Dit bericht op Instagram bekijken
Sleeves are essential when playing card games like Netrunner and Magic, but you only sleeve the cards that are in your deck(s) and not all the cards that you own. We used to think that sleeving cards was a good thing and important for maintaining the perfect condition of games. But we’ve changed our opinion on sleeving over the years. Even with games in which cards get shuffled often, we don’t sleeve them anymore. Card quality has improved greatly over the years and, honestly, we don’t mind if a game shows a little bit of wear and tear. If you often sell games after playing them a few times, we do understand that the pristine condition is an important factor though.
We enjoy that more and more publishers are slowly trying to reduce plastics in their productions. Something that you see more and more regularly is just a simple paper band around a pack of cards instead of plastic wrap. Personally, we think that’s great and we’ve never seen damaged cards despite having less ‘protection’ in new games. We’ve also seen an increase in cardboard inserts instead of plastic ones lately. An example of this are Deepprint Games’ titles like Skymines and Savannah/Caldera Park.
Plastics won’t be banned, that’s not possible. But small things like reducing (unnecessary) plastics in game boxes surely are nice. Maybe not add 20 ziplock bags to a game box if you’ll only use 5? Plastic wrapping around game boxes is a more difficult thing. We don’t mind if a game box has a little scratch or dent, but we know from retailers that a lot of customers do and will return games over tiny damages. We hope that public opinion about perfect a box should look that might change over the years…
We’ve had another relaxing week without work and that’s really good for our playing stats. 😉 The constant rains aren’t really a motivation to go outside, so we’ve played quite some games! We started the year off by playing Turing Machine and Unicorn Fever with a friend! Later that week, we got ourselves a copy of Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition at our FLGS. We played Terraforming Mars once and agreed it’s a good game, but takes a little too long. So when we saw that this only took one hour: Yes, please! That playing time turned out to be untrue for us though, you can read our first impressions on our Instagram.
We also played our first game of Oath! Heinze really really loved it while I found it a little confusing. We’re going to play the introductory game again next time and see how that goes – I’m sure that’ll be a totally different experience. I’m sure we’ll share our first impressions on our Instagram soon, but I’m not going to write about it in length here right now. 🙂
And we played Splendor Duel and we’re honestly impressed by this game. It’s a solid two-player game and we really like it better than the “big” Splendor.
We’ll see what this week will have in store for us. A mysterious package just arrived and we haven’t looked at what’s in it yet but it’s definitely a board game!