I managed to play quite a few games while M and I were in Madison last weekend visiting one of her sisters. I’m also ultra lucky to be joining an extended family who loves playing board games. It gives me hope I’ll finally be able to play all the games that have been sitting on my shelves for years. For last weekend, I brought a few, bought a couple while there, and played one her sister owned. It was good times and we all had a lot of fun.
Ticket to Ride: India and Switzerland. We play the India map on Thursday night after a long day spent at the airport and on planes. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but feel it’s maybe a little too skewed to picking up and completing as many tickets as you can. I would definitely play it again, but I’d have to change my normal TTR play style up quite a bit.
Zooloretto: The Dice Game. I brought this one as a way to introduce the truck loading mechanic used in the original board game version. The dice game version is okay, but the more I play it, the less I think I like it. It does really make me want to play the board game version though, so I will have to break that out with M at some point soon.
Felix: The Cat in the Sack. I’ve owned Felix for years, but have only played it once. I remember having rules issues with it that first time playing, but found relearning it to be quite easy. While it’s really meant to be played with four or more, it did play well for at three using the dummy player in the first slot. Felix was probably my favorite of the weekend. It will definitely be getting more attention in the future.
Fuji Flush. Fuji Flush was one of the two new games I bought while in Madison. It’s a quick card game along the lines of UNO. There’s a mechanic or two that takes a bit to wrap your head around, but I think everyone really liked it when we got the hang of it. It gets a lot of grief on BGG for being too simple like UNO, but I grew up on UNO, so Fuji Flush could be just as good after a few more plays.
Unexpected Treasures. Like Felix, this one got a play or two when I first bought it, but quickly went on the shelf because we didn’t fully understand the rules at the time. I had a much better handle on it this time though, and it plays really well. This is another one that will be seeing more plays in the future.