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It was bound to happen

I think I’ve burned out on Mage Knight for a while … a quick check of my year to date games log shows 80 plays this year, which is impressive but I’m suffering diminishing hedonic returns … so away the game goes with my final two articles on ice until such a time as I’m not burned out.

I may also — to a lesser extent — be burned out on bridge after some mediocre sessions where I’m either over- or under-thinking. At least I qualified for the club level of the NAOP. Last year was embarrassing in that we had to go to an out-of-the-way club to make the final qualifier after posting a sub 50% game in a terrible field once or twice. Just one of those games where I make a ton of mistakes and some of my good/reasonable decisions fail.

Similar to yesterday: Stupid mistakes mixed with hands where we get to the correct place to no avail. A nice safe 3m when 2N is dangerous because one suit only has a half stopper (Kx in dummy) so even if it is a stopper we need to find 7 more quick tricks. Of course every card is on so 2N makes 3 to outscore us. But I sadly admit the mistakes were a bigger factor than the bad luck in the last few games.

Still — at least I won’t have to scramble to qualify. (It really annoys me that there is perhaps one qualifying game a month that is not during working hours). I’ve got no bridge (except online) scheduled for a few weeks, and that should be enough to get out of this funk. MK may be a bit longer. (If the TaoLing asks to play, then I’ll still play, but I think it may be time to pull out Sentinels…)

Also time to start perusing the store shelves and BGG and just buy a game. I haven’t actually done that in a while (apart from Food Chain Magnate). We’ll also have some extended family in town, so I will probably play the closet game to figure out what may be interesting for the seven year old niece as well as the not-quite-eye-rolling-age-teenager nephews, should they declare that they are bored. Probably stick with some classic high luck games, or the newer staples like King of New York.

Hopefully that will get the spark back.

In any case — since the store thing is an option, (and I actually swung by the store last week, but I had barely heard anything about the new games) I’m wondering what to buy. Another Dominion expansion seems safe enough… Rebellion intrigued me, but I still have War of the Ring for that itch. So — open thread on new obsessions!

Written by taogaming

June 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

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  1. I’ve been really enjoying Tin Goose. It’s meaty but quite playable and has gone over very well with everyone I’ve played it with – which is pretty unusual around here.

    504 is a game I’ve personally found totally fascinating. I don’t know how much normal people will like it, but people I’ve playe it with have generally enjoyed it. I wrote it up on my blog.

    I’ve also really enjoyed Sierra Madre’s latest offerings, Neandethal and Pax Pamir. Neanderthal particularly both does its SMG thing and is also just a quite interesting game.

    The new Race expansion (Xeno Invasion) has also gotten that game a bit more play. Alien Artifacts really only worked well for 2 players IMO, but Xeno Invasion seems much better at 3+.

    Haven’t totally made up my mind on Rebellion yet. I wish it took about an hour less to play (at least). It’s got interesting bits but it’s long. But, I’m still enjoying playing it.

    Chris Farrell

    June 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

    • I second Tin Goose. Enjoyed it a lot and has interesting mechanics, that actually are tied in the theme.

      peer sylvester

      July 10, 2016 at 3:54 am

  2. Rebellion is perfectly cromulent.


    June 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

    • You’re not going to find it in a store in the US, but the only 2016 release to really catch me so far is Yokohama. A little too Euro-y, perhaps, but it works well, and it does have some of the Japanese influence – and a bit of the messy, too-much-going-on quality of Food Chain Magnate.

      Joe Huber

      June 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

  3. Well, I’ll be sorry to miss your final article or two on MK, but I understand. I’m at about game 12 or so of my latest MK run, bouncing between different scenarios.

    I picked up Rebellion, which is fun but long. I don’t know how you feel about Innovation, but the Deluxe one is coming by end of summer. I’m picking up the new Eldritch Horror expansion, RFTG Xeno, and am also looking forward to new Dominion ideas (these last two have the sorts of things I’ve wanted in Dominion from the beginning).

    Jon Waddington

    June 27, 2016 at 9:39 am

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