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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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.
Machi Koro is a card buying game where players use money to purchase different buildings (cards) and put them into play.Each building has one or more numbers on it, ranging from 1 – 14. Each player starts his turn by rolling 1 or 2 dice, and buildings that match the rolled number “activate”, giving some sort of benefit to the player who owns it. Usually that means acquiring cold hard cash, but a few buildings have unique abilities. Players continue to acquire more money and buildings until one player completes all their structures and wins the game.
Street Fighter deck-building game (Street Fighter or SF from here on out) was the first deck-builder I played that I really enjoyed. I got it as a gift, and being a longtime fan of the video game series and expanded SF universe made me intrigued immediately. Turns out the game is a lot of fun to boot. Being a fan of the series isn’t necessary to enjoy the game, but it will make it that much cooler when you grab that Hadouken or Rolling Thunder card.
I talked about Agricola in an earlier post. Although I liked the game, it is definitely a complex game with a lot of things going on. There are fields to sow, crops to raise, animals to raise, houses to improve, family members to add, etc., etc., etc! It is definitely a lot. Apparently the designers agreed and they made a simplified 2-player only version. I picked it up after seeing a review on Amazon and I really enjoy it. I like the larger more complicated game as well, but this one is a lot easier to convince other people to play 😉
If you’ve never heard of Star Reporter it’s not too surprising. It’s a board game that was first published in 1937 with various incarnations coming out until the last version was printed in 1960. My dad played it when he was a kid (I didn’t realize until recently he never actually owned it, he always played a friend’s copy), and he’s mentioned occasionally over the years how much he enjoyed it and would like to play it again. So I found a nice copy of it on eBay and gave it to him for Father’s Day this year. As soon as he opened it and looked at it all he said, “OK, let’s play a game!” My mom was like, “Right now?” and Dad replied “Well yeah!” I’ve now played it twice and Dad has played it three times. It’s an absolutely classic board game, a real slice-of-the-times kind of thing, and pretty fun to play to boot!
My friend gave me this game for my birthday last year. It’s a cooperative game for 2 – 4 players (although you can totally play a solo game too), meaning either everyone wins or everyone loses. There are four characters to play: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern (the real GL, Hal Jordan), and Flash (Barry Allen, the best speedster). Each character has 5 enemies (called Arch Villains) that range from weak to powerful. The villains are trying to reach the Justice League satellite and destroy it, your goal is to take all the bad guys off the board before that happens. It seems pretty straightforward, but there’s a surprising amount of strategy.