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Steph's New to Me List April 2019!! *All The Games!*

Steph Hodge
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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




April List
from Worst to Best



MeM:

Maybe I don't like it since I am bad at it? It is colorful, I will give it that. Really just not an abstract that I enjoyed. I did enjoy when it was over.



2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Pulp Detective:

Oh man, it is really hard to manipulate the dice in this game. Maybe I was playing wrong, though I don't think so, but I didn't manage to get any of the clues I needed. Seemed way too luck based and it was just generally not fun. Not a game for me.



2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Quick!Quick!Quick!:

Speed tile laying game. Too many rules, so short game play. Way too fiddly. This game needs a good developer and then I might revisit it. Not quick enough to have "quick" in the title 3 times.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Jagdfieber:

Simultaneous card selection. Rock Paper Scissors mechanic. Try to snatch up as many cards as you can for points. Cute art, but overall not a great game for me. Wouldn't want to play again.



3.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls:

This is BANG! rethemed. I hadn't played Bang in a million years but everyone else was naming the cards that the new cards were mimicking from Bang. I am not one for player elimination so this game wasn't really a hit for me. I think if you like Bang, then you will enjoy this one!



3.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Vinci:

I am grateful for Vinci to help pave the way for the excellent games that Small World and History of the World are. This just so didn't work for me at all. I won't play this one again.



3.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Noctiluca:

Not that bad but not great. If you want to do well, you have to seriously AP. This game is just asking for players to AP. I have to frown on that. Not much game here and just not much fun. Kinda surprised and might have expected more.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Nessos:

Bluffing game. Reminded me of Cockroach Poker, but not as much fun. I would never choose to play this one over that one. It was fine.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Shadow Blocks:

Speed polyomino placing game. I like that there is a catch-up mechanic. Interesting puzzle for a while, but goes on too long and becomes less interesting as you play. I would rather play Ubongo 3D or something.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Pearls:

Reallllllllllllllllllllly simple set collection game. A game I didn't mind at all, but it wasn't too deep. Could play again, but really not itching to. It was fun to beat Dan once.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Formula Dé Mini:

Really not into racing games at all. This was fast enough where it wasn't too tedious. I wish it were just 2 laps though. I will always choose Snow Tails over this and it gives me a similar feeling. I do like the rainbow dice. Not a game I want to play again though.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Disastles:

Perhaps too much destruction and fewer castles. Only played the one game but nearly everyone died. Hard to maintain connections if your castle is being destroyed. Quick enough filler though and I will have to check out the different ways to play. For me, it is okay.




4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Incubation:

Good for families and kids. I was drawn to the fabulous artwork. Went on longer than I might have liked for a set collection game. No real desire to play it again. Super cute though.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Elements:

2 player card game. Awesome production for a small boxed game. All in all, this was just unexciting and not fun. I can see how if you play a lot, it might be clever, but I just don't care to find out. Not for me.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Dig Down Dwarf:

This edition had poor dice production - pips were falling out. Cool gems. The game was more interesting than I thought it would be, which is not saying a whole lot. Still not a game I would much like to return to. Not exciting, but could be fun if you have a few good rolls.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tales of Ki-pataw:

This game wanted to be so much fun. Loved the back stories and art. Wanted to love it, but it was just kinda okay. Running around to complete my objectives. There are a few different ways to play the game, so it could be more fun another way. I would consider going back to try.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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The Scarlet Pimpernel:

This game is so very attractive. Beautiful colors! Didn't know the story well, still don't really. Doesn't make sense as a theme so much, but I almost wish it were a fully cooperative game. Right now I feel it is missing something special. Mostly just a cube pusher for me and not a game I will be asking to play in the future.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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X: Ganz schön knifflig!:

Roll n Write that reminds me of Can't Stop Express but not as fun. It was just okay for me. I could play again or not. Meh.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Potion:

Reimplements another game called POK but updates the scoring rules which really help to fix it. Push your luck bluffing game that has some cute pieces and a fun package. Harmless filler and I would be happy to play more.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Folding Space:

Still in prototype form, so there is room for some development to happen. Would want to play again in final form to see how much it changes. I am not a fan of how the folding boards work with the speed and majority mechanics. I wish the boards were implemented differently and featured more, or just not implemented at all.




5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Megaland:

It works. It can be a good family game. I like that it is in Target, and I wish I had a game like this growing up. Right now, it just doesn't work for me though. Maybe push your luck games like this aren't for me. I just will lose, always. I can't stop. It is a fault of my own and not a fault of the game.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Meander:

Not much to this game. Gotta puzzle out some patterns in a board and hope they work out when the time comes. It's cute and clever, but won't be hitting the table frequently.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Sushi Roll:

Pretty cute dice drafting game. I definitely like this more than the card game, if only for the big chunky dice. Better with more people because you can see more dice and have more opportunities to steal dice away.



5/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)



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Herbaceous Sprouts:

I have to say I liked Herbaceous more. This was perfectly pleasant, but not terribly exciting. Love the production and artwork, but I will stick to Herbaceous.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Push It:

Simple dex game to try and be closest to the push it puck. Not much happening here, but can be a good restaurant game if you like that sort of thing. Harmless.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Würfelwurst:

Push your luck dice rolling game to get lots of points. Cute artwork and fun critters. Very simple but I can see it going on far too long with more than 2 people. It was fine.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Sherlock Express:

Speed pattern/deduction game. The main problem is that people don't play this quickly enough. I think players should flip faster but it rarely happens that way. There is usually a long pause between the flips for people to try to calculate. More fun to go really fast! It was cute enough and I could play again.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Tiny Towns:

Great production and art. Gameplay for me was only okay. Kinda wish the resource you are given each turn was random or relied on some other mechanic. Or maybe if the buildings were ever-changing so that no 2 people can have the same board set up. It's hard to explain, but I am just not that into this game. I very much want to be.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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LAMA:

SO MANY RAINBOWS!! I wish I could give a game a ranking just on the bold rainbow colors. The gameplay was just not great for me. It was fine, don't get me wrong. There is nothing much to it. Simple filler card game and nothing to keep it getting played. Samey. BUT RAINBOWS!



5/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)



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Res Arcana:

This is one I should play again someday but with fewer people. For me, this just went on far too long and I couldn't get any combos working. It was a rough first play, but I want to give it another chance.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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KeyForge: Call of the Archons:

I really started off hating this one. By the end, it was warming up for me. I like that you can select only one faction each turn - that is probably the game's saving grace. Not really my type of game in general though.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Hintegers:

Interesting party game. I am just not smart enough for it though. I could play again no problem. If I gave the clue "watch" which number would you pick? Yah, no one will get it right, and this is why I am bad at this game.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Rolling Ranch:

Pretty simple Roll n Write game. You get to play with farm animals and you try to pen the same types of animals together. Different buildings and bonuses to aim for to keep it interesting from game to game. I felt it was a bit long though and I was generally uninterested by the end.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Black Angel:

This is one to explore more. There is a lot that rides on how the table is playing the game. You will have a much different experience depending on what is happening among the players. Beautiful production, but can be difficult to find the combos and paths to victory. Not intuitive and will be difficult to teach.



5.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Antler Island:

Love the stag figures. So cute! The gameplay is not that interesting, but the puns and humor that comes with the table of gamers is priceless. Not a game I will frequently find myself playing, but happy to play every once in a while. "Deer Goggles."



5.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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ArtSee:

Pretty game. I recall playing this in prototype form a few years ago. It has come a long way, and for the better. Lots of options on where to place cards and which cards to put, but still constricting enough. I had an enjoyable time playing but I am not sure it stands out amongst the rest.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Silver:

An updated take on Cabo. But Silver is a much better game with more control and more options. I think it falls into the Bezier line up very well. I will definitely play this one again.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Senators:

Oh man, this game is harsh. I really need to play it a few more times with the advanced support cards and see how I like it with those. For now, I don't mind it and I think this can be a pretty cool auction game. Worried that the rich might get richer though.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Patchwork Doodle:

I like filling in my board with polyominoes. It seems a bit samey after a while and I would like different objectives from game to game. It was okay.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Bukiet:

Oh, the pretty colors in this game. An easy Roll and Write where you roll dice and fill in your board. Nothing too deep, but I could play with the family. Doesn't stand out in a room of Roll n Writes, but I am happy to play it.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Filler:

Delicious little card game. It was a nice surprise and works very well with 2 players. Light drafting game to try and use your ingredients to get more cards for your hand which will help you get more cards. Interesting deck building game. Happy to play this one again.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Cover Your Assets:

Really cute card game with more than meets the eye. Timing is everything - when to strike and how to strike are critical. Lots of laughs with this one. I like it a lot and will play with the fam.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Sherlock Holmes: Four Investigations:

Not my favorite in the choose your own adventure series of books, but still really clever. Enjoying the experience and I like that I can choose to be Holmes or Watson. That was clever.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Palm Island:

Neat little card game. We played 2 players as multiplayer solitaire and I thought it worked pretty well. Interested to see how the different modes will work. Sometimes difficult to get the cards to cooperate when you are holding them. Very enjoyable little game.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Silver & Gold:

Oh, this was the talk of the town for the week. I do like actually writing on the cards that you collect. Finally, a smart Roll n Write idea! Really enjoyed this one and will happily play it when requested. Might not stand out in time, but for now, I am enjoying it.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Oceans:

Solid gameplay. I liked this a lot more than I enjoyed Evolution. More control over the cards you are playing which helps you defend yourself. Highly interactive engine building game. Will love to play this game again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Amul:

Clever set collection and drafting game. You have to be tricky to prepare well for the big reveal at the end of the game. That final reveal is what will keep me going back for more. Really enjoyed my play.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Draftosaurus:

Oh my goodness so cute! I love drafting dinomeeples. I had to pick it up since it is so cute. I just need to add googly eyes. I will play this anytime since it is so quick and so colorful.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Dungeon Academy:

Speed game where you use the patterns on the dice to gain powers and defeat the bad guys in a path. The more you kill, the more points you will get. Really clever speed puzzle game. I look forward to playing a bunch more.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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The Boldest:

Simultaneous card play, and I love that mechanic. Sort of programming your plays in this game at the same time. Hard to judge what people might do. Plays out fairly quickly though. Enjoyable play. I really am not attracted to the artwork at all, except my water buffalo friend. Would like more color in my game art.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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One Key:

This game is super cute. Libellud really delivers with their artwork every time. Does not disappoint. Cooperative gameplay and it is super challenging to convey meaning in images that have little to do with one another. Love the use of the app. A really clever game and I can't wait to play again.



7/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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HexRoller:

I love the puzzles of trying to make the connections and waiting for the perfect rolls to fill in your different regions. Never plays out the way you want it to. Clever Roll n Write and I am happy to have it.



7.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Dizzle:

Really great how they incorporate different levels to keep you playing. The variety is nice and will make me want to own this. I am terrible at it since I always push my luck too much and it never works out. Keeps it interesting though.



7.5/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write:

Enjoyed the few plays I had of this. I have to say I am more interested in the campaign mode to try all the different buildings and see how they work in different plays. Basic play might get static after a while, but there is a lot of potential with this one.



7.5/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Captive:

Ohh this is an exciting book. You are in for an adventure this time. I had to pause in the middle, but I couldn't wait to get back to it and save my daughter! This one is a true maze. Very cool!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Second Chance:

I love the tough choices on which pieces to draw. With colorful markers, this game will be awesome! Happy to play this any time.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Auf falscher Fährte:

This game is such a delight. I really like not knowing what will happen and I play every trick in fear. This is a card game for me. Really loved it.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Ohanami:

I took to this game immediately and played it a bunch. Love playing out the cards and trying to find the perfect time to switch over to extreme plays. Really nice filler game and will definitely be adding to the collection.



7.5/10 After 3 plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Escape Plan:

Such a big game and amazing production, and yet I still think it is Lacerda's easiest-to-play game. Streamlined and easy to understand (compared to Lisboa). I had a great time and this theme is super cool. I very much look forward to my next play.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Marco Polo 2:

Not on BGG yet, and HiG hasn't decided whether to make this an expansion or standalone game. Either way, I have to have it. Loved playing the new take on Marco Polo. It is so exciting to see more content for this game and I can't wait to see the final production.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North:

Unique player decks make this game awesome. Different strategies to accomplish similar things. Loved playing this head-to-head and figuring out what might work best for my faction. Looking forward to the finished product.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Boomerang:

Really excellent card drafting/Roll n Write game. Two of my favorite mechanics and it didn't disappoint. Will have to add this one to the collection! Really stood out among the many in the Roll n Write genre this month.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale:

LOVED this one. Creating a map and trying to complete goals. Really creative Roll n Write and one I will always want to play. Very excited for more plays of this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Subtext:

Will no doubt be the best party game of the year. I love this game! I generally like party games, but this one really makes you think outside the box. Dixit meets Pictionary! You totally need the right crowd though.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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The Game That Shall Not Be Named:

Terribly sad I can't talk about this game, but just know that I LOVE IT! It will hopefully hit stores this year. IT'S AMAZINGGG FUN! There are some dice... and more dice! So many dice!



8.5/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned/Wishlist)

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Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal:

I love drafting dice, and I love deck building. All of that is used so well in this game. Confusing rules, but once you get through them, it is a blast. I very much look forward to adding this to the collection!



8.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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Hadara:

Loved this game. Quick and meaningful choices. Wonderful engine building and easily a highlight for the month, if not the year. Want to play this all the time. Very much look forward to wearing my copy out.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Game of the Month: Twice As Clever!!

Twice as Clever and Twice as Better. Love this game. Possibly my favorite Roll n Write. Highly addictive app and so much to think about in a short playtime. IMO way better than Ganz.



9/10 After 5 in-person plays (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!




Mystic Vale: Vale of the Wild:

Leader cards and more advancement cards and new vale cards. So much added. The coolest feature is the leader cards though. One will be added to your starting hand and will provide a unique ability for you. Super cool!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Underwater Cities: Expansion:

More cards, more boards, more awesome. A must have.



9/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period:

UM! SO GREAT! Pretty sure that covers it. Amazing game and amazing expansion. So much amazingness! Like the base game? Great - this is an insta-buy expansion.



9.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21
April: 68!





Total new-to-me games for the year: 114!



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I have been seeing a bunch of movies recently... hopefully more and more with AMC's A-List!








Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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Steph's New to Me List March 2019!!

Steph Hodge
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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




March List
from Worst to Best



GemPacked Cards:

I have been wanting to play this game for far too long. It is easily one of the cutest games out there. For me, there weren't many meaningful choices and it was just a slog getting through the game. Bored to tears. Probably better for small children.



3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Andromeda:

Interesting push your luck element in this game. All in all not really my type of game with area control and a forced trading mechanic. Perhaps better with fewer players. Not really high on the play again list.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Gunkimono:

Dated. I was just bored playing it. Nothing engaging keeping me interested. Pull away leader/s and no catch up mechanic. Not really sure I have to return to try this again.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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The Bears and the Bees:

Cute abstract family style game. Easy to play, but perhaps not enough control for honeycomb placements. Sort of luck dependent on what cards you draw and the combos you might be able to create. I would try again, but might just not be the game for me.




5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Robotech: Ace Pilot:

Definitely better with fewer people. Felt too long with 4. This game wants to be a better puzzle than it turns out to be. I think I either need more dice rolling or more puzzle. There isn't enough of either. It is fine.



5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Argoat:

Love the art! Exploration with some player negotiating. I am just not a fan of negotiating, and would rather have every man for himself. That mechanic brought it down for me a bit. I am also just not a fan of race-to-the-finish games. It was a miss for me, but I am sure if you like those mechanics you will find it more interesting.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kodama Duo:

This game has been updated from the original. I like it better with the duel aspect to it. The card mechanic is nice. I want to love this more than I do, so I will give it a few more plays.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Haven:

Iconic art. A 1v1 game in a tug-of-war type mechanic. This is one of the better games in the genre. I don't particularly like it though. This game worked and I could easily play it again. Just stunning to look at.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Pralaya:

Love the Anime style art. This is a set collection and push-your-luck game. Interesting hate-drafting mechanic, but you are also trying to get the best sets for yourself. Its cute.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Trollfjord:

You get to whack a wooden tower with a wooden gavel. What more can you ask for? It is an awesome gimmick. Certainly makes the game fun, but not sure how much staying power it has. I could easily play it again.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper:

Interesting take on Rummy. I need another few plays, but I enjoy it well enough to give it that chance. Pretty colors! I still don't think I understand some of the rules though. laugh It was late.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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King of the Dice:

Cute push-your-luck dice game. Yahtzee-style dice rolling to try and claim cards for points. Love the artwork and am generally a fan of HABA games. Easy for the fam.



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Zocken:

An older title but still fun! This is a betting game where players to try and roll the dice in a particular order. I think it will be fun for holiday get-togethers. Not sure it will be requested ever, but I will happily play it. Rainbow dice!



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time:

Campaign-style tower defense game. This is a cooperative game where all players are trying to fight off the goblins and wolves. Interested to see where the campaign takes me.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Grifters: Nexus:

If you like Grifters then this can be an expansion for it. It also works as a stand-alone game. There is a lot of take-that in this game, but it is quick enough where it doesn't bother me. I enjoy playing it.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Canasta Caliente:

It had been far too long since I played Canasta. I really enjoyed the extra card added in Caliente. Traditional partnership games like this are fun. I always like card games!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Miraris:

Quick little game which is super cute. I think it works as a great filler and plays up to 6. I love the simultaneous card selection mechanic. I would totally play this anytime. Quite enjoyable.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Tears of a Goddess:

Choose-your-own-adventure type book with life and damage attached. This was super hard and super exciting. I had a great time playing this one and I very much look forward to the others in the series of books.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Onirim:

Really clever solo game that is quite a challenge. So colorful! It is even harder as a 2-player game. Excited to play more with the various expansions.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar Campaign Deck:

I love Star Realms and Hero Realms. This fits right in there. You get to have your own character and level them up with cooler skills and items. Really fun to work through a campaign. Would definitely recommend it.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Aeon's End: Legacy



Really great! Can't seem to get enough. I haven't played any other version of Aeon's End so I can't compare. Love opening the new chapters and choosing all of the awesome upgrades and additions for the next chapter. So much fun and I am loving it.



9/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!


Villainous: Wicked to the Core:

New characters to mix in or to play as a stand-alone game. If you are a fan of Villainous, this will be an easy no-brainer for you.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Welcome To...: Doomsday Thematic Neighborhood:

New Welcome To board! Love the extra objectives of saving lives. Couple new city plans which are cool. I like mixing it up a bit. Great addition.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Small World: Realms:

Super awesome expansion for Small World! Lots of boards to mix and match and make a unique world every time. Loved it and would totally recommend it if you enjoy Small World.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Chronicles of Crime: Noir:

This expansion is awesome. Gives you the same feeling of CoC but you have new abilities since you are a detective and not necessarily playing on the side of the law. Super challenging and fun to figure out.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13
March: 21





Total new to me games for the year: 46!



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I have been seeing a bunch of movies recently... hopefully more and more with AMC's A-List!








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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!











Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




February List
from Worst to Best




ROLL for Your Life, Candyman!:

I am not really into speed rolling dice games. This didn't change my mind on the subject. The components are super cute, but the game just didn't do anything for me. Could be good for kids and families to enjoy though.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Cabo:

Luck-driven card game. You have a few choices, and you simply have to hope for the best! The artwork is amazingly cute and I hope they create more games with these characters and world. All in all a filler game that didn't really grab me.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Memo Street:

Memory meets Yahtzee. Very very simple design. Not terribly exciting and not one I want to play all the time. It was fine.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Lisboa:

Was very hesitant on playing this game since I hadn't been too fond of other titles from Lacerda. There is far too much going on in this game for me to appreciate it. Too many moving parts. I didn't hate it, but I won't ever choose to play it. All in all, not for me.



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Ludus Senatus:

This actually reminded me a bit of Cabo. Hidden cards that you are trying to manipulate. This was faster, therefore, I liked it more. Very fast, but not terribly exciting. Could play again.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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On Tour:

Roll n write game. Kind of hard to plan, and can easily be screwed over. Really enjoyed at the beginning, but by the end was kind of over it. Nice production and a game I could play again.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Intrigue:

Mean game. It is pretty entertaining though. I enjoyed it and would definitely like to play again. Really hard to gauge the situations in this game. Fun to see the final outcome.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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DinoGenics:

Solid gameplay. One card really ticked me off which set an overall gloom for me. Would play again with fewer people, but if I had to pick a dino game, it would be Dinosaur Island.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Eye My Favorite Things:

Cute party type game with personal information. You are providing top 5 lists and people have to try and win tricks based on what they think they know about you. It is silly and fun. I had a good time playing and will definitely play again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Vadoran Gardens:

Super cute card laying game. Totally drawn to the box art. I like card placement games with pattern building. A quick and clever game in the realm of Honshu. Would happily play this for a filler game. Can feel a little restrictive though.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Ab in die Tonne:

I am always up for a good dexterity game. This is fun times and plays in 15 minutes. The pieces never seem to slide in the correct direction no matter what! Lots of fun!



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Obsession:

Love the theme. Some interesting game mechanics and hand management. I am not really a fan of the take-that element to the game, but I enjoy everything else that is happening. Definitely a game to revisit.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Wingspan



Love the theme and production of this game. So many cards, and I really like the different combos and strategies to go for. I'm constantly planning in this game, and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment at the end. I enjoy it.



7.5/10 After several plays (Owned)



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New to me Expansions!



Celestia: A Little Help:

Cute addition to the game. More cards that will help the active player and give player abilities. Definitely a great choice if you love the base game.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Welcome To...: Halloween Thematic Neighborhood:

Perfect game to put me in the mood for Halloween. Hahah just enough addition to keep it easy to understand for new players. Really love the change up in this expansion board.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Lords of Vegas: UP!:

Really great expansion. I am not sure I like playing with 5 players, but it is a good option to have either way. I certainly like building upwards. Makes it easier to get those otherwise difficult-to-gain points.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Dinosaur Island: Totally Liquid:

So much content added to an already awesome game. I might recommend not adding it all in at once, but a few here and there. I really enjoyed this expansion. I do have a lot of questions for Jon Gilmour though. I look forward to playing again soon!



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 12
February: 13






Total new to me games for the year: 25!



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Last year I started keeping tabs on the movies I was watching. This year I am also adding in the completed series I watch! I love TV too...









Thanks for following along! I hope you have an amazing 2019.


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2019!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!










Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




January List
from Worst to Best




Valentina: The Game – Tutto Crepax Vol. 1:

Okay, I knew this game would be bad, but I still wanted to try it out since I owned it. Pretty game, but really not much fun at all. Speed memory puzzle game. Bad but not burn worthy.



2/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Niagara:

Cool waterfall gimmick which caught my interest to begin with. Needs some house rules to be more likable in my book. Can be really mean, and it might just never end! Ran on far too long for my taste.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Waterworks:

Crusty old card placement game. Not horrible but it was so old I felt dirty playing it. Can be mean and take-that. Luck of the draw. Not exciting at all and won't ever be a choice in the future for me.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Age of Civilization:

A bit under developed. Cool ideas and easy to learn light civ game. I like the limited actions you can take in the game and the short playtime.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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Madorino Karuta VR:

Cute use of VR. I like having to try and describe a room. I feel like the game could get old after a few plays but I would be fine playing anytime. It plays a bunch of people and can be a good filler for the start of the day.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Adlung Land:

Card laying game to build an amusement park. I like how Adlung Games incorporated all of their titles into this game, it is clever. Harmless game and one I could easily play again.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Ice Cream:

We need more games about ice cream so this was a welcomed theme in my book. Any reason to eat more ice cream is a good one. Cute set creation game to try and score ice cream points. Happy to play.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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La Stanza:

Played in nearly finished prototype form. Enjoyable planning game. You have to work out the best moves and how to accomplish getting the masterpieces made. Stressful and tight. Cool game.



7/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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Architects of the West Kingdom:

Clever worker placement game. Feels similar in design to the North Sea series, but different enough to be interesting. Worth checking out if you like Euro games.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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London (second edition):

This game is almost brutal in a good kinda way. I played the 1st edition and remember it being more favorable than I have it rated (6). I quite enjoyed the play I had for this one and would most certainly like to return to it. Very much enjoyed my play.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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Pirate Tricks:

Simple to learn trick-taking game with variable rules that change up from hand to hand. Plays out super quick and lots of fun choices. A very enjoyable game. Maybe too much public information to try and keep track of. Still, one I want to play more of.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: 5x5 City:

More awesomeness from Okazu Brand. Tile placement game with some pattern building. Easy to teach and play and right up my alley. Will want to own this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned/Wishlist)



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The Tally


January: 12






Total new to me games for the year: 12!



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Last year I started keeping tabs on the movies I was watching. I quite enjoyed that and will continue to keep tabs this year!









Thanks for following along! I hope you have an amazing 2019.


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2018!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 400 500 games!



Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!










Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




December List






1. Forbidden City:

New Knizia title. More than meets the eye with this one. Very enjoyable tile placment game that doesn't outstay its welcome. Will gladly play this anytime.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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2. Cupcake Empire:

Clever dice game to make the cupcake recipes and deliver them to customers. Very quick game and you get a lot accomplished. I enjoy this one.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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3. Tournament of Towers:

Simple dex game with amazing quality. Love the weird shapes and the heft to all the pieces. Would gladly play this anytime. Similar to Junk Art.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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4. The River:

Pretty simple worker placement game. Entry-level, but still interesting. I could play this for a filler anytime. Harmless and cute. Not terribly innovative or exciting.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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5. Railroad Rivals:

Tile drafting and placing game. Pretty mean-spirited and cut throat when playing properly. The randomness of the tiles was not great but didn't affect me that much. Can't say I am excited to play this one again, but would.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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6. Let's Drink:

A re-theme of one of my favorites Cha dango. This is just slightly different but still the same amazing fun. This is a great version of the game and it comes in a fuzzy bunny plushie!



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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7.City of Gears:

Felt I got a good feel for the game in the first play. Not sure it is really my type of game. Not enough to do on your turn since there are so few resources you can possibly get. It was about 4 rounds and seemed wicked fast and I never got an engine built. It was weird and nothing really grabbed me. Something seemed off for me.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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8. KOI:

Relaxing and beautiful abstract game. I found a few issues with the turn order, but I think that is can be houseruled with ease. Perhaps it is best with 2 players? It is easy to teach and play and one I can see playing in a casual setting. I really love the art in this one.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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9. Hokkaido:

Definitely enjoy this one more than Honshu. I love the drafting and the added complication of the mountain range. Quicker also helps! If you like Honshu, I think you would enjoy this too. Fun!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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10. The Table Is Lava:

Super cute and fun dex game where you get to throw cards on the table and try to knock people into the lava. Easy end-of-night game where you don't have to think too much. I will gladly play this anytime.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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11. Once Upon a Castle:

Roll n Write game where you get to color in a castle! A very simple game to try and collect the walls and towers of the castle and gain lots of points. You can be creative like me and use sharpies to help color in the castle you are forming. Super cute!



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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12. Cryptid:

Clever deduction game. Seems unique - very different than any other deduction game that I have played. I could easily play this anytime.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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13. X nimmt!:

This game was awesome. I love 6 nimmt! and this is a different take on that one. It only plays 2-4 players with minor but effective changes. I would highly recommend this one if you like 6 Nimmt.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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14. Futuropia:

Easy-to-learn rules but took me a while to figure out strategy. I did not fully understand it until it was over and we were scoring. It is a game I will have to revisit to form a full opinion. For now, I am on the fence.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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15. Ghosts of the Moor:

Plays up to 5, but I would probably suggest 3. The more dudes you get, the more fun you will have since you will have more decisions to make. It was cute, would play again.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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16. Word Domination:

Area control word game. You want to make clever words and steal letters from the map and control locations. It was a cute game. It certainly helps if you know really long and obscure words. I would play this again, but I know I will lose every time I do. Still can be a fun challenge.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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17. Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr:

Interesting theme. Played a few scenarios. Puzzles changed up over the different scenarios and I am interested in playing through the campaign.



7.5/10 After 3 plays (Owned)



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18. Alice:

Amazing artwork and theme. Not sure there are enough choices in the game. I need and want more cards to perform the actions with. Seemed to be a bit slow too. Will have to give it another play.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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19. Kingdom Run:

The more I play Ankama games, the more I love the look and play of all of them. This one is a super cute race game with some dice rolling and take-that. Very simple with lots of options. I would play this anytime.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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20. Dice Age: The Hunt:

Las Vegas with a twist as you are also trying to collect different sets of hunting game. It was definitely a refreshing take on Las Vegas and I could play this in its place anytime.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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21. Trash Pandas:

Top-notch artwork and a push-your-luck game to boot. I had to see what it was all about. Very cute game. Probably a bit long for my taste since I seem to always push my luck too much. Would play again, but not itching to do so.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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22. 3x8:

Small colorful card game. Really didn't like the gameplay at all. I could see keeping the cards to be used for The Mind, but this is not a game I would want to play again.



3.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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23. Wing Spirits:

Not the best game to play on the fly. You really need a good table and playing surface. Not the best dex game and probably not one I will play again.



3.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)

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24. 1st & Roll:

I don't even like Sportsball, but this was a lot of fun. I love push-your-luck dice games! It is super clever and the board is magnetic!



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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25. Kero:

2-player game. You get to roll lots of dice and try to get the symbols needed to buy the cards you want and take control of locations. Wicked cool sand timer trucks.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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26. Ringo:

2-player simple abstract game. Shiny rings! Harmless and quick so it is one to play anytime. It was okay.



5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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27. Spirits of the Forest:

Deluxe version is so pretty! Simple gameplay to gather sets. Very easy to play and a bit relaxing. Interested in playing more with variants, but base game alone is a bit too simple for me.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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28. Now Boarding:

Cooperative gameplay to try and pick up angry passengers and drop them at their proper destination. You work with the other airlines to make sure everyone is happy. It is a clever theme. Probably not a game I will return to often, but I would gladly play it again.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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29. Ocean Crisis:

OCEAN DEFENSE TEAM! Cooperative game to clean up the waters and not get too much pollution. Pretty easy to learn and different levels of difficulties. I could play again.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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30. Cerebria: The Inside World:

Love this game. Probably don't need to rate again, but it has changed a bunch since I last played it and this was a new experience, but still gave me the same feeling. Really excited to play this more and more.



8.5/10 After 2 plays (Owned)



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31. Marble Bobsleigh:

Not a game for me. Seems like it could be cool but there were a bunch of issues with the marble releases. Wanted more to happen.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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32. Cave Paintings:

Silly drawing game. I would totally play this if requested or in the mood for a drawing game. I don't think it is above other drawing games like Pictomania, but it was cute.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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33. Mesozooic:

Real-time puzzle game to try and make your best park by sliding the cards around the grid as fast as you can to make the connections you want. It was cute. I am interested in the advanced rules to see if that makes it a bit more interesting. For now, it was just okay.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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34. Prototype- Roll n Write Designed by Kane Klenko:

Early Proto - Not going to rate it. Looking forward to final result!



-/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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35. Home Alone Game:

Clever 2 player game with a pretty fantastic theme. Will definitely be making it a holiday tradition to play this one. Super fast and some good choices. Hard to win as Kevin but not impossible. I like a good challenge.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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36. Cerberus:

Not really a game for me, but I can see how it will have its place. Cute Cerberus meeple. Not really hidden traitor but can kind of feel like it. Simple card game to try and escape the cave before Cerberus gets you. Or do you want to join Cerberus? It was okay.



4.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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37. Hardback:

More streamlined than Paperback and I quite enjoyed it. I am always up for some word games and this was a delight. Happy to play this.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)




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38. Walking in Burano:

So colorful! Love the theme and card drafting. I didn't like the use of money in this game though - I feel it might play better without it. Happy to play it anytime, but might not request it. I try too hard to put the buildings in rainbow order and get disappointed if I don't.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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39. Thwarted! A Game of Super-Villainy:

Very much a take-that card game in the realm of Munchkin. Not much here for me to stay interested for very long. Didn't wow me, but was fine.



4/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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40. Big Bang 13.7:

Tile placement and very abstract. Interesting gameplay and one I could play whenever requested. Has a bunch of take-that though.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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41. From Batavia:

Very chaotic resource management game and a race to fill 3 boats. Ultimately not a game for me, but wasn't horrible.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)



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42. Intrigues of Asgard:

Cool theme - duel purpose cards. Set collection with take-that elements. Not really a card game for me and I would advise not to play with larger player counts. Could play again.



5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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43. Geschenke für den Radscha:

Interesting abstract game to collect tokens on the board and use them for buying the items needed. Really a race game to get a couple items and return back. Could use more development work but overall interesting. Happy I played.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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44. Coney Island:

Painful to play. Can't seem to get anything done if people keep ruining what you did the turn before. More frustrating than fun.



3/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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45. The Majority: Complete Edition:

Partnership game to try and collect cards for value. Interesting scoring and I love the art Ayatsurare Ningyoukan offers. Happy to play this.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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46. Pepper & Carrot: The Potion Contest:

Amazing artwork. Never read the webcomic but love the Ghibli feeling the game holds. Very puzzley and thinky. Wish it were real-time.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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New Expansions!




1. Santa Maria: American Kingdoms:

Really good exansion for this game. If you are a fan of the base game then I would recommend this to add in additional modules. Lots to explore and content available here. #recommended.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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2. The Table is Lava: Coconuts edition:

Not really needed with the base game, but allows for a 5th player! It will get played a lot because I am always looking for good 5 player games. Good add-on.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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3. Imhotep: A New Dynasty:

Excellent expansion. Really offers a lot more boards and replayability. I love mixing and matching the different boards and getting new goals and objectives. If you like the base game I think this will be an obvious pickup.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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4. Dominion: Nocturne:

Didn't get a proper feel for the expansion but I like what I was seeing. One I want to play more of!



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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5. Dominion: Renaissance:

Not much overarching feeling for this expansion, but I liked what I saw. You always need more Dominion cards right?



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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6. Isle of Skye: Druids:

Easier expansion to take in vs Isle of Skye: Journeyman and might suggest it even before playing the 1st expansion. Quite enjoyable and would be happy to play it anytime. Wishing the base box was a little bigger now.



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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The Tally


January: 23
February: 24
March: 48
April:58
May: 56
June: 44
July: 29
August: 59
September: 30
October: 27
November: 56
December: 46





Total new to me games for the year: 500!



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MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS: Let's Drink




8.5/10



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For those keeping track, I watched 18 movies in December, 0 of which were with Movie Pass (Canceled Dec 2018).

Total movies watched with MoviePass: 42
Total movies watched in 2018: 135
Favorite new to me Movies: Captain Fantastic / Aquaman / Mary and the Witch's Flower









Thanks for following along! I hope you have an amazing 2019.


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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Steph's New to Me List November 2018!!

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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2018!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 400 500 games!

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Steph's Awesome Spectrum Rating System!










Steph's Sad Cloud Rating 1-2.5/10
Steph's Bland Rainbow Rating 3-4.5/10
Steph's Primary Rainbow Rating 5-7/10 (Solid Play)
Steph's Super Rainbow Rating 7.5-8.5 (Keepers)
Steph's Double Rainbow Rating 9-10/10 (Top Favorites)




November List




1. Brikks:

Roll n Write game of Tetris! I probably hyped this game up too much for myself. I wish there was another board for variation. Not really enough interesting choices to keep me wanting to play over and over.



6/10 After several plays (Owned)



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2. First Contact:

Tons of fun! Seen the movie Arrival? This is the board game of that movie. Aliens trying to communicate with humans. Lots of laughs and makes for a fun party game. Having a great time with this one and can see lots of games in my future!



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)