In anticipation of Spiel 2018, we are on the hunt for what the board game hotness is for this year and what games grabbed our attention. We will kick it off with the MUST BUY games, but a small caveat is that we already received some of the new titles as review copies and those will appear later on the lists we are planning to share with you all here and on Instagram. These ones are the ones we won’t leave Essen without, will we run to grab a copy, bride people to save one for us or just cry when they get sold out.
Next lists are in the line of Must Do Demo’s, Must Have Expansions, The Other 9 Which Could Crush All Others and when time allows it some more lists. As the header of this section already suggested, are we at the pinnacle of our board gaming hobby? The growth of the number of gamers, fresh new publishers arriving at the scene, bloggers & vloggers galore, major takeovers or joint ventures starting and even famous tv shows are depicting our small niche of the entertainment hobby. Growth is life and our great little corner of the world is alive as ever before!
When we found this package at our doorstep, with clearly a bad written send to name on it (very fun Paul!), we did not expect it to be one of the new hotness releases coming to you this Spiel 2018. This title is released by one of our favorite Dutch publishers, Quined Gamesand it is nothing else but Carson City the Card Game by the popular French designer Xavier Georges and illustrated by Alexandre Roche. You can imagine what we did next right? We grab us a bottle of good old scotch, sorry there was no bourbon, and unpacked this beauty as soon as the first drink was in! Like every story before, from there it took off and let’s see where this Wild West ride will take us, shall we?
But first let me introduce you to the Cowboy Code and my question to you, should we reintegrate some of those customs back into our habits?
Cowboy & Cowgirl Code
The cowboys of the Old West had an unwritten code that they lived by. The code included such rules as being courteous, always saying “howdy“, don’t wave at a man on a horse (you should nod), never ride another man’s horse without his permission, always help someone in need, and never put on another man’s hat.
Sounds like a code we may have to re-introduce? But, that’s something for a whole other discussion. Let’s get to the meat, shall we?
Since our recent move up North in the Netherlands we hadn’t had the chance of visiting any of the Dutch conventions there yet, but now we were only 45 minutes away from Groningen so we couldn’t pass up visiting Noorderspel 2018 in the beautiful venue of the Der Aa-Kerk.
The local friendly board game shop, Wir War Spellen, is the driving force behind this wonderful convention and with proud one of the owners, Kim, told us they expected this year to be the biggest turnstile event yet. Congratulations on that fact!
What a game The Mind is and we are still flabbergasted why this got us hooked as much as it does! We already did a crossword review on it here, but we cannot stop pulling this one out and try to crush those 12 levels. It can be so hard, but also so satisfying at the same moment. You will never know how intense people can stare at you until you have played this one.
John Clowdus andKolossal Games are going big on this pimped new re-release of the Omen: a Reign of Warseries. There have been already two iterations of this saga and a lot of expansions of this BGG award nominee gamesaga since 2011. But we dare to say, this is going to be a big overhaul from the Smallbox editions and is going to be a fantastic line of games which this collaboration between these two publishers is bringing to us!
Roy Cannaday from Epic Gaming Night hosts Favorite Game Friday on Instagram with a diverse group of board game enthusiast (including us!) and content creators from all walks of life and play styles! We share with you the games we love and we would love to hear from you too what YOU would play.
Zuiderspel 2018 was a blast. It’s a smaller Dutch board game con, but it is also one which is accessible for a lot of people interested in tabletop gaming and it sets itself apart with being very easy-going, casual and very friendly. This year they celebrated their 10th year anniversary and made this a two-day experience instead of the regular one-day event.
At the last moment Erna and our oldest, Penny, could come along and we had the best time together playing games, having huge laughs and seeing a lot of board game friends from all around the Netherlands. This was by far the highlight of the con for us, but besides some photos on it, later on, we won’t bore you with our family stuff. But it is the cornerstone of our being nowadays as parents and it’s an integral part of our board game life. Hence the name of the blog. 🙂