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So this was my top 25 of interesting games for 2020 until now: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3

Every year I enjoy digging into new games to see which make a possible match for me and my spouse. At the conventions we try to play those games to see if it is a fit for us. With the conventions off, I lost interest for a few weeks, but why should I miss out on those joyful scrolling, reading and watching videos.

Hope to do this list again in September and see which games will make room for new announced games. That list would be the list we would probably take with us to Spiel.

I take the games from my annual geeklist: CAB's 2020 radar: which will change to Spiel Prep. Which I fill from various sources. One of the most important sources for input is the Gone Cardboard list from BoardGameGeek from which I pick titles on a weekly basis.

So if you are interested which titles missed the list take a look at the before mentioned geeklist.

Titles that would have been on the list but seems to be postponed to 2021:
Shelfie Stacker, Mercado de Lisboa, Keydom (re-print to "Keydoms Dragons") & the new game in the Key Series "Keyside"

Now we start focusing on the holiday and in august we start for a September top 25. So if you know of any games that should be on it feel free to comment.

For now, stay healthy and happy holidays!

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Board Game: Curious Cargo

Curious Cargo just missed the list (found out about it to late). But might end up on the september list. Who knows
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After part 1 & 2 de final 9.

Board Game: Aquanauts
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Aquanauts
, water, and fish-themed games I have a weak spot for. Unfortunately, the great ones seem to be scarce. This sounds amazing: Aquanauts features an accessible engine building and resource management puzzle wrapped in a worker placement system, providing a great introduction to euro-style gaming as well as giving an entertaining experience to veteran gamers who want to explore the deep ocean. But will it be true?

Board Game: Public Market
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Public Market
, from under the sea to fishing out of the sea. Auction bidding in an interesting theme is worth checking out for me. But I don't know what it is, auctions and I seldom go well. I like Funkenschlag and For Sale a lot. I hope this one is a strategic game with an auction I go well with.

Board Game: Cascadia
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Cascadia
, From fishing out of the water to a game with fish on a card. This one I'm curious how puzzly tile-laying works together with token-drafting. It sounds fun to create a diverse and harmonious ecosystem.

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Trek 12
,from creating an ecosystem to trekking the mountains. Lot's of our holidays are spent in the mountains. We love to take long walks in the mountain environment. So a filler roll and write about mountains quickly gets my interest. I hope the artwork for this one will be stunning so the game will stand out for us in the overcrowded roll and write genre.


Board Game: Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade
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Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade
, as mentioned the roll an write genre seems overcrowded. But as you might have noticed I have a week spot for original themes done with middle ages and farming. This is another one which fits, awsome artwork no pinball games in the collection yet. We printed the print and play version to play this coming holiday. I hope we like it.

Board Game: Dollars to Donuts
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Dollars to Donuts
, so after playing pinball in the arcade I decided to walk to the metro. But on my way over there couldn't resist stopping at the Dollars to Donuts. Last year a positive surprise was Point Salad so let's give them another chance with a more delicious kind of food. The victory points as a resource sound intriguing.


Board Game: Maglev Metro
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Maglev Metro
, with my donuts in the bag we arrive at the metro. Ted Alspach made Castles of Mad King Ludwig a game we love. And in this one, efficiency is your key to success in this pick-up-and-deliver, tile-laying, engine-building game. Transparent tiles allow your route to overlap your opponents' tracks, winding you along from station to station. Sounds amazing that transparency, finally a game in which I can cross my route with another player.

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Carnegie
, always interested in a master print from Quined. This one is from Xavier Georges from Carson City & Ginkgopolis both games I like but not in my top 20. But different workers for placement and master print awoke my interest.



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New Frontiers: Starry Rift
, to finalize the top 25 an expansion for a great game for us. This one we might even buy blindly without playing.

I will close in a final post with some comments and thoughts.
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So after round 1 I will follow with round 2. I hope to follow with round 3 with a round-up with loose ends.

Board Game: Floor Plan
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Floor Plan
, we love roll/flip and write games as filler or to bring with us on holidays. Drawing floor plans always interested me. Making one when moving to get an overview of your new place for example. I hope this one is as fun as it sounds.

Board Game: Paper Dungeons: A Dungeon Drawling Game
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Paper Dungeons: A Dungeon Drawling Game
, so we stay in the same category of roll and write. I want to like dungeon crawling games and every now and then I play one. Always love the theme but until now I didn't find one I like the mechanic enough to feel the need to own it. This might be a dungeon crawling game for me.


Board Game: So, You've Been Eaten.
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So, You've Been Eaten.
, from crawling out of a dungeon to crawling out of a beast. Always on the lookout for a good two-player game. So a good action point's two-player game is a welcome addition to any of my lists. I hope it is as fun as it sounds.

Board Game: Yokohama Duel
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Yokohama Duel
, as mentioned there is always room for a good two-player game. Missed the game when it released, but TMG does a re-release. Although there seem to be some delays, then again without the delays, it wouldn't be on the 2020 list A worker placement game of 32 turns (four rounds of four turns with two players) is when the gameplay is challenging enough a welcome addition to the collection.

Board Game: Glasgow
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Glasgow
, we are still in the two-player section but are moving to Glasgow. From the Lookout two-player range we like Patchwork, Caverna: Cave vs Cave and most of all Foothills. Will this be another one we like, a pro is already a time track mechanic and the art.

Board Game: Praga Caput Regni
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Praga Caput Regni
, next city on the list is Prague. It's on the list because of Vladimír Suchý. I really like League of Six, 20th Century and Shipyard. It's time for a new highlight. But is this the game to put Vladimír Suchý back on the radar? Or is it with all these mechanics and 3d elements to gimmicky?

Board Game: Anno 1800
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Anno 1800
, again on the list because of some great games from the designer. We love Brass: Lancashire, Brass: Birmingham, Tinners' Trail and Ships. Love the theme but afraid an automa for the two-player game won't work for us. But I want to love this game so I hope for the best.

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Imperial Century
, from 1800 to 1815. Sometimes a game ends up on the list for no particular reason. This is one, I like the description and action point mechanic.
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Top 25 curiosity 2020 part 1

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Unfortunately COVID 19 is messing up my 2020 game plans. No Spiel Doch, no Spiel and no other conventions to get to know new games.

My motto for Spiel the last years was trying before buying, how will I make that work this year?

For now, this is the start of my list of games I'm most interested in for 2020 and why. So, here are the first 8. Hopefully, the rest will follow soon.

In no particular order:

Board Game: Minigolf Designer
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Minigolf Designer
, who wouldn't love to build his own minigolf course. The unique theme is what is appealing to me, always looking for games with a theme we don't own yet. Straight forward gameplay and the not to difficult mechanics make this an easy game to play, but is winning also easy?

Board Game: Ski Tour: Biathlon
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Ski Tour: Biathlon
, another theme we don't own yet. I love a racing game like Snow Tails, together with an interesting mechanic for combining racing with the shooting range I'm really curious about how this will work.



Board Game: Neko Harbour: The Card Game
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Neko Harbour: The Card Game
, staying in the winter theme. We love A Pleasant Journey to Neko so the same kind of game without the dice probable makes this a Neko travel edition for us. I hope it works well with two players.

Board Game: Crescent City Cargo
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Crescent City Cargo
, from scenic shipping to logistic shipping. Logistics can be a cutthroat tactical environment as others try to grab the best contracts before you can. Will you be able to manipulate the market, complete your goals, and in the end stand atop the competition as the most profitable company? Sounds pretty interesting for a Spielworxx game, I like Gentes and La Granja, so I hope I like this one too.

Board Game: The Cost
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The Cost
, staying with Spielworxx a game with a strange but interesting theme. Building an asbestos empire with tough choices it seems. When players mine or refine asbestos, they must choose to either maximize profits for short-term gains or sacrifice their hard-won money to minimize deaths, thus sustaining the industry. Furthermore again hoping for a Spielworxx gem.

Board Game: Ugly Christmas Sweaters
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Ugly Christmas Sweaters
, strange but interesting theme but in a whole other league. Trick taking, set collection ugly sweater making cardgame. Probably just out of curiosity on my list and it might be even a fun filler, but with an hour of gameplay I hope it won't overstays its welcome.



Board Game: Hallertau
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Hallertau
, with Christmas I drink beer so a game with a beer theme next (I drink beer all year round but I need a bridge to the next game on the list whistle). A game from the designer of Nusfjord and Fields of Arle two of my favorite games. With Uwe it seems I like a few of his games a lot but the most don't stand out to me. I hope this one does stand out because I love the theme.

Board Game: Golem
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Golem
, also on the list because of the designers. We love to play Grand Austria Hotel, Egizia and Lorenzo il Magnifico. This seems to be one with great and interesting artwork. Also, a marble mechanic like Potion Explosion and I'm curious to find out what the designers come up with this time.
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Because of the COVID-19, I'm not so sure Spiel 2020 will happen. Working in the hospital as a lung function analyst I see the impact of the virus and hope we get it under control soon. This uncertainty about future events takes away a lot of joy and motivation to do the preparation for this year. Spiel is for me the event and highlight of my year, so I hope my highlight of the year can happen.

Meanwhile, I think about backing Clinic: Deluxe Edition – Covid-19 to have a bit of history in the game collection.

I will try to pick up the preparations in my CAB's 2020 radar: which will change to Spiel Prep geeklist.

In the meantime stay healthy and safe!
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After a long wait and unfortunately, a worldwide pandemic so no conventions like SpielDoch and Zuiderspel. The result of putting all the games in the cabinets:
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My photo skills are poor, my best try at a panorama shot to get all the games:
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Some close-ups from the drawers:
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A few items are missing because they are on the table to play:
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All the games together made me curious about how many games and some details.

A total of 734 items. 485 base games and 249 marked as expansion.

So what are the top publishers, designers in our collection?

These are count ups from our collection from only stand-alone games, no expansions included. If we own less than four games of a publisher or designer it is not included in the list.

We are living in the Netherlands, so when a Dutch release of a game is announced we wait for the Dutch edition. Most games are from dutch publishers because of that. Here is a list of publishers we own the most games from:
70 from White Goblin Games
32 from 999 Games
18 from Quined White Goblin Games
17 from Quined Games
12 from KOSMOS
11 from ABACUSSPIELE
9 from Fragor Games
8 from AMIGO, Pegasus Spiele, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, Tasty Minstrel Games
7 from Czech Games Edition
6 from Cwali, Lookout Games
5 from Dice Hate Me Studio, EmperorS4, Japon Brand, Rio Grande Games, Treefrog Games
4 from 2F-Spiele, Asmodee, Backspindle Games Ltd., Days of Wonder, Hans im Glück, Kanai Factory

And a list of designers we own the most games of:
17 from Reiner Knizia
15 from Michael Kiesling
14 from Wolfgang Kramer
13 from Martin Wallace
10 from Fraser Lamont & Gordon Lamont, Michael Schacht, Uwe Rosenberg
9 from Friedemann Friese, Richard Breese
7 from Reinhard Staupe
6 from Bruno Cathala, Corné van Moorsel, Rüdiger Dorn
5 from Vlaada Chvátil, Vladimír Suchý
4 from Alan R. Moon, Phil Walker-Harding, Scott Almes, Sebastian Bleasdale, Simone Luciani, Steffen Benndorf, Tony Boydell, Virginio Gigli

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Last year we helped White Goblin Games at the convention. This year we booked an apartment to go as a visitor.

Unfortunately, there is not much info about the convention. There is the website: https://spieldoch-messe.com/ but no preview, geeklist or extra info to be found. So based on recent and 2020 releases and attending publishers we hope we can play some of the following games. It might be impossible because it is just guessing which games the publishers will bring. So if you have more information we would love to know!

And now the games in alphabetical order:
Barrage was on our Spiel 2019 list but we didn't get a chance to play. Might get a chance here.
Die Inseln im Nebel played at Spiel 2019 an liked it a lot. Already out of budget at that time so we left it for later, now might be the time.
Man muss auch gönnen können might give a nice twist to the too stuffed roll and write genre.
Maracaibo was on the release list of White Goblin Games, but with the dutch release of the radar, it is on ours again.
My City a city-building Knizia game. Not so sure about the legacy part.
My Farm Shop Rüdiger Dorn in a 45 minutes game, hoping for a fun game with not to much of a luck factor.
Paris a typical medium-weight Kramer and Kiesling Eurostyle-game with straightforward gameplay.
Reavers of Midgard not high on the priority list but might be a fun worker-placement with a twist.
Rome & Roll a haevy roll and write game, is that possible.
So, You've Been Eaten was not ready at Spiel 2019 we might get a try now.

After this convention, we might cross of some games from CAB's 2020 radar: which will change to Spiel Prep. See you at this fun convention at this great location:
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Sorry we really need to finalize this project: Building a game library, oh and renovating a complete house.
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Last weekend we had lots of fun playing with friends.
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and his wife invited us to celebrate their birthday's with them on a gaming weekend with friends.

So thanks again Rien for the invite, generosity, companionship and playing time!


Memorable moments for me (gamewise):
Board Game: Costa Rica

Going into the jungle with five nobody gets a tile until there was only one friend left. He started wandering through the jungle en kept walking until more than half of the tiles were gone. A fun push your luck game with a lot of laughing at the table.

Board Game: For Sale

A golden oldie, a fun filler which we played at full capacity. Still going strong after all those years. At least twice a year it comes to the table and it stays one of the best filler bidding games.


Board Game: Dice Hospital

Working in a hospital the theme was a trigger for me. Bought this game and didn't hit the table yet. But this weekend friends where curious to try it out and we all liked the puzzle the game gave us. Might try to make it more challenging with advanced rules the next time we play. Nobody had casualties this time, so we need to be challenged more.

Board Game: Nusfjord

Played once before and liked it, this time together with Marina (my wife). We don't like Uwe's Agricola, Caverna, A Feast for Odin, but we love Fields of Arle. This one is an Uwe we like. So ordered the game and picking it up on friday. Now we need to find Nusfjord: Plaice Deck in the Netherlands to replace those tiny coins whistle


Games that didn't impress me:
Board Game: The Taverns of Tiefenthal

Altough I love the art and the theme this game didn't grab me. Somehow I got a repetitive feeling and not enough challenge to make this a great game. Not bad and for a lot of people maybe good enough. Would play it again but not from my choosing.

Board Game: Karuba

To light to my taste, not a challenge at all building those routes trough the jungle. To my opinion this is a great game to get people into board games but not so fun anymore when you are looking for a more challenging game.



Furthermore we had a great weekend and made great memories. Played a lot of other games but these are the ones that I had the strongest feeling about.

Hope to close the story of building our game room soon. Want to take some more pictures for you all, but have to put the last games on the shelves. Those who missed it: Building a game library, oh and renovating a complete house

So get back to you all soon.
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We brought the boxes with games over to the new place.
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We build two new IKEA PAX storage systems and put the first games in.
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After that we started to bring more games over and move the other PAX closets from one home to the other. Thanks to White Goblin Games we had a lot of boxes which fit gameboxes perfectly.
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I'm leaving to Davos for training today. So will be a week before the next update.

Any boardgame related advise for Davos in Switzerland?

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After plastering and painting the walls and ceiling we put the floor in the room.
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In our old house, we started packing boxes with games.
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