Last November I pledged for the first (?) cycling game (at least as I had seen), called Cycling Party. Then a month later it arrived. I was a bit unsure of how well the game would work, as I wasn’t huge cycling fan, and the English rules was a bit fussy (the original rules are in Spanish), but, my brother and I played a round and had a lot of fun.
CYCLING PARTY is a board game that brings together the excitement of road cycling as a sport and the enjoyment of strategy games. Direct and manage your own cycling team. Choose your race strategy, and look for the best opportunities by taking advantage of the situations that occur during the race.
I was in London this last weekend, and was looking for board games, and Tiny Epic Kingdom was one game on my list. Sadly I didn’t find Tiny Epic Kingdom, but one store clerk told me about another game from Gamelyn Games, called Tiny Epic Defenders. As I didn’t really know what Tiny Epic Kingdom was about I thought I should give Tiny Epic Defenders a chance, plus the price was good.
Tiny Epic Defenders is a co-op board game about defending the Capital City by defending outer regions against, monsters, dire monsters, and epic foes! This is done by moving your little meeple to each of the region, so that you are ready to defend it when the monsters attack. This, sadly means that you can’t defend all of the regions at all time, as it’s only for up to 4 players.
The image above is from my second play-through of the game. The rulebook isn’t very good at explaining the rules in details, it took me some time to understand all of the mechanics, and I’m still guessing there are something I don’t know yet. Luckily I’ve found this unofficial FAQ over at BoardGameGeek. Which I really recommend reading before playing.
The first time I played it, was on Sunday waiting for my delayed flight back to Norway. We lost badly the first play, even though we thought we had a good start. The problem was that I had forgotten and misunderstood the “Succor” ability. “Succor” let us use action points to reduce the threat of a region. Threat is the “damage” done to a region. And when the threat reaches the fire symbol, the region is destroyed, and monsters attacking this region is finally able to attack the Capital City! Not good. So the second time I played it, we used the “Succor” ability a lot! Which was the only reason that we where able to win.
Looking forward to try the game again, as it is a very casual game, easy for none board games to play. It’s even possible to play by yourself, as it’s a co-op game.
I wrote this little poem a while back at work. We where discussing some Led Zeppelin song, and found out that a lot of their songs can be used as a love reference.
It all starts dazed and confused when you see your true one.
Then it goes over to a whole lotta love, before it’s all
The suddenly, “Baby, I’m gonna leave you” and “Nobody’s fault but mine”.
Just before it’s all over there is always that thought: “I can’t quit you baby”.
About a month ago I partook in the Paris-Roubaix Challenge 2015. I biked with my father, the shorter distance of just 70 km, while my brother rode the longest, which is about 140 km. This was my first time riding this long, and my first proper time on a road bike. So I was quite exited!
If you haven’t heard about Paris-Roubaix before, you may think it’s just a normal road bike race, but it’s not. The pro’s ride around 240 km, where 50 km of the road is on old cobble road. Below you can see how it was to ride on one of the sections with cobble stone. Not good for you arms, bike, or butt.