Last week was Semi Co-op’s 3rd anniversary! We’re celebrating with a comic (number 160!) which is a nod to our very first comic! The looks of our characters have changed quite a lot over the years and we thought it would be fun to show how much has changed in a single image. And yet very little has changed… our games are still spread out throughout the house. 😉

To celebrate this wonderful milestone we’re launching a thing we’ve been working on since the last couple of months: Semi Co-op Merchandise!!! You can actually get yourself the shirts you see in the comic above! We’ve opened a store on Threadless, which means shirts, bags, notebooks – we’re offering a wide selection of designs and products and the best thing is that when you get yourself some cool swag, you’re also supporting us a little, which is highly appreciated. <3

To celebrate our launch, we’re offering everybody a 10% discount this week!

We have some awesome ideas for future board game themed collections and we can’t wait to get working on them and make them available later this year.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels this coming week, we’re giving away some cool stuff.

Which of our 160 comics is your favorite?

No Pun Included is a board game review series with a humorous twist and they are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finance their next series of videos! We wanted to highlight their amazing work this week. If you’ve never heard of them, definitely check out their YouTube channel and consider throwing some bucks their way so they can continue the awesome stuff they’re doing! 🙂 Their main goal has been reached, but if they reach £30.000 – Elaine gets to work full time on NPI as well and that would be amazing.

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This comic is not just about Efka en Elaine, I think that it is relatable for most board game content creators. There is a lot of work behind the scenes of all the awesome stuff people make that you’ll probably never see.  Thinking up ideas and concepts, writing scripts, making sure you have the right props for the shot, producing the actual content and then sharing it with the world. It’s hard work, but everybody does it because they love the hobby and the community. It’s a beautiful thing.

In other news… We’ve been interviewed by Ruel Gaviola for GEEK & SUNDRY and we’re super hyped about that! 😉 You might have already seen the article on one of our social media accounts, but if you have not: click here to read the interview. We talk about the start of Semi Co-op, board games and of course about… scones! You can never mention scones too often in our opinion.

Geek & Sundry is doing a series of articles related to board gaming because International Tabletop Day is coming up (28th of April), so check out their site to read about all kinds of awesome board game related things, like these board game themed deserts!

April is going to be a busy and exciting month with our 3-year anniversary coming up. We’ll tell you more… next week!

What’s the secret in your board gaming life?

You might have noticed something looks… different. And you’re right! We have a new and improved website! 😀 Our website started to look really outdated and that started to annoy us, so we decided it was time for a fresh look. We’ve also updated our info page and we’ve added an FAQ page, maybe that one question that you’ve always had is in there.

If you come across any bugs, please let us know through any social media channel or just post a comment below. 🙂

The number of board games that are being launched through Kickstarter this year is gigantic! Kickstarter is a wonderful platform to gain enough funds to be able to produce a game and this is especially important for the smaller developers. But the bigger players that are well known for their high numbers of miniatures that come with their games, like Cool Mini or Not, almost certainly know that their Kickstarter campaigns will succeed (looking at previous successes) and it seems like the stretch goals are getting more and more lavish because of that.

While there is nothing wrong with this, it does feel like games are getting more and more expensive because they have to look amazing to stand out from all the other Kickstarter projects and this is holding us back when considering buying a game through Kickstarter. Because we enjoy playing a lot of different games, it doesn’t feel logical to spend a lot of money on just a single unproven game.

What is the most epic Kickstarter project you’ve seen/backed?

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The Lost Expedition was kindly provided by Osprey Games for free. We thank them for giving us this game which led to this comic! For more information on how we deal with gifted games, please see our FAQ!

This comic is a little meta, being about us playing The Lost Expedition… visualized in The Lost Expedition-cards! 😉

It’s a tricky co-operative game in which players try to reach the lost city with a team of three researchers: the navigator, the herbalist, and the explorer. We’ve played it a few times so far and it’s definitely one that we’re going to keep in our game collection. For us, it has replaced the solo game Friday. The Lost Expedition has a solo-mode as well and we just enjoy this game more (and the art is so pretty!). Most of the time you think you are doing quite well and then it spirals down into disaster. The times we won the game, it was because we chose to sacrifice people and let just one of the researchers make a sprint to the lost city. I’d love to make it with all the entire team one day. 😉

There also is a competitive mode in the game in which two teams of researchers try to reach the city first. I prefer the co-op mode, but I might need to give the competitive mode a second chance.

I’ve been really busy with all kinds of things that are Semi Co-op related which I can’t show you… yet! Luckily, times flies and in the coming weeks, we can finally share some of them and I’m really excited about it. 😀

What’s your favorite jungle themed game?

So I have this problem that the last few times we’ve played Dead of Winter, I got dealt the betrayer card. Now, I don’t really mind sneakily trying to push my friends into a pit of despair in a game but it does leave me with the problem that people don’t trust me anymore. The next time we play it I will probably get thrown out of the colony at the very beginning of the game. 😀

Now that we’re on the subject of betraying people, Heinze is currently playing a  game of Subterfuge with nine other board game content creators in season 2 of Clash of Creators! You can read more about it on the @ClashOfCreators Twitter account. There’s not much to see now, except for the scores – but after the game is finished, the awesome part will begin! Since this is a game of negotiations and a lot of betrayals, all players have made video diaries each day to share their strategic insights and look angry into the camera because they’ve been backstabbed once again by a so-called ally. In our case, we thought it would a lot of fun to make an animation setup for Heinze. So Admiral Upton of Semi-Cooptopia will give a daily report on all activities in the realm! We’ll keep you posted when the video diaries will be published.

For now, here’s a little preview of our setup:

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In other news, No Pun Included‘s Kickstarter campaign will launch at 5PM today! If you like their work, definitely check it out! They’re going to offer some cool promos to people who support them.

What was your biggest betrayal action in a game?

You might already know the webcomic Webcomic Name, but if you don’t – you can read it here:

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Tifanny mentioned that Keyper is kind of Stardew Valley the board game…  being a big fan of Stardew Valley this might be a problem. Must resist! 😉

We made a list of all the games that we’ve bought, that were sent to us or games we’ve backed on Kickstarter this year and we once again came to the realization that board game collections have a sneaky way of expanding themselves. Ours certainly has! At the moment we’re thinking about organizing a big game day at our place this summer and we’ll give away games we never play anymore to the winners. 🙂

And we’ve finished Mechs vs Minions yesterday! It’s a game we love to play once in a while and it’s a blast every time we play it. It was great to discover that the game comes with a lot of fun challenges for players to complete after they’ve finished all of the missions. But maybe we’ll go through the campaign again with friends, we’ll see. This is definitely a game that we’re going to keep in the collection even though we’ve finished the campaign. <3

Is your board game collection growing quicker than you thought it would?

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Onitama is a fun abstract chess-like game in which the moves your game pieces can make are determined by which card you play. The goal is reaching the starting space of the opponent or removing the Master pawn of the other player by landing on its space. It’s a game with a high level of ‘if-this-then-that’ since two of the next possible moves of the opponent are known to you.

We’ve only played the app version of this game and that’s certainly worth checking out as well! I think this is an app we’ll be playing a lot while traveling by train. Note that Godzilla is not an existing card in the game but part of the joke. 😉

These last weeks we’ve been playing a lot of the same games: Gloomhaven, Cthulhu Wars, The Lost Expedition, London and Arkham Horror the card game. And yesterday we’ve finished the Dunwich Campaign of Arkham Horror! It was an epic finale in which just one of our characters managed to survive. My character was killed after an epic action that made it possible for us to win the game. Alas, there was no chance for him to make it to the end. Luckily, Heinze’s character did and thus we ‘won’!

Since 7th Continent will be delivered very soon (excited!), we’ll stop playing Arkham Horror LCG for now, we love the game, but we’re playing too many campaign games right now and want to have time for some variation. 😉 We’ll pick it again when things quiet down.

What’s your favorite app version of a tabletop game at the moment?

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First: Critical Role is a show in which a group of voice-actors play Dungeons & Dragons together! It’s fun and if you’re interested, you can check it out here.

I’ll admit that I’ve never seen the first season of Geek and Sundry‘s Critical Role, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of watching it after all the online hype around season 2! And ever since that moment… I’m hooked and I’m always looking forward to the moment a new episode airs. It’s a perfect show to ‘watch’ on a second screen while doing some illustration work. I don’t have the time to pick up DnD again, so this certainly scratches that DnD-itch for me. 😉

And we finally played Cthulhu Wars! And the game is so much lighter than I had imagined. Not in weight, of course, the game is ridiculously big… not to mention all the available expansions – but in the terms of game mechanics. I’m usually not the biggest of strategic conquering games, but I really enjoyed Cthulhu Wars and would love to play it again a second time.

Who are your favorite tabletop gamers with a live stream/let’s play videos?

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Sakura was kindly provided by Osprey Games for free. We thank them for giving us this game which led to this comic! For more information on how we deal with gifted games, please see our FAQ!

The theme of Sakura is hilarious and it basically makes everybody we explain the game to laugh.  It’s a push-your-luck game in which you try to be closest to the Emperor pawn. Other players can influence the position of the emperor and of the first and last players. You might think you’re smart by ending up right behind the emperor, but you’ll be sorry when another player makes him move one step back. This will lose you prestige and move three spaces back. It’s a game we would play with any of our gaming groups as a short game to end a game evening lightly. It’s definitely one to keep an eye on when it hits the stores if you like these types of games.

We’ve also played London and we’re jokingly calling it Nations-light. Absolutely a game that we were missing in our collection. Heinze simply enjoys these tableau-building games and he’s also really good at it. I’ve already decided that my goal for our second game will be beating my own previous score and not to try and beat Heinze. 😉

This week is going to be a quiet week with hardly any gaming nights planned for a change, except Gloomhaven and we’re looking forward to that!

What is the game with the silliest theme in your collection?

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It’s been a while since we finished Legacy of Dragonholt and we both agreed that it really deserved some attention. The game actually comes with an achievement list, which did result in us making some irrational choices here and there. I guess that’s our digital gamers background kicking in. 😀

Our characters were a wanderer gnome bard who needed to sing and perform when there was the option and a magic-savvy hyrrinx catfolk sage that couldn’t resist using magic, even if it was the less wise option. You could argue whether Legacy of Dragonholt really is a ‘game’, we consider it more like a gamified choose-your-own-adventure story. We certainly enjoyed the experience and we applaud the ‘unusual’  character choices that are made by the writers. Bravo!

Last week we were surprised by Osprey Games who wanted to send us some of their games. All of these games have been on our ‘interesting games’-list, so we can’t wait to play them.

Do you prefer playing a character of your own gender in games or is it irrelevant to you?
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