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Easy pass for me. I think I'm at my quota for 2 player only games at this point. I would pick up a reprint of #Jambo and #Asante in a heartbeat though. I kind of regret getting rid of my copies. 

Bézier Games is launching a new version of #Castles of Mad King Ludwig later this month. This version is probably in the same vein as the recent #Suburbia: Collector's Edition. Also a new version of #Tinners' Trail is currently on Kickstarter. Never played the orginal, but I am considering backing.

Caved. I'm not put off by the theme or anything and am willing to try anything at this point. I'm banking on the other half to really dig it since she really enjoys those time peroids.

Agreed. Our youngest has taken to removing boxes. Luckily, it has only been from the bottom two shelves. Funny thing is our oldest was never really into doing that and is beyond that phase.

Thought you were quoting T-bird’s last words from the 94’ Crow movie with that subject line (I was sadly mistaken).

My earliest gaming memories are the following:

I was in third grade when a schoolmate brought in his #Magic: The Gathering cards. After lunch we would play and that was enough for me to get hooked. Funny thing is his family moved after the summer and I never saw him again. I am still waiting for the Goosebumps book I let him borrow…

My late uncle whom came to live with us after a messy divorce would occasionally play #Monopoly with his son and myself. He played fast and loose with the rules as I think a majority of people do. Honestly, the most memorable parts of these games were when anyone would land on a space he would proclaim loudly “pay me !@#$% (<- technical name for a female dog)” in Portuguese. In retrospect, he was heavily intoxicated during those plays. Good times.

As far as a watershed moment, I‘ve had a few…

I’ve played 3 CCG/TCG’s fairly competitively (#Magic: The Gathering, #Vs. System, and #Dragon Ball Z CCG). That was a lot of storage boxes and a heap of cards. I don’t want to think about how much coin I’ve dropped. I do wish I could have held onto my magic cards as some would be worth a ton more now.

When I got back into gaming (insert a paraphrased Godfather 3 quote here), it was mainly through card games that played like CCG’s/TCG’s. As I started getting into euro games I started running out of space to store things and had to look for storage places. My trip to Ikea to purchase a 5x5 kallax made me realize I’m too far in.

To quote T-bird, “There ain't no coming back”.

Curious how the 8 player game of wingspan went. Did you use 2 base games or base game with both expansions? Aside from the increased downtime between players and the market changing more often did find any difference? Would you do it again?

Is it possible to include an upcoming games section? That would be helpful.

I also think the kickstarter feed is pretty good, but maybe list it by how successful it is doing.

For once, I had the opportunity to play quite a few games. We got in our 1st play of #Wingspan with the #Wingspan: Oceania Expansion. As an avid birdwatcher, I do have to say I really did like sifting through the birds that are not native to my region. I do have to say that the addition of nectar tokens bump up the final tallies a bit while adding a great deal of flexibility gameplay wise. I do like the new player mats as well as they are able to add a few more options via market clearing. I went ahead and purchased some Meeplesource nectar upgrades to match the birds that I had already picked up from there. This happens to be the game I’ve purchased the most bling for (bling or whatever your preferred nomenclature for embellishing an item is). Honestly, I do hope they create a collectors box for this for storage purposes.

The next game to hit the table was #Space Base with expansions. I managed to get an entire 2 points before the better half claimed victory. Dice hate me. #Habitats hit the table afterwards. It was funny because I was not able to garner a single point from objectives, but at the end I was only behind by two points so not too shabby.

Was also able to play both #Pick-a-PIG and #Bugs in the Kitchen with our oldest. She was so bloody excited about the bug jittering around it was adorable. Surprisingly, she was also able to adhere to the rules pretty well which was a bit of a shock to me.

Today we did manage a quick game of #Enchanters with a bunch of extras. This was our first play so as per usual, I am wondering what we did wrong. Really quick and light game with the only fiddly aspect originating from having to adjust attack or defense after acquiring an item or enchantment.

Played Space Base

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played Habitats

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played Wingspan

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

First off, I’m not defending theft and I do think it is right to give credit where it is due. The gray area here is lies in fair use laws. Looking at research by Geiger and Izyumenko (2019) they mention that often images, reviews, writing, and sometimes music can be utilized without permission via fair use laws. The authors also cite various suits mentioning ligation both for and against using product online.

The other thing to keep in mind is copyright law. According to the law, unauthorized use of a property which is under copyright protection can lead to litigation. The key here lies in if an item does have a copyright. Finck, and Moscon (2019) argue that content creators that upload content to the web without these protections it would fall into fair use. Until there is definite rulings on this, nothing posted online is really yours, hence be mindful of what is shared. Think about all of those unfortunate people that have become memes for example. There has been a somewhat recent series on Buzzfeed that highlights people that have been memes. One common thread with them is the lack of consent and yet we all are aware and probably have used them at some point.


Finck, M., & Moscon, V. (2019). Copyright Law on Blockchains: Between New Forms of Rights Administration and Digital Rights Management 2.0. IIC-International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 50(1), 77-108.

Geiger, C. (2019). 'Fair Use' through Fundamental Rights in Europe: When Freedom of Artistic Expression allows Creative Appropriations and Opens up Statutory Copyright Limitations.

Geiger, C., & Izyumenko, E. (2019). Towards a European Fair Use Grounded in Freedom of Expression. Am. U. Int'l L. Rev., 35, 1.

What's your interest level on Glory to Rome? Would you ever spend $250 for your "grail game"?

I would definitely dish out $250 for #Glory To Rome if I had that laying around, but I’d rather not sleep on the couch. Is the game worth it? One could argue that it is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. I do wish I had backed it originally, but I do feel that it will eventually be reprinted despite its complicated history. I have spent some money on some Kickstarter projects like #Tokaido Collector's Edition, but never on a single game without some extras. It is not lost on me that I’ve spent way more collectively on games like #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game which brings to mind that marshmallow test by Mischel (2014).  Aside from Glory to Rome and #The Palaces of Carrara, I don’t think that there a many grail games that I want that won’t get reprinted. I had my eye on #City of Chaos, but it looks like a second edition will be on Kickstarter some point next year as will #ZhanGuo.

Which game did you enjoy playing the most this year and why?

This year was a little odd for me as I did not have a lot of extra time to play as much. I would honestly say Covid minimally impacted that fact. I will say playing simplified versions of games with our youngest was one highlight. The better half and I did manage to get #Rajas of the Ganges to the table at some point. I feel like the game is a bit open with two and we would be interested in playing with higher player counts. I do think it is neat that the end game is the same for everyone, but how a player arrives to the end is varied.

As we end 2020, what are your current Top 5 games and why?

I feel like I keep bringing up the same games. I am terrible at ranking so I’m just going to throw my picks out there:

#El Grande: I don’t think I would ever turn a game of this down (unless it includes the expansions and or has less than 4 players). This has a little of everything, hidden information, area control, and action selection. Game is still as relevant in 2020 as it was in 1995. I do wish that just the base game would get reprinted as the current big box is a waste of space. I am not so hung up on the mini meeples vs cube debate.

#Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game: Probably my most played game at this point. I have most of the expansions aside from the Spider-man homecoming and the villains’ standalone. I was a big marvel fan growing up and this game is able to conjure up comic scenarios. It is deckbuilding a team rather than playing as a single hero which I do not mind. With all of the current expansions, the game is infinitely repayable. Downside is that it is difficult to store of the cards at this point. While it is listed as a semi-co-op, we strictly play it as co-op because some of the schemes and mastermind combos are taxing that not working together makes the game much harder than it needs to be. I also won’t play this with more than two because the difficulty does not scale well with more people.

#Ra: My favorite Kniza design. I normally don’t like auction games, but this one is so elegant and streamlined how could I not like it. The game also has that press your luck and set collection element along with the calamities to keep everyone on their toes. Everyone needs to try this one at least once.

#The Castles of Burgundy: This is another one of those games where I dislike it with more than two. This is an example of where the quality of the game does not match its components. Dice placement at its finest. Game is flexible and it mixes strategy and tactics well. There is one sure path to victory here which makes it difficult to solve.

#Seasons: Game plays like a TCG/CCG so it scratches that itch for me. Does have a bit of a learning curve as figuring out which cards to draft together is paramount to success. Wish they would make at least one more expansion.

Nifty list! Even a few games I haven’t heard of. Pre-Covid, my wife’s family would participate in a white elephant/Yankee swap in which we would always throw in a small game. Here is short list of games we’ve gifted in the past that should fit in a sock.

#Sushi Go!: Very simplistic drafting and set collecting game that works well with all ages. The artwork may inspire nightmares as the food stuffs are rendered anime style with slightly creepy faces. If more variety desired, go with #Sushi Go Party!, but be warned it comes in a tin that will stretch that sock.

#Parade: Such a neat little game. Basically players add cards to a line (5 suits with values ranging from 0-9) and depending on what they add to the line they may have to take cards from said line and placed in front of the player. The interesting thing about scoring is the player with the majority of a specific suit only counts the number of cards rather than the face value of the cards. Lowest score wins.

#Cockroach Poker: the most pure bluffing game that I can think of. This is another odd one as everyone wins aside from a single loser.

#Biblios: This is like two games in one box. First part is a draft of sorts where a card can either go in front of the start player, in front of an opponent, or in the auction pile for the second part of the game.

#Archaeology: The New Expedition: We gifted the older Z-man version (#Archaeology: The Card Game), but this newer version adds a little more variety via monuments.

#Claim: mentioned the tiny epic games, here is another one from the same designer. Claim is trick taking game that work well with two (which was a shock to me). Each suit or in this case race is unique and this does take a few plays to figure out, but its worth it. Also, there are plenty of little expansions (and a standalone) available for this as well to increase variety.

#Fleet: Another odd one. Mix multi-use cards, auctions, and tableau building with the veneer of that deadest catch TV show (is that still on?) and you get this game. Will note that I refuse to play without the #Fleet: Arctic Bounty Expansion as it has those neat “going fishing cards” that really help those turns when you either can’t or don’t want to buy a new license. Also crab meeples. CRAB MEEPLES!!!

#Hanamikoji: I’ve heard this described as I pick you choose. What’s neat about this is it is both thought provoking and short. I think it was the last game we played where I was beaten in the first round.

#Port Royal: Basically building a tableau of sorts while pressing your luck with pirates.

Sorry for the late reply... watched some reviews and it looks to be an even simpler version of something akin to #Spot It!.

Ended up getting it directly from the publisher for under 12 usd including shipping. It also came with #Pick-a-DOG


Mentioned this in another post(no worries because I also have difficulties with searches), but I got #Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road and preordered #Hadrian's Wall. Yesterday I was able to pickup #Pick-a-PIG and #Bugs in the Kitchen for our little ones.

Learn something new every day :P

Know that you have made a friend today...

Is there a way to follow a game without searching through the forums though? Only mentioning it for convenience sake.

One of my favorite features is the publisher/designer spotlight. I know mentioned that this list would change per week which is a great idea. It also makes new users more aware of some of the sites greatest functions (price guide). Maybe have a timeline of the designer’s games with some statistics of how many a specific title has sold.

Maybe add something like highlighting current top rated game by player count, age (children’s games), theme, type of game, ETC. I understand people will debate about which games work better with what player counts, age, as well as what games fits into what categories, but this would be helpful. Perhaps having a difficulty rating by game category would also be helpful for game discovery. For instance, in the category roll/flip and write would have something like #Welcome a beginner level and have something like the upcoming #Hadrian's Wall listed as expert.  

I do like having creators posting their top ten list because that also facilitates discussion. I am not sure how this site is goading some of the more prominent reviewers (Rahdo, Dice Tower, Heavy Cardboard, Man vs Meeple, Drive Thru Review ETC), but that maybe another way to drive foot traffic (net traffic a thing?) to this site. Would be interesting if there could be an exclusive deal with one of the high profile ones (much like the watch it played with BGG) to increase site exposure.

Having a news section would be helpful. Something akin to what BGG does with upcoming Kickstarters, reprints, and releases. Having a list of upcoming releases by month would not be easy to curate as delays (especially with Kickstarter), but I am sure that users on this site would be able to help with that.

Having a searchable collection feature would also be helpful as well. I really dig the discussions people get into here. I wish the forums search were just implemented a bit better. Is there an individual forum by game? Not sure if there is, but that would be nifty to have. I do like being able to follow activity about a game that I enjoy.

Considering a lot of games go out of print. Would it be helpful for people to find alternative games that are similar? If a game has been reprinted or re-implemented highlighting the differences between the games be helpful.

Sorry for the wall of text!!!

As far as a favorite game…I don’t have one at the moment. I’m happy to play anything considering I am really pressed for time. Currently on the last class of my MBA (I think my wife is happier than I am about it) and we have two little ones which take up most of my free time. I can’t wait to revisit this question next month.

How'd you find a copy that doesn't have a box that looks like Dali's The Persistence of Memory?

I see what you did there...

Okay so it’s not just me then. I tried to look before I created that post so I guess there is room for improvement in regards to searching. I only deleted the original post because why have two for the same thing :P