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Games, planes and automobiles.

December 28, 2012

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.

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