State of Your Collection - November 2021

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Well here we are starting the holiday season!  Let's take a moment to reflect on November.  Were we 

Let's talk about games you have addedremoved, and changes to your wishlist for the month of November.

My added games:

Left my collection:

  • None but I will definitely have some leaving post Christmas!

Changes to my Wishlist:

  • None right now.  Just holding steady for the holiday season. :)

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Premium User54 days ago

My added Games:

#Obsession: Upstairs, Downstairs was added most recently and is easy one of my favorite expansions to add to a game.

#Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar was added in a trade

#Paperback was added in a trade

#Marvel Champions: The Card Game - The Rise of Red Skull Expansion was added in a trade

Left my Collection:

#Space Base left via trade

#Arkham Horror: The Card Game came and left the same

#Bang!: The Bullet - left via trade

#Azul: Summer Pavilion - left via trade

#Tiny Epic Dinosaurs - left via trade

Changes to my Wishlist:

Due to knowing what folks have stuck under the tree for me this year, I have adjusted my Wishlist accordingly.  I've added #Tapestry: Arts & Architecture, #CONFIDENT?, and  Concordia to my list in the interum.  

Premium User54 days ago

What all does the Obsession expansion add?

Premium User54 days ago

#Obsession: Upstairs, Downstairs adds some new staff, a new family, and some new guests and cards.

1. Staff:  The Cook, Head Housemaid, Hall Boy, and Useful Man.  

       The Cook allows player to invite guests a few prestige levels higher than normal and gives a bonus prestige             when used.

       The HH allows players to screen guests.  You draw one more guests than you normally would and choose

       The HB gives a tad extra money when used and does another thing I can't

       The UM has several uses.  You can toss him out of the game to reset the market OR draw a specific tile

        from the bag to add to the highest spot on the market.  He can make an event you want to host 1 prestige

        level less to host, and he can make a tile 100 less to purchase.

        In general, all these staff are not required and augment activities you are hosting

2.  New Family: The base game comes with two extra boxes for expansion families.  One of these comes with this

     expansion and the family gets to start with a cook.  The last family, Wessex (my brother told me he bought this

     for me for Christmas :)  )   goes into the last box.

3.  New guests.  There are quite a few new guests added to the game and they have several variegated favors

     as compared to the traditional guests.  Some flip tiles, a few give lots of money but reduce prestige.  They are

     all great additions to the game and make it more dynamic

4.  New tiles.  Several are updates to the first edition games but there are a couple new activities.  Notably, the 

     monument prestige bonus is nerfed a bit which helps balance the game a bit more.


Premium User53 days ago

Oh man the cook would be so useful! My wife always kills me at this game by somehow getting her prestige up super fast llol

Premium User53 days ago

Well, my wife was killing me as well (probably still will despite this next point), however,

I discovered that in ALL our plays, she assumed she could use however many guests she wanted up to the number on the tile!  So for instance, if the tile said 4 gentry, but she only had 2, she;d us those two and thought that four was optional.

Thus she was gettinga lot more out of her tableau as you might imagine!

Premium User53 days ago

Haha, well I think she was playing it right but I'll keep an eye out for that next time we play!

Premium User54 days ago

Always nice to get some good trades going!

Premium User53 days ago

Blood Rage and Eclipse are awesome.  I have my copy of Eclipse coming today actually froma pre-order I made ages ago. 

Cyclades vies for my top spot in the #Kemet, #Blood Rage, #Inis, #Cyclades world.  (No one in my group has #Rising Sun so I can't comment on it.)  It's fast and allows for different strategies. But really any of them could be top spot depending on what I feel like that day.

53 days ago

I now own Blood Rage and Kemet.  I've never played Inis.  I've played Rising Sun a couple of times and I have a group that enjoyed it as they enjoyed the ally negation and if there is a chance to screw me over then they would gladly take it ;)

I've played Cyclades once at Origins and had such a great time with it that it has moved towards the top of my wishlist.

Premium User54 days ago

Wow these are some epic games!

Premium User54 days ago

I think I did pretty well this month compared to my usual months. Doesn't mean I didn't get a lot of games...just means I didn't buy myself games :P


#The King is Dead: Second Edition - A gift from my BGG Secret Santa. I'll eventually make a post to highlight everything I received from the various SS exchanges I participated in. My BGG Santa went above and beyond to give me a lot of great games. Can't wait to get this one to the table with a full 4 player count this weekend!

#Arboretum - I mentioned in last months post that I had this on my radar and Santa came through! Sarah and I played this once and it went pretty well. Likely will be playing this weekend as well.

#Cryo - Another one from my "on my radar" section from last month. I actually got this from both my BGG SS and my Board Game Barrage "Ghost Turkey," their version of a Secret Santa. I traded one away to BoardGameCo along with some stuff I had been given from the guy who runs my meetup group. Not really counting the free games as added or removed as I didn't play them and just accepted them as trade fodder.

#Santa Monica - The final gift from my BGG SS. Looking forward to gettting this played as gave it some high praise.

#My City - A gift from my BGB GT. I mentioned wanting to get Sarah interested in legacy games and this seems to be up her alley. Not entirely sure if I want to attempt to get 2 more people to play through it with us or if I want to playt hrough it twice.

#The Pursuit of Happiness - Picked this up in the aforementioned BoardGameCo trade. It's been on my wishlist for what feels like forever and I'm pretty sure it will eventually fall flat with us, but after one play so far, we like it.

#Cubitos - From the BoardGameCo trade. Have yet to play it, but really excited to give it a go!

#Gunkimono - Another BoardGameCo trade acquisition. Played it once and have sense realized I got some rules wrong. Will have to try again.

#Code of Nine - So far my only gift from my Heavy Cardboard Secret Elephant exchange. Ever since I heard about this on the Hidden Gems podcast, I was intrigued. It's up there on my want to play list at the moment.

#American Bookshop, Cinderella's Dance - Backed these two games on Kickstarter. As with all KS games, not sure if these count because I won't be getting them for awhile, but as it is the only money I actually spent on games for myself this month, I felt compelled to include them. Couple of small box, Japanese, interesting sounding trick takers. I couldn't resist...I'm weak lol.

Removed/thinking about removing

#Altiplano - The only game that actually "left" my collection from the BGCo trade. Traded along with my spare copy of #Cryo, along with #Trains: Rising Sun, some expansions for that, and #Happy Salmon.

Not a whole lot that I'm thinking about getting rid of at the moment. Pretty much purged what I was willing to part with over the past couple months

On my radar

I've revised my not getting new games statement to not spending money on games. So games that are given to me as gifts or purchased with gift cards are fair game. Still waiting for the HC Secret Elephant to get me something else too.. Anyway, here's some stuff I've asked for/know I'm getting for my birthday/Christmas:

#Pompiers - I convinced Sarah to get this for me for my birthday :D

#Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition - The collector's edition was on sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday and my mom was looking for gift ideas for me. I asked for this..shrug...

#There's Been A Murder - I believe it was that mentioned playing this one recently. Thanks to Sarah's love of true crime, I looked it up and it seemed alright. Don't know if Sarah's going to gift it to me for Christmas but the possibility is there.

#Ticket to Ride: Europe - Seems like a weird one for me to have here, but hear me out lol. I had a lot of Kohl's cash from buying gifts and there just so happened to be some games on sale. I told Sarah I planned to use said Kohl's cash on #Ticket to Ride: New York or #Ticket to Ride: London, but she I guess took it upon herself to tell a mysterious "someone" to buy me TTR Europe instead? Not sure how we got here honestly. Either way I may or may not have used the Kohl's cash to get #Rajas of the Ganges, but alas, it is now December, so you will have to wait a month to find out :P

Moderator Level 152 days ago

Hope you enjoy There's Been a Murder.  We had a good time playing our first game of it.

And TtR:E is one of our familiy favorites-just tonight when my wife teased our son that when she dies he gets all of her Cutco knives, I joked he'd get all of my games. He rolled his eyes, so I told him he could donate them all the the library as a tax write-off. He said he'd probably keep a handful like #Dominion and #Ticket to Ride: Europe!

Premium User49 days ago

I'm glad he likes some of them at least!

53 days ago

I love #Rajas of the Ganges and that would be a fantasic use of Kohl's cash.  Of course Kohl's is not a place I generally look at when shopping for games.

Premium User52 days ago

Me either! I just happened to buy some gifts from there when they were offering extra Kohl's cash for various holiday related things. And I was thinking "what am I going to do with this?!" until I saw they sold board games haha

Premium User54 days ago

Lots of movement there!

Premium User52 days ago

As seems to be my usual no matter what I do lol

Premium User54 days ago

Added: none


  • #Villagers - gave to a friend. My wife liked this game, but I was never crazy about it, and with us moving, it didn't make a ton of sense to pack it.
  • #Ticket to Ride: Europe - gave to a friend. We like this game, but we have #Ticket to Ride: New York, which is much smaller, and we have a few other games to fill this weight category. If we weren't moving, we'd probably have kept it, but we weren't too attached to it so we gave it to someone who might play it more.


Moderator Level 152 days ago

I'd like to hear your experience with The Rocketeer. It's still one of my favorite movies for no good reason.

Premium User52 days ago

Same! I love that movie. Maybe I'll make a post here after I get it and have played it a couple times.

Moderator Level 151 days ago

I look foward to reading it!

Premium User54 days ago

It's a shame that villagers didn't stick around but I can see it not working for everyone.  

Ooh, I forgot about Brian Boru.  Trick taking area control looked pretty good to me too!


Premium User54 days ago

Yeah Brian Boru seems very cool!

Moderator Level 152 days ago

As I mentioned in my WDYPTW post for 11/8, my birthday was the 4th and it conincided with my small game night group (3 friends). One of them gave me two games:

  • #There's Been A Murder, which we played once. It's a social deduction game with each player only receiving two cards.  You have a limited deck size and must win the game before the last card is drawn.
  • #Bamboozled is a bluffing dice game-that's all I know about it.  I haven't played games requiring bluffing since I was in high schoo 35 years ago.  It'll be interesting to see how I do.

I also received these:

  • #The Castles of Burgundy: 20th Anniversary Edition after playing this on Board Game Arena and really enjoying it, I bought it when it appeared here on BGA as a ding-n-dent discounted price. Of course, having to meet a certain threshhold for free shipping, I bought the following which I also 'received' for my birthday.
  • #Clank! In! Space!: Apocalypse! love the base game and am enjoying the app (which doesn't support the expansions), so I'm looking forward to this.
  • #The Quest for El Dorado I've heard good things about this as a family weight game and still trying to find something else that might be of interest to my son (I'm not doing too well with this approach).  It's been on my radar for over a year and I finally found it in stock at a discount.

Left my collection- I reached out to one company about trading/selling #Risk: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition, #Monopoly: Star Wars - Original Trilogy Edition, and #Forbidden Sky, but due to the small number of games and the cost of shipping the offer wasn't what I hoped for.  I did find a store here in Oregon about 100 miles south of me that buys used games.  I'll have to try to remember that whenever I'm intending to drive down there.

Wishlist: I've got a few things that finally released and/or shipped this week in time for Christmas, so there's nothing on here right now.

Premium User51 days ago

I have the other clank expansions. Looking forward to grabbing apocalypse too. The quest for el dorado is a good pickyup for sure. Fun with family and your gaming buddies. 

Moderator Level 148 days ago

Good to know about El Dorado. That's what I understood it to be and I'm glad to add it to my collection. I look forward to playing it.