Following a convention, there are often months straight where I play nothing that isn't new. And then things settle back into their usual routine and the old favorites start to creep back out. It's not that the Hot New Games are bad or anything like that - far from it - it's a regular rotation.
Last time I was at Game Night, I played Seasons for the first time in far too long. Even though it was new to the rest of the table, for me it was settling back in with an old friend. The fact that it'd been set aside for so long made it new, fresh, and exciting to me. And sometimes you need to do that.
Then, a few days ago, I went to Board Game Arena and played Sobek. Again, it was a return to an old favorite that I don't play often enough.
Tonight, assuming I remember, I'll have The Great Khan Game in my car. It's a game I haven't played in twenty years - but it's a Tom Wham game, which means it's fun. Probably.
I recently replaced my copy - I'd owned it when it was still new, and played it a bunch. I remember it being fun, but I've found that my tastes have changed over the years. Either way, it went out of print and skyrocketed in price. A few weeks back, I found a copy on BoardGameGeek for half of what even the "missing pieces" folks on Amazon are selling it for. I confirmed with the seller that it was complete, and placed the order. And - sure enough - it's complete. And not completely punched, either.
Tonight, I'll also get to see Alex again. Alex is someone I've known for nearly a decade - we met at my second (and last-so-far) Origins, where he helped Christophe Boelinger and I run the Asmodee booth. After the show ended, he taught me a game that he really liked that he was 100% sure I'd never seen before. And he was right.
It was a little game that had been produced in a limited edition, and it was called Shadows Over Whitechapel. And I loved it. I thought it was amazing. So when, a few years later, it was re-released with a new title in a new edition, I was completely ecstatic. And Alex bought a copy for Steph and I as a gift, too. At a convention where he had the designer and artist autograph it for us.
In fact, it, its expansions and spin-offs are among my favorite two-player games. The new title that I mentioned, by the way, is Mr. Jack. And Asmodee now distributes it in North America.
So it's going to be a good week at Game Night. Not that there is ever a bad week at Game Night.
And one final note for this week: I only have one Kickstarter project currently active. It's (as of this writing) almost at goal. The project creator fulfilled his previous project on time and it was good.
So, if you're a roleplayer who's got a couple of bucks to spend, check out Riders. If it interests you, please back. Because it's soooo cloooose to hitting goal.