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I've only seen 2 of these movies, but I voted for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, because I think you could do some interesting things around the whole Manson story. It would be grim, of course, but it's an interesting story. The movie, however, is not totally accurate to the real events, but that would work for a game because you can tell your own story with the setting and characters.

As for existing movie based games, I can think of a few off the top of my head.

I just named a bunch of games that are supposed to be pretty good (I've only played 2 of them). I'm sure there are many more that are bad, haha. Overall though, I'd say that movies seem to work fairly well as themes for board games, with the added incentive of attracting the movie's audience.

I got way too much stuff. A lot of it Kickstarter deliveries, as a lot of stuff got backloaded between last month and this month because of *waves hands* all of this going on. Not as many retail purchases this month. Unless you count all the Warhammer 40K stuff I have bought... *whistles* Anyway...

  1. #Alice is Missing: A Silent Role Playing Game - Backed on KS. Sounded like a fun game I could use to introduce non-RPG people to them. 
  2. #Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps - I played this at Origins 2019 and instantly loved it. (the GF9 guy running said we were the first table to get everyone out alive) I have been waiting forever it feels like for this to come out.
  3. #B-29 Superfortress - A secret santa gift. I have a deep love of solo aviation war games ever since I bought B-17 Queen of the Skies on a whim as a kid. This and #Target for Today: Bombers over the Reich, 1942-1945 keep that game's tradition alive in an updated format. 
  4. #Black Rose Wars: Sator Box - Bought it off someone who backed the Kickstarter. As muh as I back on Kickstarter, I somehow missed the BRW campaign and have been gettng all its stuff piecemeal. 
  5. #Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum - Backed on KS. See my Warhammer comment above? Mounds of miniatures get me all hot and bothered.
  6. #Dawn of the Zeds (Third Edition) - Always on the lookout for good solo experiences. 
  7. #Dice Hospital: Community Care - Backed on KS. Have Dice Hospital. Haven't played it yet, but I love Dice based games (drafting, placement, etc.) so I went ahead and backed the expansion.
  8. #Dune: Imperium - I'm not even a big Dune fan, but this looked fun.
  9. #Dwellings of Eldervale - Backed on KS. How could I pass up such a gorgeous production? The aesthetics just add to the fact that it's a great game.
  10. #Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy - I needed a big 4x game. I got a big 4x game. And it's gorgeous. I wanted to back this on KS, but didn't have the money at the time. Fortunately I found out that Lautepelit was selling extra US stock through their website and picked it all up.
  11. #HEXplore It: The Sands of Shurax - Backed on KS. I love adventure/exploration games with story. 
  12. #Hornet Leader: The Cthulhu Conflict - Black Friday sale. I love the leader series and the price was right no get this cheeky expansion.
  13. #Picket Duty: Kamikaze Attacks against U.S. Destroyers – Okinawa, 1945 - More solo war game goodness.
  14. #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island - Treasure Chest - See the comment on 13 above. ;)
  15. #Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef - Angler's Cove - When I late backed Tidal Blades, apparently I didn't add on the expansion. No idea why. I rectified that on Black Friday.
  16. #Tumble Town: the Dice Stacking Spatial Puzzle Game - Backed on KS. More dice game goodness. I think I can get the family to play this.
  17. #Tungaru - Backed on KS. All the playthroughs I saw during the KS looked like fun. 
  18. #Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Unmatched never really interested me all that much, except for the Bruce Lee expansion. Why get that when the rest didn't interest me? This set got me interested. And of course now they announced forthcoming sets with Marvel characters, so of course I will have to get those. 
  19. #Waste Knights: Second Edition - Late backed. Never even knew about the campaign until I started maintaining a Late Pledge list over on Board Game Geek. It's the kind of game that's right up my alley.
  20. #Trick Shot - Backed on KS. I looooove hockey. Just received it today, actually. 
  21. #It's A Wonderful World: Corruption & Ascension - Backed on KS. Just arrived today. 

The irony in making this list now is I expect to receive the #Anachrony: Infinity Box on Wednesday from the last KS. I got it through The Game Steward. So 22 new things this month. Whew.

I am super excited for the new Root Expansion! I'd love to see improvement for 2-player gameplay!

Top games I want to see in 2021 are:

#Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile - the production value and the playing and slowly altering the game is probably going to be incredible. Can't wait for it to arrive.

#In Too Deep - is a new type of game for me, but the kickstarter really sold me on it. Puzzle/Detective/Cyberpunk feel - seems awesome!

#Nemesis Lockdown - Who doesn't like aliens coming out of your chest?

#Endless Winter: Paleoamericans has huge hype behind it, but it seems like a great addition to any collection. Happy to have grabbed this one.

Going to be a great year!





I really enjoy dexterity games. Some of my favorites in order of most to least (but still great):

  • Rampage (or Terror in Meeple City)
  • Hamsterolle
  • Warlords (a game my friend made. There are only a couple dozen boards in existence)
  • Ascending empires
  • Tumbling dice
  • Crokinole
  • Pitchcar

Ones that didn't make the cut for me:

  • Rif Raff (fine game, I just like Hamsterolle better)
  • IceCool (I didn't care for the physical element of it. Flicking was finicky)
  • Balancing Aliens
  • MiniGolf

Bonus for the six year old in everyone:

  • Crossbows and Catapults. 

Only got two games in during our 6 hour game day, Nemesis and The Isle of Cats. 

I wasn't expecting to be playing such a long game until about 15 minutes before arriving, but Nemesis was worth it for sure. We were playing with semi-cooperative rules so we all had our own objectives. Nobody chose an objective that was against the group, so we were helping one another quite a bit. In the end, we all ended up dying at the hands of various aliens without escaping or hibernating. Even if one of us had hibernated, the ship wasn't destined for earth so it didn't matter. I look forward to playing this again soon.

I just got my copy of The Isle of Cats this week, so I was eager to get it to the table. Everyone really enjoyed it and even though I covered the most spaces on my ship, I came in last by a few points. I opted to wait on getting private lessons cards during the first round drafting phase and only got a few good ones in the later rounds. I won't repeat that mistake in the future.

Today's recap is Aliens: Another glorious day in the corp, a mouthful of a title and a big game to boot. Definitely a game made by a fan of the franchise. But is it a game for you? 

Got a fair number of games in this week:

  • #The Castles of Burgundy (multiplayer, yucata):I’ve played this one a few times now and it is always enjoyable. I think I might have had my best game ever too which helps. :)
  • #Cacao (multiplayer, yucata):  First time playing this game and I really enjoyed it. It’s a nice spatial puzzle along with tile laying which I always enjoy!  Quick too. 
  • #Take 5 + Take a Number(physical,multiplayer): It was an immediate family members birthday this week and everyone was asking to play this game. Definitely a favourite and one the non-gamers can get in to. 
  • #Just One(physical, multiplayer): Another family favourite. Highly recommend this one as well. 
  • #Cosmic Encounter(TTS, multiplayer) x2: Another game I have played many times. I almost always have fun although I rarely win. I am saying almost now because the combination of aliens we got in our second game really caused it to drag and diminished the enjoyment. I’d still be happy to play it anytime. 

Decent week!

Video games count, right? My favorite video game from childhood is Castle Crashers. If someone finds a way to turn that into a board game, I would be very interested in trying it out.

I also remember playing a lot of Helldivers, where you choose your gear, drop down with a group on an alien planet, and carry out missions like defend this, destroy that, survive and blow stuff up as hordes of aliens attack you, and the enemies get more numerous and harder throughout the mission as you run around. You can call down mechs, automated turrets, heavy weaponry, and my personal favorite was calling down a large vehicle that everyone can get in and can control something like driving, shooting out a side turret, and shooting the main cannon. Man, that game was a thriller. Are there games like that already? I've kind of tried looking, but with little success. I'd kill for a game like that. I guess it kind of sounds like #Zombicide, but crazier

I would love to see something along the lines of Rainbow six siege made into a hyper tactical board game. Police vs hostage takers. Could be either 1 vs many or two teams. have a central map showing the layout (or It could start hidden) and then the hostage takers have a screen behind which they have a mini map and can place/control their people. Then once the police breach a room (or use a spy cam etc.) the hostage taker places all the things that are in that room. 

Could have all kinds of fun equipment/traps for each side and make it highly asymmetric. I think it might work better as a 1vs many, a bunch of less effective hostage takers but they have the element of surprise and don't have to worry about civilians.

I have really enjoyed the XCOM board game, a really good use of an app to control the aliens and make things truly unpredictable with minimal admin. Also the time pressure prevents any quarterbacking.

#Sprawlopolis is a fantastic game! Only 18 cards, too, so this would be an easy one to print at home.

I'm also a big fan of #Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space. They used to have a free pnp, and it's a really fun hidden-movement type game where all players are sneaking around on a ship. Very fun and can be very tense. 

It's a very interesting article that raises thoughts around a lot of the media we consume.  

There is definitely something different about playing a board or video game where you are actually DOING the thing rather than passively consuming it in a book or movie.  

It's a tough one.  My first instinct is to say that it's ok to portray a socially brutal period as long as you don't wash over the horrible things that are actually happening.  But my second thought it, who would want to play a game like that?  

If you move your green cube in to such and such a territory and extract resources and the game gives you X resources along with a human body count in the thousands it would be realistic and accurate but also very tough to play. 

However, in the end perhaps that is the point.  We play games with themes that abstract that body count and perhaps we shouldn't. 

Video games have had the same commentary for years.  Even the game themselves poke fun at it.  "You're here to stop me from killing people yet how many faceless minions did you kill to get to me?" to paraphrase a few games.  It's why killing aliens, zombies, and nazi's is the go to in games because socially it is "ok".  

So for me, for now, I'll say that it's ok to play a game like Scramble for Africa but not ok to abstract out the nastiness.