Memoir ’44 is in alpha on Board Game Arena, and that had me itching to play a better Commands and Colors game: BattleLore 2nd Edition. Luckily, my youngest son was willing to oblige! BattleLore fixes so many of the problems … Continue reading Tooooo battle!
Played one of my all-time favorites recently – 1960: The Making of the President. This was the first “real” board game my wife and I bought when we got into the hobby. I don’t know if it was rust or … Continue reading Nixon No
Whoever said things can’t make you happy never owned a set of bird meeples. 🙂 Nice game of Wingspan with the fam. I did pretty well, but the oldest boy had a sweet tucking engine that racked up 27! Continue reading Wing Ding
Will anything ever displace WWII as a wargame setting? Any conflict can be translated to a strategic game, but for company/platoon-level scope, WWII is still where it’s at. My preferred WWII tactical system is Combat Commander. The rules are a … Continue reading The War
So last year, I planned a gaming get-together to replace the missing conventions – and called it CoronaCon. 🙂 We did it again this year, and I got to play some of my favorites! Pax Renaissance: Quartermaster General: And Struggle … Continue reading CoronaCon 2!
Played some Niagara with the family recently… It’s another oldie-but-goodie. I like the way action selection is simultaneous, but the actions themselves play out in turn order – creating a “will they be where I think they will be” situation. … Continue reading Without a paddle
When I get to pick the game at home (decided via die roll, of course!), I’ve been trying to pick some of our older games that haven’t been played in a while. This time it was Aquadukt! Aquadukt is a … Continue reading Hey, Aquaduct!
Acquire – one of the all-time greats! I was lucky enough to find my copy at a thrift store for $2, and have since improved it with money chips (also thrifted!), tile racks, and a draw bag. Our oldest boy … Continue reading Rules of acquisition
Tried out a game from Reiner Knizia’s New Tactical Games with Dice and Cards – “Swap”. It’s a pure commodity trading game with prices determined by die roll. I found the game fascinating… Halfway through, I thought we we playing … Continue reading The ol’ switcheroo
Played some Downforce with the family and used a new betting variant from Board Game Arena. Basically, it cuts down on the runaway leader problem and rewards players for pushing a long shot forward. Give it a shot! Continue reading Pole position
I’ve played a lot of Dominion, but I don’t think I’ve ever hit the century mark before. Nothing fancy – just deck thinning with Steward and buying money. Continue reading Three-digit Dominion
Got an awesome birthday present: Great Western Trail! Played with my wife and the boys and they picked it up pretty quickly. Love this one – it feels like “gamer Monopoly”. Hope to play it some more soon! Continue reading Take ’em to Missouri, Matt!
5P game of ICECOOL with the whole family. I really like the trick shot abilities in the second one. Making crazy shots is half the fun of the game, so it makes sense to score you points while you’re at … Continue reading Penguins in flight
Played some Oceans with the whole family and pulled out a close one. I was apprehensive when this came out… I’m a huge fan of Evolution and kept hearing about how different this was going to be. In a sense … Continue reading There’s always a bigger fish
The alpha release of Chicago Express and Trick of the Rails on Board Game Arena has triggered a burst of train gaming at our house. We’ve played a ton of Chicago Express online since I don’t own that one (yet). … Continue reading Choo choo!
I was happy when my wife picked Wingspan the other day – it had been a bit since we had played. I hit my large bird goal, but came up empty on the other two I drew. Meanwhile, my youngest … Continue reading Tweet tweet, chirp chirp
Got some real-world A Few Acres of Snow in on this snowy day. And my son, the shark gave the rest of the family a thrashing in Jaws. Continue reading Le requin
Got to talking about A Few Acres of Snow on Board Game Atlas and struck up a game on Yucata. Every time I play this game, I remember how much I love it – deckbuilding and “weuros” are right up … Continue reading A Few Pixels of Snow
Bad weather means more gaming! 🙂 Played some Pax Pamir with the boys – one of my favorites! I hogged the purple cards and won after two failed dominance checks. Last night, it was Small World with the Sky Island … Continue reading Pineapple Fever
Another game of Frostgrave, this time with just oldest son and his Necromancer. We played the “Living Museum” scenario, in which a central treasure chamber is guarded by constucts (got to use my new statues!). The boy used Telekinesis to … Continue reading A night at the museum