New to Me – April 2018

April was an interesting month for the Cult of the New to Me.

First, we had our new member initiation, but nobody came (oops!). (Editor: Doesn’t help that you gave them the wrong date)

Then I took a look at the new to me games this month and found quite the eclectic collection.

There is some Uwe Rosenberg love in here, a couple of small card games, a new expansion for a great game that I haven’t played in a while, and only three of the seven games were published in 2017 or 2018.

That’s true to the new motto of the Cult: “It doesn’t have to be new to be new to me.”

(I’m selling T-Shirts with that, don’t all come to the counter at once, though)

Anyway, without further adieu (Odin ate all the adieu anyway, greedy bastard), let’s get going!

A Feast for Odin (2016 – ZMan Games) – 1 play

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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg

Artist: Dennis Lohausen

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Review – Fugitive

I’ve been told that, as I get older, I’m going to look a lot like Tommy Lee Jones, only with more wrinkles (Editor: Talking to yourself doesn’t count).

Fugitive Jones

Why do I bring that up here, other than to let you know that I’m kind of delusional?

Because I just played Fugitive, the 2-player card game designed by Tim Fowers with art by Ryan Goldsberry and published by Fowers Games.

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The glare demonstrates the light of justice shining down on the evil criminal

This card game, published all the way back in 2017, pits one marshal against a fugitive who is trying to escape the long arm of the law.

(You also get bonus points if the fugitive denies doing the crime and you say “I don’t care” in that Tommy Lee Jones way)

Let’s see how this works.

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App Review – Burgle Bros

You know what they say: the family that steals together, stays together.

I think I’ve heard that, anyway.

Maybe we’ll find out in the app version of the great board game from Tim Fowler, Burgle Bros.

Ok, maybe the characters in the game are not all in the same family, but it would be cool if they were!

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Quite a variety of characters!

In Burgle Bros, you play as 1-4 different characters who are all participating in a heist. Could be a bank heist, or an office heist, or even Fort Nox! I’ve only tried the bank heist, and that’s for one reason:

THIS GAME IS FREAKING HARD!

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Paperback Game App Gets Online Play

Paperback is a wonderful combination of word game and deck-building card game where you are trying to form words from the letter cards in your hands. The letters have money value when you play them, and you use that money to buy more letter cards that will help you even further. Some cards also have special abilities that will give you more bonuses.

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This card’s ability will help you next turn.

Or you can use that money to buy Fame cards, which also function as wild letter cards when you use them in a word but give you victory points at the end of the game.

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Is “Slarno” a word?

The game ends when two of the Fame card stacks (in the top right corner of the picture) are depleted.

I really do like this game, and the app is extremely well-done (especially once they put the rules of the game in, which actually weren’t there when the app first came out). The AI can be a bit wonky though, and we’ve always been restricted to playing the AI, or playing opponents via Pass-and-Play games (which I don’t like, unfortunately).

That all changed with the update that landed a few days ago, though.

Now you can play against your friends anywhere in the world, and you can play them asynchronously! That’s right, you don’t have to be logged in at the same time to play your game. Which will be a huge boon for me and will be getting me to play this app a lot more than I had been.

You can create open games for anybody to join or you can send invites. You can even add AI players to games if you only have one friend but want a 4-player game.

Since you have to create an account, I assume the multiplayer is cross-platform, but I actually don’t know yet.

So if you’d like, hit me up for a game! I’m whovian223 on there, just like in most other places.

The Paperback app is available on both iOS and Android for $4.99 US.