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2018 10×10 Challenge (Board Games)

I have decided to make an official 10×10 challenge for 2018 board games with 10×10. This is 10 games I want to play 10 times over the course of the year. This is to hopefully get a bit more depth into the games I really like.

Games I have already played >10 times won’t count. This means Scythe, Mansions of Madness, 7 Wonders, Star Realms, Codenames, Stone Age and Kingdom Death Monster are games that are out (amongst others). My limiting factor are games that I have played a maximum of 3 times.

I also plan on updating my music list and detailing the songs that have made it in (at least temporarily) and perhaps some more thoughts on food. When some more interesting things hit Kickstarter I may look into a few more projects.

 

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Board Games on the Too Play List

The following games are games that I hope to get to the table over the next week:

7th Continent- I have a game of this scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a win. 

Scythe- I am scheduled to have a 7 player game of this soon. I have never played this above 5 so am concerned about game time. 

Photosynthesis- A game that I wasn’t interested in until I saw the trees and table prescense. I haven’t played this yet but am looking forward to it. 

Elysium- a simple bidding type game with a push-pull between points and abilities. Once again, only played with 2 so super keen to try with more. 

Ethnos- Haven’t played this for awhile. A bit of a coin flip between this and Royals so will see what happens. 

Other games I want to try but unlikely to get out- TMNT shadows of the past, Lords of Xidit, Assault of Giants, Tyrants of the Underdark, Aliend Artifacts. 


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Board Games on the Too Play List

The following games are games that I hope to get to the table over the next week:

7th Continent- I have a game of this scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a win. 

Scythe- I am scheduled to have a 7 player game of this soon. I have never played this above 5 so am concerned about game time. 

Photosynthesis- A game that I wasn’t interested in until I saw the trees and table prescense. I haven’t played this yet but am looking forward to it. 

Elysium- a simple bidding type game with a push-pull between points and abilities. Once again, only played with 2 so super keen to try with more. 

Ethnos- Haven’t played this for awhile. A bit of a coin flip between this and Royals so will see what happens. 

Other games I want to try but unlikely to get out- TMNT shadows of the past, Lords of Xidit, Assault of Giants, Tyrants of the Underdark, Aliend Artifacts. 


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THINGS I LOOK FOR IN BOARD-GAME KICKSTARTERS

So no new music has been added to the playlist. No big new kickstarters have come out. So I thought I would just talk about what I normally look for when deciding to back a Kickstarter:

History of Delivering Games- Kickstarter isn’t about companies delivering on dreams anymore. It is much more of a pre-order service. For this, I look for the history of a company delivering quality products (well reviewed games) in the past.

Good Customer Support- Similarly, I know Kickstarter’s often have first print runs. However, a company that doesn’t seem interesting in addressing issues with previous kickstarters (errors, component quality, etc.) isn’t going to get my money.

Uniqueness in the Game- Probably less important than the other two, I am looking for games that give me some advantage to getting a Kickstarter. Whether this is unique components or Kickstarter bonuses (although I hate the practice of game-affecting exclusives). I need something to justify spending the money when waiting for retail will likely be cheaper.

That is what I look for. Sometimes companies can succeed and then fail later, in which case they will have to earn my trust. As a Kickstarter backer, I am not a proto-typer or investor. Pure and simple, I give you money (including some for postage) and I should get a quality, tested game.


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BOARD GAMES I PLAY IMMEDIATELY

The following is a list of board games that I would play immediately (pending organising a group) when they come out:

TIME STORIES: A bit hard to organise as we need a group of 4, but as soon as it comes out I am ordering it and giving people the heads up to organise a day. This is definitely a game I will drop most things to play but is slightly hamstrung by needing to organise the same group of 4.

UNLOCK: Also by Space Cowboys, I will try to organise people to come around and play it immediately to see what new tricks they have in store for us. I would imagine that EXIT or Deckscape would be similar to this if I played them.

MANSIONS OF MADNESS 2nd EDITION: When a new scenario or update comes out, I look forward to playing this. This also has the advantage that I can play it solo quite effectively and then have things play out differently if I play it again.

The only other game that may be added in is Arkham Horror Living Card Game when I have the chance to play it a bit more. I have read the rules but just need time to sit down an give it a play. The Scythe expansions (I think 2 more are coming soon) are also instant buys to want to play.

 


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Board Game Movements

 Well, 2017 has seen some movement in the games collection. Some unplayed/unenjoyed games have been traded off (CO2, Swarm, Dice Masters, B.Sieged, Endure the Stars). However, it is nearly a 1:1 trade with what has also come in. Here is a quick summary of the added games:

Kickstarter: Kickstarter delivered on Mistfall Heart of the Mists Expansion and Perditions Mouth: Abyssal Rift. These games are games I am looking forward to trying out, although travel commitments means it may not be for awhile.

Trade: Trade saw Warhammer Invasion, ZPocalypse, Ravens of Sri Sihari, Dust Strategy Game and Ginkgopolis come in. These are all games I wanted to try (and Ginkgopolis was a bit of a grail game for me), so really looking forward to trying these out.

Retail: Retail was mostly games that were to fill gaps in my collection. Cry Havoc and Clash of Giants are some good war games, Doom and TMNT: Shadows of the Past are 1 vs all games, and Ultimate Warriorz and Ethnos just looked cool.

So, with nearly half the year done, the collection saw some cycling happen. There are still games on the to-sell list (New Zealand is a small market), but the collection is looking good.


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Thoughts On Some Board Game Kickstarters

The following is a list of a few board game Kickstarters that I feel like talking about and my thoughts on them:

GLOOMHAVEN – BACKING: After the Dice Tower’s glowing review, I am kicking myself I missed the first Kickstarter. But the second, updated printing is coming and I have no shortage of games to play until then.

RISE TO NOBILITY – BACKING: I backed this at the deluxe level because of free shipping (actually making it cheaper then the tier below) and because it looks like a Stone Age/Castles of Burgundy hybrid. It also is from a proven publisher, and Cavern Tavern has good reviews from what I have gathered.

VILLAGE ATTACKS- CANCELLED: I jumped on the early bird pledge, but cancelled. I love the theme, but Endure the Stars was a broken mess where the designer didn’t bother with proper blind testing. That and it just kept trying to sell add-ons.

CITY OF KINGS- BACKED: This looks like Mage Knight but you have workers to go gather resources. I really like the art and the Rahdo run-through so am really looking forwards to this.

PETRICHOR- UNDECIDED: This looks pretty with a compelling theme. However, it also looks very take-that and the shipping is expensive. But I love Great Dinosaur Rush so may jump back in before the end.

BARBARIANS THE INVASION- WAIT FOR RETAIL: The Rondel looks cool, but I will wait for retail. Nothing in the Kickstarter looks like it will bother me not having it as retail, so I can probably pick it up cheaper. If the expansion map unlocks (which is KS exclusive), I may look into it a bit more.