02BAF: More Board Game Obsessions

Wednesday Dinner

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 935

We're probably going to play board games with a friend on Friday night and then we're meeting up with the FGTC crew next Saturday. And with all the new games that arrived yesterday, I've been thinking about a lot of different games. I wanted to squeeze in time to play something before, but of course, time is quickly running out and we still have dinner dishes to wash.

Here are the main ones I'm thinking about (apart from the new stuff that just came in) as we inch closer to midnight.

Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right - I'm a big fan of this asymmetric strategy game but we've mainly played the base game alone. Since then we've picked up pretty much all of their expansions AND the RPG system based on the lore behind the board game, so there are a lot of factions we've yet to fully experience. And it's not an easy game to introduce to other people since every time you need to teach everyone at the table how the different factions work. Loving Root is a bit of an investment of time and patience but we'll get there.

Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile - This is another release from Leder Games (who also made Root), which is a totally different game experience. Tobie and I tried a test game but we still need to really dive into the experience. Its quasi-Legacy nature kinda makes one want to find a group to play it first before going too far into the experience but then we still need to learn how to play it first to get through it. The eternal board game struggle when you're more the ones who end up teaching other friends how to play the games you want to play.

Vienna Connection, Dune: House Secrets, and Batman: Everybody Lies - I already wrote about all the legacy games that we still haven't been able to play, but these three spin-offs of Portal Games' Detective game system really linger in my head. Similar to the challenge of Oath, these games really need us to figure out which group of players we want to undertake the journey with us. I think that our nearly regular Friday night game may evolve into a potential group for one or more of these narrative adventures. 

I don't think we'll be able to play any of these particular games this weekend but we'll see how things go! Now I have dishes to wash before bed.