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The Rivals for Catan – a Review

Holly and I were able to pick up a couple of board games last week on sale, and so of course we needed to check them out! One was a game we had been looking for for a long time: a two-player version of the classic Settlers of Catan. Our local game store regularly had the small box that was the 5-6 player expansion, but not the stand-alone 2-player game.

The Rivals for Catan

Not so this time! They had it: The Rivals for Catan. This game is made for only two players, which is a subset of games Holly and I love to check out. A lot of games are made for more players, and come up with some complicated version for two – a recent example was 7 Wonders. Some games don’t even try, like Settlers of Catan itself – it’s a 3-4 player game. We made the mistake of giving it as a gift to a couple – they can’t play it just the two of them!

So our quick review? This game captures the feeling of Settlers of Catan, it is well balanced (which, bad balancing can really remove the fun from a 2-player game!), and it has a bunch of play variants. This one box allows for 5 different games to play! Want to know more than that? Read on!

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New Year’s Eve Marathons

It is that time again!! New Years Eve is upon us and it is time to decide how you are going to wile away the hours until midnight. David and I will actually be spending the evening traveling so that we will be leading up to New Year’s on the plane. If we were not traveling there are a lot of ideas of what we could be doing. So here is our suggestion for some great geeky plans to lead in to the New Year.  Continue reading

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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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