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Gaming in October

November 3, 2014

As I commented in the last post, we have been playing quite a few dice games lately. In October, 10 of the games we played involved dice in some form, and of those, 5 of them had dice as the central feature, rather than just using them for movement or conflict resolution; I’m including Plyt in this as the game is entirely rolling dice and then multiplying the numbers.

Some of this month's dice.  Now I think of it, the month would have been made even more awesomely dicey by the addition of Flippin' Fruit, but that one got missed out this time.

Some of this month’s dice. Now I think of it, the month would have been made even more awesomely dicey by the addition of Flippin’ Fruit, but that one got missed out this time.

So, over the month we player 24 games, spread across 17 different titles, so another good month by the standards of this year. Several games got played more than once: Appletters, Dino Hunt Dice, and Hobbit Tales all played twice, and Coup and Dragon Slayer played three times each. That’s also some write-ups I owe you, and hopefully I’ll get some more done over the next few weeks.

For the year overall, we still have no clear leader, with Plyt having now caught up with Love Letter on eight plays, Apples to Apples just behind on seven, Dobble on six, and Chess, Dungeon Roll and Gubs with a respectable five plays a piece. Right now, we could even gain a brand new entry that could storm through and steal the crown by the end of the year…

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  1. Barnetto
    November 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Three dice games in our top five this month too!

    New game Age of War had three plays (though I think it is going to take some house ruling to make it sufficiently interesting to play it many more times!), Dungeon Roll came out twice and Villagers and Villains added two more plays.

    Other games played more than once were Scallywags (2) and the Hobbit Card game (3).

    The one consistent theme is that the average box size of the games that we play is getting smaller and smaller….

  2. Rob
    November 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Scallywags is the one with the coins that can be face up or face down, yes? That’s a game I’d love to get hold of. Looks like it should fit us pretty well.

    I think we are probably going a similar way on box sizes. Partly because the small box games are *usually* shorter and definitely more portable, so they are more likely to fit us, but it’s also nice to see that some manufacturers seem to be getting more willing to publish games in small box form.

    That said, sometimes it is great to pull out a big box full of stuff that completely covers the table with awesomeness. 🙂

    • November 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Yes, that’s the one. It’s quick and light and fun.

  3. dbfnq
    November 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Age of War is Risk Express rethemed. Picked up a copy of the old version cheap in a charity shop a while back, and have had fun with it.

  4. Rob
    November 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I had heard good things about Risk Express, but never tried it.

  5. Barnetto
    November 9, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Personally I’ve found it rather lacking – and occasionally it drags. Next time we play I’m going to house rule it ends with one card left to avoid the interminable rolling trying to bag the last card/castle. I can’t help feeling there are much better similar games nowadays, such as Elder Sign.

  6. Rob
    November 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Ah, one of those games with a poor endgame? Shame.

    That reminds me, I must get Elder Sign out again. I rather like it.

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