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2021 saw me play 878 games of 184 different titles and 66 of these were new to me during the year. The total plays was up again on last year, with more solo games being played and many sports leagues and tournaments pushing ten of the titles to over 20 plays. Although the total plays has jumped, the number of new titles has stayed similar to the last couple of years - 66 in 2021 compared with 61 in 2020. Year on year comparisons are:

Year Total Different
2021 878 184
2020 696 248
2019 428 213
2018 332 221
2017 274 175
2016 133 119
2015 314 205
2014 335 219
2013 234 155
2012 239 154
2011 200 156
2010 208 157
2009 229 157


My full list of games played in 2021 is here.

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Board Game: Fast Drive Football
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My most played games were Fastcard Soccer with 90 plays, Fast Drive Football with 89 plays, Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game with 42 plays and Pocket Golf with 41 plays. Pocket Cricket (39), Pocket Tennis (38), Win, Place & Show (37), Flamme Rouge (28) and Formula D (22 plays) confirms how much I've got back into sports games this year. The remainder of plays were 1 x 21 plays; 2 x 19 plays; 2 x 16 plays; 1 x 15 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 2 x 10 plays; 1 x 9 plays; 1 x 8 plays; 4 x 7 plays; 5 x 5 plays, 8 x 4 plays; 23 x 3 plays; 21 x 2 plays; 103 x 1 play.. My unplayed games list started 2021 at zero unplayed games and I've kept on top of it throughout the year, although an influx of new games at Christmas means I have 8 unplayed at the end of 2021.

My H-Index hit 30 just before the year-end. I'm not looking to increase this significantly in the coming year.

Normally, my six picks for the best games I played for the first time each year are divided into multi-player and solo/two-player lists. This year, I've not played many multi-player games so I'm just picking the six games that have stood out the most across all genres.

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Board Game: Fast Drive Football
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As far as the collection is concerned, it has grown a bit more this year with a number of games reacquired and not enough sold so the total has increased from 695 to 739. I'd like to get the total below 500 so will be doing some more Facebook sales or geeklist auctions in 2022 (yes, I know I said the same thing last year... and the year before that).
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In December, I managed to play 87 games of 46 different titles with 7 of them being new to me. Dicember saw me play 43 different dice games during the month, four up on last year.

== NEW GAMES ==

Red White & Blue Racin': Stock Car Action Game - 1 play -  8 
First Published 2012
Board Game: Red White & Blue Racin': Stock Car Action Game


Only received this on 31st December after 32 days in transit (along with History Maker Golf) but my one play was easily the best game I played this month. a 43 vehicle stock car race run over 20 to 50 laps and playable in about an hour. Great fun watching the drivers jockey for position, run into trouble, attempt fast pit stops etc. just using a few dice rolls. Going to enjoy playing this more.

Top of the Stretch - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2011
Board Game: Top of the Stretch


Solo simulation of a horse race broken down into just 3 or 4 rounds of dice rolling. A bit mathy but works very well.

High Score - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2021
Board Game: High Score


A new Reiner Knizia yahtzee-like dice game with variable scoring over seven rounds and each round using different reroll rules and values for the vortex face of each die. Try to get better scores than your opponents each round to accumulate most VPs. Nice but nothing ground-breaking.

Dodgeball: World Tour – Heroes & Heels - 2 plays -  7 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Dodgeball: World Tour – Heroes & Heels


Another dice sports game from PLAAY where the dice are the balls that you use to target opposing players with the aim of your team having the last player(s) still standing. Works well and a match only takes about 10 minutes but the game is set up for multiple matches played over a season. Good stuff.

Paper Pinball: Laser Sisters - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2018
Board Game: Paper Pinball: Laser Sisters


My first try at a Paper Pinball game and this works really well and I found it much more to my taste than Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade as it plays much more quickly.

Let's PLAAY Jai-Alai - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Let's PLAAY Jai-Alai


Another PLAAY sports replay game where you have a set of players rolling dice to win duels for points with the aim of staying on the court and accumulating 7 points. There is also a betting element where you try to place wagers on the players who will win, place or show in the match.

Herd Mentality - 3 plays -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Herd Mentality


Decent party game that we played with seven people over Christmas, where you aim to match answers with the most other people until someone wins by reaching 8 points (cows). Nothing really to make this one stand out but reasonably fun.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

15x Fast Drive Football
12x Win, Place & Show
5x Shut the Box
3x Zombie Dice
3x GOLO
3x Exxtra
2x Numeri
2x Formula D
2x Urbion
1x Bowling Dice
1x Escape: The Curse of the Temple
1x Dancing Dice
1x Qwixx
1x Pocket Golf
1x Ligretto Dice
1x Sharp Shooters
1x Würfelwurst
1x Can't Stop
1x Encore!
1x Mmm!
1x Finito!
1x Pocket Landship
1x Hoppladi Hopplada!
1x Criss Cross
1x Tumblin-Dice
1x Go 500 Racing Dice Game
1x Fury Hardball
1x Whacky Wit
1x Extra!
1x Limes
1x Level X
1x Mosaix
1x Pocket Sports Surfing Tour
1x Demo Derby Smash-Down!
1x Balloon Pop!
1x Rolling Japan
1x Pocket Sports Football
1x Rally Roll
1x On Tour

My Dicember challenge meant I was playing dice games every day this month so it was good to get a load of these back to the table this month, especially Whacky Wit, Tumblin' Dice, Escape and Pocket Landship.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

878 games of 184 titles.
66 new to me.
1 x 90 plays; 1 x 89 plays; 1 x 42 plays; 1 x 41 plays; 1 x 39 plays; 1 x 38 plays; 1 x 37 plays; 1 x 28 plays; 1 x 22 plays; 1 x 21 plays; 2 x 19 plays; 2 x 16 plays; 1 x 15 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 2 x 10 plays; 1 x 9 plays; 1 x 8 plays; 4 x 7 plays; 5 x 5 plays, 8 x 4 plays; 23 x 3 plays; 21 x 2 plays; 103 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 11 new titles to the collection which were World of Motor Racing, Top of the Stretch, Let's Plaay Jai Alai, Dodgeball: World Tour - Heroes & Heels, A game about Wee Whimsical Creatures and trying to identify them after someone makes noises, Ascension: Eternal, High Score, Heckmeck am Karteneck, Calico, Red White & Blue Racin' and History Maker Golf. I also reacquired one title so my total collection now stands at 739.

At the end of December, I have eight unplayed games (two at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Red White & Blue Racin': Stock Car Action Game.
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In November, I managed to play 71 games of 16 different titles with 8 of them being new to me. This month is, of course, Dicember and as usual I shall be taking part in the challenge to play at least 31 dice-based games over the course of the month. Last year, I managed 39 titles so let's see if we can beat that total this time.

== NEW GAMES ==

The Beautiful Game - 2 plays -  8 
First Published 0
Board Game: The Beautiful Game


Nice statistical sports replay game based on Football. Each team has attack and defence ratings (separate for home or away games) and these generate a number of possessions for each team over the course of a half. A die roll determines whether the passage of play leads to a chance (6 on the die) or half chance (5 on the die) or no significant action (1-4). Chances and half chances are resolved using decks of cards for each and a further roll of two dice, with chance cards more likely to result in a goal than half chances (as you'd expect). The cards feature commentary to add some atmosphere to the game and the rules allow for goal scorers to be identified and the timing of the goals to be tracked.

It plays quickly and has a similar feel to Fastcard Soccer, although I like that game's mechanisms better as the multi-purpose cards allow the game to play more smoothly. The Beautiful Game's commentary system might be a bit more refined though.

Cascadia - 1 play -  8 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Cascadia


This is a neat tile and token drafting game where you place tiles to create a habitat into which you place animal tokens to achieve scoring objectives for each type of animal. Multiple objectives for each animal type means the replayability is good and, although I've only played one 3-player game which worked really well, it also plays solo which is always a bonus.

Speedway Scene II - 3 plays -  7 
First Published 1981
Board Game: Speedway Scene II


Another Lambourne Games design in which you replay the 15 heats of a British speedway meeting. Each heat has four riders, two from each team, and is run over four turns (laps). Each rider is graded and this grade determines how they perform, with turns 2-4 allowing a guaranteed movement factor or the chance of a better move based on a die roll but with the chance of reduced movement if running wide or oversliding into an outer lane or running into trouble. It works quite well and, once you are used to the system, a heat takes just a few minutes - unless you have a fallen rider and the heat has to be re-run.

Whale Riders - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Whale Riders


A relatively new Reiner Knizia game of collecting resources to fulfil contracts that will gain you the pearls (victory points) you need to win. The resource collection is limited by a movement mechanism, sailing along the ice coast to towns selling the goods but in one direction only - move on and you can't move back. Although there is a race element as well as, once you return to the starting port, you can buy its pearls and once these are gone, the game ends. Good stuff as you'd expect.

Fury Hardball - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Fury Hardball


An alternative version of baseball by Plaay Now, who produce both physical and pdf downloadable versions of their games. Each team has one innings which ends after nine outs and rather than a diamond field this is a triangle with safe and bonus bases for base runners to choose for a chance of 1 or 2 runs. Plays very quickly and is a fun variant of normal baseball.

Fury Football - 2 plays -  7 
First Published 2018
Board Game: Fury Football


This time, an alternative version of American Football with each team having just four possessions but, on scoring a touchdown, the scoring team has the chance of a multi-point conversion which, if successful, allows further conversion attempts. Once I got past a few rules queries, I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Demo Derby Smash-Down! - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2009
Board Game: Demo Derby Smash-Down!


Another game from Plaay Now which, unsurprisingly, is based on demolition derbies where drivers use clapped-out cars to try and be the last car running.

You pick a selection of drivers and pair each of them up with a car and the game is run over a series of rounds. The cars are placed in columns of three or four and each car has a turn rolling dice trying to inflict damage on the other cars in their column. Each driver has six signature moves and the two dice rolled identify which move is taken and the damage inflicted - which may also be on their own car. Any external damage taken by a car is marked on the car card and any internal damage (which takes away one or more of the driver's signature moves) is marked on the driver card. Once all the cars have had a turn, the cars are shuffled up and dealt into new columns for the next round. Once a car has taken a certain amount of damage, it is out of the game and the last car standing is the winner.

Bots Up - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Bots Up


A simple card game of battling robots where your hand of cards is used to inflict damage on other robots or help maintain your own robot in a "last one standing wins" contest. Plays quickly and works reasonably well.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

30x Fast Drive Football
18x Win, Place & Show
3x Easy Come, Easy Go
3x Formula D
2x Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
1x The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
1x Pocket Tennis
1x Baseball Highlights: 2045

I grabbed a cheap copy of Easy Come Easy Go to play this Knizia title that I let go a few years ago. Only one further mission this month in The Hunters but we're still afloat and now have our doctor back from injury. Nice return for Baseball Highlights, especially as I managed to come back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 against the AI.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

791 games of 165 titles.
59 new to me.
1 x 90 plays; 1 x 74 plays; 1 x 42 plays; 1 x 40 plays; 1 x 39 plays; 1 x 38 plays; 1 x 28 plays; 1 x 25 plays; 1 x 21 plays; 1 x 20 plays; 1 x 19 plays; 1 x 16 plays; 2 x 15 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 1 x 11 plays; 1 x 10 plays; 1 x 9 plays; 2 x 8 plays; 1 x 7 plays; 2 x 6 plays; 4 x 5 plays, 8 x 4 plays; 16 x 3 plays; 17 x 2 plays; 97 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 7 new titles to the collection which were TEN, Cascadia, The Beautiful Game, Speedway Scene II, Demo Derby Smash-Down, Fury Football and Fury Hardball. I also reacquired one title so my total collection now stands at 727.

At the end of November, I have two unplayed games (two at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was The Beautiful Game.

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In October, I managed to play 82 games of 31 different titles with 8 of them being new to me. I also received my second Citizen Recognition star from some kind soul this month. Thanks very much to whoever it was. It is much appreciated.

== NEW GAMES ==

The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 - 3 plays -  8 
First Published 2013
Board Game: The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43


I'm early into my first campaign of this game but I'm really enjoying it so far. The narrative is pretty good with this game as you try to progress your career as a U-Boat commander.

Blitzkrieg!: World War Two in 20 Minutes - 1 play -  8 
First Published 2019
Board Game: Blitzkrieg!: World War Two in 20 Minutes


Another World War II game but this one is an area control game by placing influence chits in the five theatres of the war. Winning campaigns in the various theatres gains you victory points and it's basically a race to hit 20 victory points. Plays very smoothly and I liked this a lot.

Cross Clues - 2 plays -  8 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Cross Clues


Another word-based party game that I've played with two and three players. Played against the clock you are co-operating to give clues in order that the other players can identify where in the word grid your co-ordinate card fits. Great fun and similar in feel to So Clover but different enough to warrant keeping both.

Eiyo - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Eiyo


The only game of the Matchbox Collection that I really like. You are a samurai using weapon cards to defeat your enemies. This gains you honour but you will need to give up honour to regain the weapons you need to fight your final enemies. Give up too much and you won't end with enough honour to be recognised as a true samurai; give up too little and you won't have enough weapons to finish the game and you are defeated. Good stuff.

Mint Works - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2017
Board Game: Mint Works


Finally got a copy of this minty fresh worker placement game and it works pretty well. It's quick and straightforward to play. Not sure how much staying power it is likely to have though.

Bullet♥︎ - 3 plays -  7 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Bullet♥︎


This is a neat puzzle game that has a number of different playing modes including two solo modes. Like a video game, you play a heroine who has bullets being fired at her constantly and you have to use your abilities to manoeuvre them into certain patterns to avoid them hitting you and (in boss mode) redirect them to your enemy, the boss. Quite thinky and, with eight heroines and eight bosses to play with, there's plenty of variety.

Rebis - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Rebis


Rather forgettable hand management game. Worked ok but not one I'll be rushing to play again.

15 Days - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: 15 Days


Similar to Rebis, this is an unremarkable hand-management set collection game which annoyed me when I had to abort my first play when I realised two of the colours were so similar that I had been collecting sets with mixed colours.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

24x Fast Drive Football
6x Pocket Cricket
5x Win, Place & Show
5x Shut the Box
5x Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
3x Onirim
3x Würfelwurst
2x Pickomino
2x Formula D
1x Qwixx
1x L.L.A.M.A.
1x Pro Golf
1x Sushizock im Gockelwok
1x Encore!
1x Urbion
1x Qwinto
1x Cribbage
1x Marvel Champions: The Card Game
1x Blue Moon City
1x Cucina Curiosa
1x Ryder Cup Replay
1x Finito!
1x Roll to the Top!

More sports games. Really getting a lot of fun from Fast Drive Football and I've just started a horse racing tournament that will see lots more races of Win, Place & Show next month. Otherwise, a few dice games and card games were played on a very pleasant Tenerife holiday, Marvel Champions made a reappearance and I tried the SoloPlay variant of Blue Moon City for the first time and it worked very well.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

720 games of 155 titles.
51 new to me.
1 x 90 plays; 1 x 44 plays; 2 x 40 plays; 1 x 39 plays; 1 x 37 plays; 1 x 28 plays; 1 x 21 plays; 1 x 19 plays; 1 x 17 plays; 1 x 16 plays; 2 x 15 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 1 x 11 plays; 1 x 10 plays; 1 x 9 plays; 2 x 8 plays; 2 x 7 plays; 2 x 6 plays; 4 x 5 plays, 7 x 4 plays; 15 x 3 plays; 15 x 2 plays; 91 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 3 new titles to the collection which were Bullet♥︎, Cross Clues and Mage Knight. My total collection now stands at 719.

At the end of October, I have two unplayed games (seven at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43.

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On holiday at the moment so an abridged roundup this month.

In September, I managed to play 67 games of 20 different titles with just 2 of them being new to me.

== NEW GAMES ==

Everest 1924 - 4 plays -  7 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Everest 1924


A nice push your luck dice-rolling game about creating progressively better straights with your dice to ascend the mountain with some dice manipulation to help your cause. That said, there’s still a good chance you’ll perish before reaching the top.

Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2016
Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden


Clever game of positioning cards in your garden to impress the competition judge but watch out for your neighbours trying to ruin your display. Enjoyed this solo and need to play it a bit more.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

19x Fast Drive Football
12x Ryder Cup Replay
10x Pocket Cricket
4x Onirim
3x Formula D
2x Rummikub
1x Extra!
1x Flamme Rouge
1x Encore!
1x Abandon All Artichokes
1x Qwixx
1x Straw
1x Greed
1x Urbion
1x Love Letter
1x The Game
1x Tussie Mussie
1x Pickomino

== YEAR SO FAR ==

638 games of 141 titles.
43 new to me.
1 x 90 plays; 1 x 40 plays; 1 x 37 plays; 1 x 35 plays; 1 x 33 plays; 1 x 28 plays; 1 x 20 plays; 2 x 18 plays; 1 x 16 plays; 2 x 15 plays; 1 x 14 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 1 x 10 plays; 2 x 8 plays; 1 x 7 plays; 2 x 6 plays; 4 x 5 plays, 8 x 4 plays; 12 x 3 plays; 16 x 2 plays; 81 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 1 new title to the collection which was The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-1943. My total collection now stands at 716.

At the end of September, I have seven unplayed games (seven at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Everest 1924 although both new games were very good.
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In August, I managed to play 72 games of 29 different titles with 10 of them being new to me.

== NEW GAMES ==

Metric Mile - 1 play -  8 
First Published 1986
Board Game: Metric Mile


Very clever solo or multi-player game about middle distance running where you can see whether runners from years gone past would match their modern counterparts. A game lasts ten rounds with each of the four laps becoming more focussed so the first lap lasts one turn while the final lap lasts four. I mapped some of the cards to this year's olympic finalists and it worked very well.

So Clover! - 2 plays -  8 
First Published 2021
Board Game: So Clover!


Very accessible party game in the Codenames / Just One family where you try to give clues to allow the other players to correctly place word cards in the correct sequence. Really enjoyed this, even with just two players.

Ryder Cup Replay - 2 plays -  8 
First Published 0
Board Game: Ryder Cup Replay


Golf game based on the Ryder Cup competition where you get to replay a specific tournament to see if you can change history. Each player has a card grid of results for the type of club used and the results are cross=referenced with an outcome on the course being played. This was excellent and I've spent quite a bit of time adapting it to the 2021 Solheim Cup course and players in readiness for this weekend's tournament.

Space Lunch - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Space Lunch


This is a nice set-collection game where you are trying to draw the right cards from a limited choice while looking ahead to limit your opponent's possibilities and set yourself up for your subsequent turn. Only played solo but the AI worked well and I quite enjoyed this.

Fast Drive Football - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Fast Drive Football


This is a downloadable solo print and play that simulates an American Football game using dice and charts to resolve each possession rather than play. Hence, a game can be played pretty quickly once you are used to the system. It works really well and the designer is releasing card sets for lots of historical seasons. I'm probably going to use this to play a tournament during this year's NFL season.

Harry Potter Strike Dice Game - 3 plays -  7 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Harry Potter Strike Dice Game


Simple push your luck dexterity game of throwing dice into a tray and hoping to match a symbol already showing in the tray. If you don't get a match, you can toss in another die but once you're out of dice, you're out of the game. The Harry Potter version adds special actions for each symbol that mix things up and is a decent variant on the original Strike Dice Game.

Golems - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Golems


A card drafting game where you are trying to collect the best combination of golem cards while utilising gems and runes to improve your position. It worked ok but I wasn't blown away by it.

The Tea Dragon Society Card Game - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2018
Board Game: The Tea Dragon Society Card Game


This is a deck-building and management game where you choose to draw a card and trigger its effects or buy a card to improve your deck. Certain cards bought progress the game through the four seasons at the end of which whoever has collected the most points wins. It worked smoothly but didn't wow me as anything different from lots of other deck builders.

Clue: Harry Potter Edition - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2008
Board Game: Clue: Harry Potter Edition


Not a lot to say about this other than it's Cluedo ported to a Harry Potter setting. There are dials on the board that open and close doors to some of the locations and there are cards that can help or hinder your investigations. These are interesting additions and it works pretty well although it's still basically the Cluedo framework of deducing who did it, with what and where.

Mint Control - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Mint Control


A pared-down area control game that worked ok but wasn;t anything that I felt I'd be rushing back to.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

10x Flamme Rouge
9x Pocket Sports Boxing
8x Pocket Cricket
8x Reiner Knizia's Decathlon
6x Pocket Golf
2x Urbion
2x Onirim
2x Formula D
1x Can't Stop
1x Qwixx
1x L.L.A.M.A.
1x Encore!
1x Love Letter
1x Qwinto
1x Limes
1x Take it Easy!
1x Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
1x Space Worm
1x Win, Place & Show

My Tour de France game has just about run its course and has been excellent fun. My cricket league has passed the halfway point and is working well (unless you're a Lancashire Lightning fan) while the olympics gave me an excuse to give Pocket Sports Boxing and Reiner Knizia's Decathlon a few plays. It was also nice to play Take it Easy, Qwinto, Love Letter and Limes again after a bit of a break. Onirim, LAMA and Can't Stop remain in regular play.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

571 games of 135 titles.
41 new to me.
1 x 90 plays; 1 x 40 plays; 1 x 37 plays; 1 x 35 plays; 1 x 27 plays; 1 x 23 plays; 1 x 18 plays; 1 x 16 plays; 1 x 15 plays; 1 x 14 plays; 1 x 12 plays; 1 x 11 plays; 1 x 10 plays; 1 x 8 plays; 2 x 7 plays; 2 x 6 plays; 2 x 5 plays, 7 x 4 plays; 14 x 3 plays; 15 x 2 plays; 79 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 5 new titles to the collection which were Blitzkrieg: World War Two in 20 Minutes, Ryder Cup Replay, Harry Potter Strike, So Clover and Mr Cabbagehead's Garden.. My total collection now stands at 715.

At the end of August, I have seven unplayed games (ten at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Ryder Cup Replay.

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In July, I managed to play 84 games of 18 different titles with 3 of them being new to me.

== NEW GAMES ==

Shut the Box - 6 plays -  7 
First Published 1750
Board Game: Shut the Box


It might seem surprising but I've never played this dice game before. Very quick to play and some light decisions on which numbers to flip but you're pretty much at the mercy of the dice rolls. This was a birthday gift and it was good fun.

Data Boxing II - 1 play -  7 
First Published 1976
Board Game: Data Boxing II


This is a solo boxing game simulation using cards for real-life fighters allowing you to pit boxers from different eras against each other. Not easy to get into but, once you understand the many small rules variables, it works quite quickly and I enjoyed my only play quite a bit. Rating may go up as I get more used to the system.

Pro Golf - 4 plays
First Published 1981
Board Game: Pro Golf


This isn't the commercial game but a promo game based on the original title which allows you to play a 36 man 4 round tournament in a couple of hours. I had fun rolling dice and seeing what the result of the Open Championship should actually have been. (Not rated as it wasn't the full game).

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

14x Pocket Tennis
13x Pocket Sports Surfing Tour
9x Flamme Rouge
8x Pocket Cricket
7x Fastcard Soccer
6x Pocket Golf
3x Pocket Basketball
3x Completto
2x Rummikub
2x Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
2x Formula D
1x Verflixxt!
1x Win, Place & Show
1x Powerboats
1x Dominion

Continuing my solo sports gaming splurge, this month saw me finish my Euro 2020 football tournament, the NBA playoffs and my baseball league. Also played some tennis during Wimbledon, continued the Tour de France, T20 cricket and Formula 1 season - as well as testing some ideas for horse racing, power boat racing and boxing. Otherwise, Jan and I got a few two-player games of Dominion, Verflixxt and Completto none of which we've played for a while and were as good as ever.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

499 games of 120 titles.
31 new to me.
1 x 90 plays; 1 x 37 plays; 1 x 35 plays; 1 x 34 plays; 1 x 18 plays; 1 x 17 plays; 1 x 16 plays; 2 x 15 plays; 1 x 12 plays; 1 x 11 plays; 1 x 10 plays; 1 x 7 plays; 2 x 6 plays; 2 x 5 plays, 6 x 4 plays; 14 x 3 plays; 11 x 2 plays; 72 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 10 new titles to the collection which were Eiyo, 15 Days, Golems, Space Lunch, Rebis, Mint Works, Mint Control, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (thanks, Nick), Metric Mile and Shut the Box. My total collection now stands at 710.

At the end of July, I have ten unplayed games (two at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Data Boxing II.

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In June, I managed to play 111 games of 21 different titles with 3 of them being new to me.

== NEW GAMES ==

Rally Roll - 3 plays -  7 
First Published 2016
Board Game: Rally Roll


This is a nice push-your-luck dice game in the Can't Stop mould. roll the 5 small and 1 large dice and score for each small die that matches the colour of the large die. Reroll to try and add to your score but, if you get no match, you bust and it's the next player's turn. You also score a bonus for all five small dice matching the large die and first ot 50 points triggers the final round. Good fun and Jan has quite enjoyed it and even suggested we play it.

Pocket Sports T20 Cricket - 7 plays -  7 
First Published 2010
Board Game: Pocket Cricket


Another in the Pocket Sports dice game series and this plays like a slightly more involved Owzthat. It's not perfect with too many No Balls and Clean Bowled results cropping up but I've used some rule tweaks and it now works quite well. So much so that I'm really enjoying playing a T20 league at the moment.

Agents of SMERSH - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2012
Board Game: Agents of SMERSH


This is a really neat story-telling game (along the lines of Tales of the Arabian Nights) set in a James Bond-like secret agent universe. Only played one 3-player game so far but we really enjoyed it and it should work solo as well, which is a bonus.

Race The Rails - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Race The Rails


This is a party game designed by Tony Boydell where each player starts at a London Underground station and has to track their way from station to station until they reach home by spotting the next link in their journey in the large array of cards and noting where they need to go next. There's a few silly additions (like having to run round the table before you can continue) to make it not completely about being the quickest eye in scanning your route but it is a game that rewards visual dexterity so won't be for everyone. Good for the right crowd though.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

45x Fastcard Soccer
11x Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
8x Pocket Basketball
8x Pocket Golf
7x Pocket Tennis
3x Würfelwurst
3x Rummikub
3x Formula D
2x Onirim
2x Marvel Champions: The Card Game
1x Memoir '44
1x Hamsterrolle
1x KLASK
1x Ligretto Dice
1x Hoppladi Hopplada!
1x Mini Mölkky
1x Flamme Rouge

I've really been playing the heck out of my sports-themed games this month and have started a new blog to track my plays. As the Euro 2020 Championship is on at the moment, I've played a lot of Fastcard Soccer attempting to recreate the tournament (My games have been partly successful in that 6/8 of the actual quarter-finalists are also still in my tournament.

With the weather being so good in the UK, Mollky has obviously got a play and I've also managed to get a couple of other dexterity games to the table (Hamsterrolle and Klask). It was also good to get in a play of Memoir '44 on D-Day (6th June).

== YEAR SO FAR ==

415 games of 112 titles.
28 new to me.
1 x 83 plays; 1 x 33 plays; 1 x 28 plays, 1 x 23 plays, 1 x 18 plays; 1 x 13 plays, 1 x 12 plays, 1 x 9 plays, 2 x 8 plays, 2 x 7 plays; 1 x 6 plays; 2 x 5 plays, 5 x 4 plays; 13 x 3 plays; 12 x 2 plays; 67 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 4 new titles to the collection which were Pocket Sports T20 Cricket, Win Place & Show, Rally Roll and Race the Rails. I also reacquired 1 game and parted company with 1 game so my total collection now stands at 700.

At the end of June, I have two unplayed games (3 at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Pocket Sports T20 Cricket.

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In May, I managed to play 79 games of 26 different titles with 3 of them being new to me.

== NEW GAMES ==

Tea for 2 - 1 play -  8 
First Published 2020
Board Game: Tea for 2


A very clever two-player deck-building game set in the Mad Hatter's Tea Party with each turn being a card duel where the higher card gets either to activate the card's action or buy new cards. Easy to pick up and fun to play but with enough choices to make your decisions really matter. Excellent stuff.

PARKS - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2019
Board Game: PARKS


PARKS is an elegant game of travelling along a country trail, gathering resources, buying gear and canteens to help your future turns and taking photos. Resources can be used to visit national parks which give VPs at the end of the game and it is all about the fight for the best spaces along the trail to achieve your goals and sometimes hamper your opponents. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

It's a Wonderful World - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2019
Board Game: It's a Wonderful World


This is a card drafting game where the cards gained are used either as projects to fulfil or as resources to pay for your projects. Building your engine to help pay for future cards is important as is understanding the synergies between cards. Pretty good but I need to play again now I understand what I'm trying to achieve.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

12x Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
12x Fastcard Soccer
10x Pocket Golf
7x Pocket Tennis
4x Flamme Rouge
4x Pocket Basketball
4x Marvel Champions: The Card Game
3x Formula D
3x KLASK
2x Pocket Landship
2x Rummikub
2x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Obsession
1x Scrabble
1x Cat Lady
1x Skyjo
1x Pocket Sports Hockey
1x Start 11! The Board Game
1x Shanghaien
1x Bowling Dice
1x Würfelwurst
1x Can't Stop
1x L.A.M.A.

Continuing the sports themed games this month and completing the Flamme Rouge and Pocket Tennis tournaments were a focus this month. Also got to play the commercial release of Pocket Landship, which was excellent, as well as a first play of Shanghaien in over 10 years. Hogwart's Battle saw us reach Monster Box 4 at last but failed to defeat it.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

304 games of 103 titles.
25 new to me.
1 x 38 plays; 1 x 22 plays; 1 x 20 plays, 2 x 16 plays, 1 x 10 plays; 2 x 7 plays; 2 x 6 plays; 3 x 5 plays, 4 x 4 plays; 13 x 3 plays; 13 x 2 plays; 60 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 3 new titles to the collection which were Pocket Landship, Tea for 2 and The Tea Dragon Society Card Game. My total collection now stands at 696.

At the end of May, I have three unplayed games (2 at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Tea for 2.

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In April, I managed to play 77 games of 30 different titles with 5 of them being new to me.

== NEW GAMES ==

Tiny Towns - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2019
Board Game: Tiny Towns


A nice puzzle game about collecting resources to build buildings in a tiny 4x4 grid representing your town. Each building type scores points in a variety of ways, randomly selected at the start of the game. Clever as your building positioning can drastically limit your freedom to construct new buildings later in the game.

Whale Riders: The Card Game - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2021
Board Game: Whale Riders: The Card Game


This came included as part of the Whale Riders board game kickstarter campaign and is a re-implementation of Trendy. Pretty much identical although, as a variant, there are some extra port cards that add further rules for when a scoring is triggered.

Pocket Landship: Free Trial Version - 2 plays -  7 
First Published 2017
Board Game: Pocket Landship: Free Trial Version


Print and play version of what turned into the commercial game but I think this plays pretty much the same. In this small dice game, you man a tank and are trying to destroy enemy tanks before they destroy you. Plays very quickly and is quite challenging. I liked it quite a bit.

Pocket Basketball - 1 play -  7 
First Published 2014
Board Game: Pocket Basketball


Another in the Pocket Sports range of dice games, this time it was Basketball. As with the others, there is not much decision making but it gives a decent feel for the end to end nature of the sport and I liked the hot streak mechanism which gives a persistent advantage to a team until they next miss a basket.

MicroMacro: Crime City - 1 play -  6 
First Published 2020
Board Game: MicroMacro: Crime City


Tried the demo version of the game which is available online. This is a deduction game where you are searching for visual clues on a large picture depicting Crime City, trying to solve various aspects of a crime that has been committed. Quite novel in game-play terms but it didn't strike me as something I'd be itching to play multiple cases.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

17x Fastcard Soccer
10x Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
8x Pocket Tennis
5x Marvel United
4x Marvel Champions: The Card Game
3x Flamme Rouge
2x Can't Stop
2x Pocket Golf
2x Rummikub
2x Sharp Shooters
2x Encore!
1x The Bogey
1x Wyatt Earp
1x Eldritch Horror
1x Träxx
1x Onirim
1x Long Shot
1x Winner's Circle
1x Formula D
1x Dungeon Raiders
1x Qwixx
1x Straw
1x Backgammon
1x Dream Home
1x Go 500 Racing Dice Game

Sports games were the focus of the month particularly with Fastcard Soccer, Flamme Rouge, Pocket Tennis, Harry's Grand Slam Baseball and Pocket Golf getting a number of plays. Marvel Champions and Marvel United continued to see play and it was nice to get Wyatt Earp and Dungeon Raiders back to the table after too long an absence.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

225 games of 92 titles.
22 new to me.
1 x 26 plays; 1 x 12 plays; 3 x 10 plays; 1 x 9 plays; 1 x 7 plays; 1 x 6 plays; 5 x 4 plays; 12 x 3 plays; 12 x 2 plays; 55 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 4 new titles to the collection which were Pocket Sports Basketball, Tiny Towns, Whale Riders and Whale Riders: The Card Game. I also reacquired 1 game so my total collection now stands at 693.

At the end of April, I have two unplayed games (1 at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Tiny Towns.

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