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Steph's VERY LONG New to Me List: July 2017!

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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


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


July List





1. Bärenpark:

Love it! Tile placement game in a race to cover your park first and score the most points. Very light and has the speed and puzzle mechanic I enjoy for a light filler. Easily better than Cottage Garden and faster. I will be playing this for a long while to come. Very cute too!



7.5/10 After a few plays (Owned)







2. Numeracy Legends and The Gluttony Dragon:

The 3rd game in the Numeracy series that I played. These games are all designed with kids in mind. 1 Vs many game and simultaneous action selection for hit points. The cute factor is off the charts and it is just a joy to play. If I had a kid I would be playing a lot more.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








3. Lignum:

I have pretty mixed feelings on this game. I enjoy planning in my game and this is ALL planning. Perhaps too much and that is a weird feeling for me. I really do like planning, but maybe I was just uninterested in the theme? This hasn't been an issue in the past for me, so I really just don't know. I had an Okay time playing it. I would even try it again, but I think it just misses something that excites me. I see why people enjoy this game but it just felt long to me and a bit boring.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









4. Railroad Revolution:

What's Your Game? Game! Of course I had to try it out! I am not generally a fan of train games. This has the network building but you can't get cut off from other people. Everyone can go everywhere- there is a benefit to getting there first though. I actually find this to fit into their catalog very well. It is lighter than some of their other titles but it works well. I get why people have been raving about it. I would certainly try again. I worry about the dominant strategy you might read about in the forums.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









5. Dice Forge:

From Designer Régis Bonnessée, I had to own it. Especially when I knew it had awesome cool dice. It has been on my wishlist since before Essen last year. Nice production and very clever tray insert to hold the dice chits that you can use to upgrade your dice in game. Really fun game and the only con I can think of would be downtime as players switch out the dice face on their turns. Otherwise great engine builder and dice builder game! I look forward to trying out all of the different cards and future expansions I can foresee.



7.5/10 After a few plays (Owned)









6. Sentient:

Didn't grab me at first for a game I should play. Sat down to play and was simply blown away. Really clever bidding mechanic and drafting mechanic. Fun puzzle to work out and fast game play. Really amazing stuff. MSRP way WAY too high, IMO.



8/10 After two plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)









7. Guardians Call:

Only played a few rounds and it is the next level up from Barnyard Roundup. Seems really awesome and I look forward to trying out the final product once it gets funding on KS. I think it will be really cool. Even for the non bluffers out there like me. Bluffing is tough stuff!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








8. Panamax:

This is a big game. I am not a fan of 18xx titles, not entirely fair since I haven't played them so I can't compare the 2. I like the mechanic in this game of having dice represent goods on the boats and pushing the boats through the canal. It is very interesting. Unclear if I will play it again. I do own it and have been considering trying to 2p. Not sure it is a game I will get to the table a lot but I enjoyed my one play.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








9. Adventure Land:

Wasn't highly rated from Essen 2015 but I still wanted to try it out. I ended up trading for it and finally got to play it. Just played the basic scenario and I was less than impressed. It is all very samey, and I can't anticipate wanting to play it again. There are other scenarios so maybe those are better but the main mechanic of the game is one that was uninteresting to me. I can't say this is one I want to play again but I would give another scenario a chance if requested.



5.5/10 After one play (Owned)








10. Champions of Midgard:

Hadn't played this game until now. Pretty cool dice game with worker placement. I liked it A LOT more than Waterdeep, a game I hear it compared to a lot. This is more exciting and a lot of different paths to take. I had a good time playing this. Not one I would return to play often but I wouldn't mind every so often. Not bad and better than I anticipated!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








11. Castles of Caladale:

I played this game once upon a prototype 4 years ago at TotalCon. I am not sure I could count it as having played before so this will be my first play. I like that you can play turn base or real time. Probably best with real time. I love the quick tile placement in building up this huge structure. It is a fun puzzle and plays super fast. I enjoyed my play and would like to play it again!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








12. Snowblind: Race for the Pole:

Really interested in trying this game out since I had read about it in Spielbox. It is visually stunning and that of course draws me in. Cool looking dice and bold colors, I had to play it. A lot of the game I like. If I had to recommend something please do not play the longer game because it is just too long and not much gained from that. Several rounds of just doing nothing towards the end. But this game is all about luck of the dice and pushing your luck. If you like that then you should try out this game. I think there are a lot of redeeming qualities to this game and would play again.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








13. The Grimm Forest:

Amazing artwork. I mean it is STUNNING! Very nice and light game play. Fast simultaneous card selection. Great theme and easy to pick up and play. I see this being a great family game and a bit hit. Awesome production quality and I just played a prototype. It will be a work of art when all said and done. Very cool design.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








14. Gravity Warfare:

OMG when I saw this I needed it! It is a cool game where you are placing ships on a balancing platform. You have to do special things like spin the platform, or use chopsticks to do it. It was a lot of fun. I am sad there is no BGG entry for it. Perhaps soon since I know this is going to KS in the near future. I would happily play this again and would even own it. I definitely liked it that much.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








15. Dungeon Dice:

Old School gaming now. Picked it up on a whim thanks to Lance who was like- buy this now! I rolled my eyes and ended up giving it to Rick who would enjoy it with some kids he knows. Push your luck dice game to try and escape the jail. You get to keep rolling and if you meet conditions each roll you are good or you will get caught. It was cute and I would have liked it more as a kid. Not one I would have to ever play again.



4/10 After one play (prev. Owned)








16. Lemonade Stand:

Business game where you are trying to sell y our lemonade but you have to look out for the weather. You might get hit with a huge rainstorm! Try to end the game in a weeks time with the most money. It is a very clever card game. The artwork is charming and I think it is a good intro to handling money for kids. I think it was a very well done game! I would happily play it again!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








17. RUM:

PACK O GAME game. Really cute set collection game and push your luck to try and not get the parrot. It was a very nice small little game. I am surprised by these games each time I play one. It is a keeper for me for sure! Definitely one of the favs I got to try in the series.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








18. Word Slam:

To be fair I played with like 30 people and didn't get a great feeling for the game with so many eyes and ears. It was a ball though we all loved it! The pressure is on when it is your turn to describe the word. It is so complicated and amazingly fun to puzzle it all out. I can't wait to play again.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)







19. Yacht Race:

Another old school game. This game box is HUGE!!! Seriously large. One of the few race games I quite enjoyed, actually. I would glad play this one again when requested and maybe I will find a copy one day. The box is just not going to fit on my shelf. Really clever use of simple mechanics. You just have to take out the lose one/two turn cards from the event deck.



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









20. Winner's Circle:

Racing and betting game. Not really my realm of favorites though I do like to bet in games. Red is the color I would bet on and it would become easy to predict my every move... It was cute. Didn't hold my attention long and I was ready for it to be over after one race. Perhaps 6 players is too many. All in all probably not one I will return to, though it was super cute.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









21. Mondo:

Picked this up in a trade because it was real time tile placement and I had to play! It was a lot more challenging to play than I anticipated it would be. We went to the harder side of the board so there was that... I really would like to play again to get a full grasp of the game. Happy to own it. I like the simultaneous race to complete your board first.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








22. Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants:

Dice dexterity abstract puzzle game. What is not to love? I actually quite enjoyed this challenge. Knowing you need the green plate that hosts a cookie, but not being able to accurately flick your die onto it is a fun time! Probably one too many rules in this game but all in all I quite enjoyed my time playing and wouldn't mind playing again!



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








23. Yogi:

Oh boy this game is a handful. You are using a deck of cards to balance, pinch, nudge, eat you name it you probably have to do it. You can't screw up or you are done for. You are trying to use most cards as you can. Then the next person goes to try and beat you. For me it falls under the beer and pretzel type of game. Not really my style but can see why lots of casual gamers will enjoy it.



4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








24. Skyline:

Dice game to try and get sets of dice starting from the ground floor up. The higher the building you create the more points you can get. It has some push your luck too. You only get so many rounds to try and score as many points as you can. Solid game and one I will hang on to. I enjoyed it.



6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








25. Action Cats!:

Cats Against Humanity. That sums it up. Just on KS and I got the sample kit with lots of amazingly cute kitties. Definitely for the cat lovers in the crowd. Social game for the light gamer in you or your families. I thought it was more entertaining than CAH just because the cute pics. If you like that type of game then I think you could enjoy this one if you love cats!



6/10 After two plays (Not Owned)







26. What's Up:

Adorable card game. Memory missed with et collection and very simple. A bit more here than meets the eye and it would be a good one to play with the family. Easy and light. Good giveaway for DTC.



6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








27. Heir to the Pharaoh:

Picked this up in a trade and it is only 2p! I didn't realize that, definitely cool. I really loved this game. I love the bidding mechanic it has and very clever to hand the cards you used in the round to the other player. I liked it a lot, unfortunately, Ron did not. But, I am sure I will make play it again sometime.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








28. Ground Floor:

Game is easier than it first appeared. Pretty straight forward and with a couple of cool mechanics. I like the uncertainty of the changing market. It is a neat worker placement game. Only played 2 player so far but I would really like to play with more. Solid game!



6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








29. Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Board Game:

Terrible. Don't waste your time. I have no connection to the movie, maybe those who do will like it more. Really really really bad. Not a game I would ever want to look at again. Roll and move and draw event card resolve event with die. It couldn't end soon enough.



1/10 After one play (Not Owned)








30. Wolf & Hound:

Really easy game. Didn't seem to have many options. Family weight and kids game. Didn't grab me for a game I wanted to play much. Adorable art which drew me in and the designer has a few titles I really enjoy. This one just sort of fell flat for me. Happy to have tried it.



5/10 After one play (Owned)








31. Cthulhu Dice:

Basically one special Cthulhu die. you have some sanity tokens and you want to be the final person that is sane in the end. Roll and resolve game. Very simple and nothing strategic about it. Already gifted it away.



3/10 After one play (Prev. Owned)








32. Sid Meier's Civilization: The Card Game:

Happy to finally get this game played! I love the board game and the theme. I really should try the computer game, it seems. This was a giveaway with the computer game. Actually sounds like it would be terrible and it was a perfectly awesome time. Probably helped that I kicked butt, but I enjoyed building up the civilization. Ron complained about the random card draw, but he was just unlucky. Solid game and one I would certainly like to play again.



7/10 After one play (Owned)









33. The Lion Guard: Protect the Pride Lands:

Kids game. FALSE Lion King. But adorable. Quite a good decent main stream Disney game for kids. It is co-op and if I had kids we would be playing this game.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








34. Noblemen:

Seems like an older title but only 5 years. Finally got around to trying it out. I quite enjoyed it. The round mechanic is interesting and the fight to take control of the queen to speed it up and gain reputation. There is a couple cool mechanics going on here and the game end is totally dependent on the players and what they can accomplish on their turn and if they want to control the queen. Very unique and I hadn't seen anything like it before. Cool game and I plan on hanging on to it.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








35. Tyrants of the Underdark:

I like deck builders and I am itching to try any of them that have gotten some positive feedback. Few players in my group really like it and I was finally able to check it out. Definitely a cool mix of deck building and area controls. I love that you have no idea about final scoring until the end since there are so many different ways to score points.



8/10 After two plays (Owned)









36. Startups:

New Oink game! It has a lot in common with the predecessor game Rights. I liked this one better. I think it is easier to understand and the colors are really nice and quirky. I will have to play a few more times to get better at it. One of the better Oink games IMO.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








37. Latria:

Simultaneous card selection to try and gain the gems in the center. You draft a hand of cards and then proceed to play them out. Interesting to puzzle out what people might do. Artwork is amazing. All around I had a good time playing. Not sure how it will hold up with repeated plays.



7/10 After one play (Owned)









38. AVES:

This BOX!!!!! In my top 5 favorite box covers! I knew I would have to try this game after seeing it. As far as game play it is an interesting hand management game where you are trying to collect the 7 different fruit which happen to be in the rainbow format. A couple variants in the rules to try out different games. I liked it a lot!



8/10 After one play (Owned)









39. Shadows in Kyoto:

Awesome game! Has nothing to do with Hanamikoji, except the wonderful art style. has similar mechanics to Stratego but with a modern twist. Really cool to have different ways to win AND lose this game. I can't speak more highly for this game. After 1 play and I very interested in playing again really soon. Very abstract and some cool asymmetrical powers. Lots to explore!



8.5/10 After one play (Owned)









40. Village of Horror:

Not meant for 2p even though it has a 2p count on the box. Only have played it 2p so far so not the best judge. Interested in playing with more players. It is a spin on the werewolf style game so if you enjoy those games then you would probably enjoy this one. Not really my favorite type of game but happy to try.



6/10 After one play (Owned)









41. Tiny Epic Quest:

Easily my favorite in the Tiny Epic series. (haven't played them all) best because there is no asymmetric player abilities which has ruined each and every other game in the series that I have played. Pretty straight forward game and so colorful it is just wonderful. reminds me and brings me into the land of Hyrule from Zelda. Happy to play and explore this game further, I really liked my one play so far!



8/10 After one play (Owned)








42. Mochiju:

Those face tokens!!! Drafting and set collection. You have so many face tokens to try and hang on to, while everyone else is trying to pick them off. You are trying to be last one standing. It was super cute and easily a game I would want to play again. adorable. Not much control but a funny and social game play.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








43. Sheep 'n' Sheep:

Hisashi Hayashi is on a roll! I mean game after game I am impressed and want more. This guy knows how it is done! Hero for boardgaming! Loved this one. Drafting and card placement. Pretty much a solo game since you are building your own card tableau. It has what I love. Hopefully will be able to get this one at Essen!



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








44. Sly Knight Robbery:

Adorable card game to try and collect the most valuable items. Lots of cool choices and thinking moments. Will people mess me up if I don't play this now and try to hold on? I liked it a lot! Perhaps not one I will ever own but I would like to play it again!



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









45. Whistle Stop:

The more I talk about this one the more I like it. Again this is only my first time playing impression and I quite enjoyed it. A bit annoying with the random tile draws that might result in last minute boat loads of points for the other player, but all in all the mechanics work really nice for me and I had a great time playing. Need to play with more players to get the full view. Really enjoyed it with 2 players, anyway!



8/10 After one play (Owned)








46. Festival of Thousand Cats:

Loved this game! has so many things I like in a game including amazing artwork. I really liked this one a lot. Reminded me a bit of Turn the Tide with the simultaneous card selection and picking a card you think will either win or stay safe for the card on display. You are limited to the suit colors you can play each turn. There are variants for level of difficulty you might want to play. I can't wait to play this game more!



8.5/10 After one play (Owned)








47. Wild West Shepherds:

Bluffing and role selection game. Each round you will select a new role and it will carry out in the round. You are trying to outwit your opponents and guess luckily! Trying to gain more sheep than the other players. It is an adorable wolf and sheep game. I liked it more than Wolf and Hound. Probably plays better with more people maybe 6! Happy to play this one again!



7/10 After one play (Owned)








48. Lethal Party:

Not one I was expecting to like so much. Speed game and lots of laughs. Turned out to be a much better game than I was expecting because I am not a fan of the theme at all. Booze and guns are not for me. Don't bring this to a kid friendly event. Very enjoyable and if you and your friends like to drink this might be the game for you. Happy to have this game for the late night hilarity.



7.5/10 After one play (Owned)









49. Cheers:

Cheers! Where everybody knows your name! Partner game to get your mix of drinks before the other team. Adorable pixelated art work. I think is charming. Interesting screw you moments, but you don't know if you area actually screwing them over or not. You just know what you need to collect. Interesting game and will have to play a few more times to see if it holds up.



6.5/10 After one play (Owned)













New to me Expansions!



1. City of Spies: Double Agent :

YES! I love this game and more Agents added with new powers. A few new boards also included. Loved everything that was added. Nothing major changed and all fits together very well. Perfect addition an already great game.



8/10 After one play (Owned)









2. Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium:

The moment so many fans have been waiting for. More diversity to Terraforming Mars! It is a wonderful addition at that! Double sided board makes for so much replay value it is off the chain! You know if you are a fan then you will be picking it up. Really cool, just do it.



7.5/10 After one play (Owned)








The Tally


January: 19
February: 22
March: 26
April: 60
May: 20
June:21
July: 49





Total new to me games for the year 217!







MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS:

Festival of a Thousand Cats
&
Shadows in Kyoto


8.5/10
















Thanks for following along! I hope you have an amazing week.


Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph




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Steph's New to Me List: June 2017!

Steph Hodge
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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


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


June List





1. Fugitive:

Pretty great 2 player deduction game. I chase you run and someone will win. Surprisingly good, actually. I usually don't have high hopes for 2 player card games and this was certainly on the upper end of the scale. I do love the art from Ryan Goldsberry. Definitely recommended if you play 2 player games.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








2. Medici: The Card Game:

Shocked there was no auction mechanic. I suppose if there were then it would just be Medici with no board. Which- might solve the problem of trying to find the best Medici board. I think it is fine push your luck game. I won't be rushing to play it a whole bunch but I will hang on to it for now. It is definitely cute. I rate Medici a 9 though- and it is my clear choice of the 2.



7.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








3. Yukon Salon:

What the heck is this game and how did I get to playing it? I duno but it is a wonderfully quirky bizarre. A simply dice game to push your luck and get the hairdo on the bear or lumberjack. I only own the PnP since it was recently KS and it is not bad. I enjoyed my time playing it. I would play it again.



7/10 After one play (Owned PnP)








4. Cobras:

Really neat trick taking game. Collect some tokens if you don't win the trick or cash in your tokens if you do. It is all about the timing in the game. Very clever and I really like that you might not play all of the cards in your hand before the hand is over and you score. This is a game I would definitely like to play again.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








5. Giro Galoppo:

Adorable kids game with amazing pieces. it is a race game and reminded me of a very simple Pole Position. Card selection to move and first one to the finish line wins. Pretty great kids game and an older title so it is harder to come by. Not a game I have to play again, however.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








6. Avalanche Fruit Stand:

Kids Dexterity game to collect fruit. Amazing quality in the fruit but overall fairly simple dex game with a dial spinner. Not a hit at the end of the day but definitely worth trying out!



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








7. New World: A Carcassonne Game:

Preface by saying we played incorrectly. It doesn't stop me from writing a brief overview because even with corrected rules it wouldn't have changed my mind. Absolutely hated this game. I love the Carcassonne genre too and this was burn it worthy. Just don't play it. takes what is to love about Carc and says ehhhh we will limit everything you to do so you really have zero choices. Awful and will not play again.



2/10 After one play (Not Owned)









8. Little Devils:

Trick taker with a very interesting method to collecting a trick. You do not WANT to get the trick and the scoring works very much like 6 nimmt!. You do not want the devil heads and low score will win the game. I did enjoy this game and would definitely play it again. There is some clever playing going on here, but it could also fall victim to luck of the draw hands.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









9. Emperor's Choice:

New Hisashi Hayashi game with a lot of very interesting mechanics. I like the random sets of tiles pulled from the bag each round and the bidding phase to acquire them. The score cards are interesting and are used carefully in this game and it is very clever. All in all this is a game to look out for and I would really like to play it again soon. I enjoyed my one play and think this should gain more attention than it has been. #needuspublication



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









10. Era of Voyage (航海の時代):

Quite enjoyable! Cube pusher in the vein of a game like Splendor or Century Spice. This is way better in my opinion and I am seeking a copy! This will be my go to game- too bad it is hard to find. Take your turn my moving to a new location and collecting resources or converting resources to money or money to resources. ultimately to gain control of the area and get more resources next time. rinse and repeat. Quite thinking and better than the rest! I really liked this.



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








11. Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture:

A game I backed on KS for the cool Oaxaca figures. Derek ended up PnP a copy for us to try. It is a very easy dice manipulation game to build the cards you have collected. Nice dice game and I look forward to the final product.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/ pre ordered)








12. Destination X:

So hard to escape as the spy. 1 vs many to try and escape. The detectives are trying to catch the spy at a location presented for the round. they have to use their knowledge of the countries background to try and deduct the correct location. I am really bad at knowledge like this so I try to play as the spy. The groups I have played with all agree that it is a cool game. I will definitely keep taking this out!



7.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








13. Burg Klettermax:

Riley gets me to play lots of kids games and this was one of them. It is really a luck based game to get the colored meeples stack up, but you have to roll dice to get them and you might never roll that color ever. All in all it was cute and the meeples are amazing but I don't think it is one I have to play again.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)







14. Birdie Fight!:

Yay!! Birdie fight! Really easy card placement game. I love it in the couple of games I have played. Lots of good choices in a short time. Liked this so much I made a video for it and posted it to the geek. Definitely a keeper for me.



8/10 After one play (Owned)








15. Mini Park:

Game that looks awesome and adorable. So much potential but as the game stands we were all just not very interested by the end of the game. Very simple scoring and a little bit of screwage depending on the players. all in all it was alright and I would play again but might not ask to.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








16. Stichling:

Interesting trick taker. Very unusual in that you play 3 rounds and have to put your scoring cards in order and you take tricks to flip over these cards but you are pretty unsure how you will end up depending on how many tricks you take. Also there are 4 tricks going on at a single time. Bizarre and interesting. Would happily play this one again.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








17. Alicematic Heroes:

Amazing artwork and theme. Reminds me a lot of Deus but it has different hand management and a set number of turns. Really fun game to figure out the best path to victory. So excited to have added this to my collection and already looking to customize it for the tokens. I can't wait to explore this further. After only one play I think I like it more than Deus but time will tell!
FYI I rate Deus 8.5/10 as well



8.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








18. Bohnanza: 20 Jahre:

If you are a fan of the original this is not much different. Adds a new bean which makes it a bit more random and can hurt your game play but I enjoyed it with this new bean more than I enjoy the original. I still rate them the same, however. Would play again.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








19. Numeracy Legends and The Zerda Fox:

Game 2 in the Trilogy that I have played and I am very impressed. If you are looking for a kids game I highly recommend this trilogy. This one explores some luck and memory to do well. Players race to delivery the cupcakes to Zerda Fox first. There is even Ice Cream in this game! More games need ice cream!



7/10 After one play (Owned)








20. Wettlauf nach El Dorado:

Nominated so I had to play. Race game - card game/ deckbuilder - I enjoy deck builders but I generally don't enjoy race games so much. I was definitely underwhelmed with this title. It was fine, maybe I expected more. The whole game was just fine for me. Not exciting.



6/10 After one play (Owned)








21. Toc Toc Woodman:

Adorable- Simple- Kids game- fun party game. Dexterity and super hard! I would gladly play this any time if it showed up on my table. Probably not more than a few games at a time but always a good time. It is cute and I recommend trying it out.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)












New to me Expansions!




1. Orléans: Trade & Intrigue:


Amazing- what else do you have to know. It would have been slightly more amazing with additional features for Invasion, but I am happy this expands the competitive game with a few new boards and some delivery options. Very interesting and I can't wait to play it again. I also can't seem to shake wanting to play Invasion though. It is so hard to pick!



8.5/10 After 6 plays(Owned)










The Tally


January: 19
February: 22
March: 26
April: 60
May: 20
June:21





Total new to me games for the year 168!







MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS:

Alicematic Heroes

8.5/10














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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


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


May List




1. Fauna:

Yes!! Cute animals all of the time in this game. I was absolutely mediocre at the game but I had a great time play. I really liked this one a lot more than Terra, but it doesn't quite pass the America line for me. I would gladly and happily play this title anytime. I quite enjoyed it!



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








2. Nevermore:

Card Drafting game where you are trying to gain majorities. Hard to manage the cards since so many will be passed to the next player. Found there to be no real build up and much too long for the game being playing. Didn't mind the game but ended up trading it away.



4/10 After one play (Not Owned)









3. Pani-High!:

Japanese card game with a lot of attack cards. You are essentially attacking the other players all game to try and gain control over their cards. Really not my type of game. I enjoy the anime artwork but the over all play is just not for me and not one I will return to.



3/10 After one play (Not Owned)









4. Get Rich Quick:

I heard good things about this one so I picked it up in a math trade. It has a lot I like in a game like everyone has the same potential actions to take and you have to read people's mind to pick a different action. It plays very quickly which is also nice. I am not sure it shines above other games with the same features but I liked it well enough.


6/10 After one play (Owned)








5. Hànzì:

An intro memory game for learning modern Chinese with help from where the characters derive from. Perhaps I am not the target audience for this game since I am not actively trying to learn the language, but it is a nice memory game. Would be very useful for kids. I even felt like I learned a lot from just my one play so far!



6/10 After one play (Owned)






6. Throne of the World:

Card game which I think was designed for 2 players but can play with more. You are head to head and want to try and meet the end conditions before the other player. There are several ways to win and you are working to fulfill those requirements all while attacking the other player. The artwork is amazing and the game play is fast. I have been having a great time with this one. Question to whether all of the starting abilities are balanced, but with more plays it will just result in picking better from experience.



7.5/10 After a couple plays (Owned)






7. Carcassonne: South Seas:

I have been on a Carcassonne spree recently and picking up all of the different titles in the math trades. I have enjoyed the different games for sure. This was different in that you do not collect points as you normally would in the game. You are collecting resources in order to complete the common order cards on display. You can only ever complete 1 per round. I actually liked it and found it vibrant. I don't think it necessarily stand out among all of the Carc titles so I have it up for trade. Definitely worth playing and one I would gladly play again.



7/10 After one play (Owned)







8. Ballot Bots:

Stereotypes galore in this game. Small card game to try and win votes and demographics. It was fast and semi interesting. I would play again, But I probably will forget it with in a few months time. If Dan brings it around I would play again.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








9. Numeracy Legends and The Rainbow Unicorn:

Rainbow Unicorn!!! I am bias, any game with a rainbow unicorn is an auto win in my book! Kids game for sure and is a race game to pick up and deliver the ingredients to make the cupcake first! reminded me of Elfenland but on a lesser and lighter level. Perfect for kids and is part of a series! Super cute and while I am not the target audience, I think I might be for the rainbow unicorn anyway.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








10. Taiwan Monsters Brawl:

Dice battles! You are trying to protect your cities and defeat others! Epic artwork and pretty fun dice chucker. It is probably best head to head to minimize the downtime for players not participating in the battles. I like the tokens and different lines to choose from when initiating a battle. It is a cool mechanic and I look forward to many more plays.



7.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








11. The Dragon & Flagon:

Not into the pub brawl thing, but besides that, I think it is a fun idea to pick up a mug and throw it at other people. I am going to pull the rug from beneath you so, HA! It is pretty hilarious. Kinda slow moving at first while people muddle through the very large deck of cards and actions presented, but towards the end it is more quick. Clever and fun game. Might be to much downtime if you are waiting for your turn, but overall some good fun.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








12. Vast: The Crystal Caverns:

I get it, I get why this was all of the rage at GenCon 2016. Definitely a cool concept with all different objectives and motives in a single game play. Very cool. I wonder about how it might play out differently being a different role. It is cool. besides from playing all characters, each individual role seems pretty linear in that you have a mission and you must not derive from the mission or you will likely fail. Happy to have played it and will try it again.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)







13. Vienna:

*yawn*- excuse me was there a game played. It was a fine game, nothing stood out for me. I like dice placement but this was a snooze. I really couldn't care to play this again.



4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








14. City of Spies: Estoril 1942:

Really clever bluffing game to try and take majorities in regions to gain agents. There are goals to try and meet for final agent counts and it is super fun to try and make it all work by conspiracy and lure and maybe a few assassinations. I really enjoy this title and look forward to a lot more plays. Perhaps my favorite of the month.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








15. Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn:

A game that is most beautiful. Amazingly gorgeous and a game just not for me. I don't like these LCG games that I have played- I don't understand them, perhaps. I am not the target audience for this one. It was fine, but again, not my cup of tea.



4/10 After one play (Owned)








16. Disc Duelers:

Dex game to knock everyone out! shoot the discs to get the hit points and knock people out! Reminded me of Flick 'em Up- made me want to play Flick Em up more. This is very easy- the rule book was a mess, even for it being so easy. In the collection for now, not sure how long it will stay- but I am willing to play it again.



6/10 After one play (Owned)








17. The Phantom Society:

Deduction game and race to either find the ghosts or destroy the rooms. Very simple and light game for families. I can see very much enjoying this game as a kid. Not sure I will play it all that much so it will likely be traded away. Happy to have played it a few times though.



5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)









18. Industrial Waste:

Light drafting economic game. get the resources produce for money pay off workers- you know the drill- nothing fancy here. Forgettable. Not one I would like to play again.



4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








19. Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo:

I actually liked this more than Gulo Gulo. I like the mummy part and needing to have the scarabs at the end. It gives you a small and minor goals to complete in order to succeed at the end in addition to the dex pulling from the cup. Very cute and very fun kids/ family game. HUGE box, or I would likely own it.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








20. Movable Type:

Word drafting game. I liked this because it plays faster than Paperback. There is less downtime and it might not matter how you play the game but it is how you score you best word at the end. Very clever and one I hope to be playing for a long time. It also helps that it is a rainbow deck of cards!



7.5/10 After one play (Owned)













New to me Expansions!



1. Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade
Clearly the most amazing expansion in the name of expansions. If you love the game like I do, it is a no brainer. Still haven't played 3p, but want to at least try it. More options anf a huge number of new strategies and paths to consider. I am still in awe even after playing 6 times.





10/10 After 6 plays(Owned PnP/ Wishlist)








1. Mysterium: Hidden Signs


Adds more dream cards, suspects, weapons, rooms- a must have addition to this awesome game. Love it! Cost and arm and a leg for the Italian version that I have, but worth it!



8/10 After one play (Owned)











The Tally


January: 19
February: 22
March: 26
April: 60
May: 20






Total new to me games for the year 147!







MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS:

City of Spies: Estoril 1942
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In December I offered a gift for donating. The gift was to select a game for me to photograph. The winner announced the game that means a lot to him and his family.

This post is dedicated to:
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In the game Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo, Players are trying to get through the pyramid and past awoken mummy to find the deep treasures within. You are moving your adventurer deeper and deeper into the maze.

You do this by revealing the next tile in line and having to pluck the small ball in a matching color from the bowl. But, you have to look out for the stick that might fall over. If the stick is to fall then you have to move back to the start. If you have already made it into the pyramid then you will only have to move back to the start of the pyramid. Every time you run into the mummy you must pay a scarab. He can be bribed it seems. The mummy moves through the maze whenever someone lands on a space with the mummy face.

Ultimately you are trying to get to the mummy's cavern and find the best treasures there, first.

The game obviously reminds me of Gulo Gulo, with the cool bowl mechanic to pull out the balls. I liked it quite a bit!


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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


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


April List




1. Veggie Stacking Game:

Jenga with a die roll. This is harder than Jenga since you have to pull the color you roll and all of the veggies are shaped funny. At least they are vibrant and pretty cool pieces. Not one I will play frequently but I am happy to keep it around.




5.5/10 After one play (Owned)








2. NUT:

Adorable squirrels and rainbow nut game! Pack O Game games. It is a set collection game with card placement to create large clusters of nuts in the same colors. I really liked this game there are enough choices in a very fast game. I think it is a pretty cool game and one I will carry around in the purse. Love the size!




7/10 After one play (Owned)








3. BOO:

Pack O Game abstract. There is a lot to look for and different strategies to tackle in this game. It can be quite AP with certain people and man there is a lot to think about with each placement. If you are a fan of abstracts I think this is a solid game for the pocket. Definitely a hit around Halloween time. I like it!




6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








4. WOO:

Remake of Schnapsen. I haven't played that one but I hear it is the same for the most part. I found this game really interesting and clever. It was one of my favorites from the Pack O Game line and one I see playing on the plane or waiting for dinner. Something like that. If I had to keep one of the game packs this would probably be the one. I have yet to play them all though! Trick taking game for 2 players. I like it!




7/10 After one play (Owned)








5. ORC:

2p Tug of war game to get the area control and score the most points in the colors. I can't say that like this type of game. I think the colors and the artwork is great but the overall game play is not my kind of play. I really don't like the tug of war type games. If you do then I think you should check this game out for sure. Small and very easy to teach.



5/10 After one play (Owned/ For Trade)








6. BOX:

Abstract to make squares of the dots in your color. Easy to miss combinations if you are not actively looking at each new card placement. I can see this being crazy with more players and is a thing I wouldn't want to do with 6p. I can barely focus in a 2p game at the ever changing board. I love the colors but I think in general it is not a game I will play very often since if is really hard to score it properly. Very easy to miss combos.




6/10 After one play (Owned)









7. DIG:

Adorable doggy game. You are trying to collect bones and deliver them to the same colored bowl. Really cute and easy to teach and play. Not one I will play a lot since I don't like how the scoring works so much. I would definitely play again though.



6/10 After one play (Owned)








8. NMBR 9:

Take it Easy! style game where everyone gets the same information provided and they have to do something with it. This game has math and deduction but mostly tile placement/ abstract. I quite like this title and it works perfectly for a filler in my groups! Happy to own it.



7.5/10 After one play (Owned)








9. Picassimo:

Drawing game where the image gets messed up and you have to figure it out. Reminds me of Pictomania but I have to say I like Pictomania better. I certainly would play it again but I don't really feel I have to own it.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








10. The Palace of Mad King Ludwig:

Super excited for this title. Played in prototype form and there is still a lot being worked on in terms of development. Tile placement and clearly in the same vein as Castles of Mad King Ludwig, unclear if it will hold up to be as excellent as Castles. I can't wait to find out with the finished product!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









11. Codenames Duet:

Brilliant design for 2 players. Codenames with a twist. You are working with a partner to figure out the same board and the clues are the same with several assassins. The tension is real and the rounds count down. pressure is on! Definitely a game I will be purchasing when it shows up. I had a lot of fun with this.



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









12. Heaven & Ale:

Not yet on BGG but I believe to be coming out at Essen. Really nice tile placement game with a cool use of a rondel. In prototype form but looked to be nearly completed. I think this game will be a huge hit. A lot of tough decisions and tight mechanics. Really interesting resource management and action game. I can't wait to play again.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









13. Century: Spice Road:

Big hit with several gamers. I know this will be huge once it hits retail. Very very easy cube pushing game. It is all about turning resources into victory points. I am happy to play it since it plays quickly, but really not much depth here and not one for my collection.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









14. Die Gärten von Versailles:

Bidding game and tile placement game for area controls for large regions. Didn't play with the best group of players, I think I would enjoy this more the second time. I didn't mind it for a light game and would definitely play again. Didn't really offer anything new and exciting but I enjoyed the time playing. A lot of people won't enjoy the blind bidding and will complain about the cards that are dealt out, but that it just the way of things.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








15. Pyramids:

Set collection game while building a pyramid. Hard to control the cards you will be acquiring and placing. I found it harmless enough and really pretty simple. Family game for sure and might be a bit long for what it offers. I wouldn't play with 5 people but I would definitely play it again but probably not for my collection.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









16. Frogriders:

Family style abstract game. Plays very fast and you are leap frogging around the board collecting different colored frogs. It is set collection for final end game points. I enjoyed this game. I think it will be a bigger hit for kids and families for the ease and playtime. I would happily play it again!




6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)










17. Yamataï:

You can definitely feel Bruno Cathala in this game, you know it is his design. Beautiful game and well produced, as expected. Game play was fine, it honestly didn't wow me. I enjoyed the plays okay but I think I might have expected more. The downtime between turns can't be helped. You can not plan for your turn if you don't know what you will be able to get. Interesting turn order mechanism. I kinda feel there is no upward progression in the game and I am not really working to accomplish anything. Happy to play again, probably won't own it.



7/10 After two plays (Not Owned)








18. Kribbeln:

Awesome new dice game. several round to try and beat the other players in a number of tasks and dice rolls. Definitely a dice game I need to have. Can be found on BSW and, yes, I am addicted.



7.5/10 After two plays (Not Owned/wishlist)









19. Twenty One:

More dice awesomeness. Another new dice game I must have and this is more in the vein of qwixx. If you like dice games and own them all like me, you will need to pick this up. If you don't like dice then move along.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









20. Pfannen-Pannen:

Pan flipping game. Dex game with cardboard pans. Trying to beat other players to create the recipe first by flipping over your dishes to match the card on display. I liked this game well enough. I would definitely play it again, probably more geared for families and kids but I had fun.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









21. Chicken Wings:

A game of darts with rubber chickens instead. Definitely reminds me of a kids birthday party game. Cute to play once but probably not one I will ever return to. I like there are two boards to play with and the chickens are adorable!



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








22. SUPER TEAM Wits and Wagers:

Not yet in the BGG data base but a prototype in the works. Teamed wits and wagers. good vs evil and everyone gets a super power. It was hilarious and awesome. I can't see what comes from the prototype I got to play. It reminded me I should play



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









23. Magic Maze:

So happy I got to play with Aldie! He was carrying around this game and basically showing it to everyone! Co-op and time sensitive with no talking. You just have a red marker to bang in front of people so they catch a hint. Great game and a lot of fun! Super challenging- just make sure you know what your goals are when starting the game!



8/10 After 3 plays (Not Owned/wishlist)









24. Werewords:

Reminds me a lot of Insider but the execution of the game play is way better. Use of an application makes the game run smoothly and just works so well. Really great party game and I had a ton of fun with this. Werewolf theme works well in this situation too. Great design and game play. Would be a great night cap game for sure.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









25. Camel Up Cards:

Better than the board game IMO. This moves faster and it is more forgiving. Small package and a big game. I think it compares nicely to the board game and jut does it all better using cards. I felt there was more control over the camels and guessing based on the knowledge of the cards you choose to put in the racing pile. Definitely a game I would play again. Wouldn't mind owning it.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned/wishlist)









26. Rajas of the Ganges:

New hotness in the near future. It is awesome. artwork is amazing and the use of dice as commodity is wonderful. It is a race game to have your money track meet your fame track. I played a few times and I simply can't wait to play again. Played in prototype form but near completion. I can't wait! I also just looked and 4/4 people rate this game 8 and I know them all, I guess we have similar taste in games. whistlelaugh



8/10 After two plays (Not Owned/wishlist)










27. Detective: City of Angels:
Wow this is a big game. I love the concept of this game with different stories and trying to puzzle out the clues. It is unlike most detective games since you are corrupt detectives working against each other to figure out the answers first. You have to use deduction and your gut instincts to try and solve the case first. I had a great time with the scenario I got to play. Still in the play testing phase and can't wait to try more!



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)










28. Rhodes:

Punishing. Really punishing. Not the game I thought it would be. I would have to just say I won't ever play this again.



2/10 After one play (Not Owned)










29. Jórvík:

The new The Speicherstadt. If you know and like that then you will enjoy this. Interesting auction game and its fun. Ran long since we were all just learning the new version and figuring out the differences. I think it will pick up with more plays. I would definitely be interested in playing again.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)









30. Pyramid Poker:

Placing blocks 1 by one into a pyramid form facing your pieces towards yourself. Then later you will use those pieces to form poker hands trying to out smart your opponent. the building of the pyramid is kinda gimmicky and not really needed. I like the quality of the blocks, but if you end up playing this a lot you will start to recognize the darker ones might be kings and queens etc. not consistent in the coloring of the blocks.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









31. Stone Circle of Inis:

Not yet on BGG database. Really clever 2 player abstract game. Stands out among the rest because there are different abilities being place on the board when you manage to banish an opponents piece. will forever be a changing game and I see a lot of replay value. Still in prototype form but I am excited for the final product to be available.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









32. Princess Jing:

Another 2p abstract game set for Essen release. wow what a production. I think it will just end up being stunning. Love the use of mirrors in this game, I think that is super unique! Very interesting abstract race game to get your princess to the other side. You kind of need a visor so the other player cant see where you are looking. I look forward to playing this game again soon!



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









33. Martians: A Story of Civilization:

3 ways to play this game and my first game we played competitive. very punishing game if the events fall the wrong way at any moment. competitively is the only way I have played so far and it falls into the category I generally dislike where the game hates you more than the players hate you. I am however opened to playing it co-op I think it will work much better for me. I definitely have a mixed opinion about this game.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)










34. Dinosaur Island:

Moment of truth! I backed this and really was excited to try the prototype when I had the chance. I got to play with one of the designers too! So many strategic decisions and interesting choices. A lot of different mechanics in this game and it is so exciting. Throw a Jurassic Park theme and I am sold. This game has it all and potential for more. I can't wait to get my KS copy of this game- possibly grow to be 10/10. LOVED THIS GAME.



9/10 After one play (Not Owned/wishlist)









35. Path of Light and Shadow:

Since I got to play with Jonathan Gilmore, he wanted to teach me his other new game. This is a deckbuilding game but not in the way you might normally think of deckbuilding. Very cool luck of the draw element with area control. Different strategies to attempt all in about an hour game time. Really wonderful and fresh title. I can't wait to play this one again. Potential to be higher rate with more plays. #excited.



8.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








36. Valletta:

Deckbuilding game where you are building the buildings and that card is added to your deck. You want to thin your deck of card but you there is a cool twist at the end you get to cycle through your deck one more time for actions. It is a neat pull. Really cool game and one i want to add to my collection. Definitely some mechanics I hadn't seen before and fun and refreshing game play.



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









37. Animal Mind:

Cute Japanese game with bluffing and set collection. Very light and enjoyable. I had fun and would play again.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









38. Herbaceous:

Very easy set collection game. Easy to teach family and gardners. Very laid back and quick game. I am already planning on picking it up for a few casual gamers for Christmas. I think it will be a big hit with families for sure. On my wishlist for now- I think I want to own it.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









39. Wordsy:

YES!! If you like word games at all- just yes! Even for the friends who don't like word games who have dyslexia- yes! it all just works well and yes! Cant wait to own this. The word game everyone has been waiting for.



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









40. Hellas:

Action selection game where some actions allow for other people to piggy back on. Ultimately I don't think there is enough here to really stand on. The game didn't seem long enough to really feel like I accomplished anything. I would play again, but I have a feeling this will end up being forgotten in the long run.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









41. Match Madness:

Pattern matching and speed game. I think that is all you need to know to make a judgment call on whether you will enjoy this game or not. The blocks are amazing pleasing to play with during game play. I quite enjoyed it.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)









42. Mission Impractical:

Story game where you want to be creative and think of a good story using the objects and ideas presented in the cards on display. Hard to really score this game since you are telling stories and judging the stories but I had a few good laughs playing it. I couldn't talk at the time so I don't suggest playing when you have no voice. This game won't be for everyone but with the right crowd can be a good time.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









43. Heads Up! Party Game:

Hilarious and quite fun. Lots of different game modes to play with the phone and the acting one was just too funny. You can do trivia too. Lots of different options and totally for the party gamer. Late night laughs. A time I won't forget- I will have to keep an eye on the app deals. Totally recommended the phone application- I didn't play the actual board game version.



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/wishlist (app))










44. The Princes of Florence:

Classic game I finally got to play. Interesting auction game and pretty tight. Set collection and tile placement. Hard to do everything you need to so you really have to prioritize. I liked it, it felt long. I would certainly like to play it again sometime, but I am not sure I have to own it.



6.5/10 After one play (Owned/ For Trade)









45. Argo:

Got wrangled into playing this. Semi co-op to try and escape but all the same time you are trying to kill other people with the aliens that appear. It is sort of like well if you do this on your turn then I can use that alien to kill him. Some interesting ideas but needs more development. I don't think there is a time where I would play this one again. cool bits though.



4/10 After one play (Not Owned)









46. Get The Cheese!:

Short card game of bluffing. Dog/Cat/Mouse game to try and sneak away with the cheese. Only plays in a single round so the game play is about 5-10 minutes. Very short time and didn't do much for me. I don't see reason to play again, but I wouldn't say no. Not too many choices.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









47. Tal der Könige:

All spectacle no game. It is definitely a novelty piece in a collection. I have to say quality game even down to the pens included for dry erase which still worked after 20+ years. I liked the bidding in this game but I felt a bit lost in the final rounds when all locations were locked up and there was nothing for me to do but bid and hope to complete the pyramid in the middle. A good game to play once.



4.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)










48. Bohemian Villages:

Dice game! I actually quite liked this area control dice game. 4 dice splitting into 2 numbers like can't stop but you are claiming locations and trying to take control of different buildings for bonuses. The boards are very unclear and it is difficult to play the game because the artwork is challenging to see. I liked it, but I think the art work needed to be more clear and the player aids also needed to be more clear.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









49. Codenames Disney Family Edition:

YES!!! I love Codenames and this is just as you think. Disney!! Well, if you enjoy Disney then this is a no brainer. It will be HUGE! I can't wait!



8/10 After one play (Not Owned)


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50. Warlords:

Dex game with an amazing wooden customer board. Dice flicking! You are trying to get your dice in other players castles and depending on the # rolled you get bonus actions and it is just pure fun! I had a great time playing this. I am not sure I have $200 laying around or that I have room for this amazingness, but perhaps one day. It is a special game!



8/10 After one play (Not Owned)









51. Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty's Trail:

Really cute deduction game. We played 5 player and it was only hated by 1. I would gladly play this game again I think it does some things really well! I like trying to guess who your suspect is. I think the artwork is wonderful! It will be a nice family fame for many, I know!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)









52. Masques:

Nice hand management game. I only played the 2p variant so far so it is hard to judge it completely. I would like to play it with more players since I definitely think this game is designed for more players. I have heard mixed reviews for it being too slow with more, but I don't know. I think the artwork is the bomb and for this small boxed game think there is a lot of potential. Should have been Game of Thrones theme- it would be more popular.



6/10 After one play (Owned)








53. HOP!:

Dex game where you are basically playing ring toss with your finger and an amazing rainbow. Let me tell you I didn't know how many different types of tossing you could do but there are quite a few! I had a bunch of fun playing with some of my friends. Definitely high end production and over the top, family game for sure. I will hang on to it for a while since I want to play it a few more times. Not sure I will have it forever, but I will enjoy it for now!



7/10 After one play (Owned)









54. Blocky Mountains:

Dex game that is a hard one to locate. Set up the challenge and complete said challenge to get owl points! First one up the mountain wins! It is super cute game and if you are bad at balancing and being steady - it might be a hard game for you. I would gladly play this one again. I think it runs long for what it is but I can see why people would want to acquire it! IMO not worth $125 going rate.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)







55. SPY:

Pack O Games game with some serious deduction. Not my favorite in the series but I liked it! Memory and deduction game and actually quite difficult to do well at this! Very challenging and I think it is not a game for younger kids. I would play it again.



6/10 After one play (Owned)








56. Ethnos:

People have compared it to Small world and El grande and I just don't see it. There is area control. There is hand management. I like that there are so many different factions and abilities. It plays very quickly and turns move at a brisk pace which is great. Each game will be different since there are so many factions to play with too. I would happily play this one again!



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








57. Twin Tin Bots:

A game I have avoided for a while since I didn't think I would enjoy it. It is programming and I am not the best at that. The pieces are charming and I like the puzzle/mind game it presents but you can not account for other players. It will be very frustrating for many. It is not a game I would play a lot, but I could play it occasionally. Not really my thing.



5.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)







58. Glüx:

Abstract with no lights. I thought there were lights . I am foolish and hopeful. It was kind of a neat abstract game with some area control. I didn't mind playing it but it didn't wow me. I would play again. You definitely have to be a fan of abstracts to appreciate this one.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)







59. Moons:

Trick taking game for 2-6 players which is quite a span. I played with 3 and found too many cards in my hand. I think it has some neat ideas since you are set collecting with your tricks. I like the images and use of photography it really makes the game better for me. I like it and think it works. Felt a little long for the 3 players and 3 rounds. I think it will just work better for me with 4 players and would play again if requested.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









60. Night Clan:

Japanese game with wonderfully dark artwork. Hand management and card placement to try and score the most points and out wit your opponents. Pretty simple and quick game and nice. I don't think it will get played a whole lot and it didn't wow me but I would be happy to play again and I don't mind owning it.



6.5/10 After one play (Owned)













New to me Expansions!



1. Dokmus: Return of Erefel

Not in BGG Database yet. Awesome addition to the already awesome game! I really can't wait for this expansion. It adds roads and season powers. It was still in prototype form so I expect some changes but I am fully excited for it! I really enjoy this game! If you like the base game you will enjoy the expansion. Easy.




8/10 After one play (Not Owned)











The Tally


January: 19
February: 22
March: 26
April: 60






Total new to me games for the year 127!







MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Dinosaur Island

9/10


















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


March List




1. The Siblings Trouble:

Cute co-op storytelling game designed for kids and expressing an adventure they create. Card driven and a bit of luck with the roll of a die. Only played at the 2p count and it worked. I do think it would be played better with more though. Happy to have tried it, but probably not one I would return to. Definitely a family game I would recommend.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








2. Unlock!:

Escape the Room but with a deck of cards. Played a few times and it is quite a challenge even when 4 of us were investigating. We failed pretty hard in our first attempt. If you like the experience of trying to solve a puzzle together, this is definitely a game you would want to check out. I like it a lot and would happily play more scenarios! Oh and the App is a nice feature and helpful.


7.5/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)









3. New Angeles:

OK, I will be honest here, I was not interested in the game mechanics when it was being described, but I wanted to try it anyway to be sure. We played a full on 6 player game and it took over 3 hours where 4 people were learning it. It just went on far too long. Definitely a top game in the negotiation and bluffing genres and if you like that I think you would enjoy this game. I am simply not a fan of that and found this game ok. The artwork is superb and eye catching. It was cool to try once for me.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








4. Build Up:

I saw blocks and I had to play. I love blocks! And they were colorful! This is a dex game and reminded me of an easier Junk Art. Get 3 cards but just play one at a time and keep placing until the tower falls over. It was a bunch of fun since I like Dex games. If you don't then you probably shouldn't play. I enjoyed it and would play again!


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








5. Garbage Day!:

Adorable dex game to place your junk on the trash can. You have a hand of cards that you can play with different bonuses and happenings. It is unique since the cards have holes in them and you have to look through to make sure you are playing by the rule to see the table below. Definitely a kids game but can be challenging for adults to place too. It is a fun game. Happy to play it. Family and dexterity for what it's worth.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








6. Vinhos Deluxe Edition:

The revamp 2016 edition super deluxe. It is awesome. I never played the original and I have been told MANY times that I need to play the original. I hear it is the more "tight" game. Based on what I know is the new rules and I like this game a lot. Great choices and wonderful color Scheme, even with no "red" worker for me to play. If you like heavy euros this is one to try out. Works very different than the other BIG Wine game of Viticulture and Tuscany. Both are great. Probably my favorite title from Vital Lacerda. Solid game and will happily play when requested.


8/10 After several plays (Owned)








7. Wind the Film!:

Love the theme. I am not a theme person but I am a photography person and of course it was an instant hit before I even played it. I must own this game. Clever hand management and set collection game from a drafting display of cards. Color and vibrant like my personality. Of course it is a favorite. I can't wait to play again!


8.5/10 After one play (Not Owned- Wishlist)









8. Incan Gold:

Reimplement of Diamant which I have played and they are basically the same game with different skin. I like the game a lot and it is really push your luck and knowing when to take the goods. Works better with several players and a group think. Cool game and nice filler. Will keep around for a long time.



7/10 After one play (Owned)








9. Viaduct:

Dan has crazy games. I get to play the crazy games that haven't seen the light of day since I was born. This is one of those games. This is an abstract game to place bridges to make it from one side to the other side. The tricky part is that the bridges are weirdly spaced and you have to be exact. I was just happy that Ron won. This is not a game for me. The selling feature is how cool it actually looks and not the game play. haha


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








10. Santy Anno:


Probably best with 5+ players to actually make it a good visual pattern game. Probably takes too long to sort is all out with the number of rounds etc. Speed recognition game so definitely won't be for everyone but a good family game I surmise. I would definitely play it again, lasted a bit longer than I might have liked even with 3 players.


5.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









11. Topas:


Small card game from Knizia. It is sort of like dominoes but you are trying to match gems for points. Not much to it and very fast. Can't say I loved it but I would play again. Not one I would ever requested to play.



5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








12. Carcassonne: The Castle:

This 2p Carc game I had been wanting to play for a while. I like that it is only 2p and pretty cut throat. I have only played it one time so far and I learned a lot in that one play. I definitely see why people enjoy it and I really want to play it a few more times to see if I want to keep it. So far not my favorite carc but definitely has me interested. It has that Knizia twist that you feel is different than the other carc games. I am still undetermined at the moment though.


7/10 After one play (Owned)









13. Onitama:

2p abstract game that was getting a lot of attention a few months ago upon release. I had been curious about it and I saw it being played at SaltCon so I asked my friends to bring it over so I could give it a try. I have been on an abstracts high recently and this just didn't live up to my own hype. While it has come interesting ideas with the card movement, I still enjoy Santorini or Tak more of the recent titles. This game I would happily play again, but won't seek out to purchase.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








14. Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue:

Perhaps this is Knizia month for me and here is another title I recently stumbled upon. I can't pass up GoT so it has me Intrigued with the title. Very simple card game and can simply use colors with no theme and it would work perfectly. Very simple hand management and card placement game and easy to teach any gamer new or old. Good filler and one I would happily play again.




6/10 After one play (Not Owned)









15. Android: Netrunner:

I asked to learn this even though I have no inclination to get into an LCG. Very cool theme and idea, I really had no idea what to expect. There are a lot of mind games in this one. I like being the runner since I am a risky player and will go for something when I shouldn't. The corp is the one that needs to be sneaky with their hidden information. I want to play a few times but this is nothing I will get into seriously. Turned out to be more fun and exciting than I was anticipating.


7.5/10 After one play (Owned)








16. Flix:

Dex game with a moving board on wheels which is cool. Very easy to play, more of a pain to set up and get the board together. Looks cooler than it actually is. Happy to play it again, but all in all I like other dex games a lot more.


5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








17. Ennea:

Played a few of the games included in this one game. The first one I played was landing and not so interesting but the second one we played was tit for tat and there was more decisions and interaction with the other player and much more interesting. There are several rule sets included in this game for various games so I would be interested in playing the other games included. Modular board for various game plays too. Very cool and awesome production.


7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








18. Mixtour:

Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013. Very interesting 2p abstract game. This game is backwards. You are trying to make a stack of 5 cups with your cup on top. First person to do this 3 times wins. It is backwards way of thinking because you have to look at the stack and you can only move pieces on to if you are exactly the stacks height away. It is crazy and awesome. Super challenging to plan out and get. I really liked this game and can see why it was so popular. Definitely on the wishlist.


8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








19. Black Holes:

This game looks amazingly cool. However, even for an abstract it seemed really dry and uninteresting. The production of the game makes it a lot more appealing than the actual game play. Seems like there would be like no replay value and it will always play out the same way. I would play it again to see but I feel like this game can be solved, though your opponents will change how you play, of course. It might be more about blocking, but it is hard to say. I would try again for sure.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








20. Étoile:

One of the best abstracts I learned and super fast. I want this game for a coffee table placement. So easy to teach and play and can play with 3 people. I only wish there was a ring to hold the marbles for during the game. Simple game of connect 4 but more interesting than the connect 4 you know. Definitely recommended.


8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








21. Avverso:

This game had me yelling "what!?" during the set up it says to take your opponents color, I was so mad. I didn't get to play with Red. I was scoring for red though so I suppose that was ok. Really cool and crazy game. The more I have been talking about it the more I want to play again and really like it. I ended up putting it on the wishlist. Really cool game and worth playing if you enjoy abstract games.


7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned/wishlist)








22. LOT:

Line of Three- LOT. Cool placement game to get lines of 3. Once you do that then you stack 2 of those pieces in on of the spaces and remove the 3rd. The stack can not be counted as part of another future line. Your goal is to get 3 stacks in a row. It is challenging and I was not very good at it. Definitely need a long term plan to block your opponent and figure out the best way to do your stacks. One I would really want to return to and try again. Hard to get a full opinion of this game in one play. Liked it so far!


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









23. Penki:

Lithuanian for five. This game is connect 5. You want to get 5 in arrow in your color but you are building the board as you play. I can't say I had a great time playing. I find the wooden pieces to be awesome and I call them biscuits which are so cool! Game play was less interesting and kind of felt like you don't have many options. One I would like to play again, but definitely not a favorite from all of the abstracts I got to play.


5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









24. Sun, Sea & Sand:

Cwali game reminded me of Samara even thought they are much different. This one is all about pre planning and resort building to get the vacationers to stay longer. Very cool theme and I liked the game play mechanics a lot. One I would like to revisit. Not sure I have to own it, but I wanted to be sure before Powerships KS ended. I would recommend this for a medium euro game. I liked it and look forward to another play.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








25. Trick of the Rails:

Interesting trick taking game. Weird it is only 1 round long but keeps the game moving quickly. Fun thinking choices and hard to qualify the correct response when you have the lead. Definitely made me think and it is a game I would happily return to- even if it is trains! Fun game.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









26. Sweets Stack:

So happy to have gotten this in a PIFF. This is a hate draft game of Tetris. You are effectively playing cards to screw other people over the best you can. It is wonderfully hilarious and if you listen to Nightmare Before Christmas while playing you will have an even better time! LOVE this game and so happy to have it!


8.5/10 After one play (Owned)











New to me Expansions!



NONE









The Tally


January: 19
February: 22
March: 26







Total new to me games for the year 67!







MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS TIED: Japanese Titles
Wind the Film! &
Sweets Stack

@ 8.5/10












I am so excited for April and all of my game plans! Can't wait to learn a boat load of new games next week!






Thanks for following along! I hope you have an amazing week.


Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


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


February List



This month I went to TotalCon (still working on that long long blog post) So I managed to learn a bunch of games. Since it is the end of the month I figured I would post this blog before the other one. So much writing to do!



1. Come To Fishing Village!:

Co-op game. You are trying to keep the town happy and fulfilled with produce and entertainment. Interesting hand management aspect but I can see how it gets to be repetitive after several plays. Only have played 2p so far and we were on medium level difficulty. We lost pretty fast because we missed an important rule that you can help others get rid of the land shark cards. I definitely liked that I played and the art is charming. A game I want to revisit soon to get a better idea if I will keep it around.



6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








2. Clockwork Empire:

Interesting dice mechanic in this game. You have to pick and choose wisely how you are activating your turns. The game is a rondel and you move around and around to try and acquire and play cards into your tableau for on-going benefits and abilities. Game plays out until one player gets to 50 points and then final scoring happens. The are is awesome and game play intriguing. I definitely want to play again.



7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








3. Minotaurus:

Ring Toss mechanic which is pretty silly. Otherwise it is jut a game of Memory. What is really amazing about this game is the quality of the pieces. I mean I have no idea what the stones are made of but damn they are top notch and the horns are super cool. I would play again just to photograph it better.


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








4. King & Assassins:

Picked up this game in a PIFF and it had been on my wishlist for a long while. I must have read about it before and it is kind of hard to come by. It is a very abstract game where you are trying to get the king home, or alternatively trying to assassinate the king depending on your role of the game. It is a 2p only and actually pretty interesting. The assassin has some good moves and can be tricky. Ron was less impressed than I was, but I do look forward to some more plays. I think it will get better with more plays.


7/10 After two plays (Owned)








5. Islebound:

Picked up a copy from PIFF and was excited to try it. I am a fan of Ryan Laukat, but his games don't usually hold up in my groups. My favorite title is City of Iron and then this one. This one might take it's place for its ease of teaching and playing and that is plays pretty quickly. It is harder to get CoI played for it being more difficult and longer game. This title is definitely more main stream and I have enjoyed the few plays I have had so far. I look forward to several more plays. It is even a pick up and delivery type game but plans change and course of actions change depending on other players. Definitely interesting and worth playing.


7.5/10 After two plays (Not Owned)








6. The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire:

I was SUPER surprised to find this game was not an expansion for Manhattan Project. Honestly, I think it is a terrible name for the game and they should have reversed the title. Ah well, too late now, but I tried this game. It is a worker placement game with the use of dice to help manipulate your energy production. It really is an engine builder but it plays out so quickly I barely felt the building part to the game. I left me feeling a bit incomplete. I never fully got going before it ended. Would benefit for a few more rounds I think. For me it was OK and I would play again.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








7. The Flow of History:

Lighter civ game. Reminds me of TTA a bit with the unique deck of cards that you are working your way through to the end game. Building up your cards and each card does something different. Unique and weird auction mechanism and take a few rounds to really see how it is going to play out. Can't wait to see how this plays after a few games.


8/10 After one play (Owned)








8. Little Drop of Poison:

Really small card game with some bluffing and killing off other people. The artwork and play to win had us playing the game to begin with. All in all it wasn't my type of game, happy to have tried it but not really one I have to return to.


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








9. Tintas:

Very colorful and beautiful abstract game for 2p. The little tokens remind me of candies and I wanted to eat them. Clever game and awesome production. I would like to own this one eventually, it is a fast 2p abstract. If you are into those types of games I would recommend this one too. I really liked it.


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








10. Jenga Max:

It didn't remind me of Jenga because we were adding blocks to the tower not removing blocks. But it was a fun little dex game and worth playing. No harm in playing it again. Not a favorite dex game but one that was cute enough and better that Ron lost. The game is dependent on how strong the magnet is so I feel like it will always have the same end result.



4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








11. Shiba Inu House:


Speed game with cute little pups! I had to play it since Riley had taunted me for a while but Dan ended up buying so we played. You are racing against other people to complete your own objective first. Awards are handed out for 1-3 place in a 4 player game and that's why it is a bit nicer than Kitty Paw and Doggy Go. I do compare the games even though they are somewhat different. If you enjoy those titles I think you would enjoy this.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








12. …aber bitte mit Sahne:

OK, so this is really Piece of Cake which just turned into NY Slice with changes. Cake is definitely the easier game with less options but I do like that it comes in the smaller box. The quality of NY Slice is excellent and the extras are awesome. I like all of the changes they did but I do like the smaller box. Simple I cut you pick game and set collection. I like it a lot. Happy to play it again.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








13. Along the River (Prototype):

Prototype from my friend Chris Anderson. This is a clever combo-ing game. You want to create the best combos you can to try and get abilities and influence of the villagers. It was a cute game and one I would play again. It did last a bit long for my taste but would probably be better with 3 people and once everyone knows all of the cards, as any card game goes.



6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)







14. In Vino Morte:

Published game by my friend Chris Anderson. It is SUPER fast game and we played twice. You have some number of cards = # of players and one person hands out wine and poison but you don't know where and how many of each. There has to be at least one wine card and you are trying to get everyone else killed off by yourself. Clever and fast game and I had a fun time.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








15. Dice Stars:

I was very excited to try this game. I love quick dice games and I was only hearing awesome things about this one. It did not disappoint. Drafting dice and figuring out the best place to use the values. It is definitely clever and one that I really want to own. I am sure it would get played a whole lot. Loved it!


8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ Wishlist)







16. New Bedford:


A game I missed in the initial wave of crazy so I was very happy to finally get around to playing it. Nice worker placement game and somewhat push your luck also. Very thematic in trying to catch the whales. amazing quality and components to this game and worth owning just for all of that. Definitely a game I would play again. We were playing with 5 players and I think it was just a bit too long so I will try to avoid that in the future. I have mixed feelings on the promo card decks that we used so that is something to consider for future plays as well for me.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








17. Archon: Glory & Machination:

Wow this game is beautiful. Well, the artwork on the cards anyway. The actual player pieces and resources are not ideal. I really actually hated the player colors. The board looks to be scary and uninviting but in reality there is not a lot of actions you can really do. The life of the game doesn't ramp up in anyway and it felt very linear. I would try it again, but, it lasted a bit longer than I would want and I felt only OKay during game play. I would play again just to take better photos, mostly.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








18. Crisis:

A game I was considering on picking up at Essen and decided on passing. I was really excited when my friend James said he would bring and teach it. I honestly didn't know what to expect but it is a worker placement game where you place and then in order of spaces do the actions people selected. You are aiming to get investments and produce the materials to sell off for points. There is a group element to this where you are trying to beat the economy and if people aren't doing well then the economy will tank. It is still every man for himself by the end though. It is a challenging balance and a game I would try again, even after a pretty terrible first play. There is no coming back from failure in the early rounds. No catch up mechanic and it was painful to play the whole game knowing you are going to lose.


5.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








19. Anachrony:

Ohhh the new hotness arrived in the mail, I couldn't wait to play it. Seriously beautiful and awesome bits. Well produced game and fun worker placement. Looks like a lot to take in but all in all not so bad and pretty easy once you get going. Time travel element you can choose to do or not, but more beneficial to do that. Variable player abilities which I haven't explored yet and A TON of modules I haven't looked at. I have to say I am excited to explore this game further and I think it will be an awesome edition to my ever growing collection of games.



8.5/10 After one play (Owned)








20. Legends of Andor:

A co-op, I thought was LOTR themed, so they did a good job there. Felt very much like LOTR without the name. We just played the into game and it was pretty fun. I don't think we really got to experience the game since it was just the intro but it is a game I would revisit to see what might happen. How to get shields and boosts in your fighting. Even see the harder monsters show up. I liked it!


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)









21. Mint Works:

I wanted to do better on the hotness list so I ask Ron to teach me the PnP version of this game that was given to me from my friend. very simple worker placement game and really not too many options. I used the penny tokens as the mints and it gave the game some shine. Not really one I have to play again, but would just to see the Monday night's group reaction.


3/10 After one play (Owned)








22. Finito!:

Sounded like a game I would like so I suggested it and I wasn't wrong! Very simple game to try and get your numbers in a row. A D20 is rolled and you have to place one of your discs valued 1-12 down and only once you played all of the tokens are you able to start moving them around. It is clever and the first to get them placed in ascending order wins! I would play anytime. Fast and light beginning or ending to any game day.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)










New to me Expansions!



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The Tally


January: 19
February: 22







Total new to me games for the year 41!






MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Anachrony















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Hia Everyone!


This was a very crazy week for me. Not only was Ron gone almost the entire time, all of the game nights I had planned were canceled due to snow storms. Ron left last Sunday and we had a huge storm where I ended up staying home on Monday from work. Didn't make it out to Monday night games and then Riley was going to come over and play games but snow then happened Wednesday night so we didn't get to playing then either.

Unfortunately, for me that meant waiting all of the way until Saturday to get in any real gaming. I didn't end up playing solo games since I just wasn't up for it.





Saturday Ron and I made our way to Salem NH for all day gaming. When we got there folks were in games already and Ron and I decided to play a 2p game of Ginkgopolis

I was happy to play since it had been too long, it always seems. Favorite games should be played more frequently. In the game Ron was getting all of the cards, he had a ton of engine building cards and I had like 4. But, I had started collecting end game cards earlier and ended up with a lot more than he did.

He had ALL majorities at the end of the game, however, AND a ton of in game points. I thought he absolutely demolished me.

He didn't cream me but he did win 113 to my 108. UGH, knowing now it was just a few points I might have though harder about my final moves. LOVE this game and need to play it more.












Our friend Frank showed up and and we then played a 3 player game of Quadropolis. He was just learning but he picked it up no problem.

The only real thing that happened was that he forgot the red buildings don't hold the guys the purple ones do. He lost a few points since he had several left over guys because of that otherwise he did just fine.

I ended up winning with the harbor strategy. I did do the full 4 and 4 rows. I seem to always get screwed if I do that and I made sure to put a yellow building in one of the spaces so I wouldn't get screwed with my #1 tile or something. That worked perfectly for me and I managed to beat Ron by 1 point!!

I ended with 53 and he was 52 and Frank was about 43. He really liked the game and he recognized the scoring chart afterwards. This was one of the best from last year for sure. Easy to play and teach and I am still loving it.











I managed to convince Frank and Megan to play a 4p game of Caverna: The Cave Farmers.

This game I wanted to try the overhang strategy to get $2 for each overhung tile. I ended up doing it a lot and it was awesome. I wanted to do it more but the timing for caves was too important and things made more sense to do other actions in its place. I still managed to do it a lot.

This was Franks 2nd game and Megan's first game so I had Ron explain. the whole game played out in 2 hours and was pretty quick.

In the game I managed to get the state parlor played out and got me soooooooooo many points. It was actually a perfect strategy and works so well with the overhanging building. I mean I had the money I needed to buy it and it gave me lots of much needed food in the final round with 6 workers.

I crushed it this game with 108 points. No one else managed to get over 100 points so I felt pretty good about that. I still think Ron was in the 90s though. I can't remember exactly what the scores were just that I did pretty well. I really overpaid for food at one point so I should have even been $2 higher, but I won't go back and cheat since I don't have to.

Basically I paid $6 for 3 food and I only only had to pay $4 for 3 food. I rarely have to pay money for food but I was desperate.

AWESOME GAME and still a top favorite for me.










Ron went for food and Joe joined me and Megan and Frank for a game of Honshū.

It is hard to describe this game and I always try and I usually fail. But I explained the full game to them and we got to playing and no one had any problems.

I made it clear what the scoring was and all. I did pretty well delivering most of my goods that I could and getting a pretty big lake region and a big-ish city.

Joe was also doing well and I thought Frank might have won because he was able to delivery so many goods but he didn't have the supporting roles.

It probably helped out that I got dealt pretty awesome cards and high value! So there were several rounds where I got first or 2nd pick and that certainly helped me out a lot.

I won the game with like 63, I think, and Joe was just a few points behind me and Megan and Frank were just under him. It was pretty close but I was mostly hungry for food that Ron brought back so i don't recall all of the scores so well! But I won 2 games in a row!










Joe brought along SeaFall for us to play.

We finished the nigh with out 4th play of Seafall. This game is getting crazy for sure. There is a lot of options and happenings that I still don't fully understand. I want to attack others but, I really need better raid values and better dudes.

It is really hard to value with advisor to keep and what ship parts to upgrade. At the moment my small ship "Whipper Snapper" is the only ship to be upgraded. I like that since she can do a lot of things.

All game I was trying desperately to sell off goods for the milestone and it just wasn't possible. Had I remembered I could attack Ron's home for his advisor I could have stole him away and that would have been ideal. Ugh it was a pretty frustrating game for me. I ended up raiding Joe for money and that was probably not ideal either. It is here nor there.

Ron completely blew us away that game. Got the milestone and ended the game several points ahead of me and Joe. It was not good for us.

I am enjoying this game but can be frustrating to not be able to do what you are looking to do. But, the open seas await our return.










Sunday I spent several hours shooting the wedding of Carl and Jenny. Family friends of the Dempsey's aka Ron's family. It was just a small wedding with like 10 people. I went home and spent the remainder of the night editing the photos. Here are some of my favorites. It was a cool time!







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The main reason I didn't post yesterday was because Ron and I got up and almost immediately started playing The Colonists. This was special since it was the first time I/ we did a livestream. I posted the blog yesterday that announced I was doing the livestream on YouTube and found a few viewers during it. I was actually surprised by the turnout.

The game lasted 3.5 hours and there was a minor hiccup where my computer overheated. I restarted and everything was still running so it wasn't so bad and we could pick up where we left off. The beginning was not great so if you watch it, I recommend jumping to minute 8:45. I had Ron's computer in on the call and the audio was all wonky and video footage was weird so we cut him off.

I definitely learned a lot from running that livestream. It is now posted to youtube since it just automatically does that, which is cool. I wish it kept the live chat data, but I didn't see a feature to save that as art of the comment section. The stuff I am learning. In the future since I though it was a lot of fun, I got some comments to show faces. I might try to find my old webcam that is portable to use and mount it better, somehow. I had fun and people seemed interested. I might do it for other plays of the colonists or other titles, I am willing to take suggestions of course, I was thinking Yokohama soon.

Anyway, it was exciting and I was surprised how fast we played. I know I played poorly since I was worried about the livestream and announcing what I was doing and trying to pay attention to the game, so that was my excuse for playing poorly.

We had a few colonies that were awesome and worked well together. The Lord Colony works really well with the envoy colony since the envoy colony requires paying the fee and the lord colony cancels the fee cost so we were just sailing along. So swift and with no fee!

It was amazing and I had a great time. I got pubs this time to try and stay on top of Ron. Again, Ron finished the game with $95 and I ma like WTF. How can he do that EVERY GAME. We both did less awesome than our recent scores it also dramatically changes depending on the colonies available. Altruist came out Era 3 and man that was a lifesaver for me. I was getting extra materials I desperately needed.

Ron forgot about that charity and would have gotten like 30 points more had he remembered. I am happy he didn't because beating my by 50 points is enough.

I didn't even break 300 points this game and it was rough going. I felt behind all game and was always just short of whatever I needed to do and got things out late and gah I really want to play again soon to make up for it. It is just so hard to manage everything. There are so many strategies and awesome things to try and accomplish it is impossible to do it all!

In the end I had an awesome time talking with folks watching and doing the whole livestream. I will try to get better in my next game played! I hope you enjoyed it if you saw some of it.











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Thanks for following along, I know I will have a LOT of games played this week!!!! TOTALCON!!!!! So excited to have several day sot just play games 24/7. I really need to learn a lot of games to get my game count up!





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Until next week!


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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


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


January List





1. Hyle:

2 play abstract game with very colorful discs. Ok I was drawn in by the colorful discs but the game play is very interesting as well. You have to play 2 rounds so each person can score points. One round will be for trying to block your opponent from getting points and one round for you to try and score as many points. I have to say if you are a fan of abstracts you should check it out.


7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








2. Santorini:

Abstract tile placement where you are trying to make it to the top of a 3 story building in Santorini. You are working to block your opponent from doing the same thing. The deck of Gods makes the game amazing. So many alternate powers and different strategic goals you are trying to accomplish each game. No game will ever be the same. Genius game and I have been loving this game more and more with each play!


8/10 After 5+ plays (Owned)








3. Bounce-Off Rock 'N' Rollz!:

Silly dexterity game to bounce the balls in the center board but the board is moving depending on the weight and angle. I was happy to call this game before we finished. We were all very bad at this game. Could be fun for kids and non gamers.


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








4. Overseers:

Bluffing and drafting game. Played over 3 rounds players are trying to get the most value from their cards they are drafting. Player abilities and a bit of negotiation happens. It is a pretty simple game and the art is very pretty. I would play again. Probably plays best with 5 or 6 players. I liked it well enough.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








5. Barcelona: The Rose of Fire:

So this game was kind of getting a bad rep around these parts. I am here to counter that. I really found this game to be very strange when learning it but by the end of the game I found it tricky and thinking. There are a lot of moving parts and it is well worth the journey to play the full game with 4 players. I was skeptical but I have been converted to a fan. I hope if you get the chance to try it you do.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








6. The Pyramid's Deadline:

New Oink title! Adorable box and bright bold colors I was in from the moment I saw it. Kind of push your luck puzzle game but playing with 6 players it was a bit of a rush to the ending. You are trying to build the best pyramid. It can be difficult and frustrating if you don't roll what you want or need. Fast filler though and will play a few more times.


6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








7. Dixit Jinx:

Just play Dixit. This is a speed game to try and guess the card in question. Active player wants people to guess the wrong thing with one person guessing the correct thing. A bit long for what it is- so use the cards for an art project.


4/10 After one play (Owned)








8. Risky Adventure:

Awesome colors and a great looking game. Wow was it a sleeper. Risk or Nap? I felt no risk involved at all. I love a bit of luck and reward or punishment but I won this game but just couldn't wait for it to be over. It was really neither here nor there. Good for the kids but really terrible for strategy gamers.


5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








9. Balloon Pop!:

Love it. Inverted Can't stop. You want to get high on the towers but you don't want to hit the top or you will bust the balloon. The dice are adorable and the game play is fast. I have been having a lot of fun with this one. Pretty hard to do well. hahah Great little push your luck game- the balloons will pop.


7.5/10 After 3 plays (Owned)








10. New York Slice:

A re-theme of the game Piece o' Cake, and while I love cake, I love PIZZA so much more! From the Menu to the Check this game delivers a delicious meal. It is an easy filler of a game that can be played with 6 players. You are trying to cut the pie so that when each player takes their portion it leaves you with the portion you actually want. In the set collection game you artery to get majorities in the different sets of numbers. Clever game and so much fun to play



8/10 After a couple plays (Owned)








11. Zooscape:

A re-theme to the game Zooscape, and it is SO MUCH BETTER. The art is amazing and the game play is fun. You are trying to catch the animals in sets but without going over the max limit of caught animals. It is a great filler for several people to enjoy. better with more too. Push your luck and bluffing. I can't wait to play again.


8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








12. T.I.M.E Stories: Under the Mask:

Well, I probably don't have to say much to get you to try this. If you have played TIME Stories and enjoy that then you are likely working your way through the expansions which are really unique games. I liked this one OK and certainly more than Marcy case. One way to pass this one and it can be frustrating. Still worth the time spent. I liked it.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








13. Jump Drive:

Stand alone card game in the Race setting. I don't like Race but I do enjoy Roll and this is even easier and faster than that one. This is a game about drafting cards and trying to combo to get the most points possible. Once someone hits 50 points the game is over and everyone tally's up. Fast and fun little game. I can see this one hitting the table for a while to come. Easy to play and teach is always a positive thing.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








14. Wyatt Earp:

The art is terrible but the game play was kinda fun. Wish it was just 1 or 2 rounds. By the 3rd round I was over it and ready to move on. Some interesting choices and a nice take on Rummy 500. I just love pushing my luck at times. it was a cute game, but not one I will request.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








15. Tak:

Awesome abstract game. If you like Abstract games you have to find and play this one. I really enjoyed it. Lasted a bit on the longer side but I was engaged the whole time. Who knows maybe I am turning into a pure abstract player. haha who am I kidding, I could never leave Euro's behind but man I do like a good abstract and this was great.


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








16. Not Alone:

I heard awesome things about this game and I was very curious as to how it played out. The art is certainly attractive and interesting. I can imagine the more players you have the harder it is to win. I think it plays up to 7p! I found it challenging enough with 3 on the good side and Riley as the monster. You really have to get in the head of the monster and try to predict what he might do. It was an interesting game. I would play again, not crazed to do so though.


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








17. Grifters:

Honestly didn't know or hear about this game until Riley put it on the table, and that is saying something. I found this game pretty fun. It moves quickly and I just love stealing from other people. Trying to work out card combos and stealing other players cards to screw them up. There is a just a lot of fun things going and while it is take that, it is still a great theme and a game I look forward to playing again. I found it worked very well with 4 players. The art is just awesome! Really well done.


7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)









18. Turin Market:

Simple auction game to try and get the majorities in set collection. The wooden coins are awesome but it was mentioned the font is hard to read. I don't mind it though. Close fist auctions and tied bids are a bit harsh. Very fast and a game I will have to try again soon.


6.5/10 After one play (Owned)









19. Import / Export:

Reminds me of a Carl Chudyk game. Multi-use cards and unique powers. Looking to fulfill shipments and score points. Some close fist auctions and pirating to get the goods you might want. Very enjoyable game and one that I would like to play again sometime. I do think 5 players is too many so possibly 4 players is the best count. I like that you can follow the actions other people are taking. It is a cool mechanic.


7/10 After two plays (Not Owned)












New to me Expansions!



NONE







The Tally


January: 19




Total new to me games for the year 19!






MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Tak













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Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2016!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 365 games!


December List






1. Jeju Island:

Adorable set collection game with a cool mechanism for collecting the tiles. This is a fairly simple game and easy to play for a filler. I quite enjoyed it and look forward to playing it again. Who knows maybe I will get it in a math trade or something.


7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








2. Mundus Novus:

This game takes the trading mechanic from Mare Nostrum: Empires and made a game from it. In my opinion this is a very neat game but lasts about double the time I want it to. There are some neat events and happening with the hand management but all in all it outstayed its welcome. It is a game I could revisit if the opportunity presented itself, but not high on the list to do so.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








3. Royal Palace:

A game I have owned for a few months but finally got around to play. Solid euro game from *one of my favs* Xavier Georges. Using the nobles for actions and collecting the materials needed to claim the garden tokens. Definitely a solid game and one I would play again. Not enough to really scream, LETS PLAY, but good enough for a Nod of approval. Nothing compared to my beloved Ginkgopolis or Carson City or Troyes. Happy to have played it, and it is now on the trade pile.


6/10 After one play (Owned/ For Trade)








4. Spaghetti:

I suppose this is a game. You are timed in trying to de-tangle the spaghetti aka shoelaces from the plate. Really, not a very interesting game. I love love dex games but even for this 10 minute game I felt it was too long. I wanted to love it, but it didn't work for me.


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)









5. Beware of the Dog:

Dex game that makes you jump. Don't wake the dog up or he might bite you! The bones are on a pressure plate so you have to be sneaky. I found it to be a cute game but I like other dex games like it more. IE Boom Boom Balloon. Obnoxious audio to go with this game too- couldn't wait for it to be over in that regard. Probably not a game I will play again.


4.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








6. Her Damit:

This is an old school knizia game. Speed game and semi push-your-luck. Set collection for most points but the game is high speed so some of your judgement flies out the window. Very fast and clever game I had a fun time play. I would play again.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








7. Port Royal Unterwegs!:

New game that plays very similarly to Port Royal. Is basically the same game with less cards and less points to win. Some cards can be interwoven to the original too. If you like Port Royal you will like this. Nothing unusual happening in this game and I liked it. Ron likes the longer game better.


7/10 After one play (Owned)








8. The Vampire, the Elf and the Cthulhu:

Not really for me to say since I only played partial game. Rules in English were pretty terrible and we had a hard time following along and many things were not explained fully so we were just guessing as to what happens. I would like to give it another play before I write it off for good but I am really unsure if that will happen. I love the art and the colors and I was very interested in trying this game so here's hoping I will actually get a full game played.


4/10 After one play (Owned)








9. Tiny Epic Western:

I wasn't a big fan of the first TEK game but I was hearing good things about TEW so decided to get it in a math trade. I like poker and I heard it had some of that involved. It does to a small extent. There can be a fair bit of luck involved. If you are playing for the first time I recommend not using player abilities. I have only played once so far and we found the player abilities pretty unbalanced and it really ruined my experience. I heard it plays well without abilities and I am willing to play again to see how I like it more. Some times it just comes down to the luck of the die roll. Super cool bullet dice, but still a die roll. Wanted to love more than I did.


5.5/10 After one play (Owned/ For Trade)








10. Jutaku:

A kickstarter that showed up! Inspired by Japanese culture and games, I was intrigued by this game when I saw it. Small wooden bits to stack up in a real time dex game. I had to have it. All in a small package- very cool game. Plays up to 8 people and I think it would just be insane with 8 but I would try it. I can't wait to play with more people! Love it so far!


8/10 After one play (Owned)








11. Avenue:

This is a great filler!! Rules could have been a bit clearer, but all in all it is a great game. You have to push your luck to try and do better each time but the cards might not fall the way you want. Definitely a game I want to own, I really like games with Simultaneous decisions and everyone has different outcomes. Easy game for me to teach and play I love it.



8/10 After two plays (Not Owned/ Wishlist)








12. Roll Player:

A game I liked a lot more than I thought I would. I like the different paths to take for points and since there are so many things to focus on it is nice to do it all. Drafting the dice is another one of my favorite mechanisms in this game, there is a lot to think about when you are drafting them, not just color but pips and order for purchasing the cards on display. A lot to factor in. I definitely want to play again and perhaps own it, if I can find it. Very enjoyable!



8/10 After one play (Not Owned/ Wishlist)








13. The Battle of Five Armies:

You can't go into this game thinking it will be as good as War of the Ring (Second Edition) or you might be disappointed. It is an epic game but not like that. There are A LOT of similarities but all in all this is just more focused. I liked this game and found it very easy to get into and play. I don't like it more than WotR and it is not one I will own, I don't think. I would play it again just to see more of the game play. In my game it was ended a bit prematurely since both me (free people) and Joe (shadow) were so new and making a ton of mistakes. I would rather just play the epic game of WotR.

7/10 After one play (Not Owned)








14. SeaFall:

Hard to really say at this point. Just played the prologue and I am already pissed. laugh

I can't wait to explore this game further- I have no idea what to name anything. I named a couple of islands in the game 1) Dragonstone 2) Hydra (LOST anyone?)

I did name one of my boats "Sea Bitch"

It is a promising start to this endeavor.


8/10 After one play (Not Owned)









15. Dairyman:


Adorable push your luck game from Chih-Fan Chen the designer of Flip City. I have to say I like this game a bit more than Flip City since I love rolling dice. You are pushing your luck to try and roll combos of 10 and try to get the milk and turn it to ice cream and cheese! Very easy and fast little game. Happy to play it. Fits in well with the TMG small boxed games. Happy!


7/10 After one play (Owned)








16. 3 to 4 Headed Monster:


Small card game with some bluffing and yelling to try and get people to listen to you Trying to negotiate on who gets to play cards etc. I liked it, probably better for those who play other bluffing games like Coup and Resistance. Happy to play again and try with more players. It is played super quickly and a great filler.


6/10 After one play (Owned)








17. Carcassonne: Winter Edition:

Well, if you like Carcassonne, it is safe to think you will like this one. Gingerbread expansion adds a little dude that will score you additional points. Otherwise it is the same game. Loved it and rate it like I rate all of the Carcassonne games. Definitely recommended, I lot all of the little art pictures on the tiles it is a nice touch.


8/10 After one play (Owned)








18. The Blood of an Englishman:

Very simple game that is more abstract than tug of war. Very dark and muddy artwork. You try to re arrange the cards to get up the beanstalk and find the treasures. The Giant is working to get the FEEFIFOFUM cards to a certain position. Depending on how the cards fall in the set up the game can be fairly quick. Some interesting choices but mostly a game that didn't entice me to play again, even after losing the first game.


6/10 After one play (Owned/ For Trade)









19. Imperial Harvest:

Cute little game with a lot of different player abilities and character choices. Trying to get lots of strawberries and points and you really only get 7 turns in the game each with activating only 2 characters a turn. Nice little abstract game. Seemed a bit simple for my taste but I would try it again and see about the other characters. There is a lot of stuff in the small box it comes in. Very cute.


6.5/10 After one play (Owned)








20. oddball Äeronauts:

Interesting card game. A game I would play again but Ron didn't really like it. 2 player game of war but you choose how many cards and what type of reward you receive for winning. The art is adorable and I think with more plays this game can get better. You starting knowing what cards to look for and plan for. Could be nice to just have as a pocketbook game in a rubber band. I would play again.



6/10 After one play (Owned/ For Trade)








21. Bomb Squad:

Co-op and timed. Hard to get people moving quickly enough to make this game work. You really need to move fast and have an excellent memory for the cards in your hand. App is helpful for sure, though not entirely needed. Played the first mission and won that training mode. Played mission #4 before that one and lost miserably. A game I will have to revisit sometime. Hard to get to the table though.


5.5/10 After one play (Owned)








22. Escape Room: The Game:

Only 4 games in this box. Some very challenging puzzles but it is fun to figure out and play. Played with 5 players and it is not as good since I didn't feel I had much to say about it. Interesting though. I would play the second 2 games in the box. First challenge was pretty easy the second one was more interesting and harder.


7/10 After two plays (Not Owned)








23. The Oregon Trail Card Game:

WOW, this game is incredibly bad in a very hilarious way. I can't help but compare it to Exploding Kittens except that it is nothing the same. This game was just more hilarious and we were all laughing the whole time. I think it is a game that will be played once but it was worth playing the once to see how bad. THE D6 1-6 had to be stickered! wows. If you like the computer game it was definitely interesting.


5/10 After one play (Not Owned)











New to me Expansions!


1. Scythe: Invaders from Afar:

ITS AMAZING! Well I had a great time playing, even with 7 players. It was crazy and so fun. Really enjoyable and the new factions are a joy. Can't wait to explore this more. A no-brainer for those who love the base game.


9.5/10 After one play (Owned)








2. Mombasa: Cooked Books Mini Expansion:

Awesome!! JUST AWESOME! Really makes the game so much better even with only a few things added. Get this mini promo and make the game even better! Do it.


9/10 After one play (Owned)








3. Mystic Vale: Vale of Magic:

More cards added to the decks. Beautiful and very powerful cards. I can tell the difference the expansion makes but doesn't add time or more explanation to new players. Great addition and I am really liking it a lot. If you like the game to begin with I think you can't go wrong with picking up this expansion. You don't even realize you have it once you start playing with it. Just more variety. I like it!



7.5/10 After one play (Owned)











The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57
May: 21
June: 18
July: 17
August: 50
September: 23
October: 53
November: 31
December: 23



Total new to me games for the year 367!



MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: SeaFall










SPECIAL!


Steph's Top 10 New Games Learned in 2016!



Ugh, I had SO MANY rated 8.5/10 it was hard to narrow down the ones in the actual top 10. Here are SOME(in alpha order) that I was also debating for this top 10 list (it was really hard to come to a conclusion!!):

Brew Crafters
Colony
Dominion: Empires
Factory Funner
First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express
Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne
Junk Art
The Mountaineer
All 8.5/10








FINALIZED TOP 10



10. Argent: The Consortium 8.5/10

I never know what will happen in this game and I just love all of the surprises it presents each time I play. I can't really explain why this game is so compelling, but it is and I keep wanting more!












9. Hanamikoji 8.5/10

This is a lovely 2 player card game. I generally don't enjoy 2 player card games but this one is just so clever. You really have to know your opponent to do well and consider all options. It is very hard to give up cards not knowing what the other player has and will do. Recommended for anyone, I just love it!













8. Terraforming Mars 8.5/10

Still warming up to this one. I don't think I have played it enough to really know my true feelings about it. So many great ideas going on in this game and wicked hard solo mode. I can't say I enjoy it so much with 2 players but there are a lot of great things going on in this game. I am sure it is many folks' top rated game for the year.















7. Sagrada 8.5/10

Technically not out yet, but I got to play it at GenCon and Can't stop thinking about it. I love love love dice games and this is all with drafting dice and working out the patterns and puzzles on your player board. Will probably end up being higher rated once I get the game and play it more and more. I am getting so excited just by writing this little paragraph!! Dang SO EXCITED!















6. Dokmus 8.5/10

This game really took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to love it like I do. Wonderful abstract and a lot of interesting decisions. It really is straight up abstract so if you don't enjoy that then you might not like this. Boards are moving around and flying to a new spot. So cool! I had to buy it after Essen and it was a lot more expensive, but worth it!















5. Yokohama 8.5/10

Hisashi Hayashi's best game yet! So many possibilities and I just love every play I have had. So much to think about and changing plans depending on the other players. This game has so much to offer for replay value and I just can't wait for the deluxe copy to come out from TMG. So exciting and everyone should play and love it! Well deserved love.















4. Russian Railroads: American Railroads 9/10

Ron calls this an expansion. I say it is a new game with new rules and new boards. I love it! I love it like I love German Railroads. It blows me away with new ideas and interesting strategies. A lot of viable paths to take here and I love exploring it all! My RR box is getting mighty full and I love it!















3. Scythe 9.5/10

Well, yeah. Many have played this game so far and most have enjoyed it. I have played 15+ times and I am still wanting more and more. That is the sign of a great game. On any given game day I could find 5 willing players to give it a whirl. High praise from me so if you haven't played it, I think it is 'bout time you do.















2. A Feast for Odin 10/10

Honestly shocked that this is not #1. I thought for sure this year this game would be my #1. Yes I love it and yes it is still in my top 10. I don't love it like I love Caverna or Arle. I don't think it will ever make it to top 5 because each game I feel like I do so much work and my reward is points = to less than my Arle score. It makes me sad I do so much work in this game. I love all of the options. I don't think I will ever play with 4 players though. 2 and 3 players is enough for me. So many strategies and luck of the card draw to help shape those strategies. Very nice game and one I will be playing for a long while.














1. The Colonists 10/10

Finally my top game of the year. A game I wasn't sure about buying for the single reason it would a blind buy for a large amount of money. SO GLAD I did, this game is just freaking epic. The more you know the game the longer the game seems to get. 5 hour for the full 2 player game including set up and break down. That is a long game. I am SHOCKED that long of a game made my #1 but it did. So SO SO many possibilities in this game I just love it. I love everything about it. Many will play and not enjoy how long it is or the "solo" game play. I love the planning and the solo game play so it just works all around for me. So much love for this game.














HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I WISH YOU THE BEST 2017 HAS TO OFFER!


Here are some of my highlights from the year!








Photo by Scott





Photo by Scott











Photo from Scott- still makes me LOL
















Thanks for following along! I hope you have an amazing week.


Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph







p.s. Anyone going to BGG @Sea?
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