Games, planes and automobiles.
Ah, my first post of 2013, so may I wish you a very happy new year.
So, we were away from home for the Xmas period, so put together a new Compact Travelling Games Cupboard (of Doom), this time optimising to allow for luggage restrictions on air travel. Here is the run-down of what we took:
- Sleeping Queens. One of Miss B’s favourites which we didn’t end up playing this time, but is always worth having in hand.
- Coloretto. One of my favourite lightweight games, again not played on this trip.
- Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck. Remained unplayed, but it’s a good little dice game that generally goes down well with most folk.
- Eight-Minute Empire (print & play). Largely included in order to have a “proper” boardgame in the selection. We didn’t play it, but I think it’s definitely a goody.
- Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule (print & play). While we wait for the real version to arrive, the print & play set gets fairly regular use both with Miss B and as an adult filler.
- Pass the Pigs. This was a Xmas present from Miss B, and we played this a few times. She loves the novelty of using pigs instead of dice. I’ll be writing up this game pretty soon.
- The Resistance: Avalon. I wasn’t really expecting to play this (and we didn’t!), but it’s a good option to have if we find ourselves with a largish group of adults.
- Apples to Apples. I had bagged up a selection of cards from the party box for us to take and this proved to be a good choice for Xmas day, after lunch.
- 7th Sea CCG. We took a couple of unopened starter packs that S had recently acquired and had an OK game with them. Some customisation is definitely required.
- Mythos CCG. We had three decks with us, including two that we usually use and an unmodified starter pack, which proved to be a complete dog in play.
Not everything got played, but we used a good few, and it’s nice to have some choices available. S and I are periodically playing assorted collectible card games that we have acquired over the years and finding that they can be quite a lot of fun when we are mostly trying to balance the decks to provide fun play together.
One other game I was seriously considering was Hey, That’s My Fish! as it is fun and, when removed from its far-too-big box, doesn’t take much space. I decided against this in the end as I have this game as an app on my phone — and jolly good it is too.