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Steph's New to Me List August 2019!! #AllTheGames

Steph Hodge
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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


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



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




August List
from Worst to Best





Salty Dogs (Prototype):

Still in prototype form. A take-that card game to be the last player standing. Not really my type of game. Probably designed for casual gamers who like games with their beer and pretzels. Not rated due to early prototype status.



-/10 After 1 play (Owned/Prototype)



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Sapphire Island (Prototype):

Can't say much about this, but the name and theme will likely change. Not a game that excites me, but solid gameplay which features set collection and is semi-abstract. Not rated due to early prototype status.



-/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)

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Starship Ludum (Prototype):

Really cool game. Some deckbuilding and tile placement. Fun cube pusher that should be picked up by a publisher soon. One I would want to play again for sure. Not rated due to early prototype status.



-/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Last Word Standing:

Not a game for me. Wayyyyy too much AP as a lot of word games can have. Rulebook was poorly written and very unclear. It didn't work for me at all. Not a game I want to play again.



2/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Tricky Druids:

Pretty game, but false advertising. I thought this game was a trick-taking game, but it is a dice game. Could be a broken game. You must offer to other players on your turn, but no one ever has to offer to you. You might never be offered even one ingredient token, which will make it impossible to create 1 recipe, much less 2. Didn't work for me.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Schollen Rollen:

Cute fish meeples, but overall, not an exciting game to play. Nothing special about this push-your-luck game. Don't care to revisit this one.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Knights of Crylail:

Dexterity game where you shoot discs to be closest to other discs. If you really like these type of games then this has interesting disc abilities, but in general, just not that interesting for me. meh.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Snowman Dice:

Simple speed dice game with a bit of dexterity involved. Cute enough and harmless, just not that exciting.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)

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Foodies:

Easily the best game in the "Machi Koro" family. Has the same style game play, but is more refined and has a definitive ending. Still not a favorite genre of game, but I could play it if requested.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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The Alwaysgreen Garden:

Near completed prototype. A family game that will be interesting for new gamers. The artwork is friendly and inviting and the gameplay is easy to follow. I am not sure there is enough there to hold the serious gamer type.



5/10 After 2 plays (Owned - Prototype)



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Wakanda Forever:

Love the box cover. Solid gameplay with cool asymmetric abilities. All in all this game will work better for casual players. I had a good time, but it is just not one that excites me. I would be fine playing it again though.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Namiji:

Better than Tokaido, but still not that great. I would definitely be more interested in playing this one since there are objectives to work towards. Beautiful game, nonetheless.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates:

Much too chaotic with many players, in my opinion. I found it to be a lot more enjoyable at 2 players and it is likely that 3 players would also be acceptable. I enjoy the deckbuilding aspect to the game, but not the race to the finish. Great production and cute art and is a game I could play again.



6/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Penny Lane:

Love the artwork. Nice little puzzle of a game. Wish there was more variety in the different actions you can take per game. Works for me, but I am not sure it is a game I would ever request. Happy to play again though.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game:

One-vs-many gameplay that is very true to the movie and thematic. Easily a great game for fans of the movie. I don't have any real connection to the movie and felt a bit strong-armed, so it was only okay for me. I would try again, though it doesn't excite me.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Lockup: A Roll Player Tale:

Wanted to love this. I like hidden placement games like Aladdin's Dragons, but this has partial information and I prefer the chaos of no information. I want to try playing with no information revealed and see how it goes. Only played with 2 players, so I want to see how it will play out with more players.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Sherlock Files: Elementary Entries:

Pretty neat concept for a deduction game, trying to piece together events without knowing which details are critical and which ones are useless. They are one-shot cases. I might be interested in trying out some other cases, but it might just be too random for me to care enough to play them all.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Dragonrealm:

Charming push-your-luck family-friendly game. Plenty of different set-collection paths so you don't get discouraged when you pull a bad card. Easy to learn and cute artwork which makes it inviting to new or younger players. Definitely would play this again.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Atelier: The Painter's Studio:

Love the theme and the paintings in the game. The painter's pallet is an attractive players board. Wanted to love this more than I did, but still found it pretty good. I wonder about the balance of the card abilities - some seem to be totally OP. A game I need to revisit more.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Hats:

Whimsical as all Alice in Wonderland games should be. Hard enough game to try and figure out, let alone with a partner at the same time. Recommended to play with 2 or 3 the first play. A game I wanted to love, but would really need to play a whole lot to understand and figure it out. Not sure I have that in me.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Dreams of Tomorrow:

One of the most gorgeous games. I love the artwork so much and all of the colors are just, "wow!" Perhaps a top 10 favorite boardgame cover. However, I think this game needs a lot more development. As it stands, it works as a game, but I could easily redesign this game to be more streamlined and gamer friendly. Unlikely to play this again, but it gets extra points for the art.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Catlantis:

Went in with low expectations and found myself thoroughly entertained and happy. Delightful set-collection game with an I-split-you-choose mechanic. I love the foil cards and box - all of it is just so CUTE! Would be happy to play this again.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pappy Winchester:

Auction game that didn't win the table over, but I had a good time playing. However, the duel tokens lowered my enjoyment of the game, and when I play again, I will choose to eliminate them. It's an easy fix to make the game better IMO.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Century: Golem Edition – Eastern Mountains:

Same game as Eastern Wonders but with different art. I like this better than Spice Road because all of the resource conversions are on display. This helps players to be able to plan ahead, but can also lead to AP with some groups. Happy to play this, but prefer Wonders to Mountains because it is easier to see player pieces on the board.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Funkoverse Strategy Game:

I love me some Funko figures. So freaking cute! Harry Potter themed at that. Area-control tactical-battle type game. I will always lose but don't mind trying. Interested in seeing the other characters including the Golden Girls. Not a game I will want to frequently play but I am happy to on occasion.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Panda Craves Danger:

Surprising fun little push-your-luck game. Ridiculous panda art that makes me laugh every time I see a new card. #whatwilltheythinkofnext I love chucking all the dice. Overall a very cute game. Happy to play this one with any gamer.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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King Me!:

King Me takes the familiar feeling of Checkers and reworks it into an area-control game with a lot more strategy. I love the colorful board and the use of the rivers. I would recommend checking it out if you like abstracts and area-control games.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Escape Room In A Box: Flashback:

On the easier side of Escape Room games but has a lot of new features I haven't seen before. Really makes you think outside the box. I was totally surprised and would recommend it just for the experience.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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TonTon:

Trick-taking game with adorable little cards and amazing artwork. Interesting challenges in this one with a clever trick-taking mechanic. I had fun with it.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Moon Base:

Beautiful production and fun playing pieces. Pure abstract, so if you are a fan of the genre then you should definitely check this out. I am excited to play more and figure out if I can get any better! Super challenging and I like a good challenge.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cat Lady:

Stinkin' cute! Love the drafting mechanic and the set collection, but most of all, I love the cats! So cute with their cute names. This is a game I could easily play anytime. Don't know why it took so long to play this one.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Kenny G: Keepin' It Saxy:

Yeah, I am a fan of Kenny G! So? Isn't everyone? This game is hilarious. If you play this, I totally recommend you read the Sax Facts before playing. It will give you insight into the cards. Super-cute cooperative game to help Kenny keep his groove through his hectic day. Really quick game and you will laugh. Hard to go wrong with this $20 Target game.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned - and signed by Kenny G!)



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Imaginarium:

Wow, this artwork is funky and I love it. Amazing bust figures included in the game. Gameplay is easy, but managing your system is more difficult. Fun challenge and definitely a game I want to play more of. Trying so hard to recall the movie it reminds me of, with weird paper cutouts like this artwork. It is driving me nuts, so if you know it, please let me know.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Rocky Road à la Mode:

I love me some ice cream! Quick and simple filler to play with anyone. One I could play anytime. Adorable art and fun gameplay. Happy to have it.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor:

A roll-n-write game that I missed when it was released! Nooooooo! It is a clever little game. Race to Mordor against the other players and the ringwraiths! Really enjoyed this one and looking forward to playing with the advanced rules.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Wits & Wagers: Vegas:

Well, if you like Wits & Wagers, you will like this one! You can now bet high and low halves, like betting red and black halves in Roulette. Current topics in this fun new edition. Looking forward to more plays.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Gone Fishing:

Love the bits in this game!! Silly and fun dexterity game. One I could play anytime. I like a good laugh.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Quodd Heroes:

There is so much game in this box, it is incredible. Module after module with competitive, cooperative, and solo modes. I only scratched the surface with the intro game, so I still have a lot to uncover and explore with this. That will be fun!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Welcome to Dino World:

So much to think about when creating your Dino Park. Fantastic roll-n-write game. I like creating my park and completing goals. Could be too long with the wrong people. Really fun game.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cat Café:

Cats galore! In this game, we get to create attractive cat towers! I love roll-n-writes and I love drafting and this has both! This is a game I could play anytime. Really enjoyed this one.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy Roll And Write:

So much to love about this game. It is a spin-off of the Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy game and it works so well. Move your food truck around the map to collect points. This roll-n-write game uses 6 different types of dice, something I wish more roll-n-writes would do. This game is thinky and fun and one I can't wait to play more of.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Artemis Project:

Dice worker-placement game. I love a good chunky euro-style game. This is super solid and fits perfectly on the shelf with games like Marco Polo and Coimbra. There is a lot of replay value since you don't even see half of the events or buildings. Really cool game. Love the art too!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game:

Man, I am no detective, but I love pretending to be. I am awful at this game, but I still love the good challenge of figuring out the case. Very innovative game and I look forward to playing the rest of the cases in the core box and expansion.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pictionary Air:

Pure fun! Amazing use of the app and just an all-around silly and fun game. Definitely one for the family and holiday cheer. Perfect end-of-night game at the end of game day.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Welkin:

So gorgeous. Clever market mechanic which keeps the game interesting and not just another resource and set-collection game. Easy enough to introduce to new gamers too. Really liked this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Legendary Forests:

My type of game. I love multiplayer solitaire games and tile placement. It is super quick and really pretty. Easily a game I could play anytime.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Obscurio:

This totally came as a surprise for me. I am usually not a hidden traitor fan, but this was amazing fun. Nearly impossible to narrow down the traitor, but it is a fun challenge. Crazy obstacles and vague clues make it super hard for the team to escape. This game makes me laugh every time and there is always a great story to tell at the end.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: War Eternal:

MOAR AEON'S END!!! GIMME MOARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR I have been too busy playing Legacy, then the base game, and then New Age, so I just now got around to trying out War Eternal! Of course, it is just amazing. MOAR PLEASE.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Honey Buzz:

This is in late-prototype form, but everything about this game is solid. The artwork is amazing (so far). Puzzley goodness and a game I very much look forward to playing in its final form.



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



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Game of the Month!


Letter Jam:

Totes my favorite. I love this challenging little cooperative game, trying to be clever with the clues you give your group. Wish the scoring wasn't so tacked on - it needs an expansion to fix that. Love the game enough to overlook the scoring. Great times playing this one.



8.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!


Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared:

If you are a fan of Villainous, then this is a no-brainer. I actually like this expansion better than the base game and first expansion. A lot of clever new villains in this one keeps the game fresh. Well done.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kanagawa: Yokai:

Doesn't shorten the game but gives you alternative sets to collect and Yokai figures to manipulate. Beautiful expansion and happy to add to the base game for variety.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Depths:

MOAR AEON'S END!! 3 new mages! Not sure I felt a strong connection to any of the new mages, but happy to have more content!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Nameless:

More nemeses to defeat. SO STUPID HARD. I doubt I will ever beat them. I will definitely try though! Couple games in and nawp. Fun challenge though.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Decrypto: Expansion #01 – Laserdrive:

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! A must-have for any Decrypto fan. Loved the new theme cards and the red tokens for more attempts to gain a white token. LUV IT!



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21
April: 68!
May: 51
June: 37
July: 34
August: 50





Total new-to-me games for the year: 286!



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I have been seeing a bunch of movies recently, especially with AMC's A-List! I love it!








Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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