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Neil Robinson
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Does anyone have any pre-orders on the go?

For the first time ever I've pre-ordered a game, two games in fact; Camel Up: Cards and Jorvik. Fun fact: The last thing I pre-ordered was Stephen Tintin Duffy's Kiss Me (12" single - gatefold sleeve 1985).
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Do you count Kickstarter projects as well? Regardless, I always have several. Now it's eight games, 36 expansions, and seven accessories.
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Greg Bauerle

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So our tour of the National Parks is coming to an end. We are currently in Independence Missouri for the night before going to see the Harry Truman National Historic Monument and Presidential library.
But tonight we played "The National Parks & Monuments Boardgame, Colorado Plateau Challenge". We bought this game at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park yesterday. It's a trivia game with a card collection, point base game. If that makes any sense.
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Been really enjoying your park/boardgame pictures, thanks for sharing
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David Luchetti

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Game night!

I played Control, Tiny Epic Western, Via Nebula and CaCao!

Control is a fun 2-player game. I'm glad that I backed it on KS! (Won)

TEW has great art and components and the theme came through pretty well. The mechanics were slightly more nuanced and complicated than I generally prefer and keeping track of the resources and a number of minor rules was a bit fiddly. The winning player also assumed before we started that control of the town hall poker game might be overpowered and focused there - he won the first three rounds there (and maybe a 4th round later?) and won the game by a lot - he had 18 points, there was a tie at 2nd with 13 and I had 12. Unfortunately I didn't love it and it's not one I'd want to teach or play too often.

Next was Via Nebula. This was a surprise to me - I really enjoyed it! Really easy to learn and understand quickly but with decent depth of strategy and LOTS of options every turn yet not too too hard deciding what to do. Though I could see AP-prone players having some trouble deciding what to do during their turn - luckily this 4-player game didn't have anyone like that. Great art, great components, amazing box insert. I might have to pick this one up! (Also, I won! I was the first and only player with 5 buildings and scored 29 points)

Finally CaCao - first time playing this one too! Decent tile-laying game. Nothing mind-boggling but enjoyable. I'd certainly play again but I wouldn't specifically seek it out. I'd be interested in trying it with the new expansion coming out ... I won this one too with 59 points. I was about 8 points ahead of the owner of the game (a pretty good friend I play with a lot) who said it was one of his favorite games - so a solid win, hehe
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Yep. I've played TEK and TEG ... TEG is quite good for 2 or 3 but is too slow for 4 or 5. TEK is fun - I haven't tried the expansion yet bet seems like it adds some good stuff. 
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Matthew Majeika

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Tabletop Thursdays still going strong at the +Warwick Public Library: Central Library​. Tonight, I played Elder Sign and Bohnanza.

We lost Elder Sign to Azathoth in a big way. Couldn't get anything started. Dice rolls can be mitigated with some cards and abilities, but still pretty tough with the randomness.

Learned Bohnanza - my first play through. Nice little filler game. I can see how this game can get out of hand if people over analyze on their turn. Nice little game of set collecting and trading. 
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Our family has been addicted to Bohnanza for almost 20 years now. Great replayability, especially if everyone is willing to haggle and enjoy it.
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Nathan Polk

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Who has played the the game of thrones 2nd edition board game and is it any good ?
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Played once. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Looking forward to playing again.
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Iain Mabbott

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Castellion, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways....

I'm trying to work out if this game is really difficult or I'm just completely useless! It really doesn't seem like it should be that difficult. I'm playing the basic game (there are three levels of 'hardness') and have lost all 10 games I've tried so far.

Argh!

(Oh yes, of course I've spotted two mistakes in the photo that are illegal placements so this game that I thought was close to a victory was, of course, not.)

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This is a tough game. You not only have to think WELL ahead, but also try to make your building strategy somehow adjustable. I've actually only played it in the 2-player variant with my partner and we've only managed to beat it once. But I still absolutely love all three of the games in this series.
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Ben Gerber
owner

Discussion  - 
 
What game makes you think of food or drink - that isn't specifically about food or drinks?
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Circus Train, because you have to stop off in Canada to get proper "rest" during the prohibition.
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Ben Gerber
owner

Game Design  - 
 
Holy Crap! Seven or so months ago I had put a prototype I was fiddling with on the back burner. I figured my subconscious would come up with a solution to a problem I was having. Took you freaking long enough subconscious!

Scoring was problematic in this little tile laying, airship racing game. In that, it didn't matter worth a darn until the last move of the game. Meaning the last move of the game was really the only move of the game.

Now I've got it so that the end score is a help to your final score but there is another, secret, in-game scoring method too. So it matters a lot who wins the race but you can still win the game based solely on how you perform. A mix of skill and luck. 
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Oh, so it was spaceship Dominant Species then?
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Scott Beattie

Board Game Blogs/Vlogs  - 
 
Hi all, a piece on diversity and inclusion on gaming and some thoughts about how the 'magic circle' of games can make others feel welcome, or not...
 
A short piece, thinking about the magic circle...
From time to time I run workshops for educators on how to get started with game based learning. Usually participants have some concerns...
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Thanks for the comment. I think the issue is not so much politics as access. Is there something technical about the game format that excludes some learners? Are they 'boy' focused? I don't think so myself, but I think we have to explore it.
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Greg Bauerle

Board Game Blogs/Vlogs  - 
 
So today we hit 2 National Parks. Arches National Park, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Never could find somewhere to sit down and play a game at Arches, but still posted some pictures from there. We did sit down and play Qwirkle Cube's at Black Canyon.
+Phil Hatfield​​​ asked in an earlier post as to what Park stands out the most. I believe now both Arches and Black Canyon has been our favorite.
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Beautiful country. I love the Rockies. 😀
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Pandemic (Legacy) players... I have a question.

I recently bought Pandemic Legacy to play with my family on Family Game Night (currently Wednesdays). None of us have ever played Pandemic, so I started by reading the rules to play a basic game without any of the Legacy components. I played a 2p game solo to learn the rules and we just finished our first family game with 3p.

We won without too much trouble and I wanted to see how the standard game ramps difficulty. Do you start higher on the Infection track (meaning you will reach 3 and 4 Infections per turn more quickly? Do you give yourself fewer actions? It seemed pretty easy to win in both of the games I played, so I want to make sure we aren't missing anything and maybe try a little harder scenario when we play next.

Once we have a solid grasp on the game, we'll crack the shrink on the dossiers and get our Legacy on!
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The trickiest part I could think of that could make the game easier is making sure you have the trading rules right for sharing knowledge. 
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James Bricknell

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Today was a good gaming day! My tiny epic western Kickstarter arrives and I made a set of boxes for my x-wing cards.
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Vladimir Teneslav

Kickstarter  - 
 
Hello everyone,

I am a passionate board game designer and I have created the 1-4 players, scifi themed strategy boardgame called MIND - The Fall of Paradise.

The game is about managing your colony and can be played Solo, in Coop or Competitive. The goal of the game is to gain a set of 5 Achievements by ordering your Citizens inside the colony to build, repair, sabotage, collect bonuses, resolve events and fight intruders.

In Competitive there is a Take That element to it as you sabotage your friends and invade their colonies. The game has all the art made by me, from boards to miniatures and I think you will see that lots of love was put into making it.

If all this sounds interesting I invite you to take a look at the kickstarter page that is filled with information about the game:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/586888488/mind-the-fall-of-paradise-a-scifi-strategy-boardga
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Thanks a lot Craig! Really appreciated.
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Shawn Hilliard

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Tried Last Will tonight. I really thought the theme was well integrated with this one. My wife didn't think it was fun but I liked it enough to play again. Not a must have but an interesting twist by crowning a winner able to spend all their money first lol.
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Hah, I agree with her then. Maybe it's better with more players, or the expansion is what it needed.
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Matthew Coyne

Board Games  - 
 
My OCD shelfie! Thanks IKEA!
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Neil Robinson's profile photo
 
Your shelf stacking skills are second to none. Have you tried Patchwork? It might be a good fit.
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Mark Deacon

Kickstarter  - 
 
Hi all. I'm thinking of setting up my own sort of Kickstarter campaign to fund my own board game. Any tips on doing this. 
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+Chuck McNamara let me know when you do and I will definitely back it. 
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Ben Gerber
owner

Hot Deals  - 
 
So Ravensburger. They don't just make puzzles. Bora Bora is 46% off today at $26.95. http://amzn.to/2dceMlz

Las Vegas is $22.99 or 36% off. http://amzn.to/2dcfmQp

La Isla is 42% off at $20.99. http://amzn.to/2docJrv

Many, many of their 'family games' style games, like Indigo or Scotland Yard are also significantly discounted. http://amzn.to/2dcg541
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Sanssouci is on that list and its well worth considering. Its a very nice tile laying game where you build a formal garden and get your nobles to promenade for points.
https://amzn.com/B00F1Z93KM
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Neil Robinson
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
How about a long term test report on Nations. This was a hot game when it came out. Has it stood the test of time? Are you still playing it and if not, why not?
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I think it's quite good. Did not bought it and have thought about the dice game.
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James Mapes

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Rift: Saga of a Dying World has ten days left on Kickstarter, and it's on track for a fully funded campaign! It's a new and innovative game with some awesome early art - help us make our first game!

Link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/202388949/rift-saga-of-a-dying-world

Kickstart the printing and packaging of our awesome, over-the-top board game!
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Zachary Baudoin

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Got the green light from the wife to buy this number. She's a Potter fan. Down to $45 prime shipping on Amazon. 
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+Nathan Polk Let you know when I play it!
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