We have a couple of groups of friends that we play board games with, but the majority we play are with just my wife and I. When the opportunity arises, playing a game is usually my preference, where as my wife will prefer to watch a show together. Now that things have settled down a bit I am sure we will play more often, but with a couple of new seasons of some of our favourite shows on Netflix, I am sure the TV option will happen more often too.
What really struck me when we went to play again was our choice of games. It probably doesn't take a genius to figure out that they are among our favourite games, but I really noticed that it was a combination of each of our preferences, plus which games are decent 2-Player games. What also struck me is which game we didn't chose; Dominion. I would still rank it as one of my top games, and is also likely still our most played game (the only possible competitor would be 7 Wonders). My wife has commented a few times that it is no longer high on her list, primarily because she finds the large library of cards (we have a bunch of expansions) adds confusion and adds to the setup time. Despite a few of our friends having copies of this, it rarely gets played in a group setting, so it has been a while since I last played it.
The first choice wasn't a surprise at all - 7 Wonders. It is a top pick always, both 2-Player and in groups. Despite having played it enough times to have the majority of the 3-player basic cards memorized, I find that the variety from the wonders, the guilds, the leaders and the black cards (when we play with the expansions) is enough to keep it fresh each game. I also really like the "dummy" player concept this game uses. The "dummy" has a hand of cards, one of which is added to one particular hand (which is passed each turn, so it evens out) which means that when you have that hand there is at least one new card, and possibly two (if the other player didn't use it last turn). You then play your card and one for the "dummy" allowing some ability to block the other player or combat their strategy (e.g. not allowing them to have an easy military win). It also means that there is one card at the bottom of the dummy pile that isn't seen by either player, stopping you from building your strategy around any particular card. In the game below we played with all our expansions (cities, leaders & wonders).
|7 Wonders - Completed game (my wife's area at the bottom and me at the top)|
|Stone Age - During scoring (from my wife's side)|
There are also a few new games in our collection, but those will be the subject of some later posts.