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Collecting SDJ: Part 4


At some point I decided to start writing full reviews of all my Speil Des Jahres games. This is mainly because while I'm collecting the SDJ winners to study them for game design lessons and mechanics I'm not filled with motivation to play them all, particularly some of the earlier ones. As such this particular series of blogs is going to become more of an SDJ collecting diary and less about the games themselves, my opinions on which will turn up in the review blog soon enough.

Since the last of my SDJ blogs I've only picked up a couple of additional winners for a few reasons. Firstly, because charity shop raiding is a fairly luck based practice and I've claimed a lot of the low hanging fruit there. Secondly, because for some reason Tabletop Gaming Live didn't have a bring and buy section and at Dragon Meet I was running two game systems at once on my own so despite being sat 3 meters away from the bring and buy table all day I never actually got to look at it. On the other hand I have a wonderful and understanding wife who bought me Colt Express for our anniversary, because that's the sort of thing that people who know me do.

Colt Express is an all round delight, from the 3D train board through its meeples to its rootin' tootin' theme and its super neat programming with deck fouling game play. It now has a set of A.I. mini-expansions that allow for solo or semi-co-op play that I'm looking forward to trying out when time allows so expect related reviews at some point.