Regular Wednesday meetup at Cool Stuff. About 8 or 9 people showed up.
Raid & Trade
Raid & Trade is a player vs. player game where players travel a post-apocolyptic world, trying to raid houses to gain resources and complete quests, gain favor with the council, and score skill points. It plays 3-6 players and lasts about 90 minutes.
Our game of Raid & Trade lasted longer than it should have and that’s partially due to playing a few rules wrong in the beginning. But I enjoyed it. I think the win condition takes a little too long, and because it’s decided by the players when the game ends, it can make the game last longer than it should. But overall I had a good time with it, and I would play it again.
By this time, you’ve heard me praise Blood Rage over and over. It’s a fantastic game, and it’s just always a blast to play. In this game, it seemed like I got all the right cards at the right time. Unfortunately, one mistake near the end of the game cost me the whole game. I still came in second though!
The Castles of Burgundy
The Castles of Burgundy is a dice rolling and tile-placement game where players roll dice to take tiles or place tiles onto their board and score points by completing different areas. It plays 2-4 players and lasts from 45-120 minutes.
I like the dice system in Castles. You roll dice and then you can take tiles from the area that corresponds to that number or place them on your board in areas that correspond to that number. If you don’t like your rolls, you can spend worker tokens to change the die rolls up or down by 1 number.
It’s a great game, but with higher player counts, it can go on pretty long. I played one 4 player game that lasted for 3 hours.
South Florida Christmas Convention at Cool Stuff Games in Hollywood, FL. Has a blast! It’s always so much fun! 10 AM to 10 PM playing board games.
This was a really interesting game. It’s worker placement, but the workers you place are your fighters, and it matters which fighter you place where, because only that fighter will gain the benefit. After the worker-placement round, the fighters enter the tournament and chuck dice to see who wins, or vote on who you think is gonna win if you’re not participating.
It’s just a really interesting take on wotker placement. I enjoyed it.
Five Tribes is a mancala-style game where players move and drop meeples across the board and collect rewards or take actions based on their color. It plays 2-4 players and lasts from 45-60 minutes.
Zombicide: Black Plague
Zombicide: Black Plague is a cooperative zombie game where players must traverse the medieval landscape, fighting zombies and trying to complete one of many scenarios. It plays 2-6 players and lasts from 60-90 minutes.
This one didn’t do much for me. It felt like a typical zombie game, where you search for items (mostly just different weapons and items). The fighting wasn’t particularly interesting. The one thing it did have going for it, I think, was the player boards. They were well made.
Tides of Time x2
Tides of a Time is a 2 player drafting game where players build their kingdom by playing cards and trying to score points by completing objectives. It plays 2 players and lasts about 15 minutes.
I bought Tides of Time because it was so cheap (only about $7), and because I had heard great things about it from The Dice Tower. I really enjoyed it, it’s simple, but fun and there’s a surprising amount of strategy in what cards you choose.
Tiny Epic Galaxies
Tiny Epic Galaxies is a 4x Dice game where players attempt to colonize planets by rolling dice and using the results to take actions. It plays 1-5 players and lasts about 45 minutes.
This was my favorite game of the day.
The Battle At Kemble’s Cascade
The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade is an old-school shoot-em-up style game where players move across a board and try to kill aliens, scoring points and collecting energy. It plays 2-5 players and lasts 75 minutes.
This game was very cool in theory, and the theming was spot on, but the gameplay was very very bad. The board, especially, made of these weird modular plastic rows, and a lot of fiddly rules, made it for an annoying experience.
I wouldn’t play this one again.