I got a generous invitation to a grilling afternoon and evening from Chuck this weekend. I got to eat some awesome food, meet his awesome family, and get beat by many of them in three awesome games. First up was Century: Spice Road. This is quickly becoming a go-to for faster, introductory type games. The fast pace and short time-frame work really well with less intense players, and the complex puzzle aspect works well with those who like meatier fare – a great balance. For a more rambling description of the game, see my last post. Saturday marked the third time I’ve introduced this game to a teenager, and I’m 0 for 3 in those situations. This time it was Gabriel, Chuck’s 17-year-old nephew.
Game night actually started with Torin and I playing 13 Minutes from Jolly Roger Games. It was actually my second game of this today, as Gerald and I played it this afternoon. It’s a light, micro-version of the same producer’s game 13 Days, a card game about the Cuban Missile Crisis, which is itself an homage to the classic Twilight Struggle. (Which reminds me, I need to check on my online TS game. . . wait one.) Torin made sure to remind me why I’m no good at these event-based card games.