Attention, Guardians! We need your help!
The King needs you to work together to thwart the coming of evil. Please, use all of your resources and bring our villagers to safety. Whoever of you brings the greatest resources and saves the most villagers shall be named the one true leader, the Guardian of the Realm! Go now, and please, hurry!
When you've played enough games - and trust me, I've played my fair share - you start to get drawn to similar types of games, and start to really find which ones you love the most. I know that I've been drawn into certain themes a lot as well as games from certain publishers or designers. But the biggest thing that can really draw me to a game is its' mechanics. I love a lot of different mechanics, from worker placement to deck builders, but by far my favorite is a good ol' roll-and-write! I want to do a little combo post to talk about this type of game and list a few of my favorites!
Warning: This game does not come with actual, real-life dragons ... bummer.
So, you think it's an easy job breeding dragons? Okay, let's see you do it, then! You only have a few Dragon Seekers at your disposal, so make good use of them all to gather the dragons you need, and maybe some dragon eggs as well, to get more gold than your opponents. Ready to begin? Let's take a closer look.
If you didn't know anything about farming rice paddies before ... well, you probably still won't after this game. I mean, it's not a teaching tool. BUT it sure is fun! With only 18 double-sided cards, players take on the role of Cambodian farmers expanding their rice paddies to produce bountiful harvests. While light, quick, and simple, this wallet-sized game packs a punch with variety and strategy. Let's take a look!
Since I know I tend to mention my fiancé a lot, since that's who I play pretty much all my games with, I thought it would be fun to introduce him a little more properly after all this time!
(He disagrees; hates the attention ... oh well!)
So without further ado, meet Stephen! (Yes, we basically have the same name, we get it, we're adorable).
Who: Stephen, my fiancé, person who introduced me to the hobby, cool dude
Occupation: Rule reader extraordinaire (mostly because I refuse to read rules as often as I can, remember?); Expert gaming partner
Favorite Game: Galaxy Trucker (thumbs down from me, dude)
Player Color: He always opts for orange when it's available, but unfortunately it isn't very often. His choices then go from purple, then to yellow, then to "whatever is available." Unlike me who freaks out if I'm not red, Stephen is usually happy to choose his color last and get whatever there is.
Least Favorite Game: He has a few that he rates at a "1," but decided that The Mind is his absolute least favorite game (fair).
Favorite Mechanic: Deck building
Least Favorite Mechanic: Cooperative Play
Cons He's Attended: Tas-Con, Grand Con, Temple Con, PAX Unplugged, and Granite Game Summit
Why He Likes Games: Because they're fun, of course!
His Contribution to the Blog: Without Stephen, I wouldn't be able to do this. I generally dislike solo gaming, and most of the games I've played don't have solo play anyway. He is always willing to try things out with me which allows me to do this. He's also proofread/corrected a bunch of my articles and has more recently helped me in playtesting the game I'm working on for 2019 GenCan't (surprise!)! He's awesome and I'm so glad to be on this gaming adventure with him by my side being cool and supportive.
Personal Quote for this Article: "No Comment" - Stephen, probably.
Thank you all for joining me for this introduction! See you next time ^__^