I realize I didn’t catalog the games my wife and I played at Geekway to the West 2019 back in May, so here they are with a few thoughts, a couple months removed from playing:
All of these were played at 2, unless otherwise mentioned
As complex as advertised. So complex I missed a rule and made things way easier on myself than they should’ve been. Still, I enjoyed the asymmetrical experience, I think. I won a copy of this through play-and-win.
Another winning tile-laying game from Uwe Rosenberg. What’s not to love?
Azul Stained Glass
Very enjoyable, lovely components. I think I liked this more than Azul.
We got this one late, and although I wouldn’t call it “heavy”, exactly, there are a lot of rules to get through. Nice Downton-Abbey-esque theme. Liked it more than I thought I would at the beginning.
Not bad, but I couldn’t get into it. Felt like two sort of disconnected mechanics.
Played this several times at 3. Really like this one. Feels like a classic card game.
Played at 3. A fun, light spatial game. I’m not always in the right frame of mind for this sort of combination/spatial arrangement thing to be enjoyable, but it does scratch an itch from time to time.
Welcome to Your Perfect Home
A neat puzzle-type thing, with some press your luck elements. Nice theming. You do write on a pad, which would run out eventually. But you could make copies or use a plastic sheet and dry-erase.
Played this twice at 3. Ended up buying it at the convention. Excellent component quality and theming. Quite a lot of luck, but everyone uses the same rolls. No interaction though. Liked it a lot.
Another arrangement game. Small and simple, lots of variation. Quite nice.
Took a while to get going, but it gets there eventually. Good for an educational game.
Sort of a simpler, quicker Carcassonne.
Uwe Rosenberg, but you draw the shapes in yourself. Probably wouldn’t be my first pick of his, but not bad. You’re directed to fill in each shape with a different pattern, which doesn’t have anything to do with the game but is therapeutic.
Fire in the Library
Nice theming and art. A bit too much luck for me.
Pretty simple. Simultaneous turns, which is nice. Not a ton of interaction. I liked it.
This one was great. Lovely mechanics, great art and theming. Simple, but very replayable. Quite enjoyable.
An interesting stacking/pattern-matching game. Maybe a touch simple, but unique (and substantial) components.
Takes some time to get into, but fun once it gets going. Almost engine-building for the sake of engine-building, but in a good way. If you’re playing with people who don’t like it when weird combinations of things work, they won’t like this. I liked this.
Played this at 4. Really enjoyed this one. Chess-like, but with some modern mechanics thrown in. Very nice components.
The Grimm Forest
Also played this at 4. Beautiful components and theming. Maybe a little light, but overall enjoyable.
Dominion-like, but you build-your-own cards as you play. Great concept. Maybe one too many elements going on, as it’s a little more complex than lets on at first.
The only repeat from last year. Still holds up. Great game.
The full list
- Spring Meadow
- Azul Stained Glass
- Raccoon Tycoon
- Welcome to Your Perfect Home
- On Tour
- Tiny Towns
- Second Chance
- Fire in the Library
- Azul Stained Glass
- Fine Sand
- War Chest
- The Grimm Forest
- Mystic Vale
- On Tour