Normally on Sunday I would write a review of a game in my collection, but with my 10 x 10 challenge post last Wednesday, I figured I would take the time to post my other board game challenge I’m doing this year.
I have a soft spot for meaty games. Whether they are wargames or thinky games about logistics or things like that, the idea of sitting down for a lengthy game always appeals to me…but I rarely find the time to sit down and play them.
So this year, I am focusing on 5 lengthier games that span genres so I can at least say I’ve played them.
Special thanks to Heavy Cardboard (@HeavyCardboard) and Katies Game Corner (@katiesgamecrner) for recommending a few of these, either through Twitter or through excellent playthrough videos on YouTube.
Without further ado, here’s the list:
I found out about this game through Heavy Cardboard, and watching their playthrough I knew I had to have it. It takes place over 1 – 4 phases (depending on what the players want) and the 4 phase game takes something like 8 hours. I don’t think I’ll get a 4 phase game played, but I’m hoping for at least a 2 phaser at some point. This has worker placement and tile placement which is why it appealed to me in the first place.
Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944
This is a Standard Combat Series monster game of the D-Day landings in WWII. I am a WWII wargamer at heart, and the D-Day landings are by far the most interesting operation to me, so I’m looking forward to getting this accessible monster to the table this year.
Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
This recommendation came from Katies Game Corner as an introduction to the COIN series from GMT. I didn’t have many Revolutionary War period games, and the board with this looks absolutely phenomenal. While I had tried Cuba Libre a few years ago, it left me lacking and I had written off the COIN series. I am glad I took Katies advice and picked this one up, as my play through of the tutorial (of sorts) in the Rulebook made me absolutely need to play this; the icing on the cake is I have a group of friends who have already said they want to try this one.
Roads & Boats
This is another rekindled love thanks to Heavy Cardboard, and the only game I’ve played previously on this list. This is a game about logistics, which I get doesn’t sound all that interesting, but the one time I’ve played this in the past I really enjoyed it, so I figured it was time to dust it off and make sure we get it played again this year.
Star Wars Rebellion
I am a huge Star Wars fan, so it saddens me to think I’ve had this game since release and it hasn’t hit the table. This is everything I love in Ameritrashy games, so it has to happen this year. No doubt about it.
Well, these are the 5 longer/heavier games I chose. I’m already looking for opportunities to get these played, and who knows, maybe this will expand to a 10 x 1 if things go well.
Any heavier games you are wanting to play in the new year? Let me know in the comments!