Boardgames - What have you played recently?

Recently (since beginning of Jan) :
  • Zepter von Zavandor (based on the original Outpost)
  • AuZtralia
  • Heat: Pedal to the Metal
  • Die Neuen Entdecker (aka Endecker 2, 1999)
  • Hoplomachus Remastered (and Victorum)
  • Britannia
  • High Frontier 4 All (base game only; still took us 6 hours)
Just played On Mars for the first time - a very cool ‘engine builder’ and ‘worker placement’ game. It has an interesting twist where the actions available to you vary based on whether you are currently in orbit or in the planet surface. There are also mechanism which allow you to take supplementary actions and the array of available actions varies based on how you develop your engine. It‘s a cool game.
Miss H rearranged her bedroom yesterday, giving me access to a cupboard that I've not been able to get to in yonks. Inside, was Reiner Knizia's The Lord of the Rings cooperative game, and I thought I'd give it a solo spin as Frodo and Sam.

Oh dear.

While I can remember how to play, I can't remember how to win...

Must try again later.


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Been getting more into board games lately, regular groups with friends, plus kids as they grow older.

Also playing loads of games on -- the asynchronous / turn-based play makes it dead easy to have a few games going at once and make turns throughout the day. Feel free to add me as a friend (aj3v4n5) if you're also on it.
Last night we played Heat for the first time - what a great game! It really captures the feel of racing, with careful decisions needing to be taken over speed and ‘heat’ management. The sheer joy of managing to pull off a perfect overtake with slip stream, or positioning your car to perfectly take a corner, is palpable. Even the guys playing who aren’t really into cars enjoyed it. Those of us who are in to cars could see how the mechanics of the game invoked the reality of driving, in a similar way to how you would hope a war game reflects things like flanking.

I heartily recommend it, and it has the bonus of being on general release so you don’t have to dig through Kickstarter or eBay to get a copy.
Played my seventh game of Everdell last night with the family, a nice worker-placement tableau builder that ramps up nicely as the game is played.

Miss H had a strong start, but sadly failed to capitalise on it and I won.

I'm not allowed to play this with anyone else, in case I get too good at it. Unfortunately, Mrs H really struggles to "get it" and so we don't play it as much as I might like.
Recently (since mid Feb):

  • Jiangnan Life of Gentry
  • Mindbug
  • Adel Verpflichtet
  • Bitoku
  • Forests of Pangaia
  • Tindaya
  • At the Gates of Loyang
  • Marracash
  • Favoriten
  • Thunder Road: Vendetta
  • Villagers
  • Space Base
  • Return to Dark Tower
  • The City
  • Heat
  • Frostpunk