On the Table: Jan 1 – Jan 31, 2022

With the Omicron COVID strain putting the kibosh on all of our plans for gaming in groups of more than…*counts everyone living at Overlords HQ*…um, two (as our new copy of Unfathomable stares back at us, judgingly), we haven’t been gaming as prolifically as we would like. That’s fine, but it doesn’t make for interesting content. However, in the course of a month, I feel like there’s enough to update the site with.

A picture of Mother Hydra from the Unfathomable box, judging over all of us. IA! IA!
Don’t look at me like that.

These aren’t chronological order, but rather grouped together by game. If you really need to know when we played them, check out our logged plays on Board Game Geek.

Welcome To…

We just picked up Welcome To… at the end of last year, so it’s a new game for us. I had played it once at some friends’ house, and I knew that Em would love it. I was right, BTW. We played it twice last month: game one saw Em with a 70-59 victory, and game two was my win, 95-82. Who knew neighborhood planning could be so much fun?!?

The game Splendor
You caught me…this is just a picture of Splendor.

Cities of Splendor

This was another late 2021 purchase. We’ve only tried the Splendor: Cities module so far, but I loved how it made victory points a kind of currency, rather than the be-all/end-all of win conditions. I mean, you’re still trying to get the most points, but now, you also need a specific combination of gems as well. That said, Em made it to 14, which was enough for her to pick up a city, before me. Surprise, surprise.

Race for the Galaxy

Now I’m an old veteran of RftG, but Em just started playing late last year. She usually destroys me, but in our first game this year, I managed to put together an engine that she just couldn’t keep up with. I won 54-30. However, in game two, I pulled ahead in the beginning, but EM got some end-game scoring developments at won 56-41.


We still haven’t played the co-op version of Masmorra, and I STILL haven’t finished painting the models (I have to repaint Greybark). Anyway, once again, I pulled out ahead in the beginning, but Em jumped in front of me in the last round to win 18-14. Like, I don’t know why I can’t seem to beat her in this game…there’s even a character named Jay! This should be MY game!

Ticket to Ride: The Card Game

This one usually is MY game. Play train cards to fulfill route cards, but keep all the cards you play face down so that you have to remember what you’ve already played. It’s a fun, short game that I win almost every time we play. Not this time, though. Em took 180 points to my 152, though that score might have been reversed if not for two or three cards. It was closer than it looks is what I’m saying. Really. I’M GOOD AT THIS ONE, I SWEAR!


We played Clank! on the same day we played Ticket to Ride: The Card Game. This is one that I almost always lose at, but I swear that Opposite Day must have come ten days early, because I won 62-54. I only won because Em was stopped by the dragon a coupler rooms from the exit of the castle. This game really was a close one, and one that she would have won if I had pulled one more black cube from the bag.

A picture of the game Coimbra


When we’re in the mood for something a little heavier, but not too heave, Coimbra hits the spot. It’s not a huge brain-burner, but it does force you to make some painful choices. Em always wins this one, as she did this time with a score of 154 to my measly 94. It hurt.

Champions of Midgard

An old favorite here at Overlords HQ. We played with the Dark Mountains expansion. It was a weird game of Champions where we both ended up with a difficult combination of character and scoring conditions, and we didn’t like the market stalls that were put out. In the end, I just couldn’t pull off enough of my Fate cards, so I lost 60-72.

Brides and Bribes

We played this one at Origins way back in the before times, and we liked it well enough, so when we saw it on clearance at our game store, we grabbed it. It finally hit the table this month, and we probably got some of the rules wrong (the rule book isn’t great). Basically, you maneuver your family into marriages with various noblewomen of Genoa. BUT! You can also poison them. It’s fun for the whole family! Em won this one 31-24.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game

And finally, as usual, we have a campaign of Arkham Horror: The Card Game running. This time, we’re playing Return to the Path to Carcosa as Norman Withers (me) and Akachi Onyele (Em). We’re doing…well, we’re doing about as good as you can it Carcosa, but we’re starting to take mental trauma.

If you’re keeping track, this means that in January, Em won 8 games, and I won 3. That…that tracks, actually.

So what did you play last month (or last week if you play more than we got to)? Leave a comment below, or let us know on any of our social media accounts!

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