Boardgaming in 2019!

In regards to Tom Vasel, I absolutely agree that not every game has to be a hardcore brain burn and I don’t deny that a great part of the resurgence of gaming is because of him and those that work with the Dice Tower. He used to be fine, but now with the glut of games out there, and he seems to review them all, I just don’t watch his reviews like I used to. Zee and Sam are fine but Zee’s but their game tastes just seem a little to light for me.

I agree with Pod and about Sam and Zee.
Zee’s top 8 games
#8. Game #8. King of Tokyo. …
#7. Game #7. 7 Wonders. …
#6. Game #6. Ghost Stories. …
#5. Game #5. Blue Moon Legends. …
#4. Game #4. 7 Wonders: Duel. …
#3. Game #3. Neuroshima Hex! Michał Oracz.
#2. Game #2. Onirim (second edition) Shadi Torbey.
#1. Game #1. Pandemic. Matt Leacock.

Of those 8 listed 6 of them are games I play with my kids. The other 2 I don’t have access to. I don’t deny their mass appeal, but where’s a Feld game or Rosenberg or Chvátil? That list reads like a Walmart shopping cart.

MvM has gotten better but it took a over a year to get to the point they are at now. I still think they soft pitch reviews. I’m not sure if it is concern that they will stop getting reviewer copies, but you never see them say a game is not good.

This AMA from FFG sounds a lot like they’re planning to wrap up the LOTR and AGOT LCG’s. I wouldn’t be super-surprised to see L5R following soon after. I don’t think it’s exactly been a rousing success and they have a bunch of much bigger properties to attend to now, including suprise-hit Keyforge.

Used to love all three of these designers, but now think they’re overrated (though Chvatil’s party games are brilliant). They’re worshipped on BGG though.

Tommy V has openly stated his desire is for the Dice Tower to cover every single game, even in 2019 with 5000 games being released each year. This is obvious when watching the videos: They’re clearly all done in a single take, back-to-back. However it’s also clear they play the game more than once, so even if the videos are hastily done, the gaming-playing doesn’t appear to be when compared with other reviewers.

I’m quite thankful for that approach though, as often they’re the only video on some random game. And they’re also the only ones to bother to have a series saying “If you like Monopoloy/Scrabble/Risk perhaps you’ll like…”

However, I’ve never understood what the point is of all of the “other” dice tower people that aren’t Tom/Zee/Sam. They get minimal viewings and they just confuse the “Dice Tower” brand. There’s millions of them these days and they just spam the subscription feed. (Not that I really pay attention to it)

I forgot about the throat-punch “jokes”! They even had a show with that in the name??

It’s a shame the rulebooks are awful ;)

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I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up Kingdomino Duel. Looks addicting and we play the main game quite a bit as a family.

I think I’m getting old. It seems to me that 90+% of these minis kickstarter are going for the extreme/edgy esthetic, and man, it just turns me off.

Hey, King’s Dilemma! I pre-ordered that but was vaguely expecting it to get pushed out another month - the designers said they’re releasing at Essen.

It basically looks like the Politics side of Game of Thrones.

Players all control various noble houses in a low-fantasy city-state or kingdom. The entire game consists of voting on how to resolve various dilemmas the game throws at you, and noting the effects. Effects can include tracking resources (Influence, Wealth, Power, etc) placing stickers on the board for ongoing effects (and having to sign them showing which house was responsible for them, good or bad). Houses are all different, with short and long term goals that unfold over the game- it’s a somewhat managed/branching story that unfolds across 15 or so games, with something like 75 envelopes to open.

There’s a good write-up of the preview game they were demoing at GenCon over here:

http://dailyworkerplacement.com/2019/08/14/the-kings-dilemma-the-crown-weighs-heavy/

Wow King’s Dilemma sounds cool. I’m going to have to check that out!

Also, I’m amused that the art features a facepalm.

Pigasus looks like an adorable game for a kid. I am going to have to check that out for nephew.

Yeah, it sounds neat. It says it only plays up to 5 (but there are 12 houses to choose from, so you can conceivably have players who drop in/out per game/session. What I’m doing, though, is having my old GoT-watching group over to part on a bi-weekly basis. That’s 8-10 people, mostly couples, so each couple will play one House, sharing decision-making duties between them. This way we get more discussion and/or strife!

Possibly, but I would say they still belong in a top 10 of all time over king of tokyo.
PS I love King of Tokyo.

I want to play King’s Dilemma. I hear it’s more story and less gameplay. I’m okay with that.

I don’t think LOTR is going away. They’d be pretty foolish to stop printing the existing content as it always seems to sell out as soon as it gets into stock. I was waiting over a year (maybe two?) to get the Dwarrowdelf packs and I finally managed to grab them in the most recent reprint a few weeks ago, and they’re mostly out of stock again. The saga expansions have similar issues.

What I do think will happen is they’re going to do something to get away from the current model. I don’t know what that means, maybe less frequent expansions more along the size of the deluxe or saga sets? Maybe they’ll take a lesson from Arkham and come up with more campaign type content. Hard to say for sure.

The only thing I can say is that looking at the cost of the content I haven’t purchased yet (which is most of it) is a little daunting. Getting new players into the game is going to get increasingly difficult for the same reason. I keep an eye out for people selling the game on BGG and I recently saw someone list their entire collection which was almost all the content released to date, for something like $1,100. That’s… a lot. But it’s still probably a discount over buying the stuff new.

I do think the L5R LCG is going to die some point soon. The game really looked and sounded interesting initially, and I think they had some good ideas, but when it released it was too complex and the games lasted too long. I say this as someone who never played it, but watched some matches, and I’ve heard that opinion echoed by others. They couldn’t stripped a few things away from it and sped up the game and it might have had a better chance.

Which will be a pity if it happens…of all of their card games, it’s my favorite. But it is deep and it is difficult. It’s definitely not intended for a mainstream audience.

With any luck, the fact that FFG owns the L5R IP outright may keep it around. They’re not having to pay out any licensing fees to Disney for it.

It’s interesting because the CCG version that predated it is one of the longest running non-Magic CCGs. The last content arc started in 2014, almost 19 years after the game debuted. So it’s clearly got staying power. If it’s not working out as an LCG (which should have given it substantially more potential purchase), one wonders what Fantasy Flight is doing wrong.

Oooh, anyone know if the James Bond Legendary game is good? I like the Aliens game, and I like James Bond.

Wait, James Bond was an alien? Sounds like retcon to me!

Which tabletop RPG filesystems is Alien-Bond?

Played City of the Big Shoulders tonight.
It started out well, but the market was empty and the I wasn’t able to get goods from the market. We realized after 2 rounds that the well you sell your goods the resources go back into the market. This killed two of us and the 3rd player (who was selling first) was killing us. We knew we were playing something wrong, but man the rule book is terrible. Still, the game is a loads of fun. I was able to complete end game goals and win.
I’m not an 18xx fan, but this scratches that heavy economic itch and doesn’t take nearly the same amount of time. It’s not going to surpass an 18xx, but if you’re intimidated by those, definitely give this a shot.

Tried Marrying Mr Darcy for the first time. Game where everyone plays a lady from Pride & Prejudice, jockeying to get the suitor of their dreams to propose to them.

I’d put it in the same category as Ladies & Gentleman: a game you will have fun with simply acting up the theme of stifling Victorian social norms, once, then never want to play again.

Whereas Ladies & Gentlemen was meandering, unclear rules where 50% of the game had no meaningful decisions, Marrying Mr Darcy is simple, clear rules where 90% of the game has no meaningful decisions.

The proposal mechanic sounded like some fun push your luck. You line up the suitors from least desirable (Mr. Wickham, natch) to most desirable (Darcy). The ones you meet the minimum requirements for, you roll for in order. On a 4+, they propose. You can accept and take the points, or decline and move on to do the same with the next most desirable suitor, but you cannot go back to one you’ve turned down. You can also forgo all suitors and focus on just one for a +1 roll, but no one else will propose if you fail. So do you get greedy and hold out for Darcy, or settle? Even settling is better than the worst thing possible, becoming an Old Maid. Did that posh TART just steal my man?!

Unfortunately, the proposal portion is only 10% of the game. The other 90% is the “courtship” phase where you just pick a card on your turn, read the card, and follow the card. Most of the time you just play a card that will increase a stat (VP and proposal requirements). It has about as much decision making as a game of Exploding Kittens. It goes on way too long for what the game is.

I can’t really recommend owning it or playing it more than once. The proposal portion needed to be at least half the game, either by making it longer or making the courtship portion shorter. Shorter courtship phases for multiple, shorter rounds with a final culminative score would have worked a lot better.

(the default rules where every lady has a different VP value for each suitor is stupid. It gives an unfair advantage to people who know the story and it doesn’t match up with suitor difficulty. Throw it straight into the garbage and play with the “Everyone loves Mr Darcy” rule that fixes the point values for everyone)