I am writing this and realizing the year is half over, which means that by now I should have played about 25 games from our “What should we play deck” as well as be about halfway done with my 10 x 10 and 5 x 1 Challenges.
The What Should We Play Deck has been a lot of fun. We have been able to play some new games (and find some new gems) but also revisit games that we haven’t played in a while, for whatever reason. I always seem to be looking for the new hot thing without realizing how many great games I have sitting on the shelf; case in point, I got out D-Day at Omaha Beach and played a few turns, and I forgot how tense and enjoyable this game is. I know that this feeling isn’t unique to me, as many gamers probably feel this way, but having this deck guiding what we play instead of me staring at my collection and picking something I’ve played a lot has been really enjoyable. My wife and I sort of picked “togetherness” as our word for the year, something to strive for, and this has definitely helped with that. We don’t sit in front of the TV near as much or on our computers; we get our daughter to bed then play a game at least once a week. I’m excited to keep this going for the rest of the year (and beyond).
I attended BGG.Spring this year and it was tons of fun as well. I realized I never did a write up, but I played tons of classic games (or at least classic to me) that I don’t own or don’t get the chance to play very often. I even went out of my comfort zone to ask complete strangers if I could join them in a game. I want to try to attend a convention a year (or every 2) but I also want to try out a wargame convention as well. It’s a different clientele than the BGG.cons (at times) so I think it would be another step out of my comfort zone.
My biggest surprise game to me this half year was: Space Base. This is a dice rolling game that, to me, Is a better Machi Koro. I haven’t played it a ton, but once I was introduced to it I had to get a copy.
My biggest disappointment game to me this half year was: The Mind. I know it was up for one of the Spiel awards, but to me, this isn’t a game so much as an activity. I don’t know. I liked it more than I thought I would once I finally played it, but don’t want to play it again.
My biggest deep cut (game that I’ve had forever and finally played again) this half year was D-Day Dice. I had not played it much due to the Kickstarter drama surrounding it, but I finally got over that and once we played it I forgot how much I really enjoy it.
My biggest Finally game (that game that’s sat on my shelf forever and I finally got to play) is a tie between The Colonists and Star Wars Rebellion. Two very different games (Heavy, thinky Euro and Ameritrash goodness) but these hit just about everything I want in those respective categories, so I’m glad I’ve played them both, and hopefully will play them more frequently.
Most Memorable Gaming Moment So Far: Playing the six map version of Memoir ’44 D-Day landings at BGG.con. I was really nervous about getting this together, but we ended up having a great time and it’s something I would consider doing every year. It was organized chaos, and I definitely learned some lessons for if we do it again.
2018 has been a great year for gaming so far, and I’m really excited to see what I get played in the coming months.