More Tabletop Games

This article is the list of more Tabletop Games that I haven’t written a review for. List of games that I have a review for can be found on this link.

Here I keep notes, impressions of each game and links to my play session reports on BGG Blog. I also upload about 10 pictures of each session report on my IG account.

Hopefully, these notes can help me write my thoughts when I have the chance to write the review. Once the game gets a dedicated review article, I probably will move them out from here to that article.

List of Games

Here are the links of Session Reports.

Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16.

March 2024 sessions compilations. Weekly breakdowns: Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12.

2024 February sessions compilations. Here is the weekly breakdowns: Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8.

2024 January Session Reports. Here are the links for the weekly post on BGG: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

2023 Session Reports from October to December. Here are the links to the weekly post on BGG.

December: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Final Week.
November: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4
October:  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

6×6 Tales (2020)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Played as Human, got to the Water Spirit, Purple Portal and the Chaos Knight. Scored 535.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the 2nd play on the big paper.

Aleph Null (2022)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Still with lowest difficulty.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the Full Session Report with the lowest difficulty. Apparently up to this point, I had been playing the GRAND CIRCLE card incorrectly.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 sessions with the lowest difficulty. I realized during the next play that I may have played it wrong this session.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing, got 3 sessions with the lowest difficulty.

More picture for the unboxing for Aleph Null on IG.

Aquamarine (2022)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Back with Sheet #1. Scored 83.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing with the 4th Sheet. 2 sessions, scored 102 and 104.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With Sheet #1, scored only 54, normal difficulty solo variant.

Arkwright: The Card Game (2021)

This is one of the heavy economic games set in industrial era but plays quite fast compared to other economic games in similar weight. Also very cheap.

It has official solo variant against 2 opponents with very easy upkeep. In this game, we will have to manage money from start to finish, even take a loan to run up to 4 factories, deciding whether to hire workers or automize the process which can affect the wage for all players.

We have to decide how many goods to produce, improve the quality and do marketing to affect the demand. Higher demands lead to more sales but if the price is too low, we may lose money in the process or have to figure out how to sell them internationally.

How well we run the company can lead to higher value of company’s stock price. We can even buy those stocks early where the value is low when there is no good action we can take to improve the operation.

There are only 12 turns, one action each from about 8 possible actions. However, each action has a degree or parameter we can choose. For example, we can choose to open or upgrade factories. This can be done to just one or up to 4 factories in a single turn. Or we can hire workers adding one or two cards to one up to 4 factories in a single turn.

The impact of our decision may take effect within the next four turns. We may open the factory in the 1st turn or round but the factory itself will operate every 4th round. Poor decision may lead to higher cost without being able to sell any produced goods. That is where the heaviness and the depth of the challenge comes.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Started with Bread and Cloth Factory without any additional factory, scored only 315. 85 minutes.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report for solo play with expert variant. Opened 3 factories and scored 384 while the other 2 got 441 and 437.

Bamboo (2023)

This is part of Devir’s Kemushi Saga series that includes Bitoku. The game is about decorating the house using tile placement mechanism. We buy a square tile and place it in one of 3 sections of the house. Then, we have to draw the scoring tiles, specifically for that section. The scoring tile will have requirement that we need to achieve in order to gain the score.

For every decoration we put in the house, by the end of each of 4 rounds, we have to have the same amount of food. Like feeding the Spirits that will stay in the house along with the occupants.

Those are the 4 actions that we can do but to do so, we need to have a Bamboo token with the corresponding icon for the action. Each round, players take turns by choosing 1 color that can have up to 4 Bamboos. We can activate actions stated by those Bamboo as long as we have the incense stick per action.

The 4 colors represent the temple to pray for the Spirit. For example, if we choose the Green Bamboos, and we have 3 incense sticks, we can activate up to 3 actions and place those incense in the Green Temple. By the end of the round, players with the most incense sticks in a temple win the favor of that Spirit. In a way, this is like the bidding part of the game.

Different spirits can be activated to do different additional actions. Once activated, we do have to pay the cost to wake them back before we can activate them again at the end of the round.

Officially, this doesn’t have solo variant but there is already fan made one with deck of cards for the opponent. The box size is smaller than standard TTR box but it is heavier than game with similar size. The table space required is small which is appreciated, but I feel the small components kind of hurts the setup and tear down, adding some fiddliness.

The gameplay is very tactical, especially in higher player counts. This is not a game where the amount of actions will change drastically from game to game. For the most part, the idea is about collecting bamboos of one color to win specific Spirit while trying to be flexible in action for that color. We are not going to activate all of them.

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed session using the expert variant. Scored 34 and 39. Made an error of forgetting to place the incense stick to one player.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time trying the expert player board variant with 2 players, scored 44 vs 46.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo fan made variant. Scored 51 against the opponent’s 36.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo fan made variant. Scored 35 vs the opponent’s 53. I think I resolved the opponent action incorrectly. First time playing this solo variant.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report with 2-handed. Both scored 50. Green won the tie breaker for having more comfort points.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing the game 2-handed. Scored only 24 vs 15. Probably a lot of rules error.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Bamboo on IG.

The Blob that Ate the City (2022)

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 1 session, scored 129.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, Scored 109 and 111.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time play, 2 sessions, scored 124 and 108.

Bruxelles 1897 (2019)

This is the card game version of Bruxelles 1893. The main mechanism is worker placement with cards as your workers or your Architects with some bidding and Area Majority element.

Bruxelles 1897 is set in the historical time when Art Nouveau, artistic style was on the rise of popularity in different industries, including architecture. Players are going to send their Architects in the grid of the city or the Art Nouveau area. The goal is to collect materials to build buildings, collecting art sculptures to show in exhibitions while managing money, convincing Nobles to help them.

At the start of each round, the city grid is filled with cards from all of those elements. On their turn, player can place one of their worker card to claim that element, occupying that space on the grid. The worker card itself has a value between 1 to 5.

This indicates the cost that player has to pay but becomes the power to win the column majority at the end of each round. There are 4 columns to win the majority from, each with different benefit. One will increase the architectural value of buildings that the player has built. The 2nd one is to increase the player’s influence to different nobles on their side, giving more chance to activate them later.

Another one is to help player release their worker from prison and the player can immediately use them in the same round. The last one is to increase the value of different area majority scoring, created by 4 adjacent worker cards in 2 x 2 space. Players with the most workers out of each 2×2 grid gets more score by the end of each round, regardless of their bidding value.

Getting each element itself doesn’t give instant point. In fact, players might have to work on it a bit. For example, getting art sculptures will only give points if players put the unique one in exhibition before other players.

Getting building materials is not worth any point except for the last round but very low or they are spent to build buildings. The building themselves are worth points based on the architectural track. Same goes with Nobles. By the end of it, players have to pay cost for each Noble at the end in order to gain points.

Besides sending out workers to occupy space, there are 3 more spaces in the Brussels area. Usually this is to get more money, benefit from Nobles on their side and getting resources or elements not presented on the Art Nouveau area.

For this, players don’t need to pay the cost. However, once a space in this area is occupied by worker, the next player has to assign 1 worker more to go to the same space. At the end of each round, player with the most workers in all 3 spaces will get 1 of their workers sent to jail. So, that is another majority aspect.

Even while trying to write this entry, it is kind of hard to explain the game but the gameplay is a way simpler. It’s just how to work on getting score in this game feels a bit complicated, even if the explanation makes sense thematically.

This is definitely a deeper game, even in mid weight complexity. Every action you can do may affect other things later. You need to consider what to take, how much to bid and where to place or prioritize the position. Sometimes, players have to consider what their opponents is going to take.

That can help them bid lower to save more money for other things. While not directly confrontational, this one is one of more interactive Euro-style game.

I think Bruxelles 1897 does offer different path to scoring and wins. However, it is not really determined by different player power but more because of what happen very early.  In this turn-based game, maybe one player is chasing the architecture part, then the next one in art exhibition one so the later players have to work with what’s left.

The game is officially for 2 to 4 players. There is a fan made solo variant, playing against one of different Nobles.

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Another attempt against Victor Horta. Scored 73 vs his 45.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo with fan made variant against Victor Horta. Scored 45 vs the opponent’s 51.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the fan made solo variant. Scored only 68 to opponent’s 75.

Bullet♥︎ (2021)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Another attempt with Young-Ja Kim character with the Score Mode. Got 3 sessions, between 7th to 9th intensity level.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with Young-Ja Kim, the one with wheelchair. 3 sessions all in Score mode. However, after the game, I realized a major mistake in the rule for this character. I mistook the Empty required space as the target space.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 sessions of Rie Akagi vs Ghost in the Machine. Won the 3rd one.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions of Rie Akagi vs Ekolu. Lost all 4 of them.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. Solo Boss Mode between Rie Akagi vs Fugue in D Minor and vs Hell on Wheels.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Rie Akagi vs Mecha Mariel, solo boss mode.

Calico (2020)

Calico is a tile laying game about making a quilt with different patterns and colors to attract cats. Different cats like one pattern with specific number and configurations of hexes tiles and each cat is worth different points.

Each tile itself has one of 6 colors. If we can place 3 of the same color adjacent to each other, we get a button for that color worth 3 points. Besides those 2 scoring conditions, each board will have 3 goal tiles with its own requirement. Each goal tiles require specific combination of patterns and/or colors. For example, the tile may ask for AAA-BB-C.

That means we need 3 variants, one with 3 tiles, one with 2 and the other with 1 tile. If we can complete with just one either color or the pattern, we get the lower score and if both, we get higher points.

The gameplay itself is very simple. Each turn, player will get 2 tiles in their hand and place one on the board. After that, they replenish their hand by picking 1 out of 3 from the market.

Because players will try to score all conditions, they may lead themselves trying to get specific tile. In that case, they should start abandoning some of the scoring conditions and work just on one with the best chance to complete it, considering the randomness nature of it.

Otherwise, they may find the game a bit cutthroat when their opponent took that tile they want. More likely than not, that was not the opponent’s intention. Some people may not like the game because there is no control of which tile to keep or not from the market. It feels too random for them.

For the solo mode, Calico comes with a number of Scenario Achievements. The player has to reach a number of points and completing certain conditions using 3 specific cats. Using the variant with less variety of tiles, and no other player to take the tile, the solo mode becomes very strategic.

Player just needs to keep track on which tile they have discarded. Also, focus on just one pattern for each cat and ignore the other. This will give a bigger number of tiles to be safely discarded.  However, with the more challenging scenario, the player might want to assign the pattern that the cat is not using for the other objective.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First try with the solo scenario achievement #8. Scored 72 from the target 66 but failed one requirement to score the yellow from Goal tile.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the solo scenario achievement #7 and won.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the Full Session report. Solo play using the Scenario Achievement #7. Scored 71 but only 3 cats from the required 5.

Carson City: The Card Game (2018)

This is a city building game, using the Splaying and Melding mechanism or overlapping cards like Sprawlopolis. The cards have a 2 x 2 grid that shows different types of buildings in the American West setting or they can be an empty lot.

When placing the card, we cannot rotate the card and it has to be that one orientation.  We can overlap but only if the bottom or existing part of the grid is either empty or has the smaller version of the one covering it.

Most of the buildings will get better score by being adjacent to any housing, even diagonally. There are some exceptions like Ranch that will score better among empty lot or Mines which is better next to mountains. Also there is a limit of overall size for the player’s city.

To get the card, players will play a bidding game using their poker hand with a value of 1 to 9 or up to 11 for higher difficulty. Player plays one card each turn and the highest value will get a chance to pick one card first.

Other than building cards, players can also try to win Characters. Each character can either give better score overall or for specific buildings. Some doesn’t give extra score but can help during the bidding.

The game has official solo variant where player will be trying to get better score than 3 other 3 opponents. It is not that hard to resolve each of opponent’s action as we just flip their shuffled deck of bidding cards. The problem with this variant is more about keeping track of opponents’ score.

In the multiplayer mode, the game still has to be played with at least 4 players so with less than that, players must add a number of bot opponents until the number is at least 4.

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 149 against opponents’ best, 122. Made a lot of buildings in this session.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 160 points vs the opponent’s 112 and 103 from two other opponents. Still with standard setting using card 1 to 9 per player.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the Full Session Report. Solo play with standard set of cards. Scored only 100, the lowest.

Castellion (2015)

This is the 3rd game of the Oniverse series. The main mechanism of this one is tile laying or tile placement. Each turn, player has to draw 1 random tile and place it on the tableau with the maximum size of 6 x 6, starting from the bottom.

The tile has 4 different colors plus the traitor and each color has either Circle, Square or triangle shape. In general, tile with the same shape cannot be next to each other, with the exception of the 1st row at the bottom most.

What we are trying to do is to create a tetromino shape of one color. This can be a horizontal line, vertical line or square shape with the size of 4 tiles, like in game Tetris.

What makes it interesting is, what counts as the complete Tetris shape is if we only have 4 tiles attached to that group in the exact shape. Any additional tile with the same color adjacent to the intended shape invalidates the shape.

Every session, there will be 3 Ordeal cards. Each card determines the shapes and their number that we need to complete using those tiles before they are triggered.  Most of the time, they are triggered by a number of played, not discarded Traitor tiles.

After drawing the tile, instead of placing the tile on the table, we can also choose to discard the tile to trigger the special power. Different color will have different power like red can switch position of two adjacent tiles.

Green can be replaced by another color with the same shape from the discard pile. Discarding blue can reveal the next 4 tiles we need to play and Purple can discard a tile on the board and move another tile to any space at the top most.

That is the basic mode which is very strategic as we have to plan right from the start how to complete those 3 faceup Ordeals. It is really hard to change from one shape to another without spending a lot of tiles. There is an Expert mode where we don’t know the Ordeal unless we create the vertical shape first to reveal 1 card.

Unlike the basic mode, when we have to trigger the Ordeal, we won’t instantly lose the game for not completing the objective. However, it will still remove some tiles. The horizontal shape and the square shape will decrease the number of tiles we need to remove.

So, the expert mode becomes like a Tower Defense game where we are defending by creating shapes and not attacking at all. We just need to survive the attack.

Compared to other games in this series, this one play very fast and very easy to reset and play again. Unfortunately, in terms of contents like the expansion modules, this one offers the least for replay value.

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, expert mode.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 sessions of the Expert Mode. Won only the 3rd one using all of the same Ordeal cards.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions of the Basic mode and 1st time trying the Expert mode.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions of the Basic Mode.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 sessions of the basic mode ended all with losses.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing the game. A couple of sessions with Introductory and Basic Mode.

More of unboxing pictures for Castellion on IG.

Chomp (2023)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first 4 sessions, 2-handed. Some rules error for the first 3. This entry was a bit first impression.

Here are more unboxing pictures for Chomp game on IG.

The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (2019)

This is a trick-taking game where players have to play cooperatively with limited communication. In general, players cannot tell each other which card they have.

After players get their hand of cards, the first thing they do is to distribute task cards. These are smaller cards to determine which card that each player has to win. Maybe a Yellow 1 or Blue 5, Pink 9 or Green 2. Sometimes one player may take more than one, depending on scenario missions on the back.

The one with the highest trump card acts as the captain and pick the first task followed by the next player in clockwise order until all task cards have been taken. While players don’t know the cards in hand but they know which card should be won by which player. That limited information might help the player decide which card they should take first.

Just like trick taking game, one player leads and the other have to follow by playing cards with the same suit if they have it. The one with the highest value of that lead suit wins the trick and take all of the played cards, unless somebody else plays their trump card.

If the winner gets the matching card as their task, they flip the task card. On the other hand, if the required card was won or taken by different player, all of them lose the game immediately.

Randomness in hand of cards can definitely make the game very difficult to the point, the game could end in the first round. There is one way to let other players know one card in player’s hand using the Radio token but it can only be used once per game per player. There is also a way to exchange one card which has to be done by every player in the one and the same direction.

That is the basic idea. The mission book on the back may add extra requirements besides the number of tasks per game. For example, the mission may ask to win the task in specific order like Pink 5 first then Pink 2, followed by Green 1 or something like that.

Some missions forbid each player to win too many tricks, more than the other players. There are about 50 different missions in that book.

The game was designed mainly for 3 to 5 players but there is an official rule for 2 players where the Captain will make decision for the 3rd player.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 6 plays with 2 -player variant but 2-handed. One for Mission #33 and won and all 5 losses with Mission #34,

Curious Cargo (2020)

Curious Cargo is initially a 2-player only game. This is a tile laying game about creating conveyor lines to help move cargo to the truck for shipping or unload cargo from incoming truck.

All of the tiles are domino tiles with 1 x 2 size with conveyor line between 1 up to 3 colors.  Players need to connect their machine of their factory to the empty space of the truck for shipping or the loaded space from the receiving.

Each player has 6 goods of each color to ship. From one player shipping side, the truck will then arrive to their opponent’s receiving side. Most of the time, the opponent just need to prepare the receiving line with the same color in the same numbered dock as the player’s shipping.

Players don’t need to catch every shipment but if they can receive all 4 of one color first, they may instantly win the game. Unless, one of the players has triggered the winning condition first in different way like making 10 active connections. Loading and Unloading can lead to getting tokens that players can spend to get extra action.

The trucks themselves are determined by truck cards by either player. Those trucks can be in different sizes between 2 to 6. In those size, not every space is available to be loaded by cargo. Where the truck parks on the shipping or receiving side will change where the docks that the cargo space land on.

One player may have developed a conveyor line with blue color connected to dock number 5. However, the blue goods on the truck was in space on dock #6. At that point, player has to modify their conveyor line configuration by overlapping the existing tiles with a new one.

The challenge is that overlapping the tile might affect the adjacent connection of the different color. If then, there is currently no incoming goods of that color, maybe the player should let the other connection get ruined or inactive.

While having active connection can lead to instant win but it is more difficult and less rewarding that pursuing to unload the cargos.

There is a storage element for the tile where we can keep tiles in two spots which can hold any number of tiles. However, player can only play the tile from the top most or just the recent one from that space. This makes the game a bit more strategic as we can hold tiles with certain shapes for later use.

Curious Cargo was supposed to have an official solo variant with the expansion. Unfortunately, the publisher decided not to work on publishing it, for now if at all.

The designer shared the PnP file with opponent deck of cards to play. In this variant, the deck of cards will determine where the opponent will make connections and for which color. The card will also tell where the opponent will play the truck. While those cards do a good job to simulate the other player but it is not that easy to interpret.

There is also another solo variant with just a single board. In this one, the player will only play with their side of the board. The truck from the shipping side will move to the receiving side of the same player. However, each dock can only receive goods once per game.

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Official solo variant with 2 board, board #5, lowest difficulty. Opponent won by points after a tie. Both got a star both in the same phase for receiving 4th goods of the same color.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo variant single board, using 3 colors.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report using the official solo variant, with the lowest difficulty mode. Won after receiving the 4th of the same goods.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session report using the official solo variant, lowest difficulty mode, 2 types of goods, Board #2. Won after receiving 4th of the same goods. Some error in upkeep for the opponent’s.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Official solo PnP variant using Board #1, lowest difficulty and won after receiving 4th of the same goods.

Dinosaur Island: Rawr ‘n Write (2021)

This is supposed to be the Roll and Write version of Dinosaur Island Board Game from the same publisher. The main idea is players are going to build their version of Jurassic Park and run the park in 3 seasons.  Each season consists of 2 development phases and one Park Run phase.

During the Park development phase, players will be doing dice drafting, taking turns to pick 2 dice. Each die has resources on their faces like money or DNA to build dinosaurs. They can also show some park elements like connecting roads, attractions, buildings for small businesses and securities.

Players might want to get some money early so they can spend them to hire Specialists. These Specialists can generate more resources or do more actions during the Park Run phase. Besides 3 regular specialists that are always included in every session, as setup, there will be 3 different specialists. Taking advantage of their specialties might shape the overall strategy differently.

Players can also spend the money to start building one of 3 special buildings. However, they cost a lot of money and mostly will give higher score at the end, depending on how the Park was developed. Once paid, players have to make sure they have enough space on their board to place the building, and probably connect them to other buildings.

Each player has a 16 x 16 space to develop their Park minus 2 x 2 for the HQ or the starting position. This is basically a polyomino tile placement game but instead of placing, players will have to draw the shape.

They can place the building anywhere on the board but there is a restriction. Buildings cannot be placed directly adjacent to each other.  They have to leave at least 1 space away. That one rule alone makes this tile placement unique, combined with the weird shapes and various sizes.

Another consideration is that players might want to place buildings connected by road in one line from the HQ and ideally to one of 6 exit points. The idea is that the visitors will ride jeep and visit each building one by one but in one direction.

After the dice drafting, players will then do Dice Worker Placement game to take more actions. This can be taking more money or securities, taking more DNA, doubling the resources on the dice, building some attractions or building up to 4 dinosaurs based on the DNA that the player has.

Players can place their die on the same space as other players’ dice by stacking the dice. However, they might take some penalties in the form of threat or danger level from the die right below theirs. More threats or danger level is generated by buildings certain carnivorous dinosaurs. This can lead to some casualties and some destructions of the Park element at the end of the Run Park phase.

In that case, not only the player will lose points, they might also lose their efficiency to do well the next round. Destroyed buildings stay so less room to develop. Making sure to have enough security higher than the threat is the point here.

The Run Park Phase is basically activating any resources in specific order. Starting from attraction buildings like Merch Store, Restaurant and Park Ride. After that, players will activate their hired Specialists. Then, the actual running the park happens creating a route from HQ through those park elements and ideally ends in one of the exit point.

For every building in the park visited for the first time during the Run Park part, will increase the Excitement Level. The Excitement track is where players will get resources based on their achieved level right from the starting point. In Subsequent Park Run Phases, players will activate them again and the additional achieved bonus.

Players can also increase the excitement level by building specific dinosaurs. The more dangerous the dinosaurs, the higher the excitement level and the threat as well.  Certain Specialists can also help like the PR team. The Lawyer can even give more benefit from more casualties.

Player Interaction mostly happens during the dice drafting and dice placement part. Other than that, the other parts are almost multiplayer solitaire. In the solo mode, they use opponent deck of cards just to determine which dice they take and which worker placement they occupy.

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 17th solo play. The 3 buildings were Goat Pen, Main Gate and T-Rex Jet Ski Park. For the Specialists, 1st one was Jack of All Trades, Architect as 2nd and Paramedic for the 3rd. Scored 132.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 16th solo play of Dinosaur Island: Rawr ‘n Write. The 3 buildings were Casino, Welcome Center and Hot Spring Mud Spa. For Specialists, Large Carnivore Handler, Small Carnivore Trainer and Social Media Manager. And for the 3 solo objectives, 3 Large Carnivore paddocks, 4 Merch Stores and 3 Small Carnivore Paddocks. Scored 121.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo variant with First Aid Hut, Security Hub and Prehistoric Garden as the 3 buildings and Union Boss, Mascot and Herbivore Researcher as Specialists. Scored 138.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo Variant with Pteriyaki Grill, Triceratops Ring Toss and Velociraptor Culinary Experience for the 3 buildings, Senior Scientist, Ride Operator, and Master Chef for the 3 Specialists. Scored 133.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Solo play with Pterosaur Aviary (cost 7), Monorail Station (10) and DNA Archive (10) as the 3 Buildings. The 3 new Specialists were PR Guy (5), Lawyer (3) and Rent-A-Cop (4). Scored 122.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. Solo Play with Security Hub, Casino, Prehistoric Garden for the buildings and Ride Operator, DNA Mixologist and Senior Scientist as the 3 Specialists. For the 3 Solo Objectives, 3 Large Carnivore Paddocks, 3 Herbivore Paddocks, and 1 of each 3 different Paddocks. Scored 132.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo session and the three buildings were T-Rex Jet Ski Park, Hot Spring Mud Spa, and Welcome Center. The 3 Specialists are Small Carnivore Trainer, Social Media Manager and Master Chef. Scored only 115.

The Dungeon of D (2008)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Started as Ranger only up to 4th Level.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Played as Dwarf, reached 8th floor.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing, using the Ninja. Reached the 6th floor.

Final Girl (2021)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Another game with Sheila vs Frightmare on Maple Lane. Boyfriend, bicycle.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the Frightmare on Maple Lane Feature Film, using Sheila as the Final Girl.

Here is more unboxing pictures of the Frightmare on Maple Lane Feature Film box on IG.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First 2 plays of the Haunting of Creech Manor with Selena.

This is a couple of unboxing pictures of both the Core Box and the Feature Film on IG.

For Northwood!: A Solo Trick-Taking Game (2021)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Without using any Scenario, random setup for 4 allies, one for each suit and for fiefs, 2 for each suit.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Playing with the Summer 2 Scenario. I still didn’t realize that I could only use the substitute once per game so I won but cheating.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was with the Scenario 1 of the campaign, without the extra challenge.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2nd play not the campaign and with the Advanced variant first time.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing the game with the basic mode.

Here are more unboxing pictures of that game on IG.

Friday (2011)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single session, level 2 against Pirate 16 and 25. Won with about 53 points, no more cards in the deck and no more aging cards.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions, Level 2, against Pirate with the Leftover Hazards and the Pirate based on Aging Cards. All ended in lost.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, Level 2, against Pirate 22 and 20 for the first and Pirate 25 and 30 for the 2nd. Scored 56 and 36.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, Level 2 difficulty, against Pirate 52 and 40.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 sessions with Level 2 difficulty, against Pirate 40 and 52.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, Level 1 difficulty against Pirate 40 and 52. Lost the first, scored 73 for the 2nd.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, one lost and one won with the easiest difficulty.

May 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with Level 1 difficulty vs Pirate 30 and Pirate *.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions, Level 1 difficulty. Lost in Green, lost in 1st Pirate, lost in red round and finally won against both pirates in 4th game. Pirate 22 and 25.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing the game. Played 2 sessions with the easiest difficulty vs Pirate 16 and 20. Lost the first in Yellow Phase but beat both Pirates in the 2nd.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Friday on IG.

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (2020)

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with Hatchet and Red Guard on Scenario #13.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with Hatchet and Red Guard on Scenario #11.

Grove: A 9 card Solitaire Game (2021)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions all failed to reach the target score with 69 (75), 71 (73), 53 (54), 59 (61).

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Played 4 sessions, scored 53, 46, 38 and 66.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 6 sessions, using the same set of 9 cards, ignoring the recipe. Scored 45, 41, 48, 54, 46, 52.

May 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions and this was the Full Session Report. Scored 43 (56), 59 (59), 59 (70) and 48 (55).

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions, scored 56 (61), 65(75), 48 (65), 63 (59).

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions, scored 30 (51), 49 (56), 53 (57), 83 (70).

The Guild of Merchant Explorers (2022)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Kazan Map, solo session, failed to complete the first objective, scored 138.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Aghon Map, scored 157.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was with Aghon Map.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG.  Avenia Map, scored 147, solo play.

May 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. Solo play with the Cnidaria Map. Scored only 149.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Cnidaria map, scored 149.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Cnidaria Map, scored 149.

Horizons of Spirit Island (2022)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single Spirit, Sun-Bright Whirlwind, using the drafting and the more difficult setting. I won but incorrectly with the Powerstorm card. I have to try again.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single Spirit, Sun-Bright Whirlwind, using the Power progression card and the more difficult setting.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single Spirit play as Eyes Watch from the Trees, using the Power Progression card, and the more difficult setting.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Single Spirit play as Eyes Watch from the Trees. 2 sessions, one with Normal and the 2nd with the more difficult setting.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with 2 Spirits, the Rising Heat and the Sun Bright Whirlwind.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Playing with 2 Spirits, Rising Heat and Fathomless Mud, standard difficulty and Progression card. Made a mistake with only single Stage 1 Invader card.

May 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing the game after the learning session. A Full session report playing 2 Spirits, with the Devouring Teeth and Eyes Watch from the Tree, using the Progression card and the normal difficulty.

Here are more unboxing pictures for Horizons of Spirit Island on IG.

IKI (2015)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Another play of solo fan made variant. Scored only 89 while the opponent got 101, hopefully correctly played. The opponent got 6 points from Harmony twice, at least.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo Fan-made variant. I won but I run the opponent incorrectly by always placing their movement on 1 to 4 spaces after I blocked the necessary minimum movement. The opponent should have more chance to pick the lower option and spend their sandals and hire more characters.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report using the fan made solo variant. Scored 86 to opponent’s 89.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With Fan made solo variant. Scored 112 vs opponent’s 122.

The Isle of Cats: Explore & Draw (2022)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo session still with 1 extra advanced solo lesson. Scored only 43 against opponent’s 45 with only 3 basic lesson or 65 with the 1 advanced.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Still with 1 extra advanced Solo Lesson. Scored only 67 to Sister’s 75.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play. Scored 63 for me and the Sister got 70 using 1 Advanced Solo Lesson or 61 for just 3 solo lessons.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play with 1 extra advanced solo lesson. Scored 60 vs the opponent’s 66.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play with 1 extra advanced solo lesson. Scored 86 vs 85 for the opponent.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report for Solo Play using 1 extra Advanced Solo lesson. Scored 47 vs 35 for Sister.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. Solo Play with the easiest difficulty. Scored 52 to Sister’s 48.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 61 to opponent’s 37 with just 3 standard solo lessons.

Isle of Trains: All Aboard (2023)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Solo play using the Challenge Mode, scored 60 points.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo session back without the scenario. Made mistake with triggering Load Bonus.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the solo variant. 3 sessions without Scenario.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first play with 2-player as learning game.

More pictures for the unboxing on IG.

Juicy Fruits (2021)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo session against Full Fruit again. Made some error, scored only 86, tied to the opponent but the game should have continued. I had enough time had I gone with the ice cream.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions against the FULL FRUIT.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session repot of solo play against the Fit Fruit. Scored only 80 while the opponent got 119.

Keep the Heroes Out! (2022)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Played with scenario 3, using Gnoll and Poltergeist. Still one error of pushing the hero one step more when they should have ended. Forgot about discarding a card to reset the loot.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2nd Scenario and easiest difficulty using Ratkin and Lizardfolk. Still one error resolving the Hero Invasion phase.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2nd Scenario using Red Dragon and the Skeleton with the lowest difficulty.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First play, 2 sessions. One with 2 characters, the Slime and the Poltergeist, using the normal difficulty. 2nd play with just single character, the Imp with the easiest difficulty.

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Let’s Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game (2021)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo expert with the City Map again. Scored 181, 89 and 92. Not much different from previous game.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo Expert Variant using the City Map. Scored 88 + 91 or 179 total.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo variant using the Mars Map and expert mode, scored only 161.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo variant with Mars map and first time for expert mode. Scored 166,

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed with the Mars Map. Blue scored 73 and 99 for the Pink.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Played with the Mars Map for the first time in solo mode. Scored 173 with the normal difficulty.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo mode with the City Map, scored 81 and 89.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full session report and first game with 2 players using the City Map. Scored 78 vs 88. After that a solo variant first time with the city map on IG.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Let’s Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game on IG.

Level 10 (2016)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing, 3 sessions, 2 solo and 1 2-handed. A bit of first impression here.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Level 10 game on IG.

Lux Aeterna (2019)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single session with +91 position, scored 91 points, one collapsed system and all others were under repair.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions with the +91 position. Lost the 1st and won the 2nd with 79 points.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with +51 as the starting position. Scored 71 points.

Marvel United: X-Men

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was first time playing this core box. Played against Magneto with Cyclops, Jean Grey and Professor X, removing all Wild cards. Got the rule wrong about 2 Threat cards that prevented Magneto from getting damage.

Here is more unboxing pictures of Marvel United: X-Men on IG.

Mobile Markets: A Smartphone Inc. Game (2021)

This is a game about running a Smartphone company. Shared some similarities with the board game version from the same designer. Players will be making plans for 5 years or 5 rounds about what kind of phone they are going to produce based on the Customers on the market.

Each customer might ask for specific price and/or specific set of features on their phone. If players can fulfill that demand and be the one to sell to them first, they make the sales.

At the start of each round, players will make a plan using two tiles that shows 5 icons on each side. They have to overlap them and the shown symbols will determine their budget for Technology, Marketing, the number of phones and the price of each phone for that round.

The player with the lowest price will sell to customers first. However, from that price, player has to pay the base cost and each additional features on the phone might increase the cost. It is possible the player may reach negative points even if they sell more phones. Instead of making profits or points, they lose it. However, that might prevent other players from even selling theirs.

This game has a feel of economic game. Unlike heavy economic game, in here, you don’t manage money from the start to finish. Every round may feel like a fresh start. So, thematically, players are running the development team of a smartphone company, not really the entire company.

While there is a benefit and risk for selling low and go first, other players might take advantage of going later if not last. They can wait until the player with the cheapest phone was done selling theirs and see the leftover customers. The next player can then build their phone, add features accordingly.

For the one that goes last, they just have to make sure to gain the most benefit even if they only sell the least number of phones. They can also invest in Private Customers. These are loyal customers and they will wait for that player to build the phone that is perfect for them. However, the player must sell their phones to these loyal first before trying to compete for customers in the market.

Another reason why this is not a heavy economic game, if the player failed to sell their phones, they will not suffer some losses. They just don’t produce the phones and make profit while producing and selling could end up losing profit.

Every round, each player can buy 1 Technology card, any number of feature cards and 1 Marketing card. This is like the hand building mechanism. Players may use them in the subsequent rounds.

The game comes with official solo variant where the player will play against Steve Jr. There is a deck of cards for Steve Jr. that works as a simplified simulation of one other player.

Since the game has almost open information, and with each player has 2 decision-making points each round, player’s turn can take a while. Especially when they try to calculate everything and keeping track on what their opponents have to develop phones.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo, Hard Difficulty, scored 161 vs 111.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed, 158 vs 139.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play, tried to tweak the rule a bit. Scored 161 to opponent’s 126.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report of Solo play using the Hard Difficulty. Scored 155 vs Steve’s 126.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. Solo play vs Steve Jr. with Hard difficulty. Scored 140 for me and 129 for Steve.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo variant, with Hard difficulty. Scored 156 to opponent’s 134.

Nautilion (2016)

The 4th game of the Oniverse series with roll to move as the main mechanism. Each turn, the player will roll 3 d6 and has to assign one die value to the Nautilion, the Phantom and the Darkhouse figure.

The goal is to move the Nautilion from the starting position to the other end along a single path first before the Phantom does in reverse direction. This single path is made of circular tokens.

The tokens might show a Crew that the Nautilion will have to fill their submarine with, in tile laying mechanism. There is an adjacency restriction as where player can place those crews.

The Phantom will do similarly, either just remove them so the Nautilion cannot pick later. Phantom may also add the crew to the Phantom ship that might help the Phantom to attack the Nautilion when both of them meet in the middle.

Player has to make sure that Nautilion has at least the same or more fighting power with their crews than the Phantom’s to survive.

Ideally, player might give the highest value to Nautilion while the lowest goes to Phantom as the value determines how far they can move. Depending on what the Nautilion still need to collect, the decision can be a bit trickier.

In addition to that, player also has to give 1 die value to the Darkhouse. The Darkhouse might take some tokens from Nautilion if player gives certain value to the Darkhouse. Depending on the expansion module. Darkhouse might affect how player can move any figure or assign dice regardless of what player gave to the Darkhouse.

Since the board or the single path is made of these tokens, they can be setup in any form, making it probably the most beautiful game of this series. Even though some may find it fiddly to setup.

And since those tokens are laid out right from the start and face up, the player can see and make a long term plan. Making priority what to get early and what to get later.

The game offers a couple of ways to mitigate the randomness, either from the dice roll or the placement of those tokens. Player can collect Reserved tokens and spent them later to change dice or state of the board.

Nautilion also comes with different player board or the shape of submarines, each with different restriction of Crew placement. It has spatial aspect in both the main board and the player board.

While Nautilion may not offer the deepest game in the series this may be the best overall design.

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Still with the same setup as previous session but won.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the 2nd Nautilion board. Completed all objectives except for the last Heroic card module.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This is using all of the expansion, the standard Nautilion board, easier side of Mercenary board and normal difficulty for the Darkhouse module.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the last expansion. All others were included.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the Full Session Report. Played with all expansion except for the last one. Normal difficulty of Darkhouse. Played twice.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the Darkhouse expansion plus all previous modules.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with the first 3 expansion modules.

Next Station: London (2022)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 solo sessions, scored 127 and 132. This time, instead of revealing card one by one, I revealed all cards for a round until 5 underground cards had been revealed.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions, solo just the base game, scored 117, 111, 125 and 125.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG.  4 sessions, still just the base game. Scored 103, 117, 97 and 124.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions with just the base game, no extra module. Scored 113, 110, 125 and 131.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions, scored 103, 132, 89 and 119.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 solo base game sessions, scored 136 and 143.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report for solo session without the extra module. Scored 120.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, scored 137 and 120.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was first time playing the game. 4 sessions scored 96, 105, 94 and 108.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Next Station: London on IG.

Old Town Road (2021)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 78.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 69 points.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 70 points, got all of the poker sets.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored only 56 points, missing the Straight set.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 53 points.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report. Scored 48 but probably got the scoring wrong.

One Deck Galaxy (2022)

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. PlumPlim the Botanist vs the Optimization Calibrator.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Against the Preservation Authorities. First 2 games were a lost with Felisi the Scientist. 3rd play a won with PlumPlim the Botanist.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Plumplim the Botanist from Brumigum vs The Neeble Woober.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Timtillawink the Explorer vs the Hungry Nebula.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First two sessions of this game. Timtillawink the Explorer vs the Hungry Nebula. This was a Full session report but probably made a lot of rules error.

Here are more unboxing pictures of One Deck Galaxy game on IG.

Onirim (2nd Edition, 2014)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. All expansions except the Incubi Pawn. I won but somehow made the game a bit harder with one error.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. All expansions except the Incubi pawn.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. All expansions except the Incubi pawn. This was the Full Session Report. A major error early in the game.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing with the Door to Oniverse expansion plus all other modules except the Incubi pawn.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. First time playing with the Crossroad and Dead-End module plus all expansions before it.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2nd play with Dark Premonitions and Happy Dream modules plus any expansion up to that point.

Pandoria Merchants (2020)

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo session again and still lost horribly.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing the game with solo variant.

Pocket Master Builder (2022)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo variant, scored only 37. Forgot again about the rule of placing worker only on side with adjacent cards.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed solo, 43 vs 38 points.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-player, ended in a draw with 43 points.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play, scored only 41 points.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play, scored 41.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play, scored 40 points, minus the flipped cards on the border.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full session report of my first play. Solo mode, scored 36 but probably a lot of rules error.

Remember Our Trip (2019)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed, with Kyoto Map, expert variant. Scored 52 and 51.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report, expert variant. Scored 42 vs 46.

Rescuing Robin Hood (2021)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With 3 characters again, Alan A-Dale, Lady Christabel and Maid Marian. This time, managed to save Robin Hood and beat Sherrif.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With 3 characters: Much the Miller’s Son, Friar Tuck the Wandering Priest and Maude Lindsey The Illuminator. Robin Hood was rescued.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With 3 characters, Alan A-Dale, Little John and Will Scarlet.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo but with 2 characters, Lady Christabel and Maid Marian. Managed to break into the Nottingham Castle but failed to save Robin Hood.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing the game with 3 characters,

Here are more unboxing pictures of the game on IG.

Roll Camera!: A Filmmaking Board Game (2021)

This is a game about running a movie production house company. Players will be working together to shoot 5 scenes based on the script within the budget and the time limit. Players lose the game if they have not shoot 5 scenes before they run out one of those 2 things. After they shot 5 scenes if the quality is acceptable, then they can win the game.

Each player can choose a different role like Director, Producer, Cinematographer and many other and each role has their own special abilities that only that role can use.

Players then take turns making decision of what the 6 Crew Dice should do in dice placement mechanism. These Crew Dice can be a Cameraman, an Actor, Sound, Lighting, Artistic or VFX which works as wild or any icon.

Each turn starts with roll of those dice and 1 Problem that the player can choose to resolve it now or let it stay for next couple of turns. The longer and further away, the more difficult to resolve it later,

To shoot a scene, the Scene card will tell the requirements. This could be which dice required for shooting and how to arrange them in set.

First, they need create a set piece by assigning 2 identical dice. Player can pay the cost and do a mini game of tile placement. Each tile is a square tile with 2 x 2 grid, has a decoration or the blue space. The blue space is the only space to place the dice so placing the tile has to follow the Scene card. There is a way to rearrange the placement of set pieces later for different scene.

If the player has everything on set they can shoot the scene. Depending on the position of the Scene cards in the pool, the cost, quality and time might be different.

Another action that the player can take by placing 1 die is Meeting. Each player starts with a hand of 3 Idea cards that they cannot tell the other players. During the Meeting, they can submit one of them. One idea will be executed immediately, one will be kept in to do list and the rest will be discarded.

Just like running a business, this brainstorming concept is very important to prepare mitigation for every problem in the game. Digging through that deck of idea cards to finally keep a good one and play at the right time might be the main part of this game.

There are ideas for getting more money, more time in schedule, increasing quality, make it easier to shoot a film or to resolve multiple problems at once.

The player board for each role also has 2 unique actions that can be activated using dice and one more to replace idea cards in hand. Player can also hire intern which is basically spend 1 die to change the other unused die to any face. But using this will add more problems.

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single role as the Production Designer with the Easiest difficulty.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single role as the Producer.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single Role as the Cinematographer.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the Full Session Report, using just the Director Role, no company.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Easy difficulty with 2 roles, Director and Cinematographer. Failed to shoot the last scene.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing the game. Using the Easy difficulty solo but 2 roles, Director and Producer. The Movie became Critical Darling.

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Rush M.D. (2020)

This is one of the Real Time game. A game that is timed and use a timer for action in the form of Sand Timer. Players will be running hospital cooperatively using sand timers as their Nurses or Doctors.

They will place these sand timers in the different room to treat patients from restocking medical supplies, doing laboratory tests to do some surgeries. Until all of the sands has fallen down, players cannot move or use it for other actions.

Within 4 or 5 minutes per round, they have to treat all patients that have gone through admission process. Failing to do so will end with losing medical points and losing all medical points will instantly eliminate all players.

Some actions can only be done by Nurses and some other by Doctors. Only a few can be done by both. One or two of them may require both at the same time.

This is a very thematic game. The theme doesn’t lose in game abstraction and some goods conversion like in Euro style game. Gain points for successfully treating patients and lose Medical points for not following ethical conduct.

Patients will first come through admissions done by Nurses. They might be Outpatients or hospitalized that requires extra process to treat. Doctor and Nurse can treat the Outpatients but only Doctor can send the hospitalized to one of 2 Wards.

Hospitalized patients usually requires some lab tests like blood, MRI, X-Ray, which can only be done by Doctor. Some may require multiple tests.

In addition to placing the Doctor sand timer on the lab, players also have to complete additional physical mini games. This can be flipping tokens, using tweezers to pick up components, look for specific symbols on a card or stack the Doctor sand timer on the patient’s bed.

The result can show very easy treatment or it can lead to surgery, maybe involving organ transplant.

Some patients may bring some outbreak that can affect all patients in the same ward. In that case, each of them may require extra treatment. Failing to treat the patient and their condition gets worse from Mild to Severe to Critical.

Patients already in critical condition can no longer wait until the next round or they die. Players might be challenge to stop taking more patients since there is a risk that they may not have enough time to treat them completely.

The decision space is not very deep. It is mostly about how to execute the plan physically within that time constraints.  The challenge is about coordination with other players, trying to avoid bumping hands while taking stuffs from the table and completing tasks.

Players can discuss their plan before each round as what they are going to do next. Each player can agree to focus on certain task but each has their own Doctor Sand timer that only the owner can use.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 solo sessions, scored 55 and 58.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 Solo sessions, scored 59, 61, 59 with 8, 5 and 16 Medical points, respectively.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 solo sessions. Scored 56 and 6 MP left using Normal in 1st game, 55 and 6 for the 2nd, and 62 plus 12 for the 3rd.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 4 sessions with 2 different solo objectives. Lost twice and won twice, Scored 58 and 61.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 solo sessions, 1st scored 57 plus 10 MP and 2nd scored 57 but only 1 MP left. Both failed the hard difficulty but won the Normal.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 solo sessions, scored 51, 58 and 52.

May 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Lost due to Medical Points.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, scored 61 and 63.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 3 solo sessions, scored 52, lost the last 2.

Sagrada (2017)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions as usual, one solo and the other 2-handed. Solo session scored only 29 with Ripples of Light card while opponent scored 40 or more. 2nd session with the other card being Fulgor del Cielo, scored 41 and 38.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo session with Virtus, scored only 30 vs opponent’s 52. 2nd session was 2-handed, Virtus vs Ripples of Light, scored 51 vs 33, respectively.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, one solo, using Gravitas card and the other 2-handed, Gravitas vs Vitrus. Only scored 39 in solo vs opponent’s 58.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Played twice. One with the solo variant. Scored 34 to opponent’s 36, 15 minutes. Another with 2 handed. Red got 30 while Green got 37.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report for the Solo Play with the lowest difficulty. Actually the IG pictures were the 2-handed session and here is the short report.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, one solo and one with 2-handed. Scored less than 30 in solo vs opponent’s 60. The other session was 42 vs 44.

Siege of Valeria (2022)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Using the campaign content, a new session. Played with Cavalier against The Extractor commander and the Pharaoh Boss. Lost horribly.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing with the expansion content, just a single session.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was just base game only.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report, after failing twice and won the 3rd with just the base game but with events.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time playing the base game, 4 times, 2 with events, 2 without.

Here is more unboxing pictures for the game on IG.

Sylvion (2015)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With all expansions, failed to recover 2 trees. Learned how to avoid Demobilization using Traitors.

January 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With all expansions again. 5 hit but 7 Trees.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With all of the expansion, including the Ravage pawn. Lost horribly.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With all of the expansions but not the Ravage pawn.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. With the drafting and the Extraordinary Feat expansion.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. With the 1st expansion and advanced drafting mode. Failed to get 1 extra tree planted.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions with the drafting phase but no expansion.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report for the Introductory Mode. First game after the learning session.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Sylvion game on IG.

Trailblazers (2023)

March 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Standard solo session with only WANDERLUST objective, scored 59 points.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Single Standard solo session with HARMONIZER objective.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Standard Solo variant with the METRO PARK objective.

November 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Standard Solo variant with the LOOP JUNKIE objective, 2 sessions.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Standard Solo variant with the WILDLIFE WHISPERERS objective, 3 sessions, lost twice won the last one.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Scored 58 for the HIKER’S QUARTET objective, 16 minutes and scored 56 for the CONFINED QUATERS.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the full session report for solo standard mode without any objective. First time playing, 2 sessions, scored 52 and 40. Not long after that, I played again with the Animal and Adventure Solo expansion.

Here are the unboxing pictures for Trailblazers, the Deluxe Travel Edition on IG.

Under Falling Skies (2020)

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Using the Roswell city and recommended setting for new player. Forgot about spending 1 energy for Excavator. In one round, even forgot to update the energy track and made the game easier.

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first 2 plays of Under Falling Skies using the standard recommended setting. Lost the first one and won at the 2nd. A bit of first impression entry.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Under Falling Skies on IG.

Unreliable Wizard (2022)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Started with Princess and Porcupine companions.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Started with Porcupine companion and the 2nd Blue Spell card.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Started with Monk companion and the 2nd Blue Spell Card.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. First time tried the shorter variant. Lost in the first fight. Started with Monk and the Spell Book.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Started with 2nd Green card and the Princess. The Monk got killed.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG for 2nd session. and 1st session. This was my first time playing the game. I also wrote a bit more as first impression. Here is the Full session report. Probably with a lot of rules error.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Unreliable Wizard from the original Japanese publisher on IG.

Walking in Provence (2019)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed, Red scored 93 while Green only 76.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Played with 2 players, 82 vs 97 points.

September 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was my attempt making a solo variant for this game. Scored 70 while the opponent scored 68.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2 sessions, trying out solo variant. Scored 62 for both.

July 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed, scored 100 vs 80.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report. 2-handed, with Red scored 80 while Green Scored 84.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed, both scored 81.

February 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was first time playing the game, 2-handed, 2 sessions, scored 90 vs 94 and 83 vs 75. A bit of first impression.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Walking in Provence on IG.

Wingspan Asia

April 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was first time playing, 2-handed with Duet Mode board. Scored 95 and 103. A bit of first impression for the game.

Here is more unboxing pictures of Wingspan Asia on IG.

Yin Yang (2019)

February 2024 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Solo play, managed to get 7 temples and 4 lines. Randomized using temple once.

December 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was with 2-players. Blue scored 84 while Red only scored 69 after Blue managed to score all tiles even though Red won a lot of the majority.

October 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. Played 2-handed. Red Player won with 69 points while Blue only got 54 points.

August 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. 2-handed, scored 57 vs 54.

June 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a full session report of Solo Play. 6 Kingdoms and 4 Lines, Immortal Status.

April 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was a Full Session Report with 2 players. Scored 30 for Blue and 41 for Red.

March 2023 session and more pictures of that session on IG. This was the first time playing the game with solo variant. A bit of first impression.

Here are more unboxing pictures of Yin Yang game on IG.

Final Words

So, those are all of the games I played. Hope that entertains or helps to give some idea what kind of tabletop games we can find on the market.

Some are new and some are older games. The complete list of the older games and my reviews about them can be found from this list.

I keep saying that these tabletop games can be a good way to spend some time without looking at the screen of our gadget. If we do have someone close, that we can play with, there are other games where we can play cooperatively or competitively but with a lot of player interaction.

The game can be very fast or like a filler type or it can take hours to play. Some games can also be played in solitaire mode and they are still more engaging than other entertainment activity. Some may say, it’s like a workout for the gray matter of our brain.

Thanks for reading.

 

Mark M.

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