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Our month in gaming: February

March 2, 2015

February was another good month for our game playing, comfortably beating the statistics for February last year, and not far off the dizzying heights of the 2013 figures. During the last month, we played 24 different games (exactly the same as January), for a total of 32 plays (down from January’s incredible 45).

One day's worth of games from the 28th February.

One day’s worth of games from the 28th February.

The month was helped along by a good few plays during the half-term holidays, and then February being finished off at a gaming weekend with some old friends at a holiday home in beautiful rural Shropshire, where we all played an obscene number of games for a couple of days. Actually Miss B played a few games that didn’t make it into the statistics due to me not being involved.

Another high point was that Miss B was given Maths homework over half-term to create a board game to help with learning times-tables, and she ended up producing a nice dexterity game where you flick a disk and play cards to complete multiplication problems. I’ll see if I can get her to write something about her game for the blog.

Our multiple plays for February were Apples to Apples, Multiflication (Miss B’s maths homework game), One Night Ultimate Werewolf (actually played in a big group this time), Tooth Fairies (my entry for a 24-hour game design competition), and Yardmaster Express, all with 2 plays each, and Loopin’ Louie (a gift from a friend) beating them all with 4 plays.

Which all means that for the year so far, our top game is Yardmaster Express with 9 plays, followed by Rhino Hero with 6, Dobble with 5, and Loopin’ Louie and Apples to Apples with 4 a piece.

Our 10-by-10 challenge wasn’t progressed as much in February as it was in January, but we still notched up a good few plays and, given the fantastic start we had in the first month, I think we are still well on track. I’ll round off with our current status (as of the end of 28th February) for the 10-by-10 challenge. Note that, as per the rules of the hardcore challenge, we have nominated 11 games, of which we have to complete at least 10 plays of 10 of them…

Game Plays so far
Dobble 5
Plyt 2
Love Letter 2
Empire Express 3
Apples to Apples 4
Piece o’ Cake 1
Gubs 2
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 1
Dungeon Roll 2
Timeline 3
Backgammon 2
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  1. ameliaappletree
    March 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Lots of games here that we must try. We recently got Love Letter and had Timeline for a long while now, love them both.

    • Rob
      March 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      We love Love Letter. I have also just got hold of one of the Lost Legacy sets, which is a similar but different game by the same designer, and am looking forward to trying it out with Miss B. And the more I play Timeline, the more I appreciate it; we have another set to break into now, which should shake things up a bit!

  2. barnetto
    March 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Yardmaster (as sort of recommended by you!) has been a hit (with me at least!). It is our top played February game with 15 plays!

    Other significant numbers of plays were Coloretto with 3 plays, The Builders: Middle Ages with 3 plays and Citadels back with 2 plays (never goes away really – top game for 2 players!), Port Royal two plays and Province 2 plays.

    Big box games that saw the light of day in February were: Zooloretto, Fauna, D&D Adventure Game: Wrath of Ashardalon and Ticket to Ride: Europe.

    So Yardmaster takes the lead from Fauna (15 to 13) for 2015 – though given the difference in playtime, I feel a bit sorry for Fauna!

  3. Rob
    March 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I’m always amazed at the number of people who claim that Citadels is not good with small player counts. I think it is possibly at its best with 2 or 3. Last week we played it during a lunch break at work with 3 players, including one guy who had played it before but thought 3 was “not recommended”. By the end of the game he had completely changed his mind, deciding that there appeared to be more skill involved in the smaller games.

    So, are you playing the “proper” Yardmaster with the orange box and the commodities to collect? I’ve only tried that once so far, but want to give it some more play. Need to persuade Miss B to try it. 🙂

  4. March 14, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Oops, no I meant Yardmaster Express!

    Citadels with three is great too, but I do think ideally you need one of the draft variants that introduces some uncertainty for the Witch/Assassin/Thief ie like a random card discard before Player one picks their second card. Otherwise the Witch etc has a guaranteed target!

    • Rob
      March 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      I can see where you’re coming from there, and you’re probably right, but so far we’ve not found that an issue. At least there are lots of ways to tweak the draft to get different effects.

  5. April 4, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I like this. Couple of days ago I beat my dad at Ticket to Ride Europe by one point. Yesterday daddy won Tzolkin by far and mummy won Seven Wonders by one point.

    • Rob
      April 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Hi. Thanks for reading and commenting. Sounds like you have some good games in your family. I’ve not tried Tzolkin yet, but like the look of it, and I haven’t tried TtR Europe, though I have played the original game a number of times.

  6. April 5, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I haven’t played Tzolkin either but it takes quite a lot of explaining and 1 hour and 30 minutes to play.

  7. Rob
    April 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I hear it’s worth it, though. 🙂

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