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Gavin Breeden

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About Gavin Breeden

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    Presbyterian Pastor
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    American Lit.
  1. That was our intro to card drafting games and we enjoy it quite a bit. Perfect for non-gamers, your parents, etc. And the artwork is just adorable. I hadn't made a connection between the artwork and Nintendo but now that you mention it... I've never been remotely interested in those until that new one Diamonds came out this year. That one looks fun. Stuff I've played recently: Agricola. A buddy of mine recently found a copy at Barnes and Noble for $20 and picked it up for me. Huzzah! My wife and I enjoy the little brother Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small and we love At th
  2. Samurai Spirit is at the top of my list. Antoine Bauza is my favorite designer and this new one looks great, like a strange combination of Ghost Stories and Blackjack. Sign me up! Dead of Winter has been on my wishlist for a long time but my game group has kind of broken up since the other couple we play games with has moved away. This game still looks great but I can't imagine it being very fun with just 2 players. The new mechanic that most excites me is the crossroads thing. Something another player does on their turn may trigger a crossroad card that your holding and now you have a dec
  3. This description sounds remarkably similar to how I would describe Smash Up, which I know you love but you seem a little cool on Sentinels. How are they different? Here are a few updates from my own recent plays: Sushi Go! - Fun, little card-drafting game featuring art can only be described as adorable. Great filler game. No Thanks! - Another popular filler with a nice push-your-luck mechanism. A game goes very fast and can be quite funny. Great for taking to family get togethers with non-gamers. My mom loved it. Jaipur - Josh has already mentioned this here and it's been on my
  4. Two games that are definitely on my radar. Eager to hear what you think of them, Josh. Well, we finally picked up Jaipur based on several recommendations (including yours, Josh) and we're quite taken with it. Could see it becoming our favorite light, 2-player game. At times it feels like it's heavily luck based since you might be holding out for a particular card to come into the market place only to see it come out on your opponent's turn and watch in horror as they snatch it up. However, I'm less inclined to think that it's too luck-drive since my wife has one every single round of the g
  5. One awesome thing about second edition On the Brink is that the box is designed to fit everything (base game + On the Brink + In the Lab), which is cool. The bad thing about the second edition version of On the Brink is that the card backs don't quite match, they are slightly lighter in color and while it may not be a huge deal I can almost immediately tell at a glance if the next card in the draw piles is from the expansion or not. Not a huge thing, but yeah, kind of annoying.
  6. Pandemic is a favorite in our house. In fact, it's the second most played game that we own (after Dominion). We recently got the On the Brink expansion for Pandemic and it looks like it will add even more longevity to a game that we're nowhere near getting tired of. Because of my love for Bauza I've really wanted to try 7 Wonders but haven't had the opportunity yet. Seems like quite a number of people speak of it as highly as you do. Good set! Cosmic Encounter and Shadows Over Camelot are in the same camp for me: games that I desperately want to play/own but fear the 3+ player cou
  7. Nice. I've heard great things about it. One of my buddies loves that game. Need to get him to bring it over sometime... My early Father's Day gift was indeed Android: Netrunner. So we played it last night. After reading through the rule book I was skeptical about this being a good fit for my wife and me. While I was (poorly) explaining some of the rules to my wife, the expression on her face was not comforting... HOWEVER! Once we just started playing and looking stuff up as we had questions it started getting smoother and smoother. Our first game took a while (I was corp and she was runner
  8. Yeah, the more I read about it (and watch online tutorials) the more I get interested in it but I also get more of a feeling that my wife wouldn't have the patience for all of the jargon, etc. Maybe I'm wrong though... As still a relative newbie to the boardgaming hobby, the first designer that I've called a "favorite" is Antoine Bauza based on the merits of Ghost Stories and Hanabi alone. So 7 Wonders is definitely on my radar. I'd heard it doesn't play well with two but then Richard Ham (of the increasingly popular Rahdo Runs Through) thinks it plays best with two. And I've grown
  9. Thinking about taking the plunge into Android: Netrunner soon. I'm a little hesitant because I'm not sure how much my primary gaming partner-- my wife-- will enjoy it. I've described it to her as best I can and she seems interested. I know there's a steep learning curve and lots of jargon and I've tried to prepare her (and myself) for that. Any of y'all play it? Do your wives? Is there lots of fun to be had in just the Core set?
  10. I have not. I love tile-laying games and that's one that I thought looked fun. A friend introduced my wife and I to Stone Age last night. It was our first proper Worker Placement game. It's pretty straightforward but it was fun. My wife was a big fan. We're realizing that we really like games in which you build things. Even if you lose you have this thing that you've built up. It can feel rewarding.
  11. Before Josh loses any street cred for claiming to "merely like" King of Tokyo, let me just jump in and say that he used a somewhat risky play style which resulted in him getting eliminated and sitting on the sidelines for much of the two games we played. And, while I love KoT, my least favorite thing about it is player elimination but I see how it's necessary and, thankfully, the game usually doesn't last too long so it's not like someone is sitting out for an hour or anything. The fact that I fared poorly in it isn't why I dislike it, necessarily-- or, I should say, I understand that
  12. Before Josh loses any street cred for claiming to "merely like" King of Tokyo, let me just jump in and say that he used a somewhat risky play style which resulted in him getting eliminated and sitting on the sidelines for much of the two games we played. And, while I love KoT, my least favorite thing about it is player elimination but I see how it's necessary and, thankfully, the game usually doesn't last too long so it's not like someone is sitting out for an hour or anything. As for Smash Up, until you are somewhat familiar with the factions the game can be a little confusing and frustra
  13. Glad you're digging them, Andrew! For what it's worth, Arkham Horror plays really well with two. Glad y'all are enjoying those games. My wife and I have played Ghost Stories maybe half a dozen times and finally won a game! Felt rewarding in a way that most games don't. I'll certainly defer to Jason re: Arkham Horror but if I were to pick today, I'd probably buy Eldritch Horror over Arkham Horror (I've never played either of them, though). Eldritch Horror is the new kid on the block, sort of a loose sequel(?) to Arkham, I think. I've heard Eldritch is shorter in length than Arkham
  14. Well, we added Ghost Stories and the relatively new 2-player game Targi to our collection this week. We broke them in last night. Targi was a blast, it features sort of a lite worker placement mechanic and a set collection mechanic. Some good ideas combined in an interesting ways by first-time designer Andreas Steiger Seems like it'll be good for a lot of plays for my wife and I when we want something a tad heavier (it takes 45-60 minutes to play). And then we played Ghost Stories. And that game is HAAAARRRRD. But it was fun. We're getting to where we can spank Pandemic (without the expans
  15. I've been hitting the Xbox 360 pretty hard for the better part of a year now. Been catching up on a lot of games I missed throughout the generation. Most recently, I just poured hundreds of hours into Borderlands 2 (and honestly feel like I could pour hundreds more into it, leveling characters up up up) but that'll have to wait a bit since I just got Titanfall. I've never been a huge Call of Duty guy but I enjoyed Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 2 somewhat. Titanfall leaves all those games in the dust. It gives the player choices to make and really seems to balance the playing field. Playing as
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