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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.



6.5/10 After 1 play (Owned)



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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!








Happy Gaming!!!



-Steph


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