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A July of Games

August 6, 2013

July saw a bit less gaming than in previous months, though the variety was still good: 20 different games for a total of 25 plays, meaning that there wasn’t much in the way of multiple plays of anything.  A lot of the games were played in the last week or so of the month while we were on holiday, and the variety is partly because Miss B decided that we should play as many games from the Compact Travelling Games Cupboard (of Doom) a possible.

The games that were played more than once were Antics, Love Letter, and newcomers Frog Juice and Asterix the Card Games (which I’ll write up soon).

Shockingly, for the first time this year, we went a whole month with no plays of Sleeping Queens.  That means that in the tallies for the whole year, Love Letter is only one play behind Sleeping Queens’ tenuous lead of 17 plays.  Nothing else has reached double figures, though I don’t doubt that a few games will do so soon.

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  1. Barnetto
    August 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Our holiday also brought out a batch of new games and the undoubted hit was Citadels, which was played pretty much every day. It did produce tears and tantrums, but my two sons kept coming back for more. As you predicted, it works particularly well with two players having two roles (with the bluffing aspect of also discarding a role each time), but the three player (also with two roles each) is also very good, albeit the Assassin/Witch is rather more powerful and less risky. I was very pleased that even my five year old could play it reasonably well (with a bit of help occasionally) and could make sensible role choices on the whole.
    Also played a bit of Agricola: All Creatures and introduced San Juan, which I like a lot but maybe becomes a bit predictable re role selection with less than four. Archaeology and Astronaut card games remain popular and we also tried Carcassonne with the Builders expansion which I enjoyed (but I think I’m going to have to remove a few tiles to keep the play time reasonable when using both the first two expansions).
    We also managed to crack on with our Mice and Mystics campaign and have reached the penultimate chapter…
    Planning to bring out Love Letter soon (when I get some sleeves for it) and Augustus.
    So many games, so little time!

  2. August 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Yeah, we’ve played Citadels with three players once or twice and it went very well. A far bigger game than the box size would suggest. We’ve not used the expansion characters yet, though, so must try that.
    Mice and Mystics looks like a lot of fun. I’ll have to discuss with Miss B whether we should invest in it or not. I think last time she heard about it she liked the idea…

  3. Barnetto
    August 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    We use two of the expansion characters to reduce the tears… We switched the Assassin for the Witch since at least the bewitched character still gets to take money/cards (though you need to take out the hospital card) and generally used the Wizard instead of the Magician since taking one card out of a person’s hand is generally less upsetting than taking all of them…

    • August 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Good tip. Thanks for that.

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