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My own Top 100 up to 2015

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This is my list as of the end of 2015.
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Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:12 am
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Should you do a Top 100?

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So many people are creating a top 100. Is it merely pretentious or is it worthwhile?
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My Top Ten New Games for 2015

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Inspired by The Dice Tower and their top 10 lists, I put together my top 10 games for 2015 as well. Note that these are games that I have played for the first time in 2015 not necessarily games that were released in 2015. With all the games that I already have, I got another 110 games plus expansions last year. Some were gifts, some were purchased at the thrift stores and conventions, some were from Kickstarter, and some were new.
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My Top Ten New Games for 2014

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Inspired by The Dice Tower and their top 10 lists, I put together my top 10 games for 2014 as well. Note that these are games that I have played for the first time in 2014 not necessarily games that were released in 2014. With all the games that I already have, I got another 69 games plus expansions last year. Some were gifts, some were purchased at the thrift stores and conventions, some were from Kickstarter, and some were new. Read more »
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Mon Apr 6, 2015 4:47 am
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Grail games - current

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Those games that are still on my grail list are currently pretty small.
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Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:57 pm
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More Tannhauser

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I really should play Tannhauser before getting more of it. I have read the rulebooks and it definitely seems like it should be fun. It does have a lot of paperwork - with stat cards for every figure with tokens their equipment load outs. So I’ll need to actually try it to see if that gets in the way of the enjoyment of it.

That said, I have already picked up the Operation Novgorod expansion set and more of the figure and troop expansions. I already had the expansions for Yula Korlitz, Ramirez, and Gorgei. When I got the Novgorod at Pendragons, I also picked up the figures that they had - Oksana, Hoax, and Edison.

Last Friday we popped into Game Knight on the way home. They were expanding and moving around their games. As we were standing there, looking at the racks of games, one of the clerks came by with a handful of boxes, looking for a place to put them in the racks.
“You wouldn’t happen to want some Tannhauser, would you?" he asked jokingly.
I had to smile, "Actually, I just might."
He was glad to give us a deal of the lot so I picked up another five sets - Asteros, and Natalya, as well as the Union, Reich, and Matriarchy troop packs.

As it stands now, I am still missing the two expansion map sets Daedalus and Hinansho, plus the figures Wolf, Hoss, and Frankenstahl, as well as the Shogunate figures Mizakage, Itami, Iroh Minamoto, and the Shogunate troop pack. All of which are available from Miniatures Market but the shipping on the map packs is pricy so if I can find them locally, I’ll get them here. Once we play it, I’ll probably pick up the remainder as needed.
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Wed Oct 8, 2014 12:39 am
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Tannhauser

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I’m a little late to the Tannhauser party. I got interested recently from the guys talking about it on The Dice Tower lists. I’ve checked it out online and it seems pretty Hellboy-ish, with a neat targeting mechanic. I’m not sure why I never noticed it before. The only thing that I can think is that I must have thought it was a Dust Tactics spinoff and I never got into that either.

It sounds like it would be worth giving it a try. Except now that it’s been out of print for a few years, it’s not as easy to find as it was. Most of the sets can all be found online with the exception of the equipment cards. This wouldn’t be so bad except they apparently make the game much easier to play.

I was lucky enough to win a used copy with both the equipment cards and a printed PDF of the updated rulebook. This seems to be the perfect pack with which to start. It all looks so pretty. Plus the background is interesting - World War I never ended, both sides have gotten into the mystical - more so the Germans. Tesla is helping out the Russians, and it includes a Japanese faction as well.

There are a couple of websites with extra scenarios and rules for other figures - like the Hellboy figures from Heroclix. Front Towards Enemy was a great one but is no longer being updated. Savage Tales has some good custom sets, as does Black Sheep Archive, and the Tannbunker - when it is working again.

Heroclix even offers a lot of extra figures that can be used for mods - Batman, Hydra, SHIELD, Hellboy, even army figures. I've read through the original rules and am almost finished the revised rules. I want to play a few games to verify that it is as awesome as it seems before I spend much more money getting more of the figures, maps, and sets.
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Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:33 pm
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Grail Games - achieved - part 2

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With internet access, and the stores both online and physical, this next batch of Grail Games did not sit on my list as long. This begs the questions - do games achieve grail status after remaining on your 'to buy' list for too long? With the easier access, without the long searches, is finally getting a grail game less satisfying?Read more »
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Wed Apr 2, 2014 8:26 pm
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Grail Games - achieved - part 1

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Grail games are those that you have not yet added to your collection - either for too high a price or lack of availability. The internet has made it easier to find those games but it has also made the value of those games more known. It also has exposed us to a lot more games that we wouldn’t have known that we needed to have.Read more »
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Tue Apr 1, 2014 12:50 am
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My top 10 new games of 2013

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Inspired by The Dice Tower and their top 10 lists, I put together my top 10 games for 2013. Note that these are games that I have played for the first time in 2013 not necessarily games that were released in 2013. With all the games that I already have, I got another 33 games and expansions last year. Some were gifts, some were purchased at the thrift stores and conventions, some were from kickstarter, and some were new.Read more »
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Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:58 pm
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