Here’s What I Played Last Week (WIPLW).
Gaming with a friend during lunch at school.
I lost. I was going for a certain combo that I totally messed up. Oh well, it’s always a fun game. This time was no different.
I’m really excited for the next set, Shadows and Steam, because it adds all new Champions and locations, and it’ll be a blast to mix them up.
Gaming at school, then Cool Stuff later.
This time, I actually got the deck’s Freeze powers off, which made it a much more fair fight. I still ended up losing, but that’s okay.
I really enjoy this game. It’s simple, but there’s combos and strategy and it’s just really fun! I’d like to try deckbuilding once I get a few more sets, but even without deckbuilding, I enjoy it a lot.
After school, I met a few friends at Cool Stuff for some more gaming.
This was a pretty cool co-op game. I liked it a lot. Some aspects of it reminded me of Dead of Winter, but I liked it more than Dead of Winter. We ended up losing, but it was still a good time. I really like the worker-placement aspect to it.
I definitely want to play this one again, and I’m excited to see what they do with the new game coming out with the same system, but a space theme.
I was really excited to play this. I’ve been interested since they announced the 2nd edition. It was really cool. Really different from any other card game I’ve played. I love the system, it’s just different and new and refreshing.
I ended up winning, but it was really tense, because my opponent had a field full of characters, while I only had 3-4 on any given turn. But I managed to pull of the win.
I definitely want to play this again.
I was glad to get this to the table, because I hadn’t played in a while, and I’m glad I did. It’s a really good worker-placement game. Really simple mechanics, but the theme really comes through, and I love that about it.
Designed by Steven Finn
I’ve been bringing Biblios with me lately, and it’s been going well. We often have 30 minutes left and Biblios fills that time well.
It’s a fantastic game, but I’m not great at it. I lost pretty bad this time, I think because I didn’t take enough book cards, and took too much gold. I also kept taking cards and then putting out better cards for my opponents.
I’m glad I got t play this one again. I really enjoy it, but I don’t seem to get to play it that often. It’s strategic and abstract, but it doesn’t feel like chess (which is a good thing for me).
I haven’t played much with player counts above 2, but I really like it with 2.
Regular Wednesday meetup at Cool Stuff
Designed by Shimpei Sato
I wanted to get a copy for myself, but because it’s a Japanese import, it’s quite expensive. So I’m doing what any reasonable graphic designer would do…I’m designing my own version of the game.
I didn’t realize this was a Stefan Feld game until now, when I’m writing this. I really really enjoyed this game. It’s cool how the colors of the cards corresponds to the dice, and how the same actions can be taken but different depending on those colors.
Anyway, great game. I really liked this one and I’d love to own it.
This was a very interesting game. The ghost player is giving DiXit-style clues, which are used by the living players to figure out suspects, locations, and objects. I didn’t really know what to expect going in, but I enjoyed it.
I wouldn’t play all the time, but if someone asked me to, I probably would.
Designed by Steve Finn
Played Biblios again today. It’s been a great end of the night filler, when we’ve got less than an hour before the store closes.
I really like Biblios, but I’m also quite bad at it.
I forgot to take a picture, but this game really isn’t very photogenic. I mean, you take a picture of the dice, or the cards, but there isn’t a board or anything to really look at.
Game night at a friends house.
This game was very interesting. You’re trying to get money and food to hire people into your court, or improvements for the farms and villages (which benefit everyone). But you have to watch out for unwanted guests and things like that.
I thought I had the win, because I built up my court quickly to end the game, but another player got a bunch of doubling bonuses, which put him ahead.
The flavor on the cards is quite nice too.
Very cool game. I’d definitely play again.
I won! Ha ha, I actually won. But what was really interesting about this game is that one of the players basically ignored making wine at all. She simply took the free victory point on the wake-up track every round, and built the windmill, to give tours and get victory points. And then she started selling fields to get more VP, and ocassionally played a visitor card or two that gave her VP. She came in second, only about 5 points behind me. And it was brilliant.
Designed by Antoine Bauza
I am really slipping with this game lately. I used to win a lot, or at least come close, but the last few games I’ve played I came dead last. I think I need to change my focus. I usually go for Science, but it’s just not paying off lately. Time to jump on the war bandwagon, and just raise hell.
I really really liked this game. It was so interesting and thinky and I mean, I just really liked it. Managing your money and keeping attacks from ships at bay, while making sure you have the right types of land pieces and managing your boatswains. There’s a lot, but it’s still a pretty simple game.
I definitely want to play this one again.
Game Night at my house. Had some friends from Orlando visiting.
I was happy to get to play this one again. I like it a lot, but it’s a hard game. I realized in this game you really need to have a set strategy going in and not veer to far off from that strategy. I didn’t do terrible, but I didn’t do great either. I had fun though, this game is really cool.
I hadn’t played this one in a long time and I really wanted to again. The first game was epic, ending with me convincing another player that we could negotiate for a shared victory. I lied and played an attack card, taking the win for myself! It was incredibly satisfying.
The second game was also good, but it seemed like everyone got weird, not great, but not terrible alien powers.
(I was Green)
We won! We had exactly 10 cards at the end. And boy was it close. This one is starting to grow on me, and I’m finding it’s very important to work together and not just play cards you think will be good.
Hadn’t played this one in a while. I am still not good at it. I lost, obviously, but I enjoy this one. It’s super simple.
Now I really hadn’t played this one in a long time, I mean, probably at least a year. It was fun, a little too limiting in regards to what you can do on your turn, but not bad. A decent little game.
Another game I hadn’t played in a while. I like Ticket to Ride, but it can feel a little annoying, because sometimes the cards you want just don’t show up, so you spend several turns drawing off the top of the deck, just hoping to get something. Or even worse, if you know that what you want is in the discard pile, you’re basically screwed until it gets reshuffled.
Not a bad game, I do enjoy it, but it does have its downsides.
We played with 4 players, but I forgot to take a picture until we started cleaning up. Oops!
Played one game before my friends had to go to a wedding they were in town for.
Designed by Antoine Bauza
I haven’t gotten to play this one in a while. For whatever reason I just can’t seem to get it to the table very often, but I’m glad I did. I really like this game. It’s simple, but the decisions are important, and there’s lots of paths to victory. It’s just a really satisfying game, and while easy to play, hard to really do well.