Today I won’t be talking about hiking or food or arts & crafts. Today is about board games. NO, WAIT! Don’t click off the screen yet. Like many others the only board games I played for a while were the classics like Monopoly and Clue. Eventually, I transitioned into party games like Taboo and Pictionary (which are still amazing). But now, I’ve discovered strategy board games. The first one I played was Settlers of Catan with Eddie and Deise, which is a gateway game into the realm. Since then it’s been games like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Game of Thrones, etc.
Recently, we hung out with one of my regular gaming buddies, Pete Johnson (pj20), Jesse’s friend and former classmate at UCSB. They were both financial math majors and sports management minors.
One of my favorite memories with Pete is our head to head competition at Broomball. Pete is often on the opposing team while I play goalie. I have been able to stop him on many point blank shots, though he does his best impression of Joe Thornton by passing to his buddy Ryan Giesen who has scored on me a few too many times.
We were originally introduced to the game 7 Wonders by my maid of honor Le (Bunny) Bui (my favorite person to play games with!) and her fiance Chuong (Chunky Monkey) Quach. However Pete discovered a new 2 player version of the game called 7 Wonders Duel.
The object of the game is to build up your city by first collecting resources and coins. Using these resources and coins, you can then build wonders as well as military, science, city improvements, and guilds to score points.
To start the game, players take turns choosing the wonders they can build. The wonders provide a combination of resources, coins, victory points, bonus turns, and other special abilities. They help to guide your strategy for the game.
Pete seems happy enough with his wonders.
After picking wonders, the first of three rounds begins. The cards are set up in the pyramid seen below, with some cards face up and some face down. The cards in the front row are the only ones that can be chosen and players take turns selecting them and either building them by paying the cost, using them to build a wonder, or discarding them for extra coins. Once a face down card becomes uncovered, it is flipped over and available for selection. This creates an element of randomness and forces players to take chances.
The second and third rounds proceed in similar fashion with different setups and more expensive and valuable cards to choose from. As long as nobody wins on sudden military victory (by pushing the military token all the way to the end of the two way scale) or scientific victory (by collecting 6 different types of science), then the points are tallied and the player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Buster Pawsy likes to play too, but he’s not very good at board games.
I’d love to hear what other board games people are into. If you’re not a gamer, hopefully this sparked your interest in becoming one!