Last month I provided a progress update of my 2019 aim of getting through the whole year without buying a new game, which you can read all about here if you’re interested in finding out more: 2019: The Year Ahead, etc…
As you can probably tell, two months into 2019 and I’m doing okay, I think. I splurged a bit on paints and things at Vapnartak 2019 last month, and in fact even got as far as priming a few miniatures and scenery for my Walking Dead: All Out War game(s). These bits are mainly from the Scenery Booster and Prelude To Woodbury games, but otherwise my purse has remained firmly shut for another month… Yay!
In January, one of my Kickstarter’s came through: Book of Dragons, a simple deck of 40 pretty tarot-sized cards with dragons on them and nowt else: no numbers, symbols, or any other paraphernalia. I’ve reviewed it in The Spirit #4 (due sometime this month), but I also talked about it last time: One month down, eleven to go… Eek!
In February, another Kickstarter came through, but this one wasn’t directly boardgame-related. What was it? Well, I’m glad you asked, because it was a gorgeous book looking at the art and watercolour techniques of a brilliant artist called Heikala and I wanted to support her – you can see and buy more of her stuff here: Heikala Shop
To be fair, I know at least one other Kickstarter that’s coming through this month (March — indeed, I’ll be collecting it this week), and that’s my deluxe copy of FlickFleet from Jackson Pope’s Eurydice Games. FlickFleet is a dexterity-based game co-designed by a dear friend of mine, and one I wrote extensively about here: FlickFleet (P)Review
Of course, a potential spanner in the works is that AireCon 5 is on the horizon this weekend (8-10th March 2019), and much as this convention is aimed mainly at gamers (with oodles of gaming tables, dedicated gaming areas, and then some), there are usually a small number of very interesting stalls there, too (often with great special offers and competitive pricing), as well as a really enticing Bring’n’Buy section… Eek! Help!
Yup, I’m a sucker for a bargain, and often (like charity shops), there’ll be something in there that’ll just grab me hook, line and sinker, and that’s a tough thing to shake off, and a major worry. The obvious solution is not to enter the area —that’s what I’ve chosen to do with my previously regular boardgames-in-charity-shops expeditions— but it’s really not that easy, especially in a convention environment where everyone around you is breaking out the new game they just bought and itching to get it to the table, like, RIGHT NOW! Besides which, I’ve got a few titles to sell through there myself, anyway! That’s probably a subject for another time, but I know that’s something Ross from ‘More Games Please’ has written about elsewhere (choosing which titles to prune out of his boardgame collection)… Hmmm…
To be fair, I am still undecided whether second-hand games count as ‘new games’ as part of my 2019 sabbatical, but I’m kind of leaning towards a principle thing here. And in principle, a second-hand game still counts as a ‘new game’ I’ve had to pay for… So… Well, it is what it is, I guess!
I had a great time at AireCon last time, and wrote about it at length, even managing to post a daily update for each day, those reports start here: Day 1 at AireCon
Last year I wasn’t at all sure what to expect, but this year I’m even more excited because I don’t have the responsibility of having to man a stall every day, and am only there for the Friday and Saturday anyway (Sunday last year felt very quiet), so I’ll be spending a lot more time gaming with others. Woohoo!
That said, I have a 4-hour slot booked with Playtest UK on the Friday (from 2pm-6pm), where I’ll be playtesting the newest iteration of Agents in Time (called Tsuxnet Strikes Back!) as well as giving the near-final version of Aliens Ate My Planet! another run-through, so if you’re free and available, by all means come along and join me! Tsuxnet accommodates up to 6 players, while Aliens usually tops out at 4-5 players.
As well as the above on the Friday, I’m hoping to meet up again with Andy from the Blackjack Legacy YouTube channel on the Saturday, and planning to introduce him to both The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire and Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu (the strongest themed Pandemic imho) — again, if you catch us after lunch, that’s the current plan, so feel free to join us! I’m also hoping to squeeze a demo game of James Naylor’s Magnate: The First City into Saturday, too!
And finally, these are the titles I could have possibly bought (or backed on KS) in February 2019…