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December additions

So I've been "in the hobby" for a couple of years, but this year is definitely my highest so far in terms of acquisition of games. I feel extremely blessed, and do not want to take it for granted. I am especially blessed because a couple of those games have been due to winning contests throught BoardGameAtlas, which was super exciting. Anyway, here are all of the games that I have added to my shelves this month. Many were Christmas gifts, and some were pre-orders.

Would love to see all of your additions!

Christmas gifts:

Other December additions: 

  • #Orléans (not pictured because I forgot) - ordered this on Black Friday, but it arrived in December. We already have 3 or 4 plays of it, so it's safe to say we like this one!
  • #Dune: Imperium - I am SO excited to give this one a try - I have plans to do so tomorrow!
  • #Dale of Merchants (all of the games) - I've been waiting on this one for a few months! I backed the KS for DoM3 in the spring and just went all in. We're really enjoying it so far! We've only played with I think 9 decks, and of course you can mix and match for a new game every time! I did the math, and there are almost 3000 distinct combinations of decks for a 2 player game! Even more with more players!
  • #Inis (with #Inis: Seasons of Inis Expansion) - I've been wanting to pick this up for a while, so as soon as it came back in stock in the USA, I bought them both! This was what I bought with my bonus I received (well, the one fun thing I bought for myself). We played a 2 player learning game, and we both liked it! It's definitely a weird game, and my wife said she'd have to be in the mood to play this one, but that she did definitely like it.

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25 days ago

24 days ago

Thanks, I hate it

23 days ago

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.

23 days ago

Holy cow that is a ton! Get any of it played yet? I got to play my copy of #Dune: Imperium and I loved it! I wonder how you'll enjoy it.

23 days ago

Sadly no. Things have been so busy lately. Hopefully they should be slowing down soon. Even with the kids off school (4 of them) it hasn't left much time to play them. 

Supporter18 days ago

I played one period of #Trick Shot with my daughter and loved it!  I'm a hige hockey guy myself.  Who's your favorite team?  Have you played yet.  What do you think?

17 days ago

I'm an Avalanche fan. (and my hometown Cincinnati Cylcones, of course) Havemn't had a chance to play it yet, but plan on it soon.

15 days ago

Avs fan here as well living in Columbus Oh.  My oldest is an everything Denver fan (Bronco's, Avs', Nuggets,etc) so last year we got hockey tickets to see Avs vs CBJ here in Columbus.  Avs won 3 - 2 in a really great game.  We haven't been out to Denver yet to see a game there but we've seen the Nuggets play Charlotte back when we lived in CLT and to see the Bronco's play the Bengals.  He hasn't seen his favorite team lose yet

Supporter17 days ago

I've played twice with my daughter but also played a couple of times just playing both teams to get a feel for the rules and it's still pretty fun that way.  I'm getting into the Arena and Line cards now and they really make the game shine.  Plus they included blank Arena cards to create your own teams or cities as they call them and I've been having a conversation with the creator on BGG about the two teams I made and their special rule.  I love having that kind of ability to impact the game.  Really really fun.

Supporter17 days ago

That's awesome.  What makes you an Avs fan?  I root for the Avs as long as they aren't playing the Bruins because I've lived in Denver now for about 9 years.

16 days ago

I'm an Avs fan because of Patrick Roy. I started watching hockey when he was with them and they had that heated rivalry with the Red Wings. 

Supporter15 days ago

Awesome.  Roy in Colorado is cool, but growing up a B's fan I definetly didn't love him (partially because he was so good and the Habs always had the Bruins number.)

Probably one of the strangest sites in my life was Ray Borque winning a cup with Patrick Roy.

Partner25 days ago

I've gotten a mix of new and old games this month (some reviews, some purchases, some gifts):

#The Shores of Tripoli -- two player relatively intro CDG game with a historical basis?  I'm in! 

#Whistle Stop -- okay, admission time -- I actually thought I had ordered Whistle Mountain. But that's okay, I've yet to play Whistle Stop and I like lighter train games anyway!

#Carpe Diem -- Alea / Ravensburger asked me to cover the brand new (unofficially 3d) edition with the beautiful new cover and vibrant tiles. No need to ask me twice, I like Feld games and had so much trouble getting past the blase tiles that came in the first edition. Super excited to play this

#MonsDRAWsity -- holy cow! This is easily my Party Game of the Year! Okay, that's not that tough, since party games were pretty tough to play. But it wouldn't matter, because it would be hard to find a game that fits this category better and consistently delivers the laughs and the fun. Must play at a convention!

#Cubitos -- John D Clair just keeps comin' on with unique style games twisting familiar mechanics. Part race game, part bag building dice game (without the bag) and part engine builder. Played this a bunch with my wife already and she loves it. 

#Wingspan: Oceania Expansion -- haven't played this yet, but my wife loves Wingspan and we played the previous expansion right away so it won't be long before we get this to the table. 

Last but not least, #Spike -- My second copy. I loved this light Ticket To Ride+ train route game that has some fun economic elements. I gave my previous copy away to a family that really enjoyed it and missed it in my collection, so I got another one from R&R! 

This is a lighter list than 2019 but much more mangeable. Besides, I've got a half dozen or more still left to play on the Shelf of Opportunity. 

Merry Christmas to everyone at the Atlas and I hope you all have a bright 2021!

BJ from Board Game Gumbo


24 days ago

#Cubitos came out of nowhere for me.  It looks really interesting and immediately jump pretty high on my wish list.

24 days ago

This looks like a fun list! I'll have to look into #Cubitos. And I've never heard of #The Shores of Tripoli either!

25 days ago

I'm not sure why, but my collection grew much faster than usual this December.  Here are the games I've added:

#The Quacks of Quedlinburg - Grabbed this when it was on sale.  It's going to stay in the collection as a nice, light gateway+ game.

#Outfoxed! - Also grabbed this on sale.  Something to play with my youngest daughter.

#Pan Am - Another sale buy, been wanting to get this one for a while as a lighter worker-placement game.  Haven't played this yet.

#Century: Golem Edition - An Endless World - I had to complete the trilogy!  Haven't played this one yet either.

#Pioneer Days - This one has been on my radar for a while.  Picked it up on sale, haven't gotten it to the table yet.

#Pendulum - Another sale.  I know the reviews are iffy on this one, but I'm hoping it will help some of my AP players to learn to play a bit faster.

#Commissioned - I Kickstarted this and it just happened to deliver the day before Christmas.

#Empires of the Void II - A Christmas present from my lovely wife!  I hope to play this one soon.

24 days ago

My brother-in-law just got #Century: Golem Edition - An Endless World. We played it the other night and I really enjoyed it!

Partner25 days ago

Great list!

I've been wanting to plan #Pan Am, so I'm curious what you think! Let us know.

#Pendulum - the reviews are mixed, and I'm not in love with the board, but I thought it was a refreshing taken on worker placement. I honestly don't have another game like it in my collection and that's a positive note for me. I don't like the non-timed game, but I will admit that the timed game is *very* stressful so this game is not for everyone!

#The Quacks of Quedlinburg -- finally bought my own copy so I don't have to borrow the Southern Board Game Fest copy anymore! And bonus -- my wife absolutely adores this one!


24 days ago

#Pan Am is next on my list of games to play.  I think the theme and weight will make it easier to get to the table.

I'm very curious how #Pendulum will play out with some people in my group.  I'm hoping that it will help "break" them of AP, but it just might make things worse, I don't know.

Owner25 days ago

My goodness, your shelf's going to look even more amazing now. Can't wait to hear about Dale of Merchants. And , you sure know how to pick the right gift :D

25 days ago

Haha, I think actually it's going to look less amazing, because I'll have to consolidate some shelves.

Owner22 days ago

Ahh I see, haha. Will any of those boxes compete for one of those spots where you have front facing boxes as display? Inis seems like a great one just that the box size is a little wonky

16 days ago

Yeah I would like to put Inis facing out, but it's too long for these shelves, so it will have to just be in there sideways. Aside from that, I don't think any of these new covers will compete for any of the "face out" spaces. Some great covers (especially #Dale of Merchants Collection), but I still like the ones I have in there a bit better.

Premium User25 days ago

It was first I was back in my Secret Santa mindset ready to deep dive into his wishlist..then it hit me like oh yeah duh no brainer lol

Also off topic, I didn't get a notification from tagging me in this post? I just got it from your comment but that's not another me rule to get me to not comment as it? LOLOL :P

25 days ago

Weird! Yeah the tag looks right, but maybe it's just a fluke.

Premium User25 days ago

Weird enough, I got the notification after commenting about not getting it 🤷🏻‍♂️