#HBCon continued... Enjoyed this fast paced Architects of the West Kingdom. Lots of action places, ways to block and swindle people. I think the game went by so fast that by the end of it, I totally forgot there was a theme to the game 🤷♀️. @boardgame_empire went down the most black market track you could possibly perform and ended up with 9 points. I just did my thang, got the 20 Cathedral points and ended up in 2nd place with 32 points. Thanks for the teach @matt_carta, @cartajenna.plays and shout out to @bgamer37 for playing as well!
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#paladinsofthewestkingdom got played last night. I enjoyed it so much I took a picture of the box, a picture of my player board and forgot to take anymore. So I added a facepalm too. Paladins is a more than worthy successor to Architects and combines #enginebuilding#actionselection and #workerplacement both on your board and the main board (later in the game) to produce a smooth game of simultaneously growing and protecting your town. You place workers on your board to perform a variety of actions, but here’s the catch! Want to do an action more than once, you need to use another action to clear those workers off the spot because they stay there till you pass. The large amount of actions provide a lot of meaningful decisions, but all in all there wasn’t much AP. You can see what you need to do, but how efficiently can you do it? Do you build walls and hire outsiders to defend the town? Do you mercilessly kill the outsiders or send your own townsfolk away on quests? Do you commission monks or build outposts to gain a foothold, or what about building workshops to make you more efficient in later turns. It’s an interesting puzzle that has little in the way of direct conflict. Mostly taking a card your opponent wants is the best way to spoke their wheel! I had an absolute blast with this one. Great art by @txemico again too. It fits perfectly in the world created by #shemphillips and @garphillgames and I look forward to their next game with baited breath. #boardgames#boardgame#boardgaming#tabletop#tabletopgame#tabletopgames#garphillgames#themico#boardgamelife
Зима вже наближається, але справжнім вікінгам сніг і холод не завада.
Незалежно від погоди вони споряджають стрімкі дракари та вирушають до незнайомих берегів у пошуках безмежних скарбів та грандіозної слави.
Хоробрі вікінги Північного моря завжди готові до нових захоплюючих пригод!
RAIDERS OF THE NORTH SEA || Quotable 🤣 "Running away is perfectly legit." || I've enjoyed Raiders of the North Sea for a couple years but never tried either expansion--Hall of Heroes and Fields of Fame. Got both in during Viking day earlier this week!
Fields of Fame adds township, a new area to raid. It also adds Jarls which trigger when you raid an area with a blue shield. You can try to kill, subdue (add to your crew) or run away from them, with varying effects. Killing Jarls allows you to go up on a new fame track for points.
Hall of Heroes adds the mead hall, a new space to either draw a crew card into your hand + get mead, or go on a quest. Quests pop up on the board after raids and require you to discard a certain strength number from your hand to claim, and they are another way to get plunder and points.
I have always found Raiders to be a very elegant game and after playing the expansions I still feel like they aren't required. Maybe if you've gotten bored of the base game? Of the two I think I like the Hall of Heroes better as the Jarls are super difficult to defeat for what feels like too little reward. I also appreciate that you can get more plunder via the quests which in turn allow you to get more offering tiles.
The thing I don't like about the expansions is that they length the game, since they give you other things to go after than raiding. It does help players who are less successful at raiding as there are other ways to earn points. But I also feel like it's hard enough to focus on the series of actions you need to take to set yourself up for a raid or whatever... And extra locations just add to that complicated sequence of events and makes it hard to focus on what it is you need to be doing efficiently.