This week’s Explorable Favorites (Feb 1)

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This Week’s Explorable Games

This round of Explorable Favorites is from BoardGaming.com member Dicey Exploits. The games selected from their Favorites shelf were:

  • Biblios
    Dr. Finn’s Games | Published: 2007

  • Mysterium
    Asmodee | Published: 2015

These games will be explorable until next Monday, February 8th

Comments (12)

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10
Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

A trip to my FLGS allowed me to touch a copy of Biblios while feeling the 4-color steely gaze of Mr. Power Grid on the back of my neck.

I am calling that a semi-legit ‘Fake-A-Play’ for purposes of Explorables.

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10
Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

@Dicey Exploits Thanks for sharing! It is always fun to know why game hold a personal space on the shelf.

@TechieMoe/iambfg Power Gridphobia is very real. It’s out there and it’s happening and more people suffer from it than we can possibly know. Power Grid has a very prominent shelf space in my FLGS and I watch people scuttle by it. I cannot even look at it for fear of being locked in the dry, teutonic gaze of Mr. Power Grid himself. It is only through monthly donations to Ameritrash.org and constant attempts by foundations such as Fantasy Flight to produce ‘Cures for Cubes’ that I am able to sit at a table.

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10
Grand Master Grader
Movie Lover
Book Lover
I play blue

Biblios appears on many short lists of “Games that Play Well With Two Players”, and I have been eyeing it for some time.

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8
Grand Master Grader
Guardian Angel
Advanced Reviewer
Rosetta Stone

Ah, huzzah! For a minute I was perplexed due to the flurry of notifications that came in! Guess I should explain how these ended up here!

Biblios: Have you ever just had a look at a game you’ve never heard of before and thought ‘I need that’? I can’t explain why it happened for Biblios, but I’m so glad it did. It’s effectively become my go to filler game.

I love how every action you take is a gamble, and how, no matter how much power you potentially have in controlling the hands of other players, there’s still a dramatic level of risk that runs throughout. I was never that much of a fan with auctioning mechanics, but the fact that an entire phase based around it hinges on some sly bluffing and hand management that was so centric in the first phase means there’s just a wonderful theatrical edge to it all. It’s meaty enough to be picked over Love Letter (depending on the crowd), but not longer, and is dynamically very interesting.

I don’t think there’s any way I could convince those who hate auctioning mechanics to buy it, but if you do see someone play it at a meet-up or a demo of any kind, I do encourage you to try it. It’s only 10 minutes of bluff-drenched bidding, anyways.

Mysterium: ‘Mysterium is what you get when you mix Cluedo and Dixit.’ was the sentence that raised my eyebrow, and whenever I raise an eyebrow to a game, I have to play it.

The aftermath of every game of Mysterium I’ve had has almost been as enjoyable as the actual game itself, as the room erupts into laughter/dismay/a Mexican wave of palms to the face as the ghost explains exactly what they meant, and just how good, yet utterly daft the interpretations of those things were. It’s wonderful stuff, and no matter who you play it with, some really interesting perspectives emerge depending on who’s playing.

I’m glad these two made the spotlight, and I certainly hope they get a good few plays!

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7
USA
Book Lover
Novice Reviewer
Cooperative Game Explorer

Both great games.

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9
USA
I play blue
El Dorado
Guardian Angel

Biblios makes it to the table every now and again.

Haven’t played Mysterium but it looks like fun. I’ll have to put this one on my list. Glad I explored this one!

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7
Canada
Z-Man Games fan
I play red
Indie Board & Cards fan

@HaiKulture right there with you on Power Gridophobia! Auction mechanics can often hurt a game. And it’s death when it’s the main component (as opposed to a minor one ala 5 Tribes).

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10
Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

Thank you @inmarg for breaking the 7 of 9 split on Mysterium so I don’t have to contemplate ‘Fake-a-Play’. 🙂

Unfortunately, the mere whisper of ‘auction’ invokes Power Gridophobia so Biblios does not appear my cup of tea.

And if @Dicey Exploits stops by feel free to share why these make your personal Favorite Shelf…

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8
Professional Reviewer
Canada
I play black
Silver Supporter

Both games I’ve been actively interested in for some time, great picks! Look forward to exploring both, but still need one extra review for Biblios!

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9
Z-Man Games fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Ireland
Stone of the Sun

Mysterium looks great, I love a good party game, particularly one that gets everyone involved.

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7
I play blue
Book Lover
Intermediate Reviewer
Smash Up: Ninja Faction Fan

Both of these look great. Biblios is right up my alley in terms of theme and mechanics. Mysterium is a game I wouldn’t have been interested in at first blush, but the combination of murder mystery element and Vision imagery mechanic makes me very curious.

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8
Canada
El Dorado
Professional Advisor
Senior

2 great games to explore

I have the Polish version of Mysterium and it’s a game that all the family enjoy.

I played Biblios once and it is on my wishlist…waiting

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