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Why am I doing this?

So why have I decided to make this blog? Well, I love board games. I started an Instagram account to display the games I played and try to inspire more people to play more board games and meet new people and… well. Play more games!!! And I realised that I want to say more about the games I play. More than a picture, because to be honest, how many of you go past the pictures and actually read what is written? (I try to do it. But not always…)
Everytime I play a game I realise something new. Maybe it is about the game. Maybe it is about the people you are playing with. Or maybe something completely different.

So I decided to start this blog and talk about my “adventures” in board games… and such. There are alot of different games out there and I would like to be including and not excluding. Is a card game technically a board game? As Samuel Gerard from The fugitive would say: “I don’t care”.

I would like to cover role playing games, card games, board games, games in between, party games, euro games, ameritrash games. All kinds of games! Even Monopoly! (Even though I do not think I would actually pay to play it…) This is the part about inclusion. There are alot of “gateway” games out there and I do not want to say “they are not real games” or “that game sucks”.
What I have learned from playing games for a couple of years is that, sometimes a bad game can still be fun with the right players. And sometimes a really good game can be really boring because you are not playing with the right players.
I am not saying that the wrong people are always the wrong people, but I know people who would actually love to play monopoly, and I know some people who would hate it. On the other side I know people who would love to play a really advanced euro game and I know people who would hate it. I like to play most games and see what makes them work, for me, or not. So to end this post on a happier note.

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A B C

I am trying to learn my ABC:s in board games. For me that means that I, on my instagram, will ask people for their favorite games on a specific letter. I call it #alphabeticalboardgaming

So far I have done A,B and C.

A is for Arkham Horror the Card Game. And it went superbly! Well not playing the game… but in enjoying the game. Before I finished the three parts of the base game the first expansion was already on it’s way. But man is it punishing! AH:tcg is a story driven deckassembler with a token bag that will be forever in your… not so favor. But man is it fantastic. I will write a longer post on it later on.

The Arkham Horror TCG box.

B is for Battlestar Galactica. After the suggestions got calculated and someone had suggested BSG and I said that I actually had it, the votes changed. The rules are that if it is too expensive or too hard to get a hold off, it’s gone from the list. But as I had it, the votes were different in the end. In BSG you try to get from one place to another while solving problems on the way there. And there might be a traitor or two working against you… this is a wonderfully crafted game where you trust no one. Not even yourself! Because you can become a traitor halfway through the game and start working against all the others. A great game I am looking forward to playing again. Will ofcourse write a longer post about this later on.

The Battlestar Galactica box

C is for Cartographers. Cartographers is a flip and write game that is just beautiful to me. You are a mapmaker that makes a map as you see fit to get more points. A kind of wierd theme to me, but I still feel the game is supercozy and fun. A big critique for the game has been that it takes too long to play… We took out the colored pencils and just went wild. Don’t want to write too much before this game gets it’s own post.

The Cartographers box

I had already played BSG before but the other two were just amazing and I really feel that this experiment is going really, really well. I am looking forward to play more games that I have not tried yet and since the tips this far has been this good, I can’t more than be happy for how well it’s going.

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A game for every letter of the alphabet.

A friend if mine did an experiment a couple of years ago. He only listened to music from musicians and bands starting with the same letter for a month. Starting with “A” going all the way to “Ö”, which is the last letter of the swedish alphabet.

The first and last letters of the alphabet

I wass thinking about doing something similar, but alot different. Trying to play a new game from every letter instead of playing only from that letter each month.

Every other week I will ask my followers on Instagram what game they think I should play. Of course it has to be a game that I can get a hold of. And hopefully something new. I was thinking at first which game and then from that list ask again and the one with most votes is thr game that I will play.

Hopefully this will be a fun little thing that people will like. I might find a real gold nugget and maybe someone who sees it will find one too.

This is atleast the goal.

!Spoilers! Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated !Spoilers!

Just so I am clear. If you have not played Clank! Legacy and wish to do so. Do not read any further if you don’t want any spoilers. If you have not played it and Don’t wish to do so. Do as you wish, but it is a good game and we had super fun!

On to talk about the game! I never played a Clank! game until I played this. I knew what it was and knew roughly what to expect. I did take a chance though on buying the legacy version. But I wanted a legacy game to play with my fiancé. And a legacy game that actually wasn’t too long. This was perfect for that!

After we played a game of “regular” Clank!, with just the starter cards and so on she was intrigued. And so was I. After we played it with the story… It did not leave the table until we played atleast 2 games of it, often more.

Clank! is a deckbuilder in which you also have a huge board on which you move your characters and try to get treasuers and go back to you tavern, and in this game expands ALOT of the board and change what happens on different locations. Some towns are destroyed, other places become volcanoes and the board becomes a mess. But a good mess! There is so much to do and so many different things that happen.

I’ve read some of the negative things about this game, that when something happens you have to stop, read and sticker up the board or cards. But honestly, that is a small thing compared to what you get out of it. The story is pretty fun. I listened to the Acquisitions Incorporated adventures many years ago when they started and I did follow alot of what Penny Arcade did, so to me this was also a welcome trip down memory lane for me.

Expanding the board was super fun and expanding the other side of the board was even more fun! We met, elces, dwarves, vampires, ghosts, dragons and unknown horrors. Regular Clank has the big dragon as their “nemesis” and Malathrex in this game wreaks havoc on the towns and players. But… after awhile there is someone new introduced. Zrog Mogolth. A horror from another dimension that wishes to destroy our world. He has mind control powers and wishes to engulf our world. So the mission becomes a little different. We have to stop him!

I loved it! As I said before, I have not played regular Clank! before. But they have shrines in thisbgame that gices youba permanent boost in some way, you always have one step, one gold, don’t have to fight monsters on the road and more. That was really interesting. To be honest, there is not much new and or revolutionary about this game. But it is damn good. It will be interesting to play this without the story behind it. But maybe not as fun. I will playbit with new people and see what they think. But to me and my fiancé I think there will be something missing from now on… But we will always have Thormiel Thunderclap and Dianthe as our characters. But now… there will be more of a struggle in the game. We wanted to unlock as much as possible, so we played pretty nice. I did try to kill her the last two turns, because she was stealing my spotlight (literally). But she always managed to get in with 1 or 2 life left…

Oh! I forgot to tell you that. You lose life by drawing cubes from a bag. If you make Clank! You put your colored cubes on a board and when the dragon attacks, by drawing a card with the dragon on, in the buy row, you put all those cubes in a bag and draw from it. Some cubes are black which do nothing unless all are drawn and the game ends. Otherwise there are white cubes, if you raid a haunted place, the white cubes hurt all players and go back into the bag. Then youbhave purple cubes in this game that are interns, you can chose to chuck an intern instead of your own cubes in the bag, which means he dies but you do not get hurt.

It all fits the Acquisitions Incorporated world so well. We had a blast and I am really happy I bought the game. It is a big box, but there is alot of fun in there. 11 missions may not sound as so much, but you will probably finish this game! That was, atleast for me, a good thing.

What legacy games have you conpleted?

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The Phantom the Card Game

When my friend asked me if I wanted to try out a game before it got up on kickstarter, ofcourse I said yes. I love trying out new games. When he told me it was about the Phantom, a childhood hero of mine I quickly remembered all the comics I read in bed as a kid and might have ordered a few more, since I didn’t have that many left.

This game is a card and token based game. Your cards can either give you the card skill if you have enough tokens to play it. Or you can get the token on the right upper corner if you discard it. You can play the 21st Phantom or you can play as Diana. Tjey have different decks and play a little different from eachother. If someone asked which character I liked more, I have to say Diana. She felt more right to my playstyle. In the first mission you get to use thee most iconic, atleast to me, friends of the Phantom, Thunder and Devil. You even get to raise Devil before you add him into your deck.

On any given round you do the following. Heal or refresh your played cards. If you do one, you cannot o the other.
After that you draw a destiny card. A destiny card is almost always a bad thing, it can be an enemy or it can be weather conditions or something else. All are not bad, but it can be a bit hard if the cards are stacked against you.
The next round is the preparation pahse. Here you draw the amount of cards that will be your hand for this turn. Usually 3.
Adventure Phase is where you play cards, discard cards for tokens, activate cards that you have already played or initiate combat.
After that there is the Fate phase. Here you take damage from the enemies that are on the destiny row. You always go from left to right (oldest to newest) on the destiny row.
And then you finish up with a Clean up phase where you discard cards that you already have not discarded during the adventure phase.

The Phantoms playerboard. He uses masks as a unique token.

The first round is always a bit hard. Since you do not have any tokens, it’s hard to play cards, but there are possibilities. But more often than not, atleast to me, it is a round for just discarding your cards for tokens. When you play a 2-player game there is a chance, if not very high, that you get to matching injury cards, which might kill you. This can happen if there are 2 enemies in the play area and they wach do one damage. If the first destiny card reveals an enemy and the first player can not defeat it, it stays in the play area. If the second destiny card is also an enemy and you cannot defeat it, you take two damage. Two matching damage, except for the “flesh wound”, kills you.

Diana uses Chi or Yin Yang tokens as her unique token

I was lucky enough to get to play 3 different missions from the game and I can say this, they get better and better. The last one was, to me, by far the best. Fun cards in the destiny row, tougher enemies, not all destiny cards were enemies, some needed to be taken care of before you could attack the enemies again. So to me there is where the game really shined.

Different destiny cards. All different Slave Captor pictures. 🙂

There are also different ways to play this game. One way is to add the Injury cards to your deck to make it a little bit harder for the heroes with te injurys still showing in the deck. Another is a positive one where you can get loot after killing enemies. I really like the fact that this is game is mostly cards and some tokens. This makes the game alot cheaper to print and will hopefully keep the cost down.

For me to be able to play one of my old heroes was really a fun trip down memory lane. I don’t know how big the Phantom is outside of Scandinavia, but there was a Billy Zane movie a… well not few years ago (1996) but some.

My biggest problem with this is that the third mission is so good that I wish every mission was like that. That and that I wanted more of that.

There is so much to say but I don’t know where to start and I have not prepared any photographs. I will add them tomorrow. But the Kickstarter for this game will come out on may 1st. Check it out for yourselves and see what you think.

What childhood hero of yours would you like to get a board or card game?

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It’s been a while…

Well. Like I said up there… skip the next paragraph to get to the board games.

There has been a lot going on in the world since I last wrote here. And what tjat has done to the world is making it somewhat harder to do our hobby. I love in Sweden where the restrictions are pretty easygoing because of the rulesystem we have. You cannot order the public to stay at home but our politicians are very apparent that they want us to stay at home and have done what they can within the ruleset they habe to work with. Then there are the people that I think are in every country, the idiots, that still go on vacation and wpnder why there is such a problem coming home. Having parties, one party hade 70 people and 50 came out having corona… Sooo… yeah… not brightest bulbs in the kitchendrawer.

But still! There has been times where some board games have seen the light of day. I bought Clank! Legacy, Aqcuisitions Incorporated, which has been the game we have mostly played when we come home from work. This has made my instagram pretty empty too, because as it is a legacy game, it’s hard to take pictures and talk about it without spoiling it. But man is it fun! The game is aalmost everything I want. The only downside for me is that it is a legacy game and not a campaign game. I am one of those people who don’t like ripping my cards or burning witches and stuff like that, so we keep everything but away from everything else. But why not make a campaign game where you have the option to exchange cards instead of burning or ripping them?

Well I got try out a game with one of my childhood heroes in it that is just that, yesterday! A friend of mine told me a coupele of hisbfriends are working on a game that is coming out on kickstarter may 1st. The Phantom the card game. That is a campaign deckbuilder for 1-2 players that lets you build your deck and takes you through some adventures on the way. I will talk about that more in the coming week, since I only had time to try it once so far.

I also played some It’s a wonderful world. This game is so easygoing and I was reeaally happy that my fiancé liked it, because I am an all-in backer for the heritage edition on kickstarter… I love building things. I am just that simple. Give me a gale where i build, or even better, build an engine and I am Hooked! There is almot always a good puzzle in there for the brain to figure out. But this game also have enough cards that it makes it interesting enough to play again and again. There are so many different cards, some of which there are only one, in the deck of 182 cards. So that is really fun and replayable.

I played more Monumental, a game that is so much fun but still some funky things tonwork out. It is so beautiful that you almost forget it though. But I have not decided if I should buy it or not when it comes back on Kickstarter… It really is that fun and beautiful either way.

Between al this I have played Final Fantasy remake so there has been some time going in to that also.

Next time I will write about some fun stuff instead of just doing an update of what i played. But today you get what you got… sorry.

What have you been playing during these special times?

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Why do we like board gaming?

But back to the point. I prefer to go to the shelf, pick out a game and spend minutes setting up the game, play one game, if I want to play more, do another setup, then pack everything down and put it back on the shelf. Instead of double clicking on a game and then play it, stop playing and then do to something else.

I have been thinking about this for a while. I have always played games. But it’s only the last 3 years that I have really been getting into board gaming. Before that I have been gaming on a computer or on some kind of console. But lately I have even started to prefer to play solo in a board game rather than a computer game. There are of course exceptions to this, when there comes a game I have been looking forward to for years, I might actually play it. Or even just do that for a couple of days…

But back to the point. Instead of double clicking on an icon on my computer, I find myself going to the shelf, pick out a game, put it down on the table, spend minutes to do a setup, play a game, maybe do another setup, play again and then pack everything up and put it back on the shelf. Why is that?

I understand it when we have friends over or even if we are just playing the two of us. The social interaction is worth so much to everyone, whether we knownit or not. A little anecdote. A couple of years ago, a friend and I talked about what we were going to do that day, he had not met a friend in over a week and I had not been in a room alone for over 2 weeks. He invited me and some friends over for some board games, I declined because I desperately needed to be alone when I had the chance. The next day we met up, both renewed. Both were smiling and happy. For very different reasons, but still. You need social interaction in your life (and in my case, sometimes you need to be able to be alone too).

But solo? Some games I play solo doesn’t even have a regular solomode! I find some player made online.

So this made me wonder. Why? I think it may be the ritual of it. Taking something out. Placing everything on the right spot, dealing out cards, do the things that need to be done and when you are done you put it away. There is something calming about that.

Or maybe it is the thing I love about sunday breakfasts. Sitting down and having time to do something. Or really just having time. Not taking it.

Or is it because there is some kind of order? You need to know the rules when playing a board game. In a computer game you abide by laws you cannot read. They are just there. You don’t need to learn them, just trial and error.

I would love to know what you like or love about board gaming! Write a comment and tell me.

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Kickstarter (exclusives)

So… I have been pretty cautious about kickstarter for a long, looong time. I actually just recently bought games for the first time. I both like and dislike it. I really like getting exclusives and I really dislike not getting them… I can’t possibly buy every game I want to on kickstarter, which is fine.

But it kinda sucks when a game wont even come to retail at all afterwards. Even if I do get it. I recently played a game that I really loked that was… lets just say, more than expensive. But even if I wanted to buy it, I can’t. It wont ever come out to retail and looking at the prices of second hand editions is just making me sad. This is such a non problem really. But if I find something I really like, that I can’t play… it’s frustrating.

I have been looking for a game that have been out of print for a while. Then I saw that a store took it in. I had no money at the time… as a student, it is sometimes hard to find the money for some games… but when I finally got the money, it was sold out. They got 7 copies of the game and it was sold out in a couple of days…

But then again. It’s a non problem in way. But When I see a game as “kickstarter only”, it looks more like an investment than something I should play. And that’s not right to me.

Just needed to vent a little bit. 🙂

What is your stand on Kickstarter only games?

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Space Base (spacespace)

This is the enginebuilder that goes from “putputput” to “Wroom” to “BRAAAAAPP”.

In Space base you start with a player board with 12 slots for cards. Each slot holds a ship from the starter deck. They do anything from 1-3 currency to increasing your starting capital each round by one. The game basically consists of you and your opponent rolling dice and doing what the card says.

To decide who starts you each draw a random card from the level 1 cardpile. The one with the highest card start. First you place that card on the right slot of your player board and turn the card that was there upside down and place it under your player board at that spot, so that only the red part shows. This is what this game is about.

Every time you roll dice, you can chose to do 2 things. Either you use the dice separetely, i.e. you roll a 2 and a 4 then you activatre ship 2 and four, OR you combine the numbers to make it a higher number. Generally the higher you go on your board the better things happen. What you can do on your round is marked either blue or green depending on what it is. BUT, when your opponent(s) roll, If you haver a card that is flipped over showing under the player board, you get to do what is in the red marked area. This is very important. In the beginning of the game I bought cards just to fill up on red cards so I got atleast something every time someone else rolled. And the more cards I bought the more things I got. I got cards that gave me money, energy cubes, and even points. I was extremely lucky with where that card was. I generally got atleast 2 points every time it wasn’t my turn and anything from 5-15 points on my turn. It was beautiful…

You can also buy outposts. These stops you from buying more ships to the spot where you bought the outpost and only give you points. But alot of them. These cards are very expensive and are great for buying late game.

Then we have the charge cubes. Every time you roll the correct number to charge a cube you get to do it. Then depending on the skill on the card and the color you get to play it when the game lets you. Some cards have skille that only needs one charge cube and others need more. There is even a card that needs 5 chargecubes to activate. But that card is on number 12, which means you need to roll double sixes 5 times, or have cards that bring you closer to it. then again. If you manage to charge that card up fully, you win the game. So there is always that.

Either way. This game was actually exactly what I was looking for. A pure Engine builder that escalated beautifully. I will play it more to have something more to say, later on, but I really, really like this game. Easy to teach, easy to play, and after a game of this, if the people you played it with doesn’t know what an engine builder game is… I… I just don’t know what to do.

What is your favorite engine builder game?

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First time plays.

Usually when I play a game, I do it by myself. Just to learn the game so it’s easier to teach later on. When I teach a game the first play never counts either way. I need to see that some of the mechanics click for people. Because I alsp need to see that first game and feel some things click for me too.

I recentlt palyed Santa Maria for the first time with my fiancé. She kicked my behind and won, but man was it a good game. Many things to keep track of but never feeling overwhelmed. Using blue dice to activate building left to right, white dice to activate up to down and maybe uae some coins to activate specific buildings. Lets just say that some of the reason I lost was my wheat empire… It was not a solid strategy! Who woulda thunk?

A picture of our first time playing Santa Maria
My board of Santa Maria. This did not end well…

But back to the topic. I feel many games are hard to really grasp before completing a game that uses points as a winning factor. Before you see potential multipliers, negatives and so on. The first time new players play 7 wonders it is especially clear to me. Even if you say it, people tend to forget what goves points, how they gain multipliers, that depending on which age you are in you get more and more points for military victories and so on.

This is why I have adapted the “session zero” idea from role playing games. The first time you play a game, it does not count. After that… You are on your own. Well, not really, if I see someonenmake a wierd move I usually ask. Maybe the see something I don’t. Maybe they want to try something out. If not, I try to be helpful. Depending on who I play with and what game it is. If it’s a cutthroat versus game I might be less inclined to help. 🙂 But at the same time, a friend of mine wants to learn how to fly in formation in X-Wing, of course I let him redo his turns to a certain degree. But when he has learned it better he will be a huge threat and I will use his mistakes against him. As he will use mine against me.

Then we gave the games that can’t have a session zero. For example Twilight Imperium. A game that takes that long can not have this. You will have to learn during. I have only plsyed it once, I loved it, I know some of the mistakes I made. I will be better next time. That is one cutthroat game… player elimination can ve a harsh mistress. And in this game she can be more harsh than in most other. It feels wrong to eliminate a player in this game, that is basically the only reason not to do it. A game that can take 12 hours the first time you play and maybe get eliminated after 3 hours… Oh the joy. Let us play this again please. It was so much fun sitting there watching you play…


Wingspan after removing the eggs for some reason…

Or the first time I played Wingspan. We were 5 people, but the game does not take that long to play. None of us had played ut before and we all sat down and listened to the rules as we went on… Even though it is far from the mhe most advanced games any of us had played, it was clear that this is not the way to play. 🙂 Still decided to buy the game afterwards… after spending 4 hours on one game of it… because it was obvious that we liked it.

This is why I sit down by myself and play the game by myself. Even if it does not always work and my head almost explodes for all the possibilities that two players can do (Cooper Island). That and you can easier see how many points something can give. Even if I read it, it does not stick until the points are counted.

How do your first impressions of a game look?

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Time is fickle…

I have not had a lot of time for a while. Where didnit go? It’s still 24 hours in a day right?

I have taken out a box from the shelf and opened the box but haven’t had the energy to actually set it up and play… until yesterday! Yesterday I was told to get into the shower while the food was finished and after that, I should go upstairs and do a setup while she did the dishes. I decided that we should play a game we both know and like after that. I decided on Wingspan.

Every time we play it we realise how much we like it. It’s not a hard game, it’s not complicated, but man is it fun, beautiful and high quality.

After trying to play a single game for a week and not having the energy, this just put a smile on my face. Just as simple as that. There are a few, simple things that doea that. Playing a board game. That means we have time to spend together. And having breakfast together. Not the one when you sit down for 10 minutes, chug a coffee that burns your throat and throw in a piece of bread in your mouth swirling it with the coffee and run out the door. I mean when you sit down for ATLEAST 30-40 minutes and eat in peace. Talk and all that. Those things are really precious to me. That is one of the reasons I love boardgaming.

I think I’ve talked about it before. But it is worth saying again.

Play more games!!! And spend time with the people you love.