Nemo’s War – sold
I had heard so many good things about the game that when i heard VPG launched a kickstarter for a wonderful 2nd edition i was all in. Jules Verne was a big part of my early teenage years. It promised a wonderful theme, art and solo gameplay.
Alas, it delivered only on the art. Once again, a VPG game has left me very disappointed. There are simply too many dice rolls involved and the push your luck betting of crew, Nemo and hull are usually straightforward decisions.
The motives of Nemo can change the final scoring but without affecting the actual gameplay so much. Also, because sinking ships constantly is a necessity having a science or exploration motive does not make narrative sense. There is a serious disconnect.
The final time i was playing it i found myself asking, why? This game is boring you. I have too many great/good solo games already. It’s a competitive genre at the moment so i really don’t need to own this one, let alone play it.
The Big Book of Madness – finally played it co-op
Coop games are on a high at the moment for me. Partly because of Spirit Island and partly because i can play them solo as well.
The Big Book of Madness was a game i had only played solo until last month. I enjoyed the puzzle aspect quite a bit. However, it felt that the game would shine with more players. It did. We played a 3 player game on a Thursday Game Night with 2 new to the game. The victory came with the last draw of a card which gave us the final element we needed to defeat the final curse of the last boss.
I believe this is the most interactive coop game that i’ve ever played. Interactive because each player can greatly affect what other players are doing. You are constantly engaged whether it’s your turn or not. I love that.
Viticulture Essential Edition (+ Tuscany E.E) – efficient use of workers
One thing that always annoys me with many worker placement games is that in order to win you need to get more workers than you started with.
Not so it seems in Viticulture. I managed to scrape a win against the player with the most workers. I enjoyed that and my respect for the game increased too.