Ludocracy Now

Yes my Ludo Brüder und Schwestern wir haben more gaming!

Attika, a much different animal played with two, is performing swimmingly.

Crokinole is still bomb diggity.

Sheepshead! Oh three handed sheepshead how I love thee. This hand pictured: do you pick or pass? Depends on what position you are in, right? I was sitting middle and passed. Because I am a MAUER. Who lives to tell about it.

Xoxo


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Members of the Ludocracy diaspora gathered tonight for some Agricola, Magic (Not Pictured), and Attika.

Agricola was 2p and was the second time for my opponent with the cards so learning game yet for her. I was too caught up with playing occupations and topped out at a weak 41 points (playing with the Basic deck).

For Magic we played with intro decks from … some set or other and KC didn’t draw a creature she could play so it was quick and dull victory for my premade red/green tribute deck.

Attika was very fun. New to my 3 opponents but the game has under 4 pages of rules so they caught on quickly. A game that encourages ruining people’s plans to delightful effect. We gave Sparta a dangerous chance to win early but we ganged up to block him. Then, my Corinthian opponent accidentally expanded the board in a way that made a quick Street-chain Shrine connection win possible for me.

I’ve brought Attika with me to every gaming session over the last two years so I’m glad we finally played it (I’m nervous it won’t play well with 3 [and HansaT Troyes Sheepshead or Caylus are great 3p options anyway]). Probably one of the first few times over the last two years we’ve had four people as well.


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.