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My Stage II reprint yearly appeal

I played Stage II again. It did not go over well, because the cards are even more brutal with the passing of a few more years.  (In fact, of the 15 themes we tried, exactly 3 people solved any of them, and one person solved exactly one). Since I love the game, but am too lazy to go about republishing it, some thoughts.

Have you considered that this would make a hell of an app? A single version could show the questions and answers (pass the phone around) and keep score, or if each player had the app you could buzz in? You could also download more themes, and have specialized games. (You couldn’t use the name, but the rules aren’t patentable).

I’m tempted to start making up more cards. This won’t help me (I can hardly play with my own cards) but if everyone starts making their own cards to read … well…). I suppose if I got a big enough group I could kickstart a printing of them and people could play.


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January 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm

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Britannia and other games

Got in a longish gaming session, including the new Fantasy Flight Britannia. I’d never played the old game; but heard good things.

Now, we were playing the 3-player ‘short’ scenario since none of us had ever played before. This is fine for learning the game … you only play 7 turns (instead of 16) and eliminate the special rules relating to the Romans. I also think it’s unbalanced (particularly with new players). One player starts with 22 armies on the board, another starts with 7, the third starts with 11 or so. Now, the smaller armies do get some nice reinforcements as the game goes on, but those are roughly equal to the bigger armies invaders.

So it was a runaway. Still, the game only took a few hours (with rules) and we can hopefully try the full four player game sometime soon (aka ‘this year’).

Played a few more games of Phoenicia. I’ve now hit 25 plays, and still willing to pull this out once or twice a session. (Incidentally, our four player game used the random deal on turn one, and the eventual winner started with a ‘4’.

Also played Glory to Rome two more times. Not quite the hit of the year, but the sleeper title this year (ok, of 2005). The new edition (which changes quite a few cards, and hopefully comes in a better box) should be out soon. I’ll be picking that up.

And we’ve started to run into issues with Stage II. Namely — between our group we’ve played every card. Ah, if only the mythical expansion had been published. This really needs an update … Hasbro, can you hear me? (I keep meaning to make a few new cards, but haven’t gotten started).

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September 18, 2007 at 5:40 pm

I’m going to party like its 49 BC

Which is just another way of saying I’m finally of the schneid in Ave Caesar. In fact, I won more races last night than I’ve won in the prior games combined (that I recall). Will I now retire to do color commentary? Decisions …

The rest of the night was devoted to party games. We finally broke open the Smarty Party Expansion Pack. I’m pleased that the questions seem more interesting and varied. I’m less pleased that some of the answers still seem bogus. You know how people add the phrase “in bed” to fortune cookies? We add the phrase “That we like” to Smarty Party Questions. As in “Name the best selling brands of X” (‘that we like’). But we keep playing it. It’s gallows humor, really.

Other than that, just some Wits & Wagers and Stage II to round out the evening. What am I going to do when we run out of Stage II questions? (Granted this may take a year). My copy had an advertisement for an expansions, but I’ve never seen one for trade/sale. I’ve made up a few cards myself, but that’s pretty tough work. I wish someone would republish a new version.

An amusing note — several “He knows that I know” moment. In Wits and Wagers, we had to pick a year. I didn’t know, so I just picked the century that it happened (like 1900), figuring I’d be lowest and perhaps everyone else would overshoot. One opponent wrote down a number, erased it, and then said “Screw it.” I figured he did the same thing, so I changed my answer to 1901. That’s always fun. In Smarty Party, I saved a good obscure answer, when I saw another player go “Aha!” Figuring he had it, I guessed. We were both wrong. Sigh.

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January 27, 2007 at 9:51 am