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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 belated week 2 update

Week 2 of going through the games of our collection went a lot slower. Only down to the 2 games we “need” to play. But oh what games they were!

Clank! In space! Just a simple deckbuilder that we both love and decided to keep. Building up your deck with all the little nods to different sci-fi movies and series to steal and escape (only one of us made it) from Lord Eradikus, with his captains chair being the bounty of all boounties. We have both this and the Acquisitions Incorporated Legacy game that we get to play again and decide if we keep or get rid of. Honestly we have not played the Legacy varaint for a long while now, but still brings back good memories just looking at the box.

A picture just before we started playing Clank! In space!

The other game we played was SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD with the Ventures expansion. A really good game, but it felt like my corp really had the upper hand on hers this time around. I would like to see how well the different corps go together and play best.
Still a wonderfully easy yet engaging game. I think that the exploration really comes through in this one, even though I don’t think it’s perfect. It looks some more daunting than it really is.

A picture just before we started playing SpaceCorp

I think I have been pretty clear about keeping these games in our library. But just to be clear. They are staying.

This week I have planned for us to play 3 games. 3 games that I am not sure about keeping in the library, because they would not be played at all. More about that next week since we haven’t played any one of them yet. I think that the week after that should be a round of quicker easier games again just get some room to play the heavier with a little more time and not feel so stressed about it.

The beginning of this year.

The first week of going through the board game library is almost done! We started out strong when I pointed out that there are some games that are alot harder to both learn and play and the fact that we maybe won’t be playing every week for different reasons.
My wife is in the lead with 5-3 wins. Which hurt alot more in Red Rising after I had to banish a card and she could take 2 banished cards and add to her hand in the end and by that won with 6 points…After playing these 8 games we have realised:

The gambits for Star Realms are too swingy (2 ongoing gambits that are better than every other gambit)

Two gambits from Star Realms

Wingspan is still beautiful and a calming game to play.

Wingspan, with one of my favorite birds the Hooded Warbler with his fake beard.

Hadrians Wall is an amazing game. But about as solo as a game can be. Once you got the resources you bow your head and only lift your head to look at 2 cards with a very low impact on the other players.

Hadrians wall on normal difficulty. A whole lot of things to remember.

Red Rising is a really interesting game that is lifted by having read the books.

Red rising such a interesting game. I personally prefer it to Fantasy realms with a little more depth.

Reykholt is oh so beautiful and farming is a theme that we both love.

Reykholt. Such a gorgeous looking game!

Suburbia is simple and relaxing to play with some thinkiness to it. And the metalcoins are amazing but does not fit the game…

The start of Suburbia with a couple of expansions

Welcome to… is one of my favorite Flip and writes. So simple, so good looking and quick but rewarding.

Welcome to… not getting a great score. 😜

Luxor is one of my favorite games to show someone who wants to go into the hobby. It has many different mechanics to show you and to make other games maybe a little bit eaasier to grasp.

Luxor. I ran ahead a little too far with this. It still was a pretty close game.


And that one of these games sadly is going out of the library…


After the first week this feels pretty good! Aside from the losing part… But still, we said that whoever wins decides where to go on a weekend trip and we are pretty much synced up in where we want to go. But even more we got a running start on this thing! The idea was to play Feudum today, but when we got upstairs she took out some other games instead. So good that we have more time for the little heavier games that are coming.


What is your hopes of getting done this gaming year? 

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Am I back? Hopefully.

It’s been a …time. Alot of things happened, happens and will continue to happen so why not take some time off and do what makes me happy?

My vision for this year will come first and then the parts that are a little bit personal, not boardgamey and not in detail, will come later in the post. Since that is probably not why tyou are here.

My vision for 2022 is to be more outgoing and be more online and talkative. If you are swedish, I am part of Mindy Bräd och Rollspelspodd. Where you can find me in different ways, where I also stream atleast once a month. Which is also something I would love to do more! If I find time for it, I will do my best to make my own stream in english, because if I am really, really lucky I will be able to play with some of the wonderful people in this hobby. And that is alot easier with a language that is… well, ALOT bigger than swedish.

I am basically starting over from scratch to do this, since I’ve been focusing on other things over writing or even taking a quick photo of the game I am playing. As a part of Mindy I have only been doing things that other people are dependent on me for being done, which is how I started streaming and playing with people all over the country and hopefully in the future, the world. The ease of it today makes it almost better than playing the game on the table. You can play with someone anywhere in the world,you can play games you don’t own, you don’t even have to be able to play at the same time (even though that is preferable). But it does have it’s downsides. You don’t get that tactile feeling that I love. But still hopefully something I will start with during this year.

We played some West kingdom Tomesaga (which I won ;p )

Another thing that I will be doing is going through and play all of the games in our board game library with my wife. It was her idea and I am not qomeone who would turn that down! We have played 3 games so far and will have to play atleast 3 games a week to be able to do this. Really looking forward to this! Especially since it was her idea and I get to see her play some of my absolute favorites that she hasn’t played yet.

Other than that I will just try to continue with what is going on and take some pictures of the games we play.

An old game of Gloomhaven

Now for the not specific and not so fun part. Basically the past 16 months have been really rough. And after a while I decided not to try anymore with things that I didn’t have to do. Basically just existing and going to work, was what I had the strength to do. I am not nearly where I want to be, but I also think that I need to start somewhere and do things that are things that I want to do, for myself. Because even though there is no obligation to do this, in any way, it started to feel like a job that was overwhelming, just to take a picture for instagram. And since I didn’t have to do it, I just stopped. Even though it was something that I liked doing and started to be a part of a community that I have loved from the outside for years.

Hopefully I will have the strength to continue and have the will to be much, much better and evolve into something that people would like to take part in.

So for the first time in way to long.

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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.

And as always. Play more games!!!

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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