gutter [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:12838]
Board Game: UNDO: Blood in the Gutter
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Our second undo. Fun, though this one wasn't as interesting as the first. The Cherry Blossom one had us going off on a lot of theories, while this one was pretty straight-forward.

We have one more of these and I'm looking forward to it, but I don't know if that I'd buy more of them.
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10. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:709]
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Lisa recently came up with a 2 player co-op variant of this that we played again. Probably a big departure from the game, but its fun to build our cities.
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11. Board Game: Menara [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:888]
Board Game: Menara
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Tower-building dexterity game. This is a lot of fun! We won by building all of the floors and were even 1 floor above where we needed to be. Maybe should up the difficulty, but this is often hard enough even on easy.
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12. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:485] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Deck-builder with a board. I really enjoy this, though some of the cards and boards are problematic. In this game we have the Inter-City train, which was crazy powerful - easily being worth 6-8 money for the same price as the Limited Express train that is only worth 3. Needless to say, the player that focused on these trains first won very solidly!
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13. Board Game: Welcome To... [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:121]
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Nice light little game; pick which card set to use to build in your neighborhood. Lisa defeated me.
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14. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:32]
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Finally tried this! We played twice; lost the first played, then replayed and won (though scenarios change a little bit between plays). I'm up in the air on it. It was fun, and I love the theme, but the mechanics are pretty lackluster; overly complicated, lots of reading text (which is much smaller than it needs to be) for comparatively few meaningful choices. I feel like this easily could have been a much better game.
 
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15. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:112] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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Played two games of this. I really enjoy the game; it is a nice fast-moving deckbuilder with a fun variety of cards. However, I really dislike the 'one big pile' mechanic, which quickly leads to a deck that's way too big too shuffle easily.
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16. Board Game: Warhammer Epic 40,000 [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3634]
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More games of our homebrew Epic 40K variant. I've been rushing to get units statted up for this weekend and had enough for some decent plays. Seems to be working well so far, but its always hard to tell if we've got the balance right or not.
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17. Board Game: Wildlife Adventure [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3163]
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Played two games of this old classic. Try to reach various locations on the map, but you do so by means of shared expeditions - any player can extend any expedition. So people are always pulling you in the wrong directions! Really fun game.

Poor Lisa - she was about to win, but went through my last animal on the way.
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18. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death
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I decided to try a solo play. In this case, playing truly solo with just one character; wasn't sure how that would work out.

So, "Friendly" Bill Lowery the lawman set off from Brimstone, investigating the disappearance of his old partner who was the sheriff of the area.

First play, a straight up "For a Few Darkstone more" intro scenario. Just one investigator is tricky, as you soak up all the damage! I had a really brutal fight when I got two attacks at once thanks to an event, and had a corpse pile (which spawns more zombies!), a bunch of hungry dead, and a flock of hellbats!

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I was able to back off and shoot at the zombies as they came, a tactic that doesn't usually work well with more characters. Took a beating but got them all eventually.

The next room was filled with stray dynamite, fog, and more hellbats! In desperation I searched through the room and set off some of the dynamite, killing all of the beasties and leaving myself perilously wounded. There was a damaged wall I could try to move to find my goal, but I was badly hurt I decided retreating for today was the better idea.

Back in town I was just barely able to afford darkstone bullets to pack more of a punch next time, and discovered I could level up - which I could have done in the mines to heal all my damage. Whoops! Ah well.

On the downside, I discovered that where the cards had been sitting, several were in the sun, and the backs of those cards have now totally faded and are all gray.
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19. Board Game: Industria [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2345]
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Been trying to revisit some older games. This one was OK, but neither of us were all that thrilled by it. Bidding to get various factories and technologies. Very tight economy. Its fine, but I wouldn't mind if I didn't play it again.
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20. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:415]
Board Game: Vikings
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Another slightly older one. This is very enjoyable; purchase combinations of tiles and meeples to try to build up little islands while protecting them from raiders. Easy to play and fun. We played twice; once with the basic rules and once with the advanced rules.
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21. Board Game: Era: Medieval Age [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1223]
Board Game: Era: Medieval Age
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I've been eagerly waiting for this one for a while! A roll-and-build game. Love building the little city. I enjoy this a lot overall. I do find the 'extort' mechanic a bit clumsy with 4 players.
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22. Board Game: Sea Kings [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:16449]
Board Game: Sea Kings
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Yeah... I pretty much delayed my adding to the list... often also forgot. But before I forget the games I played at the Twosday Game Night I'd better get them written down!

First we played Sea Kings; my friend wanted to play it and the guys thought it was a good plan, but somehow I lost her during the rules and she didn't feel it was the game she had hoped for.

I was rather unlucky with my cards, not getting the type of cards I wanted. Still it is a nice game that I enjoy playing!
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23. Board Game: Star Fluxx [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2060]
Board Game: Star Fluxx
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After Sea Kings set in the Vikings Age (Early Middle Ages), we went to the final boundaries where no man had gone before!

Gotta love Fluxx; you hope it will take just 15-30 minutes and it ends up being an hour of annoying rules
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24. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:175] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne
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So nostalgia struck and I decided to pull out some games we hadn't played for a long time and see if they held their allure. This was the first, in fact, this was the game that started us into modern boardgaming several years ago! 5 or 6 years ago a buddy of mine referred me to a Humble Bundle of android apps that were board games. I had never heard of any of them but based on his recommendation I grabbed it and this was the first game I played. I was blown away and showed the game to Day and she really enjoyed it and I started to look for more info on the game and where to get it and that was how I discovered BGG! So Carcassonne will always have a soft spot in my heart.

As for the game I was surprised to enjoy it as much as I did. It had gotten stale which was why it had languished on the shelf for so long but coming back to it we had a really good play, lots of good strategy. Maybe this will come back on the table again soon!
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25. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! 3.0
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I have trouble figuring out why so long has gone in between plays of this gem. Always so so good! The game is tension from beginning to end, from the initial draw, to initial placement and then the agonizing decision of what to keep and where to play. And so many armies! I'm leaving this one out, I must play it more.
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