Disclaimer: In real life, Heinze never gets angry or even annoyed by losing a game. He actually really doesn’t mind if he wins or not, as long as it was a good game. And don’t worry, we don’t drop our cats on the table to sabotage a game either… although they would probably like it.

The idea for the comic came from the idea that flipping a table out of anger isn’t as easy as it looks! And well placed cats are just as destructive to a game as a table flip. 😉 We couldn’t really think of a game that angers us enough to ‘rage quit’ a boardgame. So the game you see on the table is a fictional game called “AFC Wimbledon goes to Mars”.  What now?! Yes, you can read this comic to find out more if you’re curious.

For my readers in the USA – I just saw that Amazon has a lot of amazing board games for sale, you might want to check it out: Amazon’s Tabletop Deals. Note: If you buy a game via that url you actually support Semi Co-op!

Have you ever played a game that has made you want to flip a table? If yes, which game?

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I actually tried playing random cards in BattleCON to see what would happen. It was quite an interesting fight! Although it was a close call, I didn’t win. And it’s a good thing that knowing what you actually do pays off, but nonetheless we had a lot of fun trying it. The K.O. letters are a big wink to the original Streetfighter game for the people that don’t recognize it. I’m button masher in fighting games, because I’m terrible at learning button combinations by heart AND button mashing mostly works (for me anyway).

I’ve updated the hosting for this website because of a lots of traffic that came in from Reddit last week (this topic). Hello to all the new readers! Thank you all for your kind words and enthousiasm, it really motivates me to keep producing these comics. 🙂 Anyway, I ran out of 60GB of bandwidth in 3 days.  That shouldn’t be a problem anymore since we upgraded to unlimited bandwidth to make sure you can keep reading the strips no matter what.

We played Dungeon Petz for the first time yesterday! It’s a fun game, but I do think it has quite a steep learning curve. There are a lot of little tiny rules to keep track of. Heinze and me would really want to play it again, because we would now actually know what to do from the very start. And so many ideas for comics…

What’s your favorite fighting board or card game?

Hip hip hurray to Semi Co-op! Exactly one year ago, on the 11th of April 2015 (International Tabletop Day), we launched this website! Since then we’ve published 55 comics, had almost 40.000 visitors and together they’ve looked at more than 225.000 pages. Wow! There is only one thing I can say: Thank you all very very much! 😀 It’s been a great ride so far and it’s wonderful and motivating to read your feedback and to see the amount of visitors grow almost weekly. To be honest, I can’t believe it has already been a year.

As an artist I’ve learned a lot in a year and it’s enjoyable to see the style of the characters evolve if you compare the last comics with the first ones. That being said: it’s about time I update the header of this website, that was actually one of the first sketches I made for our characters.

This week’s comic is about Saboteur, a game about dwarfs mining for gold… but one of them might be a traitor, he might be the saboteur! The connection to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was quickly made in our heads. This game is a classic and a must-have if you’re looking for a party-like game for a bigger group of players.

Which fictional character would you like to play a game against?

It’s actually been a couple of months since we last played Flash Point! We should put it on the table again soon. It’s a smart and fun co-op game for experienced board game players and novices. To explain the comic: in the beginning of the game you roll dice to determine where the chemicals tokens are placed inside the house – it’s completely random! When victims are saved (or are ‘missing’) you have to throw the dice to determine the location for a new victim. This might be in a room you’ve already checked…

Flash Point is a game that can quickly turn on you. There will be moments when you think you are in control of the situation and still lose the game because of bad luck in dice rolling resulting in explosions and/or lost victims.

And now about a totally different game! Yesterday we played Cosmic Encounter for the first time and the game was not what I expected! It was a far more ‘light’ and quicker game than I anticipated. Even with six players. The game does has it flaws, like during the second game I never got to have my turn. The playing order got reversed and the game ended to quickly, so alas. Bad luck! But the many many available alien species make sure that every game is completely different. It was lots of fun and I surely wouldn’t mind playing it again soon.

What’s the last tabletop game you’ve played?

We bought Above and Below a couple of weeks ago and so far we really enjoy it! It seems like the sort of game that really shouldn’t work because worker placement and a choose-your-adventure mechanic are two things that shouldn’t mix but it does! We can’t wait to introduce it to different friends because it’s really nice.

That feeling of niceness is just everywhere in this game, from the colourful art and architecture, to the amount of thinking you have to do. You’re just having fun admiring each others adventures and buildings, until the scoring phase of course. 😉 It does a great job immersing you into it’s world while the play time is only an hour.

The most amazing part is that is what in the videogame industry would be called an indie game. Ryan Laukat did the design, the artwork, the publishing and only got some help on the writing. That’s probably why every detail matches the whole of the game, it’s the vision of one man.

The only downside to the game that it has some kickstarter exclusives that sound amazing! Lost villagers, extra quest books: we need it! So if you know somebody that will be able to sell or gift us these items, we might feature you in a future comic!

What are two game genres you would like to smash together into something glorious?

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Last week we finished our last game of Pandemic Legacy! And we won, woohoo! I won’t go into any details, because I really don’t want to spoiler anything – but it was great! We’ve been playing since October last year, so the idea that we won’t be playing Pandemic Legacy every one/two weeks is weird. It feels like that empty void after you finished reading a great book or watched a television series. Our conclusion: YES, GO PLAY THIS GAME! It is an amazing experience and totaly worth the ‘investment’ of roughly €10 per person if you play with four people.

Something completely different that I’d like to show you guys is Heinze’s little project he has been working on this weekend. He has made a mold of the Hive Pocket game pieces, poured chocolate in it and tadaa! Hive chocolats! Very succesfully, I might add. Click here for more pictures.

What board game with a campaign should we definitely play according to you?

Elder Sign is a fun dice game which is set in the same world as Eldritch Horror, only it all takes place in a museum. You have to collect a certain number of Elder Signs to defeat the stirring Elder God before time runs out. As an investigator you can spend earned trophies on souvenirs and one of the options is to BUY one these much wanted Elder Signs. Since the Eldritch themed games are heavily supported by story elements, this always makes us chuckle and imagine a situation like in the comic above. This player action was later ‘removed’ from the game in the Gates of Arkham expansion. 🙂

But it does bring me to the fun fact of gameplay elements in games that aren’t particularly logical if you think about them just a second longer. Like the fact that super smart world saving scientists cannot ‘share knowledge’ with each other in Pandemic. What happened to phones and e-mail? 😉 Or that newborn kids in Agricola can work after one turn? Logical gameplay mechanics, of course, but slightly funny if you imagine it in the real world.

Can you name any gameplay mechanics that would be ‘weird’ in real life?

So ever since Heinze has been listening to the Serial podcast, he has been interested in a game called A Distant Plain. I had never heard of it, nor did I know of the existence of the COIN series by GMT Games.  The COIN series are games that focus on guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgencies around the world. These games can be based on historical or ongoing events. Most of these games are hard to get your hands on: either you’ll have to pay a lot of money or you’ll have to be very very patient. You can buy A Distant Plain on e-bay for $195 or you’ll have to place an order the website of GTM Games. They’ll print new copies of the game once 500 people have signed up for a reprint.

The idea of this comic was based on a Reddit discussion that asked the following question: ‘If you could give a copy of a single game to everyone in the world, which game would you choose?‘ We found that an intriguing question and would like to ask you to answer the same question.

PS. People on Twitter and Instagram decided that Apollo should look at the reader this week, thanks for your feedback! 😉

If you could give a copy of a single game to everyone in the world, which game would you choose?

You can read all about my opinion of Agricola in the blogpost of the previous webcomic I made about the game. In short: I have a love-hate relationship with the game. This comic is mostly about the (recognizable) emotions or situations players experience during the game. I at least like to think that most players go through these emotions, I know I do. 😉

We’ve been playing lots of games the last week! Besides more Imperial Assault, we played our second game of Eclipse and that was once again a lot of fun. Even though I lost terribly after forming an alliance with another player and we got slaughtered by the others. We finally played The Grizzled, Evolution and Flick ’em Up with more than 2 players! The Grizzled definitely is better with more than 2 players and Evolution completely changes since you get to play 3 trait cards per species instead of 2. We think Flick ’em Up also was more fun with more than 2 players. 🙂  A new game we played was Counting Zzz’s, I wouldn’t say it’s an amazing game, but it is very light and funny when played with the right people.

What games are better at higher player counts?

First of all: Evolution has launched a Kickstarter for their newest expansion ‘Climate’! Check it out hereNorth Star Games keeps unlocking cool stretch goals, so be sure to check out their kickstarter if you’re interested in the game. Oh yeah: you don’t need to own the base game for the climate ‘expansion’. We can’t wait until our copy gets shipped in August! 😀

Evolution is just a beautiful, fun and smart game. From the jawdropping colorful art to the watering hole, starter token and the tiny pouches in which you collect the food tokens – it just screams high production value. The smartness of the game lies in how players actually build an eco system. Yes, you do play against the other players and try to adapt your species to theirs, but it may turn out that your carnivore species aren’t able to attack the opponent’s species due to assigned trait cards and you’ll have to eat a species of your own! The first time that happened to us, we were amazed and loved that. The game doesn’t take too long to play or to set up and all the possible different combinations of the trait cards make sure that no game is the same.

We’ve only played it with the two of us and can’t wait to see what happens when there are at least four players with loads of species on the table that all want the food from the watering hole or are looking to eat each other…

What’s your favorite science based game?
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