The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

More Notes on recent gaming

Detailed thoughts later:

Memo to self — when Ted Alspach’s decaying body finally washes ashore on the Olentangy, loudly proclaim that I did not murder him for his nice copy of Wabash Cannonball. Ditto David Fair/Agricola.

I had put a “I’ll trade for this” on Wabash, figuring that the reviews were a fast, brutal economic game with the feel (if not the rules) of the more cut-throat 18xx games. It delivers all that and more. Little downtime, important decisions, no luck, auctions, and complex stock valuations. Amazing.

I stopped playing Age of Renaissance even though it’s fun. Why play a 5+ hour game when one or two card deals will decide it. This flaw clearly applies to Agricola — both games saw the person with the better starting hand run away with it. Still, I enjoyed AoR the first dozen times I played it … and Agricola is only 1/2 as long. I think most of the people who obsesses over this recognize the flaw and I’m not sad about it … yet. Ask me in another 10 games.

Everything I’ve ever written about Brass is suspect. I don’t know if we got any rules right. More later.

I’d never heard of Palastgefluster, but it’s another good little game in a tiny box. Only got to play half a game, but I’ll probably pick this up. It’s only $6, after all.

I’ve noticed a nice (and commendable) trend of upgrading games you love with custom components (see — estate sale of tragic victims, above). I think I’ll have to look into this. I’m definitely moving towards fewer, better games.

More later.

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Written by taogaming

April 9, 2008 at 10:56 am

Posted in Session Reports

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  1. One play of Age of Renaissance was enough for me. No mas!

    Joe Gola

    April 10, 2008 at 9:19 am

  2. Memo to self — when Ted Alspach’s decaying body finally washes ashore on the Olentangy, loudly proclaim that I did not murder him for his nice copy of Wabash Cannonball. Ditto David Fair/Agricola.

    I already have one person in my will specifically mentioned as not receiving any of my games… Do I need to add another clause?

    David Fair

    April 14, 2008 at 7:53 pm


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