It feels quite ritualistic but I felt like making sure that I made some ‘firsts’ in Florida were good ones. Starting off a new home with good choices.
The first virtual game I played was Onirim, which, thanks to the app, is my most frequently played game. Onirim is just laying down runs of cards but between the expansions, the special powers of the keys, and the negative cards, it offers more replay value than I would have thought.
My first physical play was Palm Island. Although I think its sequel Palm Laboratory will prove to be stronger, Palm Island is still one of the best In Hand games I have played. It has the feel of a Euro with its resource management and infrastructure development in seventeen cards that never leave your hand.
I have laminated sheets of the cards in my travel folder that just need to be trimmed so that Palm Island can be my first print and play project in Florida. I’ve worn out copies and made copies as gifts so it’s far from my first time remaking it.
And the first book I’m reading is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. He’s both a comfort food author for me and a good author as well. I read the Heroes of Olympus seven years ago and, at the time, it was my favorite work by him. That said, the character development in both Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and the Trials of Apollo were very strong. I wonder how the Heroes of Olympus will hold up.
I think it will hold up as the most sweepingly eoic of his series.
And I hadn’t planned on it but my first game purchase ended up being an impulse purchase of Azul.