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Steph's New to Me List October 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 Gaming Calendar 2020 is now for sale!
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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)



October List
from Worst to Best



Zoomate:

No real choices to be made. I can't think of a time I would want to play this game again. It is definitely not a game for me, even though I love the little animal creatures.


2/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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BEERU and Sausages:

Cute bear case, but overall not a game I would play. It is almost like a game of LCR. I wanted to love it, but it just wasn't for me.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Mazins:

It is colorful and striking, but no depth at all. Probably best for young kids. Not a game for me.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Meeple War:

I don't like head-on attacking games like this. Choices were minimal and uninteresting. Not a game I would care to play again.


3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trainmaker:

Mostly just boring. Seen it before: dice rolling to create sets to gain cards. Meh.


4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Sock Game:

This is a cute game. It will never be one I will frequently play, but I could be convinced to play again. Really not much there though. Lots of interesting bits.


4/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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In Full Bloom:

Super quick and super light. Not much in the way of strategy. Love the colors and artwork and theme, but this is not a game I will frequently play.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Escape: Zombie City:

If you are a fan of the original Escape game, with lots of rolling of the dice and working against a timer, I think you will have a good time with this theme change-up. I could play again, but really, I would rather play something else.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Alchemidus:

Uninteresting puzzle speed game. Glad to have played, but I wasn't really impressed, so on it moves to the sale pile.


5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cobra:

Cute game. Pretty fun for a game with a 2007 publishing date. There are better dexterity games out there now, but I would be happy to play this one again.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Previously Owned)



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Captain Silver:

Very simple kids game, and I like the time pressure of trying to find an item before the other player does. Totally perfect for families with younger kids. I could easily play this one again. It is not one I would request but I was pleasantly surprised.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cat Sudoku:

Like Sudoku, this game is more of an activity. I kind of wish there was more of a challenge than to just not screw up. Not sure this one will hold out for repeated plays, but there are different levels of difficulty depending on the different boards you use, so I at least want to play through the different boards and find out.


5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Colorful Treasure:

Colorful Treasures is a pretty light game that is good for kids and families and is very easy to learn. I don't mind playing this one and would play again if requested. It is definitely gorgeous.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Oath of the Brotherhood:

It was okay, but for the length and cut-throat gameplay, I am not sure it will stay in the collection much longer. Happy to have tried it and would play again if asked.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Power On!:

The added dexterity element is bizarre and interesting. Simple to play, and fun to play after a game of Electropolis. I think it is wise for them to release 2 games in the same universe at the same time. And they are different types of games, which is also cool. I enjoyed this one and will definitely play again if requested.


6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path:

Crimson Throne has been my least favorite Pathfinder to date. It is overly complex and there is a lot to remember at any given time, so If you are a new player, I would recommend trying the other sets first. With that being said, there is a lot to like about the new Crimson Path. I really enjoy the hour cards, new characters, and harrow abilities. I'd recommend it for experienced players looking for a new adventure.


6.5/10 After 27 plays (Owned)



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Feudality:

Cute game. For a quick random game with adorable tiles, I will keep it and play infrequently. Enjoyable for a time.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Touria:

I had a good time with this one. Pretty fun, especially for a pick-up and deliver game. I would certainly play it again. It is on the edge of the keep/sell line, so maybe one more play will toss it one way or the other. Enjoyable for sure.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dragon Market:

Abstract set collection game that totally fits in the Blue Orange Games line up of games alongside titles like Blue Lagoon. Simple rules and easy to play. I really enjoyed playing this one and look forward to playing again soon with more players.


6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Geometric Art:

Geometric Art reminds me of a more streamlined Stamp Graffiti. I love that it plays cooperatively and competitively. It is fun to see what everyone can come up with. I had a great time playing this one and will play again!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dadaocheng (2nd edition):

I am pleased to say this is definitely a step up from the previous edition. I really like the different tracks and new styles of gameplay. More event cards and different buildings really make the game more fun. I look forward to playing it again really soon!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Drachenhort:

Not sure why this never got a US printing. I think it would be a huge hit in Target stores alongside other Ravensburger titles. I would definitely play this again. I had a fun time!


7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Bloom Town:

Bloom Town delivered in the fun category. I love city-building games so it was no surprise, and I love how quick it is. It is easier than other games in the category like Quadropolis. I can see this being a great family game or entry-level game. Makes for a perfect filler while waiting on other tables to finish at game day. Good times with this one.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun:

I like the new goals and the player abilities. Likely better at higher player counts. Enjoyable and would be a great addition if you already enjoy Best Treehouse Ever.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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UBike Tour: Taiwan:

I really had a great time playing this one. It feels fresh and it certainly helps that it is all-around cute. I will be happy to play this one again soon!


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trails of Tucana:

This game was pretty fun. I will always enjoy playing it, like most roll n write games. I like that there are different options for how to play and I am excited to try the advanced variant.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Horrified:

Horrified is so colorful and vivid, which is visually appealing. Since there are tons of role cards and monsters to fight, I very much look forward to taking on new monsters and having a different ability each time. It really is a perfect Halloween game! Easy to learn and play and fun for everyone. Very cool game and I hope to play again soon!


7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Dawn of Mankind:

I love that this game plays out so quickly. The turns are fast and it keeps me engaged in the gameplay. And there is a lot of content in a small box. I really enjoyed this one and I would definitely recommend it.


7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Cities: Skylines – The Board Game:

For the most part, I enjoyed this game. I had a fun time puzzling out the best cards to play and when. It is probably best as a solo game. I look forward to trying it again.


7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Walking in Provence:

I really enjoyed this super light and puzzley game. I think it plays better than Honshu and Hokkaido. Provence is more streamlined and easy to pull out and play which makes it a better target to play as a filler game. Also, the photography theme is a super added bonus! I love that so much! Beautiful production and a game I look forward to playing again.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Board Game Cafe Frenzy:

Board Game Cafe Frenzy is so charming and clever! I will definitely want to revisit this one soon. I am always looking out for interesting card games and this definitely didn't disappoint.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Castello Methoni:

An interesting abstract game to claim regions. I enjoy that you have to help your neighbors even when you don't want to. Clever mechanic and this is definitely a game I want to play again.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Embark:

Embark is a solid game that didn't disappoint. I really like the hidden action selection, and I love that all of the island boards are double-sided for lots of replayability. I will be happy to play this one again!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aristocracy:

I quite enjoyed this simplistic and entertaining game. There’s a bit of set collection, a bit of path building, and a bit of region control going on. I like the uncertainty of the variable game length. This is a keeper for the TMG shelf. Great stuff.


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Carnival of Monsters:

Wow, I loved this game. I am not surprised, since I love drafting games so much. I love the weird creatures and the pressure to maintain your coins. I can't wait to play again.


8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Paranormal Detectives:

Nice twist to a game like Mysterium. It’s fun using all the different techniques to convey an idea or to figure out the mystery. Really enjoyed my first few plays of this and look forward to playing more!


8.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Game of the Month!

The Magnificent:

The Magnificent is magnificent. I love everything about this game - the options and possibilities, the art and production. It has everything I love and it simply blew me away. I don't know how any other game being released at Spiel ‘19 could be better than this. I am more than thrilled to add this to the collection and play again!


9.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!



Aeon's End: Shattered Dreams:

Nothing really out of the ordinary. New Nemesis, new mage, and tons of cards. More content is always good!


7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Aeon's End: Buried Secrets:

Lots and lots and lots of cards! Enough for nearly 2 games of content. Definitely adds to the replay value. Very cool!


8/10 After 2 plays (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
October: 37





Total new-to-me games for the year: 365!



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I have been seeing a bunch of movies recently, especially with AMC's A-List! I love it! I have also been including the TV Series I have completed.








Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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