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    by Morlocke

    Thank you everyone for clarifying things. I was confused too. Who would have thought "remove" meant "use"! Also, it didn't help that NONE of the YouTube instructionals I found addressed these issues (especially "the Marketplace, Sawmill and Black Market are Starting Buildings)" - in addition to or in place of?)
    Now I can play my first solo game WITH SIX STARTING BUILDING. :)

    BTW, I purchased the Microsoft Marketplace version of Le Havre for my Windows 10 box and THEN realized it's not a 1:1 conversion of the game to digital, it's a simplified variant. Too bad!

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    by David Wiley

    Last year I made a list of a ton of games I wanted to be sure to play in 2017. Overall I did a respectable job at trying most of those games, although I did miss a few of them. I thought I would make the same approach this year, but going with ten games to fit into ten different "categories" of my choosing. There are so many great games out there, but these are the ones highest on my list to try right now.

    Maybe, just maybe, I'll get to go to HeavyCon and knock a few of these off my list...

    1. A Capstone Games game - Three Kingdoms Redux

    This game intrigues me so much. A heavy game for exactly three players. Asymmetric sides. Shifting of power over the course of the game. A dynamic tension that will come from having the presence of three sides vying for power over the course of the game. This is a game that is likely to be difficult to bring and play at a random game night, but is the perfect game to coordinate a play. It is a Capstone title, which means I already am inclined to give it a try (thus the category for a Capstone game!) I definitely hope to play all of the Capstone games out there, but this one stands at the top of my list of their games I hope to play.

    Which of the Capstone Games titles do you enjoy the most?

    2. A Top 10 Game - Terra Mystica

    As of this writing I have played only four of the top 10 games listed on BGG. I definitely want to try a few of the others in there, but the one that stands out most is Terra Mystica. It is that game I hear talked about so often, yet I am lacking a play of the game. It sounds like my type of game, one that I think my wife would enjoy playing as well. I know the new hotness is Gaia Project, but I would rather start with the game which paved the way for some of the other current games.

    Which group should I play as for my first game? Let me know in the comments below!

    3. A Train Game - Age of Steam

    Hoo boy, I know I need to eventually tackle a train game. As in an 18XX game, not just Ticket to Ride or Whistle Stop. Before plunging into the deep end, I think it'd be beneficial to visit this classic in the genre. It is long out of print, but hopefully someone local has a copy that they'd be willing to pull out and teach. With around 160 maps to choose from, this is the ultimate game for variety out there.

    Let me know which map(s) are best to learn on for each player count! I'm sure the teacher will already have an idea in mind, but if I could only play one map at __ player count, what should it be?

    4. An Uwe Rosenburg Game - Ora et Labora

    There are a handful of Rosenburg big-box games I haven't played yet: Fields of Arle, Glass Roads, Le Havre. But the one game I want to try more than any other right now would be this out of print classic. I fully blame Edward and Amanda at Heavy Cardboard for this one, as their review of the game last year sucked me in and made me want to play this. The opportunity never came up last year, but I am going to work hard to get a chance to try it this year. I know at least one local player has a copy, which means there is a chance.

    Let me know which Rosenburg game is YOUR favorite!

    5. A COIN Game - Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

    Like the train games, this will be the year I try out a COIN game. There are plenty of them to choose from at this point, although only two of them have a strong theme appeal to me (Pendragon & Falling Sky). I was so excited about the release of Pendragon when I heard about it last year, and this one has a strong appeal with both a solo mode and what should be a great 2-player experience. I'm a huge Arthurian/Middle Ages fan, and that makes this the ideal game to reel me into the COIN system. I'm letting myself buy at most two games this year. This one has a very high chance of being one of those two purchases.

    Which COIN game in the series is your favorite so far?

    6. A Filler Game - Arboretum

    Let's go ahead and blame Heavy Cardboard for this one as well. Out of print? Check. Thinky filler? Check. You can never have, or play, too many fillers, especially of the variety which engage your brain. I've heard nothing but strong responses about this one, and I can't wait to try this out. There were a few others that came close to stealing this spot, especially after watching a little of Heavy Cardboard's live stream of Iron Curtain last night. But I decided to stick with my initial resolution of seeking a play or two of Arboretum. Maybe this will be a game that Capstone can bring back into print on their Simply Complex line...

    What are some of your favorite filler games? Let me know in the comments below!

    7. Golden Elephant Winner - Food Chain Magnate

    This game was going to make the list already, but I decided to shift it here in order to open #9 for a different title. I have heard a ton of great things about this game, and I know of a few locals who own the game and at least one person who proclaims it as their favorite game. This might be among the easiest games on this list to get a chance to play. This is one of those games that, initially, I had no interest in playing when I heard about it. Thankfully, my tastes and interests have grown over time and now this game easily makes my list of ones I can't wait to try out.

    Let's have some fun with this spot...2017 is in the books and soon we'll learn the games Edward & Amanda will be nominating for their Golden Elephant awards. Any guesses on what games we might see as finalists for the award?

    8. A Vital Lacerda Game - Vinhos

    I played my first Lacerda game last year when I tried out Lisboa. I still crave a second play of that game. I've heard mixed opinions on which of his games are the best, but the one that seems to be universally proclaimed as being good is Vinhos. I really enjoyed playing Viticulture, which is that other wine-making game out there. And yes, I know the two games are as different as can be. This game will probably melt my brain, much like did during Lisboa, and I can't wait to experience the game that kicked off Vital's career as a designer. I am reasonably certain this should be an easy game to find a willing teacher for, and I have a feeling that 2018 might turn into a quest to try all of Vital's games so far.

    Which Lacerda game is your favorite? There seems to be a great divide over this question, so I am curious which one you love most and why!

    9. A Splotter Game - Antiquity

    Splotter is a company that holds a high reputation for games in the industry. I haven't played a single one yet, and if this list works out I will have played at least two when I finish these ten games. It was a struggle to decide between this, The Great Zimbabwe, and Roads & Boats for the spot. TGZ was just mentioned by Edward as a Gateway to Heavier Games. Travis at Low Player Count sings the praises for Roads & Boats on pretty much every other episode of their podcast. At least it feels that way! But I think the recent reprint of Antiquity signals a good time to try this one out. I've seen a few locals posting about the game, which means it is being purchased and has people who would likely want to play the game. The theme grabs me more than any other Splotter title, as well, so I'll be looking forward to trying this one out.

    You know the drill by now: which is your favorite Splotter title?

    10. People's Choice - Keyflower

    Yesterday I created a poll with ten games. Essentially, the next ten in consideration for this list. The ones that didn't quite make the cut. What I didn't expect was for one of the games on that list to win by a landslide. It was an overwhelming majority voting for Keyflower, which was a game I hoped to play in 2017 (it made honorable mention on my list) but the one time I cam closest to playing the game, it didn't pan out. Too many people wanted to play a game and, rather than splitting into two groups, we played Bohnanza with 7 players. Oh, how I wish it had been Keyflower instead. This is one I know my wife would enjoy, too, as it is a unique worker placement game. What better way to hook her onto the Key-series, just like she's hooked onto Rosenburg, than by playing this title with her?

    Wide open question on this one: if someone said you could play only one game this year, which would you pick and why? It could be a new game, something new to you, or your overall favorite game!

    The next 10

    Here's the next ten that would make the list, not sorted in order or by category:

    11. Twilight Struggle
    12. Caylus
    13. Le Havre
    14. Rococo
    15. Dominant Species
    16. Trick of the Rails
    17. Iron Curtain
    18. 1846: The Race for the Midwest
    19. An Infamous Traffic
    20. Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia

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    by bmun

    These are getting harder to find, but they are absolutely perfect. The rectangular ones fit the exact size of the supply spaces and also fit nicely inside the box when you're done. So just pop the lid, and you are good to go. 10 for $1 is an amazing price as well.

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    by DrumPhil

    Okay, now that the reprint copies are sold out everywhere and Mayfair has been bought by Asmodee, this question is worth asking again. Will there be an anniversary edition or even just another reprint under the new ownership?

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  • 02/19/18--23:05: Newcastle Gamers
  • by John Shepherd

    *Time Traveller update: for reasons explained in a previous episode, this blog entry was actually written about a month ago. Seems like a shame to let it go un-posted though! :D

    Good times at Newcastle Gamers this week. Initially, there were rumblings that we might be playing Lisboa again … I quite enjoyed my first game of Lisboa, but it’s one of those games where there’s an awful lot of fiddly stuff to remember, and -- after a bit of a long week -- I wasn't entirely sure I was up to the cognitive challenge. As it happened, Olly (potential Lisboa-player) cried off sick, so none of this was a concern and the evening took an entirely different course ('phew!).

    Upon my arrival, Owain, Amo, and Ray (a first-time attendee) were hovering around looking for a game, so I proposed my latest acquisition: a copy of Railroad Revolution that I’d picked up for half price in the Travelling Man sale a few days earlier. The game was new to three of us, though Ray had played before. It was a fun game; probably warrants its own post … so look out for a “first impressions” post shortly. Spoiler: everybody enjoyed it :)

    Next to hit the table was Yokohama, which Ray had brought along. I’ve had an unplayed copy of this sitting on my shelf-of-shame for a few weeks (another cut-price impulse purchase which I hadn’t quite got around to playing yet), so it was good to get a chance to play it — especially since I wouldn’t be the one who had to teach it. Again, much fun was had by all, and it was interesting to compare my own edition (the regular, mostly-cardboard chits version) to Ray’s super-pimped Kickstarter edition. I found the pimped-up version to be a little bit awkward; the mini-meeple workers were quite fiddly/unstable, compared to the wooden cubes of the basic version, and I suspect the cardboard "goods" chits of the basic edition are easier to arrange and audit than the inevitable "heaps" of deluxified wooden resources are (though I'm basing this mostly on my experiences playing Le Havre, where the goods chits are, to my mind, perfect for what they need to do). The wooden buildings were nice though... and turned my mind to thinking about upgrading the buildings in my own copy. Good game. Keen to play it again!

    We ended the night with a session of Pandemic: Rising Tide. It’s the third time I’ve played this. We stuck with the basic version (6 storms, none of the fancy objectives / population rules), and — although it looked like things were about to get pretty nasty for the people of the Netherlands at one point (only 2 water cubes left in the supply, and a storm due to break) — we were ultimately successful in our mission to avert watery doom. My success rate on Rising Tide is now 2 out of 3 games (with 2 different groups)… though the novelty of the basic game has now waned a bit, so I think it’s time to switch up to the advanced version; it’ll be interesting to see if that helps the longevity for me — I get the impression that it might see the same fate as Pandemic Iberia; a few plays while it’s a novelty for us, then left on the shelf in favour of other Pandemic variants.

    It was a good night for the club; we hit 47 attendees, with around half a dozen “first timers”. (The numbers were a bit of a shock for Ray, who has just moved into the area … his mentioned that his old gaming club used to peak at around 15). It’s great to get so many gamers under one roof, but does start causing problems when we have busy nights (we often start to run short of chairs and tables at around the 50 mark… it depends what the other church hall users have been doing, and whether they’ve remembered to bring furniture back!).

    I really like our current venue — it’s close to the city centre, has free parking, and charges us a really good rate — and I fear the complexities we’ll face if we outgrow it. Still, for now, it’s all good :)

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  • 02/21/18--11:17: New Image for Le Havre
  • by actjob

    <div>card box for tokens</div>

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  • 02/21/18--11:17: New Image for Le Havre
  • by actjob

    <div>card box on the board</div>

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  • 02/24/18--14:36: New Image for Le Havre
  • by cjfoster

    <div>Le Havre 2p full game: tied at 262</div>

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    by eviljelloman

    Or, if you have access to a 3d printer, you could try making some of these:

    (original file at

    I modified them to be a bit taller (cows just barely didn't fit) and didn't bother with the lids (giant rubber band and two sheets of foamcore).

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  • 03/01/18--19:14: New Video for Le Havre
  • by Hellbrass


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  • 03/04/18--06:21: New Image for Le Havre
  • by Naguaf

    <div>Art :)</div>

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  • 03/13/18--08:48: New Image for Le Havre
  • by kmd2000

    <div>A plan in the making</div>

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  • 03/14/18--12:51: New Image for Le Havre
  • by vandamm

    <div>Russian edition box</div>

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    by Paxe

    I found these a while ago, and the fit perfectly on the board & hold all the chits for a resource.

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    by skullfire

    I use 'Really Useful' boxes in matching colours, but am thinking clear boxes like yours may be a better choice in this case.

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    by Malacandra

    Likewise these Dollar Tree mini storage containers.

    At $1/10, rectangle or round, they are great for just about any game.

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    by CBUSS03

    Can’t seem to find the 2017 edition online at the moment. Any news of a reprint coming?

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    by philcampeau

    Given that the publisher, Mayfair, just sold their company to Asmodee to avoid bankruptcy, it may be a while.

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    by Karlsen

    Votes for a reprint of the Australian edition :whistle:

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    by Jbroots

    I just bought at Try for other vendors.

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