Catching up on Games

Here’s a rundown of recently played tabletop games. Terraforming Mars We’ve played this several times, and we’ve found our preferred mix of expansions (Prelude and Colonies, not Turmoil). We tried out Elysium this time. My friend’s copy also has a large mix of upgraded components (he’s spent a LOT of money on TM in total).Continue reading “Catching up on Games”

The Unseen World Playtest Report

Here’s a look at The Unseen World, a solitaire gamebook of paranormal investigation and horror set in modern-day Japan. Full system overview here. The gist of it is you travel from town to town, research haunted locations, then investigate those locations, resolving a series of encounters. Almost everything in the game is randomly generated usingContinue reading “The Unseen World Playtest Report”

Board Game Session Report: Warhammer Quest The Adventure Card Game (part 1)

I’ve been meaning to get this to the table for a while. Haven’t played in years and never actually finished the campaign. Boy, I forgot how dreadful the rules are. Utterly disorganized, often vague, and sometimes just neglectful. And some rules only appear in the learn-to-play guide, not the reference book! And a typical, poorContinue reading “Board Game Session Report: Warhammer Quest The Adventure Card Game (part 1)”

Recent Solo Board Games

I haven’t really had time to write up a lot of session reports lately, so here’s a quick look at some recent solo plays I’ve had. Vindication I actually played solitaire before playing multiplayer (didn’t have patience to wait!). I stuck to the simpler solo mode, one of two available in the first expansion. IContinue reading “Recent Solo Board Games”

Board Game First Impressions: Maracaibo & Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (episode 2)

Maracaibo I’ve never really been drawn to Alexander Pfister games, they always seemed like super dry Euros. Even though they had interesting themes, they didn’t seem to capitalize on those themes. And I was pretty lukewarm on Great Western Trail when we played it, so I hadn’t ever really looked at Maracaibo. But after watchingContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Maracaibo & Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (episode 2)”

Board Game First Impressions: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (Episode 1)

When this was originally on crowdfunding, I wasn’t particularly excited by what I saw in episode 1. The theme is cool, but parts of the game are more abstracted than others, and I’ve not been really drawn to Mindlcash before. Their games always seem slightly over-designed and in need of more streamlining. But my friendContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (Episode 1)”

Catching up on board games

Though I’ve been playing games, I haven’t had much time to get into impressions, session reports, or reviews. Here are some of the games I’ve been playing. Caverna I’ve played Uwe Rosenberg games before, including Agricola, but I hadn’t gotten a chance to play Caverna (in part because of the high price tag). We’ve playedContinue reading “Catching up on board games”

Board Game Session: Untitled Adventure/RPG Card Game Playtest

Due to some technical issues forcing me to wait on finishing the next update to my solo RPG, Winds of the North, I decided to return to working on an adventure card game I’ve been working on (off and on) for almost 4 years. I normally work on an update to the game, playtest itContinue reading “Board Game Session: Untitled Adventure/RPG Card Game Playtest”

Board Game First Impressions: Merchants of the Dark Road

I recently borrowed and played (and opened; it’s a long story) my friend’s copy of MotDR. Played solo and 2-player so far. Unboxing My friend requested that I double-check the components. Everything is accounted for (and 2 extra blue dice!). It’s a bit disappointing that there’s no insert and it only comes with 5 baggies,Continue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Merchants of the Dark Road”