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Totally digging Hive for its impressive, chess-like movement and simple rules that culminate in familiar visual patterns suggesting order and organization on display. Even in "the chaos" that is two people vying over victory, we can see beauty in each individual piece's role as it makes up the surrounding parts to encircle the opponents queen. It's telling how each bug relies on the other, radically different movement types to secure victory as one. I did not win, but I would happily sit down to three straight games of Hive because it's a fascinating competitive game. Thanks for sharing @boardgamebroguy #hive #tilelayinggames #tiles #bugs #beetles #boardgameblast #gingham #bluegingham #picnic #adversarial #competive #boardgamegeek #bgg #boardgameblast
Vindicator is ready to battle over supply caches with fellow Jenner and Commando. Going up against a Spider, Enforcer and Commando. Let's see what happens. Get ready @boardgamebroguy #battletech #boardgames #boardgameblast #mechwarrior #battlemechs #fun #beergames #sculpyterrain
Day 68: Aeon's End. Yikes - a great game I haven't played.  They are pretty common these days considering I'm getting to the stage of showing my collection where we are hitting on a few instances of "punched but never played." It's part of the hobby (for me at least 😮). I was and still am interested in Aeon's End even if it's just to compare and contrast against my favorite deck builder: Xenoshyft.  I've got an open mind - it could upstage it! This copy here is non-kickstarter, obtained right before the announcement of the revised reprinting that introduced all new art and graphic design.  As I'm generally not a solo gamer (tried it a couple times but much more fulfilled by gaming socially) I'm willing to wait and keep up an effort to get it played in a group setting. Coming up we'll see a couple games I've got in the offloading que, and a much larger announcement from BGB in the coming weeks. #aeonsend #boardgameblast #breachmage #gravehold #boardgames #coopgames #sologames #deckbuilding #gamenignt #cards #playmoregames #collection #quest #blizzard #gottatryit #cardgame #cardgames
To celebrate over a thousand people enjoying BGB I want to give away some cool pewter minis. 2 of these were provided by @themagnani so many thanks there. To enter: like this post, follow @boardgameblast and tag a friend in the comments. United States entries only. I'll be drawing qualified names out of a hat on March 6th. #paintingminiatures #fantasyminiatures #miniatureterrain #miniaturepainting #dnd #frostgrave #warhammer #boardgamegeek #gamenight #rpg #rpggeek #bgg #boardgameblast #boargames #cardgames #tabletopgames #goodluck #warriors #wizard #playmoregames  #metal
Happy to see so many people enjoying boardgameblast. We're now on twitter as well if you also use that. Lots of exciting treasure to come from bgb for all board, card and tabletop gaming fans out there in the multiverse! #boardgameblast #twitter #treasure #treasurechest #bgg #bgb #boardgamegeek #paintedminis #paintingminiatures #tabletopgames #boardgames #cardgames
Day 64: Zombie Fluxx. Love it or hate it, Fluxx was a popular little card game, though I've met more people that are put off by it's brand of random rule changing than are endeared by it. The draw and play system makes this portable box of chaos very easy to access, but tests your ability to adapt to an ever changing goal. On top of grasping that - zombies! Players need to kill zombies while trying to gather win condition specific cards that, big surprise, change over the course of the game depending on the cards played. It's like repeatedly spinning a rubix cube and somehow ending up complete at the end. Someone's got to win right? I enjoy this one but it can't be taken seriously. I'll happily play this as a filler between larger games if people can get into the undead theme. Zombie Fluxx has been in my collection for an eternity, received as a gift when I was first enamored with Romero's films. Like everyone with zombie fever I read Max Brooks, watched tons of movies and ate up any piece of media I could find. I'm glad it subsided, because I would have blown all my money on Zombicide (still interested in that one. Haven't tried it.) #zombiefluxx #fluxx #looneylabs #cardgames #chaoticgames #chaos #filler #partygames #familygames #zombies #zombiefever #wwz #undead #brains #zombiegames #gamersofinstagram #geek #bgg #boardgamegeek #boardgameblast #collection #playmoregames
Day 63: Diamonsters. What do you think of this game? There's always demand for quick 2 player games. The audience is probably wider than any other demographic because A) couples and B) friendly themes and rules that are inviting to gamers and non-gamers alike. I purchased this for us because we liked Machi Koro and you can never have enough fast 2p card games. It's essentially a dueling game where players play a card at the same time, resolving the effects of the cards and awarding gems along the way. Gems get swapped back and forth until someone has enough gems to win. It's a little like the classic card game War that we all played when we were kids. Except for the size of the box, which is gigantic for one deck of cards, this game is pretty small. There seems to be one general strategy with an "ace in the hole" mechanic that you want to hold on to and bring out when the time is right. I really should pull this one down again. During shelf management owning this game is supremely annoying due to the box shape and size, but it's pretty cute. #diamonsters #idw #cardgame #machikoro #box #boardgames #tabletopgames #2p #2pgames #adversarial #gems #diamonds #boardgameblast #bgg #boardgamegeek #gamersofinstagram #monsters #collection #quest #boardgamecollection #playmoregames
Day 62: The Oregon Trail: The Card Game. Nostalgia is something you have to be wary with. Everyone loves to reconvene over memories of old experiences that have since shed the context of the day and with it lost the binds that tied them to modern life in the first place. It is at first liberating in the most personal of ways, but revisiting amusements from yesteryear also carries with it exponentially diminishing returns, and it's important to realize that the fun part often is, in fact, the memory and not the thing itself - but those memories, however intangible, should still be preserved through tangible things. So we have the Oregon Trail: The Card Game, which distills the memory of Oregon Trail into a simple resource management game through its impressive recreation of the original computer game's art and tongue-in-cheek take on its excruciating difficulty. You can die simply by drawing the rattlesnake card. Oregon Trail is good for a laugh and probably ten minutes too long. It's extremely random and pretty punishing to the point where people I know have gotten frustrated and quit mid-session. I think the contents of this box has a separate aim. I think it exists to tease out an entertaining reminder of slacking off in library class. It's charming. #oregontrail #cardgame #oregontrailcardgame #boardgamegeek #bgg #boardgames #coop #collection #playmoregames #geek #boardgameblast #filler #nostalgia #computergames #youhavediedofdysentery
Double Bonus Blast Day! The Frostgrave Folio. When I look at the books that make up all of the official FG Materials, the one that sticks out the most is the Folio simply because it is a piñata of largely separate concepts for the game that together creates a very fun book. If you're not familiar, The Frostgrave Folio brings together 4 supplemental works by Joseph A. McCullough that were originally published as online downloads into a printed work, but also includes the exclusive entry The Ravages of Time. Out of all the publications, I would consider this one to be the most valuable because the included rules for Captains feel like fundamental rules and not an add-on. It also comes with a ton of scenarios (15! That's 5 more than Thaw) with a satisfying level of variability. While Forgotten Pacts is my favorite supplement so far, I think the Folio is the most essential one. I'm anxiously awaiting Mazes of Malcor, due out this summer. . #frostgrave #felstad #wizard #wargame #boardgame #boardgameblast #miniaturesgame #miniaturegame #miniaturepainting #miniatureterrain #terrain #supplement #folio #publication #rpg #dnd #gamenight #fun #collection #playmoregames
Day 61: 7 Wonders Duel. What do you think of this 2 player variation on the classic? Doing 2 posts today - I picked this one up along with Boss Monster on the sidewalk for a dollar each. "Great deal" I thought, having seen it rated pretty high on BGGs top 100, but I have yet to get it to the table! Looks like everything is included (when you get a find like this, that kind of thing is never guaranteed so you should do a quick cross check with the components list.) Luckily this box has a really good insert and makes it pretty easy. I have played the original on several occasions and enjoyed. So this time I'd love to hear what you think, and maybe help it survive the inevitable thinning of the herd. . #7wondersduel #7wonders #2players #boardgame #cardgame #bgg #top100 #boardgamegeek #boardgameblast #boardgamecollection #quest #fun #euro #eurogame #geek #pyramids
Day 60: Dungeon Hustle. Years ago video games took cues from boardgames, wargames and RPGs to inform their mechanics and worlds. These days the situation has flipped and tabletops are seeking to channel the innovations and hooks of video games. Dungeon Hustle is an interesting game that reminds me of addictive mobile match-3 games like Dungeon Raid. Fighting to keep monsters from escaping the dungeon while still completing tasks, this semi-cooperative game has you "Hustle" by matching iconography to link big moves throughout the dungeon, bringing you closer to your goal. You have to be wary of large hustles though - every card you pass may be monster attack. I'm happy that wizkids is producing a steady flow of releases these days. I used to play a lot of their games in my younger years, and I'm glad the mentality of "more is more" is still prevalent (say what you will about it when it comes to the clix, I have mountains of that plastic 🤘🏻) Dungeon Hustle flew under the radar and I'd love to hear what the people who've played it think. #dungeonhustle #dungeoncrawler #boardgame #cardgame #standees #loot #trolls #goblins #dnd #coop #adversarial #coopgames #collection #geek #boardgamegeek #swords #fighter #cleric #wizard #rogue #boardgameblast #tabletopgames #wizkids #games
Day 57: The Undercity. Having just posted about Tomb of Annihilation, I've already mentioned my feelings on the attempts to bottle the stand-alone advantages of a cooperative RPG dungeon crawl into a board game. With that said, I have spent a long time pursuing that genre as a consumer in various ways. One of those explorations had me come across The Undercity, so I grabbed it early last year. A game with a fantasy setting and an emphasis on the alchemical weird, this title directly lifts elements of the Iron Kingdoms RPG into a boardgame framework. Being that I'm not terribly familiar with Iron Kingdoms or Privateer Press, this was a new avenue for me. I like the premise and the narrative is very well placed, though the setting never clicked with me personally. There were some complaints about the map tile art being very plain, but I don't mind that as much since they are heavily modular. This game is a lot like Galaxy Defenders but with less customization, in that every scenario has a clear line of thinking towards the objective so there's not a ton of wiggle room for the player. One other thing that digs at me - the combat seems to involve one dice roll conversion too many for my tastes, especially if after rolling 4 dice the hit ultimately misses. I have to commend the art, sculpts and rulebook layout - I had no problems learning this one from one read, and man the minis are fantastic! I love the crossbowmen and the shady duel-dagger wielders. The game revels in its source material. I can recommend this to groups who also enjoy Galaxy Defenders and Sword & Sorcery - if you want more contained campaigns I would look into it. #theundercity #ironkingdoms #rpg #rpginabox #dungeoncrawler #tombofannihilation #boardgamegeek #fantasy #alchemy #boardgame #cardgame #dnd #boardgameblast #bgg #gamenight #galaxydefenders #swordandsorcery #gamecollection #tabletop #analoggames #privateerpress
#repost @boardgameblast ・・・ Day 56: Blokus. I can't get enough translucent plastic in my life. My old N64 controller was see-through purple, and for some reason this kind of thing stuck with me. Blokus is a game of laying out this plastic to claim more territory than your opponents, but the puzzle is in the pieces themselves. While players are seperated by color, everyone has the same predefined shapes, leading to fun deliberations on the merits of using large pieces early and how to precisely cut someone off from a large section at the right time. It can be addicting in its simplicity. My problem with Blokus is that the box is enormous, flat and easily damaged. It doesn't fit that well into my collection physically simply because a lot of the games I buy have relatively standardized box sizes. That's forgivable, as reorganizing my shelves is a similar experience to playing Blokus itself, so I guess the gameplay extends into this reality as well. #blokus #boardgame #familygame #fun #gamenight #n64 #controller #game #collection #quest #boardgameblast #geek #gamersofinstagram #abstractgames #bgg #boardgamegeek #puzzlegame #area #hobby #blocks #plastic
#repost @boardgameblast ・・・ Day 37: Codenames. I consider Chvatil's Codenames to be a cornerstone of my collection due to its universal appeal and the five seconds it takes to learn it. If you are interested enough in games to be looking at boardgameblast, it's likely you've heard of it - players split into teams with each captain giving clues to lead their team to victory by associating unrelated words together. It has a loose spy theme but that only really serves to get in the way I think. I bring Codenames everywhere because it's so easy to play. It's fascinating to me that this same designer also created the popular and viciously thinky Mage Knight The Board Game. The two are polar opposites of the spectrum. Codenames has had a tornado of alternate versions thanks to its plug and play ability to represent any theme through words (Disney & Marvel) as well as general content (Pictures & After Dark) but there's another variant that I think tops all of those alternate takes on this classic... #codenames #partygames #wordgames #cardgames #timed #familygames #boardgame #boardgameblast #boardgamecollection #collect #topsecret #mageknight #vlaadachvatil #fun #gamenight #bgg #boardgamegeek #thegeek #gamersofinstagram
Day 56: Blokus. I can't get enough translucent plastic in my life. My old N64 controller was see-through purple, and for some reason this kind of thing stuck with me. Blokus is a game of laying out this plastic to claim more territory than your opponents, but the puzzle is in the pieces themselves. While players are seperated by color, everyone has the same predefined shapes, leading to fun deliberations on the merits of using large pieces early and how to precisely cut someone off from a large section at the right time. It can be addicting in its simplicity. My problem with Blokus is that the box is enormous, flat and easily damaged. It doesn't fit that well into my collection physically simply because a lot of the games I buy have relatively standardized box sizes. That's forgivable, as reorganizing my shelves is a similar experience to playing Blokus itself, so I guess the gameplay extends into this reality as well. #blokus #boardgame #familygame #fun #gamenight #n64 #controller #game #collection #quest #boardgameblast #geek #gamersofinstagram #abstractgames #bgg #boardgamegeek #puzzlegame #area #hobby #blocks #plastic
Day 55: Pathfinder Beginner Box. This box was and still is a surprisingly good value. Among the goodies like dice, standees and two excellent distillations of the player & GMs guides, it also came with a flip mat that, like Gamma World, had a dungeon map illustration for use with the pack in scenario. Unlike Gamma World, the map had a flip side that turned out to be a dry erase grid. I felt like this was an enormous boost because it encouraged creativity from the get go. The graphic design in the books was also stand out to me, mostly because it took a lot of accessibility cues from computer games, and I'll still maintain that I haven't read a more intuitive book of rules and exceptions than these two. Even when I upgraded to the core handbook, I couldn't really enjoy it as much because it wasn't presented in such a way. But I'm a visual learner, and the textbook format has never excited me as much as abridged descriptions in favor of artwork and stat blocks - part of the reason I am primarily a board / minis gamer and not as much an rpg player. That being said, I've never been in a place in life where there wasn't some group of people interested in Pathfinder, and a lot of the time the only reason they aren't interested is that they don't yet have a friend who is. So I've found myself in groups over the years and thanks to the accessibility of this box have had hilarious evenings with dear friends drinking beers and talking about the geekiest of things. #pathfinder #rpg #starterset #boxedset #flipmat #dungeonmat #dnd #dungeonsanddragons #dragon #boardgameblast #rpggeek #boardgamegeek #bgg #gamersofinstagram #tabletopgames #treasure #hoard #collection #quest #adventures #playmoregames #paizo #paizopublishing
Day 54: Gamma World. This reimagining of the gamma world setting adopted 4th edition DnDs more rigid grid-based combat focus and packaged it like a boardgame with a collectible element. It grabbed me in the beginning with its quirky world and interesting mash-up based character creation (an electric statue and a telekinetic hawk man were among my favorites.) The rulebook opened up a lot of avenues for creating your own stuff that, for me, clashed with its presentation. They included a bunch of really cool flip mats for use with the bundled adventure, but in doing that kind of spoiled the idea of envisioning your own space. That combined with the use of power card booster packs makes you approach the whole experience as pre-authored and discourages the role-playing aspects significantly.  In this respect, I actually viewed it as not structured enough. Being given all this fun mechanical stuff made me view the roleplaying as relative fluff, and as a result I desired an even more rigid wargame structure out of it.  There was one instance where a player discovered a box of crayons in a bandit's hideout, but there were no rules on what the box of crayons did. In any other rpg I would have found this to be a great opportunity to make it up, but in this I found that it got in the way. But isn't this an old observation about 4th ed? I liked the game for a bit after trying and failing with GURPS as it was too generic for our tastes, but found the most enjoyable rpg experience I've had from Pathfinder because of an included bonus that we'll discuss tomorrow. #gammaworld #gurps #dnd #4thedition #rpg #boardgame #hybrid #postapocalypse #postapocalyptic #mutants #supermutant #nuclear #fallout #boardgameblast #boardgamecollection #bgg #boardgamegeek #collection #quest #dm #gm #gamenight
Day 53: Tomb of Annihilation. This was shown on day 2 while I was still formulating the structure for a collection quest, and at that point it was a new acquisition and I hadn't yet played it. If you go to kickstarter or boardgamegeek you'll see that hype and demand for dungeon crawl games is very high, and that doesn't always translate to quality titles down the road. There's an excellent, over long thread on what bothers the community about them, but there's also no denying that there's something intangible about the concept that draws its return to kickstarter over and over again. The co-op dungeon crawl is an effort to simulate RPGs without the guidance of a referee, and that includes an amount of freedom that clashes with a boardgame's requirement for abstraction and prior authorship. Tomb succeeds because it aims at a pretty hittable target. Being the 5th in the string of titles that emerged from the death of 4th edition Dnd, it's had time to refine what aspects of the previous games weren't well received. Traps are cool and fun, the enemy AI doesn't show many surprises but offers up a fair fight, and though it can feel a little easy as a lot of these games can thanks to the progression of the player characters, it's a wonderfully colorful experience in a short amount of time, with minimal setup! It's amazing that it plays in one hour, has little bookkeeping and rewards the players for success. While it doesn't sport the somewhat idyllic qualities we seem to so desire in dungeon crawl games (immense replayability being among them) it's absolutely one of the best ones I've played so far. #tombofannihilation #dnd #adventure #boardgame #wizkids #dungeonsanddragons #collection #quest #2018 #coop #dungeoncrawl #snake #acerak #necromancer #boardgameblast #bgg #boardgamegeek #wizardsofthecoast #kevinwilson #jungle #chult #dinosaur #geek #geeksofinstagram #instagamer #gamersofinstagram
Day 50: Grimslingers. Art will often make a game for me. It's the reason my preferences lean so far into ameritrash styles - they generally have more drawings, more miniatures, and more artistic representations of their content and context. Grimslingers is an example of a game that has some of the most important elements of that make up, but it's done so well in that respect that it outshines what's underneath, which is a fairly conservative me vs. you card game paired with a choose your own adventure story. The graphic design and its unique premise are top level, casting you as a reanimated wizard cowboy (dachshund) in a weird Wild West adventure. To me, that's where the enjoyment is, as the actual game modes don't offer much that I haven't seen executed better. The story segments don't give the player much agency, wrapping a tale befitting of an rpg or novel into a limiting format. The game element implementation seems to get in the way, as we would simply rather read on than stop down to play an abridged version of the dueling mode with a randomized opponent. It's my understanding that a kickstarted expansion "refines and redefines" all aspects of the game. I don't have my hands on it, but that sounds promising considering how cool the setting is. #grimslingers #cardgame #adventuregame #weirdwest #wildwest #witchking #geek #boardgamegeek #art #fineart #awesomeart #painting #scifi #postapocalyptic #dimension #cowboys #boardgameblast #bgg #instageek #dnd #coopgames #coop #adversarial #revolver #quest #collection #shelfie
Day 49: Chez Geek. A lovable filler title from the creators of Munchkin, Chez Geek is a wacky card game about being the best at slacking off in your apartment. While it's admittedly a silly premise, it's actually a pretty cut throat level management game, and sports my favorite theme to ever grace cardboard. The idea of competing to see who can chill the hardest is just endlessly entertaining to me, so Chez Geek is a game I will never get rid of. You'll purchase helpful cards like beer and old records to increase your Slack, all the while dealing with annoying people your friends toss your way like Guy on Couch (everyone knows the guy on the couch) and the dude who can't hold his booze. It's a party game, quite literally, it's a strategy game, it's a rethemed take on a Munchkin-esque format.  Call it what you'd like - for me it's a shining, beat up star in the collection. In true slacker form, it has not hit the table in some time - I'll have to change that. Tomorrow. #chezgeek #slackattack #stevejacksongames #johnkovalic #cardgames #boardgameblast #slack #slacker #apartment #apartmentlife #party #partygame #munchkin #handmanagement #adversarial #versusgames #vs #multiplayer #collection #quest #boardgamegeek #bgg #geek #gamersofinstagram #classicgames #fromthevault #expansion #gamenight #filler #playmoregames

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