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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New to Me – September 2019

It had been a quiet September at Dude Central. There was a birthday party that nobody came to (it’s not my fault I accidentally put September 9, 2018 on the invitations. How was I supposed to know that everybody would actually look at the year and think the party had already happened?)

My birthday post did get some traffic, though, so that was nice.

There was almost an insurrection (yet again) because the only three new to me games had been from 2018 and 2019.

The Cult of the New to Me was not happy.

There was a lot of yelling!


But then, just as the month was about to end, I played a 2016 game and a classic from 2009.

Everybody was happy (or at least appeased) and we could all go down to the bar and drink our mineral waters.

Until next month, at least.

So, without further adieu (I had to use all of my adieu to turn the power back on anyway), let’s begin!

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Review – Le Havre : Inland Port

I’ve never done well with a number of Uwe Rosenberg’s “big” games (A Feast for Odin, Agricola, Caverna, etc), which I’m sure is my problem and not his. I can see the good design in them, but they’re just not for me (though I don’t mind Caverna that much).

One of the cool things about him and these games, though, is that he often later creates 2-player versions of them that are slimmed down and perhaps more appealing to those of us who bounce off of the originals.


Le Havre: Inland Port is an example of what I’m talking about, at least thematically (the description says that it shares design elements with Ora et Labora, but I’ve never played that so I couldn’t comment).

Le Havre: Inland Port was designed by Rosenberg with art by Klemens Franz. It was published in 2012 by Z-Man Games.

Yes, I know! A timely review!!! (Editor- you’re going to review Chess next, aren’t you?)

Anyway, let’s see how it works.

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New to Me – May 2019

It’s hard to believe we’re almost half-way done with 2019 already.

Where does the time go?

I know where my time didn’t go last month: playing new to me games. I only have three games to tell you about!

However, as the Cult of the New to Me bylaws go, if you play fewer new games, you have to make sure they’re old enough. I think 2007, 2005, and 2012 qualify!

Where did my time go in May?

I was attacked by assassins in an attempted coup!

Wick horse

Thankfully, I dealt with it.

I’m posting this two days early because I won’t be playing any more new games until Sunday. Besides, my father (or mother, or maybe just somebody I heard on the street, I can’t remember) always said that if you can’t do it better, do it early.

I live by that motto!

Anyway, without further adieu (all of my adieu was accidentally donated to a presidential campaign anyway), let’s get started!

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New to Me – March 2019

It’s March! Or it was March. This post is about March, at any rate.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah, I played lots of new to me games last month because last weekend was a convention weekend. I played a total of eight new to me games!

This made all of my fellow cult members happy.

In fact, they were so happy that they baked me cookies!

This is a subliminal message to get you reading this post and wanting cookies. Did it work?

They didn’t have to do that.

I’m not sure what’s in them, though.

Hmmmm….maybe that’s why I’m so tired.

I’d better finish this one before I pass out.

So without further adieu (all of my adieu was thrown over the barricades to mollify the Soviets anyway), let’s begin!

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New to Me – February 2019

February didn’t feel like it was going to be a good month for new to me games, mainly because I was horribly ill during one weekend and missed a game day.

Thankfully, the other days had a good variety of new games as well as some older classics and I was able to get a sizeable post done.

So sizeable that it’s almost a week late!

I don’t think the minions cult members are liking that.

They’re also not liking that over half of them were published last year.

The Cult of the New to Me can’t have that!

In my defense, the other two are 2016 games, which is considered ancient by this point.




I don’t hear anything.

I may have to rethink their sedative doses.

But that’s beside the point.

Without further adieu (all of my adieu was thrown through a stained glass window and washed away in the nearby river anyway), let’s begin!

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New to Me – November 2018

It’s December! And too many days into December for my New to Me Games post for November, so my apologies.

I do have a good reason, though.

The Cult of the New to Me was having a fundraiser, but unfortunately it didn’t go well.

We did manage to raise $10 for the Board Games for Terminally Ill Alpacas fund.

These creatures need board games!

I’m not sure why more people didn’t give. In fact, that $10 is mine. For some reason, people just gave me odd looks before averting their eyes and hurrying by.

But we shall persevere! These poor things shall not want while I’m around.

It did cause me to take time away from writing this post, though.

November didn’t look like it was going to be a busy month, but it steamrolled near the end to a massive seven new games. And most of them were good!

So, without further adieu (all of my adieu was taken by some scumbag architect who sold it at the Black Market for a piece of marble and a piece of wood), let’s get started!

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