Rumor has it that this is the frontrunner for Spiel des Jahres. 

there's games
and there's puzzles.
and escape rooms (in a box)
and "seek the 7 differences"
and "big pictures where you find things"

Those are all different things but only games are games.
Is it really scoring that well in the Game of the Year competition? 
I need to get my designs going again :p

 

people not being engaged is on thing,..

going off table, outside to smoke is even worse.

If I play with smoking friends, i try to have an agreement after which rounds we do a break :p

I didn't think you told anyone not to play it. Just saying in this particular case your negative points were not as strong for me as they usually are. No worries.  The video was still quality as always and I look forward to your next one. :)

Played at Home.

Doctor Strange (Leadership) vs Klaw; Expert; Power Drain

Played at Home.

Doctor Strange (Leadership) vs Rhino; Expert; Bomb Scare

Played at Home.

Captain America (Leadership) vs Green Goblin; Mutagen Formula; Expert; Goblin Gimmicks
Played Innovation

Played with 2 players.

Played Rallyman: GT

Played with 2 players.

Played Hardback

Played with 2 players.

Played Elysium

Played at Home, Gilbert, AZ with 2 players.

i'd never tell anyone not to play a particular board game. Grind it up into a powder and inject it into your veins for all i care!

Played Downforce

Played at Home with 4 players.

Played Decrypto

Played at Greg's house with 6 players.

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Nice video as always but while I don't disagree on your cons in general ( I actually like the aesthetic of the game myself) I find them to be so unimportant to me that they don't take away from the game at all.  

I'd hate to see anyone decide not to try the game because of any of the cons you mentioned. 

That said...the cloth really does suck. No idea what they were thinking. 😄

Played Hardback

Played with 2 players.

Played at Gillespe with 6 players.

Played Café

Played at G. with 2 players.

Played Cribbage

Played at Canberra with 2 players.

Played Takenoko

Played at Meensesteenweg, Beitem with 2 players.

Played Oceans

Played at Meensesteenweg, Beitem with 2 players.

Played Lucky Numbers

Played at Meensesteenweg, Beitem with 2 players.

Played Quetzal

Played at Home, Gilbert, AZ with 2 players.

Played at Home, Gilbert, AZ with 2 players.

Played at Home.

Black Widow (Justice) vs Green Goblin; Mutagen Formula; Expert; Goblin Gimmicks

Played at Home.

Black Widow (Justice) vs Green Goblin; Mutagen Formula; Expert; Goblin Gimmicks

So, if you add a time constraint, it becomes a proper game?

Played at Home.

Captain Marvel (Justice) vs Green Goblin; Mutagen Formula; Expert; Goblin Gimmicks

That seems like a game to me then.  It's definitely something you can win or lose at.  It's in the same vein as the classic #Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and games like that.

Played at Home.

Spiderman (Leadership) vs Green Goblin; Mutagen Formula; Expert; Goblin Gimmicks

Played at Home.

Spiderman (Leadership) vs Green Goblin; Mutagen Formula; Standard; Goblin Gimmicks

Played at Home.

Spiderman (Leadership) vs Green Goblin; Risky Business; Expert; Goblin Gimmicks

Played at Home.

AI: 41; me: 17

Yep! I played on Board Game Arena. It's a good intro, but feels a little simple after playing some others.

I also like #Irish Gauge and just got #Luzon Rails but have yet to get it to the table.

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If you're looking at #Stephenson's Rocket and #Chicago Express works for you, another one to consider might be #Paris Connection

It's debatable whether you need to solve the case, because someone has to look at the solution to tell you whether you got it right. 

Played at Home.

Captain America (Leadership), Black Widow (Justice) vs Green Goblin; Risky Business; Standard; Goblin Gimmicks

Have you played any cube rails games? I find they give me a lot of what I like in an 18xx game, but with no tile set frustration and in much less time. My family would never sit down to play an 18xx - but they will play #Chicago Express.

Your review of #Stephenson's Rocket makes me think I need to try that one, too. Trains AND Knizia! :)

Yep! Even better is Brawl - it's like baby Commander: smaller deck size and simpler rules. My boys and I play it a lot, just ignoring the Standard-only restriction so that our favorite cards don't rotate out.

Another fun way to play is to collect a bunch of random cards and play a Limited format with them. You can either draft from it, or just deal out three "boosters" to each person and play Sealed. The latter is how the kids at my afterschool club play.

I've been lucky enough to find a good group of 18xx players who have big collections and are happy to teach. It's an awesome experience, especially with the version that have more mean stock shenanigans.

I confess that I still get frustrated by the limitations of the tile set. Nothing worse than trying to build a route that can't exist. :)

Had a lot of people suggest commander as a play mode that's great for more casual play

#Android: Netrunner really is an outstanding game. I wish I could have found a crowd to play it with.