At the invitation of GamerChris, I’ve been going to the weekly board game night at Hypermind in Burlington, NC for a couple of months now. I have to say it is one of the highlights of each week. I’ve played a new game every night I’ve been there. Last night it was Princes of Florence and Dominion. Both of them are good but I think Princes is much better. The auction mechanic and that you have to plan ahead are very interesting. First time games are:
Witches’ Brew – 6.5
China – 7, needs more plays to get the scoring
Vegas Showdown – I like it a lot. 8 of 10
Roll Through The Ages – another 8
Endeavor – another 8
Cutthroat Caverns – 7
Thunderstone – 6.5, I need another play.
Descent – 8
Escalation – 7.5
Saboteur – 7.5
And I’ve played 5 games of Pandemic – it’s a 9.
But the real surprise and my new favorite game is Macao.
Boy, do I like this one. Lots of strategy, some luck, planning, and lots of decisions. I find myself strategizing how to win constantly. This one is at the Top of The Buy List right after Forbidden Island.
Here are some pictures I swiped from GamerChris’s site. He does a weekly recap of all games played that week. Check them out here. Here are the Macao regulars: clockwise – Kenny, Chip, Chris (taking the picture), and me.
It’s a long drive back at 1 a.m. in the morning but worth every minute that I spend there. I can’t wait for Tuesday.