Pandemic: The Cure

My favorite Pandemic game is Pandemic: The Cure. I love the theme in almost every Pandemic game, but in most Pandemic games is about solving a puzzle together.
Sure Pandemic: The Cure is a puzzle in some way but the gameplay always changes because of the dice!

Like almost every Pandemic game you have the find the cures for the diseases.
Pandemic: The Cure you have to do this with dice!
In this cooperative game you have to have luck and skills.
Every player get his or hers own character with it’s unique skill set.

Your turn has the following actions:

  1. Roll your dice.
    Don’t throw the biohazard result as it moves the biohazard track forward which can cause a epidemic!
    – Cure a disease with the Treat symbol.
    – Get a sample with the Collect Sample symbol, these are needed to get the cure.
    – Boat and or a plane to move around the board.
  2. Give samples to a other player
  3. Try to find a cure, with all collected sample dice you must throw a 13+ result for the cure.

After this you must infect the world with new disease dice.
Throw the dice and place the dice on the number they landed on, so if you roll a 6 place the dice on the board with a 6.

If there are already 3 of the same dice on that board the 4th dice would cause a outbreak,
To many outbreaks and you are  out!

Did you like Pandemic? Do you like dice games?
Get this game!

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Cosmic Encounter

Some games are beeing played more than others… Cosmic Encounter is one of the few lucky games that get on the table more than other board games. So does this mean that this game is great?

Short answer: it sure is a good game!

It’s a game about bluffing and having amazing super powers!

Every player get’s his or hers own alien.
Your alien has a super power and you can keep you alien hidden until you think it’s time to reveal these powers!

The goal is to get 5 points and you can achieve this by colonizing 5 planets that are not yours. Every player starts with 5 home planets with 4 of his or hers ships on it.

In your turn you flip a card from the Destiny deck. This card determine the player you are going to attack! Random? Sure!
Next you are going to choose a home planet of this player your are going to attack.
After this step you can choose how many ships you going to use for this attack (1 till 4 ships). But be careful you need to get those ships from your own colonies!

Now it’s time to get some allies to back your attack. They can help you with up to 4 ships each. Just remember, if you win this attack they also get colonizations on that planet!
After you have asked for allies it is time for the defender to ask for allies.

Time to play a facedown card for the attacker and the defender.
Theses cards can be numbers that adds up the total of ships. Normally the highest number wins the attack, but there are some sneaky superpowers to prove you wrong!
But those cards also can be negotiate cards, if both players played this card you can figure something out and the allied players get nothing!

It is a easy to pick up this game and it has some great bluffing a random elements.
Try it yourself!

 

 

The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch

Last night we played The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch for the first time.
A Kickstarter game by CMON in a beautifull steampunk world.

 

It’s a many versus 1 game. Semi-cooperative better explained as a game with a dungeon crawler with “overlord”. In Rise of Moloch the overlord is called the NEMESIS.
As the NEMESIS you control the minions and agents in game.

The game has a bunch of scenario’s but ofcourse we started with the first one which it was about saving a character.  As the NEMESIS you try to kill three opposite players or kill the scenario’s character.

Other players play the so called Gentlemen, those gentlemen team up to get the mission done. They have gotten some help from Bobbies, allied units that can be controlled and jump in front of attacks against the specific character that needs to be saved.

While trying to figuring out the rules for our first play we had some trouble with the rulebook. Unfortunately there was no complete overview for what the NEMISIS player could do. You have the read through the whole book to get all the pieces of rules to get the overview.

But once you got everything figured out the gameplay is rather smooth and it has some refreshing mechanics.  Things like a both the Gentlemen and the NEMESIS have to play face down cards on the track to determine what is going to happen.

We played this game with 5 people. 3 of them are really into dungeon crawlers, the other 2 players thought the game was ok at best. But the 3 dungeon crawlers really liked the game.

This game needs a replay for sure!

 

Sword & Sorcery

My dad received his Kickstarter edition of Sword & Sorcery a few months ago.
He decided to Kickstarter this game because of the predecessor called Galaxy Defenders.
Galaxy Defenders is a game we played a lot and enjoyed 🙂

So we started it playing it in our gaming group.
The game has a large story book and gives you the opportunity to grow with your chosen character.

The gaming mechanics of Sword & Sorcery are much alike Galaxy Defender but a bit more streamlined.
It’s less tactical than Galaxy Defender but the new mechanics make the gameplay a lot smoother.

Me and my dad are liking the game a lot, but we are really fond of cooperative dungeon crawlers.

As a dungeon crawler this is one of the best.

Boardgame table

Just received my own boardgame table!

When I started with the boardgame hobby I noticed that some video’s of the DiceTower had a nice playing table.

geekchic
Geek Chic

At the time it was a GeekChic table.

So it took me about 4 more video’s about boardgames and playing tables to want me one of these playing tables!
A quick search provided me information about the costs and delivery times.
Wow… very expensive and serious delivery times.

Another issue was it wouldn’t be shipped to the Netherlands or way to expensive to import it. So I started to continue the search for a boardgame table alike.

Geek Chic, RathskellersGEEKNSON and some others all have great tables.
After a while I contacted a guy has his own business in handcrafted furniture.
We made a deal and my own boardgame table is going to happen!

After making a design the table has been built and ready to be delivered…

The table is set for action!
Thanks Werner (that guy)!

If you also want a boardgame table and you are located in the Netherlands visit WKvoets.nl.