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  1. Mortis

    What are you playing?

    Had our 2nd go at Arkwright last night at 2 player. Ironed out all the little rule errors we made and didn’t let my mate monopolise any high value industries. 3 1/2 hours for the game this time and ended up on exactly the same share price luckily I’d managed to buy 1 share more so won by the smallest margin. Fast becoming one of my favourite games at the moment along with Brass Lancashire.
  2. Mortis

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Spoilers @I say can you please hide that - lots of folk haven’t see the film yet.
  3. They actually work out more expensive individually than the beautiful brass iron clays - I know what option I’d take
  4. Anyone know of a decent £ marked set of poker chips that I could buy to replace the paper money in Arkwright? I know it’s going to end up in a state and it’ll annoy me would have to be more muted palette wise as well as I’d like it to fit the look of the game as best as possible. Obviously a set of the clays from the new version of brass would have been ideal but they aren’t cheap
  5. Haven’t played but ordered on the strength of that review - I’m really enjoying Ganz Schon Clever and it’s been a big hit with my group so a roll and write that we can all play will be great. In other news I’m officially rubbish at every game I’ve taught my 6 yr old - she whipped me at Qwirkle 229 to 214 and yes I know there’s an illegal placement in there - worst thing is - I think it was me that did it so I’m beaten by even more
  6. Mortis

    What are you playing?

    So my copy of Arkwright arrived and after watching the hour long rules explanation by heavy cardboard and most of the 4 hour playthrough I felt ready. For those that don’t know it’s an economic game set around running factories in the industrial revolution. It’s a lovely shade of brown and is the blandest looking colour set since Castles of Burgundy but it somehow looks perfect to the theme - especially with the rows of little grey “workers” lined up in the job market. Each “decade” you have one action you can take by placing a tile on the board and paying the cost, you then make goods of one type and ship to the domestic market (set by the number of people in work at that time) or try and fulfill an export contract for big gains. - pay your costs and repeat 4 times - once for each factory. Have an end of decade event and repeat till you get to the end - 20 turns in all what could be simpler We thought a 2 player water frame game would work for our learning game as the simpler variants seemed to lack the meat of the game. After about 45 mins of setup, rules refresh and checking of tile powers we got going, the next 4 hours vanished in a haze of simple decisions which have impact on everything, changing prices, hiring and firing workers, taking contracts and trying to earn enough to buy my shares back from the bank. I lost badly - partly due to letting my opponent monopolise one good and also by poor use of the inventor tile (which lets you buy more advanced buildings/abilities) but I’m happy that between us we could now teach our group and get a 4 player game in at around the 5 hour mark. I can’t wait to get this back to the table at a full player count the fact every choice has an impact on everyone around the table, the constant re-evaluation of your plans because of one action on a turn and the satisfaction when a long term plan comes to fruition are why I love board gaming - even if it is very, very brown
  7. Yeah was a superb weekend - played loads of stuff from the library that was on my “to play” list. Did well selling at the bring and buy on Saturday - shifted a few of my lesser played games and gave me enough to pick up a few other titles later. Roll on TTS 2019
  8. £64 since I missed it in stock at games quest but I’ve sold a few games at the Tabletop Scotland bring and buy so it’s been purchased - hope it’s as good as the reviews seem to say.
  9. So has anyone here played Arkwright - I was quite intrigued by the SU&SD review but obviously chucking £60 at a fairly dry, economic euro with a play time in the region of 5 hours for the full fat version isn’t something I would do lightly. Our gaming group doesn’t mind a heavy game but I don’t know if this is just a step too far into “spreadsheet - the game”.
  10. It certainly deserves an audience - once you get over the fact it’s not a racing game and just enjoy the short bursts of chaos that are pretty much every game online you play then it all sort of clicks. Hopefully we can get a few forum games organised now it’s out there with a user base.
  11. Mortis

    What are you playing?

    It’s pretty simple on a turn by turn basis as there are only 3 actions but the chaining of cards and the general admin on a turn when you have a few “every action” cards in play can require some attention. I’d expect it depends on the kid in question
  12. Poor Onrush really failed badly in the end if it's on Gamepass so soon - shame as after my initial misgivings at the beta I played the free weekend and loved it (and got gifted a copy from here too ) .
  13. Mortis

    What are you playing?

    I’ll be in for the expansion for sure as this has gone down really well. Let’s hope they add new log designs as a stretch goal though - or at least a thematic dish to hold them in.
  14. I was impressed at how smooth the gunplay looked considering it’s still an RPG behind the scenes.
  15. I was always in day 1 but my god this looks astounding.
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