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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread: Let's organise a beexordgame night.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:19 
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I played Feast for Odin last night for the first time in two years. Back then I remember it as a massive, bewildering, and tedious worker-placement-cum-tangram mash up that went on for far too long. Having a massive action board with lots and lots of things for your Vikings to do is all well and good if you've played the game a lot and know the visual language but very, very off-putting if you're new to it and sitting just far enough away that you can't make out a third of it. I wasn't a fan back then and felt the Hype Train about it was more a broken Pacer than an amazing Mallard.

But I agreed to give it another go, and the set's owner had helpfully provided reference sheets explaining all the possible actions so I could pour over that whilst planning my turn rather than the huge player mat. And, to be fair, as the three hours went on I did start to appreciate its complexity and opportunities for point scoring. Whaling! Hunting! Raiding! Weaving! All good honest tasks to keep your Vikings happy. I found the pacing fine and the flow of the game worked with turns coming round quickly and combo kicking off as planned. I didn't notice the time going by. My thoughts about the game were changing.

Unfortunately, when the game was over and the scoring was done, I realised I'd totally misunderstood some of the iconography so what I thought was a player board filled with hundreds of lovely victory points was just a board covered in blue tiles. The numbers referred to what you could win on a good dice roll when you went a-raiding. I came fourth with a mighty 3 points. Third place went to someone with 80.

So now I'm unsure if I wasted my evening, or had a very good time doing so. I'm going to have to read up on strategy and play it again to decide if it really is worth spending a game session on or if my initial criticisms were justified.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread: Let's organise a beexordgame night.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:11 
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Maybe it's just not my style of game? I tend to prefer ones that have opportunities for interacting with other players rather than spending my whole time concentrating on my own little spreadsheet. Other than occasional 'dam yous' for taking an action I wanted that turn, I can't think of moment in the game where what I was doing was affecting an opponent and vice versa. I'm not afraid of complexity in games, but I can think of plenty (eg Power Grid; Modern Art; the Estates; Raiders of the North Sea) that have depth without the need for a massive box and the better part of an evening.

Of course tastes change. After two seasons of 'Pandemic Legacy' I've had little inclination to play vanilla 'Pandemic' or even an expansion. I went off 'Scythe' too when it finally felt that too little was happening too infrequently. But then, I'm not going to refuse a game three others are eager to play.

Maybe, like modernist avant garde music, the fact this is troubling me is a sign it's having some sort of effect.

Or I'm just a bad loser.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread: Let's organise a beexordgame night.
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Looks fun. How many showed up? Which game was the 'hit' of the day?

I played 'Takenoko' for the first time yesterday. It's an adorably cute tile-laying game with a lovable panda and towers of bamboo. Easy to pick up and offered different ways to acquire victory points. Not too taxing, and there's little room for screwing your buddy over, so it was a friendly hour or so rather than an ultra-competitive one.


Played this last night. Loved it. Recommended.

Also, hey that's my fish is good.

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I love Takenoko. I think it’s our go-to cheery up game. There’s an expansion now with a girlfriend panda amount other devices, has anyone here played that?

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread: Let's organise a beexordgame night.
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Played 'Sheriff of Nottingham' with the expansion the other night. It really changes how you play the game and encourages people to lie and smuggle. In the base game, it's too easy to win by being honest and, well, where's the fun in that?

To encourage contraband, there are bonus points available for being the first to traffic particular quantities of banned products, or getting a particular combination past the Sheriff. You can even indulge in the illicit trade in Merry Men, and if one gets through you get either a bonus or a chance to screw another player. Adding to this, each turn the new Sheriff draws two cards from a 'special rule' deck and picks one, meaning that for the next two rounds chickens might be verboten or you have to pay a cheese tax or something else to affect your playing style. We only had four, so didn't get the experience the Sheriff and his deputy, the final addition.

We had a great time and it really revitalised the game for me. And, just like every other time I've played it, I was always too trusting or too suspicious and suffered for this. Bah.


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Sheriff of Nottingham, in either of its forms, is excellent.

Once you've got people to understand that YOU CAN'T LIE ABOUT THE NUMBER OF ITEMS.

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