We’d like to congratulate Isaac Childres on the tremendous success of the Frosthaven Kickstarter! We’ve decided not to back the project, we really like Gloomhaven and that’s just “the problem”. We’re not even close to finishing Gloomhaven with thirty-eight plays in two years time and we don’t feel that we’d like to jump straight into “more” Gloomhaven after we finish it. If we do feel like playing Frosthaven after having finished Gloomhaven in a year or two, we can always get a copy of the game then. But we suspect we’d like to play more different games than dedicate ourselves to a single game for such a long period again.

Next to Gloomhaven, all our campaign games are on hold at the moment and we can’t wait till we can continue playing Charterstone and The King’s Dilemma with our friends. 🙂

In other Semi Co-op related news, we’ve made a 30 fps thing, Mystery Card Board Theatre!

Ever since we’ve been experimenting with animation a few years ago, we’ve had this idea in mind. We thought it was time to bring it alive and make a first “pilot” episode! It’s our very own parody on Mystery Science Theater 3000! No, this is not a trailer. Even if we make more of these, they’ll all be nice and short since we believe there’s enough long video board gaming content on the internet and there’s just not enough time in people their days to watch it all. Animation is a time-consuming business though and we’d love to do more of it, so if you’d like to see us do more animation, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

And we’re also part of Danny’s super fun Pass the Board Game Challenge video! 😀 You can spot us at 2:58, but just watch the whole thing – it’s such a nice uplifting video. <3

Are you diving into Frosthaven once it’s released?

 

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We’re entering week four of semi-lockdown and we actually seem to be adjusting a bit better to the situation. We both had a little more room to relax from work which helped to create a bit of order in the chaos and also meant we had a little more time to play some games.

We played Mysterium using Skype and Whatsapp, which worked well although we lost in the end. We used Whatsapp to send over the dream cards and Skype to have the much-needed discussion and the handling of the voting round. If you skip the voting round you can play it over WhatsApp or social media without any problem so that might be something fun to do with some friends if you have a copy. Next week we’re trying Flash Point, which is a great game that we have not played in a long time so we hope it will work well.

We also played Azul with just the two of us, which remains a classic and we tried to win the second scenario of Mansions of Madness twice to no avail. We’re happy to report playing the scenario for the third time was still great so replayability doesn’t seem to as much of an issue as we feared. We are looking at expansions though, because we want to have a little more choice in investigators and more versions of the same spells to keep the choice to use a spell a little more exciting.

We also had a great time on the Tea & a Chit Chat Livestream with Dave and Russ from Chits and Giggles. We met Russ and Dave last year at UKGE and we’ve kept in touch since then. We talked about tea, deciding on what comics to make and our own game collection. If you want to see it you can check it out over on the For Chits and Giggles channel on Youtube.

Today we’re trying out Tabletop Simulator with some friends, we’re not sure what we’re going to play but there seem to be a lot of our favorites on it! We’re hoping on a good first experience because there are a ton of games on there which we wanted to try for quite a while. 🙂

Are there any board games which you prefer to play digitally?

 

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Yes, Heinze and I do both play Animal Crossing, but no, we certainly haven’t given up on board gaming. I think Animal Crossing is a fun game, but not something I would want to play hours and hours every day, Tom Nook is going to have to wait a while for me to pay my debt. 😉

Something we did play this weekend that took about three or four hours was Mansions of Madness!  It was an intense scenario and our escape was burned… right before our eyes and we lost the scenario. But what an experience that was, we’ve had loads of fun and can’t wait to try the scenario again now that we know what to expect. The only thing we’re trying to decide is whether to play with just two investigators or scale it up to two investigators per player.

We also played the Devil’s Kitchen scenario of Chronicles of Crime last night and we really enjoyed it. At one point we thought we knew the solution until we learned about one small detail and that changed everything! It was great our hypothesis turned out to be correct and we managed to answer all the questions.

With no actual gaming nights planned or legacy/campaign games for us to continue, we do get a chance to play some games we otherwise would have played very often, I’m really curious which games we’ll play this coming week. We’ll often name five or six titles and if one of us doesn’t have a preference, we let a die decide which game we’re going to play, so I guess you’ll read next week what the die decided!

ARe you playing animal Crossing?

We hope all our readers are well and are making sure they’re safe and making sure they’re not unnecessarily taking risks that might impact their surroundings. Heinze is a teacher and will be teaching from home for the next three weeks, for Rachel nothing will really change except for the fact that Heinze will be home full-time. This will probably result in some… ehhh, material for comics! :’-) Even our local boulder hall which we visit often is closed for at least the coming three weeks, so I guess we’ll be playing more board games?

We had a tough time deciding if and what we should do in the current situation, we opened a poll on Twitter which helped us a lot to explore and give a voice to our feelings and in the end, we decided that this would be the comic that we made about the subject. There are loads of good ways to enjoy board games without meeting up with friends. We enjoy the Star Realms, the Potion Explosion and the Onitama app a lot. There are sites like Boardgame Arena, software like Tabletop Simulator and you can run an RPG in pretty much any software you can send messages to each other. Maybe also try and support your friendly local gaming store by ordering a game there? Small businesses can use all the help they can get in times like these. 

It’s also a good time to catch up on your favorite board game content creators! We enjoy This Game is Broken, So Very Wrong About Games, 5 Games for Doomsday, No Pun Included, More Games Please and many more!

What is your favorite way to play board games online?

 

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We were watching “Ready Player One!” this weekend and the movie is all about finding hidden things and that led to a discussion that with board games there is little room for creativity. And that means that nowadays if there’s something hidden in a board game, it’s under the inlay or there’s a hidden bottom in the box. The very first time we encountered it, it was really cool, but by now the novelty has worn off a little, for us at least. 😉

Last week, we continued our adventure in Gloomhaven and this weekend was dedicated to games that take a little more time to play!

On Saturday we gathered all our grunge looking cars and terrain for a game of Gaslands! Jeroen who we only knew via Instagram/Twitter even drove all the way to our house to join the game and Mariecke, who drew this amazing guest comic, played her first game of Gaslands… and won! Her buggy sprinted off while her other car just caused mayhem and destruction to all of the other cars, effectively.

On Sunday we continued puzzling our way through The Wilson Wolfe Affair. We were kind of overwhelmed the first time we opened the box and although we did solve some puzzles (we think), we didn’t have a clear overlapping picture. This time we’ve laid quite a groundwork. We made a timeline, made a document about all the involved characters and their roles, and gathered all the clues we found that might turn out to be useful for other puzzles. We also ended with a few leads that we want to investigate the next time we play – so far it’s been a really fun experience and I hope we manage to keep cracking puzzles without needing to use any hints.

What is your favorite easter egg or hidden component?

Some games have situations and rules that can be bent a bit. Love Letter is a good example of this creative interaction variant we encountered during our last play. Was it a fair move? No, but it was funny – certainly because nobody ever did it before in the years we’ve been playing it. The Mind is also one, which is sort of automatically house ruled at every different group you play with.

 

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We played a lot of games this week. Besides Love Letter and the Mind, we also played… Western Legends! We’ve now played it with three players, which was already better than with just two, but we still feel like the game needs more players to really shine and have a nice number of “goodies” and “baddies”. We might also try playing with the goal cards next time.

And new to our collection is Flamme Rouge! We had already played this at Draughts in London last year and really loved the game. We now got to introduce it to friends of ours and the game just rocks. The base side of the tiles makes it a game that can be enjoyed by many people, old and young. We can’t wait to try the more challenging side of the tiles.

We also played It’s a Wonderful World again! Now with five players. The game really shines with 4 or 5 players due to the number of cards that are available in the drafting phase. We think this game might be a modern classic and we think it might stick around for a couple of years as a highly praised drafting game.

On Sunday, Heinze played Rising Sun again! I couldn’t join because I was feeling ill, but according to Heinze the game really gets a lot better once you have a group of players that know what they’re doing.

And quicker than we thought, we have reached the 10.000 followers milestone on Instagram! 10K, that’s crazy! This means we also get to link to stuff in our Instagram stories, which is really valuable. We worked hard for this, keeping a consistent update schedule and we’re really happy it paid off. We might do a small give-away, so if you’re interested, you might want to keep an eye on our account.

Which slight bending of rules have been introduced in your game group?
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