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Played at least one game every day this week! Sarah was such a good sport about playing.

#Exit: The Game - The Sunken Treasure - One of the games I got with my giveaway winnings. For our first Exit game, it was probably a little too simple, though I will admit a couple of the puzzles had us stumped for longer than they should have. Only needed 1 hint card in the end!

#Gaia Project - Oh man this game is great. Played it twice - once with Sarah and once solo and had an awesome time with each. With Sarah we had a close game I eeked out the win in the end and against the automa I played a little better but still got my butt kicked. Can't wait to get this played again.

#Qwixx - Sarah actually suggested we play this one night so of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity!

#Dominion: Intrigue (Second Edition) - Played with one of the sets that incorporates just this expansion. We wound up tied, but I had taken less turns, which was a tie breaker I didn't know existed lol.

#Concordia - Always a good time playing Concordia. Felt like I finally honed in on a strategy for once and didn't just pick up cards for seemingly no reason. Such a great game.

#Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization - Finally broke this one out after my brother gifted it to me for Christmas. A lot going on in this one and teaching it ended up being a challenge. We used the suggested "first game" edits (basically less militaristic and a shorter game overall). Somehow Sarah ended up with the better opinion of the game between the two of us. I don't know if I'm eager to play again (and I wouldn't say she is eager to play again either) but I was a little suprised she said she was willing to give it another go.

#The Castles of Burgundy - At least when I play this in real life I can still win lol

#Spirit Island - Played this solo with a couple of spirits I hadn't played with before, Thunderspeaker and Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares. Didn't really have any expectations as to how these would work together, but they didn't help get the enemies off the board as much as I would have liked. Managed to survive long enough to get a fear victory though!

#Splendor - Not a whole lot to say here. Fun little engine builder that I should really introduce to some non-gamers.

Got lots of fun plays this week:

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (Physical, Solo): Did some deck construction with Black Panther against the Green Goblin.  I pulled off a pretty handy win.  I think it's time to cycle through the heroes against Klaw for the next while.  I am really enjoying thiis game!
  • #Gùgōng (Tabletopia, Multiplayer): Second time playing this.  The first time was quite a long time ago.  This time I felt like I had more capability to create and follow a plan.  I won't say this is a top ten or even twenty game for me but the card swapping mechanism is interesting and adds a little something different to the game.  I probably wouldn't suggest it but I would play it if suggested.
  • #Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (with all expansions) (TTS, Multiplayer): After a couple of rounds of #Civilization: A New Dawn we wanted to go back to the original.  Man, just something about this version that really does it for me.  It has a lot more going on than A New Dawn.  A New Dawn smooths out the detailed edges for a more focused, shorter, and easier to teach game  But that granularity brings some amazing gameplay and moments to the table.  With 4 of us having played it quite a few times it still takes longer but not too long and the strategies get more in depth and interesting.
  • #Aeon's End: Legacy (TTS, Multiplayer): Mission 4 for us.  I have reached the conclusion that it's a pretty basic deck building game and I wouldn't buy the regular game but the legacy element makes it interesting enough that I'll enjoy playing the campaign and then probably have enough of it.
  • #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale (Physical, Solo): I love this game.  It's easy to pop down and play a quick game and you get to build a map which I always enjoy. :)  The different scoring mechanisms keep it interesting game to game and I have kickstarted the expansion stuff to add more variety.  I see this one being played for a long time to come.

Good week!

Great idea!  I wonder who came up with this one?

To comment on your post: #Civilization: A New Dawn is a great civ game but I highly recommend getting #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita with it.  It makes the combat/military aspects much, much better and I like everything it adds to the game.

To facilitate this post I'd like to suggest that when we order a list by recently added that we should be able to see the date when it was added.  I am looking at my owned list but there is no actual date showing when games were added to it.

Now on to my list:

Er...I tend to do more retail therapy this time of year and I have a bit of extra money so...I went a little crazier than usual this year:


Obviously I love me some marvel champions.  I like deck construction in this game, I love Marvel, and I love having options.  However, I think after Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch I need to dig a line in the sand for new purchases for a while and absorb what I have!

My favourite game of the lot is Gaia Project followed closely by Dune Imperium.  For solo play Gaia Project also wins out slightly but Dune Imperium is a close second.  And in fact I'd say Dune Imperium is a smoother solo play but I like the crunchiness of Gaia Project more personally.

Removed/On the Block

All of the new stuff in and kickstarters coming up means the shelf has to get thinned.  A few games that I don't find grab me are on the outs.  I sold patchwork and railroad ink to someone in my gaming group and traded Trains for Res Arcana.  The other ones are posted up for sale.

Games on the Radar

I am thinking my next purchase might be one of the solo wargames from GMT.  I am not sure which one to get yet as I am relatively new to this field.  I have been looking at #Field of Fire, #Flying Colors, #Red Storm: Air War Over Central Germany, 1987, or in a different vein #Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars.

Thursday got in 1 game of #GKR Heavy Hitters @3p.  Such a different game than at 2 players.  For the first time saw a tagging strategy almost work.  Would have won but missed on 2 of my 3 attacks in the penultimate round. 

Had a friend visit Friday night so played

#Downforce: Wild Ride Expansion w/ 3 players This was an interesting race in that we all basically raced one of our cars to the front to form a break away pack and didn't move the other 3 until the first 3 had crossed the finish line.  Scores ended up being pretty close with $1 between 1st and 2nd.

2 games of #Blokus - New game for 2 of the 3 but so simple to teach and play.  Really enjoying this spurge purchase from last week.

On Saturday I organized another full day of gaming to take advantage of my friends visit.

1 game of #Dominations: Road to Civilization w/ 4 players.  First time play for all of us.  5.5 hrs from set up, rules teach to end game.  Would definitly play faster in the future with additional plays now that we all know the rules and how things work, but is probably best at 2 or 3 players.  Not sure I would ever 4 players again unless everyone knew the game really well.  I really liked though.  Scores were roughly 380, 330, 280, 260.  I rewatched Tom Vassels review of the game after the play and would agree with just about everything he said in the review. 

1 Game of #Point Salad w/ 4 players.  Such a fun and great game.  A nice break after the brain burner that was Dominations. 

1 game of #Adrenaline w/ 4 players.  Really nice and fairly tight game.  This is a game that benefits from regular play.

3 games of #For Sale w/ 3 players.  Got to use my new 3d Printed money screens.  Love this game. 

1. How did you find Board Game Atlas?

I got re-directed here when trying to look at, which I used to use all the time.  And it sure looks like there's a lot of great information here that I can use and that I can't really get easily on bgg, so I'm staying!

2. How long have you been in the hobby?

I played (or attempted to play) my first real hobby game when I was in 6th or 7th grade, so about 1977.  I believe it was Avalon Hill's Anzio, and I hated it.  (I still don't have any love for hex-and-chit wargames today.)  But I was fascinated by the concepts.  I think I soon tried Avalon Hill's Battle of the Bulge, and I liked that one a little better.  There weren't a ton of options in those days.  From there I branched into some miniature gaming and then went heavily into roleplaying (when AD&D first came out).  Then I went back into board games (Diplomacy and Civilization and Dune were big for us), some collectible card gaming (Magic, when it first started), some more roleplaying (Call of Cthulhu and Torg), and then when the Eurogame revolution hit the US in 1995 I went in starting with Settlers of Catan whole-heartedly.  My boardgame collection is now somewhere around 2000.

3. What are your favorite 3 games at the moment?

Right at this very moment, I guess it's Dune (still), Dune Imperium, and King's Dilemma.  At least those are the hot ones I'm actually playing.  Recently, I've also really liked Gloomhaven, The Crew and Azul.  And I love all the room-escape style puzzle games.  I'm dying to play Pandemic Legacy Season 0, which is sitting right here on my desk, but not until the real-life pandemic lets us get back together face-to-face.  All recent gaming has been entirely online.

  1. I fully admit to buying expansions that I probably shouldn't have.  It's a game I don't play much and the expansion wasn't great.  In some cases I have fallen in to just wanting to have everything.  In other cases it's a game that was almost perfect and the expansion might just nail it.   If I'm being smart about it I buy an expansion for a game I enjoy, that hits the table reasonably often, and that adds some variety to the game to keep it interesting.
  2. Best expansion I have purchases is #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris for sure.  The expansions for #Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game are also excellent and I'm very glad I have those. As I'm sure you'll hear from others #Tuscany: Essential Edition adds a great deal of goodness to an already good game. #Champions of Midgard: Valhalla in the same vein adds just the perfect layer of icing on top of an already excellent cake.
  3. I don't really regret buying expansions.  There are some that are better than others for sure but usually there is something redeemable in there.  I don't know if there are any I would NEVER buy.  At least I can't think of any right now.


Good post!

I have picked up so many new games since March to the point where I wouldn't know where to begin as far as wanting to play with someone other than Sarah lol. And I'm sure she'd want me to play with someone else just as much if not more...

Right now, we have quite a few unplayed/unopened games mostly due to the holidays, but in part due to my inability to not buy games.

#Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game - Season One

#Freedom: The Underground Railroad

#The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game


#Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization


#Viticulture: Essential Edition

And in the category of I don't know if these count because I've played them before, but just not my personal copy..

#Sushi Go! and #Secret Hitler

Few games this week solo and with the gang online:

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (Solo, physical) x4: Really enjoying this one.  Trying out new deck ideas.  I've played through all of the heroes I have against basic Rhino to get a feel for the game.  Now it's time to amp it up and really get in to it!
  • #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine: (TTS, Multiplayer) x3: Played through 3 scenariios as a filler.  This game completely deserves all the awards it has been given.  Takes classic gameplay and adds just enough to it to turn it in to something new and wonderful!
  • #Architects of the West Kingdom (Tabletopia, Multiplayer): Played it with 5 players including 1 new player.  It's always a toss up between this one and #Viscounts of the West Kingdom for the one I like best in the series.  This game everyone went heavy in to capturing workers which changed things up from other games we've had.
  • #Civilization: A New Dawn with #Civilization: A New Dawn - Terra Incognita (TTS, Multiplayer): Figured out the issue one of the players was having wiith assets loading so we could play with the expansion.  Man, I really enjoy this game.  With the expansion it feels like civ for sure. #Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game with expansions has a lot more going on and will always have a place in my heart for epic game days but this one is definitely easier to teach and pick up and play at the last moment.

Good week!

Lots of different games played last week!  Might be a review or two in the works!

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (physical, solo) x13:  Yup. 13 plays. Really enjoying this one solo!  Already picked up some expansions for it. I’m enjoying the deck building without spending tons of cash like I did on #Magic: The Gathering when I was younger. Without kids.  Or a mortgage!
  • #Caylus (boardgame arena, multiplayer): Second time playing this. I can see why it’s a classic. I quite enjoy the provost that adds a dollop of mean in to worker placement. Might have to pick this one up at some point!  
  • #Hadara (yucata, multiplayer):  Played this one a few times now and I enjoy it for what it is: a quick drafting game with a fun theme on it.  
  • #Civilization: A New Dawn (TTS, multiplayer): Really enjoy this version of the beloved game franchise.  We had to play without the new expansion as one player was having trouble getting textures to load. He’s got it fixed and we’re on again next weekend!
  • #Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea (physical, solo): Picked this game up for a song at a christmas sale. I’ve played it online several times but nothing is as nice as handling the bits and pieces. Unfortunately solo mode was a bit easy against one opponent so I’m going to try it against a couple next weekend.  Fun to play though and was quite quick too!

Good week!


Roughly how long does #Civilization: A New Dawn take? I LOVE the computer game, have played it for years, but am concerned with how they translate it time wise.

We were playing with 4 and 1 new player. I think we were done in maybe 2 hours not including the teach? 

I think we've been done as quickly as 90 minutes and as long at 2 1/2 hours.  It really depends on the objectives you need to achieve and how much the player mess with each other.

I really like the new expansion though. I can't recommend it enough.  Combat/military power is probably the weakest part of the game and the expansion just fixes that up completely.

If you love Civ you'll love this game.

If you want a more in depth and longer game (think more like 4 hours than 2) see if you can find a copy of #Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game plus expansions kicking around.  The used market has them now and then.  And of course you could go to the original #Civilization.  I've never played it but I would love to one day!

A more expensive than normal month for me.  Of course it helps that my bday was last month and a man needs to treat himself occassionally.


  1. #Dice Throne: Season Two - Cursed Pirate Vs Artificer
  2. #Dice Throne: Season 2 - Seraph vs. Vampire Lord
  3. #Dice Throne: Season One ReRolled (all 4 boxes)
  4. #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion
  5. #Flamme Rouge: Meteo
  6. #Bandido
  7. #The Estates
  8. #Tammany Hall
  9. #Planet
  10. #Flick 'em Up!
  11. #Blokus
  12. #Sagrada: Passion
  13. #Sagrada: The Great Facades – Life
  14. #APEX Theropod Deck Building Game: Collected Edition
  15. #Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

I feel like i'm missing something but I can't think of it at the moment.  I'll update if i think of it.  I'm super excited about Apex - saw they had a small number of copies avaialble after the kickstarter last year.  Backed The Ares Expedition kickstarter

On my Radar:

  1. #SINS, an infernal deck-builder - I was looking at their new kickstarter and somehow managed to hold off
  2. #Theurgy: The Area Control Game of Monsters and Miracles - another kickstarter I'm considering
  3. The #Everdell: Newleaf, Mistwood, and The Complete Collection is something I'm considering.  I haven't backed yet and trying to tell myself that I should try the base game before I go all in and spend that much $.  Probably won't have that level of self control.
  4. #Death Valley
  5. #Stellaris Infinite Legacy - I was super excited about the prospects of this but the early kickstarter details, or rather lack their of, really put me off on this one
  6. #Foundations of Rome has a late pledge option that i'm considering.  So much plastic.  While I'm sure the game is going to look great on the table, I think I'd be more willing to purchase if all of the buildings were cardboard and the price was 1/2 what its currently listed as. 

Getting Rid Of

  1. #Catan Histories: Settlers of America Trails to Rails
  2. #Welcome Back to the Dungeon
  3. #Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
  4. #Neuroshima Convoy
  5. #DaVinci Challenge Game

1,3 and 5 were given to me by a co-worker who had a girlfriend who was into games and when they broke up he got rid of most of his games which i acquired.  The Catan game was still in shrink and I never opened it given my general distaste with the series.  WBttD is a game that I thought I would like but just never got it to the table and have found a couple of better games in the same area.

Considering purging:

  1. #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game w/ #Legendary: A Marvel Deckbuilding Game - World War Hulk expansion
  2. #Ethnos - I like it but it never hits the table
  3. #The Blood of an Englishman - got it for cheap 2nd hand but haven't gotten it to the table yet after a year.


Oh boy! I have bought so many games over the last year that I haven't played yet. It is kind of my way of coping with the pandemic. But just over the last month, I bought Castles of Tuscany, Talisman Kingdom Hearts, Quetzal, Sanctum, Lost Ruins of Arnak, and Horrified. I also pre-ordered Sparticus and Tiny Epic Pirates and kickstarted Stellaris. I removed Sid's Civilization (original), some Unlock games, and Cthulu the card game. I never played them and I have decided that any game rated less than 8 out of 10 for me is potentially on the chopping block because I just don't have room anymore.

On a slightly sideways track, how do you feel about "frustratingly difficult" games? I dislike them if I feel that:

1. The AI is cheating. This applies mostly to videogames.

2. The scenario is simply unwinnable. I am sure that the first game I played of #Sentinels of the Multiverse in the Android app was unwinnable. I even asked on the forums and the devs pretty much admitted that there could be unwinnable combinations. I know that it is impossible to playtest all combinations in games where starting conditions are randomized from several different options.

I may be a coward, but if I lose a game where I think I had no choice at all regardless of my decisions, it is very likely I won't play it again.

So, what difficult games I like? #Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is one of those. When I lose against the AI I am convinced that it was because of my own shortcomings, not because the scenario was unwinnable or the AI cheated.

I also like #Mage Knight. It is possible that some scenarios are unwinnable in certain conditions, but even when I lose I do not feel cheated. It's probably because of the complexity of the game that I think that I could have made better decisions.