Board games – 3rd Quarter 2016 review

Total plays: 130 (124 in 2015, 97 in 2014 and 71 in 2013)

Distinct games: 52 (43 in 2015, 39 in 2014 and 28 in 2013)

New-to-me games: 15 (15 in 2015, 13 in 2014 and in 9 in 2013)
(Lancaster, Circus Flohcati, Too Many Cinderellas, Karuba, Incan Gold, Homeland, Dawn of the Zeds 3rd edition, Yinsh, In a Grove, Adventure Land, Maze Racers, The Voyages of Marco Polo, The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Yunnan, Super Motherload)

I want to significantly decrease the number of Distinct and New-To-Me games. Less game tasting.

Ten+ times (1 game): Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Five+ Times (9 games):
Dawn of the Zeds (3rd edition), Shakespeare, Castellion, Circus Flohcati, Too Many Cinderellas, Food Chain Magnate, TriesteBaseball Highlights: 2045, Onirim

I’m glad to see a few great games in there like Food Chain Magnate, Dawn of the Zeds and Baseball Highlights: 2045.


Acquired: 15
(One Zero One, Too Many Cinderellas, Sticheln, Elevenses, Sushi Go Party!, Shakespeare: Backstage, Cry Havoc, Mare Nostrum: Empires, Amun- Re, Deadfall, Gloobz, Targi, Soccer City, Medici, Flash Point: Fire Rescue Dangerous Waters)

Removed: 41
(Cards Against Humanity, Battlestar Galactica, Wir Sind Das Volk, The Builders: Antiquity, Mess Machine, Battle Sheep, Die Portale von Molthar, Onward to Venus, Dawn of the Zeds (2nd ed.) , Dawn of the Zeds: Director’s Cut (2nd ed.) Fury of Dracula, Letter’s from Whitechapel, Sly Dice, Bang! The Dice Game, Oh My Goods!, Spookies, Canal Mania, Keyflower, Musee, Panic on Wall Street, Madeira, Mombasa, Fleet, Fleet: Arctic Bounty, Valley of the Kings: Afterlife, Queen’s Necklace, Gloobz, Lifeboat, Funemployed, Homeland, Long Shot, Churchill, Asara, Lancaster, Between Two Cities, Completto, 6 Nimmt!, Mafia De Cuba, Samurai, Cry Havoc)

Wow, what a month for the collection. Games getting added and removed in the same quarter. Ridiculous but i’m trying to rectify mistakes i’ve been making in the past few years.

I’m hoping to do even better in the last quarter, especially in the Acquired part. Next target is to have new games acquired down to single digits within a quarter. At the same time i plan on removing quite a few more. The target is to have around 100 games in the collection.

Owned: 206 (228)

Unplayed: 67 (86)

Best New to me: The Ravens of Thri SahashriCircus Flohcati, Adventure Land, Yinsh, Dawn of the Zeds (3rd edition)

Let’s start with the games i own. The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is a unique two player gaming experience. I only played it twice but i enjoyed my second play even more than the first. I need to find a regular partner for this one.

Circus Flohcati is a delightful push your luck game with art that i love. I know the art puts many people off but i i actually love it. The gameplay is also excellent. Simple, short and exciting.

Yinsh is competing with The Duke as the best 2 player abstract game i own. You can teach the rules in less than 5 minutes and start playing. The fact that the opponent can get a ring is a great motivation and form of encouragement for people who are new to the game. The fact that the pieces are lovely is a bonus. I hate the box though. Too much empty air.

Dawn of the Zeds (3rd edition) is an outstanding update to the already excellent 2nd edition. I might even try it as a coop game with other people.

Finally, Adventure Land. This is a game i sold and i have added it back in my wishlist. Once again, very simple to teach and play. I can see me this getting played with the girls and the rest of the family.

New 10s: n/a

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Board games – 2nd Quarter 2016 review

Total plays: 100 (221 in 2015, 98 in 2014, 78 in 2013)

Distinct games: 37 (39 in 2015, 41 in 2014, 32 in 2013)

New-to-me games: 9 (12 in 2015, 12 in 2014, 10 in 2013) – Subdivision, Quadropolis, Tobago, London, Stockpile, Baseball Highlights: 2045, Leo, Food Chain Magnate, Qwinto

Dimes: 1 (2 in 2015, 0 in 2014, 1 in 2013) – Baseball Highlights: 2045

Nickels: 2 (6 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 4 in 2013) – Maria, Race for the Galaxy

The 2nd Q of 2015 was abnormal. I played a ton of Sentinels of the Multiverse solo during that time.


Acquired: 27 (Victory or Death, Baseball Highlights: 2045, Archaeology: The New Expedition, Karuba, Saint Petersburg, Time Stories: Under the Mask, Mexica, Maze Racers, Night of Man (+ Solo expansion), SotM: Celestial Tribunal, Wir Sind Das Volk, Darkest Night, Galaxy Trucker: Missions, 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Queen’s Necklace, Lords of Scotland, Port Royal expansion, Haggis, Dawn of the Zeds 3rd edition, Haggis, Circus Flohcati, Eldritch Horror: Signs of Carcosa, Trick of the Rails, Potato Man, Leo, Completto)

Removed: 34 (Gold West, Formula D, Mow, Wizard, Chinatown, Memoir 44, Terra, ZhanGuo, Blueprints, Viktory II, Three Little Pigs, Ghost Fighting Treasure Hunters, Kemet: Ta-Seti, The Staufer Dynasty, Sheriff of Nottingham, Animal Upon Animal, Say Anything, The Resistance, Skull King, Cacao, Imperial Settlers (+ Why can’t we be friends expansion), Archaeology, Kamakura, Steam Donkey, Planet Steam, Triumph & Tragedy, Voila, Lanterns, Rattus Cartus, Adventure Land, Yunnan, Night of Man, Friedrich, Mafia De Cuba)

Disaster. It was a a great quarter in terms of getting rid of games but i acquired almost as many. Still working on it…

Owned: 228

Unplayed: 86  (ούφου)

Best new-to-me: Baseball Highlights: 2045, London, Food Chain Magnate

I’ve only played BH: 2045 solo but i would love to try a two player game and also try a tournament with friends. London is quite good. One of the few Wallace games i actually enjoy.

New 10s: Food Chain Magnate

FCM is a magnificent game. It’s not a game i will ever be good at (too calculating and unforgiving for me) but it’s one of the best games i’ve played in recent years.

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Posted by on July 2, 2016 in Board games


Board games – 1st Quarter 2016 review

A quick look at what i’ve been playing and buying in the first quarter of 2016 compared to previous years.

Total plays: 173 (136 in 2015, 108 in 2014, 64 in 2013)

Distinct games: 51 (41 in 2015, 36 in 2014, 28 in 2013)

New-to-me games: 26 (9 in 2015, 17 in 2014)

Dimes: 2 (1 in 2015, 3, in 2014, 0 in 2013) – Red7 (16), Castellion (15)

Nickels: 12 (2 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 3 in 2013) Bomb Squad (8), Between Two Cities (6), Chicken Cha Cha (6), Abluxxen (6), Quartermaster General (6), Tragedy Looper (6), Fields of Arle (5), Navajo Wars (5), Patchistory (5), Snowdonia (5), Sylvion (5),Pax Porfiriana (5)

The increase in the number of games played over the year is quite clear. I have more groups to play with now and I’ve also been playing more and more solo games. However, the new to me is more than i would like and i’d prefer to increase the Dimes and Nickels i.e. play games i’ve already played more times.

Acquired: 10 (SotM: Villains of the Multiverse, Time Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons, Qwinto, Wings for the Baron, Good Cop Bad Cop, SotM: Chokepoint Villain, Mess Machine, Funemployed, Nemo’s War, SotM:OblivAeon)

Removed: 1 (Bomb Squad)

Yeap, it’s a bleak picture which continued from 2015. Too many purchases. Working on it.

Best new-to-me: Navajo Wars, Red7, Castellion, Snowdownia,

New 10s: 1 – Navajo Wars

Navajo Wars is an outstanding solitaire experience. I need to be in the mood to play it as it requires time and effort but it’s well worth it.

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Posted by on July 2, 2016 in Board games


(Movies) A Most Violent Year – recommended

“A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.”


My ratings
– Outstanding
– Highly Recommended
– Recommended

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Posted by on September 18, 2015 in Movies, TV & Documentaries



(Movies) In Order of Disappearance – recommended

“The honorable citizen Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, which ignites a war between the vegan gangster “the Count” and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.”


My ratings
– Outstanding
– Highly Recommended
– Recommended



Books (non-fiction)

516OQv60zoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve been a busy bookworm this year. One of the things i love about books is that they are rarely affected by my “mood”. It’s the most stable hobby in my life.

Currently i’m re-reading The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Munro ClarkIf you are at all interested in history this is a fantastic book.

What about the rest of the year?

Political Order and Politcal Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama – Highly recommended

Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs by David J. Nutt – Highly recommended

  • An eye opener which made me question my knowledge and beliefs on the war on drugs (along with El Narco below), cannabis but especially with regards to alcohol. The final chapter titled, What should i tell my kids about drugs, is outstanding.

El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency by Ioan Grillo – Recommended

  • Another highly relevant book. There were a few chapters where my attention waned significantly (e.g Culture and Faith) but it was an interesting book on a current issue which i only know about through newspaper headlines. The plan was to read El Narco as an introduction, to prepare myself for the book i’m more interested in, Narcoland by Anabel Hernandez.

Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

  • This was the most tough to read. It was a combination of the subject and his writing. I would loved to read this if it was better edited and significantly shorter. Chapters such as Suicide, Addiction, Politics were all interesting but there’s so much stuff thrown in there i found myself losing focus and interest at time. The worst was the section spent on the drugs and their side effects. Difficult to recommend unless you are very interested in the subject but it’s a book i would go back to and read bits and pieces.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • There’s nothing new here. I should not have read this. It’s a written version of a TED talk she gave. Watch that instead. She is a terrific writer though as you will see from my Fiction Books post.

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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Books


(Movies) Short Term 12 – highly recommended

“At a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, Grace is a young counselor trying to do her best for kids who often have been pulled from the worst kinds of home situations. Even then, life is not easy as Grace and her colleagues care for kids who are too often profoundly scarred, even as they try to have lives of their own.”


My ratings
– Outstanding
– Highly Recommended
– Recommended

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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Movies