There’s nothing like the Caribbean sun, I’m sure (I’ve never been down there, unfortunately). I know it gets really hot down there, especially when you’re working out in the streets or in the fields, building markets or working the indigo plants. Maybe you are building some statue to some long-honoured military general?
Of course, you aren’t actually out there doing all that stuff. You’re organizing it all, directing traffic, and having others build all of that for you. Still, watching them work while you’re sipping lemonade can be…ok, it can be peaceful. But you might start feeling bad for the workers!
So why not do it all in cards instead? That saves a lot of the hard work involved. And the messy sweat. Now everybody can drink lemonade with you! Or rum, if you like (though maybe that’s more of a Jamaica thing)
You can do all this by playing San Juan (2nd Edition), the card game designed by Andreas Seyfarth, with art by Harald Lieske and Mia Steingräber, published by Alea & Ravensburger. Based on the board game Puerto Rico, it does have some similar mechanisms to its parent game.
Onirim is a card game that apparently can be played with two players but is essentially a solo player game.
I had never heard of it until Asmodee Digital announced that it was coming to mobile devices and that it was going to be a purely solo effort.
When it was first announced, and when I first bought and downloaded it, I was a bit concerned that it was going to get a bit samey. None of the expansions for the card game are included, and there were rumblings that they never would be.
This screenshot seems to indicate that the fear was groundless. Those are my current stats on my iPad.
I love books. Books make me happy. The feel of the paper as you turn the pages. The new book smell. The tap of your finger on the screen as you go to the next page…
Anyway, books are awesome. I can only imagine what it was like back in the Middle Ages, where many libraries were maintained at monasteries and each one faced off against other monasteries for access to the best books. They would compete in the annual “Race for the Best Books 1236,” or vow revenge when “Race for the Best Books 1237” rolled around next year.
Or, you know, they could just play cards for it.
Because that’s what you’re doing in the brilliant game called Biblios, published by Dr. Finn’s Games and Iello. Designed by Steve Finn with wonderful art by Finn and David Palumbo, this fairly quick card game has some interesting mechanics that make it feel a lot deeper than a “filler” card game should.
Playing dice games out in the middle of the desert can be a trying task. You throw the dice and they just land without actually rolling.
“Look! I just got seven 6s!!!!”
“Nonsense, you just tossed them there!”
Not to mention that it’s hot. Very hot.
Throwing dice may have been even more difficult in Ancient Egypt. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t there.
Or was I?
Anyway, even if you don’t know what it was like, you can certainly get the feel of rolling dice to try to become the Pharaoh with Favor of the Pharaoh, the dice rolling game published by Bezier Games in 2015.
Favor of the Pharaoh was designed by Tom Lehmann with art by Ollin Timm and is a re-skin of Lehmann’s To Court the King. I have only played Court online once or twice, but I definitely have to say that I prefer Favor.
With yesterday’s post about the Dice Tower, I have to now talk about my second (and probably more important to my style) blogging inspiration, Shut Up & Sit Down. You can even see the inspiration from them in the name of my blog, that irreverent tone which is just so fun to read or listen to. Though I guarantee I won’t make anybody laugh as hard as they make me laugh.
These guys do wonderful video board game reviews as well as written reviews. They have their own site with a very large fan community that is active in the forums there (I’m a proud member now). In fact, I have to give a shout-out to the community there as well, which is so welcoming and fun to discuss things with.
I had heard of Shut Up & Sit Down a few years ago, but didn’t really check them out until a few months ago when I was in search of videos to watch. And I was entranced, except when my sides were hurting from laughing so hard.