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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXXV

Here is a picture of just some of the games to be included in our Spring 2020 board gaming cruiser’s Game Library.

Only 29 of the more than 100 games that will be on the Spring 2020 cruise for your enjoyment are shown here!

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaJanuary 11

The Games You Want to Play…

Arboretum
I played a fun, quick game at the CLS Game Day when I went by to pick up some games for the cruise…Arboretum. Designed by Dan Cassar and released by Z-Man Games in 2015, it is a set selection and hand management game.

It is a great little travel game with just a deck of cards and brief set of rules that can host 2 to 4 players. Thanks to Tyler for teaching it to me even though he won! Teaching and playing probably took 30 minutes for our two-player game.

Play is straightforward, you have a hand of 7 cards. You draw two cards each round, either from the (faceup) discard pile or the (facedown) draw pile (you can draw one from each or both from one, but there is no digging through the discard pile allowed). You then play one card in front of you and discard one (see the picture). Play goes until the draw pile is empty. You will still have 7 card in your hand at the end of play.

Not only must you play cards out in front of you to be ready to win points at the end of the game (which is done by “connecting” suits of trees), you must retain cards in your hand to keep your opponents from scoring on the cards in front of them (or vice versa). The game’s system to keep you engaged with your opponent is quite simple, but adds some depth.

The card art is very attractive.

Join us for our Spring and Fall 2020 Board Gaming Cruise Vacations and vote to include fun games like this in the game library!

See you on board,

Www.GamingBySea.com

#arboretum #gamingbysea #boardgame #tabletopgame #boardgaming #anthemoftheseas #harmonyoftheseas #royalcaribbean #boardgamecruise #boardgamingcruise

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaJanuary 9

The Games You Want to Play…

Dune
We had a chance this week to play the remake of Dune. Designed by Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, and Peter Olotka and published by Gale Force Nine in 2019, it is a faithful release of the original game system.

We were pleasantly reminded of how advanced its mechanics were for such an early board game. Gameplay is fairly straightforward and, once you have worked through a couple turns, you are able to play off the provided player aids for the most part. The cards, with the odd exception, were very clear.

The components are fine, though not spectacular. The colors for the Spacing Guild and the Emperor are a little too similar and caused confusion a couple times, though we adjusted after a while, and it felt like the special units could have benefited from something “more”. However, the components worked well and, with the above notes, it was very clear what was happening.

The picture follows a rather rough turn that found the Emperor drop an army on top of a force of Fremen, whose leader turmed out to be a traitor, and the Spacing Guild taking the Harkonnen fortress. So, the Tanks were fairly full. This is even after the revival phase in the subsequent turn.

I enjoyed returning to the game after a couple decades and we plan to get it back on the table soon.

Be sure to vote for fun games like this to be included in the Game Libraries for our Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 cruises when you register!

Although our Spring 2020 Group Staterooms may not be available any longer, there are still rooms for you aboard the ship and we would love to have you join us!

See you onboard,

GamingBy Sea

#GamingBySea #boardgame #boardgamingcruise #tabletop #tabletopgame #dune

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Published by Doug KruegerJanuary 3

There are still rooms you can book on the Anthem of the Seas for Gaming by Sea’s Spring 2020 cruise out of New York. Even though our group staterooms are no longer available, we can still help you book a room and move it into our group.

So, please join us for a great vacation, play some board games, and enjoy a show with us on board the Anthem of the Seas!

Gaming By Sea’s Spring 2020 board gaming cruise vacation leaves New York harbor on March 29 and returns on April 5, 2020.

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaJanuary 2

The Games You Want to Play…

Ticket To Ride: New York
We managed to get in another holiday game during our travels. This version of Ticket to Ride is a faithful replication of the gameplay of the original standard versions, but offers a smaller, more travel-friendly size and very quick play. Each game only runs about 15 to 20 minutes.

We enjoy Ticket to Ride and this was no different. The best thing about this was the portability and, as we are fans of NYC, the theme worked nicely for us.

As always, you score points for connecting stops and for completing the routes you draw at the beginning (and during) the game. In this instance you are trying to connect routes on Manhattan between the major points of town. Also, there are bonuses for having popular tourist locations as your stops. Due to the small size of the game, they just have you sum everything at the end (using the included scoring pad and pencil).

Be sure to vote for fun games like this one to be included in the Game Libraries of our Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 cruises!

See you onboard,

www.gamingbysea.com

#gamingbysea #boardgame #boardgaming #anthemoftheseas #harmonyoftheseas #boardgamecruise #boardgamingcruise #tabletopgame

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaDecember 31, 2019

The Games You Want to Play…

Pandemic: Rapid Response

We have a couple versions of Pandemic, but Rapid Response is quite different from the standard games. This is a new version released in 2019 and was just added to the Gaming By Sea library over the holidays.

Instead of running the CDC operations globally, you are a team aboard a specially outfitted super plane, delivering supplies to cities in need around the globe (you will recognize the cities from the standard game, though not all are represented).

Another key difference is that your operations are time limited. No more casual strategic conversations over a cup of coffee in the Atlanta CDC command center. Now, you are scrambling to prepare care packages containing food, vaccines, first aid supplies, back-up energy, and water for delivery to infected cities.

You are no longer the glamorous headliners who found the cure and saved the world, but the hard-working folks out on the line making the save actually happen.

We enjoyed the high-speed action, though it took us a couple plays to shift gears from normal Pandemic thinking to this. I can see where some traditional Pandemic gamers might be taken aback by the change in pace, so be sure you are aware of what you are taking on with this game.

Join us to play fun games like this one on our Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 cruises!

See you aboard,

Www.gamingbysea.com

#boardgamingcruise #boardgame #tabletopgame #anthemoftheseas #harmonyoftheseas #boardgamecruise #pandemic #rapidresponse

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaDecember 28, 2019

Join us for our Spring 2020 board gaming cruise vacation. Register by Monday, 12/30, to grab the last of our group staterooms before they are gone!

See you on board,

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaDecember 25, 2019

The Games You Want to Play…

No games played this week, but new games for everyone for Christmas! Blank Slate, Pandemic: Rapid Response, and Ticket to Ride: New York.

Looking forward to getting these games on the table and adding them to the Game Library for the cruises.

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaDecember 21, 2019

The Games You Want to Play…Zombicide: Black Plague

Our friends came down and brought their box o’ Zombicide with them to teach us how to play the Black Plague version of the game, which is set in a medieval fantasy world. The game was designed by Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, and Nicolas Raoult and this version was released by Guillotine Games in 2015. The games come with impressive collections of miniatures and solid components.

Of the six of us, four had never pl

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaDecember 20, 2019

Have a great vacation, play some board games, and drive bumper cars with us on board the Anthem of the Seas!

Gaming By Sea’s Spring 2020 board gaming cruise vacation leaves New York harbor on March 29 and returns on April 5, 2020.

Visit www.gamingbysea.co. for more information.

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaDecember 17, 2019

The Games You Want to Play…Founding Fathers

We enjoyed a game of Founding Fathers last week. At first blush, many of you might think that a game about the Constitutional Convention of the United States in 1787 would not be that much fun to play, but that is not the case. Designed by Christian Leonhard and Jason Matthews and published by Jolly Rogers Games in 2010, this game is for 3-5 players. Your goal is to emerge from the Convention as the “true Father of the Constituti

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaNovember 24, 2019

Gaming By Sea 2021 Scouting Mission!

Anyone up for a late, late night game of Pandemic: Fall of Rome in the Card Room and Library of the Norwegian Encore?

Join us for our Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 Boardgaming Cruise Vacations

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Published by IG Gaming BySeaNovember 22, 2019

Gaming By Sea 2021 Scouting Mission

About to play a quick game of Tiny Epic Galaxies in the District Brewhouse aboard the new Norwegian Encore!

Join us for one of our upcoming 2020 cruises: www.gamingbysea.com

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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXXIV

Arboretum
I played a fun, quick game at the CLS Game Day when I went by to pick up some games for the cruise…Arboretum. Designed by Dan Cassar and released by Z-Man Games in 2015, it is a set selection and hand management game.

It is a great little travel game with just a deck of cards and brief set of rules that can host 2 to 4 players. Thanks to Tyler for teaching it to me even though he won! Teaching and playing probably took 30 minutes for our two-player game.

Play is straightforward, you have a hand of 7 cards. You draw two cards each round, either from the (faceup) discard pile or the (facedown) draw pile (you can draw one from each or both from one, but there is no digging through the discard pile allowed). You then play one card in front of you and discard one (see the picture). Play goes until the draw pile is empty. You will still have 7 card in your hand at the end of play.

Not only must you play cards out in front of you to be ready to win points at the end of the game (which is done by “connecting” suits of trees), you must retain cards in your hand to keep your opponents from scoring on the cards in front of them (or vice versa). The game’s system to keep you engaged with your opponent is quite simple, but adds some depth.

The card art is very attractive.

Join us for our Spring and Fall 2020 Board Gaming Cruise Vacations and vote to include fun games like this in the game library!

See you on board,

Www.GamingBySea.com

#arboretum #gamingbysea #boardgame #tabletopgame #boardgaming #anthemoftheseas #harmonyoftheseas #royalcaribbean #boardgamecruise #boardgamingcruise

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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXXIII

Dune
We had a chance this week to play the remake of Dune. Designed by Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, and Peter Olotka and published by Gale Force Nine in 2019, it is a faithful release of the original game system.

We were pleasantly reminded of how advanced its mechanics were for such an early board game. Gameplay is fairly straightforward and, once you have worked through a couple turns, you are able to play off the provided player aids for the most part. The cards, with the odd exception, were very clear.

The components are fine, though not spectacular. The colors for the Spacing Guild and the Emperor are a little too similar and caused confusion a couple times, though we adjusted after a while, and it felt like the special units could have benefited from something “more”. However, the components worked well and, with the above notes, it was very clear what was happening.

The picture follows a rather rough turn that found the Emperor drop an army on top of a force of Fremen, whose leader turmed out to be a traitor, and the Spacing Guild taking the Harkonnen fortress. So, the Tanks were fairly full. This is even after the revival phase in the subsequent turn.

I enjoyed returning to the game after a couple decades and we plan to get it back on the table soon.

Be sure to vote for fun games like this to be included in the Game Libraries for our Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 cruises when you register!

Although our Spring 2020 Group Staterooms may not be available any longer, there are still rooms for you aboard the ship and we would love to have you join us!

See you onboard,

GamingBy Sea

#GamingBySea #boardgame #boardgamingcruise #tabletop #tabletopgame #dune

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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXX

The Games You Want to Play…

No games played this week, but new games for everyone for Christmas! Blank Slate, Pandemic: Rapid Response, and Ticket to Ride: New York.

Looking forward to getting these games on the table and adding them to the Game Library for the cruises.

Be sure to check out our Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 cruises – there is still room to join us for our Spring vacation!

See you onboard,

Gaming By Sea

#boardgamingcruise #boardgames #boardgame #tabletopgames #gamingbysea #tickettoride #blankspace #pandemic #tabletop

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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXIX

Zombicide: Black Plague

Our friends came down and brought their box o’ Zombicide with them to teach us how to play the Black Plague version of the game, which is set in a medieval fantasy world. The game was designed by Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, and Nicolas Raoult and this version was released by Guillotine Games in 2015. The games come with impressive collections of miniatures and solid components.

Of the six of us, four had never played before, so there was a brief learning curve. The game is fairly straight forward, though, and we quickly had the basics down. Our friends explained that it is more fun to roleplay rather than just “play”.

In this version, you are a group of adventurers (magician, dwarf, elf, paladin, thief, etc.) looking to survive a zombie horde unleashed by the Necromancers. We moved through the village kicking open doors, clearing buildings, and searching for supplies, weapons, spells, and more, while seeking clues to defeating the Necromancers. In the meantime, more zombies are spawning throughout the village.

As we killed zombies, our characters’ experience increased. However, once any single character crosses an experience threshold to gain skills, the monster count generated for every future spawn card increases. If not careful, only one or two characters will be ready to face a growing horde.

Also, as the horde increases, it becomes even more important for the group to work together. Zombies hit automatically, so you need enough characters to survive a wave and hit back.

Publisher: https://www.zombicide.com/en/black-plague/

We still have seats available at the game tables in our private gaming area, so be sure to join us for a great vacation and lots of board gaming fun. Vote for fun games like this one to be in the game library.

See you onboard,

Gaming By Sea
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The Games You Want to Play – Part XXIV…

Pandemic: Fall of Rome

Just about everyone is familiar with the popular Pandemic series of games. One of the latest additions to the series is Fall of Rome (“FoR”), in which the plagues have become barbarian hordes (Huns, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Franks/Anglo-Saxons, and Vandals) and the CDC has become the imperial government, struggling to hold together a crumbling empire.

However, rather than trying to “eliminate” the barbarians (though there is a lot of that), your goal is to form alliances with them to co-opt them into the Empire. The game does an interesting job of showing how the decline in “internal” legions leads to a need recruit allied barbarians to defend the Empire against the other barbarians.

After a long wait to play since receiving FoR as a gift for my birthday, I played two games of it in the last week, one with the family and one with the group, and enjoyed both of them. This version is more “on theme” for me, since I am a big history fan – particularly of ancient Rome. However, the game is essentially Pandemic (like all in the series), but with quite a few interesting twists.

The main mechanics are the same. There are: a map with cities, the two decks (with event cards – you can super charge some of these events, but it could mean a further decline in the Empire), a track for decline of the Empire (it moves down each time a city is sacked, which is the same as an outbreak in the original game), forts (research centers), the same number of actions (though the actions differ), and the characters with their special abilities.

Each character is some form of Roman leader or group. You will recognize many of their special skills from Pandemic, but a few are unique to the game.

One of the big changes you will note is how barbarians (diseases) are added to cities. In the original, if you draw a card with a city, a cube is placed there. However, in FoR, the barbarians start in their home territories and work there way toward cities by following one of their tribe’s invasion paths (they must have a cube in the city or in an adjacent city). The tribes’ invasions paths are shown on the map and on the cards.

Another big change is the need to recruit legions to fight the barbarians (this is how you “cure” in this game). You are limited to how many you can move with you and they are fragile, but you can always recruit more at a fort or add barbarians from allied tribes to your army.

Each character has some sort of additional attribute in battles, which are activated when the eagle result appears on the dice – some of these are not so great, by the way. You are limited to rolling no more than three dice or the number of legions in your army and, based on the circumstances, you may not want to roll all of them.

The primary goal is enter into alliances with all five tribes. In the meantime, you must prevent much of the same things as in the original Pandemic. The Empire cannot collapse, there cannot be so many barbarians from a tribe on the board that more cannot be placed, and you must not allow Rome to be sacked (there is an entire set of cards targeting Rome that enters play after the first “Revolt” card is drawn from the Player Deck, which are the epidemic cards).

If you know Pandemic, this is a quick game to learn and is just as quick a play as the original. Even if you do not know the original, the learning curve is shallow. We had a great time with it and look forward to playing some more.

Be sure to vote for this game for the cruise!

See you onboard,

Gaming By Sea

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Publisher: https://www.zmangames.com/en/products/pandemic-fall-rome/

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