October 2020 roundup

In October, I managed to play 71 games of 41 different titles and 3 of them were new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Babylonia – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2019

Board Game: Babylonia

I finally managed to play Reiner Knizia’s Babylonia which has reminiscences of Samurai and Through the Desert but it is definitely its own game. I really liked it as it has enough to think about in terms of different turn options and routes towards generating victory points but without being overwhelming and all wrapped up in a 30 minute (with two players) timeframe. Excellent.

Cahoots – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2018

Board Game: Cahoots

Gamewright have a knack of picking up very good family weight games and this is another one where you are co-operatively trying to play cards onto four stacks to achieve a certain number of goal cards before the draw pile runs out or a player cannot make a valid play. Really easy to teach and has a mild element of restricted communication allowed to give players hints about where you want to play (like The Game). Very good and, with differing levels of difficulty in the number of goal cards you need to complete to win, this should present a challenge for some time.

Clever hoch Drei – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2020

Board Game: Clever hoch Drei

The third iteration of That’s Pretty Clever! plays very similarly to the other versions and works just as well but there is a greater focus on chaining the bonuses in the latest instalment. I enjoyed it as a solo game but haven’t yet played it multi-player.

Marrying Mr. Darcy – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2014

Board Game: Marrying Mr. Darcy

This is Pride & Prejudice the card game and is a light set-collection type game with your play on a turn determined by an event deck so has limited choices to be made. That said, the theme carries it along and it is as much about the role playing as the result at the end of the day. Fun.

Nytelyfe Solitaire – 8 plays –  7 
First Published 2020

Board Game: Nytelyfe Solitaire

This is a quick solitaire print and play using a standard deck of cards, which is like card patience with a twist. The play area is made up of five columns each with a given rule when cards are played there. You play cards individually to your choice of the five columns and once a row is completed (after five cards have been played) see whether any of the cards breaks a rule. Repeat for 10 rows and if you haven’t broken too many rules by the end, you win. A fun five minute diversion.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

10x My City
4x After The Virus
4x Aquaducts
2x Marvel United
2x Zombie Dice
2x L.L.A.M.A.
2x Dominion
2x Spot it!
2x Horrified
2x Encore!
2x Zero Down
1x Menara
1x That’s Pretty Clever!
1x Coffee Roaster
1x Run Fight or Die: Reloaded
1x Love Letter
1x Spellbound
1x Star Wars: Angriff der Klonkrieger
1x The Game
1x Rummikub
1x Can’t Stop
1x Viticulture
1x Beasty Bar
1x Cucina Curiosa
1x Just One
1x Cosmic Run: Regeneration
1x Cheeky Monkey
1x Pig 10
1x Tales of the Arabian Nights
1x Justice League: Hero Dice – Flash
1x Urbion
1x Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
1x Hit Z Road
1x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Oh Hell!
1x Metro X

Managed to finish off our My City campaign this month, which was very enjoyable, while we’re still stuck on Monster Box 3 of Hogwarts Battle. Also returned to some solo games not played in a while, especially Aquaducts and After the Virus.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

620 games of 225 titles.
55 new to me.
1 x 29 plays; 1 x 27 plays; 1 x 25 plays; 1 x 23 plays; 1 x 17 plays; 2 x 14 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 1 x 12 plays; 2 x 10 plays; 5 x 8 plays; 4 x 7 plays; 3 x 6 plays, 6 x 5 plays; 10 x 4 plays; 29 x 3 plays; 26 x 2 plays; 131 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 2 new titles to the collection which were Babylonia and Cahoots. I also sold 12 titles so my total collection stands at 689.

I now have 1 unplayed game (2 at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Babylonia.

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September 2020 roundup

In September, I managed to play 58 games of 35 different titles, although only 3 of them were new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Marvel United – 6 plays –  8 
First Published 2020

Board Game: Marvel United

I backed this on Kickstarter and the first instalment (the bulk of the pledge is due to arrive in March 2021) turned up a couple of weeks ago. I was quite impressed with this as a quick, light co-operative/solo superhero battle game. Each of the villains plays differently and the heroes all have slight differences in their decks so it’s going to be fun to mix and match combinations of heroes. The SHIELD solo mode smashes together three hero decks into a single deck but it also works nicely as a solo just playing two (or possibly more) heroes separately. Can’t wait for the rest to turn up and am a bit disappointed I didn’t go in for the Kickstarter expansions as there doesn’t now seem to be any way to add to your pledge.

Abandon All Artichokes – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2020

Board Game: Abandon All Artichokes

This is a very smart, family-style, deck deconstruction game, where you start with a deck of 10 artichokes and draw a hand of five. Then you acquire other vegetables to help you get rid of artichokes, with the aim of drawing a new hand of five containing no artichokes – which wins you the game. Easy to pick up, if you’ve played any deck building game before, and plays very quickly in about 15 minutes.

Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2020

Board Game: Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game

Using the Love Letter framework, Infinity Gauntlet pits one player as Thanos against everyone else, each trying to reduce the opposing side to zero health. Works pretty well and definitely stands on its own feet as a Marvel-themed variant but we all felt we’d rather stick to the original (or Batman).

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

6x My City
4x Pocket Golf
3x Exxtra
3x Shephy
2x Verflucht!
2x Noch Mal!
2x Kingdomino
2x Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
2x Zero
2x Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America
1x HexRoller
1x Mandala
1x Thunderbirds
1x 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis
1x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Lux Aeterna
1x Powerships
1x Elder Sign
1x Scrabble
1x Piece o’ Cake
1x On Tour
1x Cartographers
1x Michael Strogoff
1x Freedom: The Underground Railroad
1x Twenty One
1x L.A.M.A.
1x The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
1x Eldritch Horror
1x Star Realms
1x Onirim
1x Finito!
1x Bandido

Jan and I are still working our way through My City and it’s developing nicely while the scores remain pretty close. Nice to get another Knizia, The hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug back to the table as well as a couple of longer games: Eldritch Horror and Freedom: The underground Railroad. I also managed to get in a four-round head-to-head challenge of Pocket Golf with another fan of the game over the weekend of the US Open, which was a lot of fun.

== YEAR SO FAR ==

549 games of 205 titles.
50 new to me.
2 x 27 plays; 1 x 23 plays; 2 x 15 plays; 2 x 14 plays; 1 x 13 plays; 2 x 10 plays; 1 x 9 plays; 6 x 7 plays; 3 x 6 plays, 4 x 5 plays; 8 x 4 plays; 30 x 3 plays; 27 x 2 plays; 116 x 1 play.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 5 new titles to the collection which were Marvel United, Q.E., Marrying Mr Darcy, Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game and Abandon All Artichokes. I also sold 7 titles so my total collection stands at 699.

I now have 2 unplayed games (zero at the start of the month) and my Game of the Month was Marvel United.

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