Happy holidays all,
Wanted to quickly identify the new additions to my collection from xmas, and provide a brief review of each:
Tsuro of the Seas: Like it's base game, Tsuro, Tsuro of the Seas is a great little game that scales up to 8 players. TotS adds a small sea monster element (which took some getting used to, as the rules were not incredibly clear) which, after playing several times, we have concluded works well and adds a neat element to the game. It does slow the game down a tad, but it's still a quick game overall. I personally prefer the sea theme, but the boats provided are unusually large for the tiles. All in all a win!
The Hunger Games - Training Days: Hmmm... I want to really like this game, but as other reviews have stated it's lacking. It's entirely about the training days (as the name suggests), and there is NO hint of the actual hunger games. The goal is to achieve as much favor as you can with the sponsors - the player with the most favor at the end of the game wins. It's essentially a hidden bidding game, but there are some neat special abilities thrown in to mix things up a bit. The theme is definitely present, and there are a couple interesting mechanics the designers added as well. The biggest downside is the quality of the components - this is NOT a Fantasy Flight Games game, and it shows. However, if you are a big fan of The Hunger Games, as I am, then it is a good game to have on hand for the right crowd. I see this as one I would play with my family, and not one I'd pull out for a hardcore gaming session.
Power Grid: I expect I'll love this game, but haven't played it yet.
Say Anything: As party games go, I generally dislike most. However, this one is tons of fun. I think what I like is that there are no boundaries (like in Apples to Apples, which was fun for only the first couple plays) - you can literally say anything, and that creativity can win you the game. It is a blast to play, and it makes for an hour worth of all-out yelling and laughter. Two thumbs up from someone who hates almost all other party games.
Ticket to Ride Asia map pack: Haven't played this map pack yet, but if the other 6 maps I own are any indication I will absolutely love this one too - TTR remains one of the best games of all time!
My oldest child also received the Doctor Who Card Game - it's ok. As with The Hunger Games, it's really all about how much you're personally invested in that universe - with Alex, he LOVES the game, and so Santa did well
What about you all? New games? Brief overviews? Enjoy!