The last staff blog of the year is here, in which we reveal which games we played to close out our year and how we spent our holidays.
Greg started out the week with Dice Settlers, “A dice rolling 4X game, which means it has some area control and take that which aren’t usually my thing but it seemed more about the timing of things, and the dice limit how much take that there is. I enjoyed trying to make the most of my dice each turn. There is a decent amount of result manipulation so, while it can be tactical at times, it’s not difficult to pick a strategy and run with it. I’d like to try with more than 2 players to see how that affects things.” He also played Ganz Schön Clever, “Opened up a few of my boxes of games after the move and found this bad boy so I had to whip it out for a quick spin.”
A busier week with board games, D&D, painting and reading! See what we’ve been doing in our spare time and get some recommendations.
Renee started Monday Board Game Night with a game of Ganz Schon Clever. “Fun as always!” She then got to play Heaven & Ale for the first time. “This is a fun but punishing game. You have to move your resources and brew master up your player track for final scoring. Thing is, it takes work to get them out of the negatives. Going around the board you buy tiles to place on your board, on the sunny side they move your resources up the track when activated, on the shady side they generate money when activated. Monks move your brew master up the track. You activate tiles by completing a circle around an activation space or by using a purple disc to activate all the tiles of a single type. Timing these is an interesting task. Another interesting element is that players can move around the board as quickly as they want, but must wait at the start for all the other players to catch up before the next round. Move ahead and you secure yourself the tiles before they are taken or go slower and take more actions. Another interesting set of choices. Would definitely play again!” She finished the evening with a game of Tichu, “I lost my first game, but it was close! Still love how thinky and clever this team game is and definitely still learning it.”
A bit of a quieter week with the store being somewhat busier than normal…but we still did manage to get in some gaming!
Monday Open Board Game night for Renee started with a game of Reef, with 2 new players. “I’m definitely getting better at planning several steps ahead and lining up my cards to get the pieces I need for the scoring portions, but still find I barely break 50 points. Love that this is easy to pick up and teach but feels like you can challenge yourself to score higher with each play. And damn in looks good on the table.”
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This week we have a bunch of board games and miniature games being played by the staff as well as the start of the Tale of Four Gamers.
Greg and Renee started Monday Night Board Gaming with Qwinto. Greg, “Another game of this little roll-and-write and I managed to score pretty well this time!” Followed with Ganz Schön Clever, Greg, “Another game and what was noteworthy was that we realized we’d missed a rule that covers a corner case situation that only comes up occasionally but may change the odd decision now and then.”
The week started with some Majesty: For the Realm for Greg at Monday Night Board Gaming. “A quick and fairly light card drafting game where players are collecting sets of characters to get bonuses but also deciding whether to go for majorities or points for variety. There is a bit of take that in the game but it doesn’t feel too obnoxious. The point tokens are unnecessarily nice too.”