Games I Bough For A Silly Reason

Games we already paid for, and cannot wait to get them to the table! And by we, I mean me, when it come to the paying bit. Being the reasonable and down-to-earth person I am I think through all my purchases, considering all pros and cons… most of the time. This is a list of games, in no particular order, which I bought for ‘no reason’ – according to some people.

Detective – we’ve seen it here and there, browsing the depths of the Interwebs, mostly on the Polish end, and we got really excited with all the previews.  As people who love Sherlock Holmes, EXIT and this type of experience, Detective sounds just like our cup of tea. And the promise of breaking the 4th wall – exciting! We really wanted to talk with Ignacy Trzewiczek about this one during EXPO, but he was constantly busy.

REASON : BREAKING THE 4TH WALL

Everdell – a beautiful worker placement, the board is a 3D tree, the artwork is stunning, the wooden animal meeples, the components are just amazing, and it’s all looking perfect. Plus, the latest Kickstarter update states, that the game will be with us earlier than we think.

REASON : HEDGEHOG MEEPLES

Architects of the West Kingdom – so we happen to love the Raiders of the North Sea saga, however we never went around to buy it, as we got into it too late, when all the expansions were out. Ant that sounded a bit heavy on the pocket. We have played it multiple times at various board game cafes, and really enjoyed the mechanics, but what drew me to it was the art. We watched some run-throughs, and rules, and seeing as the price was ridiculously low, we decided to back it.

REASON : LOW PRICE

D*Day Dice – ok, this one was the theme, mostly. We haven’t played the first edition before backing this one, and didn’t really want to spoil anything for ourselves. But one day, at the Ludoquist, we spotted the tin, and just couldn’t help, but play it. And , oh em gee, we loved it, and now cannot wait even more to play the 2nd edition.

REASON : THEME

Dice Hospital – this one is a bit of a cheat, because we got to playtest it, and have the print and play version at home. But you know, plain paper is not the same as 3D PRINTED AMBULANCES! The game  itself is vry interesting, yet simple, but the ambulances!

REASON : 3D PRINTED AMBULANCES

Solar City – I just backed it on Kickstarter, and got the Early Bird deal, which is nice. And this is a bit of a cheat as well, because we tried it at the EXPO, and surprisingly, I was the one who liked the game the most, even though I didn’t win, and it is a very man game, too. We were talking about backing it, but were a bit sceptical. But then it occurred to me, we don’t have enough Polish games. And, they will plant a tree for every copy sold!

REASON : POLISH PRODUCTION & TREE PLANTING

 

Top 10 Games of All Time

Top 10 Board Games of All Times

10. Clank! In! Space!

We got the first Clank! last year at UKGE, and fell in love with it instantly. Sunken Treasure came next, and didn’t give us anything exciting. And then they announced Clank! In! Space! and I just knew we must get it. I absolutely loved the references to Star Wars, Star Trek and other science-fiction movies and characters. Game itself changed as well. Now the board is modular, and it changes every time you play it. Also, the rules are slightly different, and in fairness, they make the game much more interesting.

9. Abyss (+Kraken, +Leviathan)

Another Expo’17 purchase. I haven’t heard of it before, but Matt did, and he was really keen on buying this one. One of a few games we bought before trying, but man, we weren’t wrong with this one. You explore the depths of the oceans, trying to find allies who will help you recruit the lords, and finally make you rule the Abyss. On the way to achieve that, you may also get to fight some monsters, or maybe it is better to focus on politics? But be careful not to get corrupted! Damn, those Nebulis look so perfect…

8. EXIT series

You may have, or may not, read the post about our ranking of the EXIT series. Regardless, if you have £10 to spare, you should try it. I know, it’s a one-time thing, and you may not be willing to destroy the whole box, but man, it’s worth it! Whether you’d be escaping the Abandoned Cabin, Pharaoh’s Tomb, or trying to find out who killed the Dead Man On The Orient Express, you’d be excited! I agree, it may not be for everyone, but if you like escape rooms, puzzles  and fancy a bit of a challenge, it’s the one for you!

7. Scythe

Came for the looks, stayed for the game play. The mechs, the minis, the metal coins, the artwork! However, that’s not your regular war game. Player interaction is minimal. It’s all about action selection, and doing so in the right time and sequence. Getting those resources, building structures, and being the first one in the race, to get all 6 stars. So is it really a war game? Well, the combat does occur, but maybe not as often, as one would expect. But in the end, it’s all up to you, if you’re here for peace, or power.

6. Sherlock Holmes

This one grabbed me by my throat and hasn’t let go, quite literally, as reading 18th century English is not my cup of tea. However, the experience is so immersive every time we play, I don’t want it to let go. After completing both Sherlock Holmes video games, and the first box of the table top version I must admit, I actually feel, like I am able to solve a crime in real life. We are actually having small doses of Mr. Holmes now, conscious, that at some point, we will run out of cases!

5. T.I.M.E Stories

Another one that falls into the category of puzzles and case solving, as well as time management, and a bit of a race. Our first experience was unbeatable, although we loved the Prophecy of Dragons the most (so far), and got really lucky with the Marcy’s Case. I just can’t help the feeling, that the scenarios are getting worse, and the game play is just repetitive. However, I won’t give up on thinking, this is a great game!

4. Viticulture (Essential Edition + Tuscany)

Oh, hello Euro game! I would never expect me having a worker placement on this list, but hey! There it is! And oh my gosh it is brilliant! The take on seasons, and planning ahead, but as well having one chance per year to use occupied space. And the abilities and buildings, you may even travel in time! It’s an absolute blast to play this one. Gotta know you love the game, if you upgraded the coins to metal ones, and point markers to little wine bottles.

3. Mansions of Madness (2nd Edition)

Well, by this point you may have noticed, that I am more about the experience, than the game itself. Mansions are absolutely brilliant in its simplicity. You are investigators, you’re trying to find out who, when and why. And if some monsters come along, just shoot them in the face! I love the atmosphere and theme in this one, we even threw a dress-up Halloween party with MoM theme!  More expansions please!

2. 7th Continent

Well, and yet another experience. Long awaited Kickstarter, the 7th Continent. Brilliant game, for a maximum of two players I’d say. You really get to thinking what is the best choice, and what outcome could it bring. Do I turn over this rock? What if there is a snake? What if I find a rare plat I read about somewhere before? Wait, what’s that? A hidden number?  This one definitely has a WOW effect, and it’s huge!

  1. Gloomhaven

Speaking of huge, here’s a monster of a box. Do I need to introduce anyone to Gloomhaven? The 3rd printing has just happened, and the lucky ones got a copy. The hype went down, I’m not gonna lie, but the game itself it’s still a great position. For me, as a kid who grew up playing Diablo, this is a dream come true. A hack and slash on a board, with character development? Gotta love legacy games! Ant the theme is right there, the stories, the characters, the map! And the upcoming expansion… Could we ask for more?

EXIT games – RATING

We are huge fans of escape rooms and everything that’s connected with it. We stumbled upon EXIT games about a year ago, and ever since, this is our favourite family fun! It’s cheap, it’s a brain workout, and it’s just great! We started with Abandoned Cabin, and followed all of them, to Dead Man on The Orient Express. Here is a spoiler free list of all of them, in the order of the least, to the most fun!

The list was made considering the ratio of difficulty level and fun we had. I gave minus points for fiddliness, obviousness and irritation caused. I added points for WOW moments and satisfaction of solving the riddles. Difficulty is the one stated on the boxes, this is not my rating. Here we go!

8.Polar Station                                    difficulty ***                     rating 3/10

We have found this one just a bit boring, some riddles were simple, some overly complicated as for the outcome. This one didn’t have any impact on us, and I remember  only one task.

7.Secret Lab                                         difficulty N/A                    rating 4/10

This one was interesting, however many riddles turned out to be irritating, to the point that I just wanted to check the answer, and that means the fun factor was just not there.

6.Forbidden Island                            difficulty ***                     rating 5/10

Oh, the pirates.. the theme was fun, first couple of riddles were really easy, and then, on the last one, after 20 minutes of failing, we have given up, and looked at the clue. And we were disappointed like never before during EXIT games, and this is the last of all eight we have played.

5. Forgotten Castle                              difficulty ****                   rating 6/10

A good one, although a bit fiddly in places. I liked the theme, but this one requires high precision, and it makes it just a bit too annoying.

4.Sunken Treasure                        difficulty **                        rating 6/10

Ok, not a bad one, probably the best one to start with. Linear riddles, that tell you almost exactly what to do. Also some interesting takes on some things.

 

3.Pharaoh’s Tomb                           difficulty ****                   rating 8/10

Ok, got to the final three. This one was a challenge, and we have used a clue or two. The only reason this one is not higher on the list is because, again, it had some unnecessary fiddliness.

2.Abandoned Cabin                      difficulty N/A                     rating 9/10

This had the most WOW effect on us! Maybe because it was the first one we ever done, at points, we were actually standing and shouting.

1.Dead Man on The Orient Express
difficulty ****                                   rating 10/10

One of the most recent ones, and Oh-My-Gosh that’s a good one! I’m not gonna lie, it took us about two hours to finish this one, but we are proud to announce, that we haven’t used any clues. It was a true murder mystery, and had no fiddly riddle, all made complete sense, and you really had to use your brain. It was a mix of EXIT and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. A brilliant one!

 

We are looking forward to the next two releases, The Sinister Mansion (difficulty ****), and the Mysterious Museum (difficulty **).

Na co czekasz?

Mam dziwne wrażenie, ze 2018 będzie mniej ekscytującym rokiem dla gier niż 2017. Mogę się mylić, gdyż obiecałam sobie nie wydawać tyle tym razem, więc nie wczytuję się aż tak w BGG. Staram się przynajmniej. Ten rok jest dla mnie bardziej rokiem Kickstartera, gdyż jest kilka kampanii, które dotrą do mnie w tym roku, i już kilka, którym będę się bacznie przyglądać.

Styczeń : jeszcze w tym miesiącu powinien do nas dotrzeć OX – mała, przenośna gra podróżna, spersonalizowana na dodatek!

Marzec : 7th Continent – już z krzesła spadam na myśl o tej grze. Chyba najdroższy jak do tej pory wsparty przeze mnie projekt.

Czerwiec : Czekam z niecierpliwością na  Dice Hospital, który miałam przyjemność testować, i który będzie (prawdopodobnie) do odbioru na UK Game Expo.

Wrzesień : D-Day Dice, kolejna gra wojenna, tym razem kościana. Drugie wydanie. Wygląda super, czekam, czekam, czekam!

A teraz przejdźmy do wydawania pieniędzy. Jutro rusza kampania U-BOOT The Board Game, i powiem szczerze, jestem na nią gotowa wydać sporo, bo nie mamy jeszcze takiej gry. Gdyby to była kolejna zwykła planszówka, przemyślałabym mocniej. Ale trójwymiarowa łódź podwodna na środku stołu?!

Nemesis – tę grę przemyślę. Mamy bowiem AvP i nie możemy sięga to  zabrać. Zagraliśmy raz, przed konwersją, i się zawiedliśmy. Kupiliśmy konwersję i nigdy do gry nie wróciliśmy. Więc mimo, iż to nie to samo, to wstrzymamy się chyba. Poczekamy na sprzedaż.

Poza Kikcstarterem są też gry, które w tym roku znajdą miejsce na mojej półce – są to trzy dodatki.

Scythe – the Rise of Fenris, wiem że dopiero kupiliśmy Wind Gambit, ale Scythe pozostaje jedną z Top 3 naszych ulubionych gier, i o ile RoF będzie ostatnim dodatkiem, będziemy szczęśliwi. Do tego aplikacja na Windowsa wchodzi niedługo – wooohoooo!

Abyss – Leviathan, Abyss kupiliśmy dopiero w zeszłym roku, ale to była miłość od pierwszego wejrzenia. Potem przyszedł Kraken z czarnymi perłami, teraz czas na Leviathana.

Mansions of Madness – Sanctum of Twilight, nie oszukujmy się, do tej gry każdy dodatek jest wart swoich pieniędzy. Nadal nie wierzę, że jeszcze nie wypróbowaliśmy wszystkich scenariuszy do Streets of Arhkam (czas, czas, czas) a już wychodzi nowy dodatek.

Są też oczywiście gry, które wyszły już jakiś czas temu, a które nadal są na naszej liście. Mówię tu o Gloomhaven, Spirit Island albo Roll Player. Są też gry, bez których przeżyję, ale chciałabym je mieć w swojej kolekcji, jak Harvest, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle czy Too Many Bones.

A Ty, na co czekasz?