Now that I’ve talked about what’s coming up next, it’s time to talk about how I’ll manage to keep playing games while being away from my collection for nearly 5 months! At least I have the luxury of driving to New York, so I hopefully can afford to carry one of my plastic bins. This probably means I leave the golf clubs behind though.
So I have to plan for two different scenarios: having an adequately diverse set of options for the 2+ months I’ll spend at Keuka Lake along with a compact gaming kit for our 7 weeks of backpacking in Ireland. I’m already mostly packed up so what I’m sharing will be just a peek but not a full display. Let’s start with the small container.
Here’s what I’ve got:
- Tichu — my favorite partnership game for four people. This won’t go to Ireland because the learning curve is too great for new players and Julie and I will most likely just be playing two player games.
- Love Letter — quick fun and easy to teach to new players.
- Famiglia — I like this underrated two player set collection game.
- Star Realms — that’s what you see in the brown plastic box. This game comes in a crappy box hence the switch. I’ve mostly played the iOS game but hoping Julie will like it face to face.
- Die Sieben Siegel — Sometimes you have five players and want to play a trick taking game. That’s why you carry this one.
- Bang! The Dice Game — I’m a long time fan of Bang! but it can run on for too long. This has enough of the fun of the original in a much quicker game.
- Bohnanza — There’s a lot of game in this small package, and it scales well to 5 or 6 players.
- San Juan — One of those games that I’ll always play.
- My Sticheln universal gaming pack
- Hanabi — This game is so unique and I look forward to trying it out with guests at the lake.
Now let’s take a look at the bigger box. Moving around we can see the first side.
- Mythotopia — I want a few heavier multi-player games and this was my pick. I’ve only played it once, but I love the deck-building-and-wargame mashup.
- Richard III — Jim and I like to play a wargame when he comes out to Keuka, and we played this one earlier this year. I think it is better than Hammer of the Scots and am eager to play it again.
- For Sale — One of my top 10 all time games. Easy to teach and quick to play.
- Jaipur — This is one of the main two player games Julie and I have been playing.
- Time’s Up — One of our favorite party games that can scale up real well because you can build teams with more than two players.
- Rivals for Catan with Age of Enlightenment expansion — When Julie and I want a two player game with a bit more depth, this is one of our favorites.
- 7 Wonders with Leaders expansion — Evergreen game and a Keuka Lake tradition.
- Dixit — Easy to teach social / party game. Good with a bottle of wine or whiskey. There are several expansions packed in this box.
- The Castles of Burgundy — One of the better Euro games to come out in the past few years. Alternate for Mythotopia when folks don’t want to fight.
- Morels — Along with Jaipur one of the main two player games for Julie and me.
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Ultimate Werewolf — These are both packed in the same box. I have a feeling without Matthew being at Keuka most of the summer that these may not get played much, but I want the option.
- The Pillars of the Earth — One of my favorite worker placement games. Hoping to try this two player with Julie.
- Reverse Charades — A fun party game that we enjoyed out at the lake last year.
- Havoc — Of course I’ll bring Havoc.
- Scripts and Scribes – Has some similarities to For Sale but with some unique twists.
- Magic: the Gathering — Always bring Magic.
- A Game of Thrones Card Game — Probably wishful thinking that this will get out, but perhaps Jim will join me.
- 6 Nimmt! — Fun multiplayer light card game.
- David and Goliath — I’ve been wanting to get this one the table but I suspect it will remain in the shadow of Tichu and Die Sieben.
- Unconditional Surrender: Case Blue and Drive on Metz — These are two ziploc war games that I can fit in my case. They are both suitable for solitaire play and perhaps I can find an opponent.
I think that’s it. I’ve got party games, card games, war games, collectible card games, a decent range of Euros, and plenty of two player games. I’m not sure what I’ll bring to Ireland, but for sure I’ll bring the Sticheln kit.