Doom the boardgame + Descent 2ed + dash of Xcom = Level 7 [Omega Protocol]. First time we played it months ago and it was just OK, last night play was great! This time we played Mission 3 and while I have requested owner of the game to give us some background story behind our mission I was just ignored with: you start here and need to get there.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game is not great game but it can be very funny to play with right people ;). We had 4 player session few days ago which was pretty good: Rome vs. China vs. USA vs. Germany.
As per above you need huge table to fit everything. Playing time 4+ hrs but I am sure we can do it around 3 hrs after few plays. My (China) strategy to go culture and ignore military was just one big mistake, didn’t help lack of resources and wrong technologies – well, something to improve for next play. Rome and Germany went very well and it was between them to decide who will have a reward to attack China’s capital city and win the game. Rome won after final battle where lot of Culture Events cards were played. I have first expansion for this game but never played it yet and might give it a try next time.
I like this game, it’s not as heavy as it looks like and only problem I have is play time – recently I do not like to play games that are 4+ hrs.
After last week session of Fury of Dracula we have decided to play this game again (yes, it is that good). It’s semi-coop adventure, all against one masterpiece, really. There is huge luck factor involved as you need to roll dice quite often (combat, travel by train, some of events etc.) and sometimes luck in getting good cards can change a game significantly – still, it’s just super fun and I love it!
We started last night with 7 players (home rule) session of Infiltration – it’s quick and easy game where you need to get into facility, download as much data as you can and leave facility before alarm is raised. You search room by room and try to avoid NPC’s and other players…it’s OK but I always lose so it means it’s not that OK ;).
Due to high number of players last night we had to split after first game and my group (3 players) decided to play Nations. It was my second time playing it and this time with correct rules (worker placement on cards is not limited – somebody spotted it on Knavecon 3). I have lost again but at least this time I was not negative on victory points ;). We had Rome vs. Egypt vs. China and final score was China 49, Egipt 37 and Rome 29. Game completed in 2 hrs 15 min which I think is great for civilization game. I would say my issue was I did not use my nation ability enough (military), I should concentrate on wars, battles and buying military units…but than I don’t know where to score points??? Egypt was big on money and was able to buy a lot of good cards, China on some stage concentrated on resources and some good wonders. Still, I think it is great game and I will consider to sell Through the Ages – I rather complete Nations in 2 hrs than play TTA for 7 hrs in advanced mode (which is not even full mode).
A Study in Emerald by designer Martin Wallace is a boardgame based on short novel by Neil Gaiman. It’s a Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu mix. Game was published via successful Kickstarter campaign but is currently available to buy from various game shops. It’s is expensive…we are talking over £50. Famous Mr. Timewalker purchased a copy of this gem few weeks ago and I was invited to play this last night 😉
Another great Thursday Night. We have started with few games of Cash and Guns – fast and funny party game where you need to kill others and collect most money – it’s OK, not bad…but not that great either. Next was Poo: The Card Game – well, this one was funny 😉 You are throwing poo at other players (yes) to win 😉 There are different cards to protect you or to re-direct poo to hit other players – it’s funny player elimination, light card game. If you have spare 10 minutes it’s fantastic game, not sure how this will work after 5 plays. Next one was mighty Imperial 2030 – what a game!!!
After missing few Thursdays due to holidays and house moving I have eventually managed to play few games last night with Mr. Timewalk. Game of the day was Nations but we started with quick game of Kosmonauts – it’s a race game placed is Solar system and your goal is to land on planets, get victory tokens and go back to Earth. I like this game and will post more about it some time later. Next was Mascarade – an absolute winner for me! Quick, bluffing, memory type of game where – something similar to Love Letter and Coup but with some chaos involved as you can swap cards without showing to other if you actually swapped it or not. One of the action is checking what card you have and with all the swaps (or ‘swaps’) you sometimes have no clue who you play 😉 I think lads didn’t really like it but I hope to play it more. Well, game of the day was Nations. Through the Ages Lite? Not really – they took best things from TTA, added some mechanics from other games, shorten play time and we have possible, future number 1 on BGG.com ranking.
Pretty much shocking that I have never played Agricola – currently number 3 on Boardgamegeek ranking. Last night was enough people to split to two groups, so I could quickly check what all the fuss about that game is. We have played 3 players and family version (without hand of cards etc. and simplified rules – as I was told). I was late last night and played only Agricola and one session of Coup. Another good night thanks to Mr. Timewalk (full report to follow on his blog)
Hosted by Thur Night, plenty of junk food and coffee, every Thursday somewhere near Limerick 😉
Week #1 game of the night was Terra Mystica. It’s heavy euro game with lots of wooden cubes and very nice boards. There are many, many things you can do each turn (8+ actions to choose from) but rules are not that bad (thanks John)…it’s just a lot of things you can do each turn that can complicate things a little bit. There are few things similar to other games (Settlers of Catan, Eclipse etc.) and if you are gamer it should be pretty easy to get in quickly – just don’t show Terra Mystica to casual or non-gamers, they will have no clue what to do 😉 Strong 8 out of 10 after first play! Cost between €45-65.