Meeple Meetup 07/23/2020

Well last week was a crazy good gauntlet, wasn’t it? The score was 3-2-1, 2-2-2, or 2*-2-2**, or 3*-2-2** all depending how you look at it. In other words, we made things plenty confusing while blasting through six games of Splendor last Thursday. Each of us was thoroughly whooped at least once, each of us won at least once. The trash talking was real. The salt was definitely real. The looks of growing frustration from Braden and Callahan when they realized Shane suddenly went “happy silent.” Oh yeah, plenty of those, too!

There was no lack of competition during that game and I feel like if you wanted to see the many different strategies you can use to win, the struggle to block other players and how differently the board can play out – we definitely gave you the full buffet there. One of those games in particular that opening board was the freaking epitome of a dumpster fire. You couldn’t try to make a meaner starting board.

Shane also wore a cheesehead. That seems like an important and relevant detail. For that reason alone, feel free to hit our Twitch page to watch the action-packed replay.

This Week: Stone Age!

Also known as “Cave Man Fight Club,” we will be hitting up Boardgame Arena to play one of our favorite board games. In fact, it was one of the two that we did a long form board game YouTube video about before the whole self-isolation thing became necessary. You should check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

This is a great strategy game that has several different strategies that can work towards victory and requires a lot of strategy, seeing what your opponents are doing and blocking them, as well as a small bit of luck. The ability to adjust strategy mid-game is also a major plus. Sometimes you see three competing strategies and then the board throws a curve ball. That’s when things get really, really interesting.

This is a fun game, with a lot of fantastic traits to it. While we’re not overly familiar with the new updates, the winter board does provide some more interesting buildings, igloos, cards, and more to make things even more interesting. And the board is just frankly beautiful.

Whichever route we go – tune in and what the fun. Rumor has it we will even have a Phil jumping back in from vacation to join us!

Of course there is now the special anniversary winter board available with some new buildings, mechanics, and even igloos. No word on whether they are going with classic or chaos.

Stone Age Winter Board Game
I was off to a pretty decent start before the wolves, eagles, boars, and bears made things go off the rails.

A Most Glorious Table for Two on YouTube

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Upcoming Schedule/Events:

  • July 24th: Patrons Night – Jackbox Games makes its absolutely amazing return!
  • July 30th: Small World – (I don’t think they’ll let me get Forest Tritons again)
  • August at some point: Special surprise, TBD (because, professional)
  • Aug 6th: TBD but probably either Overcooked 2 or Unrailed for quote, unquote, “Cooperative” teamwork games
  • And of course Braden streaming every Monday night (currently playing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night) with Shane streaming every Tuesday night (alternating between West of Loathing and Kindergarten 2). It’s a good system
  • Shane is planning an August surprise for Patrons if all goes well – stay tuned.

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