Birthday week=Boardgaming Week
It was my birthday two Sundays ago and it was the reason why I got to do a lot of gaming. Nobody can crush your gaming dreams during your birthday. My family were gaming slaves for the whole week!!!
First up was a trip to my friendly local game store. My husband was laughing at me because he said I was giddy as a child. I was! Forget Disney, your FLGS is the happiest place on earth. I don’t even have to buy anything. A weekly trip is good for the soul.
I did get Mansions of Madness though as my birthday gift because I wanted to get more games that my whole family can play. I’m really not into thematic games because of all the random dice rolling but Mansions of Madness is the shiznit!!! It was so fun. The app created atmosphere and made the game run so smoothly. The puzzles were a welcome break from dice rolling and getting wailed on by the monsters. It was such a joy watching my whole family and friends cheering my friend’s daughter when she solved a puzzle. Definitely a must have for big family gaming nights. My friend said that their two girls were talking about Mansions the next day during breakfast. This is the kind of gaming night you want – the kind that makes memories.
Then, Wednesday I scheduled a big gaming day. We played my now all time favourite and Top 3 game – Feast for Odin. The more I play this game the more I adore it. Some people don’t like sandbox games but they’re my jam! I want to play a game that’s hard and deep where when the game ends you look at the table in front of you and have a sense of supreme accomplishment even if you don’t win. Also, every time I play, because there are so many possibilities, I feel like I’m learning something new every time. If you have one thing you learn from this blog it is – you must get this game!
Then we played Scythe. Caveat, I did pretty badly in this game and some people might think this might be the reason why my reaction was lukewarm but I don’t think so. I think it’s the converse because I wasn’t into it I really switched off during the game. I tend to do that because I have limited energy due to a chronic sickness and didn’t want to use all my brainpower on one game. Now don’t get me wrong it is a good game and the art is beyond amazing but I don’t really see myself craving to get it to the table often. I don’t feel the same way about it as say the Gallerist, Clans of Caledonia, Caverna, Race for the Galaxy or even Viticulture where I pester people to play. Sorry, I know some people love this game. I tried to analyse why and you could say it was the opposite of Feast for Odin where all the actions you were doing were culminating in one big goal. I felt that all the objectives were separate things patched together. Again, still a really solid game.
On Thursday, my former students scheduled a gaming day with me and I decided to bring Murder Deception in Hongkong, King of Tokyo and Mission: Red Planet.
My kids really liked One Night Ultimate Werewolf but I find there’s a lot of randomness in that game and I wanted to find a game that ups their game a little. Everybody recommended Murder Deception in Hongkong and I found it was the superior deduction game. It was hard. We didn’t win until a few games in and we had already reduced our pair of cards to three each. I’m looking into buying the expansions because the game is pretty good for when you need something that can go up to 12 players – always a good thing to have in your repertoire.
We played King of Tokyo before so the game went pretty smoothly. The kids love this game because of deck of cards that give you special abilities. I might try to find deck-building games that go up to six next time we play.
Mission Red Planet though was their favourite. They’re pretty close friends so a lot of take that, results in hilarious banter, which I really enjoy to watch. It’s also a really good gateway game if you want to introduce area control and hand management. I believe that this game can be a muggle converter even. The art, the ease of play and depth of strategy can hook even the most uninterested non-gamer.
On Saturday, I scheduled another big gaming session where we played Feast for Odin, Chimera Station and Food Chain Magnate.
Chimera Station is climbing up my list with every play. The choices in this game are pretty basic but excruciating because there’s so many things you want to do but so few rounds to do them. The game has got me hooked. The best games always keep you wanting more!
I finally got to play Food Chain Magnate in real life again (vs online). There is an efficiency to playing online and it has it’s place but there is a coldness to that too, a sense of detachment. You are playing with someone but really screens separate you. This is why it’s easy to detach – play while doing something else, during a break at work, or on the commute home . Unlike playing online, holding cards, staring at board thinking about your next move, puts you in the present. I think that’s the reason why I find playing boardgames so relaxing because you get lost in the moment. How often have you played with friends and realised that hours have passed without you knowing? Sorry for the serious turn but really this hobby has been such a godsend. There’s so much more to it than just playing. Aren’t we all so lucky? PS. Food Chain Magnate!
I ended the week, with Patchwork and a game with my better half. Better half takes new meaning this game session because he destroyed me in two games. I’m never playing this again, ever!
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