Board Games (Feb 11 + 18)

Been a bit busy with personal things, but here’s a double post about board games. I’ll have another post about a five new sodas I saw at my grocery store.

Lords of Waterdeep

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I’ve played this game (and its expansion) at my friend’s house before and I liked how simple the game seemed. It’s a basic worker placement game where you have to earn points by completing certain quests and various other things like establishing buildings. The buildings are where a worker can be placed, you recruit a fixed number of agents in these buildings (or not, sometimes you can do other things) to complete quests with. That’s the gist of the game without digging into too much detail. I think it’s about a medium on the learning curve, there are a lot of things to set up before you can start the game.

King of New York

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King of New York is a sequel to King of Tokyo and it’s a bit more complex than the original game. The basic rules are still the game, either be the last monster standing or be the first monster with 20 victory points. I can’t remember too much about the game, there are the 5 boroughs of New York, with Manhattan being similar to Tokyo City in the other game. Each borough has buildings for you to destroy for victory points or health, but defeating them will cause tanks or airplanes to attack you. I liked the simplicity of King of Tokyo, but this game was a bit too chaotic for me.

Codenames

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Bonus content, this game wasn’t played at Games on Tap but I’ll make a mention of it here. We played Codenames, a very popular game that came out last year.

There are 2 teams, each with a spymaster, and they have to contact undercover agents on their team. The spymasters have a grid that shows which agents on the 5×5 board belong to which team, including innocent people and the assassin. They take turns giving clues to their team, trying to contact as many agents as possible each turn. Agent names may or may not be directly related to each other or it could possibly be related to an agent on the other team.

I find it hard, conceptually, to play this game with less than 6 people. It’s possible with 4 people but it really benefits with the discussion between 2 people to decipher clues from spymasters. It’s also fun to see how compatible you are with other people, at least on an intellectual level. When I played with my cousins, I was thinking too complex for some of them and was able to find unwanted hidden meanings in some terms — which cost us the game.

Manilla

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A favourite of mine and becoming a favourite for the gaming group. It’s a mix of gambling, worker placement, speculation into one very intense game. You’re essentially trying to get the most coins at the end of the game and you earn them by being risky with your worker placement. The higher the risk, the higher the reward. There are certain safe bets that can sometimes earn decent payouts, but to earn those spots, you pretty much have to win an auction at the beginning of each round which can get costly.

Sheriff of Nottingham

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My cousin mentioned this game to me and I liked the idea behind it. It’s a pure bluffing game. You’re trying to smuggle goods into town but the sheriff stops you. You can choose to bribe the sheriff and hopefully make it into town with contraband. Everyone takes turns being the sheriff twice and it’s fun to see the game evolve. Our game was mostly honest players, everyone trying to get into town with properly declared goods. I was probably the only one trying to stir the pot too often.

Sodas

I just discovered Just Craft Soda, a local brewery that makes sodas with interesting flavours. I have 4/5 of the flavours sampled around work and I have one left to send around before I make a post.

Board Games February 04

We added a 5th member to our board gaming group! Our colleague Daniel finally had time to join us last Thursday and we decided to start off slowly with relatively easy games to teach/play.

Camel Up

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This is one of the games I had purchased over the Winter holiday. The game involves betting on 5 camels over the duration of the race. You can bet on which camel will finish ahead of the others after all 5 dice are rolled, you can also bet on the overall winning/losing camels. Extremely fun game, very simple to explain. I was playing it a bit wrong with my cousins.

King of Tokyo

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My family also owns this game, it’s a dice rolling game which you become a monster and either try to score victory points or try to kill off all the other monsters. You earn points by rolling certain dice, by entering/staying in Tokyo, or other effects from cards. You lose health if monsters attack you while you’re in Tokyo or if the monster currently inside Tokyo attacks you. Another very easy to explain game.

Tsuro

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Tsuro is a game where you place tiles on the board and your character piece moves along the paths the tiles make. That’s pretty much 90% of the rules. Your piece continues moving if a new tile is placed in front of it even when it’s not your turn. And you die when your character reaches an edge of the playing space or collides with another piece. Another very easy to explain game.

And we ended the night with Fluxx.

Food……..

I should be getting the Cinnamon Bun Oreos soon, as well as the Filled Cupcake ones that just came out today. There’s really not much I have to review but I will have Batman/Superman cereal sometime this week and it should be quite delicious.

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Board Games January 14/21

Been a bit busy at work and home and completely forgot to post about these.

January 14

Kingdom Builder
Kingdom Builder

Our co-op student for the term is very interested in boardgames so we’ve invited him to join us. The night started off with a few games of Kingdom Builder, it’s very similar to Small World but more passive in terms of what you can do to your opponents. You’re placing tiles down onto the board to score points based on a few set game mechanics and 3 randomly chosen rules. Everyone places 3 of their houses down per turn plus any additional houses if they acquired special tokens. There are certain rules to follow when placing down houses so finding a good strategy early is key.

Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan

Ending the night with Catan. I’ve walked through half of the tutorial online and various videos but never really played a game. Mike, our co-op student, hasn’t played it either so we had to play a round. I’m sure there are others who can explain the game better than I can.

January 21

Splendor
Splendor

I had just recently purchased Splendor to continue my theme of gambling/betting and poker chips. I’ve upgraded my copy of Camel Up to use poker chips now. Splendor is a game where you’re acquiring gem mines (cards) for the cost of gems (poker chips). Both the gems and mines can be used to contribute to purchasing future gem mines with the owned mines being permanent resources while you put the gems back to the communal pile. I’ll be playing this game with my cousins/friends in the future so I’ll have more to post.

Dominion
Dominion

We’ve played Dominion at Games on Tap before but we wanted to introduce it to Mike. Dominion is a deck building game where the objective is to collect as many Victory (green) cards as possible. Victory cards have no other value during the game so collecting the cheap 1 Victory cards would hurt a deck during the game play. Other than the 6 static piles there are 10 other decks of cards which have special effects that may aid with collecting more cards or put your opponents at a disadvantage.

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne is another game that I feel that shares with a similar vibe to Small World. You’re building the map each turn with the option to claim the field/city/road you just played if nobody else has claims to a connected area. Scoring is based on how big the city or how long the road gets once it’s completed.

Fluxx
Fluxx

We ended with Fluxx which I have posted about before.

Foods

I’ll be posting about foods soon, a mass amount of the new Kit Kats are acquired and been tasted by many at work now.

January 7 Boardgames

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As promised, I will be doing a boardgame post every week or so starting in 2016. We play at Games On Tap in Waterloo every Thursday night. If you’re interested in joining our group, feel free to bug me personally somewhere on social mediums.

We played a few games last Thursday, Libertalia was the only game I haven’t played before. The game itself is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Each player has the same roster of characters that they will strategically play in order to gain loot. Each character has special effects that will grant them abilities during specific phases of the round. The replay value exists because of the random nature of the character rosters you’ll get. Game can play up to 6 and the more players the better.

I introduced the group to Guillotine, a game published by Wizards of the Coast. I liked the game because of the very simple rules and concept. Guillotine has action cards (hand) and nobles (they form a line up in front of a guillotine). You play an action card to possibly manipulate the line up, and you collection the next noble in the line up. Loop until the line up is done, loop 3 times. Very easy game to explain.

We ended the night with Fluxx, a favourite of ours. The game is also another one of those simple to teach games and starts off with the basic rules of ‘Draw 1, Play 1’. The game doesn’t stay that way though, you’ll add more rules to complement the basic rule and you can end up drawing 5 cards and playing 3, or only allowed to keep 0 cards at the end of your turn. To win the game, one of the rules that will be added determine the conditions to win. Those conditions consist usually of having played keepers and sometimes creeper cards in front of you. The game quickly turns into a very complicated mess with too many rules on the table and someone screwing your winning conditions over.

I’m going to delay the Kit Kat post since I haven’t been able to secure a Mint one yet. However, I did happen to find some Ginger Ale and Root Beer at a grocery store that I don’t frequent in my hunt for the Mint Kit Kat.

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Board Games

Starting in 2016, I plan on doing my take on board games here. It’ll feature games that I am introduced to during our gaming nights after work and won’t necessarily be new games, I haven’t even played Settlers of Catan yet.