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About Costas Taliadoros

Slighly bored, confused, in pain and desperately need some exercise.

Board games – November highlights

CYPRUS BOARD GAMERS ALL DAY EVENT

We held our ALL DAY Board games event this month and it was broadly a success. For the 2nd time during an all day event there was a tournament, this time of Hanamikoji. It’s a wonderful game.

There were a few new people attending as well which was nice. I think we could have had a few more people coming though.  Overall, i think it was a success so i can’t complain and I was very happy to play games with a few people i hadn’t played for long time.

NEW TO ME

Twilight Imperium – Indifferent

One of the most well known hobbyists’ games. It’s ok. The actual gameplay is more robust than expected. I only played it once of course so take my opinion with a grain of salt. My main problem with the game is that everything revolves around combat. It wants you fight or at least build fleets. I prefer trading, having technologies etc. This is not it.

FF: Fortress – Indifferent/TBD

We played a few rounds and i was quite disappointed with it. I also found it a bit difficult to understand how to play without reading a rulebook. Will try it again probably but too discouraged to bring it to the table soon.

Factory Manager – Indifferent

Even though i respect Power Grid’s design nowadays i avoid playing it. It’s too mathy for me and these are no longer games i enjoy playing. FM has similarities at its core with PG but is a lot faster, more streamlined and less mathy. Solid game.

Blue Lagoon – Indifferent/TBD

The gameplay is true Knizia. You can do 1-2 things on your turn and that’s it. A lot of player interaction with some meanness. These are things that i like. However, what i’m not sure about is the scoring. There are too many ways to score points which reminds me less of Knizia than Feld.

CLEAROUT CONTINUED

This continued from the previous month. Lots of games out. Even games such as Eldritch Horror which i played a lot (34 times) but i’m now tired of its length and with some of the design issues it has (i.e. action phase).

A few more board game purchases in the month of November than i would liked but it’s difficult to control the urge when i’m so involved in a hobby.

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Posted by on December 4, 2018 in Board games

 

Board games – October highlights


Massive clear out

I managed to sell/give 36 games in October. The collection still needs to be slimmed down even more but oh boy now i can finally see the end of the tunnel. The fact that i also cut down purchases has helped a lot. I even gave away one of the furniture i used for board games storage and now the flat is starting to feel like “lighter”. I like my collection and space more now.

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NEW TO ME

Sidereal Confluence – enthousiastic!

Wow! The hype is real. My 2 sessions have both been a delight. I believe this will be one of the very few negotiation games i enjoy. This and Ponzi Scheme.

The Shut-up and Sit-down review was spot on. Complex, highly interactive and social.
Sidereal is a competitive game where players are trading and negotiating with each other so often during the game that everything is done in good faith. And there’s so much interaction and options it’s crazy. You can give and take anything in the game, apart from victory points. Anything!

It’s been awhile since i’ve played a resource management game which felt new and fresh. I was constantly engaged. With my own space race but also with the other races.

Menara – suggest

Fun, tense and very social. A game where players build a temple together which keeps going higher and higher. It’s even better than i had expected. I had put it up for sale but it’s a keeper for now. I can play this with anyone apart from people who don’t like dexterity games.

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“OLDIES”

Baseball Highlights: 2045

One of the benefits of slimming down a collection is that i am more likely to play games i love, like Baseball Highlights. My first game was a 4-3 win. Great stuff. I want to find a way to play a season solo.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in Video games

 

TV Shows

Mr Robot,  S3

This is excellent. There are episodes which are “off” for me, something that does not click. Overall though it’s the best on-going show for me at the moment. I am now re-watching season 1 – Enthousiastic

Suits, S7-8

Mindless and easy going. Guilty pleasure – Suggest/Indifferent

The Good Place, S3 (on-going)

Season 3 has just started but I don’t think this is going anywhere and i am considering to drop out. Disappointing, after 2 solid seasons.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Zolos Con 2018

Zolos Con

I held Zolos Con yesterday and for the first time it was not at my flat because I wanted to invite more people this year.

It was a good turnout and while not everyone stayed the entire time there were always 11+ people playing.

Good times!

Games played at the Con

– Scythe
– Barcelona: The Rose Fire
Sidereal Confluence
Between Two Cities
– Captain Sonar
– Evolution
– Spirit Island
Menara
The Mind
Circus Flohcati

highlighted in bold – games i played

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2018 in Board games

 

Board games – September highlights

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.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2018 in Board games

 

Board games – 3rd Quarter 2018 review

Total plays: 76

Distinct games: 23

New-to-me games: 6

Sid Meier’s Civilization: New Dawn, Grand Austria Hotel, Kitchen Rush, Cataclysm: A Second World War, Trains, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Out of the 6 new games only 1 belonged to me. I am very reluctant to introduce new games lately. 

Ten+ times: 2

The Mind (15), Shadowrift (12)

I managed to play Shadowrift with a friend and it’s better than solo. Helps with the fiddlyness of the game to have another person around. 

Five+ times: 3

Spirit Island (6), Kitchen Rush (6), Legends of Andor (5)

Spirit Island continues to see a lot of play time. The Legends of Andor scenarios are proving to be better than i expected. A hit with my Tuesday Night coop group.

Collection
Acquired: 3
Magic Maze: Maximum Security expansion, FF: Fortress, 878: Vikings

Removed:  8
Nemo’s War, Tyrants of the Underdark, TotU expansion, Forbidden Desert, Railways of the World, RotW: Europe, Traxx, Diamant,

Owned: N/A

Unplayed: N/A

Best New to me:

I am not too keen on any of the 6 games i played. The most intriguing was Cataclysm: A Second World War but we don’t have the group necessary to explore a game like this one so i don’t see me playing it again.

New 10s: n/a

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2018 in Board games

 

TV Shows – Only Enthousiastic

Maniac (Netflix) –  So much to love in this one. My favourite Netflix show yet? Maybe. Probably. Enthousiastic!

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2018 in TV & Documentaries