Although @theboardgeek has disappeared from instagram i still wanted to put up my current #mytop9boardgames2019
new to the list this year are lords of hellas and twilight imperium iv! two long, complicated and fantastic games that i'm extremely happy to play so much this year.
although he's not here to run the annual top 9 event, it'd still be awesome to see others post their favourite games with the hashtag #mytop9boardgames2019 so join in if you feel like it!
i’m sure that you’ve all seen more than enough birds on your feed, sorry 😅 i can’t help but post about wingspan though because it’s been a while since i’ve enjoyed a game so much that i’ve been able to play it 10+ times in just over a month! it has the right amount of depth and theme to be a crowd favourite, and it’s also (usually) short enough that people immediately want to replay it.
things i’ve learnt from these plays:
1. it overstays its welcome at 5p—this game took 2.5h with rules, which is way too long for a medium-light game. it’s best at 3p but scales well from 2-4p imo.
2. there aren’t enough eggs at 4-5p! we had to use food as a replacement in the last round, and i’ve seen on bgg that this is a common problem. food tokens are also showing a little wear.
3. the egg strategy can be quite overpowered, especially when you combine it with birds that allow even more egg-laying. a very boring strategy and beatable with other strategies, but it’s by far the easiest to execute to win. i think it might’ve been better if players could only lay 1 egg at the start and a max of 3-4 instead of 5.
Inside the the hideout we find part of the ship sticking outside. not much is left however, as the pirates have dismantled portions of it to build their lair.
the captain's quarters are the only part that have gone completely untouched with a beautiful view of the port beyond.
he confers with his most trusted followers, for drinks and plotting their next raid, right in front of his cabin.
this tile is the first actual piece in the hideout portion of the dungeon. .