Here’s a round-up of what some of the DWP contributors have been playing this week:
Steve T.: Backgammon. It’s an ancient game that my father taught me to play as a child. Boardgamearena.com has allowed me to revisit this classic. I’m playing 4 or five games of it a day.
Billy C.: I’ve bought a few games and minis during quarantine, and the extra time has let me show some games some more love than they are used to getting. Specifically, I have been playing a lot of Great Western Trail with the Rails to the North expansion.
This game is one that I played once several years back and thought was just okay, but then I had a friend getting rid of a copy for cheap. I must say wow, I just didn’t understand how all the pieces fit together after one play. Playing it again now, several times, the mechanics are starting to click and the jow of this game is apparent The expansion adds more choice and more paths to victory and I am all for choice!
Kimberly T.: I’ve been playing Parks, The Crew, and Terraforming Mars with all the expansions. Parks is a compact, clean game that has a lot more strategy than first meets the eye. It’s a beautiful game with tarot sized cards depicting all the nation’s parks. The Crew is a fast, fun trick-taking game that I’m kind of addicted to. I’ve played it a lot, in person and on Tabletop Simulator and can’t wait for the missions to get really hard. Lastly, I’ve tried all the maps and expansions for Terraforming Mars and love love love them all. They are very different, but add so much to the base game. If you want my review of each expansion, check out my “Terraforming Mars: All the Expansions” video at Tabletop Tolson in YouTube.
Sean J.: 7 Wonders on Board Game Arena. If I had to guess (and it would be a guess, because I’m a monster that doesn’t track plays), I’d name 7 Wonders the game I’ve played the most. Back in the day, I used to play a ton on Brettspeilwelt, and recently I’ve been building my empires on Board Game Arena. What I love about 7 Wonders is how quickly it plays in a digital version, while still delivering interesting decisions. Choosing to go a Science route or building up your Military might can make the difference between victory and defeat. One of the positive benefits of the lockdown has been rediscovering this old favourite of mine.
David W.: I had a go at Bruno Cathala’s free PnP solo expansion to & Wonders: Duel–very easy to implement but very hard to beat. I’ve played a couple of scenarios of Undaunted: Normandy on Tabletop Simulator. It’s such an elegant design perfect as a gateway consim but exciting and tense for grognards, too. And finally, I’ve been lucky enough to get a peek at the new digital ports of Spirit Island and Blood Rage–but you’ll have to wait til next Monday to hear more.
Matt R.: Cartographers on Tabletopia. A great flip-and-write where you are trying to create a map with Isle of Skye-like scoring goals that change each round and game.
So what have you been playing, Tabletoppers?