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An April of Games

May 3, 2013

My posting has not been exactly prolific over the last month, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been playing games. We actually did very well, with 32 plays, made up of 17 different games.

The most popular game in April was Love Letter, which we only acquired right at the end of March but managed to notch up 7 plays, displacing long-time favourite Sleeping Queens, which we played 5 times. There is certainly some novelty value helping here, but it’s interesting to note that, as it is a longer game, each play of Love Letter was on a different occasion, while we often play multiple games of Sleeping Queens in one sitting.

Other games that had more than one play were Antics (back after a long time languishing on the shelf), Giro Galoppo, and the Android version of Hey, That’s My Fish! (as always).

That leaves us with Sleeping Queens still the most played game of the year (11 plays), but Hey, That’s My Fish! and newcomer Love Letter close behind on 9 plays. Nothing else is particularly close at this point.

It’s interesting to note that we only played one new game in April (aside from a little prototype game that I had knocked up and we were trying), which was Sheepland. And a previous post reveals how well that went!

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  1. Barnetto
    May 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Re the comment “…but it’s interesting to note that, as it is a longer game, each play of Love Letter was on a different occasion, while we often play multiple games of Sleeping Queens in one sitting”, I was under the impression that Love Letter was a very short game, shorter even than Sleeping Queens? I think your earlier post said a game could last a mere few seconds and you could play multiple games of Love Letter in a sitting?

    I’ve been thinking of picking it up, but not sure how the theme will go down with my two boys. And at the moment they are both a bit obsessed with Sleeping Queens, which has seen so many plays over the last two weeks that I couldn’t even begin to keep count…! Novelty is certainly a big factor, but it is a game that they will also play against each other without mum or dad, so that gets it a big plus (though I confess that I am struggling to maintain the level of enthusiasm to play….).

    The other games that see a lot of play with us are King of Tokyo, Dino Hunt Dice (again they will play on their own), Ascension and DungeonQuest. I must keep my own spreadsheet!

    (PS Talisman made another outing and was a very tense affair with all three of us reaching the space where you climb the steps to gain the Crown of Command at the same time – unfortunately I’d forgotten to remind one of my sons that he hadn’t picked up a Talisman and my other son spotted this at the last minute leading to a lot of tears…. balancing the challenge of playing a competitive game for enjoyment against the risk of tears and tantrums is still a tough one!)

  2. May 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Each hand of Love Letter can be very fast indeed — and massively random. You then play a number of hands until someone reaches a target score, which experience suggests that with adults who know the game takes maybe 20 to 30 minutes; with newbies and/or kids somewhat longer. You can of course reduce the target for a quicker game.

    I’ve no idea how well your boys will do with the theme, but I’d say that at the price it’s a bargain and may give you a refreshing change from Sleeping Queens (and what a bargain that game is too!). However, with Love Letter being a guessing/bluffing/deduction games, cards getting battered by small hands may cause problems as you may end up being able to recognise cards from the back! I’ve mitigated against this a bit by sleeving our cards and replacing the sleeves as necessary.

    Must try King of Tokyo one of these days…

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