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2015 Purchases - 12/12

Max Lampinen
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I'm still studying in university and not even business or engineering or something like that, I study literature. I also have a family and thus there needs to be budget. This is a good thing, because it forces me to set limit to yearly boardgame purchases. This year the limit was 12 (one per month) and I'm about to complete it.

Next year, inspired by bgg user I stalk, who buys one game yearly, I'm aiming even lower, to 5 purchases. Most likely 3 SdJ candidates, one KdJ candidates and Vuoden peli (basically Finnish SdJ), I'm expecting at least one of these to overlap with this years Essen purchases, which will leave one game leeway to buy best-looking game of next years Essen. I'll also alllow myself to buy TIME Stories scenarios outside this limit, if I stay excited about the game. If I don't I'll probably sell it, and allow one extra game purchase. Former feels more likely at the moment.

Anyway, let's move to this year. I bought:

1. Loony Quest
First purchase was one of the two Essen 2014 games I was most excited about (other one was Colt Express). 100% happy with the game, especially for its reasonabnle price. Haven't even co pleted all levels yet. Really funny drawing game.

2. Elysium
Blind-bought because Space Cowboys had released 2 awesome games before. Elysium ended up being worst of the three, but still beautiful and very replayable purchase. With smaller buy-limit this would've been cut in hindsight, as it's not supper innovative, but with limit of 12, I'm happy with this purchase.

X. The Game
I made my own version by drawing some arrows to my 6nimmt deck,as I wasn't happy about the grim artwork. So I won't count it among the twelve. Good game anyway.

3. Cacao
Cool SdJ-recommended game that was also translated to Finnish. Nothing special to be honest, but really elegant and nice game. This would've been another game to cut with fewer purchases though. But I'm happy to own it.

4. One Night Revolution
One Night Werewolf is top5 game for me, so buying streamlined sci-fi themed version was easy choice. My first Kickstarted game. I haven't actually received my copy yet, but I've played the game and I'm satisfied. It does streamline ONUW and force people to lie, with expansions this could overtake it.


5. Broom Service
KdJ, based on proven game, Ghibli-like artwork. Easy autopurchase. Satisfied.

6. Spyfall
This was hyped a lot so when it finally became available, I bought instantly. Good choice, it's unique and fun social game, right uip in my alley. I would even be prepared to spend one of next years purchases to expand it, if they'll make one.

Post-Essen 2015:

7. New York 1901
It won Vuoden peli (Finnish "SdJ"), which means autobuy. Haven't played yet. :shame: Looks good.

8. Mysterium
I waited for this game all year. English version has awesome components. Haven't tried English version yet, but it's a great game system that can be combined with Dixit for replayability, even though I still say Dixit is superior in its simplicity and constant interaction.

9. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
Cacao-like game that's really smooth and elegant but would've been cut if I had bought fewer games. I really like it though, great game.

10. Codenames
Easy autopurchase. Really innovative and fun. I still haven't translated all tiles to Finnish though (needed in wordgames), have to do it, to play more.

11. The Voyages of Marco Polo
Hesitated for long time, since it's so heavy, but it's KdJ approved and seems to streamline many hot mechanics from recent heavy games into nice remix. Haven't played yet.

12. T.I.M.E Stories
TIME Stories was autobuy.. Space Cowboys and storytelling in awesome package. I've only ran it once so far, but currently it's my favorite game. Have to play more to form complete opinion. I don't regret for sure, and Space Cowboys will continue to be blind-buyh worthy, even with limited purchases.

X. Qwinto
I own Qwixx, so I just made my own Qwinto scoresheets and use Qwixx dice. Feel bit bad. It's a nice game. If I have more money one day, I promise to buy proper version. It's not like it's expensive.

Sold Russian Railroads and Istanbul to allow two more games.
12b. Jamaica
I think it's a family classic and wanted to finally add this older gem into my collection.

12c. Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania
Haven't bought it yet, but will buy as soon as it comes out this month and it'll complete my 2015 purchases.

So, onwards! Next year I'm aiming for 5 purchases.
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