Ludocracy Now

People of the board game tumblrosphere!  Are you playing Troyes yet?  And pouring hearty wine into a glass that makes it seem like you’re only having one serving but really you are tricked and are having two and then you can’t understand why you are so buzzed?
Well I am!
Troyes has been a long time euro favorite of mine and yesterday I was feeling especially euro.  In addition to the wine, I packed about 8 games from Agricola to Hansa Teutonica—I wanted a little thinking with my gaming.  Thankfully, Troyes is also beloved by some of my gaming partners.
Everything really clicked for me and I finished with something like 49 points?  Combating events, activating choice activity cards, building that cathedral… it sounds fun just recapping, doesn’t it?  Thanks BGG Secret Santa from 2011!
We also played Ghost Stories and the less said about that the better I’ll feel about our ignominious defeat 29 ghost cards into the deck… I must be playing it wrong?? RIGHT? View Larger

People of the board game tumblrosphere!  Are you playing Troyes yet?  And pouring hearty wine into a glass that makes it seem like you’re only having one serving but really you are tricked and are having two and then you can’t understand why you are so buzzed?

Well I am!

Troyes has been a long time euro favorite of mine and yesterday I was feeling especially euro.  In addition to the wine, I packed about 8 games from Agricola to Hansa Teutonica—I wanted a little thinking with my gaming.  Thankfully, Troyes is also beloved by some of my gaming partners.

Everything really clicked for me and I finished with something like 49 points?  Combating events, activating choice activity cards, building that cathedral… it sounds fun just recapping, doesn’t it?  Thanks BGG Secret Santa from 2011!

We also played Ghost Stories and the less said about that the better I’ll feel about our ignominious defeat 29 ghost cards into the deck… I must be playing it wrong?? RIGHT?


The roster for Battlestar Galactica had become an untenable 9 which meant plans needed to be changed—and fast.  I hadn’t even thought of 9 player Eclipse because the probability of it happening was so infinitesimal that I had tried to forget about it in order not to make myself sad that it would never happen.  But I had woken up 6 hours before the gaming date and I had time to think.  I went through all my games—Could this be turned into a tournament? Could this possibly be adjusted for 9?  And then… wait a minute… Eclipse could be 9 people… I’ve already had promises from just about everyone coming that they “would play anything” because it was my birthday…
I decided to risk it.  And I have to say it was a great gaming experience but not one I would put myself through again without a few 2 or 4 player games with everyone involved.
My friends are all adroit gamers but Eclipse’s million bits and relative intricacies meant we had to cut the game short at 5 rounds before everyone imploded.  It was good fun with three alliances formed and dice fests of complicated combat all around.  Jake and I were basically walled off from anyone so we made a Science Alliance and then generated wormholes into people’s back doors.  The three races on the “amass ships/destroy center” alliance took second with one of our lone wolves finishing third claiming he had a plan with “a long timeline.”
Eclipse is a pretty good game.  Combat is miserable, though, especially as everyone waits for someone to just roll a damn six already.  I’d rather punch it into a random number generator and see who wins.  It is about the only “real” game that fits 9 even if my one table doesn’t.  My knees are still sore.
Hoping for more Terra Mystica or actually getting in a game of Battlestar Galactica soon. View Larger

The roster for Battlestar Galactica had become an untenable 9 which meant plans needed to be changed—and fast.  I hadn’t even thought of 9 player Eclipse because the probability of it happening was so infinitesimal that I had tried to forget about it in order not to make myself sad that it would never happen.  But I had woken up 6 hours before the gaming date and I had time to think.  I went through all my games—Could this be turned into a tournament? Could this possibly be adjusted for 9?  And then… wait a minute… Eclipse could be 9 people… I’ve already had promises from just about everyone coming that they “would play anything” because it was my birthday…

I decided to risk it.  And I have to say it was a great gaming experience but not one I would put myself through again without a few 2 or 4 player games with everyone involved.

My friends are all adroit gamers but Eclipse’s million bits and relative intricacies meant we had to cut the game short at 5 rounds before everyone imploded.  It was good fun with three alliances formed and dice fests of complicated combat all around.  Jake and I were basically walled off from anyone so we made a Science Alliance and then generated wormholes into people’s back doors.  The three races on the “amass ships/destroy center” alliance took second with one of our lone wolves finishing third claiming he had a plan with “a long timeline.”

Eclipse is a pretty good game.  Combat is miserable, though, especially as everyone waits for someone to just roll a damn six already.  I’d rather punch it into a random number generator and see who wins.  It is about the only “real” game that fits 9 even if my one table doesn’t.  My knees are still sore.

Hoping for more Terra Mystica or actually getting in a game of Battlestar Galactica soon.


First, I have a serious vendetta against tumblr since I wrote this post twice on the iPad app but it evaporated.

Second, I am happy enough to write this for a third time since I played a new fave, Terra Mystica, and won both that and Taluva this afternoon.

Alchemists have been blocked from any sort of territory connection in both of our 3p “suggested” set-up games.  Witch won first, I won as Nomads second… Excited to try with more and to try new powers.

Taluva was an extreme learning game but both new players were v. impressed by its game play. THE END


My first game purchase in quite a long time is Terra Mystica, a game I have been coveting since its release.  It has finally been printed and offered at a reasonable price so I snatched it up.  Why did I lust for it so?

  • Variable Player Powers
  • Very positive reviews from people I trust in gaming
  • Colorful pieces
  • A bunch of land-colored pogs

In any case, I am looking forward to giving this, and other games, a shot.  As always, I will let you know when I do.


A bunch of Hex.

I played a few games of Hex yesterday before and after some disastrous hands of Sheepshead.  I didn’t take a picture because I refuse to have a smart phone.  Hex is still awesome and essential.

Scotch Review:  Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams 2012.  Jake, “It tastes like Glen Moray which is 1/3rd of the price.”

Wine Review:  Orin Swift’s Blindfold.  Joe, “It tastes like any old Chardonnay.”

Our palates, how they are immature!

EDIT: Someone with a smart phone DID snap a pic!  Well done.


The old whore is back and this time with more Biblios!  Thanks Nelson for having a smart phone so I could snap this photo of my glorious success.  The auction phase flew by in both games as we both hemorrhaged all out gold early bidding to burn books or bless them.  I can play about two games of Biblios in a row before I need to not play any more Biblios.
Then we played Sheepshead and there is no picture because Jake with his -103 score refused to sign his photo release waiver.  So we just taped the score sheet to the wall.  It was one of those nights where I just kept getting dealt trump and finding it in the blind.
Bonus!  Scotch Review.  Ardbeg Corryvreckan.  Nelson, “It tastes like paint” Me “That’s a spicy meat-a-ball-a!”  Jake “I’m so bad at sheepshead!”
At 57% ABV, it is a beast.  Now, I’m not one for putting a whole lot of ‘angels tears’ in my scotch but this benefited from an ice cube.  Nice peppery and peaty flavor.  But I would not buy again.  Stick to the Uigeadail. View Larger

The old whore is back and this time with more Biblios!  Thanks Nelson for having a smart phone so I could snap this photo of my glorious success.  The auction phase flew by in both games as we both hemorrhaged all out gold early bidding to burn books or bless them.  I can play about two games of Biblios in a row before I need to not play any more Biblios.

Then we played Sheepshead and there is no picture because Jake with his -103 score refused to sign his photo release waiver.  So we just taped the score sheet to the wall.  It was one of those nights where I just kept getting dealt trump and finding it in the blind.

Bonus!  Scotch Review.  Ardbeg Corryvreckan.  Nelson, “It tastes like paint” Me “That’s a spicy meat-a-ball-a!”  Jake “I’m so bad at sheepshead!”

At 57% ABV, it is a beast.  Now, I’m not one for putting a whole lot of ‘angels tears’ in my scotch but this benefited from an ice cube.  Nice peppery and peaty flavor.  But I would not buy again.  Stick to the Uigeadail.


So Sheepshead has sort of taken over my ludological hours (and some others [hours, that is]).  In fact, I played ~35 hands of three-player sheepshead and 3 teaching rounds of five-player.  If you are intrigued by the idea of a hidden partner dynamic in a trick taking card game then you should look this game up.

Anyway, I need to report the results of our three player outing because we decided to play for real stakes, well, after the first sixteen hands where you can see Landon amassed a score of -60 and we agreed to forgive the debt.  After that, we decided that any minus points would be paid toward a bottle of scotch (single malt) while positive points would count toward “voting shares” on how we’d spend the ‘scotch’ money.

The point being, Landon has $19 dollars going toward a bottle of single malt, Beed has controlling shares of 17 and I am just happy to have kept my wallet shut.

Until next time—and I promise that I actually have played Biblios and Innovation in addition to Sheepshead.  I’m just not dreaming about Biblios or Innovation….

[Side bar to self: almost think every hand should ‘reset’ stakes so no one can win back money paid into the scotch pot or lose ‘ownership’ shares.  May have to reduce stakes to 25 or 50 cents a point but maybe could get me to a new bottle of Ardbeg faster….] View Larger

So Sheepshead has sort of taken over my ludological hours (and some others [hours, that is]). In fact, I played ~35 hands of three-player sheepshead and 3 teaching rounds of five-player. If you are intrigued by the idea of a hidden partner dynamic in a trick taking card game then you should look this game up.

Anyway, I need to report the results of our three player outing because we decided to play for real stakes, well, after the first sixteen hands where you can see Landon amassed a score of -60 and we agreed to forgive the debt. After that, we decided that any minus points would be paid toward a bottle of scotch (single malt) while positive points would count toward “voting shares” on how we’d spend the ‘scotch’ money.

The point being, Landon has $19 dollars going toward a bottle of single malt, Beed has controlling shares of 17 and I am just happy to have kept my wallet shut.

Until next time—and I promise that I actually have played Biblios and Innovation in addition to Sheepshead. I’m just not dreaming about Biblios or Innovation….

[Side bar to self: almost think every hand should ‘reset’ stakes so no one can win back money paid into the scotch pot or lose ‘ownership’ shares. May have to reduce stakes to 25 or 50 cents a point but maybe could get me to a new bottle of Ardbeg faster….]