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Your Next Played Game - Featuring Heartbreaking Failures!

I taught what will likely end up being my last game of Scythe yesterday. Not really a heartbreaker, per se, but I’ll be selling my complete copy this evening and that includes an unplayed copy of The Rise of Fenris.

I really hoped I had enough fondness for the game left to grind out the campaign, but yesterday was kind of the final confirmation for me that I just don’t have any interest anymore. If only Fenris has released a year sooner… ah well.

Silver linings: getting rid of this behemoth will free up significant storage space for other games. Won’t be one-in-one-out for a little while. :yum:

[EDIT to add:] I’m hoping to get my girl to the table for our first round(s) of Getaway Driver tonight. Maybe/maybe not, no sweat if we postpone. But boy oh boy did I manage to let my hopes run out of control with this game, so when we do get a play or two in, I’m hoping I’m not left disappointed.

Did you just play it to extensively, or did it never really grab you?

No, I played it fairly extensively (25 or so times), a good portion of those with Automa(s). Honestly though I think it’s less about times played and more about time passed. Nearly everything in my collection will get taken out ahead of it.

That makes sense. I pulled a couple of games off my self, because I never saw myself choosing them over other games in my collection.

It’s happened before, will surely happen again. Ticket to Ride and Pandemic have only survived because my regular group of friends will actually play them, otherwise they’d be candidates for the axe too. All beloved games, good memories, but if I have the choice, I always reach for something else.

Meanwhile, our game of Getaway Driver went smooth as silk and we’re both looking forward to playing again. I was a wholly ineffectual police player, and yet we both always felt like we were on each others’ heels. Great first run and I am really looking forward to all the ways to get tricky with this one.

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I realized I never updated re: Viticulture. The games with the friend went well, it’s a very simple game to learn and a nice puzzle. I managed to convince my wife to play a game of it with me the next day and she liked it, as well. Success!

Edit: oh my goodness I’m sorry, I didn’t realize this was the heartbreaking failure thread! In order to bring balance back to the world, I’ll share my most recent heartbreaking failure:

I’ve tried to get Hardback to the table with friends so many times now. I never really get further than the rules explanation, and I can see confusion and fear start to spread over people’s faces. I’ve tried to change how I teach the rules a few times now, and nothing seems to work. I love the game too much to get rid of it, but it’s so disappointing knowing I likely won’t ever get it to the table with a group larger than two ever again :frowning:


:heart: I dig what you’re putting down.

So sorry! Edited my post, still finding my way around

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Have you considered showing them via the app? I believe it has pass-and-play (definitely has asymmetric online). Might be easier for them to grasp if they see it in action. I love Hardback too.

Further race update, and ladies and gentlemen we have a winner. Bubs arrived two days ago. I assume I’ll get an email telling me treasure island has arrived on Monday which I will promptly forgot about until after it’s sold to the general public.

We’ll count this as a failure, but not heartbreaking.


Tomorrow afternoon I am to be The Overseer in a brief but rowdy run of Catacombs with my nephews. They’ll be dealing with a Cerberus, an Elder Vampire and a Rakshasa before going up against the Orc Chieftain, the Dragon or the Hydra (their choice). I’ve kept it to three rooms because kids, but have an optional branch available with a free heal via the hot springs and Altar of Soloth if their interest doesn’t wane (and the vampire doesn’t kill them). They missed out on the boss a couple weekends ago due to family dinner stuff so they’ve been eager to hack at it again.

Only major flop factor is that the 10 year old wants me to make it tough as nails, while the 7 year old is a 7 year old. Moderate chance of precipitation. Not a flop per se, but here’s hoping I can avoid making a kid cry tomorrow.


Catacombs is rarely brief. I think your plan may work, though. (Good luck, Victor!)

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Forgot to update, but Catacombs with the nephews (and dad and auntie) went great! They won by the skin of their teeth, with both adults kicking the bucket, and the kids needing to bust out their Antients at the end.

Bumping the thread because it has finally happened: Container is going to be making a glorious appearance at a cafe table near us on August 23rd. Holy crap I’m excited about this.


Put together a WhatsApp group for a few friends to meet and play a few games. Made the mistake of making another friend an Admin and he added… a lot of people. Now I’m suddenly at the point of accommodating 17 people.

This is not going to end well.


Can it make any other kind?

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I theorize that it can. Someone around here posted a little while ago that other fans of the game would scoff at my preferred way to play, namely: with constant table-talk. I try to encourage a raucous affair between businesses so long as all rules are obeyed. I suspect if you had me at their table or vice-versa it’d knock the experience down a peg or two.

None of this make its appearance any less glorious, of course.

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(FYI, Sequolia is the best hero if you have the “Chicks” expansion. Terrible fighter with awful health, but kind of OP for keeping everyone alive if she survives. If you’re the Overseer, target her first. Also Roosan the Chicken Champion (a core-game character) is stupid-fun to have in any party of heroes, that chicken just gets better every time we throw him in).

I can’t get anyone to play poor Roosan to save my life. The first time I’m able to play the hero side, he’s coming out and he’s going BERSERK.

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As silly as he is (I mean, the whole concept is ridiculous), he’s really a character for advanced players wanting a challenge. Heroes have the odds stacked against them to begin with, choosing Roosan is basically flexing. :muscle: Can be very useful with a skilled…um, is there a word for this skill? A “flicker?” That actually sounds a little rude.

(The heroes in my group, btw, have only won twice, and one of those times is because the Overseer took pity on us after Sequolia died in the penultimate room and then we were all slaughtered, and she said we could have a do-over after a visit to the healer. Hours of playing, and one to four players die every time).

I always need to take pity on the heroes so I’ll take the challenge. Plus I’ve got just about everything for this magnificent game, so don’t forget, I’ll be Roosan the teleporting berserker chicken.

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