Game #1 was a family game of Discworld Ankh Morpork...an excellent game with a lovely mapboard. Each player has a secret objective (control x number of areas of the city, have x amount of coins etc) depending on which secret character they are. As usual my wife claimed she has no skill at boardgames before steadily clawing her way to a winning position! Incidentally thus game is listed at really stupid amounts of money on eBay and BoardGameGeek.. BGG Link
Game #2 was a game of Terraforming Mars. I'd heard of this but was only very vaguely aware if the format and had no idea how it all worked. It can often take me a few games before the mechanics of some boardgames sink in but this was really intuitive and easy to pick up (to be fair we were playing the introductory game). Each player represents a corporation attempting to (no big surprise here) Terraform Mars with players using resources to buy cards, increase production and ultimately raise the temperature and oxygen levels. Great game...definitely looking forward to more plays of this.
Now, onto 2019...
I usually avoid planning but I have a few ideas so thought it might be an idea to commit myself. Most of my projects are tidying up existing things I have previously bought.
First up is Cruel Seas, the coastal forces game from Warlord that all the cool kids are playing. My starter set arrived at Xmas and I'll post a review soon. I've actually already painted the boats and have a few extras courtesy of Wargames Illustrated, so I can almost count this as done although of course I'll need some extra boats...definitely a merchant boat to torpedo... so maybe it's more 'in progress'.
I also bought the Blood Red Skies starter set but haven't touched this yet so I'll need to get the planes painted and (again) add a few extras.
I almost painted my 1:600 ACW Ironclads before Xmas but was then distracted by other things. These have all languished for a couple of years so really need some TLC this year.
My Cowboy project has figures but I need to do some more work on buildings and terrain. I have a few buildings but need to get on with construction.
My final tidy-up project is to make up the Jacobite forces for my paper soldier armies. I have a decent number of Government troops so they need some opposition.
I'm not really planning any news projects although I do have an idea in the back of my mind for 28mm Far East WW2... Japanese and Chindits. It may come to nothing but it can always join the great list of unfinished plans!