October 2017 roundup

This month, I managed to play 17 games of 12 different titles, with 3 of them being new to me. The new games (all dice-chuckers) were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Roll For It! – 2 plays –  7 
First Published 2011

Simple game where you try to save dice attempting to match combinations on scoring cards, with the first to collect 40 points of scoring cards being the winner. Very striaghtforward, easy to explain and play.

Schollen Rollen – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2017

Excellent push your luck dice-roller where you try to collect as many fishes on your turn through multiple rolls, without rolling a blank and letting them escape your net. Good fun with the ability to steal from others making this a bit more interactive, especially at the end when you’re really praying for a hook symbol to turn up.

Kriss Kross – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Another roll and write, grid-filling game where you try to get matching symbols in the same rows and columns to maximise your score. Pretty reminiscent of Mosaix but this only utilises two dice with six symbols whereas Mosaix uses 4 dice with 3 symbols. Good fun.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

4x Can’t Stop
2x Straw
1x Hostage Negotiator
1x Dice Stars
1x Pickomino
1x Limes
1x Rallyman
1x Bowling Solitaire
1x Onirim

I was really pleased to get Straw back to the table, a great game that we played a couple of times three-player while on holiday.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 3 new titles to the collection and sold 31, which means my total collection is now down to 513. The new games were: King’s Road, Roll for It and Century: Spice Road.

My list of unplayed games dropped from 11 to 9 and my Game of the Month was Schollen Rollen.

September 2017 roundup

Forgot to post this last month so just catching up.

This month, I managed to play just 13 games of 11 different titles, with 3 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Unfair – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

I finally received the corrected cards for the Kickstarter version of Unfair so took it out for a try. It’s a nice design although the balance between the economic aspect and the building part is weighted more towards the former. That said, there looks to be lots of replayability in the box and there are bound to be expansion packs. Pretty good.

Shahrazad – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2015

This is a tableau building, puzzle game with lovely illustrated tiles, trying to connect the same colour tiles while also ensuring the numerical value fits in with the tiles around it. Some luck in the order the tiles come out but, as it only takes 10 minutes to play, if the tiles are unkind early on, you’re not stuck with the situation long.

Medici: The Card Game – 3 plays –  7 
First Published 2017

The original Medici is a classic but this new iteration does away with the auction and replaces it with a push-your-luck mechanism. It’s a lighter game and there is less interaction and I miss the agony of spending points to meet your bid but the card game is deliberately different and I’ve really enjoyed my games of it so far.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

1x OctoDice
1x Limes
1x Love Letter
1x Formula D
1x Freedom: The Underground Railroad
1x Paperback
1x Rallyman
1x Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game

I was glad to get in plays of Rallyman and Freedom: The Underground Railroad after long absences and both have cemented their places in my collection for now.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 4 new titles to the collection, reacquired 1 and sold 48, which means my total collection now stands at 540. The new games were: Shahrazad, Nemo’s War (second edition), Kriss Kross and Schollen Rollen.

My list of unplayed games dropped from 14 to 11 and my Game of the Month was Medici: The Card Game.

August 2017 roundup

This month, I managed to play 34 games of 29 different titles, with 11 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

The Fox in the Forest – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2017

Excellent two player only trick taking game with a very nice scoring mechanism where a bad hand can still see you coming out on top.

Codenames Duet – 2 plays –  8 
First Published 2017

Two player or two-team co-operative version of Codenames. Works really well.

Zooscape – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2015

Interesting set-collection game incorporating an I split / everyone chooses mechanism with a second-guessing element. Look forward to playing this again.

Sultaniya – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2014

Tile laying game where you create a palace, aiming to create certain features and fulfil secret individual objectives. Gaining the favour of the djinns will help you in achieving your objectives. Really nice components in this game.

Welcome Back to the Dungeon – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Virtually identical to Welcome to the Dungeon. Not sure you need both but the game is still good fun.

Rummikub – 4 plays –  7 
First Published 1977

Don’t tell anyone but I’ve never played this before. Picked up a cheap unplayed copy in a charity shop and the family loved it. Jan is happy to play this anytime at the moment. I really liked it as well.

Kribbeln – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Another roll and write (score) game with nice chunky dice. Close cousin to Yahtzee but some thought needed in getting your Kribbeln (wild) scoring lines filled in (ie don’t be too greedy with your first Kribbeln)

4 Seasons – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2010

Very good two-player card game where the cards you hold can only help your opponent or increase the scoring opportunity of a suit (season). A different way of thinking about your hand is needed for this one based on incomplete but not completely random card knowledge.

The Lost Expedition – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Co-operative exploration game where you try to get your party of explorers all the way to El Dorado without them all having first succumbed to the dangers of the jungle. Nice thinky puzzle.

Legendary: Villains – A Marvel Deck Building Game – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2014

Same game but where you’re wanting the villains to overcome a hero scheme. I was attracted more to the mix and match opportunity of teaming heroes and villains together but, ultimately, thought there is enough variability with just the heroes and the schemes in Villains seemed a bit naff.

Chariot Race – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2016

This has the racing and attacking elements you’d expect in a chariot race and it plays in a pretty quick time but it fell a bit flat for me. It works but I’d rather just race than drop caltrops or throw javelins at my opponents.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

2x Dungeon Raiders
1x Herbaceous
1x Formula D
1x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Rondo
1x Limes
1x Finito!
1x Arkham Horror: The Card Game
1x The Yeti Slalom
1x Can’t Stop
1x Elfer raus! Das Brettspiel
1x The Mole in the Hole
1x Friday
1x Pickomino
1x Onirim
1x Murdero
1x Qwirkle
1x Onitama

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 6 new titles to the collection and sold 49, which means my total collection now stands at 583. The new games were: Akrotiri, The Lost Expedition, Kribbeln, Rummikub, 4 Seasons and Codenames Duet.

My list of unplayed games dropped from 23 to 14 and my Game of the Month was Codenames Duet.

July 2017 roundup

This month, I managed to play 17 games of 15 different titles, with 9 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Terraforming Mars – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

This isn’t normally a game I’d be drawn to but its success and the views of a couple of geek buddies made me take the plunge. I’m only likely to play this solo but both the solo and multiplayer game seem really solid and the theme is engaging. I really enjoyed my first play and am looking forward to trying the different corporations.

Start 11! The Board Game – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2012

Reiner Knizia puts his own twist on the card game Elfer Raus and it works very well as a nice family game. Not too much in the way of strategy but not brainless either. A nice relaxing game to play.

Numeri – 1 play –  7 
First Published 1998

I’m a big fan of Schmidt’s Easy Play line of games and this is another fun one, although it seems easy to mess yourself up with no chance of catching up. Not the best game in that line but one that is easy to get the family to play.

Dairyman – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Another small Asian game from Tasty Minstrel and this is a push your luck dice game. I messed up the rules explanation initially but once I’d gone back and checked, it then worked quite well. Sadly our game ended in a three way tie and there appears to be no tie break rule, so that made it a bit anti-climactic but I’m not going to penalise it unless ties end up being a regular occurrence.

Sea of Clouds – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

An interesting card drafting game about amassing the greatest pirate loot over 12 or 15 rounds. Much of the loot is public knowledge but some is secret and as you need to collect pirates to assist in three boarding events, you need to balance going for loot with recruiting pirates, else you may end up being plundered too much. Good fun.

Das Vermächtnis des Maharaja – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Another solid Michael Schacht game (no surprise there), with this being a set collection game with a tight money economy in which gaining more money makes things in the market cheaper for the next player. Plays well with two, which is how I tried it.

Fugitive – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2017

Clever deduction / second-guessing game for two that looks to work pretty well but Jan didn’t really like it much. Not sure whether the two roles are balanced or not but to me it was a quick fun puzzle.

Get The Cheese! – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2015

This card placement game sees you trying to place your fifteen animals mice cats and dog to gain the most cheese, capture the most mice or chase off the cats. Working out when and where to place is the key to winning and having some cards face down makes the game-end reveal quite tense. Fun but not fantastic.

The Bogey – 2 plays –  6 
First Published 2016

This is a solo card game with a traditional deck of cards where you face a nice puzzle of trying to lay out all the cards without opening up more than 12 columns. However, after each of your turns, the bogey reveals the top card of the deck and it has to placed somewhere and often it messes up your plans. I quite enjoyed this but am not sure how much I am likely to replay it. However, players of card patience will probably enjoy this.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

2x Formula D
1x Herbaceous
1x Spot it!
1x Groo: The Game
1x Noch mal!
1x BraveRats

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 9 new titles to the collection and reacquired 1 (Rondo), which means my total collection now stands at 626. The new games were: Formula D: New Jersey & Sotchi, Get the Cheese, Fugitive, Numeri,Dairyman, Terraforming Mars, The Fox in the Forest, Medici: The Card Game and Start 11: The Board GameNow I’m back from holiday, look out for the great purge of 2017, which should start tomorrow or Thursday – geeklist auctions-a-plenty as another 200 games are going to disappear from my collection.

My list of unplayed games dropped by 1 from 24 to 23 and my Game of the Month was surprisingly a heavier game than I usually go for, particularly due to the really good solo version: Terraforming Mars.

June 2017 roundup

This month, I managed to play 22 games of 15 different titles, with 9 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

The Blood of an Englishman – 2 plays –  8 
First Published 2016

Very nice asymmetric puzzle where one player, as Jack, tries to climb three beanstalks and steal treasure while the other, as the Giant, tries to capture Jack. Good theme and can get quite tense as both players get close to achieving their goals.Enjoyed this a lot.

Sagrada – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2017

Dice drafting game about placing dice in a grid following certain placement restrictions while trying to satisfy point-scoring patterns. Any gaps in your stained glass window grid at the end of the game yield negative points and judicious use of tools help you break the rules in certain respects. Nice thinky game.

World’s Fair 1893 – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

Excellent area control game played over three rounds where area majorities also allow you to cash in card sets for more points. Very straightforward gameplay and nothing very original but it all fits together very well.

Piñata – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2013

This is a revamp of Balloon Cup using the designer’s original rules and with a different theme. Very good game that Jan enjoyed quite a lot – didn’t hurt that she won when it came down to the wire.

Polterfass – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2013

If you like push your luck games, then this is another good one where you shake number barrels under a dice cup in the hope that they appear standing upright, while everyone else is trying to take a piece of your action but without being too greedy. Good fun.

TimeBomb – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2014

I’m not a big fan of social deduction games but the theme of this worked for me, with one team of Sherlock’s helpers trying to cut the wires to a bomb planted by Moriarty to blow up Big Ben. Played with just four so not the best number and I’d be keen to try it again with five or more.

Glüx – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Abstract game of placing number tokens on a board where placement is governed by the numbers on your previously placed tokens, with a view to gaining an area majority in certain shaded regions of the board. Works pretty well and plays very quickly, providing players don’t suffer from too much AP.

MotorChamp – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2000

Beautiful motor racing game where board congestion is a key part of the play while pushing your luck can have fatal consequences so is only used sparingly. Different from Formula D and makes a nice change.

Meins! – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2012

An early Pelikan / Pfister card game. Set collection to claim VP cards from a market. Plays ok but not going to set the world alight with its originality.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

4x Formula D
3x Mmm!
2x NMBR 9
1x Limes
1x Mini Mölkky
1x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Book 7 of Hogwart’s Battle proved to be another step up in difficulty and ended in defeat for us. Four more Formula D/De circuits played this month and I’m still really enjoying these. And summer arrived for a short while so Molkky was obviously played and was great fun as usual.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 17 new titles to the collection, most of which were picked up in the Shire Games closing down sale – which has been a great store over the last 12 years and will be sadly missed. The new games were: Formula D and 5 course packs, Motorchamp and its Course Collection 1, Clash of the Gladiators, Zooscape, Legendary: Villains, Tokaido: Matsuri, The Blood of an Englishman, Pinata, Bang: The Duel, Polterfass and World’s Fair 1893. My total collection now stands at 616. When I’m back from holiday in mid-July, look out for the great purge of 2017 – geeklist auctions-a-plenty as another 200 games are going to disappear from my collection.

My list of unplayed games jumped from 18 to 24 because of the large number of acquisitions in June and my Game of the Month was a tricky decision as there were some really strong contenders but I decided to give it to World’s Fair 1893.

May 2017 roundup

During May, I managed to play 16 games of 13 different titles, with 5 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

This was a really fun deck-builder masked as a dungeon crawl. The Clank mechanism with the dragon bag is a nice idea and it proved to be pretty tense trying to get out before the game ended.

Sola Fide: The Reformation – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

This was very similar to Campaign Manager 2008, which is a game I quite enjoyed and this one was just as enjoyable.

13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

This is not quite as good as 13 Days, which really impressed me when I played it last year but it is fun for such a quick game a bit of tension in trying to avoid starting nuclear war.

Best Treehouse Ever – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2015

Another simple drafting game where you’re trying to get the best connection of rooms for each scoring round, while the double/cancel cards add a nice end-of round effect to pull back a perceived leader. However, you mainly want to just grab the cool rooms that fit in with your own likes and to hell with the scoring.

Eminent Domain: Microcosm – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2014

This looks to be a clever and quick microgame themed on colonising and invading planets like the original boardgame. However, I just found it a bit dull and unexciting.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

3x Mmm!
2x Formula Dé
1x FUSE
1x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Onirim
1x Flamme Rouge
1x Automobiles
1x The Game (2015)

Moved onto Book 6 of Hogwart’s Battle this month and successfully defeated Voldemort. I’m also quite enjoying Knizia’s Mmm! and started getting back into race games after a bit of a gap.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 6 new games to the collection which were: 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis, EXIT: The Game – The Pharaoh’s Tomb, Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure, Welcome Back to the Dungeon, Sagrada and Meins! My total collection now stands at 599.

My list of unplayed games increased by one from 18 to 19 and my Game of the Month was Clank: A Deck-Building Adventure.

April 2017 roundup

April was a better month for gaming than March was, as I managed to play 31 games of 23 different titles, with 13 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Mmm! – 3 plays –  8 
First Published 2015

This Knizia co-op game is marketed as a children’s game and it is very simple to play but the more challenging side of the board is good for adults too and, having played three times without a win, it’s not a pushover. Liked this one a lot.

Wettlauf nach El Dorado – 2 plays –  8 
First Published 2017

Another game from Reiner Knizia and this is his take on deck-building combined with a race game. Cards are used for movement or to buy better cards and the modular board allows for a huge number of different courses to be built. Not a heavy game by any means but this is a lot of fun and players are challenged to adapt their deck to the terrain ahead while not allowing them to fall too far behind in the race.

What’s My Word? – 1 play –  8 
First Published 1972

Can’t believe I’ve never seen or played this 1972 game before. However, this is a super deduction word game for two players that must have taken Mastermind as its inspiration. Each player is trying to work out their opponent’s secret 6 (or 7) letter word by inserting words into a grid – a two letter word in the first round; 3 letters in the next up to the full 6 letters in the 11th (final) round. You score 250 for each correct letter and 1000 for it being in the correct position. Very simple but very satisfying.

First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

This is Russian Railroads the card game and it does a very good job of distilling that game into a card drafting mechanism. You need to balance extening and upgrading your train with moving your conductor and extending your route over six rounds where you take only three actions (although you’ll generate bonus actions along the way). Very good.

Yamataï – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

The newest Days of Wonder big box game from Bruno Cathala is a bit reminiscent of Five Tribes (although there’s no mancala aspect). It’s thinky with multiple ways to score and there could be a bit of an issue with downtime with more than two players. But it is a solid game.

A Night in Deepwail Manor – 2 plays –  7 
First Published 2013

This is a solitaire print and play game that I put together, themed around kids exploring a haunted house, trying to amass as many exploration points as they can before being terrified out of their wits. A nice push your luck game that is very compact and plays in about 10 minutes.

Saboteur: The Duel – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2014

Takes the route building of Saboteur and turns it into a 2-player competition to get the most treasure. Works pretty well and the solo rules also work ok.

Magic Maze – 2 plays –  7 
First Published 2017

Co-operative real-time race against the clock to manoeuvre four characters through the Magic Maze shopping mall, steal equipment and escape before the sand timer runs out. This is frantic fun and, as you’re mostly not allowed to communicate and each player has access to different moves, co-ordinating the moves is quite tricky. Not sure if I like the solo version as you have to cycle through the deck of actions so much, it gets a bit tedious going past lots of other actions just so you can reset the deck to get to the action you need.

The Game of 49 – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2014

This is Connect Four mashed together with an auction game and it works really well although everyone needs to make sure one player doesn’t get too much of a head start and is able to generate much more income than other players; otherwise there is a definite runaway leader issue. However, I liked this a lot.

Balloon Pop! – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Ordered this from Amazon US as it’s not available in the UK at present. Another fun roll and write game. Rerolling comes at a cost in this game as you have to roll an additional die and you don’t really want to have to mark off too many balloons at once. Once a balloon colour or symbol hits the top of its column it pops and a scoring takes place, with the popped balloon scoring less than other high-flying balloons. After three scorings, highest total wins. Another fun push your luck game.

Jump Drive – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

This is a re-skinning of The City to bring it into the Race for the Galaxy universe. A bit more complex than that earlier game but still lighter and shorter than Race. Games will typically last just six or seven rounds. Nice puzzle to combo the various cards into a money and point generating machine in a race to 50 points.

Honshu – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2016

Landscape building game linked with a trick taking card game. It worked ok but I felt the trick taking aspect diminished the map building part. Not for me.

Haru Ichiban – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2014

Two player abstract game from Bruno Cathala which I quite liked but Jan did not and I’m getting to the stage again that these pure abstracts are not how we like to spend our gaming time so I really shouldn’t buy any more (even though Santorini looks very pretty).

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

2x Limes
2x Habe fertig
2x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Say Anything
1x Love Letter: Batman
1x The Oracle of Delphi
1x AttrAction
1x Rolling Japan
1x Lucky Numbers
1x Herbaceous

We’ve now completed Book 5 of HP: Hogwarts Battle and are looking forward to Book 6. Glad to have got Lucky Numbers and Habe Fertig back to the table. It’s been a while since I’ve played either game and they are good fun.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 11 new games to the collection which were: Wettlauf nach El Dorado, Jump Drive, Das Vermachtnis des Maharaja, Bucket King 3D, Best Treehouse Ever, Magic Maze, Yamatai, Mmm! Balloon Pop, Yangtze and Sultaniya. My total collection now stands at 593.

My list of unplayed games remains at 18 and my Game of the Month was Wettlauf nach El Dorado.

March 2017 roundup

Oops, I forgot to post this last month but better late than never.

March proved to be a very light month for gaming as I only managed to play 14 games of 10 different titles, with 5 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Unlock! – 3 plays –  8 
First Published 2017

Although we tried the tutorial in February, I’m classing this as new this month with us trying two of the three scenarios in the box and the bonus print and play. This is a very good escape room style game which integrates an app very well. Even though you can only play each scenario once, if they can release each one for about a tenner, I still think it’s reasonable value.

Twenty One – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2017

Another roll and write game and I enjoyed this one a lot (but I do have a tendency to enjoy this type of game anyway). Sort of a race to complete your rows quickly but judging whether to wait for an exact hit or cut your losses is a nice dilemma.

NMBR 9 – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Fun tile laying puzzle where everyone is using the same tiles to create their own individual multi-level structure where points are scored for pieces not on the base level. However, you need to create sufficient space on the base level to support pieces above the base. Simple, good fun and short.

The Oracle of Delphi – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2016

This is a provisional rating as this turned out to be an incomplete play. Use dice to move around a map, accomplishing tasks for Zeus in a pick-up and deliver approach. The number of possible actions for your dice is very high so you’re always likely to be able to do something but whoever does things most efficiently will win. Not bad but I need to try again to see if I like this enough to hang onto it.

Twins – 1 play –  5 
First Published 1996

Wow. We played this three player and it just didn’t work for us. The fixed closed economy was a problem because unless you played recklessly, you didn’t seem in danger of going bankrupt (which is what triggers the end of the game). It might work better with six but I felt there needed to be a way of money going out of the game, such as a tax of one coin per player at the end of each round.

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

3x Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
1x Dream Home
1x Spot it!
1x Schotten Totten
1x Elevenses for One

Still enjoying HP: Hogwarts Battle (and Becky loves it). Managed to get through Book 4 so three more to complete it. Interested to see there’s an expansion in the works.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 7 new games to the collection and reacquired 1. The new additions were: Elevenses for One & Bowling Solitaire, Haru Ichiban, Unlock, Saboteur: Das Duell, Twenty One, NMBR9 and Unfair. My total collection now stands at 582.

My list of unplayed games has risen by one from 17 to 18 and my Game of the Month was Unlock.

February 2017 roundup

In February, I managed to play 43 games of 37 different titles, with 13 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Flamme Rouge – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

X nimmt! – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

Musée – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2014

Cottage Garden – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

Dream Home – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

One Deck Dungeon – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Unlock! – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Carcassonne: Star Wars – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2015

Herbaceous – 4 plays –  7 
First Published 2017

La Granja: No Siesta – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Dingo’s Dreams – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Schwupps – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2016

Coup: Rebellion G54 – 2 plays –  6 
First Published 2014

== OTHER GAMES PLAYED THIS MONTH ==

Diamant (2)
Hanamikoji (2)
Amphipolis (1)
Completto (1)
Crokinole (1)
Deep Sea Adventure (1)
Dice Heist (1)
Dice Stars (1)
Dominion (1)
Elder Sign (1)
Extra! (1)
Fabled Fruit (1)
Finito! (1)
FUSE (1)
The Game (1)
Game of Trains (1)
Liar’s Dice (1)
The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor (1)
Noch mal! (1)
Pickomino (1)
Pizza Box Football (1)
Stone Age (1)
Träxx (1)
Zombie Dice (1)

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 9 new games to the collection: Dingo’s Dreams, Oracle of Delphi, One Deck Dungeon, Dream Home, First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express, Twins, Time Bomb, Hanamikoji and Herbaceous. My total collection now stands at 574.

My list of unplayed games has come down from 20 to 17 and my Game of the Month was Flamme Rouge.

January 2017 roundup

During January, I managed to play 16 games of 14 different titles, with 11 of them being new to me. The new games were:

== NEW GAMES ==

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – 3 plays –  8 
First Published 2016

This is a very nice adventure game for one or two players (although I’ve only played solo) and has a nice story-telling aspect to it. I’ve tried two of the characters so far and you need to play each differently to suit their strengths/weaknesses. I’m looking forward to more plays of this.

Noch mal! – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

This is another “roll dice and mark things on a sheet” game but this one works extremely well with decisions becoming more critical as you get closer to the end-game. The solo rules work well and the multi-player version has a modest mean streak where the active player can choose particular dice to deny the others access to them. Really good fun.

Basari: Das Kartenspiel – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2014

No surpise here as Basari: Das Kartenspiel is the board game distilled to card game form with very few changes. I really enjoy the board game and this gives exactly the same feel in a more compact package.

The Game: Extreme – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2016

The additional actions on the extreme cards add an extra element to consider in playing your cards as the actions can really hurt you if played at the wrong time. I like that this ramps up the difficulty while not really changing the gameplay. I’m happy to still play the original rules but this version makes a change from that on occasion.

Rent a Hero – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2012

Simple card game of bluffing your way to collecting six different heroes before anyone else. Easy to pick up and good fun as a quick family game.

Römisch Pokern – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2015

Push your luck dice game where you try to form valid roman numerals from the dice and you bust if you can’t. Short play time but needs to be as non-active players are not involved until it gets to their turn. At higher player counts, the downtime may be too much.

Pocket Madness – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

I’m a big fan of rummy games and this is another really good example with a Cthulhu theme (although the theme isn’t very strong). I nearly rated this an 8 but the set-up for each round is a bit cumbersome / time-consuming. That said, the gameplay is quick and the two different round-resolution methods makes scoring interesting. Good fun.

Kingdomino – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

Nice tile drafting and laying game with tiles displaying one or two of six different landscapes, and groups of connected landscapes scoring based on the number of crowns appearing on that landscape. Another nice family-weight game from Bruno Cathala.

Freaky – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2016

I never got to play Absacker (which Freaky is based on) but this is a nice card matching game where you play cards in columns to try and get four to match one of three characteristics and claim the cards in the column. Most cards collected when the deck runs out wins. Very simple and a good relaxing way to spend 15 minutes.

A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King – 1 play –  6 
First Published 2016

The card illustrations are great but I found the gameplay to be very pedestrian, with turn choices being pretty obvious. I have no need to try this again.

Tiny Epic Western – 1 play –  5 
First Published 2016

Another Tiny Epic game and this one turns out to be my least favourite. The gameplay works but I didn’t feel it was very engaging. I might give it another try but I’d probably rather just play Galaxies.

== STATE OF THE COLLECTION ==

I added 3 new games to the collection: The Dunwich Legacy and Curse of the Rougarou expansions to Arkham Horror: The Card Game and Vienna. I also reacquierd one game so my total collection now stands at 565.

My list of unplayed games has come down from 28 to 20 and my Game of the Month was Arkham Horror: The Card Game.