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Game Spotlight – 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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Game Spotlight – 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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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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