I love a good board games session but I don’t get to play as often as I’d like. I don’t own any of my own board games yet so I can’t invite people round to play and lining up the schedules of people who want to play is difficult at the best of times. I have to wiat until someone who does own games sets up a session and then hope I can make it. Fortunately this happened not long ago when my friend M invited a few people over.
It was a small-ish group of four of us this time around. Not that four doesn’t work well, of course. I was introduced to M’s friend from his days as an undergraduate physics student and we talked about physics and especially gravitational waves for a bit before we got started. That’s happening a lot lately, even with non-physics friends.
First we played Settlers of Catan with the Seafarers expansion pack. I’ve played Catan a few times before but never any of the expansion packs or special editions. Honestly I don’t think I made the best possible use of the new level of gameplay this expansion allowed. New things in the game are boats, which work a lot like roads, and those island tiles which you get extra points for when you build your first settlement on them. There’s also a pirate that operates like the robber. In spite of these exciting new things I stayed entirely on the main island and just played well with the resources that I picked up early and I ended up winning. Hurrah!
Next we tried Coup. This is a card game I haven’t played before but which I really, really liked. Apparently it’s quite cheap too, so perhaps this will be the first thing I pick up (Cards Against Humanity doesn’t count). It’s quite quick to play, I guess you could finish a game in 5 minutes if all the players were familiar with it but it tended to take us about 15 minutes. It requires ruthlessness and confident bluffing to win and it’s a lot of fun.
Lastly we had a couple of rounds of Exploding Kittens, the card game created by Mathew Inman of The Oatmeal. This one was also fairly quick to play but it’s very silly, quite funny, and relies much more heavily on chance. I think it would be a great game to play with a group who were new to this kind of game or who didn’t really think of themselves as being fans of board games or card games.
Then it was time to go. It was a good session and I’m looking forward to the next one – if I do pick up a copy of Coup (and maybe one or two other things) then maybe the next session could even be at my place. This session also meant that my top five games list needs to be adjusted a bit. It’s now:
- Boss Monster
- Forbidden Desert
Do you play board games and card games? What are your favourites?
And now for something completely different!
B.G. over at Getting Through Anxiety nominated me for the 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge. Thanks, B.G! …I sure hope I’ve got your initials right?
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
- Post 1-3 quotes per day for 3 days.
- Nominate other bloggers for the challenge. As many as you like, when you like.
My Quotes For The Day:
“It may be that all games are silly, but then, so are humans.”
“Do I dare disturb the Universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
-T. S. Eliot (The Lovesong of Alfred J Prufrock)
“In case of emergency, good luck.”
-Welcome to Night Vale
Let me know how you get on 🙂