Last Week’s Gaming – June 17th, 2019

Box of Rocks came with Tiny Dino

Alpal, Rabbit and I managed to squeeze in a few hours of fun this week, and it was a great time.

Even playing some heavier than expected games, there was a lot of opportunities to simply cut back and enjoy ourselves.

But what did we play? Check it out below!

This week, we kicked off games with Rabbit testing her wits with the Box of Rocks.

A lot of fun was had, and a bit of useless trivia was learned (at least short term).

Ultimately though, the Rocks bested Rabbit. This time.

For such a ridiculously simple premise, it is amazing the amount of fun and flexibility this game offers. Feel like a trivia game, but don’t feel like playing with the internet? Grab Box of Rocks. I am getting seriously tempted.

Is the Rabbit smarter than a box of rocks? Wait and see!

I have heard a lot about Tiny Towns over the last few months. A lot good, and a sizeable chunk of ‘not worth the hype’.

After playing a couple of games and correcting a couple of rules muck ups (blank squares are always -1 point, not just in other modes John!) we had a lot of fun.

There was a lot of thinking involved. A surprising amount in fact. Tiny Towns merges tetrominoes style placement with combo building and resource management in a surprisingly deep yet easy to teach package.

Bottom line – I am buying a copy for myself. We played Alpal’s copy and I don’t think she will tire of it soon. That’s a big compliment to any game 🙂

I have heard lots about Tiny Towns, and I was really happy to play it

I got this delivered from the Kickstarter the previous week, and got the chance for a couple of games.

I was worried going in. The basic premise was fine, almost standard for roll and writes – roll dice, choose actions from roll, get the most points.

There is a Lite mode to learn, a Danger mode with breakouts and such, and a few expansions thanks to the Kickstarter copy.

The game - first impressions are good. The manual... not so much.

And it took me an hour to learn to play it. Putting all of the rules in one section for all game types was really confusing, and if that’s what hits retail I pity the people seeing what they are missing with promos and the like. And I still doubted myself as I was playing, and I was right to once. I was right the first time most other plays.

Welcome to Dino World is ultimately a fun game though, and coming to retail in a couple of months from what I understand. A formal review will be coming.

Also on a side note, Alpal has been playing with some Lego minifigs, and the results I think speak for themselves. I didn’t want to mess with Dobby before, and I certainly don’t now!

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,


Last Week’s Gaming – June 10th, 2019

The Quacks of Istanbul are a Stack of Rocks.

Yeah, that one was reaching, but it’s been one of those weeks. At least I managed to get in some great play time this week!

Not mentioned below, I am finally up to the part of Final Fantasy X when I can just go and play Blitzball. Yay! But.

It’s been ages since I played FFX properly, but I lost the opening tournament 1-0. There seemed to be some harsh ‘randomisation’ happening, but still. I have won it before. Maybe I will reload the save and play it again to win? Find out what I do next week!

On to what Alpal and I did get to play this week 😀

Trivia games. One of the problems with them is you usually need a few people. But what if you could play alone?

It’s a simple premise – there are a bunch of questions, and the answers can only be 0, 1 or 2. Read the question, lock in your answer, shake the box of rocks for its answer, then see who is right.

First to three wins. Simple, right? And yet, somehow, I only won after a tiebreaker. That’s not embarrassing at all. But it was a bunch of fun 😀

It's a simple premise, and should be easy. But it came to a tie-breaker!

Dexterity games. I seem to have a love-hate relationship with this genre. But I will always come back for more!

Maki Stack is kind of a sushi themed Junk Art? In its most basic form, build a stack as outlined on the cards from the sushi wooden components. The catch? You have to use one finger from each hand as your ‘chopsticks’!

Then, you can play in teams of two, and you each use one finger each to build the stack. Finally, you can play in teams but blindfold one team member for maximum ridiculousness!

Maki Stack was a quick bit of fun and another on the list that without Alpal I would never know about.

If Junk Art makes you hungry, don't play Maki Stack! :p

Three players this time, and it was just as fun as the original game!

Playing with a brand new player that admittedly only had half a rules explanation, we settled in for a fun round of push your luck/card counting fun.

Our scores were not as high as the first game, but even with an on the fly rules explanation and no concept of end game scoring, Annabelle took the win by 1 point!

It’s one of the things I love about this 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner – while there are layers of the game there waiting to be explored, played at it’s simplest it’s an amazingly fun time!

The rubber band scoring works so well in this game!

Ended games day with an old favourite – Instanbul the dice game 😀

Alpal managed to do the sneaky ‘I went from 4-6 rubies and you don’t get another turn’ win, which is one of the feelings the dice game captures from the board game so perfectly!

I do have an annoying habit from another player of trying to call the rubies red diamonds though :p

Always a welcome addition to the game night, I stand by my 9/10 review of Istanbul the Dice Game.

Roll your dice, and try to get more rubies than your opponents

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,