On the Table: November 23-29, 2020

Here in the States, it was Thanksgiving week, which meant that we had less work and more time for board games. We’ve been posting these “On the Table” posts every two weeks, but we had enough gaming this week to just go ahead and post one for this week.

One note: I (Jay) have been writing these in 3rd person, but since I’ve been handling all of the “On the Table” posts, I’m switching to 1st person. It’ll be less awkward.

With that out of the way, here’s what we played!

Teotihuacan. There’s a lot going on.

Teotihuacan: City of Gods – We played our second game of Teotihuacan this week. There is a LOT going on in this game…I feel like it’s not as heavy as some people say it is, but it’s easy to forget bonuses you get for technologies and the meanings of every symbol. As these things go, Em beat me 238 to 191.

Mystic Vale – I felt like the cards were on my side for a change in our game of Mystic Vale. Though most of my cards did nothing for my victory total, I had lots of symbols to get Vale cards, and in the end, I pulled of a 31-28 victory.

Azul – We played 2 games of Azul this week. In the first, I won 63-56, but in the second, I lost 89-79.

Lord of Waterdeep. My Tavern was poppin’! (Meeples by Broken Token)

Lords of Waterdeep – It had been a while since we broke this one out. which is a shame because we really like it. It works surprisingly well as a two player, even when those players hate “take that” moves. In fact, by the end, Em had a handful of unplayed intrigue cards that would have lost me hirelings, and I was holding on to several mandatory quests that I just couldn’t bring myself to play against her. Em won 190 to 156.

Ticket to Ride: The Card Game – This is one of the few games that I win more often than I lose against Em. In this case, I won 171 to 145. In her defense, Em would have won if she had taken a few more risks.

Love Letter – We’re late to the party here, but we played our first game of Love Letter this week. Of games like this one, I think I prefer Coup, but Love Letter definitely plays better as a 2-player. Em won 7-3.

Tsuro. This is the way.

Tsuro Tsuro is a great filler game…it’s short, it’s not super-competitive, and it is almost meditative in its “play one time and follow the path” gameplay. In a 2-player game, there’s not a lot of player interaction, but there is the threat of player interaction. I lost.

Barkham Horror: The Meddling of Meowlathotep – We played through this Arkham Horror: The Card Game expansion. I won’t tell you about it here, though…check out OUR REVIEW of the expansion for more details!

Legendary A Marvel Deck Building Game – After a long hiatus, we’ve returned to Legendary. This time, Moon Knight, Blade, Luke Cage Noir, Ghost Rider, and Iron Fist just barely stopped Mephisto from opening Portals to the Dark Dimension. As you would expect, Em did all of the boss damage, and I took wounds and beat up weak enemies.

Dimension. The only humerous thing I can think to say here would make this a PG-13 post, so I’ll abstain.

Dimension – A fast, deceptively simple spatial game. We played this at a little convention a few years ago and bought it soon after. I did well early on, but a few bad plays in turns 4 and 5 led to an end score of 55 to Em’s 62.

Thousand Year Old Vampire – I posted the second chapter of my narrative playthrough of Thousand Year Old Vampire, the solo journaling game by Tim Hutchings. Check back every Friday for another installment!

If you’re keeping score, Em won 6 games, I won 3, and we were successful in both cooperative games.

And that was our week in boardgaming. What did you play? Let us know in the comments, or find us all over the web!

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