This is our fourth year of attending a wonderful long weekend of board games organized annually by Doug Garrett. We drove up to Santa Clara this afternoon and arrived in time to get a few game plays in. I think of it as a warmup before the event starts in earnest tomorrow.
Poseidon is a train game masquerading as a game about ancient Greek shipping. Specifically, it’s a stripped down version of the one branch of the 18xx series of train/stock market games. I’ve only played one of these before — 1870, I think — and found this one to be a much better introduction to the family. I do wish that it had a set of turn order reference cards, as there is one portion of the game where the order in which specific things happens really matters, and unless you’ve internalized that it can get very confusing. I liked it, and I’d be curious to give it another play.
Pantheon is the newest “Michael Tummelhofer”1 game, which follows the tradition of Saint Petersburg and Stone Age of remixing mechanics from other contemporary games to great effect. It doesn’t feel quite as elegant to me as the other two, but it does have awesome wooden feet pieces.
We ended with dinner at the Faultine Line Brewing Company, after which I was tired enough to just come back to the room and crash. Gwen’s off playing something now, but I’ll just have to settle for two games today. Like I said, it’s a warmup.
UpdateFitness: Ran 3.5 miles
Sun, Moon, and Stars: 149 words, 268 seven-day average, 266 average, 33797 total, 203 to go for the week; 23-day streak
1 Pseudonym for Bernd Brunnhofer, with a hat tip to Michael Bruinsma and Jay Tummelson.