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Steph's New to Me List October 2019!!

Steph Hodge
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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 400 games!


Steph's Awesome Gaming Calendar 2020 is now for sale!
https://stephsshop.ecwid.com


Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!













Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)



September List
from Worst to Best







Zoomate:

No real choices to be made. I can't think of a time I would want to play this game again. It is definitely not a game for me, even though I love the little animal creatures.


2/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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BEERU and Sausages:

Cute bear case, but overall not a game I would play. It is almost like a game of LCR. I wanted to love it, but it just wasn't for me.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Mazins:

It is colorful and striking, but no depth at all. Probably best for young kids. Not a game for me.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Meeple War:

I don't like head-on attacking games like this. Choices were minimal and uninteresting. Not a game I would care to play again.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trainmaker:

Mostly just boring. Seen it before: dice rolling to create sets to gain cards. Meh.


4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Sock Game:

This is a cute game. It will never be one I will frequently play, but I could be convinced to play again. Really not much there though. Lots of interesting bits.


4/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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In Full Bloom:

Super quick and super light. Not much in the way of strategy. Love the colors and artwork and theme, but this is not a game I will frequently play.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Escape: Zombie City:

If you are a fan of the original Escape game, with lots of rolling of the dice and working against a timer, I think you will have a good time with this theme change-up. I could play again, but really, I would rather play something else.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Alchemidus:

Uninteresting puzzle speed game. Glad to have played, but I wasn't really impressed, so on it moves to the sale pile.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cobra:

Cute game. Pretty fun for a game with a 2007 publishing date. There are better dexterity games out there now, but I would be happy to play this one again.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Previously Owned)



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Captain Silver:

Very simple kids game, and I like the time pressure of trying to find an item before the other player does. Totally perfect for families with younger kids. I could easily play this one again. It is not one I would request but I was pleasantly surprised.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cat Sudoku:

Like Sudoku, this game is more of an activity. I kind of wish there was more of a challenge than to just not screw up. Not sure this one will hold out for repeated plays, but there are different levels of difficulty depending on the different boards you use, so I at least want to play through the different boards and find out.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Colorful Treasure:

Colorful Treasures is a pretty light game that is good for kids and families and is very easy to learn. I don't mind playing this one and would play again if requested. It is definitely gorgeous.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Oath of the Brotherhood:

It was okay, but for the length and cut-throat gameplay, I am not sure it will stay in the collection much longer. Happy to have tried it and would play again if asked.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Power On!:

The added dexterity element is bizarre and interesting. Simple to play, and fun to play after a game of Electropolis. I think it is wise for them to release 2 games in the same universe at the same time. And they are different types of games, which is also cool. I enjoyed this one and will definitely play again if requested.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path:

Crimson Throne has been my least favorite Pathfinder to date. It is overly complex and there is a lot to remember at any given time, so If you are a new player, I would recommend trying the other sets first. With that being said, there is a lot to like about the new Crimson Path. I really enjoy the hour cards, new characters, and harrow abilities. I'd recommend it for experienced players looking for a new adventure.


6.5/10 After 27 plays (Owned)



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Feudality:

Cute game. For a quick random game with adorable tiles, I will keep it and play infrequently. Enjoyable for a time.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Touria:

I had a good time with this one. Pretty fun, especially for a pick-up and deliver game. I would certainly play it again. It is on the edge of the keep/sell line, so maybe one more play will toss it one way or the other. Enjoyable for sure.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dragon Market:

Abstract set collection game that totally fits in the Blue Orange Games line up of games alongside titles like Blue Lagoon. Simple rules and easy to play. I really enjoyed playing this one and look forward to playing again soon with more players.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Geometric Art:

Geometric Art reminds me of a more streamlined Stamp Graffiti. I love that it plays cooperatively and competitively. It is fun to see what everyone can come up with. I had a great time playing this one and will play again!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dadaocheng (2nd edition):

I am pleased to say this is definitely a step up from the previous edition. I really like the different tracks and new styles of gameplay. More event cards and different buildings really make the game more fun. I look forward to playing it again really soon!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Drachenhort:

Not sure why this never got a US printing. I think it would be a huge hit in Target stores alongside other Ravensburger titles. I would definitely play this again. I had a fun time!


7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Bloom Town:

Bloom Town delivered in the fun category. I love city-building games so it was no surprise, and I love how quick it is. It is easier than other games in the category like Quadropolis. I can see this being a great family game or entry-level game. Makes for a perfect filler while waiting on other tables to finish at game day. Good times with this one.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun:

I like the new goals and the player abilities. Likely better at higher player counts. Enjoyable and would be a great addition if you already enjoy Best Treehouse Ever.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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UBike Tour: Taiwan:

I really had a great time playing this one. It feels fresh and it certainly helps that it is all-around cute. I will be happy to play this one again soon!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trails of Tucana:

This game was pretty fun. I will always enjoy playing it, like most roll n write games. I like that there are different options for how to play and I am excited to try the advanced variant.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Horrified:

Horrified is so colorful and vivid, which is visually appealing. Since there are tons of role cards and monsters to fight, I very much look forward to taking on new monsters and having a different ability each time. It really is a perfect Halloween game! Easy to learn and play and fun for everyone. Very cool game and I hope to play again soon!


7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Dawn of Mankind:

I love that this game plays out so quickly. The turns are fast and it keeps me engaged in the gameplay. And there is a lot of content in a small box. I really enjoyed this one and I would definitely recommend it.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cities: Skylines – The Board Game:

For the most part, I enjoyed this game. I had a fun time puzzling out the best cards to play and when. It is probably best as a solo game. I look forward to trying it again.


7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Walking in Provence:

I really enjoyed this super light and puzzley game. I think it plays better than Honshu and Hokkaido. Provence is more streamlined and easy to pull out and play which makes it a better target to play as a filler game. Also, the photography theme is a super added bonus! I love that so much! Beautiful production and a game I look forward to playing again.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Board Game Cafe Frenzy:

Board Game Cafe Frenzy is so charming and clever! I will definitely want to revisit this one soon. I am always looking out for interesting card games and this definitely didn't disappoint.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Castello Methoni:

An interesting abstract game to claim regions. I enjoy that you have to help your neighbors even when you don't want to. Clever mechanic and this is definitely a game I want to play again.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Embark:

Embark is a solid game that didn't disappoint. I really like the hidden action selection, and I love that all of the island boards are double-sided for lots of replayability. I will be happy to play this one again!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aristocracy:

I quite enjoyed this simplistic and entertaining game. There’s a bit of set collection, a bit of path building, and a bit of region control going on. I like the uncertainty of the variable game length. This is a keeper for the TMG shelf. Great stuff.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Carnival of Monsters:

Wow, I loved this game. I am not surprised, since I love drafting games so much. I love the weird creatures and the pressure to maintain your coins. I can't wait to play again.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Paranormal Detectives:

Nice twist to a game like Mysterium. It’s fun using all the different techniques to convey an idea or to figure out the mystery. Really enjoyed my first few plays of this and look forward to playing more!


8.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Game of the Month!

The Magnificent:

The Magnificent is magnificent. I love everything about this game - the options and possibilities, the art and production. It has everything I love and it simply blew me away. I don't know how any other game being released at Spiel ‘19 could be better than this. I am more than thrilled to add this to the collection and play again!


9.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!



Aeon's End: Shattered Dreams:

Nothing really out of the ordinary. New Nemesis, new mage, and tons of cards. More content is always good!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: Buried Secrets:

Lots and lots and lots of cards! Enough for nearly 2 games of content. Definitely adds to the replay value. Very cool!


8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21
April: 68!
May: 51
June: 37
July: 34
August: 50
September: 42
October: 37





Total new-to-me games for the year: 365!



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I have been seeing a bunch of movies recently, especially with AMC's A-List! I love it! I have also been including the TV Series I have completed.








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Steph's New to Me List September 2019!!

Steph Hodge
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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 400 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)



September List
from Worst to Best







kNOW!:

A game where you use Google Assistant (GA). Using GA would be fun if it actually worked well. For me, it was more frustrating than fun to have to deal with GA. Without GA, you just have a simple party game with not much depth. In general, this one was a miss for me. Not looking to play it again.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Towers of Äm'härb:

I think the production in this game is awesome and I love the wooden discs and the glow in the dark cover. For me, the gameplay was pretty basic and not that interesting. I was always able to take the best available spot for me and I didn't have that tension of having to pay a ton of resources. I don't know, but for me, this game just wasn't enough to keep me interested, but it is harmless and fast. I could play again, if requested.


4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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BOLD:

Cute family game and easy for kids to play. This totally would have been a game I would have played growing up if it had been around. It will appeal to many casual gamers. I am not sure Bold has enough there for me to want to play again, but it is harmless.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Stephenson's Rocket:

This is just not a game for me at all. Trying to plan in this game just doesn't work at all because nothing you plan for will happen. I love the production on this new edition, but this is unlikely a game I will return to.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Common Threads:

Fast memory and matching game. 4 games in the box for variety. Light and quick for casual gamers or end-of-night closing game. Not a favorite, but I could play again.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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UNO Dice Game:

I don’t mind playing this game, but I wouldn’t choose to play this one over any of the other Mattel roll n writes. It was quick and painless though. Good for families and kids. I think it will sell well at Target because everyone knows Uno!


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Potemkin Empire:

I can’t say I loved this one. It is painful to lose your buildings early on. I love the artwork and the idea behind it, but it just wasn’t a great experience for me. I wouldn’t mind playing again, but I won’t request it.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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1 2 3 Good Night:

This game is super cute with wonderful art and super easy to play with kids. I like that the images don't match exactly and it isn't always clear which image goes with another. It's fun. I would prefer playing with fewer players next time, but I would be happy to play again.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kung Fur Fight!:

I want to love this game for the artwork alone. The gameplay is not bad. I generally like games with simultaneous card selection like this one. It was hard losing battle after battle for a few rounds. But the game is so fast, it didn't take long for me to die, so it didn't bother me too much. I could easily play this one again, especially since it is so stinking cute!


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Lowdown Dice Game:

Lowdown is a game I would be happy to play again. However, it didn't wow me, and I would rather play a bunch of other roll n write games before this one. I am pretty neutral on it.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Race for the Chinese Zodiac:

Simultaneous card selection is interesting. Some powers seem much better than others. I felt I had a pretty easy time winning this game. Didn't really feel like a racing game. Pretty though, and one I could play again.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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The Queen of Hansa:

There is a lot to like about this game. I just wish the market values were handled differently. I love the art and the style of gameplay. Much to enjoy with this one and I look forward to trying again.


6/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Carrossel:

It will be interesting to play this with more players. It will probably be easier to only have to deal with one region a turn, but it might be harder to evaluate what other people are doing so you can figure out how to optimize your tiles. Beautiful game and simple to play and learn, so it’s a great choice for families and casual gamers.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Little Dragons:

Super cute game. I mean, who doesn't love some baby dragons?! SO CUTE!! It worked well enough with 6 players. I still got a bunch of eggs and I didn't feel like I was missing out on too much. I do think it will play better with 4 players, though. Super light and family-friendly, so it is probably not for the serious gamer. But I am happy to play it again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Shuffle Grand Prix:

Shuffle Grand Prix was easy to learn and offered more choices than I expected, which was great. I love how you can combine the character decks for a unique experience each time. I don't think it will be a game I will frequently play but it is light-hearted and enjoyable, so I would be happy to play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Tsuro: Phoenix Rising:

A nicely updated version of Tsuro. Different enough from other Tsuro games. I had a good time trying to puzzle out my paths and I love the production on this game. This is one I would easily play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Mint Cooperative:

Way better as a cooperative game than the original Mint Works. This was super challenging, though really fiddly with the stunt cards. Not bad and one I could play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Prototype)



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Into The Black Forest:

I had a pretty good time playing this one and would most definitely play it again. I don’t know if the gameplay will get stale over time. There are a ton of quick card games, so we will see if this has legs. It is definitely harmless and easy to play.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Planetoid:

Planetoid is fairly simple to learn and play, and it plays out really quickly, which is nice. I found it interesting to manage your energy each turn. I definitely think the advanced game was the right game for me to first try out. All in all, I had a fun time playing this one and I would definitely play it again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kung Fu:

I liked Kung Fu, and everyone else really enjoyed playing it too. Didn’t really expect much going in but was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely play better in my next playthrough, at least making it to the 3rd round! Cute game and one I am happy to play again soon.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Timeline: Inventions:

I hadn't played any Timeline games before and I had a mix of a whole bunch of editions, so I just picked one. You play one, you've played them all, amirite? Cool game, but I am terrible with dates, so this won't ever be a go-to filler. But it is nice to have it!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Skip-Bo Dice Game:

I really enjoyed playing this one. I grew up with Skip-Bo so this hit home for me. Might not be as big of a hit for those who don't appreciate the card game. This is much faster anyway and I would always choose to play the dice game over the card game.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Soulaween:

I think this is an adorable abstract game. I love the production and artwork. Everything about this game is solid and any fan of abstract games will appreciate this one. Simple to learn and play and one I could easily play anytime.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dekalko:

Dekalko is a fun drawing party game and one I would be happy to play anytime! I had a good time playing this and I love that it plays 6 players easily.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Shadow Rivals:

Shadow Rivals is a quick game and I had a fun time playing. Unfortunately, the iconography is not very clear. This is not a game I will play very frequently, but I will be keeping it around to play occasionally. It is a clever game with tactical choices.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Antiquity Quest:

Card players will enjoy this one since it has that familiar feeling of classic games. I can play this with anyone and will have a great time. I quite enjoyed it and all of the rainbow colors. I would be happy to play this one again!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Colors of Paris:

I think Colors of Paris is pretty good. It's so quick that I don't get caught up in trying to do too many things. It doesn't feel long, like Pastiche does. I really like the mechanic where you leave one worker behind. I would love to try all the different painter abilities. Beautiful game. This is one I would be happy to play again.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trial of the Temples:

The rules are simple and the gameplay is pretty streamlined. I feel like this could be a nice step up from Splendor-type games for new players. Since it is so gorgeous, it should be easy to find players to play. The 2-player rules are a bit different, so I look forward to playing again with more players. Very enjoyable game!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Roll for Adventure:

I had a great time playing. Light with fun choices and lots of dice rolling. I look forward to trying it with the fun group to see if we can win with 4 players. This is definitely a perfect family game that is easy to understand and fun to play. I would be happy to play this one more.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula:

At the end of the day, I enjoyed playing Trismegistus, even if it was less than perfect with all of the rules issues. However, I doubt I will frequently play it due to its complexity. Teo is much easier, IMO. Tris is far more abstract in how you have to think throughout the game. It will be interesting to see how people respond to this one. I want to play again with people who already know and enjoy the game and I think that will help me to like it more.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Blokus Dice Game:

I love Blokus and I love roll n writes, and these two things work well together. Happy to play this one anytime. More Blokus is always a good thing!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Adventure Games: The Dungeon:

I am not very far into the first adventure, but I am loving the experience so far. I am excited to continue and see the 2nd and 3rd parts! Any fan of the Exit-type games will appreciate this one, I am sure! I can't wait for the app to be incorporated with the game so it will read the interactions instead of us having to fish through the lengthy book for our answers.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Rurik: Dawn of Kiev:

A lot of moving mechanics in this game. I really enjoyed the bidding for actions mechanic. There is a bit of area control, which is something I am less fond of, but overall I enjoyed this one.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Porto:

Porto was a lot of fun and super easy to learn. I like that I wasn’t able to win the solo game. It only makes me want to play more and actually win! I think Porto is a gorgeous game and it will be great to play with more players as well. I can see how timing is so important since the game end will trigger when enough roofs have been completed. Perfect for casual gamers who like games under an hour.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Old West Empresario:

This game was a lot of fun. I love everything about it, especially drafting and placing tiles to create a city engine of awesome actions. There are a lot of paths to take and choices to make which really keeps me interested throughout the game. This is one that will stay on the shelf next to Pioneer Days - it looks very lovely up there. Very much enjoyed this and I look forward to my next play!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Ugly Christmas Sweaters:

Fun trick-taking game and one my mom loved. I really enjoyed building my sweaters and trying to complete my Secret Santa goals. There is some really solid gameplay here, and this is a card game I will definitely request. This will definitely be a frequent game during the holidays, for sure! I look forward to seeing this in its released form.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned/Prototype)



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Crystal Palace:

Beautiful game. I had fun playing this one. Lots of good ideas and a fun dice mechanic. Not sure if this will hold up over repeated plays, but it's definitely one I will be looking to play again soon!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Prototype/Wishlist)



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Sprawlopolis:

We had a great time playing and I can see this coming with me on trips. Maybe it will just live in my purse. It is a winner and a keeper. Easily one of the best travel games around.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Time of Legends: Destinies:

Destinies feels fresh and different, and I want to play through all 5 scenarios. Most games in this genre are cooperative, so it is nice to have that competitive mix in Destinies. I can see a lot of people getting into this. I am excited to see more content and different environments. This can be huge, so I hope for the best!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Prototype/Wishlist)



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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set:

Love the new look of the Core Set! I loved working through the adventure book. I want to finish Mummy before hitting up the Crimson expansion and getting neck-deep into a new character. I love what it is all doing and am excited to play more. Really enjoyable. Really loving these Pathfinder games!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Jigūan: The Eastern Mechanist:

I had a great time playing this one. I loved all of the choices and trying to puzzle out the best solution. This is a real hit for me and one I think will appeal to many gamers. I can’t wait to play this one again really soon!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Game of the Month!


Electropolis:

I have to say, Electropolis really impressed me. I love all of the tough decisions, like selecting fewer tiles but getting better choices versus selecting more tiles but only getting the ones that have been picked over. And you get to build up your own city, which is always a blast for me. Really cool game and one I look forward to playing more of really soon!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!




Aeon's End Accessory Pack 2:

Not really needed, but gives dividers and some extra Crystals and Sparks. Need those dividers if you are a completionist!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Everdell: Pearlbrook:

Pearlbrook is a pretty smooth transition from the base game. There is nothing overwhelming or hard to adjust to, just more action spaces and cards and new wonders to shoot for. Fans of Everdell will go crazy for this.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Mystery Tales:

Adds a ton of new cards and a campaign mode. Tried the first game in the campaign and it was certainly a challenge. Had fun with it and will want to replay it before continuing the campaign to help us set up for better success! I love a good challenge and this was pretty cool.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Outer Dark:

Finding a new favorite character makes this expansion a must-have! I really loved it and the next nemesis in the box looks to be twice as hard as the Wraithmonger. We will see if we can defeat it! Love this game so much!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Void:

I had an awesome time playing with the link cards. I am excited to try to make them work next time. Link cards will work with only 1 link card in play, but it seems like you would need a few different link cards in the supply for it to work well. Still, they are pretty cool.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Qwixx: Connected:

More variety to an already awesome roll n write game. Love the different ways to score, and it is still easy to teach and play. A must have for any Qwixx lover.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Sagrada: The Great Facades – Passion:

Such a great game. I really enjoyed this new Passion expansion and will always choose to play with it from now on. I would choose this expansion over the other one any day. A must-have for Sagrada fans.


8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21
April: 68!
May: 51
June: 37
July: 34
August: 50
September: 42





Total new-to-me games for the year: 328!



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Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




August List
from Worst to Best





Salty Dogs (Prototype):

Still in prototype form. A take-that card game to be the last player standing. Not really my type of game. Probably designed for casual gamers who like games with their beer and pretzels. Not rated due to early prototype status.



-/10 After 1 play (Owned/Prototype)



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Sapphire Island (Prototype):

Can't say much about this, but the name and theme will likely change. Not a game that excites me, but solid gameplay which features set collection and is semi-abstract. Not rated due to early prototype status.



-/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)

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Starship Ludum (Prototype):

Really cool game. Some deckbuilding and tile placement. Fun cube pusher that should be picked up by a publisher soon. One I would want to play again for sure. Not rated due to early prototype status.



-/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Last Word Standing:

Not a game for me. Wayyyyy too much AP as a lot of word games can have. Rulebook was poorly written and very unclear. It didn't work for me at all. Not a game I want to play again.



2/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Tricky Druids:

Pretty game, but false advertising. I thought this game was a trick-taking game, but it is a dice game. Could be a broken game. You must offer to other players on your turn, but no one ever has to offer to you. You might never be offered even one ingredient token, which will make it impossible to create 1 recipe, much less 2. Didn't work for me.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Schollen Rollen:

Cute fish meeples, but overall, not an exciting game to play. Nothing special about this push-your-luck game. Don't care to revisit this one.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Knights of Crylail:

Dexterity game where you shoot discs to be closest to other discs. If you really like these type of games then this has interesting disc abilities, but in general, just not that interesting for me. meh.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Snowman Dice:

Simple speed dice game with a bit of dexterity involved. Cute enough and harmless, just not that exciting.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)

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Foodies:

Easily the best game in the "Machi Koro" family. Has the same style game play, but is more refined and has a definitive ending. Still not a favorite genre of game, but I could play it if requested.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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The Alwaysgreen Garden:

Near completed prototype. A family game that will be interesting for new gamers. The artwork is friendly and inviting and the gameplay is easy to follow. I am not sure there is enough there to hold the serious gamer type.



5/10 After 2 plays (Owned - Prototype)



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Wakanda Forever:

Love the box cover. Solid gameplay with cool asymmetric abilities. All in all this game will work better for casual players. I had a good time, but it is just not one that excites me. I would be fine playing it again though.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Namiji:

Better than Tokaido, but still not that great. I would definitely be more interested in playing this one since there are objectives to work towards. Beautiful game, nonetheless.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates:

Much too chaotic with many players, in my opinion. I found it to be a lot more enjoyable at 2 players and it is likely that 3 players would also be acceptable. I enjoy the deckbuilding aspect to the game, but not the race to the finish. Great production and cute art and is a game I could play again.



6/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Penny Lane:

Love the artwork. Nice little puzzle of a game. Wish there was more variety in the different actions you can take per game. Works for me, but I am not sure it is a game I would ever request. Happy to play again though.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game:

One-vs-many gameplay that is very true to the movie and thematic. Easily a great game for fans of the movie. I don't have any real connection to the movie and felt a bit strong-armed, so it was only okay for me. I would try again, though it doesn't excite me.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Lockup: A Roll Player Tale:

Wanted to love this. I like hidden placement games like Aladdin's Dragons, but this has partial information and I prefer the chaos of no information. I want to try playing with no information revealed and see how it goes. Only played with 2 players, so I want to see how it will play out with more players.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Sherlock Files: Elementary Entries:

Pretty neat concept for a deduction game, trying to piece together events without knowing which details are critical and which ones are useless. They are one-shot cases. I might be interested in trying out some other cases, but it might just be too random for me to care enough to play them all.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Dragonrealm:

Charming push-your-luck family-friendly game. Plenty of different set-collection paths so you don't get discouraged when you pull a bad card. Easy to learn and cute artwork which makes it inviting to new or younger players. Definitely would play this again.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Atelier: The Painter's Studio:

Love the theme and the paintings in the game. The painter's pallet is an attractive players board. Wanted to love this more than I did, but still found it pretty good. I wonder about the balance of the card abilities - some seem to be totally OP. A game I need to revisit more.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Hats:

Whimsical as all Alice in Wonderland games should be. Hard enough game to try and figure out, let alone with a partner at the same time. Recommended to play with 2 or 3 the first play. A game I wanted to love, but would really need to play a whole lot to understand and figure it out. Not sure I have that in me.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Dreams of Tomorrow:

One of the most gorgeous games. I love the artwork so much and all of the colors are just, "wow!" Perhaps a top 10 favorite boardgame cover. However, I think this game needs a lot more development. As it stands, it works as a game, but I could easily redesign this game to be more streamlined and gamer friendly. Unlikely to play this again, but it gets extra points for the art.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Catlantis:

Went in with low expectations and found myself thoroughly entertained and happy. Delightful set-collection game with an I-split-you-choose mechanic. I love the foil cards and box - all of it is just so CUTE! Would be happy to play this again.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pappy Winchester:

Auction game that didn't win the table over, but I had a good time playing. However, the duel tokens lowered my enjoyment of the game, and when I play again, I will choose to eliminate them. It's an easy fix to make the game better IMO.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Century: Golem Edition – Eastern Mountains:

Same game as Eastern Wonders but with different art. I like this better than Spice Road because all of the resource conversions are on display. This helps players to be able to plan ahead, but can also lead to AP with some groups. Happy to play this, but prefer Wonders to Mountains because it is easier to see player pieces on the board.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Funkoverse Strategy Game:

I love me some Funko figures. So freaking cute! Harry Potter themed at that. Area-control tactical-battle type game. I will always lose but don't mind trying. Interested in seeing the other characters including the Golden Girls. Not a game I will want to frequently play but I am happy to on occasion.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Panda Craves Danger:

Surprising fun little push-your-luck game. Ridiculous panda art that makes me laugh every time I see a new card. #whatwilltheythinkofnext I love chucking all the dice. Overall a very cute game. Happy to play this one with any gamer.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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King Me!:

King Me takes the familiar feeling of Checkers and reworks it into an area-control game with a lot more strategy. I love the colorful board and the use of the rivers. I would recommend checking it out if you like abstracts and area-control games.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Escape Room In A Box: Flashback:

On the easier side of Escape Room games but has a lot of new features I haven't seen before. Really makes you think outside the box. I was totally surprised and would recommend it just for the experience.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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TonTon:

Trick-taking game with adorable little cards and amazing artwork. Interesting challenges in this one with a clever trick-taking mechanic. I had fun with it.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Moon Base:

Beautiful production and fun playing pieces. Pure abstract, so if you are a fan of the genre then you should definitely check this out. I am excited to play more and figure out if I can get any better! Super challenging and I like a good challenge.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cat Lady:

Stinkin' cute! Love the drafting mechanic and the set collection, but most of all, I love the cats! So cute with their cute names. This is a game I could easily play anytime. Don't know why it took so long to play this one.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Kenny G: Keepin' It Saxy:

Yeah, I am a fan of Kenny G! So? Isn't everyone? This game is hilarious. If you play this, I totally recommend you read the Sax Facts before playing. It will give you insight into the cards. Super-cute cooperative game to help Kenny keep his groove through his hectic day. Really quick game and you will laugh. Hard to go wrong with this $20 Target game.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned - and signed by Kenny G!)



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Imaginarium:

Wow, this artwork is funky and I love it. Amazing bust figures included in the game. Gameplay is easy, but managing your system is more difficult. Fun challenge and definitely a game I want to play more of. Trying so hard to recall the movie it reminds me of, with weird paper cutouts like this artwork. It is driving me nuts, so if you know it, please let me know.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Rocky Road à la Mode:

I love me some ice cream! Quick and simple filler to play with anyone. One I could play anytime. Adorable art and fun gameplay. Happy to have it.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor:

A roll-n-write game that I missed when it was released! Nooooooo! It is a clever little game. Race to Mordor against the other players and the ringwraiths! Really enjoyed this one and looking forward to playing with the advanced rules.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Wits & Wagers: Vegas:

Well, if you like Wits & Wagers, you will like this one! You can now bet high and low halves, like betting red and black halves in Roulette. Current topics in this fun new edition. Looking forward to more plays.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Gone Fishing:

Love the bits in this game!! Silly and fun dexterity game. One I could play anytime. I like a good laugh.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Quodd Heroes:

There is so much game in this box, it is incredible. Module after module with competitive, cooperative, and solo modes. I only scratched the surface with the intro game, so I still have a lot to uncover and explore with this. That will be fun!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Welcome to Dino World:

So much to think about when creating your Dino Park. Fantastic roll-n-write game. I like creating my park and completing goals. Could be too long with the wrong people. Really fun game.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cat Café:

Cats galore! In this game, we get to create attractive cat towers! I love roll-n-writes and I love drafting and this has both! This is a game I could play anytime. Really enjoyed this one.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy Roll And Write:

So much to love about this game. It is a spin-off of the Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy game and it works so well. Move your food truck around the map to collect points. This roll-n-write game uses 6 different types of dice, something I wish more roll-n-writes would do. This game is thinky and fun and one I can't wait to play more of.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Artemis Project:

Dice worker-placement game. I love a good chunky euro-style game. This is super solid and fits perfectly on the shelf with games like Marco Polo and Coimbra. There is a lot of replay value since you don't even see half of the events or buildings. Really cool game. Love the art too!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game:

Man, I am no detective, but I love pretending to be. I am awful at this game, but I still love the good challenge of figuring out the case. Very innovative game and I look forward to playing the rest of the cases in the core box and expansion.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pictionary Air:

Pure fun! Amazing use of the app and just an all-around silly and fun game. Definitely one for the family and holiday cheer. Perfect end-of-night game at the end of game day.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Welkin:

So gorgeous. Clever market mechanic which keeps the game interesting and not just another resource and set-collection game. Easy enough to introduce to new gamers too. Really liked this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Legendary Forests:

My type of game. I love multiplayer solitaire games and tile placement. It is super quick and really pretty. Easily a game I could play anytime.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Obscurio:

This totally came as a surprise for me. I am usually not a hidden traitor fan, but this was amazing fun. Nearly impossible to narrow down the traitor, but it is a fun challenge. Crazy obstacles and vague clues make it super hard for the team to escape. This game makes me laugh every time and there is always a great story to tell at the end.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: War Eternal:

MOAR AEON'S END!!! GIMME MOARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR I have been too busy playing Legacy, then the base game, and then New Age, so I just now got around to trying out War Eternal! Of course, it is just amazing. MOAR PLEASE.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Honey Buzz:

This is in late-prototype form, but everything about this game is solid. The artwork is amazing (so far). Puzzley goodness and a game I very much look forward to playing in its final form.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Game of the Month!


Letter Jam:

Totes my favorite. I love this challenging little cooperative game, trying to be clever with the clues you give your group. Wish the scoring wasn't so tacked on - it needs an expansion to fix that. Love the game enough to overlook the scoring. Great times playing this one.



8.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!


Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared:

If you are a fan of Villainous, then this is a no-brainer. I actually like this expansion better than the base game and first expansion. A lot of clever new villains in this one keeps the game fresh. Well done.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kanagawa: Yokai:

Doesn't shorten the game but gives you alternative sets to collect and Yokai figures to manipulate. Beautiful expansion and happy to add to the base game for variety.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Depths:

MOAR AEON'S END!! 3 new mages! Not sure I felt a strong connection to any of the new mages, but happy to have more content!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Nameless:

More nemeses to defeat. SO STUPID HARD. I doubt I will ever beat them. I will definitely try though! Couple games in and nawp. Fun challenge though.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Decrypto: Expansion #01 – Laserdrive:

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! A must-have for any Decrypto fan. Loved the new theme cards and the red tokens for more attempts to gain a white token. LUV IT!



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21
April: 68!
May: 51
June: 37
July: 34
August: 50





Total new-to-me games for the year: 286!



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Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




July List
from Worst to Best






Billionaire Rumor:

This is a pretty early prototype version of the game. I provided more development suggestions than review points. In my opinion, I can't rate this game accordingly as it still needs a lot of development before they work on a Kickstarter. I think there is potential here, so here's hoping.



No Rank/10 After 1 play (Owned-prototype)



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Hexus:

I was forewarned about this game. #stillplayed. Roll and move with few to no choices. Awesome blocks, but that is about all.



3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Control:

Tug-of-war dueling type of game. You can play with more players but it is really a take-that fest. Really just not my type of game.



3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Enuk:

Unfortunately, a lot of copies were allocated the wrong punchboards which makes the game unplayable. Played through what I could, but all in all, don't care enough to try and get replacement boards if they even exist anymore. It is push-your-luck anyway, and I am terrible at that.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Unlock! The Nautilus' Traps:

Definitely one of the weaker Unlock games I have played. Was almost more frustrating than exciting. Would recommend any of the others over this one.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Rainbow:

Perfectly fine trick-taking game. Hard to really gauge your opponents and when to play certain cards. Not sure there is as much depth as I want there to be. I would be happy to play it on occasion though. It's fine.



6/10 After 2 plays (Owned-prototype)



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High Society:

Knizia title that never crossed the table until now. Interesting bidding mechanic. I don't love that the game could end at anytime after the 3rd blue card is drawn. One I could play again, but not excited to.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Gem Hens:

Colorful game! I almost wish there were more variety in the types of actions you can take with your dice. I love all the dice and want more options. It is fun to collect the gems, but if you know you have lost, there is not much you can do to make up the lost points.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Keys to the Castle:

Kinda fun to create your own path and try to stop your opponent. I had some really bad luck, but there was laughing involved. Much better than I thought it would be.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Monster Lands:

Potential to like this more than I already do. Tough first game where I just got hammered on. I like the different things to use the dice for and recruiting people. Seems like a cool game if you roll well enough.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Chocolatiers:

Can be AP inducing. Probably best with 2 players to keep it snappy. Love the theme and drafting. I want to play a few more times to get a good feeling for it and to see if it gets too samey.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Blank Slate:

Cute party game and one I can play anytime. I think it will be great for family gatherings as the rules are very simple and intuitive. Better with larger groups too, which is great.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Century: Eastern Wonders:

I do like this more than Spice Road. Maybe the 3rd in the series will be the best of the 3. For now, I am hanging on to this one since I like it well enough. Not sure it will hold much interest for long, but I am happy to play it when requested.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Doctor! Doctor!:

Never thought I would enjoy a doctor game, but here we are. This is a dexterity game where you are under pressure of the timer to pull out specific card types from a stack. It is super cute and works really well for a dexterity game. Very enjoyable!



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Unlock! Night of the Boogeymen:

Some new mechanics I haven't seen in the Unlock series before. It was clever and kept us on our toes. Recommended.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Ticket to Ride: London:

Very much like T2R New York. I definitely don't need to own both of them, so I have no desire to go out and get this one. Happy to play it and I love New York, but they are just too similar. Either works for me!



7/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)



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Unlock! The House on the Hill:

Another enjoyable Unlock game. I will play them all and hopefully have a good time doing it. This was one of the better ones, maybe since we didn't actually run out of time.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Mountains:

Push-your-luck game with an awesome stamp gimmick. With more players, there will be more of a memory aspect too. Great for kids and families. Would be happy to play it again!



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Lunatic:

Card game that plays out with a familiar raise-your-bid mechanic as found in Liar's Dice. Definitely bluffing involved. Fun game and one I will want to play more of.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned-prototype)



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Sorcerer:

Love the variety, with lots to explore and combo. I have had a good time playing this one and look forward to playing it more.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Curators:

Solid game. Puzzly tile-laying action selection. Love the use of coin actions. Trying to plan out how to get the double actions as frequently as possible is a fun challenge. Happy to play this one more.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned-prototype)



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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – Defence Against the Dark Arts:

HP theme is automatically awesome for me. Wish it were cooperative to replicate Hogwarts Battle a bit more. All in all, I think it is a pretty good 2-player duel game. Stayin' in the collection for sure.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Tricky Tides:

Clever use of cards. I love that you are limited by the direction the cards allow. Also love the monster variant. I think this would be well-loved by card players and casual gamers. Easy rules and easy to play. Really enjoyable.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Nētā-Tanka (Deluxe Edition):

Really nice game here. There are a lot of paths to take and points to claim. Clever gameplay is the way to victory. Happy to play this one again.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Sierra West:

Nice use of cards with lots of choices. I like that there are 4 modules in the box for different gaming experiences. I look forward to trying this one again soon!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Vinyl:

Love the theme and art. Simple to understand worker-placement game, with an interesting worker-displacement mechanic. With the expansions, you will get even more variety so those will be exciting to try!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Rise of Queensdale:

This is an optimistic rating. I only played the first game, so this rating could go up or down depending on the enjoyment of future plays. I like what I am seeing so far!



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Imhotep: The Duel:

One of my favorites from the Kosmos 2-player line. Really love the tough choices and trying to make it all work. It gives you the feeling of playing Imhotep, however, I'd rather play this duel game. Would totally play this any time. Really nice.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Crossroll Hong Kong:

Really great roll n write game. Lots of choices and almost an easier to understand version of メトロックス (MetroX). I love that you can choose the 2 dice you can roll, which gives you more control over what you might see. Really excited for this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned-prototype?)



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Kingdomino Duel:

LOVE THIS! Roll n write 2-player game. Tough choices with drafting dice and one I will bring with me everywhere. I am really loving this game!



8/10 After 3 plays (Owned)



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Fleet: The Dice Game:

So many choices. So many bubbles to fill in. Hard to track your bonuses, but with more plays I think it will get easier. Super loved playing this and will have to immediately acquire this one. Really fun roll n write game.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Aeon's End: The New Age:

The game every Aeon's End lover needs. You get to combine all other versions of Aeon's End for campaign type games! LOVE THIS! It's not AS good as Legacy, but it is everything I want if I can't have more Legacy. #musthave



9/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth:

Love the use of the app. Love the theme. Can't wait to play through the entire campaign game. Definitely gonna be one of my top games for the year. Love it.



9.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Game of the Month!!


The 7th Continent:

Oh man, this one is a rollercoaster! I played out the recommended intro scenario (Crystal's Song) and fell in love. Then I played 10+ hours into the Voracious Goddess on a gameday and died. It was a horrible feeling. I am giving the rating off of the experience of playing this game and not the result. I guess I just need to saddle up and play through it all again until I win. Not much else I want to play until it happens. Maybe I have been cursed.



9.5/10 After HOURS of play (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!


Welcome To...: Easter Egg Hunt & Doomsday Thematic Neighborhoods:

Wonderful addition to an awesome game. More to shake up the boards a bit and I am loving it.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview:

Really enjoyable expansion and probably my favorite of the cases so far. Nothing is too far-fetched. Reminds me of Stranger Things a bit. I like the crit checks with the dice. More interesting theme for kids/teens to engage with. Great fun.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21
April: 68!
May: 51
June: 37
July: 34





Total new-to-me games for the year: 236!



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I have been seeing a bunch of movies recently... hopefully more and more with AMC's A-List!








Happy Gaming!!!



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Steph's New to Me List June 2019!!

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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




June List
from Worst to Best



Skagway:

Wanted to love this one and got it because I had a great time visiting Alaska. Really just too many rules and fiddly bits. Not elegant at all and I was bored to tears.



3.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dirty Pig:

More about the luck of cards than a real strategy. Feels like it goes on forever! Might be fun with kids for a quick game, but ultimately not one I want to pull out and play more of. Give me Happy Salmon any day!



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Adventure Island:

Big disappointment. Really bad rules to top it off. I think there are some clever ideas happening here, but poorly executed. It would be 10x better as a campaign game.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Among Thieves:

Actually works well with 8 people and I had OK time playing. But all in all, this is not really my type of game and doesn't work for my style. I think it will be fun for the right group of gamers who enjoy some bluffing. Clever possible endings in this game which keeps it interesting.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pipeline:

Gorgeous production. Fun puzzle with the tile-placement mechanic. Mostly left unfulfilled. Not enough time to really build an engine. Contracts seem too punishing. It is a very mixed bag for me.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Conflicting Legends (second edition):

You actually get to play Rock-Paper-Scissors in this game. Cute art but very mean. It is a beat-up-on-the-leader type of game as it is a race to 10 points. Not really my type of game, but it was fun enough.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Rivals for Catan:

Finally getting around to this one. Better than I was expecting, but still nothing ground breaking. Gives you a good feeling of Catan and will play 2p, so if you love Catan, this might be the next game for you.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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