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Steph's "New to Me" list for November! More Essen Releases and Mix of Others!

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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!


November List





1. Wadi:

A game from the designer of Cities, and a top favorite filler of mine, I just had to play this. It is a fast abstract game to try and gain the most points from the watered fields. It is not a top favorite game for me but I didn't mind it. I certainly would pick Cities over it any and all time. Perhaps not a game I will keep in the long run but happy I got to try it!


5.5/10 After one play (Owned)








2. Clank!:

Man this has been a recent hot game for sure. It is a standard deck builder like Ascension: Deckbuilding Game. This game however, has a game board where you are working your way down through the dungeon of the castle to collect treasures and get out before the dragon kills you. It was an interesting twist, though quite simple. So many tokens to set up and place, it hardly seems like a game I will just take out and play. You think there are so many Dominions, well this will take equally or more time to set up. Maybe I will just stick with Star Realms. This is a find game for sure, just not one I have to play again, but I wouldn't MIND playing again.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








3. The Game: Extreme:

Do you enjoy The Game? If you do than you will probably enjoy this. I don't know how anyone would win this game, it is near impossible! First one was easy but this one is so much harder! It adds a bunch of symbols that effect game play and thus making is super hard. I really enjoy it a lot actually. We lost with about half of the deck remaining. I can't wait to play this game again! I like a good challenge.


7.5/10 After one play (Owned)








4. Mondrian: The Dice Game:

Do you like chucking dice!? this you are doing just take in order to try and claim cards from the tableau of cards on the grid. Simple game and a good filler. Definitely, luck drawn and semi skill depending on how well you can toss some dice. It is a game I am happy to play again since we played initially with incorrect scoring rules. It might alter my opinion slightly but the game play is still the same.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








5. Mea Culpa:

When is your next trip to the House of Pleasure? Well, the next time you play the game, perhaps. It has a very interesting theme and a bit more ideas than a typical Zoch title. Not sure I enjoyed it but I am puzzled by it. I tend to enjoy the Zoch titles I play and this was fine to play. Weird bidding mechanic and not an easy one to figure out. Not a game I have to own but I am happy we got to try it.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








6. Kilt Castle:

Cool abstract game with cool castles. It has a weird card mechanic which is sort of like drafting in a way. I actually quite enjoyed our play of this game, even though other people who were playing didn't enjoy it so much. A light simple filler abstract game, I wouldn't pick it over Blokus but I would definitely play again. DUCKET DAY!


7/10 After one play (Not Owned)







7. Mechs vs. Minions:

All the rage! co-op miniatures game with programming. Turned out to be a joy to play, even if a bit long. I quite enjoyed our play with just 3 of us playing. This is a cool game since it is evolving as you play it. You don't have to think of it as a legacy game since you can easily go back and replay any level you want. Just different scenarios. I think it is highly playable and fun times. If the box wasn't so damn huge, I might pick it up. Perhaps one day I will get it by some means. For now I can play Riley's copy.


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







8. Freedom: The Underground Railroad:

Got taught by the man himself! Brian Mayer is a great guy and has designed himself a true winner. This is a co-op game where you are trying to help Abolitionist movement to end slavery. Highly thematic and engrossing. Very difficult to win. I have to say it is a heavy theme but rewarding to play. I really liked it and added it to the wishlist. Well done to Brian for having a successful game like this, very impressive.


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








9. Hoverkraft:

Silly, stupid dex game that is hardly a dex game. You have to balance on a hovering platform. But, you pick the pieces you play and just try not to knock it over. I duno very gimmicky. Not one that I have to play again, but also not harmless. 2 minute game.


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








10. Dreams:

A mix of A Fake Artist Goes to New York and Dixit. You are creating constellations which is such a cool idea. it is a party game to figure out the liar. I actually liked it well enough. I think it lasted a bit too long but it is a beautiful game with interesting pictures. I love the rainbows for player colors and I like the star (gem) placements. It generated a lot of laughs- so I think it was overall a pleasant game for everyone, even if we all agreed it was probably better left on someone else's shelf. I would certainly play again, maybe to less points though.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








11. Fabled Fruit:

A game with such an interesting idea of progressing game play with more plays. Simple card game for the family or regular gamers. A nice filler too. I went out and bought a copy since the card progression interest me so much. I can't wait to see more. Perhaps not the best at the 2 player count so I will have to try and find another group of people to run the games through with. I am excited and it is super cute! It makes me excited for the future of gaming.


7.5/10 After many plays (Owned)








12. Ulm:

A game I didn't know much about but was hearing good things. There is a cool pushing mechanic which reminds me of Dingo's Dreams. Ultimately, this game is a point salad race. Cant be a fair amount of push your luck. I got screwed early and was basically left in the dust for the rest of the game since I was unable to keep up with everyone and their actions. If you like Euro games you should probably try this if possible. It worked for many that had been playing it, it just didn't work for me or Ron. Probably not a game I will return to play.


5.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








13. Kepler-3042:

One of the better games from the month. 4x game missing a single x for combat. My major concern is it might be too samey after a few plays. There is not much variation that can happen it seems static. I definitely enjoyed my play and would want to play again, but I fear it will just be the same. I liked my first play better than my second play as expected. It will be a game I never request but will play.


8/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)








14. Skibe:

Card game version of Vikings on Board. This is the lesser version of that game but essentially the same thing. Not sure anyone was really excited to be playing this one but more excited to see it end. Pretty much luck of the draw and who chooses to screw who over. Green got hosed in our game since a green shield simply never came up for the first MANY cards. Ah well, happy to have tried it but one I won't return to.


3/10 After one play (Not Owned)








15. Dokmus:

My favorite of the month. This game is an abstract game with a few moving parts. I suppose it could seem samey after ta few plays but, you could say the same thing for any abstract. This is purely an abstract game and I just love it. Boards rotating and moving and you are trying to optimize your placements and claiming good locations. A game I just want to play over and over.


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








16. Covert:

Awesome theme and a cool dice mechanic. I think the "code breaking" is gimmicky and unnecessary. Really a pick up and deliver kind of game even if people don't agree with me. It gives me the same feeling and it is not a mechanic I enjoy so much. A game I would play again, but not really one I will ever request. Really happy to have tried it.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








17. Meduris: Der Ruf der Götter:

New Haba game which doesn't really feel like a haba game. There is a lot of moving parts and more rules than a typical Haba game. Not easy to get into and very abstract. Will not be one I recommend for families just getting into gaming or anything like that. Kids will have a hard time grasping this one I think. A game I would play again, but not that interested in doing so. I definitely think Karuba is the better game in the Haba family.


5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








18. Insider:

Werewolf meets 20 questions and Fake Artist Goes to NY. Social party game from Oink Games and one I will happily never play again. I just don't get it. I suppose if you like werewolf you will probably like this. I was just happy when it was over.


4/10 After one play (Not Owned)








19. Ars Alchimia:

Coal Baron light. Yah Coal Baron is pretty light but this is even more so. Set collection worker placement. Adorable art and will be a very good entry game for euro gamers. I will gladly teach this to anyone starting out in the games world. I think it will be mediocre for regular gamers but awesome for casual gamers. Very enjoyable.


7.5/10 After one play (Owned)








20. Qwixx: Das Duell:

Qwixx! But for 2 players. Using the same board and some discs you can mark the same number multiple times. If you are a fan of qwixx and play 2p games this is definitely one for you. I know it will go well in so many households. I hope there will be a US printing. Easy, fast and fun. Solid game.


8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








21. Behind the Throne:

Only played 2p and I think this would benefit from more players. There is a fair bit of take that in this game, but it is mostly push your luck set collection game. Some interesting ideas, but it is easy to forget the card abilities. It would be nice with some text on the cards to clarify. Overall I enjoyed the game, not sure it will remain in my collection.


6/10 After one play (Owned)








22. Flamme Rouge:

A racing game- pretty easy one. Was not on my to-play list since I don't really enjoy racing games. had some interesting choices but overall incredibly dull and a game I won't need to return to. It will probably be better with terrain types. If I am going to play a racing game I will choose Snow Tails. I didn't like the art or look to this game either. Just not my style. I know a lot of folks really enjoy it.



6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








23. Motion Pictures: Movies Out of Cardboard:

I was very interested in trying this game since I really enjoy the theme. This is a very simple deck(Hand) building/ set collection game. The rules are not helpful and just bad at clarifying. They definitely need a re-working. Besides that it went OK and it is a game I would like to revisit and play again. I enjoy the colorful art and theme enough for me to want to play again. Some cards seemed unbalanced and should be edited from game play.


6.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)







24. Fields of Green:

Among the Stars but with farming. There are a few notable differences like you are drafting your initial 6 cards from different stacks to help define your strategy for the round. You are still drafting and tableau building. Cards play off each other in similar ways you might find in Among the Stars but there is also harvest time which include feeding that will happen. I definitely enjoyed this more than the predecessor. If you liked the first you will like this one.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








25. Kanagawa:

One of my favorites for this month. Drafting with some push your luck. The game is just gorgeous and the game play is smooth and a delight. Bruno Catahala is on a role this year and I have been enjoying his titles more and more. This is definitely one for the shelves, I very much enjoyed it after the first play.


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








26. Quandary:

Rethemed later to be called Wildlife Safari, I played the 1st edition with the great bits. It is an easy stock game to try and outwit your opponents. Fast and easy. Good for the family or a late night game cap. I really enjoyed this one play and would certainly play it again! Simple and great. Thinking about adding it to the collection.



7.5/10 After one play (Not Owned)








27. Penny Press:

Middle of the road. bidding for headliners for your newspaper. Trying to get the good stories before others try to take them from you. Some interesting mechanics and simply a good game. No one was excited by this game or interested in playing it again. I didn't mind it, but I also won by a mile.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








28. Captain Sonar:

A game I have wanted to play for so long. You really need 6 or 8 people for this game though so it can be a tough nudge to get a game going. This has been my experience. Finally got to play and yeah it pretty much reminded me of Space Cadets: Dice Duel without dice. Because it had no dice it made the game better. I liked being the navigator and trying to figure out the puzzle, but I don't really think it is a game I have to play again, but I will if requested.


6/10 After one play (Not Owned)








29. Saint Malo:

Very nice dice game in the style of Yahtzee but with more options. A game that is very engaging (especially when you have colored dry erase markers) and with some choices each round. I liked it a lot and will have to look for getting it in my collection. I love dice games and this fits in just well!



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







30. Flip City: Wilderness:

I have to say if you enjoy Flip City, you will enjoy this! laugh It adds 4 more stacks of cards to the base game, or you can simply just play this on its own. This is a shorter game than Flip City and you only play until 8 points and no other end condition. Only played with 2p but it works just fine and I will have to try with all of the other cards added in!



6/10 After one play (Owned)









31. Biergarten:

I KS this game pretty much because I had just gone to Germany and I saw all of the Biergartens at Oktoberfest. It is a very fast drafting card placement game You are trying to match up banners and create the best layout for your Biergarten. It is actually pretty adorable and so fast you play like 6-7 cards and the game is over. Great filler and I look forward to playing it more. I also want to play with more players since there is an opportunity to steal from other players so it might be more interesting at 3p.


7.5/10 After one play (Owned)











New to me Expansions!




1. Orléans: Invasion:

I have only played the Duel expansion bits but I am highly excited to try the co-op game too. The duel is fan-freaking-tastic! I hated the 2p Orleans game so the fact this is now available I will never turn back. I just wish there were more scenarios to play instead of the same one over and over. Maybe with the next expansion. I really really like this though. So much added. Will update once I play the co-op too.

8.5/10 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



Total new to me games for the year 341!



MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Dokmus








I also just wanted to mention that Jamey Stegmaier has posted a charity auction. I am one of the participants. Please check it out!
Item for Geeklist "Scythe Art Connoisseur Collector's Edition Charity Auction"

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


Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph



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Steph's AWESOME New to Me List - THE ESSEN LIST!!! October 2016

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


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games! And I am probably going to increase that to 365


October List







1. Terraforming Mars:

All of the rage going into this month of October. It was definitely the hit of game day on Oct 1, 2016. Neat mechanics. Can be a bit luck dependent but there is some drafting for cards which helps a bit. VERY cool bits! I have to say there are some nice things going on and it will reward with more plays. Ron was super excited before we even started and said we have to own this game. It is now on the wishlist. If it was up to me I might not really need to own it since I know it will be on many of my gaming friend's shelves. It will work with most of my groups, I know that. Solid game and recommended at least for trying once. I will add the art is a weird mix of photography and illustrations which I don't understand and actually don't really like.


8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ Wishlist)








2. String Railway: Transport:

I played String Safari and found it ok. I was allocated to play this one and basically categorize it in the train games family- since it is a train game. This was actually a nice game. You only get 5 turns to do everything you can. You are placing track aka string to try and connect stations and deliver the goods. It is pretty abstract but kids could play it. It is one I find okay but never have to play again. I don't really like delivery games. It is no Yokohama...


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









3. Top That!:

Simple dexterity game of stacking items and hiding items. I really felt like I was doing magic! It is cute and for kids for sure. It is not a game I want to play all of the time but I don't mind every once in a while. There is a card that flips and you have show the colored items and hide the shaded items in the colored items. First person to do this gets the card. Most cards wins! Very simple and easy. Quite adorable too.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








4. Timeline Challenge:

I haven't played any of the Timeline games or even Cardline games. I can't compare. But I can say I think that this does offer more variety to the small tin games. Dan explained this was more of a gamers game. I agree there are a lot of different challenged revolving around the time period of random happenings. I think if you enjoy the tin games it would be hard for you not to enjoy the board game. I am actually quite happy with this game and plan to hang on to it for a while in hopes of picking up some timeline tins to use in it! All tins can be incorporated with the challenge game. I think it is very clever. Let me tell you, I am not the brightest bulb.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








5. Karmaka:

Beautiful game! I kickstarted this game because of the art, I won't lie. I love to help out artists with this kind of talent. Ron and I got to playing 2p and it actually works pretty well. I was unclear about the continuation of the rounds. I thought each player goes until they were dead then the new round, but it is more interesting than that. You just keep going until there is a winner. I think it is clever and I look forward to more plays of this. The actions are interesting and some good choices. It is not my favorite card game but it definitely deserves some more plays. It is so freaking pretty too!! I like it a bit!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








6. Via Appia:

A game I have wanted to play for a while but never got the chance since it wasn't too well received. I honestly found this to be a snooze fest. I yawned 5 times in the hour it took to play. It was just not for me at all. Cool mechanic with the pushing of the stones but just too boring for me to ever play again.


3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









7. You Gotta Be Kitten Me!:

For the kitty lover in all of us, this game brings on the cute! Have you heard of or have played Perudo? This is essentially that game but with cards. You are bidding on symbols or colors and it always have to be an increasing number. It is very cute. I probably give it a higher rating than everyone I played with just because I see the potential here. We just played with too many people (8). I would recommend it for a smaller group like 3 or 4 but yeah it is really cute. I would play it again!


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)











8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle:

If you love Harry Potter- A LOT, You will love this. I wasn't expecting much love for this game from all of the mixed reviews I have heard. After the Initial play I want more and more. OK, it is a simple deck builder but hey, I just don't care. I love Harry Potter more than I hate simple deck builders. I actually do like deck builders. Some minor issues that I have run into but not enough to keep me from playing it. Very enjoyable so far and I can't wait to continue on with the stories. (up to book 4 at the moment.) I really am happy I bought it. I will have to play with all of my Harry Potter friends who will appreciate it.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








9. Inis:

A game I wanted to try out before buying. I wasn't terribly interested in it when I heard about it, but it was getting some good reviews so I wanted to try. It is a drafting area control game. The main problem I have is that the cards you are drafting are the same for every game. It will always be the same 13 cards or whatever. The tiles that come out will change and the red cards will change since there is a huge stack. For me the 13 cards from round to round was already getting boring by the end of the first game. I just played 3p and it had the typical problem area control games have at that player count. I surmise you really need 4p to make it work best. For me it was an okay game, but not one I will ever request. I could be convinced to play again but it is not high on the list. Very pretty though.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








10. Adrenaline:

To be honest, a game I was not so excited about. Turned out to be an excellent time and totally fun. A very simple shoot players in the face game. pick up guns and shoot, reload, move. Very easy to teach and play. Iconography could be better, but becomes clear with a few plays I am sure. Very enjoyable and fun times. I definitely recommend playing it and I do look forward to my next play. Didn't end up buying it but I would definitely play again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









11. Microworld:

Not a game I was interested in playing, but it was there. Very simple 2p abstract game to gain majorities of the land. Not a game that was innovative or anything, but could be a nice entry level family abstract game for the kids. Probably not a game I will ever return to and play again.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









12. Chariot Race: The Great Chariot Race:

Got a lot of buzz at Essen. Now there is a KS up and running. It is a pretty simple race game with dice. I was spoiled and played on the special table version of the game with all the big components. I look over and see the actual version and I was a bit disappointed. Only played 3p so I suspect it would be better with more, but perhaps there will be too much down time as I was already feeling the downtime with 3p. Hard to say, but in the end I much prefer Snow Tails. It is a game I would play again, but no real desire to seek it out.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








13. Codinca:

2-4p abstract race to complete your hidden goals. Tiles are double sided. I think the first edition printing wasn't the greatest and there is discoloration. The main reason I didn't pick it up at Essen. I might wait for a second print run and see if the colors turn out better. I did quite enjoy this small abstract game. I would definitely be very interested in playing with more players so the board is changing a lot before your next play. Very interesting and enjoyable for a fast filler.


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








14. Million Club:

A game that was on my to play list at Essen. Didn't get in a full game but got the general idea. Bidding for different actions in the game to acquire and change the stock market majorities. Seemed like it played nice and I definitely want to play a full game sometime. Unclear if all of the cards are balanced or not. I seemed to get one that really destroyed the other players chances in the first round. So it is hard to say with such little time playing.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








15. La Granja: The Dice Game - No Siesta!:

A top game for me to buy, so I did. Just played the game with 2 players and it works very well. Dice drafting, with variations that would sync to those found in the board game. Set collections and a lot of overlap with the board game. I think it is a very nice game. I worry about not rolling Siesta hats enough might drag on the game play too much. Also with more players I wonder if the game play would just be too long. But, I will definitely find out. For now it is solid and very enjoyable!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








16. Kingdomino:

Loved it. Simple, fast, domino game with a cool bidding mechanism. Players are building their 5x5 kingdom to try and get lots of crowns in a region to get the most points. Very easy to learn and easily my favorite Blue Orange title. Hope to acquire a copy soon.



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








17. Eternity:

Trick-taking amazingness. Mind bending since the trump could change at any moment. It is just crazy how the turns work out. Try and collect trees to score the tricks you claim- but there has to be a balance. Really hard! Only played with 3p and I can't wait to play with 4 players. It is a stunning game and simple to learn and tricky to do well. I really enjoyed my time playing and very happy to own it.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








18. Bubblee Pop:

For those Candy Crush/ Gem app gamers out there. This is essentially the app game you know and love. I used to play bubble pop on the computer a long while back and I do very much enjoy Candy Crush. Your family and wifey who play those games will certainly enjoy this 2p abstract game. I really did. If I thought Ron would actually play with me, I might have bought it. It is a clever abstract game to try and get 3 or more of a color in a row and you get a bonus action depending on the colors you are popping. You get a point for each pop. Simple and clever and so adorable!!!




7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








19. Sweet Nose:

I am a big fan of Frank Liu so I was excited to try this game. I admit it is a very weird theme. Like SUPER weird. While learning the game we were given the short version of the myth. Weird! But the game play is quite interesting and awesome! Before the round starts you have to secretly bid on the types of foods. You want to collect the most of the food item that you bid the least for. You want to get the lowest score possible. On your turn you are taking a food item from your plate and exchanging it with another players item on their plate you place in your bowl. You can't lose or steal from bowls. The round ends when someone has nothing left on their plate. Then you have to evaluate all items in your bowl and plate remaining. It is a really tricky game and a mind trick! I loved it.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








20. Lorenzo il Magnifico:

New Euro hotness! It is definitely a top game hot from Essen. lots of great decisions. I love that everyone gets to use the same dice roll and make it work. Got to playing a second time and it was very good with the advanced rules. Card drafting for tableau and engine building. Very cool and some randomness with the dice but can be mitigated by extra workers. Lots of paths to take and is super cool. Solid game and will be on my shelf for a while!


8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








21. Chromosome:

Cool theme which drew me in for a play-through. Actual game play didn't grab me though. I don't get all the genes and mutating and all of that. Ultimately it is area control with some fighting. Different player abilities and actions to take. All in all seemed more take that and area control that I generally like. I am sure it will work for some groups but it just wasn't there for me. I am happy I tried it!


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








22. Meteln:

Was supposed to be 5 dice. Turned around and became 3 dice since the barrels were too small. Yahtzee type game of trying to get 3 of a kinds with the big chunky dice. The dice are what drew me in. Very cool dice. Not in my price range and really a drinking game. Cool, and something I would play but really just to roll some dice. Hard to say there is a really a game there. Awesome bits!


4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







23. Museum:

Going to KS 2017. Set collection drafting game. Very simple to teach and play. Still in prototype form so subject to change. I really liked what I saw and played. I fear it being too long for what it offers. We only played to 30 points and that seemed like it was almost enough. Normal game goes until 80 points which gets me a bit worried it might overstay its welcome. I look forward to Kickstarting it next year. I think it will be a big hit.



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








24. Azuchi Castle:

Adorable little box with a lot of stuff in it. Cubes and punch outs and a full deck of cards for the game play. Very simple card game to get resources and turn them into points. You will be drafting cards each round and then revealing an event. The game play is fast. It just didn't grab me like I was hoping it would. It is a fine game and I was happy to play it. I would play it in the future but I decided I didn't have to own it.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








25. Cottage Garden:

I was pretty excited for this one. Lots of buzz at Essen and after. When I played 2p it wasn't as exciting as I was hoping. reminds me of Patchwork but with less tension. Very easy, and maybe I could get my grandfather to play, which could be very good. All in all, I will keep it for now, but I don't know how much staying power it has. Definitely a let down for how beautiful and kitty-full it is.



6/10 After many plays (Owned)








26. Pipe Work:

On my long list to try and I managed it. Speed dex puzzle game- auto win for me. I loved this game. If the box wasn't so big I definitely would have picked it up. Awesome components and it is such a cool game. Easy to play. I will definitely be looking to pick this one up in the future.


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








27. Gemblo:

Older title but still one I hadn't played. This was the deluxe version! Wow, so pretty! I HAVE TO HAVE IT! Reminds me of Blokus and if you like that then you will like this, it is that simple. Similar rules and scoring. Abstract and awesome. Loved it- but I did not love it more than Blokus. Still enough to own both!


8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)








28. Capital:

Instant hit for me. Was unclear if I would like it so I tried it and immediately bought it. Awesome tile drafting game. For me, it replaced Among the Stars. Simple to teach. Resembles 7 wonders with a special aspect to building your city. It really is a fantastic game. families and gamers would all share the love for this game. I hope it becomes easily available in the US. Great game!


8.5/10 Aftera few plays (Owned)








29. King Of The Hill: The Dwarf Throne:

Actually a pretty awesome game. Simultaneous bidding for majority after a vicious round of worker placement. It is a sneaky game and with the right crowd this could be a real winner. Unfortunately, I was the only one to enjoy this game when I played so it soured a bit for me. I would definitely play and even consider owning at some point. I did quite enjoy it. People we were playing with were very UNFUN. I still consider this game Recommended!




7/10 After 1 plays (Not Owned)








30. Cortex Challenge:

Simple card game. I was drawn in with the texture on the cards. It looked and felt so cool! I wish the whole game was about those cards and that there were more of them. I know it would be tough to do, but that is the coolest part of the game. The game is a series of speed recognition puzzles and you are trying to get pairs of the same type of puzzle by winning the round. Eh, it was fun one time but I am not sure about replay value here. Neat idea though.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








31. Key to the City – London:

Keyflower? If you like that, then you will like this. I actually don't really care for Keyflower so much but this was a lot better. The fiddly-ness is ridiculous here, however. Better turn order situations and better progression of tiles. Same problem where as the game goes on the AP grows longer. Lots of options. Better goals to aim for and a better than. Components are not as nice as keyflower.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








32. Noch mal!:

Dice game, I need them all! I love fast dice games! If you like them, you will like this! Not much else you need to know. Nothing really new and inventive here, but I love the dice and I love that if it is not your turn you are still actively playing. Fun times and awesome.


7.5/10 After many plays (Owned)








33. Honshu:

Definitely a hit at Essen. I have played 3 times so far and it is quite a challenging game. It is played like a trick taker but more like Plums with players only collecting one card in order based on the value of the card they played. The card is then played into a personal player area like in Patchistory. Can be a bit fiddly but it plays quickly and is a very nice game. I very much enjoy it. Probably best with 3p.


8/10 After many plays (Owned)








34. First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express:

It's great! Card drafting for actions to take. A few different strategies to work on. Much easier than Russian Railroads card game, but you definitely get the RR vibe. Really cool. Bunch of modules that change up the game. I haven't tried the other mods but I can't wait. It is a fast game and easy to teach and play. Will definitely be a hit for families and gamers. Really surprised me when I played at Essen, I am glad I was able to find a copy to buy!


8.5/10 After many plays (Owned)








35. Die Baumeister des Colosseum:

Cool that you are building a colosseum with the orders you complete. Collect resources and turn them in for points and building up the colosseum. Interesting engine building and good for new players for sure. A game I could play again, but just didn't keep my interest long. The end game was a bit fast and it seemed the points for the last 3 slots were unnecessary. Didn't do much for me, but I think it is a solid game.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








36. Capital Lux:

The artwork drew me in as a lot of games do. The game play for this card game is there and then I bought it. Really interesting scoring mechanic and different actions you will get by supporting the capital. Definitely unique and fun game. Plays quickly. I enjoy it a lot.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








37. Fold-it:

Speed game to fold your napkin to only reveal the wanted meals. All players have the same napkin mirrored front and back. You have to folkd it. It is a crazy hard abstract puzzle game. I have no idea how you figure it out. Super hard and mind bending. I was terrible at it. cool concept and wicked hard.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








38. The Mountaineer:

Awesome game, and my hidden gem of Essen. New time designer Corey Wright brings his personal travels into an awesome mountain climbing adventure. hand management and abstract thinking. Very thematic with the rolling of the dice determining your movements on the mountain you will always get something but depending on your roll it might be better than not. Tech advancements give potential bonus actions. It is really a race game to finish the goals first. I can't wait to play with a bunch of players and all over the place. I know it will be a hit when it hits kickstarter 2017. Love it! Working on getting the special handmade edition.


8.5/10 After 1 play (Preordered)








39. Kodama: The Tree Spirits:

I enjoyed Kigi alright. This one has a lot more problems. Kigi has its own set of problems and this was just added on problems. It really didn't work for me. I like the cute art and that was the only thing that got me to try it in the first place. The goal cards are not balanced at all. Card placement rules are too picky- all in al I would pick Kigi to play again, but even that is on my trade pile.


2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








40. DuCo:

Better than Kodama, not by much. Pretty cards, very abstract. Place your card on the main board and score points based on adjacency to matching colors and symbols. I feel like there could be a better game here, but the on the box it says can be explained in 5 second or something, so it clearly prides itself on that. I'd say fix the rules to be more of a game, and less about ease of play. It could be something really cool. I like the look of it and I was the only one at the table who wanted to finish the game we started. Potential here, but as it stands it is not a game I will likely return to.


4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







41. A Feast for Odin:

The moment of truth! A game I have been anxiously awaiting for since last year. The next big Uwe R game! I wrote up a long review, but if you are a regular to my blog then it was posted recently. Spatial element to this game and can be considered fairly abstract. I enjoy that, but I mostly enjoy the abundance of options with actually a lot of limited availability to resources you might want or need. Very clever. I don't think it will ever be superior to Fields of Arle(10/10), but perhaps it might pass Caverna: The Cave Farmers (10/10) sometime. At the moment the game is still so new, I am not sure how it will all pan out in the coming months. So far I love it, and I am excited for the future! Still makes my top 20 list easy.



10/10 After a few plays (Owned)








42. The Colonists:

WOW this is a beast of a game! Alright this game is long, very long for your first play to grasp everything. The symbology is a lot but easy to understand. Everything is actually pretty straight forward once you get there. I might recommend playing 2 or 3 players for your first game to cut down on the time. Lots of potential here and I am so very excited to explore this game further. Can easily be a top 10 game for me. Seems to be just awesome. Very excited for this one.


10/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








43. Great Western Trail:

Alexander Pfister's new design. I had to have it. The game is one big rondel. Lots of different strategies to pursue and sort of point salad to this game. Many ways to get points and different focus points. Very solid game, but in my eyes doesn't compare to Mombasa(9/10), which is a game I just love. I need to play it a few more times and I will see how it holds up to other euro's in my collection. definitely solid and a game I would recommend playing.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








44. Habitats:

Easy tile-laying abstract game. Can easily teach new gamers or even non gamers. Adorable ceramic figures. I want to collect them all! Or at least trade for the ones I really want! Great theme and all around love this game. Won't be leaving my collection at least for a very very long time. I can't help but love this one!


8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








45. The Climbers:

Caught me by surprise with this one. Very abstract even though it appears like a dexterity game. I have to say I very much enjoyed it and will have to look to getting a copy of it at one point. Different sized blocks you are moving around to try and navigate to the top of the structure that is being formed. Very interesting abstract and easy to play. Love the little ladders. Definitely would recommend and play this again.



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








46. Länder toppen!:

Trick tacking trivia game. Buwha?! Yah strange combo, but the cards are different countries and different statistics. You are trying to allocate the cards you are given to different categories to try and win the trick for highest and lowest results in that category. Very interesting. Something I could play again. I liked it well enough, I am not the smartest when it comes to games like this though. I expect to lose! Could be a fair bit of luck too.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








47. Round House:

One I was very excited for at Essen! Cool hefty cardboard house tiles. Rondel game where you are moving pawns around the house. Collecting items and potentially trading for on going powers and points. resource management game and set collection game. lots of options and not all house tiles are in play so each game will be different depending on the spaces that become available each game. Really enjoyable and a game I want to play a bunch more. Happy to have it!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)










48. The Oracle of Delphi:

New Feld! Not a point salad game but a race game. Trying to complete tasks before everyone else and get to the finish. Love the dice and the goads. Asymmetrical powers to start- unclear if some are just better than others. Very interested in playing this one more. I think I like it better than a lot of recent Feld titles. The colors are bold and the game is great.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








49. Woof Meow Biscuits:

Adorable card game with cute dogs and cats. I can't say the game play is all there since it is not. But I give it props for being cute. Simple games with great bits. Trying to hit 14 in value going around the table trying not to break rules. Semi- Uno ish. Table was having fun at the game's expense though. One I am unlikely to play again.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)








50. Russian Railroads: American Railroads:

OMG words can not explain how much I love it! Blows my mind just like Russian Railroads: German Railroads did. Both I rate perfect since they are! So many options and strategies and a game I would always want to play. If you like RR then you have to get both of these expansions. I think of this as a game on it's own. Yes you need the base board and player pieces but it is a new game in its own. Deserves to be treated as a single unit. So good! Highly recommended!


10/10 After 1 play (Owned)








51.Las Vegas: The Card Game:

OK Not as good as the dice game. Not bad take on it either. Simultaneous selection of cards which is different than the parent game. I enjoyed it but you have to take it with a grain of salt. It won't be for everyone and many people won't like it. I would certainly play again and I look forward to playing the module for the dice game that comes in this small boxed game.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)







52. Papà Paolo:

Worker placement delivery game. All about delivering your pizza! I love the theme, I can't help it. I LOVE pizza! There is an interesting bidding mechanic each round. Having play this first game I know I will do things differently next time. Tie breaker is most money... Ron and I tied so this is very important to know. Actually the scores were pretty close and it is not necessarily a good thing. I definitely enjoyed my play and want to play again. Art work can be a bit hard to see important items vs non important items- a bit busy, even for me.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








53. Zock 'n' Roll:

Fast bluffing Yahtzee type game with a lot of poker involved. I actually very much enjoyed it. Lasted a bit too long, but I think it is still a great filler. Got it in a math trade and I think I did very well! Recommended for anyone who enjoys dice games! I can't lie for sh*t and it is pretty funny. I am a risk taker and this definitely has some push your luck elements.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)











New to me Expansions!




1. Deus: Egypt:

I love the base game! This adds a whole new deck of cards. You can mix and match colors with the base game or just use them on their own or just missed it all together. It is crazy awesome! New market pricing for the resources which is very cool. There is now a limit to the number of resources you can hold. It is all awesome. I LOVE IT! Equal rating to the base game.

8.5/10 After many plays (Owned)



please note that the resources are not apart of the game





2. 7 Wonders: Duel – Pantheon:

I have to say that I like 7 Wonders Duel okay. I don't quite get all the rage and I still like 7W better. This expansions adds some new god cards which are very nice. some interesting ideas, but still the same game underneath. I will always play with it going forward, it still won't be a game I frequently play though. Same rating as the base game.


8/10 After many plays (Owned)









3. Carcassonne: Star Wars – Erweiterung 1:

This is a great expansion to a great game. If you like the base game, you will like this. It adds a 6th player with a new faction. It adds some tokens you can use when putting down your meeple. The saber gives +1 to your highest die rolled. The blaster allows you to roll the 3-8 dice that comes with the expansion. It is simple and works incredibly well. Really fun! I rate it the same as I rate the base game.



8/10 After many plays (Owned)










The Tally


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





Total new to me games for the year 313!





MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS A 3-WAY TIE AT 10/10 EXCELLENT GAMES!:

A Feast for Odin






















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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 games! And I am probably going to increase that to 365


September List





1. Gulo Gulo:

Adorable push your luck game. It is a dexterity game so if you don't like those you will probably not like this. There is a bowl of eggs and when you reveal a tile you have to pull that egg from the bowl. If you knock over the center stick you have to move backwards to the last time the color was flipped from your location. It is very simple and amazingly cute. If the box was 75% smaller I would own it. For now I would just stand to play someone else's copy. Definitely would play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









2. Walnut Grove:

By one the guys who did Eclipse? Really? Eclipse = far superior in my opinion and has essentially nothing to compare to this game. I suppose both designers didn't work on Eclipse. Enough about that, but this game is a mean game. The game wants you to fail therefore I don't like it. It is quite simple games that want you to fail, I don't enjoy as a rule. It has some cool mechanics- Tile laying and rondel. Money is tight and every $1 matters. There is a bunch of luck for what you pull from the bag but decisions once you do! All in all I liked it enough where I could stand to play again, I just might never choose to. It is one of the better, this game hates you that I have played vs- Archipelago, and Agricola are what come to mind. For me it was meh.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









3. KLASK:

Oh Man! So good I went out and bought a copy after I played it. (Target sale it cost me $34 bucks!) Awesome table top "air hockey" wannabe. It has a rolling ball and magnets. Game plays super quick and is good for anyone. It is just awesome. My family will love it and I can't wait for the holidays where everyone will want to play. I know it will be a huge hit with everyone! Dexterity game- so again, if you don't like that then you might not enjoy this, but it is hard not to!


8/10 After 2 play (Owned)









4. If Wishes Were Fishes!:

Cool components and weird art- this game is a stock market game in disguise for kids and families. you are trying to run the fish stands and get the best payout for the fishes you own. For me this game dragged on too long and didn't have what I like. I didn't like the art but I know some do. The worms were adorable and gummy- who thought of that? Definitely a cool game for families and I would have enjoyed it growing up. There are lots of choices to be had- I just don't find it that interesting at this point in my gaming existence.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









5.Uncharted: The Board Game:

Card game. Terrible theme- well for me. I don't like the guns and fighting that this board game has. I know it is based off of a video or computer game. It is not really for me though. Some cool mechanics for getting cards and a common center for players to fight against or work towards searching for benefits. Semi- co-op in this regard. One reason why it didn't work for me. The other is that is lasted 2 hours and the box says 1 hour. Clearly we played incorrectly. I don't care to go back and revisit it though. For me it was a 1 and Done.


4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








6. Star Trek: Catan:

It hasn't crossed my table until now because I am just not that into Star Trek. GASP- the horror. Nah It is cool and I have enjoyed the recent movies in the past few years. I don't presume to know the characters or habits of the show, however. This game introduces characters and special abilities. Playing with 2 people who know the game very well and Ron who picks everything up very quickly- I had a hard time adjusting. People seem to like the characters but I quite hated them and they were flipping between players like it was their business, to me it added too much chaos. I haven't played most of the Catan expansions except for Cities and Knights which I also hated. I just didn't enjoy what was "new" here. I like basic Catan and that is good enough for me. I did like the bit though- very cool bits! It is still Catan at its heart so I rate it OK.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









7. Hanamikoji:


So Excited for this one! One of the prettiest games I have seen and played. Simple 2 player game with a tug of war approach. This is different than your average "Battle Line" but it is similar in that you are working to win the influence of the ladies in the middle. This game offers a single card never to be seen and for players to ditch cards along the way. Very interesting offering and grouping of the cards to hopefully get what you want. You really have to know the other player and deduct what they might be doing. Fast and excellent. Top notch game, I am not surprised that it sold out for pre orders.



8.5/10 After many plays (Owned)








8. Cat Town:

Adorable cat meeples. What else do you need to know? It is a set collection and memory type game. Hand management and timing is everything. Just play the advanced version for a better game. The easy and normal modes are not so much game as random and luck dependent. I had more fun with the advanced rules. Enjoyable filler, perhaps not one I will visit a lot.


6/10 After a few plays (Owned)








9. PaiMiahhh:

Trick Taking Halloween themed game. You had me at Trick Taking- I love it. I was weary when I heard a player had to sit out (like in bridge), But, after having played it- the way it works out it is much better if the winning bid gets to know more information about the partners hand. It is very tricky and many things to consider. I actually think it is a refreshing take on trick taking games. Fun cards are added in and playing off suit gets you a bonus marker for points! Very cool game, especially with the holiday around the corner. I look forward to more plays!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








10. Suspicion:

Deduction game with some set collection. Players are trying to deduct who's who and do this by playing cards to find out more information about the locations of different guests in the house (on the game board). Perhaps too long for what it is. The game could easily be shortened to make for a more suitable gamers game. This game is found at Target- so the audience it more geared toward the casual gamer. Enjoyable and one I could see playing again.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








11. Really Bad Art:

From the same Brand/ Designer as Suspicion, Really Bad Art is found at Target. This holds a name true to the game. You literally have 6 second to read the card and draw what it says. One of my clues to draw was "smooth Operator" So we are not talking easy "heart" subjects. This game was hilarious and I had a great time playing it. Definitely light weight and party type, but I had a great time. It was some seriously bad art drawings. Everyone had a great time though.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









12. Costa Rica:

Push your luck in the worst possible way. If you push your luck but want to CONTINUE to do so you have to first give up your rights to the tiles for other players to take. This game is not encouraging you to push your luck but to play it safe. I don't like to "play I safe" - that is far too mundane and boring for me. Therefore this game falls into the category of 1 and Done for me. I lost horribly since I decided I wanted to push my luck further but people would just take my tiles. I got left stranded and I hated it. Really is probably a nice family game but for me it is not one I will ever revisit.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








13. Far East War 1592:

Ok this is probably the game that is unlike the others. It is a war game, and if you don't like those then you will likely not like this one. I played it both as 2p and teams with 4p. For me it worked better with 4p because I had less to think about and could focus more easily on what was happening on the board. With 2p there are so many generals and considerations to think about. I am not THAT great at planning and seeing the future to what my opponent might do or think. Don't get me wrong I love planning ahead but I just can't see it as clearly as a regular war gamer could. It is not even a euro game in disguise- this is right up war game. I like it and I like the generals. I don't recommend starting a game @ 10pm since it will be a 3 hours endeavor.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








14. Among the Stars: Revival:

2p only or expansion to basic Among the Stars. I like the fact that it is 2p only. There is a nice drafting mechanic in this game designed for the 2p. Works basically the same way as general Among the Stars, if you know it. If not you are just building a tableau of location cards and stations trying to get as many points as possible, some in game and some end of game. This game also offers characters that you are trying to gain influence and victory points from. They give bonuses at the end of each round too. That is a nice change up and gives some focus. I have to say I very much enjoyed this game. Seeing that I never get Among the Stars played, I don't think I will be purchasing this game though. I would be happy to play it again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








15. Wonky:

Silly Dexterity game. Blocks are all uneven and hard to stack. It is Uno with a dexterity twist. Same idea as Uno where you are trying to get rid of your cards. If the tower falls over then you have to get 3 more cards to start the new tower. Played with the wrong crowd lead to a meh game. I would try again, but I am not holding my breath. I think there are better dexterity games out there. This one was okay for me.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








16. Raiders of the North Sea:

Didn't know much about this one. A friend wanted to play it so I agreed. It was actually a nice resource collection to turn into points game. There is the working phase to build up your stash of Vikings and provisions. But, you are gearing up to go on the raids to get better opportunities for better raids. It all leads up until you had the strength and crew to go on the best quests for the most points. What I like about the game is that you get 2 action when you are "working" you place your meeple for and action then you remove a different meeple in the same working area for the second action. You always end your turn with a meeple- might be a different color depending. Very cool idea. I enjoyed this game a lot and would definitely play again.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








17. Impulse:

A game I was not interested in playing but tried to stay positive. I haven't had the best results with Carl Chudyk's designs. It is a wonder how I love Innovation so much. This game has similarities to his others. Multi-use cards and different actions to activate and get your own strategies going. Little you can do since the cards you get are the ones you work with. Much too luck dependent for me- AND I LIKE LUCK. Way to much AP and we were only playing 3p. I really never want to play this game again. I had zero fun and I even won the game.



2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









18. Coffee Roaster:

SOLO ONLY- I don't often play solo and when I do I play Arle. Arle is more of a time suck though and this one plays really quickly (or longer for a longer game). It is push your luck with a planning aspect so you can really (hopefully) get the result you are looking for in the final pull of the round. Lots of interesting choices and having a good memory definitely helps. Very enjoyable and any solo gamer would and should look up this title. Well deserved spot in the collection and I plan to enjoy many more plays of this for the nights I am alone. If only I enjoyed coffee, I would drink it with every play!



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








19. The Perfumer:

WOW! Real scratch and Sniff the board game. Such a cool (and a bit gimmicky) mechanic. Fun to play every once in a while since Scent is very much a memory thing. Time will help keep it fresh on the table. Take away the scent aspect of the game and it is a simple set collection game which could get boring with too much play. The smelling and pairing up scents is definitely the most interesting part of the game and I would recommend it as an entry level game for any group. Very strong scents were used (all pleasant) but might not be for someone with sensitive smelling. I definitely recommend this one, if only just to play once.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









20. Castle Crush!:

A game I have wanted to play for a while. It look so cool with the blocks and trying to destroy other players castles. Not enough destruction and too much scoring upkeep. Wanted to do more damage. By the end I was just ready for it to be over. It wasn't enough dexterity for a dexterity game. I am not sure if that makes sense but it is how I feel. Super happy I got the chance to play it. I am not sure it is a title I would revisit but I would if requested.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








21. Dale of Merchants:

Had high hopes. So many positive comments from fellow bloggers and bgg friends. We played with the attack cards and it was over for me. The game lasted far too long. This is not a simple filler. Will become crazy AP with the wrong people who love to "KNOW" the cards (Dan). It is the only way you will do well if you have the knowledge of the cards. But, the turn over for the cards are so frequent that you can't plan ahead or anything. Cards will be stolen if you play with Raccoons. I was expecting something this game wasn't and had a terrible time. Don't go in expecting a fast deck building game. For me I don't know if I will revisit it. Probably works better as a 2p game anyway.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









22. Wooly Bully:

Cute tile laying game I wanted to try out. Really luck dependent if you get the right tiles at the right time. I can't say I was that impressed with the turn out. By the end I was ready for the end. cute family game and intro into Carc but I would just much rather play Carcassonne instead. I didn't find I was making any clever moves or anything. Not impressed.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)









23. Planet Defenders:

New Taiwanese game where you are trying to collect robots for points and in different sets. You can have up to 2 actions in the turn if you have the energy to pay for it. It is grid movement because you are moving the active robots around and taking the action. Resource management and set collection game. It is definitely on the lighter side and easily for older kids. A very nice solid game and one I look forward to playing more. The robots are adorable I names them Chicken, Duck and Blueberry! Ron and I had a good time playing 2p. I look forward to trying with more players.




7/10 After 1 play (Owned)











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The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57
May: 21
June: 18
July: 17
August: 50
September: 23





Total new to me games for the year 260!





MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Hanamikoji









I hope you are all ready for the super awesome Essen list I plan to present next month! Wooohoo!





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


Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph



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Steph's Freaking Huge 'New to Me' List - August 2016

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


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


August List





1. Aquarium:

Adorable art and interesting auction game with set collection and bidding, in a way. Unfortunately, the game lasts FAR too long at 45 minutes! If the game could somehow be completed in 15 minutes it would be a charming filler and one for the collection. As it stands, I don't think this will ever see the table again, at least when I am around.


4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








2. Merchants & Marauders: Broadsides:

Actually, I didn't get a full play in but just the first many rounds. I wonder how much the 1st player has the advantage in this game. It seemed pretty strong. A bunch of back and forth and seems tug of war like. I liked the targets, I thought that was interesting but it could totally just be luck of the draw since you need cards to line up with the targets. I would be willing to play the full game.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









3. Via Nebula:

A lot more fun than I was expecting. I don't like pick up and delivery games. This is more of just a delivery game- light. There is a fast play time and a lot of interesting decisions. When to 'help' and when to hold back can be a tough call. I had a great time playing this and look forward to my next play! Might be on my radar to pick up in trade.


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









4. HOPE:

Co-op game. I only played 2p so there was not a "traitor" in the game. I don't think I would enjoy it much with a traitor anyway. This is a VERY Spatial game. If you do not like abstracts this one will not be fore you. It is VERY abstract and even hard to follow what legal moves and placement actually is. Different player powers can come into effect too. You are working to try and sustain planet life before the plight takes control. It was actually a lot better than I thought it would be and even though it is co-op there is (could be) a single winner whomever supports the universe most. I enjoyed this game and would try it again- without a traitor. It was cool and I think the KS backers will be pleased.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









5. Hero Realms:

Yay! So excited to give this one a play! I did KS the game and am very much looking forward to the final production copy. This is very much like star realms and if you like that one you will most likely enjoy this one. They are essentially the same but bases are "heroes" and they can be tapped and possibly untapped in a single turn so you have to plan wisely and get the good cards. Also, there is a really fine chance of collecting tons of life if the cards fall correctly. I was up over 80 life when I beat Ron. He, needless to say, wasn't a big fan of this game. I am sure it will grow on him, however.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ pre ordered)









6. Cry Havoc:

I can't help but compare the game to Blood Rage. While completely different, they result in the same feelings I have. I am not excited by the game play or area control. I understand both games are well received but I am just not the target market. In the end, both games are really well designed and have interesting combat but not really my style. This one offers many different strategies depending on your faction and it has some cool cards and features to work around. I would play again if requested but I don't think I would ever request it. (same with blood rage).



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








7. Legendary Inventors:

Using your inventors you are trying to 'invent' different things. It is area control for 1/2/3rd place items and you are trying to collect points and upgrade you inventors in the process. It is very light and interesting enough where I could play it again. I can't say it was very interesting with 2p but it might be better with more.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)










8. Dream Home:

Awesome! A game right up my ally. Wonderful art and drafting/ tile placement. All the right things in all of the right places means home run for me. 30 minute package and it is right up there for a perfect filler with quadropolis, even. I can't wait to own this game. I really really liked it.



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









9. Lotus:

Beautiful! Nearly had me buying it for its beauty alone. It had sold out at GenCon before I could try, however. Glad I played it. Glorified set collection (making pretty flowers). Rules were very unclear when I played, and it isn't even that complicated. The first game did sour my opinion a little bit. I definitely want to play it again for a legit game. While nothing like it, Lotus reminds me of Coloretto. Same easy play with a few more options. It is like opposite Coloretto, maybe. definitely same Genre. I do recommend this game for new players and casual players.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/wishlist maybe)









10. Mines of Ōlnäk:

Drawn to the table for all of the crazy colors and insanity this game looked to be! Yes, it was a bit complicated to get through the rules but once we did it was a joy to sit and play this game. I simply can't wait for the future KS, I will be ON IT. Lots of tough choices to be made and actions mean everything in this game. Solid euro game that I think will be a huge hit!




8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









11. Tiffin:

Interesting card drafting and delivery game. I don't like the dark colors on this game or the artwork. It is just not my taste. The game play was nice. It had some area control but what was most interesting was the use of the bot. No matter how many players you have you are always using a bot. The bot introduces the random element to the game and starts dropping cubes for the majorities. While they don't score points it influences points given to other players. It is a fun game and I would definitely play it again.

afterthought, the score board was terrible.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









12. For Crown & Kingdom:

Has the mechanic from Finca that is cool. You move the number of spaces depending on how many occupy the space you are leaving from. I like that, but this game is about getting your banners/ influence out and it is VERY difficult to do that. Could possibly be the never ending game. It was nice for 10 minutes then at 30 minutes we all stopped and we were MAYBE halfway through. It seemed like no progress was happening. It was just far too long for what it was. This is a game I won't have to revisit.




3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









13. Dominion: Empires:

Awesome! One of the better expansions in the past many expansions. I rank this my second favorite in the series behind Hinterlands. It has a lot of cool cards and interesting ideas. I love the castle cards! They are AMAZING! I love love love the debt cards. So many new and interesting ideas. This is a great addition, and I look forward to a lot more plays.



8.5/10 After a couple plays (Owned)









14. Meow:

About at simple of a game that you can get. It is straight up bluffing game. probably needed with more than 2p so I can't really tell you, but I did not enjoy this with 2p. 2 games in under 30 seconds. I don't even know if it was a game! I am a terrible bluffer, so there is that. I won't be seeking this one out every again.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








15. Candy Chaser:

This was an import title that Iello decided to publish. It is also a bluffing game to try and get your candy to the top of the charts. Simple game with not many decisions to make. Super light and easy for kids to play. I can see this being a nice family game to play. I wouldn't say no to another game but I might never request it.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









16. Sagrada:

One of my absolute favorites from GenCon. I can not wait to own this game. Dice drafting and abstract placement to try and get the most points possible. Different difficulties to use and different actions to possible take each game. The combination of scoring is also changed each game so it will be totally different each time. I LOVE that and I am SO excited to play this one again. I had a great time learning and playing with 4 players.


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









17. London Dread:

Game play was actually tense and fun. It is a co-op game with a nice puzzle feeling. I had a great time playing until the end. Essentially the end game is a single die roll to tell if we won or not. It is like so much thought went into the design of the game play and the ending was an afterthought, 'oh hey we need an ending'. Actually a game I would play again but probably won't because of that ending. Without the ending I rate it a 7.5 with the ending I have to rate it a 5. Like it was that big of a difference for me.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









18. Unfair:

Awesome theme. I only got to play a demo that was mid way through the game to get a feel of a few turns that can happen. Seems to be somewhat take that which could be an issue. I really want to play a full game before I make a final decision. But I really like the tableau building part of this game. Making my main attractions better and better. Seems like a very cool game and I have been following it for a while now!



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









19. Schotten Totten:

Tug of war game while playing chicken. You don't want to tip your hand too much since you are trying to win majorities. It is a very light game. Started off with this title and then became "battle line" or something now remake by Iello. I enjoyed this 2p game. It was solid. I would play it again, but I won't own it.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









20. Kenjin:

This is another take on the Battle line back, I think. I really should try that one so I know what I am talking about. In any case this game players have a hand of cards they are playing to try and win majorities in the center. It is not strictly 2p but can play up to 4p. I only played 2p but I think it will get extremely interesting with 3-4p. I would definitely like to try it again with more. Could be a cool little game. This kind of bluffing game I enjoy.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









21. Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne:

OMG this game! All I was thinking about for days after having played it. This is the first game I am completely obsessed with the theme. I love GoT and the fact they have the actual pictures of the characters, I very much enjoy. It might not be that way for many people and those who don't know the show will probably not enjoy it as I enjoy it. I can't say I was a fan of Cosmic Encounter but for some reason this game is just SO MUCH FUN. I can't wait to play it again with different characters and encounters. the table talk in this game is just the best. You have to play with GoT fans though.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist/ must own)









22. Ascendants of Aetheros:

So pretty, I won't lie- I wanted to play because it is so pretty. I sat down and played with players not so influenced by the pretty. They didn't like the game. I didn't have the best teacher explaining the game. The game is rinse and repeat with the same attack and block cards. It did get a bit old in the game play but I wanted so much to enjoy it.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









23. Wrath of Dragons:

Very much enjoyed my play of this game. Solid euro with some interesting drafting and set collection aspects. Traded to acquire it and am looking forward to my full game experience since I only managed to play a few rounds before having to stop. Awesome meeples too! Seems easy to learn and teach so I am excited for this one.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








24. A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King:

The other GoT game I played! Really simple set collection and abstract tile game. Not a fan of the art and wish they used real photography from the show. Basically I like photography better and wish more games had photography. A game that I will likely pick up for the theme alone and see it gets played a bunch. Super fast 10 minute filler and I think people will enjoy it.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









25. Vikings: The Board Game:

Never saw the TV series but they use some images from that. I don't know how it related to the show but I know what I played. It was actually a very interesting resource management game with exploration. Went into this game knowing basically not with no expectation and it turned out to be a half decent game. I would definitely play it again, there are a lot of cool things going on and I had a good time. Player have mini quests they are working on and that helps given them a goal to work towards. I like the use of the payment being "days" but it works like the time in Thebes. You don't want to over spend for anything that would mean less turns in the end. Cool game.


7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









26. Kreo:

Beautiful beautiful game. Co-op card game with simultaneous card selection to play to try and build the planet. SO HARD! We haven't even played the advanced rules and this game is so hard. I like co-op games when they are mind games. There is no dictation so that is nice. I have been enjoying my many plays of this. Card stock leaves much to be desired. I wish it was better quality for the cards especially when I paid $25 for like 50 cards.



8/10 After many plays (Owned)








27. Cthulhu in the House:

Simple bluffing game. You want to try and keep your monsters alive by causing fights to happen. You have two monsters you are trying to keep alive all while trying to get rid of the other monsters. The most adorable cthulhu game that I know of.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









28. Brynk:

Oh man I saw this game and I had to play it. Dexterity on a moving platform. It was awesome. Just don't make the thing fall on your turn and you are out. You have to place any piece you want on the structure and not make it fall. I had a good time playing this game. Had it been available to purchase I probably would have done so. Not my favorite dex game but it was fun!



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









29. The Last Friday:

Wish I got to demo before I did because I would have bought it on the spot. I mean I love Letters from Whitechapel, and this game is very similar with a few twists. I only got to play night 1 but man am I so excited to play the rest of the game. It is crazy! First the hunter is after the campers then the camper is after the hunter it is all sorta of twists and turns and I really like the game play. The lake is a nice feature too. Very excited for this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ Wishlist/ Must Own)








30. Yspahan:

Oldie but a goodie. Camels! What else do you need to know? Area Control with dice drafting. I really enjoyed the dice drafting bit and it makes the whole game come together. I actually really enjoyed my play of this. I have no idea how to pronoun the title. This is a solid euro and I would recommend it. Definitely want to play this one again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








31. Arcane Academy:

I knew I wanted to try this out, of course once I did I enjoyed it a ton and wanted to purchase it but it had sold out. I will have to be on the lookout I suppose. It is tile placement and combo building game. Charming art and a game I definitely want to play more of! I had a great time. Possibly will be higher rated with more plays.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








32. Ice Cool:

Dexterity adorableness. I, of course, pre ordered this game and had to own it. I mean flicking penguins to try and catch the other penguins/ eat up the fish - I was ON IT. Again, so cute and could easily be in any collection. Good family game for the kids or casual gamers. Definitely belongs in my collection!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








33. Goblin's Breakfast:

Really Simple silly card game. Good for kids and families. It is very much take that. Lots of people were enjoying it and I just was not. I think it was a perfectly fine and nice filler, I just don't have to play again.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









34. Dimension:

This game from Lauge Luchau is much like his other games Uluru and Xalapa. This one just doesn't really line up with the others and is much easier. I had a better time playing the other two. That being said, had I not played the others, I would have found this exciting. I love patten/ puzzle games and this does it well. I have traded my copy away.



6/10 After 1 play (Prev. Owned)









35. The Rose King:

2p Kosmos game. I can't say I am a big fan of the Kosmos 2p series, but this one actually surprised me a bunch. It is a nice abstract game to try and gain majorities and large selections of your color. I quite enjoyed this one and have added it to the wishlist. Nice game.


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









36. Tally Ho!:

Another Kosmos 2p game. This is abstract tile movement and capturing game. Can be very luck dependent. How the hunters flip up can make or break the human roles. Could be a nice 2p abstract game, but I don't really think it fits in my collection. It falls inline with the other 2p Kosmos games I played, and it just isn't enough to entertain my interests.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









37. 4 Gods:

BEAUTIFUL! It drew me into the table immediately. Tile placement and pretty you had me locked. I can't say I was a big fan of the real time aspect to the game but I thought it was very clever how you don't start as a faction but pick one up mid game depending on your mood. Very clever. I really look forward to playing this in the full game. It is a top game for me to pick up when available.




8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ Wishlist)









38. Hit Z Road:

Martin Wallace Dice games about getting points and fighting Zombies. I hate Zombies so this was rally not an appealing game for me to try out and play. It was actually an interesting auction game with a nice push your luck element to it. I turned out to like this a bit more than I anticipated. It is a nice dice game. I just wish it had ANY OTHER theme... Then it might be a game I actually own. As it stands I would be willing to play this one again, despite the theme.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









39. Save the Cupcake:

Cute 2p game where one player is trying to save the cupcake by redirecting the other players path. The other player is trying to "plinko" their way down the pyramid and find the cupcake in the end. It was a cute card game. I wouldn't mind playing it again, I don't really see it anything other than cute. Decent enough filler. Not something I would own.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









40. 7 Ronin:

2p only game and the first game I had wanted to pick up @ GenCon. It is an interesting simultaneous action between two players the ninjas and the defenders. The defending side has to place all of the defenders in different regions and the ninjas are trying to make majorities over the regions. It has a nice feeling and it is VERY difficult to be the defenders. I look forward to playing this one more to try and actually win. Only played the one time so far.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








41. Kingdoms:

Tile laying game with actually a bit of thinking and reacting. Very simple and plays up to 4 players. Only played 2p so far and it was a very clever game. You are trying to score lots of points and screw over your opponents at the same time. Definitely, worth the value ($10) that you can find it at. Lots of game for this small box. I look forward to my next play! Also, Awesome mini castles!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








42. Theseus: The Dark Orbit:

Abstract game with a fair bit of take that to your planning. While you are having to plan ahead you have to react directly to what the other players are doing. Different players with different abilities and cards to use. Hard and chaotic to maintain. I have some friends who really love it but I just don't think this game was for me. It didn't seem all that special or as a game I want to try again. I own it so I might give it another shot before I trade it away.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)








43. Mord im Arosa:

Clever sound game. You are trying to listed to the cubes getting dropped in a tower and then trying to accuse the other players of the murders found. It was a ton of fun and I am a terrible bluffer. I really enjoyed my play of this. You have to play it in a pretty quite area and not a loud convention. But, I do definitely recommend this. Family would like it too. Adorable!


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








44. Voilà!:

Fast paced dex game full of mini games. On your turn you are playing against the time in hopes of collecting and completing cards to get points. If the timer runs out and you are still going then you lose out for the round. You can call stop at anytime and take what you have completed. It is a nice little filler game. Happy to play it if requested but just doesn't leave me wanting more. Maybe better with fewer than max count.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)









45. Take The "A" Chord:

Made Ron pick this up for me since I like the theme and the trick taking. Has some interesting plays on the trick taking and you definitely need a full play before really understanding what is good to play or not. I heard it wasn't as good with 3p so I do recommend playing with 4p. I liked it well enough. Not sure it will stay in the collection.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)









46. Edo:

A game I had been looking at for quite a time. Finally found and played. It is a VERY thinking game. I have never been so AP before. DO NOT play this with regularly AP players. I mean there is so much thinking involved my head hurt and I am not a daft player. I am usually right on it. For whatever reason this was a hard game for me. I am interested in revisiting this title since I know I need to give it another chance, but after first play I am not sure this is for me. Really interesting mechanics and I know a lot of people love this but maybe I am too stupid.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned/ for trade)








47. Thief's Market:

Dice drafting game. Really cool mechanic and can be pretty take that. Working on building up your card engine to manipulate the dice to gain the better cards later in the game. Is it a fast one and I enjoy the game play. You really need more players to keep it interesting. I enjoy this game, but it won't be for everyone.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








48. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition:

I have played and did once own Mansions of Madness 1st edi. I had played it many times but it was shelved for years before I eventually sold it. I always liked the puzzle aspect to the game and was interested in trying this one out. I love the idea of the APP and how one player doesn't have to try and fumble through the rules of being the bad guy. The app worked surprisingly well and I had a wonderful time playing. We only did the first scenario which alters each time with the app. I am not sure how many variations there are but it was great. I have added to my wishlist and perhaps I will own it sometime. I am happy to play it again when requested.



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







49. Android: Mainframe:

Nice abstract puzzle game. A bit of take that which left Ron feeling sour on the game. Variable player powers which also might be a bit unbalanced, hard to say with the options we had in the game. Ron felt they were not even. I enjoyed the game just fine, but since he did not I don't think it will be one that I pursue further. Worked perfectly well for me and is a game I would try again if it showed up on the table.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









50. Strife: Shadows and Steam:

2p game with the card system you might find in Mission Red Planet. Players have the same cards in hand and simultaneously players pick a card to play. Calculating values and trying to gain majorities players are collecting points from the different locations. Beautiful game, and one I would play again for sure. The Art is just stellar! Ron was not impressed so I don't foresee another game with him, anyway.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)












New to me Expansions!



1. Dominion: Guilds:

Counting this as an expansion since it is a small box game and I didn't really get to playing a bunch from here. The coins are awesome and you definitely get a sense of what the expansion has to offer by just using a couple cards. I am definitely happy to have this in my collection. I am very excited to explore more with this expansions! If you like Dominion I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy this!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








2. Five Tribes: The Thieves of Naqala:

Very Small expansion adding 7 cards to the game. Offers a lot of fighting and stealing. Very vicious and not for the light hearted. I fear friendships will end over this expansion. I quite enjoy it but I am a meany poopy head! Not so mean in the 2p game but could be a lot meaner in the 4p game. I don't really ever play this game 4p, however. For $6 not a bad deal!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)










The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57
May: 21
June: 18
July: 17
August: 50




Total new to me games for the year 237!





MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: A 4 WAY TIE... ALL WITH 8.5/10 RATING. This is the order in which I think will remain on top.

Dominion: Empires- Already a huge hit after several plays. I love it!

Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne

Sagrada

Dream Home



All games will be in my collection if they aren't already. I really had a good month of gaming!









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 July 2016 List!

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


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


July List




1. Scythe:

First new game of the month and perhaps the single best game of the year (unless I get my hands on Feast for Odin, of course).

This game is easy top 20 material. I have played a TON of games in the short few weeks I have owned it and there is still so much to explore! SO MUCH replay value and EVERYONE I play with loves this game. It is a crowd pleaser. So many interesting choices and combinations to consider. You are actively thinking the entire time and planning a head. I simply can't get enough of this game. So much asymmetry and it is wonderfully challenging each time. WANT MORE PLAYS NOW!


9.5/10 After 7 plays (Owned)










2. Mystic Vale:

Such a cool mechanic! Can't say I loved the game though. Happy to play it and will likely own it. I played a hellava lot more Dominion base than I care to play Mystic Vale base. After first play I felt the game was unfinished. It needed more to grip me wanting to play more. Yes, there are expansions and I plan to try each one! I can't say I am a fan of a game that should have just planned for a bigger base game to make it "complete" vs putting out a game with the first expansion in the works already. It doesn't sit well with me.

Alas, the game is beautiful and interesting and I look forward to seeing where it leads.


7.5/10 After 2 play (Not Owned)








3. Barnyard Roundup:

Now on KS, I played a demo of this game during Dice Tower Con. If you have played Cockroach Poker then you can compare the games. They are opposites, however. You are trying to bluff to collect animals in your tableau. You send over many of the same type to any player and this keeps going. Very cute and fun card game. I know families will enjoy it and the casual gamers. I very much enjoyed my play.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)






4. Arkwright:

Wow, this is a beast of a game. To be fair I only have played the spinning jenny version of the game and I actually quite enjoyed that. My rating is on that play and I hear it only gets better from there. Big huge economic game for the math folks out there. I can't wait to dive deeper into the game and explore it more. I am not even a stocks kinda of person but still interested.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)








5. Vikings on Board:

So very much wanted to enjoy this one. Awesome bits and cool idea. I put it in line with Camel Up for weight of the game. I would rather play Camel Up, however. very light and definitely a family game. I am sure it will go over well for many but for me it was just boring and the luck of where the boats start was a bit bothersome to me and needs to be fixed. For me it is not a game I have to revisit.


4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








6. Guilds of London:

I was very excited for this game and I enforced Ron to read the rules at the con. I knew the game to be area control, I didn't know it would be very much take-that. I only played the one time and really need to play it again to give a full report but in my one play I liked it and want to play again soon. The rulebook was a bit of a mess and difficult to navigate though. Needs a smaller player aid. Iconography is rough to learn. Overall beautiful game and I hope to enjoy more plays soon. Be prepared for a VERY mean game. Perhaps there should be a few variants that allow for the neutral dudes to be nicer and not so harsh. Definitely not a game for the light-hearted.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








7. World's Fair 1893:

Simple and elegant. Much better than I was expecting TBH. Easy to pick up and play with new gamers. Could just be a simple filler. I would take this any day over Splendor or T2R. Plays about the same time as Splendor and has more options and planning. The art is charming and the theme is great. I ended up BIN during a recent auction on BGG- I can't wait to get it!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









8. The Networks:

Very happy to play this considering I will have the chance to pick it up. I wanted to try it out when I had the chance! I love TV! Love this theme of running my own network and finding the best shows to fill the slots for prime time tv. You are managing all of this and the ads to help give you funding. All while trying to get the most views possible. I really enjoyed this game and wish I had seen the KS for it. Definitely on my wishlist and will be looking to pick this up soon.



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








9. Lost in R'lyeh:

When I bought this online my thought was this was going to be terrible. I haven't found a cool Cthulhu game that was not co-op. For $10 I tried it anyway. It is a simple card game and really all just comes down to the cards displayed in front of each person at the start of the game. You have about 20 minutes on nonsense before to run through the deck then TRY to get the cards from your display taken care of. I duno, for me it was not a hit. The art was cool but the game play was not for me. To the trade pile, unfortunately.



3/10 After 1 play (Owned/For Trade)








10. Foodfighters:

LOOKS ADORABLE!! 2p game only to try and take over the other food group. Certain foods attack other foods and you are trying to collect 3 of one specific type of food. You have your line up and use dice to try and attack. Very much take that and tug of war sort of. For me it was just too simple and I didn't find need or excitement in trying to play it again. Good for kids- fast and cute 15 minutes. Not something I need to play again, however.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








11. Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft:

Another 2p only game. This is really tug of war and reminded me a lot of Daxu. Riley informed me it was the same company who published both games. Makes sense. You are working the board moving meeples around trying to collect sets of cards to have majority in the sets and score the points. I was super underwhelmed with this game. It is a beautiful game and has some fun points. I did enjoy it more than Banjooli Xeet which was another game by the designer. I wouldn't mind playing again but I don't really have an urge at this moment to do so.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








12. Team Play:

Apparently a different take on the game Portal of Heroes- didn't realize that. You are working in a team of 2 and trying to complete objective cards for points. It is a neat take on set collection. I very much enjoyed my few games of this that I played. If you like cards games you will most certainly want to be on the look out for a copy of this game.


7/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)










13. Aviary:

Bird! Bird Bird! Trick taking Birds! You had me at trick taking. I really enjoy that. This game you are playing rounds with different objectives to work towards and trying to collect the cards to get you points. You collect them by winning tricks. Different from a regular trick taking game and quite enjoyable. Happy to own and play when requested.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)









14. Barony:

Picked up at Dice Tower Ding and Dent. No Ding or dents on it. Solid game. Semi abstract, area control game. Very easy to learn and teach. all in all not much there to explore. I was meh at the end of the game. It was certainly a close game. I am curious as to what the expansion will add. Not sure it will still be in the collection at the time of the expansion, however. The bits are amazing and the game play easy. I think it would be a perfect game for a family to enjoy.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)









15. Orongo:

Reiner Knizia with some cool bits. Too bad the bits are unhelpful and obnoxious to use in game play. It is a cool bidding game to try and make paths and connections to place the faces down on the island. It was interesting and not the worst game I have ever played. I would play again, maybe since I won. It is not high on the list of games I would want to play again, however.




5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








16. CO₂:

Big thinking economic game. Much like many of Vital Lacerda's other games but this one rose to the top of my favorites of his titles, that I have played. I felt in control of my actions and I could feel the struggle of the game and what we needed to accomplish sort of as a team but not actually working together since there is 1 winner or all losers. Collected this in a math trade and am definitely interested in exploring it further and with an additional player to see more interaction.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









17. T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons:


More TIME Stories! It is really its own game which is why I am not putting this under expansion. I won't talk too much about it but it was awesome. Way way way better than Marcy. I have this rated higher than the first one, even. Way more interesting choices to be made and new abilities added. We had a MAJOR lucky game and it was just a fun time!


8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)











New to me Expansions!




1. Simurgh: Call of the Dragonlord:

First expansion to Simurgh. I liked the base game but many found the ending to be annoying. The expansion won't "fix" anything for you if you go into the game thinking it will solve any problems, it won't. It adds a ton of modules and give it variety to the base game. A whole new board can be added for additional focuses and possible end game condition. I like this board a lot and I like that it gives another end condition. It helps the base game but won't "fix" anything, like I said. I think it is a pretty cool expansion to an already pretty cool game.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)











The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57
May: 21
June: 18
July: 17




Total new to me games for the year 187!





MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Scythe








Overall a very good month of games that I was able to learn. I am excited for Aug!!



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

Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



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Steph's New to Me List- JUNE 2016

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


June List




1. Alhambra: The Dice Game: 1 play and I am ready to trade it. For me the real problem is that I am sure the game gets more interesting with more players but there is SO MUCH downtime between turns, even in a 2p game! I like push your luck dice games and this is clever. I like the dice. It is an OK game and I would MAYBE play it again. Ron hated it and I know I wouldn't play it at home again so I have added it to my trade list.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned/For Trade)









2. Terra Prime: Original TMG game and I was curious to try it. Bright bold colors had me curious. I found it for a good price so I ended up buying it. Had I known it was Pick up and Deliver I might not have picked it up but I still gave it a shot anyway. It is a solid game. Pick up and deliver mechanic is just not for me. I find it repetitive and lose interest fast. That goes for about all games that have this mechanic that I have played. I think if you enjoy that then you would enjoy this one. You are building up your ship as you move and explore space. There are some aliens to fight off and some contracts to fulfill for points. Pretty simple game once you get going and I think would appeal to many folks. It is a game I will keep, but not play a whole lot.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









3. YOKOHAMA: Easily my best game of the month. I had a lot of great games played too!! This one topped the charts and I got to play it weekly and sometimes twice in the week! Japanese title from Hisashi Hayashi. TMG picked it up for their deluxification Kickstarter. I am very excited about that. I did put up a review about the game: Brief Overview and Game Play Review for Yokohama. In the end I very much enjoy it and I can't wait to own and play it again!



8.5/10 After 6 plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)









4. Qin: A game I have wanted to play since I first read about it in Spielbox a really long time ago. I like abstracts and I like dominoes. It sounded cool. It is a very fast abstract too and that is always a plus. You have to try and block others from better larger area controls and you want to get your temples down do you try to over take other regions. It is a nice abstract and I would play it more if Dan brought it around more. I quite liked it and would try to pick it up in a math trade.




7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ Want in Trade)









5. Mission: Red Planet (second edition): I had wanted to play this since I picked it up in a math trade. It has been getting attention from the new printing. I have the 1st edi but I think in general it plays the same. I played the new one and the bits are amazing! I have to say we played with 6p and it just didn't grab me. I thought the Simultaneous action selection would save it but all in all too much area control and take that for me to really appreciate. Everything seemed to go perfectly for some others and everything went horribly wrong for me. I just didn't have a great time. I would try it again, but my copy is on the trade list.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned ed 1/ for trade)









6. Zum Kuckuck!: LOVED THIS GAME! Simple Haba dexterity game! It is clever and adorable. try to get rid of your eggs without dropping them in the tin. You are all forming to build a nest, but you want to be the first to place the bird after having your eggs all collect in the nest. It is adorable and I can't wait to own this one. I think my mom will love it. Might have been the top game of the month if Yokohama wasn't there. Serious love for this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ Wishlist)









7. Kerala: Der Weg der Elefanten: PRETTY game the elephants are gorgeous and the box is equally so. Very simple drafting tile laying game. You have to make continuous groupings of the colors all while moving your elephants. Very light but a lot of fun. Would be better in a smaller box. High price point for what it offers but still I enjoyed the game enough where I might consider buying Riley's copy...


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









8. Konexi: A game I had seen being played before. It is a dexterity word game. I can't say I had any fun playing it. I would rather just play Boggle or something. You have to stack the letters up and make a word using any number of connected letters in any combo. So, the real challenge is finding the best word with the letters you can. You simply get 1 point per letter and can only make 1 word per turn. I duno, I just wasn't impressed. You get a lucky roll and land between T and A and you get to place either one of those letters how you see fit. Or you roll and get between X and Y and get screwed. For me it is a game I don't have to play again.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)











9. Elfenroads: Was allocated to play this game one night. It is a card drafting and auction game. You are moving around the map using the various methods, I.E. dragons, unicorns, Troll carts etc. Trying to visit as many cities as possible. It is not exactly pick up and delivery but you are moving around and it feels like you need to get the cards. I got screwed over a few times in this game, so there is potential for some take that moments in this game. That is why I don't think I have to play it again. It is too long for what it offers me. When I could play Caverna in the same time frame I would much rather do that.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









10. SiXeS: Simple party game much like Scattergories. If you like that game I am sure you will enjoy this one. I actually quite liked this. You have to get creative or try and think like the others. There is 6 rounds to the game and you are trying to match others or find unique answers or lightening round with lots of topics trying to find a common answer. What you are trying to do depends on the round it is. I liked it and I will keep my copy. Could be a nice family game.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









11. Dexikon: If you have played Paperback this will be quite easy and similar for you. If you liked that then you will like this. If you don't like word games then you should just stay away. Same idea as Paperback. You are bulding your deck of card with letters on them and trying to score big words for points. The difference for this game is that your deck actually matters since at the end of the game you have one final chance to score the best word you can using ALL or ANY cards you have in your deck. Not just a hand of cards but you go through all of the cards and find the best word possible. That is clever and I like that a lot. I am terrible at this but found it enjoyable.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









12. Stellar Conflict: SO FAST. This game plays in a minute. haha It takes longer to draft your starting ships but the actual game play is real time and a fast minute. Then you calculate hit points and see who wins! Like I said, SO FAST! I actually very much enjoyed this game and look forward to playing it as a filler in the coming weeks. I hope it goes over well with other groups. Nothing like Among the Stars but is in the same "universe".


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









13. Bear Valley: Too random, even for me. It really depends on luck of the draw. It is an exploration game to get from point A to point B. But there are obstacles and player penalties that you have incur. For me it is too fiddly and too luck dependent. I kept getting screwed over and Ron was fine. I actually ENDED @ the start when Ron finished the game. I don't know if I can get past that. I would try again with more players just to see how it played out.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)








14. America: Tough to locate in the BGG Database, I hope they fix that. Very much like the game Terra but with history and media from America only. Crazy trivia game with unique categories such as Milky Way Chocolate Bar, Walking Dead, IBM, and you get the standard History questions as well! I think my family will love it! Very excited to own this game now. It is a lot of fun. You don't have to know a lot to do well in this game- half of the enjoyment!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









15. The King's Abbey: A game I quite enjoyed after the first play. It lasted DOUBLE the time I would have liked it to. I don't know if I were to own this game if I would ever play with more than 3p. FAR too long. lasted about 3.5 hours for 1 who had played before and 3 who hadn't. After the game was over, however, I immediately wanted to revisit it and play again. I didn't, but it got me thinking that it would be a great 2p game for Ron and myself. Interesting options with the dice and different buildings to come out. Feeding the people isn't that challenging to do and very manageable. Bits are awesome and I think there is a lot of promise here. If I could bring the game play down to 90-120 minutes it would be perfect for me. Faster in an hour play with 2p but I think it is possible. The rules are a B*tch to get through and I am sure to teach as well. It is a game I wouldn't want to be teaching a lot.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









16. The End of the Triumvirate: 3p game only. Roman Empire game of politics and military. It is actually pretty simple and lasts about an hour so I can't complain about that. The military resolves from bag draws of players cube colors and the amount of strength they bring in and are defending with. There are multiple ways to win which is nice. All in all I wasn't wowed but am happy to have played once. A game I don't think I need to play again. I am not really an area control fan.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









17. Mare Nostrum: Empires: Remake of Mare Nostrum. Can't say what the differences are. But, this is a war, trading, area control type game. generally I am not a fan of trading games but this game is quite clever. I really have to say I enjoy the trading mechanic here. It really had me thinking about how to best way to occupy the tracks and gain control of positions. I definitely want to give this game another go. The more I have been talking about it the more I want to play it again. Really got me thinking and I am definitely interested in this game and want to play again. I love the poker chips add on. Joe C is crazy and I love him for that but they were expensive and totally worth it.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









18. Chickapig: Prototype that was sent to me. This is a simple abstract game to try and get your pigs home in their pig pens. The movement of the pigs works like Ricochet Robots and the hay bails and cow just move a single space. I really do enjoy this game. I am looking forward to playing with more players. Cute family game I think they kids would enjoy this one. Happy to add to my collection. Adorable.




7/10 After 1 play (Owned)











New to me Expansions!



1. Port Royal: Ein Auftrag geht noch...: I have to say I love the base game Port Royal. No one plays with me as it is. I can't justify buying the expansion. For me it didn't really add much, anyway. It adds a few more cards to the mix and more interestingly it adds common goals for players to attempt to achieve. You want to own these specific cards and when you do you get a bonus of X amount of $ or a point or something depending on how many you actually complete. For me, I would be working towards one goal and never get the opportunity to complete it. I just didn't like that at all. I guess you can also play co-op with this expansion. I am not a co-op kinda gal so I wouldn't ever use that option. From what I hear people are enjoying it though.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)











The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57
May: 21
June: 18




Total new to me games for the year 170!





MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Yokohama















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- May 2016

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


May List




1. Dingo's Dreams:

Very simple abstract game where players get the same tiles and information but start with different set ups. It is a beautiful game with wonderful art, which is why I bought it to begin with. Very light and simple game and I like it well enough. Not sure I have to keep my copy but it is fun for now!


6.5/10 After a few plays (Owned)









2. Brew Crafters: The Travel Card Game:

This plays only 2 and 3p. Ron and I played and it was a good first play. Seemed to have lots of options. I am not convinced on replay value. Certainly resembles the father game with theme and symbology but all in all the card game just didn't really cut it. I would be looking to playing it with 3 player to see how it changes. For now I want to play it a few more times, but I am not sure on staying powers.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









3. Cavum:

1 play with 2 players and I have to say it was not a favorite. I really don't think this game is meant for 2 players so there is that and I would be willing to try this game with more but for me it just wasn't there. Maybe it looks too much like a train game. You have to make pathways to try and collect gems. You can potentially use other players connections but they might blow up in the future so you can't count on that. it is very trick and not the kind of abstract thinking I enjoy. Not a game for me at the moment, but I would be willing to play again with more players sometime.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned/ For Trade)








4. Seeland:

This game is was a pleasant surprise. When I found it on Amazon for $20 I decided to give it a shot since it seemed to be pretty cool. It is a tile placement game with a nice rondel to work around. I hear it can be cut throat for tiles and placement but in our game it didn't seem so bad. I would like to play with more as I know it will be more interesting when the locations on the land will be less open and indeed, more cut throat. Could be quite fun! I enjoyed it and my one play and love the look of the game. Very pretty. Components aren't the best quality but that is ok. Cool game.




7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








5. Bounce It-In Game:

Simple dex game to bounce a ball onto the board and score some points once all balls have been bounced. Very simple- I can't say I had much fun. It is hard to argue with a 5 minute game, however. it was cute enough- I just don't see its charm as some of my other gaming friends do.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









6. Blue Moon City:

This is an older classic of a game. For me it just didn't hit the mark. It has a lot I do enjoy like Dragons and hand management. I just can't get behind helping others to help yourself. I am very much everyman on his own. I don't play well with others. For me I don't feel the need to play it again. The ending drew out too long IMO and by then it was apparent who was going to win. Ah well, I would try it again but it is not high on my list.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)










7. Scheffeln:

This was a nice filler game with a fair bit amount of luck and a fair bit of screwage for other players. I Quite enjoyed it even if it is hard to plan. It is just a fast game with some laughs to be had. The game player is easy to teach and most money collected at the end is the winner. I would definitely play this game again if it found its way on my table.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









8. Exxtra:

Knizia Dice game. Plays very fast and is a true push your luck game. I very much enjoyed my play of this and I found the scoring to be very clever. The more players the more screwage that can happen. We played with 4p and it was very take that but in a good way. I really liked this game and would definitely play it again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









9. Apotheca:

This is a pretty simple abstract game. I played a couple times. If you play 4p you have to play in teams. I picked this up despite not having played it and then I played it in a 4p game the basic mode. There is an advanced master mode that I have been told is much better. As far as the basic game with 2p it went super fast like 15 minutes with a teach. Ron and I were unenthused with that version. It might actually be better with more players too- since there will be more happening with the board modifications. Ron called it Baby Tash- Kalar. Maybe still in the womb. A pretty game that means well. Ultimately probably not for my collection.




5.5/10 After a few plays (Owned)










10. Ablaze!:

This one is a very simple tiles placement game to try and score points from the burning forests. No choice in where the tile gets placed but choice in where you place your pawns. I can't say I was impressed with this game. I was actually quite bored and found no really interesting choices. In the end it just wasn't for me. The other players might have liked it more, I am unsure. I don't think I would play this one again.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








11. The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game:

If you like the board game it will be hard for you not to enjoy the card game. I still rate it lower since I love the board game and I found this one very good. 7.5/10 vs board game @ 8/10. Very close in rating for sure. There are some nice things about the card game- It plays fast and well with 2p. What I don't like is all of the shuffling. There is a lot of wear and tear on the cards for how much use they get. Might be a problem down the way but for now I am very much enjoying this title.



7.5/10 After a few plays (Owned)








12. Histrio:

Bought this with much debate in my head. Not many great reviews just mediocre. I ended up caving and buying it because it was so freaking adorable and colorful with some beautiful art. It is simple stellar! In a review I saw he compared it to Abyss, a game he particularly didn't like so much. I have to say I enjoy some of Bruno Cathala's games I.E. Abyss and Five Tribes. I do find it about as complex as Abyss but I still like Abyss better. This game there is a fun simultaneous selection of cards. It won't be liked by many but it could be a very good family game and for me I enjoy it. I think I will enjoy it more than the common gamer, however. I feel this will be a tough game to get played but I will try! Played 2p and it was not very good. Much better at the 5p count even though all players but me hated it. Probably more of a family game. Too chaotic for most gamers. I will keep it in hopes of finding a good crowd who enjoy it.




6.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)












13. T.I.M.E Stories: The Marcy Case:

I can't really say much about this game other than I had to play it so I could move on to the next case. I Am very excited to play Dragons and Egypt game so I had to play Marcy first with Riley before moving forward. I had a good time but it wasn't as good as the first. My guess will be the weakest of the bunch they supply.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)










14. Dr. Eureka:

Simple dex game to get the colored balls in the test tubes to match up with the cards on display. it is a speed dex game so it won't be for everyone. It is fine to play once in a while and I will play it when Riley brings it around but I won't ever request it. I think there are better Speed Dex games out there I would rather play.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)










15. ButaBabel:

Super cute fast card game that lasts 5 minutes with explanation. It is rock paper scissors with the 3 little pigs. Very cute and easy for kids to play. I quite enjoyed this one. very fast simple game. I would play it anytime it showed up to be played. Definitely worth a play if you get the opportunity.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








16. Word Porters:

Word game that reminded me of concept but with words. There is a display of words and everyone is assigned one word. Using the tokens players then use the hint words to try and clue in their secret word. Get points for guessing others correct and others guessing yours correctly. Very cute game and I look forward to the next time I get to play it.




6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









17. Cerberus:

This was the Japanese title that I wasn't too impressed with. It is another faster card game but a bit too long for what it offered. Using cards valued 1-3 you have to try and make matches but not too many or you lose them all. There is a fair bit of luck involved since you are forced to play all cards from hand and the likelihood of getting pushed over the edge is good. For me it just wasn't there and as much as I love the creature that is Cerberus, I didn't love the card game. Probably won't play that one again.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








18. Pole Position:

Race game. I can't say I am a big fan of race games but this was ok. Random space set up so it will be different each game. I like the simultaneous card selection which is cool and my favorite part of the game. It is a game I would play again but probably never request for it. I found it ok.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









19. Takenoko:

You might be surprised to find this on my list, but I never got around to playing this one before. I have had a few chances but never took up the opportunity. Light tile laying puzzle game. Many think it is too chaotic but I enjoyed it. I also played the GIANT version which probably made it better than it actually is. Adorable game and I heard the expansion makes it better so I will be looking to try that sometime soon.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








20. Monstermaler:

Pretty fun game where you have to draw people/characters. You write the name of this person on the back and fold paper in half and draw half of the figure on one side. Pass the paper blank side up and the other player looks at the name (not your drawing) and finishes the drawing on the black side. It had a lot of laughs and was a clever party game. I like drawing games and this one fits right in. very enjoyable and would play anytime.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








21. Dilluvia Project:

Easily the best game I learned all month. There is so much going on in this game and it is SUPER hard to plan and figure out and I just love it. It really is a brain burner for me. So clever, unique design. It has a lot of familiar mechanics so it will be easy to teach but hard to masher. What is so different is that you don't just get points. You have to get points and every 10 points you get you are able to score your population base on your housing track. As the game moves on you get more buildings and thus score more for your population. The highest population at the end wins, not the most VP's. You have to manage all of these income tracks and it is a tough act to balance. Deep thinking and planning and you have to worry about board space on top of it. I can't stop thinking about this game. I am very eager to play it again soon.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)














New to me Expansions!




1. Scoville: Labs:

Wonderful edition to a great game. It gives players a little more freedom with their own personal pepper garden. More importantly the expansion added more peppers, extra recipe cards and market cards. Gives it just enough diversity and additional stuff to keep me wanting to play more. Very enjoyable. I also got the Hott Stuff card!



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)














The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57
May: 21




Total new to me games for the year 152!



MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS:

Dilluvia Project







Thanks for following along in my journey of newly discovered games!


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


April List





Not gonna lie, April was a bit on the crazy side for learning new games. I am not sure if it is the single most I have learned in a month but I know it is close to it. I had a ball learning all the games and most of them are worthy of being in my collection. So excited for the coming months but April has a special place in my heart!








1. Dohdles!: I heard it was a reprint of a game called Barbarossa. I didn't know that game or that this was a reworking of it! It is a party game and is perfectly fine. I wouldn't mind playing it again, but it is on my trade pile. I have a ton of party games and this one just didn't stand out amongst the rest. We had some laughs but it is really for a specific crowd. I liked it ok, but I don't need to keep it.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned/ for trade)









2. Picture Picture: This game is ancient- it is a take on scattegories but using pictures. The problem I had with this game is the constant use of the same words. I.E. Arm, leg, eye, baby, hair Stuff that is common but not so creative. We had a good time playing and I would play it again for sure. Some images were better than others and it was horribly dated. Fun game- not one I would request.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









3. Cat Tower: Rhino Hero with adorable cats. Easier than Rhino Hero and cuter. Not as challenging, however. I would play it anytime. I love dex games and when they are SUPER cute like this one I can't say no!




6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)










4. Samara: I bought this on a whim when I ordered from the Funagain sale. I heard a lot of good things at LT and wanted to see for myself. Played a few times and can't say I enjoyed it all that much with 2p. it was fine, the expansion bits might add a better race to the game. In the 4p game there is so much to account for and you really have to plan accordingly if you want to get what you are aiming for. I really like the KS addons for the end goal cards- it really gives a focus and that is a nice addition.



7/10 After a couple plays (Owned)









5. Basari: Since I had learned the card game, Dan thought it would be good to actually play the board game. It was a good idea! I liked this game a lot! I did enjoy it more than the card game. I felt it had good pacing and moved better than the card game. There were some interesting choices and more chances to score points. I very much enjoyed this game and look forward to another play someday.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








6. Codenames: Pictures: Very enjoyable as you might expect. Not too deep and didn't stick with me like Codenames. I still like the base game better. If they make the photos in color I might enjoy it better. For now I am interested in trying out Dixit cards/mysterium cards and see if I like that more. I will probably own this game either why when it comes out!


8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)


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7. Micro Robots: Do you like Ricochet Robots? If you do you might like this. Compact and simple. No rule about waiting for #sec to find a faster route. If you find the route you call it and take a token. I like the challenge of trying to find the shorter path in the big game so that was a bit of a bummer. It was cute and I would play it if anyone had it out again. No need for the bot, however. Enjoyable enough.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









8. Dynasties: Heirate & Herrsche: I learned it and then I taught it. Actually a very easy game to teach and play once you get into it. I really like the tough choices and the gambling with the dice results. You might just get bad luck of the draw and get screwed over though. I think it plays super fast with 3p we played in 45 minutes which was awesome and we were just learning. very cool Euro. Not sure it is on my wishlist because I have a lot of Euros. I would gladly play this again and I really hope to!


8/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)








9. Alan's Adventureland: This one I was SUPER excited by. All of the colors and tile placement. It is an awesome sort of drafting game. Very abstract. In the process of writing this I changed my rating from a 7.5 to an 8/10. I just got super excited to talk about it. I do want to own this I think there is real potential here. I love the theme of building up your park for points. I had a lot of fun playing this and I look forward to playing it more. I might just have to pick it up!



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








10. Animals on Board:
Adorable simple pie cutting game. You have to collect animals on your ark. But you don't want sets of 2- Noah takes the sets of 2 away. Really easy game. Probably no room in my collection to own this one since the box is rather big for how much game is there. I would gladly play it anytime. It was getting played a lot during the GoF. I can't help but LOVE the art. Super cute- we need more cute games like this.



7/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)








11. King Chocolate: I really wanted to try this one out because I kept seeing it around the online stores but never really knowing much about it. It is an abstract production game. My table that played it absolutely hated it. 2/4 players stopped playing so then Ron and I ended up calling it since it was stupid to continue. I didn't hate it quite like everyone else but the fact they all hated it didn't help me with my rating either. I would try it again to be fair, but I don't think that will ever happen if I am being honest. I wanted to like it. shake



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








12. Get the Goods: Simple card game to try and get lots of different sets and the majority in them as well. It is a nice card game. I don't think I would choose it over Coloretto but it is nice to have options. I liked it just fine.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)








13. Unpublished Prototype- I can't talk about it. :


Still can't talk about it.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)


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14. Quadropolis: This might have been the biggest hit of the con. I constantly saw this being played and Dan got a copy from the prize table so we could play the other day. I ended up buying it online this week so I should have it in a few days! It is a very light city building game. It has 2 modes to play and I very much enjoy both modes. It won't ever be a top game for me but it plays quickly and I would rather play it than say Between Two Cities. I think there are some fun choices and I am happy to be adding it to my collection.


8/10 After 3 plays (Owned)










15. Blood Rage: This game seemed to be getting high praise all around the geek. I definitely wanted to try it out when I had the chance. I heard it was more Euro-y and less Ameritrash. More like Eurotrash? haha I suppose that is accurate. It is a drafting combat game. There are some nice things that are happening. There are some take that aspects which I didn't really enjoy. You can customize this by adapting to getting beaten up which is nice. Different strategies and combos to explore. I liked this game enough where I would play it again. At the moment I am not seeking it out to play again. It was just OK for me. BUT THERE IS THE PLAYER COLOR OF RED AND WOLF COMBO! THAT IS AMAZING!



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








16. Far Space Foundry: Not for me. I can see why people like it. You really have to plan accordingly. You can't plan until it is your turn and then you get screwed. Might be better with 2 or 3p but with 4p way too chaotic and not of my taste. I think they did a great job with the art and components but game play was overly complicated for something that should be simple. Too fiddly. I won't be seeking out another play of this.


5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








17. Glück Auf: Das grosse Kartenspiel: If you like Coal Baron you will most likely enjoy this card version of it. They did a great job with implementing the board game. They didn't cut down on the time which is one thing that makes Coal Baron great, is that it is so short with lots of punch. The card game has potential to be the same length and perhaps not as good but still solid. I will be looking to pick this up when it is available. I really liked this one a lot.


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








18. Mops Royal: Adorable abstract tile placement game. You are looking to score patterns you create using tiles that all players are simultaneously playing. Cute filler with some tough choices. It was a very close game all 4 players within one space of another. Very cool. I look forward to my next play!



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








19. Ponzi Scheme: Wow! This game! Another huge hit of the GoF. I saw this being play a lot! I wish I played it another time. Let's just say I am excited for TMG's release of this game. I will be first in line. Very cool game. so much hidden information and tricky players. It really does feel like a Ponzi Scheme. So much debt and manipulation to get money and sell- oh man it is just crazy! I very much enjoyed this and the rating I have given it has potential to be higher with the right group of players. I know it will be a hit.


8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









20. 7 Symbols, and 7 Nations: Japanese trick taking game with partners. You are trying to get books with 7 in them. All the different colors/ suits and they all have a different range of value. Perhaps a lot of luck involved but it is super fast and it is a card game I would play anytime. You just really need 4p for it. I really liked this and the rainbowiness!



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








21. Junk Art: OMG so fun! I love dexterity games and I love this one from Pretzel games. You can incorporate pieces from Flick Em Up if you wanted to. It is a game full of mini games. I had so much fun playing this one. This is definitely on the to-buy list I really, really enjoyed it. I like this one more than Flick Em Up! Though they are very different. Still both Dex games.



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









22. Flying Kiwis: Another Dex game with adorable Kiwi's to flick. You are trying to get them in the boxes and trying to make a configuration if that doesn't happen you are looking to collect the most Kiwis. Really simple flicking game Got tired of it after 5 plays in a row. I would play anytime but not my favorite dex game. Simple and fast so that works for me!



6.5/10 After many plays (Not Owned)









23. Tornado Ellie: Since we were on a Dex streak we pulled out this game. You have to play cards and stack the tornado all while moving it to the next player. Hand management but pretty simple game. We played on easy and I would definitely go back to try it on the harder mode. Very simple and deserves a slightly higher rating than many folks have given it. I would play again. It is stinkin' cute!



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








24. Oceanos:I saw Antoine Bauza and was instantly interested in learning this one. I thought I sat down to play the pre release but it was in fact just a prototype. They did a great job with it! to be released @ GenCon! I will have to pick it up! It is a wonderful card drafting, set collection game. Different sets to look for and symbols to try and upgrade your ship for better features. It is a very fun game. I think I will be able to play this with my family and the art is very charming. I am liking Iello more and more with each game I play! It will not replace 7 Wonders but is a solid game!



8/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)








25. Happy Salmon: One of my biggest highlights of the month. This game is just joy! SO MUCH FUN! A game very much like Pit but with gestures and no trading. Lots of laughing and lots of fun. I posted the video of us playing. You can see for yourself! One of my favorites from the month!



8.5/10 After many plays (Owned)


Here is an awesome video!









26. Bomarzo: Interesting ideas in this game. Worker placement and pending win conditions based on what players end up doing in game play. I was really enjoying the game play but the end scoring really altered that to be mixed reviews. I definitely want to play it again to really see now that I know. For now I like it but with potential for lower or higher rating based on my next game. I am 50/50.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








27. IKI: Liked it a bit more than the game right before this one. Better mechanics to try and keep your cards alive and working towards the end of each season. really felt like running around a market place. I would look to playing this one again. I think the art is great and game flow is nice. Might play a bit longer than I would like but I look forward to my next play.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









28. Colony:Really nice Dice manipulation game that falls in line with Machi Koro and Favor of the Pharaoh. I actually like this better than both of those games. It is a card builder using the mechanic of drafting dice. you can upgrade you cards for better effects or buy new ones using the dice you have in your storage from the drafting. Lots of cool features and a ton of cards to use for set up so there is a lot of replay here. Very enjoyable and I know it will be a HUGE hit!



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









29. Sea of Clouds: Simple card game using drafting, set collection and a little bit of push your luck. Light combat happening but over all a very easy card game. One for the family and I know my family will enjoy it. I love the art and how simple it is. I will definitely be picking this up since it is like under $20. No brainer. Really enjoyable.


7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








30. Imhotep: I saw the box and I knew I had to play. A bright purple maroon box and I very much enjoy that cover. Too bad the game is just drab and boring shades of gray. I found the game very OK. You are taking actions to send your cubes to the boats and then to the action spaces to build up the ancient wonders. It is a nice game. We only played the easy version and you can skip right to the harder version which might make it more interesting. I would like to play it again with the more interesting sides and see how it goes. Solid game- perhaps forgettable, but a game I still want to revisit.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








31. Tem-Purr-A: Perhaps the Iello game that just isn't for me. I can't say I enjoyed this one very much. Wanted to play and love it if only for the art. The adorable kittens drew me and I was hooked. I can't say the game play was very interesting. There are so many card games that I like better and I have no real reason to come back to this one.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








32. Tier auf Tier: Jetzt geht's rund!: Animal Upon Animal with a moving board. You must move the board to the next player in order to end your turn. Wow, is this so hard or what!? The animals are all crazy sizes and shapes and have different weights to them. You draft all your animals at the beginning but wowz! We were playing on the easy version there is a HARD version with the round ball base and geepers that must be insane! I can't wait to try it! All in all not my favorite dex game but I would play anytime.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








33. Happy Pigs: This is a pretty fun game. I have played it a few times now and the second time was great. It is a buy low grow big and sell high kind of game. Simultaneous action selection and you want to pick the best option for you and try not to match any other player. It is a mind game and I love that. It has a lot of great features and plays up to 6!! Fast game and super fun I will be looking to add this to my collection. Very cool game.



7/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned/ wishlist)








34. Mount Pingo: Adorable Penguin dexterity game. Fast game to try and not collect as many cards as you can. Just get rid of your deck of cards and not make the iceberg fall down. Charming art and very simple. Easily a game for kids and families. I liked it but no really need to own or play again. I would play it again of course if the opportunity arose.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








35. Kashgar: Händler der Seidenstraße: Deck building card game. You have all card in play at all times but it is still a critical hand management and deck builder. Trying to score the points from completing contracts and points on cards. It is a nice game. A lot of text and getting used to how the game flow works but it is a nice game. I would definitely play it again. The "mean cards" are quite mean and there are rules to not play with them which I would advise in the first few plays. Interesting game.


7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








36. Factory Funner: One of the best from the month. I liked Factory Fun OK. I really love Factory Funner. It plays faster and hexes! The art is colorful and fun and there are a lot of options. You can't move the machine parts once they are down and that is perfect for me not to AP too much. I think this has potential to go up in rating I like it that much! Happy I have a copy! It is great!


8.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)









37. Crazy Karts: This game!!! Teams of 2 race to the finish line! One player controls the engine and speed. The other controls the power ups and turning. It is a crazy good time where you have to TRUST that your partner will do the right thing. This game is hilarious and exciting. Plays quickly and I can't wait to play with 8 people.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)









38. Tentacles of Time (name subject to change): a very cool take on Tides of Time with the Arkham Horror theme. Very fun and I think, much better. The art is still outstanding and a different option for winning besides points- if your opponent goes Mad! I love it. Perfectly fun game. I will be getting this once it is available. If you like Tides of Time you will enjoy this one.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/ wishlist)








39. Piratoons: A game that was recently put up for pre order and I wanted to try since I had the chance. It is a semi speed game to place pirates on ship parts and crew and try to be the single most to acquire it for your ship. You want to collect sets and there is a whole bunch of different scoring. It is a nice quick game. I would have loved it as a kid. Some harsh rules which you and modify easily enough. I very much enjoyed this game!



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








40. West of Africa: We have broke the game in the first turn. Only one logical move and first player gets to do it and wins the game by quite a land slide. Really not a game for the group. We did finish it. Some interesting mechanics but ultimately the island set up is not balanced and the game board is not good. Maybe better with 3p I am not sure. Not a game I will ever play again.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








41. Hang on Harvey!: Um amazing novelty item from the 60's. Dex game to try and get Harvey down without dropping. Adorable and a game I don't have to play again but will if it just shows up. Very cute and a solid dex game.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








42. Apple Pop: Kids game to pop the ball out from the tree into the yard. Collect the set of colors you need to win. It was cute with the little raccoon and set up but game play was not very exciting. I will pass on playing this one ever again.




4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








43. Face Chase: Speed game to get rid of all of your cards by matching the current face. You have to match the nose or mouth or eyes or hair. first to get rid of all of their cards wins! It is a fast game I liked it well enough. Got it as a freebee game. It might see some plays but there are some other quick games I like a bit more.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned/ for trade)








44. Automobiles: bag building cube game. Different colored cubes do different things it could have easily been used with cards. It was a nice idea. I felt it fell flat for me and I just didn't like it all that much. I would try it again but there are other racing games and deck builders I like more. Didn't play fast enough for me to be wowed. Trains is still the best in the set of games.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








45. Port of Piraeus: No.


No.

It has a nice idea with the market pricing but it changes far too often and you can never sell at top $$ and it was all just fiddly and a mess.

Just no.



2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









46. The Capitals: Cool city building game. When it first came out I didn't get the chance to play it and I knew it was some friends highly rated game and other friends right out hated it. It was getting missed reviews so when I had the chance to get it for a second pick at the gathering I took it. It is a tricky game to learn since there is so much symbology to pick up on. But, by the end it was easy going and I am sure after a few plays it will be even better. Won't be for everyone. A bit of a leader problem if there is a good combo- unstoppable, potentially. Look forward to more plays- happy to own it!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)











47. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us:Micro game- fast tile placement. quick and dirty for those waiting for dinner or something. Not bad just not really great with 4p. Might be better with 3. Cute enough. The people I were playing with didn't like it at all so it won't be for everyone.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








48. Phase 10 Dice: Very enjoyable dice game. Plays very much like the card game but you get to chuck dice instead- a welcomed improvement according to me. I have an easier time rolling dice and being successful than drawing cards and being successful. haha I liked it and would play it anytime. My family will like that.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)









49. Zany Penguins: OMG SO CUTE! I really enjoyed this easy drafting card game. It is set collection and reminded me of reverse Arboretum. Not placement of cards but sort of the way the scoring works reminded me of that tree game. I really liked this and will have to get it. Simple to play and learn and so cute. Great filler!


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








50. Tumult Royale: A game I bought on a whim and heard some good things about. It was cheap enough where I didn't feel guilty for buying it even though I knew nothing about it. Sort of speed collection game but then area control and placement. Trying to get many statues on the board. Only played the one time and enjoyed it. Unclear on how much replay value there is after a few games. Interested in playing a few more times to find out!


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








51. Xenon Profiteer: Fun deck building/ trashing game. Interesting game play and gorgeous graphic design. Pretty. I like that you have to do things in order and you can buy cards to help discard cards. Packs of air are a bit annoying upkeep but otherwise a solid card game. I will have to look to pick this up, very enjoyable!


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







52. Aladdin's Dragons: This game caught me by surprise. I didn't really know what to expect going in since it was an older game. Scott said blind bidding and I said sure! I like blind bidding and he wasn't kidding. You use tokens 1-9 placed upside down and betting on various actions. Trying to win the bid for the treasures at the top. Clever game and I really enjoyed it. I would like to play this again. If I can pick it up in a math trade I will try to do so!


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







53. Lumis: Der Pfad des Feuers: interesting partner abstract game. Very fast and could be a filler. Tried to coat- line the other team but they ended up doing it to us. If the game was any longer I don't think it would get much action but as it stands I would definitely play this again. Some cool things going on and cool bits!


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)






54. Doppelt und Dreifach: Interesting card game to try and dump your hand first. Essentially the game could be broken and never EVER end but generally does. Mostly luck of the draw. I just can't say I was that impressed but I did enjoy the that the numbers stacked. So if I played a 2 then Will played a 2 our 2's would then be considered 4's which would then get over beat by Dan's 5 but it is a nice idea.


4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







55.Halali: Try to kill the rabbit and kill the hunters instead. first person to lose all of their hunters loses the game and it is over. Interesting but not my type of game. The cards have too much interruption and I could have used them essentially any time but wasn't interested enough to figuring it out. Roll and move hunters around to try and kill them. Eh- not my type of game. I appreciate the tube games though.


2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








56. Jumbo & Co: Small card game I was handed. Cute game to try and take the cards and outwit the other players. If there are a bunch of cats on the table you want to play a high dog to take the cats. But, if there is a tie then you take nothing and then the next highest takes it. Or you can play the elephants and take all the dogs that get played. It is a chain effect here. You have to play the table. I actually liked it a lot more then the other people. I would play it again, and I own it now so we will see!


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)







57. The Bottle Imp: A different take on the trump card in a trick taking game. I have to say it is very unique and I get why people like it. Definitely worth trying if you like trick taking games. I absolutely hated it, however. I felt like I had no control and I was getting hosed the whole game for not having the experience or whatever. I just was not having any fun. Really not for me.


2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)











New to me Expansions!




1. Viticulture: Moor Visitors Expansion: To be honest we played with them but I didn't see many of the cards in play. I saw a couple of them and they were cool. I saw Uwe on a card and that card gave $5 discount on buildings and then you have to PASS the card to the left. It is a crazy powerful card. I ended up not using it since I had the buildings I needed. I am sure if you like the game you will like the additional cards.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)








2. Tribune Expansion: Happy to have finally gotten around to trying this expansion. I have owned it for quite sometime so to be able to play it was great! It adds a new board with more spaces and new objectives for win conditions. Great add on but not needed. Base game is perfectly fine on its own. It is nice to have to mix it up sometimes. Great game.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)






3. Heckmeck Extrawurm: The base game is fun push your luck. The expansion adds a few extra powers. The Hen might be over powered if you never mess up there is no incentive to shoot for the hen. I like this game. If I had Heck Meck then I would want the expansion. You don't have to play with it but it adds some interesting features. Extra worms to collect from the raven and an extra die benefit if you choose that one. I liked it a lot!


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








The Tally


January: 25
February: 35
March: 14
April: 57




Total new to me games for the year 131!



MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: A 3-Way Tie!

@ 8.5/10

1. Junk Art

2. Happy Salmon

3. Factory Funner

All to be potentially winners in my group when playing with the right people. Love them all and will own them all!







Thanks for following along in my journey of newly discovered games!


-Steph
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