Boardgaming in 2018!


#1397

Can’t wait for my kickstarter edition:
https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/8yc4kn/root_review_tom_vasel/


#1398

Root did seem popular at the Dice Tower convention - I never got a chance to play.


#1399

Finally got KDM to the table today. Solo as the kid has no desire to play. Since I hate assembling minis, I sold all the minis from the core set, which cut the price of the game from 400 to 150. Awesome. So I used these minis for the first fight:

Wildfire had no chance against my Street Masters champions! Now I gotta raid my kid’s Skylanders stash for some kind of antelope!


#1400

Totes adorbs! Which is grossly inappropriate for Monster Death Kingdom Death: Monster. Not cool!

-Tom


#1401

I know that Amazon Prime Day has historically been garbage, but I will be keeping an eye out for any deals for games on my list. If you folks run into any, please share!


#1402

As a man who is horrible at assembling minis, I endorse this approach!


#1403

A peice of me just died…


#1404

I’ve never been one for theme in any boardgame. A game can be wrapped up in the coolest theme and I will look at it and calculate how I can defeat the challenge, regardless of what kind of world it tries to immerse me into.

I’m all about the numbers…I am an accountant…Lion testicles, whatever, what stat does that improve or what armor/weapon with a better stat to increase my strength does that give me.

Might be a little too cold and calculated but I LOVE challenges and any kind of theme is at the bottom of what I look for in a game.

That might keep me from really enjoying certain games but at least that saved me $250 on this game!


#1405

As a counter argument, I’m an accountant but I love theme! The more, the better…I’m fine with numbers-oriented games but I’ll take a game oozing with theme over a cold calculation any day.


#1406

I figured there would be other accountants around here. Maybe I need to get away from numbers and try and enjoy themes more…it’s just tough for me. My kid and I started Mechs and Minions and had a great time…he was all into the mechs and was cursing the slow moving minions and I got into that with him…maybe I need to get him into more games with me to lighten me up a bit!


#1407

God I love Mechs vs Minions


#1408

I was all-in on the original KD:M KS. Base game, all the expansions. A big draw was the minis, and all the extras of them.

Then we played the base game- I constructed the base minis (except the watcher). By the time the expansions were released, I was officially over the minis. I kept the base game stuff, but all the expansion mini sprues (and KS extras of the base minis) I sold on eBay for a few hundred more than I paid for the entire original KS. We’ve played several games since then (though, admittedly fewer since Gloomhaven came out), and literally no one in my group cares, even a little. I keep thinking I should try to get someone to take pics of the monsters from each direction to make cardboard standees, though. That’d be a nice compromise.


#1409

I’m currently at loggerheads with Death Kingdom Monster Kingdom Death because I have to build the Phoenix to play my next hunt. I should probably just get the box of Skylanders out of the garage.

-Tom


#1410

Yes. Yes you should. The Phoenix is amazing. You’ll probably cry.


#1411

Specially when you lose one of those tiny hands (I managed to lose bone, but man they tried…)


#1412

I also know how spoiler-averse you are. Biting my tongue. That first Phoenix fight is a hell of a thing.


#1413

Lateral thinking! That’s how you do it!


#1414

Sunburn…even more fierce than his KDM brethren.


#1415

So, after Fedex dragging their feet as much as humanly possible (the package was in Wisconsin the Saturday before last, which is a few hours from here tops, but somehow it still took until this past Friday to arrive), I finally received my Kickstarter copy of Temporal Odyssey, a small drafting card game of dueling time travellers that Level 99 Games Kickstarted sometime last year, as a sort of appetizer between things like the reprint of Argent: The Consortium and upcoming magic train game Empyreal. Today we tried it out. Short version: it’s good. Straightforward, reasonably attractive, aggressive, fast, and varied, for about $30.

Long version: The basic idea is that you play one of six (eight with promos) time travellers, each with their own special starting spells and allied characters etc. Your goal is to defeat the other time traveller(s). But it’s not as easy as that, being time travellers. Any time you defeat a traveler, they get knocked outside of time and face Judgment. But then they come right back the next turn, just a little less temporally stable. So instead you have to force them to destabilize three times, either through direct defeat, discarding their allies (2 discarded ally characters = 1 instability), playing powerful artifacts, or possibly other shenanigans, and then defeat them, at which point they’re finally banished from the time stream and out of your hair.

You do this by recruiting your own allies, casting spells (empowered by elemental sigils you have in play, but effective even at a basic level), powering up with rare artifacts, and engaging in physical combat or using special abilities on your cards. But any of these use your limited action point resource, and a card with AP on it can’t be activated again that turn. Furthermore, when you cast spells they are exhausted until you use an AP on your traveler to Rest (which also denies them the ability to attack). And characters form allied groups and share defensive abilities for further complication.

And oh yeah, at the end of each turn, you draft a new card. There are three time period decks, future, present and past, and you draw three cards from one of these decks, take one of the cards, put another one back face up on the deck, and banish a third from the game. This is one of the most clever design elements, because all of these cards are powerful and potentially dangerous in both your hands and those of your opponent(s) and yet, you can only take one, and the card you put back is a known quantity for their planning purposes and guaranteed to be available.

Make no mistake: this game is brutal. In my first turn of offense, I slaughtered two of one of my friends’ character cards, ones he hadn’t even had a chance to do much with yet, and damaged his traveller, for an instability and an easy setup for another the next turn. I then promptly lost my traveller (and an instability) to a character who did enough damage to one shot him from my other friend’s tableau. (He proceeded to handily blow past my defenses and kill my traveller another two times on the two subsequent turns, although with different approaches. I still won.) We constantly looked at cards and emitted audible gasps of shock at what they’d let us do.

It’s a keeper. We did fuck it up a little bit though, by house-ruling a Vampire: The Eternal Struggle style predator-prey arrangement to prevent dogpiling - except my friend specified we couldn’t even affect our predator by using abilities to affect their ability to attack us. Having defined targets to rush down offensively seems like the only way to have a fair 3 way free for all, and may still work, but not being able to target his stuff really made several effects feel useless to me. We’ll skip that part next time.


#1416

If only you lived in VT, I’d assemble it for you. I’m quite fond of assembling models actually. Even the all day Imperial knight build was fun for me. :)