Origins is this week, and I’m super excited to be going. This is my 11th year (wow!) and there are a lot of changes this year. I’m taking some new approaches and trying to do a lot of planning ahead of time. Let’s look at what has caught my attention in particular!
Games that are for two players exclusively always seem to catch my attention. The game can focus on the interactions between the two players instead of worrying about balance for multiple player ranges. Small box games also draw me in for being easy to travel with. Omen checks both of these boxes, and it has quite a history. The new take on Omen revamps some of the rules and offers the game to a wider audience. Let’s take a look at the base game.
If you haven’t herb of it, Mr. Cabbagehead’s Garden is a strange game. There’s no way around that. But it’s one that has been around for a while as a print and play, but now LudiCreations is bringing it to the hobby market. It’s a game where you’re a vegetable with a vegetable garden, but should you carrot all? Has this bean done before? Or are they producing a new and interesting game? Lettuce see.
Villages of Valeria is an engine building game with action selection that feels like part Race for the Galaxy, part Glory to Rome, but still feels like its own game. There’s a Landmarks expansion on Kickstarter now. Are these Landmarks worth visiting, or should you drive on by?
There are a few companies in the market who make custom laser-cut inserts for games. I own a few of them, and want to talk about their merits, issues, and overall effectiveness. Sometimes having an insert can be great. Other times it’s just a flashy add-on without real purpose.
As someone with a few too many games, I know that I play a lot of weird stuff. I have games about battling goats, running a power company, and climbing mountains. But there’s a game in my collection that seems to surprise other gamers – Monopoly. Now, I’m not saying it’s perfect, but there’s a good chance the game you’d play today isn’t quite what you’d expect.