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Episode 16: Board Game Meetups

In this episode of Cards and Cubes we discuss board game meetups. How do you find people to play with? How do meetups happen? We will also talk about our top three two-player games. Listen to Episode 16: Board Game Meetups byCards And Cubes on hearthis.at 0:00 – Intro First Impressions1:29 – The King’s Dilemma […]

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Pulsar 2849

Coming back to Pulsar 2849 after a while of not playing it reminded me of how great this game is. Relatively straightforward, but so good. Nails the feeling of exploration, and it has outstanding decisions with drafting and pacing your game in many interesting, different ways. It has a dash of luck, but I feel […]

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Terra Mystica

This is what a rough game of Terra Mystica with Merchants of the Seas expansion looks like. I was playing the alchemists (black) and an unfortunate sequence of opening placements and further choices ended up with me being completely surrounded inland on 2 terrains which were 2 and 3 shovels away from my home terrain. […]

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Episode 15: Randomness

In this episode of Cards and Cubes we are talking all things randomness. What makes randomness enjoyable in games? What are our top three games that involve randomness? Listen to Episode 15: Randomness byCards And Cubes on hearthis.at 0:00 – Intro Games Played2:32 – Brandon: Masters of Renaissance: Lorenzo Il Magnifico – The Card Game6:53 […]

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Coimbra

Coimbra is a “top tier” game for me. It’s from some of the Italian designers who created Lorenzo il Magnifico, Grand Austria Hotel, Barrage, and others. In my opinion it’s one of their better games, maybe even my favorite. It’s an excellent mix of bidding, drafting, resource management, and set collection. It also plays smoothly […]

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Episode 14: Space Games

In this episode of Cards And Cubes we talk about our top three games that take place in space. Before that, however, we discuss rulebooks. What makes them good? Bad? Easy to follow? Listen to Episode 14: Space Games byCards And Cubes on hearthis.at 0:00 – Intro 1:06 – Sleep, Board Gaming, and Pillows. Games […]

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Western Legends

Playing Western Legends reignited my desire to play more “sandbox” games. It’s themed exactly what it sounds like, and features some historical personalities (and fictional locations?), where you can be a marshal, a criminal, and… you can all play poker together. There’s indeed a poker minigame, and you actually play the game with multi-use face […]

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Passtally

Passtally is the definition of a lean, mean abstract game. It doesn’t look like much, and a “tile laying path connection game” doesn’t sound like much either, but once you start to play you realize this is no Tsuro. Absolutely clever, minimalist, attractive design delivers a highly enjoyable and brain-burning experience for 2 or 3 […]

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The Expanse

This was my second play of The Expanse. I agree with some of the criticisms that the theme is kind of not there that much. I think at least some of the cards are thematic, but it does feel “pasted on” to an extent. Nevertheless, as a fan of the show, I played it with […]

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Maracaibo

Maracaibo was a bit of a surprise to me as far as complexity. Given that it’s so similar to Great Western Trail by the same designer, I expected it to be a step even higher – quite scary, considering Great Western Trail is heavy, not necessarily in terms of gameplay, but in terms of strategy. […]