New to Me – January 2020 (Part 2)

Whew! I’m finally awake again after finishing last week’s Part 1 of my “New to Me Games – January” post.

That really took a lot out of me. It’s been a week and I’m just now recovering!

Excuse me while I hop on my Peloton and limber up for today’s posting.

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Yes, I live that high up! (And if you want to see a hilarious parody Twitter thread of the Peloton ads, check them out here (where I got this picture from, though no idea where he got it)

My fellow Cult of the New to Me members are very happy after seeing today’s post. There’s a game from 2009 in there! And 2016! Of course, there are a few too many 2019 games on there so there was a little grumbling.

I may have to do something for them for Valentine’s Day.

So, without further adieu (all of my adieu was sold for a tomato at a Chinese market anyway), let’s begin!

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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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New to Me – December 2019

Happy New Year!

As we start the new year here at the Cult of the New to Me, we want to look back at the previous month, because looking back is what we do!

That’s right. We never talk about the new to me games that we’re going to play. We always look at what we just did.

Some would say that we’re stuck in the past, but I say those who don’t study the past are doomed to repeat it!

Yes, I just made that up. Insightful, isn’t it? (Editor – Hey, Dave. George Santayana on Line 1)

I think I’m pretty much as insightful as Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Quotes

Anyway, we do like to look back here at Cult Headquarters, and right now we’re looking back at December!

So without further adieu (all of my adieu got traded at some Baghdad market stall for a gold guild ring anyway), let’s get this show on the road!

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Review – War of the Worlds: The New Wave

I’m probably one of the few people who remembers the “new” War of the Worlds TV series that came out in the 1980s. It was a “sequel” series to the 1950’s movie.

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It was campy, but I really did enjoy it. The aliens had been kept in “hibernation” rather than being destroyed, and now radiation has destroyed the infecting bacteria that had originally stopped them. Now they were trying once again to take over the planet, and this time they could somehow inhabit human bodies! (that kept the SFX budget down).

Why do I bring this up?

I recently received my Kickstarter copy of War of the Worlds: The New Wave published by Grey Fox Games. It brought back a few memories.

Not that they have anything to do with each other, as the game, designed by Denis Plastinin with art by Igor Savechenko, is a sequel to the book rather than the movie. It takes place “several years” after the original H.G. Wells story, so probably in the early 1900s.

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In the game, the Aliens are back! I’m not sure exactly how they solved that whole “I have a cold, ugh I’m dead!!!!” problem, but somehow they did.

And they’re pissed.

They’re determined to wipe out Great Britain (I guess the British are the ones who gave them the colds?) and they’ve brought the firepower to do it!

The game is a 2-player deckbuilding game where one side plays the evil Aliens trying to wipe out all of humanity (at least on the island) while the other player takes the part of the brave human resistance fighters, pinging away at these monstrosities until they do enough damage that the Aliens just say “you know what? Screw this planet. The weather’s terrible, they have Con Crud, and I’d rather go to the beach on Europa anyway.”

How does it work?

Let’s take a look.

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New to Me – October 2019

October was SHUX month.

SHUX is a 3-day boardgame convention in Vancouver that was simply phenomenal. I had so much fun, and would have had even more fun if I hadn’t felt so terrible.

Maybe next year!

You know what conventions mean, right?

No, not being told by multiple people that I need to take a shower.

That means a bunch of new to me games!

The Cult of the New to Me was very excited to hear I would be attending this convention. They wanted to see all of the new stuff that I would be talking about when I came back.

They also appear to be a bunch of lazy gits, because while they get mad at me for playing too many *new* games (not just new to me, but games that just came out), they never appear to actually play any “new to them” games themselves. I’m sensing some kind of scam here.

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Are they just here for the free cookies?

Anyway, prepare for a *really* long post. There are ten games on this list. Usually, I go into a bit more of an explanation of how to play, but that’s a bit abbreviated this time.

Leo Tolstoy ain’t writing this blog.

So without further adieu (my adieu got covered in vegetables and thus I had to throw it away anyway), let’s get started!

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New Designer Diary out for Clank in Space: CyberStation 11

Just a quick news post (hasn’t been one of those for a while!) to give you more information on the exciting new Clank in Space (my #3 best game played of all time) expansion, Cyberstation 11.

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From Evan’s blog post. Looks very cool!

Designer Evan Lorentz has posted to the Dire Wolf Digital page a lot of information on just how this expansion came about.

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