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19/100 Games in 100 Days: World of Warcraft Trading Card Game

I love playing trading card games.
They always sate the completionist in me and I love that gameplay that Magic the Gathering brings to the table.

World of Warcraft TCG sort of turned me off because of the theme.
I am wary of tie ins and as an (previously) avid WoW player it sort of
felt weird for the IP to be transferred to a different medium.

The game plays like magic.
Two players walk in and one walks out.
No clunky land system. Any cards act like land (I like to think of them as XP)and its you and your allies and swords and shields vs their tableau.

Suddenly it is on and both of you are scrabbling for advantage.

Also Loot!
I was relieved to find out it played well. Alot more aggressive than Magic the Gathering and heaps of decisions to make every turn.

It really adds that step up to Magic I was looking for that The Spoils also filled.

And A Game of Thrones
And L5R
And Call of Cthulhu

Maybe Warhammer Invasion?

Till Tomorrow!
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18/100 Games in 100 Days: Incan Gold

My game group had a problem.

7 Wonders.

It was just too good. Too fun. So fun that in 6+ gatherings we play 7 Wonders again and again.

Then Incan Gold appeared like a gleaming artifact in the strewn rubble.

Push your luck and that tense moment of wondering will everyone run. This is akin to gambling but the only thing you will lose is face when you chicken out before a big payday.

I love the little tents that hide your gems from your friends and the artifacts create many “oh god…NO!” moments.
Enjoy your two gems chumps!

Also gems as points are amazing. You can fiddle with them and it feels like you have a treasure trove of loot.

Till Tomorrow!

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17/100 Games in 100 Days: Discworld Ankh-Morpork

Beautiful looking game. Gorgeous art and all the pieces just ooze with theme.
But I could only guess that.

Never read the books but the game sure looks nice!
Did it play nice?

I couldn’t even tell if Martin Wallace created this game.
So random and so crazy.
Area control Talisman.

And all with the Discworld theme.
If the books were chaotic and swingy then this would be a perfect adaptation. A great way to spend 30 mins without thinking too much aside from ‘Dont get hit by the dragon’ and how do I screw my opponents over.

Till tomorrow!

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Winner of the Ascension Draw!

Someone had to win this Ascension prize pack.
After drawing a portent from the fabled Hat of Souls we found an obscure text…

PAUL BRADLEY

Congratulations in winning this uplifting Ascension Prize Pack which contains Chronicles of the Godslayer, Return of the Fallen and the all new Storm of Souls.

The sale still continues till the end of the month so pick up Soul of Storms and Ascension Chronicles of the Godslayer while it is hot.

The Storm of Souls event day draws near!
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16/100 Games in 100 Days: Risk Legacy

Been a bit lax last week with a bit of work piling up but not this weekend.
Smashed out games of
7 Wonders(Base no expansions)
King of Tokyo (Fun with monsters)
Game of Thrones 2nd ed (The only game to play)

And Risk Legacy! So hyped for it. Grabbed 4 other usual suspects and threw the game down.
Never felt tingles opening a game before. Once you open that seal it was on.

Winning is the best feeling ever. Being able to scar the board with your name and to create a city founded on your skill alone is an amazing feeling.

The games go really fast at the start but I think it’s because everybody starts with 1 extra VP. It really acts sort of diplomacy light as you have to convince everyone not to hit you: while you hit them.
But wow. Just innovation max. This has really rejuvenated what I believed about the board games industry that there is still innovation there. Unlike the staid video game industry: board games are really pushing the high frontiers.

Expect mini Legacy updates after different games as the days go by as I try to fit the games in!

Till Tomorrow!

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15/100 Games in 100 Days: Hey! Thats my fish!

What a week.

Risk Legacy was released in Australia and I picked up two copies.
One to enshrine and the other to other to ravage with the fortunes of war.

Was running out of quick games to play after work which was small enough to carry while we started to move house. I took a look at my collection to find a small petite box staring back at me.

Penguins? FFG cashing in on the Happy Feet crowd?

More like vicious brawl on the fjords (or where ever penguins live).

This is a cruel allegory of what environmental overfishing really is.
We received all the points but our metaphorical penguins are adrift in the ocean.

But what a fun game. Really quick and light and can feel almost chess like. Definitely going to play this again with more people (4). Though at three people it took teamwork to really screw someone over.

Don’t play if you are faint of heart!

RISK LEGACY TOMORROW! WHEEEE

Till tomorrow

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14/100 Games in 100 Days: Carcassonne

Painting a house is hard. Almost broke open Fresco to commemorate the ordeal but I will probably save that game for when I can get 3-4 players as it looks like an absolute treat to play.

Threw down Carcassonne with my girlfriend while the paint was still settling down. This is possibly the reason why I got into playing board games. That feeling of “wow look at what we have created” is probably matched by only Glen More and the building of your little Scottish town. Oh and painting your own place

The game is so charming with such simple play. Probably if you had a hand of two tiles it would go down better, but like a nice coat of paint it was still sharp and smooth at the same time.

This is the game I introduce people to the hobby with. This and 7 Wonders.

What is your gateway game?

Till tomorrow

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13/100 Games in 100 Days: Blokus Duo

Typing this with white paint all over my fingers. Probably not good for a new laptop :S

While the paint to my new apartment dried, we played a quick game of Blokus Duo. By that I mean like 4 games. It was way faster than chess and it felt like every turn was a lot of mental gymnastics.

It begged the question…

Is there strategy in the game?

I am still in that stage where I am trying to work out all the nuances and there is still that feeling of discovery. I feel like a conquistador of configuration.

Wheel that spruiky thing!

Does the lack of theme annoy any one? Could they have pasted on knights or merchants or something?

I still dread customers asking me if ‘This is Tetris’.

P.s Played way more Anomia: It gets pretty tense. Tell people to play with hands behind their backs.

Till Tomorrow!

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10-11/100 Games in 100 Days: Ticket to Ride and Anomia

Whoever told me this game was for beginners was lying through their dirty rail baron teeth. This is as cut-throat of a game as Game of Thrones 2nd edition, and that’s saying alot.

At first we were all making little routes like friendly social workers; only to devolve into rail hungry capitalists as the board filled up.

Ticket to Ride reminds me of Kingdom Builder: primarily because I played Kingdom Builder first. It looks easy when it starts off but then it starts to suck you in with its depth.


It’s no Caylus but it can boost your kids colour hungry ambitions.

BONUS TIME

11/100 Games in 100 Days: Anomia

might not be heard of but I played a quick game of Anomia with my sisters last night. I now have a reason to throw out fast card games like Uno.

Anomia is like Snap…EXCEPT using your MIND!

SYMBOLS WORDS SYMBOLS WORDS

Such a fast paced game that feels like you are using all of your brain.

It hurts just thinking about it >_<!

Till tomorrow

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9/100 Games in 100 Days: 7 Wonders

Is it just me or did they HIT the sweet spot with this game.

A tale of epochs and civilizations crumbling and falling.
30 minute play.
No player elimination?

and up to 7 players!

This is the weapon of choice during those long Saturday nights before games of Catacombs or Runewars. And I can’t believe its longevity.

The simple play and the clean mechanics are so enthralling.
It looks almost too easy.
Then it hits you. You start playing cards then look around…thats alot of green buildings there mate
Now you are trashing linen. Who needs linen anyways? Oh wait those bratty Greeks from Halicarnassus want the linen. ALL THE LINEN.

Too bad: Linen is now the left foot of the Colossus and now you have to change strategies.

One of my faves and a solid reminder to me that there is still innovation just out there.

Till Tomorrow x 7

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