Review – No Thanks

I have fond memories of playing cards on Christmas Eve down at Grandma’s house. The Roy family would gather there, open their presents, have a lovely dinner, and then a bunch of us would get around the table and play cards. Usually Push Rummy or something like that.

We used to laugh when Grandma would get so many cards that she’d have to put some of them down on the table because she couldn’t hold them. Then she would “forget” she had them.

A hilarious time was had by all. That laughter is one of the many joyous memories I have of her.

As a gamer, I play a lot of more complex games now, games that people who aren’t gamers will look at and say “No way do I want to play that!” (not that they couldn’t understand them, but they don’t have the desire to put that much effort into it)

But I’ve always been on the lookout for a good card game that will cater to the non-gamers in the family, that can be brought out on occasions such as this, be easily explained without a lot of fuss, and then we can get going.

No Thanks is the perfect game for that occasion.

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This game is designed by Thorsten Gimmler, with art by Oliver Freudenreich, Dennis Lohausen and Atelier Löwentor and published by Asmodee & 999 Games (and I think currently published by Mayfair games, if the BGG image is to be believed).

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Cities of Splendor expansion coming from Asmodee

Splendor is a relatively fast, pretty fun game about collecting gems and using those gems to buy more gems. It plays in about half an hour and is actually a joy to play (maybe because it’s one of the few games that it’s not surprising when I win).

It came out in 2014 from Space Cowboys and Asmodee and people have been wondering if there would ever be an expansion for it.

According to an Asmodee press release, that wait is finally over! You can stop holding your breath (and you, there, collapsed in the corner, should probably not have been holding your breath since 2014).

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Cities of Splendor will be coming out later this year, and it actually includes four modular expansions for the game. I’m not 100% sure from the description whether you can play with all four at the same time or if you have to choose, but I would guess you can play with all of them.

What the expansions are is after the break.

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