15 Games in 2015

A blog about my attempt to curtail my board gaming purchases in 2015. To just 15(ish) games - Inspired by Mr G's blog '14 Games in 2014'

1 , 2 , 3  Next »  

Recommend
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Gone Dark?

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
In case you are wondering why there have been no more new posts, what my gaming has been like in 2016 or anything else for that matter... I've continued blogging but I have moved it to the link below.

This is a blog I have had for a number of years and I figured it made sense to consolidate efforts. Hopefully you will check it out, enjoy it and maybe even follow it:


Ragados.com
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:30 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

2015 in review

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Did I succeed? Well no, I bought 18 (5 are not games but rather accessories so didn't get added to the list) but have only played 32 of the 40 (17 (including 4 gifts) + starting 23) leaving 8 unplayed... meaning I did not secure enough extra plays to allow for the purchases over 15. I am a bit gutted about this to be honest. I was maybe not as strict with myself as I probably should have been and there are definitely a couple of purchases made that I should have reconsidered (Descent and to a lesser extent Lift It, Pandemic: The Cure), but that's the nature of things.

So what are the Purchases this year? Let's recap:

# Name
1 Innovation
2 Pandemic: The Cure
3 Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) – Guardians of Deephall
4 Shogun Big Box
5 Deck Boxes
6 Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies
7 Lift it!
8 Eldritch Horror: Mountains of Madness
9 Card Sleeves
10 Broken Token Insert
11 The 7th Continent
12 Jamaica
13 Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Harbinger Expansion
14 Broken Token Insert
15 Broken Token Insert
16 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
17 Innovation: Echoes of the Past
18 Martian Coasters

And the gifts?
# Name
1 Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Deep Realms Expansion
2 6 nimmt!
3 Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania
4 Ticket to Ride: Orient Express

So this whole thing was a failure? I am not so sure.

This was all modelled off of Mr G's efforts. Mr G made it through, despite my best efforts to tempt him, and with a little help from our groups gift giving over the year. Graham purchased 13 things, was gifted another 15 of his wishlist. Graham spent a lot of time carefully considering each and every purchase.

Unlike Graham, my purchases were often more impulsive, as I have mentioned above there are some regrets. I didn't really reconsider what I was getting to the extent I should but I think my real failure here was not getting more games played. Hybrid has still not been played, Descent barely made it to the table and I've still never completed a campaign.

All this is possibly being too harsh on myself - last year I entered the year with 13 unplayed games, and ended it with 42 unplayed games (and 32 played games) - my list grew by 61! and I didn't even get many of them played. This year I brought those 42 unplayed games over and then added another 35 but unlike last year, I actually played more than half of that list. I came out of the year with 43 played and 34 left overs. That is really a marked improvement; I'm no longer falling further and further behind but really getting on top of my games...

So what next? Well this year has really taught me that I am not going to get most of my games played, the place I am currently. I can still get 26 of the 34 unplayed to the table without dependance on anyone else... so I should really do that. Lord of the Rings: The Card Game (LCG) is still the majority of my list, and also one of my most played games this year (doesn't really show in my play record as I split them across all the various packs). I made a good dent in the list - 10 of the expansions played this year... but I bought 17... so clearly not enough. I have a regular group that I play through the Saga with, but I need to take on the original cycle and I think that's going to have to be through solitaire play.

I also want to get a lot of my base games up in the play counts to nickel levels, this of course can't really come to fruition until I have played all the games I own at least once (expansions are not going to be a component of this task, just the base games so there is a little latitude here). So these two things are what I am hoping to work on in the coming year.

Is this just more number crunching / challenge setting? Well yeah it kind of is... but I am hoping in playing games over a few times I will be a little more objective in my assessment of them and it may motivate me to thin the collection a little. I have a lot of games, many of which are not getting played as often as they deserve and others not really carrying their weight. Games like Mansions of Madness are a ton of fun and I love them but I am nearing my capacity on them and I would like to see them pass to friends who will love them all over again.
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Fri Jan 1, 2016 6:28 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

The Annual Audit

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
A bit of a break from the purchasing blog here with a post on updating my Game ratings.

I try to do this every year to ensure that when I see a rating, I know it is relatively up to date. It seems to be working as this year saw relatively little movement and my ratings over all form a fairly pleasing bell curve. I am putting too many items at the 7 mark and over time I may be pushing some of these down a little.



There weren't to many major changes, mostly some downward trends. Junkyard Races continues to be my only 1 rating as it isn't really a game in my mind. Dominion got taken down a couple of notches as I am not sure how I had left it as a 9 for so long. A lot of the Games Workshop Ltd. games got taken down a notch or two as I no longer enjoy them or respect the company producing them. I suspect these will continue to slide over coming years, although the recent announcement of a return of Specialist Games giving some hope of revival.

The main thing I really noticed was a change of heart over several 8 rated games getting dropped to 7. I think I am really struggling with the concept 'I will never turn down a game.' as stated in the rating guide. Much of the second half of this year has been plagued by a lack of interest in gaming. The causes have been talked about elsewhere in the blog but have left me wondering if it is worth continuing in the hobby given the way things are. Which brings me to the other side effect of this annual rating review; a chance to reconsider the games I own and the merits of hanging onto them. As 7 is the baseline for a game to have value for me, I have been looking at things rated 6 or lower (expansion ratings are exempt). In the past this had included a few things rated below 6 but those all got the boot last year. This time there are a bunch of 6 ratings that I need to consider and see if I should keep or cull:

Dominoes (1500) - It can be played with anyone of any age and any level of interest in gaming... so I am keeping it.
Firestorm Armada (2009) - I want to play this one more time before it gets the axe but I think it will.
Harry Potter Hogwarts (2010) - It's Lego... and not going anywhere.
Heroscape (1989) - This was not gotten for the gaming component but rather for the scenery... which I have never really used so I may have to reconsider this in time.
IOTA (2012) - This is getting the axe. (Listed here)
Kerrunch (1991) - I need to revisit this. I am keeping the miniatures, but may ditch some of the other bits.
Monsterpocalypse (2008) - This is going on eBay
Munchkin Quest (2008) - I have a long love of Munchkin and having revisited this game I have found it is a lot better than I had originally thought but it is still just a 6 and I need to decide if I really want to hang on to it. It was also a gift from a friend and that is part of what holds me back.
Scotland Yard (1983) - Another gift from another friend but it's hardly ever played and I really shouldn't just have it decorating the shelf.
Stoner Fluxx (2009) - Actually rated 7 but I also have Eco Fluxx so this one is going to get the boot (Listed Here)
Thud (2002) - It's not a great game but I love it and will be keeping it.
Twitter Facebook
2 Comments
Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:17 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Black Friday - The Aftermath

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Well it's come... and gone.

It all started well. Fantasy Flight announced their annual sale!!! and there was nothing I wanted!!! It really was the biggest risk for me. I had a moment of hesitation with the Arkham miniatures but they just aren't packaged in a combination that really works for me, I will focus on painting up my MoM figures instead... BF 0 - D 1

And then I was told that Cool Stuff Inc had Jamaica on discount and everything went to hell in a handbasket. Of course I had to get some other stuff to bulk it up to get the free shipping. Fortunately I mostly went with the christmas gift option... but I did cave when it came to Talisman: Harbinger Expansion. Two casualties to the war of Black Friday vs. Dev's willpower. BF 2 - D 1

All this puts me at a total of 13 purchases.


I mentioned Broken Token as a new temptation and it once again proved such. I had pretty much decided ahead of time that I was going to be placing a fairly big order at Black Friday when they have a 20% discount and went in on the order with a friend and also used it to get some gifts. As mentioned in the earlier post - the stuff for me amounted to 2 purchases per the rules of the game. BF 4 - D 1

15 Purchases... Not good!

The game store...
Isle of Gamers is a great little game store near me and they really go all out with their sales. I have already fallen foul of this with some accessory purchases earlier in the year... this time around the damage was a little worse... at least in terms of this challenge! My girlfriend and I went there first thing on Black Friday, our only in store shopping for the sales. They were offering between 35 and 65% off on everything in the store. At those prices, even my g/f was persuaded to pick up a few things! For me, I was pretty well behaved; I picked up a copy of Pandemic Legacy, a game I was pretty much expecting to get having arranged a gaming group to play it. As I was looking at the heavy discounts my eye also lit upon Innovation: Echoes which I pulled out to show Christine, thinking it was the base game... and delighted to find it was the first expansion! And alll mine... Finally on a last sweep of the store, I spotted Martian Coasters tucked in a corner... I am a fan of the Treehouse games. They are fun little things and I recalled enjoying the strategy of Martian Coasters to the point of almost buying it some years ago... at 70¢ how could I say no! BF 7 - D 1 (well lots really but FFG was the only major success on my tally)

Well, what about Miniatures?
Miniatures fall into a very similar class as RPG books (see previous blog post). They are kind of board games but not really covered explicitly by the rules. Of course, as with RPGs they were a big part of my over the top haul of goodies on Black Friday. (In my defence many of the minis that I bought in that spree are well on their way to being assembled and painted.)
For most of this year I have been very good about not buying minis, having blissfully few that caught my eye. I did spend some money on a couple of 54mm figures but this all fell apart recently when I discovered there would be a Blood Bowl tournament in my area early next year! Of course I already own several Blood Bowl teams but owing to poor planning on my part they are all in the UK. So I took this as an opportunity to pick up a new team (something I intended to do anyway... one day). Of course PayPal being the sack of shit it is... it overwrote my delivery address and reset it to my Parent's place in England... sooo I simply had no choice but to order another team, and this time one that is being delivered to the US! So that's a total of 45 figures... that, for the sake of my sanity, I am not counting toward my limit!

Total Purchases to date: 18
I am still waiting on many of these items to arrive and I am sure there will be many more tales as I try to redress the roster to get myself back in the black by playing as many of these as possible before the year end... can I do it? Stay tuned to find out!
Twitter Facebook
2 Comments
Fri Dec 4, 2015 6:07 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
8 
 Thumb up
0.25
 tip
 Hide

Black Friday - Temptation's on his way

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb


So it's that time of year again... the dreaded weekend of temptation. I do of course mean this somewhat ironically. I am in the enviable position of being young, employed, unattached and largely able to afford my ridiculous addictions (in lieu of live savings, any possibility of getting a home etc etc)... So really I am spending lots of money, that I can (mostly) afford on things that bring me joy... where's the problem there?

I guess there really isn't one, aside from a slight nagging feeling that I am really not getting the most out of all the crap I am buying.

So what crap am I likely to pick up this Black Friday?

Last post, I reviewed my initial speculations of the major temptations. You can read that post here. <<INSERT LINK>>
This time, I am going to be looking at the things I hadn't anticipated as being temptations... roughly in order of how tempting they are to me.

Broken Token is a site I have been aware of for a couple of years but more recently I have been more focused on improving the quality of my gaming supplies, really accessorizing. I have an order primed for Black Friday, if they run a discount; the order is going out!

Fantasy Flight Games do an annual sale that coincides with Black Friday. As a massive FFG fan, this is usually my biggest weakness come sales time. This year I am not expecting anything I am interested in to be on heavy discount, and with the acquisition by Asmodee, the sale may well be reduced or non-existant which could prove to be my salvation.

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania is an expansion I was not expecting. I had thought that Days of Wonder were finished with the Netherlands expansion. I am a sucker for Ticket to Ride maps and this one will likely be no different... it's just a matter of time before I get it. It was released at Essen however so I doubt it will be on sale this year.

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a great game with a ton of expansions... but they are pretty pricy considering their contents. I have one as a gift from a friend. I am interested in the others but I'd need to see some decent discounting to be tempted.

Jamaica is a game I have been interested in for a long time. I eventually played it at a friend's place and love it. It's another expensive game and considering I can play it with them, I won't get it unless it's really going cheap.

Doodle Quest was a game I'd heard about and was curious to try. I got to play it at the UK Games Expo and was very pleased. A nice fun challenge. I am not convinced of replay value and that is the main thing holding me back.

Takenoko is a game a friend back in the UK has and I wish I could play it more. Maybe I will get this if I see it going cheap. I think my work gaming group could take to it.

A Fake Artist Goes to New York has gotten some good reviews and seems interesting. I will see if I decided to stump up the cash for it.

The 7th Continent is a game that has only just come to my attention. I will either have backed it, or not by Sales day - time will tell.
Twitter Facebook
6 Comments
Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:00 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Black Friday - Where do I stand

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
So Black Friday is really going to be the culmination of all the temptations for the Year as things that I have planned (and things I haven't) all come to a head as I see crazy discounts, new temptations and a bundle of other things.

In anticipation of this day of madness, I am going to post a series of blogs looking at a few different aspects of this event and my expectations for the 15 x 15. In this first article, I am going to take a look at some of the temptations I had identified at the start of the year.


The New Games:

Star Wars: Imperial Assault got the top listing on the temptations front in that article... since then I have played it and really hated it - more than I was expecting. I know people with it and one thing that I have really realised recently (especially with the 'bigger games') is that I will always know someone with the game in case I get the urge to play it. I think it is safe to say I won't be splashing my own money in getting this one.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 is much more of a temptation to me. I'd actually say it is a certain buy if it wasn't for one small thing... I really don't know who I'd play with. I would want a group of exactly 4 people who would commit to regular plays... but I don't have a group like this and it is something that is starting to really nag at me. So subject to figuring a group to play with - I will certainly get this... but not likely to be on discount for Black Friday itself and so not likely to be picked up then.

The Expansions:
Some of these are just families as there are several of them and there is nothing much to say about one that doesn't apply to the others.

Eldritch Horror: Mountains of Madness has of course been acquired! I also really don't regret it; it is a bugger trying to get this game to the table (despite explicitly putting it on the 15 x 15 for that reason) but the more expansions, the clear value these are adding to the flavour of the game and introduces me to two new threats: Eldritch Horror: Strange Remnants & Eldritch Horror: Under the Pyramids. I am not sure yet what will happen with these, I may end up getting them, especially as I am leaning increasingly towards keeping the base game. Of course only one is out and it's brand new so I doubt either will factor in Black Friday temptations... but one can hope!

Descent - Putting this on the 15x15 has done wonders for the plays but I realized too late that a bunch of the expansions were really just burning me given most of the content was covered by the 1st to 2nd Ed conversion kit. I stopped getting them and passed the ones I had (minus the quests which were new) off to a friend. However there are still a few expansions which are tempting me... and I could imagine them making Fantasy Flight's legendary sale as they discount to make way for more Star Wars: Imperial Assault madness... we'll see.

Runebound - There are still all twelve of these expansions that I am hunting down and with the new Runebound (Third Edition) formally announced if FFG has any copies remaining - they'll certainly be on discount, sadly I don't think they do. The new game is increasingly uninteresting to me. The dice look crappy, the token flipping mechanic doesn't appeal much (although the new levelling up and adventure structures certainly do). I will play this if a friend gets it but won't hunt for it myself.

Ascension - now here is one that I have had a TOTAL U-Turn on. At the start of the year, I was debating picking up the expansions... since then I have realised how little I play this and have decided to post it on BGG as for sale. If you might be interested, please CHECK IT OUT! It is the base game with 4 theme packs and everything sleeved! Bargain.

Mansions of Madness - Oh how the mighty have fallen. In the span of a year, this game has gone from one of the most played (certainly given the play length) to pretty much untouchable. I still love it and I still think the three expansions I was looking at (Mansions of Madness: The Silver Tablet, Mansions of Madness: Season of the Witch & Mansions of Madness: House of Fears) would be worth getting. The problem is that I need to play less well as keeper, people are just not interested in loosing every game... or I need to find other players! These are not high on my wishlist for now but it is possible that FFG offer them discounted and I would be interested if they were.

X Wing - I've pretty well broken myself of this addiction. I don't play the game, I already have a ton of minis and most of the ones I don't have... I don't like. I may pick some up if I start playing this more... but I doubt it would happen this year.


So that's where I stand on the games I predicted would be temptations. As you can see, there are a fair number of u-turns that are in my favour. A lot of resilience even where there aren't u-turns but I still expect to find myself sorely tested come Black Friday and particularly if FFG put the 'right' things up for sale... $2-3 lieutenant packs for Descent will be a lot of purchases I simply won't resist...

And I haven't even gotten to all the temptations I didn't anticipate!
Twitter Facebook
1 Comment
Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:00 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Purchase 11 - 7th Continent

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Well despite swearing off of Kickstarter - I have now backed two campaigns this year. This is admittedly down on previous years but still a lot more than I wanted and I fully expect to get burned for yet more of my money. Queen Games are fortunately fairly safe (I pray). The 7th Continent I am a LOT less confident in. Having said that, there is at least a print and play floating around so I am going to be trying that out (hopefully this weekend. The other thing that really annoys me is that once again, I wouldn't have sunk money into this if I was back in the UK and having sunk money into it, I really don't know how I will get it to the table.
Twitter Facebook
4 Comments
Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:17 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

What's the point?

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I have recently been writing up a couple of articles to post in anticipation of Black Friday sales. Which I have been touting since the start of this blog as the major challenge to my will power in this endeavour. I have looked at the temptations I anticipated from the start and the new temptations that have come along.

However, I have recently had to confront the reality of my current situation. I am living in a foreign country, 5,000 miles away from my friends and although I have met new people to game with, the simple fact of the matter is that our taste in games doesn't really overlap. I have struggled all year to get the games I really want to play more of to the table, largely because I can't find people I want to game with who want to play these types of games.

This isn't the first time this realisation has come to me, but I have mostly brushed it off. I have thought about visits back home to play with friends, or worked hard to convince the gamers I know here to humour me, but when it comes down to it, I am simply not going to get these games to the table as often as I'd like and even when I do, it will feel a lot like forcing my will on others, which just leaves me feeling pretty shitty in general.

The simple fact is that I am not likely to get anything that I buy, played. Even the games that I own, I am unlikely to get most of them to the table more than once a year. Even that is optimistic for some. All of this makes me really sad, and frankly has left me wondering whether I should continue gaming. If I am not enjoying it, not playing the games I enjoy... then what is the point?

It is hard not to feel like I am simply coming across as churlish, and I am sure that I am far from alone in being in this situation, however it is certainly impacting my enjoyment of this hobby and my desire to continue to involve myself in it.

I think time will tell if I am able to find like minded gamers here, people that I enjoy playing with and want to meet up with... we shall see.
Twitter Facebook
2 Comments
Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:15 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Purchases 9 & 10 - Damn you Massdrop

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Well it's been a little over three quarters of the year and I've now hit two thirds of my quota... Not too shabby! Of course the real challenge is still to come: Black Friday. I will be doing another post more specifically on that, highlighting the anticipated threats etc. but for now I am going to talk about the two latest acquisitions:



But before I dive into that, let me tell you about a site. A kind of 'collective bargaining' website that secures discounts on specific products through bulk purchasing. That site? Massdrop.

I saw this site linked as it was selling some UltraPro deck sleeves... and I am a sucker for deck sleeves having recently discovered that for things like The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, it's a lot better to have really high quality card sleeves, it makes shuffling easier, holding the cards more comfortable.

So I got the UltraPro Card Sleeves...

Then along came the Deepwater storage solution by Broken Token... I have been looking into getting some things from Broken Token for a while but hadn't seen the goods in the flesh, this seemed like a great way to check them out and get a discount. When I first picked up Lords of Waterdeep, I recall commenting on how awesome the box insert was... and then the expansion came along, but that was also a pretty nifty insert and who really cares if I have two boxes for such a great game? Then I sleeved the cards... and all of a sudden the wonderful inserts had to get chopped up... suddenly I was a lot less enamoured with the inserts. This option? FIXES EVERYTHING... there is a down side... it adds a chunk of weight to the box, but I can live with that and am now a solid Broken Token fan. I am hoping to pick up a bunch more of their products in the near future.

These two purchases come in at slightly over $50... one purchase by my ruling.

Well a couple of purchases that I didn't absolutely need but they will be valued and used... now we get to the regret:

Dragon Card Sleeves I have always heard about Dragon Sleeves, some folks absolutely swear by them, they come with a deck box which is a really nice feature, the thing I missed? This was for 6x100 sleeves NOT 12x100 sleeves - the same as the Ultra Pro deal but at something like twice the price. I was even more disappointed when the cards arrived to discover that they didn't seem nearly as nice. I guess we live and learn but this, like the previously mentioned Descent expansion (Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) – Guardians of Deephall) are most definite regrets in my purchases this year.



I also want to take a moment to pay tribute to a game that I have lost. 6 nimmt! is a great game, it works for three players, it works for 10. I love it. I had taken it to a barbecue and on the way back, dumped it in the cool bag to lug it to the car... forgetting that there is a bag of ice also in the cool bag... and so endeth my copy of 6 nimmt!... No amount of card sleeving will protect a game from being submerged in molten ice water...
Twitter Facebook
4 Comments
Fri Oct 9, 2015 7:24 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
7 
 Thumb up
0.05
 tip
 Hide

Nothing bought, but something played...

Dev Sodagar
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
flag msg tools
The Ragados
badge
Ragados
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
It's now two thirds of the way through the year and I am still at 8 purchases, putting me two ahead assuming I space my acquisitions evenly... of course that isn't how these things tend to work out! As stated at the start of the year, the real trial is going to be Black Friday / Cyber Monday... just like last year:




Of course I set out in the rules, the ability to increase my purchases if I could play a lot of the unplayed games I already own.

ragados wrote:
I can buy more than 15 by playing a lot of the games on this list. How does this work? Well: Going into 2015 I have 43 unplayed games, 23 excluding LotR. This is 8 more than the 15. As such, if I get my unplayed list (excluding LotR) below this number then I can buy that many additional games whilst I am still in the green.

Quote:
To demonstrate this:

If I have bought 15 games, and played 14 of them as well as 20 of the unplayed games from the start of the year:
- I have in total played 34 of the 38 unplayed games on the list (excluding LotR)
- As such I can buy an additional 4 games.

If I have played all 15 games that I bought and all of the unplayed games then I can buy 8 additional games.

The maximum games I can therefore buy is 23.

The intension of all of this of course was not to limit spending but rather to ensure that I was playing the games I owned. The idea of expanding my purchases with substantive play was to be a further reward for being good about playing the games I already own.

I think, so far this year I have done a pretty good job:

I have played a total of 20 Games on the Owned and Unplayed list (excluding LotR). Of these 5 are new (1 gift and 4 of the 8 purchases). 15 are from last year. This leaves me with 11 games on the list yet to play, 8 from last year and 3 purchases (the 8th purchase was gaming accessories). This is still some way off of being able to get additional purchases but it should still be possible for me.

7 Wonders: Wonder Pack
I really can't understand why it took me so long to get this one to the table. I had played Manneken Pis already but the others added in some interesting challenge. They will definitely become part of the standard mix (although maybe not forcing them on new players!) On of the things that I have been noticing, the more I play the game is that the wonder you play has a pretty significant impact on the outcome. Giza has famously been banned in our games due to it's power, I think the Great Wall of China may suffer a similar fate eventually. I do enjoy Variable Player Powers in games but it does highlight the difficulty in balancing them. Particularly when expansions become involved.

Arcadia Quest, Arcadia Quest: The Nameless Campaign & Arcadia Quest: Beyond the Grave
Arcadia Quest is the kind of game that I wouldn't really have struggled to get to the table in the UK... but since moving over to the US, these sorts of Adventure Campaign games are increasingly difficult to play as the people I would most like to play with are either in the UK or not interested in this kind of game. Arcadia Quest has a particularly aggressive / confrontational streak that further pushes away potential players in the area. The game itself is pretty fun and I really do love the figures that I have had a great time painting... and may finish... eventually... possibly... maybe... perhaps...

Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore, Eldritch Horror: Mountains of Madness
Something Old and something New here. I originally got Eldritch Horror because I love Arkham Horror and I love Mansions of Madness... and I was disappointed. It had some neat mechanics and the theme of the Old Ones was definitely better applied, but it was lacking the at

Kingdom Builder: Big Box
Kingdom Builder was a game I played once, at a convention and loved. The Big Box Kickstarter was all I needed. Sadly it took forever to arrive and since getting it, I've struggled to get it to the table. The few times I have managed to get it to the table, it hasn't really shined the way I remembered. I will try to play it a little more but am disappointed so far to be honest.

Lift it!
Having played Lift It! even before I bought it, it never normally would have been added to the owned and unplayed, however I have added it for purchase tracking for the year. This was a lot of fun when I played it at UK Games Expo and so I picked it up. There is definitely learned behaviour here and it gets easier with time, players with more experience will always win and that does impact the fun factor but it makes for a fun drinking game and buddying up with a new player in the two player mode is another way that may balance it a bit which I will have to try.

Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies
Hobbit Love Letter was an impulse purchase at the UK Games Expo that I really don't regret. It is a pretty popular game to pull out and although I feel like these games really should be capable of supporting more than 4 players, it is a good filler when the situation calls for something quick.

Pandemic: The Cure
I like Pandemic... and I like dice... and so I bought this... did I need to? No not really, does it do anything different to the original? Nope... do I regret it? Nope... This is (in my mind) "Travel Pandemic" and it fits the bill.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set
Roll up, roll up, get your immense disappointment RIGHT HERE. Oh boy do I ever regret investing in this. This is NOT a game... it's an act of drawing cards and hoping you get lucky. I was hoping for LotR LCG... it's not. Maybe, just maybe, Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game will be able to do this style of game well.

Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages
I picked this up as a stocking filler, not really looking for anything to major out of it and expecting to maybe get rid of it in the long run. This is an odd one as I wouldn't really think of it as a 'game' but more like a creativity exercise. I'd like to get it to the table a little more, but we'll see if that happens...

Runebound: The Cataclysm & Runebound: Rituals and Runes
Without Graham around to subject to all the silly variants of Runebound I picked up... well there hasn't been a whole lot of Runebound getting played. Fortunately I managed to subject Christine to a game a while ago that knocked both of these expansions out in a single game. Rituals and Runes add some pretty funky items and the game variant was interesting... especially the changes to acquiring items. I still have one more expansion to hit up, hopefully before the end of the year.

Spyfall
This was a game I think I got excited about mostly because of the scarcity. I heard how amazing it was and had no way of getting to try it... If I had thought about it a little more I'd prob have come to the conclusion that this is a bit too werewolf / mafia-like for my tastes and shunned it... but I got caught up in the hype and bought it and got it to the table... and I kinda like it!

Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Firelands Expansion & Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Nether Realm Expansion, Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The Woodland Expansion
So many Talisman expansions... and I still have one more to get to the table! When will the madness end? Probably never, for all the luckfest, endless monotony rants that are levelled at this game, I still love it for all it's brutal, horrible luck. I think the expansions do give players more and more choices and the alternate endings certainly help with variety in the game and often have the added boon of shortening it somewhat. Woodlands was a bit of a disappointment to me as I had hoped for a more impactful corner board.

Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide
I have to express disappointment with this. I bought it without realizing these were simply 'Advance' skins for the original cards. I really didn't need them but somehow I have them thought stupidity and impulse buying. I am going to keep them... but I can't honestly say why... and I know I shouldn't... Maybe I will get rid of the originals.

Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue
This is my least favourite of the Zombicide games and is the point at which I stopped buying them. It plays well enough and I don't regret the purchase but it is a little lacking in wow factor compared to the previous two big boxes.
Twitter Facebook
6 Comments
Tue Sep 1, 2015 12:00 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls

1 , 2 , 3  Next »  

Subscribe

Categories

Contributors