We’re back with another round of game play reports! But first, let’s check in with BGG for the most played games from the last week:
Cartographers and Dominion look to be the big movers on BoardGameGeek this week. Let’s see what our own big movers are here at the DWP!
Our family had our first round with the common cold last week, which meant COVID tests for everyone, and lots of time spent at home. Although my most played game online is Can’t Stop, I was thrilled to discover that Yspahan is now available on Board Game Arena in beta form. It was a delight to rediscover this colourful game after many years, and I hope to have more opportunities to play in the coming weeks!
My partner and I played the first four (of 24!) episodes of My City, the Reiner Knizia tile-placement legacy game. It does not disappoint if you love your Tetris. The first episode introduces the base mechanics which are dead simple: you turn over the top card of the deck, and every player has to place that specific tile onto their board. At the end of the game, you score points for not building over trees, you lose points for not building over rocks. End of story. Record progress, clear the board and start anew. But then it starts, like the stereotypical frog in a pot of slowly-boiling water. Each new episode introduces an additional twist (which, spoilers, duh, I’m not revealing) which adds to the brain-meltiness. Still, each episode (so far) only takes about 30 minutes to play, and to my surprise and joy my partner kept wanting to play the next one–at least until 90 Day Fiancee came on. Oh well, can’t win’em all…
I got to play Wavelength through an online program. I’ve wanted to play this party game since I first heard of it but it never seemed to happen. Wavelength is a team game where each round a person is given two opposing words (bad-good, hot-cold, etc). Then on a half-circle (the program we used just has a straight line), where each word is on opposing sides, an arrow points to somewhere in that range. So maybe almost all the way bad, or mid-way between good and bad. Then one person has to give a clue and their team tries to guess where the arrow is. The other team then guesses left or right of there. The program we used was pretty bare bones but it worked well and the game was really fun and made you think.
My gaming group just finished Mission 40 in The Crew! It was tough: we had to complete 8 task cards, 3 of them in a specific order! We’ve played a couple games here and there over the summer and I can’t believe we’re in the homestretch. The game has 50 unique missions and we got 3 bonus missions in our issue of Spielbox. It’s a fun, challenging game that gets harder and harder with each mission and I’ll be very sad when we’ve completed it. Fortunately, it’s an incredibly sharable game and any mission can be put on the table with any group of people who appreciate trick-taking games.
I didn’t get to play a lot of games this week, which makes me sad in hindsight. I did, however, get to try a few new games out on Tabletop Simulator. We played Silver & Gold and Point Salad, both which were lovely light little games. I highly doubt I will play Silver & Gold digitally again because it just begs for the conversation that fills the spaces as you make nice easy choices, but Point Salad was just so delightful. The mechanics and the simplicity of Point Salad made it accessible and quick, but your choices still feel important. At the end of the day, my sister won the game with the World’s Most Boring Salad in the World™. It was three pieces of lettuce and eight tomatoes. That is a WET salad.
That’s our play reports for this week! We’ll be back next week with more, but in the meantime, what have you been playing? Let us know through your favourite social media platform!