ghoti_mhic_uait: (Game Plan)
Spoilers )

Now we have two new games - Ghostbusters, which is also a campaigny game but a bit less long term and the littles are more enthusiastic about it, and Atlantis, which is a game lots of people may age played while I was playing Labyrinth and Fang Den Hut and other games whose English name I didn't know. I played a lot of Cluedo and Risk, too. Fang den Hut is sort of like a better balanced Ludo. Often it comes down to the last turn before it's obvious who wins, which I like, but it is mostly chasing players around the board trying to capture their pieces. Wikipedia says its English name is Coppit. Labyrinth is called that in English too.


Jan. 8th, 2017 07:56 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
For some stupid reason I tend not to talk about presents on here - fear of sounding like I'm boasting maybe? Or worry that I leave someone out? SO I didn't mention the super awesome presents I've been given recently. Like the molecular gastronomy kit, or the tattoo voucher (photos when I get it done), or the leaf-shaped peridot necklace (not usually a stone I like, but it's perfect for the setting), or the pBuzz (cross between a vuvuzela and a swanee whistle) or the Nessie ladles. I did mention Top Dogs, which is a game so perfectly matched to Judith's strengths that it's a joy to lose to her.

Speaking of a game matched to strengths, we now have Pandemic Legacy. It's like Pandemic - cure diseases, save the world - but it comes with a plethora of secret boxes and evil advent calendars (er, I mean dossiers) and stickers, and as you win or lose your way through in-game months the state of the world shifts and the rules change. Colin & Rachel have a theory that the skills needed for both parenting and cooking are the same skills as for Pandemic - get everyone where they need to be with everything they need at the right time, and if you don't quite manage it, improvise a replacement. That could be. I'm not always good at that, but we nrmally manage to muddle through anyway. We're also really good at compromise and cooperation, which is definitely needed.

We just played April - there are 12 months, each of which you play once, if you win you move to the next 'month', if you lose, you play the month once more before moving on. It seems like the sort of game that's good to talk about while everything's fresh, but also, everything's secret, so I'm putting it behind a spoiler cut.
Here be spoilers )
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
I often say 'Oh I don't like computer games' but then spend all my free time playing Tsum Tsum or Webkinz or Moshi Monsters or something. I like Yucata but couldn't get my head aroun Board Game Arena.
So it's an over simplification, and I told Bärli I'd witter a bit more about it, on here.

The main thing is that I like tabletop games because there's a clear set of rules, which you have to follow, and I dislike video games because there's no clear rules, you're often set up to work it all out for yourselves. So Minecraft, for example, I can't make head nor tail of, and I find it very frustrating. That's more or less true for a lot of games. So why do I like Mao or other games where you have to learn the rules? It's because you're told when you transgress them and the telling is usually explanatory, unlike in life where they're often universally understood but vague and difficult to explain.

Board games on a computer can have the same property, difficult to work my way through, the interface is an extra level of obfuscation I can't uite manage. Some of the Yucata games I find difficult for this reason, and a lot of other implementations. Some of them, like Set Online, are sufficiently close to the board version that they make sense to me.

So what do I like? I really like the lego games. I haven't played Lego Dimensions although I expect that to be the best of the lot as you get to build lego during it. In general, though, they're very good at saying 'You have to do this' and you get going before you get to a puzzle that's hard to solve, and then it's quite satisfying to be able to think about the puzzle rather than having to work out all the commands at the same time as working out the puzzle.

I like puzzle games like Tsum Tsum and Emoji Blitz, the kind where you have to join up similar characters. They're quick to play, and easy to get the hang of, and for some reason I find them a lot more intuitive than most puzzle games. There was a hidden object game on Facebook I used to like, but it disappeared and for some reason I don't understand none of the others have the same appeal for me. Actually, I just went and looked at Facebook games in case there was another one, an it's back! So Gardens of Time, that's where I'll be for the foreseeable.


Aug. 30th, 2016 11:35 am
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Emily Procter)
Yesterday I made a dinner so nice Jack wrote it down. So I figured that I'd give you a 'here was my day' post even though I haven't written up Spain.

I almost finished Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole and had to leave Sailing to Serantium by Guy Gavriel Kay at a particularly exciting point, so quite a frustrating book day. Both excellent in very different ways - and there was a point where about 6 or 7 train journeys in a row featured a pretty woman reading Kay as one of my fellow passengers (not the same woman) so I assume that reading Kay makes me more attractive?

Tom and the littles and I played Splendor, which is a resource management game - Andreas is an interesting person to play with, because he wants to stockpile rather than manage his resources. At the end of the game, Tom won but Judith and I were both within a turn of winning so pretty well balanced I think.

Dinner was pasta with broccoli (because our cauliflower had gone off) and cheese sauce; pasta and broccoli cooked separately because the children don't eat sauce (they had cheese with it, and we also had baby sweetcorn with it). This particular cheese sauce, I melted some butter and fried some mushrooms (I meant to add onions and garlic here but forgot), then added a spoon of mustard, stirred well, and added a splash of milk several times stirring well, then a generous dash so the mushrooms were all covered, maybe a pint and a half in total? At this point I added fresh sweetcorn kernels (just sliced off the cob) and a lot of grated chededar and grana padana, and kept stirring until it thickened. Mixed it into the pasta and broccoli, then grated more cheddar on the plates when iut was finished.

After dinner we played Princess cupcakes game, which is a child-aimed game where you have to build your princess' cake before the time runs out. Andreas is very enthusiastic about this game :) And then Transformers Shuffle, which is a nice battle card game, a good family game and you can play it on the tray tables on aeroplanes, which is what I was hoping when I bought it at the airport :) It also isn't all about turn taking ,everyone plays on every turn, so might be good for more impatient players?


Aug. 7th, 2016 01:14 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Game Plan)
I posted this comment elsenet:

"We find that waiting for the children to go to sleep is a lost cause, because even if we get them to bed early, adults have no energy for long games. Even when we can start straight after dinner - say I have a date at 6.30 or so - my adults aren't up for evening games more complicated than about Dominion level.

But, I managed to find that we can have time for long thinky games in the afternoon, while the children are talking to our next door neighbours or playing, and am thus looking for long thinky games because most of the games we have were found with the aim of being playable by small people."

It was in response to a thread about the Firefly boardgame, more of a thank you than a request as such, but while I'm at it, please do offer suggestions?

The nearest to the category we already have are Risk, Brief History f the World, and maybe Brass, although we haven't played that for a couple of years. Roborally we have, but the children like to play so I'm not putting it in this category, although I think it could go here comfortably.


May. 1st, 2016 10:12 am
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Game Plan)
After my last post about Dominion, in which I was talking about how it's pleasingly easy to fit into small gaps of time, some of y'all were unconvinced by my claim that it's consistent timewise, and I was given a challenge.

"Try one game with Witch, Militia and Village, another with Chapel, Mine and Smithy. Then try one with Throne Room, Workshop and Gardens.

I would expect them to play out utterly differently, and for the first to take at least twice as long as the other two!
How about these eight cards: Woodcutter, Chancellor, Market, Adventurer, Moat, Village, Workshop, Mine; then add Witch+Militia,Chapel+Smithy or Throne Room+Gardens for three contrasting games?"

I timed only the game play time, not the set up or scoring time, and in fact we played two of the games back to back so that was a good decision. In all three games, we got to the first reshuffle at 20seconds in, indicating that there's some consistency? I'm not sure how interesting that is.

Our first game, with Witch & Militia, took 8 minutes 36 seconds. Second, with Chapel & Smithy, took 9 minutes 41 seconds. Our third, with Throne Room & Gardens, took 6 minutes and 26 seconds. In all games there was a gap of 5 minutes between first Province purchase and end of game, that was consistent.

So, one of the games was about 50% longer than one of the others, but it wasn't the predicted game! And set up/scoring is a significant proportion of the time, hence my feeling that it's a 20 minute game rather than a 10 minute game. But the predicted long game really wasn't.


Apr. 22nd, 2016 04:32 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Game Plan)
I mentioned in December that I felt in need of microgames, and you all had good ideas, thank you.

Dobble is a great one, which is quick and easy and Andreas is really good at so he likes it a lot, and is usually in my handbag.

Right now, my handbag game is GG, a kickstarted Rock-Paper-Scissors game which Judith finds utterly delightful, and is reasonably fun.

We finally had a go on Coup and enjoyed it as much as we thought we would, so that's probably my thing-to-buy next time I have a spare tenner.

Exploding Kittens, more fun than I imagined but hasn't had a lot of play time, maybe I should throw that in to the mix, and King Toad, which is very basic but you get to make Toad noises, both good additions to our collection, I feel.

I grabbed a copy of WordWright from the kickstarter, but the kids aren't interested yet. Jack and I enjoyed it, though.

Fluxx goes into the handbag-rotation more than it used to, too, and also I've been meaning to play Early American Chrononauts because I've been looking at my card games more, but haven't yet. We don't have a copy of the original Chrononauts.

Meanwhile, Andreas got bored of all the games he previously played, and started asking for more. So I got him Enchanted Cupcake Party and Colt Express, and he's feeling a lot happier again. Still playing Lemminge about once a week or so, too, and Munchkin Treasure Hunt once a fortnight or so.

When I remember, I post pictures to [ profile] watsonsatplay and I dotry and read comments there, so do ask questions and if you're generally interested in what we're playing, that's agood place to watch.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Games)
I went to play games with people last night, and squoze in three new-to-me games and an old favourite I haven't played in a while.

Colt Express which struck me as being a bit like RoboRally with trains. It's super cute, fun and quick to play, and might help as a compromise between 'I want to play RoboRally' and 'I don't have the mental energy for RoboRally' and accordingly have added it quite high up my internal games wishlist. I think this is one everyone in our house could enjoy - also it reminded me that I want to introduce RoboRally to my uninitiated partner.

7 Wonders which we don't play nearly often enough. It's a resource building game, with an interesting pass the hand mechanic, which J loves and I love and I don't know how any of my partners feel, but it's cute and fun.

Ivor the Engine, which is not the same as the Ivor the Engine game I have, and whose principle value is the art work. I think I marginally prefer ours, which is snakes and ladders on one side and a 'go round the board collecting stuff' on the other.

Port Royal, which is the same sort of 'mostly luck but it's how you play it' game as Kniffel, a small quick game which I really enjoyed and am not sure whether any of the rest of my family would or not. I barely manage to persuade them to play Kniffel, although J loved it when she was A's age, so maybe this is a game for A and me?
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
Thank you all for your microgame recommendations. My cousin's partner sent me a Kniffel set, which is currently in my handbag along with a pack of cards. I love Kniffel which is a game my family has always played and my Granddad had a saying "You can't change the Kniffel dice but you can change how you play them."

We've also played Dobble amd Chomp, which is about fish who east other fish, and Uno which isn't quite as micro but we all enjoy.

I've got a few more ideas too and maybe a bit more inclined to go slightly bigger, fluxx or similar, and I'm sure there's something else I'm forgetting.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Games)
I feel like I should put a proviso on this. Apparently there's a whole board game culture out there which I don't know about, people who mostly play with other gamers who play with designers and publishers and other gamers and talk to each other about what's coming out and buy new games because they're new and exciting and play from each other's collections and thus know what's new and what's hot and so on.

I am not part of that culture, because before last year I didn't know about it! And now I don't really have time to get into new friendships or new things (see also yesterday where you all found places I can dance if only I had more time, thank you!) I get new games by presents or occasionally recommendations or TableTop - which I didn't manage to find the time to watch all of season 3 yet - but they're new to me, not new to the world, most of the time. So if you already know about all these, sorry! Also, we don't get a lot of new games through the year, but mostly at birthdays and Christmas, partly because if we don't make sure there's room on the shelf we lost pieces and end up needing replacements. And maybe we just need an extra games shelf, but there's room for one or two on there atm, we'll see.

That having been said, this is what I wrote on the subject of what tabletop games I like last year and this is where I talked about last year's Christmas present games.

That being said, here are some game reviews. It got quite long, so a cut. This section is adult or family games, mostly involving playing a specific character or similar. )

Child games, games which we probably wouldn't play adults only )
The one category of games I'd like more of, both in terms of play and in terms of actual games in our house, is micro games. I mostly carry a silly beggar my neighbour game and Aquarius in my handbag for spare moments, but it would be nice to have something a bit more interesting that doesn't take a lot of space, and to be able to switch them up. We've played a reasonable amount of Letters to Santa, the Christmas version of Love Letters, and that's exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for. It's fun, quick, and can be played anywhere, on a train, in a car, at a restaurant table between courses, in the foyer while we wait for Judith to finish drama, anywhere. Judith's had her eye on Coup for a while in this category, and I think I'd like that too, and I've a couple of other ideas, but if you have any recs I'd love to hear them, and also if you're looking for present ideas, that's a good place to aim :)
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
I forgot to post about our game of the month! But I did keep information.

The game I played most last month was Kerplunk followed closely by Hungry Hippos. Again, both games easy to play by a 2 year old - and Judith's favourites at this age too. If we remove the 'child' games, then Dominion, which is fast becoming one of our favourite 'we've got little time and energy and want to spend it on each other' options.

Honourable mention: Bridge. I had two wonderful bridge afternoons and hope to find a free weekend afternoon (or evening?) soon so we can do that again.

New games: Tokaido which is a sweet travel game with unusual game play, nice with 2 players but I think it'll be even better with more, and almost within J's reach if we practise a bit more first (B expressed disinterest on being invited to play, but we'll see).
7 wonders, another excellent history/building game which will be a family classic - Judith really enjoyed playing, and won her first game, and it was interesting for adults too.
Aquarius, new to Andreas but not the rest of us, a rather pleasing tile-laying game, a bit like an easier, more enjoyable dominoes.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Game Plan)
The main thing for me is that I'd like to play *more* tabletop games of all types. For this reason, I seek out games that are interesting family games (ie, at least two of the children want to play them, and they're not boring for adults). I grew up playing games after dinner, I always thought that would be how my life would go, and I get grumpy when it's not going that way. Games in this category include Carcassonne (Andreas enjoys if the game play is generally quick), Continuo (a rather nice tile/colour matching game), Pandemic (this is one for B not A :)), Ascension. I'm sure there are more but it's quite hard to tempt B out and A is really little yet. Hon. mention: I like Hey, That's My Fish but A is too young and B is not interested.

So let me talk about Ascension. Ascension is a bash-the-monsters game that has a very simply game play. The play reminds me of child-friendly card games like Qwitch: when we regularly played games with xanna, we used to open her card game book at a random page and play a game, and a lot of those games had a mechanic of 'draw a hand, play the cards, discard' which is exactly the mechanic here, so it feels comfortable and accessible, and the hit-the-monsters-buy-stuff-get-points aim is also fairly standard, but combining the two really works for me. I'm told by people who play Dominion that they two are very similar - I have never played Dominion.

I tend to choose a game for Date Night too, whereas Colin usually goes for a film (last night's choice was his, and we watched Fight Club, before that we had a few times in a row where we both wanted to watch the same thing) but two player games are good. Lord of the Rings is great for date night; we've played Keyflower for date night once and that worked, so we'll definitely do that again, Smash Up is awesome.

The prompt is quite specific, but I'd like to mention card games too. I love Bridge, which Colin introduced me to, but find it difficult to get enough practice and often muck up because of lack of familiarity. So I'd like more opportunities for that - when we were newly weds we'd semi-often have couples over for dinner and bridge. Now we have three bridge players in the house, it seems like it should be easier to just grab a fourth! Or fifth if we're playing somewhere that needs a parent to be watching the littles more closely. I'm definitely looking forward to Judith learning :) I'd like to play Mao more often, too, and have vague plans for late night Mao parties, which we managed a couple of times when away in the summer. And I miss the gin rummy which was the game I played most often as a teenager, even though my family version bears very little resemblance to the wikipedia version. We recently bought card holders but have yet to try Judith on gin rummy, which was one of the reasons I wanted them.


Oct. 6th, 2014 09:50 am
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Granny clanger)
I just found the two highest scoring poems from the first time [ profile] cjwatson and I played Genji.
Each scored ten points.

Except in Autumn
We are unable to meet
These maide flowers

Mists, I bid you to rise up
And keep the morning away

After the snowfall
On all the trees the flowers
Have burst into bloom

The waters in the light's thrall
Are become the first to freeze.

High art right there, I'm sure you'd agree.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Father Christmas Ghoti)
I bought Colin this game for Christmas last year, and we have just completed a game. It sped up as the game went on,and will definitely be a game that improves with playing.I liked it, and it doesn't overlap with Risk too much. Also, I was two points away from conquering the world.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Kookaburra)
Do any of you know whether this game is single-player only, or whether it has multiple save files? I mean, like
Brain Training can have up to 4 users.

Also, do any of you have any idea how I can find out the name I signed up to Second Life with?
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Leah Remini)
I am sorry for any inconvenience caused, but I am currently deeply immersed in this game, and may not take in everything that you say.


ps., if I don't friend you on facebook, it's not because I don't love you, it's because I have all the LJ-you loving I need.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Default)
Boomshine: 12 levels of shiny pretty. I got a score of 265, which is quite low, but never mind; I thought I wouldn;t be able to complete it!

Still trying to work out how not to wreck the economy in Climate challenge, though.

In non-computer gaming news, my copy of the American Girls card game arrived! I still want the board game, but shipping is prohibitive :/
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Let me count the Os)
This film is visually stunning. It's a rich tapestry, filled with interesting shapes and colours. It's pretty, it's well directed. It makes no sense whatsoever. I got the feeling that I'd have understood it if I knew more about Chinese history, though. It's more serious than Hero, though, and the ninjas got visible ropes (and grappling irons). Stay at home and watch Hero, you'll get more out of it, or expect eyecandy and weirdness.

Other things today: I sang the gospel acclamation at church, we ate mexican yum, I did bowling for the first time ever and almost beat Colin at air hockey.Also, there was much playing of PS2 Lego Starwars, as I bought it for Benedict and he wanted me to find out how it works. It's so cute! Star Wars should have been a lego-based computer game from the get go.

Web games

Mar. 24th, 2007 02:28 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ellen)
Recently, I have mostly been playing games at

Benedict was distressed at the fact that the games are behind a link marked 'fun for girls'; "I probably would enjoy those games, but I'm not allowed, because I'm not a girl". I pointed out that I'm not exactly a girl either, and he could safely ignore it, and then he got annoyed "but that's just sexism, isn't it?" Well, yes, it is, but that doens't mean you should give in to it. Maybe we should send them an email; they do market mostly to girls, but they'd only need to delete a couple of words.

Anyway, go play, they have good games, including a mancala variant which I can actually win about 50% of the time, and Spit as previously mentioned, and a market game in both English and Spanish, and... bunch of stuff.

(That's Benedict's doll in the picture; he doesn't like to play with her any more, but sometimes she pesters him for stories so much he gives in. He's nice like that.)
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ellen)
My favourite two-player card game, that is.

Today, I had maillove in the shape of an extremely beautiful piece of art, flight patterns by [ profile] firinel There will be photos when it is on the wall - currently, it is sitting on the dining table where I can gaze at it whilst eating breakfast.

We went to Rainbows cafe for our dinner; food as lovely as previously experienced, but Benedict had trouble with his lasagne - apparently it tasted nice, but was 'too gooey'. Maybe lasagne should be printed with usage instructions.

In other news, I've discovered what's going wrong (and right) with my second sock - measurigng the second sock against the first, rather than a ruler, results in a smaller sock., This is good on the foot part - my left foot is smaller than my right - but not on the leg bit. I know what to do though. My next socks for me will be the Purl when ready socks, but I'm having trouble with my swift, and managed to make a complete mess of balling up my yarn. [ profile] cjwatson needs socks first though. It;s about time to be his turn :)

Also, I finished listening to 'The Moon of Gomrath'; the story was a bit non-existent, but I did like the flow of the language. A good thing to listen to on audio book, and I do like audio books when knitting.

(ps. did you know there's an American girl called Kirsten? I want one now!)


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