• Kevin Farr

Issue #5: Team Casualties

Good Morning, Jesters!

Story of the Week

Today we mourn the death of Rick. He was born into a world ravaged by a pandemic that left the survivors living on platforms in the sea. Each day a struggle, not knowing if you’ll run out of food or if the virus would get you. Rick died at the young age of 21 in the month of May in the ruins of Paris.

If you’ve been following the newsletters, you might remember that I’ve been working my way though Pandemic Legacy Season 2 with my Pandemic play group (if not catch up on our newsletters here).  The one lesson I want everyone to take away is, READ EVERYTHING.  Don’t forget to read the rules and definitely don’t forget the text on new stickers you add to the board.  If not you might be responsible for the death of a character.

I’d like to take a moment to apologize to my play group for not noticing a little piece of text that may (or may not) have saved the beloved Rick.  Without Rick, Morty and the other survivors are left to carry on trying to find a way to survive whatever Pandemic Legacy has left to throw at us.

Spotlight: Terraforming Mars

I’m trying to add a recurring segment to give some consistency to these newsletters.  I’m trying out a “Spotlight Game” section to hopefully introduce you all to a game you might want to try.

Released: 2016

Playtime: 120 Minutes

Players: 1-5

Age: 12+

Mechanics: Card Drafting, Hand Management, Tile Placement, Income, End Game Bonuses, Take That, Variable Player Powers

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

I first played Terraforming Mars after I bought it for my brother-in-law as a Birthday gift.  It was a ton of fun.  I’ve since played it numerous times both with groups of friends and as a single player version.  I love the strategy of card drafting, resource management, and tile placement involved in Terraforming Mars.  Because you aren’t guaranteed to see the same cards every game, it keeps things nice and fresh between plays.  It may seem complicated at first, but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it.

Highlighted Mechanic

Another recurring segment, I'm trying out, is to highlighting a different game mechanic each time. Card Drafting Card drafting games are games in which players pick cards from a limited subset, such as a common pool, to gain some advantage (immediate or long term) or to assemble hands of cards that are used to meet objectives within the game. Popular Examples - Terraforming Mars - 7 Wonders - Wingspan - Agricola

Until next time,


Your Humble Court Jester

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