It’s a new year in a new forum. What an appropriate time to start a new thread! No deep analysis required, just casual discussion about board and card games you have played recently.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/97207/dungeon-petz”]Dungeon Petz[/URL] - Last played a year and a half ago. Unlike Dungeon Lords, Dungeon Petz isn’t as proactive about ruining your position, which makes teaching it much easier.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/102794/caverna-cave-farmers”]Caverna[/URL] - Last played two years ago! Caverna is still enjoyable, but no longer my favorite of Rosenberg’s resource conversion games. That would be Glass Road. Or Le Havre if you don’t think Glass Road is “big” enough.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/24417/factory-fun”]Factory Fun[/URL] - Real-time is a dealbreaker for a lot of the gamers in the Friday group. But new guy Josh threw himself into the deep end with an expert factory board and did really well. We told him to keep coming back. ;]
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/206941/first-class-unterwegs-im-orient-express”]First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express[/URL] - Now I’ve seen a number of strategies work well. On Friday, I managed to get six cars upgraded to 12… but not fast enough to keep up in the second scoring round.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/181319/familiars-trouble”]Familiar’s Trouble[/URL] - We got a score of 41 after three attempts. Oh yes, and we played three times in a row, which might be considered an endorsement.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1942/foppen”]Clod[/URL] [B](new to me)[/B] - I was gifted an excellently-produced custom deck of Foppen cards by my friend Dan. It was good with four, but I suspect it plays best at 5-6.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1036/speculation”]Speculation[/URL] - The last game of 2016…
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/118497/trick-rails”]Trick of the Rails[/URL] - … and the first game of 2017! I wanted to try a second hand to close out the evening, but we ran out of time.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/169786/scythe”]Scythe[/URL] - So far, every game after the first has been unsurprising, but enjoyable. I am kind of looking forward to playing on the tremendously-oversized expansion board just for the experience of it.
[URL=“https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/66188/fresco”]Fresco[/URL] - I was not enthusiastic about the expansion modules, specifically the extra colors. The small number of options for brown and pink fresco tiles lead to some nasty blocking that make the difference between 0 and 25 points with a single worker. Also thoroughly exacerbated by the decision to make a player’s paint hidden trackable information.