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Distilling Distilled from Paverson Games: A Board Game Review and Preview

Conesy and Suzanne sit down to review Distilled from Paverson Games. Distilled was one of our favorite games from 2023. Included in this review is a review of both expansions, Distilled: Africa and the Middle East and Distilled: Cask Strength.

Time Stamps:

  • Game Overview: 3:08:16
  • Component Quality: 10:39:11
  • Theme and Immersion: 20:09:02
  • Africa and Middle East Expansion: 26:06:11
  • Cask Strength Expansion: 30:22:15

Conesy’s Stunning Tabletop Gaming Statistics for 2023

It’s been another year of playing games and logging all of those plays. I am still amazed at the types of insights that can be derived from these logged stats. Often, I find myself surprised when looking at the stats. Games that, as a reviewer, I may not have thought were that great may show up with a lot of plays. Meanwhile, games I thought were brilliant may only receive a single play. Logging gameplay is not something everyone should or would want to do, but I share some of the insights derived as I wrap up 2023.

Traditionally, I log all of my stats on BoardGameGeek’s website using the native BGG tools. Moving forward in 2024, I will be using a new App, BGG Catalog, which Suzanne has used for quite some time. There are versions of the App for both Android and iPhone users so give it a try if you are interested in logging your games.

Some interesting statistics jump out immediately:

  • I played over 480 games
  • I played over 138 unique games.
  • May was my best gaming month, with 60 games played.
  • My collection grew by approximately 66 games, toping now at 731 titles, including expansions.
  • Less than half of my plays were via online platforms

Most Played Game – Ark Nova

Ark Nova

It’s no surprise to me that Ark Nova from Capstone Games/Feuerland Spiele was played the most. Not only was it my 2022 game of the year, but it also was implemented on Board Game Arena, where I was able to play it 57 times. While I had 5 in-person plays of Ark Nova, it didn’t get to the table as much as I would have liked. It’s a little tricky to fit in a weekly game night, especially if we need to teach it which has made it a bit harder to table.

I enjoyed this game so much that I immediately wrote a review of Ark Nova for this blog. I am still very high on this game, though my online play has slowed. With the release of the Marine Worlds expansion, which I also think is brilliant for the game, I am hoping to have this game hit the table a few more times in 2024.

Kickstart Monday: Final Days on Final Girl and The Night Cage is Back

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find interesting projects.

On this week’s Kickstart Monday it’s only proper that we fully embrace the spooky season with two games that will surely get their fright on at your table. First, we’ll look at Fingal Girl: Series 3. Of course, we want to make sure we share the terror with our friends so we are looking at The Night Cage’s new expansion, Shrieking Hollow.

Final Girl: Series 3

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Final Girl: Series 3 from Van Ryder Games will be sure to put a scare in you, or at least a really great solo experience with new villains and heroines. One of our favorite solo play game experiences is bringing new sci-fi and horror-inspired themed killer characters and locations to terrorize your game experience.

In Final Girl, you select your Heroine, Location, and Killer from your collection and set up the appropriate decks of cards. This gives you a plethora of additional combinations beyond the “Feature Film” experiences included in each box. Of course, all of the Feature Films do require you to own the Core Box in your collection. Of course, there are opportunities for you in this project to pick up the core box, any of the big all-in-season collections, or all of the new collections.

If you like sitting in the dark being hunted by your favorite killers in a solo game experience then you definitely should check out this project as it is set to end in just a few days!

The Night Cage: Shrieking Hollow

The Night Cage: Shrieking Hollow from Smirk and Dagger Games has rapidly become a hit game for this time of year! This is the biggest expansion yet for the Night Cage, adding a new board that features the pit. Now when you fall into a hole, you fall into the pit and must climb your way out. Of course, The Other awaits you there and when it arises from the pit it will create havoc on the main board.

In The Night Cage, you and your friends are trapped in a labyrinth with the light of a candle. There are various monsters that lurk in the halls. Each turn you normally must move to a new tile, if that tile isn’t on the map you draw a new tile from the stack. From there, all of the tiles no longer lit by your calendar fall off the map and any new locations that don’t have a tile will have one added. This means the map is constantly changing as you explore to find a key and a gate to make your way out of this horror.

If you want a great cooperative game with your friends that is sure to ramp up the adrenaline while you play by candlelight then you should definitely check out this project.

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Strong Tower Gaming Convention Recap and Review

Conesy just finished up a busy gaming weekend and shares the experience he had at the Strong Tower Gaming Convention in his Recap and Review! Support your local conventions and let us know in the comments of the video where we can find more information about your favorite local conventions.

The Long Halloween 2023 – A Batman Miniature Game Tournament

Hey all, September 30th, 2023 at Noble Knight Games is going to be The Long Halloween 2023. This annual tournament is our biggest tournament of the year! Last year’s attendance was 12 players and we are hoping this year we exceed that count! Entry fee will be $20 and lunch will be included.

Critical Dates:

  • Questions submission deadline: September 15th, 2023
  • Final Event Package update: September 19th, 2023
  • List Submission to TO deadline: 11:59 PM on September 25th, 2023
  • Tournament Date: September 30, 2023

Official tournament event pack is available for download:

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