With PAX Unplugged just a few days away, I wanted to highlight the games that I’m looking forward to either trying or seeing first hand.
The Top Choices
Azul: Summer Pavilion – Azul is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It has a quick learning curve, beautiful design and colors, and just enough strategy and depth for new and old players alike. On the flip side, I hated Sintra. It was too bloated and took away what made Azul easy and accessible. I have a burning desire to see if Summer Pavilion is a return to form or if it’s another dud (in my opinion).
Flotilla – Not having a two-player option (unless there’s a variant I’m unaware of) makes this Waterworld-esque game a hard sell for me but the theme is interesting and I’m a fan of the mechanics, it’s just a matter of how they fit together.
MegaCity: Oceania – I love dexterity games and I love city building games. Honestly, we’d probably have bought this blindly if we didn’t have an infant but dexterity games and babies don’t work well together. This is one I definitely want to get my hands on to play and see if it needs to be added to the collection. So many of our dexterity games have pasted on themes; maybe city building will bring the mechanic alive?
On Mars – I love the theme but wonder how it handles at two-players. Vital Lacerda has a track record for games and while I enjoyed The Gallerist, I’m not certain that I loved it. I also worry that it may be too heavy for our lives at this moment. I would love to be able to demo a round or two just to get a feel for the game but expect this to be one that I stare at from a far as it may be incredibly popular.
On the Underground: London/Berlin – I really like route building games but at the same time, many have felt formulaic and haven’t brought anything new or exciting to the genre that entices me in a way to add that game to our collection. Is On the Underground it? No idea but the vivid colors and well thought out gameplay give me high hopes.
Prêt-à-Porter – A unique theme and a reprint of a highly sought after game has this on my radar. It’s a clear second choice however as I felt like the hype died down once it was released. I haven’t seen much of anything about it since people have been able to get their hands on it and I worry that the rareness of getting your hands on a copy shielded the gameplay from criticism…or maybe I’m completely wrong and people are having so much fun with it that they don’t have time to talk about it.
Yukon Airways – I like pick-up and deliver games and while I haven’t done as much background work on seeing if this is something I’d like, it’s worth putting down as a mention.
PAX Unplugged has an amazing rental library. After using it to its fullest potential last year, there are a few older games that I’d love to try out that shouldn’t be too hard to play.
1944: Race to the Rhine – I love everything about this game in theory and am dying to try it out. With the Kickstarter live for the spiritual successor (1941: Race to Moscow) I want an opportunity to try and see if this is worth backing the newer version.
Concordia – Wanted to play it last year but didn’t. Maybe this is the year.
War Chest – This is a game that I’ve been told I need to try due to my love of abstract games.