Be Responsible with Your Cardboard Crack – A Farewell to My MTG and Netrunner cards

I am not bringing you something exotic today, but rather sharing my experience of how I have come to terms that I am for good – or at least until the game changes and Wizards rethinks its strategy…so probably eternities from now – getting rid of my Magic: The Gathering collection. Sad as it is, the truth is I am not really invested in the hobby any more: I have pretty much ignored the last 2 sets of the game, and even before that, I was mostly making decks that I wanted to play with and nothing to do with whether they’d be tournament legal or not. Plus, after a while cards take a fair amount of space, so I needed to clear some of this. In addition, the sudden turn of events for Netrunner earlier on this year has also meant I am saying bye-bye to most o my cardboard crack.

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Mas Juegos Para Lilly: Nuevas Adquisiciones

Hola gente! Hemos estado de vacaciones pero ya estamos de vuelta con mas posts. Hoy vengo a poneros al día con juegos nuevos que he adquirido gracias a mi cumple que fue hace un par de semanas. Así que os traigo un comentario rápido sobre estos jueguillos y lo que me han parecido.

El primero que se sumo a mi lista fue Tsuro: ya se que llega muy, muy tarde a la colección pero, la cosa es que en el Reino Unido, conseguir una copia nueva de este juego no es siempre fácil, y el precio ha fluctuado demasiado como para lanzarse a por ello – creo que en los últimos 24 meses he visto copias desde £19.00 hasta £30.00…Y ya lo siento mucho, pero 30 pavos por Tsuro me parece una barbaridad, por mucho que me guste. No creo que el nivel de producción, diseño y estética de este juego merezca tanto dinero, particularmente teniendo en cuenta que lleva ya en el mercado mucho tiempo. Por tanto, y a pesar de haber jugado chiquicientas veces, pues ha tardado lo suyo en sumarse al conjunto. Ya lo he sacado del precinto, estrenado y todo, y sigo invicta, así que mi record continua 😀 Para aquellos que tengan dudas o estén buscando motivos para probar o comprar Tsuro, aquí os dejo los motivos por los que a mi me gusta: lo principal es que es super fácil de jugar, apenas tiene reglas, y tiene capacidad hasta 8 jugadores, pero funciona bien con el mínimo que son 2. Siempre y cuando tengas un mínimo de visión espacial y sepas seguir el lio de líneas que forman el camino de tu dragón, lo tienes hecho. La partida mas larga que he jugado no llega a los 30 minutos, por tanto esta bien para calentar motores en una mega timba o por si no tienes mucho tiempo libre.

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New Games for the Shelves and Quick Thoughts on Them

Hello everyone! We have been away on holiday but we are back with more. Hope the wait hasn’t been too terrible. Today, I’ll give you a quick talk of some new board games I have acquired recently as it was my birthday and you know, geek crack prevails 😀

One of the games I was bought was Tsuro. I have played the game around a trillion times, but I simply did not own a copy – and actually in case you didn’t know, the price of Tsuro has fluctuated so much lately that attempting to get a new copy of the game was sometimes unthinkable. I think in the last year or so I’ve seen copies go (unopened) from anything between £18.00 which is reasonable, to £30.00 – not so much….You know, I love the game and it is great fun, but considering it’s age and the fact that, well, it is not like a very high-end production – it is essentially a board and some tokens, 30 quid seemed a little bit too much. Nonetheless, it is now on my self and I am very happy about this. One of the reasons why I love his game is because it is dead easy: tile per turn, move your dragon through the path, try to stay in the board, done. It also caters for up to 8 players, but it is equally fun with two and it doesn’t take long, so it is overall a nice little game to have – Happy Lilly is Happy with the spaghetti twists of doom and wisdom. Also, this far, I remain victorious 😉

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Me and My Worker Placement Games: Champions of Midgard V Lords of Waterdeep

 

 

…Well actually the title should have a caveat; I am, technically speaking, not the owner of my copy of Lord of Waterdeep, but it lives with my board games so we will take octopus as a domestic animal and boat as an aquatic one ;p. As far as worker placement games go there are loads to choose from, but these are the ones that have ended in my hands. Champions of Midgard became a Christmas present two years ago because you know Vikings for the Viking obsessed girl. Then Lord of Waterdeep was presented and sold to me as “the good stuff”, particularly with the expansion. And, well, my opinion may be biased but I have sincere problems with one of these two games, and this is what I am going to talk about today, what makes, in my opinion, and engaging worker placement game, and what makes a dyer of an evening.

Lord of Waterdeep does have an advantage over Champions of Midgard that is worth considering, which is the fact that it can cater for more players. The basic Champions game is 2 to 4 players, whilst Lords takes up to 5. Champions of Midgard has 2 expansions that will up your number of players as well as other juicy stuff, and Lords has Scoundrels of Skullport that puts it up to 6 alongside other mechanics. I have never played without the expansion for Lords, and I have never tried the expansion for Champions, and I must say, already without the expansion Champions is a good game, whilst I have been advised by more than one person that playing Lords without Scoundrels is a bit meh. Pricing is a contested issue for sure. On the official Wizards of the Coast website for Lords the price given is $49.99, plus $39.99 if you want to play with the expansion…That is already the better part of 80 quid. Basic set for Champions from Grey Fox Games is $59.99, add more for the expansions if you want, and depending on which one. So, I feel if you’re going to invest decent money on a game, you should keep these things in mind. 

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Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered Exhibition Review

It was a little while ago now – the beginning of autumn if I recall well – that we went to Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered, the wonderful exhibition that is on loan at the Sea City Museum (Southampton) from the Victoria & Albert Museum (London). All I can say about this exhibition is only positive. It was a wonderful experience to go and learn about the history of board games and how the hobby has changed throughout history. I thought that the exhibition followed an excellent dynamic with information, items on display and plenty of interactive bits – such as the life-size Snakes and Ladders game. It was really fun and well thought off.This was the main exhibition area. You can see there at the back the dice for the life size Snakes and Ladders, but there were other things you could do. The interactive bits occupied the middle of the room where the space was necessary whilst the information panels where on the sides and walls giving you the context relevant for each game or development era. It was really cool seeing a chess board with pieces from all the way back to ancient and medieval history, up to current times.

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Probando Juegos Nuevos: Origin & Blood Bowl Team Manager

 

Este lunes, después de haberme pasado unos cuantos días destrozada por un virus de la muerte, decidí que hacia falta levantar los ánimos, así que nos fuimos a jugar unas partidillas a Board in the City (Southampton). Probamos dos juegos que yo nunca había jugado: Origins – la premisa tenia buena pinta y era un juego visualmente bonito, y el Blood Bowl Team Manager. Este ultimo lo conocía porque mis padres lo tienen en casa pero yo nunca he jugado. Uno de nuestros jugadores del grupo nos comenta que no sabe como saldría el Blood Bowl porque el ha jugado partidas de dos y tres y le habían parecido algo extrañas, pero creía que con cuatro tenia que cuadrar todo bien. Así que después de haberlos probado, aquí os cuento:

ORIGIN

Como venia diciendo este juego es muy bonito. Viene con un mapa del mundo que usas como tu tablero para similar la evolución y migración de los primeros humanos. Para simbolizar tales individuos el juego te proporciona con unas piezas de madera muy chulas que vienen en distintos tamaños de altura anchura y distinto color para ejemplificar las formas en las que uno puede divergir de la especie humana original. El objetivo del juego es ser el jugador con mas punto al final, y al dinámica en ese sentido es muy simple. Cada turno puedes moverte a un área nueva del mapa que tienen todas distinto color. Dependiendo del color coges carta y loseta de avance de tu grupo humano. Además de moverte puedes evolucionar siguiendo unas reglas especificas (o bien cambiar el peón de color de las mismas dimensiones, o alterar las dimensiones existentes a mas alto o mas ancho). Y no tiene mucho mas. Sencillo verdad?

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Evolution – Gaming for Fun – Jugando de Risas

So today I am going to spare the technicalities and what not, and I am going to get to the meat of what I wanna talk about today which is: HOW FUN IS EVOLUTION?! We played it a couple of weekends ago, and I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed messing about with a game to this level. Because that is the thing, the beauty of Evolution: who cares if you win or not?! You get to create bizarre species of pre-historic like animals competing for survival. It’s Hilarious! I genuinely did not care about winning, it was all about making a cool funny creature and see how well it will do. I guess you could describe as what Spore would be if it was on table top, but playing with your friends, having a real danger of extinction and the urge for self-preservation.

Bueno hoy os traigo algo distinto y cortando las tecnicidades; ¡hoy me voy al meollo del asunto de cabeza! Y la cuestión es: ¿habéis jugado a Evolution? Pues si no lo habéis hecho, echadle un vistazo porque, ¡es La Monda! Lo jugamos hace un par de fines de semana, y la verdad que no recuerdo habérmelo pasado tan bien desde hace mucho tiempo con un juego por el hecho de que sea entretenido y tenga su gracia. Porque realmente no importa si ganas o no a Evolution, lo que tiene gracia es el montarte tu chiringuito con tus especies y ver como salen y si consiguen sobrevivir o no. Las características que les das y el cómo creas a estas criaturas prehistóricas es lo interesante de la cuestión – y si te mueres por el camino, pues chico, ya habrá otra, ¡qué más da! Lo digo en serio, ni por un momento me preocupo el ganar o perder, y no era por estar con mis amigos pasando un buen rato (que también), sino porque el juego es tan entretenido que hace que te inmersiones por completo en el proceso de creación. Supongo que podríamos definirlo como algo parecido al Spore si fuese un juego de tablero, pero en el que juegas con otras personas y donde sientes la necesidad de protegerte del peligro y poder preservarte como especie.

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