So as mentioned in comments earlier, I picked up Ticket to Ride Asia and Agricola at the big Doctor Comics and Mister Games sale a couple of weekends ago.

We’ve already played TTR Asia with Val’s sister and boyfriend before. It’s awesome and this version will see lots of play, especially the team version.

That said, even after reading the instructions and watching a couple of videos, I’m still not 100% certain I’ve got the rules for Agricola down. Anybody out there play it before and if so, any suggestions on how best to teach it to others?

I also managed to acquire Sentinels of the Multiverse from a fellow game bud who got it but wasn’t that enamored with it. This one looks easy enough to get the rules, but I’ll need some fellow nerds to test it with. I suspect Val won’t be as big on this one, but I might be able to get her to try it once before she later recoils from the overall theme of it.

Other game news:

Since WHEN did the game Battleship involve aliens? And will we see the cheating version of Battleship in the movie in which one player hangs a peg or two of his/her ship OFF the game-grid in order to make certain that they don’t lose? (No, I never did this, but played more than one person who did pull this during my formative years.)

Dominion on the iOS? Yes, it’s a weird thing, but apparently some fan created a basic (no expansion) version of Dominion for the iOS platform. The response from the designer was “we won’t bug you if you release it for free, and the real version is coming out soon enough, so go ahead”. I downloaded it and it’s a good implementation! Go ahead and search iTunes for it, it’ll pop up.

Another version with all of the expansion cards can also be found online here. You just need a net connection. I definitely prefer the iOS version – I found the isotropic version a little buggy but it DOES have all the cards.

I also re-discovered ONE pet peeve of the #1 Dave-rated game “Ticket to Ride” this weekend, and coincidentally, also was reminded of it by a rant by Ryan Sturm on this week’s Dice Tower podcast. There is one flaw to the basic set, and that is this – the train cards for the basic game are really SMALL. The way around it is to play with the standard sized train cards from the 1910 expansion – and this is what we did with the game this Saturday. So to sum up – if you want a nice elegant version of TTR without having to buy other expansions/sets, my two cents – get Ticket to Ride Europefirst. It might be a little more expensive, but with extra game mechanics (tunnels) and no “hobbit cards” in the set, you’ll start with a better representation and understanding of the game play of the other sets.