New to Me – July 2017

It was a fairly lean month for new games, which involved me missing one of my game days due to illness.

But four is not a bad number! I love doing a mix of old favourites and “new to me” games. But I’m not “Cult of the New.” It doesn’t have to be a new game necessarily. Just new to me.

As you can see from a 4-year old game on my list!

Once again, there is one semi-brain burner on my list. It seems that I always have to challenge myself at least a little bit.

It’s also my favourite new game of the month.

So let’s get to the good stuff.

Great Western Trail (2016 – Stronghold Games) – 1 Play

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Funnily enough, the first of two Alexander Pfister-designed games on my July play list. I had no idea I had become a fan!

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The Arrival – Martin Wallace

Martin Wallace is a widely-liked designer. He’s designed a great variety of excellent games, such as Brass, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, (two of my favourite games) and a lot more as well.

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that they will be bringing one of his latest games to a wider distribution.

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The Arrival came out at Essen last November, so it is technically a 2016 game. But its release has been limited, until Fall 2017.

In The Arrival, 2-4 players vie to bring the island now called Ireland (then called “Erin”) out from under the cruel rule of the Fomori. Each player is a warlord trying to increase his/her dominance over the island and beating the Fomori back. But spreading too quickly can increase corruption, which strengthens the Fomori.

What I find really interesting about this game (or the sound of it, anyway, since I have not seen it or played it) is that when the game ends, there are two possible ways to score it: Fewest Corruption if corruption has spread so badly that the Fomori control more of the island than all of the tribes, or most Fame points if the players control more of the island than the Fomori do.

It sounds like players have to walk a fine line in gaining their fame points, because if they do too much too quickly, the Fomori will end up controlling more and then Corruption will be the deciding factor.

And vice versa.

I’ll be interested in seeing this when it comes out.

It will be coming your way in Autumn 2017.

The $40 MSRP is kind of attractive too.

Review – Epic Spell Wars: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre

Apparently, being a wizard isn’t all the fun and games that our good friend Mr. Potter has shown us.

Sure, he had to face off and defeat He Who Shall Not Be Named, but he managed to do so while not using one bad word or double entendre.

But that’s not the wizard reality!

I know this, because I’ve played Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre (yes, that is the whole name, and yes, I didn’t want to make the URL of this review take up the entire tweet by putting the whole name in the title).

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