So, I was a very lucky recepient of the $200 gift card GAW a week and a half or so ago. It took a little bit of time to decide what to buy, but finally I did decide what I want. Since it will be some time before I can get my grubby paws on them, I decided I would share my choices here.
I ended up splitting my gift certificates into two pieces, I got $150 to Chip Theory Games, and the remaining $50 at GameNerdz.
So, I have been preaching against co-op games the last while. So, of course, the first game I picked up was #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island. This is a game that has been on my wishlist for a long time. It is a very hard, cooperative, scenario based, thematic game. You are a person, or group of persons, stuck on a desert island. You may be trying to get off of the island, or to survive for a certain amount of time, or to rescue a girl....... Supposedly it is very difficult and has a bunch of fiddly chromey rules. Supposedly this game is super hard, and tells a great story. It has been a highly regarded as a solo game ever since it came out in 2012. It was later reimplemented as #First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet. It recieved a more lukewarm reception, but @Skurvy5 speaks highly of it. I am mostly ok with it being a cooperative because I plan on playing it strictly solo. The cherry on the top for me was that it was the GameNerdz deal of the day on the day that I bought it. It ended up costing only $34.85 which seemed like a really good deal.
I then added to my GameNerdz order a game that has been talked about a fair amount on this forum. It is a game that has rapidly risen in the esteem of solo gamers since it came out in 2018. It was the first game from the new publisher, Delicious Games. I am of course talking about #Underwater Cities from Delicious Games, and Vladimir Suchy. This is a euro game, probably a themeless euro, but I do see this as a game I might want to play with others, though I did buy it primarily for solo play. It did cost $47.97 So I did end up overspending at GameNerdz. I ended up spending about $32ish for two highly esteemed big box games, so I thought it was a good deal.
So, that sums up my GameNerz part of the gift certificate. Let us move on to Chip Theory Games. I bought....... #Cloudspire as well as a set of premium health chips. This, with shipping, ended up running $165, so, I am out of pocket $15. Now, Cloudspire is currently out of print, so this is actually a preorder expected to ship Q1 of 2021. This suits me just fine. I am hoping/planning to go to the states for 6ish weeks in May/June of 2021. So as long as I get it by then I am fine. So, some of you may not know what Cloudspire is. Cloudspire is a MOBA/tower defence sort of game, and it plays solo. It is also hugely assymetrical, almost #Root levels of assymetry, for this one. Honestly, the pvp looks a little bit fiddly, I would, I think, play it two player. But, I am planning on this probably being a strictly solo experience.
So, those are the three games that I ended up getting. I ended up paying more than I won, but that is the way life goes sometimes. I am quite excited, but, we will see how I feel about the IRL. Also, I feel really weird buying a Chip Theory Game game, especially with premium health chips, when I have been saying that I don't find component quality that important..... So, there is that.