February 2018 roundup

In February, I managed to play 24 games of 22 different titles, with 8 of them being new to me. The new games were:


The Mind – 2 plays –  8 
First Published 2018

This is a really novel game where a shared sense of timing is the crucial mechanism. It can be very tense with lots of groan moments when you misjudge the next card to be played. I see this getting lots of play.

Powerships – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2018

Powerships is very similar to Powerboats and that’s great because ‘boats is one of my favourite race games. There is probably a bit more variability in Powerships with the greater number of board pieces to mix up.

Voodoo Prince – 1 play –  8 
First Published 2017

Another excellent small card game from Reiner Knizia. This is a trick-taking game where you try to delay taking tricks until the best time. The two player game works slightly differently but still plays very well. Another one I hope gets plenty of play.

Würfelland – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2018

The latest roll and write game which is a race to complete one coloured area and cross out 9 treasure fields. Works pretty well but not sure it is different enough from others to stand out. But I like these roll and write games a lot so it’ll probably see more plays.

Die Eisernen Manner – 1 play –  7 
First Published 1993

This is an old 1993 game that came in a tube. It’s a race game depicting a triathlon with different rules for the swimming, cycling and running stages. Not too much in the way of strategy but pleasant enough.

The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

This is CoB – the roll and write variant and feels like Castles of Burgundy, which means it’s good. Only played solo so far but easy to get in a game in less than half an hour.

Carcassonne für 2 – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

This isn’t any different from normal Carcassonne other than it’s more compact with smaller and fewer tiles. If you want a more portable version for two players, it’s worth getting but it doesn’t add anything more to its bigger brother so not a must-buy if you have the original.

Bärenpark – 1 play –  7 
First Published 2017

Is this Patchwork with bears? Well, yes in some ways, in that it’s about efficiently covering your boards but there’s a bit more to it when you add in the achievement tiles. And thecreatures are not all bears. However, it’s a solid, easy to pick up game with a nice theme..


2x Exxtra
1x Katzenjammer Blues
1x Forbidden Island
1x Rallyman
1x Potato Man
1x Loony Quest
1x Pizza Box Football
1x Lord of the Rings
1x Finito!
1x Nautilion
1x Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
1x Geister Geister Schatzsuchmeister
1x The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


I added 7 new titles to the collection and discovered one in the garage that I hadn’t previously logged, which means my total collection now stands at 533.

My list of unplayed games is still at zero (Woohoo!) and my Game of the Month, due to its very different gameplay concept, was The Mind.