December 2015 roundup

During December, I managed to play 19 games of 16 different titles, 5 of which were new to me. The new games were:

Geister Geister Schatzsuchmeister – This is a fun and simple co-op game about grabbing treasures from a haunted house before it gets completely over-run by hauntings. Although this was the German Kinderspiel des Jahres in 2014, it’s still fun and challenging for adults.
TIME Stories: The Marcy Case – The second TIME Stories scenario is another horror-themed affair that, on a first run through, didn’t seem as challenging a puzzle as the Asylum. Maybe it’ll ratchet up the further we get into it.
maskmen – My latest Japanese micro game from Oink Games is a wrestling themed card game about getting rid of your hand of cards before your opponents. Works nicely as a two player game and very quick.
8-28 – This bluffing and second-guessing card game is a nice variant of Blackjack where you’re trying to get cards totalling as close to 8 or 28 without going over. Not sure it’s one to play regularly but enjoyable once in a while.
Risk: Star Wars Edition – This is a battle game based on the finale of the Return of the Jedi film, where the Rebel Alliance is trying to blow up the Death Star, but the game is fought on three fronts: the space battle, the battle for Endor where the Rebels are tring to dismantle the shield generator, and the fight between Luke and Darth Vader on the Death Star itself. Great fun.

I added 8 new games to the collection: Scharfe Schoten, Pi Mal Pflaumen, Big Book of Madness, Bomb Squad, Bomb Squad Academy, Yeti Slalom, Risk: Star Wars Edition and Mottainai.

My unplayed list is up from 18 to 20, and my Game of the Month was the fantastic two (or four) player battle game, Risk: Star wars Edition.