Weekly Replay: September 7-13, 2015

Weekly Replay September 7-13, 2015-01
This week was a great week when it comes to board games actually making it to the table. I learned two new games (7 Wonders & The Duke) and played three of my favorite games (Specter Ops, Ticket to Ride, & Splendor).

Read on for a little detail about each game and to see if it might be a good fit for you. Check out the next Weekly Replay to see what games I end up playing next week :)


Specter Ops

Jacob and I played a two-player game of Specter Ops on Tuesday evening. I accomplished three of the four missions and was headed for the exit, but unfortunately he caught up to me pretty quickly, so I lost right at the end.

This was my first time playing the game with only 2 players. While I think 4-5 players is where this game really shines, it was still enjoyable for just the two of us. We ran into a few questions over the rules, which made it difficult to discuss without giving away too much information that might ruin the game, but I think once there is a FAQ sheet or you’ve established house rules, that wouldn’t be much of an issue.

You might like Specter Ops…

  • If you like games with secret information and hidden movements.
  • If you enjoy one person playing against everyone else.
  • If you want to play a game that is pretty much the board game version of hide-and-go-seek. The board is beautiful and adds so much to the theme of the game.

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 7 Wonders

7 Wonders is an incredibly popular game, and up until this past week I had somehow managed to never play it. It has won over 30 awards, including the Kennerspiel des Jahres, and you’ll find it for sale in most games stores around the world.

So what did I think? I loved it. It’s a super sound game, and it’s pretty clear why it has won so many awards over the years. I played a 4-player game, with 3 of the 4 of us learning it for the first time. (It does scale to 7 players and even 8 players with one of the expansions.) We only played one game, but I look forward playing it a few more times and adding in some of the expansions over time.

You might like 7 Wonders…

  • If you enjoy card drafting. This game is a staple when it comes to card drafting games.
  • If you enjoy strategy games where each choice builds upon your previous choices.
  • If you like building your own thing, but also the ability to use your neighbor’s resources and battle those next to you.

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 Ticket to Ride

I’ve played many games of Ticket to Ride over the years, hundreds probably. But this might have been the best game I have ever played (at least of the original version).

Saturday was Fort Collins ComicCon, so Randy I went to represent Boardgame Corner. Dungeons & Drafts sponsored the board game room at the con, so of course we had to play a game :) Randy’s wife, Sheri, picked Ticket to Ride, and I couldn’t have been happier. Recently I’ve been playing so many new games, that some of my favorites seem to never hit the table, so needless to say, I was excited to be playing this game again. I got great tickets from the start and my final score was 164.

You might like Ticket to Ride…

  • If you like games with great artwork and components.
  • If you like set collection games.
  • If you enjoy building train routes and connecting cities.

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 The Duke

Jacob enjoys strategy games with little luck. Actually, if there is no luck involved and he can plan things out with little unpredictability, there’s a good chance he will enjoy the game. (There’s also a good chance he will beat me, but I’ll save that for another post.)

Jacob’s birthday was earlier this month and I knew that The Duke would be a perfect fit for him. Saturday evening we went to Dungeons & Drafts for the official ComicCon after party and got this gift to the table. We both enjoyed the game, and as expected, he won.

You might like The Duke…

  • If you enjoy games like Chess.
  • If you like abstract strategy games.
  • If you prefer games with little to zero luck involved.

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Splendor

Splendor is another game I haven’t played in quite a while. After playing The Duke, we wanted to play something familiar that didn’t take up a ton of table space, so Splendor was our game of choice.

Randy joined us and beat us both times we played. One of the things I like most about Splendor is that so you’re focused on collecting your own gems, that you have fun whether you win or lose. Often you don’t even feel like you’re losing until the moment the game ends. Typically, if you didn’t win the game, you were probably so close that you still feel like you’ve accomplished something. Just one or two more turns and you would have made it to 15 points to be the winner. It’s also fairly quick, so it’s easy to play again once you’ve finished a game in hopes that you’ll win the next time around.

You might like Splendor:

  • If you enjoy set collection games.
  • If you enjoy games with really nice poker-chip type components.
  • If you like managing certain types of resources (gems, in this case) in order to purchase more resources of higher value.

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