The Big Board-Gaming Catch-All

A good gaming session over the weekend. We played the full cycle of the Arkahm Horror Dunwich set which whilst we lost on the very last section was a lot of fun.

I also got to try the starter pack of Star Wars Unlimited which i REALLY enjoyed. The core mechanics are really solid. Unfortunately I think it will be just outside the range of my 9 year old for me to really get into it with them just yet. I don't suppose there are and GWJers within striking distance of Glasgow

A friend of mine says he prefers Heat on BGA so wouldn’t be too keen on me inviting him over for a tabletop version. Anything more complicated than Beyond the Sun and it gets fiddly / piece-taxing for him. Maybe the fan made track would convince him otherwise. I’ve had a price alert set for Heat forever but it never drops in price, so I guess they didn’t print a lot of base game copies.

Keithustus wrote:

A friend of mine says he prefers Heat on BGA so wouldn’t be too keen on me inviting him over for a tabletop version. Anything more complicated than Beyond the Sun and it gets fiddly / piece-taxing for him. Maybe the fan made track would convince him otherwise. I’ve had a price alert set for Heat forever but it never drops in price, so I guess they didn’t print a lot of base game copies.

It's constantly unavailable but I saw it in stock on Amazon the other day for $75. I think that's going to be the best price you'll see for a long time. A friend of mine bought it third party for $95 when they couldn't find it in stock.

In excellent news the mini bbk and I had a game of Star Wars Unlimited last night and he has grokked the rules pretty well l. I had to remind him of a few things but I found him at 6 am today watching the Rodney rules run through so I think I have someone to play with!

I had such a great time with that at gencon last year. Was planning on picking up a copy this year. Any expansions you recommend? Are there expansions yet?

Fredrik_S wrote:

I had such a great time with that at gencon last year. Was planning on picking up a copy this year. Any expansions you recommend? Are there expansions yet?

If you are talking Star Wars then nothing just yet but there are booster packs for the starter set. The second big box with bounty hunter things is due in July though.

Just had most of a very fun game of Plum Island Horror with three players (we played two of the three days, but stopped when we had enough civilians for victory.) It's a tactical, goofy, and thematic game that doesn't seem to be hard enough, so the designer is tweaking the rules a bit.

bbk1980 wrote:

In excellent news the mini bbk and I had a game of Star Wars Unlimited last night and he has grokked the rules pretty well l. I had to remind him of a few things but I found him at 6 am today watching the Rodney rules run through so I think I have someone to play with!

My boy and I have been really enjoying SW:Unlimited. We did a prerelease when it came out, as well as got a booster box and the starter set. It is a well done game. He too watched a couple rules videos and strategy vids to see if he can beat me.

Realized gencon is not unreasonable far from me so planning to go for some fun. Lots of stuff going on it seems. Recently played a bunch of spirit island. Great game though it has an odd difficulty curve. Either you're crushing or being crushed. Still fun.

I have cracked and bought some boosters for Star Wars Unlimited. I haven’t played a CCG in years why I have I opened the lament configuration…..

My copy of Skyrise showed up and we are going to play it this weekend. It's bidding and area control on a modular playfield. It is a beautiful game, and from what I can tell seems to be quick and fun as well. Details to follow.

That sounds fun. Let us know what you think of it!

Toddland wrote:

My copy of Skyrise showed up and we are going to play it this weekend. It's bidding and area control on a modular playfield. It is a beautiful game, and from what I can tell seems to be quick and fun as well. Details to follow.

Nice! Friend of mine got a copy as well and we tried it out the other week. Mechanically I thought it was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the process of playing it. I didn't find the end game scoring particularly satisfying but the game played fast and smooth enough that honestly I didn't mind. If the game lasted longer I think I'd have some complaints but it didn't outstay its welcome. Certainly gorgeous as well!

Need 1 more for Terraforming Mars - 3 players, turn based, beginner mode

Play Terraforming Mars for free with me: https://bga.li/t/515562346

mrwynd wrote:

Need 1 more for Terraforming Mars - 3 players, turn based, beginner mode

Play Terraforming Mars for free with me: https://bga.li/t/515562346

I'll go for it. Only played once before, couple years ago.

mrwynd wrote:

Need 1 more for Terraforming Mars - 3 players, turn based, beginner mode

Play Terraforming Mars for free with me: https://bga.li/t/515562346

It's a great implementation.

Skyrise: We played with my daughters, aged 10 and 12. They had fun with it and picked it up pretty quickly. The gameplay is simple and easy to understand. My girls and I are already thinking strategy for the next time we play. I can see why the scoring seems opaque on first play, since there are at least 6 ways to earn points, including basic scoring based on the neighborhoods you control,public and private goals, island control, and each player's "Wonder" and its associated affects.

We will definitely be bringing it to the table again. Not to mention that the deluxe version is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely worth trying. Again, if anyone finds themselves in the bay area, I'd be happy to run through any of these games.

Anyone done gencon before? Going for the first time and basically figure I'll go without signing up for events. The one event I wanted I missed sadly, but I figure I'll just see the demo and the sights otherwise. Otherwise basically going in blind.

master0 wrote:

Anyone done gencon before? Going for the first time and basically figure I'll go without signing up for events. The one event I wanted I missed sadly, but I figure I'll just see the demo and the sights otherwise. Otherwise basically going in blind.

Oh yes, GenCon is awesome! I've been going for quite a few years now. If you are interested in board games I wouldn't worry at all about events as there's a lot of stuff to see and demo on the show floor. Floor demos can fill up fast but if you can ask the demo runners how long demos take and when they think their table will wrap up and they are happy to tell you. That way you can look around for a bit and swing back a few minutes before the demo is over and odds are you'll be able to jump in. I've been able to demo everything on the floor that I've wanted to try this way.

One trend I noticed last year though is that some publishers started only offering demos through pre-scheduled events instead of on the show floor. Apparently you can get "generic" event tickets and use them to hop into an event if the signed up folks don't show up so that could be an option. I haven't tried this yet but I'm guessing people regularly don't show up so it's a way to get into events.

The big publishers like CGE have their own dedicated rooms where you can demo things as well. There's also some general event rooms like the "BGG Hotness Room" where you can get tickets to play games from the BGG hotness rankings based on the show; I have yet to try this as well but that could be another way to check stuff out.

There's enough to see on the show floor that you'll be plenty busy! Lots of games to see and designers to talk to, sights to see. In my years of attendance I have yet to sign up for an event, I just really don't feel like being held to a schedule. If publishers keep using events more to demo new games I may finally have to cave.

If you are into RPGs or CCGs or miniature games... well, that's a whole 'nother thing that I don't know anything about engaging with at GenCon

I have been several years and planning on going this year as well. Any particular questions you have?

No particular questions really. Just any good advice that would help with having a good time. So far what I've read is just bring money, water, sanitizer and deodorant.

The events seemed tricky as there hundreds of them and hard to pick out any. Plus their website for it is rather bad.

master0 wrote:

The events seemed tricky as there hundreds of them and hard to pick out any. Plus their website for it is rather bad.

GenCon's event site is pretty awful. This site is much better. Here's their board game events: https://gencon.eventdb.us/category.p...

Sure!

As you walk through the hall and you see a vendor showing a game with noone around, stop and ask for a demo. You never know if that weird looking thing they are showing will become your new favorite thing. Its usually the smaller unknown titles that I end up playing over and over.

Dont be afraid to stand up and say “thank you very much but this game is not for me. I appreciate you showing it to me”. Vendors would much rather you step away than take up a spot from someone who might love it.

Take breaks and go find some food or a coffee. The games will be there when you come back.

Drink water. The halls are very dry because all the ac running through them.

Get tickets to bgg hot room. Its basically a room that has a bunch of titles from the show floor. You will have to learn the rules yourself bit its a great place to try new things. And if you love something you just go buy it the next day. Look me up if you are in there and I will be happy to play a game with you.

If you see someone playing a game in the hotel or in the halls after hours, dont hesitate to ask if you can join. Most people will be happy to have someone to play with. Spontaneous games of all kinds of things will happen all over the con and hotel lobbies.

Get sleep and shower. It will be very tempting to just stay up and have fun, but you will thank yourself after the con is over.

Never shake hands. Fistbump or a friendly wave will do.

Saturday and sunday are crazy busy with families around town joining in on the fun. It will be very crowded.

Go to the auction room and check through the store. Whatever doesnt sell at the auction will be for sale there together with everything that stores and private people decide to sell directly in the store. You can find amazing deals on older games and lots of titles people have played and decided to sell.

Have fun and eat well, have a drink (if you are so inclined), and have an awesome time.

Perfect. Thanks everyone.

1 slot open for turn-based Tzolk'in, 4 player https://bga.li/t/520779706

3 slots open for turn-based Terraforming Mars, 4 player, Beginner Corps https://bga.li/t/520818116

7th Citadel is back on Kickstarter if you missed it the first time around. There is the original game as well as new Season 2 content.

BGG's GenCon 2024 preview is up! This is my go-to list for planning what I want to check out on the show floor at GenCon. Also useful to follow along and see what's hot at the con this year:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geekprevie...

You can sort by a variety of things (that link is default sorted by "what's hot") and filter by games with demos, etc. Really useful resource.

There's slots open for Heat:Pedal to the Metal Random Championship mode with advanced upgrades!

Play Heat: Pedal to the Metal for free with me: https://bga.li/t/522134781

I played Harmomies and Flamecraft last night.

Harmonies is a placement / optimisation game. You pick up three terrains and place them on your board, and get points for terrain placement and try to make matching combinations of terrains to put animals on there. A fun game, but there wasn't a lot of interaction, and we were all staring at our personal layouts trying to work out how to optimise a bunch of sort-of mutually exclusive things.

Flamecraft is a sort of engine game but you're building and improving shops in a street. Very cute art style, and my friend had some sort of extra nice Kickstarter components (metal coins, plastic figures, etc.). You have some hidden goals. You are improving a communal engine rather than your own, which gives it a different feeling - I guess it's a little like Stone Age or something in that sense?

Against my somewhat better judgement I've bought Obsession because I think my Bridgerton-watching family will like it.

My kids bought me "My Father's Work" and we played it for Father's Day, appropriately. It starts as a pretty standard worker placement /resource collection game, but you pick one of three scenarios to play and the town/game board changes over time based off of decisions you make during play. Your group plays the children of a mad scientist, and your thematic goal is to rebuild your manor and finish your father's work. Each player has their own final experiment to complete. Gameplay wise, whoever has the highest score wins. The game is not overly complicated, but it might just be a bit long for its own good. You play over three generations. Each generation is divided into three time periods: early, mid, late. And each time period goes in rounds where you keep playing until everyone passes. Resources and setups stay for each time period within a generation, but each generation starts with minimum resources. We ended up playing for two hours before we completed the first generation. While this was our first time playing, I can see it getting close to 45-60 minutes per generation, so it looks like a potentially three hour game. Maybe we split it up, depending on the group.
The gameplay is fun, overall, and the components and storage are amazingly well done. It DOES require an app, but it's used for secret votes, and individual player decisions that are hidden from each other. We will definitely play it again, and I've got a group that this is perfect for.