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5 Games in My Collection I Haven’t Played But Want To (TableTop Day Edition)

I have been slowly working through my collection of games that I have that I have not yet played.  Granted, some of those games have not actually been played, but I have played other people’s copies of them (and that counts for something).

And, with International TableTop Day just around the corner, it seems like a great time to look at that collection and pick out a few from the pile that I have not yet played, especially since I am planning on making TableTop Day a 24 hour event.

1) Zombies!!!

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One of the oldest games in my collection (at least, one that I have had the longest), Zombies!!! is a game that just has not ever made it to the table.

The game itself is pretty simple.  Players try to escape a zombie infested city that grows with each tile the players draw on their turn until they find the helipad (and rescue), or kill 25 zombies.

It is not the best zombie game out there, having been surpassed by the likes of Last Night on Earth, Dead of Winter, and Zombicide.  But, it still sits in my collection waiting to be played at least once.  And TableTop Day seems like a good time to pull out this lighter, yet sprawly board game.

2) Pandemic Contagion

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Pandemic has become well known, spawning many expansions and a few spin-off games.  Since Pandemic is cooperative, I have been able to solo my way through that game.  And I have managed to play Pandemic The Cure a couple of times.

Which leaves Pandemic Contagion, the game where the players become the diseases they have fought to wipe out in the other games.  I’m hoping that TableTop Day will finally be the day I can get this one to the table.

Then I’ll start worrying about the expansions to the original game, and Pandemic Legacy when it comes out.

3) Mr. Jack

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I have managed to play Mister Jack Pocket and Le Fantome de l’Opera, which some people have described as Mister Jack in Paris.  But I have yet to actually play Mister Jack itself.

The game itself is a deduction game pitting two players against each other in a race against time.  One player is the notorious Mister Jack, trying to escape detection, while the other tries to discover who is Mister Jack really is before he (or she) escapes.

Mister Jack is strictly a two player game, which has not worked all that well for larger groups.  I am hoping that TableTop Day will allow for some time where I can break out this two player game for a couple of plays before diving back into the big group games that will tend to dominate the day.

4) Zooloretto

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Zooloretto is a bit different than some of the other games previously on this list.  There is no killing zombies, no infecting the world, or even trying to find an infamous murderer.  Zooloretto has the players building and populating zoos.

Each round, “trucks” are loaded with animals and concession stands.  Players will take one of these trucks and place the objects in their zoo.  If they do not have room, then they go to the barn.  Points are scored by filling areas and lost by having animals in the barn.

5) Mansions of Madness

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Another of Fantasy Flight Games’ many Cthulhu based board games.  Mansions of Madness looked really cool when I picked it up.  But, it has since sat on my shelf unplayed, mostly due to the extremely difficult set up and the need for at least two players.  But, with the plan for TableTop Day to be an all-day event (literally), there is a good chance that a longer game with a long set up could hit the table.

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On Dragons and Starfighters

As many of you know, I have been quite the Star Wars X-Wing player for a while now.  I have a number of squads created and prepared to bring to the table.  But, lately, I just have not been all that into playing it.

Part of it is just burn out.  For probably a year or so, I have been playing X-wing on Sundays, which is convenient for me because that and Monday are the days I have off during the week.  Even not playing a few Sundays for holidays or because I was called into work, that’s quite a few Sundays.  And while I have played many different squads, the battles are usually the same: straight on dogfights to the last ship.  Even varying what squad I play, or even what faction, it is the same thing over and over.

It did not help that store tournaments got moved to a day I can’t participate in either.  Not that I really competed in them.  Usually, I would lose those, mostly because it was a straight up dog fight and I would end up out flown and out gunned.

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The big reason why I have not been getting into the X-Wing games lately is that I’ve started up with the Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing games.  The two games have their similarities, but lately I have been liking the DnD Attack Wing stuff so much more.  There is a mix of ground and flying creatures that adds in an aspect that X-Wing just does not have.  And, while the price point for the Attack Wing minis is roughly about the same as the X-Wing minis, I do not feel the need to buy six Sun Elf Wizards to make a good squad, where I had to buy multiple TIE Fighters just to make a competitive squad.

Even the tournaments are different, and better.  X-wing has you build a 100 point squad that is either Imperial or Rebel (or Scum, now that that faction is out).  Attack Wing has you build a 90 point squad, with an additional 30 points coming from a blind booster.  So, even when you don’t win a DnD tournament, you are still getting a figure that is not out on the market yet, along with the various spell cards that come with that figure.  The DnD tournaments are also set up around scenarios.  You are not just destroying your opponent, but trying to complete a mission that is different for each tournament.

Even the prizes are different… and better.  First place for the last X-Wing tournament I played in was a plaque.  Nice, sure, but it’s just a plaque.  First place for the DnD tournament was a dragon, one that can be used in future games and tournaments.  Even second place was better than the “medal” that they have for the X-Wing tournaments: it’s another dragon.

So, I see myself potentially drifting away from X-Wing and more towards Attack Wing unless something really cool comes out.  At this point, I really am not sure what that really would be.

Games Falling By The Wayside

As I have been picking away (slowly) at the number of games I have yet to play in my collection, I have noticed that there are a few of them that, frankly, I have a lesser desire to play.  Some of the games I have played, and some I have not.  Many of these games are not really have I hate.  They are just games that I just really don’t want to play.  At least, they are not games that I want to play a lot.

And, for the record, there are 102 games in my collection that I have not played in some way or another.

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