The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

To Blathe

I’ve been playing some games, in between recent Bridge and Rock Band (just defeated the Nightmare Setlist on Medium. I’ll finish out Pro Guitar on Medium this weekend, I imagine. Hard will probably live up to its name). Lots of Bluffing games, on the board game front.

  • Kakerlaken Poker — If you play with a lot of people, then you need to lower the victory (well, loss) conditions. There’s a surprising amount of … something … in this game, because I don’t consider myself skilled at bluffing games but I’m pretty damned good at this.
  • Skull and Roses — My variant (you can add one disc when you raise the bidding) seems to work pretty well. Decent filler.
  • Hanabi or Ikebana or whichever is the cooperative one — A perfectly fine whatever it is, which I will allow ‘game’ because of the flexibility of the English Language, not because I believe it to be one. A fine activity. I’d rather play a game.
  • Black Friday — After a dozen games, I’m pretty sure what the optimal time to start buying silver is. As the strategy space (in my mind) shrinks, the amount of luck grows. I think I’m almost done with this. It had a good run.
  • Medici — Blast from the past.
  • Marklin — Dittio, but more recent.
  • SNCF — (Did I mention this) I wanted to play this, and I was disappointed by the result. A bit too much groupthink and hosage, and not enough underlying value.

Written by taogaming

May 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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  1. Too many bluffing games if you ask me…. We need more euro action.


    May 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  2. Great post title. That is all.

    Lou W

    May 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

  3. I don’t understand your objections to Hanabi, Brian. It’s a really cool group deduction game and is one of the few cooperative games I have any interest in playing. If it isn’t a game, I don’t see how any other coop can be classified as one either.


    May 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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