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June update -- and most of July

Mike Hostetler
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Hey it's the end of July and I'm making a June update... well, I got to keep my three readers happy!

June has been my best game month thus far this year. Couple a trip to the lake (where we play games at night) and another trip to Spielbound, our game cafe, I got some good plays in.


One of those games from the game cafe was Indigo, which my daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed. I guess we both enjoyed it so much that it showed up as my Father's Day gift. My family really gets me.... it has gotten 6 plans in the last month, which is a pretty good feat for us.

I also had a little Solo-con where I played my new copy of Mage Knight Board Game. Oh. My. The things said about this game are all true -- it's complicated, the rules are dense, you will get things wrong, and it's an amazing game!

I'll do July now too.... Because it's almost over.

We had a 2 week vacation at the beginning of the month. Sometimes we play games, sometimes we don't. Anyway we played Monopoly Deal Card Game for the first time in a long time. Yeah I know it's a Monopoly variant but it's not bad... it's more of a take-that game with a set collection mechanic so, in that way, it's nothing like Monopoly.

Also stayed with some friends and the husband is a gamer, so we got in 7 Wonders and Splendor. I also got out IOTA, which I recently purchased. IOTA is an interesting game -- it seems like a small clone of Qwirkle but it also has quite a few elements of SET (a game I am not good at all) and IOTA is ultra-portable. It was fun.

Stats:

0.8 plays/day. Not quite to my goal, but honestly not as bad as I thought I would be.

10/10 results, thus far:

Splendor 9
Star Realms 9
DC Comics Deck-Building Game 7
Hive 7
Spot it! 7
Ticket to Ride 7
Indigo 6
Sleeping Queens 5
Zulus on the Ramparts! 5


Only 5 from the Five-and-Dime list in May and now we have nine! Things are looking up!
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