Thorf's New Games for 2016
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After emerging from my Dark Age of No Board Games at New Year 2015, I played more than a hundred games last year. Let's see how it goes this year!

I'll keep track of each new game I play on this list, complete with comments about what I thought of them, with a focus on whether I want to play them again.
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1. Video Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1391] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Video Game: Kingdom Builder
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First Play: 1st January 2016

The iOS version of Kingdom Builder was my first game of 2016. After watching the tutorial as well as the Tabletop episode for it, it was pretty simple to play. Oh, and the reason I came to it was the ongoing Kickstarter, which I'm considering backing, but wondering if I'm going to like it enough or not.

The game itself seems nice. That I'll be able to play it with my kids (5 and 3) is a definite bonus. It doesn't look like it would work well for play across FaceTime/Skype, though — a bit too fiddly to make sure the pieces gets placed correctly each time.

That it's quite short is also a plus point, because a lot of my games are rather long.
 
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2. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:271]
Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
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First Play: 1st January 2016

I ordered this game before Christmas, and it finally came — on the 1st of January! I didn't even know there were parcel deliveries today. Thank you, Japan Post!

This was our first game of Survive: Escape from Atlantis. I played Escape from Atlantis extensively when I was a child, and introduced it to Erik and Isla last summer, so the rules were pretty familiar to us, even if they're a little different.

I had a whole boat full of people ruthlessly eaten by Isla's sea monster early on, taking me out of the running. Meanwhile, Erik came close to crying every time something bad happened to him, and Isla went off sulking! Uh-oh. In the end, I had five or six people eaten, Erik three or four, and Isla just one!

Naturally Isla won by a mile, but I was surprised to find that I just scraped into second place.

Overall, I think the kids enjoyed it.
 
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