What Saw Table Time In Q1
- I had a few spare minutes over lunch so here is what I
spent the first quarter of the year playing.
San Juan - 15
Magic - 10
Most of those San Juan games were on BSW and yes I
count those games. I am enjoying the game as much as
I enjoyed Puerto Rico when it first came out. Like
Puerto Rico, I keep finding strategies that I think
will work well after winning with it once only to
appear as bright as a box of hammers the next time
when I try the same thing and get crushed...by a bag
If the game is as popular as PR, people are going to
get really annoyed with the quality of the cardstock
which doesn't seem like it will hold up well with
5 - 9 plays
Catch Phrase - 9
Ohne Furcht und Adel - 8
Cribbage - 6
Tongiaki - 6
Durch Die Wuste - 5
King's Breakfast - 5
Lost Cities - 5
Oasis - 5
Every year there are a handful of games that get 5+
plays only to never to see the light of day again for
me. Last year Attika filled that role. So far this
year, Tongiaki saw six quick plays and its highly
unlikely to see anymore. I tried it with 2, 3, 4, and
5 players and no one I played it with ever liked it.
The game feels totally chaotic and while there are
some nice ideas in it, its generally not a good thing
when during the game you spend more time thinking
about unpleasant household chores than the game.
Everything else at this level is already or will be a
Web of Power
Two of my favorites.
Nobody But Us Chickens
Princes of Florence
Lots of good games in this group that will likely see
5+ or even 10+ plays before the year is out. Einfach
Genial is a new Knizia abstract game from Kosmos. It
uses the score your weakest category concept to nice
effect and while the game doesn't appear terribly
deep, it is very pleasant to play.
Hansa is the new Michael Schacht game. Last year he
released Paris, Paris at this time and it was
something of a quick pop hit that faded really fast.
I don't think Hansa will be as popular out of the
gate, but I think the game will have more staying
power despite not being to everyone's tastes.
Now that Funkenschlag is getting a full production
treatment, Kogge is next on my list of games that I
most want to see picked up by one of the larger German
Adam & Eva
Age of Steam (both on the Ireland map)
Hick Hack im Gackelwack
Kardinal & Konig: Das Kartenspiel
Mystery Rummy Case No. 1: Jack The Ripper
Princes of the Renaissance
Ticket To Ride
I'm thoroughly enjoying Ticket To Ride. I think this
will be a fabulous gateway game.
After being ignored for several years, Isi and Bus see
some playtime again.
Age of Steam continues to frustrate me to no end. I
go from playing with inspiration to playing at the IQ
level of a chicken.
Princes of the Renaissance despite being a keeper for
me seems to have disappeared off the radar of many.
Will it have the staying power that Age of Steam seems
Adam & Eva is best played with the variant where you
deal seven cards to each player instead of six as
written in the rules.
10 Days In The USA
Caesar & Cleopatra
Carcassonne Builders & Traders
Carcassonne: The Castle
Die Sieben Siegel
Hase und Igel
Hector And Achilles
Lord Of The Rings: The Duel
Poker (no limit texas hold 'em)
Settlers of Catan: Card Game
Lots of games in this group that have their one yearly
playing out of the way though they should be played
more (Wongar and El Cabellero are the prime examples)
and a few that regularly see play throughout the year
(Ra, UP, Wyatt Earp, Ave Caesar)
And there are several that were played for the first
time that I want to explore more. Alexandros is one
of those that needs more exploring, but the game
really hurts my head. In my one playing of it, I had
the hardest time seeing the board and trying to come
up with a reasonable move. I can't often be accused
of slow play and over analyzing, but this game just
killed me. If this happens during the second play,
I'll have to avoid it because I was really irritating
Hector & Achilles feels like it could have been part
of the Kosmos two player line. I felt that the game
had a fair amount going for it and there was some
subtle play and depth not immediately apparent. The
game is also fiddly in the same way that the Settlers
Card game is fiddly with constant moving of stacks,
cards and shuffling - mildly annoying, but not overly
Magna Grecia intrigues me as well, but it is likely to
be one of those games that only sees play once a year
despite requiring repeated play to get a good handle
on it (El Cabellero is the current champion for this
type of game).
With the majority of Nurenburg games scheduled to show
up in Q2, it will be interesting to see how this list
looks in another 3 months. And how many old favorites
get pushed aside for the shiny and new.
All for now,
Craig W. Massey
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>>Durch Die Wuste - 5I think this showed up in your list last yeara and continues to surprise me.
Not that its a bad game, but that I just don't see you as a DdW kind of guy.
>>Web of PowerI am giving WoP a second look now. Spoonts, Nick and I played two quick
games of it the other day (one after the other) and I am eager to play more.
>>Einfach GenialWhat the hell is up with Einfach [Everything] these days? What does it mean?
>>BusBased on the recent web version?
>>Und Tschuss!Im diggin on this one, too. Hard to believe Martin Wallace designed it...
back in 1997.
>>Princes of the Renaissance despite being a keeper forTo me, the game is just dirty. Meaning unclean. The auctions feel contrived.
>>me seems to have disappeared off the radar of many.
>>Will it have the staying power that Age of Steam seems
The combat feels contrived. And the ratio of time spent versus enjoyment
derived is out of whack for me.
- On Apr 1, 2004, at 1:43 PM, Matthew Horn wrote:
> >>Einfach GenialIt means "simple". In this form it means "simply".
> What the hell is up with Einfach [Everything] these days? What does
> it mean?
Walter H. Hunt
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- Craig Massey wrote:
> And there are several that were played for the first time that I wantOur group botched the first playing because I confused several rules.
> to explore more. Alexandros is one of those that needs more
> exploring, but the game really hurts my head. In my one playing of
> it, I had the hardest time seeing the board and trying to come up
> with a reasonable move. I can't often be accused of slow play and
> over analyzing, but this game just killed me. If this happens during
> the second play, I'll have to avoid it because I was really
> irritating myself.
The second attempt went much better, although one player called it "an
exercise in frustration." I really admire the gameplay, though, and
although choices on moving Alexander are sometimes limited, you can
usually set up the board and cards to your advantage.
So far I enjoy Alexandros even more than Clans and Cartagena, both of
which I'd play at any time. Hope your second play goes smoother....
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