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  1. For sale (postage not included but I'll try and do it as cheaply as possible) 


    Coin games:

    Cuba libre £45

    Colonial Twilight £50

    Falling Sky + Ariovistus £80


    Ceres £5 (zip lock solotaire wargame) 

    Phobos Rising £5 (zip lock solotaire wargame) 

    Oh my Goods + Escape to Canyon Brook + Longsdale in Revolt £30 (no box for Escape, will put in deck box) 

    Cubo £5

    Bios Genesis £20

    Neanderthal/Greenland/Board £60 (ecklund, would like to not split) 

    Madame Ching £5

    Minecraft the Card Game £5

  2. I've never seen it to that extent but i've definitely witnessed gamer frustration. One chap in particular who occasionally plays at our group takes mortal offence if he's targeted in any game when he's not in the lead. If you happen to do this he will then target you regardless of whether it helps him through the game or not. We don't tend to play many direct conflict games when he is there. Same player also loudly tells everyone how he has the worst possible luck when it comes to games with any form of luck, even small amounts. Played a game of Powerboats and because he got himself into a bit of pickle he dropped out of the race and passed all his turns. 


    Another player absolutely abhors any randomness in games which can potentially result in something negative happening. We played a game of Factory Fun which has a bit of a real time mechanic of choosing tiles. If you choose badly you can discard the tile and lose five points, no biggie. He ended up, after a few turns, on a minus score even though the board doesn't have minus score placing and proceeded to tell everyone that the game was terrible and a waste of time. He then just randomly chose a tile, discarded it to take the penalty and sat with his arms folded going more and more redder in the cheeks. Incredibly awkward and felt like a teenager having a strop over nothing. Factory Fun is bloody awesome though and can be played online too. 


    For me, I always have a little look at players reactions to certain events to see what causes them stress and then try to avoid games like that in the future so as not to make them not enjoy a game/evening. I played Dominant Species last night (amazing game) but one player got really flustered about having to choose an event card in front of everyone. He said it was because he had to try and work out how it affected the board after understanding the card and DS has wording like a lot of GMT wargames with specific nomenclature. It then didn't help that he had to choose another two cards in a row which seemed to exponentially make him more stressed.


    I find it interesting to see players reactions to cards they get in a draft or actions that they can choose from when its a pretty similar choice for everyone. I've too often heard players make a comment that a game is terrible because they had bad cards, whereas with the same choices one player absolutely romps a game. The difference between 'I had shit cards' and 'I made shit choices' can tell you a lot about someone I think. 

  3. Recently been having issues with buttons registering on the joy cons. Is this an issue other people have had or have I got some duff controllers?


    Looking at buying a pro controller too, is £55 about the average price? 

  4. 5 hours ago, Tourist said:

    Gaia project seems to have a better rating on boardgame geek. What's the difference? Are there decent solo rules for either game?



    It's an evolution of TM apparently with slightly more complex mechanics. Friend who has played both says it's about 60% more complex than TM 


    4 hours ago, Cosmic_Guru said:

    @LaParka PM me your address and I'll ping it over (do you prefer Word or Pages?).  I seem to have enjoyed the challenge of eventually getting a win with engineer and really rated chaos magician as a late developer.


    Gaia project is basically TM in space isn't it?, Science Fiction compared to Fantasy with poorer quality plastic components (I've got it but not played as yet).


    I'll pm you my address :)


    3 hours ago, Professor Rob said:


    I'll give it a go, although I've never played TM before. I'll give the rules a read this weekend.


    Edit: Just been having a look on the site: do I need a premium account for Terra Mystica? It's not a problem if I do.


    I didn't realise that you needed premium either! If you still fancy a go of it I'll get premium too :)

  5. @Cosmic_Guru I'd be interested to read that :)


    the guy whose copy it was purposefully chose a difficult race to play (engineers) and came last. My one criticism is that the race you have can dictate how you play instead of letting you do your own thing. I had the ice Maidens and they're stronghold ability is to get 3 points per cathedral (the round ones) so I kind of focused on that and got a bit sidetracked. We drew two race tokens out of a bag and chose one of the potential four just so it didn't feel too unfair.


    @scottcr I've not played it yet but clans is on the horizon. There's a copy in the group and we've got an all dayer planned where it's been proposed to play :)


  6. Played so many good games over the last few weeks, couple of highlights being:


    Terra Mystica - finally played this game and I can now see where all the praise comes from. Played it twice in as many weeks and both games were considerably different. We had the expansion races so there was always something different to look out for. The rules explanation took a while but really, the game is quite straightforward. You just don't have enough stuff to do everything you want to do. You put out the lowest level building which gives you workers, which you can upgrade to give you cash and power but since the original building goes back to your player board and covers up workers, you now get less workers to use with your cash. You're constantly juggling all the pieces together in your head. Also trying not to fall behind on the track (can't remember its name) which gives you power during the game and points at the end. I was surprised at how quick it was too with it having a set number of rounds. We're going to attempt Gaea Project in a few weeks


    Favelas - This doesn't seem to be on many radars but i'd put it in the same group as Azul and Sagrada. You're drafting tiles to build up your player board (favela town). Its played in three rounds and when a round ends you score points if you have the most showing of each of the five colours in the game. The points can be changed through the round by placing a coloured tile onto the same colour tile. you then get to change a dice up or down one pip. its interesting because if you want to increase red to 6 from five you have to place a red tile onto an existing tile, so for this turn your affecting the score but not increasing your majority. lovely components considering its whizz kids too!


    Formula Motor Racing - Nice small Knizia racing style game which can be pretty brutal. each player has two cars on a racing grid and you're playing cards to affect the positions. you can improve your position or screw with other players. you can be knocked out of the race too so wouldn't advise playing it with sensitive gamers. Out of three races only one of my cars finished a race :)


    Startups - Another Oink game small box and its so fiendishly simple. You have three cards in hand of different companies. Each company has different amount of shares and you're trying to become the majority shareholder at the end of the game. You draw from the deck or a discard pile in the middle of the table and then play a card in front of you. If you then have the most of that company you take the majority shareholder token which now means you can't draw that company from the discard pile which makes it harder to increase your majority. End of game occurs and everyone then plays the last three cards in their hand which could then change majorities. If you have a company card in front of you and you are not the majority owner you then pay that player coins to the amount of cards in front of you and they get a +2 bonus effectively for each coin received this way. I totally flubbed the first game because it wasn't making sense to me, once I saw it move, it just clicked and now i'm after a copy.


    New England Railways - Early Wallace train game with pick up and deliver, auctions and loans. Bloody love it.



  7. Sorry for taking so long, bit of a pants week.


    LaParka buys Tusc for $20
    LaParka buys S&NA for $45
    Professor Rob buys B&SLC for $75
    MalevolentPanda buys M&C for $105
    SimonC buys NDY for $125
    LaParka has $435
    Professor Rob has $425
    MalevolentPanda has $395
    SimonC has $375


    Start of Stock Round 1
    @Professor Robhas the Priority Deal

  8. I want to be able to bid on S&NA, so I have to set aside $45 to be able to participate in that potential auction? 


    I'm passing on Tusc. 


    If that's correct I'll load up the file and do the following:


    Bid $45 S&NA



  9. Its been a fortnight since running the two groups (I say running, I mean harassing people on BGG and FB to turn up) and we've had between 14 and 9 people turning up to both evenings. This week was probably a little less because of the weather. We've had a good mix of games and people and I think people are enjoying themselves because most come back or are planning too :)


    so far the games that have been played have included:


    6Nimmt! Sagrada, Taj Mahal, Thurn and Taxis, Ethnos, Vast: Crystal Cavern. Kanagawa, Poison, Trickerion, Glen More, Heaven & Ale, Dodekka, Timeline History and Science, Medici , Freight Train, Qwixx, Downforce, Voodoo Prince, Gallerist, Bruges, Flamme Rouge and Fjords 


    Mostly euros ranging from light to pretty heavy stuff

  10. Yeah, I've got it and really love it. The states of siege system is brutal though I don't think I've got past the second era. The history is interesting and I find I play it over a couple of nights. The way Cromwell changes combat is cool too. 


    Obligatory recommendation is to watch the Ricky Royal series too. 



  11. Thought i'd start a new topic instead of cluttering up the general chatter thread.


    Our second group has its first evening tonight in Chester (vicars cross if anyone is free) so really curious to see the amount of people who can make it. The one part which still makes me chuckle is a 'maybe' is probably not, a 'yes' is still probably not and a 'definitely' is usually a maybe :lol:


    The group in Ellesmere Port is now on to its third and hopefully permanent venue. The first really suited and the management were happy for us to be there but we did get the impression we were tolerated instead of encouraged. We were in a room where they would show the football and we would have a few of the tables. The staff would grumble, even though we always left it as we found it and tidied up. I think they thought we were taking up too much room even though at most there was only ever about three people watching the football and nearly 15 of us! 


    The second place was just outside my work but it was affiliated with the Conservative party (in a northern town WTF) so we were reluctant to become members. I think one of our group wouldn't actually be able to sign up as he's running for council as a labour member :D They're our back up venue because the place was nice and the staff were lovely too. 


    The final place we've agreed on is a local labour club. We had to clarify that it doesn't support the political group but its more like a coop group for labour unions, with no money going to the political party. Had a few jokes about supporting Corbyn.


    How do people deal with the thorny issue of fees? The labour club have asked us to become members which is £10 and then £6/year. For that you get the subsidised drink prices. Each member can bring in two non-members so we're hoping to use that for first time attendees and one off folks. 

  12. 9 hours ago, cavalcade said:


    Our club in West Wales is getting around 10-15 now, which is good. But making sure people mix and games can be coordinated is tricky.


    This is my nightmare. Since it's me and another chap kind of organising it I don't mind waiting and potentially missing out on a spot but I'd hate for someone to make the effort to turn up and then have to wait around for a game to finish. 


    I went to one games club and after playing a quick game two of the group left me and this other person to set up and play a potential five player game between themselves. I made my excuses and left. 

  13. 10 hours ago, salsashark said:


    Cool, will have to head down.  Not only is Vicars Cross closer to my house than the other Chester club, but it'll be nice to just play games without annoying bullshit.


    I've made some very close friends through Chester Games Club, but I'm getting really really sick of just milling around in a group for over an hour waiting for somebody to arrive, ignoring a table full of games that could easily be played in that timeframe. 


    Awesome, the group we play with are all pretty chill to the point that we don't really play any games with much take that aspect. Some like wargames and will occasionally play something along those lines, but mostly it's medium to heavy euros :)


    You're not the first to mention about the waiting round. I think we've all got filler games hidden in our back pockets! 

  14. On 2/8/2018 at 16:47, Rowan Morrison said:

    I didn't get on with this one either, sadly, but I'll spoiler my moaning so you've only yourself to blame:


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    * Not that it really matters, but why put the Monopoly money - presumably from the box - in a bag under the floorboards? That was a weird detail that felt shoehorned in to justify a weak and well-telegraphed punchline (itself made redundant almost immediately by the discovery of the actual money).




    I it that the monopoly money was in the game box and the real money was under the floorboards until the wish was made and then the curse swapped them round

  15. Had our biggest turn out at the club last night with 13 people managing to come and one chap making a flying visit just to say hello. Two guys came from as far as Prestatyn because their regular group play a big game of scythe once every six weeks and they're not keen on it :lol:


    Quite a few games were played which included 7 Wonders, Sagrada, Suburbia, Azul, Notre Dame, the Quest for Eldorado, Metro, Troyes, Arboretum, deep sea adventure and For Sale.


    I was in the Troyes game and I'm glad someone was able to teach it to me! 


    Hardest part of the evening is making sure everyone has a game of something because each group finishes at different times or can turn up at various times. 

  16. I was originally impressed with what they managed to fit in ultra tiny epic kingdoms but in the end I sold it. 


    A lot of games could shrink to the same size and still fit everything in the box and feel more fleshed out. Its another reason why I love Phil ecklund games, his boxes are tiny but have ridiculous game dept

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