Pazzy’s Gaming Update
it really been almost a year since OCBG got together on a regular basis?
Seems so long ago. I have been staying on the gaming track more regularly
lately. For a while there, it was
pretty dead in my gaming world. I
got married, honeymoon, etc. But
for the past few months, I have been charging
back in full force. I had
been attempting to convert my old friends as newbies, and the results have been
good thus far. I’ve managed to
get a few of them to purchase their own copies of Settlers and Carcasonne. You have to break down the whole gaming stereotype first,
then it blossoms.
with the arrival of NewSpiel in Ladera Ranch, my game purchasing has increased a
lot, as well. They have the best
prices, with no shipping, and I can get my games often times the same day I
order. But it helps that I live 25
mins away. Also picked up a few
good deals at the Wizards of the Coast fire sales, as they all closed their
doors for good.
Below is a list of the games I have purchased the past year, and my take on them thus far:
WEBMASTER'S COMMENTS APPEAR IN THIS FONT
– Got to admit, when I played this over a year ago, I was underwhelmed. I thought it would play just like Werewolf, but seemed to be
too much going on and moved ultra slowly. My
thoughts changed as I noticed the great reviews on the Geek and FunAgain, so
when I saw it 30% off at Wizard’s, I went for it.
I managed to get together a bunch of non-gaming friends for the sole
purpose of playing this game. I had introduced them to Werewolves of Miller’s
Hollow a few months ago and they ate it up.
So I told them this is much like that game.
It took a while to get the rules explained, but we were off…
This is a great game with a large group. It takes a while to get used to the symbols on the cards and their meaning, and to always remember to take your character’s “special action”, but the game rolls pretty smoothly, and can only get better with repeated playings. Our sheriff won, with both deputies surviving as well…Can’t wait to play this again.
HOW I HATE THIS GAME!!! I MIGHT BE CONVINCED TO TRY IT ONE LAST TIME....
High Noon Expansion – Picked this up shortly after buying Bang! because it’s only $2.50.
Haven’t given it a go yet, but looks like it can only add enjoyment to an
already excellent game. Need to
play with the original a few more times though to get comfortable enough with
it. NO THANKS
– Played this a long time ago, and loved it.
Great game for three players, and the Out Of The Box version is an
excellent production. Played it
once with four, and was fun. ROCK PAPER
SCISSORS...STILL, IT'S SHORT SO HOW BAD COULD IT BE?
– Purchased this as a kid’s gift and ended up keeping it.
Haven’t played yet but looks cool to play with kids…Pretty light. I'VE
PLAYED THIS WITH MY KIDS PROBABLY A DOZEN TIMES....I'M CONVINCED THIS IS THE
GAME THEY MAKE YOU PLAY IN HELL!
The Castle – OCBG’s disdain of the original Carcasonne is no secret, but I am
always on the lookout for good two-payer games regardless. Plus, having Reiner
design this also got me to buy it. Lisa
and I played once so far and we both really enjoyed it.
Like it a lot better than Carcasonne, as there seems to be a whole lot
more going on. The bonus tiles on
scoring track keep the game fresh and unpredictable throughout the game.
One of my best new games. GOOD
GAME, AND EASY TO TEACH.
– Very cool new game! Easy to explain, easy scoring, and plays pretty fast. Broke this one out over Thanksgiving this year and family
enjoyed it. I really should bring
this one out more often. ANOTHER
GOOD ONE, ALTHOUGH IT'S BEGINNING TO WEAR A LITTLE THIN...
rummy variant dealing with one of my favorite themes: pirates. Game looks fun,
however I have one HUGE gripe. The
cards are incredibly cheap, and are actually transparent.
They are so flimsy it is hard to believe they seriously charge $8.50 for
this game. I
LOVE THIS GAME, A GIN RUMMY VARIANT, AND THE CARDS ARE NOT THAT BAD. TRY
SHUFFLING 110 NORMAL CARDS, YOU JACKALOPE!
– A crown jewel of my collection. This
Sid Sackson design is the original 1980 Milton Bradley version, and I got it
still in the shrink wrap. A friend
of mine scored it a garage sale for me. The
updated version of this game is “Focus”.
This is a great abstract game for 2-4, but is ultimately for 2 players.
It’s a great thinking game, and very competitive.
– Really liked the theme to this one. Van
Hensling vs. Dracula, mano y mano. Directions
appear a little on the complicated side, and Lisa and I plan on investing an
evening learning this one. Looking
forward to the new flick too. LOOKS
VERY COOL - BRING IT TO O'CON!!!
Eat Fish –
A Reiner Fish Frenzy that reminds me a lot of Sid’s previously mentioned
Domination, only with action cards. Haven’t
given this a whirl yet, but the right moment will present itself eventually.
of Dragonstones – My only Bruno Faidutti purchase of the past year, and this one is
one of his best. Great production by Days of Wonder, and a really fun blind
bidding game. Have only played once
at DaveO’s place, and it made the must-have list.
Bruno never disappoints. BLIND
BIDDING, ONE AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER...
– I already own Formula De and quite a few tracks, so why buy this one?
I read about the new damage point chips that they use now instead of
having to use paper and pencil. Each
time you lose a point (tires, brakes, etc) you lose a chip instead of marking it
on a sheet. It plays much faster,
and now I use these chips in my larger formula de events. HAVE
IT, LIKE IT BETTER THAN THE ORIG
- One of my Top 10 Favorites of
all-time. Thank you Uberplay for re-releasing this one.
Played this one a few times and people always want to play one more.
is doing the art for Uberplay, it’s pretty cool, with a great sense of humor. AGREED
- THIS IS A GREAT GAME AND A GREAT VERSION BY UBERPLAY
– A Sackson re-release. Basically
this one is 100% negotiation with some special cards thrown in. Played it once
with a few new gamers, and it went over well.
However, tried to get family into it on Thanksgiving and it fell flat.
Perhaps it was my explanation of the directions, after about 4 scotch and
sodas. I am looking forward to
playing this one with the right group. THIS
GAME HAS BECOME A BYRENS FAMILY FAVORITE
Haven’t played this one but itchin’ to.
Seems like this would be fun with the right group.
Easy to explain, and I like game with voting mechanisms. DA
VINCI GETS ONE RIGHT - WAY BETTER THAN BANG!
– First playing didn’t wow me, but I think I was playing wrong (cards were
face-up instead of hidden). This
one is quick, light, but there is definitely some strategy there.
Great filler for killing about 15 minutes. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
– I already own Quandary, which I would normally play if at home, but Loco,
basically the same game only with cards, is far more portable.
Played this numerous times, one of my favorites, so it was time to get my own
MUST HAVE IN EVERY GAME LIBRARY
- Very fun game with a great idea for a theme.
Uberplay strikes again with another top-notch production.
Played with another couple and fun was had by all.
– This one is just a beautiful game. The
components, the design, the mechanic, you name it.
– Played once over the past weekend with 4, and played the 2-player version
last night, and it is worth the hype. Easy
to teach, great decisions, and a top-notch production.
Best of all, it is a hell of a lot of fun.
May be Moon’s defining creation. DAYS
OF WONDER SCORES HUGE WITH THIS ONE
Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow – This game is the bridge to bring non-gamers into the world of gaming. I have played this a dozen times, with my different groups of people, and it is always a hit. People clamor to play one more, and then one more after that. This particular deck has great artwork, and throws a few more characters into the mix….It makes for a very fun-filled evening, and best of all, people can play while completely wasted. After we are done playing, they always ask “Where do you find these games”. I'M BEGINNING TO DESPISE ALL FORMS OF WEREWOLF.
SOME TAKES ON OTHER NEW GAMES IN THE BYRENS LIBRARY:
HANSA - MAYBE THE BEST MICHAEL SCHACHT GAME SINCE WEB OF POWER
SAGA - A KRAMER CARD GAME, PUBLISHED BY UBERPLAY. THE ART IS GREAT, AND THE GAME LOOKS COOL.
SANTIAGO - YOU FORGOT THIS ONE PAZZY!
SPY - ANOTHER UBERPLAY CARD GAME, THIS ONE BY REINER. A VERY DISTURBING TREND IN KNIZIA GAMES - YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE PLAYED IT MANY TIMES BEFORE.
A GAME OF THRONES - DIPLOMACY, DUNE, AND WALLENSTEIN CONVERGE IN THIS GAME WHICH COMBINES THE BEST OF ALL OF THOSE CLASSICS, AND DOES IT IN A 3 HOUR GAME
PIRATE'S COVE - DAYS OF WONDER TAKES PIRATENBUCHT AND REALLY MAKES IT A WORK OF ART.
OASIS - A MOON/WEISSBLUM SET BUILDING GAME, WITH A KIND-OF-COOL MECHANIC
SAN JUAN - THE
PUERTO RICO CARD GAME. MIXED REVIEWS, BUT I REALLY LIKE IT. LOTS OF BUILDING
VARIETY, AND SOME TOUGH CHOICES - AND VERY PLAYABLE WITH TWO