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2021 Q4 review

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Total plays: 186

Distinct games: 82

New-to-me games: 19

Dimes: 3 - Cross Clues (14), So Clover! (14), Midnight Party (10)

Nickels: 4 - Rosetta: The Lost Language (9), Whale Riders: The Card Game (6), Doppelkopf (5), 白と黒でトリテ (Trick-Taking in Black and White) (5)

The highlight was an actual real-life games weekend away in Wales in November. December was less good with half of it spent in covid isolation...

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 10 - Salvage, Profiteers, 白と黒でトリテ (Trick-Taking in Black and White), The Bridges of Shangri-La, Maskmen, So Clover!, Heckmeck am Karteneck, Brian Boru: High King of Ireland, Art Robbery, Doppelkopf 2.0

Removed: 4 - Yellow & Yangtze, Scrabble Duplicate, Medici vs Strozzi, QE

Owned: 254

Unplayed: 3 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Art Robbery

Went a little bit crazy (plus some gifts), but shifted a few things too. Also had a big reorganisation of the games cupboard and cut the unplayed list down to size.

Best new-to-me: Rosetta: The Lost Language is fascinating. 白と黒でトリテ (Trick-Taking in Black and White), Profiteers, The Bridges of Shangri-La and Brian Boru: High King of Ireland all promising too.

 10   6 nimmt! x3 (179 all-time)
 10   Baseball Highlights: 2045 x2 (42 all-time)
 10   Doppelkopf x5 (17 all-time)
 10   Kingdom Builder (92 all-time)
 10   Ra (75 all-time)
 10   The Crew: Mission Deep Sea x3 (12 all-time)
 10   The Mind x2 (66 all-time)
 10   Tichu (57 all-time)
 10   Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD (24 all-time)
 9   American Bookshop (17 all-time)
 9   Biblios x2 (36 all-time)
 9   Decrypto x2 (21 all-time)
 9   Eggs of Ostrich x3 (56 all-time)
 9   Fuji Flush (65 all-time)
 9   Haggis x2 (21 all-time)
 9   Just One (32 all-time)
 9   Letterpress x4 (20 all-time)
 9   Lords of Vegas (14 all-time)
 9   Mamma Mia! (29 all-time)
 9   Maskmen (22 all-time)
 9   Modern Art (12 all-time)
 9   Montage (7 all-time)
 9   Senators (17 all-time)
 9   So Clover! x14 (20 all-time)
 8   Cross Clues x14 (18 all-time)
 8   Dickory x3 (4 all-time)
 8   Escape from the Hidden Castle x10 (38 all-time)
 8   Las Vegas (16 all-time)
 8   Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game x2 (4 all-time)
 8   MarraCash (6 all-time)
 8   Marrakech (21 all-time)
 8   Nokosu Dice (6 all-time)
 8   Profiteers x2 NEW!
 8   Push It (22 all-time)
 8   Quirky Circuits x3 (9 all-time)
 8   Regicide x3 (17 all-time)
 8   Rosetta: The Lost Language x9 NEW!
 8   Space Worm x2 (20 all-time)
 8   Spicy x3 (11 all-time)
 8   Take it Easy! (13 all-time)
 8   Team Play (16 all-time)
 8   Texas Showdown x2 (26 all-time)
 8   The Bridges of Shangri-La x2 NEW!
 8   Whale Riders x2 (5 all-time)
 8   白と黒でトリテ (Trick-Taking in Black and White) x5 NEW!
 7   A game about WEE WHIMSICAL CREATURES and trying to identify them after someone makes noises. NEW!
 7   Ambiente Abissal x2 (7 all-time)
 7   Biss 20 (11 all-time)
 7   Brian Boru: High King of Ireland NEW!
 7   Colt Super Express (2 all-time)
 7   Dicke Dämonen (2 all-time)
 7   Dragon's Breath (13 all-time)
 7   Faiyum x2 NEW!
 7   Great Wall of China NEW!
 7   Heckmeck am Karteneck NEW!
 7   Hit Z Road (6 all-time)
 7   Hurlyburly x3 (12 all-time)
 7   L.L.A.M.A. x4 (26 all-time)
 7   No Thanks! x4 (76 all-time)
 7   Salvage x3 (7 all-time)
 7   Stinker (9 all-time)
 7   Strohmann Jass NEW!
 7   The Game of 49 NEW!
 7   Whale Riders: The Card Game x6 (7 all-time)
 6   Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) NEW!
 6   In Vino Morte (5 all-time)
 6   Quoridor (9 all-time)
 6   Raft & Scupper NEW!
 6   SWAT! NEW!
 6   Sleeping Queens x4 NEW!
 6   Yahtzee x2 (6 all-time)
 5   A Gentle Rain x3 NEW!
 5   Blink (2 all-time)
 5   Colorful x2 NEW!
 5   Detective Club NEW!
 5   Pylos (3 all-time)
 5   Swipe NEW!
 5   Swish NEW!
 5   TEN NEW!
 5   Toss Up! x2 NEW!
 4   Shave a Sheep (4 all-time)
 N/A   Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia (7 all-time)
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2021 Q3 review

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Total plays: 155

Distinct games: 53

New-to-me games: 23

Dimes: 4 - Regicide (14), Midnight Party (12), Great Plains (12), Fiesta de los Muertos (11)

Nickels: 5 - Doppelkopf (9), My City (6), So Clover! (6), Spicy (6), Riftforce (5)

A lean July watching a lot of football and waiting for my second jab was followed by face-to-face games night returning with a bang in August and September. What a joy it's been! Online gaming continued too with my Doppelkopf obsession deepening and my workmates continuing to clamour for Midnight Party.

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 8 - Hashi, Great Plains, Midnight Party, Daring Dustbunnies, Riftforce, Fiesta de los Muertos, Cross Clues, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea

Removed: 0

Owned: 250

Unplayed: 6 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Zillionaires on Mars, Rosetta: The Lost Language, Great Wall of China, SWAT!

Incomings were bolstered by a couple of review copies for Tabletop Spirit magazine. Cleared a few more from the backlog that built up during lockdown too.

Best new-to-me: Great Plains is delightfully snappy and feisty. Had a lot of fun with So Clover and Cross Clues too.

New 10s: Doppelkopf earned its place as my now favourite traditional tricktaker, possibly favourite tricktaker full stop.


 10   6 nimmt! x4 (176 all-time)
 10   Babylonia x3 (17 all-time)
 10   Baseball Highlights: 2045 (40 all-time)
 10   Doppelkopf x9 (12 all-time)
 10   Ra (74 all-time)
 10   The Crew: Mission Deep Sea x2 (9 all-time)
 9   Azul (35 all-time)
 9   Haggis (19 all-time)
 9   Letterpress (16 all-time)
 9   Maskmen x2 (21 all-time)
 9   My City x6 (52 all-time)
 9   Ninety-Nine x2 (13 all-time)
 8   Cross Clues x4 NEW!
 8   Escape from the Hidden Castle x12 (28 all-time)
 8   Great Plains x12 NEW!
 8   Marrakech x4 (20 all-time)
 8   Riftforce x5 NEW!
 8   SCOUT x2 (5 all-time)
 8   So Clover! x6 NEW!
 8   That's Life! x2 (7 all-time)
 8   Wavelength (14 all-time)
 8   Whale Riders x2 (3 all-time)
 7   Ambiente Abissal (5 all-time)
 7   Biss 20 x4 (10 all-time)
 7   Colt Super Express NEW!
 7   Daring Dustbunnies x2 NEW!
 7   Dickory NEW!
 7   Fiesta de los Muertos x11 NEW!
 7   Hashi x2 NEW!
 7   L.L.A.M.A. (22 all-time)
 7   No Thanks! (72 all-time)
 7   Polynesia x3 NEW!
 7   Regicide x14 NEW!
 7   Sheepshead (2 all-time)
 7   Spicy x6 (8 all-time)
 7   Tajuto (3 all-time)
 7   The Bottle Imp (16 all-time)
 7   Vira (3 all-time)
 7   Wind the Film! NEW!
 6   Anansi NEW!
 6   Aqualin NEW!
 6   Claim NEW!
 6   Dragomino x3 NEW!
 6   Master Word NEW!
 6   Nein Nine NEW!
 6   Silencio NEW!
 6   Yahtzee x3 (4 all-time)
 6   Zimbabweee Trick (3 all-time)
 5   Snakesss NEW!
 5   Take The "A" Chord NEW!
 4   Kabuto Sumo x3 NEW!
 3   Nachtschwärmer NEW!
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype (17 all-time)
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2021 Q2 review

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Total plays: 104

Distinct games: 42

New-to-me games: 19

Dimes: 1 - Space Worm (12)

Nickels: 3 - Midnight Party (8), Raj (7), Biss 20 (6)

A weird and frustrating quarter. I got my first shot, things were generally looking good and I even went to my first 3+ player games night since before the pandemic. Then the delta variant took hold, cases started rocketing again and I decided to scale it back to 2p until after my second jab next month. Others in my group are playing though, so the Tuesday online sessions have ended. Still lots of good online tricktaking sessions and some fun family gaming though.

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 5 - Whale Riders, Whale Riders: The Card Game, Biss 20, The Key: Theft at Cliffrock Villa, Spicy

Removed: 0

Owned: 243

Unplayed: 9 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Zillionaires on Mars, Rosetta: The Lost Language, Claim, Great Wall of China, Polynesia, SWAT!, Silencio

At least I managed to play all the new ones, and knock a couple off the backlog. Hopefully there will be more opportunities in Q3...

Best new-to-me: loved the traditional and traditional-inspired trick-takers Doppelkopf and Le Plateau and laughed a lot with Biss 20 at home.

 10   6 nimmt! x4 (172 all-time)
 10   For Sale x3 (90 all-time)
 10   The Crew: Mission Deep Sea x3 (7 all-time)
 10   Tichu (56 all-time)
 9   Letterpress (15 all-time)
 9   My City x3 (46 all-time)
 8   Doppelkopf x3 NEW!
 8   Le Plateau x3 NEW!
 8   Marrakech x2 (16 all-time)
 8   Scout! x2 (3 all-time)
 8   Skull x2 (22 all-time)
 8   Space Worm x12 (18 all-time)
 8   That's Life! (5 all-time)
 8   Trick of the Rails x4 (12 all-time)
 7   Biss 20 x6 NEW!
 7   Chartae x2 (7 all-time)
 7   Conspiracy: Abyss Universe x3 NEW!
 7   Diamant x2 (22 all-time)
 7   Dicke Dämonen NEW!
 7   Dragon's Breath (12 all-time)
 7   Escape from the Hidden Castle x8 (16 all-time)
 7   Mighty NEW!
 7   No Thanks! x3 (71 all-time)
 7   Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition x4 (20 all-time)
 7   Reign of Witches x2 NEW!
 7   Scape Goat x2 NEW!
 7   Schotten Totten 2 (2 all-time)
 7   Sheepshead NEW!
 7   Spicy x2 NEW!
 7   The Bottle Imp (15 all-time)
 7   The Key: Theft at Cliffrock Villa x2 NEW!
 7   Vira x2 NEW!
 7   Whale Riders NEW!
 7   Whale Riders: The Card Game NEW!
 7   What the Heck? x7 (25 all-time)
 6   Carcassonne Junior (3 all-time)
 6   Kompromat NEW!
 6   Paris: La Cité de la Lumière NEW!
 6   Project L NEW!
 6   Renature NEW!
 5   Calico NEW!
 4   Shave a Sheep (3 all-time)
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2021 Q1 review

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Total plays: 108

Distinct games: 42

New-to-me games: 15

Dimes: 0

Nickels: 9 - Marrakech (9), Raj (8), For Sale (7), No Thanks! (6), Res Arcana (6), Space Worm (6), Nokosu Dice (5)

Probably the toughest quarter so far. School was closed again so we had home-school to manage alongside work for a couple of months, and national lockdown was back too so no chance to socialise. Did a lost of asynch on BGA (which I don't log), particularly Res Arcana which is still delivering! Things are looking brighter with cases down and vaccines up and I'm holding out hope for some face-to-face gaming in Q2!

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 7 - Space Worm, Silencio, Reign of Witches, Scrabble Duplicate, Nokosu Dice, SCOUT, Chip It!

Removed: 0

Owned: 238

Unplayed: 11 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Zillionaires on Mars, Rosetta: The Lost Language, Claim, Dicke Dämonen, Great Wall of China, Polynesia, SWAT!, Silencio, Reign of Witches

Well I'm going to have plenty of options when games nights do start up again! Seemed only fair to pick up a few of the Japanese card games I've been enjoying so much on playingcards.io.

Best new-to-me: three fabulous card games in the form of the sequel to (and improvement on) The Crew, Nokosu Dice and Scout.

10  6 nimmt! x4 (168 all-time)
10  Cribbage (127 all-time)
10  For Sale x7 (87 all-time)
10  Kingdom Builder (91 all-time)
10  Love Letter (138 all-time)
10  Race for the Galaxy (258 all-time)
10  Tichu (55 all-time)
9  Fuji Flush (64 all-time)
9  Just One x4 (31 all-time)
9  Mamma Mia! (28 all-time)
9  Maskmen x3 (19 all-time)
9  Res Arcana x6 (39 all-time)
9  The Crew: Mission Deep Sea x4 NEW!
9  Voodoo Prince (22 all-time)
9  Winner's Circle (25 all-time)
8  Marrakech x9 (14 all-time)
8  Nokosu Dice x5 NEW!
8  Scout! NEW!
8  Texas Showdown x2 (24 all-time)
8  The Field of the Cloth of Gold (15 all-time)
7  Ambiente Abissal (4 all-time)
7  Hardback NEW!
7  No Thanks! x6 (68 all-time)
7  Schotten Totten 2 NEW!
7  Space Worm x6 NEW!
7  To Unlimited, and Beyond x3 NEW!
7  What the Heck? x8 (18 all-time)
7  §egment Trix (3 all-time)
7  キャットインザボックス (Cat in the box) x4 NEW!
6  7 Wonders x2 (42 all-time)
6  Abyss NEW!
6  Carcassonne Junior (2 all-time)
6  CuBirds x2 NEW!
6  Downforce x2 (5 all-time)
6  Goods Maker x2 NEW!
6  Paris Connection (3 all-time)
6  Schadenfreude x2 NEW!
6  ドキッと!アイス (Dokitto! Ice) (3 all-time)
5  Buttons x2 NEW!
5  Draftosaurus x4 NEW!
5  Scrabble Duplicate NEW!
N/A  Unpublished Prototype (16 all-time)
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Q4 2020 review

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Total plays: 110

Distinct games: 43

New-to-me games: 16

Dimes: 1 - My City (25)

Nickels: 5 - For Sale (9), Chartae (5), Marrakech (5)

A grim quarter really with the second wave meaning even my limited face-to-face gaming over the summer had to be abandoned. Q1 2021 doesn't look like it'll be much better either - crazy that I'll have gone at least a year without playing a game in the flesh with more than one other adult.

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 10 - Polynesia, Don Carlo, GOLD, Claim Pocket, Schotten Totten 2, Dicke Dämonen, SWAT!, Great Wall of China, Chartae, Marrakech

Removed: 3 - Pikoko, Rage, Fast Forward: FLEE

Owned: 231

Unplayed: 10 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Zillionaires on Mars, Rosetta: The Lost Language, Claim, Dicke Dämonen, Great Wall of China, Polynesia, Schotten Totten 2, SWAT!

A bit of end-of-year retail therapy with an amazon.de order (which will almost certainly be more difficult and expensive from now on) and some second-hand Knizias. Really need to stop buying >2p games until I can play them now, I don't like having a 'shelf of shame' in double figures.

Best new-to-me: lots of good ones but not a real stand-out. Marrakech is cute on BGA and even cuter in real life.

 10   6 nimmt! x3 (164 all-time)
 10   For Sale x9 (80 all-time)
 9   American Book Shop x2 (16 all-time)
 9   Decrypto (19 all-time)
 9   Eggs of Ostrich x2 (53 all-time)
 9   Fuji Flush x2 (63 all-time)
 9   Letterpress (14 all-time)
 9   Mamma Mia! (27 all-time)
 9   Mandala x3 (19 all-time)
 9   My City x25 (43 all-time)
 9   Ninety-Nine x2 (11 all-time)
 9   Scrabble x2 (18 all-time)
 9   Stick 'Em x2 (18 all-time)
 9   The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine x2 (18 all-time)
 8   Codenames (54 all-time)
 8   Coloretto (28 all-time)
 8   Maskmen (16 all-time)
 8   Texas Showdown (22 all-time)
 7   Ambiente Abissal x3 NEW!
 7   Break the Code x2 NEW!
 7   Caravan NEW!
 7   Chartae x5 NEW!
 7   Diamant x2 (20 all-time)
 7   Don Carlo x2 NEW!
 7   Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game x2 NEW!
 7   Marrakech x5 NEW!
 7   Merchants of Dunhuang x2 NEW!
 7   Time Palatrix x2 (6 all-time)
 7   Village Green (11 all-time)
 7   Vivaldi x2 NEW!
 7   §egment Trix x2 NEW!
 6   7 Wonders x2 (40 all-time)
 6   Butterfly x3 NEW!
 6   GOLD x2 NEW!
 6   Haiclue NEW!
 6   Idle Hands x2 NEW!
 6   Kingdomino (10 all-time)
 6   Nanga Parbat NEW!
 6   UGO! (2 all-time)
 6   Yōkai (3 all-time)
 5   Sushi Go! (2 all-time)
 N/A   Carcassonne Junior NEW!
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x2 (15 all-time)
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Q3 2020 review

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Total plays: 189

Distinct games: 66

New-to-me games: 25

Dimes: 5 - My City (18), The Field of the Cloth of Gold (14), Eggs of Ostrich (11), Letterpress (10), Village Green (10)

Nickels: 5 - American Bookshop (9), For Sale (8), Mandala (8), 7 Wonders (7), Texas Showdown (6)

Another quarter of the 'new normal' and no end in sight There has been a bit more face-to-face gaming this quarter as I've permitted myself a few meetups with one other gamer friend for 2p games. Online gaming continues apace too.

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 5 - Zillionaires on Mars, Rosetta: The Lost Language, The Field of the Cloth of Gold, My City, Village Green

Removed: 5 - Prosperity, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases, The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet, Finished!, King's Road

Owned: 224

Unplayed: 4 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Zillionaires on Mars, Rosetta: The Lost Language

My City, Village Green and FotCoG are all 2p-suitable which is ideal these days. Game of 49 and Rosetta aren't, and haven't yet been played as a result. I also started my game giveaway which has been going nicely.

Best new-to-me: My City got a mixed reception but Knizia rarely fails me and I'm really enjoying my two 2p campaigns.

 10   6 nimmt! x2 (161 all-time)
 10   Cribbage (126 all-time)
 10   For Sale x8 (71 all-time)
 10   Hanabi x2 (78 all-time)
 10   Innovation x3 (90 all-time)
 10   Kingdom Builder x2 (90 all-time)
 10   Love Letter (137 all-time)
 10   Race for the Galaxy x3 (257 all-time)
 9   Decrypto (18 all-time)
 9   Eggs of Ostrich x11 (51 all-time)
 9   Letterpress x10 (13 all-time)
 9   Northern Pacific (11 all-time)
 9   Perudo (79 all-time)
 9   Senators x2 (16 all-time)
 9   Stick 'Em (16 all-time)
 9   The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (16 all-time)
 9   Voodoo Prince x3 (21 all-time)
 8   American Bookshop Card Game x9 (14 all-time)
 8   Coloretto x2 (27 all-time)
 8   Dealt! x2 (17 all-time)
 8   Mandala x8 (16 all-time)
 8   Maskmen (15 all-time)
 8   My City x18 NEW!
 8   Ninety-Nine x3 (9 all-time)
 8   Quirky Circuits (6 all-time)
 8   Res Arcana (33 all-time)
 8   Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story x4 (5 all-time)
 8   Sprawlopolis (39 all-time)
 8   Texas Showdown x6 (21 all-time)
 8   The Field of the Cloth of Gold x14 NEW!
 7   Can't Stop (11 all-time)
 7   Carcassonne (17 all-time)
 7   Dragon's Breath (11 all-time)
 7   Guess Club (3 all-time)
 7   Heir to the Pharaoh NEW!
 7   The Bottle Imp (14 all-time)
 7   The Fox in the Forest Duet NEW!
 7   The Rose King NEW!
 7   Time Palatrix (4 all-time)
 7   Turn the Tide (2 all-time)
 7   Village Green x10 NEW!
 7   Watergate x3 NEW!
 6   535 x2 NEW!
 6   7 Wonders x7 (38 all-time)
 6   Cathedral NEW!
 6   Chicken Cha Cha Cha (6 all-time)
 6   Dois (3 all-time)
 6   Downforce x2 (3 all-time)
 6   FlickFleet NEW!
 6   Glasgow x2 NEW!
 6   Kingdomino x2 (9 all-time)
 6   Ohio x2 NEW!
 6   RevoltaaA NEW!
 6   Super Susuru Soup NEW!
 6   Tea Time x2 (7 all-time)
 6   The Search for Planet X NEW!
 6   Upset Kakumei NEW!
 6   ドキッと!アイス (Dokitto! Ice) x2 NEW!
 6   呪術トリック (Cursed Tricks) NEW!
 5   Kluster x3 NEW!
 5   Lucky Numbers x2 NEW!
 5   Rummy Five NEW!
 5   ジャンキー (Junkie) NEW!
 4   Finished! x2 NEW!
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x4 (13 all-time)
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Q2 2020 review

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Total plays: 139

Distinct games: 43

New-to-me games: 8

Dimes: 1 - For Sale (14)

Nickels: 9 - 7 Wonders (8), Race for the Galaxy (8), 6 nimmt! (6), Innovation (6), Tichu (6), American Bookshop (5), Codenames (5), Quirky Circuits (5), Tea Time (5)

Well, here we (still) are. I don't think I'd have predicted when I did the last of these quarterly reviews that I'd not have been under a roof other than my own house by the time of the next one!

Very little face-to-face gaming, just Quirky Circuits with Sarah and a few kids games with Effie. But my online gaming life has been fantastic! Tuesdays with the usual games night crew have kept going, with a mix of social games and favourites (plus 7 Wonders) on BoardGameArena. Thursdays I usually arrange to play something a bit meatier with friends I don't usually get to see often. And then there have been several fantastic trick-taking nights using playingcards.io (Games implemented on playingcards.io).

I've been saying for years that I'd rather be playing my favourites than learning loads of new games, and here we are!

Now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 4 - Quirky Circuits, Heir to the Pharaoh, Letterpress, Finished!

Removed: 2 - Onirim (Second Edition), Fresh Fish

Owned: 224

Unplayed: 3 - Heir to the Pharaoh, Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation

Heir to the Pharaoh (which Nick sent me in return for Onirim) awaits the return of face-to-face game. The other acquisitions were intended for play with Sarah or solo (both in the case of Letterpress).

Best new-to-me: Quirky Circuits has been a lot of fun but the last month has seen me try four great trick-takers by Taiki Shinzawa (新澤 大樹), of which the best is American Bookshop.

 10   6 nimmt! x6 (159 all-time)
 10   Babylonia (14 all-time)
 10   For Sale x14 (63 all-time)
 10   Hanabi x4 (76 all-time)
 10   Innovation x6 (87 all-time)
 10   Love Letter x3 (136 all-time)
 10   Pax Porfiriana x3 (87 all-time)
 10   Race for the Galaxy x8 (254 all-time)
 10   Tichu x6 (54 all-time)
 9   Circle the Wagons (46 all-time)
 9   Fuji Flush (61 all-time)
 9   Haggis x2 (18 all-time)
 9   Jump Drive x4 (138 all-time)
 9   Just One x3 (27 all-time)
 9   Northern Pacific (10 all-time)
 9   Perudo (78 all-time)
 9   The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine x3 (15 all-time)
 9   The Palaces of Carrara x3 (29 all-time)
 9   Voodoo Prince x2 (18 all-time)
 9   Wir sind das Volk! x2 (15 all-time)
 8   American Bookshop Card Game x5 NEW!
 8   Codenames x5 (53 all-time)
 8   Coloretto x2 (25 all-time)
 8   Quantum (15 all-time)
 8   Quirky Circuits x5 NEW!
 8   Red7 (27 all-time)
 8   Texas Showdown x3 (15 all-time)
 8   Wavelength x4 (13 all-time)
 7   A Fake Artist Goes to New York (6 all-time)
 7   Can't Stop x2 (10 all-time)
 7   Diamant x3 (18 all-time)
 7   Dois x2 NEW!
 7   Dragon's Breath (10 all-time)
 7   Letterpress x2 (3 all-time)
 7   Lost Cities (6 all-time)
 7   Time Palatrix x3 NEW!
 7   Zimbabweee Trick x2 NEW!
 6   7 Wonders x8 (31 all-time)
 6   Chicken Cha Cha Cha x3 (5 all-time)
 6   Kingdomino x4 (7 all-time)
 6   Origin of Failing Water NEW!
 6   Tea Time x5 NEW!
 6   The Fight: We gonna fight them all! NEW!
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Q1 2020 review

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So, that happened.

Total plays: 119

Distinct games: 54

New-to-me games: 11

Dimes: 1 - Jump Drive (16, all solo)

Nickels: 5 - Wavelength (9), Babylonia (9), Res Arcana (6), Khmer (5), Mandala (5)

It's been a strange one! Prior to all gaming going virtual, I had a great pub meet-up with long-time geekbuddy JamesT.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 6 - Vollpfosten, Small Indigo Plant, In Vino Morte, Melee, King Chocolate, Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story

Removed: 3 - Karate Tomate, Blue Lagoon, Ticket to Ride: New York

Owned: 222

Unplayed: 2 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation

The zero net-spend challenge went well with a few sales and some bargain purchases. I'm £11 for the year-to-date.

Best new-to-me: definitely Wavelength, which works really well virtually too.

New 10s: Babylonia is fantastic! Knizia's best in a long time.

 10   6 nimmt! (153 all-time)
 10   Babylonia x9 (13 all-time)
 10   Kingdom Builder (88 all-time)
 10   Ra (73 all-time)
 10   Tichu (48 all-time)
 9   Eggs of Ostrich (40 all-time)
 9   Elements x5 (47 all-time)
 9   Jump Drive x16 (134 all-time)
 9   Just One x4 (24 all-time)
 9   Mamma Mia! (26 all-time)
 9   Pairs (102 all-time)
 9   Senators (14 all-time)
 9   Taj Mahal (16 all-time)
 9   The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine x4 (12 all-time)
 8   Codenames x3 (48 all-time)
 8   Coloretto x2 (23 all-time)
 8   Las Vegas x2 (15 all-time)
 8   Mandala x5 (8 all-time)
 8   Q.E. (6 all-time)
 8   Res Arcana x6 (32 all-time)
 8   Team Play (15 all-time)
 8   The Mind Extreme x2 (10 all-time)
 8   Throne and the Grail (22 all-time)
 8   Was sticht? (4 all-time)
 8   Wavelength x9 NEW!
 7   Bring Your Own Book (4 all-time)
 7   Codenames: Duet (3 all-time)
 7   Dragon's Breath x2 (9 all-time)
 7   Good Little Tricks (6 all-time)
 7   Hurlyburly (9 all-time)
 7   King Chocolate (2 all-time)
 7   L.L.A.M.A. x2 (21 all-time)
 7   Letter Jam (4 all-time)
 7   Letterpress NEW!
 7   Melee (3 all-time)
 7   Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition (16 all-time)
 7   Sissi!: Die Bohnenkaiserin NEW!
 7   Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story NEW!
 7   Stinker (8 all-time)
 7   Tajuto x2 NEW!
 7   Tulip Bubble (2 all-time)
 6   7 Wonders (23 all-time)
 6   Blitzkrieg! (2 all-time)
 6   Chicken Cha Cha Cha x2 NEW!
 6   Facecards (4 all-time)
 6   Gold Fever x2 (7 all-time)
 6   Happy Salmon (2 all-time)
 6   In Vino Morte x4 NEW!
 6   Medium (2 all-time)
 6   PUSH (5 all-time)
 6   Small Indigo Plant x3 NEW!
 6   Vollpfosten NEW!
 5   TEAM3 PINK NEW!
 4   Azul: Summer Pavilion NEW!
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Q4 2019 review

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A quarter, a year and a decade over!

Total plays: 133

Distinct games: 63

New-to-me games: 7

Dimes: 0

Nickels: 5 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (8), Hurlyburly (8), The Mind Extreme (8), Hats (7), Crokinole (6)

LoBsterCon was the jewel in the crown of another good quarter.

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 9 - Clash of the Gladiators, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Babylonia, Hurlyburly, The Mind Extreme, Sissi!: Die Bohnenkaiserin, Letter Jam, Mandala

Removed: 0

Owned: 220 (excluding expansions - up from 211 at end Q3)

Unplayed: 3 - Res Publica, Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation, Sissi!: Die Bohnenkaiserin

A bit of a splurge at the end of the year, with a few ferried back from Essen for me, but I'm really pleased with my picks.

Best new-to-me: has to be the brilliant co-op trick-taker The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine but Babylonia, Hurlyburly and The Mind Extreme are excellent too.

10  6 nimmt! (152 all-time)
10  Baseball Highlights: 2045 (39 all-time)
10  Cosmic Encounter (39 all-time)
10  Innovation x2 (81 all-time)
10  Pax Porfiriana (84 all-time)
10  Ra (72 all-time)
10  Tigris & Euphrates (64 all-time)
10  Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD (23 all-time)
9  Azul (34 all-time)
9  Crokinole x6 (31 all-time)
9  Decrypto x2 (17 all-time)
9  Eggs of Ostrich (39 all-time)
9  For Sale x3 (49 all-time)
9  Hanamikoji x2 (23 all-time)
9  Jump Drive x4 (118 all-time)
9  Just One x4 (20 all-time)
9  Lords of Vegas (13 all-time)
9  Mamma Mia! (25 all-time)
9  Montage x2 (6 all-time)
9  Northern Pacific (9 all-time)
9  Polterfass (16 all-time)
9  Senators x2 (13 all-time)
9  The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine x8 NEW!
8  Air, Land & Sea x3 (10 all-time)
8  Babylonia x4 NEW!
8  Hats x7 (12 all-time)
8  Krass Kariert (15 all-time)
8  Maskmen x4 (14 all-time)
8  Ninety-Nine (6 all-time)
8  Res Arcana x2 (26 all-time)
7  Belratti (5 all-time)
7  Blitzkrieg! NEW!
7  Bring Your Own Book (3 all-time)
7  Can't Stop (8 all-time)
7  Clash of the Gladiators x2 NEW!
7  Dragon's Breath x2 (7 all-time)
7  Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings NEW!
7  First Contact NEW!
7  Good Little Tricks (5 all-time)
7  Guess Club x2 NEW!
7  Heul doch! Mau Mau (11 all-time)
7  Hit Z Road (5 all-time)
7  Hurlyburly x8 NEW!
7  Kribbeln (12 all-time)
7  L.L.A.M.A. x3 (19 all-time)
7  Letter Jam x3 NEW!
7  Mandala x3 NEW!
7  Startups x2 NEW!
7  Stinker x3 (7 all-time)
7  The Mind Extreme x8 NEW!
7  Ticket to Ride: London x3 (7 all-time)
6  5211 x2 NEW!
6  Conspiracy NEW!
6  Gold Fever (5 all-time)
6  Handsome (2 all-time)
6  Karambolage x2 NEW!
6  Medium NEW!
6  NMBR 9 (4 all-time)
5  Nine Tiles Panic NEW!
5  Point Salad NEW!
4  Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale NEW!
N/A  Geistesblitz Junior NEW!
N/A  The Game of Ladybirds NEW!
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Q3 2019 review

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Yikes, no posts since my last quarterly review! Must do better... but it was a fun summer

Total plays: 118

Distinct games: 56

New-to-me games: 14

Dimes: 1 - Heul doch! Mau Mau

Nickels: 4 - L.L.A.M.A. (9), QE (5), Hats (5), Dragon's Breath (5)

A pretty standard quarter, plays-wise. No major events, but a steady stream of games night tapas!

And now a look at the collection.

Acquired: 5 - Ticket to Ride: London, QE, Heul doch! Mau Mau, Hats, Dragon's Breath

Removed: 1 - Brass

Owned: 211 (excluding expansions - up from 203 at end Q1)

Unplayed: 2 - Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings, Res Publica

Pleased with all of these. A couple of fun card games, a fascinating economic filler, another quick TTR that I like a bit better than New York and the result of my first games-shopping trip with my 3-year-old daughter! Brass is still a great game but I'd *never* played my copy and can't see me doing any time soon.

Best new-to-me: have really enjoyed the aforementioned QE and Hats but I'll give it to Pax Pamir: Second Edition which seems to have kept all the best bits of the original while making it far more accessible. Four face-to-face plays and a couple on Vassal and I'm hungry for more.

 10   Cribbage (125 all-time)
 10   Race for the Galaxy x2 (246 all-time)
 10   The Mind x4 (64 all-time)
 10   Tichu (47 all-time)
 10   Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD x3 (22 all-time)
 9   Decrypto (15 all-time)
 9   Eggs of Ostrich x3 (38 all-time)
 9   Fuji Flush (60 all-time)
 9   Impulse (25 all-time)
 9   Jump Drive (114 all-time)
 9   Mamma Mia! (24 all-time)
 9   Metropolys (21 all-time)
 9   Polterfass (15 all-time)
 9   Senators (11 all-time)
 9   Voodoo Prince x3 (16 all-time)
 8   Air, Land & Sea x3 (7 all-time)
 8   Hats x5 NEW!
 8   Just One x2 (16 all-time)
 8   Maskmen (10 all-time)
 8   Northern Pacific (8 all-time)
 8   Pax Pamir (Second Edition) x4 NEW!
 8   Q.E. x5 NEW!
 8   Res Arcana x4 (24 all-time)
 8   Team Play (14 all-time)
 8   Throne and the Grail x2 (21 all-time)
 8   Traders of Osaka (12 all-time)
 7   Backgammon (11 all-time)
 7   Belratti x2 (4 all-time)
 7   Dead Man's Chest (12 all-time)
 7   Dragon's Breath x5 NEW!
 7   Fool! (2 all-time)
 7   Gheos (2 all-time)
 7   Heul doch! Mau Mau x10 NEW!
 7   Insider (9 all-time)
 7   Kribbeln (11 all-time)
 7   LLAMA x9 (16 all-time)
 7   Mini Rails (3 all-time)
 7   Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition (15 all-time)
 7   Stinker x4 NEW!
 7   Ticket to Ride: London x4 NEW!
 7   Too Many Cooks (2 all-time)
 7   Zero Down (9 all-time)
 6   Brave Little Belgium NEW!
 6   Flotsam Fight x2 NEW!
 6   Frank's Zoo (3 all-time)
 6   Irish Gauge NEW!
 6   Karate Tomate (2 all-time)
 6   Memoarrr! x2 (3 all-time)
 6   Nakanuki Paradise (3 all-time)
 6   PUSH x2 (4 all-time)
 6   Panic Lab x2 (6 all-time)
 6   Rollet x2 NEW!
 6   Yōkai x2 NEW!
 6   passtally NEW!
 5   Songbirds NEW!
 4   Twenty One (2 all-time)
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