Inspired by the podcast “Into The Meepleverse” discussing their Gaming Resolutions for the year, I decided to make some of my own. Hence, keeping a gaming diary that includes a list of new games that I have played this year. I feel like there should be more, but I only started tracking halfway through the year (and as a year in COVID lockdown ,it’s been more challenging to bring a board game to the table).

1 – 4 players
Mechanics: Select Action, Tile Placement, Resource management, Competitive

How to play / win
Manage resources to acquire tiles, place tiles and influence to generate victory points. The catch is that you won’t usually have enough resources on your own to build the more expensive (and rewarding) tiles so you will be trading with other players who are likely vying to build in the same corner as you are.

What I liked
If you happen to be a fan of ‘Gloomhaven‘, you will find some easter eggs as this is set in the same world as that boardgame. The wooden pieces are brightly colored and the tiles thick.

There are multiple strategies towards gaining points so even if you get blocked out from one means, there are others available.

If you are looking for a game with more crunch than most but still can be finished in a few hours, this might be worth your time. First time playing, it took a few turns to really get how it all worked.

Lots of crunch in planning out your tile placement and maximizing your unique abilities

With this I took issue …
There is a fair bit going on with multiple mechanics at work here. For a novice gamer it can be overwhelming to keep track of it and even an experienced gamer will benefit from repeated plays. If you don’t have an extra hour for set up and explanation, this might not be the optimal game to bring to table.