I apologise for taking this long to blog again. Last term brought along a new teaching schedule and it was kicking my butt! Three days a week I taught three double periods a day. Yes, a day. Then on other days two double periods. By the end of the first term, I decided to go down to working three days a week instead of four. As my friend said, this kind of life is just more civilised. I feel like a person again.
While I was away I attended two conventions and will be attending four more this year, two abroad, Origins and Gencon and two more here in Oz, Bordercon and PaxAus. I am at peak “boardgaming addict” this year.
The first con I went to was in Salt Lake City Utah. From the plane, I got picked up by my bestie and sister from another mother Barb. We went straight to her workplace where I saw and touched snow for the first time! I am was born an Islander and will always be an Islander and so I have tried to avoid snow like the plague. There was no avoiding snow in March at Salt Lake. It was pretty but cold so off we went to her workplace which was Fowers Games and got to meet Tim! I always fangirl when I meet designers because I look up to smart and talented people and he seems to be both. The travesty! I also met Ryan Laukat via Barb and I was an utter mess. I’m sure he was embarrassed to take a photo with me.
Then after that it was three days of gaming, a lot of eating and meeting new friends.
Barb’s magnificent Azul nails
Dinner with my favourite lady.
My gaming haul – I did not go over board at all. This was day one.
My first purchase at the con and got to finally meet Ryan in person.
Meeting Dan and Curtis. Dan is my favourite board game reviewer ever and Curtis is one of the best people I met at the con.
Brandon and Jordan
Taught The Voyages of Marco Polo. Will Always be in my Top Ten.
Camel Up. I don’t know if it was because we played this so late and I was so tired but I did not enjoy this game. Too much randomness.
Automobile. Next to Brass this is my favourite Martin Wallace game. So few turns so you have to really think about your actions. One wrong move and you are toast.
Brass Birmingham and the beautiful poker chips.
Brass Birmingham by Roxley Games was superb. I can’t wait to play this again. So much optimisation to do so little time.
Burky of Game Toppers
Chris and Wendy from Meeple Overboard taught us how to play Brass. They were so good at doing it and so much fun to play with.
Chris and Wendy from Meeple Overboard being cheeky.
Splendor didn’t really do it for me. Too long for what it is.
One of the best things at Saltcon – Meeting Jordan!
Clank! The Mummy’s Curse was a gem! I should have this in my collection. So easy to learn and easy to play. I always love a good deck builder.
Clank! The Mummy’s Curse
Brawling Brothers in the Wild
The nicest person ever – Curtis! We played Auztralia by Martin Wallace and it was a blast.
We didn’t get to play a full game of Ginkgopolis. I’d love to try it again.
Jordan and Kemet
Sam from Gamelyn Games
Sorcerer City is one of my favourite games at the con. I love the idea of a timer for a tile laying game. There was enough chaos to even out the playing field.
B teaching Sorcerer City
Kami Sama was good except the last few turns was just about removing things from the board and moving them around. Not really as fun as the earlier part of the game.
TransAmerica is a great oldie. A shorter easier version of Ticket to Ride.
I love playing old games because being a noob I am often focused on the new games coming out. Niagra was a gem of a game. Not all games have to be eurogames to be great. Sometimes you just need the right company for the game to shine.
Cornerstone is one the best dexterity games I ever played. Too bad it’s out of print.
Brandon, Ryan “The Best” Bruns
Token Sets from Mayday Games. I went home with these babies.
The Game was a great filler game. Bought this to play with my family.
Majesty for the Realm is fast becoming my go to filler game since I discovered it at Saltcon. I haven’t met a person yet so hasn’t loved it. A Splendor and Century Spice Road killer for me
Tinner’s Trail is not my favourite Martin Wallace game. I’d much rather play Automobile than this game. Too much downtime in between turns.
Skull is such a fun little bluffing game. Who knew I was good at lying?
Yspahan is an old game and so I was glad to have been able to play it. A simple and fun area control game.
Ryan’s Enormous Library
When I came back home a few weeks after it was Bunnycon/Meeplecon. The local cons we have in Australia, excluding Pax, is very very intimate and unlike the one I attended in the US I stuck with my own gaming group most of the time. Cons are a way for us to go through our shelf of shame. The cons usually happen during our holidays so it’s the only time most of us are all available to game and we take full advantage of it. By the end of the con, I felt like I was punched in the gut. It took me three days to recover from staying up so late every night.
Scoffton is a nice worker placment game by a local designer. Always happy to support local talent.
Are you happy Lauren?
Scoffton was our first game at Bunncon/Meeplecon
Finally got to play Santa Maria again and my opinion stays the same. I want this game! If only the theme wasn’t colonisation. Praying for a retheme.
Grimm Forest is not the type of game I would play. It wasn’t bad but it’s just too simple for my tastes. The production is out of control though.
Indian Summer by Uwe Rosenberg was such a dream. It was just so relaxing to play. I
The amazing duo of Daniel and Lauren.
Now Rajas of the Ganges. Yeah baby where have you been all my life. I just love love love dice placement. It’s becoming one of my favourite mechanics. So many ways to win in this game and so many choices that you never feel boxed out. I would play this anyday everyday.
Rajas of the Ganges
Rajas of the Ganges
Ethnos should be in my collection but it isn’t. It’s a pretty solid area control game that doesn’t play long.
My favourite The Voyages of Marco Polo. I always bring this to game nights and cons. Easy to teach but very very crunchy.
Finally got to play Agricola and it doesn’t replace Caverna it just carves a new space in my heart.
Last day of Con, so coffee was a must!
Beautiful inserts for Terraforming Mars
We Terraformed the Hell out of Mars.
The always happy Lea.