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The Games You Want to Play…Blood Rage

It is the end of the world! Ragnarok is upon us! Four brave clans of Vikings; Wolf (Scott), Serpent (Tim), Bear (Chuck), and Raven (Doug); do not fear the end, only failing to enter Valhalla! This is a quick-playing, fun game, with very nice miniatures (see the attached picture of the monsters – Trolls, Sea Monsters, Dwarves, Witches, etc.). There are three Ages and each Age starts with card drafting to build your hand (eight cards are dealt to each player, you pick one, pass the remainder to the player on your left, repeat until everyone has six cards).

The mechanics are fairly straightforward, but there are a number of cards and it can take a moment to figure out how to play well. We spent the 1st Age struggling to make sense of what worked and Scott and Tim seemed the only ones of us to have an actual strategy out of the gate – Scott improved the abilities of his clan with the special clan cards, which we discovered are extremely powerful, and Tim improved the quality of his Warriors and Leader). Having a plan actually works and they jumped out to an early lead with Chuck and Doug following (Chuck and Doug were having Brass: Birmingham flashbacks). In the 2nd Age, Doug became very focused on building his Rage level. Raging against the dying of the light is what lets you take actions. So, the more Viking Rage you can summon, the more you can do. Doug also worked on my HR department (Horns), which allows you to deploy more warriors and monsters. Near the end of the 2nd Age, a titanic battle involving all of the clans occurred in Yggorasil (a province at the center of the board that is accessible from every other province). Many brave warriors entered Valhalla that day!

In the 3rd Age, since Doug was so far behind, that his goal was more Glory (VP). So, he selected cards that could drive his score higher through Quests (a way to earn lots of Glory by achieving certain goals during an Age). That can be risky, since it leaves you vulnerable to losing battles and does not allow you strengthen your warriors or clan. However, he addressed that by selecting two Quest cards that were dependent on my having more warriors in Valhalla (so the more he lost, the better – up to a point) and using his greater numbers (thanks to his quality HR recruiting) to try to dominate just a province or two to prevent others from effectively challenging him. Also, Doug focused on reaching legendary status in two of the abilities (Rage and Horns – he did not work on Axes, since that increases the amount of Glory you earn for victory in battle and he was not going to see much of that).

Doug managed to come from behind for the win. Scott came in second, Tim third, and Chuck fourth. Doug’s reliance on Quests in that last age and reaching legendary status in both Rage and Horns are what pushed him a few points ahead of Scott at the end.

 

Gaming Vacations

Spring 2022 / April 2 to April 10 / Ft. Lauderdale, FL to the Eastern Caribbean / Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

Summer 2022 / July 10 to July 17 / Vancouver, BC to Alaska’s Inner Passage / Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas

 

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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

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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!

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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!

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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 XXXII

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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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXXI

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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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 XXVIII

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 Constitution due to your outstanding contributions to the final document.”

Each of the cards is a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and each delegate has a special ability. The board is a representation of the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) and is divided into three main areas to score points: the Assembly Room (with a Nay side and Yea side), the Committee Room, and the Debate Floor. There are four factions competing to influence the Constitution: Small States, Large States, Federalists, and Anti-Federalists.


You build a hand of delegates and play one (sometimes more) delegates each round. You also want to build influence (via special abilities on cards), which lets you place more votes (Yea or Nay) in the Assembly Room, add more influence in the Committee Room, or debate on behalf of more factions.

The delegates can vote for articles of the Constitution, debate in favor of a faction’s position, or influence articles in the Committee Room. The votes of the delegates in the Assembly Room are done by state. Some of the ways to gain points include being on the winning side of a vote on an article, having the most influence in the Committee Room, or using some of the special abilities on the cards. Also, at the end of the game, you may earn bonus points for the debates you won.

Be sure to vote for fun games like this when you register for the cruise. We still have rooms available, so reserve one now to secure your spot!


See you onboard,

Gaming By Sea
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http://jollyrogergames.com/game/founding-fathers/

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The Games You Want to Play…Part XXVII

Galaxy Trucker
I mentioned in the discussion of another game that we had played Galaxy Trucker one week, but that since it was so well known I would skip its review and catch it later. This is that time. We played another game of GT this past week and I thought I might share about it for those not familiar with the game.

Galaxy Trucker was designed by well-known game designer Vlaada Chvatil and released by Czech Games Edition in 2007. It is for 2-4 players and is an easy game to learn and start playing. They have released close to a dozen expansions over the years.

This is a popular, light-hearted, space-themed game in which you race to build your spacecraft from spare parts and then race through the galaxy dodging meteors, pirates, and other dangers to pick-up cargo from planets, discover abandoned space stations, and finish ahead of the others with the most pristine space ship.

The basic game is played in three rounds. Each turn starts with a template for a space ship and a single crew space in the middle of the ship. A huge number of squares, blank on one side and with the part for your ship on the other, lay face down between you and your opponents.

You begin flipping counters to discover crew quarters, alien life support systems, lasers (single and double), energy storage (to power your double engines and lasers), cargo bins (standard and red – for dangerous cargo), shield generators, engines (single and double), and structural support grids and build your space ship out from the center. Each counter has connectors (one of three kinds) that must attach to the other parts of the ship with a matching connector.

Once the race to build the ship is complete (the faster you finish, the better your pole position), you move on to the race. Being in the lead at the end of each round leads to bonus points, but it can offer dangers and advantages throughout the race. You could be the first to discover planets offering cargo to transport (and get first pick on the most valuable items) or you could be the first to encounter pirates.

The choices you made during the scramble to build your ship really start to impact you as you run out of cargo space, or you do not have enough lasers to defeat the pirates, or your crew quarters start to be destroyed.

What you discover as you race around the galaxy each round is determined by the round you are playing and the deck of cards drawn for that round (each round has its own set of cards, but older cards can appear in the later rounds). In open space, your engines can drive you into the lead.

However, pausing at a planet to collect cargo or stopping at an abandoned space station can delay your progress (or required the use of crew members). Finally, as you encounter pirates and meteors, you can find your ship eroding around or (in one case for me) your ship could be torn in half and you must decide which part pushes on in the race!

The decisions you make in the design phase have a real impact during the game. You can slow your construction to take a peek at some of the cards in the race deck for the round to get a better idea of what you will be facing. Regardless, every trade-off comes with a price.

Double lasers and engines require extra energy and, if you use too much energy early in a round, you may run short at critical times. Shield generators and lasers can protect against meteors, but lasers facing to the side to stop meteors approaching your flanks only count for half as much when facing pirates. Aliens can boost your engines and lasers, but require additional life support (and more room).

I must say that I have joined the ranks of Galaxy Trucker fans and appreciate this game as a quick, fun option to just sit down and play for a fun break.

Be sure to vote for fun games like this one to include on the cruise!

Remember, Royal Caribbean will be ending our group rates and $50 OBC in November for our Spring 2020 cruise out of New York. Room prices will go to market after that. So, do not miss our group rates and join us for a fun board gaming cruise vacation! If you miss the group rates, don’t worry. You will be welcome and we can still find you a space on the ship.

See you onboard,

Gaming By Sea
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