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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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