April Game Haul – It’s a Doozy

For those who’ve been following, in the last couple months I received a large promotion from worker to manager. This has come with a lot more responsibility, and has changed how I work, and how I think about work. I put a lot of time and emotional investment into my team, and their career path. However, yesterday I was handed my first resignation, and have since tried to get a handle of my emotions, which is why there was no post last night.

I mention this to provide context around my tardiness, but also to say that this month I bought an unhealthy amount of board games. Part of this was a sale at my local online board game store Gameology, another part was finding some Amazon.com shipping to Australia to be reasonable, and the final part was just me celebrating my promotion the only way I know how – buying board games. Speaking of which lets get talking!

Board game haul includes: Dale of Merchants, Santorini, Fuse, Raiders of the North Sea, Vault Wars, Ninja Taisen, Go Nuts for Donuts.

Santorini: In Australia, if you can find it, the lowest price you can get this board game for is around $70. I bought this from Amazon for $23 – excluding shipping. If it’s not a counterfeit, that’s one hell of saving. From what I’ve played, it has a similar feel to Tash-Kalar in that it’s a two player abstract with rules for more players if needed. Where Tash-Kalar was advanced Checkers, Santorini feels like advanced Tic-Tac-Toe. It has a lot less luck, and plays in about half the time.

Dale of Merchants: As a blogger who writes about what I’m excited about, I feel it’s my duty to put my money where my mouth is. In today’s post, you’ll notice a few of the titles from my recent list. I’ve played a few games of this so far, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a deck builder where deck thinning is integral to victory, making for some really tough decisions – should I remove this card now and move closer to victory, or keep it to use its ability later on.

Go Nuts For Donuts: I’ve read a few good reviews on this game, and with a similar play style to Campy Creatures, it should fit right into my wheelhouse. I’m hoping to bring it out at the next family gathering.

Raiders of the North Sea: This game currently occupies my living room coffee table. From the rules it seems like it’s going to be really interesting. There are multiple ways to gain points – and therefore victory – however, because of this there are also a lot of things happening at all times. I’m hoping it’s been streamlined enough to make use of the good, leaving out the bad.

Vault Wars: I’m always looking for lesser known titles that blow me away, and I’m hoping this is one of them. The theme and blatant bold faced bluffing involved have me frothing at the mouth. I haven’t read the rules yet, but looking forward to giving it a go soon.

Fuse: I own Escape the Cursed Temple, and that game always feels too light for me when I play. Mostly because it’s a real time game, I don’t want to front load everyone with the rules for all the extra modules from the get go – they’ll forget and being a real time game it’s hard to pause and discuss. Therefore we never get the good part of the game. Fuse seems to bypass this by not having those additional modules. Also from the rules, the puzzle is elegant and intuitive, it seems like a winner but it all comes down to the pacing of the game.

Ninja Taisen: Out of all of my recent games bought, this game was probably the biggest gamble. However, it was also the cheapest, so maybe not so much. It seems to be a combination of jousting, and rock, paper, scissors. It looks okay? It’s part of IELLO’s mini game collection which includes one of my favourite games, Welcome to the Dungeon, and another awesome game in Schotten Totten.

As always let me know what you picked up, and if there’s anything else I should pick up!

David Norris

Lover of dogs, books, comics, movies, anime, television, video games and most importantly board games. My site is all about the latter, and my journey through the glorious hobby.

4 thoughts on “April Game Haul – It’s a Doozy

  1. I got to play it last weekend. I thought it was pretty enjoyable. A lot of ‘gosh darnit why’d you pick that’. Think I need to play it a few times to get a hang of strategies.


  2. Santorini review – tag, you’re it 🙂 I heard it is recommended to players who like Onitama, Tash Kalar, and Hive, so I’ve put it on my UK Games Expo list this year. Let me know what it’s like and if it’s worth buying. I will go entirely on your recommendation, so no pressure mate! 😁

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    1. From the one brief stint it’s preeeettty good and I can see why people crowing about it. I’ll see if I can knock up a review – gross – this month for it. 😀


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