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Lovecraft Letter - Love Letter meets the Cthulhu mythos. There are Cthulhu-flavored cards, that have their regular effect or a revved-up Insane effect. The Insane effect is more powerful, but playing an Insane card makes a win 2/3 as valuable as a normal win. It also subjects you to the possibility of an instant round loss. It was fun, and is still Love Letter.
Concordia - it's point salad on steroids, with a 'deckbuilder meets Power Grid meets Century: Spice Road' sort of feel. Every card in your deck is worth a ton of points, so buying cards is a must. Every card is also how you do anything, from producing goods to trading goods to building more houses to buying cards. A game took us about 90 minutes to 2 hours, but that would speed up a little bit once you figure out what a strategy looks like. I'd play it again.
Games played that I did not get on my birthday:
Wingspan - played twice. My daughter beat us the first time, 85-72-70. Then my wife curbstomped us with a first-round Raven. Finals were 105-75-72. Some people on BGG say the Ravens aren't broken but they're full of crap.
Terraforming Mars - I had pretty crappy choices for corporations, and the cards didn't make my corporation choice all that much better. My wife beat me 1x10^6 to 3.
So, there a lot of moving pieces. The rulebook is 51 pages and is kinda lacking as far as organization etc, though there is a 2e rulebook I downloaded that seems better in that regard. It took me 3 hours to go through the rules, get set up, and play through 2 weeks (of the 15 weeks in the intro campaign). It was really fun though, and seems extremely playable once you get over the rule dump up front. You're mainly setting the missions and then you roll a bunch of dice/pull chits to see how your plans go.
I'm looking forward to adding in all the optional rules for weather and Intel/recon and stuff, and getting to the later years of the war where you have more plane types and you can buy tech upgrades and stuff. I guess it's down to how long a campaign takes to play out once you're comfortable with the rules, as to how far I get into all that.
This game definitely makes me that much more hyped for my pre-ordered copy of the Thunderbolt/Apache Leader and expansions in a few months, which has the pre-planning and leveling up and stuff but also has tactical mission resolution where you fly around on a map and shoot stuff.
Wingspan is not very well balanced. Since the game is so short and so exponential in growth, having a resource-producing bird soon is a massive advantage.
RobertB wrote: Wingspan - played twice. My daughter beat us the first time, 85-72-70. Then my wife curbstomped us with a first-round Raven. Finals were 105-75-72. Some people on BGG say the Ravens aren't broken but they're full of crap.
san il defanso wrote: We have been playing a lot of Catan with our son. It's been great, he really enjoys it.
Also I'm starting to get in Twitter arguments with randos about Catan. I think quarantine has gone on too long or something.
Catan has been my go-to game for playing with my parents during quarantine. I used to get into arguments with people at game night about it all the time. People try to say that something like Castles of Burgundy is somehow similar, but better, and I'd lay into them.
"trading makes it unfair"
"dice rolls make it unfair"
I was going to say I wished I understood the obsession with fairness in games but I really probably don't!
I guess for many people it was that game that got them started, so all of their adventures in gaming since (if you can call a gravitation towards no-luck medium -> heavy euros an adventure) feel like some kind of excursion into everything that is "better".
Got hold of Treasure Island and have been playing it with the kids, it's quite fun.
The other component that I think is a part of this is that a lot of gaming subcultures look down on people who focus on a single game. There's some condescending rhetoric that flies around, like "why don't they explore how many great games there are??"
The same narrative happens with D&D fans in the TTRPG community.
mc wrote: Is Catan second only to Monopoly in terms of being dumped on? Monopoly is like the poster child, all the other MB/Hasbro type affairs seem to get skipped, too obvious I guess, and then it's Catan.
Munchkin is probably equally despised.