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I don't know about you, but for me, that first week of 2018 seemed to take an eternity! Not that it was bad, mind you. I even got to play a new game. But there were several days where I was just going, "wait, it's not even noon yet?" But yeah, we're now firmly into the first weekend of the year. Hopefully you're able to get some gaming in. I will be. But even if you're unable to get out, you can still check out some reviews.

This week we have: Heaven and Ale, Favelas, Fallout: The Board Game, Codenames: Disney, Witches of the Revolution, LIberatores, The Ruhr: A Story of Coal, and Time's Up!: Title Recall.

The Favelas in Rio de Jeneiro could use a bit of sprucing up. However, like many things involving government committees, the city council keeps changing their minds about how, exactly, they want these neighborhoods to look. That's what's happening in Favelas, a new tile-laying game available now from WizKids. Players must work through the council's desires while laying down their tiles in the hopes of satisfying their desires. In the end, one player will win the council's favor and be declared the winner.
The beautiful and iconic Favelas of Rio De Janeiro need your help. The Beautification Council needs you to make these neighborhoods more stunning. But the council members are fickle and prone to changing their mind about what they like. Currying their favor and making the right decisions is key to coming out on top. And that's just what you'll be doing in Favelas, a new tile-laying game announced by WizKids.