I’m not talking about big saves, slam dunks or crunching tackles.
I’m talking about boardgame plays, baby!
Welcome to a new segment where I’ll talk about the games I’ve played this past week.
On Saturday I played The Kaiser’s Pirates at the monthly Canucks Amuck meetup. It was nice to be able to return to CA, as it was thanks to organizer Christopher and his group that I got into gaming. Six years ago! Anyway, this light card game is easy and sort of fun. Perhaps not as fun as some of Lost Battalion’s other similar games (Brawling Battleships and Battlegroup). But, really, you can’t go wrong rolling various dice to blow enemy ships out of the water. I wouldn’t beg to play it again, but it wasn’t bad.
On Sunday I played Nightfall: Martial Law. Another in the long line of deck-building games, but this one has a good theme (vampires, werewolves and those that hunt them both), neat new mechanics (chains and kickers), and if not more player interaction, at least more that you can do on your opponents turn (adding to the chain). Rob has declared that this is the best of the genre. I’m not sure if I’m ready to say that yet, but I did indeed enjoy this one. I would love to get more plays in of this game, for sure.
Wednesday was a good night, both in that I returned to Dueling Grounds after a long absence, and because Igot some good games in with some good people. First came Safranito, a game I had never heard of previously. It’s a dexterity/recipe-fulfillment game with an Indian market theme. How often do you get to toss weighty poker chips with holes in the middle onto a board, looking to collect ginger, garlic and safron? The game was quick, too, making it a nice filler. Compared to Wasabi!, even though the theme isn’t as good, I think the game plays better overall. I’d add it to the list of decent fillers.
Next came Blue Moon City, for my second play of the game. I got really lucky in that one opponent kept scoring tiles isntead of building the tower, which would have blocked me from doing so. Fortunately he did not, and I ended up winning. I won’t rush to ask to table it again, but I wouldn’t say no to it, either.
Then we played Rune Age. The more I play it, the more I like it, but it still doesn’t match the enjoyment levels that other deck-building games have (like Quarriors!, Tanto Cuore or Nightfall). It’s not bad, though. Having multiple scenarios is nice, as is personalised/themed faction cards to choose from.
Last up came Power Grid, ranked 5 on BGG. I always come out with mediocre performance whenever I play it. I don’t not enjoy it, I just can’t seem to do too well. I have a feeling I have never won this game. I hadn’t played it for a couple of years before Wednesday. I wouldn’t mind playing it, depending on the map, I guess.
Thursday at Meeplemart I got to finally play the newer Sid Meier’s Civilization. A classic Fantasy Flight Game with lots of bits and a somewhat lengthy play time. My one complaint with the game after this first play is down time, which I haven’t really experienced to this extent lately. However, otherwise the game was pretty darn good. I felt it did well to board-ise the computer game (which I have played a lot of over the years, across multiple versions). From the four corners of the globe (er…map…board…) came the Egyptians, Romans, Chinese and Americans. I, as the highly cultured, peace-loving Egyptians won (Cultural Victory). I was quite lucky with my ‘great person’ draws, as many of them gave me Culture points. It was also nice to not be attacked until the very end, when it was clear I was going to win within the next turn or two. Eventually it came to pass that no one could stop me obtaining that final Culture jump for the win. Good game! Long and busy, but quite enjoyable. I’d consider trading for it in the future, or buying it. Especially since there is an expansion on its way, and I’m an expansion whoore! 🙂
Thursday I also got to play King of Tokyo again, whose perfect filler qualities keep it high on my to-buy list. And I had brought a small bag of 20-40 minute fillers and was able to table Felix: The Cat in the Sack and Coloretto. The former I only played once and picked up for $5 last year, while the latter used to be a regular showing at the early TABS Thursday nights.
So, not a bad week for gaming! I was able to bring my month’s plays up to 31, which is more than June, July and August combined (having a newborn baby in the summer, and being somewhat obsessed with Warhammer, doesn’t help with adding game plays). I also got to (re)knock a Top 10 game off the list, and finally try a game I’ve been waiting to play for a year.
Next week I have a feeling I’ll be playing less, as Wednesday I should be playing a longer game (Dominant Species) that might take the whole night, and Thursday is the start of the hockey season for the Leafs. Might have to table some games solo at home, methinks!