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#The Legend of Korra: Pro-Bending Arena

I got the base game for my son about 18 months ago, and was a bit disappointed at the difference between that and the Kickstarter version. I found a good deal on eBay for one still in shrink (about £40 instead of the £60+ it usually seems to sell for when second hand), so I picked it up a few weeks ago.

The only problem is that when I tried to teach him how to play the game last summer I screwed up a couple of rules and it dragged on forever, so we keep saying we're planning to try it again but never getting round to it. I'm trying to decide whether to open the Deluxe version to try again, or keep it and try the base one a few more times so I can sell the Deluxe one on if need be.


Removed/thinking about removing

I have quite a few games bought for my kids that I think my youngest is starting to more on from now. So I am planning on putting these into my trade/sell pile:

#Magic Maze Kids

#Ticket to Ride: First Journey - Europe

#Rhino Hero

I also have a couple of games I picked up because they were cheap that I have never managed to get to the table, so I'm planning to pass on:

#Llamas Unleashed

#The Lord of the Rings

There are a couple that I have had for a long time, but which I don't really see getting played any more:

#Penny Arcade, the Game - Gamers vs Evil


Finally, I'm re-evaluating a couple of others after realising just how rare it is for me to play 2-player games with my older son, now that the younger one is joining in more:

#Hive Pocket

#Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion


Games on my radar

#Stop the Train!

#Scape Goat

My older son loves social deduction games (we got him #The Menace Among Us for Christmas) and these both sound like they would work pretty well, even at only 4 players.

#Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers

#The Search for Planet X

I'm not sure if these count, as I've actually got both on preorder from a long time ago (though I could technically cancel either). I am very much looking forward to trying both of them though, solo and/or multiplayer.

#The Initiative

I only learned about this one yesterday, and it intrigues me. I'm waiting to see reviews before jumping on it, but I think it might be another one that's nice to play with my whole family.


Backer's Regret?

I'm not sure if this should count, since I backed it before Christmas but had to pay some additional costs last month. Anyway, I'm going to add one more category here.

#Mission Catastrophe

I backed this one on Kickstarter, and I'm not yet sure it wasn't a mistake. There are limited reviews. What I did read sounded appealing, and I'm hopeful, but by the time shipping and VAT was added in last month I have spent more than I think I really should have, and don't really know how it's going to turn out.

Unlike many board game players I've rarely backed physical games (a lot of RPG pdf files, though...) and of the two currently sitting on my shelf I'm a little disappointed in one, #STEM: Epic Heroes (great artwork and I love the idea behind it, but the game is a bit dull), and the other, #Mint Condition Comics I've read the rules a couple of times but always seem to find something else to play. So I'm not sure I've got a great track record in judging these things.

Got a good variety of plays in this week!

  • #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale:(physical, solo): This time with coloured pencils.  :)  This is one of my favourite roll and write games and I reviewed it recently...err, I can't seem to find the review on the site. , was it that bad? ;)
  • #AuZtralia (physical, solo): This is a quirky Martin Wallace games with a mix of economics, combat, Australia, and Cthulu!  I don't have anything else quite like it in my collection.  See my review here: R0land's Rambling Reviews: Auztralia | Board Game Atlas
  • #Tales of the Arabian Nights (TTS, Multiplayer): First time playing this game.  It's more or less a story generating engine loosely in game form but it was quite enjoyable for an evening.  I was a bit tired so it was a nice and relaxing game to play.
  • #Welcome to... (Board Game Arena, Multiplayer): Got two games in.  This one is a fun roll & write game.  It's a bit more straightforward than Cartographers, which I prefer, but it's still quite fun and a quick filler.
  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (x2) (TTS, Multiplayer): Got my game group to give this one a shot online.  Imported my deck in to the TTS mod for that authentic feel.  It was nice to get that multiplayer synergy going.  Solo is still fun, albeit it a bit swingy, and it's like having 2 really different games in one package.  I also reviewed this one here: R0land's Rambling Reviews: Marvel Champions | Board Game Atlas  (I promise that's the last one!)
  • #Gaia Project (x2) (Physical, solo): Got a great deal on it and it arrived on Friday.  Two solo games so far.  Haven't won either but I really like the system they are using for solo.  Now I need to spend some time really thinking my moves out instead of the system.  Absolutely love this game!  The game is tight but there are tons of paths to victory.  The puzzle of expanding your empire, while having to work around other players, and scrounging up resources to do the things you need, all the while looking at the round and end game objectives is just sweet!  Especially when you pull a plan together that works really well.
  • #The Search for Planet X (TTS, Multiplayer): First game of this.  I'm not a huge deduction game fan but this one I really liked!  The puzzle of searching broad vs narrow, not spending too much time relative to other players, and trying to guess what they are going for is really nice! I might just have to pick this one up myself!
  • #Brass: Birmingham (Physical, solo): I used solo rules I found online.  The solo rules are really smooth so I think I'll be playing this one solo more often.  If you've never played Brass it's another game that I have never quite seen anything like it.  Players build and network among other players, often using the other players resources which helps out both parties.  It's often a question of being able to make the big plays at the right time and making sure that you get more out of the bargain when interacting with other players.  It's hard to explain if you haven't seen it in action but it's well worth checking out!

Good week!

Edit: Looks like the missing review was due to user error!

Nice article. I think my favorite hidden role game is#Secret Hitler with#Werewords Deluxe Edition coming in a close second.

The only non social deduction games I'm aware of with anything that can kind of be described as hidden roles is#Cosmic Frog or#Cosmic Encounter. You have a special ability in both that you keep hidden until you need it. Not sure if this exactly counts though 

Another relatively quiet week but with the good weather outside I was doing a lot of yard work which is also super enjoyable!

  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (solo & multiplayer, physical & TTS) x3: #Marvel Champions: The Card Game - Galaxy's Most Wanted arrived this week.  I played a couple of times as Groot against the first mission so I could tweak my deck.  I then tried out my Rocket deck with a friend against the Green Goblin.  Fun as always!
  • #Forgotten Waters (multiplayer/TTS): First time playing this game.  It was good to fine.  The games milieau and humour definitely jive with mine.  I'd say the story was good.   Gameplay wise it was fine.  The pirates being selfishly motivated while trying to work together made it interesting but the system otherwise was just fine.  It's interesting because I think for the story I'd almost rather just play it solo.  We ended up skipping past the story bits and just looking at the results in the latter half of the game.  But if you play it solo you'll be missing the other players making odd/suboptimal decisions to make their objectives.   Make of that what you will.
  • #Beyond Baker Street (multiplayer/TTS) x2: I've played this one before.  It's an ok deduction style game.  One of the players in the group really likes it so I'll play it for them of course.  However, I think #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine is a much better deduction game and I'd rather just play it instead.

Last week was a great week of gaming! Got in some new hotness and old classics, too. 

#Red Rising - I've now played at 3p & 4p counts, and I think this game is going to shine with higher player counts. Hoping to get a 5p soon.  Red Rising definitely rewards multiple plays, as getting to know the cards and the flow of the game is key. 

#Star Wars: Dark Side Rising -  this is a euro only version of the popular "Rising" series ( #Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War etc.)  A looming Darth Vader tries to stop you from stopping the emperor from building the Death Star. Wow, this was a lot tougher than I thought. Vader dispatched us pretty easily.  AMA if you have questions!

#Bristol 1350 - my first play of this charming (?) little competitive game about avoiding The Bubonic Plague. I loved the production (Facade Games knocks their deluxe editions out the park -- the entire Book series is great at that) and loved the push your luck / social deduction twists. I'd definitely play it again. 

Got in two games of #Beyond the Sun on BGA.  Didn't win either but came very very close. Hit me up on BGA if you want to get in a game, I love this game! 

Hahaha, I fall into this category from time to time.

"oh, I guess you can't afford Battlestar Galactica. I mean that is the best social deduction game."


I actually had a very impressive (for me at least) gaming week this past week.

I started last week off with #Paladins of the West Kingdom solo against the AI.  I was trying to improve on my loss to the AI from the day before (AI-60; Me-13). I did much better and actually won 44-39. 

The next night I played a quick solo game of #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, scoring 28.

Thursday game night with two neighbors and our exchange student included #King of Tokyo. Our first game was all-out attacks and ended fairly quickly.  I don't think anyone bought more than one card, but near the end a really interesting card was turned over.  That completely changed our approach in game two.  It was all about rolling energy to buy cards, get health for when we were attacked by the one in Tokyo, and get victory points.  Cards were purchased or discarded at every turn, creating some very interesting combinations.  It was the cards that brought an unexpected victory to the player we thought was one turn away from being the third monster defeated.

We also played #Pandemic, and mixed in the roles from #Pandemic: On the Brink. We made some good progress and were about to cure the fourth disease on my turn when the player just before me turned over two infection cards that caused multiple outbreaks and we lost the game.  This was the closest I've ever been to winning this game!

Sunday, some friends came over for dinner and brought #Uno Flip!  We played three games.  Interesting take on the Uno theme.

After they left, I was still itching for more gaming so I pulled out #Wingspan and played against the automa for my first time. It took a little time for me to figure the automa out, but once I did it was really easy.  I lost, 77-58, giving further support to 's deduction that I'm a terrible solo player.

  1. Very interested, and probably yes.
  2. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, lots of laughs, it's quick whereby you can play ten rounds in a row
  3. #Shogun no Katana, lovely theme, great gameplay, positive player interaction, brain burning puzzle on your player board.
  4. (I) #The Search for Planet X (logical deduction done right, love the theme as well), (II) #Viscounts of the West Kingdom (Shem continues to innovate with seemingly basic mechanism, love how you slide the characters across your board plus the light deck-building aspect, the castle and scribing mini-games are also fun), (III) #On Mars (love me some brain burning Vital Lacerda euro-goodness, love the theme, great artwork, and the level of planning that goes into it as well as the positive player interaction of using other players' tech), (IV) #Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road (plays quick, straightforward rules, positive player interaction, and again great artwork by Ian), (V) #Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun (love me some dice drafting. Tascini and Turczi have created something special with the dice availabilities: pure, tainted, forbidden. The mini-games around the board are fantastic and the need to balance your die is a genius idea.

Played lots of games with the family this week and a couple with my group and solo:

  • #Exploding Kittens with #Exploding Kittens: Imploding Kittens, #Exploding Kittens: Streaking Kittens, #Exploding Kittens: Barking Kittens (Physical, Multiplayer) x2: Yup, each kid got an expansion so we played a couple of games with everything.  I mean, it's not the best game ever but it got some laughs and enjoyment. Basically play cards to try to get other players blown up by the exploding kittens while avoiding it yourself.  If you allow yourself to just go with the flow it's fun.
  • #Cult Following (Physical, multiplayer) x7: This is a quick little game that one of my kids got me for Christmas.  Added bonus, the publisher/designer lives like 10 minutes from my house.  Each game of this is maybe 10 or 15 minutes.  Basically you get card prompts to make up what will probably be a silly or horrific cult.  The player who is the recruit asks questions based on the cards they get and give the recruit to the cult whose answer they like best.  First cult to two recruits wins. We actually ended up having a lot of fun and laughs playing it but like all games of this style you need the right group and the right mood.
  • #Underwater Cities (Physical, Solo): Got this one for Christmas and I think I really like it!  Played a solo game and some practice rounds.  I'll do a rambling review of it when I get the chance.
  • #Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (TTS, Multiplayer): Second play of this lately.  This time with 4.  I REALLY am starting to like this game.  This might be our new go to 4x style of game.
  • #Race for the Galaxy with #Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm (Physical, Solo): Got in a pre-christmas play.  I ordered the gathering storm for the single player aspect but it arrived a bit later than expected.  (Due to christmas rush of course.)  It's a good addition to Race for the Galaxy which has been growing on me as I play it more and more.  Perhaps a quick review of this is in order too.
  • #Treasure Island (TTS, Multiplayer) x2: Not my favourite game but as far as a deduction/finding something on a map game it's pretty fun.  Some interesting moments in there which were entertaining. I likely wouldn't suggest it but I'll play it if someone in the group wants to.

All in all a good week with more gaming to come!

1. What's your interest level on Glory to Rome? Would you ever spend $250 for your "grail game"?

I am quite interested as I like multi-use card games and I keep hearing about this game that is supposed to be so great.  I'd like to see it for myself.  

Honestly though, I would never spend $250 on a grail game.  Gloomhaven/Frosthaven is my limit for the most part.

2. Which game did you enjoy playing the most this year and why?

#Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is definitely my favourite game played this year.  

3. Which game surprised you the most this year and why?

#The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine.  I played a ton of trick taking games when I was younger and I thought I was done with them but this game blew me away!  I could play this one for hours before getting bored.  Requiring lots of deduction, getting to know the other players, and figuring out when to give that one critical hint is just a blast!

4. As we end 2020, what are your current Top 5 games and why?

Current top 5 (as of this minute because it can change a lot):