And so it begins (and ends)... My 2012 Game Gains (or the Money Pit part 2)
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Well four days into the new year and it was time to place an order. Good thing I didn't make any New Year resolutions like cutting back on boardgame purchases.whistle

Like last year, I'm keeping track of my acquisitions from the start of the year rather than the end of it. For those keeping similar geeklists, I recommend it as the way to go if only as a better way to archive your acquisitions as they occur. Feel free to thumb anything you think was a worthy acquisition. It helps validate my gaming impulses. And be sure to subscribe if you want to keep up with my "cult of the new" game gains. There always seems to be something to interest everyone, including wargamers (my acquisitions last year included about 30 of those), Euro fanatics, Ameritrashers, and even some miniature pushers.

One of the things I've done this year was add both the purchase price and location where I got the game. It helps me realize the sticker shock at the end of the year for game purchases. But then again, this is my hobby much like someone might be into classic cars, private aircraft flying, or antique collecting so I don't feel so bad about my addiction.

Last year was another great year with great games. Here's that year's list which pretty much has anything new I got up through the release of Eclipse.

My 2011 Game Gains (or The Boardgaming Money Pit)

Autumnweave, my arch nemesis local game collecting rival, has finally posted his 2012 acquisitions list here:

2012 game purchases for Autumnweave

Ah yes, and where to all these games go? To the Bunker of course:

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FINAL EDIT: My 2013 acquisition list is now posted:

Boardgame Bunker Baubles - My 2013 game acquisitions


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1. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:48]
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Now released in the US, this one seems to be the next "Gamer's game" to get. I previewed it at Essen last year and it was well received with some likening to Agricola and just as fun. I think this one will end up somewhere in my top 3 from Lookout along with Le Havre and Agricola. Got it through Boards & Bits for $41.99.
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2. Board Game: Arcanum [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:4425]
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Saw this at Essen last year where it was 35 Euros. I liked the idea of using a Tarot set as the basis for the game mechanics and other than the many card abilities to keep up with it's what I considered a "solid 7" Euro from last year. Some of the reviews and comments on BGG have nit-picked the game to death but it's not really a deep game worth stressing over. It has some nice elements of bluff and blind investment combined with meeple placement that grant board actions to further your strategy. Overall I'd call it a middle-weight game that I found to have beautiful components, art, and game mechanics. YMMV. The price of $39 at Boards & Bits was pretty good and even cheaper for what I would have paid in Essen had I have gotten it there.
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3. Board Game: The Boss [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:831]
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Originally I passed on this game as a quick filler that didn't seem fun. Boy was I wrong. After playing this I decided to get it but couldn't find it anywhere (FLGS or on-line) until today (though I'm sure it's available out there). Got it through Boards & Bits for $17.99. There's a lot of angst in the game trying to second guess what your opponents have played while trying to bluff them with what you have played, combined with some educated guessing and risk taking makes for a tense game of card placement. Thanks Tweedlebeetle for introducing me to this one.
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4. Board Game: Fortuna [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1701]
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Just picking up another straggler from last year's Essen crop. Nothing groundbreaking but just a solid 7 Euro. Supported my FLGS and got it for $36.
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5. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #6 – The Spartan Army [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked]
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A no brainier purchase for me continuing the completion of my C&C Ancients series. I'm actually hoping this is the last expansion for it as there's more than I'll ever get around to playing anyway. Got for $44 at Guardian Games on Euro game day. It has some nice battle scenarios and makes good use of the Eastern Empires expansion.
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6. Board Game: Dominion: Governor Promo Card [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Time for a BGG Store order now that they're back up. Got the following promo items:

Dominion: Governor Promo Card
Dominion: Walled Village Promo Card
Dominion: Stash Promo Card
Ora et Labora: Loamy Landscape
Agricola: Biogas Plant Promo Card
Kingdom of Solomon Promo: Levite Camp
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7. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #1 – The Spanish Army [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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Time to start rebuilding all the Napoleonic armies out of wood. I like the way they balanced the poor performance stats of the Spanish with the guerrilla tactics. Should make for some interesting battles. CSI $32, best online price I found at the time.
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8. Board Game: Tank on Tank [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:4007]
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It was just time to get this. Simplicity personified. It's also a good gateway game for introducing other LnL games. CSI $25. Components are not that great but I was aware of that going into the purchase. I'm used to the crappy components LnL has anyway but they're functional and better than what I can do.
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9. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:337]
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I got this as a gateway Euro. Saw it at Essen last year and thought it was an over hyped "solid 7" game. The beauty of it is that it plays fast with relatively simple rules and as such, it won't outlast its welcome. The components are very nice. I should have got this when CSI had it on the end of year sale for $29, alas, I paid their full asking price.

I did get the Kingdom Builder: Capitol expansion with it at the same time for $4.
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10. Board Game: Power Grid: The First Sparks [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:583]
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Yay, the RGG version is finally out. Saw this at Essen last year and decided then that I'd get a copy when it was released by RGG over here. It's Power Grid lite, still supports 6 players but has more simple rules and plays a bit quicker. Great theme and it's not just PG in the stone age. CSI purchased for $29.
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11. Board Game: Battles of Westeros: Brotherhood Without Banners [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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A $20 compleatist purchase. Not sure how useful they are supplementing regular faction units but at least the price of these expansions have been more reasonable than the ones for BattleLore.
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12. Board Game: Luna Llena: Death Moon [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Another compleatist purchase for $9 from Funagain. I would have got it last year at Essen but they were sold out. It's an expansion for Luna Llena: Full Moon.
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13. Board Game: Coney Island [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1813]
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Got a ding-n-dent from Funagain for $35. It's standard Euro fare with nothing really new, but the rules are straight-forward and there's strategy to be had without much luck. I doubt this one will be picked up by a US publisher and it wouldn't surprise me to see it on sale next year at Essen. Overall, just another "solid 7" added to my collection.
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14. Board Game: Champions 2020 [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:4288]
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This purchase was inevitable for me. I wanted to get this last year when I was at Essen but 1) the box was just too big and odd shaped, and 2) the standalone price was pretty high and I didn't like the other games that came in the bundle they were offering. Fortunately Funagain got some for probably less than what the standalone price at Essen would have been ($40).

As soccer games go, this one is pretty good but I'll say right off the bat it's not going to replace StreetSoccer for me any time soon. It doesn't have the same charm and ease of play that SS has. On the other hand, as a soccer strategy game, this one is one of the better ones out there and on par with Regista (aka Soccer Chess) which is one of my favorites. In the past few years I've been pretty picky about what soccer games get into my collection (ok, well maybe not) but it's still a testament to the game if I consider it a good soccer game (at least in my non-humble gaming mind). It represents many of the elements of soccer very well at the tactical level including challenges, rebounds, corner kicks, fouls, and more. All that and the bonus is it uses the same movement mechanics made familiar in SS. If you're a soccer game fan (as I am), this one would be worth a 2nd look for you.
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15. Board Game: The Mines of Zavandor [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1443]
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The first Tanga strike of the year. The price on this one has dropped to $16 which was too good to pass on. Danga da Tanga. Good family game, little down time, engaging strategies, nice theme and components all add up to a good gaming product.
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16. Board Game: Ninjato [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:395]
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Hey, it's got Ninja in the title. ninjaNINJA!ninja












A CSI $32 purchase.
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17. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:423]
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Saw the demo at Essen 11 last year. Nice production quality and mechanics that I'd say relegate it to the "Warro" category. Promised Uwe I'd eventually get it when it came out. CSI purchase for $43.
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18. Board Game: Where Eagles Dare [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:2300]
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Okay Dan, I broke down and got it. With my CSI discount it was $126 with free shipping. Some recent comprehensive reviews here on BGG sold me on it, especially the lower counter density of the units across the map (I hate tall stacks of counters). Though I don't have Devil's Cauldron, I do have plenty of other monsters and this one is a nice addition to the collection. Plus with all the other games I have on operation Market Garden this one will compliment those nicely.
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19. Board Game: Eclipse: Supernova [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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BGG store purchase. Their prices have gone up. $7.50 for this one. Alas, such is the plight of the compleatist.
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20. Board Game: BattleCON: War of Indines [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:547] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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Well off to a February start with this game in a CSI order. Their price is $27. Read up a lot on this game in the past few days and watched a few reviews, both of un-boxing and Tom V's Dice Tower. Given that I like Yomi and Tom gave a great endorsement to this game, it was enough to sell me on the purchase. Looks like there's lots of game in the box that I won't wear out any time soon.

My three promos for this came late, but still came. Thanks CSI.
- BattleCON: Claus & Wyndhal Promo
- BattleCON: Robert the Saint Promo
- BattleCON: Danny the Sinner Promo

Now I just need to get the Ernie the Geek promo and I'll be complete.
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21. Board Game: Wiz-War (eighth edition) [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:404]
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Well after what seems like an eternity, the new version is out. I never thought this game would see a reprint and it looks like FFG will hit another one out of the park with this revamped classic. CSI charged me $32.50 for it and that seems to be the going online price pretty much everywhere. I'm a huge fan of the original game and doubt I'll be disappointed with this one.
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22. Board Game: Kingdom of Solomon [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1440]
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I got a chance to dabble with this one at Essen 11 and wasn't disappointed. Most all of the comments here are correct in that there's nothing ground-breaking in any of the mechanics. It's a worker placement game where everything works and there are plenty of balanced paths to victory. I decided last fall I'd get a copy of this over Manhattan Project which didn't impress me as much at the time. CSI price was $34.
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23. Board Game: Star Trek: Expeditions – Expansion Set [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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This set officially released on 1 Feb. They're the "must have" characters to round out the starter set and now allows the game to be played with 5. For ten and a half bucks, it's about the cost of a Wiz-kids booster pack and being a compleatist, I was going to get this eventually. Plus it rounded out my CSI order just enough to get the free shipping.
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24. Board Game: Dragon Rage [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3221]
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In short, I've got to stop watching Arnaudo's video reviews. I got to toy around with this new version at last year's Essen. The price was high and the suitcase cartage space was low or I would have gotten it then. I don't think I paid much less at Funagain but with their coupon for $5 off and another $5 I had in store bonus it came out to just under $70 and with free shipping it came out to a bit less than what my Essen cost would have been.

Anyway, this is an excellent reprint of a classic fantasy wargame. The components are incredible and comparable to an Academy Games release. Nice colorful boards and rounded laser cut tokens eliminate the need to clip them. It's a very "old school" type of game but not in a bad way. The rules are relatively easy to get into and the game doesn't really drag any. According to Flatlined Games, only 1500 were produced which is probably enough for those who want the game to get a copy. Overall, I'm happy I added this one to my collection. It might be another 30 years before the next reprint.

EDIT: BTW for anyone interested, CSI got these in on 3/8/12 and sells it for $60 which is a very reasonable price.
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25. Board Game: Target Earth [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2408]
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X-com theme. Saw this at Essen 10 and got interested in it. Read the rules and watched it played at Essen 11 and passed on it for price and suitcase room. Saw it on the shelf at Guardian Games and got it for $38 with my 20% Euro game day discount which is in line with what it costs at online game shops. It's GenX. That means a tough time reading the rules and solid but sub-par bits mostly on the part of one-sided counters. Still, there's a good game in the box and great theme to match the action. It's basically a coop game but the advanced game forces everyone to coop and then one player will win based on total highest VP's. It's nice that it can be played both ways for the more competitive folks.
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