In June I've played 16 games of 2 different games.
Android: Netrunner - 15
Imperial - 1
Italic - Out of the dust
Well it seems pretty obvious the trend here
I really enjoy Android Netrunner.
Second month in a row without new games to me.
It was a quiet month for gaming until a couple of weeks in. We were having some work done on the house, and, although focused on a single room, the resulting chaos limited play space and time, and kept moods dark and people tired. Also the sheer preponderance of Dominion (+Prosperity) over the previous month, to the expense of pretty much anything else, was just a touch tiring, much as I love to game for gaming's sake. Eventually I suggested to my SO that we place a fold-up table on the bed and use that as a gaming surface, and that kick-started June's gaming. As you'll read, the rest of the month was a substantial improvement, 32 plays of 6 different games.
Race For The Galaxy – 14 games, total 53.
Some more plays for this game which continues to get better and better, revealing more of itself the more we play. In the most recent games I got by pretty decently without necessarily having to get a production machine up and running, concentrating instead on Rebel bases, military might and so on, and on one occasion, I had a strong combination of novelty worlds going on but took my foot off the accelerator, letting my opponent sneak by for the win. I still rate this game a 9 (“Excellent”), and wonder whether one day it might sneak all the way up to a 10. Interestingly, there appears to be so much play still left in the base game that neither I nor my other half feel the need for an expansion just yet. A winner on its own, then, and a permanent part of our collection, one of three games to sneak past 50 plays.
Lost Cities – 8 games, total 55.
We knocked off eight games of this on the trot on a Saturday evening, me taking down the first three, my SO the last five. I still rate this game a 7 (“Good”) but, now that it has nudged past 50 plays, I am seeing more layers in the play, and it's a 7 I enjoy playing, rather than a 7 I want to avoid. I can't see my ever rating it any higher (“Very good”), but, likewise, I don't see it ever leaving our collection. It is our second most played game, after all, light but fun.
Dominion – 5 games, total 106.
This was part of my favourite evening of the month. My best friend visited from New Zealand for the first time in over three years, and, whereas in olden days we would have cracked open the PlayStation, I was determined to introduce him to the hobby. Better still, whereas the PS would have excluded my other half, board gaming would involve my SO, whom he hadn't yet met. We decided that base set Dominion was the best way to introduce him to this strange new world, and, after a learning game or two he hit his stride and really enjoyed the experience. It was wonderful to see him have that same wow-I-have-never-played-anything-like-this moment that I had when I started out. It was also pretty much the first time I have played anything proper with more than two, and it was fascinating to experience the change in dynamics. The nearest I came to a win was a dead heat with my SO. After five games of this we tried Carc (see below), but I already know what my gaming memory of the year will be.
Hive – 2 games, total 26.
A game perilously close to being ejected from my collection, as it had not been played for nearly a year. I didn't want to let it go without saying goodbye, so suggested it to my SO and she, despite never winning (she said), was happy to play. Needless to say she won both games and is now 10-9 ahead in the games we have played. Selective memory, eh? As for the game itself, I was reminded why I enjoy it so much. It is so elegant and involving, and is an abstract with theme, if you understand my drift. I am glad we played it, and now want to get it to the table more often and have backed off entirely from the idea of selling it.
Monopoly – 2 games, total 2 (although more before I started logging plays, like everyone, I guess).
My SO suggested this out of the blue one Monday evening, and we tried a couple of variants to make life slightly less deadly dull and drawn out. We gave a go to the spice-up-your-Monopoly online suggestion winner, giving the option of adding 1 to each roll and giving $500 the first time past GO, reducing by $100 each time and eventually going negative. Our first play was ultra-dull as, in two, the option to move one extra space almost always meant that paying rent could be avoided. For our second go we kept the $500-reducing thing, but added some wrinkles from the “Quick Game” variant – three properties each at the start, a maximum of one turn in Jail, only needing to build three houses before going on to a hotel. The in-built bankruptcy engine made things tight again, but at least it felt more like Monopoly...which was good in one sense, but also served to remind us just how far our tastes have developed. I won both games and gave it a 4 (“Not so good”). I feel that it could be saved, but why bother? Perhaps I need to look more seriously into Acquire. Does anybody here have any experience on how it plays with two?
Carcassonne – 1 game, total 17.
At the end of an evening with my best friend, which was very close to the beginning of a morning, we switched from Dominion to this, playing the complete vanilla version – no river, no nothing. It took my friend a couple of tiles to catch on, and after so much wine the explanations probably weren't the most succinct, but he really took to the play of the game, even if my SO and I, substantially more experienced, ran rings around him. Sadly, the boring old sun had decided to come up by the time we finished, stopping us playing another encounter, but I really hope he'll pop round once more before disappearing over to New Zealand for another three years or so. We have only just scratched the surface, after all.
So there we go. Monopoly apart, a fantastic month's gaming, reminding me just why this hobby is so involving and fun, and why the money I part with for board games is less money spent, more money invested in good times. With an SO and now a BF into board gaming, I am indeed a lucky man.
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It got hard to get excited about boardgames towards the end of June because of all the other summer attractions, but I got pretty good amount of games in..
6x Terra Mystica Still the most played.. I've only played couple of races twices so there's still a lot to explore.
5x Agricola Playing through all the decks -project is now in I-Deck.
2x The Castles of Burgundy Playing through spielbox boards at last. They're pretty fun.
2x Eclipse Eclipse is such an expensive game that its always nice to actually get it to the table.
2x Le Havre I'm bit burned out, because the beginning of the game (before Special Buildings comes out) is such a drag when you've seen it 10 times but Le Havre is still one of the best games ever made so it's nice to get it played.
2x Railways of the World I have some unplayed Steam maps that would've been nice to play but this was fun too.
No new games. These games I played once: Age of Industry (one of my favorites, hopefully the new maps come out soon), Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (wish I had the expansion..), Airlines Europe (underrated game that should be a modern classic..), At the Gates of Loyang (still great), Biblios, Brass: Lancashire (shouldn't have played this so close to Age of Industry which makes Brass feel bit dated..), Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Ginkgopolis (probably going to sell this, it's good but doesn't feel like a game to keep), Glen More, Goa, Jambo+expansions, Las Vegas, Legends of Andor (sold this after this game, not for me), London, Lords of Waterdeep (in anticipation of the expansion), Macao, Mamma Mia!, Morels, Navegador, Power Grid, Saint Malo, Seasons (bought the expansion but didn't play it yet, this was a rules reminder game), Trajan, Würfel Bohnanza, Yedo,
Total 80 plays - 54 unique games
The lowest number of played games in a month since I started counting (7 years ago). Reasons: a 4 day trip with a non playing friend, wife is busy at work and our 5 year old son can't sleep...
A Fistful of Penguins 6
Eminent Domain 3
Bora Bora 2
Can't Stop 2
Factory Fun 2
Kingdom Builder 2
Santa Cruz 2
Carcassonne: The Discovery 1
Château Roquefort 1
Coup 1 chaotic fun
Fearsome Floors 1
Frank's Zoo 1
King's Breakfast 1
Medici vs Strozzi 1
Poseidon's Kingdom 1
Rat Hot 1
Stoplights 1 forgettable game
Tribune: Primus Inter Pares 1
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 1
Up And Down 1
Il Vecchio 1
Bold = new to me
Board Game: Zendo
[Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:706]
Zendo fan, Columbus Blue Jackets fan, Dominion Fan.
I had 61 plays in June, barely edging out May's 60. I had 30 plays at Origins, barely edging out last year's 28. I used to have a lot more plays at Origins, but circumstances changed and 30 seems to be the new normal. Still not bad for a week of gaming, when you think about it.
By mid-April, I had only played Zendo twice on the year. I played it in the second half of April, and even more in May. Now, it's in its second consecutive month of being most played for the month and just a shade off being most played on the year. Sadly, I did not manage to play Giant Zendo at Origins, but there's always Buckeye Game Fest in September.
Second most played was a tie between Dominion and Sentinels of the Multiverse. The Dominion plays were bunched up, with two plays in a row at Origins (first plays of Guilds with real cards) and three plays in a row in the CABS Dominion tournament. The Sentinel plays were spread out, with one play each week.
I had four games with four plays each, including a production preview of the forthcoming Fluxx: The Board Game that Looney Labs donated to the Board Room/CABS library. Pretty cool for Fluxx lovers and perhaps tolerable for Fluxx haters.
Also with four plays was Tichu, only one play of which was for the CABS Tichu league. And Hanabi, which I won for the first time with the standard rules (I had won previously with the Wild Cards using the "clued as every color" variant). And Black Ice, which were the only plays logged in June by anyone on BGG.
The full log:
Sentinels of the Multiverse 5
Black Ice 4
Fluxx: The Board Game 4
Mice and Mystics 2
Unpublished Prototype 2
Battlestar Galactica 1
Castle Dice 1
Escape: The Curse of the Temple 1
Ghosts in the Grid 1
Lords of Waterdeep 1
Love Letter 1
Miskatonic School for Girls 1
Pink Hijinks 1
Pixel Lincoln: The Deckbuilding Game 1
Puzzle Strike (Third Edition) 1
Space Cadets 1
Time 'n' Space 1
We Didn't Playtest This At All 1
Witch of Salem 1
- New to me
- Out of the dust
- Two different prototypes, one play each
Board Game: Dominion
[Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72]
[Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
A lot of gaming this month (40 plays of 23 games), and it's the usual suspects at the top of the list. This time Dominion beats King of Tokyo by 2. ZooSim comes out of the dust to take third place (introduced it to my kids, and they liked it enough to request two re-matches).
King of Tokyo 5
Board Game: Memoir '44
[Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117]
[Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
My most played game in June is Memoir '44! Including a healthy dose of Memoir Overlord
Board Game: Dominion
[Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72]
[Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Dominion + Dominion: Intrigue = 6 Plays
4 Play with the base game, 2 plays with INTRIGUE. I’ve begun to use the excel sheet randomizer more and more, using cards from the 4 sets I have (with Dominion: Cornucopia + Dominion: Hinterlands). It’s now the current staple 2P game between my wife and me.
Sentinels of the Multiverse = 5 Plays
I’ve finally tried out the Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City and Sentinels of the Multiverse: Infernal Relics expansions. I’ve also taught this to my son Shawn, and he loves to use the fiery Ra as his hero during our gaming sessions.
Kemet = 4 Plays (NEW)
All 4 plays were with Kent’s copy, and I am so glad he followed my recommendation to buy it, as we discovered that it is a fast, furious, and fun game of bloody combat! This should be of the top 10 best games I have tried out so far!
Love Letter = 4 Plays (NEW)
My copy has finally arrived, and it has been well received so far by my family and by the FLGS. Lots of game in 16 cards, and it definitely belongs in my list of “Travelling” games due to its portability!
Jungle Speed = 3 Plays (NEW)
I finally got to try out my copy of this “free” game I received due to my support of the Dice Tower. It is a nice speed/dexterity game and has been always played noisily with the gals at the FLGS!
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game = 3 Plays
This has surprisingly become another game played between me and my wife. She finds the art “ugly” yet she still plays this with me, and I hope this trend continues despite our recent crushing loss at the hands of Loki and the Legacy Virus scheme!
Agricola = 2 Plays
These were the last 2 games of my 2nd solo game series. With my reduced gaming at the FLGS all my heavier eurogaming has taken a hit, which is a shame since I still have the Agricola: World Championship Deck – 2011 and Agricola: Belgium Deck decks still waiting to be played!
Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients = 2 Plays
I got to play (and win with) the Rho Indi faction, which is a great race assuming you play aggressive early enough. The guys have borrowed my copy and have been playing much more games than me, and we have taught enough guys so that 4-5P games are becoming more common, and we should be able to get in 6P (and more) games in the near future.
Kingdom Builder = 2 Plays
Vangie and Rose liked this game, and our 2 games were very competitive.
Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 = 2 Plays (NEW)
I taught this game to Enrique, and together with the expansion this should ensure that I will get much more frequent games of this!
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game = 2 Plays
Enrique also requested to be taught this game, and his 2 victories means that he and I should have more duels of this in the future!
Zombie Dice = 2 Plays
While plays of this have tapered off, its sheer portability and simplicity guarantees a place in my collection.
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small = 1 Play
I teach this to Kent, and hope that it will be a window for them to learn how to play Agricola in the future.
Alien Frontiers = 1 Play
This was taught to Enrique, and he had difficulty in maximizing the use of the dice + the artifacts. I really hope to be able to get a copy of the expansions, which should breathe new life into the game.
Cosmic Encounter = 1 Play
I teach this to the other guys of my 40K gang, and while the game itself was fun the responses were mixed. I guess not everyone likes chaotic games!
Dungeon Petz = 1 Play
Shawn surprisingly asked for a game of this, and despite his loss I believe he did extremely well, as he scored more than 50 points for the first time!
Glen More = 1 Play
I got in 1 play of this at the FLGS. I have noticed that reception to the game has been getting lukewarm so I will see who else I can teach this to. Further lukewarm responses will mean that I may need to get this traded.
Glory to Rome = 1 Play
The guys have taken to this very well, so much so that they borrowed it for the majority of June. This means more plays of it for sure!
King of Tokyo = 1 Play
The 1 play we had where we taught Jim how to play reminded me how much fun this game can be!
Morels = 1 Play
It has been getting more difficult to get this game played, as there are just more options available. This game may be getting close to trade status soon.
Notre Dame = 1 Play
This currently is my “standby” euro since it plays rather quickly. This is important as it has been difficult to spend a lot of time at the FLGS, where previously a lot of the heavier eurogames were played.
Shogun = 1 Play
This should continually to get sporadic plays with the guys, as it is well received and has so far always proven to be a great experience. It’s duration of play of 2.5 to 3 hours is just the only detriment, as we can play ECLIPSE faster than a game of SHOGUN.
Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin =1 Play
I need to get more multiplayer games of this played, as this is still a great deckbuilder for me!
Ticket to Ride: Europe = 1 Play
Another victim of my lack of time to visit the FLGS, it is a good thing Shawn gets in the mood to play this once in a while. Maybe a purchase of a 2-3P map (Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries?) may be in order.
June had me log 49 plays of 25 different games.
Should have been a low gaming month due to spending a week in reserve military service and a week on holiday trip in Greece. Turned out to be a good month in numbers thanks largely to two quick playing games. Finally also played OddVille with more than two. It turned into a really different game.
The City 11
Magic and Fairy-Tale Dice 6
7 Wonders 1
Lost Cities 1
Siberia: The Card Game 1
Trans Europa 1
Trick of the Rails 1
Total: 27 plays
In only play f2f.
New to me
New game of the month is obviously Magic and Fairy-Tale Dice which is also the sole addition to my collection.
Recommended by BGG members for practical (60-90 min.) solo play, my game of the month is also my new game Ghost Stories.
New Game Ghost Stories 5 solo plays in 2 weeks;
Mage Knight 2 plays (1 Solo Blitz, 1 Conquest Blitz) Blitz versions are easier to get to table but lack some of the depth, in the levelling up and deck building even with the options to speed that up;
Stone Age 3 plays with family (great family game);
Played with friends' copies:
Merchants and Marauders 1
King of Tokyo 2
A fun month
Board Game: Carcassonne
[Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139]
[Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
This one is "out of the dust." I hadn't played Carcassonne in years, but my non-gamer mom was visiting and it seemed like a good one to pull out and play. We added the Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders expansions for subsequent plays.
Shadows over Camelot is great with six players, and I like it more than Pandemic. Every turn offers agonizing decisions, and the potential for treachery hangs like the Sword of Damocles over the players' heads.
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar is simply an awesome game that gets better the more you play it. Even when I lose — which seems to be every time — I have fun.
I didn't play a lot of games overall in June. Here's a summary of games played more than once.
Carcassonne: 4 plays
Shadows over Camelot: 2 plays
Tzolk'in: 2 plays
Hi! I'm Macaos. A cute, kind, sporty and fun Bearded Collie. I enjoy lying under the table when Macao is on the table.
Not much gaming in June. Busy at work, busy planning my own birthday (I'm 40!), busy planning our vacation. Our vacation this year is also busy. We have bought an old farm with inventory, so we are tossing and selling lots of old stuff.
Hope things settle down now. Need to play more games in July.
No new games played. Not a good thing.
Spot it! 5
Bora Bora 2
For Sale 2
Kingdom Builder 2
Carcassonne: Winter Edition 1
The Castles of Burgundy 1
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 1
New Game of the Month:
New Games in the Collection: Viticulture
June was a slow month, only a few plays, and most of them were older games we really like.
Fairy Tale 3x
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game 2x
Lords of Waterdeep 2x
Arkham Horror 1x
A Castle for All Seasons 1x
The Convoy 1x
Mansions of Madness 1x
Yggdrasil: Asgard 1x
new to me
new in our collection
Being a Lions fan is a gift...
...and a curse.
OK, upon first glance one has to say, "Wow, Ben has never logged that many games in a single month!" However that number where the expansions are removed tells a slightly more accurate tale. I did get in some great game sessions in June, but it's not like I was playing every other day. In fact the bulk of these games I've logged all occurred on one night. We had an event with the teens and I brought We Didn't Playtest with most of the expansions. The teens kept requesting that I deal again, and again, and again. By the end I had no real concept of how many games we actually played. I believe my estimate here of 25 is actually conservative. So much fun, and they can't wait to do it again.
Game - # of Plays = New to me
We Didn't Playtest This At All - 25
We Didn't Playtest This Either - 25
We Didn't Playtest This at All! Blue Cards - 20
We Didn't Playtest This at All: Dice are Fun - 20
Indigo - 8
Alhambra - 2
The Resistance - 2
Sushizock im Gockelwok - 2
Zombie Dice - 2
Around the World in 80 Days - 1
BITS - 1
Can't Stop - 1
Captain Clueless - 1
FITS - 1
FITS Official Expansion - 1
Fresco - 1
Hexica - 1
Lord of the Rings - 1
Magical Athlete - 1
Nuns on the Run - 1
Ra: The Dice Game - 1
Skippity - 1
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! - 1
Ticket to Ride - 1
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 - Team Asia & Legendary Asia - 1
Tin Soldiers - 1
Vegas Showdown - 1
Zombie Dice 2: Double Feature - 1
Total Games Played - 125
Taking out Expansion Plays - 57
Games, games and more games!
210 plays of 89 distinct games
We started the month with a gaming and Magic the Gathering weekend, and with a huge number of plays of Love Letter, as one friend was particularly fond of it!
Games listed in bold those I played with adults, those without ones I played with my children. All games twice or more listed, or the list becomes too long.
Magic the Gathering
Race for the Galaxy
Flash Point Fire Rescue (trying out my new Urban Structures expansion)
King of Tokyo
Angry Birds: the card game
Blue Moon City
Through the Ages
57 plays of 24 distinct games this month. Love Letter still tops the list as our go-to filler. Introduced this to dozens of people with a 100% record of them loving it, from adults to kids. The evergreen Agricola resurges, both online and face to face plays vs friends. Still fun and challenging after 100+ plays. The new Feld Rialto played well and was considerably lighter than recent offerings from him. Looking forward to Brugge and Amerigo! We enjoyed the difficulty of Hanabi (I am terrible at this) and the back-stabby fun of Kakelakenpoker with the kids. Finally, it was nice to get Twilight and TtA back to the table after many years of absence. Both outstanding games as their BGG rank attests.
Bold = new to me
Love Letter 10
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 4
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 2
Alcatraz: The Scapegoat 1
Alien Frontiers 1
The Castles of Burgundy 1
Elder Sign with Unseen Forces 1
King of Tokyo 1
Race for the Galaxy 1
San Marco 1
Twilight Struggle 1
Web of Power 1