When I chose Reef Encounter as Game of the Month for April, I knew I would probably not get to play it too often. I knew that from day one.
To say that I didn’t really get a chance to explore the game would be an understatement. I managed to play two games on SpielByWeb early in the month, and I’m involved in another game right now. I didn’t manage a single game of face-to-face play.
So what did I accomplish?
Well, I started the month not being able to explain the rules, and I feel very confident that I could now teach this game to new players. I had already watched Scott Nicholson’s great video on Reef Encounter but that coupled withRyan Sturm’s podcast on Reef Encounter really cemented all of the rules in my noggin, and gave me a little bit of strategy as well.
So maybe I didn’t really explore Reef Encounter in depth, but I feel better equipped to play this game later in the year as I have more time. Time is what really set me back this month. I had a suspicion that might be the case, and I was seriously considering choosing a different game. Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20. I know the month of May is going to be the same, so I will be choosing something a bit easier to get to the table.
One thing that I did realize is that if you’re playing a two player game of Reef Encounter with Mark Johnson and he starts eating up tiles right away, you are probably in trouble. Pace is an important aspect of the game.
Hopefully, we will have some good discussion in the comment section. I’m playing a great four player game of Reef Encounter right now with some friends, and I hope they will have a few cents to add to the discussion when it’s over.
Disclaimer: I have recieved no review copies of this game. I have included links to funagain.com, an online retailer that I support by including affiliate links to games. If you purchase something from Funagain, and include my affiliate code, P2RX, then I get a few pennies of store credit so I can buy more games.