Inspired by @theDL's post, I decided to make my own December additions post. Ever since covid hit, this year has been a wild one as far as acquiring new games for me. It's that whole not having a group to play new games with thing..or so I tell myself. December in particular so far has been a doozy because my birthday is the 9th and of course Christmas. I had previously mentioned in a comment that I had 18 new games, but I totally forgot to include 4 expansions..oops...
Anyway without further ado..
#Fantastic Factories - Already mentioned this one as a game @KingChaos was generous enough to gift me. Still haven't played it outside of that one sad solo game where I lost on easy. Hope to get this played soon with Sarah.
#Dinosaur Island - Sarah gave this to me as a completely out of left field gift. We played once and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think she could too if we gave it another go. For a first play after a full day of work for her it was a bit lengthy, but she's willing to try again in the future.
#Splendor - A friend of mine in my meetup group dropped this off the night of my birthday. To say it was a complete surprise would be an understatement. I introduced him to this one and he's won everytime we've played so he said I need more practice LOL.
#Arkham Horror: The Card Game - Speaking of surprises, my brother and his wife got me this for my birthday. I have no earthly idea how they came to decide on it but I'm pretty excited to give it a try.
#Nemo's War (Second Edition) - After reading @Skurvy5's review and knowing my mom had not yet gotten me a birthday gift, I decided to tell her to get me Nemo's War lol. I've only played once and got absolutely destroyed. I'm positive I made rules errors (as is my norm for new games), I'm going to watch a playthrough before I try it again. So far I do like it!
Okay so calling all of these "Christmas gifts" is a bit of a stretch...
#Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game - Season One and #Mystic Vale: Vale of the Wild Expansion - These were my BGG Secret Santa gifts that I mean I GUESS you could call Christmas gifts. Not my fault I'm a little crazy and sent mine out to my target in November....
#Secret Hitler and #Orléans: Trade & Intrigue - My brother (same one who got me Arkham Horror) also got Sarah and I a gift card for Christmas (and some gifts that have yet to arrive..basically putting our gift giving to shame). After appeasing Sarah and getting a safe for important documents, I took it upon myself to spend the rest of the gift card on these two. Haven't played either yet but man am I excited.
#Detective Club and #The Quacks of Quedlinburg - Speaking of gift cards, I got some random ones for Christmas that of course I spent on even more games. Of these two, we've only played Quacks so far. I really wanted to get Detective Club to the table on Christmas but we never got around to it. We're having one more holiday get together pretty soon so there's still hope.
#That's Pretty Clever - My group had an impromptu Secret Santa exchange and of course I had to participate. I got this game and a much needed dice tray, which came in handy for Nemo's War. Played this once and really like it so far.
#Innovation - Sarah got me this for Christmas. Unlike Dinosaur Island, I asked for it. Not sure when it will get played as you see we have so many games to play.. First world problems.
Other Random Acquisitions:
#Sonora and #Sushi Go! - These were Cyber Monday pickups that arrived in December. We played Sonora once so far and it's a little over complicated for what it does I think. Sushi Go we've played before, haven't played it since picking it up ourselves, but Sarah really wanted it for a future Sushi/Asian themed game night because I bought her a sushi maker..adding it to #Chinatown I guess?
#Poetry For Neanderthals - @DoctorBrian is probably tired of hearing about how he convinced me to pick this one up. We played again on Christmas with Sarah's family and outside of wanting to beat each other with the no stick, it didn't go over as well as it did with my side of the family. I keep trying to explain to people that you can speak in complete sentences, but it seems it's a difficult concept. The best part was my father in law trying to space out all words in single syllables. "Tur..tles.." LOL
#Freedom: The Underground Railroad, #Cockroach Poker, and #The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game - A guy in my group sent out a message on our Discord that he was trying to giveaway a bunch of games to make some room in his house (sounds familiar). Of course I had to take him up on the offer! I really think Sarah will like the theme of Freedom as it hits close to home for her. @TK2187 put me onto Dresden Files so I couldn't pass up an opportunity to pick that up. And finally Cockroach Poker just sounds like silly fun. Haven't played any of these yet but hope to very soon. Depending on how much we like them, I'll likely just part with them myself...
#Calimala and #Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium - To that last point, I recently discovered the amazing BoardGameCo thanks largely to @indigopotter. I knew about them before but never had enough games to make a trade..or I guess enough of a desire to get rid of games lol. I made a trade with them for these two, sending out #Lost Cities, #Tiny Towns (with the #Tiny Towns: FLGS and Larkstone Promo Cards), #Word on the Street, #Illusion, #Azul, and #Patchwork. Didn't make the biggest of dents in terms of shelf space, but I'm already proposing another trade to them. Stay tuned!
(Not pictured) #Wingspan: Oceania Expansion - I preordered this in early December and it's set to arrive by Wednesday. I'm sure we'll forget we have any of these other games and play this as soon as it shows up!