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Our month in gaming: April

May 3, 2015

April picked up a little from a gaming point of view, and we managed to have 25 plays of 17 different titles; and this is a heap more than the handful we managed to play in April of last year. Having the new games room means that most of the game collection is in sight and we’ve started getting into games that have been languishing for a long time, as you will have seen from the recent posts on Cathedral and Ramses Pyramid. The shelves have not been augmented by the addition of a table, so we can now play there without having to clear the dining table, which feels like an amazing level of luxury.

Runebound is a big event game for us and it's great to be able to leave it set up and play over two days.

Runebound is a big event game for us and it’s great to be able to leave it set up and play over two days.

The top game of the month was newcomer Cathedral, with a beefy 4 plays, followed by a bunch of games with two plays each: Dominoes, Frog Rush, Goblins Drool Fairies Rule, Monster Cafe, and Prickly Pile-Up. The big gaming event of the month, though, was a play of Runebound, which Miss B absolutely loves but can take several hours to play (even using the high speed rules that we opt for), so it doesn’t often come out. This play was a special to inaugurate the new gaming table and we were able to leave the game set up overnight for completion the next day.

For the year as a whole we don’t see a lot of change, with Yardmaster Express still on 10, followed by Rhino Hero and Dobble on 6 plays a piece. The 5-play group has expanded now though, with Loopin’ Louie and Backgammon joining Apples to Apples. If we progress more on our 10×10 challenge, though, we should see some of these games steadily climbing.

And thinking of which, we have made a little progress on our 10×10 challenge, but the rate of ticking off plays is still well off the pace set at the start of the year. We have added another five plays to the tally though. Miss B’s interest in this seems to be picking up again though, and she seems keen to get at least one play of all the games logged in May. We’ll see if that has worked out in a month’s time.

The current number of plays for each of our 11 games (10 plus an alternate, remember) are as follows…

Game Plays so far
Dobble 6
Plyt 2
Love Letter 3
Empire Express 3
Apples to Apples 5
Piece o’ Cake 2
Gubs 4
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 4
Dungeon Roll 2
Timeline 4
Backgammon 5

I’m very surprised Plyt has fallen behind there, but with 8 months to go, it is still very possible to average a play per month for this and the other tail-enders and complete the challenge on time.

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  1. Barnetto
    May 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Still haven’t managed to play Runebound, though I do have a variety of expansions I picked up before they went OOP and prices soared!

    We had a bit of a bumper month again with the Easter Holidays and a trip to Amsterdam contributing lots of card game opportunities.

    Top dog was a new game Sushi Go with 12 plays (it is quick!) and next was Timeline (also new) with 7 plays.

    The Builders: Middle Ages was played 4 times, as was Little Prince, Lost Legacy and Yardmaster Express (one of my facourites of the micro-game variety).

    Splendor was played 3 times and Among the Stars, R (aka Brave Rats), Fauna and Machi Koro were all played twice.

    “Big games” that were played included Asara, Eminent Domain, A:ACBAS, Augustus, Forbidden Desert, Carcassonne and Carcassonne: The Castle.

    I’m intending to pick up the Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers reprint too at some stage.

    • Rob
      May 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Runebound is one of those games that basically involves wandering around and rolling dice but, to me at least, it has a far better feel of agency than Talisman, which is probably the most obvious comparison. It also does reasonably well at allowing a narrative to develop through the game.

      I’ve played a load of Hunters & Gatherers online and like it (the scoring makes more sense than the original game), so may well pick up a copy. Miss B hasn’t shown any interest in Carcassonne over the last couple of years, though, so not sure how much it would get played.

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