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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 14:16 
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k2 and te Mars game sound awesome.

Did you know Flamme Rouge National Championships fall in xmas period?

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k2 and te Mars game sound awesome.

Did you know Flamme Rouge National Championships fall in xmas period?


World Championships were in the autumn...

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MaliA wrote:
k2 and te Mars game sound awesome.

Did you know Flamme Rouge National Championships fall in xmas period?


World Championships were in the autumn...


We should get a rainbow striped knitted pullover

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MaliA wrote:
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MaliA wrote:
k2 and te Mars game sound awesome.

Did you know Flamme Rouge National Championships fall in xmas period?


World Championships were in the autumn...


We should get a rainbow striped knitted pullover


For the winner, I mean, this wasn't a "hey, let's share clothes" thing.

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Time Team cosplay, surely?


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread: Let's organise a beexordgame night.
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'When I dream'.

In 'When I dream', one player is blindfolded whilst the contents of his dreams are revealed on the bed in the centre of the board. Like Dixit the cards show surreal imagery, but the key word is also printed, in case you didn't realise that the dinosaur in underpants represents 'briefs'. The dreamer has to guess what's written on the card. To help him, the other players in turn say a one word clue, and carry on going round doing this until the dreamer gives an answer. So for 'briefs', the circle might go:

'Underpants'
'Boxers'
'Short'
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When the dreamer says an answer, the card is removed. If the dreamer got it right, it gets placed on one side of the bed; if wrong (or he passes), it goes on the other side. A new card is revealed and play continues until the timer runs out. Before the dreamer wakes up, he gets the chance to recount his dream and if he says all the answers on the 'correct' side of the board, he gets two bonus points.

But, unfortunately, each player has a secret role. Players are randomly assigned membership of three teams: fairies, bogeymen, and sandmen. Team Fairy want the dreamer to have sweet, happy dreams, and get points for each correct answer the dreamer says. Team Bogies want the dreamer to have a series of horrific nightmares, and get points for each incorrect answer. Team Sandmen, who just want the player to sleep well, get points based on the balance between right and wrong answers - too much of an imbalance hurts them. After scoring, the blindfold is passed to the next player and the role cards are shuffled and redealt so you might have a different role in each round.

So when you've got the blindfold on, not only are you trying to decipher the clues but you're also trying to work out who can be trusted and who can't. All you know is what role you were given so you know that there might be more fairies on this round than bogeymen. But that guy is saying 'swordfish' so confidentily whilst the others are saying fruits so surely he can't be Team Bogies, but what the heck is the link between these words, and it feels like I've been stuck on this card for ages and why are they laughing and...argh...

This game went down really well with my group. It felt just the right length for a party game, and didn't drag on. Being the dreamer was an interesting challenge as you had to pay attention not only to what was being said but who was saying it. The novelty of the blindfold added an element of unease and made the two minutes feel far longer than it was.

Moreover, unlike other guessing games, it was also challenging to be one of those giving the clues as not only did you have to think fast to come up with a new clue every time it got round to you but you also had to decide what kind of clue to give depending on your role. For example, if you were on Team Bogies, there's no point in reeling off lists of cutlery if the card said 'bear' as you'd obviously be ignored, but if you could identify who else was on your side you might be able to build up a convincing alternative scenario. Having Team Sandmen needing to get a balance of right/wrong answers added an extra layer of complexity and made the game that much more interesting for the clue-givers.

As was aptly demonstrated at the last Cottage, I'm not very good at 'Codenames' . This game moves fast, and has all the players interacting and laughing throughout. Definitely one I'm going to use an icebreaker in future.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:23 
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That sounds like an awesome game. Definitely goes on the shopping list.

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The game's components and artwork are really well designed and attractive to look at too.

Everyone loved wearing the blindfold:


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Looked at the Amazon listing and it pointed me towards "Codenames Duet" which is a version of the game that's designed to be playable with only two, and is apparently balls to the wall hard compared to the others.

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GazChap wrote:
Looked at the Amazon listing and it pointed me towards "Codenames Duet" which is a version of the game that's designed to be playable with only two, and is apparently balls to the wall hard compared to the others.


Hadn't heard of that one before but looking at descriptions on BGG it looks excellent.


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Finished Pandemic Legacy 2 last night with a nail-biting can-we-do-this-before-the-game-kills-us final game.

Without spoiling it for others, it's a much more varied game than the original and the exploration mechanic, opening up the map over time, works well. There was some other gameplay changes throughout the months which both worked mechanically and within the 'storyline' of the game.

I felt that perhaps we were a little too cautious when it came to things like using the one-shot cards or risking characters to enlarge the play area or get benefits, but those decisions are all part of the fun. We scraped a final score in the second-highest banding, similar to what we achieved with the original.

Time to take a break from Pandemic and world-saving for a bit.


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I bought Fog of Love to play on Valentine's day. Presents for myself FTW!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:11 
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Played Pandemic last weekend on the highest difficulty setting and kicked its ass. Ah yeah.

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Played Pandemic last weekend on the highest difficulty setting and kicked its ass. Ah yeah.


Awesome stuff! I don't think I've ever won on super-mega-hard mode.

Someday I'll try playing Grizzled using the extra hard mode but that bleak game of wartime comradeship is difficult enough to win as it is .


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I bought Fog of Love to play on Valentine's day. Presents for myself FTW!

Lucky Mrs Grim...


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Played Pandemic last weekend on the highest difficulty setting and kicked its ass. Ah yeah.


Awesome stuff! I don't think I've ever won on super-mega-hard mode.

Someday I'll try playing Grizzled using the extra hard mode but that bleak game of wartime comradeship is difficult enough to win as it is .


To be fair, we were quite lucky with the set up and the role cards we got. Took out the yellow virus in turn one, and then got the quarantine character to sit between the two red areas that kept having outbreaks, which massively slowed things down. Even then it was fairly close as the black virus had three tokens on most cities when it was the last one to be cured.

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I bought Fog of Love to play on Valentine's day. Presents for myself FTW!

Lucky Mrs Grim...

It looks legit good: https://www.boardgamequest.com/fog-of-love-review/

I'll have to get me some of that aftershave, though.

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Grim... wrote:
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I bought Fog of Love to play on Valentine's day. Presents for myself FTW!

Lucky Mrs Grim...

It looks legit good: https://www.boardgamequest.com/fog-of-love-review/
I'll have to get me some of that aftershave, though.

That’s one of the most intriguing games I’ve ever read a review of. How did you hear of it?

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I'm not sure. Maybe it was in someone's "ten best games of the year" list, or something?

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The graun had it in in early Jan I think. it is getting quite good for board games.

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I played ‘Lost Cities’ the board game the other day and it was fun.

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Grim... wrote:
I'm not sure. Maybe it was in someone's "ten best games of the year" list, or something?

It was very prominently on display in Draughts when we were there. I may have pointed it out; I chatted to one of the staff about it briefly.


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Looking forward to a championship game at the next Cottage.


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My money's on the Grim/Cras bromance triumphing over all.


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Youngest boy, 15, is going through some fairly heavy shit at the moment but in the last couple of weeks the drugs have taken better effect, and he's a bit more open to doing stuff.

His support worker, who comes twice a week, brought him Carcassonne to try and he absolutely loved it. Since then, I've bought Pandemic and King of Tokyo. We played King of Tokyo about 7 times in row today, and he loves Pandemic - he's almost playing it with himself by the time he's finished "advising" me what to do with my actions!

So what other strategy games would you recommend? They should be able to work well with two players, as the other people in the house are less into that type of game. I think King of Tokyo is probably on the edge of not working as well with two.

I was thinking of getting him into Warhammer but I'm not sure I can afford to fund that hobby full-time!

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Forbidden Island/Desert spring to mind.

Island being the more straightforward of the two.


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If he's into Star Wars then the X-Wing game is worth a shot.

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