Happy Monday everyone! In this week’s edition of What Did You Play Monday, we discuss what we played this past weekend. We played four games: Dos, Terraforming Mars, Dinosaur Island with the Totally Liquid Expansion and Alien Artifacts. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Dos is the sequel to the classic card game Uno. As with Uno, players attempt to get rid of their hands before the other players. In Dos, players attempt to match cards in two piles. Dos lacks the special cards that Uno has like Skip, Reverse, and Draw Two, which I feel makes it faster paced. I like Dos, but probably because Uno was one of my favorite card games growing up. We played three quick games on Sunday and my husband won two of the three.
Terraforming Mars is quickly becoming one of our favorite games. It is a sci-fi strategy game that includes set collection in which you play as a corporation trying to build on Mars. You earn money (i.e., MegaCredits), create steel, titanium, plants, energy, and heat.
The first time we played it was two years ago at a Dice Tower Convention. We played with three friends of ours. It was an especially long game because one of the guys has an extreme case of analysis paralysis.
Last weekend we played it with a friend of ours and this past weekend we played it twice. When we played with our buddy, Kyle, I came from behind to win. This weekend my husband won both games. Sometimes I think I need at least one other person to serve as a buffer so that I can beat my husband in competitive games. We both racked up insane amounts of MegaCredits (over 100) and both scored over 100 points.
It’s pretty clear that this is quickly becoming one of our favorite games.
Dinosaur Island with the Totally Liquid Expansion
The only new game we played this weekend was Dinosaur Island with the Totally Liquid Expansion. We have played Dinosaur Island before (both our copy and a friend’s), but we had not yet tried it with the awesome 90s-themed expansion. I had to have the expansion because the 90s were my favorite decade.
The Totally Liquid Expansion includes many options for play: goats, baby dinos, dino eggs, water dinos, and PR events. We opted to play with the water dinosaurs and the PR events. The PR events act as personal objectives for each player. Even though I earned a lot of points by completing my PR event (it involved having DNA in cold storage), my husband still came out ahead. He also completed his PR event (although for fewer points), he completed more of the game objectives and created a water dinosaur that earned him a lot of excitement points. I just wasn’t able to catch up.
Alien Artifacts is a sci-fi card drafting, set collection game for 2-5 players. Each player chooses one faction to play as and each faction has unique player powers. I played the Clone Clan and my husband played the Star Union. I like the Clone Clan because their powers are very straight forward; you win points by building the most tech logistics cards and expansion cards.
After losing almost every single game to my husband (except for one game of Duo) to my husband this weekend, I finally beat him!!!! Yes!!!!