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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.

So, with baby and a generally crazy busy life these last 6 months. The games are piling up for me to cover. Jump into this exploration of my shelf of shame and help me pick the games we are going to cover next. 

I had $100 to buy a game not too long ago and I chose #Catan: Starfarers. I love the original #Catan so when I saw this gigantic box of the shelf, I had a very impulse buy moment. I love that small section of every FLGS that has those 6 giant games, it makes you feel so powerful.

It is Catan in space but it falls short of the original!! It is the original with a little Seafarer's outward exploration but it adds this space ship movement and the meeting of alien friends. It is not an easy one to transport so I have not played it as much as I would have liked to.

I should have spent it on #Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition, I need a nice copy.

I've always lusted after High Frontier (that board is a work of art!), but I know there is a 0.00% chance of actually getting it played. :)

Have you played any other space exploration games, like #Leaving Earth or #SpaceCorp?

Played #Beyond the Sun w/ 4 players.  Learning game for all 4 of us.  It ran a little long as we all tried to figure out what was going on.  I came in 2nd place primarly focusing on tech tree type stuff.  I was curious if I could avoid the exploration board and still score well and while I didn't have as many ships/conquered planets as everyone else I don't see how complete avoidance of it would work.  So many of our actions and tech's that we unlocked were tied to that side board.  Overall, want to play again now that we know the rules.  7/10

Played #Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium mostly cause we got to use the new player boards I 3D printed for the game.  They were super helpful and makes the frustrations I had getting my first prints to work worth while.  I won by 3 points. 

  • #Rococo: Deluxe Edition with #Rococo: Jewelry Box Expansion 2x: So beautiful, and yes busy, but I think I prefer the new design quite a lot over the original. This a relaxing Euro gameplay-wise, though with a great deal of setup required just to play solo.
  • #Lisboa 2x: Brain melting. I haven’t played this in over a year so I had to relearn from scratch and it was … a lot. Got a lot wrong on the first runthrough. On the second, we nailed down a few gaps and hopefully I’ll remember for next time. OTOH, the feeling at the end of the second game was so satisfying. I love the richness of the board. I love the city building puzzle. I love the multi-use card action conundrum. I’ll have to replay this in the next couple of weeks so I don’t forget the rules again.
  • #Beyond the Sun 2x: Enjoyable with a lot of potential for future exploration. I can see that repeat plays will help with learning what all the available techs are, and which ones will benefit which strategy. Very much an “abundance” game in feeling, much like #Terraforming Mars.

1. I am somwhat interested in GtR. I owned and sold the original (ugly) version. Enjoyed the game play. Too confusing for my playing partners at the time. I have spent more than $250 on some games (expansions, upgrades, crowd funding campaigns) so yes. I didn't think I would but I suppose that I would.

2. Enjoyment is tricky to valuate. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine stands out as my "Game of The Year". #On Tour was my most played game. But #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is one of the best gaming experiences ever!

3. My biggest surprise is the double header of #Point Salad and #Truffle Shuffle. Easy, portable, tough mini decisions. Everyone can play. I though they would be just another pair of card games to toss in the pile. These are great!

4. My Top 5 games of all time:
#Scythe - Resources, expansion, fast turns, meaningful decisions, a touch of randomness, awesome expansions, beautiful.
#The Castles of Burgundy - Fast to play, highly variable, dice rolling with mitigation, multiple strategies.
#El Grande - Still the best area control, El Castillo, variability, intrigue.
#Concordia - Deck building with muti-purpose cards, exploration, resources, clever combinations, awesome expansions.
#Endeavor: Age of Sail - Engine building with exploration, thematically brilliant, fabulous presentation, modular