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With all the talk of a rethemed new edition of the A Study in Emerald #boardgame I had to dig out the 1st edition of the #MartinWallace classic. I first played the game 10 years ago but only read the short story, by #neilgaiman, that inspired the game recently.
The new edition will be themed into the Cthulhu: Death May Die series by CMON.
Methinks, it’s time for ASIE to hit the table again!
Meanwhile Paul and crew played Raiders of the North Sea with some of the expansions. They finished the night with a few games of the clever #ReinerKnizia card game High Society.
A few folks showed up after we had got settled. Cheers to Lawrence and to Robert for taking care of the newcomers. Now they know there is a Meetup group we can know to keep an eye out for them. Robert taught Hollywood 1947, a social deduction #boardgame themed on commies in the movie industry.
Another play for Moa designed by #MartinWallace. This time it took half the time to play. Once again I came second.
Next up was Istanbul. A game I have no recollection of playing before. But I have. Cheers to #BGG for having a better memory that I have.
Last game for the night was Savannah Park. It's a light tile movement/placement #boardgame that is simple but challenging. And I don't just mean finding the specific tiles on the your board.
Fun #boardgame facts that might result in arrest or members of your family being harmed
CW: bad advice, drug references
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#SPIEL23 #brettspiele #brettspiel #boardgame
I think I've 'finished' one of my Bezzy Bargain Bags for UKGE 2024.
It might be called "A game about simple auctions, and trying to get majorities without spending too many cards."
2-5p, 10ish minutes
My 2nd auction game but totally different to AGAACAWAATBTA.
(I mean about this game, but if you just want to ask me general life questions, that's also cool.)
(Does the 'name' tell you what to expect?)
Last night I found myself in Burano. A #boardgame placing buildings, making lace, going fishing, selling my catch, collecting revenue, roofing buildings and collecting bonuses. Rinse and repeat for the most VPs. All driven by the imaginative 'cube-pyramid' mechanism. 4 phases/ 14 rounds. 👍
Giving it 8.5 with two falls and a submission 🤪 #boardgames
Our last #BoardGame of the day was Clank! In Space. This was our 1st game after playing original Clank! last week. I enjoyed the factions and new market powers. I managed to get a last minute win.
Been available for a while in both solo or 2-player hotseat is the classic GDW: Battle for Moscow
Just in time for the Battle Card Kickstarter are 2 web implementations of the solo Battle Card Market Garden
I'm still eagerly waiting for Vassal on the iPad!
In case anyone is interested, I just found out that there will be a new game reimplementing Babel soon. Different theme, new visual style.
Clash of Magic Schools
(I think I prefer the old style a little more, but in any case my recommendation stands. ;)
Last night we played Save Snowball from Decking Awesome Games. A fab little escape room game with a fun story and theme! You’ll be pleased to know Snowball is now safe, thanks to some help from @dierolling! Check it out on Kickstarter now!
I was one of the backers of the #InsideTheBox kickstarters for #SubTerraII (and other things), whose failed promises are now being delivered by #NaylorGames through #GameFound.
I *think* I got an email about the package finally being delivered (it's from ZATU, which my understanding is the #boardgame distributor through which the pledge is being fulfilled).
This is #goodNews.
Got a second game of Final Girl in before bed time: The Haunting of Creech Manor with Alice as the #finalgirl. Spawned in the attic and started frantically searching for Carolyn (the little girl we had to save) while the poltergeist wreaked havoc downstairs claiming one victim after another on its way up. When it was right outside the door I finally found Carolyn and just ran for it, sprinted past the Poltergeist, jumped out the window and ran to safety... dumb luck, good times! 😅 #boardgame
And now I'm of course quite tempted to back the Kickstarter they just launched for Series 3 of Final Girl... #finalgirl #kickstarter #boardgame
Am friends with Drew and Carl from #footboard (the board game) and they've amazingly given me Number 23 off the production line. So we've ruined it's potential future value by opening it immediately and playing it, as intended.
It's all made of sustainable materials, every counter and the dice are wooden and it's great to play.
I've been wanting to make a painting of the Fungal Jungles biome for my #Snailriders #boardgame , but improvising the designs of the mushrooms just didn't work. So I decided to put in the extra effort to make some actual concept art for 5 different fantasy mushrooms and 1 giant lichen that can be placed in the environment. I'll probably will be expanding this one with more designs, but this is what I had time for for now.
A reminder of how games have been an integral part of our culture for millennia:
🏰🎲 #boardgames #history #boardgame
Check out the demo for Beacon Patrol based on the popular board game https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2023/09/check-out-the-demo-for-beacon-patrol-based-on-the-popular-board-game/
Time to break lunch aka burger and a beer. I had a nice Red Ale, a Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel.
Next up was the Nations #boardgame . This is a fave of Terry and he kindly taught it. Yeesh. It was brutal yet fun. Wow, if you fall behind it is tough. It also depends on how cruel your fellow players choose to be.
Games at My Place is in Pasadena, CA. This store was formerly known as Gameology Pasadena.
For those of you in the UK, today is the last day to save $5 on JitterTed's TDD Game!
Use the code GET5 to get the discount. If you order this weekend, you'll get your copy in October!
Last evening, we played our first game of Habitat, 3rd edition.
Other than my initial confusion over some scoring, the rules are generally quite reasonable and easy to grasp.
Pick a tile, place a tile to attempt to score points based on animal habitat needs. Repeat.
We did like the aspect of using a meeple to select tiles to play rather than just picking from a pile.
Been working on some more pieces for Devil's Dice, the boardgame I'm doing art for <3
This time sketching out some concepts for a skull cardboard token as currency in the game! This is a first pass to get an idea down.
For those of you in the UK, you can save $5 on JitterTed's TDD Game now through the weekend!
Use the code GET5 to get the discount. If you order this weekend, you'll get your copy in October!
Each year for our weekend cabin #boardgame retreat I design and 3D print trophies for everyone who comes out. This year I tried out wood filament for the first time, it's turned out quite well!
There’s a chill in the air, so it’s almost time for Solotober!
Now in its third year, this is a #BoardGame challenge to play a solo boardgame each day through October. Last year saw an amazing 107 participants.
It is all organised via the awesome 1Player Guild over on BoardGameGeek.com, but you can also take part on your preferred socials with the hashtag #Solotober2023
I play #games, specifically #boardgames, but I'm open to others (both digi/analog). I've done a lot of #boardgame playtesting in the past (including, but not limited to; Root and John Company from Cole Wehrle, and Gandhi: Decolonization of British India from Bruce Mansfield) and I still do. Although anymore, I usually limit that to really digging into one title for a few seasons to see it through the entire process over playing just one or two iterations of something at an Unpub event or short sprints.
I find it interesting why people like the games (or things in general) that they do. I'm quite a curious critter in that regard and likewise I love stuff like the Richmond Forum or TEDTalks that make me think (and I read the London Review of Books somewhat regularly).
As such, I find #boardgamedesign to be fascinating from a #systemdesign perspective. Some of that is because I've built a long career in the IT system design and implementation space. In 2023, my spouse challenged me to finally get off my duff and design something to play with friends. That's a... "work in progress" at the moment, but I'm happy to discuss design challenges with folks.
For my #wargaming (and history) interests, I have nerded out on the #ColdWar and it's various dynamics/locations plus Japan until WW1. I usually play #wargames for a series of iterations and then trade/sell them unless they hold steam with my group or are otherwise special. Shelf space is at a premium and I think a game that doesn't get played because it's just sitting there could go to a home that will enjoy it more. As such, I use a modified Jones Theory for keeping games, and I churn through a bunch every year.
I do paint minis, mostly in the winter months because my setup isn't conducive currently for summer painting. I prefer CMON's Arcadia Quest or other various SD-style figures for that purpose. I am the proud owner of assembled terrain (!!!) and I don't think has ever seen the light of day...
Otherwise, I enjoy most forms of music and in a prior life did on-location audio recording and some spare time as a roadie for smaller bands. Modern country and 50s rock are two areas that I shy away from though.
Covid caused me to take an interest in spectator sports, specifically stuff that is off the beaten path. I now somewhat consistently watch Cricket (T20 and some ODI), Cycling, and to a lesser degree Rugby 7s. In general, I'm more likely to watch women's iterations of sports when possible (I find the dynamics of play are more interesting than the men's side). We've been a season ticket holder for the local soccer team since before they last won a championship (2009).
2 cats (sisters), and one spouse. We (technically) have a garden and make haphazard attempts at keeping it alive and tended. Send me your cat and boardgame pictures please. I've had exactly one dog in my life, and they were the best dog...
Смотрите, что нашёл.
Настолка #Regicide .
Как я понимаю, играть можно, имея обычную колоду игральных карт (с 2 и выше).
Поиграть и посмотреть игры в онлайне ещё можно на #BGA:
Если вдруг кто-то захочет попробовать — пишите :)
Мне идея игры понравилась.
Because I was thinking about it this weekend on the (long) drive home; sometimes you'll play a #boardgame and afterwards you might have a discussion with other players about it. For a couple days (or maybe even a week) you then stew on the experience and what the game does. I almost always have some game on my mind for whatever reason.
What game has lived in your head lately and why?
We played a game of Subatomic yesterday. It’s a drafting and buying game with a thin layer of “science” wrapped around the game.
It played well. It has some accessibility issues with color contrast and some strange icon choices though.
I lost big time, partly because I messed up a rule, and because I played poorly …. We had a deluxe edition with a few upgraded components but totally not needed.
Oh no, it's an ambush! ⚔️ New action card illustration for our #boardgame. Can't wait for more 🤩
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We played a game of Tyler Sigman’s Crows last night. The rules are easy to learn and the game plays reasonably quickly (took about 50 minutes for 2 of us).
Lay a tile, then a totem, attract crows to totem, score points. It’s a thinking game for sure as you need to determine a good tile laying strategy for your points but also watch what others might do.
Fun. We had the deluxe edition we bought at #GenCon a few years ago.
The errata for 8th Army: Operation Crusader #boardgame published by GDW included instructions for “play by phone”.
Due to the double blind nature of the game there were two identical maps and playaids. Yet only one set of counters. So it was possible yet would have been time consuming and lots of work for the players. Hooray for such tech as #VassalEngine
One of my fave yet under used mechanics in #boardgames is double-blind. Each player has an identical map where the only their units and the front line is marked. Units tend to blunder into each other when players call out the enemy controlled hex they are moving into. 8th Army: Operation Crusader is the best of the 3 put out by GDW in the early 80s.
As a bonus #introduction, I wrote 5 blog posts this week sharing projects that I've done over the past decade that I'm proud of to tell my story from a different perspective:
Boost Turku & Startup Journey: https://hamatti.org/posts/projects-im-proud-of-boost-turku-and-startup-journey/ #coworking #startups
Turku ❤️ Frontend: https://hamatti.org/posts/projects-im-proud-of-turku-frontend/ #TurkuDev #community
Dev Breakfast & Syntax Error: https://hamatti.org/posts/projects-im-proud-of-newsletters/ #newsletter
Teaching programming: https://hamatti.org/posts/projects-im-proud-of-teaching-programming/ #teaching
Today I wrote about my most recent #tabletop #boardgame project Potluck which is a semi-universal card game project that fits dozens, even hundreds of different games into a single deck that fits into the pocket.
Perfect for travel: can be always picked up and played in trains or boats or when waiting for those to leave or during a break in a conference or when visiting mom at home.
So, the “piéce the rèsistance” in these new additions to his small #boardgame collection is #Flamecraft
a resource management game with a #fantasy setting with some very attractive art (that was one of the reasons why he picked it, TBH).
The game mechanics are solid, but a bit convoluted, and may require multiple playthrough to get really used to, which is almost ironic given that there's only one/two major choices each player has to do each turn.
A new, bigger #introduction
+ I have a Blåhaj
It's funny how I rate #boardgame designers/publishers etc. These range from those who products almost automatically go on the "very probably acquire" list regardless, through to those who deserves an increasing amount of investigation, and I have a few on my don't touch their sh1t-list. This categorization is different from deciding on acquisition based primarily on the subject matter.
Do other folks do the same for creators/producers of #boardgames ?
Spent well over two hours setting up Mr. President last night. It's an intense solo #boardgame simulating pretty much everything that can go wrong during a four-year term. I've actually taken to playing this by discord with my friends which I think will be a fun project; we often discuss politics so this will be a fun hypothetical experiment.
(The only problem is it will dominate my board game table for the coming weeks, so not much else will get played)
We played the 2021 edition of HeroQuest for the first time last evening.
It’s a perfectly fine dungeon crawl game experience. As we only had two players, we used the app to be the Game Master. It was weird but understandable that we needed to mirror our moves in the app. Finding space for iPad on the tabletop was frustrating.
Easy to play. No giant set of rules or dozens of pages of lore. Good entry into a basic #TTRPG.
We played Expancity last evening.
For 2 people, it took about 100 minutes and really felt like it was about 20-30 minutes too long. There were too many tiles for 2. It was a perfectly average game overall.
Easy to learn. Some strategy. Pay attention to other player actions. Play randomly drawn tiles, add floors to buildings, select accomplishment cards, score.
The tile bag was Stupidly small. The tiles just barely all fit.
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About to finalise and place a deposit on my #BoardGame table.
It came down to the two main manufacturers in the UK: Geeknson or Natural Twenty Gaming Tables.
After comparing both at last month’s UKGE, it was a no-brainier decision, given my budget, to go with Natural Twenty. Craftsmanship, finish, and looks are far better than the other.
This will be a feature furniture piece and family dining table, so I wanted the best build and quality I could afford.
Won’t be here until next year though…
Hi all, thanks for the invite to this server @semicoop . Looking forward to reading through the posts and learning how it all works. I am new to Mastodon, so let me know if I have missed something.
By way of #introduction I love playing board games as a way of connecting with family and friends.
Since that time I have been lucky to connect with some awesome people and share/learn more about this hobby. It has been very cool.
Up until now twitter has been the main platform I have used, so will be learning from scratch about how this works.
We played MegaCity Oceania last night.
Interesting game that really needs a flat smooth surface to play well. Players build little towers to specifications to gain points and then slide them carefully into the center of the game area to potentially gain more points.
Action is mostly non stop as each player stays busy even when not their turn.
We weren’t sure we would like it, but did enjoy it. Took about 1 hour for 2 players.
We just played the first co-op session in a while and it went way too smooth. Revealed all rooms, did all missions.
Finally me and my partner, playing captain and soldier, are about to climb into the escape pods to leave this cursed ship full of xenomorphs. I make my roll... and escape, though possibly infected. He throws his die... and triggers the QUEEN.