There were 5 sessions in the month and the average attendance was 11.2 with 19 different people over the month including new visitor Duncan who came to a couple of sessions and Scott's daughter Emma who he brought to the last session of the month. 30 games were played of 24 different titles (I suppose that should really be 25 counting the 2 different Love Letter versions) and I include the list of these at the end of this post.
I think I'll structure this by running down the list of games in order of player time, so starting with the top game of the month which was The Voyages of Marco Polo
A new game is next up, Stockpile which is a stock market game and I know nothing else, I did take a picture of the game but it seemed to turn out too blurry to be useful, so I'm not going to post it here. Next is Taj Mahal which seems to keep coming back every so often (although this its second play this year) followed by Suburbia mentioned above, this game hasn't been replaced by Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Next is Nottingham which crops up every now and then when Mike brings it out, it's a fun game which I certainly prefer to Rosenberg's current paradigm. Next is Ophir, another new one that I don't know anything about, in fact I had not even heard of it until it appeared at the club. Following Ophir is Strozzi.
Next is Love Letter which got 2 plays although you could also say that it got no plays at all in the month, since the games played were actually Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies and Love Letter: Batman, the first of which was brought along by Dave F and I picked up the second at Barage earlier in the month. Both are badged as Love Letter and the mechanics are essentially the same as the original game so I've been counting them to the totals for that while recording as separate items. Each has a slight tweak to the rules, in the case of The Hobbit there is an extra card with a value of zero (The One Ring), although I'm not quite sure how it plays. In the case of Batman the number 1 card (the guard in the original) is Batman and if you successfully eliminate an opponent with the card by naming a villain (any of the other cards except #4 Robin) you score a point. I don't know about the Hobbit but I think the Batman theme fits the mechanics better than the original.
In all during the month there were 6 new games played (8 if you consider the 2 different Love Letter versions, 9 if you count Palazzo which is new to Wednesday), there's a geeklist here and all the results are on the Stats page for July. The table of games played is below.
|Game||Games||Time (Mins.)||Player Time|
|The Voyages of Marco Polo||2||270||18.00|
|Castles of Mad King Ludwig||2||190||11.17|
|Caverna: The Cave Farmers||1||150||7.50|
|Naruto Shippuden Deck Building Game||1||110||7.33|
|Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game||1||100||3.33|
|Santiago de Cuba||1||60||3.00|
|Through the Desert||1||45||3.00|
|Council of Verona||3||30||1.50|
|Ra: The Dice Game||1||25||1.25|