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.
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!
Yes, I do. Not only did I manage to get five new to me games played in April when I only was able to play eight in total, but two of those five games are more than ten years old, and one is almost ten years old! (Who cares that all three of them were reprints and I played the most recent editions. Ssshhhhh!!!!!!)
I’ve always been an explorer at heart, ready to ride the waves and discover new adventures, new lands, maybe meet a few new people.
(Editor – Reading all of your reviews, you’ve had a lot of unfulfilled ambitions)
While I was never able to really do that (I get seasick in the bathtub), Embark sort of gives me that same feeling. Except, you know, you’re sending people instead of doing it yourself (which I would probably be better at anyway).
What is Embark? It is a 2-5 player game designed by Phillip duBarry with art by Robert Gonzales and Matt Paquette. It’s published by Tasty Minstrel Games and came out in 2018.
In the game, a number of islands have magically appeared and each player is sending out a number of voyagers to explore them, mine them, and set up homes there. This is done through a rather interesting hidden allocation system, where you will secretly decide which ships you want your cubes (voyagers) to be on.
But you won’t necessarily get everything that you want. There are other players who want to get in your way, you know.
Damn, I hate colds. Colds that work their way into your head and then just sit there, clogging up your sinuses until your head feels bigger than when you get a compliment from somebody you really admire.
But not in a good way.
The cold I’m currently suffering from almost made this post late, but thankfully I do most of these as I play the games, so there wasn’t as much to do this time around.
Conventions always make them a bit harder too, because I tend to get a lot of new games played at them.
So it’s a catch-22, as I get the joy of playing and discovering new games.
But then I have to write about them.
Not that I’m complaining! I love sharing these experiences with you.
Almost as much as I love my fellow Cult of the New to Me members, who have all taken pity on me because I’ve been sick.
In other words, there haven’t been any rebellions.
Instead, they’ve been bringing me hot toddies.
My food taster has had his fill of bourbon by this point.
So, without further adieu (all of my adieu was sold by my underling to somebody in Birmingham anyway), let’s get started!
It’s been almost three years in the making, but I almost hit 300 games played since I started recording plays and I thought it would be a great idea to give you what my top 25 games played are.
Thanks to Pub Meeple for the marvelous (if extremely time-consuming) ranking engine! It took 2050 comparisons and about 2 hours of swiping right or left (it’s like Tinder for your boardgame collection if Tinder had a “which person would you rather meet?” comparison function) but I broke them all down.
Just a note before you get outraged. There are tons and tons of games out there. I’ve played 295 of them (as of the ranking). There are some “classics” that are not on there because I’ve never played them. No Blood Rage or RisingSun, or even Gloomhaven.
Also keep in mind that many of these I’ve only played once. Thus, subsequent plays may affect how I feel about them. These are not reviews or based on some kind of objective value.
These are just the games that appeal to me the most.
Hopefully you’ll find this list interesting. Let me know what you think or what your rankings are like in the comments!