Another busy week, Aeon's End, Dogs of War, Barenpark, Cottage Garden, Valeria Card Kingdoms and more. I wish I had time to write more about the games we play, but that would come at the cost of actually playing more games.
For this week I picked Dogs of War to ramble on about. I first played this one around 6 months ago, and boy was I impressed. You know that feeling when you pull out a new game, are pretty sure you're losing horribly, but you still can't keep that grin off your face as you enjoy every move that's made? That was Dogs of War in a nutshell. The players are mercenaries, contributing their forces to the battles between 6 great houses, hoping for favor and other rewards, that will enable to keep their armies well stocked while also not losing sight of the actual goal of winning the game.
The basic concept has been done before, and done well in many other games. Whether Airlines Europe, Imperial, Acquire, Indonesia and more...investing your time and energy into making an entity in the game "bigger" and thus hoping you net the win by being most invested in that entity. Yet for our game group, this game possible does it best. Not because it has the best economy, other games pull that off far better, but because the overall package of this game brings a lot to the table and for a game that's under 2 hours to boot. Is it better to invest in a stronger board presence for later rounds? Or perhaps to jump behind House Mallory and gain favor in a rising house? Perhaps you ignore the houses and pursue the straight victory points? The decisions are rarely easy, and the state of the game means that the decisions are different in every game you play.
This was the lowest funded CMON kickstarter ever, and yet despite that I believe it's our second favorite CMON game, second only to Blood Rage. Speaking of which, if anyone has those kickstarter extras for Dogs of War they want to trade me, I'm on the lookout :)
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, I hope you got the games you wanted this year. And if you didn't...you can always trade them in to BoardGameCo for the games you didn't get! Play well and play often.