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31 January 2012

New batch of Ebay games for sale

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:32 pm

I’ve got a new batch of 24 games up for sale on Ebay with 9 days still to run. Lots of good stuff this time. The list is as follows:

Tikal

Tikal II

Giganten

Mousquetaires du Roy

Durch Die Wuste (Through the Desert)

Guatemala Cafe

Opera

Mystery of the Abbey

Mesopotamia

Utopia

Darjeeling

Magna Grecia

Fish Eat Fish

20th Century

Municipium

El Paso

Pizza Box Baseball

Das Ende de Triumvirats

Key Largo

Islas Canarias

Ponte del Diavolo

Ys

Entdecker

Royal Palace

The Ebay listing is here

11 January 2012

Holiday gaming

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:59 pm

Jan and I have just returned from a week’s holiday in Tenerife where we had brilliant weather, a nice hotel offering plenty of activities - Archery, French Boules and others. Two wins at the French Boules - archery is clearly a game of millimetres and I was millimetres the wrong side of the line every time.

Managed to smuggle several games over to the Canaries and back again thankfully, as I got stopped at Customs on the way out as their scanner was showing a large amount of organic matter. Not sure why as I’d only taken LOTR: TCG, Ra: The Dice Game, Cafe International: TCG, Gloria Picktoria, Coloretto, MR: Jack the Ripper, Dominion, Mijnlieff, Archaeology:TCG, Stich Meister, Gold and Keltis: TCG.

Got to play five of them including two four-player games of Coloretto with my Dad and Jan’s stepdad. Even though it took them a while to grasp the rules, Geoffrey (stepdad-in-law) won the first and Rod (Dad) won the second. The good thing was that, after the first game, they both wanted to have another game straight away.

1 January 2012

2011 Roundup

Filed under: — Garry @ 12:28 pm

2011 saw me play 200 games of 156 different titles (interestingly, just one fewer than the 157 different titles played in both 2010 and 2009, although the total plays is down a bit compared with 208 in 2010 and 229 in 2009). My full list of games played is here.

My most played game was Lord of the Rings: The Card Game which saw 8 plays. All bar one of these was in May when the game was first released but I played again just yesterday and I’d like to play some more in 2012. I’m still exploring the mono-sphere decks and haven’t yet progressed beyond the first scenario so there’s plenty still to try out, even though I will not be buying any of the expansion packs.

No other game reached 5 plays and only Nefarious saw four plays.  Of the 156 titles, 125 of them were played just once, again due to my focus during the year in getting my unplayed games list down. It started 2011 at 29, dropped all the way to zero in June and is now sitting at 16.

2011 seemed to produce several really good games. My six picks for the year -which I’ll be publishing on my Trickylight site tomorrow- included two meaty gamers’ games (Trajan and Vinhos), a couple of middle-weight titles (London and Pantheon) and two excellent but different fillers (Biblios and King of Tokyo). I’ve also done a six picks of solo and two-player games featuring LOTR: TCG, the surprisingly good Revolver, Famiglia, Gold, Mijnlieff and Zertz (which I got to play for the first time in 2011). All in all, a pretty good year. Let’s hope 2012 is just as good.

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