Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 – We are addicted!

This game has almost taken over our lives here. I don’t think we played the original game as much when we got it then! The game shines most with 4 players. we prefer playing the Mega game most. I also like the Big cities version. The 1910 version feels mostly like the original game. But the mega game – it is so fast and exciting even with 2 or 3 players. The added restriction of all the double routes being available for only one connection adn the agonising decision of needing to take more tickets or not just add to the tension of the game. Anyone out there who has played TTR get this please!! Its worth every dollar/euro/pound rupee that you spend.

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Gone Gaming keeps Gaming Going!

This is the second year that Gone Gaming – A pool of bloggers offering regular posts on board games, have announced their Board Game Internet awards. Great stuff and a lot of interesting websites for us gamers and web surfers of BG related websites! Great stuff guys! Gone Gaming keeps Gaming Going!

Gone Gaming: The Gone Gaming 2006 Board Game Internet Awards

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Gaming on my birthday!

Yesterday was my birthday and we had a good gaming day. We began with Union Pacific. Superb game. We played a 4 player session with Aarthi, Shreyasi and Bharati joining in. This was the first play for Bharati and she loved it. The rules were easy and she got into the game pretty fast. Shreyasi is usually good with stocks games (She beats me regularly at Buy Low Sell High!) but this was my birthday you see. I beat Shreyasi by exactly 1 million!!! Very close game and lots of tension and fun.

We next began the hottest game at home at the moment TTR-USA 1910. Another tense 4 player session but I won easily on the last turn finishing a big route.  I then took out High Society. Srikanth had got this in December and we had not tried this out as yet. The rules were a breeze. We played 2 rounds of 5 player sessions. Sandeep joined us and this was his first intro to Eros. He got into the game pretty fast and we all enjoyed it very much. While there are comparisons with For Sale this is a very different game and there is more tightness with the money and the denominations of the money cards. A typical Knizia game but very enjoyable.

I had asked Aravind to buy me a copy of Risk as a present. We don’t get euros in India! I have never played this and wanted to get Sushanth involved in wargaming and thought this might be a good intro. Aarthi and me opened it out later in the evening for a 2 player. Got quite boring after a while and she won easily. After having access t and playing so many different euros this was a big disappointment for us.

We ended the gaming day finally with a 2 player session of Thurn & Taxis that Aarthi won easily. Lovely birthday and one of the best I have had.

Just starting out? Want to know more?

I have been through this stage. Just starting out. Wanting to know more. Visiting http://www.boardgamegeek.com – Intimidated by the information overload. Not knowing what to do. Just click this link below! Excellent way to get into the hobby. Super list.

GeekList: Starting Your Game Collection – A Guide for Advanced Newbies

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Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen

I had actually put this game up for trade on BGG sometime back. The game was quite a bore when I played it the first few times. But we took it out yesterday because Sushanth wanted to play a new game and it was a long time since we played this. We had a 4 player family session and it was quite entertaining with a tense finish with myself winning. I am liking this a game now. The set up is still a pain. But with more players and everyone helping in the set up it should be better. Smaller children also understand the game quickly. Sushanth is only 6! And it has a lot of decisions to be made and the end has a classic race finish to it. Good game to be had in the collection and I took it off my trade list.

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Interesting top 2 player games list

Below is an interesting link the writer’s top 10 two player games. Being a regular 2 player gamer myself I am happy that Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper is right up there!

Ben Baldanza: Two for the Show—My Top Ten Two-Player Games

I don’t have enough games in my cupboard to give a top 10 list. But our favorites at home are Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper, San Juan, Hansa, Thurn & Taxis, Carcassonne. My personal favorites also include Lost Cities & Crazy CHicken.

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2005 & 2006 – Gaming years comparison

Firstly talking about the top 15 games played, the number of games acquired in 2006 is the first reason why a no of games in the most played category has changed. The no 1 for 2006 is also a bit skewed because of For Sale being played every day among our music group when I was on tour. But just on the basis of plays the common games for both years have been Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper, Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. This is good because inspite of the increasing game collection 3 out of the 15 games of 2005 still figure in 2006.

Of the ones that fell out favor from the previous year Citadels had just 2 plays in 2006. All the others had atleast 3 or 4 plays. Citadels used to be Shreyasi’s favorite game. BUt the german edition that I have ahs been a dampener. I really need to get the new revised version because it is a game that we have enjoyed and it should hit the table a bit more.

Secondly slowly I have introduced a lot of new people to this lovely hobby the past year. But time really is the constraint that is preventing me to get more organised in the form of a formal gaming club/group etc. With more and more games getting added to the collection, there is a reluctance on the part of the gamers to learn a new game. And there is increasing frustration on my part for not being able to convince them. For me the itch is in getting new games, opening them and playing them. For a lot of others it is playing a game they know. As soon as I suggest a new game there is so much resistance all the time and a lot of cajoling has to happen. So slowly the list of unplayed games in my collection is also growing.

My personal desire to read about gaming, buy new games etc is very strong. I scour the net on a regular basis to keep myself abreast of what is happening. I want to have a few of the latest games all the time. I missed Essen this year when I really should have gone. Hopefully I will go there next year. Otherwise a great year of gaming, a year of consolidation and a new year to look forward to.