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A Game a Day... (January 2022)

Well, to tell you the truth you don't have to do anything at all to keep the doctor away. They're always awfully busy and it's been decades since they did house visits anyway. But, I'm playing games daily regardless. It beats eating an apple.


Anyhoo. 2022! This year's theme is: "Play More Of My Owned Games and Play My Owned Games More". Which means I'm back doing crazy challenges and working towards reducing the magical mountain. I might as well spit out a monthly report for you while I'm at it.


Game of the Month


Jumping on the hype train when it has finally slowed down enough for me to keep up with it with my old legs, I finally played Imperium: Classics this month. What can I say. Eight civilizations that play differently, fifteen tables for solo opponents, a lot of icons that mean different things for different bots, two rulebooks that you both need to study and consult for solo play. You can only love a game like this - or all energy it took to play would be wasted and that realization would make you very, very depressed. So yeah, Game of the Month. 🏆 🥳

The stupid thing is, it isn't even that hard to play - there aren't many actions, the deckbuilding choices are pretty straightforward. You could play this quite fast and have your solo civ fix if they hadn't used every trick in the book and some new ones from up their sleeves to make it work against you.


I still played it 14 times. I've also got Imperium: Legends waiting, so I should easily get to 60 plays this year. Which made me wonder if I shouldn't up my pledge for Voidfall after all (I only deposited €1 during the Kickstarter campaign). 🤔


New to me


The other two solitaire games new to me in January were Crazy Taco and Maracaibo.


The taco serving game is a simple dice allocation game. I think I found it a bit too luck dependent, but it didn't leave much of an impression. While I played it 11 times. Oops. 😬 I just saw the picture I uploaded for this post and it looks like something that would cheer me up. I should get it to the table again.


I like a lot about Maracaibo, but it took me a while to realize this. Set up is a hassle, combat resolution (for the bot) and the money and VP tracks are very confusing. I bought the app and like it much better digitally where all the stupid work is being done for me. I hope playing it as a board game will be a bit easier soon as well.


I also played part of the campaign and wasn't interested in that. 🤷‍♂️ Which means it may not have too much replayability for me in the end. We'll see.


20x22


Two friends from the Belgium/Dutch solo board gamers Facebook community asked me to join in their 20x22 challenge. Because I misunderstood*, I immediately said yes. 😄 All three of us will work through the same selection of games.

Some will be very hard to play 22 times, I think. Because they take me long (Gloomhaven JotL, Nemesis), or because I'm not really interested in playing them anymore (Maquis). Some I don't even own yet (Ark Nova, Praga Caput Regni).


But other games will balance this out, because they're among my favourites (Marvel Champions, Nusfjord) or because they take little time to play (A Gentle Rain, Sprawlopolis). And the list helps on days when I don't know what to play.


*) I thought we were going to play 22 games 10 times each. I honestly don't know why.


Rest of the relaxation


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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
20 Şub 2022

I am so glad you liked Imperium: Classics. Several times I brought it out to the table, and it never really “clicked”. I am hoping to try it again as I am a history/civ fan. It’s not that it seems hard, but with so many games I have to really sit down and make a time investment to learn/play sometimes that I am simply unwilling to do.

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JW
JW
20 Şub 2022
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The stupid thing is, that learning it is the hardest part. Somehow they made it terrible to learn and afterwards fun to play.

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Derek
Derek
07 Şub 2022

Great post JW and great theme! 🤣 Classic!


What's the game in the bottom right picture?

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
07 Şub 2022
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I know. I'm lame. Guess I shoulda given it more thought. 😄

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Zerbique
Zerbique
07 Şub 2022

Actually, you reminded me to eat my daily apple and I did so just after reading your post.


Did you know that in French, we have the same saying, only the apple has been swapped with a glass of wine? Typical of us.


I was happy to recognize all games in the pictures - even though, for most of them, I've never seen them for real.


I'm sure you'll be a nice boy in the end and join the ranks to get Voidfall. If you don't do it, who else may write splendid Table Presence posts about it?


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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
20 Şub 2022
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That is so funny! I wasn’t aware of that until now!

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
06 Şub 2022

Cool. So, you averaged a little over 2hr/day Gamin'. Time well spent, I suspect. I wish I owned a copy of Crazy Taco - it's on my Wish List.


At the top of the Stats section, it says, "8 fives and 3 dimes". What does that mean?

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
07 Şub 2022
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Did you have the equivalent to 5 'n Dimes in Europe?

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JW
JW
06 Şub 2022

Here are last month's solo stats.


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