Quite some time ago, Chris Norwood posted a list of his top ten games that he plays with his wife. That list in turn was inspired by The Dice Tower podcast Episode 189, in which Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer shared their own top ten games that they play with their wives. Those lists are both several years old, but the topic is timeless, so I thought I'd confer with my wife Kathy so that we could compile our own list.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One quick go-back on my earlier posts recounting my World Boardgaming Championships experience this year: The very first thing that Keith Ferguson and I did Thursday morning, on our way to the registration desk, was to bump into Josh Tempkin of Tall Tower Games. He spent a good part of the convention demonstrating several of his games:
- "WarTime," which I've written about before as a fascinating, innovative real-time wargame involving sand timers
- "Throne Dice," which surprisingly I still haven't taken the time to play
- "Commissioner," which I learned at UnPub 4 as "Lesser Evil"
Saturday, December 28, 2013
The holidays provide plenty of opportunity for gaming time with friends and family. (Sadly, for all the gaming we did in the last week, I have no pictures. What's wrong with me?)
Last Friday our friend Theresa H. came over for a game. We had several options, and when I described Le Havre (designer Uwe Rosenberg, artists Klemens Franz and Uwe Rosenberg, publisher Lookout Games [website in German]) as a "deeper version of Agricola," Theresa chose that to play. We played the three-player shortened version, which has a few different buildings from the two-player that Kathy and I usually play. This time Kathy really got her coal-coke-shipping engine going and made all kinds of money, but I was hot on the building strategy and constructed enough high-value buildings to eke out a win by five points. Theresa made a good showing for her first game and had a good time.
|(c) Lookout Games. Used by permission|
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
|(c) Crash Games. Used by permission|
Monday, June 3, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday afternoon, Kathy and I played Love Letter (designer Seiji Kanai, artists Andrew Hepworth and Jeffrey Himmelman, publisher Alderac Entertainment Group) for the first time. This microgame poses some neat little logic challenges and opportunities for second-guessing, although in our first play, we didn't find it quite as "brain-bending" as Citadels, our favorite hidden-role game for getting inside each others' heads. As it happens, we played two rules incorrectly. First, in the two-player game, we failed to turn three cards face up at the start of each round to reduce the size of the playing deck and gain early insight into which cards were already out of play. Second, we thought (incorrectly) that the Guard could target another Guard in an attempt to eliminate an opponent. Since there are five Guards in the deck (as opposed to one or two of any other character), that made the Guard extraordinarily powerful in our game. I've written before about my propensity for getting the rules wrong the first time I play a game, but fortunately, we still had fun, and the game was over in less than half an hour. LL is a quick little diversion that I expect will get more play - and that I hope will become more intricate in the tactics and counter-tactics of anticipating each others' cards.
Friday, April 26, 2013
|Love Letter: A good thing in|
a small package