With isolation and limited ability to go outside the home, I find myself in a position (along with the rest of you) of nervousness and boredom. One can only watch so much Netflix before you develop bedsores and a stiff neck! So, I’ve set myself a challenge to play at least one board game a day during this time and if possible pair it with a good beer, wine, or cocktail. Why not! Feel free to play along. Just so my readers know, I’m not actually in quarantine yet–I’m a pediatrician and am still going into work on my regular work days. So while I’m not technically stuck at home, I am in a high-stress work environment these days and really need game playing as an outlet when I get home.

Just so you aren’t wondering if you missed one: we played Aeon’s End again on day 24 and got slaughtered. Best not to dwell on our defeat!

Gubs

For yesterday, after a moderately busy day, getting to try out telemedicine a few times, we tried a quick card game called Gubs. This is another by Gamewright and comes in a cute tin. Thanks for the lend Sandy and Rich!

In Gubs, you are attempting to gather the most cute little snail people (gubs) on your side of the board before the game ends. You gather a hand of cards and get to work! Each player starts with one gub in play. On your turn, you draw one card then may play as many cards from your hand as you like. Cards you can play consist of more gubs, barricades like mushrooms and toadrider cards to protect your gubs, tools, and hazard cards. The hazard cards are the most fun to play, letting you lure other people’s gubs to your side, make enemy players discard their hands, etc.

There are also some random event cards which trigger when pulled from the deck and affect you or others. Scattered in the deck are three letter cards: G, U, and B. Once the third card is pulled the game ends and you count up your spoils!

Lemon is not so sure about this pairing

We paired this game with the fantastic raspberry sour ale Lolita from Goose Island. This one was a 2013 vintage and become quite tart. A good one to sip while thinking about my raspberry bramble soon to start budding!

Sj and I played one game of this, and it was close for a while but Sj played some wicked cards on me and stole my precious gubs. We both liked the game, but it is a bit too light and quick for us. This would be a good one to take to a brewery (in better times). I give it a 5.5/10.