The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Thoughts of a Quickish nature

  • After my quick Few Acres of Snow, I’m intrigued, probably hooked. Hopefully there’s no degenerate strategy…
  • The fact that Puzzle Strike mostly requires a “Big Money + Purple” strategy bothers me.
  • Quarriors (“come out and play!”) — Meh.
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Written by taogaming

August 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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  1. My first play of Quarriors didn’t blow me away, but it rapidly grew on me. Of course, I’m a big fan of dice games.

    Chris

    August 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  2. Yeah, Puzzle Strike really is about managing your money and the amount of purple in the bag. The various chips that are available to buy don’t change the game much at all. It’s not like Dominion or Thunderstone in that respect, where you have to adjust your strategy based on what is available to be bought. In PS, you just buy some chips that you think look good that will allow you to buy more purples, so there really are no other “strategies.”

    Still, the game has been interesting and fun, even with that aspect, for quite a few plays for our group. I just don’t think it has the staying power of a Thunderstone.

    Matt

    August 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

  3. Since I’m not a wargamer and am terrible at deckbuilding games, I didn’t pay too much attention to Few Acres of Snow at first. But something about the ideas behind it intrigued me and I was able to try it out a couple of weeks ago. Both players floundered around quite a bit in my first game (lots of discarding and it went quite long), but things made a lot more sense in my second game. It made a strong enough impression on me that I ordered my own copy, which came today. I’m really looking forward to trying out some strategies and hopefully I’ll learn how to close out a game so that it doesn’t overstay its welcome. It has sufficient promise to conceivably be the first two-player game to be my game of the year. Hopefully, I’ll see if it lives up to that potential in the weeks to come.

    huzonfirst

    August 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

  4. So far, A Few Acres of Snow is fascinating. We haven’t found any degenerate strategy, but even if we do, we’ll have a lot of fun in the process.

    Eric Brosius

    August 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  5. On the minus side, I’ll be recuperating from Worldcon on Monday so no more Acres of Snow for a while. On the plus side, Tom Lehmann is apparently a guest at Worldcon.

    Frederic Bush

    August 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  6. Played Snow twice yesterday. The games went quickly and I managed wins with both sides by outpointing my opponent after I used up the village pieces. Clearly, focusing on how you intend to end the game is critical. There is still a ton to explore, but I’m genuinely excited about this one.

    huzonfirst

    August 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

  7. I’ve played A Few Acres of Snow twice (once from each side) and I’m not sure what I think yet; I hope it has reasonable replay value.

    William

    August 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm


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