I Caved – Latest GameSurplus Board Game Order

I’ve got a multi-day, mens gaming retreat coming up I was just lamenting to a friend of mine that I’ve got so many games that I haven’t played in a while that I was going to have to find some one-on-one time with the rules to refresh my memory.

So, what’s the best course of action when faced with a stack of 10 or 15 games that you like but haven’t played in six months or more? Make that stack 15 or 20 games…that’s what I say!

To rationalize a bit though, I figured that if I’m going to be relearning some older games then I might as well also learn some new ones. And…and…how can I ignore the upcoming opportunity to game for several days straight? I mean, to not have some new games to try out and share, well…well, that’s not right…right? Right.

TriasDinky dinos on a modular board. Supports 2-5 players and you’re done in 45 minutes. I thought this would make for a good filler and a nice fit for some lunchtime office gaming.

FjordsI thought Lisa might like this one and it would also be a good candidate for lunchtime office gaming, a filler for two waiting for a another gaming table to break up, and you’re out in 30 minutes.

TaluvaI can’t rationalize this one but I’ll give it my best shot. I bought this one on looks mainly. The 3D Java-ishness, and the uniquely shaped wooden bits are really eye-catching. Rio Grande Games is releasing this title at the end of this month and after exchanging a few emails with Thor at Game Surplus I got them to put up a pre-order page for it and I threw a copy in my basket.

This title got some nice reviews at Essen this year and I’m excited about getting a copy so early in the US release.

Hammer of the ScotsI’m neither a wargamer nor a wargamer wannabe, but I like the theme of HotS, I like head to head combat for two, I don’t have a block wargame in my collection yet, and I thought a title of this nature might broaden my horizons a bit. To wargamers, this is the ‘Ticket to Ride’ of the genre. By that, I mean that this is light gaming. I suspect I’ll find it pretty cerebral but a two hour battle is pushing the ‘fun’ envelope for me. You’ll not see me playing Europe Engulfed listed at 720 minutes of fun for 2-3 players.

Bison: Thunder on the PrairieWhen I went to check out I saw Bison on my Game Surplus wishlist and I’d completely forgotten about it. I have several area influence games but I haven’t tired of them yet. I liked the look of the tiles and I’ve always been happy with the quality of Phalanx games so I went ahead and tipped a copy into the cart on my way through.

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