by Globus the Elder
“I am not left handed.” – Inigo Montoya
By Kate Thompson
Do people still say pwn? I don’t care.
Pursuant to my last post, I decided to try another solo game of Terraforming Mars with the Venus Next expansion. I did this at 5:30 am on a snow day in January, which is not really my typical board gaming time, but it was nice.
The whole point of this exercise was to see how difficult the solo game is with the expansion. My only other attempt felt quite easy to me, so I wanted more data. Read on to see how it went, if you don’t already know what pwn means.
by Kate Thompson
The Venus Next expansion for Terraforming Mars was released in December 2017. I managed to get my hands on a copy even earlier than that at PAX Unplugged. This was entirely thanks to my AMAZING friends Karyn and Kevin, who found it and then generously let me have their copy when we returned to the booth to find they had sold out. I was vibrating with joy and anticipation!
Here’s what the expansion adds to the game, and what I think about it!
By: Kate Thompson
On December 15th, my partner Neil and I had some friends over to play Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, which my friend Rob had recently procured. Neither of us was particularly familiar with the game. I’d played 3rd edition once approximately a decade ago, and I’m not sure Neil had even heard of the game before. However, I knew he was likely to enjoy it, based on the types of games I know he likes.
We had a great time. Twilight Imperium is an epic game, but it is also simple. Getting the hang of all the rules is a bit of a hurdle, but once you have done that, all you really need to do is make sure you are completing objectives and getting points. Of course, your efficiency at this task can improve over time with familiarization of the game, but that’s the beauty of any good game.
Neil and I had decided not to get each other gifts for Christmas this year. But the day after we played Twilight Imperium, I could tell that he really enjoyed the game. Each silence that day was broken by a revelation or other ponderance about the game. And then, discussions about how we might be able to play the game with only two players.
And then, we were at our local board game cafe (The Board Room in Bedford, Nova Scotia). We were there to buy small games for stocking stuffers and gifts for friends… But I happened to have quite a lot of loyalty points that could be redeemed for a hefty discount on our purchase.
And then, we were walking out of the store not only with small games but also a big one.
And then, we were setting up a 4 player game… when we had but two players.
Long story short, we bought TI4, and this is the story of how we have tried to play it with 2 players!
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