Friday, July 6, 2018

There’s an Oniverse out there

In the last twelve months, I’ve played more than thirty different solitaire games, almost all of them print-and-plays that I’ve crafted myself. (I prefer to use the verb craft to made, by the way, because I feel made implies I designed them. So I am actually trying to sound less hoighty toighty. And now I want to play that old game by Teuber)

So I decided to pull out Onirim, which I bought years ago when I _wasn't_ interested in solitaire games. At the time, I rather liked it. Liked it more than Friday, which I should also revisit sometime soon. So, having gotten a lot of solitaire experience under my belt, I decided to see how it held up.

Short version: it’s much better than I remembered and I liked it already!

But that’s not what I’m going to talk about now. I do want to go back in and properly revisit Onirim sometime though. It is an evergreen.

No, after I played it a few times, I said to myself didn’t they make a sequel? One that had a flamey box?

Go to my home away from home, Boardgame Geek, and do a search.

It’s a series called the Oniverse and there are now five games in the series. Onirim, Urbion, Sylvion, Castellion, Naution. The last one is a dice game. And there’s a second edition of Onirim with four more expansions.

Okay, in the last five years when I haven’t been keeping up to date on what’s been coming out, has there been some kind of solitaire boom or revolution?

After briefly going over the different games, they all look like they are fairly different and they all include expansions, just like the original version of Onirim. Which is really cool. Instead of recycling the mechanical ideas of Onirim, what binds the game’s together is the surreal theme and art. (Which I like)

While I wouldn’t mind trying any of them, I also know I’m not going to go out of my way to get any of them. (Well, maybe Sylvion. High ratings and looks different than any of my usual solitaire experiences)

On the one hand, my current game budget is super tight so I’m just not buying games right now. On the other hand, I am having tons of fun with the original version of Onirim and the three expansions that came in that box. I don’t need any of the other games right now :D

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