Interesting new thing to calculate: the number of games played at least five times. This is interesting, of course, because I’m on top of the list when you look at the Finnish Board Game Society folks. I’ve long ago dropped from the top of the rating race, but on this list I shine. Lovely metric, that is.
Games, since the last update. Not much, because I’ve had to miss last couple of Thursdays, because my son’s swimming school is at the same time as my games would be. Fortunately I have another group I can attend, but I still had to miss couple of weeks for other reasons.
- Santa Cruz. A good example of a 45-minute light strategy euro. No complaints, except the slightly funky rule book. Not my cup of tea. Interesting game, nevertheless. The catch here is that the game is played in two rounds. It’s card-driven, and the cards are exchanged between the rounds. The map begins filled with hidden tiles, and the revealed tiles remain on board for the second phase, so there’s a lot more information available when round two begins. Not bad, but not thrilling enough to be a keeper. Suggest.
- Color Pop. Fun little abstract. Fairly simple, but with some depth that isn’t immediately obvious. Kids love it. I had to revise my opinion of the level of skill in the game when my three-year old daughter (who’s becoming quite the gamer) beat us twice out of four games. But a fun little game. The plastic contraption is little cool, little rickety, but it works. Suggest.
- Da ist der Wurm drin. After several whole-family games of this I’ve revised my rating up. Despite being rather straight-forward diefest, the game’s actually pretty good. The kids love it, which is the most important bit. Suggest.
- Timeline. Quick little trivia game. It’s all about years: can you put the inventions and events in the right order on the timeline? Compared to other similar games, Timeline drops the bluffing aspect, all cards are immediately checked. That’s not a bad move, as it makes the game much faster and straight-forward. One round takes about 10-15 minutes, which is very good. The replayability is limited, unless expansion cards are provided. Suggest.
- Viva Topo! Another family favourite, we’ve played this with both of the kids as well. Works well. The mice are adorable, but I topple way too easy. This Kinderspiel des Jahres winner from almost ten years ago is still a solid kids game. Suggest.
- Making Profit. Interesting concept: a quick business game from a known 18xx player. Too bad the game doesn’t quite work. We did miss something in our game (nobody remembered they could sell factory cards for money), but it seems early money is very superior to resource production. Also, developing your factory seems less useful than just running the factory once you have a share lead and selling shares seems never to make any sense. Avoid, though if possible (if I can coax somebody to play this with me; fortunately the game is fairly short) I’ll give it one more go.
- Dungeon Lords. I got to try this somewhat popular game for the first time last week. I can see why some people like this game, but I went in knowing I probably won’t enjoy it much and I wasn’t surprised. For starters the game is complicated in a rather unpleasant way. I’d hate to teach this game. It took 30 minutes to explain the rules, that’s just too much. Then there’s the action selection mechanism, where you are arbitrarily punished or rewarded depending on what your opponents do… Bah. Not my cup of tea. Indifferent.
- Monad. I’ve been looking for this game for a long time, and got it from the Kickstarter project. I’ve only played once so far and with two players, which wasn’t optimal (apparently three is). Seems like an interesting game, if a bit dry and abstract. I’ll have to try again, preferably with three players. Suggest.
I bought Village from a sale, because it won the Kennerspiel des Jahres and Deutscher Spiele Preis. Should be worth trying, at least. Hopefully I can get it on the table in a couple of days.
Some of these games can played online as well. Play online games and win cash. Playing online is always a good option when your life is busy and you can’t make schedules meet – there are always opponents online. You can play whenever you want.