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Birthday weekend so I got a lot of games played.

On Saturday hosted another gaming marathon

  1. 2 Games of #Mechs vs. Minions @ 3 player.  Did the first two scenarios.  Won both but it was pretty close both times.  I am really enjoying this game.  For the 2nd game we ended up with almost 90 minions on the board for the last turn, which was awesome.    Minions, minions everywhere
  2. 1 Game of #Beyond the Sun @ 3 player.  Two of us had played previously and 1 new player.  Scores were a lot tighter this time around then the first time I played.  I came in 2nd by 1 point. 
  3. 1 Game of #Rajas of the Ganges  @ 3 player.  I ran away with this by really pushing my fame track.  Was new to one player who could/should have pushed his money track a lot harder than he did.  He was big into one of the market types. 
  4. 1 game of #Sagrada @ 2 players.  I won by 4 points.  Really enjoy for a quick light game to end the night.

On Sunday went to visit my family to celebrate and played a bunch of family/party games

  1. 1 Game of #Just One @ 9 players.  A couple of people rotated in/out but had a blast.  Trying to get my mom to guess Magnets with only a single clue (pole) was fun.  Lots of laughter around this one. 
  2. 3 games of #Point Salad, 1 game at 4, 2 games at 5 players.  Had a bunch of fun with this.  Taught to most of the players.  Watching my sister lightly smack her husband for forcing her to take an onion with the last card and losing 6 points was hilarious.  It also cost her the win (96 to 92 points)
  3. 1 Game of #Bohnanza @ 5 players was lots of fun as well.  Nice playing with my nephews and brothers. 

#Secret Hitler always goes well the first time, although it does usually take 2 - 3 games to really get the game firing at top level.  I've also found #Sushi Go! to be fun and easy and Sushi in general is a pretty popular so it usually goes well.

I'll also mirror and say that #Throw Throw Burrito: Original Edition is a great party game.

I've gotten a mix of new and old games this month (some reviews, some purchases, some gifts):

#The Shores of Tripoli -- two player relatively intro CDG game with a historical basis?  I'm in! 

#Whistle Stop -- okay, admission time -- I actually thought I had ordered Whistle Mountain. But that's okay, I've yet to play Whistle Stop and I like lighter train games anyway!

#Carpe Diem -- Alea / Ravensburger asked me to cover the brand new (unofficially 3d) edition with the beautiful new cover and vibrant tiles. No need to ask me twice, I like Feld games and had so much trouble getting past the blase tiles that came in the first edition. Super excited to play this

#MonsDRAWsity -- holy cow! This is easily my Party Game of the Year! Okay, that's not that tough, since party games were pretty tough to play. But it wouldn't matter, because it would be hard to find a game that fits this category better and consistently delivers the laughs and the fun. Must play at a convention!

#Cubitos -- John D Clair just keeps comin' on with unique style games twisting familiar mechanics. Part race game, part bag building dice game (without the bag) and part engine builder. Played this a bunch with my wife already and she loves it. 

#Wingspan: Oceania Expansion -- haven't played this yet, but my wife loves Wingspan and we played the previous expansion right away so it won't be long before we get this to the table. 

Last but not least, #Spike -- My second copy. I loved this light Ticket To Ride+ train route game that has some fun economic elements. I gave my previous copy away to a family that really enjoyed it and missed it in my collection, so I got another one from R&R! 

This is a lighter list than 2019 but much more mangeable. Besides, I've got a half dozen or more still left to play on the Shelf of Opportunity. 

Merry Christmas to everyone at the Atlas and I hope you all have a bright 2021!

BJ from Board Game Gumbo


I don't purchase a lot of expansions as I'd rather get new experiences than expand on the ones I already have with my limited gaming budget.

Expansions I own.  I don't regret any of these though the Legendary expansion is my least favorite of the ones listed here.

  1. #Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men - This adds a bunch of new modules to include with the base game and includes an extra player count which was the primary reason I picked this expansion up.  The more people around the table lying and bluffing is a great thing IMO. Fits in the Core Box.
  2. #Sushi Go!: Soy Sauce Promo, #Sushi Go Party!: Sake Promo, #Sushi Go Party!: Inari Promo, #Sushi Go Party!: Pickled Ginger Promo - I'm counting the Promo's as expansions.  More options for a great party game is always welcome.  This game is a hit with my extended family. All fit in the core tin.
  3. #Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport - Adds two new modules, though I've only ever played with the Corruption one, and an extra player count.  I really enjoy the corruption module, it opens the game up a little bit and gives you another something to track.  Each corruption you have at the end of the game is worth negative points based on how much corruption is out there.  Both the base game and expansion fit in the smaller expansion box :)
  4. #Camel Up: Supercup Expansion - Adds 4 or so modules.  Love this game and the expansion made sense especially to make the race a litle longer.  Fits in the core box
  5. #Legendary: A Marvel Deckbuilding Game - World War Hulk - Hulk is my favorite character to play in the base game so adding more Hulk made sense.  I've gotten just a couple of plays out of this expansion so far as Legendary doesn't  hit the table as often as it us to.  Fits into the core box.
  6. #Clank!: Sunken Treasures and #Clank!: The Mummy's Curse - More maps for Clank.  Clank is my favorite deckbuilder so having more maps made sense.  Love both of these expansions and they both fit in the base box.
  7. #Downforce: Danger Circuit Expansion and #Downforce: Wild Ride Expansion - similar to Clank, more maps and more powers to add variety to the game. I've gotten a ton of plays and excitement from both of these expansions.  Both fit in the core box :)
  8. #Kingdomino: Age of Giants - Adds additional scoring options and provides a score sheet which is nice.  Doesn't change the base game a lot but freshens up a game that was getting a little stale.  The base and expansion fit in the smaller expansion box. 

Not sure I have any expansions for games that I'm going to avoid. 

Potential future expansions include:

  1. #Flamme Rouge: Peloton and/or #Flamme Rouge: Meteo
  2. #Bärenpark: The Bad News Bears
  3. #Bohnanza: Ladies & Gangsters Expansion - probably the least likely expansion I'd pick up as I love the base game and don't play with all of the beans in the game as it is so plenty of replayability left.
  4. #7 Wonders: Leaders, #7 Wonders: Wonder Pack, #7 Wonders: Cities, #7 Wonders: Babel, #7 Wonders: Armada
  5. #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion
  6. #Carcassonne: Expansion 6 - Count, King & Robber, #Carcassonne: Expansion 2 - Traders & Builders are probably the two I'd most likely consider but the base game doesn't get a ton of play anymore so not likely to purchase.

Also, thanks to another post I was reminded of #BANG! which I think is a lot of fun as a light party game.

#Throw Throw Burrito: Original Edition - you get to throw plush burritos at your friends. What's not to like?

This is a pure party game. This is not going to convince anyone to make the jump into board-game-land, but the gimmick is strong and fun.

Ohh great suggestion! For some context, we'll be partnering up with a TikTok influencer to reach the "younger" audience. And the gimmicky/party games tend to do very well on that platform.

#The Red Dragon Inn with a group ready to get into it

#Kushi Expressis always good for laughs

#Joking Hazard is probably the funniest "Adult" party game


#Just One

Wow, what a great giveaway! 

1. Very interested in GtR -- I've got friends who rave about it but I don't know of any copies in my area so haven't tried it yet.  I would not spend $250 on a grail game. I am a firm believer in Vasel's Law!

2. Tough question, so many good experiences!  #Beyond the Sun comes to mind, although we also had a blast playing #Fort

3. #MonsDRAWsity was easily a big surprise. What seemed like just another party game was a blast to play! Our family are big into sci fi and police procedurals, and Eric Slauson somehow combined the two seamlessly into a little five minute party game.

4. For 2021 -- 1. #Beyond the Sun 2. #Oceans 3. #The Castles of Tuscany 4. #Caretos 5. #Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers

1. I definitely have a bit of a completionist problem, so if there is a game I already own and love or a game that I am getting that I know I will like, I tend to just get whatever expansion/expansions are available. I also trust the opinion of some YouTube content creators who have a lot more time to play these games and expansions than I ever will.

2. #Underwater Cities: New Discoveries, #Tuscany: Essential Edition, #A Feast For Odin: The Norwegians - I wouldn't call any of these essential, but since I love these games so much, they are essential for me!

3. I have all of the Terraforming Mars expansions except for #Terraforming Mars: Turmoil - I just cannot figure out why they designed this. It really does take the game in a direction I don't want to go down personally. Can't ever see myself buying this one. I also will never buy any 5-6 player expansions because I generally never want to play a game with that many people (unless its a light party game/filler)

A decidedly not impressive week lol

In person

  • #Barrage - Solo Play - Not loving the solo mode still on this. It just feels like it lacks bite and inteligence, I am bummed because the game was billed as having that!
  • #Karuba - 4 players - Classic game that we play with my wife's friends lol. Thankfully I enjoy it! And I win often lol
  • #The Climbers - 3 players - this game is so so so much better at not 2- players. Made me remember why I am happy to own it!
  • #Wavelength - 2 games with different groups and it crushed. Love this game and will always be my party game of choice. 


  • #Innovation - 2 players - on BGA - I am not good at this but I love it! Interesting decision, wild interactions and fun moments. 
  • #Russian Railroads - 3 players - played this live instead of asynchronous. I am getting the hang of some strategies and really enjoying it. Still might be too linear to own it. 

Gateway term can be used for 2 objectives, captivating someone for the first time into the hobby or bringing someone deeper into it.

Initial games include most party games I would say which are short and fun (ex: #Sushi Go Party!)

Then proper Gateway games are games that bring some complexity without being overwelming. The best of these are games that experienced players still enjoy due to there depth of strategies and options. The top 2 on my mind now are #Wingspan and #Everdell - they tend to be longer games, but not by much.

We've played the original #Pandemic with 5 before, which is all the regular jobs before they added quarentine specialist and the other one.  That worked just fine. 

But typically if I'm having more than 5 people that all want to play we usually end up doing a party game because everyone wants to play together.  And I secretly wish that we would split up into 2 groups so we could play a different game haha. 

I'd be very much on your side over defaulting to a party game.  I have #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale set aside in case a second game was needed while a smaller group played Wingspan.

I'm with here in that I don't like the idea of a game that I should be "ashamed" to own or like. And to be completely honest, I'm not sure if I own any that aren't universally liked it my circles lol.

I guess maybe #Poetry For Neanderthals would fall into this category being a silly party game but everyone I've told about it sounds super eager to play.

Honestly I have no idea lol.

Yeah, "shame" maybe wasn't the best word. I don't feel "ashamed" of any of my games either, but some are generally not liked by hobby gamers. It was kind of a play on the shelf of "shame" idea. I honestly am not ashamed that I have unplayed games either. I just haven't had the chance to play them yet, but I've heard that term used before. 

#Poetry For Neanderthals looks fun though. I saw you talking about it on another post, and I looked it up. Nothing wrong with a silly party game. Party games do get a bad rap, but I enjoy them. They're fun.

No it fits with the whole shelf of shame thing. I have too many unplayed games now thanks to the holidays..I'm sure that will change soon.

And yeah party games are real fun especially with the right group!