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We played two games of Echidna Shuffle tonight. My oldest daughter thinks its okay, but the other three of us love it.


this looks such a nice game


It is, very well produced. I even like the green pieces (green being the color I avoid unless I have no other option).
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Jrtolf wrote:
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We played two games of Echidna Shuffle tonight. My oldest daughter thinks its okay, but the other three of us love it.


this looks such a nice game


It is, very well produced. I even like the green pieces (green being the color I avoid unless I have no other option).


I have it in my collection, and need to learn it. A friend of mine really wants to play it as well.
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Got in a game of Myth to ring in the New Year! I know this game was a huge disappointment to many, but after 10 different plays I can confidently say that I've found the fun in it. Also, getting to play it non-solo lately has made it that much better.
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Rudy, maybe we'll connect next year.

Yeah, now that I know what to expect next time, I am more positive that we can get a game or two in.


The game IS 'Connect with Rudy' and it's a cooperative game with either a win or loss, no points.
excuse me, but I believe there are points, and the points are how many games you play together


Maybe!


That works for me!
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We have family up from South Carolina. So far we've played KingDomino, Splendor, Sheriff of Nottingham, Torpedo Dice, Survive, Downfall of Pomeii, and Go Fish (the only game my niece with special needs can play).

24th - Played Battle Line, Ticket to Ride.

25th - Played Ticket to Ride, Kingsburg, Splendor, Sheriff of Nottingham, Azul.

That makes 11 games I played this Christmas break. I am not used to this, but I do love it. I really like how my family is getting into willing to game since my mom is really into it.


Ironic. We left Philly for some time in South Carolina with relatives...but no games, unfortunately. That crew is not really into games, especially games where you might have to think a bit whistle
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Here are the 11 games that I got to play with family over the holidays.

KingDomino - Played with my mom and my two nieces
Splendor - Played with my niece, and then played again with my parents and my niece.
Sheriff of Nottingham - Played twice with my sister and my niece, and then played again with my parents and my niece.
Torpedo Dice - Played twice with my mom and my niece.
Survive - Played with my niece and my parents.
Downfall of Pomeii - Played twice with my mom and my niece.
Go Fish - Played several times with multiple folks.
Battle Line - Played with my brother in law.
Ticket to Ride - Played three times with my niece.
Kingsburg - Played once with my niece.
Azul - Played twice with my parents.


Nice games in there


Agreed.
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Work is slow today, so I jumped on Steam and played the first scenario (Pegasus Bridge) in Memoir '44. I took a little while to get used to how the game works but I ended up beating the Germans 4 metals to 3.


I really like Memoir 44, it's a good game. Easy, quick but still a challenge.


We just pulled out our thrifted copy of Battle Cry which I understand is similar in mechanics.
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My parents are not doing too well against me in Biblios. I won 7 out of the 8 games we've played so far. While I do like those odds, I am hoping they start gettings some wins in against me.
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We just pulled out our thrifted copy of Battle Cry which I understand is similar in mechanics.

How was it?
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We did what I would describe as a "quick run through" for our first game...had a limited amount of time and digested the rules as we went. It was easy to pickup, in my opinion.

Played the first scenario -- First Bull Run/Mananas. It is very wide open (which is good for the first game).

Similar to Memoir '44 in that it is a combination of dice rolling and card play. Our game was very back-and-forth, with the Confederacy advancing down their right flank with heavy artillery support.

On an interesting note, we visited the National Battlefield (https://www.nps.gov/mana/index.htm) this past summer, so it was great to "recreate" the battle.


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Played a bunch of games of Codenames Duet with friends at our New Years gathering. My experience is limited, but this is my preferred form of the game, though playing with more than two has so far inevitably led to some information-leaking crosstalk in most games. Fun anyway, though!

Also taught Leaving Earth and although the "Easy" game layout is short and fairly random I managed to come in a comfortable last place (though three of us had winning chances to the end and the fourth was the player who actually managed to achieve the Mars survey).

Over the break I picked up Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done and played a game with a couple of other friends. I don't know how much longevity it will have, but figuring out how to best optimize the mancala element was just as much fun as I remember from the prototype version.

We also played back-to-back games of Azul and Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra. I'm not sure which I prefer, though I haven't played much of either (this was my first play of Stained Glass). I'd been hearing somebody opine that Stained Glass was too complicated for its own good, and although I see where the complaint comes from, I don't think I agree.

Finally (though chronologically first) I played games of Welcome To... and Pandemic with my sister and her husband. They seemed to enjoy Welcome To..., though at least one of them went down a bit of a blind alley strategy-wise because I was insufficiently clear in my explanation of estates.
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My first board game this year was Gloomhaven. Today I will play Cryptid for the first time.
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My first board game this year was Gloomhaven. Today I will play Cryptid for the first time.


I have yet to sort out my copy of Gloomhaven. I was able to open the box, and when I saw the components, realized I would need much more time than I had at the moment.
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Played a game of Skip-Bo and Yahtzee last night. My grandmother in law won both games.
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So, over the last week, we powered through the entire legacy campaign portion of Betrayal Legacy.

It was really cool discovering how the house became the way it is in Betrayal at House on the Hill. But we were all heartily sick of it since we had to cram it in and finish it before we headed back to Seattle.

Luckily, we also got in plays of Unexploded Cow, Above and Below and Near and Far (with the Near and Far: Amber Mines expansion).

And we started off the new year with a game of The 7th Continent yesterday. We're not dead yet! Which is an auspicious start to the year!
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I keep Love Letter and Coup in my desk at work. I occasionally introduce the games to new coworkers that sit near me. Going to play both on our lunch breaks today.
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So I played Samurai and Through the Desert with my parents and I'm still not sure how they feel about it. My mom felt confused by Samurai, but she also came closer to beating me than dad, but I also gained a little bit of new respect for it as it seemed like the strategies were interesting for having to both compete and rely on people working with you to surround things. Through the Desert was good, but while I was kind of nostalgically pleased to see that the camel colors remained, it was a little tricky to tell them apart sometimes. It didn't cause a lot of trouble, but the struggle was still there. I think they were only so-so on it.

Then at a New Years game day I played a game of Azul, which I was thrashed at, a game of Lost Cities: Rivals, which I was also thrashed at, and a game of Antike, which I came very close to tying for first but couldn't pull it off on the last turn. That was a really simple but interesting game. We played with some house rules (Two iron for each military unit, and with a muster token that got passed around that let the holder get one free unit when they arm). That was a real neat game - simple rules but a lot going on, and interesting conflict. I really liked all those games. Maybe Antike was my favorite, but the games were so different it's hard to compare.

We also played a game of Tichu at the end of the night in which we almost made it to the end but at a 800-900 score, our opponents got a 1-2 victory. A great game that I will always gladly play.
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I'm back to work now so I'm not sure how much more I'll be playing board games, but I'm hoping to get in a 3er of the full Food Chain Magnate game and Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn.
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I keep Love Letter and Coup in my desk at work. I occasionally introduce the games to new coworkers that sit near me. Going to play both on our lunch breaks today.


We finally got to play Loveletter today. With 2, a quick, deduction, travel-friendly game. Much better deduction than Coup which is bluffing, lying and guessing.
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Played two more games of Skip-Bo. I won neither.
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Finally tried Spectaculum last night and it was a solid stock holding game. I really liked it.
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I managed to play a series of strange games during the New Year's. One thing that 8 years of playing board games has done to me is that it has not so much refined, as weirdified my taste in board games, till the point that I don't even know what I find amusing any more. All I know is that "play X rounds, then count your VP" is now a deal breaker to me. I want a game to end because someone wins, and preferrably, no "VP" at all.

We managed to play Kanai's latest "The Last Brave" a couple of times, and it's an ameritrash game on 28 cards. Everything is about theme and inventing your narrative, and nothing is on balance. We also played some Rallyman, which was cool, and I managed to get "Hako-onna" played – a strange Japanese horror-themed board game, where one is the ghost, and the rest are Visitors in the ghost house trying to get out. Did some games of Cerberus also, a very strangely balanced thematic game.
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Mom kicked my butt in two games go Queendomino. Then we asked dad to play a game and I was able to win that one. I like the game well enough but I think like Kingdomino better because it plays much faster.

Tomorrow I am hoping to have time to try you Manoeuvre with dad. I got the rules down pretty good after watching a playthrough.

I know he wants to play Wings of War again with the minis. I've been meaning to try a campaign with him that Jay recommended to me a while back.
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