Game day meetup for June 15

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Last weekend at our weekly game day meetup in Mashpee Commons featured a theme: The Lonely Games Club.

Let me explain.

We all have those titles on our game shelves that never get played. Perhaps life got in the way, you couldn’t find the right group or if you’re like me, you buy games more quickly than you can play them. Last week I looked at my game shelf and said, “That’s it. We’re playing some of these games.” I tossed Lewis & Clark, Elfenland and Legendary into the trunk and headed for Mashpee Commons.

I’m glad to report that we got Lewis & Clark (L&C) to the table. As the name suggests, it’s about leading an expedition across the North American continent in the name of exploration and expansion. L&C is a resource management game that has you gathering resources to convert into items you need, like canoes and horses, as well as to hire new people into your expedition. Each new traveler brings unique abilities that let you move more quickly, navigate difficult terrain or convert primary resources into the more effective secondary resources efficiently.

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My favorite mechanic if the game is that you power the cards in your hand with…the cards in your hand. Thus, the dilemma becomes, which card effects do I want to use this round, and which will I “sacrifice” to power those abilities? Additionally, hiring people into your expedition lets you build your deck and plan for future rounds.

While the game was fun, there are some off-putting aspects, like the fact that the “Indian” tokens are referred to as “stock” and, honestly, once in the village, you’re essentially trading them for goods. The game says using their labor, but that’s not how it feels here in 2019.

Once you get past the blatant colonialism (if you can get past it), Lewis & Clark is a solid game, with aspects of worker placement, drafting and resource management.

What game(s) have you been itching to play? Dust it off, toss it in the car and meet us at Mashpee Commons this weekend. We’ll gladly give it a shot.