GCL Phoenix 456: Zzzzzz (29th September 2019)
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My turn to write Phoenix lists often falls when I'm away from home. This time, I'm in Azerbaijan, the country with more mud volcanoes than anywhere else in the world. Here's proof:

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Travelling with a toddler is an upset to her routine, although she is enjoying the holiday. As a result, we're getting less sleep than usual, so it's not a restful holiday for us. This got me thinking about the subject of sleep.
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1. Board Game: Sleepy Time [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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Some questions about gaming and sleeping habits.

What time do you usually finish gaming? Do others continue after you've turned in? When was the last time you stayed up past your bedtime playing a boardgame? Is this a rarity or a regular occurrence? Has this changed over time?

When starting a late night game, do you always pick something light (fillers, family or party games) or can you concentrate on something heavier into the night? Thinking of the heaviest games you enjoy, what's the latest you'd be happy to start playing?
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2. Board Game: When I Dream [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:813]
Board Game: When I Dream
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Have you ever had dreams about boardgames? Have you ever been kept awake at night thinking about a boardgame, your mind whirring with the possibilities? Have you ever fallen asleep playing a game?
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3. Board Game: Sleeping Grump [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
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What's the longest you have gone without sleep? Why? How did this lack of sleep affect you?
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4. Board Game: It's Not Your Turn! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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5. Board Game: Peaks of the Caucasus [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Peaks of the Caucasus
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No games played this week, as we've been in Azerbaijan all week. Even though we brought Innovation and Scrabble with us, I doubt we'll have chance to play them. B's sleeping routine has been disrupted and after a day of sight-seeing, we've generally fallen asleep shortly after she did.

We started off in Baku, which is a very enjoyable city to spend a few days in, despite the smog. It has a quaint old town with narrow alleyways and historic buildings alongside a modern area showing off the country's oil wealth. There's a nice promenade along the Caspian Seafront and a lively night-time atmosphere in the pedestrianised new part of town. No modern gaming scene to speak of, but there are groups of men playing dominoes dotted around the place.

We took a trip out of the city to see the Gobustan petroglyphs, weird mud volcanoes, a Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Yanar Dag, a section of mountainside that's constantly on fire! Now we're in Şəki (Sheki) in the northwest. It's a mountain town with old Khan's palaces and delicious sweets.

Travelling with a toddler is sometimes tough but also opens up opportunities we would never have had travelling as a couple. We have met so many friendly locals who are charmed by B, it makes for a very different travel experience.
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6. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1125]
Board Game: Sword of Rome
This week was a special week when it comes to boardgames for me. I just upped a rating to a perfect 10 so I know have one more game sitting along Pax Porfiriana on the top shelf. It used to be an 8 but that was based on just the first play of it and that was at 4. Adding the fifth player and knowing the game a bit made it a bloody fantastic experience.

Board Game: Dominion

 8   Dominion x3 (69 all-time)
Wednesday evening our neighbour came over with some snacks and we played three 2-player games of Dominion. I had just gotten the two new promos that have a duration effect so we went for those and added cards from Seaside and a few extra randoms ones in our first play, then went for a Guilds plus more and finally a Alchemy plus more sets of kingdom cards. I'm always happy when I get to play Dominion again, it being my first love among boardgames and all. It does not happen that often anymore so I treasure it. I particularly enjoyed the Alchemy game because I never use any of the cards in that. It's a disliked set of cards and with fairly good reason but it isn't that bad either. Today the younger brother of an old friend came by to pick up Pax Pamir 2 and he told me how his interest in boardgames started when I introduced them to Dominion 6 years ago. It's contagious it seems.

Board Game: Habitats

 6   Habitats x2 (24 all-time)
The new mini-expansion for Habitats arrived this week so Lærke was keen to play it again and of course include the new tiles. It's a bunch of animals that need extra habitats but award more points and tiles with campsites on them. In our first play everything went so exceptionally well for me like I have never experienced it before in this game. I have never seen anyone reach the 70 points where the scoring track maxes out but I got 82 points. That is more than 15 more than my previous high score! Next play saw me back in the early 60s so adding the new tiles and playing three more turns does not necessarily mean more points. The expansion does very little to the game apart from adding a bit more of the same.


Board Game: Splendor

 7   Splendour (45 all-time)
One tired afternoon we chose between collapsing on the sofa and playing Splendour. Splendour won but we were zombies. Not the most memorable play of this in other words. I still won with 8 cards in my tableaux so it cannot have been all bad. Muscle memory perhaps.


Board Game: Sword of Rome

 10   Sword of Rome (2 all-time)
And then to the big one! You know I like Time of Crisis which is designed by Wray Ferrell and Brad Johnson. 13 years before ToC, Wray designed another game set in the Roman world. This one not in the twilight of the empire but in the very beginning before Rome had conquered all of the Italic peninsula. Sword of Rome is a multi-player CDG where the Romans, Cissalpine Gauls, Magna Grecia, Carthage and the Etruscans plus Samnites (the last two peoples played by the same player) fight for the supremacy over the peninsula. This is the time of Hasdrubal and Pyrrhus so Rome and Carthage are far from mortal enemies yet. The game is so beautifully balanced between the sides even though the different peoples have different capabilities that of course mirror their history (or in some cases the Romans' view of them at least). The board is tight and everyone has a deck full of cards that let them influence each other, mainly in bad ways, so there is no room for complacency. You need to take cities from your opponents and make sure they do not take yours. That makes for an incredibly tense game right from the start. Alliances change quickly but mostly last a turn or two. You need that safe side so you can focus on beating your opponents on the other side. There is a lot of humour involved too: the romans have a card called Obesus Etruscus for instance. Because that is how they saw the Etruscans. And yes that is right, each side has a personal deck of cards that only that side has access to. Some cards are in all decks, such as activating one of the minor powers or inciting a plebeian revolt in Rome (the Roman side obviously does not have such a card but a Lex Licinia Sextia card that counters them). Like in so many other CDGs you can choose to use a card for its CP or for its event but in SoR the event gets chosen more often than I have seen in many other games so you get that historical flavour even though the game is fairly simple rules wise and is more abstracted than so many other wargames. It looks like Wray makes every new game of his more abstracted than the next: SoR-ToC-The Barracks Emperors. This game has everything you want from a multi-player CDG. In short: it is fantastic. At least at five. Our first play was at four which meant that the Greeks were not quite as much under pressure on Sicily as when Carthage is lifted from a minor power to a full power in the five player game. g


Board Game: Jump Drive

 9   Jump Drive x3 (97 all-time)
Three more plays of Jump Drive this afternoon and we're fast approaching my first century. We are very equal with our average scores .5 points from each other with Lærke slightly ahead - and also three wins ahead of me.



Sorry about the wall of text below here:

Games that left my collection this month: Secret Hitler, 1846: The Race for the Midwest, 6 nimmt!, Food Chain Magnate, Factory Funner & Bigger, Pax Pamir 2, Storm over Arnhem, Obsession, Capital, Visby, Race for the Galaxy, Modern Art, Pueblo, An Infamous Traffic and John Company.

Games that entered my collection this month: The Princes of Florence, Paths of Glory, Cataclysm: A Second World War, Conquest of Paradise, Habitats: XL Expansion and Joffre - thank you Robert!.

Unplayed games in my collection: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight, Napoleon's Triumph, Turning Point: Stalingrad, Pizza Master, Ligny 1815: Last Eagles, Autumn for Barbarossa, Dubbe, Nakanuki Paradise, PQ-17: Arctic Naval Operations 1941-1943, Lords of the Sierra Madre (Second Edition), Zimbabweee Trick, Triumph & Tragedy, The Princes of Florence, Paths of Glory and Cataclysm: A Second World War.
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7. Board Game: Point Salad [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:447]
Board Game: Point Salad
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== birthday games ==

 5   Stroop x2 (8 all-time)

I was ready to get rid of this, and then a guest saw it on my shelf was like "what is that?" -- I think the shelving system was already doing its job, since people have not formerly been willing to suggest games from my own shelf to me. But now there's a cubby for short party games, so it's clearly okay to ask about any of them while we're looking for short party games!

Anyhow, people loved it, very different from my previous experiences teaching (which were more like "that's fun but I will never play with you again"). I think including the 'advanced' cards from the start helps level my usual advantage at this sort of game.

 7   Spyfall 2 x2 NEW!

It was fine! I am not sure why I would need both this and the original. Having only 20 locations seemed to make the spy more able to guess, though it cuts against my personal longing for More Options All The Time.

 9   The Rose King (9 all-time)
 9   Pile-Up Rush x2 (9 all-time)

== routine games ==

 9   Ascension: Deckbuilding Game x5 (72 all-time)
 9   For Sale x2 (10 all-time)

BGA got this, so I played twice online! And did very very poorly. Come to think of it, that's how in-person plays usually go too.

 9   KeyForge: Call of the Archons (94 all-time)

A thrilling match win; in game 1 I had gotten a very fast win against S, but with some clever plays (and the benefit of experience) squeezed out a win using the much slower and more fragile deck.

== a friend on sabbatical ==

 9   Yomi (second edition) x2 (12 all-time)

A friend who I know through gaming, and have gamed with several times but never one-on-one, had some unusual free time and asked if I wanted to play some of those dueling games that I always point out on his shelf during game nights. He came over and since he'd never played Yomi, we gave it a try. He agreed that it's a fun game but the art is cringey.

 9   Exceed Fighting System x2 (15 all-time)

Onward to Exceed! I was reminded why I prefer it over both Yomi and BattleCON-- it has the variety of BattleCON but the intuitive play and longer arc of Yomi.

(We also played Pile-Up Rush again, whose presence on my "my very favorite 2p games" shelf has not gotten it attention from other people-- it doesn't exactly look interesting from the spine-- but has reminded me to suggest it when possible!)

== reunity games ==

 7   Point Salad x2 NEW!

This was surprisingly fun! Surprising because the sort of grindy valuation that it calls for is often not fun. But the core mechanic is delightful and I think new to me: on a turn you can take either two vegetables, or one card that adds a new scoring rubric. So you end up with tons of scoring cards, some of which have penalties on them too. And it was nice and fast.

 7   Nine Tiles Panic NEW!

A real-time puzzle game, sort of like Turbo Taxi but with variable scoring concerns and, crucially, every tile having two sides. So it's not just putting the puzzle pieces together, it's figuring out which puzzle pieces you should even have.

 5   Sunset Over Water NEW!

By the Herbacious team, similar in both look and feel. The mechanics are different, but there's still sort of a "gather a bunch of stuff, and cash out as late as possible but no later" vibe. It was fine!

 7   Bärenpark NEW!

A little simple; on future plays I bet either my score would drop or I would crave expansions. But the mechanic of getting next turn's polyomino based on which spaces you cover this turn is maybe the most original-feeling mechanical hook I've seen in a Phil Walker-Harding game. Plus I love polyominos.

 4   Vanuatu NEW!

Oh boy, was I not in the mood for this! Even being warned it was mean, I was really unhappy with how often my misjudging of the situation led to Just Getting Nothing. The bitterness of Just Getting Nothing is not, for me, a good fit with a 2+ hour game. I almost quit, but slugged it out to a respectable 3rd (of 5) place finish.

Once I had had an okay finish, I also felt a little more comfortable criticizing things about the game (before that I was worried it was sour grapes). Nothing about the various scripted-ish action sequences spoke to me. Neither did the heavily rule-bound tile placement bits, which seems to conceal the fact that they (I think?) could have just printed right on the board which hexes were for islands and which were for ocean. And I am not, in general, in a hurry to select among multiple actions that will get me 1.75 VP per coin spent, more or less.

That said, when I had my feet under me I did find some of the puzzle-y aspects of planning to be fun. I just had to get to the point where the puzzle I was solving was "what's my best move here?" instead of "is there anything I can do that will work? I think I can prove the answer is no".

 N/A   SCIENCE or DIE x2 (25 all-time)

Two teaching games, one where we succeeded with flying colors and the other... well, it was getting late.

I pulled off some impressive builds using the role that lets you use non-game objects as if they were building blocks. A dollar bill, carefully folded at a right angle, made some things possible which I believe were otherwise impossible.

 7   Res Arcana (3 all-time)

I tried following the "no really, don't build tons of artifacts; pick a strategy and pursue it as efficiently as possible" tack that I hear is key to good play. I just barely beat the people who were playing tons of artifacts and firing roaring engines that got moving several turns after mine did, so I sure don't feel like I've cracked the code of this game. But I feel like I saw the beauty a little more than the coldness this time.
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8. Board Game: Psychic Pizza Deliverers Go to the Ghost Town [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:10819]
Board Game: Psychic Pizza Deliverers Go to the Ghost Town
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Board Game: Root
 8   Root x2
This was back-to-back rounds of 2p Root. N played Cats both times, I played the Birds. First round was a teach and I won handily. Second round N invested heavily in crafting faction improvement cards, and it (perhaps unsurprisingly, yet surprisingly to me) really helped his position quite a bit. And a few thoughtless mistakes and/or brazen attempts to sneak an advantage over him by keeping a flank exposed were punished, and I went into turmoil one too many times. A couple things emerged however: 1. I really like Root. Probably considerably more than any of Cole’s other games that I’ve tried. I would really like to try John Company, but I’m not really willing to play those second hand prices. 2. 2p Root w/ Cats v. Birds is more compelling than I’d have imagined. Anyway, John was right about everything (aside from the “theme” being interesting laugh)


Board Game: Maskmen
 7.5   Maskmen
This has become the house game with A and I. She even requests it unprompted from time to time!

Board Game: Psychic Pizza Deliverers Go to the Ghost Town
 7   Psychic Pizza Deliverers Go to the Ghost Town NEW!
This one is cute! Really glad that I had an opportunity to try it. I was the GM, with 3 friends manning the psychic pizza deliverers. I think I maybe set it up a little too difficultly because while one of them managed to deliver a pizza, it was pretty random/lucky. The other two were maybe an extra 5-10 moves away. Regardless, I’d like to play it more, and maybe even try hunting for pizzas in the dark! Thanks Dave and Hanibal for the enthusiasm.

Board Game: For Sale
 6.5   For Sale x4
So this is on boardgamearena.com now! One of my least favorite interesting/quick auction games I’ve played. That said, it’s still interesting AND quick. Played it a few times in a row

Board Game: Dungeon Degenerates: Hand of Doom
 6.5   Dungeon Degenerates: Hand of Doom NEW!
After Psychic Pizza Deliverers we were considering a few other games. I’d brought Bridges of Shangri-La, Die Dolmengötter, Maskmen and Junkie, with the hope of getting first plays of a couple more of those, but when I poked my head into D and M’s game cabinet the allure of Dungeon Degenerates just sitting alone on the top shelf (I’m always at least a little bit on the search for a game to play alone that will keep my interest as Mage Knight once did) was extremely alluring. I must have tipped my hand because D and M both seemed geeked about the idea of getting it back on the table. It was really just getting the rules down and us putting it through the paces. I suspect next time we play it will be much faster as between the 4 of us we seem to have the system down pretty well. It's basically a quirky RPG in a box with some compelling-ish characters, artwork, etc. I’d be psyched to try again, maybe even make a weekly/bi-weekly thing with it, but for the time being don’t feel the need to own it


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Unplayed games of note: 1849, 18CZ, Angola, A Study in Emerald (First Edition), Balance of Powers, The Bridges of Shangri-La, Clippers, Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62, Conspiracy, Die Dolmengötter, Dutch InterCity, Junkie,Kogge, Mü & Lots More, Napoleon’s Triumph, Rolling Stock, Shadows of Malice, and Villa Paletti

Only played once, games of note: 1714: The Case of the Catalans, 1860, Cataclysm, Here I Stand, Indonesia, Psychic Pizza Deliverers Go to the Ghost Town, and Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648
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9. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:219]
Board Game: Indonesia
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Board Game: Crokinole
Board Game: Fresh Fish
Board Game: Indonesia
Board Game: Sol: Last Days of a Star
Board Game: Container
Board Game: Bohnanza


9  Crokinole x5 (60 all-time)
9  Fresh Fish x2 (47 all-time)
9  Indonesia (17 all-time)
9  Sol: Last Days of a Star (44 all-time)
8  Container (44 all-time)
3  Bohnanza (3 all-time)

The Good
Um, nearly everything?

Got in a throwback play of Container with my wife and some old friends. We spent the entire session making jokes and sharing music. Pure joy. Crokinole was played on its heels; lots of laughs there. I introduced Fresh Fish to a friend’s wife, who after the first play immediately requested a second. Early in the second session she let out a loud “ahhhh” and at that moment I knew she liked it. And then there was Sol. Oh Sol. This was a neck-and-neck 2ply session until I kicked it into high gear winning 40-23. It has yet to let me down and it’s nearing 50 plays!

The Bad
Why do I keep falling for Bohnanza sessions? I mean, fool me once shame on you but now this is play three and I have no excuse. They keep telling me this is a 30min game and it’s always 60mins+. Brutal. Just brutal.

The Ugly
Never thought this would happen, but Indonesia was a total bomb Friday night. I taught (didn’t play) a table of newbies (well one guy had played twice before over a year ago). They were told it was 3hrs and I clearly taught the rules (or so I thought). But about 90mins in two players were ready to quit, another was arguing over the shipping rules with the (actual-real-life) lawyer at the table (who of course wanted to read the rules). It was a disaster.

And worst of all it totally distracted from the interesting game play actually forming on the table. The eventual winner, who established the only SF co. and was actually making intelligent merger decisions, left at the 2hr mark completely frustrated. I suggested calling the game but one player (ship arguer) refused. I took over the abandoned seat to keep things consistent for the final two rounds and that was that.

Shockingly all but the winner said they would play again, though each privately told me only with a different mix of people. I guess they must have enjoyed something about the game. It certainly wasn’t the play. What a wasted session.
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10. Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:96]
Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico
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Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico

 8   Lorenzo il Magnifico (24 all-time)
On the subject of Zzzzzz, our 24th play of Lorenzo il Magnifico wasn't as entertaining as I'd anticipated. After not playing the game for a number of months, I found it on the dull side - as in I'd seen it all before. So when we finished playing, I mentioned to S that there's an expansion. However, expansions very rarely add much longevity to our Euros so I'm not sure it's worth the investment.

Board Game: Res Arcana

 8   Res Arcana (22 all-time)
And speaking of expansions, after 22 plays, Res Arcana could also use a bit of spicing up. Compared to Lorenzo il Magnifico, however, I'm more likely to pick it up for this game (as I assume it will be a lot less).

And unlike Lorenzo il Magnifico, S could maybe use a bit more practice with Res Arcana. She's seems to have forgotten that building an engine is only half the game, the other half is cashing it in for points....


The Week Ahead

I'm still playing far too much Anthem. I've been looking for a new board game or two to distract me, but have come up blank. Pretty much every game that I have new in shrink requires three or more players. So to get something "new", I may have to dust off something really old.

Unplayed games of note in shrink: 18Lilliput, Maria, Francis Drake, German Railways, Tikal and Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648.

Unplayed games not in shrink: Mottainai.
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11. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:660]
Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara
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Three plays of The Palaces of Carrara. I like this game because there's not a ton of setup, and the game length was what I wanted; not a filler, but not an all-day affair.

The thing that came to mind while we were playing was "perfect is the enemy of the good"... it's tempting to get bogged down with just "one more tile" to make scoring great, but it won't work in the tempo of the game. I had 4 out of 5 of one type of tile, and made myself score rather than (foolishly) waiting around for a perfect 5/5.

The different end-game scoring cards made it interesting from game to game, and changed how we played. They are one of the best parts for me.

I made some mistakes for which I am kicking myself, but we left it out on the table. Hopefully we can play it again tonight.
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12. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:438]
Board Game: Chicago Express
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Scorecard for the Week/Month/Year as of 28Sep2019:

17/30/320 plays of 10/22/173 total games, with 0/4/36 expansions employed.
Plays with 12/15/98 distinct opponents.

0/2/31 games acquired (plus 0/0/19 expansions.)
0/0/1 games sold/traded (plus 0/0/2 expansions.)
0/1/20 games ordered (plus 0/0/7 expansions.)
Orders for 1 games and 1 expansions still outstanding.

With family:
Board Game: ジャンキー (Junkie)

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1x _7⅔_ ジャンキー 'Junkie' New!

Full game with R & son #2. Quite delightful. We have fun with the dynamics, and the sense that even a hand where one is liable to score poorly (zero or one) has the power to encourage others to join one with similar scores. It's pretty, and amusing, and entertaining in this context.

Board Game: Terrible Monster

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2x _7⅓_ きょうあくなまもの Ki ~youakunamamono 'Terrible Monster' (9 total plays)

Son #2 defeats me mercilessly and easily over two consecutive games. I've very little traction. (And sure; I recognize that's the sense of the game. Sometimes the cards come up in the wrong order; and one might be able to adjudicate good play from bad over several dozen plays.) It was still amusing.

Board Game: Fairy Tale

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3x _7⅔_ 妖精奇譚 Yōsei kitan 'Fairy Tale' (62 total plays)

Son #2 has mercy on me after his winning the last eight-to-ten things we'd played together - and so he suggests something I've played a fair amount. He still manages to win one of these three; but I'm able to put together a viable plan in the others.


With the Lunch@work group:
Board Game: ジャンキー (Junkie)

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1x _7⅔_ ジャンキー 'Junkie' (2 total plays)

A rather abbreviated partial play. Though also met with some significant enthusiam. It'll make more appearances, I expect; but might also be cut short in future, since we're usually more than three.

Board Game: Potato Man

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1x _7⅓_ Potato Man (9 total plays)

Then we were four; and this was entertaining. While we'd not finished, Richard was well ahead when our fifth arrived.

Board Game: Dicke Dämonen

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2x _7⅔_ Dicke Dämonen (7 total plays)

These were met with enthusiasm (from the players) and some confusion (from onlookers; we're playing a cafeteria: and a game that is a set of ribbons and pawns is odd looking to naive passers-by.) It's a lovely cool thing, even if also a bit chaotic with five players.

Lunch@Work Friday edition:
Board Game: ジャンキー (Junkie)

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1x _7⅔_ ジャンキー 'Junkie' (3 total plays)

A bit less enthusiasm, I think; but still fairly well received. And another partial play, too: we acquired a fourth.

Board Game: Mü and Lots More

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1x _7⅔_ Was sticht? (2 total plays)

Amusingly, and again, this game makes complete sense when Brian explains it. And that despite the fact that I don't (or perhaps 'didn't') think I'd a sufficient handle on the rules to explain it to anyone else. It's sensible and entertaining and delightful. I should really play more.



With cool folk at BAP:
Board Game: Too Many Cooks

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1x _8_ Too Many Cooks (25 total plays)

We began with four players, and managed three rounds of soup before our fifth arrived. Richard was well ahead at that point; so we were happy to call it.

Board Game: New Frontiers

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1x _8_ New Frontiers (7 total plays)

This was interesting. (I think if I'd realized that Ben hadn't played Race for the Galaxy before, I might have explained - the first time, I mean - differently. But by the time I went back over the rules again, his eyes were already glazing a bit because of the partially-digested first explanation, and he ended up unsatisfied with his command of the nuances and decisions. Mea culpa.)

That (significant ) issue aside, the game was really close (decided on the money tiebreaker.) And saw some patterns that I'd not seen before. For example, one of us managed two 9-Developments. (And I'd previously rarely seen one purchased.) Not sure whether Ben will want to try it again; but I hope he forgives me for this instance.

Board Game: Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa

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1x _7⅓_ Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa (3 total plays)

Our sixth arrived near the end of the last game, so we went with something that plausibly plays with 6. It was charming and silly and laughter-inducing. Decidedly well received.

Board Game: Chicago Express

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1x __ Wabash Cannonball (26 total plays) (27 months dusty)

We then tried (what, in my opinion, is a classic) Winsome cube game. It mostly works for six; as long as folk are paying attention in the initial auction. And we mostly were this time out.

I also managed to see my very first instance of a company significantly and usefully developing a woods hex. (I don't think I've ever seen a company do that before to its benefit; and likely only once before where a player that was well out of the running was trying to do something irrelevant to avoid the appearances of kingmaking.)

In the end, it wasn't perfect (the game is better with 3 or 4, I think); but it was cool.

Board Game: Mü and Lots More

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1x _8_ (14 total plays)

One of the six left; so we were left with 5. It seemed a plausibly susceptible audience for , so we gave it a try. We played a practice hand (to experiment with the dynamics); then leapt in to the real thing. And it was engaging and fun.



Owned-and-unplayed: 0 (+0/-1) - ジャンキー was played.
Owned-and-played-once: 97 (+1/-1) - ジャンキー was played twice.

Outlook for the week: I'd skipped Wednesday Night games last week because of a (month-delayed) 30th anniversary dinner with R. We'd (finally) managed to get seats at a tiny michelin-starred kaiseki near our place. And dinner was delightful. Three hours long, admittedly; and lots of tiny portions of delicious things. For this week, lunch games and Wednesday Night games are plausible. And I might even convince son #2 to play something or other.
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13. Board Game: Wingspan [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:20]
Board Game: Wingspan
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I made it to the local game group for the first time in months. We've changed venue earlier in the year and it is much less dingy, quieter, and more space. We played Point Salad, which was fine, if random filler.

After this, there was a choice between Tapestry and Wingspan, neither of which I'd tried before. Both looked interesting, I went for the beautiful avians.

I didn't build much of a combo engine but managed to plan sufficiently to come first in each turn's point category. The player to my left had a two bird combo with a peregrine falcon and a duck which copied the action. They managed to tuck 18 points under the raptor which seemed strong but reached mid 70s in the final scoring, not enough to challenge my 99 point lead.

I liked Wingspan, though with 5 it felt a little slow. I'd like to know how it is with fewer, and would be keen to know if it stands up to repeated plays.

Tapestry looked beautiful - in its final state it looked not dissimilar to The Cones of Dunshire.
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14. Board Game: Exceed: Street Fighter – Ryu Box [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:5643] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
Board Game: Exceed: Street Fighter – Ryu Box
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Board Game: Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62
Board Game: Exceed Fighting System
Board Game: Triumvirate
Board Game: Finished!
Board Game: Eight Epics


 8   Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62 x3
 9   Exceed Fighting System x17
 10   Triumvirate x4
 8   Finished! x2
 7   Eight Epics

Since last time I posted, almost a month ago, I've put in a *lot* more Exceed. I'll be honest, it's the game I wished BattleCON were (and don't get me started on Yomi): it's fast, fluid, deeply positional while having a much more common-core across characters. Nonetheless, the remainder of the cards that constitute the character decks are differentiated enough that you get the sense that you are playing a very different character: Ryu *feels* different than Zangief, as it should -- Ryu can spam hadokens and punish approachs with a shoryuken while Zangief's plowing in (and not flinching*too* much) to get close is rewarded with the possibility of landing a hard-hitting piledriver.

The game beautifully creates a speed curve across positions so that you have some idea as to whether or not your attack will or should go first or not (and how you might go about responding) -- the game then, like its source material becomes one of footsies (in Season 3 all around and definitely in the early game of Season 2).

There's room for bluff, and literal wild swings (in a pinch, you can always respond with an attack by blindly flipping the top card of your deck -- even better, Dan's special ability supports you in making this your game plan).

Season 2's characters are also a lot of fun: the transform mechanic means that underpowered characters suddenly become immensely powerful by game end. So long as you can land hits, your character "grows."

I've also concluded my solo run of Colonial Twilight -- I'm still not sure I agree with Morten's assessment a month ago -- but perhaps I have yet to play the full-length game? In my plays, both the French and the Algerian forces had a few wins (in both short and medium scenarios). I'd still like to play with someone at a table as I think the ability to interrupt events is a very cool one (and one the bot NEVER takes)!

Lastly, for Adley -- Triumvirate is the bomb if you like two-player card games. It's not a climber/shedder, but it might well be the best trick-taker for two out there (competing with Potato Man, Schnapsen, and to a lesser extent, The Fox and the Forest). My partner and I currently hold the top spot for most plays on BGG (where one play = best of 3). It's that good once you get familiar. I've begun experimenting with not pledging at all of late (for anyone who is familiar with the game) -- which means that I either lose big or can win on a "tucked" 3 which is salt-in-the-wound material.
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15. Board Game: Pax Renaissance [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:502]
Board Game: Pax Renaissance
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Board Game: Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
Board Game: Targi
Board Game: Evolution: Climate
Board Game: Pax Renaissance
Board Game: Maskmen
Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: 42nd Anniversary Edition
Board Game: Red7


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 4   Targi
 8   Evolution: Climate

So once again I invited the in-house game group to come play Ponzi Scheme and once again only Dario and I showed up shake
So instead of Ponzi I agreed to try out his copy of Targi (which I had given him) with him. As I had hoped he liked it quite a bit but it still just doesn´t capture me in anyway.

Afterwards we played a game of evolution: Climate. My first ever 2p session IIRC, and as usual it is pretty great, albeit a little slow since it was Dario´s first encounter with it. It does take a while to get the gist of all the different card-play options. I´m hoping to get to play this some more as I´ve never really tried playing it with a group where everyone felt comfortable with the game system.

"Weekly-monthly-game" group
 7   Maskmen
 10   Cosmic Encounter

So your last september session of Cosmic was an odd one. "Schizoid" was in the game which secretly changes the victory condition to 1 of 6 options. This always results in a lot of strange jockeying back and forth as people try to figure out what they need to do to win. The ending was a bit anti-climatic (as it almost always is with "schizoid") but we had a lot of fun anyway.

After Cosmic I introduced the three other players to Maskmen. It is just great. I don´t know why but watching the wrestler/suit tier tree grow, branch and change over the course of a round is just immensely satisfying to me.

Miscellaneous
 7   Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
I had a couble of friends over and managed to convinced to try out Pamir 2nd edi. with me. The was fairly quick ending on the 3rd dominance card.
I don´t think I like this game very much, at least not as much as I expected to do. The game is significantly simplified, yes, but it is still not a simple game and I do miss a few of the things that got removed. I particularly miss the original pax-like win condition/scoring as I think the switch to the simplified VP-centric dominance checks removes way too much flavour from each of the political climates, which in turn makes the game-world feel much less alive.
Hmmmm... I wanna play it more, if only to try and straiten out my thoughts a litte more.

 10   Pax Renaissance
On the other hand I got in a 2p game of Pax Ren. and WAUW how I like this game. The asymmetrical map is just bursting with life and stories as empires rise, fall and change. There are few games in which I enjoy just randomly pulling levers as much as this. Huge complex interactions (eg. international trading routes, religious wars, rebellions, political struggles ect.) are all hyper-condensed into single actions and yet almost nothing feels abstracted. To throw back to my comment from last week: This is truly a design I both love and greatly admire. I was so stoked to get to play it again that I later played a 2p game against myself the same night.

 7   Red7 x3
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16. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:374]
Board Game: PitchCar
I know several people here like PitchCar. It can potentially become a fairly large investment so how much do you need to make it fun - and not so much that the track becomes too long/intricate to take away fun?
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