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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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