September has been a busy board gaming month! I played 50 different games a total of 92 times! September is my birthday month and new games were received… no doubt you will be hearing more about those over the coming months! An Instagram board game meet-up to celebrate my arrival on this planet certainly helped my tally of games played.
Additionally, my box of goodies arrived from the excellent board game rental service Rent, Shuffle and Roll and as I only get to enjoy this for a month they took priority over my shiny new birthday additions as those will reside with me for a long while yet!
Included in the box was my most played game of September, Decrypto. I can certainly see why it is so well regarded in the party game genre. However, the monthly accolade isn’t all about quantity! Also in the box was Cartographers which my eldest son fell in love with, but this isn’t his award! Modern Art was included in the box which I have wanted to try for ages, it was fun, but not my game of the month. The final game in the box was the one that grabbed my attention most, it was Abyss.
The box art could put some people off, it certainly didn’t appeal to my wife. Lifting the lid and laying out the board, with beautiful cards and a collection of pearls steadily changing her mind! The game itself plays really smoothly and the first-refusal style market works really well at keeping players invested throughout the game.
Abyss was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It felt like it would be a great natural progression from Splendor or Century as it had hints of both running through it. Equally Abyss has plenty extra going on to make it interesting and unique. In terms of gameplay, on your turn there is only three things you can do, so it’s fairly easy to teach and learn. This accessibility didn’t stop the board game from having plenty of strategic depth. The more I played, the more these strategies became apparent and I liked it all the more for it.
So Abyss is my game of the month, if you want to try before you buy, perhaps you could take out a rental subscription from Rent, Shuffle and Roll too!
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