Augustus : conquer the Roman bingo

As an archaeology graduate I feel like I own too few games that have a nice theme related to archaeology or history in general. I was itching to add a new proper game (not just a tiny card game) to my collection and ended up buying Augustus (also called Rise of Augustus) by Hurrican, which I had seen a playthrough of on Youtube. Augustus is basically a heavily themed bingo, with some twists, set during the early reign of the first Roman emperor: Augustus Caesar. So deploy your legions and secure the favour of the emperor in this race to become a Roman consul.

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Roadkill Rivals : kickstarted mayhem

Kickstarter has become one of the best platforms for indie tabletop developers, and a drain on my bank account. It’s just so much fun to browse the game section and see what new fun things people come up with and then support them. I am guessing most of you have heard of one of the great success stories of kickstarted games: Cards Against Humanity. But that was years ago and many many great games have found their way into the hands of gamers via crowdfunding. One of the most recent games is Roadkill Rivals by Pygmy Giraffe Games. It was shipped out early February so it is pretty brand spanking new. It’s a simple card game where you try to run over as many animals as possible, while also trying to wreck your opponents vehicles.

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Fluxx : the ever-changing card game

I thought I would start off with one of my favourite game series, Fluxx. It’s an easy card game by Looney Labs that can be kept in your everyday bag, taught in a few minutes, and doesn’t take up much space in front of you (I’ve played it on a hotel bed once for example). The title is a reference to how the whole game is in flux all the time – both rules and the requirement to win can change on every turn. Doesn’t that sound exciting? What makes it even better is that there are many versions of the game, with different themes. But more on that later.

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Welcome everyone, to The Casual Meeple!

My name is Rebecka, I’m a Swedish geek and a casual gamer. I find that a lot of game oriented pages are quite hardcore in their gaming, which might make them a bit daunting to access. And really, the same goes for a lot of the gamers themselves. There is a lot of talk of so called “gateway games”, which partly makes it sound like those are the kind of games you play before you get to the proper ones. That is not exactly true, and a lot of hardcore gamers like to play easier games as well. Then there’s me. My favourite kind of game is the easier, gateway type game. I am not much for heavy strategy and I like a good measure of a luck element to be present. I want to be able to play a few games in an evening, not spend five hours on the same one. Friendships should be celebrated with some goodhearted competition, not crushed by aggressive slaughter of the weaker players.

I am not part of a dedicated game group who meet up with regular intervals to play boardgames, and I find it very difficult to even get a group together on an irregular basis. As such a lot of my gaming happens one on one and therefor a lot of the games written about on this blog will be games that work well for two players, or the post might be about why they don’t even if you can play them with just two people.

The process of getting the blog to look good is still underway. It will improve in the coming days and/or weeks. I might be slow getting started with posting but sooner or later there will be posts about actual games.

I hope you will join me on this journey of casual gaming!