We made it down in one piece and unloaded my car. Mitchell was unloading the back when he dropped his King Cobra 40oz he got at a local gas station. It shattered all over the place and we then called it pulling a Mitchell. Mitchell had several Mitchell like situations, but we love him anyways. Once we got everything in the room, Cyko and I proceeded downstairs for a volunteer dinner and got our badges early. The dinner was tacos and they were excellent. I recommend being a volunteer if you attend this convention someday. You get to meet lots of people and get some nice perks as well.
The rest of this article will be a summary of the games we played during the convention and what I thought of them. As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read my articles. Please share them to your gaming friends and you can find me on twitter @so1ks. Hopefully one day I will see you at Geekway to the West. Now to the games!
Wingspan is an engine building game that has you trying to collect birds to obtain victory points. Each bird requires different food and habitat. Finding a way to maximize your resources and obtaining the birds you need makes this a very strategic game, but not overly complicated to learn. The theme really came out with the dice tower bird house, egg tokens that look like the colored Easter egg candies you can get at the store. What really showed the extra mile that was taken to show the theme was all the unique birds on the cards. These cards showed the habitat, what they ate, what area of the world they are from and an interesting fact about the bird. For example, did you know the Turkey Vulture defends itself by projectile vomiting on its possible attacker. This is but only one interesting bird fact you will learn from playing Wingspan.
Everyone in our group enjoyed it and would definitely play it again. I would recommend this to anyone who loves birds or resource management/ engine building games.
Gizmos felt like Potion Explosion to me and I think I liked this one slightly more. While I enjoyed Gizmos, I was not craving to play it again. Gizmos is a fun game that would work well with families.
Stone Age is all about being the best in the village. You will send workers to get resources, enhance their farm, improve your tools and even shack up to make new workers. I see why some many enjoy Stone Age and also use it as an introduction to worker placement games. Stone Age is fairly easy to learn, but has many different strategies to victory.
I would gladly play this again and would love to own the anniversary edition. I would recommend this to worker placement lovers and those trying to get their friends into a worker placement game for the first time.
While our intro game was fairly simple, I can see where learning the various mechs and combinations could make things way more strategic. I would like to get a chance to play this more. I am a big mech fan so I may be a bit biased.
I really liked how Coimbra used the dice in various ways to make you think hard on which die you chose. Do you go for the color you want, or a number for card picking prioritization. This is but one of times you will need to think hard to make the best decision. I really enjoyed it and hope to add it to my collection some day.
I highly enjoyed Teotihuacan for the complexity and smoothness of the play. Teotihuacan can be a real brain burner at times but still a great time. As I previously mentioned Cyko won this in the Play to Win library and I traded him for this. Ultimately we almost always play together so it didn't matter who got what. Either way I am happy to come away with this game at the end of the convention.
We had an odd thing happen during our game where we ended up rolling the rarest resource each time and had trouble getting the easiest resource for our die rolls. This one started out rough, but by the end of the game we all really enjoyed it and wanted to play it again. Would definitely recommend this if you are a fan of his previous games like Mombasa and Great Western Trail.