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Top 5 new-to-me of 2018 (so far)

So, the first 6 months of the year have gone by and I’ve learned 20 new games. This is my top 5 in descending order of plays.

The Mind (30) – This game is such a breath of fresh air. Whatever i say about this won’t do it justice. You need to play it.

Azul (7) – Very solid, fast and beautiful abstract game. Plays well with 2-3 players, yet to play it with 4.

Gloomhaven (6) – The best dungeon crawler I’ve played. Almost lived up to the hype. Almost.

Quartermaster General: 1914 (4) – This is what i wanted from the original QMG. Each power to be controlled by a different player. A lot easier to do that with 5 players compared to the 6 players of the original. Great game!

Fog of Love (3) – Still trying to wrap my head around what kind of game this is. But i am enjoying the process quite a bit.

What’s your Top 5/10?

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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Board games


Board games – 2nd Quarter 2018 review

Total plays: 105

Distinct games: 24

New-to-me games: 9

The Mind, Azul, Fog of Love, Shadowrift, Legends of Andor, Schatz-Rabatz, Go Cuckoo, Through the Desert, Two Rooms and a Boom

Ten+ times: 2

The Mind (30), Spirit Island (16)

Five+ times: 4

Shadowrift (8), Azul (7), Too Many Bones (6), Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (5)

Acquired: 11
Fog of Love, Illusion, Menara, 878: Vikings – Invasions of England, Sentient, Tyrants of the Underdark, QMG:194, Schatz-Rabatz, Go Cuckoo, Dominion, Kashgar

Removed:  16
Gloomhaven, 7 Wonders: Duel, Railways of the World, Homesteaders,  Mangrovia, Pi Mal Pflaufmen, Rolling Freight, Looney Quest, Barenpark, Jeju Island, Dr Microbe, Om Nom, Nom, Oh Schrek der Speck Flieg Weg, Dominion, Palaces of Carrara, Ortus Regni.

Owned: 179

There is something wrong with my data. I need an inventory check this quarter.

Unplayed: 31

Best New to me:

The Mind was a breath of fresh air. Strongly reminds me of Hanabi but this can be played a lot more casually.

Azul and Fog of Love were also excellent.

Legends of Andor and Through the Desert were pleasantly good to play.

New 10s: n/a

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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Board games


Board games – 1st Quarter 2018 review

Total plays: 97

Fewer total plays but more quality play time. Fewer new games and most of the games i am playing i enjoy quite a bit.

Distinct games: 27

New-to-me games: 11

Ten+ times: 3

Spirit Island (14) , Dragonfire (15) and Pandemic Legacy 2 (12).

Oh yes, two of these are excellent games and i am happy i am playing them so often. Pandemic is a chore but at least i love playing games with this group.

Five+ Times: 2

Charterstone (5), Memoarrr! (5)

Another legacy game i don’t like but the group is great to play with. Memoarrr! is a big hit with the family. The girls always beat me at this game! Very good game.


Acquired: 10
(Sidereal Confluence, Race for the Galaxy, Gloomhaven, Dragonfire, Sakura Wars, Stuffed Fables, Hardback, Sherlock Holmes, Dominion, Quartermaster General: 1914)

Removed: 21

Owned:  188

I have my doubts as to how accurate this number on BGG as i think there are few games i have not marked as previously owned.

Unplayed: 37

Again, i have my doubts as to the accuracy of the number. It has definitely dropped though.

Best New to me:

Quartermaster General: 1914, Gloomhaven, Dragonfire, Phantom Leader Deluxe, Memoarrr!

New 10s: n/a


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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in Board games


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.


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 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


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 – 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