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Our month in gaming: October

November 2, 2015

I was expecting October to be a bit quiet on the gaming front, but was seriously mistaken as we ended up playing 36 games, of 22 different titles. OK, so most of the games were crammed into a couple of game binge days, and a lot of them were short games that we played more than once, but there were some pretty big games in there as well.

A little off-topic for this blog (I don't really have an appropriate pic for this month) but this is I Know An Old Woman, an entry for a contest on BoardGameGeek that Miss B has helped me with over the last couple of months.

A little off-topic for this blog (I don’t really have an appropriate pic for this month) but this is I Know An Old Woman, an entry for a contest on BoardGameGeek that Miss B has helped me with over the last couple of months.

So the top game of the month, in terms of number of plays, was One Night Ultimate Werewolf, which Miss B loves but we don’t get to play often. In this case we played it a few times with one of her school friends, whose dad later joined us for a couple more plays. Next most popular was the ancient game of Nim, this time played on a bit of paper (rather than with coins or stones), with three plays, followed by a whole bunch of two each: ‘6’, Boggle Slam, BraveRats, Empire Express, Gnomi (a prototype from someone else), Noughts and Crosses, and Sleeping Queens (a former favourite, back after a long absence).

This doesn’t make a huge difference to the year’s standings, as we still have the little tin of dice that is ‘6’ ahead, now with a slightly increased count of 19 plays, followed by Yardmaster Express, still with 16. Way behind, Timeline and Backgammon are on 11 plays each, and Love Letter, Dobble and Boggle Slam all on 10 plays.

Finally we come to the 10×10 challenge. We didn’t make a lot of progress in October but, critically, we did get a couple of plays of the biggest game in the set, Empire Express. We also notched up a play of Plyt and finished off our plays of Love Letter. We now have four games completed and three more only two plays from the target. Miss B has looked at this and seen that the end is definitely in sight and, even though right now she is less than enthusiastic about some of the games on the list, she thinks we might be able to do it…

Game Plays so far
Dobble 10
Plyt 8
Love Letter 10
Empire Express 8
Apples to Apples 8
Piece o’ Cake 5
Gubs 6
Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck 6
Dungeon Roll 4
Timeline 10
Backgammon 10

Will we succeed? Watch this space. It’s going to be close.

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  1. Barnetto
    November 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

    A lot of games with just the one play this month for us.

    However, in stark contrast to your listing, Claustrophobia was our top game with 3 plays! Can’t get much more different to Sleeping Queens than that! My boys still need a bit of help to play it (they always want to play the evil underneath New Jerusalem!), but it actually isn’t that difficult and always seems to resolve into a very tense endgame!

    Port Royal (a favourite short card game of mine) along with Harbour and King of Tokyo managed two plays.

    Oh and the Story Dice came out a few times too! Always amusing!

    Looking forward to the Chibis expansion to Takenoko to reinvigorate that game and also to trying the UK map for Ticket to Ride (which is a favourite of my boys on the ipod/ipad as well as the occasional physical game).

    On the adult side, I got to play The Voyages of Marco Polo for the first time and very much enjoyed it. You do need to play to the strengths of your character however as I discovered in my second game when I was left way behind!

  2. Rob
    November 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I’ve never tried Claustrophobia, but I suspect Miss B might like it. She does like the adventure/dungeon crawl type games in general, though maybe this is a little confrontational?

    I got to try the TtR UK map last week, and quite enjoyed it, though it did seem a bit “bitty”. Overall I like vanilla TtR a lot, but I think I feel that when the expansions add more than a very little, they can start getting a bit clunky and I’d rather play a game designed for that level of complexity rather than one patched up to it. But then my general preference is for new games rather than expansions, partly for that reason.

  3. April 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Ultimate Werewolf is really fun. Mascarade is a good alternative with fewer players

    • Rob
      April 3, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      That’s true. I’ve played Mascarade quite a lot, but Miss B has only had a couple of goes. Both are better with a few more people, I think.

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