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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Guest Post: The Plan – Part 50: And…done!

The title says it all – as of this column, all games that I own have been played! I didn’t get any games for the holiday and even if I wanted to buy a couple for myself, I think I will wait a couple of days until 2015. I don’t think that I want to have a two days of scrambling to finish a game that I just bought. Besides, the one game that I might purchase, I could get a chance to play it this week – why not try before I buy (for once)!

The final game complete is Zombicide: Rue Morgue (Season 3). Only the base game without all the added models and Kickstarter exclusives showed up last week. I assume that it was a push to allow people to have the copy for under the tree. Since this is the third time talking about Zombicide, I will leave out all the rule explanation and the like. The game comes with a new type of zombie (skinner) with a new mechanic for crawlers which brings us to four unique types (toxic, regular, berserker and skinner) with now five classes of zombie (regular, runner, fatties, abomination and crawler). Also some new rules about zombie spawn, event tokens, tents, helicopters and hospital wards would be enough for anyone, but they also included a new action for teams – group actions. Once per your team’s turn, you may play a single group action that allows all your actors/characters to participate in a move, shoot or charge action. It was a nice change of pace and it did make the game feel a bit easier, but that might have been a fluke.

Zombicide: Rue Morgue – The third season of this game adds a new type of zombie and group actions!

Zombicide: Rue Morgue – The third season of this game adds a new type of zombie and group actions!

If I have learned anything on this journey it’s that having a good solid gaming group to muster through all of the games is a huge boon. I don’t think I would have played them all without them. Thanks to putting up with some of the stinkers in the collection (which are going to be removed as soon as I figure how to do it without just throwing them away). I am glad that there wasn’t a fire sale at the end of the year to get rid of some of the games on the list (I did get rid of those old party games that I kept for no other reason than I had space – Sequence, Taboo, & Trivial Pursuit).

So now that we have arrived at the end, the question on my mind is: what is a good size for a game collection – one that all games have a good chance to make it to the table? Fifty games (play one each week) might sound too small for most of us gamers. Maybe one hundred games isn’t too bad for a collection, but I have got to say that it’s quite difficult to play all of them in one year (it required between one and two gaming nights a week and your gaming buddies not having many games to play). To be fair most people are limited by space and since I have a full unfinished basement that isn’t my issue currently. I do have five 5-shelf bookshelves which is not enough to contain all the games. I think once I begin work on the downstairs gaming room that this will be more of an issue and the collection will shrink again. If anything, I truly need better organizational skills when it comes down to my games.

The state of the gaming room/area – the far wall in the basement!

The state of the gaming room/area – the far wall in the basement!

I am still working on my top 10 games that I own. It is proving a lot harder than I thought it would. The initial placement in groups of 25 wasn’t so bad, but the fine tuning is a different issue. Of course, Kerbal Space Program (a fun video game about sending Kerbals to space) is taking a lot of my down time this holiday vacation!

I did manage to back Viceroy on Kickstarter which ended this past week. The remaining games that I had my eye on, I passed on for some reason or another. When you have 125 unique games (not counting all the expansions, miniature games and role playing game books), you need to be just a bit more selective than I have been the past couple of years!

Until next time – Play a Game!

Brendan Mayhugh


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