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Just finished an around-the-USA travel in December (NY, Philadelphia, Florida, and Las Vegas) and played quite a few games. Here’s a recap.

  • Of course, more Advanced Squad Leader.
  • I played Churchill as a substitute for 18xx with my regular gaming partners Greg and Matt. Sadly we didn’t allow enough time to get through the entire game but it was a good learning game for both of them.
  • I played The Napoleonic Wars down in Monmouth right across the road from where I teach. This was with a group of folks organized by another professor at Western Oregon University. It was fun but ended after the first turn with a lucky die roll for the French. The rest of us played a game of chicken and we all lost.
  • I played 6 nimmt! with family in NY.
  • I played Evolution in Florida with my niece’s copy that she picked up on sale at Target. I don’t own this game any more, but playing it reminded me that this is a very good game.
  • Julie and I snuck in a play of Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 in between our Florida and Las Vegas trips. We are into September now so the year is closing down.
  • Jacob introduced us to Mint Works while in Florida and we enjoyed this lightning fast and light worker placement game.
  • Jacob and Matthew also picked up Dicey Goblins at a local game store in Vegas (designed by friend and Rainy Day Games owner Steve Ellis) and it came out quite a bit over the holiday week.
  • The highlight of the holiday gaming week was Charterstone, which I purchased explicitly for this family week. Got a wide range of folks involved in the game and we are about halfway through the campaign. Julie and I will probably finish the campaign on our own, but not until we complete Pandemic.
  • I introduced my brother-in-law to Star Realms which we played “live” a few times then moved into the digital iOS world where we are keeping a single game going indefinitely.
  • Jacob received Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game in the Christmas yankee swap so that came out a few times. Sweet spot is three player I think, and we played in about 30 minutes.
  • Jacob, Matthew, Kaitlin and I played a very tight game of Tichu.

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