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Steph's New to Me List October 2017- ESSENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN list with 50 NEW Games! With Photography

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Welcome to Steph's "New to Me" List 2017!


This year I have made the goal of learning 300 365 games!


October List




1. Mini Rails:

Difficult to judge on one play. It plays quickly, but there is so much screw you involved. It didn't sit well for me. Might be better with less people. Probably better after one play so I know what to expect. Just felt I was getting picked on for the sake of getting picked on.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








2. Carreau:

Amazingly fun dex game. I love dex games and this is just fun to catapult your die into the field. I am terrible at this one but I like a challenge. And lots of flicking.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








3. Akaba:

Somehow- I got assigned to play this strange game. You use a blowing thing to move your magic carpet rider along the board. You have to try and collect the items. It was weird and the art was terrible. I found it fun for about a minute then I was over it.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









4. Gentes:

Was expecting a light civ game. Not so much civ at all but set collection and action selection. I really enjoyed my play of this game. I look forward to more plays. Not pretty but has some nice mechanics.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)









5. Tesla vs. Edison: Duel:

Usually not into the 1v1 tug of war games. This one has card drafting and different actions to take. It was way more interesting than others in the genre. I have been having a great time with this game and it plays super quickly. Would definitely recommend.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)








6. Age of Thieves:

Action point allowance system. You are trying to sneak in and steal the ruby. There are guards everywhere and the other players are also trying to screw you over. There are a lot of great things about this game. I actually very much enjoyed it. Ron didn't like it as much. I know the expansion coming out might help some of the problems we had. I look forward to playing again.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








7. On the Underground:

Train game. Well, not really, but you are working on building a network of connected links in various colors. Played completely wrong. Given that I didn't hate it, and would try again. Not really jumping at the chance though.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









8. Scotland Yard:

Been told to play this several times in the past few weeks with all my plays of Whitehall Mystery. This was a bit disappointing. Yes, it was great for the time it was made but nowadays I don't think it holds up. For me it was a decent game that I will never have to play again.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







9. Cir*kis:

I wanted to play a brightly colored and weird abstract game. This seemed to jump out at me. For an abstract I really just hated it. I do like abstracts too. The odd shapes just didn't give me many options and I didn't have fun with the point system. Not a game I want to play again.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









10. Can't Stop Express:

Reminded me a bit of Can't Stop, but I like the big game more. This was a bit weird and there was a lot of well F moments. Maybe it will be played again- maybe not. I didn't hate it.



6/10 After 1 play (Owned)







11. Zombie Dice:

Push your luck dice game. Liked it more than I thought I would. I really don't like Zombies. But you are just trying to collect brains this game. I would easily play this one again.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








12. Samurai Vassal:

Nice bluffing game. Hand management and easy to play. Definitely a good end of night game when everyone is tired and laughing mode. I like that the rules are easy to understand. I will definitely play this one again.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)









13. Viral:

Card management game with area control. Really am not into the theme at all and generally wouldn't have played. But since it was there I tried it out. I thought it was a pretty okay game and could play it again, but overall I didn't really find anything that was unique and the theme is off putting.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)






14. Speakeasy Blues:

Very clever Dice selection game to take actions. You are set collecting and trying to gain points from those collections. It is a balancing act of how you spend your reputation so there is a neat timing element to the game. I had a great time playing. (still in prototype form)



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







15. The Labours of Hercules:

Co-op game to help Hercules defeat all of the beasts. You might turn out to be a traitor though. Interesting line up of cards and bluffing mechanic. I honestly have no idea how Hercules can win this game, but I am interested in trying it again to find out!



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)






16. Raid on Taihoku:

Super heavy theme and incredibly difficult co-op. Can be a bit luck dependent and we ended up losing in 2/10 rounds. Difficult to keep everyone alive and if you don't manage to then you will lose the game. There is a balancing on keeping people from dying. I would definitely be interested in trying it again.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








17. Dragon Castle:

Beautiful game. Bought it because of that. Easy set collection game but you have to collect the tiles and place them on your board in the most optimal way as you can. I like this game, I am unsure on how much replay value there is. Perhaps not enough going on to keep me interested for several plays. We will see on the different variants and player counts.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)







18. Mystery of the Temples:

Resource collection and management to unlock and break the curses around the rondel. Amazing art and beautiful theme. More interesting then the normal cube pusher like Century Spice or Splendor. One I look forward to play a lot more.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)







19. Memoarrr!:

New take on Memory. It is clever and cute and lots of fun! Each card has a color and a character one of each combo. You have to match at least one of the 2 things on your turn or you bust. All of the cards stay in the same location from round to round so it gets increasingly more funny as you go and people mess up. Very fun game.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)







20. Otys:

This is a cool game. You are controlling Divers and taking actions. It is like a rondel within a rondel and you have abilities to change the rondels. It can be very interesting and timing is important. I am definitely enjoying this one. Happy to have it.



8/10 After 2 plays (Owned)







21. Vault Assault:

Real time dice rolling. You get to play as the cops and then the robbers. It is very interesting to try and roll what you need, since you never will. I had fun, but not my typical kind of game that I enjoy. Seemed to get a lot of buzz at the con though. I had fun.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)






22. Tokyo Jutaku:

BIG Jutaku, so not really new since it is the same rules. But IT IS BIG! I loved it. I won so that helped! I would happily play this game any time I think it is a joy. Speed game to build structures with funny pieces.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)






23. Arboria:

Clever easy abstract game. Reminded me of the recent Photosynthesis game so I can't help compare and this is the easier version of that. I can't say that I liked it as much. There is a similar sun mechanic and shadowing mechanic. I had fun playing. There is a weird card mechanic so it was a a bit random as to the cards you could take. All in all I would play again but I definitely won't request it.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







24. QANGO:

Easy abstract. Connect 5! but there are several ways to win the game. Very simple and fast so easy to play with anyone. I definitely would want to play this over connect 4.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







25. Muse:

Team game to try and get other teams to give interesting and misleading clues to their teammates. Very fun party game and one I will bring around to my family gatherings. Beautiful artwork. Ended up buying it.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)






26. Babylon Tower Builders:

Cool pieces! Abstract building! It was a lot of fun late at night at Essen playing. I will play a few more times but not sure how much staying power.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)






27.Blackwood:

Interesting worker placement game to collect ingredients to make the potions and cast the spells. Weird movement of the action spaces and progression of the era. You cant really plan ahead because the board will move around on you and then fill in. Definitely a game to explore further. I like what I have seen though.



7/10 After 1 play (Owned)







28. Divinity Derby:

Racing game with an awesome theme. Can play with 6 players but While I played with 3 and loved it I know people who played with 5 and said absolutely not. I think it is pretty random and crazy anyway, and at least with 3 players you have a bit more control over the creatures. Would advise fewer players when playing. I quite enjoyed my experience with the game. AMAZING theme!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)







29. Halloween:

Fun theme. Very cool figures in this game. Had a great time manipulating the ghosts. I like that you don't control any one or two ghosts on the board. Each ghost can belong to anyone who has that same ranked ghost on their board. Very interesting mechanics. I look forward to playing a lot more.



8/10 After 1 play (Owned)






30. A Tale of Pirates:

Co-op real time game where your worker is the timer, and you have to control the boat and exploring the passageways and fight the other pirates. Lots to do with and integrated app to use. Not bad but not really my thing either.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







31. Whoosh: Bounty Hunters:

Really cute art. Speed game and better than most because you have to focus on so many things at one time and there are some trick cards. I quite enjoyed this one for the category it falls in. Would play again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







32. Sign:

Partner game to try and get a set of 5 of the same symbol. It is a challenging game since you have to signal your opponent without being obvious about it. I had a fun time play. Would try it again.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







33. Café Fatal:

Las Vegas with pizza. It was pretty cute and I enjoy the game play of Las Vegas so this game worked for me. You are fighting to collect slices of pie/cheese. I would gladly play this one again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







34. Indian Summer:

Mix of Barenpark and Cottage Garden. There is more depth here but it is a race game to fill your board first. It is gorgeous and one I would rather play over the other 2. I liked it very much.



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








35. The Festivals:

Pretty simple bid and move game. You are trying to visit all of the festivals and gain points. Race to collect the most points. It was interesting. I like the hidden bids. Harmless.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








36. Mountaineers:

Completely re-done since the initial special hand made copy I purchased. I think the game has been through the works and developed appropriately. Very nice work and coming to KS this week Nov 7 2017. I am excited to see the final product.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








37. Battlefold:

Next level up from Fold-it. I am terrible at Fold It but this was increasingly harder. You are also trying to make your fold into your actions for the round. Super hard but if you die no worries you aren't kicked out. Pretty great I am just terrible at it.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







38. Venice Connection:

Tile placement to try and connect the river. Too easy to screw your opponent and have the game just not complete. Perhaps I missed something critical, but it really did not have enough choices and is a game I just didn't understand at all. Definitely was not a game for me.



3/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







39. Probot:

Easy going programming game. You have to use the deck of cards that is your hand and get the robots to where they have to go. It is a race to do this first to try and score the points so everyone is trying to do the same puzzle in their head. It was a clever game. Not in BGG for some reason.



5/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







40. It's Time for Speed:

Simple and fast card game for 2 players. Trying to ditch your hand first and you can match the symbol, number, color to place the card down. Definitely a game I would play again. Super fast and harmless.



7/10 After 2 plays (Not Owned)







41. Flix Mix:

Another speed game to ditch your cards. You have to play the dots over other dots of the same color. More dots you can cover the better off you are. Plays up to 4 and it is chaos. I had a good time but I am terrible at it.



6/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







42. Taiwan Snackbar:

Okay not so new but this was the first edition and the rules were updated since Tempurra so yeah it counts as new. Card game to have the most cards but not to bust. It is cute and I really like the art.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








43. CONEX:

Spacial card placement game to get points. First to get 20 points wins. It is fairly simple and it was okay. I am glad I got to try it but I don't think there is a whole lot of replay excitement here.



4/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)








44. Karuba: Das Kartenspiel:

Does a good job getting the feel of Karuba. But you have to BID each turn so You might end up losing some cards in the bidding aspect. I think that will be a turn off for a lot of people and this game. I like that it holds 6 players though. Clever card placement aspect though and I had fun. Would easily play again.



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







45. Pulsar 2849:

Much better than I was anticipating. I really enjoyed the dice drafting and all of the ways to score points. Very Euroy and my type of game. I would love to play this one again soon. Sad I don't have it but on the wishlist. Maybe SS will see my wish.



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







46. Exodus Fleet:

Another space game, but this was a bidding once around resource management game. Actually quite enjoyable and one I would like to revisit sometime to see how I feel after a second play. I liked it!



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







47. Harvest:

Nice resource churning game. Most interesting is the turn order selection. Very fast game that plays out in like 30 minutes with the right crowd. I think it will be a great filler with lots of meaningful decisions! Happy to have it!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)








48. Biosphere:

Easily my favorite game of the month and one I can't wait to play again! Had a wonderful time learning and I heard of one issue people were running into but you simply don't have to play with that rule and just play the game. I am terribly excited for this one! Can't wait to explore more!



8.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)







49. Time Arena:

Charming 2 player fighting game. You are trying to inflict damage to their totem and kill off the other fighters. The sand timers are how long before you can bring them back on the field. Can only be a 10 minute game at most and it is an exciting and stressful 10 minutes! Love it!



7/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)







50. Custom Heroes:

Was worried about this one a bit but the idea is so interesting. It was actually very light and fun to play out. I still managed to get no points but I had a fun time playing nonetheless. Totally crazy and light fun combat game. Would gladly play this again!



7.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)










New to me Expansions!



1. Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science - The Genius Expansion:

Definitely a game better with the expansion. You have to think differently than before and you are drafting cards instead of luck of the draw. I think it works much better.



8/10 After 1 play (Not Owned)









The Tally


January: 19
February: 22
March: 26
April: 60
May: 20
June: 21
July: 49
August: 50
September: 16
October: 50





Total new to me games for the year 333!








MY GAME OF THE MONTH IS:
Biosphere

The Designers:











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


Until next week!


Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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