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A comic behind the screens of the afterlife! 😉 And this comic would, of course, not be complete without a link to this scene of Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey! Poor Death just wants to try and play some co-op games.

Last week, we finaly played Takenoko! We don’t own it, but luckily friends of ours have the game and brought it with them on a gamenight. It’s a delicious looking light and fun game, certainly one I would recommend to the “casual” gamers or for people that are looking for a game that’s and plays quickly.

Also last week, we’ve listed an item for Board Game Geek’s Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction, an avatar and signed print of the highest bidder in Semi Co-op style! The generosity has blown our mind, since it already raised $600! Crazy and very awesome!

I forgot to share the extra comics which we publish on our social media channels the past few weeks, so…  these are the latest extra comics, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#021 – Be Proud
#022 – Choices, choices…
#023 – Analysis Paralysis

What game would you play against Death?

 

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This week’s comic features one of our patrons, Darrel! He won an appearance in one of our comics during the Winter raffle! This coming Thursday, we’ll be giving away prizes in our Spring Raffle! So if you’re interested in winning a signed print of one of our comics of your choice, one of our merchandise items or… an appearance in one of our comics, you can become a patron over at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/semicoop! 😀

The comic is about the semi co-operative game Battlestar Galactica. We’ve always been fans of the (new) series and certainly don’t mind games with hidden traitor mechanisms, BUT we’ve actually never played this game yet. And now it’s out of print, so it’s time to start asking around if anybody owns a copy we can borrow. I hope we do get to play the game one day. 🙂

Last week, Leder Games launched their Kickstarter for an expansion for Root! And since we really like Root, we figured this would be a great moment to make the propaganda poster we designed for this comic, free to download for anybody who would like some nice Root-decoration! You can download them here for free, but do note that you can only print and use them for personal usage. Enjoy!

Games with a hidden traitor element: yay or nay?

 

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** We’d like to thank 999Games for providing us a copy of Chronicles of Crime!

I mentioned Chronicles of Crime a few weeks ago in the blog post and by now we’ve finished the “main campaign” and we’re very impressed by it and a little frustrated that we somehow missed a clue. 😉 Nonetheless, I’d really recommend the game if you’re into these type of murder mystery games. It has a really nice and fresh take on the genre, the only downside in our opinion is, is that it would be less fun if you would play it with a bigger group. In our experience, you can easily play Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective with five to six players, but Chronicles of Crime is really centered on the board on the table and on the single device you’re using. It played perfectly with just the two of us though.

In other very cool news regarding this game, Lucky Duck Games has released the community editor for the game! That means everybody can go and make their own case. We’re really excited about this and we’re secretly dreaming of making our own Semi Co-op case for the game, including our own art of course. Who knows, sometime in the future… 😀

Last night, it was once again time for another D&D session! Number four! Our DM went all out with the scenery and as you can see in the pics on the left, it looked amazing! These are the perks of having a DM that also enjoys games like Frostgrave and other miniature games. Many kudos to our DM, he is patient with our group and really knows how to tell a story, I can’t wait and see what our journey will bring us and how players will really get into their characters.

What’s your favorite crime investigation game?

 

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Heinze and at least three of our friends are colorblind, so we think lights above a game table are quite important to prevent confusion and unintended errors during a game… and it makes all the difference if we want to shoot a picture for on our Instagram account, of course. 😉

Last week, we celebrated our 12,5 anniversary together and made some fun photos for the occasion. They ended up looking like we’re running a YouTube channel called “Between the boxes”. Surprisingly, a lot of people actually thought that would be a good idea. We love the enthusiasm, but we think there are enough YouTubers that share their views on board games in front of a camera. If we are ever to try and do something more serious with Youtube, it’ll certainly be animated sketches. We might already have plans for that, maybe. Yes, who knows. One day. Tee-hee-hee.

Back to gaming – our biggest gaming surprise of last week was Dice Throne! We picked up one of the boxes of season 2 in a whim at our FLGS. It turned out to be a really fun game and right up our alley of fun games that don’t take over 3 hours to play. I mean, we also enjoy the longer games, but they don’t get played too often. Dice Throne is one of those games that you can easily get on the table and play in like thirty minutes. Oh, and those game trays that come with the game are a true delight.

And, in case you missed it on our social media channels, this is the latest extra comic, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#020 – Horrible

Are lights above your (gaming) table something you pay extra attention to?

 

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For those who are wondering what the name is of that game with the cute panda… it’s Takenoko! We somehow keep confusing the name with Tokaido. And when we were at Spiel in Essen last year, and Teotihuacan was a big hit, we had another “what was it called again?”-game title with a T to add to the list. Only with the latter, we still can’t remember how to pronounce it, even despite the video that Ella Loves Boardgames made.

I was busy with work last week and only got to play a few games: Cerberus, Century Golem, Charterstone and Chronicles of Crime. Heinze had a week off and also played Eldritch Horror (jealous!) and Keyforge.

I didn’t mention it here yet, but we’re continuing our partnership with CoolStuffInc.com with which we’re really happy. We reach a far bigger audience that has an interest in board games and best of all is that I’m financially able to make an extra comic for their newsletters which I can share with our readers. 🙂

With the continued partnership, we’ve made a little change to our Patreon page. From now on, we’re going to share our weekly comics on the same day on our Patreon page for paying patrons as they are published on CoolStuffInc.com. Speaking of our amazing patrons, we’re at 48 patrons already! That’s so immensely cool and I’m very very grateful for their support.

And, in case you missed it on our social media channels, this is the latest extra comic, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#019 – Growl

Do you ever mix up certain game titles?

 

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Ahh, one can dream… who knows? Maybe Netrunner will return one day? And if those ships have really passed, we would really love to see an Arkham Files themed movie! 😀 Somehow, some scenes of Fantastic Beasts really gave us those vibes.

Last week we decided to start off with Chronicles of Crime! At first, we didn’t want to start the game before we had finished Detective, but curiosity got the better of us. The tutorial was obviously really easy but explained the game well. One thing we noticed is that the scoring is very forgiving compared to, for example, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective and Detective. In the first scenario, there was one question we could have answered “better” and we still scored 130/100 points. The second case, we had one question completely wrong and we still scored 120/100 points. The bonus on solving a case relatively quickly seems to be a little bit too high. But nonetheless, we’ve really enjoyed the game and we were (positively) surprised how “dark” the plot was. We’re looking forward to playing the other cases!

ICYMI: The latest extra comics, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#018 – First Player

What game would you like to see be made into a movie?

 

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It’s almost Valentine! And any board game can be romantic… with a little rhyming skill as we’d like to show with this week’s comic! And who knew that Cragheart from Gloomhaven had a soft side to him? 😉 In 2016, we’ve published our first board game poems which were about Netrunner and Eldritch Horror.

Last Friday there was a board game night at our local bouldering hall! We had a blast and played thematic games like K2, The Climbers and other fun games like Sakura and Dinosaur Tea Party. People were enthusiastic about the game night and they’re thinking about doing this on a more regular basis! Yay! It’s so great to see people get enthusiastic over playing games and having a great time. 🙂

This game night made up for our lack of playing games this week because I was simply too busy with work. We did play a game of Arraial last night and this time we did not forget the 2-player rule to take out eight cards. Last time we played it, we were already wondering why the rounds took so long, whoops!

This week we’ll continue our Gloomhaven campaign and hopefully, Heinze and I manage to squeeze in some more board gaming time.

 

ICYMI: The latest extra comics, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#017 – Ready to Ride

Share your board gaming poems with us in the comments!

In programming games like Lords of Xidit, there’s a big chance that some things don’t go as planned and that your entire “plan” falls apart.

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Lords of Xidit can be quite unforgiving on this part. If, for example, another player first takes away the last of the units and then walks right up to that enemy you planned to defeat, you end up just walking one step behind that player without getting anything. We personally didn’t really mind, because the rounds play out rather quickly – better luck next time! We really enjoyed our first play, the game really surprised us and we are looking forward to playing it again. The only downside to this game is that it requires at least three players, so we can’t “just” play it whenever we want.

So we managed to squeeze in some board games last week! We played a game of Fog of Love and for the first time, lost the game! David and Roxanne both were really unhappy in their relationship. We’ll see if our characters are more in tune next time we play the game. A friend of ours also brought a game called “Castle Flutterstone”, it meant for children, but that should never stop you from playing something, right? In this dexterity-game, you launch fabric bats at the cardboard castle, or rather, you try to shoot them through the windows. Like this.  It’s fun and silly and will keep you entertained for at least ten minutes. 😉
We ended that night with an amazing game of Clank! in which one of the players delved deeper into the dungeon to grab the most valuable artifact of the game WHILE THE OTHER PLAYERS HAD BOTH LEFT THE CASTLE. And despite this act of foolishness the player managed to escape on the very last turn with only one health left. And… he… won. I would describe that as the best first game of Clank! experience one could have, period.

We also played our second game of Rajas of the Ganges and this game really elegantly fixes the problem of counting up points for 10 minutes after the game is over. By turning the victory condition into a race it retains all the fun of a worker placement game but it adds the excitement of a racing game.

ICYMI: The latest extra comics, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#016 – Nowhere to run

What was the last game that pleasantly surprised you?

These are just some of our suggestions for some Fog of Love expansions. We are looking forward to the Alpaca one in particular. 😉

 

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Last week we rearranged our living room and in doing so, wanted to create a little more storage space for board games – without having a wall filled with boxes from top to bottom. So we decided to create a place in which we could store games and as a place to chill on or just use as extra seating when we’re having friends over – and this is what we’ve done!

We don’t think it’s necessary, but you could make the ‘seating’ more spacious by attaching a wooden panel to the top and side and combine that with some support beams behind the cabinet. That way you can easily make the furniture look fancier and you can make the seating less narrow. And if it looks cluttered, you can always add some doors. 🙂 You can also make some interesting corners with old fruit crates, like this!

We’ve had a busy week again and only played Azul, Root and Lords of Xidit. Azul is always fun to play and with Root, we finally tried the factions that come with the expansion. It was clear how to play the Riverfolk, but we couldn’t get a grip on the Cultists. They somehow stayed far behind on the scoring track, so we might have to look into some strategy guides to figure out how to play them better.

Lords of Xidit was a real surprise and had been on our to-play list for quite a while! It was a way “lighter” than we thought and we simply loved the scoring at the end of the game.

ICYMI: The latest extra comics, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#014 – Darkest secrets
#015 – Math checks out

What would be your suggestion for a Fog of Love expansion?

… But what if all board games spark joy?! 😀

 

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We’ve purged our collection a little last year and gave away some games we knew we would really not play again. But I will be honest that I have a hard time letting go of most games, even if we haven’t played them for over two years. Now, we do have the luxury that we have space for a lot of board games, so there’s no dire need to be very selective. But the whole Marie Kondo hype did get me thinking about it.

I’ve been a little under the weather last week, so we’ve played not too many board games. We did play one hysterical game of Gloomhaven in which our strategy was to RUN. I think we only took out maybe 5 of the 18 enemies on the board, but we all made it!

We also played our first Exit game! To be more precise, The Sinister Mansion. It was a fun experience and had some creative puzzles in there. At this point, I still prefer the Unlock series – but I really need to play more of the Exit games to form a fair opinion.

 

ICYMI: The latest extra comics, sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com:
#013 – Critical Lol

 

Do all the games in your collection spark joy? 😉
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