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With so many new games coming out all the time, I thought it would be interesting to do reviews for my newly acquired games after the first playthrough, with my impressions, thoughts and observations.

I don't want to do a full review of a game until I've played it quite a few times, enough to get a real feel for it and play it with all the player number variations as well. It can be helpful to see an early impression of a game though, for those of you who are interested in buying it sooner rather than later and also to see if it withstands the test of time.

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1. Board Game: Colors of Kasane [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4256]
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Colors of Kasane: First Impressions

My opinion: This game is beautiful. The theme is refreshing and is tied nicely into every single component. The hand management / set collection mechanics are interesting, and there are a lot of possible directions to choose for scoring. I'm excited to play this game more, and I have a feeling it will last in my collection.
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Viceroy: First Impressions

My opinion: This is a really interesting tableau building game, with a 7 Wonders vibe. I enjoyed my first game, but was slightly lost due to the large number of choices in the cards you buy, the cards you place and where you place them, and the number of possible routes to earn points. I'm looking forward to trying out the different dynamics that result from three and four players.
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3. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:57]
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Patchwork: First Impressions

My opinion: An interesting 2 player game with spatial reasoning and where timing of your actions is crucial. I like that time is a resource, and also that buttons are not only your money but also your victory points - it results in some tough decisions of which pieces to buy when, and how much it is beneficial to spend.
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Haru Ichiban: First Impressions

My opinion: A clever 2 player spatial reasoning game that I enjoyed despite being terrible at it! There are many different factors that influence the small decision of which of your flowers to use, which surprised me for a game that seemed simple in its concept. The board is also changing every turn, meaning your strategy has to be adaptable to succeed. Also, the components and the art are beautiful.
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5. Board Game: Wir sind das Volk! [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:535]
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Wir Sind Das Volk!: First Impressions

My opinion: This game is well on its way to being my favourite 2 player game. Its theme is highly integrated into everything from the artwork to the mechanics, but it remains a deep and strategic game of economic management. The asymmetric abilities and victory conditions of each player create an interesting dynamic of different strengths and weaknesses, cutting off some potential paths to victory while opening others. I'm looking forward to playing more, as both sides, to test strategies from both perspectives.
 
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This is not a review, it's a notification!

For everyone subscribed to this GeekList, I'm changing how I'll be notifying you about new content on my website. From now on, I'll be posting everything in my brand new BGG blog, so if you head over there and subscribe you'll get notifications whenever I post a new review, article, or make an announcement.

I've got Big Plans happening at the start of 2017, so stay tuned!

I've also updated my Cardboard Vault website so why not head on over and let me know what you think of it?

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