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Ark Nova – The Zoo Game Stunner

Ark Nova Game Box
Ark Nova

Ark Nova, a game about building a zoo, was a game I had heard quite a bit about. I had walked into my local friendly game stores, saw it sitting on the new games shelf, and then passed it by. How could a game with a giant picture of animals in a bubble be a game I would love?

Then I got a message from Misty Mountain Games about the last copy sitting on the shelf. He wasn’t certain when there would be copies coming back in. I broke down and said sure, I will grab it. I stopped by, bought the last copy, and now here I am.

  • Players: 1-4
  • Playtime (with Setup): First time – 3 hours, Repeated Play 2 hours. About 45 minutes per experienced player
  • Publisher: Feuerland Spiele and Capstone Games (US)
  • Designer: Mathias Wigge

Conesy’s Diary: Episode 47 Fun Playing with Alchemy in Theophrastus

Theophrastus

On this episode I review the game of Theophrastus from Mayfair Games. This game has been out of print for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great game. Bonus is that you can still get a copy of it from Noble Knight Games.

During the show, I meet with J from @lindmangames on Twitter. He’s been playing a game a day with his family for over 340 days now and counting. Follow him on Twitter to get all of the updates.

In Game Play

The game is a card game where you play cards from your hand and add them to your tableau or potentially interact with the client’s tableau. Your goal over the course of the game is to match Theopfrastus formula that you only know partial information of. If you do it well, you score more points. Most points is the winner!

Check out the episode to learn more of the game and our thoughts!

Conesy’s Diary: 2/24/2021

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Gaming Spotlight: Among The Stars

2015-08-05 21.34.46Among the Stars is a drafting card game where you play an alien race that is trying to build a space station and score the most points during the game. It’s become one of my new favorite style games and really replaces another, similar game for me in 7 Wonders. It’s theme is very strong and you really do feel like your building a space station. Yes, I know we love our Fantasy stuff here on WiscoDice, but the theme here is super cool and captured very well in the design of the game.

How many players? The base game plays 2-4 players, but with expansions goes up to 6 players. IMHO you need a minimum of 3 players, though the 2 player variant rules do seem to work pretty well, though it’s putting in 2 dummy players essentially.

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