Regular Wednesday meetup at Cool Stuff. This day was okay. There was a lot of expecting to play games but not actually getting to play them. Namely Posthuman and Blood Rage. But I did get to play 2 new games, so I’m happy about that.
In Mogul, players bid for cards in a similar manner to No Thanks!. The player who wins the card decides if they want to take it for its stock value, or use the action at the bottom, either placing a building on the board or selling the matching color stock. The last player to pass before them gets the option they didn’t choose. It plays 3-5 players and lasts about 45 minutes.
I wanted to like Mogul, and I might on future plays, but I had a hard time grasping some of the concepts and strategy this time around. Before going in, I was told it’s like No Thanks! And that threw me off, because, it’s a lot more complex than No Thanks!.
The Castles of Mad King Ludwig
In The Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players buy rooms to add to their castle. Different types of rooms have different bonuses, and completing rooms grants additional bonuses. It plays 2-4 players and lasts about 90 minutes.
I really liked this game, it was fun to build the castle and work on different strategies. My only complaints are that it felt too long for what it is, and I think that has a lot to do with how when you’re the Master Builder, you set the prices. I understand that it’s necessary, but it can take a while for someone to decide on the prices. Strategically, it also requires you to look around at everyone’s castles and rooms and see what tiles benefit them and that just eats up a lot of time.
Friday was Christmas day. After we opened presents and the like, we went over to my grandma’s house for pizza and we played No Thanks!
No Thanks! x3
In No Thanks!, players attempt to score the lowest number of points by collecting chips worth -1 point each, and trying to take the lowest-value cards. They do this by “bidding” on cards using their chips. It plays 3-5 players and lasts about 15 minutes.
Saturday my relatives came over and I played some games with them.
Minecraft Card Game?
In Minecraft Card Game?, players accumulate resources and attempt to build tools, which give them points and special abilities. There are creepers that can pop up, and make everyone discard a resource card, and TNT which lets you blow up the resource piles and take 2 cards.
This game made me think of Splendor and Archaeology: The Card Game. They share similar elements, but this game isn’t nearly as polished as those two. The creepers are too powerful and some of the tool abilities are too powerful as well. There’s also a lot of luck in what you can do on your turn, and the rulebook wasn’t clear about a few rules.
Overall, though I did have fun playing this game, but I probably wouldn’t play it again.
The aMAZEing Labyrinth
In The aMAZEing Labyrinth, players move the labyrinthine maze in an attempt to collect magic objects. If you collect all of your magic objects, you are the winner. It plays 2-4 players and lasts about 45 minutes.
Ticket to Ride
In Ticket to Ride, players compete to complete tickets by connecting routes from one city to the next. You build routes by playing matching-color cards and complete tickets by building enough of these routes to connect the cities on your ticket. It plays 2-5 players and lasts about an hour.
I remembered in the middle of the game that we weren’t supposed to use the double-routes in a 3 player game, but it was too late at that point, so we just played with them, which was fine.