New to Me – January 2020 (Part 1)

It’s a brand new year! And this time, I can actually say that while talking about 2020 games (unlike last month).

January was a busy month for new-to-me games. I went to two conventions on back-to-back weekends (that was a lot of fun but also very tiring). At least they weren’t long drives!


I did kind of feel a bit out of it after the second one, though.

The Cult of the New to Me was really happy with me, though. There weren’t even any attempted coups!

Maybe a few too many 2019 games for their tastes, but there are a number of 2017 and 2018 games in there (and even a 2009 game in the next part!)

Next part?

Yes, I said next part.

I played a grand total of 28 games in January (34 plays). Fifteen of them were new to me games. There is no way all of them are going to fit in one post.

Thus, this is only Part 1.

Part 2 will be coming.

This also means that the descriptions of the games will probably be a bit briefer than usual. Maybe I should actually do that for all of these posts.

We’ll see.

So without further adieu (all of my adieu was traded for some water on an alien planet anyway), let’s get started!

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Rival Networks Now on Kickstarter

I was really excited to see the news that a 2-player version of the wonderful Gil Hova design The Networks was going to be released and be on Kickstarter in January.

I was so excited that I announced the news as soon as I heard it!

All pics from the Kickstarter page

Thus, it makes me very happy to announce that the campaign is now live!

It’s almost reached it’s $20,000 goal already and probably will by tonight.

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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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Rival Networks to hit Kickstarter on January 28

Gil Hova’s The Networks is in my Top 5 games played of all time (at least as of earlier this year) so I was kind of excited to hear about the 2-player version of the game, called “Rival Networks“.

Now it finally has a release date!

Well, not a release date exactly, but a Kickstarter campaign start date! (In this day and age, that’s often the best you can get).

Formally announced by Hova yesterday on Twitter and in his monthly email update, this 2-player version of the awesome game will see two players vying to run the best television network.

Rival Networks - TV Show

It will still have the zany TV show parodies that we all know and love from the regular game, but these will be even more current.

Is that the Mandalorian I see? Wow, I wonder what the name of the show will be?

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Review – Nagaraja

Everybody likes exploring ancient tombs and seeing what the artifacts there may tell us about our ancient ancestors.


We all have an inner Indiana Jones inside us, striving to get out.

Indiana Jones
I wish I had that jaw…

Or maybe it’s just me?

Anyway, with the 2019 game Nagaraja from Hurrican games, you can kinda/sorta get that Indiana Jones feel, with your opponent being Belloq! (or, you know, they may feel the reverse, in which case you should revel in your inner-French person).


Nagaraja is a new 2-player game where both players are exploring their own tomb (I mean two separate tombs, not their own. That would be very existential).

Just double-checked, and these are temples, not tombs. (Editor – Research is a good thing!)

The game is designed by Bruno Cathala and Théo Rivière with artwork by Vincent Dutrait.

And it is a lot of fun.

How does it work?

Let’s take a look.

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Expansion Review – Smash Up: Culture Shock

Once again I happen to be current in regards to having new Smash Up expansions! Even though this review is four months after my last expansion review (blame Abomination: Heir of Frankenstein for that one, since it held up my pre-order for two whole months!)

Makes me want to Smash Up something. (Editor – Ouch, that was bad…)

Anyway, I’ve finally been able to get enough plays with these 5(!) new factions, enough so that I feel comfortable sharing them with you, like a fairy tale or old story to tell around the camp fire.


Gather ’round, children, as I tell you the tale of Smash Up – World Tour: Culture Shock, the latest expansion to come out before all of the officially licensed stuff starts coming out next year.

This expansion is the first one to have 5 new factions since It’s You’re Fault came out a few years ago (incidentally, that is now the last expansion I don’t have other than the two I have no intention of getting). That did make testing it out for reviewing’s sake a bit tough with our 3-player group, since we had to find one older faction to use with them.

But we managed (Aliens, Wizards, and Grannies fit the bill respectively in those three plays).

How is the expansion?

A bit more complicated than we’re used to, but overall the factions are really interesting and fun to play.

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