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Any form of gatekeeping in hobbies is exhausting and completely useless, but it still happens and that’s sad. It happens in judgemental remarks about the games people play or it might also be targeted more personally. I do have the feeling that within the board gaming industry things have improved greatly and that’s wonderful. That being said, we’ve made jokes about playing Monopoly, so I guess we’re also guilty of this behavior a little bit…?
But even though we were quite low on energy last week, we’ve played some interesting things! We played a game of Tapestry with the newest expansion Arts & Architecture on Tuesday! The expansion added some really nice new things to the game, but more importantly: this was our first time playing the game with more than just the two of us and that changed the game for us! We really enjoyed the game with an extra player and without the AI. Our friend also really liked it, so I’m certain we’ll play it more in the future since this experience made it more fun and engaging than the game was in our memory.
And we played a game that’s not out yet (and it won’t be before April). Pandasaurus Games sent us a copy of Skull Canyon: Ski Fest and the game surprised us with its quirky graphics and theme. The game is a mix of mechanisms you can find in other games, most notably collecting sets of cards to be able to ski a route, which reminded us of Ticket to Ride. In this game, however, you can steal a route from another player by overpaying for it once it’s claimed on the scoreboard. You can also block other players by placing a yeti on a route or make them skip a route by causing an avalanche for example. It’s not a complex game, but it is a step up from Ticket to Ride for example.
We also played our first session of Cantaloop, when we felt like hanging on the couch with a blanket but not watching TV! This silly analog point-and-click adventure game certainly made us laugh and groan often with the old-school humor. It’s a charming product and well-executed.
On Sunday we tackled some puzzles in The Book of Rituals, which we highly recommend if you’re into puzzle books! And we ended that day playing Shear Panic with friends. It’s definitely not a game I thought we’d ever play, but we had a good time and the little sheep are truly adorable!