In my last post, I laid out the bones of our Depth Year plan. Let’s take a closer look at our quest to get our number of unplayed games (aka Shelf of Shame) trending toward zero. We’re breaking the year into quarters for this goal and focusing on 15 games each quarter (yeah… we’ve got waaaay too many unplayed games). The 15 games won’t be the ONLY games we play during the quarter, but we will be making a conscious effort to get the unplayed playlist to the table each quarter. For Quarter 1 (Q1), we’ve got the games below in our playlist. I’ll update each entry with a play date once we’ve played the game.

With every play, we will make a decision on whether the game stays or goes. There are three potential outcomes for each play: 1) definitely stays, 2) definitely goes, or 3) needs another play before deciding.

Things in the “going” pile will be sold, traded, or donated. Prior to 2019 starting, we’ve added 40+ games to our going list, which was a great exercise in getting over the emotional attachment we have to our games.

Which would YOU recommend we play first?

Game Details
NameAbove and Below (2015)
Accessibility ReportMeeple Like Us
ComplexityMedium [2.53]
BGG Rank204 [7.49]
Player Count2-4
Mechanism(s)Action Points, Card Drafting, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Dice Rolling, Narrative Choice / Paragraph, Set Collection, Storytelling and Trading
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameAmong the Stars (2012)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.23]
BGG Rank510 [7.13]
Player Count2-4
Mechanism(s)Card Drafting, Drafting, Simultaneous Action Selection, Tile Placement and Variable Player Powers
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameCaverna: Cave vs Cave (2017)
Accessibility ReportMeeple Like Us
ComplexityMedium [2.56]
BGG Rank592 [7.26]
Player Count1-2
Mechanism(s)Tile Placement and WPL-01 Worker Placement
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameEuphoria: Build a Better Dystopia (2013)
ComplexityMedium [3.10]
BGG Rank345 [7.28]
Player Count2-6
Mechanism(s)Dice Rolling, Hand Management, Set Collection, Variable Player Powers and Worker Placement
Notes from RebeccaGreg played this on January 19th, 2019
Game Details
NameFounders of Gloomhaven (2018)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [4.13]
BGG Rank1423 [6.84]
Player Count1-4
Mechanism(s)Auction/Bidding, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Hand Management, Network and Route Building, Tile Placement, Variable Player Powers and Worker Placement
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameThe Fox in the Forest (2017)
Accessibility ReportMeeple Like Us
ComplexityMedium Light [1.59]
BGG Rank414 [7.35]
Player Count2
Mechanism(s)CAR-01 Trick-taking and Hand Management
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameHero Realms (2016)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.91]
BGG Rank180 [7.66]
Player Count2-4
Mechanism(s)Card Drafting, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Hand Management and Take That
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameMy Little Scythe (2017)
ComplexityMedium Light [1.98]
BGG Rank693 [7.47]
Player Count (Recommended)1-6 (1-3, 3-6)
Mechanism(s)Area Majority / Influence, Dice Rolling, Grid Movement, Pick-up and Deliver and Take That
Notes from Rebecca Rebecca played this on January 19, 2019
Game Details
NameThe Others (2016)
ComplexityMedium [3.05]
BGG Rank636 [7.45]
Player Count2-5
Mechanism(s)ACT-12 Variable Player Powers, Area Control / Area Influence, Dice Rolling, Modular Board and MOV-01D Area Movement
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameRoot (2018)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [3.52]
BGG Rank42 [8.10]
Player Count (Recommended)2-4 (3-4)
Mechanism(s)Action Queue, Area Majority / Influence, Dice Rolling, Hand Management, Point to Point Movement and Variable Player Powers
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameStuffed Fables (2018)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.41]
BGG Rank467 [7.71]
Player Count (Recommended)2-4 (1-4)
Mechanism(s)Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Role Playing, Storytelling and Variable Player Powers
Notes from RebeccaBoth played this on January 12, 2019
Game Details
NameTiny Epic Quest (2017)
ComplexityMedium [2.62]
BGG Rank609 [7.17]
Player Count1-4
Mechanism(s)Dice Rolling, Modular Board, MOV-01D Area Movement and UNC-02 Push Your Luck
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameTiny Epic Western (2016)
ComplexityMedium [2.84]
BGG Rank1293 [6.72]
Player Count (Recommended)1-4 (1-3, 3-4)
Mechanism(s)Area Majority / Influence, Dice Rolling, Set Collection, Variable Player Powers and Worker Placement
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameTiny Epic Zombies (2018)
ComplexityMedium Light [2.38]
BGG Rank948 [7.20]
Player Count1-5
Mechanism(s)ACT-12 Variable Player Powers, Area Control / Area Influence, Dice Rolling, Modular Board, Pick-up and Deliver, STR-02 Cooperative Games, STR-03 Team-Based Games and UNC-02 Push Your Luck
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA
Game Details
NameVinhos Deluxe Edition (2016)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [4.07]
BGG Rank125 [8.25]
Player Count1-4
Mechanism(s)Area Majority / Influence, Variable Phase Order and Worker Placement
Notes from RebeccaPlayed on TBA

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