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Steph's New to Me List September 2019!!

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


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 400 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)



September List
from Worst to Best







kNOW!:

A game where you use Google Assistant (GA). Using GA would be fun if it actually worked well. For me, it was more frustrating than fun to have to deal with GA. Without GA, you just have a simple party game with not much depth. In general, this one was a miss for me. Not looking to play it again.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Towers of Äm'härb:

I think the production in this game is awesome and I love the wooden discs and the glow in the dark cover. For me, the gameplay was pretty basic and not that interesting. I was always able to take the best available spot for me and I didn't have that tension of having to pay a ton of resources. I don't know, but for me, this game just wasn't enough to keep me interested, but it is harmless and fast. I could play again, if requested.


4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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BOLD:

Cute family game and easy for kids to play. This totally would have been a game I would have played growing up if it had been around. It will appeal to many casual gamers. I am not sure Bold has enough there for me to want to play again, but it is harmless.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Stephenson's Rocket:

This is just not a game for me at all. Trying to plan in this game just doesn't work at all because nothing you plan for will happen. I love the production on this new edition, but this is unlikely a game I will return to.


4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Common Threads:

Fast memory and matching game. 4 games in the box for variety. Light and quick for casual gamers or end-of-night closing game. Not a favorite, but I could play again.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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UNO Dice Game:

I don’t mind playing this game, but I wouldn’t choose to play this one over any of the other Mattel roll n writes. It was quick and painless though. Good for families and kids. I think it will sell well at Target because everyone knows Uno!


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Potemkin Empire:

I can’t say I loved this one. It is painful to lose your buildings early on. I love the artwork and the idea behind it, but it just wasn’t a great experience for me. I wouldn’t mind playing again, but I won’t request it.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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1 2 3 Good Night:

This game is super cute with wonderful art and super easy to play with kids. I like that the images don't match exactly and it isn't always clear which image goes with another. It's fun. I would prefer playing with fewer players next time, but I would be happy to play again.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kung Fur Fight!:

I want to love this game for the artwork alone. The gameplay is not bad. I generally like games with simultaneous card selection like this one. It was hard losing battle after battle for a few rounds. But the game is so fast, it didn't take long for me to die, so it didn't bother me too much. I could easily play this one again, especially since it is so stinking cute!


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Lowdown Dice Game:

Lowdown is a game I would be happy to play again. However, it didn't wow me, and I would rather play a bunch of other roll n write games before this one. I am pretty neutral on it.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Race for the Chinese Zodiac:

Simultaneous card selection is interesting. Some powers seem much better than others. I felt I had a pretty easy time winning this game. Didn't really feel like a racing game. Pretty though, and one I could play again.


6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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The Queen of Hansa:

There is a lot to like about this game. I just wish the market values were handled differently. I love the art and the style of gameplay. Much to enjoy with this one and I look forward to trying again.


6/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Carrossel:

It will be interesting to play this with more players. It will probably be easier to only have to deal with one region a turn, but it might be harder to evaluate what other people are doing so you can figure out how to optimize your tiles. Beautiful game and simple to play and learn, so it’s a great choice for families and casual gamers.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Little Dragons:

Super cute game. I mean, who doesn't love some baby dragons?! SO CUTE!! It worked well enough with 6 players. I still got a bunch of eggs and I didn't feel like I was missing out on too much. I do think it will play better with 4 players, though. Super light and family-friendly, so it is probably not for the serious gamer. But I am happy to play it again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Shuffle Grand Prix:

Shuffle Grand Prix was easy to learn and offered more choices than I expected, which was great. I love how you can combine the character decks for a unique experience each time. I don't think it will be a game I will frequently play but it is light-hearted and enjoyable, so I would be happy to play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Tsuro: Phoenix Rising:

A nicely updated version of Tsuro. Different enough from other Tsuro games. I had a good time trying to puzzle out my paths and I love the production on this game. This is one I would easily play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Mint Cooperative:

Way better as a cooperative game than the original Mint Works. This was super challenging, though really fiddly with the stunt cards. Not bad and one I could play again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Prototype)



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Into The Black Forest:

I had a pretty good time playing this one and would most definitely play it again. I don’t know if the gameplay will get stale over time. There are a ton of quick card games, so we will see if this has legs. It is definitely harmless and easy to play.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Planetoid:

Planetoid is fairly simple to learn and play, and it plays out really quickly, which is nice. I found it interesting to manage your energy each turn. I definitely think the advanced game was the right game for me to first try out. All in all, I had a fun time playing this one and I would definitely play it again.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kung Fu:

I liked Kung Fu, and everyone else really enjoyed playing it too. Didn’t really expect much going in but was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely play better in my next playthrough, at least making it to the 3rd round! Cute game and one I am happy to play again soon.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Timeline: Inventions:

I hadn't played any Timeline games before and I had a mix of a whole bunch of editions, so I just picked one. You play one, you've played them all, amirite? Cool game, but I am terrible with dates, so this won't ever be a go-to filler. But it is nice to have it!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Skip-Bo Dice Game:

I really enjoyed playing this one. I grew up with Skip-Bo so this hit home for me. Might not be as big of a hit for those who don't appreciate the card game. This is much faster anyway and I would always choose to play the dice game over the card game.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Soulaween:

I think this is an adorable abstract game. I love the production and artwork. Everything about this game is solid and any fan of abstract games will appreciate this one. Simple to learn and play and one I could easily play anytime.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dekalko:

Dekalko is a fun drawing party game and one I would be happy to play anytime! I had a good time playing this and I love that it plays 6 players easily.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Shadow Rivals:

Shadow Rivals is a quick game and I had a fun time playing. Unfortunately, the iconography is not very clear. This is not a game I will play very frequently, but I will be keeping it around to play occasionally. It is a clever game with tactical choices.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Antiquity Quest:

Card players will enjoy this one since it has that familiar feeling of classic games. I can play this with anyone and will have a great time. I quite enjoyed it and all of the rainbow colors. I would be happy to play this one again!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Colors of Paris:

I think Colors of Paris is pretty good. It's so quick that I don't get caught up in trying to do too many things. It doesn't feel long, like Pastiche does. I really like the mechanic where you leave one worker behind. I would love to try all the different painter abilities. Beautiful game. This is one I would be happy to play again.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trial of the Temples:

The rules are simple and the gameplay is pretty streamlined. I feel like this could be a nice step up from Splendor-type games for new players. Since it is so gorgeous, it should be easy to find players to play. The 2-player rules are a bit different, so I look forward to playing again with more players. Very enjoyable game!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Roll for Adventure:

I had a great time playing. Light with fun choices and lots of dice rolling. I look forward to trying it with the fun group to see if we can win with 4 players. This is definitely a perfect family game that is easy to understand and fun to play. I would be happy to play this one more.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula:

At the end of the day, I enjoyed playing Trismegistus, even if it was less than perfect with all of the rules issues. However, I doubt I will frequently play it due to its complexity. Teo is much easier, IMO. Tris is far more abstract in how you have to think throughout the game. It will be interesting to see how people respond to this one. I want to play again with people who already know and enjoy the game and I think that will help me to like it more.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Blokus Dice Game:

I love Blokus and I love roll n writes, and these two things work well together. Happy to play this one anytime. More Blokus is always a good thing!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Adventure Games: The Dungeon:

I am not very far into the first adventure, but I am loving the experience so far. I am excited to continue and see the 2nd and 3rd parts! Any fan of the Exit-type games will appreciate this one, I am sure! I can't wait for the app to be incorporated with the game so it will read the interactions instead of us having to fish through the lengthy book for our answers.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Rurik: Dawn of Kiev:

A lot of moving mechanics in this game. I really enjoyed the bidding for actions mechanic. There is a bit of area control, which is something I am less fond of, but overall I enjoyed this one.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Porto:

Porto was a lot of fun and super easy to learn. I like that I wasn’t able to win the solo game. It only makes me want to play more and actually win! I think Porto is a gorgeous game and it will be great to play with more players as well. I can see how timing is so important since the game end will trigger when enough roofs have been completed. Perfect for casual gamers who like games under an hour.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Old West Empresario:

This game was a lot of fun. I love everything about it, especially drafting and placing tiles to create a city engine of awesome actions. There are a lot of paths to take and choices to make which really keeps me interested throughout the game. This is one that will stay on the shelf next to Pioneer Days - it looks very lovely up there. Very much enjoyed this and I look forward to my next play!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Ugly Christmas Sweaters:

Fun trick-taking game and one my mom loved. I really enjoyed building my sweaters and trying to complete my Secret Santa goals. There is some really solid gameplay here, and this is a card game I will definitely request. This will definitely be a frequent game during the holidays, for sure! I look forward to seeing this in its released form.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned/Prototype)



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Crystal Palace:

Beautiful game. I had fun playing this one. Lots of good ideas and a fun dice mechanic. Not sure if this will hold up over repeated plays, but it's definitely one I will be looking to play again soon!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Prototype/Wishlist)



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Sprawlopolis:

We had a great time playing and I can see this coming with me on trips. Maybe it will just live in my purse. It is a winner and a keeper. Easily one of the best travel games around.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Time of Legends: Destinies:

Destinies feels fresh and different, and I want to play through all 5 scenarios. Most games in this genre are cooperative, so it is nice to have that competitive mix in Destinies. I can see a lot of people getting into this. I am excited to see more content and different environments. This can be huge, so I hope for the best!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Prototype/Wishlist)



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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set:

Love the new look of the Core Set! I loved working through the adventure book. I want to finish Mummy before hitting up the Crimson expansion and getting neck-deep into a new character. I love what it is all doing and am excited to play more. Really enjoyable. Really loving these Pathfinder games!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Jigūan: The Eastern Mechanist:

I had a great time playing this one. I loved all of the choices and trying to puzzle out the best solution. This is a real hit for me and one I think will appeal to many gamers. I can’t wait to play this one again really soon!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Game of the Month!


Electropolis:

I have to say, Electropolis really impressed me. I love all of the tough decisions, like selecting fewer tiles but getting better choices versus selecting more tiles but only getting the ones that have been picked over. And you get to build up your own city, which is always a blast for me. Really cool game and one I look forward to playing more of really soon!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!




Aeon's End Accessory Pack 2:

Not really needed, but gives dividers and some extra Crystals and Sparks. Need those dividers if you are a completionist!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Everdell: Pearlbrook:

Pearlbrook is a pretty smooth transition from the base game. There is nothing overwhelming or hard to adjust to, just more action spaces and cards and new wonders to shoot for. Fans of Everdell will go crazy for this.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Mystery Tales:

Adds a ton of new cards and a campaign mode. Tried the first game in the campaign and it was certainly a challenge. Had fun with it and will want to replay it before continuing the campaign to help us set up for better success! I love a good challenge and this was pretty cool.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Outer Dark:

Finding a new favorite character makes this expansion a must-have! I really loved it and the next nemesis in the box looks to be twice as hard as the Wraithmonger. We will see if we can defeat it! Love this game so much!


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: The Void:

I had an awesome time playing with the link cards. I am excited to try to make them work next time. Link cards will work with only 1 link card in play, but it seems like you would need a few different link cards in the supply for it to work well. Still, they are pretty cool.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Qwixx: Connected:

More variety to an already awesome roll n write game. Love the different ways to score, and it is still easy to teach and play. A must have for any Qwixx lover.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Sagrada: The Great Facades – Passion:

Such a great game. I really enjoyed this new Passion expansion and will always choose to play with it from now on. I would choose this expansion over the other one any day. A must-have for Sagrada fans.


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
September: 42





Total new-to-me games for the year: 328!



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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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