Just got back from San Antonio, which accounts for all of my gaming this week. I am glad we were together, because I really needed some affirmation that there are good, conscientious people in the world this weekend. PAX South is also the location of our now-annual Freemarket game, so there’s a single RPG in here with all of the other games.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/193212/chariot-race”]Chariot Race[/URL] - We finally played a game with rubble and all six players, and the carnage was perfect. I don’t think I’ll bother with fewer than five players now.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/180974/potion-explosion”]Potion Explosion[/URL] [B](new to me)[/B] - A fun physical mechanism with an OK game.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/338/bargain-hunter”]Schnäppchen Jagd[/URL] - I first played this last January, and I’m still impressed by its cleverness. Uwe Rosenberg’s card games are often eclipsed by his worker placement games, but I generally prefer the cards.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1942/foppen”]Foppen[/URL] - The Steven Universe deck I got for Christmas is seeing some use this month. I’m beginning to notice a pattern, where I primarily play trick-taking games at conventions… I think I’d have difficulty finding five people to play with the Steven Universe cards anywhere else.
[URL=“https://rpggeek.com/rpg/4078/freemarket”]Freemarket[/URL] - Not a board game, but an RPG that I have only ever played with Tresi. For the past two years, my character Rattle Cattle has been an excellent outlet for comedic body horror.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/30869/thebes”]Thebes[/URL] - I’m glad this is finally back in print, because I’ve introduced a lot of people to Thebes and I have been getting tired of saying you can’t get it. This game, I resolved to spend 12 weeks digging as much as possible, and did very well! Until I lost every majority.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/126163/tzolk-mayan-calendar”]Tzolk’in[/URL] - The game was won by half a point, which means I probably angered the wrong god at some point in the game.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17405/1846”]1846[/URL] - Scheduled a game with Matt ahead of time, and was surprised that Scott also played. I ended with six shares of NYC and four shares of PRR, which both tokened out Toledo… and only three corps ever reached Chicago. ICR reached Chicago, but ran out of permanent trains and couldn’t get east from Chicago anyway.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157354/five-tribes”]Five Tribes[/URL] - We’ve played this regularly, but at a rate of about 1/month. So even though I enjoy it, I’ve never quite internalized the setup rules. This game I took no white meeples and the most yellow meeples for the first time (there were too many good opportunities not to)
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/49/mamma-mia”]Mamma Mia[/URL] - A game where sometimes you lose for want of a single pineapple. What’s not to like?
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/128621/viticulture”]Viticulture[/URL] - Thanks to a visitor card, I had a field with unreasonably high yields: 8 red / 1 white. I probably could have won if the target score was somewhere around 40 instead of 25
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/172081/burgle-bros”]Burgle Bros[/URL] [B](new to me)[/B] - I wasn’t a fan of Paperback, and co-ops don’t always make an impression on me, but this is very good. I’m glad Anthony picked up a copy at the con.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/555/princes-florence”]The Princes of Florence[/URL] - I was enthusiastic about the 5 player game (Rym and Anthony were not). Great auctions, and trying to nail the bonus points or score prestige cards is taxing with four opponents.
[URL=“https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/163068/trickerion-legends-illusion”]Trickerion[/URL] - An odd choice for Sunday night, but we crammed onto a hotel lobby table and Anthony taught. I really need to play the “full” game, since the basic game is starting to feel a bit limiting.