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My choice of prize.

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I was extremely blessed to win the last GAW from BGA. I really appreciate @philryuh and @trentellingsen for their work on maintaining this community. I admit that when I first came here I came for the GAW's, but, in the last 6 - 9 months that I have been a member I have grown to really enjoy and appreciate the community that they have built up.

Since I joined BGA I have really tried to work at building out, not only the solo aspect of my collection, but also to explore new areas of gaming that I could play solo. I got #Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain as a dalliance in a COIN/war game. I aquired #Navajo Wars as another war(ish) game. I picked up a bunch of the Pax games from Sierra Madre Games/Ion Game Design to explore different historical settings. I bought #Conquest of Paradise 2nd Edition for a soloable 4x(ish) game. I also pledged for #High Frontier 4 All to explore a very heavy simulation game. I also continued with the occasional new Euro, most notably #Spirit Island, but I have really been trying to get stuff that explores other areas of gaming, that aren't really represented by my collection.

One sort of game that has been distinctly missing from my collection is a financial/stock sort of game. Of course the 18xx is a bit of a gold standard in that sort of genre, but, they tend to be games that live and die by their player interaction. Not only that, but they tend to be very ugly, and expensive. But, then deep in the bowels of BGG I heard of #1829 Mainline by the famous Francis Treshem. This was a 18xx for 1-7 players. I was intrigued in spite of it's truly disturbing ugliness. But then I heard what it goes for on the secondary market.... and all my interest evaporated. But then I heard that the solo made had been a base for a official, in the box solo mode on the recently reprinted #1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties put out by GMT. Originally 1862 didn't have a solo mode, but the printing that GMT is doing has one, and it is available today. So, I read all the reviews I could find, I watched some videos..... And I chose that as my prize.

This is, seemingly one of the heavier 18xx games out there, but, it does help fill a "hole" in my collection, and it seems to have a fair amount more Euro inspired mechanisms than most 18xx games, this makes it tougher for 18xx veterans, but a number of people have made the argument that that it might actually be a easier jumping off place for a Euro gamer, than some of the more standard offerings. 

Unfortunately, in the fine tradition of 18xx, it has either no art, or what is worse, aggresively ugly art..... But, I guess there are flies to every ointement.

Note, the edition pictured in BGA is the previous, non GMT version which does not have the solo variant.

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8 months ago

Wow! Making the 18xx jump! Hopefully you dont dive too far (or you do depending on how much you enjoy them). I know it can be a deep deep dive!

Supporter8 months ago

LOL... I have no plans on making that jump, but I was wanting at least one medium or heavy economic game that I could at least try to play solo. And, most economic games don't really work that way. I would like to pick up another one or two medium to heavy economic(ish) games. I think of: #Brass: Birmingham, #City of the Big Shoulders, #acquire, #Raccoon Tycoon etc.... But I have some other areas I want to explore first. 

8 months ago

#City of the Big Shoulders has been one of those games I have really wanted to get into but I just have not been able to...

Brass...you know my feelings there. 

#Acquire is DEFINITELY a game I would like to get into. Simple mechanics but tasty decisions. My wheel house. 

Supporter8 months ago

I didn't know you liked #acquire. That is such a good game, and, it's old. 

8 months ago

Heck ya! It was made in the 70's and it still feels like a unique game! I watched the Heavy Cardboard stream and really enjoyed it. I would just need to determine which version I want to hunt down. 

Supporter8 months ago

I have played several different versions, I like them all, but the nicest ones are very expensive. 

8 months ago

Very true, I don't always need the deluxe version of a game...or do i...

8 months ago

Nice! I like your logic in selecting games. I should probably branch out as well haha I've been interested in 18xx games, so do let us know how yours goes!

Supporter8 months ago

I don't think that everybody has to branch out. I just want my collection to be diverse..... 

8 months ago

I agree. Not everyone has to. But I do like a wide variety of games, and my wife's tastes differ from mine in some regard, so branching out could only be good for us. 

Supporter8 months ago

You have to choose to form the collection YOU want. 

8 months ago

I want them all haha

Supporter8 months ago

Yes 

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8 months ago

Nice! Your gaming interests are usually quite different from mine so I was curious about what you'd select. That's definitely not a game I had on my radar! I hadn't even heard of it before lol.

Supporter8 months ago

I love gaming, and I want to explore as many corners of this world as possible.... 

Supporter8 months ago

Interesting! Thanks for the breakdown! 

Supporter8 months ago

You are welcome.... I always like hearing why somebody got a game, what slot did they think it would fill......

Supporter8 months ago

I appreciate all the thought you put into it. 

Supporter8 months ago

A number of months ago there was post on here that asked about ideal collection size. I responded, I think, that I would think about 50 games. As I thought about it more, I think that what I want to get "my" collection up to 50 or so games. And I want that collection to be very broad, I want very heavy games, and very light ones. I want long games, and short ones. And, I want it to be a fairly representative collection in terms of games types. There are still a number of types that I want to be represented, but I feel like I'm slowly getting closer to what I want..... 

Types I'm missing that I want examples of include, but are not limited too:

Hex and counter wargame

Medium weight coop

Dungeon crawl

To be very clear, I don't necessarily think I will ever stop acquiring new games, but, I hope that it would slow down some at that point..... 

Also, these are games in *my* collection. It does not count the other chunk of games that we own, and have owned since before I entered the hobby. If I would count those, which I do on BGG, I would have over 50 games already. 


8 months ago

Do you have any target games to fill those voids?

Supporter8 months ago

To be clear, a cursory inspection will show that these are not the only holes... 

H and c wargame, not sure what to choose, probably something like #SPQR: Deluxe Edition

Medium weight coop, maybe #Pandemic: Iberia

Dungeon crawl, maybe #gloomhaven or #Star Wars Imperial Assault

8 months ago

I dont think I realized Iberia was more complex than the other pandemics but I have heard it is one of the better ones!

Supporter8 months ago

I don't know how much more complex it is, but it is much more appealing and much prettier. 

8 months ago

It has a slightly higher weight rating on BGG but I agree, it looks way better graphically. 

Supporter8 months ago

That’s great! I want my collection to be a bunch of games that I want to play. 

Supporter8 months ago

Lol... That is important. 
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