The Games of November 2017 (Brandon Kempf)

The Games of November 2017 (Brandon Kempf)

Normally, I would just post a small Tweet over on Twitter (@Vacabck or @wdyptw) about what games I played over the past month, but this month I decided to do it this way and post over here and talk about a couple of the games played as I think November was a pretty good month. 

First up, some numbers. November saw 46 plays of 28 different games, which put us at 459 total plays of 173 different games for the year. Thank you BG Stats App and Board Game Geek. 

November was heavily influenced by a certain board game convention that was held in Germany, Essen Spiel and thus a lot of games played this month were single plays and then move on but there were 7 games that saw multiple plays in November.

Azul(8 plays)- I can't say much more about Azul and how wonderful it is that I didn't say in the review that I posted here on WDYPTW, so if you are curious, be sure to read that one. The game is absolutely wonderful, and will be featured in my 2017 Top 10, I'm 100% sure of that. 

Memoarrr!(5 plays)- I can sense a pattern here, play the game multiple times in a month and review it on WDYPTW. Memoarrr! if it were available here in the US at Christmas, should have been in every gamer stocking, not even being hyperbolic here.  

Majesty: For the Realm(3 plays)- And in a surprise to no one I am sure, this will probably be my next full review for the website. If Azul is a shoe in for the Top 10 of 2017, Majesty is probably a shoe in for the Top 2. I absolutely adore this game and that seems really weird considering how much I actively disliked Splendor. After three plays in November, and one play already in December and the English version from Z-Man Games on the way, I'm ready to run this one through the ringer and see if it stands up. As it is, I've never played with the "B" sides of the player cards and I want to do that soon. Soldiers are the bridge that everyone is going to try to die on with this one, I know folks will sit there and say that the soldiers are unfair, and it's true, I do feel that with the luck of the draw, soldiers can feel a bit overpowered, but it's on everyone at that table to combat one or two people running full military. 

Spot It!(3 plays)- This one made a resurgence thanks to AnnaBeth finding it on the shelves and wanting to play. It's fun, I'm not the quickest person so AnnaBeth really enjoys a game where she is a lot faster than Dad. 

Dragon Castle(2 plays)- This was my big purchase from Essen that I asked Chris to bring back and I really enjoy this one. But ultimately I think I was sucked in by the fact that it's going to be quite awhile before this one sees North American distribution. I did pen a Knee Jerk Review of Dragon Castle. It's an interesting concept and a fun take on Mahjong Solitaire in a physical form, I need to get this one back to the table to try some more. 

Claim(2 plays)- Two player trick taking from Scott Almes. It had an interesting way of playing, You basically play a game in 2 halves. The first half you are playing tricks to build your hand for the second half of the game. Each of the races(suits) in the game have special powers that can change what is going on as well. Really interesting and I want to see this one here in North America, as it is, you will probably have to import if interested, and I am. 

Star Cartel(2 plays)- Another one to look for a review coming soon. 3-6 player entry level stock/price manipulation game where you are hauling cargo. When you unload the goods that you have the most of go up in value and the goods you have the least of go down in value and you keep none of them, you smuggle what's in the middle and that's what you are going to score points on at the end of the game. Really swingy at higher player counts, but more controlled at lesser counts. 

Other standouts this month but with only one play:

  • Pulsar 2849(watch for a Knee Jerk Review soon)
  • Clans of Caledonia
  • Tichu
  • Sticheln
  • Linko!
  • Whistle Stop

What were your favorites of November? Let me know in the comments!!

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