The Appetizers: Some oldies - Bargain Hunter and Mord Im Arosa - as well as the lovely-looking connections game Tsuro.
|Tsuro.... So pretty!|
|Dominion binder with all the expansions.... Very clever.|
|And filed by expansion. Excellent.|
Instead, I finally got to play a game of Galaxy Trucker by stellar Czech designer Vlaada Chatvil, which I had been wanting to try for half a year now. And as I had hoped, the game turned out to be just fantastic! Strategic, chaotic, hilarious, intense, just an all-around great experience. This immediately jumped to the top of my list. If you haven't heard of GT, the idea is that you and the other players simultaneously put a ship together under major time pressure using whatever tiles you find on the table. Connections have to match and you need to balance engines, weapons, crew, and shields. Once everyone has built their ship, removing all poorly connected parts, everyone then proceeds to fly their ship through a series of brutal and totally unfair obstacles. Pieces and whole chunks of ship tend to fall off at this point, much to the amusement of everyone. There is a scoring system and strategy but who cares. The game's a riot from start to finish and one I must play again.
|Cosmic credits - the victory points of Galaxy Trucker|
|Our ship in round 1 - small but well-built.|
|Our ship in round 2 - a few exposed connections but still pretty decent|
|Round 3 - uh oh. This one took a real beating....|