This Board Game Life

A weekly blog to post some of my activities in the board game world (and real world too). Inspired by the Advent Gaming Challenge here on BGG every holiday season. I love to look back on all those gaming memories and hope this blog will serve the same purpose. If anyone else enjoys some of these posts, all the better.

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A quick one, while I'm away.

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I'm sure I've used this blog title before, and it was probably for the same reason I'm using it today. I'm writing this little post on Thursday as several of us are leaving on Friday evening for a couple days of vacation (a little get together for my dad's birthday). We won't be heading home until Monday so I will miss my regular Sunday post if I don't throw something together now. I'm sure I will have some pics on next weeks post, but for now, here are five games I have on the shelf but have never played and will make every effort to play over the next several weeks. I'm notorious for adding a game to the collection and letting it sit and sit before the first play, but all of the games I received over the holidays I have either played or am currently playing (more on that one next week). These are just a few that I would really like to play and I'm tired of not taking the time to play them. Here we go...


Board Game: Hadrian's Wall


Of the five game on the list, Hadrian's Wall is the one I'm most surprised I have not played. Yes the two massive sheets for this roll and write look a bit overwhelming, but I've read through the rules several times and watched a couple playthrough videos, so I'm not sure what the hang up is. This is one of two games on the list that were also on my "most wanted" list for 2021. I've read so many good things about it, but alas, I'm lazy. This is my year for playing some of my games for the first time! Forreal!


Board Game: Praga Caput Regni


This is the other from my "most wanted" 2021 list. I got Praga Caput Regni pretty early on last year and have put it on the table several times to look through the box, but that's as far as it's gone. So far, the key for me playing some of the "new to me" games this year has been setting them up for a solo run in advance of actually sitting down to play. I can come home from work (and soccer practice) and head down to the game room to have a couple turns and refer back to the rulebook (or video) as needed. This game is so beautiful that I'm sad I have not actually played it. Some people say the board is "too busy", I think it's a work of art. I even crafted a fine PnP of the Automa cards that were an official offering from the publisher. I can do it!


Board Game: Glass Road


I think I can safely say that Uwe Rosenberg is my favorite designer, so it's sad that I still own a couple of his big box games that I have never played. I just knocked Hallertau off the list a couple day ago and loved it. So next up is going to be Glass Road. Hopefully, if (when!) I play all of the games on this short list I will continue to plug away at some of the others I have never played and finally knock out the last few Uwe games I need to try. Inspiration, move me brightly.


Board Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods


I'm pretty sure Teotihuacan: City of Gods was on a list I made like this last year and well, as we can see, I didn't play it. There's been some high praise for the solo bot, but yet I still can't get myself to take the plunge. This is another game that just looks so nice sitting on the table. Maybe if I see it looking so nice actually sitting on my table as opposed to seeing pics of other people playing it, I'll finally get it played. I think I can, I think I can...


Board Game: Anno 1800


And last but not least, a game I got just a few weeks ago, Anno 1800. I've printed out a bunch of direct from the publisher solo stuff for this game as well. I've actually watched a couple videos too and it just looks like a lot of fun to me. There's a lot of set-up here, but again, if I lay it out in advance and just walk in on it ready to play I will have a better chance of success. I'm hoping if this one goes well solo that Cam will be more apt to join me for a play. Well I guess that applies to any game on this list. Mind over matter!



So there we go. Five games that I own but have been languishing on the shelf of opportunity. I'm really going to make a concerted effort to get them played. Surely all of you have a game or two that you would like to scratch of your list. Let's get some of those unplayed games to the table!


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Back to reality. But when you can get in a few games, ain't life grand?

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Just finished up the first post-holiday week and boy was it slow at work. Obviously, along with the rest of the world, covid cases are going wild and we have a bunch of folks out on quarantine or working from home. Piper had a student in her classroom test positive, but so far she has been ok. I just started training for the High School soccer team, but I question whether it's worth it or not (I'm under contract to do it though). It's a shame we still have to be vigilant about this stuff even 2 years on, but I'd rather play it safe than be sorry.

One thing that really takes my mind off the tedium of the real world is coming home and being able to retreat to my little game room. Even it's it's just sitting there listening to an album while I flip through a rule book or sort through a boardgame box, it's time well spent for me. When I actually have time to play, that's the real reward. Fortunately this week I have played a few and 2 of those plays were games I had never played before. Right before sitting down to write the blog I even set up an awesome solo game so I'll have something come home to, ready for a few turns. Ain't life grand?





One of the two "new to me" games I played this week wasHallertau. I snapped up a copy soon after it came out just because it was the latest Uwe Rosenberg "big box" game. I love Rosenberg games and have an entire section of my shelves dedicated to his "Expert Level" games. Lately I have been really wanting to get out some games that I've never played (probably seeing other bloggers doing the same) and just enjoy what I already have. In this case, it was an instant hit for me.

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It looks so lovely on the table.

The solo mode is, of course, "beat your high score". That doesn't bother me at all. It's just one turn after another trying to maximize resources so you can move your workshops and community center up the track to earn more workers and points. One of the things I like about playing solo is, there's no such thing as "analysis paralysis". I'm happy to take as much or as little time as I want between turns.

Things got rolling pretty quickly as the cardboard player aid was really helpful. It guides you through each step of the rounds. Managing the large number of resources was a lot of fun as I love moving wooden bits around the board. The card play was very fun as you can play cards at any time and they can steer you in certain directions of play. I finished with a decent enough score for my first play I think and I'm already thinking about how I will play my next game. It doesn't seem like Hallertau get talked about as much as some other Rosenberg, but I think deserves to be ranked among some of his best.

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I felt pretty good about my first play score. Not great, but not terrible.





The other "new to me" game was Endangered. My boss got me an Amazon gift card and as I was perusing the games available, I came across this one. It's a co-op, so it's a natural fit for solo play as well. I had my eye on it for awhile but other pre-orders or KS games got in the way. Now I'm happy to have it in the collection. After my initial play of the Tiger scenario I was very happy with my purchase. So much so that I pre-ordered the New Species expansion right after. The base game comes with 2 scenarios, and that will probably be just fine for many games. The expansion adds 6 new scenarios though, so it was an easy purchase for me. As for the base game, the cards are very nice quality, the otter and tiger meeples are great and it's just a lot of fun to play.

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A win*.

The only problem I had with the game was a personal problem, a sever case of "user error". Although I did not win on the first of two "voting rounds", I did win on the second and the win did not seem to be in doubt. After reading through the rules post-game, something that I habitually do, I found that I had played with several game changing rules errors. One I did catch mid-game and adjusted, the other couple I didn't catch, and those would have made things much harder for me. I'll chalk this up as a learning experience ("lessons learned" as they say at work) and an asterisk win. I'm already planning my second game (probably after I post this blog) and very much looking forward to it.

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They had an easy time of it this go 'round.





Of course I have to mention the latest Jaws of the Lion for Cam and I. We have had Scenario 5, the first boss encounter, set up on the table for quite awhile. This meant that we had to use the top of the game table for other BG plays while JotL sat waiting underneath. This would be our first play on the new, custom cut, neoprene Viking Mat that covers the entire table (thanks Nana!). It was fantastic. The mat and the game. We were both a little nervous going in, but by the end of a victorious run, we were really feeling pretty confident in our little adventurers. It's such a great game and we're looking forward to what comes next.

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The neoprene mat is so nice to play on.


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A little "bling" for our game.


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The boss awaits.






Finally, as mentioned previously...

I love to have a game set up, ready to play. Especially a nice solo game. Nemo's War, which I just got for Christmas (thanks Autumn!) definitely fits the bill. I set it up on one end of the table so we'll have plenty of space to play other games in the meantime. It sure does look appealing though!

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Ready for some adventure on the high seas.






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Happy New Year! What games are you looking forward to in '22?

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Boy, how time flies. I can attest to the fact that the older you get, the faster time passes. When I was in grade/high school it felt like summer break lasted forever. Nowadays a month can pass and I wonder what happened with the time. Ain't life grand. Anyways, last year around this time I posted my "most anticipated" list and enjoyed looking back on it as the year went along, so here we go again. But first, a quick look at the 10 most anticipated from Jan. 2021 in no particular order...

Concordia: Solitaria - I never saw this one available, maybe I just missed it. No big deal as I still don't own a copy of Concordia.

SOS Titanic - I think the story of how I received this one is pretty well documented (thanks Marion ). It's a really fun take on solitaire and I will be holding on to this first edition.

Hadrian's Wall - Have it but have yet to play. It looks fantastic and I love the phone book size pads of player sheets, it just never got to the table. Maybe because it looks kind of overwhelming. So many choices!

Darwin's Journey - It was a Kickstarter so it was a long shot to make it last year and of course it didn't. Hope to see it in the first few months of '22.

Ginkgopolis - And another, "got it never played it".

Maquis - This KS did arrive on time. Such a fun little solo experience.

Faiyum - When I saw the shipping cost, I passed. It looks like it's now going to be available at other retailers so that increases my likelihood of getting a copy.

Lost Ruins of Arnak - What a fantastic game! I was very happy to have participated in playtesting for the solo "campaign". Deserves all the accolades it gets.

Praga Caput Regni - Say it with me... "got it, never played it". It does look great though whistle

Obsession - This game ain't no joke. It's a top 10 for me. I'm just so happy to have this (and all of the expansions) on my shelf.

So that's a brief overview of my most wanted for 2021. Looking at my list for '22 there are several KS games,so we all know how that may go. I'm really hoping to see them this year, but only time will tell. Of course the day I post this there will probably be some other hot game that I may have added to the list, but as it stands today, this is what I'm most looking forward to...


Board Game: Ark Nova


For me, it can't get any better than this. A heavier game about making a zoo, Ark Nova looks amazing. All my life I have been fascinated with zoos and museums. My parents ordered me these cards that came in the mail and had different animals and facts about each one, and the card art in this game kinda reminds me of those cards. Obviously I'm not the only one looking for this game as it's been high on the "hotness" list for quite awhile. Luckily I pre-ordered this at the first opportunity, so it's only a matter of time.

Board Game: Boonlake


Another Alexander Pfister released by Capstone Games you say? Auto-hotness. I'm really looking forward to Boonlake. All of the pictures I have seen and the reviews I have read just really draw me to this game. I can't wait to settle my little group of "pioneers" along the shores of Boonlake. And it has Klemens Franz artwork taboot! Pre-ordered.

Board Game: Marvel United: X-Men


I did split shipping on the Marvel United: X-Men KS so I have the base box already and I'm loving it. I just can't imagine the amount of extra gameplay that will be hitting my doorstep at some point this year. I was sorry that I missed out on the original KS so, although not going "all in" on this one, I did order quite a bit. All that extra stuff just gives you so many options each time you play. It's not a heavy euro or super deep game, but it's so much FUN. Can't wait to play the Fantastic Four!

Board Game: Endless Winter: Paleoamericans


When I saw the quote, "Endless Winter: Paleoamericans takes place in North America, around 10,000 BCE", that was just about enough to get me to back it. After seeing the components and artwork (The Mico) I knew I had to have it. All of the updates have seemed pretty positive, despite not shipping in '21, which I never really anticipated in the first place. Here's to hoping it hits the table in '22.

Board Game: Darwin's Journey


The tardiness of Darwin's Journey has not hindered my want for this game, in fact, as they say, "absence makes the heart grow fonder". I'm really looking forward to playing this game. Just looking at the game board and other components from the KS page and updates really has me even more excited to play. I can't imagine this game won't make it this year and when it does, I'll be happy to show it off.

Board Game: Flamecraft


This game just kinda happened out of nowhere for me. I saw the Flamecraft Kickstarter and the art and gameplay just looked so cool to me, but I stopped following it when I saw there was no solo play. Lo and behold, solo play was a stretch goal. Now I'm sure this could be a bad thing as well. If it's a stretch goal will solo play have just been a tacked-on afterthought? Who knows, but they got me. This sucker had almost 30,000 backers and made just over 2 million bucks, but with cute, Ghibli/manga looking art I can see why. I pledged for the standard version but upgraded to deluxe in the pledge manager blush. I couldn't help it, it just looks so nice. The KS says shipping in July, but we all know how that goes.

Board Game: Bitoku


Speaking of Studio Ghibli like art, Bitoku was directly inspired by the Ghibli movies. In fact, designer Germán P. Millán posted an awesome thread (A tribute) about that inspiration just a couple weeks ago. The artwork in this game is just stunning. Now, the game looks very fun and it has solo play by the maestro, Dávid Turczi, but I'll be honest, I would have bout this game for the art alone. I know that's crazy for some people, but that's the collector in me. Can't wait to see this game in person!

Board Game: Brazil: Imperial


The BGG description of Brazil: Imperial is, "A Euro 4X game based on Brazil's Imperial times" and to me, that sounds swell. Plus it plays solo. Plus plus it has amazing art and components (see a trend?). I continue to go back to the BGG page for this game and just look at all the great pics. This is just one of those games that, from the first time I saw it and flipped through the rule book, I knew I had to have.

Board Game: Frosthaven


The behemoth. I hear the Frosthaven box weighs over 30 pounds. I just can't wait to dig through all the stuff. The idea of upgrading your little town and crafting items with materials you find just sounds so cool. I'm super excited to see it. When it will be played, who knows. Currently Cam and I are enjoying Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion but that does not take away from my eagerness to pour through this massive box of goodness.

Board Game: Eleven: Football Manager Board Game


And finally... Eleven: Football Manager Board Game. I have coached soccer since Logan was 5. He's 28 today. I have coached High School soccer for the past 11 years. So all that makes this an easy choice for me. This is more of a "football manager" style game and that sounds great to me. Years ago I really enjoyed Football Manager on the PC and I'm hoping this game will give the the same feel. I only backed the base game as that's all that was needed to get all the awesome "exclusive stuff" (player boards that feel like artificial turf! surprise) but all of the many expansions are scheduled to hit retail. Hopefully I enjoy the game enough to seek out said expansions.


So that's it. As of today, these are the games I'm most looking forward to in 2022. Is there any crossover on your "most wanted" list? What games are you looking forward to that I should be checking out? I hope you enjoyed reading, and maybe even finding out about a game that will now make your list.





The Advent Challenge was a lot of fun for our 8th year running. I posted one different game each day (31 different games) and finished the month with 72 total plays, my personal best for any month. I also finished the year with my highest ever play total, 300 games logged. On the 30th we headed up to the District to see the Laurie Anderson exhibit at the Hirshhorn Gallery and the girls and I played our game for the day, Love Letter: Adventure Time, on the metro ride downtown. I had wanted to see the exhibit since it was announced and it was even better than I had expected. We had a great day.

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Hailee won our game on the metro.


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We finally made it.


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It was overwhelming walking into this room.


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Cornered


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Reminders of the times we live in.


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In the sculpture garden.







And finally, we wanted our first game of 2022 to be a big one so we pulled out Terraforming Mars and used the tiles from the Big Box for the first time. Logan did really well for his second ever play, I got stuck doing too much of one thing and Cam absolutely annihilated the both of us. Still, it was a great way to kick off the year, and lots of fun.

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End game.


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It was very cool to play with the 3D tiles.


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What a wonderful world.






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And so this is Christmas, We hope you have fun...

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope Santa treated you well and that at least one gift was boardgame related. We had a fantastic Christmas and it's just been nice to chill with the family. In the lead-up to Christmas several new games arrived (Kickstarter, a sale, and I was able to release a pre-order) and that was in addition to the awesome BG related gifts I received ont the big day. I'm gonna make this one another pic heavy post and maybe next week I'll get back to the regularly scheduled program. Stay safe and if you have time off from work, have a great time!

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Logan got this Kickstarter. It looks kinda fun for a party game. we'll be sure to take it on vacation with us this year.


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As soon as Undaunted: Reinforcements was released, I was able to release an order for free shipping. This is what arrived.


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Logan picked this one up for like 9 bucks. Blizzard is going through some hard times and as such, the Blizzard store is shutting down. Grab a cheap copy while you can.


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I got a lot of great gifts, but these are the ones BGG is interested in.


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Nana got me this fantastic custom cut, neoprene mat for the game table from Viking Mats. It's so awesome, thanks mom!


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Catsby is making it hard to throw out these boxes.







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J.D. Crowe 1937-2021






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Yes, it's hard to believe, Christmas is just seven days away. It's gonna be a quick post for me today as the kids and I are about to head out to finish our holiday shopping. The Advent Challenge is still going well and today's challenge is to play a favorite game. Not sure what we'll play, depends on what kinda time we have after shopping. Enjoy some pics and I'll see ya next week for a Christmas day post. Hopefully Santa has some new boardgames in his bag for me whistle

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Animal Upon Animal with the girls.


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My first ever play of Bohnanza! Reena brought it over and taught Cam and I. Thanks Reena! Hope to see you again soon.


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King of Tokyo with Cam and Reena.


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Joey just chillin'.


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One of my new favs, Meadow


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Sheriff of Nottingham with Cam and the girls.


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A little diabetes in a box.


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Another favorite, Marvel United: X-Men.


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Arlo found himself a girlfriend at his holiday party.


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This arrived. I will probably never played it and I don't know why I backed it.


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The kids showed me a cool app, Wombo Dream, that generates a cool piece of art when you type in a prompt. This is "Terraforming Mars".


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And here's "Gloomhaven".


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He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!






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Several feathers in the Cap.

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The Advent Challenge rolls on. Today is, "Day 12 Play a kids' game, a game with kids, or a game with rotten potatoes". I've become and Advent fanatic each year for the past several years as I absolutely have to post before midnight each day. I will gather the kids up at some point today and continue my streak of at least one different game per day. I'm trying to pace myself as I am currently sitting at 984 total logged plays (all time since I started logging plays) and Logan thinks I should play "something good" for number 1000. We shall see.

I try not to tread the same ground when I write the blog each week, but it's difficult when I'm posting on the Advent every day and the SGOYT when I play a solo game. Just a quick week recap and then on to something else.

Draftosaurus was my first Advent game of the week. A couple plays with Autumn, Piper, Hailee and Cam while we sipped our "favorite holiday beverage. My "favorite game I received as a gift" was an easy choice, a solo play of SOS Titanic. Three more solo days followed with a variety of my favorite small box solo games that fit the bill (check the link if you're curious). Day 10 was, "play a game in which you travel a distance". This play was special as it was the first game that Cams friend Reena was able to join us. Hopefully it was the first game of many that we play together. Finally, just yesterday, even though Autumn was not feeling too well after our Covid boosters on Friday, she joined me for a two player game, Codenames: Duet. We always have fun playing this together and Saturday was no exception.

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Hot chocolate for all!


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An excellent game of Downforce.


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This is what it looks like when you lose on the first clue. Yes, we played again.





Just to add a little something that is not the all consuming Advent Challenge, I figured I would rant a little about a board game publisher that I'm really riding high on right now. Just the other day I got the email newsletter from Capstone Games announcing their pre-order for the Alban Viard "indie hit" Clinic: Deluxe Edition (with all of the expansions to be released as well). I don't even remember where I heard about this game the first time. I know I saw some pics of the game and I knew I had to have it. The graphic design is by one of the masters, Ian O'Toole and it was love at first sight for me. I picked up a copy, which I still have yet to play, but I am so happy to have it in the collection. I believe it was on an episode of the Heavy Cardboard podcast that I heard the host and guest (I think maybe the owner of Capstone) discussing their love for the game.

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This is just the main board. In my eyes, a work of art. (from the Capstone website)


Anyway, the surprising news of Capstone adding Clinic to their roster got me thinking about the publisher. These guys have really got it going on! If you look at the current list of games they publish (https://capstone-games.com/board-games/), it will blow your mind. Even if they just had the games the games that they picked up and re-released after other publishers let them slide (Gaia Project, Glass Road and Orléans to name a few) this would be an incredible publisher. But throw in their new releases and, at least in my eyes, it puts them in a category with even the biggest named publishers. Ark Nova (more about this one in my first post of the new year) has been sitting at or near the top of the hotness list since it was announced. The next big Alexander Pfister game, Boonlake has been somewhere on the hotness list in the past several weeks. The Iron Rail series, Maracaibo and the game I most wish had a solo mode Coffee Traders to name a few more (I could go on and on). All this heavy gaming may not be your cup of tea, but they have some great looking family weight games as well.

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The game of my dreams. (from the Capstone website)


All that to say, check these guys out if you have not already. They have quickly become a publisher, like Garphill Games for me, that when they announce a new game, it will likely be added to my wishlist (as long as there is solo play). Hopefully the check is in the mail...

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And a couple more pics for good measure...

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The leaves left a golden carpet overnight.


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It's hard to believe that 2021 is almost in the rearview mirror. They say, "time flies when you're having fun", but I just think it's because I'm turning into an old man Not that I haven't had lots of fun this year. Although 2021 had some challenges that carried over from 2020, all in all it's been a great year for me.

But we're not even done yet! Just a few weeks to go and I plan to enjoy every one of them! The Advent Challenge is always a great way to get in the holiday spirit and close out the year with a bang. Five days in and it's going great! Of course we also have getting together with family and friends (all vaccinated of course!) to look forward to, along with some well needed time off from work and other holiday traditions. Here's to a great December for everyone!

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Speaking of the Advent Challenge the first four days have seen plays of Viticulture Essential Edition (play a game with a large meeple), Hero Realms (play Christmas music while you game), Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition (play a railroad game) and Scrabble (play a game with family). Thus far only Cam and Nana have joined me for games, but I know I'll have some extra players soon. It's so much fun each year to help get in the holiday spirit with the challenge. I love to see what all my BGG buddies are up to and how they are closing out the year.
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said it best in his blog post today (I Fold...), "Many of the same ‘faces’ turn up each year, so it becomes quite a social experience as you catch up with relative strangers and vicariously enjoy a snippet of their lives - much like many family gatherings". Cheers Michael! Microbadge: Cheers!


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A rare win for me.


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A little holiday music.


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Another win for me. Wow!


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Cam's absolutely crushing defeat of Nana and I.



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Logan was at it again this week and brought home some deeply discounted games that he found in his travels. He knows I'm a big Uwe Rosenberg fan so he couldn't pass up a game he thought I didn't have (I did not), Bargain Hunter. Honestly I had never even heard of this little trick taking game. A couple other that he thought looked cool were Airship City and Walls of York. My only issue with both of those is no solo option. They do look fun though so we are looking to give both a shot. Finally, Logan text me to see if I would want Dojo Kun. I saw that it did indeed have a solo mode and had some decent reviews as well, so I asked him to grab it. With the solo mode it has a pretty good chance of hitting the table.

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All the loot.



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Of course we love going to see holiday lights and other fun holiday activities as a family and we have already seen some cool things this year. Piper and Hailee went to a concert at the Norva in Norfolk and the park next to the mall was all lit up. We also drove through the Norfolk Zoo "Zoolumination" with 30 foot plus inflatable animals. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

One other thing to mention and this one blows my mind. My youngest child, Hailee, just turned 20! Wow! No more teenagers. I don't feel old, but...

Happy Birthday Yee!

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Downtown Norfolk.


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While Pip and Hailee were at their concert, Autumn and I saw Ghostbuster Afterlife and I found this little friend. Totoro! Also, I don't know how to NOT make a crazy face when I take a selfie.


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That sucker was huge!


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As was the herd of giraffe.



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A week (almost) off from work will do wonders for boardgming.

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I went in to work on this past Monday and was really excited for the upcoming holiday break so I decided to throw an extra vacation day at it and start mine early. A five day break sounded glorious. Especially a five day break with not a whole lot planned other than Thanksgiving day and my brother Darren's birthday the day after (Happy Birthday!). Even those two days were very laid back.

Well it was certainly nice to be off, but I woke up this morning knowing that I had a big dose of reality coming my way. I figured, why not start out the day looking back on a week of awesome gaming memories, before getting back to the grind. I have a paper due on Monday (recently started classes after an almost 30 year layoff) so it needs to be pretty much finished today, my normal prep for the work week and the girls have a concert tonight and the wanted a ride (late night for me). It was a nice week off indeed, but even with a busy upcoming schedule, Autumn has the house feeling so cozy with holiday decorations, the Advent of Gaming Challenge geeklist has been posted (check it out and join us if you have not already) and the next (even longer) break is right around the corner. We may even have a special visitor drop by who I'm very excited to meet.

On to some games...






Well I would be crazy to not start off with a rebuttal from last weeks post. Cam and I played the Jaws of the Lion scenario 4 again and guess what? We won! I'm sure I came off as a bit of a drama king last week with how "impossible" the scenario is and all. I'm just excited to move on, and move on we did. After the city actions we decided to play a side quest that had opened for us earlier (20 - Misplaced Goods). Like Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser of old, our little band of human voidwalker and quatryl demolitionist fought their way through the hordes and even while staring certain defeat in the eyes, laughed in it's face and had a successful run. Next up is our first boss fight and Cam set the stage last night so were are ready for our first (and hopefully last) crack at it in the next couple days.

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Sweet, sweet victory.


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The goods are no longer misplaced. I try to err on the side of caution with spoilers for this game.






Next up are a couple of new games (well one is a small expansion) that I'm happy to add to the collection.

First up is the big (not it terms of size) one, the Useful Box for one of my favorite boardgames of this past year (or any year for that matter), Obsession. This small expansion has a couple new gentry cards, a couple fixed gentry cards, some new solo challenges, items so that each of the six family boxes will all have the same starting cards/bits and drawstring bags to replace the originals. All this and it's only 5 bucks (plus shipping). I happily sorted through my base box to add all the new stuff and am excited for my next play. If you have not had a chance to play this game, give it a shot. Even if the theme may not initially appeal to you, you'll likely be won over by the great gameplay, awesome components, attention to detail and the designers policy that, "your game must be perfect". Cheers Dan!

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Very useful indeed!


The next "new but unplayed" game is a recent Kickstarter arrival, Silverwood Grove. I backed this game because I really like the cartoon-like Australian animal art, it had a solo mode and it was fairly cheap. The components are nice, with dual layer player boards and sturdy, kinda plastic feeling cards and player mats. The rules on the other hand were not so great. I had it laid out for a solo play and I had to guess at a couple setup things and there were many question I had about gameplay as well. I packed it back up after checking the forums several time and seeing that an official FAQ was coming soon (it has since been posted). I'll try it again sooner or later.

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It sure looks pretty.





A couple new games that we did play...

Logan found a game from Mattel that looks to be their stab at a hobby game, Wizards Wanted, while out searching the thrifts. It's super colorful and has some neat components and nice storage insert. For five bucks he thought it would be worth at least one play. I set it up and we had a lot of fun during our 2 player round. It's more geared toward younger players, but we didn't feel like we had wasted our time (I know, strong praise) and we'll probably give it a go some other time, maybe with the girls.

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Logan making moves.


A bit of a recent hotness was next to the table. Cascadia arrived on Friday and I'm glad I got it when I did because it seems to be harder to find at a decent price. I had seen several posts on the SGOYT that got me into acquisition disorder overdrive and I knew it would be a game that I would have no problem getting others to join me for a play. I set it up for Cam and I and after a very quick rules explanation, we were on our way. Both of us loved it! I played a solo round later that evening and it's such a great solo experience. Cam and I even played again later on and Cam got his first win and filled in a space on his achievement track in the rulebook. A great game with great components that you are sure to see more of in this blog and SGOYT.

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All the stuff.


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Our first play.


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I love the wooden tokens.





Whenever Darren comes for a visit he's always up for a game and we played a few while he was here. His favorite, although we have tried many, many games with him, is DC Comics Deck-Building Game so we had to have our expected play. We also played a 6 player round of Dixit: Journey and I introduced him to Dominion in hopes of breaking up the DC monotony.

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Dixit


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DC


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and Dominion.




And finally...

I finally got in my first play of Marvel United: X-Men. Jean Grey and Wolverine just eeked out a victory over Sabertooth due in part to Wolverine's very helpful healing abilities. I love all types of boardgames, but if someone were to ask me what game I think is really FUN, this game would be high on the list. I've said it may times, but I can't wait to see all the extra KS stuff I ordered next year. Just the core box has so much variety. There will be an almost overwhelming amount of content delivered next year.

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Take that Sabertooth!






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Into the Jaws once again.

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Yeah I figure it was about time Cam and I had another go at scenario 4 of Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. I asked Cam if he would want to give it a shot and he was more than happy to. He's said on several occasions that Gloomhaven may be his favorite game. We started playing it and both really liked it, but with so many games to choose from, we just kinda let it slip away. That's one thing I'm terrible at and I'm trying to do better. I really want to start playing the games I have more. So many games on the shelf of opportunity and several on the horizon that I'm looking forward to make that task really hard though. I've seen several bloggers post of their "deep dives" into certain games and have been sort of jealous at their discipline.

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A look at Cam's character.



Anyway...

I figured JotL would be a better chance to complete a whole campaign and the learn to play scenarios help out for sure. So, for now, Gloomhaven sits (with Frosthaven coming soon) while we sit stuck on scenario 4 of the "small" box brethren of the two. Well, after our second play, we're still stuck. Now I'm not the best player in the world (far, far from it) and I count on Cam to act as the brains of the operation, but this scenario just seems really hard and it's still one of the five "learn to play" scenarios! Maybe I'm wrong (and correct me if I am) but it just seems impossible. We talked future strategies after the loss but wow, I just don't know. It sits in a state of reset (at least my character and the map, Cam has some work to do) and we intend to get back to it, maybe even today, so cross your fingers and wish us luck. It sure would be nice to move on.

And yes, even after all that, we're having a great time playing. Even if it's a loss.

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Poor, poor little demolitionist.







As CMON continues to post updates for the Marvel United: X-Men Kickstarter campaign, my excitement for the future fulfillment keeps growing. The recent update really piqued my interest as the mini for Iceman was revealed and it looks amazing. I can't wait to sort through all the boxes off cool stuff when the KS finally arrives!

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So cool! Pun intended.







One other quick note...

My dad came up from Hampstead, NC to see us this weekend. He had tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro at the Ferguson Center and Autumn, Cam and I were going to join him. He got the tickets mainly because Cam loves to play the Uke and Jake is the best in the game. He put on a fantastic show, better than I even expected. He even kicked a Grateful Dead song down for us (we are everywhere Microbadge: Grateful Dead fan)! It was highly unexpected and amazing Friend Of The Devil. We all had a great night and hope to do it again some day.

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A well earned round of applause.






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The third time and it's still a charm.

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Well I guess this is my fourth overall play of Meadow, but it's the third time playing with Cam. After a week of not doing too much outside of work due to a weird schedule, Cam wanted to go for play number three and see if he could put and end to my winning ways. The goals around the campfire were some that I knew it would be difficult to grab early on so my game plan changed a bit from the last couple games. I watched as Cam's tableau kept growing and I couldn't help but feel a little pressure as I felt like I just couldn't get things going. During the mid rounds Cam picked up a couple goals and I knew I was in trouble. I grabbed one goal, but Cam picked up his third shortly after that so I knew he had a net of 7 points just from goals alone. As the game finished out I felt a little better about my score, but when they were tallied up, Cam came out on top, 56-54. Great win for Cam and we're already looking forward to round four!


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Cam's first win.


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My landscapes.







Logan got the grandest Pop for our D&D collection this week. He had it ordered as soon as it was announced and we were so excited to get it. Tiamat sure makes for one impressive chunk of plastic. Good work Logan!

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The goddess of dragons.







One more show for Logan and I on Friday. This one had been sold out for awhile now and we were certainly excited to go regardless. It was our first chance to see Billy Strings and it definitely won't be the last. Already looking forward to some spring/summer/fall tour dates. If you have any interest in live music, this is a band you shouldn't miss.

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What an amazing night!







And one final thing...

Autumn, Cam, Piper, and Hailee joined me for a trip to Charlottesville (Carter Mountain Orchard) because I wanted to see the trees while the leaves still had their fall colors. It ended up being really cold and windy when we got up there, so we didn't stay too long. We stopped a couple places for photos, had some apple cider and apple donuts then headed home. Essentially we drove two hours for donuts then two hours back. Anytime spent with the family is a great time and I certainly don't regret it.

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The view from Carter Mountain.


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Viticulture anyone?


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A little shelter next to Michie Tavern.


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The view from James Monroe's Highland.


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Beautiful fall foliage.






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