The second expansion we’ve played for Splendor is “Strongholds,” (we played “Cities” earlier”) and this direction made more of an impact on the “regular” game.
Castles in the Sky
It played well although we need a couple more go-throughs so I can get a more solid strategy down.
Then when I lose it can be entirely my fault and I’ll be right at home.
I found Castle-Mate while browsing through board games online and so far I’ve played with my two youngest girls.
It’s like chess, but with cards. And random craziness.
It’s been hit or miss; I thought this would level the playing field more but the cards aren’t as powerful as I thought they’d be.
Perhaps I need to thin the deck to only the ones that will deal me a crushing blow if drawn? It’s a thought.
We played on January 1st and 27th of this year.
We’ve kept the board gaming going into this new year with having my side of the family over for some good times!
All those re-watches pay off
High five! Pound it!
Happy Salmon (six plays!), Codenames (or first time playing our new Disney edition) and Splendor all graced the table for what would be our first game day of 2018.
Currerbell and I played the first expansion of her favorite game, Splendor, on the first day of the new year.
Life in the Big Cities
This first expansion is Cities, and it was fun. It should be noted that I won, since that is a rare occurrence when we play this game together 🙂
It’s a paradoxical conundrum that we spend more time with family over the holidays yet when the good times are over it feels like we didn’t get to spend that much time at all.
To rectify that situation we had her Mom and Dad over on December 26th of last year and played four games of Splendor, and every game had a different winner. Couldn’t have planned that better!
On December 18th of last year we played a handful of games of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Bomb.”
This version by Lawrence King features great artwork and it was fun to play.
My wife played Dr. Seuss Matching Game with our oldest son on August 17th and he loved it 😀
He’s usually not able to join us when we’re playing a family game, so to have something on the shelf that he can join in on is awesome.
A simple but fun game our youngest daughter brought to my attention, and I really had to be on top of my game to even have a chance at beating her 🙂
We played Spot It! together for the first time on July 17th of this year.
July 15, 2017 – As the kids get older they’re able to take on more complex games, and this is the day the oldest and I played Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation together.
And she won her first two games!
The same day (July 7, 2017) we had our first game of Love Letter was also the first day we played Royals, a completely different game but still on our unintentional theme of courtly gaming.
There’s a lot to keep track of for the kids (and me too!) but it’s the kind of depth they’re just starting to get into.
The board is quality and we had a blast playing it!