SPIEL 2020: PANDASAURUS GAMES
By Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee on November 18, 2020
Before we called it a night on Friday, we also stopped at Pandasaurus Games to try out their games. When you've encountered Pandasaurus Games at the physical Spiel before, you will be aware of the fact that they have a small booth, with limited tables and it is always really, really busy. Well, that didn't change for Spiel.Digital. Their digital booth, aka their Discord channel, was positively bursting at the seams. Luckily, they had a host to explain everyone how everything works and to guide you to a virtual table when a demo was starting.
The game I squeaked in to play, is a game called Gods love Dinosaurs, which was playable on Tabletop Simulator. There is quite a hype around this game and, after starting the game, I understood why. I mean, the game's got Dinosaur meeples, do I actually need to say more?! Well okay, a bit more information would be in order here. Gods love Dinosaurs is a tile-laying and worker-placement strategy game about food chain hierarchy. with dinosaur meeples! And also some rabbits and frogs, by the way.
Although I had a good time playing the game, it didn't necessarily trigger my happy board games bone. Which I found rather unusual because, and I don't know if I mentioned this already, there are dinosaurs in the game! Plus, the core mechanics I usually like to see in a game were also there. I will blame it on the somewhat hard time the others who joined the table seemed to have with actually understanding the game. Now, I'm not blaming anyone, but waiting on them made this game a lot longer than it should have been (I guess). Maybe I was also just tired after a long day of Spiel. I will most definitely give Gods Love Dinosaurs another go, whenever it will reach our local game store and we are able to visit it for game nights again.
Gods Love Dinosaurs was the only playable Pandasaurus game at Spiel.Digital. I would of loved trying their other new games Dinosaur World or Dinosaur Island Rawr 'n Write or even Tammany Hall, but I think everybody will understand that creating board games on the digital platforms is just as time consuming as developing them in real life and with all those projects Pandasaurus Games have already running, I am happy they took the effort in translating Gods Love Dinosaurs to a digital platform for us to try at Spiel.Digital.