Thursday, April 8

Online board games: Rewind: Keyflower and Welcome to!

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A Keyflower online event.

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Now starting up with a series of revisited games, as wonderful as some of the games on the site are, true gems are worth another play, a deeper dive, and a greater understanding. If you have any of your favorites you want to explore a bit more please post them in the comments or send a message. A few that spring to mind for me are Dice Forge, Abyss, Marco Polo II, Puerto Rico, Roll for the Galaxy, Terra Mystica, Tournay, Thurn and Taxis, Palaces of Carrara, Tzolk'in, and Yokahama. These games are all solid, but the first play only made the games approachable, and I think it' s time to revisit some of them.

The first is a recently played game that is a bit aggressive and in your face, but thinky. Keyflower is currently ranked 75 overall and in strategy at 56 of all time at board game geek. What makes this one special is the mechanism of bidding and worker placement both before the bidding ends and after someone has bought the tile. What may seem counter intuitive about this one is that once you bought something it's yours. While that may be true for end game scoring, it isn't true for worker placement. Just because you just spent 4 meeples on a great tile doesn't mean you will EVER get to use it. This game makes you consider both your spots and everyone elses spots, once someone takes a spot on your board you have to be creative in how you will try to still accomplish your goal. It is fairly unique in that way, no game I can think of both gives you that frustration followed by creative resolve to come up with a plan regarding tiles for auction and other people's stuff. This game makes it a little less frustrating online since people aren't leaning over your tiles to see what you can do. In real life that adds to the dread of your planning.

The second game is Welcome to! a simple roll and write game with objectives, it is deceptively easy, even meditative, but using the right numbers and symbols (that everyone else also gets) is an interesting idea. How can you optimize your decisions when everyone else has the same exact options? The decisions you make will cause you to win and loose, but you had the exact same chance as everyone else. There is no luck whatsoever here, just how you play the game...

Hope to see you there, the picture of course is what the correct temperatures to brew tea and for how long for the best cup. =)

Zoom link posted here right before 7.



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