Thursday, January 30, 2014

Viticulture Review

Designer: Jamey Stegmaier & Alan Stone
No. of Players: 2-6
Playing Time: 30mins per player

Mechanics: Worker Placement / Victory Point Race

Viticulture is a game about running a vineyard and turning it into a booming winery business. Players take turns in turn order to send their workers to accomplish tasks and eventually attain victory points through fulfilling wine orders, giving tours of their vineyard, planting vines and selling grapes.
At the end of the game, the player with the most points is the winner and the one who has showed true excellence in running a winery business ( or maybe all he/she did was run a successful tour agency ).
Is Viticulture fine wine in a bottle or merely grape juice in a glass? Let's taste and see!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Robinson Crusoe - Learning the Game, Learning from Mistakes (not), Admitting Defeat

Its been a week of no posts from me as I was away serving my country ( albeit being very bored in the process ). With the very little spare time I had in between days, I managed to chalk up 3 solo plays of Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island.

Girl: We will go there, and die / Man: Roger Dodger Boss

Monday, January 20, 2014

Push Your Luck Video #13: Ladies in Boardgaming Part 2

I do apologise for the poor sound quality as one of the ladies was outside. I also made a booboo by creating an event with google hangout instead of hangout on air. Next time I will know better :P I do hope this video was insightful and fun for you to watch as it was for us to make it. Do leave me your comments and suggestions and thank you for watching!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Push Your Luck Video Reviews #11 and #12

Today i release 2 videos, one for SKULL and another for GRAVWELL.

Both are light and interesting games. Quite fun too! Check out the video link to the right.

As usual, go to our guild and leave me comments and feedback there.


Push Your Luck Podcast Episode 29: Chatting with the ladies in our gaming group

Hi everyone, this episode is a mp3 version of our Google Hangout on air that I arranged with 3 ladies from my gaming group. I wanted to find out more about them and also what games they like, why they like to board game and also any suggestions they may have to attract more ladies into gaming. If you have already seen the youtube video, then this will be more or less the same.

If you have not, take a listen and I hope it will be interesting for you (you can subscribe to iTunes and get the latest episode).

I will also be having another interview session with 2 or 3 other ladies that I play boardgames with. It will be on the 20th at 930PM Singapore time. You can join in here

Interested to ask the ladies some questions? Feel free to post your comments here.

Thanks for listening!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dungeon of Mandom Review - Who's the Bravest Delver of Them All ?

For those who are unaware, I have a deep deep fascination and fixation with games that originate from Japan. I love how creative their ideas and packaging can be, and some of the artwork in their games are quite simply the best in the board game business ( IMO ). So with every new release from Japan that trickles into my radar, I tend to stand up and take notice more so than other games from the more established publishers.

Oink Games is one of the publishers in Japan who has a constant flow of games that are released throughout the year. Their latest release ( and last release for 2013 ) is titled Dungeon of Mandom.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Exodus Review - Tile Placement in the Old Testament

While walking around Essen looking for peculiar / unique games, i stumbled upon this small Korean booth that was selling small box games with cartoonish and colorful art on its covers.
One of them was titled "The Exodus" and resembled what seemed like Moses and Pharaoh on its cover art.
Being a Christian, i decided that it might be worth checking out if only so that i can use it in my classes and to introduce games to some of my church friends.
I played a quick round of it with the lady at the booth and eventually bought it for 10 Euros ( if i remember correctly ). Possibly the cheapest game i bought at Essen. Haha

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Push Your Luck Podcast Video Review #9: Baaa Baaaa Black Shephy!

I review a solo game called Shephy where you are a Shepard (of sorts). Take a look and let me know what you think (of the game and of the video) :)


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Push Your Luck Podcast Video: Ladies in gaming Part 2!

Hi Everyone!

I have arranged for another Google hangout on air session with some more ladies that I play boardgames with. This time we will open it up to the public to attend and listen in as I interview them.
If you are interested or just want to say hi, do click on the event link and join.

It will be on the 20th Jan 2130 Hours (Singapore Time, which is GMT + 8)



Monday, January 6, 2014

Push Your Luck Podcast Video #9: Ladies in gaming!

So I decided to interview 3 ladies whom I game with regularly and they were nice, kind, gracious and brave enough to be on google hangout with me for the interview.
This is my first time attempting such an interview so I am hoping you will give me comments/suggestions/feedback :)
If there is popular demand, I will try this again, perhaps with LIVE audience and a LIVE Q&A session! :P

Enjoy and HAPPY 2014!

First Impressions - The Game that Nearly Wasn't ( The Capitals )

I think its extremely fortunate that I am able to post a first impression post for The Capitals.
Before even being able to finish a proper game of this, we had 3 false starts. This would, under most circumstances, condemn the game to the shelf, alone to befriend the dust particles that will eventually surround it. But through the miracles that be, we actually got round to getting the game played, and completed.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Push Your Luck Podcast Episode 28: Our top games, surprises and disappointments from 2013!

Jonathan and Eric shares their Top 5 best games of 2013, Top 3 disappointments and Top 3 surprises. The winner of the anniversary contest is also announced! You can get the podcast by subscribing to our feed here

4:27 - Top 3 Surprises for 2013
1: Augustus
2: Coal Baron
3: Little Prince Make me a Planet

1: Coconuts
2: Augustus
3: The Duke

18:46 - Top 3 Disappointments for 2013
1: Amerigo
2: World of Tanks Rush
3: Mascarade

1: Bremerhaven
2: Global Mogul

3: Say Bye to the Villains

37:49 - Top 5 games of 2013
1: Lewis and Clark
2: Coconuts
3: Russian Railroads
4: Bruges
5: Viticulture

1: Russian Railroads
2: Lewis & Clark
3: Bruxelles 1893
4: The Duke

5: Nauticus

1:15:15 - Our anniversary contest winner! - Grace Lin!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

2013, statistically speaking

So since I have been tracking my plays via boardgamegeek, lets take a look at the statistics and also my thoughts.
In 2013, I played 563 games. This is just slightly more than 506 games in 2013.
Out of which, I played 274 unique games (included in this count are expansions).
Out of which, 85 are 2013 releases.
Games most played in 2013 in descending order is Love Letter, Coup, Suburbia, Kobayakawa and Bora Bora.
Compared to 2012, its Biblios, Plato 3000, Netrunner and Kakerlakenpoker.

Given that my situation did not change much in 2013, the number of plays have been pretty consistent. Mostly have been gaming groups at my place and I have stopped going to meetups. To me, gaming is 50% about the game and 50% about the interaction with the friends around you. Therefore, I feel that once you have friends that you like to game with, you will want to keep gaming with them consistently. It can sometimes get tricky when there are so many friends you want to game with but not enough space to host them all at once!

I am glad that I had managed to play so many unqiue games but the number of 2013 releases is nothing to brag about. Given that 2013 seems to be a bumper year of releases, I do hope that in 2014 I manage to cover more of the 2013 releases so that I can comfortably contribute to the dicetower Best of 2013 voting lists in April 2014.

Games most played for both years does seem to show that I play a lot of the lighter games. This is not accurate though. I do bring out the lighter games more often because they are my go-to games for warming up or cooling down before and after a long gaming session. Furthermore, I do bring them to office for our lunch time sessions and I won't be bringing heavies with me. Thus its natural that the lighter fares get a lot more plays.It is interesting to note though that a heavier game (Bora Bora) managed to get into my Top 5 most played games in 2013. It does show how much I like the game as well as the gaming groups I am with and the level they are at.

One disclaimer though that may probably skew the statistics are the online plays that I have been having with various friends. Especially Castles of Burgundy on http://www.boiteajeux.net. I have recently gotten very hooked on it and have been playing almost on a daily basis 2 player or 3 players. Even though I am still beaten quite regularly by my friends, I feel that I have improved quite a lot. The test will be when I next play with Jonathan in real life. That will see if I have learnt the many lessons I have gleamed from my online plays.
With regards to the gaming groups, I have been very fortunate to be with groups that can play heavier euro-style games and have a very good balance of gals and guys. We have managed to "infect" the ladies with our "disease" and after several sessions, have "leveled" them up to a respectable level that they enjoy the thinkier games now and can often beat us in the games. Now if I can get them to contribute with boardgames of their own and start their collections, that will be most "delicious" *GRIN*

On the boardgame collection front, I have been consistent in trimming away games I no longer play in order to take in more 2013 releases. So far the number of boardgames I own is hovering comfortably at 150 region though it means I am spilling over my cabinets into an adjacent room. If I can trim it further, that will be optimal but the second-hand boardgame market in our local meetup group is now becoming more competitive. Enthusiasts now know where to buy games online cheaply and having Amazon with free delivery also means gamers now have access to cheap games. Its not impossible to resell games that you don't play but you will probably have to discount more nowadays.

On the iOS front, its the same case where I have too many applications but too little time to play them. My previous purchases of Titan and Stone age have been untouched for some time and new applications are now appearing more frequently. Suburbia was quite a good application but teething issues still currently being faced prevent it from being great. Lords of Waterdeep application is awesome though and I am enjoying the multiplayer matches. I know there will be even more iOS ports of boardgames and as long as they remain afforable (i.e. <USD5), I will still try to make space for them on my iDevice.
So all in all, quite a good year of gaming. I hope it will be the same in 2014 (i.e. infect 1 or 2 more people and level them up!) or even better!

How has your gaming in 2013 been like? What are you hoping for in 2014? Leave your comments below!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First impressions - Mad over Machines ( What's He Building In There )

My kickstarter copy of What's He Building In There ( WHBIT ) finally arrived a few weeks back. It got delayed by 6 months due to some faulty components issues. Well, I was very excited about it early in the year, but as it got pushed back and after having gone to Essen and back, my enthusiasm for it completely faded when it finally arrived at my doorstep.
Nonetheless, money spent, I decided to give it a go when I had 2 others with me since it stated a playtime of 30mins per person. Better to start off small and quick for an early impression.