I’m not really a wargamer. I’m a euro gamer tourist in wargame land. The COIN series of games from GMT are aimed at people like me… who don’t take well to serious hex and counter warfare, but enjoy the strategic historical aspects of wargames. These games bring more traditional boardgame approaches to this subject matter.
I didn’t think anything would beat 2012 for games, but 2015 turned out to be a big year for acquisitions for me, and a lot of great games showed up. I’m still wading through them all… a bunch of these are post-Essen titles. Nippon, The Gallerist, Signorie, Lignum, Spirits Of The Rice Paddy, Mombasa, Food Chain Magnate, Pax Porfiriana, Neanderthal, Grand Austria Hotel, King Chocolate… just to name a few.
I’m hoping to slow down and play some of my backlog in 2016. I’ve been talking on Twitter about an austerity program, implementing a 6-game limit in 2016. One title every two months! Okay, that’s not likely realistic… but if I can even manage a 12 game acquisiton limit, I’d be proud of myself.
That’s a especially true because 2016 is already shaping up to be an interesting year for games. Check out my Geeklist here.
How did GenCant happen?
The morning before GenCon 2014 lifted off, I felt a bit under the weather. I wasn’t going to make it to the event, and I was a bit depressed by that. I knew that there were likely a bunch of others who weren’t going to make it also, but… wait – that’s it!
I posted a tweet to find out who else wasn’t going, and asked them to retweet if they weren’t, and within only a few minutes, @425suzanne responded with the now infamous “GenCant” line. The rest was history. Hundreds of retweets happened, and we birthed the #GenCant2014 movement from the comfort of our computers. It was so appropriate.
There are lots of awards in the board game industry, but the Spiel des Jahres is the one that publishers really care about, because it’s the one that sells games. Over the last few years, board game enthusiasts have become a little critical of the award and the choices made, but the truth is that these awards are designed to showcase German games that appeal to families. They’re generally awarded to titles that are easy and quick to learn and don’t take an entire afternoon to play.