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Game Night Report: Friday 20th April

So last Friday at Westmead Nerd Sanctuary Chris, Craig, Jim and Tom had a wonderful evening frolicking through space. First we explored the galaxy in Pulsar 2849 and on the way back we Terraformed Mars. The night belonged to Chris but I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

First ever play of Pulsar 2849. A dice drafting game of space exploration, research and gyrodyne spinning.

In a nutshell, the 1st player rolls 9 dice and then players take turns in drafting these dice which enable you to carry out various actions on your turn. The actions range from exploring space, planets and pulsars, developing technologies, constructing transmitters and building gyrodynes. All in an effort to collect victory points.

Thoughts: Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. There are so many ways to collect VPs that it can be really tough to work out which strategy and path to take that will get you the most. The turns are very quick and it makes for a relatively short game time (around 2 hours). Chris scored a well thought out victory by focusing on completing the end game goals after I had scorched into a decent lead. Looking forward to trying this again.

Score 7/10

Pulsar 2849

 

Terraforming Mars

In a nutshell. Tableau building game where you play cards into your tableau in a collective effort to Terraform the shit out of Mars.

So I’ve played this about 6 or 7 times now and any time I’ve played it with 3 or more players there has always been at least 1 or 2 players new to it. And it’s not a negative reflection on the new players but I just wanna take this out with 4 or 5 people who’ve already played it, no rules explanations and get on with it. I wasn’t quite feeling it the other  night and that’s possibly why. And  again not a negative reflection but it went on much longer than I thought and I think it’s a game I would happily play for 2 hours or so but after that I feel it starts to drag. So must get it out again soon and put it to the test. Chris also scored a victory in  this once again coming from behind in end game scoring.

 

Terraforming mars

 

Shodorah

3 Comments

  1. I loved Pulsar, I think that’s a game that’s got so many things to do and so many ways to play that you definitely have to have a fair few goes at it before you know what you’re doing. It’s fairly quick too which is a plus for me!

    I liked Terraforming Mars, might have been just because it was my first go but I wasn’t as sold on it as some of the hype I’ve read but I thought it was decent. The card drawing is a quite refreshing for the theme.

  2. Really enjoyed pulsar too, I like games where you have so many different routes to get points. TM gets better the more you play it, it’s a solid game which I’ve enjoyed each time I’ve played it.

  3. I think TM defo benefits from more plays and because every single card is different it does take at least 1 game to get your head around what the different types of card do. Pulsar I see becoming a fave quick turns and quick playtime.

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