2016 Challenge – Third Geeklist Auction

Having challenged myself in 2015 to reduce my collection by 365 games, which was about a third of my total collection and succeeded in selling over 400, this year I’m going to see if I can get my collection down to below 400 games, which means again selling about a third of the games I own.

So my third 2016 Geeklist auction is now live and runs up until Thursday 28th April. Sorry but this is strictly UK and Europe shipping only. The 35 games included this time are:

Wallenstein
Run Fight or Die
Die Siedler von Catan: Das Buch zum Spielen
Die Siedler von Catan
Palazzo
Ticket to Ride: Team Asia and Legendary Asia
Ticket to Ride: Nederland
Legends of Andor
Ingenious
Octodice
Signorie
Big Kini
Yspahan
Ostia
Santiago de Cuba
Innovation
Gangster
Caylus
Odin’s Ravens
Rattlebones
[microfilms]
Sail to India
Family Business
Kamisado
24/7: The Game
Peloponnes Card Game
Little Devils
Qwinto
Njet!
Die Erbtante
Mit List und Tucke
Al Cabohne
Qwirkle Cubes
Lord of the Rings: The Search
Mr Jack Pocket

Two new card games

 

I arrived home tonight to find a delivery from Philibert had arrived. The overly large box contained two small card games that I’ve been itching to get hold of. Arboretum is a clever puzzle-like card game, the English Z-Man version of which has been sold out over here for ages, so I decided to grab the French Filosofia edition. And The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game is an English / French edition that hasn’t appeared on general UK release yet but looks an interesting card-only version of the board game and has solo rules for playing against Aaron (An Almost Real OppoNent). Looking forward to playing both.

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March 2016 roundup

In March, I managed to play 15 games of 12 different titles, 8 of which were new to me. The new games were:

TIME Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons – The third scenario was better than the second and adds a second level to the exploration. Pretty good but not sure if there’s enough different going on to keep me wanting to try more.
3 sind eine zu viel – Another 6 Nimmt type of game that worked very well, although I got absolutely thrashed by Jan in our first two-player outing.
Bomb Squad Academy – This is a pleasant enough push your luck / second-guessing game of trying to defuse a bomb without setting it off.
Bottom of the 9th – Only tried this solo and I’m not sure if it quite works. It’s not going to displace Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball as my go-to baseball game.
Karuba – Create paths in the jungle to lead to the different treasures before your opponents do. Excellent puzzle in the Take it Easy style, plays quickly and one I see me playing both with the game club and family.
Machi Koro: Millionaire’s Row – Second expansion works very well with the base game, although I wouldn’t want to combine both expansions as it would probably outstay its welcome. Still think Machi Koro is an excellent design.
Quadropolis – New Days of Wonder game that works really well. It is quite a thinky game and it gets more so from round to round but it is fun to try and optimise your layout, although I found it very easy to mess up with the early placements.
Smash Up: Pretty Pretty Smash Up – Smash Up is ok in small doses but I didn’t really enjoy these new cards. Jan found the cats really odd and confusing.

I sold 24 games and added 5 new games to the collection: Bottom of the 9th, Karuba, Quadropolis, Sapiens and Tokaido Deluxe Edition. My total collection stands at 601.

My unplayed list is down from 15 to 7, and my Game of the Month was Karuba, a nice treasure hunting puzzle game.

2016 Challenge – Second Geeklist Auction

Having challenged myself in 2015 to reduce my collection by 365 games, which was about a third of my total collection and succeeded in selling over 400, this year I’m going to see if I can get my collection down to below 400 games, which means again selling about a third of the games I own.

So my second 2016 Geeklist auction is now live and runs up until Thursday 31st March. Sorry but this is strictly UK and Europe shipping only. The games included this time are:

Bomb Squad
Ships
A Fake Artist Goes to New York
[microfilms]
Tiny Epic Kingdoms
Tiny Epic Defenders
Die Fursten von Florenz
Sail to India
World Cup Tournament Football
Mykerinos
Flash 10
MauerBauer (Masons)
Deus
Hare & the Tortoise
Moderne Zeiten
Top & Down
Baseball Strategy
California
Blox
Vikings

Start of my 2016 challenge

Having challenged myself in 2015 to reduce my collection by 365 games, which was about a third of my total collection and succeeded in selling over 400, this year I’m going to see if I can get my collection down to below 400 games, which means again selling about a third of the games I own – as of 12th March, my BGG profile shows that I own 625 games.

So my first 2016 Geeklist auction is now live and runs up until Thursday 17th March. Sorry but this is strictly UK and Europe shipping only. The twenty games included this time are:

Seasons
1960: The Making of the President
Indigo
Australia
Big City
[microfilms]
La Isla
Mottainai Deluxe
Coup
The Resistance
Navegador
Tiny Epic Defenders
Tiny Epic Kingdoms
Schoko & Co
Candamir: The First settlers
OWACON
Football Strategy
Baseball Strategy
Saint Petersburg
Those Pesky Garden Gnomes

February 2016 roundup

In February, I managed to play 27 games of 24 different titles, 10 of which were new to me. The new games were:

20 Express – Simple game of drawing number tiles from a bag and marking the numbers on a score sheet so you get strings of ascending numbers, with longer strings scoring more points. Nice puzzle with a Take It Easy feel.
Automobiles – Very clever bag building game crossed with a racing game, where you use cubes drawn from a bag for movement and to improve your car’s capabilities. Lots of variability in the improvement cards that can be used each race means that the game will play differently every time.
Burgle Bros – Co-operative game about a heist where you are robbers trying to explore a building and make off with the contents of a safe while avoiding the guards and various alarms. Very good and plays well solo.
The Grizzled – Another co-operative game but with an unusual theme of simply trying to survive the First World War. Very tough to beat, you try to get cards out of your hand and deplete the draw deck before the morale deck runs out. Very enjoyable.
Isle of Trains – Little card game with lots to think about with multi-use cards. Build up your train, load stuff onto it and fulfil contracts but helping your opponent can also help you.
Octodice – Dice game where you combine pairs of dice to do stuff on your score sheet with a view to scoring the most VPs you can over 6 rounds.
Paperback – Deck building game combined with a word game. Works really nicely and has a strong Dominion-like feel.
Peloponnes: The Card Game – Streamlined version of the board game that is very close to the original but with more less predictable disasters. Still a tough balancing act.
Push It – Very portable dexterity game where gameplay couldn’t be simpler. Flick your wooden discs to get as close to the target disc as you can. Good fun.
Steam Time – Game about travelling through time on steam-powered airships with a view to completing expeditions, upgrading your airship, accomplishing missions in order to amass the most VPs after five rounds. Very good with lots of choices to make on your turn and multiple paths to victory.

I sold 7 games and added 6 new games to the collection: 20 Express, Automobiles, Burgle Bros, Isle of Trains, Paperback and Steam Time. My total collection stands at 620.

My unplayed list is down from 19 to 15, and my Game of the Month was a very tough choice as Automobiles, The Grizzled, Burgle Bros and Steam Time were all very good. However, I have to pick one so let’s go for Automobiles, an excellent blend of deck (bag) building and race game.

Three Valentines?

No, not three messages from secret admirers – rather Jan suggesting we play the three different versions of Love Letter that we have. Maybe I should have been suspicious – having scored some brownie points with the red roses this morning – but winning all three games is inconceivable. I hardly ever win so Jan was probably going easy on me.

It was interesting to play the original, Batman and Hobbit versions back-to-back and each has just enough of a difference to make it worthwhile playing in its own right. Good fun!

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Six Picks: Felix’s Best Games of 2015

Only a month later than everyone else, which I’m not sure is indicative of a tendency for analysis paralysis or not, Felix has just sent me his picks of his best games of 2015. If you were expecting the list to be filled with 20 minute dice games, you’re likely to be disappointed. Otherwise, you can see his choices here.

Steam time

I got an English copy of Steam Time today by Rudiger Dorn and Kosmos. I tried it this evening with Jan and it was a very good medium weight game – slightly on the heavier side than Jan prefers but she coped with the rules fine. It’s a worker placement game played over five rounds where you are moving through time collecting and using resources (crystals and steam) to power your airships to conduct expeditions and missions that will give you esteem (VPs) during and at the end of the game. Lots of paths to victory and some forward planning required to optimise your turns – which we didn’t really try to do on this learning game.

Scores were close with me winning 63-58 but that  may have been due to Jan misreading a 9 point mission card that she thought she could use more than once – she had the resources to score it a second time so would then have won. Very good and took us marginally over an hour as a two player game. Four player likely to be around 90-120 minutes.

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