Haven’t played RFTG for years although it is the first strategy board game xw and I ever played and practically led us into the board game world. We played the original version and the 1st expansion a lot, but the 2nd and the 3rd expansions made us lose interests on this game, because it felt like the system became complex and difficult for us to have a good grasp and enjoy.
The last game I bought, Takenoko, wasn’t very successful. So I’ve been looking for a new one for a while and noticed RFTG released its 4th expansion last year, named Alien Artifacts. The 4th expansion started a new “Arc”, or you can understand it as a new trilogy. So it should be played only with the original game, not with the first 3 expansions. Because of the history above, this feature is actually very attractive to me.
The 4th expansion added a bunch of new cards into the original game, and a new sub-system – Alien Orb. The Orb system feels quite weird because it’s not really “integrated” into the game and is completely optional. It’s slightly similar to Carcassonne: players put new tiles to form a map in turn, and move “meeples”. The mechanism is almost completed separated with the main card game, and the main relationship is you can get a few power tokens from the Orb system to use in the card game, also VPs.
I played 2 games with the Orb system and 2 without it. So far I prefer the latter much more. The Orb phase feels like a distraction so players need to “switch” thoughts between the cards and the map. And it introduces downtime into the fast-pacing original game, but doesn’t seem to bring enough interaction as a good trade-off.
Although the Orb system seems a bad addition to me and also received lots of critics on BBG forums, the 4th expansion is still a good expansion overall. The original game has a few elements “incomplete”, such as Rebel cards and Uplift cards, even the whole Alien branch. It’s obvious the design idea is to complete the missing parts in expansions. The new cards added in Alien Artifacts are quite a lot and balanced the whole game well. When play a card suite with the 4th expansion, it feels much more like a complete system and not over-complicated. I highly recommend to try this expansion if you play the original RFTG, but feel free to leave out the Orb system.
在年前的打折消息里面注意到了King of Tokyo这个桌游。画风和背景看起来都很卡通甚至略显幼稚，但设计者Richard Garfield是万智牌的作者，这一点让我觉得这游戏应该不至于太肤浅。加上手里的桌游组合也需要一个party game来补充一下，于是就入了这个。
如果打算入这个游戏的话强烈推荐Power Up扩展，很便宜。基本版的怪物之间没有什么区别，这个扩展给它们加入了个性化的技能。另外这游戏本质上还是个party game，人多一点比较好玩。
上周偶然看见Amazon上的Daily Deal是桌游，然后进去扫了一下发现这个叫The Castles of Burgundy的游戏没听过。查了查发现还挺有名的是2011年新出的游戏现在已经是BGG上的第12名！于是果断拿下。说起来还真是挺久没怎么关心桌游的消息了。。
As its official site introduces, this is “a party game for horrible people”.
The rules are extremely simple: one player draws a question, the other players pick an answer from their hands (each player has 10 cards). The player who draws the question reads all answers and picks his/her favorite one and give the “awesome point” to that player gives this answer.
This game is awesome because of those hilarious questions and answers. And please be aware that most funniest cards are “inappropriate”. I have to say this card game is full of sexual and racist stuff, but in a good way. So make sure you’re playing it with a group of people who can have fun from it! Then it will be awesome! This game is not for decent people, no.
Note for ESL readers: you probably should have more native English speakers in the game, otherwise “dictionary time” will be too much.