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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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One item LoW focus – Hall of Three Lords

My wife asked me, “Are you going to talk about any of the cards you don’t like in the One Item posts?” Oh yeah, I could talk about some of the lame cards and buildings too! So today we’ll talk about the lamest building in LoW, Hall of Three Lords.

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One item LoW focus – The Palace of Waterdeep (the Ambassador)

Ah, the Ambassador. A very powerful little agent that can make a world of difference in your game. I admit I didn’t quite understand him when I started playing LoW, but since I did he’s become one of my favorite little guys.

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Game Spotlight – Sea of Clouds

In Sea of Clouds 2-4 players act as pirates, trying to collect as much loot as possible. Loot comes in various forms such as rum, treasure, secrets, money, and relics. There is also an occasional combat between characters, where any crew members you’ve collected can gather you more loot. It’s a pretty light but fun game that plays pretty quickly and has an interesting mechanic for gathering the loot.

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One item LoW focus – The building reset quest

Howdy, in this edition of One Item we’re going to look at a very fun quest called…ha I have absolutely no idea what this quest is actually called, let me look it up…OK it’s called Threaten the Builders Guilds apparently. It’s a very cool quest because as part of the reward you get all the buildings currently in Builder’s Hall!

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Game Spotlight – Forget It

Forget It is a fun little dice game my family stumbled upon a year or two ago and has played with abandon ever since. My wife and I have bought sets for various friends and family members, spreading it throughout the land even more. It’s one of those games that everyone takes to immediately, but the risk/reward factor, speed and ease of play, and big swings keeps the game interesting over the longer haul.

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Misc. house rules

In this post I thought I would talk about a few of the miscellaneous house rules my family, friends, and I have come up with over the years for various games. Everyone who plays games house rules at least a little bit here and there, and maybe you’ll like some of these enough to incorporate them into your games:

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One item LoW focus – The “Crazy buildings”

In this week’s edition of One Item, we’re going to look at what I call the “crazy buildings”. They’re a set of 5 buildings, 1 for each resource and 1 for gold, that yield a crazy amount of resources for everyone. Not just the player who lands there, but the owner, and possibly even the other players!

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Game Spotlight – Builders of Blankenburg

Builders of Blankenburg (or BoB if you will) is a Euro-style resource and build type game that came out in 2016 after a (barely) successful Kickstarter. It looks and feels more than a bit like Lords of Waterdeep, which as you know is one of my all-time favorite games, but unfortunately it doesn’t quite match up. If I were to sum the game in one sentence I would say it’s a cool idea that is held back by some major issues in design.

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One item LoW focus – Deal with the Black Viper quest

Per Jessica’s request, the next Lords of Waterdeep card I’m going to quick-hit you with is…Deal with the Black Viper*. For a long time this was my quest, and I would drop everything to acquire and do it when it came up. Nowadays I don’t go at with quite as much abandon, but it is definitely still one of my favorites.

*- One of the funny things about doing these posts is I’ll actually learn some names of things in the game. Despite playing hundreds of times I probably know the name of fewer than 10 things in LoW, since their names don’t matter.

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