Tuesday, July 01, 2008

June 2008 Game of the Month

Well, I had a number of choices this month, as I went to the Geekway to the West 2008 and played a number of games and tried a number more. Honestly, the game I enjoyed the most was Indonesia - however, I want to keep this list unique each month if I can so that I talk about a different game rather than having the same one pop up over and over.

Glory to Rome wins this month as a game that I found FAR more interesting than Race For the Galaxy. It plays 5 out of the box and while the play is similar in features to Race (cards are used to build or for costs etc) it plays out a bit differently due to player interactions that aren't available in Race and that makes it a far more interesting game to me. Not only that, but its CHEAPER. Its a smaller company that makes this game and its the first game I plan to purchase after I move (I've put myself on a buying hiatus).

So, other games in contention this month? Medici was a candidate - this is my favorite Knizia auction game. Micro Mutants: Evolution showed me that tiddley winks could be cool and fun - fun enough for me to buy, but not to make the top game this month. Subbuteo was a lot of fun, but I don't know that I'd have as much fun with this one unless it was with Justin Easley.


Red October said...

Glory to Rome...a fine choice for this list. Subbuteo...man, that was the most fun i have had playing that game yet. i'm need to start working on a "stadium". your dining room table may be just about perfect to play this on...

Jaybird said...

Sorry I did not comment here sooner, but our laptop has been wonky.

I spend way too much time defending this game. I feel like an evangelist for it--you got to play it! believe me! blah blah blah.

I suppose that it is kind of a knee-jerk reaction to the eternal hype-machine that is Race for the Galaxy. Bottom line: Race is good, but Glory to Rome is the better game. I don't care how it looks, it just plays better.