It was a quieter week with some staff on vacation and others busy with events in the store, but most of us still got in some gaming.
Greg played a few games of Brass: Birmingham this week: “It’s a long time since I played the original Brass so Tracy and I just played half a game (canal era only) to get reacquainted and up to speed on the differences in Birmingham. Hoping to play a full game tomorrow!” He did: “The rail era gets even more thinky and tough, which is a good thing I guess? Both Tracy and I had to back track a couple of times because we realized we couldn’t do what we had wanted to do, so this is definitely a game that rewards experience.” He took that experience and played it again on our Friday evening livestream.
Greg also played Santa Maria: “A dice drafting, tile laying game where the dice activate all the locations in the matching row or column, generating resources, advancing you on a couple of tracks or allowing you to ship goods for points and income. Nice game, I’d like to play again.”
On Monday Renee hosted the Kingdomino Tournament for 12 players; one of which was Greg: “I played in the event we held at the store and it was super close in our game for the top three, with scores being 52, 52, 51. Alas I was the 51 so didn’t get to the final, but I enjoyed playing all the same as it’s a quick fun game.” In fact all three of the games in the first round were very close! Thanks to everyone who came out; it was a lot of fun.
Zac Played World of Yo Ho, a board game in which you download the app to your phone and use it as your ship in the game, while Jim played with the new rules for Black Powder and reported that he “suffered a complete rout of my light cavalry by some heavy cavalry.” Kris got in some more Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Gord finally got to 1917 in Illusions of Glory, “The Russians don’t look ready to have a revolution and are on the attack with the Brusilov Offensive. It’s going to be a bloody turn for both sides.”
Renee played a couple shorter games this week:
Coloretto “Got to play a few 3 player games and found it is a bit more cutthroat than the 2 player games I usually play. I really enjoyed it with a higher player count – may try to take it out more often when I have a few people to play with.”
Biblios “In the first round you take turns secretly looking at cards and either claiming them, putting them in the second round auction or giving them to your opponents. The cards are either money to use in the auction, cards with varying values in the 5 suits, or action cards that let you manipulate the end game victory points of each suit. After the auction is complete, the player with the most points in each suit gets the victory points for that suit. Been wanting to try this out for a while and found I really liked it. Another small box game to add to my collection.”
Fleet “Each round involves the auctioning of fishing licences – each providing its owner with special abilities – then players use their cards to launch boats, captain their boats and fish. Another shorter, small box game that I enjoyed quite a bit.”
On Sunday’s staff gaming night, Kris set up a game of Mansions of Madness and was joined by Gord and Drew. Meanwhile Greg, Bronwyn and Renee played Trajan and Brutal Kingdom. It was Renee’s first play of Trajan, “I’ve been a fan of Stefan Feld ever since my first play of Castles of Burgundy so I was really looking forward to playing Greg’s favourite Feld game. I really enjoyed the mancala mechanism to determine your action and get bonus tiles. A typical points salad game, we each used a different strategy and it ended up being quite close.” Brutal Kingdom was in a word, brutal; especially for such a seemingly simple game. Greg had this to say, “An interesting deduction and drafting card game with a neat scoring mechanism. Trying to figure out who has what cards, when it’s safe to play and trying to manipulate the turn order can be tough, so it’s quite thinky for a relatively short game.”