Rising from the Ashes
The last few weeks of school was very hectic then I got sick and then after that family came over for the holidays and so I barely had time to play games. So didn’t have anything to blog about really.
But!!!! The phoenix has risen from the ashes. It’s the school holidays and my aim is to play at least one game everyday.
I have been a victim of “the hotness” syndrome. I purchase a new hot game, play it once and then move on to another game. I have found signing up for the 10 x 10 challenge has helped me savour some of the great games that I have. The sheer amount of games I have to play has also forced me to play more games with my family, which is superb because I have such fond memories of playing board games with my family and friends when I was younger. I want to create that same experience with my own.
One of the considerations for my 10×10 list is, most of the time, can I play it with my husband. This will help me complete the challenge since I will be able to squeeze in plays even if my work load becomes more hectic.
I think I will be able to smash this one since I played on Sat and already had three games logged.
I put this on my list because I want to train my husband up to Yokohama which is gamers version of Istanbul. That said Istanbul is still a really great game. A great introduction the pickup and delivery mechanic as well as grid movement.
This is one of my favourite Tasty Minstrel Games. It is just superb. The iconography and amount of “stuff” is a bit overwhelming for a newbie but it is worth learning. I plan to play this with my regular gaming buddy Andy. He’s the TMG fan who introduced me to this awesome game.
This game is so good it’s going to be a classic. It will be uttered in the same breadth as Caverna. The beauty is it’s lighter and can get to the table more than Caverna or Feast for Odin. For me it scratches the same itch when you have limited playing time.
I discovered this game because of Rahdo’s top ten list. I am a civ game fan and this is one of the easier ones to teach but hard to master. I bought all of the expansions and am eager to play on the new Heroes and Colonies boards. The bidding mechanic in this game is executed perfectly. A must buy for anyone into Civ games.
It would be just wrong if I did not include a Vital Lacerda game on this list. I really wanted to include The Gallerist but this might be easier to get to the table since they say it’s lighter than his other games. I plan to get the KS extras when I go to SaltCon in March.
I played this game with my husband before but our second game last Thursday was the best. Something in him clicked and he really got into the game. He’s even thinking about what strategy to use next when we next play. Winning!
I finally finished the foamcore inserts for this one so really determined to get stuck dungeon crawling every weekend. I just love this thematic-euro love child.
This is a pretty simple dice rolling and card drafting game with the perfect theme. You’re creating a character for a dungeon-crawl. Can’t wait for the expansion where you fight with a boss monster after you create your character. The satisfying conclusion to something already super fun.
Played this last Wednesday and still trying to get all the rules perfectly. This is the beauty of the 10×10 by the end of this challenge I will be running this game so smoothly it will hurt so good! I just love that focus bar and using the advanced map rules we were able to create a better map for a 2p game. Again another game that must be in anybody’s collection.
She is the sweetest looking shark you will ever encounter.
She crushed us in this game. Her score was 205 while my friend and I were tied at second with 112
I was tasked to teach this game and that’s always a daunting task despite the fact that I am a teacher. My process is watch a how to video to give me an over-all idea of how the game runs and how the rules fit together. My go to videos to watch are by Paul Grogan. His five-minute video for this game was top-notch. Then I reread the manual and look on the Internet for player aids. I still botched a few rules here and there since there are just so many moving parts in this game but it helps that I play with really smart and nice people who will understand that that’s just part of learning a game.
This game is just the best! If I could put a ring on it and marry it I would.
I had a really big gaming day on Thursday and our second game was London by Martin Wallace. I’m not really a card drafting games person unless there’s space theme. That’s just a sci-fi bias on my part. So, I wouldn’t be drawn to a game like London. That said, it is a solid engine building game. I like how the theme suits the mechanics of pretty well. You could build a big sprawling city but watch out because then that means you are creating poverty. Leave poverty unchecked and it costs you in the end. I should know because I lost badly. Osprey Games also went out of control with the production of the game. They used really thick cardboard and luscious cards. Check this game out if you love Martin Wallace. It doesn’t disappoint.
I played this last Wednesday. It is was pretty good but I still prefer Voyages of Marco Polo. I feel like there’s less luck involved and you don’t feel boxed out from taking certain actions. I play with my friend Andy and he always plays to win. That said you can’t go wrong with a solid dice rolling and worker placement game that looks gorgeous. Plus, space!!!! This would be a great gateway game. I will play it with my husband given that it could lead to playing Marco Polo.
We had sort of a Tasty Minstrel game marathon and this was our last game. I think my brain was gone by this game so didn’t know what was doing. I want to play it again because it was good and pretty quick. I like the mancala mechanic but that entails thinking wisely about how you move your resources. I need to play this game when I’m not on 10% brain charge.
Boy, the cute art in this game totally fooled me. This game was tough! There are only five rounds to the game and time flies. Unlike other worker placement game each choice seems to be very crucial given the limited amount of time to do everything you want. Do you double your food production? Do you double your brain so that you can get more bonuses? And many more tough decisions that would bring out the AP in any player.
My aunt and cousins came over for the holidays but I was really dying to play a game. I got this this game as a gift from a friend and after a really long day we decided to play in bed. Because where else should you play it? My husband is a muggle and he really liked this game. It was quick and super fun! We found the beginner game pretty easy and my husband was a bit cocky and said this is too easy. I had to douse that bravado by saying we played the easiest scenario. Will surely be playing this again. This is actually the only co-op I’ve ever liked so that says a lot. The art is amazing too. It really gives the feel of a heist. I want to play this again but next time with my son too. It’s a great puzzly type of game. It would be good to play it with the Pink Panther or Mission Impossible theme song playing in the background.
I received the most thoughtful gift from a friend. He did a print and play version of The Glory to Rome black box edition. It was so sweet that I cried. I also cried because it is freaking beautiful.
I haven’t played an Alex Pfister game yet so I am stoked to play this sometime soon.
And…It’s my birthday next week!!!
The plan is to play a boardgame everyday. The gift I asked for from the family is to play Forbidden Stars. My son is into Warhammer so this will be a great time. I can see it! Last time we played something was when we played Arkham Horror. That was the best time. We played until midnight and killed that stupid Elder God. Crushed him!!