What did I pick-up this time from my Friendly Local Game Store?
Tag: Point of Order
Black Friday has struck again with a vengeance, and there is an amazing sale that people should checkout from Greater Than Games. They have stuff from 15% off to over 80% off, and if, like me, you don’t have enough Sentinels of the Multiverse, there …
So it’s that time of year again when everything goes on sale for Black Friday. This year, though, that looks different because with Covid, you don’t want hundreds of people rushing madly into your store, standing in long lines next to others and breathing the same air around people even if everyone is wearing masks. So places are starting their Black Friday sales earlier, and some of them doing them online, like Miniature Market. Definitely worth checking out as they have 34 pages of board games (or they did when I looked at the start of the sale).
Heaven and Ale
This is a game that normally wouldn’t be the type of game that I gravitate towards. It’s a Rondel (I’ll explain) and more of a puzzle euro game all about getting your timing right, but the theme is beer. And I like beer, and I play games while drinking beer, so beer making while drinking beer seems right to me. So what’s a rondel. a rondel is basically an action path that you can go on that is circular. Depending on the game, you can go as far ahead as you want, but most of them limit how far you can go. When you go ahead, that means that you can’t go back, so say I can skip over two actions, that means, if I can move ahead three and there are ten spaces, it’d take several rounds before I could get back to one of those actions that I’ve skipped, 3 or 4. So you have to think how much it’s worth moving head and how much it makes sense to hold back. It’s a different direction than my normal theme forward games, but I like the puzzle aspect that it brings to it.
A game about butterflies, because I only have Mariposas so I clearly need more games about butterflies, but this one is very different. In this one you are drafting rows of flower plots, and placing it so you have matching sides together. You then are trying to create large areas to score as well as set it up so that you can get butterflies, and place them on beautiful looking 3D flowers for an area control aspect of the game. This game has an amazing look on the table, and I think the complexity of the game is right for a large variety of gamers. The theme is also very friendlier than a lot, people will like butterflies more so than sci-fi or fantasy. Now obviously butterflies won’t be a theme that draws everyone in, but it won’t push them away as well.
Have I said recently that I like roll and writes, in fact, there’ll be a bonus roll and write at the end. But Boomerang is one that I had heard about a while ago and just don’t know a ton about. This one is a bit more a flip and write than a roll and write, but you have a bunch of different cards you use to fill in things on your board. The game looks pretty simple, pretty fast, and like it should hit the table. It is also different because compared to a roll and write, or flip and write, this game has card drafting in it. Card drafting, or drafting in general, is a great mechanic. I like that I now have several games that are flip and write, some that are unique rolling and writing and others more classic rolling and writing, plus games that have big boards, flicking, and now I’ll have a drafting and writing game as well.
Another game that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. Foodies looks like a fun fast engine building game that is going to be on a weight similar to something like Homebrewers, where there is a bit more going on than the likes of Splendor, but easy enough to learn. In Foodies you are buying foods to build up your menu, and you place them into a grid, then you’re rolling dice and depending on what is rolled you can activate different spots and get different things, like money, or victory points, whatever it might be. What I like about this one is that it keeps you engaged even not on your turn. If someone else is rolling, you still get to activate on your menu board what was rolled. And the dice adds in some variability, but they didn’t want you to get nothing for an empty spot, so you might get a coin if it’s rolled as compared to more if you have a menu item there. The art is nice and the theme is great for this one.
Xenoshyft: Onslaught – Game Night Kit #1
Don’t ask me what’s in this, but it was $4 and more content for Xenoshyft: Onslaught, a game that I really like. I’ve almost pulled the trigger on this several times, but I was debaging if I needed a mini expansion, turns out when it’s $4 I do. It basically adds in a few new equipment cards and things like that to add even more variety to the game and a way to set-up some special things. I think it’ll be a fun edition to a game that I really need to get to the table again.
Finally, the bonus one.
This one came because I had some games to sell, in fact, we’re going to have a new post also coming today called Point of Sale which is what I am selling back to my FLGS because I don’t need it on my shelf anymore, and why.
Twice as Clever!
I’ve recently been on a kick playing the Ganz Schon Clever app a lot, and I’ve actually gotten in five games of Ganz Schon Clever as well. But Twice as Clever! is the follow up to Ganz Schon Clever and there’s actually a third out now as well. While Ganz Schon Clever is fun and simple, Twice as Clever adds in a whole lot more challenge to the game while keeping the mechanics very similar. The new additions are a lot of fun and create a really good time playing in the app. I need to get this one to the table soon as well.
Which is your favorite of these games that I ordered?
So last week Amazon did their Prime Days, and like normal, the board game sales were suspect at best. While Amazon can be a decent spot to find a smaller business selling stuff through Amazon to get good board games, Amazon’s selection and sales are …
It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these, mainly because what I’ve grabbed has been immediate from my FLGS the last few times and mainly been expansions for Marvel Champions. Though, I did pick up Yggdrasil Chronicles when I was there, as it was used and Skull and Mariposas recently, so I’ll be talking about a bunch today.
This is a game that I already know that I like, and it’s a pretty simple game. In fact it’s already been on my top 100. What I liked about this game is that it’s a very simple push your luck bluffing game. All you’re doing is putting down coasters (basically) face down that either have a rose or a skull on them. Eventually someone will start bidding, the trick is that you have to flip over all of yours first, so I might be five, knowing that I have a skull, which will bust me in my stack, in hopes that you’ll bid six, and flip over mine and bust. Simple concept, simple game play, but interesting bluffing and reading your opponent aspect.
I blame this one on GloryHoundd and DrGloryHogg. They did a play through of it, and it wasn’t really on my radar that much, but the game play looked simple and interesting, which is what I look for fairly often in games. I find that I tend to buy bigger games, like the big campaign games I back on Kickstarter, or I want it to be a streamlined game that I can pull out for a board game night, once those happen again. Mariposas looks really interesting in how you are flying butterflies north, going through generations, trying to score points based on cards that really drive you further and further north, but then you start racing south to get your last generation of butterflies all the way back down to where they’ll winter. The game play just has you playing cards, collection sets of flowers, and moving your butterflies, so it’s something that I can teach easily and a theme that is less hard core nerdy than a fantasy game that’d do something similar.
This one was more a buy on a whim, because I saw this at GenCon in 2019, and I thought that it looked cool. Plus, I’ve heard good things about the original Ygdrassil. This is not the normal type of game that would draw me in, but variable player powers and cooperative play are always things that interest me. Plus the giant 3D tree just looks cool, so I’m always in for a game that can help sell itself on the table. I’m excited to learn and try this one.
Now, we’re getting to the two that I ordered which triggered this:
Parade is an interesting little game with a pasted on Alice in Wonderland theme, or really artwork. But the game is still a lot of fun. In this game you’re collecting sets of colors, but you don’t want all the colors, more chances to score, and you don’t want lots of points in the colors. You want to have the fewest points possible, but depending on the color and number you play you collect cards. Adding to that, maybe you do want a lot of cards of a single color, or at least more than everyone else, because if you have the most of the color they are only worth one point per card instead of face value. Interesting game with massively disparate scores, but a lot of fun, because it plays pretty fast, and it’s a fairly random game, but one that you can think about your turn as it comes up, and limited amount of AP in the game.
Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade
A long name for a roll and write, so I’m just going to call it Super-Skill Pinball, this is one that has been on my radar for a bit, because it is a roll and write game, and is just coming out now. In this game you are playing one of four arcade machines (everyone is playing a like machine), one person will roll the dice and everyone will use one of the two dice to do a shot, you are trying to hit bumpers and keep your ball up as long as you can scoring as many points as you can. There are ways the ball has to move around certain things, and push your luck elements on some of them that can score you more. The game works well because you can do all the pinball stuff such as nudge the table, but don’t nudge it too much so you don’t end up with a title. I like roll and write games a lot, there will be a lot in my top 100, and they work well with lots of different groups of people, so this one with it’s unique theme really interested me.
Which of these games is the most interesting to you?
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