Star Realms strategy – green (Blob faction)

In the last post I talked about the differences in power between the various colors/factions of Star Realms. Now I’d like to go into a little more depth with the colors, starting with the big daddy, green.

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Star Realms strategy discussion

Real life has put a serious dent in my time lately, but I’m back with a look at a game I’ve been playing a lot whenever I get a chance. I reviewed Star Realms in an earlier post, and now that I’ve had a chance to play it some more (especially since I purchased the app and have played the computer a zillion times) I’d like to delve into it a little more and talk about a little strategy and the different factions (colors) in the game.

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Set Cubed

Set Cubed is a board game version of Set, which is a card game where you try to find cards that make sets before your opponent does. What exactly is a set? How is the board game different than the card game? Read on to find out!

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The Fox in the Forest

The Fox in the Forest is a card game that tries to be something that’s always been very elusive: a good, interesting 2-player trick-taking game. If you’ve played and enjoyed trick-taking games like pinochle, spades, hearts, bridge, etc., you know that 2-player versions of those types of games are rarely any fun. They present a specific set of problems that TFITF sets out to overcome.

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App versions of board games

With board games and smart phones being two of the most popular diversions around nowadays, it’s inevitable the two will meet. I thought I’d look at a few of the app versions of of board games I’ve played. I won’t talk too much about the game itself; I want to focus on how good the app adaption (appaption?) is.

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Ascension

I’ve mentioned Ascension in some other posts but never actually reviewed it and it’s high time I do so!

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Are expansions getting too expansive?

The explosion in recent years of games and gaming sales has led to not only a heck of a lot more games to play, but also a heck of a lot more expansions. Seems like almost every board or card game has at least one expansion nowadays, with many of them being in the works when the initial game is released. The question is, “Is this always a great thing?” Of course people are going to say “Well of course it’s a good thing! The more the merrier, and if you don’t like the expansion then don’t buy it!” And while that’s fine as far as it goes, there might be a little more to it.

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Battle Line

When I posted about our list of 1-100 we use to randomly pick a game I forgot to mention one of the best parts: if we roll 100 (double zeros on the dice) we buy a new game! My wife has a talent for rolling 100, and that’s how we ended up with Battle Line.

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One Item LoW focus- The Lost Cavern

Been a while since I’ve done one of these! I’ve talked about some items I like, and one that I hate, so let’s talk about a building I’m more in the middle on: The Lost Cavern.

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“I don’t know, what do you want to play?”

When you’ve got your friends over for a fun game night and it’s time to pick the next game, it usually goes like this:

Person 1: “What do you guys want to play?”
Group: *shrug*
Person 2: “What about [game X]…I mean we don’t have to…if people don’t want to…”
Person 3″ “Yeah that sounds fine.”
Person 4: “Or we have [game Y]…I mean , I don’t care, we can play [game X]…”
Group: *shrug*

And so on and so forth. Sometimes you get together to play a specific game or two and you don’t have this issue, but this is usually what happens. Here I’m going to present a couple ideas for alleviating this problem, hopefully they’ll help you and your indecisive friends pick a game to play too.

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