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About Costas Taliadoros

Slighly bored, confused, in pain and desperately need some exercise.

Board games – 2nd Quarter 2017 review

Total plays: 137 (100 in 2016, 221 in 2015, 98 in 2014, 78 in 2013)

Distinct games: 34 (37 in 2016, 39 in 2015, 41 in 2014, 32 in 2013)

New-to-me games: 16 (9 in 2016, 12 in 2015, 12 in 2014, 10 in 2013)

Although worse than 2016 big improvement (i.e fewer) compared to 1st quarter of  2017 and end of 2016.

Ten+ times: 2  (1 in 2016, 2 in 2015, 0 in 2014, 1 in 2013)

Magic Maze, Hanamikoji. Two superb games.

Five+ Times: 5 (2 in 2016, 6 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 4 in 2013)

Too Many Bones, Insider, Fabled Fruit, Leaving Earth, Red7.

COLLECTION

Acquired: 8

Exit Series (The Secret Lab, The Abandoned Cabin, The Pharaoh’s Tomb), Magic Maze, Kerala, Zany Penguins, Startups, Medici: The Card Game.

YESSS!!! Down to single digits! Especially considering that the Exit series are basically one use games. Next target is to less than five. Very happy with this one. 🙂 🙂 

Removed: 15

Stronghold, Rallyman, Trieste, Unlock, Quartermaster General, QMG: Air Marshal, QMG: Victory or Death, Neuroshima Hex, Wallenstein, Time Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons, Level 7: Omega Protocol, Level 7: Extreme Prejudice, Codenames, Cube Quest, Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game.

Still need to reduce further but a regular outflow. I can see the difference in my flat. Positive difference.

Owned:  221 (228)

Unplayed: 70 (67)

Best New to me:

Magic Maze is giving me that coop feeling i had with Hanabi. Love it!

Startups, Too Many Bones, Scythe, Village and Leaving Earth were also very enjoyable.

New 10s: n/a

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in Board games

 

Board games – 1st Quarter 2017 review

Total plays: 114 (173 in 2016, 136 in 2015, 108 in 2014, 64 in 2013)

Distinct games: 41 (51 in 2016, 41 in 2015, 36 in 2014, 28 in 2013)

Better.

New-to-me games: 21 (26 in 2016, 9 in 2015, 17 in 2014)

Slight improvement but still too many new games. 

Ten+ times: 2  (2 in 2016, 1 in 2015, 3, in 2014, 0 in 2013)
Comancheria: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire, Fabled Fruit

Five+ Times: 4 (12 in 2016, 2 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 3 in 2013)
TIME Stories, Hanamikoji, Pandemic: The Cure, Xenoshyft

Collection

Acquired: 19

( A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, Hanamikoji, Fuji Flush, Kingdom Builder, Ra, Stephenson’s Rocket, Pandemic: Iberia, Xenoshyft, Troyes, The Big Book of Madness, Jump Drive, Cacao, Final Touch, Watson & Holmes, Mamma Mia!, Die Fiesen 7, Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, Jeju Island, Sherlock Holmes: Jack the Ripper)

Online shopping is an addiction which i need to pay more attention to.

Removed: 19

(Sekigahara, 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Spyfall, Incan Gold, Rockwell, Guildhall: Job Faire, Animals on Board, Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion, Survive, St Petersburg, Ginkgopolis, Medina, Longhorn, Trajan, Maria, Rococo, Leo, Chicken Cha Cha, Guilds of London)

Owned:  230 (230)

Unplayed: 67 (70)

Best New to me:  Comancheria: The Rise and Fall of the Commanche Empire, Fabled Fruit, Hanamikoji, Pandemic: The Cure, Xenoshyft

Comancheria is an exceptional solo game while Hanamikoji is probably the best micro game i’ve ever played. 

New 10s: n/a

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Board game resolutions – 2017

Acquisitions 24

This is extremely important as i am addicted to online shopping. There’s no way i can stick to zero (0) acquisitions for an entire year so the goal will be 24, which is 2 per month.

Unplayed owned games 35-45

I have 70 as at 1 January 2017. Aiming for 0 unplayed in 2017 will prove difficult, even impossible. Also it will clash with the Fifty by Fifty target (see below).

A more reasonable target i believe is to reduce that number to between 35-45 by the end of the year. This should help with the reduction of the number of acquisitions over the year.

Collection 160-170

The collection is 226 games excluding expansions. The long term aim is to have half as many but for the year 2017 i’d like to be between 160-170 which means disposing at least 80 games considering that i stick to the 24 acquisitions target.

Long Term Resolution -> Fifty by Fifty project

“H-Index” is X games you’ve played X times e.g if you have played 10 games 10+ times but haven’t played 11 games 11+ times then your H-Index is 10.

Playing fewer games more times is something i’ve been wanting to do for the past couple of years. This will give me a target and  a record my progress.

My goal is 50 i.e. play 50 games 50+ times each.

At this time my H-Index is 19.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Board games, Uncategorized

 

Board games – 4th Quarter 2016 review

Total plays:  155 (129 in 2015, 90 in 2014 and 710 in 2013)

Distinct games:  57 (52 in 2015, 39 in 2014 and 44 in 2013)

New-to-me games:  31 (24 in 2015, 14 in 2014 and in 26 in 2013)
(A Feast for Odin, Dr. Eureka, Funemployed, Potato Man, Shadowrun Crossfire, Deadfall, Team Play, Downsize, Crisis, La Granja: No Siesta, Evolution: Climate, Bruges, The Mask of Anubis, Sushi Go Party!, Lift it!, Medici, Rolling Freight, Maharaja, Pocket Madness, Tiny Epic Western, The Witches: A Discworld Game, QMG: Victory or Death, Catan: The Card Game, Cash n Guns, Potion Explosion, Thurn & Taxis, Nightfall, Captain Sonar, A Fake Artist goes to New York, Legends of Andor)

Far too many new games once again.

Ten+ times: 3 games
Shadowrun: Crossfire, Port Royal, A Feast for Odin

Five+ Times: 5 games
Dr Eureka, The Duke, Noch Mal, Shakespeare, Abluxxen

Collection

Acquired: 21
(PAX Renaissance, BIOS: Genesis, A Feast for Odin, Eternity, Imhotep, Legends of Andor, Mangrovia, Insider, Kingdomino, Ponzi Scheme, Diamant, Order of the Gilded Compass, Comancheria, Phantom Leader Deluxe, Thunderbolt/Apache Leader, High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel July 1885, Leaving Earth, Pandemic: The Cure, Code of Nine, Funemployed, Guilds of London)

Fail, way over the single digit number i had aimed for. I’m going for a strict 24 new games in 2017. I’m already waiting for 3 Kickstarter games (Nemo’s War, Darkest Night and Medici: The Card Game).

Removed: 11
(Lords of Scotland, CO2, Game of Trains, A Study in Emerald 2nd Edition, City of Remnants, Super Motherload, Navegador, Karuba, Thunder & Lightning, Good Cop Bad Cop)

A steady stream of games going out. The problem is my acquisitions.

Owned:  226 

Unplayed: 70 (67)

I am aiming for zero unplayed games in 2017

Best New to me:  Funemployed, A Feast for Odin, Shadowrun: Crossfire, Team Play, The Mask of Anubis, Sushi Go Party!, Medici, Imhotep.

New 10s: n/a

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Board games

 

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.

Collection

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.

Collection

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