As usual, I am taking part in the Boardgamegeek Secret Santa and my santa, through his friendly elf, Sven, has been taunting me over the last couple of weeks or so. At the weekend, I received a parcel from Boardgameguru and imagine my surprise when I saw what was inside:
The message on the card simply read “From your USA Secret Santa”. Well, whoever you are, thank you so much for your generosity. I will be really excited when I break open the wrapping paper on 25th December.
I’ve been in Toronto the last couple of days and my hotel is fifty yards away from the two best game shops in the city. I wasn’t planning on buying anything but the new Merchants of Venus was only $56 so I gave in to temptation.
And just so it wasn’t lonely on my trip back, I also picked up Timelines: Inventions for Christmas trivia gaming.
This month I managed 23 plays of 17 titles, 14 of which were new to me. The new games were Libertalia, Escape: Curse of the Temple, Rune Age, Doctor Who: The Card Game, Smash Up, Lady Alice, Love Letter, AttrAction, Drecksau, Rondo, Spellbound, Suburbia, Hanabi and Hooyah: Navy Seals Card Game.
As it was Essen month, I added 33 new games to the collection and my unplayed list has rocketed up to 30. As for game of the month, I’m going for the smallest game of all, Love Letter, which is just made up of 16 cards. That’s it. However, the game play is really smooth and it is a great game to play with Jan (not only for the reason that she keeps beating me). Just the thing when you’ve got just 15-20 minutes to spare and limited space. Easily playable on a train or aeroplane table.