The hardest time I've ever had in my gaming life was this past winter when I bought five games all at once. I thought it seemed like a good idea at the time. Wrong! Every time I set one game up, the other four would glare at me from the shelf. So I would set one up, then tear it down, then set up another, then tear it down, ad nauseum. Five unplayed games was more than I could take.
So I told myself I would never do that again. One game at a time, said I.
Well, I just received two more from the FedEx man yesterday, Barbarossa: Crimea and Twin Peaks. At least this time, I traded for them, instead of buying them. I sent some of my old games to Noble Knight out of Janesville, Wisconsin in exchange for $80 in store credit. In my world, how long do you think store credit lays around unspent? Yeah, that's right: not long.
Anyway, I'm not buying another game until I get all my current games played....and I mean it this time! I literally have a 25-year backlist.
This year, my goal is to play all of the following games (plus a full campaign game of Beyond the Rhine - not pictured here). By my estimates, I've got about 9 months worth of gaming here. And that's if I push it.
So without further ado, here's the lineup for 2017.
Roads is another Vance von Borries game very similar to Barbarossa, but at a smaller scale. Actually, it is virtually identical to his 2001 game Kasserine (on this list). I love Kasserine, so I'll love Roads, too -- once I give it a fair chance.
On to Paris keeps getting pushed down my list. It's probably because of its 64-page rulebook and equally tomey playbook. All full color, another lavish production, by Compass Games this time. I just need to buckle down and learn it. My heart says "yes" but my brain says "no."