Instead I want to talk about some other people's games. We spent the last month traveling all over the U.S. to various conventions and events and in the short times between the hundreds of CBGtCG games I played I got to lay hands on some pretty sweet stuff I think you should check out.
Up first is our neighbors from Templecon KinSoul studio and their game Alkemia. This is one of the games I did not get to play myself but watched a few times. The object is to craft better academical items then your opponent and you do this on hex board generated at the start of the game. I really enjoyed this pseudo Catan layout and though I did not watch enough to fully grasp the crafting mechanic it seemed pretty sweet. Also worth mentioning from this event was Jeff Johnston and his game Moonquake. This man has the best pitch I have ever seen which involves him building the multi-tiered world of his game in front of you and also a snack. I actually got to try a round of this game and it’s a great family game.
Our next big trip put us out to PAX West and boy are there are a lot of games I’d like to mention from this trip. 20XX is rad, so is Blade Ballet and you can play them now, so do it. Just Shapes and Beats stole my heart though. There was only one level available to play at PAX and I would buy it right now. What is it? It’s just Shapes and Beats guys. We also got to share the Indie Megabooth with some incredible tabletop games. Breaker Blocks has wound up being a personal favorite of mine. I didn’t touch it at the con and was, at the time, more impressed by the fact that the lunatic behind it all makes the copies himself at home with a laser cutter then the game itself. But we brought a copy home with us and oh I have played it more than a few times since then. If you like simple yet deep abstract strategy it’s right here.
Rounding all this out was Boston FIG where I was once again tantalized by the beauty of Dragoon and didn’t have time to play. (I have a copy on order now though yay!) These guy’s make one of the best looking games I have ever seen and also happen to be absurdly nice. Hey Lay Waste Games, you are making us all look bad. Never stop.
There’s at least a dozen games more I won’t have time to talk about but if you get the chance you should also try some of these on for size Someone has Died, True Messiah , Pheonix Covenant, Monsters in the Elevator, Illimat. At some point I hope to also do a quick write up on the events themselves and what worked for us and what didn’t for those looking to do something like this in the future.