GMT’s Labyrinth: the War on Terror coming to Steam Early Access – Feb 27

What can be more exciting than a snow day in Vancouver where I don’t have to go to work?

How about receiving big digital boardgame news in my Inbox?

Yes, that’s right. GMT’s awesome-sounding (since I haven’t played the board game yet) Labyrinth: the War on Terror is finally coming to Steam via Early Access on February 27!

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Developed by Playdek, who also did the incredible Fort Sumter digital version as well as Twilight Struggle, you know this game is going to be good because of that.

Playdek just knows how to make great digital game adaptations.

What is Labyrinth?

Let’s blurb the game description a bit, since I have non-work-related fun stuff to do.

“Labyrinth takes 1 or 2 players inside the Islamist jihad and the global war on terror. With broad scope, ease of play, and a never-ending variety of event combinations similar to GMT’s highly popular Twilight Struggle, Labyrinth portrays not only the US efforts to counter extremists’ use of terrorist tactics but the wider ideological struggle — guerrilla warfare, regime change, democratization, and much more.”

It’s a card-driven game designed by the incomparable Volko Ruhnke and it looks amazing. I’d love to play it on the table sometime.

But until then, we will have it digitally!

No word yet on the multiplayer capabilities of the game, but being Playdek I’m assuming it will have excellent asynchronous multiplayer.

Also no word on price, but that doesn’t really matter to me.

I’m there on February 27!

And if you are too, maybe hit me up for a game?

 

 

Top 10 Games Played in 2019 (5-1)

Whew! After telling you the first half of my Top 10 games played in 2019, I needed a break. Being surrounded by all that awesomeness can be tiring!

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Yes, I am short…why do you ask?

But now I’m back with the bottom half of the list. These are the 5 best games I played in 2019, and you know they’re going to be good because I have the best taste (seriously, you do know that, right?).

Please note that this is not the Top 10 games of 2019. I only wish I had played enough actual 2019 games to qualify to have a Top 10.

That would be a great year!!!! But my fellow cultists would be really miffed.

No, these are the Top 10 games that I played in 2019.

You can find the first half of this list here.

So let’s get this show on the road!

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Top 10 Games Played in 2019 (10-6)

It’s that time of year again!

Time to look back at 2019 and see what games I played this year and which ones I definitely want to play again. Also, which ones can be left by the side of the road looking all forlorn because they just aren’t that good.

I had a pretty good year in 2019. I played 107 games 192 times (not each!). Of those 107 games, 63 were new to me, which was a lot of fun. I always love learning new games (and I like to keep my cult members happy).

Surprisingly, I played the exact same number of games (107) in 2018 but 67 of them were new (and I had 201 plays).

Smash Up was my number one game played with 16 plays, followed by 11 plays of Space Base (both of them are work lunchtime game staples, so it’s not surprising).

My most amazing feat, however, was getting Eldritch Horror to the table a whopping 5 times! That includes 4 times in the last two months of the year.

Of course, there are side effects to that.

On Fire

But we endure!

So let’s see what the top 10 games that I played this year are. There may be a few surprises based on last year’s rankings.

I’m nothing if not Walt Whitman.

Please note that this is not the Top 10 games of 2019. I actually did a count, and I only played 20 games published in 2019. Thus, half of them would be on that list if I did that.

No, these are the Top 10 games that I played in 2019.

This post will be broken into two parts, so here are numbers 6-10! (The Top 5 will post on Wednesday)

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Review – Watergate

The beginning of the 1970s was a tumultuous time. The Vietnam War was in full swing, I had just been born so I hadn’t really amounted to much yet, and worst of all, people were wearing some really ugly clothes.

1972 Fashion

Oh yeah, there was also a political scandal that rocked the United States to its core and resulted in the first Presidential resignation in the history of the country.

You know, a minor thing.

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Watergate, published by Capstone Games in North America, is a game about that political scandal that involved cronies of the Richard Nixon administration breaking in to the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office building and the subsequent Nixonian cover-up of the crime.

This 2-player game was designed by Matthias Cramer and has artwork by Klemens Franz and Alfred Viktor Schulz. It was published this year (2019 if you’re reading this in the far future, and if so, welcome!).

How does it play?

Let’s take a look.

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1989: Dawn of Freedom from GMT Games

In what is quickly becoming a regular series, today’s post is about another GMT Games P500 game that I’ve ordered but it hasn’t quite made the cut yet.

Previous attempts have born fruit! The Barracks Emperors has gained a whole 8 more orders! Last week’s Ancient Civilizations of the Middle East has gained 13!

That’s dedication, don’t you know. That’s success!

(Editor – Just bear with him, folks. Let him have his delusions)

This week’s game is a classic that’s up for its 2nd printing.

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1989: Dawn of Freedom was designed by Ted Torgerson & Jason Matthews with artwork by Donal Hegarty, Rodger B. MacGowan, Leland Myrick, and Mark Simonitch. It is in the same vein as the highly ranked Twilight Struggle, a card-driven game that simulates the end of the Cold War just like its predecessor did with the entirety of it.

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New to Me – November 2019

It’s December! The last month of the year, the Christmas (or whatever end-of-year holiday you celebrate) season is upon us, but before we look forward to all of those presents sitting under the tree (or sitting under whatever your end-of-year holiday object is), it’s time to reflect back to a time long ago.

Two days is long, right?

Yes, that’s right. It’s the new to me games played in November! Even with Christmas coming soon, the leader of the Cult of the New to Me has responsibilities to the time before.

There is always an undercurrent of unrest in the cult, especially when I play a lot of brand new games in a month. They think I’m a sellout to the Cult of the New or something like that.

I don’t know where they would get that idea.

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But it’s not true!

Hell, I even played a game from 1997 in November.

It was a nice bunch of games, seven in total which is amazing since I actually skipped a week. They were all fun in their own way, but some definitely better than others.

Amazingly enough, for somebody who’s not a big fan of word games, two of the new games are word games! One incredibly fun and one…not so much.

I’m looking forward to a December that’s also chock full of new to me games.

So without further adieu (all of my adieu was eaten by a giant worm anyway), let’s get this thing started!

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Birthday Post – 4 Games I’m Looking Forward To

It’s my birthday!

Yes, I’m turning the big 49 today, and in celebration, I’m going to tell you the 49 games I’m really anticipating over the next few months.

Ok, no. I’m not that much of a masochist.

Instead, the number 4 is part of 49, so here are four games that I really can’t wait to get to the table this Fall.

1) Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein (Plaid Hat Games)

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Designer: Dan Blanchett

Artists: Mikhail Palamarchuk, Tony Sart

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