Ian Noble(ianoble)United States
El Dorado Hills
It seems as if 2011 has been a banner year in the board/card game hobby. Just looking at the number of quality games that have been released in the first 6 months of the year, you could say this has been one of the very best years ever. And with still a whole half of year left, things don't appear to be slowing down.
For me the second half of the year is going to bring some big additions to my collection. Some games from new or very small publishers (thanks to Kickstarter.com), some games from the publishers we all know & love and a few reprints that I've been wanting to get my hands on for a long time. All in all, this is going to be one heck of a happy ending to 2011!
Here are all the games I have already paid for and will, hopefully, be able to add to my collection by the end of this year.
Kickstarter backed games:
Lisa and I have been playing the print and play version and a review copy for a couple of months now. It will be nice to see the fully produced version.
The Road to Canterbury
Another one of Alf Seegerts games. We really love Trollhalla and the Canterbury Tales theme seems very unique.
A simple card game, but with fantastic artwork that really captures the Asian theme.
This would be my first Wild West themed game. I've heard really good things from people who've played advanced copies of the game. The artwork isn't in my favorite style, but I'm hoping the gameplay makes up for it.
Kingdom of Solomon
Neat looking worker placement game. Like Dark Horse, I've heard a lot of praise from people who have been able to play it.
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Co-op with a fire fighting theme sounds awesome. The production value will be fantastic since Indie Boards and Cards will be producing it. Loved Triumvirate and Haggis.
Not much to say about this game. Pretty much everyone is looking to get a copy. I was lucky enough to play a prototype version at Kublacon. Confirmed my excitement to play the final copy.
Brand new game from Tastey Minstrel that has a lot of different elements that I enjoy. With their special bundle deal a few weeks ago, I figured it was worth a shot, since I was really looking forward to playing the next game.
I saw some folks playing this game at a party I was at. Unfortunately I was unable to try it for myself. The first printing had a lot of issues, so I'm happy to be able to get a copy that has been completely fixed.
Jab: Realtime Boxing
I watched a demo of the game at Kublacon and was very impressed with the pace of the game. Seemed to be pretty spot on in recreating a boxing match using a couple decks of cards. This was pretty much free with the Belfort/Homesteaders bundle anyway.
Ooh, this is a game I've had my eye on for a while! Z-Man games decided to continue to publish it after they were sold and I am grateful for that. The theme is right up my alley. This looks like it has the potential to be a huge hit!
I'm coming to Twilight Struggle very late to the party. But only now do I feel that I would be ready for a 2 player game this heavy. The newest edition has a few corrections, but it mostly just cleans up an already hugely popular game.
Yep, another Dominion expansion. It's becoming a bit silly with all the available expansions, but for $15 why not complete the current set.
Not too mention a few more games that I would love to pick up this year like Rune Age, Elder Sign, Quarriors and Drum Roll.
What are you looking forward to most in the second half of 2011? Hit me up on Twitter (@ianoble), Facebook and/or Google+ (ianoble)!