New Game from Garphill Games

Today’s a holiday up here in the Great White North, so just a quick post.

How did I miss this late last week?

I know I’ve been scooped by other blogs, but I don’t care.

I have to share what looks like yet another cool game from Garphill Games, as the cover (and slight information) was shared on Facebook.

This is so new that it’s not even on Boardgame Geek yet!

I’m intrigued by how it uses some of the core mechanisms from Raiders of the North Sea. I did see something on Reddit from somebody who spoke to somebody who is helping playtest this game who said “it was like if you’d taken all the best parts of the original Raiders and all its expansions, and then made it into a 45 minute game.”

Not much more is known than this, but it’s another Shem Philips design with artwork by his brother Sam (Circadians: First Light).

I’ll be keeping my eye on this one. And that means so will you!

What will be most important is to see how different it is from its ancestor and see how it goes.

Watch this space for more information.

And happy Family Day!

Viscounts of the West Kingdom Cover

Can I just say how much I love the cover for Viscounts of the West Kingdom?

(Editor – No, you can’t)


This cover is amazing!

It’s just whetting my appetite for March when this hits Kickstarter.

Will this hit my Top 10 games played in 2020? Will the West Kingdom series become three for ten?

The anticipation is maddening!


(Don’t I look good in pearls?)

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!

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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Don’t Viscount the West Kingdom Series – Next Game Revealed!

Edit (2/16/20) – The Kickstarter opens on March 3! I’m there first day. are you?

Edit (2/14/20) – The cover’s been revealed!!!!

Being the big fan of the West Kingdom series designed by Shem Phillips and S J MacDonald, I’ve been really salivating while wondering what the third title is going to be ever since I played the second, Paladins of the West Kingdom.

The wait is over!

In an announcement so low key that I’m not actually sure it exists, we’ve discovered that the third title is going to be Viscounts of the West Kingdom.

Low key is an understatement, as I don’t think I’ve seen anything official from Shem or Garphill Games. Not like a press release or anything. Maybe I missed it.


However, this title has shown up on Boardgame Geek and Shem has posted a couple of pictures (one linked above, but others are on the BGG page for you to look and marvel at) and the description sounds really intriguing!

Viscounts of the West Kingdom is set at a time when the King’s reign began to decline, circa 980 AD. Choosing peace over prosperity, our once strong King began offering our enemies gold and land to lay down their axes. But peace is a tenuous affair. As poverty spread, many people lost faith in his ability to lead and sought independence from the crown. Since finding favour in his courts, our future has also become uncertain. As viscounts, we must be wise and decisive. Loyalty is to be upheld, but gaining favour among the people must be our priority, should there be a sudden shift in power.

The aim of Viscounts of the West Kingdom is to be the player with the most victory points (VP) at game’s end. Points are gained by constructing buildings, writing manuscripts, working in the castle and acquiring deeds for new land. Players begin with a handful of townsfolk, but should quickly seek out more suitable talents to advance their endeavours. Each turn they will be travelling around the kingdom, looking to increase their influence among the various areas of society. The game ends once the Kingdom reaches poverty or prosperity – or potentially both!”

The cards look intriguing, and I can’t wait to get more information about this one.

I’ve heard (though can’t confirm yet) that the Kickstarter for this will open in March (like the other two games in previous years) and this is the only Kickstarter that I’m guaranteed to back first day.

Keep an eye on the blog for more information as I find it out!

(And yes, I know how “Viscount” is pronounced. It’s a visual pun, not a verbal one. Don’t @ me)

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.

Cookies 2

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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Architects of the West Kingdom Getting More Stuff

It’s been a week of news last week, so why not start this week with another excellent tidbit that I can’t wait for?

Shem Phillips, co-designer of one of my favourite games (Architects of the West Kingdom), has announced that an expansion will be coming for this terrific game.


Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of the Artisans will add new Craft cards, new apprentices and buildings, a dual-layered Guildhall board and components for a sixth player (and apparently it’s orange!)

Shem announced it on Twitter with a link to the cover photo, but no other information has been revealed.

They’re not even sure if this is going to Kickstarter or not, but rest assured of one thing.

However it comes out, I’ll be there on the first day.

What do you think of all this?

Is it in your Top 5 games played of all time?

Or is it just another boring Euro?

Let me know in the comments.