Pitch Car Mini

Racing is fun.  It’s a lot more fun when you’re driving the car by flicking it with your fingers and you may be under the influence of a beer or two1 PitchCar takes me back to building Hotwheels tracks down the stairs and crashing the cars into Mom’s furniture (only without the punishment afterwards).  You get to build a track and drive little wooden disks around it by flicking them2 This game is tightly designed and has a plethora of expansions from jumps to crossing tracks.  This isn’t a deep game, to be sure, but is great fun for the 15-20 minutes it takes to play a few races.

NOTE: I am advocating for the PitchCar Mini, not the full-sized PitchCar.  Unless you live in a mansion with a table for 20.

 

 

Stockpile

My family is a sucker for a good business game – which makes it painful to say that Stockpile is a good game that won’t come out to play very often. WHAT?? Well, yes.  The problem is that, although it is completely different from Acquire, that game continues to take its spot in the regular rotation.  Stockpile has a lot going for it.  Almost too much – with card drafting mechanics, auction mechanics, some crazy randomness – that it is a little less approachable than Acquire.  With Acquire, you get to that point in the game where you say, “Ah yes…I just shot myself in the foot.”  With Stockpile, you know you’re shot but you don’t know when you were shot or by who.  It’s still fun, but just not enough to replace the old champion.

Ticket to Ride

Note: I can’t talk about this game without starting to sing the Beatles song.  You know what’s cool about trains?  Almost nothing.  You know what’s cool about Ticket to Ride, a classic game based on making train routes across America?  Almost everything.  It’s like riding Amtrak without the breakdowns.  Ticket to Ride is about collecting sets of train cards of the same color and turning them in to collect rail segments, with the goal of connecting cities across America with your rail network.  The longer the distance, the more points.  You can play it peacefully or cutthroat, you can pick it up easily but spend a lifetime mastering.  Play time is around 30-45 minutes.

A Rebirth of Sorts

Hi.  I’m Bill.  Let’s talk about tabletop gaming.

Why are you doing this?

I like to write and I like to play games.  I don’t get to do enough of either.  So I thought, “I know!  Let’s combine the two and not get to do enough of them together!”

Wait…Is this a NEW blog?

Yes.  Well….no….sort of…

Could you elaborate?

I’ve been doing this on and off for awhile.  I got sick of doing reviews and news, just like everyone else.  So I wanted to do something special.  So I erased everything in a fit of pique and am starting over.

Elaborate?

Okay.  I’m still going to do reviews, but not much news.  More of a long form ramble on the games I play, the gaming hobby as a whole, etc.  The good news is that I don’t think anyone read consistently so the only loss was my own ego.

Really?  Not many readers, eh?

No.  Not even my mother.

Ouch.

Right?

So how often can we expect something?

I’m hopeful at least once a week for long-form posts.  My current project is to create Six Sentence Reviews for my game collection.  That may affect my ability to post regularly.

Catan

Ever think your kid has telekinesis and is changing die rolls with his mind?  On a first name basis with the thief who is stealing your stuff?  That’s Catan3 for you.  Catan is everywhere, but Catan is also a small step above the roll and move games like Monopoly of our youths.  You roll the dice, you hope it gets you some resources, and you buy roads and cities with those resources.  But the dice do hate you.

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