It’s not often a game stops me in my tracks to look at because it’s so beautiful, but Bosk certainly has that effect on people! It simply looks stunning on the table with its 3D trees, falling leaves, squirrels and vibrant colours. But does the gameplay live up to the table presence?
OK, so we’re a sucker for a game with an animal theme (yes, especially cats) and this has big cats so we’re in! In Ecos players are creating the planet together, but quite often with different ideals! Simultaneous play means no downtime, just a lot of fun to be had!
So, last year I played just over 200 games total. (BGG says just under 200
but I know I forget to log sometimes!) At least 82 of them were ‘new to me’
games, either games from our shelf of opportunity or new releases. I don’t want
to do a ‘top ten of 2019’ or even of the decade as I haven’t played ALL the
games and know there will be stuff I’m missing out that deserve to be on there
At this time of year, I used to sit and work out a gaming challenge for the
following year. Usually a ten by ten challenge, sometimes something crazy - one
year we attempted a hundred train games in the year. The ten by ten is a great
thing, it allows you to deep dive strategies for games and sometimes it
determines that you really don’t need to play that one game anymore and it can
make room on the shelf for something else!
A recent post in a boardgame group on Facebook got me thinking: Is there a market for a value range of boardgames? Boardgaming is a luxury hobby, with even the cheapest games costing £12 - £15. Big box games have recently bumped up in price from around £40 - £45 to £50 - £60 a go. A while back I mused on the ‘cost per play’ aspect of gaming and the fact that some of our smaller, cheaper games gave bigger bangs per buck