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It's pretty dang hard to get into those last few spaces on my shelf. These two made it though.
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Fall 2017 shelfie update. Nothing I absolutely need to get rid of, not too much coming in during the next months, still a little bit of room.. my plan of never buying another shelf is still holding :)
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After five years of waiting, the first game of Storm Hollow was bound to be anticlimactic, but it's an excellent, excellent family friendly RPG with amazing art and components. You don't make characters in the normal sense as you basically play a magical, heroic version of your self, adventures (of which there are A LOT in this box) are compressed down to series of challenges. Characters come with plenty of magic and cool stuff from the start. The detail and invention in the setting (which is where most of the five year production and development of the game went) is fantastic

All of this makes the game very approachable for newbies, but it might be a tad too linear and boardgamey for some RPGers. It certainly moves a good clip faster than most RPGs, once you know what you're doing you'll go through a story/adventure in under two hours.

All in all it's an extremely impressive package. I really hope the designers get the success they deserve once the giant box is separated into more manageable modules and eventually gets wide distribution. The gigantic treasury box is still available in the meantime.
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Victory Point Games are really knocking it out of the park with their deluxe editions of solo games. Dawn of the Zeds 3rd edition was wonderful, and the new version of Nemo's War might be an even better game judging from my first ten turns or so. And so pretty.. (my wife's jigsaw puzzle not included)
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An old, old roll and move game (around 100 BC) Nice production quality. Saw this in the British Museum. 
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02/08/2017
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The retaking of Vierville is finally underway. The Americans are holding off the Germans for now. Three turns to go.
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Got this authentic typesetter's case from a local antique shop. I'm planning to use it for my ASL counters, currently residing in counter trays and plano boxes. I might get a piece of plexi to use as a lid as well.

Now to finish learning the actual game!
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After practising some moves with the basic game I'm (hopefully) ready to try soloing High Frontier. Man, this looks amazing. That giant version of the board!
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Labyrinth: the War on Terror, campaign game with the Awakening expansion, although I might not get that far. I'm playing the US against the bot.

This is my hand.

Like in real life there REALLY aren't any good options here.

After digging a bit deeper into this game I understand those people who feel that its inappropriate to make a game like this at all a bit better. In my life I've been to several sites that have later been hit by terror (the checkin at Brussels airport, the Bridge in London, Kungsgatan in Stockholm, places in Paris..), and at times it all feels uncomfortably close. Also, and I'm not trying to be political here, playing the long game which starts in 2001 post 9/11 really brings into focus the fact that, in real life, we really aren't winning this struggle, neither is anyone else, but there certainly aren't as many regimes with good governance in the world.

Despite all this (and despite the fact that I feel that the game mechanically is a link between, but inferior to, Twilight Struggle and the COIN series
) I'm glad the game exists. The experience of playing it might not be one most people are looking for when playing boardgames, but it's educational and emotional in equal measures.

This is what edgy board game design looks like, and our hobby is richer for it.
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An excellent addition to any Eurorack :)
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