So I’ve been keeping this blog (on and off) for over a year now and we’ve played quite a lot of games. We’ve had only one report for most games, though a few have had extra mentions. The question now is which are the favoured games that we keep going back to?
Well, over the last couple of weeks or so, I would say that the games most requested by Miss B would be:
- Sleeping Queens
- Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule
The other games that have had a lot of play but which are usually suggested by me (and readily agreed to by Miss B) are headed up by:
- Castle Panic
Now, all this is just me recording my hunches, but it’s probably safe to say those six games are a good selection that get plenty of play and will probably continue to do so for a while. But in the interest of science, I’m planning to be a bit more systematic for a while. My plan is to record what we play and who chooses it through the month of July. I’ll report back after doing that and see what that tells us.
So, it’s been a little while but I’ve finally got around to writing this up. Anyway, back at the awards selection process, Miss B chose two pairs of the candidate games to play back-to back for comparison, and so here we have the semi-final round…
I’ve said it before: I like Loot. We both have fun playing this using the full ruleset and with the help of Miss B’s card holder device it now plays pretty smoothly with me only occasionally having to advise her on appropriate cards to play. However, Ghost Party is some stiff opposition. We still drop any requirements for exact die rolls and don’t bother scoring, and with that set up this is an all-round fun way to spend 10 minutes or so. I think going into this match-up I always knew which Miss B would choose: Ghost Party. “Because that game is the best I’ve ever played. It doesn’t even matter if you get caught on the stairs.” The judge has spoken.
I figured this would be a closer run one. Enchanted Forest is a damn good family game with kids often outstripping their parents in memory skills, a good set of mechanics and a charming theme; we played this with 2 dice, 2 treasures at a time, no exact numbers required, and magic being an unlimited teleport. Shave a Sheep has the advantage of being much quicker to play and having goofy Lego sheep and wolf figures. Win all round. After playing, the decision went to Enchanted Forest, “Even though it’s longer. I don’t mind if I guess wrong.”
So, entering the grand final we have Ghost Party and Enchanted Forest. I know which I would vote for, but I don’t make the final decision. In an attempt to spin this out a little longer, the final result and the announcement of the 2011 Golden Thingummy Award will be covered in a later post. Can you stand the suspense…?
Ooh, it’s been a bit of a long time since I last posted, so I figure it’s time to get back to it. This time it’s something a bit different as Miss B and I have decided to give an award to our favourite game of those we have played.
So we dug out the twelve games that we have tested and reviewed so far and spread them out on the floor to provide a pleasingly varied selection. We then decided on how we would judge the competition (or at least I decided, and Miss B agreed that it would be fine).
First, the full range would be reduced to a shortlist of four nominees: Miss B would choose two games and I would choose the other two. Then we would play two of these games and decide which we thought was best (by which I mean Miss B would decide), followed by the other two, which would result in two finalists to be played off head-to-head in a winner-takes-all gamestravaganza.
After a bit of a discussion, Miss B made her selections: Ghost Party “because I like Hugo chasing all the people around to get into rooms” and Enchanted Forest because “I like finding fairy tales”. Yup, two good choices there.
As for my choices, I considered my place here to choose a couple of games that I think we have had a lot of fun or value out of that I think might give B’s games a bit of a run in the playoffs. So I chose Loot, which I enjoy playing even for just the two of us, and which has introduced some good card gaming principles to the mix, and Shave a Sheep which, though it wouldn’t be high up my personal chart, has provided a lot of fun and entertainment for all of us and I’m sure it will continue to do so.
Watch this space to find out which game gets the award. We’re still looking for a good name for it, by the way.
Everyone likes pirates, right? So Loot, a pirate themed card game looks to be a winner. With Miss B armed with her new card holder (more on that another time, I’m sure) I dealt out the cards, explained the basics of the rules and we were off.
This is a really simple trick-taking sort of game, where you pile pirate ships onto merchant ships until you have the strongest attackers, at which point you capture the ship and take the gold. Challenges involve playing the right colour pirates at the right time, and counting up the number of skulls on the pirate ships to determine the strength of an attack. Oh, and playing the Admiral at the right time. All of these were overcome and after a couple of plays, B is playing confidently without much help.
So far we have only played this as a two-player game and it is proving a lot of fun for Miss B, and pretty OK for me — the pattern of play tends to involve a few battles, then a few turns of drawing cards, then a couple more battles, and so on. I suspect that with another player or two this would liven up a lot as you would have more choices each turn. I’ll see if we can rope Mummy in some time. It’s also worth knowing that we use the full rule set when we play, so I think the 10+ recommended age is rather over the top.
We have definitely established a firm favourite here, though, and I suspect Loot will stay at the top of the games pile for some time. I’m actually looking forward to playing this with some rum swigging adults one of these days too…
The verdict from Miss B (aged 4½): “That’s really really good, but I don’t think I like the pirate captains.” A couple of plays later and she has changed her mind on the captains, which make the game much more exciting, apparently.
The game: Loot (Gamewright), 2 to 8 players, age 10+.