Lots of fun first plays of games this month both at home and meeting up several times with the local gaming group at the Scotts Valley library. Alchemists has you experimenting on yourself and your students to figure out the ingredients for magic potions and then publish for fame and fortune, Decrypto pits two teams of codebreakers against each other, Inis has several Celtic clans competing to elect a king across all the land, in Mechs vs. Minions you must continually program your mechwarriors to beat back the onslaught of minions and accomplish the co-op mission but lastly, via Kickstarter…
…it’s the silly, flaming marble madness of Fireball Island and the Curse of Vul-Kar:
Speaking of Mechs vs. Minions, check out the absolutely incredible components that come with this campaign-style co-op game:
We also got in some great repeat games of Great Western Trail (drive cattle to market), Whitehall (track down and catch Jack the Ripper), Flamme Rouge (bike racing), Bärenpark (design an animal/bear park), Azul (lay pattern-matching tiles), Sagrada (pattern matching with dice), and Arboretum (build out paths of different tree species).