Howdy gamers! I hope your summer is treating you well and you’re staying cool in the AC, playing lots of games! Or…sweating in the sun hiking a mountain, if that’s more your thing…. Anyyywaaay, I got a good collection of new-to-me games played this month! Have you gotten any of these to the table? Which one(s) do you like yourself?

❤️ – Loved It/Always Love It/Favorite (I rate it a 9 – 10)
😄 – Liked It/Will Likely Play Again (I rate it a 7 – 8)
🤷🏻‍♀️ – Okay/Take It or Leave It/Could Play Again (I rate it a 4 – 6)
👎🏻 – Didn’t Like/Would Not Play Again (I rate it a 1 – 3)

🤷🏻‍♀️ Weather Machine – Neat game, with plenty of options, but I don’t think it’s one I would gravitate toward frequently
🤷🏻‍♀️ Aethermon: Collect – Absolutely gorgeous art, and some very simple, streamlined gameplay. I like it, but it still sits somewhere in the middle for me, since there’s not much too it. Check out my full review!
🤷🏻‍♀️ Sea Salt & Paper – I love the look of this one, but I felt like after a few plays I saw it all and it just settled in at “okay.” Check out my full review!
👎🏻 That’s Not a Hat – Memory games stress me out, like a lot. This one was not for me, haha
😄 Waffle Time – I love waffles! And a good AEG game, which this is!
😄 Holiday Hijinks #7: The Turkey Trial – Still one of my favorite escape room series! Review coming soon, a bit closer to the appropriate holiday
🤷🏻‍♀️/😄 Ahau: Rulers of Yucatan – I’m on the fence with this one at the moment. I like it, but it might be just too long for what it offers. A few more plays will tell. Review coming soon! (as in – tomorrow!)
🤷🏻‍♀️/😄 Zapotec – I definitely enjoyed this one, but it was just so quick! I felt like I needed a few more rounds because there was so much I wanted to do!
😄 Federation – I really enjoyed this game. It’s mostly worker placement, but you have sooooo much to consider with every turn, and it all works together really well. It also presents your goals as multiple tracks, which is my favorite thing. I wasn’t sure how much I liked it, but I’ve been mulling it over ever since my first play, and I’d really like to play it again soon, so I must have liked it quite a bit!
🤷🏻‍♀️ RayRacers – This reminded me of Tsuro, which I’m not huge on. It didn’t give me a “racing” feeling, so I felt like I came away a little disappointed after my first few plays. Review coming soon!
🤷🏻‍♀️ Mean Robo – I thought this one was neat, but it was way too long for what it offered, in my opinion. Review coming soon!