The Tao of Gaming

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Just another dog-dangling-day

Which is another way to say that I’ve got nothing at this moment. So, uh, what have you been playing recently?

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Written by taogaming

July 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

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  1. I’ve started getting into Tribune. Definitely my current favorite of the meeple/action selection games. It hits a sweet spot of variety, speed and tough decisions that both Stone Age and Agricola miss.

    We’ve slowed down on Race to only about once a night. We all keep hoping the expansion will magically appear. The latest jokes on that have involved time machines.

    Sprung for Take it to the Limit, despite the high price tag.

    Reinvigoration of Power Grid, spurred on by the expansion deck.

    Speaking of resurrection, pulled out Rette Sich Wer Kann for the first time in a few years. Still quite fun.

    frunk

    July 23, 2008 at 8:12 am

  2. I’m glad I checked in – I’ve been wondering about Tribune, and thinking of making a blind purchase from the reviews.

    Stone Age stays strong for me. Big Points has been a very nice filler. Partnership Fairy Tale as well, though the clash I had with frunk over whether the variant was superior was rather amusing…

    Anthony Rubbo

    July 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm

  3. Yeah, 🙂 Well I think we were both surprised that we were talking about different things on partnership Fairy Tale. I’ll agree that playing partners is better than not, but to me trading on the black cards gives you the extra measure of control (while still having to sweat the hunts) that makes the game worthwhile.

    frunk

    July 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

  4. I picked up Hanging Gardens on a lark, because it was a tile-laying game from Hans im Gluck and that seemed like a safe bet. I quite like it, and I found out several other game groups that I hadn’t been going to in a while also like it. It’s definitely a fixed-fun game, though, so avoid with 4 players and stick with 3 or 2.

    I played Through the Ages for the first time last night. Meh. Phoenicia seems to capture the parts that I liked from TtA, but with 1/4 the playing time. I haven’t seen anyone else make that comparison, though, which is weird– the similarities seem pretty clear to me.

    Doug Orleans

    July 24, 2008 at 12:05 am

  5. Russian Preference. What an excellent game for three players. That, and Wings of War.

    Mikko

    July 24, 2008 at 3:37 am

  6. See, I feel the opposite – it removes a very large element of control, which is that most cards MUST go through you before they get to your opponents. One of the best parts about the game is figuring out whether to love or hate, especially in partnership because every point removed from an opponent is a point scored for you. That goes out the window if you can just toss your partner cards willy-nillyish.

    “I mean what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives us his bleeding phone number the next morning?”

    Anthony Rubbo

    July 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

  7. See, I feel the opposite – it removes a very large element of control, which is that most cards MUST go through you before they get to your opponents. One of the best parts about the game is figuring out whether to love or hate, especially in partnership because every point removed from an opponent is a point scored for you. That goes out the window if you can just toss your partner cards willy-nillyish.

    “I mean what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives us his bleeding phone number the next morning?”

    Anthony Rubbo

    July 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

  8. See, I feel the opposite – it removes a very large element of control, which is that most cards MUST go through you before they get to your opponents. One of the best parts about the game is figuring out whether to love or hate, especially in partnership because every point removed from an opponent is a point scored for you. That goes out the window if you can just toss your partner cards willy-nillyish.

    “I mean what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives us his bleeding phone number the next morning?”

    Anthony Rubbo

    July 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

  9. Tinners’ is definitely our most popular new game and the hit of ’08 so far for us. Tribune has only received sporatic play so far (and is generally liked) and Stone Age has been well received (although one person in our group hates it). From last year, Brass continues to go strong and I’m sure we’ll be playing a lot of Agricola once the Z-Man games show up.

    A couple of weeks ago, we tried out Chicago P*ker by the two Brunos (the filter won’t let me use the name of that card game–weird). Avoid. Someone has also offered to put Origins on the table, but I’ll wait for some other guinea pigs to try it out first. The Phil Eklund ruleset has me very gunshy.

    Larry Levy

    July 24, 2008 at 11:14 am

  10. Except you can’t toss cards to your partner willy-nilly. You have to have the card for your partner, play it, not have it flipped, then play the black card without a hunt. That commitment of playing a partner’s card without knowing if it will successfully be passed can leave you stuck with a low or no point card and/or a flipped black card.

    frunk

    July 24, 2008 at 3:40 pm

  11. I did say willy-nillyish.

    Anthony Rubbo

    July 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm

  12. I did say willy-nillyish.

    Anthony Rubbo

    July 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm

  13. Glory To Rome, Pandemic, Ubongo. I bought the Power Grid expansion deck and also printed Atolla Modulis, but haven’t played with either yet.

    Definitely the most hyped about Glory To Rome, though.

    Also still working on 18IA: an 18xx title set in Iowa.

    T. Derscheid

    July 25, 2008 at 11:03 am


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