Tag: Board Games

Board Game News – Sagrada Legacy Announcement

Board Game News – Sagrada Legacy Announcement

One trend that has been fairly hot has been Legacy board games. Now, it’s not that prolific a trend, but people take note when a board game comes out with the word “Legacy” put on it. This type of game really took off when Pandemic 

RPG Elements in Board Games

RPG Elements in Board Games

Normally I’d be doing an Friday Night D&D article, but it’s an off week for playing, and I don’t have a new campaign idea floating around my head right now. So instead, I want to talk about how some board games use RPG elements and 

Malts and Meeples – Tainted Grail Wave 2 Unboxing

Malts and Meeples – Tainted Grail Wave 2 Unboxing

The Game

Something I’ve been waiting for, for a while showed up yesterday. Really, compared to when it might ship for some people, I didn’t have to wait too long, but I have the rest of the Tainted Grail stuff, the two big expansion campaigns, the Echoes of the Past character add-on, and the Red Death post any of the campaign campaigns. I am stoked for playing them and playing more Tainted Grail in general.

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I got the box around 2, I want to say, and I was very patient and didn’t actually open anything to even look at the outside of the boxes until nine that night when I did an initial live stream of it on Malts and Meeples. I consider that to be pretty good patience on my behalf because normally I’d have stopped my work day to bust it open.

The Beer

Of course, I also had a beer, otherwise would it truly be Malts and Meeples? Last nights beer came from Surly Brewing Company out of Minneapolis. Fall to Pieces is a hoppy refreshing beer. I am not sure it’s the best for the winter, but it was nice last night. For me, it’s a very refreshing beer with a nice crisp taste which is generally what I’m looking for.

Do you like the unboxings? And what did you think of the lighting for the stream? I’m working on getting everything set as I want it and hopefully have a nice close-up camera set-up sometime in the future as well.

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How To Teach a Board Game

How To Teach a Board Game

A few years ago I wrote a post about how to teach board games, I want to revisit that today, and take a little bit of a different tact with it. I think that teaching a board game is one of the often overlooked things 

Point of Order: A Gift Order

Point of Order: A Gift Order

Normally you get to hear about all of the games in a given order, but this time you won’t. There will be one game in the order that won’t be talked about, because it’s going to be a gift. But I can, of course, talk 

Back or Brick: Epic Seven Arise

Back or Brick: Epic Seven Arise

Based off of an app game, Epic Seven Arise is a dungeon crawl, fantasy, adventure where you play as the heir of the covenant trying to stop the cycles of destruction.

Pros

  • Epic fantasy game
  • Theme
  • Artwork
  • Campaign
  • Solo

Cons

  • Artwork
  • Price
  • First time company

The Page

For a first time company, they really nail the look of the page, and for a game with minis, they don’t dwell too much on the minis. Now, over on their Facebook page they’ve been showing off the minis for weeks but that’s a solid spot to do it. I really like that the Kickstarter page is much more about the aesthetic of the game than the minis in the game.

Now, I will knock them a little bit, they don’t do a great job with the rules. I get some of an idea of what the game is about overall and kind of that it’s going to be a skirmish or dungeon crawl type game, but I don’t know the mechanics for that. Now they do have two How to Play videos which I’ll be checking out coming up here, plus more previews, but I’d love to instead see more on the page itself of how to play instead of the videos.

The Game

Now, I don’t have a ton to say on this, normally I like to focus on game play aspects in this section and I just said that I don’t know or get a ton of that from the page. I like the idea of a skirmish style game with a campaign to it, I like the aesthetic of the world and that is what got me to look at the game.

The one bit that I get from their game play highlight section that seems interesting to me is the dual attacks. If you’ve been reading my design diaries at all for the game idea that I’m working on, you’ll know that I want to kind of do some sort of dual or combo attacking, but in a different way, so this is an interesting mechanic in the game that I’m going to be curious to see how big a part of it, it is.

Back or Brick

So this one is interesting for me, right now I am in on the game, and I’m guessing I’ll stay in on it, so it’s a back. But I do want to checkout at least the five minute how to play video on the page to verify the mechanics. I was almost in on Bardsung until I watched some game play and saw that it wasn’t likely for me. This one, though, has a theme that is so much more interesting to me, but I could see dropping my pledge completely or to $1 if the game play looks only like a basic dice chucker. From what they do highlight, I’m hoping that’s not the case.

How about for you, is this game a back or a brick?

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Top 10: Roll and Write Games

Top 10: Roll and Write Games

I couldn’t have done this list a year ago but now I’ve played over 10 of them, and I have even more on my shelf that I need to play. Roll and Write games (or flip and write or flick and write) are a very 

TableTopTakes: Metro X

TableTopTakes: Metro X

We’ve been over this many a time. I like Roll and Write or Flip and Write games a lot. So when I saw a chance to pick-up Metro X, it seemed like a good idea. This is a flip and write game where you are 

Point of Order: First Order of 2021

Point of Order: First Order of 2021

Yeah, those are a bit stacked on top of each other from the end of 2020 to the start of but I had a little money left on a gift card for the order, so let’s see what I have coming now, it isn’t big games, but ones that I think will hit the table sooner rather than later.

Clever Hoch Drei

I went all the way to ordering this from Europe because it’s only out from Schmidt, not from Stronghold games yet. I really like this series of roll and write games. They are easy enough to learn but have a fair amount of complexity as you try and figure out the puzzle. All three games in the series play in a pretty similar fashion, rolling the dice three times, keeping one die to use from each roll, getting rid of the lower dice, but they also do some really interesting things how they change up scoring. Clever Hoch Drei I feel like changes up the scoring the most, but is not the hardest to play, that’d go to Doppelt So Clever. But soon I’ll have the whole collection, when it shows up from Europe.

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Metro X

Another roll and write/flip and and write style game. This one is about completing bus routes or subway routes to score points. What I like about this one, in theory, is how the card play works. You pick one of I believe two options as to where you are filling in spots along the routes. Some of the routes are longer and give you more points, others intersect with more other routes and will help you fill in those faster. But when you reach an intersection you are going to stop at it, if it’s already been filled, so you might be pushing to get a long section filled, but if there is a break in that line because it’s already filled in, you’ll be wasting it on that section. You can also play it solo which is a bonus as well.

Ohanami

This is one that I’ve had my eyes on for a while every time I go into All Systems Go, my friendly local game store. I ended up picking it up online with the money on the card, but it is a simple game that looks like it should be a good one for a lot of different people. First off the game, while fairly simple looking, looks very pretty on the table. The game is a pretty simple drafting game. You have cards from 1 to 120, I believe, and you have a hand of them, you pick two, and then everyone plays their two in up to three different columns in front of them. The only rule is when adding them to a row it either goes above the top card because the card you picked was higher, or below the bottom card in a column because it was lower. Then after cards have been drafted and the hand is done, you score points based off of how many you have of various colors, then you repeat it again until a certain number of rounds, and the game ends. Super simple, but maximizing points is interesting and drafting is generally always fun.

Coup

A game of deduction and bluffing, so kind of social deduction. I like this one because it isn’t as purely social deduction, it is more bluffing. You could be doing precisely what the roles in front of you say you should be doing, or you might be lying to everyone. So you can play it honestly, but it probably won’t help you win all the time. Or you can lie and hope not to get caught. I liked Coup well enough when I played it, and it was cheap enough that it made sense to pick up. It is also a good game for early on in game nights because it plays up to six and it plays fast, so while waiting for more people to show up, or for those people who maybe don’t want to play a bigger game. I think having some games like that in your collection is always a good thing.

So those are the most recent ones that I’ve picked up. Which one looks like the most interesting to you?

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What Type of Board Gamer Are You?

What Type of Board Gamer Are You?

Over the years, I have played a wide variety of board games and have a lot in my collection. I have pure Euro games and bit dice chucking Amerithrash games. This got me thinking about the different types of gamers that people are and which