5 Games That I Want To Play With You Right Now. Yes, You (Brandon Kempf)
It's time for another installment of 5 Games I Want To Play With You and wow do we have a list of games. Christmas Season is in full swing and that means family, friends and eggnog, or whatever your Holiday drink of choice is, mine is Angel's Envy, just as an FYI and hopefully lots and lots of gaming.
Let's start off with the lengthier game this time. So we've got 4 of us sitting around the table, enjoying a glass of whatever it is that tickles your fancy and we've got a couple hours to enjoy in front of a game. Let's play Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn. I've played this one 1 3/4 times so far and it offers something that the original Fantasy Flight Games Sid Meier's Civilization didn't, a coherent rule book. This one also is relatively quick, 2 hours is a legitimate time frame to play this with 4 players. The most interesting thing about this new edition is that Focus Bar. It's where all of your actions reside and it guides the entire game for you. It's an absolutely wonderful idea and I'm interested in seeing how differing ideas of how to progress, get through a game. Combat is really oversimplified and if you are like me the dice will absolutely not be your friend, so stock up on trade goods on that military card.
Alternate: Probably still Clans of Caledonia. I really want to know if it was me, or if it was the game.
Let's learn something new together! I understand that you like worker placement games, especially worker placement games that use dice!! Let's get that copy of Rajas of the Ganges off the shelf and sit and learn this newest entry into the Markus & Inka Brand catalog. The Brand's always like to bring interesting ideas to their board games, whether it's the board that is a giant rondel in Murano, or the fact that your family ages and dies in the wonderful Village. In Rajas of the Ganges the interesting idea is that you have two tracks, a money track, from which you spend your money, and a prestige track. Now, these two tracks are moving in the opposite directions and the game end is triggered when someone makes them meet in the middle. I can't wait to see how this works!
Alternate: I still have DragonsGate Castle sitting over there as well waiting to be learned. Dice placement and a theme that reminds me of something out of a young adult fantasy series.
Alright, we need a change of pace don't we? You know what has been filling this void for me really well over the past month? Memoarrr! has been. It's a simple premise, it's memory. but there is a catch, the board never changes and thusly the more you and your opponents reveal, the longer and more stressful the round gets, kind of like that Simon electronic toy, right? After a winner for the round is determined, the cards just flip back over and you go again. Games last about 15 minutes and I don't know that I have ever seen such a silly, light hearted game bring out so much competitiveness amongst players. Friend Chris Wray seems to think this one is a Spiel Des Jahres option, we'll just have to wait and see!
Alternate: Hmmm, this one is a tough one, but I think that if memory games aren't your thing, we may have to dust the cobwebs off of the absolutely wonderful, Kingdomino.
Let's get back into the swing of things with the follow up to Kingdomino, the aptly named, Queendomino. Now, this one takes the workings of the original and it adds a couple more things to think about. First off it adds new lands, the Red lands, and those can have buildings built on them. Those buildings can grant you points at the end of the game and they also can grant you knights which allow you to collect taxes all across your lands. As you expand your lands, the Queen may look favorably upon you and come to you. All in all it's a lot of fun and the extra options may open a lot more people up to the beauty that is this series of games. They add a lot of choice to the game, but don't bog it down with too many.
Alternate: We'll play this one anyway, if you play games with me, it's going to be played, there is no way around that fact, Majesty: For the Realm.
Let's wrap up the evening with a game that deserves to be played a lot more than it has been. We've played with our fair share of dice this evening, how about we play Flatline. Flatline is a wonderful, real time game in which we are emergency room doctors and we are trying to save our patients who are flooding the emergency room. You see, the people coming into our hospital are the unlucky ones who couldn't defuse the bombs quickly enough in FUSE. I know, I know, real time games may not be the best way to wrap up an evening, but Flatline does real time, right. It manages to pack all of the frantic action into one minute per round and it is frantic, but it is also fun, and it is tough.
Alternate: We could close it out with what is one of my favorite games of 2017, Sentient. More dice, more lovely Renegade Games artwork and good puzzly fun.
There we go, those are 5 Games That I Want To Play With you Right Now. Next time, we'll find a few older titles to play and maybe a card game, we stayed away from cards for the most part today.
Let me know in the comments if you have any games that you want to play with me right now!