DaMilli's Top 10 BGG Resolutions for 2018!
The state of gaming in North East Ohio was strong in 2017. Our local Cleveland-Akron Board Game Meetup run by Officer Mike is going strong with more than 3200 members. BOGA has found a permanent home at the Quirk Cultural Center and good gaming happens on weekends at the local libraries. Personally, 2018 should be a great year for gaming. I am now travelling a lot less for work and have more opportunities for weeknight and weekend gaming. I am also looking forward to 1-2 good conventions as well.
This is my tenth year of setting up and monitoring the progress of my New Year's BGG resolutions (please check out my 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and
2017 lists). As always, I will keep you updated on how I progress on the different items throughout the year.
Defend No.1 of total plays of Die Macher.
Chance of success:
"Same procedure as last year, Ms. Sophie? same procedure as every year, James!"
Over the years, this game remains in the top-tier of all Eurogames and ranks among my #1 all-time favorites. It respectfully commands the first spot on this list.
A little bit of history on this resolution: In 2008, I pledged to play 'Die Macher' at least once every month. I failed, but still managed to get together 7 total plays. In 2009 I had 4 plays and I met my resolution to advance to No.4 of total plays of 'Die Macher' on BGG. In 2010, I managed to fulfill my resolution of moving up to No.3 of total plays by squeezing in my 5th game of 'Die Macher' on December 29! An finally, in 2011, I played 4 games and entered boardgaming history by becoming the No.1 of total plays of 'Die Macher' on December 27, 2011 A.D., at 9:26pm EST. In 2012, I reigned unchallenged at 29 plays. In 2013, I played 2 games (ORIGINS and BGG.con). In 2014, I played 2 games at BGG.con (Newbie "Die Macher Fest" and the "Shark Game"). 2015, I totaled 4 games at gaming conventions. In 2016, I played 3 games (HeavyCon and BGG.con) for a total of 40 plays. Last year, I added two more plays to the list.
SQUARE TOMATOS RULE!
Update: Apr 8: First game of the year with the Columbus crew visiting us at BOGA Retreat 2018. Grant wins 4 elections and cruises to an uncontested win, even though he is out of contention for the last 2 elections. Nice job!
Finally play all Combat Commander: Pacific scenarios.
Chance of success: < 10%
Combat Commander: Pacific is my least favorite of the Combat Commander series, mainly based on the theater of operations.
A little bit of history: In 2011, I played all my remaining unplayed 25 Combat Commander scenarios from Mediterranean, Paratroopers, Stalingrad, Normandy and C3i. In 2012, I only managed to knock off 10 out of 26 Combat Commander: Pacific scenarios off my list. In 2013, I only completed 5 additional scenarios. In 2014, I only clocked 1 (one!) play only. In 2015, I did not play a single game of Combat Commander: Pacific. In 2016, I knocked off 5 scenarios from that list. Last year, I completed 3 more scenarios.
For 2018, I will try to complete the remaining 5 Combat Commander: Pacific and New Guinea Battlepack scenarios. With two new battlepacks that came out in 2014 and Combat Commander: Resistance still sitting unplayed on my shelf, it's time to dig in and get it done. As usual, I will be heavily counting on the support of my fellow Cleveland Combat Commander fanatics, such as Officer Mike, Nathan, John, Phil and Brendan to complete my task. May I not run out of TIME in 2018!
Combat Commander: Europe
Combat Commander: Mediterranean
Battlepack #1 - Paratroopers
Battlepack #2 - Stalingrad
Battlepack #3 - Normandy
Combat Commander: Pacific
Battlepack #4 - New Guinea
#M4: Templeton’s Crossing
#M5: Blind Man’s Bluff
#M7: The Butcher’s Bill
#M8: Closing Outer Camp
#M13: Bad Dreams
Battlepack #5 - The Fall of the West
#74: Sturmgruppe Granit
#75: Sturmgruppe Beton
#77: The Crucible of Fire
#78: By These Deeds They Shall Be Known
#79: Battering Ram at Kvam
#80: Bitter Isthmus
#81: The Bottleneck
#82: Hidden Guns Lash Out
#83: Thrust in the Dust
#84: Seize the Canal
#85: The Striking Hammer
Battlepack #6 - Sea Lion
#88: All Ahead, Full Stop
#90: The Man Who Would Be King
#91: The Battle of Trafalgar
#92: Let England Shake
#93: Foxtrot Uniform
#94: The Tonbridge Two
#95: Lined in Chalk
Battlepack #7 - Tournament Battle Pack
#1: Hill 133
#2: Blitzkrieg Unleashed
#3: A Midnight Clear”
#4: The Bridge Too Far
#5: On the Road to Victory
#6: One Steppe Beyond
#7: Signals in the Snow
#8: Codes in the Sunrise
#9: Operation Mercury
#10: Barbarossa Unleashed
#11: La Villa Strangiato
#12: Red Sector A
Newly added scenarios from 2018 (What's next in the Far East? Phillipines?) will not count towards this goal, but I will start to list them here.
C3i (exluding Pathfinder Campaign Game)
#113: Taking the Knoll (C3i Magazine #25)
#114: First Joust with Galahad (C3i Magazine #25)
#115: Summit Conference (C3i Magazine #26)
#116: These are No Altar Boys (C3i Magazine #26)
#117: Avanti Tredentina, Avanti! (C3i Magazine #27)
#118: No. 4 Commando (C3i Magazine #27)
#119: Sky Fall (C3i Magazine #27)
#120: Deadly Convoy (C3i Magazine #27)
#121: How close is too close (C3i Magazine #28)
#122: Barbarossa Sustained (C3i Magazine #28)
Play six unplayed 2-player war games.
Chance of success: ~ 50%
I have tons of unplayed and underplayed 2-player war games. In 2018, I shall make a concerted effort to get at least 6 of my unplayed 2-player war games to the table.
Unplayed 2-player War Games:
- Axis Empires: Totaler Krieg
- Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe
- The Dark Valley
- A Victory Denied
- Plan Orange: Pacific War 1930 - 1935
- South Pacific: Breaking the Bismarck Barrier 1942 - 1943
- The Great War in Europe: Deluxe Edition
- 1914 Glory's End + When Eagles Fight
- Rebel Raiders on the High Seas
- Objective: Kiev
- Wilderness War
- War of 1812
- Quebec 1759
- Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
- Red Dragon Rising: The Coming War With China
- Rommel in the Desert Feb 20
- When Eagles Fight
- Clash of Giants II (Ypres)
- The U.S. Civil War
- 1914: Serbien Muss Sterbien
- Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic
- Soviet Dawn
- Clash of Giants III (Civil War)
- The Barbarossa Campaign
New in 2018:
- WWII: Barbarossa to Berlin
- Red Star Rising
- A Victory Complete: The Battle of Tannenberg, 1914
- Clash of Giants I (Tannenberg & Marne)
- Table Battles Apr 11
- Nine Navies War
Underplayed 2-player War Games:
- MasterFront (or EuroFront II)
- A Victory Lost
- Paths of Glory Mar 6
- Empire of the Sun
- For the People
- Washington's War
- Clash of Giants II (Galizia & Ypers)
- No Retreat: The Russian Front
Play more multiplayer (war) games.
Chance of success: ~ 50%
I want to play more multiplayer war games (incl. COIN) this year. A long multiplayer game would require a full day of dedicated gaming time. Alternatively, it could mean splitting it up over several sessions while leaving the game set up in the basement. For 2018 I would be happy to get to play several games off this list.
Played monster games in the past years:
2012: Virgin Queen (at BURPS HQ)
2013: Virgin Queen (at BGG.con)
2014: Paths of Glory (at Matthias' place), Virgin Queen (at BGG.con)
2015: Virgin Queen (at BGG.con)
2016: Virgin Queen (2x at BGG.con)
2017: Here I Stand, Virgin Queen, Maria (2x), Paths of Glory (3x), Triumph & Tragedy
- Here I Stand
- Virgin Queen
- The Republic of Rome
- Pax Romana (3rd edition)
- A Distant Plain
- Falling Sky
- Andean Abyss
- Founding Fathers
- Successors (3rd edition)
- Triumph & Tragedy
- Pericles: The Peloponesian War
Play 1 unplayed (or underplayed) game each month.
Chance of success: ~ 50%
This is my version of the popular 10x10 challenge. Every year, there are lots of people pledging to play their unplayed or underplayed games in similar New Year's resolutions lists or other threads. I shall join them in this endeavor and pledge to play the following unplayed (or underplayed) games from my collection in 2017:
- Inca Empire
- Dakota Sold unplayed
- 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
- Concordia: Britannia & Germania
- Crude: The Oil Game Sold unplayed - Kohle & Kolonie Sold unplayed
- Three Kingdoms Redux
- Plus Ultra
- Lisboa Jan 27
- Nemo's War
- High Treason Jan 3
- 7 Ages
- Sidereal Confluence Sold unplayed
New in 2018:
- Bios: Megafauna
- Bios: Genesis (2nd edition)
- John Company
- Wir sind das Volk!: 2+2
- Calimala Feb 17 - Altiplano Feb 21 - Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade Feb 28 - A Feast for Odin: Lofoten, Orkney, and Tierra del Fuego Apr 21 - Nusfjord Apr 6 - Feudum Apr 7
- Nina & Pinta
- An Infamous Traffic
- Tammany Hall
- Rise of Empires
- Wallenstein (1st edition)
- Navegador Jan 23
- In the Shadow of the Emperor
- Notre Dame
- Urban Sprawl
- London Sold
- De Vulgari Eloquentia
- Madeira Sold
- Antike II
- The Capitals
- Il Vecchio
- Puerto Rico
- El Grande
- Union Pacific
- Spyrium Sold - Food Chain Magnate Jan 6
- A Few Acres of Snow
- Terra Mystica: Fire & Ice
- Euro Crisis
Play a game of Origins (at ORIGINS?)
Chance of success: < 20%
As in years before, I would like to play more of Phil's wonderfully thematic games. Specifically, I would like to get in a game of his civ-building game Origins: How We Became Human. This game inspired me to buy Jared Diamond's book "Guns, Germs and Steel", which I am currently reading.
Additionally, it would be fabulous to get some of these Eklund's played again of for the first time as well:
- High Frontier (advanced game)
- Pax Porfiriana
- Pax Pamir
- BIOS: Megafauna
- American Megafauna (2nd Edition)
- BIOS: Genesis
- Pax Renaissance
Publish my first BGG Player Aid.
Chance of success: >60%
My 'Game of the Year 2017' was Phil Eklund's Pax Renaissance. I quickly describe it as 'Here I Stand' in 1h and a super small box. It became quickly one of my 10-rated games on BGG and with 18 plays also one of my most played. Since last fall, I've been designing and playtesting a dice-based tracking board as a player aid (see picture below). For 2018, I will vow to upload it to BGG and make it my first officially published player aid.
Host Harvestcon 5.
Chance of success: 100%
"PUMP-kin's coming home, it's COM-ing home, it's coming home, it's coming..." (to the tune of "Three Lions" from The Lightning Seeds)
For Harvestcon 4 in 2017, Grant and I ended up tied for first place after a trifecta of Le Havre, Ora and Agricola. We decided to play a "Best-of-3" series of Arle to determine the ultimate winner (see here). What an incredible honor it will be to host Harvestcon 5, Northeast Ohio's premier Rosenberg event in 2018! Uwe's coming home to roast!
How it all began: In 2014, I hosted the First Annual Northeast Ohio Harvest Trilogython of Uwe Rosenberg's finest games. It included Agricola, Le Havre and Ora et Labora, played by the same 4 players in the exact same order on the same day. The winner was determined by a combined score (weighted mechanism), and crowned Northeast Ohio Harvest Trilogython Champion 2014. The grand prize was a Grand Pumpkin and the honor to host next year's event. In 2015, Nathan hosted the Second Annual Northeast Ohio Harvestology Tournament. It included two two-player pairings of Fields of Arle and At the Gates of Loyang, and two four-player games of Agricola (with Farmers of the Moor) and Ora et Labora. The winner was determined by a combined score (weighted mechanism), awarded 'The Uwe' challenge trophy and the honor of hosting next year's event. In 2016, I was not able to participate in the event due to business travel. That year saw the expansion to 8 participants. Nathan took home the 'The Uwe' again that year.
Rules: the following rules have evolved over the past 4 events and are now being codified for posterity.
1) All hail to Uwe!
2) The winner will be Harvestcon Champion for one year and gets to take home 'The Uwe'
3) He gets his name inscribed on 'The Uwe'
4) She is bestowed with the honor to host next year's tournament in the fall.
5) The winner selects format, games and method of scoring of next year's tournament. It has to consist of multiple rounds of different Uwe Rosenberg games. It is considered good form for the host not to compete for 'The Uwe' (but still play in the tournament).
6) The last place player gets to take home the 'BS Trophy' which has to be prominently displayed until next years' tournament
2014 Northeast Ohio Harvest Trilogython Champion: Nathan Ehlers (357.28); Runner ups: Mark Rishavy (305.62), Grant Alberts (277.26), Michael Miler (259.88)
2015 Northeast Ohio Harvestology Champion: Mark Rishavy (102.87); Runner ups: Nathan Ehlers (101.74), Michael Miler (100.35), Grant Alberts (95.04)
2016 Northeast Ohio Harvestment Champion: Nathan Ehlers (130); Runner ups: Mark Rishavy (127.5), Zach Davis (105), Lynne Shayko (100.5), Nic Shayko (100), Arthur Burt (86.5), Robin Davis (86) and Adam Boyers (84).
2017 Harvestcon 4 Champion: Michael Miler; Runner up: Grant Alberts
Attend two major gaming conventions.
Chance of success: > 70%
If you have followed my previous years' efforts, you will know that I typically manage to make it to at least one major gaming convention every year. In 2012, I finally notched ORIGINS! I had a great time overall and hope to be back soon. Here is a list of game conventions I attended since 2006:
2006: Pandemonium, Toronto
2007: BGG.con (only for 2 days)
2010: BOGA Spring Retreat, Buckeye Game Fest
2011: BOGA Spring Retreat
2012: BOGA Spring Retreat (for 1 day), ORIGINS
2013: BOGA Spring Retreat, ORIGINS, BGG.con
2014: BOGA Spring Retreat, BGG.con
2015: BOGA Spring Retreat (for 1 day), HeavyCon, ORIGINS, BGG.con
2016: HeavyCon (for 1 day), BGG.con
2017: HeavyCon, Buckeye Game Fest, BGG.con
2018: BOGA Spring Retreat
For 2018, there are already several conventions I have marked on my calendar as tentative:
BOGA Spring Retreat (5 - 8 April 2018)
Ohio HeavyCon (6 - 8 April 2018)
HeavyCon (24 - 27 May 2018)
ORIGINS (13 - 17 June 2018)
DICETOWER Con (4 - 8 July 2018)
WBC (21 - 29 July 2018)
Gencon (2 - 5 August 2018)
Buckeye Game Fest ???
Essen (25 - 28 October 2018)
BGG.con (13 - 18 November 2018)
Make it to Essen 2018.
Chance of success: < 0.01%
Hah! The usual!