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Completionism and Board Game Expansions

So when looking on Amazon, and trying to finish an order (used to be for free shipping, now more from trying to round out a gift card…), I usually look back through my ever-increasing wish list of board games and card games. Good stuff – some we’ve seen on TableTop, some we’ve played, some that are recommended.

And then, just a huge amount of expansions.

Expansions to board games is a growing and exploding market. They tend to add a lot to a game – not only in terms of content and new stuff and new rules and options, but replayability. Suddenly there’s so much going on with the game – often a bunch that you haven’t experienced, or haven’t experienced in combination – that it’s always great.

Recently we realized – we don’t actually have a complete game set. Well, maybe for Miskatonic School for Girls… we got the expansion for that.

Miskatonic School for Girls - Holiday Break expansion

Though we haven’t played this expansion yet…

In other words, we have this whole game because it only has one expansion! That’s a really low amount for games anymore. So let me consider a few that we could pursue because we are close or interested – then I’d love to know what you think, or if you have any complete games, in the comments below!

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Firefly: The Game – First Impressions

Firefly The GameWe recently got the anticipated and kick-started game, Firefly: The Game. We got a chance to play it a couple of times, and I thought I would report on some of our impressions. It seems this can be a fairly long game; we finally had to call our first game after two days of trying to finish it, over six hours. I think we were close to the end…

In terms of gameplay, someone remarked that it plays like Munchkin: you collect gear, upgrades, and helpers, to kick in the door, or do missions you have selected. Strategically, the game reminds me of Dominion. You spend the early majority of the game building up your deck – or in this case, ship, crew, and gear – and then at the end, everyone begins a race to get the victory conditions. Going too soon can lead to failure, and put you behind.

However, the thing that this game is most referential to is Firefly itself. Between all the various elements of the game, they invoke not only nostalgia for the show, but the feel of the show. The rules, the activities you undertake – they make it feel like you are doing the same thing Mal and his crew were doing, with the same difficulties. Unfortunately, this can be frustrating, as you deal with having to pay your crew while undertaking jobs, or when your engine gives out in the middle of Alliance space, with an Alliance Cruiser hot on your tail. Continue reading

A Word on TableTop, from the host, Wil Wheaton.

Our schedule is a bit thrown off, but we came back from our Fourth of July holiday, sat down to lunch and a bit of YouTube. And what we found stole the show for today’s make-up blog post.

You may recall our Twelve Days of TableTop Day, and know that we are big fans of both tabletop gaming and of TableTop the show. But our final list of TableTop Day games included not a lot from the show. Well, most of those games ended up in the most recent, mid-season video about TableTop from Wil Wheaton.

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Five Video Games I Would Play (and buy) If They Made Them

There are some games that I wait a long time to get. I think about them, consider them, wait for the price to drop. Get referrals by friends. Lately, I try downloading the demo.

Other games I preorder, or even, lately, we’ve taken to making our preorders into special addition preorders. I’m glad we did for, say, Final Fantasy XIII-2, because it came with the soundtrack, which was incredible.

Because while I like games, and am often on the hunt for a new one to play, there are some that they make that sell themselves to me – some that I know, from early on, or even before I know it’s a thing, that I will buy. Probably early. Possibly often. Because I will recommend and gift games too. And now, you know, blog about them.

So here is a list of five games that, if I get the chance, I will buy. So hurry up and make them, right?

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Table Top Day Game Recommendations

For those of you who are paying attention on Twitter and / or Facebook this will be a bit of a repeat with expanded information on the 12 Days to Table Top Day countdown we were doing. Now for Table Top Day we are posting our 12 recommendations with information about what we love about playing these games and who / why others would enjoy playing them as well.

Later today we will be participating in the festivities ourselves, but here are 12 recommendations for Table Top Day (in no particular order). Continue reading