Last Week’s Gaming – January 21st, 2019

The Tramways guy Blurbled something about Conex to the Maximus?

It’s another week down, and another week of games played.  Not as many as I would have liked this week, but that happens sometimes 🙂

Slowly starting to work my way through the Video Game list of shame.  The same will be coming with Board Games in the next few weeks.  Organising all of this has been taking more time than I thought – but not enough to stop playing games completely!


I love playing games with Alpal.  While she will play a ‘serious’ board game once you teach her the rules, she knows what she likes to play.  This means she gets games that don’t even register for me, and Conex is once again an excellent example of this.

You have a hand of cards with different colours on it.  Some coloured sections have points.  If you can match that colour and white outline to a card on the board without touching another card, move that many squares on the scoreboard.

It’s ‘Mess – the game’ and it’s amazing.  Two players was fun, Four was fantastic!  This will be going in the ‘more please I want to review’ pile 🙂

What happens if you add a scoring system to making a mess? Conex!


Blurble is one of those great quick party games where you play by the rules you want to.

In a nutshell, one player ‘challenges’ another player by flipping a card in front of them.  Each card has a picture, for the example let’s say Grasshopper.

The first player to say a word that starts with the same first letter of the illustration wins.  You can’t use proper nouns though, so if one player shouted ‘Graeme’ and the other ‘Ground’, the Ground player would win!

Simple yet challenging, and a game you can drop players in and out of at any time.  Safe bet as an addition to many libraries here.

We were having so much fun, I forgot to take a picture!

Gorus Maximus

As a general rule, I don’t like trick-taking games.  You may not know the term, but I bet you know a game like Hearts, 500 or Bridge – the backbone of the genre.

So it was with some surprise to some I backed Gorus Maximus, a ‘trick-taking game with funny art’.

A turn is over when everyone plays a card from their hand, and a round is over when their hand is completely played.  Highest score at the end of the round wins the round.  Win 3 rounds – win the game.

Gorus Maximum is very simple and very quick to play.  Pick your group for that last one though 😛

First player upgraded courtesy Alpal and her amazing minfig collection!

Tramways Engineer’s Workbook

An interesting little game is Tramways Engineer’s Workbook.

A better description to ‘game’ is puzzle book, with puzzles designed for 1 and 2 players.  You do not need to know anything about the Tramways game series to enjoy the Engineer’s Workbook, which was handy for me as I went in blind!

Solo play, you need to find optimal move solutions to reach a goal in a set number of turns.  I haven’t played with 2 players, but the puzzles change to a pickup and deliver style game – quite versatile really.

20190121 Tramways Engineers Workbook
If you just look at the puzzle, you will be lost. But the rules of the Tramways series are slowly introduced in a fun yet challenging manner

All are done on dry erase sheets (don’t use the sheets proper – they mark!) making replay or regifting really easy with the book.

I only spent a bit of time doing the first couple of episodes, but enough interest was sparked to keep me going.  Expect to see more on this in a few weeks.

Resident Evil 2 – 1 Shot Demo

I finally got a chance to sit and play the 30-minute demo of the new Resident Evil 2 remake.

Short version – I really want to play this next week.  I already have my copy preordered at EB Games, and this will be a blast to try.

My only issue with the Friday release?  The following Tuesday Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out!

I will tell you more about my experience tomorrow, where the 1 shot demo gets a review 🙂

This was great. It was Resident Evil, no punches pulled. Looking forward to playing through the full game soon!

Super Mario Odyssey

You know that backlog of shame?  This is a big one for me.

On PAX Aus 2017 eve, when I was excited that I was going to PAX and Rabbit was coming the next night, I went out for a walk on the Melbourne City streets.  What I met was a midnight launch of Super Mario Odyssey, so I grabbed it.  After all, I had recently bought my Switch and what better way to start on a Mario game right?

I'm with Cappy on this one. Dancing for a Moon? Disgraceful! :p

I finally started getting into it this week.  I haven’t gone too far, I just finished the ‘boss’ of the Seaside Kingdom.  I have been spending time making sure I collect all of the purple coins – I will do a Moon run later.  It’s been a great way to unwind each night, so a review will probably be coming later – as long as Kingdom Hearts doesn’t get in the way!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

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