Boardgaming 2022: the year of "point salad really isn't very filling"

Also, are there plans to do more board QT3 board game podcasts? I miss you guys.

I think a little spinner with a knife as the arrow would be thematic!

But, at least ostensibly, you’re engaged in a for-profit endeavor in this case. You’re not doing charity work, and this isn’t a free hobby like knitting scarves that you’re giving away, where folks will find drops in the weave to be charming.

Instead, this is a game that you’re accepting folks’ hard-earned cash for. And so you’d better have thicker skin than that – and also be at least somewhat open to consider that maybe the way you mapped things out isn’t super great, rules-wise.

In Too Deep has been delivered and I really like the look of it!

With the week-end approaching, I’ve set up the game for a 2 handed solo play to learn the rules.

@Shieldwolf did a good job of summing up the gameplay. You hack into the mind Syndicate criminals who move about the city.

You observe / influence them as they commit their petty (side crimes) or not so petty (story crimes) misdeeds. All the while, you gather evidence (the score multiplier / co-op chapter progress currency), intel (VPs) and corruption. Gain too much corruption (go “in too deep”) and you will likely want the overarching plot not to be foiled. Otherwise, your corruption will cost you points at the end.

When you complete a story mission (the ones with a red top and 2 outcomes), you get to pick a cautious approach, netting you more evidence, or go for more corruption and more VPs.

As you gain more grip with the criminals and move their token on your player board, you unlock their special abilities and, later, more moves per turn.

Each game only has a selection of the criminals in play, a subset of the stories and a randomised city layout.

I can’t yet say how it plays. But it looks awesome on the table. And the gameplay sounds appealing to me. I’m looking forward to giving it a proper go this weekend!

What are the trays you’re using? They look really nice.

The black ones with a pour sprout at the end.

All 3D printed by friends. The different colours come from using different filament. And one of the reasons my wife is now nagging me to get our own 3D printer.

They also printed me this awesome dice tower for my birthday.

Quoting myself here, because I’m sad. After mentioning Divine Right, I looked it up on BGG today. It turns out some folks, in collaboration with the original designer had been working on a new version for a while (the last decade or so). The rights with their publisher expired, and so the original designer sold them to… Vox Day, the noted neo nazi ‘author’ . So, the members of the team withdrew all their volunteer contributions, understandably not wanting to associate with that sort of filth. Dammit. Fucking nazis ruin everything.

Hope you like it. I’m looking forward to trying it again. The last game was very close and we played very different strategies. Can’t wait to try this with 3 or 4 people.

That’s awesome. I don’t use a dice tower I would love something like that.

Same. I normally only use a dice tray to avoid dice rolling off the table. But Cthulhu is too good not to use. You can even blame bad rolls on its evil influence.

I just backed Final Girl for four feature film sets (two each from seasons 1 and 2) along with a play mat. I really wish I could start out playing the game with the summer camp killer and location… for now I’ve got the poltergeist and carnival sets to play with.

Lots of HMMMM moments this week.

Kardashev Scale is rochambeau with illustrations and a tiebreaker, which is a weird thing to say of an action that usually functions as a tiebreaker itself. Free Radicals has lots of asymmetry — ten separate factions’ worth! — but none of its minigames are worth the downtime. Unfathomable shows how far social deduction has come by not stretching past Battlestar Galactica, while also missing out on that game’s 9/11 paranoia.

The other plays were good, though.

Well, I whipped out my 7th Continent this weekend, took another run at Voracious Goddess, and failed miserably.

I was too frustrated to take another run at it, but rather than pack it up I decided to try another curse, The Veins of the Earth. I was enjoying it for a while, when it seemed kind of on-rails so I couldn’t really make a mistake and go the wrong way; eventually I’d die or get to the end.

But… then… I didn’t die or get to the end. I got released into the wider world with no clue what I was supposed to be doing, or how to make progress or complete the curse. I guess I missed something along the way.

I’m starting to wonder how much it is cheating to just take pictures of all the cards you see. There’s some cards (spot-the-differences-puzzle, I’m looking at you), where if you just took a picture of the results card you’d always succeed. But I play once every few months or so, I’m never going to remember what the answer was.

At this point, I’ve tried a few different curses, and other than the super-introductory gather-the-crystals one, I’ve never come very close to finishing any of them. I’m not sure what I’m missing. Are you just supposed to memorize the continent? I don’t play often enough for that to ever happen. Am I making some kind of rules mistake? I don’t think so. Do people just cheat all the time?

Yep, more or less. Keeping notes or even just photos is pretty much mandatory if you’re going to make much progress.

-Tom, who never made much progress

Tis the season for kickstarters to show up apparently!

I feel like a bit of a rube for buying into the Sentinels reboot. But I was just super-curious what they would redo when they had the chance, and I could see it being a game where they had a lot of lessons learned they could apply. We’ll see if it seems any different when I get it to the table!

Dan, what game is the pink one with the monk which regularly winds up on your list?

Oh, that’s, um, me. When I post my little played-last-week list to social media, I sometimes include that. Branding, I think.

Ahaha, okay, that makes a lot of sense actually.

Final Girl help needed!

I’m playing my first game with the Poltergeist in Creech Manor. I got lucky and found Carolyn right away and starrted heading for the exit. With the killer at the other side of the house, I thought I was in good shape for an easy win. Then I drew a Terror card called “The Ground is Shaking” and it teleported the Poltergeist right into my space!!

I shat myself and took damage but the part I don’t understand is this: “All of your moves during the next Action phase are panicked.” I know what it means to roll a die to move victims during the Panic phase. I thought maybe I should roll a die to see if I panic in some direction. But it says "All of my moves–

Wait. I figured it out. If I use my Sprint card (or any other movement card) I’ll have to roll a die to see which way I take off running.

EPILOGUE: Rather than calmly climbing down the ladder outside the bedroom window as she had originally planned, Alice grabbed Carolyn and ran screaming down the stairs and out the front door where they lived happily ever after.

I noticed that the Lord of the Rings LCG just got a revised core set. I own and play and both Arkham Horror and Marvel Champions frequently.

Anything exceptional that LOTR provides the other 2 doesn’t (besides Hobbits)? My research only tells me LOTR is more puzzle-like and harder due to rules changes in each scenario.

Edit: I mainly play solo.