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Space Ghost wrote: Any tips for getting precocious young boys to read are always welcome.
Read to them. You need books that will suck them in without seeming like they’re too much for the kid to read on his own if he wanted to. For that age, I suggest Robert Asprin’s “Myth” series. The protagonist is a young man, there’s monsters and magic, and you’re never quite sure who’s a good guy at first. Lots of puns so they’re even fun for the adults.
That's a great choice. I loved those books at a slightly older age (and they were pretty new then). I can imagine they'd be perfect.
Cosmic Encounter was pretty much what I expected Dragon Poker to be like when I first started playing it.
Advanced copies were sent out so reviews should be coming.
Been mostly quiet on the games front the last year or two so this feels like huge excess tbh.
But I'm all about an epic deck builder, so let's get it on!
Picked up Triumph & Tragedy (plus CIA vs KGB) from our own Ratpfink here on TWBG. Always wanted to try T&T, even though I'm not much of a WW2 enthusiast when it comes to wargames. But it's a multiplayer block game, which is kinda cool, and slots into that "best at three players" domain that is exceedingly rare. I owned CIA vs KGB before and traded it because it always seemed too laborious for a 2-player small game, but I have a different regular 2-player partner now, so maybe it will have more appeal (plus Ratpfink threw it in for free because I'm sure he wanted it to sit unplayed on my shelf, rather than his.)
As noted in the Spirit Island thread, Nature Incarnate, the latest expansion, arrived. Looks cool like all other Spirit Island stuff, but we haven't been playing that much recently.
The Last Kingdom also showed up. I'm a "fan" of the series, in that I watched the whole thing because it was entertaining, but not particularly compelling. I appreciated that it covered a period of history and region that doesn't get a lot of exposure, since most of the attention goes to the lands raided directly by the Norsemen and not what happened after they settled there. It was also a Gamelyn production and I own and enjoy the entire Tiny Epic line, so I figured it was a pretty safe bet. Having played it twice now, I'm way more impressed than I thought I would be. It's a really interesting game that also holds the theme of the IP quite well. (Utrecht!)
And then I let Dan Thurot talk me into another damn card game in The Barracks Emperors. It's kind of the trick-taking version of GMT's Time of Crisis, by the same designers as ToC and also published by GMT. It's, uh, kinda brilliant which Dan is almost always reliable for, so I know I'll get a number of plays out of it. But it's also another damn box on the damn shelf...
I got copies of Blitzkrieg!, Caesar!, and Dogfight! for helping demo for Floodgate Games, but I only plan to keep Caesar as it is easily my favorite of the three. Dogfight I already gave away to Tom Vasel of all people. Decent filler, but nothing I'd ever want to pull off my shelf.
From the exhibit hall, I got Bemused and a signed copy of Zimby Mojo from Devious Weasel's booth. The latest expansion to Catacombs that adds a solo mode along with extra content for it and Catacombs and Castles. War of Civilizations from Bluencore, which is their first game and has changed greatly from the early versions I've seen. Excited to mess around with it. Bestiary of Sigillum: Collector's Edition as I fiddled with it in the BGG Hot Games Room and it looks like a great value for the price. Beacon Patrol as Dan's review of it makes me think it'll be perfect for the game nights I play with more casual groups. A bunch of promos for Millennium Blades, Oceans, and pink ships for Cosmic Encounter from Jack Reda himself!
But the biggest gets were from the consignment hall: Chaosmos, Dungeon Fighter with the expansion, Cutthroat Caverns, and easily my most prized gets, Impulse and Clockwork Wars with the Sentience expansion! Both are holy grail games I've been wanting to find for years. I'm really excited to dive into all of these!
Hammy wrote: What made you want to repurchase it? I've been considering it based on Charlie's adoration of it, plus I'm shocked at how cheap it seems to be. Never expected that.
That guy and Barnes have talked me into so many games! He has a typo in that review:
Compound that with the fact each side builds there forces
I have a fondness for thematic cult games. I brought it to game night once, years ago, and after spending ages setting it up my son was looking spaced out, and he was burning up so,we went home, and I never opened it back up. Upon reflection, I seem to connect gaming with my relationship with my kids. Plus, nice minis.
I was reading a review in church (shhh) and was reminded you get points for torturing people.