#ootsbestplays for November
I’ve had an absolute blast with KeyForge so far. Managed around 20 since release and it’s been awesome exploring and discovering my 4 decks. It feels like Magic the Gathering Sealed: The Card Game – your deck won’t be optimised, but it’ll have some cool combos and tools and you have to make the best of it.
Twilight Imperium - the main event of #ootsweekend18 and I was nervous – the previous two plays were with 3rd edition and I was left feeling that the game didn’t match the hype. It was long, not epic. It was sluggish, not grand. But this new edition was much improved – the strategy cards are much better; the faster construction lets players get on with the game. It felt like all of us were doing cooler things for more of the game. And it took us 8 hours rather than 12, so that’s a bonus!
Panamax continues to be a favourite economic game of mine. It had a reputation of being heavy, but it’s not. It truly creates an economy across the board and between the players, with cargo being loaded into everybody’s ships. It’s frenetic; each player is constantly pressured into fulfilling contracts and getting their cargo through the system. At any given time, players can be in the hole for a lot of penalties, sweating their way through the game.
Really wish I played Armada more often. It’s a simplification, but the ability to fly Star Destroyers is enough for me to be excited. It is a shame that at the standard 400 points, it doesn’t feel like enough ships and stuff in your fleet.
Introduced Codenames to my work and it went down very well. It’s an elegant and clever word game but I’ve no idea why it’s thought of as a party game though as it’s quite thinky and can result in a fair bit of downtime. I’d like to play it with a sand timer going forward, but oddly the one is the box is really long at around 5 minutes.
Played Patchwork with my 7 year old daughter, so this play was as much about getting to share time and games with her than the game itself. Patchwork is a perfectly fine tile layer and I like the button economy element. My daughter was loving this play, she had a ton of buttons throughout and ended up winning quite handily. ...