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February '19 Review - "And thou who dost not feel them, do not scorn / Our early songs for winter overworn," -GM

Thoughts on games played in February 2019.....

Games Played:
 10   Tikal (13 all-time)
 9   KeyForge: Call of the Archons (14 all-time)
 8   Saint Petersburg x2 (6 all-time)
 7   Azul (10 all-time)
 7   Hnefatafl x2 NEW!
 7   Tak x2 (18 all-time)
 7   The Mind x2 (7 all-time)
 7   The Royal Game of Ur x6 NEW!
 6   Bible Trivia (2 all-time)
 6   Dominion (15 all-time)
 6   Kleiner Spatz (9 all-time)
 6   Liar's Dice (14 all-time)
 6   Meow (9 all-time)
 6   Shadows in the Forest (4 all-time)
 6   The Climbers x2 NEW!
 6   Tsuro x2 (7 all-time)
 6   Yogi (8 all-time)


No pictures taken so this is rather drab, but here I am being that guy posting to his BGG blog once a month with another month-in-review post. Enjoy.

I didn't get out for much serious gaming, so this month's list of games reflects more family and casual play.

Brief comments, not very insightful:

 10   Tikal (13 all-time)

Tikal is one of my handful of 10s. I discovered it early in my personal gaming renaissance, when "Euros" were still German games, and more importantly, were still highly interactive. I'm going to try to get it played more often. Back in '07/'08, I had a few friends that I played with regularly on spielbyweb. One of those friends came to visit me this past month, and one of the best gaming experiences of the month was a 2 player game of Tikal with him. I probably like Tikal best with 3, but I still find it very satisfying with 2 and 4. My preference is 3-->2-->4. I still very much enjoy the 4 player experience, but find it a touch more chaotic than I care for. This 2 player game was great. We both knew the rules well so we played with auctions. There was hardly any downtime as neither one of us is particularly prone to analysis paralysis. It was just an all-around very pleasant session. And I lost. :-)

 9   KeyForge: Call of the Archons (14 all-time)

I like KeyForge more each time I play it. This particular play in February was a delightful session with my 9yo daughter.

 8   Saint Petersburg x2 (6 all-time)

I think that Saint Petersburg has earned a permanent spot in my collection. I've been unsure of it in the past. I've owned it for a long time. It rarely got played. But recent plays have all been great, so I'm hoping that I can get this to the table often this year. My kids like it, so I think that it'll happen.

 7   Azul (10 all-time)

I think I've completely cooled on Azul. I still think it's a good game. I don't think I'll ever turn it down in a casual setting (at home with family or in a situation with lighter gamers). It also just doesn't get me all that excited. It's a bit repetitive. I think I'm also slightly annoyed by the constant re-seeding of the board in between turns. I dislike many games with fiddly upkeep phases. This one isn't all that fiddly, but it gets old. I almost think I'd prefer an app version.

 7   Hnefatafl x2 NEW!

This is new to me because it's the first time I've logged a play on BGG. I have played it before, though, back in the early 00s. Hnefatafl is a fascinating game. I like that it is still a game in a state of rules flux, where variants rule over any official static game. It's just an interesting reminder of an earlier time in which games would be tweaked and re-worked by different players in different regions. This is an excellent site that I used to find rules for many variants: http://tafl.cyningstan.com/downloads/703/rules-leaflets

 7   Tak x2 (18 all-time)

It's been tough to teach Tak to new players, not because it's hard to teach (it isn't), but because new players have a significant learning curve. I've got a pretty high win record at this game, and it's mostly because I show no mercy when teaching.

 7   The Mind x2 (7 all-time)

I know it will be an amazing feeling if i ever win The Mind with a group. Right now, though, I almost feel defeatist about the game. I don't know that it's possible to win without a splash of luck and a system of developed "tells" from playing multiple times with the same people.

 7   The Royal Game of Ur x6 NEW!

The wife of my good friend and fellow Tikal fan mentioned above brought me a very thoughtful gift, a lovely handcrafted Ur board. I had a ton of fun playing this simple race game with them. Maybe more importantly, I'm actually excited about trying Backgammon for the first time. Backgammon is a game that I've never played and never had any interest in playing, though recently a few people have told me to get over myself and give it a try. After playing Ur, I'm more interested in trying it, as it seems that Backgammon is definitely the "spiritual successor" to Ur.



 6   Bible Trivia (2 all-time)

I messed around with rules for a solo version of this. It's still just a trivia game.

 6   Dominion (15 all-time)

I've never been a huge Dominion fan, but I've always liked it. After 15 plays, I'm feeling like I'm kinda done with it. I'm sure I'll play it some more, but I don't understand how players get this to the table 100+ times. It sounds tedious.

 6   Kleiner Spatz (9 all-time)

Kleiner Spatz is a pretty perfect toddler game.

 6   Liar's Dice (14 all-time)

Liar's Dice hits the spot every so often. I couldn't play it all the time, but it's always enjoyable a few times a year with the right people.

 6   Meow (9 all-time)

I think the novelty has finally worn off.

 6   Shadows in the Forest (4 all-time)

It's just way too long for what it is.

 6   The Climbers x2 NEW!

I'm not seeing what others see in this game.

 6   Tsuro x2 (7 all-time)

I like Tsuro under very specific conditions, mostly as a relaxing family game with children.

 6   Yogi (8 all-time)

I loved my first few plays of this. The novelty is gone, and I found this last play a little bit tedious. So it goes.


Game Purchases:
DCC Judge's Screen - $10.79

I'm doing pretty well at not buying games, though I think that's going to fall apart next month with the Age of Steam and Irish Gauge kickstarters.


Non-boardgame-related:

Albums
I listened to a lot of new stuff again, which is always a mistake. I stopped caring after a while. I liked the new Panda Bear and Deerhunter, but haven't cared to return to them. I liked some other stuff that I forget. I forget other stuff that I couldn't care enough about to remember at all. Probably my favorite new-to-me album was Beck's Morning Phase, an album from a few years ago that a friend introduced me to, describing it as "soft rock for aging hipsters."

Here you go:


Books
Reading was sporadic throughout the month. I was dipping into a lot of things, never finishing anything. I did finish Remains of the Day, and it did make me a little misty eyed at the end.

Films
A re-watch of The Third Man was probably the best feature film that I watched all month.
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