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Watch your Back: Week January 23 to 29

Three new games are expected to launch till the end of January, let's see what we have:


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First, a quick mention of the relaunch of Jiangnan: Life of Gentry on January 25. I had written a detailed preview post when it was announced back in November, so please check Live the life of an ancient Chinese intellectual if you're interested. It is a 1-4 player worker placement and bag building game in which you are seeking fame in ancient China through your literary, artistic and musical work.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: not my style of game in any respect. I don't like bag building, and the theme gives me yawns.


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If your Snowdonia big box caused storage trouble, guess what; you gotta make room for another behemoth: La Granja: Deluxe Master Set. In this 1-4 player dice drafting game, you are managing a farm in Mallorca, competing with other farmers for the delivery of goods to a village. The new edition comes with modular expansions by both the original designers (Michael Keller and Andreas Odendahl) and guest designers (Stefan Feld, Adam Kwapinski, Andrei Novac).


A new solo mode will be included by, who else, David Turczi but he hasn't shared any details yet. Deluxe means the game gets a fresh lick of paint, components get fancy, and everything will be bigger size. If you're tempted, mark January 24 on your calendar.

Image source: Board&Dice Facebook

Personal opinion: I asked JW for his opinion, he said he found the amount of content in Snowdonia overwhelming, and thinks the same applies to La Granja.


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Speaking of farms, Italian publisher Little Rocket Games is launching a game about breeding Hens on January 25. You will be placing different hen cards in your barnyard trying to score points by making groups of the same breed. The biggest group will give you your final score along with any goals you have fulfilled and medals you've won. How does the solo mode work? They don't say.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: it's okay if you like puzzles, I suppose. The hens look cute.


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Last, Phalanx is going to launch Purple Haze on January 25 on Gamefound. This is a 1-6 player cooperative storytelling wargame set in 1967, Vietnam. You will be controlling a squad of American soldiers as they carry out missions through the jungle, fight with the locals, and suffer from mental and physical injuries.

Image source: Phalanx Facebook

The 8 scenarios included are linked into a campaign. You will be deciding how to navigate the terrain on the given maps and managing your fatigue levels. After each move, you will be rolling a die and checking the scenario book to resolve either a major event or an encounter. Here is the Gamefound preview.


Personal opinion: due to the storytelling mechanism, the main drawback here is replayability. I believe the game is going to be immersive and you will likely grow attached to your team of marines, but I doubt many people are going to revisit it after the campaign is over.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
25 gen 2022

Apparently Lanzerath Ridge might launch today (Tuesday 25) as well.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
23 gen 2022

Regarding Jiangnan, I like 'bag-building' for some reason. Perhaps it's the mistaken belief I have more control over them than I do dice or cards, as I get to 'pick' which tiles I want (although I can't see them, of course 😄).

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
24 gen 2022
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I'm not necessarily a fan of bag building, it's very close to deck building that I very much dislike. However with Jiangnan I was interested even the first time. What swayed me is that the bag building is basically getting more powerful tiles, but the tiles are also multiuse based on how you deal with them, so that all gives a sense of more control and is a nice twist on the traditional worker placement. It's a very interesting game that I would very much like to play, I'm just not sure I'd want to purchase it for solo only. And I wasn't sure the first time around either. The main thing stopping me is AI actually, since the more…

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
23 gen 2022

Hey, Athena! Regarding Purple Haze replayability, Srdjan Jovanovski said this in a Comment on Gamefound:

"Let me start with replayability. While most missions will have pretty similar outcomes (some will have two endings), there are different ways each story event – there are from 4 to 8 of these in each – in any mission can end. First, you'll only be able to go through roughly 60-70% of these story events during a single campaign run. Second, when you go through them, you can only pick one option out of at least two (and usually three), and that can branch out further. Third, some events and situations are only activated if you do something specific in this or th…


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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
23 gen 2022
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Nah, not difficult - you just have your own preferences (as we all do)! 😀

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Zerbique
Zerbique
23 gen 2022

I'll have a look at Hens. I'm just hoping they will disclose enough info on the solo mode, and that the shipping fees will be more reasonable than they were during their previous campaign (One Card Dungeon).

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Zerbique
Zerbique
24 gen 2022
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As for my size, fun facts: the average size is very much country-dependent, and in the Netherlands, people are much taller on average than in France! I don't know about Belgium but I sure feel smaller here - and it doesn't help that my new apartment seems to have been designed for half-giants. I need to use a stool to open the kitchen cupboards.


I'm a bit smaller than average for a French, but I'm right average for a Colombian. Surprisingly enough, my father, mother, sister, and we all have roughly the same size (and most of my uncles as well). It's really a family template. However, my father is smaller than his, and I'm slightly (very very slightly) smaller…


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