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Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

 

This past week we played Blue Lagoon for the first and last time. It's not a bad game by any means, in fact I should probably retract that "last", since I'd happily play it if someone had a copy and requested to play....but it's no longer in my collection. 

Ultimately the game is a typical Knizia. Given a set of rules and constraints, optimize your score. Sure, that's every game, but Knizia's tend to be a bit more obvious in that sense. I'm not complaining mind you, I enjoy a lot of his games, some more than others. Battle Line is still one of my favorite 2 player games, Tigris is easily in my top 10, you get the idea. Blue Lagoon was fun. We enjoyed our playthrough, enjoyed the short playtime...really we had no complaints. But nor where we blown away.

If I want something light and fun that plays in 30 minutes, I'd rather play Valeria Card Kingdoms. If I want a mathy brain burner, I'd rather play A Feast for Odin. In fact really Blue Lagoon's only fault, is that in a world full of great games, it didn't grab me or anyone in my group. I could make the argument that it does do a fairly good job teaching basic game mechanics, and we did debate keeping it for that reason, plus it's pretty which helps with new gamers too...but even with that justification I decided to let it go.

Too many games, not enough time. I'm often looking for as many excuses to get rid of a game as I am for keeping one. I try to keep my collection to under 200 games (not counting expansions), and so far I've been able to. Blue Lagoon, it was fun, but you're destined for someone else's shelf. Thank you for the game.

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