Tag: Board Gaming

Malts and Meeples – Marvel Champions Spider-Man vs Rhino

Malts and Meeples – Marvel Champions Spider-Man vs Rhino

Last night was the first official stream at the new place, keep in mind, I obviously did a test stream already this week, but good news, I’ve figured out a few improvements for this new one. The game was Marvel Champions as I took the 

Campaign Games through Zoom

Campaign Games through Zoom

So, this was a question that I posed on The Dice Tower Facebook group, Board Game Geek forums, and Board Game Geek Facebook group, what are games that are campaign style that would play well through Zoom? The reason for this is that we’re about 

Malts and Meeples: Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Test Stream

Malts and Meeples: Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Test Stream

So, this is kind of a test of my new set-up, I need to spend more time with OBS for sure and clean up what I’m doing so it looks better. I feel like it’s fairly simple at this point in time and I think that I can add in more interesting things to it. I also want to figure out how to properly set it up so that I’m not playing sideways to the board, it might just take a little bit to do that.

But I’m curious with this play through how people thought it went from a technical side of things. I’m going to be back streaming again on Wednesday. I’m planning on doing Marvel Champions, so hopefully I’ll have a better setup. What I’ve noticed thus far is that I get a little bit of shadow from the tripod as well which I’m hoping to work around and eventually improve the lighting.

It’ll be a work in progress for a little bit as I improve the look and feel of it, but I hope it’ll be something that I can get better at with time and something that’ll be a lot of fun for people watching, and hopefully I’ll have better luck with the game that I’m playing than I did with that Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game set-up.

Also, to just talk about the beer quickly, that was a Kalamazoo Stout. Good deep flavored stout with bitter chocolate as the main note. It is a good demonstration of how you can use a lot of hops in a dark beer and not end up with floral notes or that real earthy taste but instead get a nice of bitterness that really highlights the roasted maltier notes and drives home the chocolate flavor.

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The Return to Malts and Meeples

The Return to Malts and Meeples

So we’re coming back around after two weeks off with a revamped set-up for Malts and Meeples, a big new gaming room, so we’re going to talk about some plans for Malts and Meeples going forward and what I’m hoping to do. I’ve clearly done 

The 7 Deadly Sins of Board Gaming

The 7 Deadly Sins of Board Gaming

So, this second post for today comes from a thread over on Board Game Geek called “The 7 Sins of Boardgaming” and I thought while reading through it, I should do that. I should write up some of my “rules” for board gaming. Obviously, each 

Finding a New Board Game (Part 1)

Finding a New Board Game (Part 1)

One thing that I always love is getting a new board game in the mail or going into my FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store) and picking out a game, or finding a new Kickstarter that looks amazing. However, picking out good games for you can often be tricky. It’s one of the big differences when shopping for a game for myself versus a game for my wife. I love most games, and she’s pickier because of a lot of different factors, which isn’t a bad thing, it just means that I can’t grab a game off the shelf and buy it for her all the time, though I do get her games I know that she likes once in a while.

So the question, then becomes, how do you buy games and not end up getting a bunch of games that you don’t like and then you either have to sell them through something like Facebook Market Place, or you sell them to your FLGS, or give them away to a friend who might like them better.

I’ve written on this topic before, but I think that it’s one that is worth coming back to and that deserves a bit more of a deep dive into it. Because there are a number of things that you can do to determine what games might interest you, and while this might only be a couple of parts, I do want to spend the second part talking about some of the online resources that I use to figure out and what I really enjoy about them.

Beyond those online sources, I’ll talk about that a lot in the next article about the reviewers, actual plays, game teachers, etc. that are really good, there are plenty of other ways to narrow down what games you should purchase.

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#1 – Play Games

Now, this one is a catch-22, I realize that. You can’t play games if you don’t have games but that might mean you’re getting games that you don’t like. Thankfully, if you’re in a bigger town/city, a lot of FLGS have either demo games, rental games, or a game library. Play different types of games there, see if you can demo a game that you’re interested in. If that doesn’t exist as an option for you, if other people in your area have some games, play those. This does two things for you, if you play something or demo something that you’re interested in, you’ll be able to determine if you like the game for buying, but that’s a fairly specific situation and it might be that you can’t demo or play a game. But playing games also helps you know what you like. Maybe you like Ascension as a deck building game, but Clank! In! Space! was too complex for you. Now you know that you like the lighter more streamlined deck building game. Playing more games helps you get a better idea of what you look for in a game and what parts of the game that you really like. In the Ascension and Clank! In! Space! example, maybe you don’t like Ascension as well and you realize that deck building isn’t the part in Clank! In! Space! that you really like, it’s the push your luck or the combos or something else.

#2 – Ask For Advice
I’m going to give you three good spots for asking for advice. Your friends, FLGS, and BGG. First, ask people you know, they are going to know your taste the best. Also, they’ll know what they have, so everyone in the group doesn’t need to have Wingspan, for example, but if they know you like engine building games they might recommend something like Res Arcana for you to add. An FLGS is going to be able to help some as well, though they are going to know what is newer and hotter or what’s been on their shelf for a while. But if you get familiar with people at your FLGS, they should be familiar with your tastes and they should ask questions and be able to give advice. So for example, if you say that you like engine building games, they should be able to give you some options. Finally, BGG (Board Game Geek) is useful as well. Not only can you use it for rating games and showing people what you like for them to help give you advice, but it has a built in recommendations feature. For example, going to Wingspan will give you some things like Welcome To.. and other games. Now, the returns are diminishing because your friends will know you best.

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#3 – Online
Now, I’m going to talk about who I really like online coming up here, but I want to talk about a few different things that are useful online. First, there are rules videos. These teach you how to play the game. But it also shows you the components and too often the back of board game boxes don’t really tell you enough about how a game works. There are also actual plays, play through of whatever board game it might be. These tend to be a whole lot longer, because you’re literally watching someone play the game. Whereas with the rules overview you get an idea of how the game theoretically works, and actual play will show you in great detail, if you can sit through it. Finally, there are reviewers as well. A lot of them go over some of how the game is played and how it feels to play the game before they give their thoughts. Unlike the other two, this one has much more of a subjective nature to it. So going from rules videos to actual play to a review you’re getting more and more subjective. However, the other two can be much drier than a review, so often reviews give you a better feel and in a shorter amount of time than an actual play.

Those are going to be the top three pieces of advice that I have for buying board games, and figuring out which ones you’d like. I’m going to come back to #3 – Online, next week to talk through various sites and content creators that can be useful when thinking about what you might like. How do you generally pick what game to buy?

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Making a Gaming Room

Making a Gaming Room

Now, when you’re playing board games, there’s certainly no need for a gaming room. I had games in a closet and would take them out to the dining room table for game night, and that works just fine. But since we’re in a time where 

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 3 Playthrough Part 1

Malts and Meeples: Tainted Grail Game 3 Playthrough Part 1

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m back again with more Tainted Grail. Last time I had said that I was considering playing ahead to the point where I had lost last time, but I decided that I was going to take more time 

TelevisionTalks – Afterschool Dice Club Episode 3: Not Alone

TelevisionTalks – Afterschool Dice Club Episode 3: Not Alone

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed an episode of Afterschool Dice Club. It’s mainly because I was doing end of year things, but I figured I should, while it’s still fairly fresh in my mind, get back to the episodes that I’ve watched. As a quick refresher, Afterschool Dice Club is about a girl who is quiet who gets befriended by another girl who is all about excitement and adventure, and they stumble across the class rep working at a game store. This is a very episodic anime where they talk about games and have some story going on with it.

In this episode, they are at the Aya’s house, the girl who has befriended Miki to play a game of Incan Gold (or Diamant). However, Miki starts to have a strange feeling with Aya’s older sisters friend joins them and is aggressive about playing the game. It reminds Miki of one of the times as a child that she was bullied and with the help of her friends she stands up against the bullying in the game. The game itself is a push your luck sort of game, so in the end Miki’s nerves of steel end up with her getting more gems, but only after she’s stepped out of her comfort zone and, with her friends at her back, pushed her luck just a little bit further. It turns out, though, that the reason she remembered Aya’s older sisters friend was that, in the situation where she was being bullied, that person had been the one to scare away the bullies and rescue her.

I think that this episode, as compared to some of the others, did a bit better job creating a twist at the end and creating some development for Miki. In the previous two episodes, she’s mainly stayed the same but has been brought out of her shell a little bit. in this one, she had to push past something, not only in her past, but in her current personality where she would have normally folded to the pressure of the more aggressive player. While I’m not sure that this carried on extremely well into the next episode, it was a well done episode and created a better story than some of them.

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Incan Gold or Diamant are a game about pushing your luck to get the most gems. However, if two of the same monster ever show up, those left in the temple don’t get to leave with anything. So you have to play the odds, because everyone who stays in gets a share of the treasure. You don’t want someone to get too far ahead early in the game because it’ll require you to push your luck more at the end of the game to try and catch up. The twist on that is that the gems are hidden, so you might have a general idea of what people have, but unless you’re really good at counting cards, you’re not going to know everything.

Looking at this episode, I think it teaches a couple of interesting things. The first being that people should watch their game personas and read the table. In the episode, the friend is loud and aggressive in how she plays and it makes Miki uncomfortable at the table because of things in her life outside of the game. So there needs to be some need to read the table and know how your group plays or how a group that you’re joining plays. I think we also get to see how board games and real life do often intersect for people. The easy example is of someone being bullied, but people can throw fits if they don’t get the what they wanted in a game because they always do in real life, or not believe that they are wrong because they have been told they aren’t wrong or that they are perfect in the real world. I feel like that’s been a common theme of the show as they do a good job of pairing the games with what’s going on in the rest of the episode. But I feel like that’s something that can be overlooked in actual gaming, especially by gamers, because I want to play a game all the time as escapism and just for the challenge, but for other people are game might be something new or something that has other memories attached to it.

Overall, I think that this episode does a better job of being more than just what was expected. I don’t think that it is amazing in terms of storytelling and plot, but there are some cool things. But I am still enjoying the concept of the show and as someone who loves board games, it’s fun to see it more in the culture and games that I haven’t played, because there are so many out there you can’t play them all.

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Malts and Meeples – Aeon’s End: War Eternal Playthrough

Malts and Meeples – Aeon’s End: War Eternal Playthrough

I was back against last night with some Malts and Meeples, this time I was actually get to a playthrough of Aeon’s End: War Eternal from Indie Boards & Cards and Action Phase. Aeon’s End: War Eternal is a deck building game where you are