I haven't done a weekly gaming post in a while, so let's do this (with a bit of a format change, I'm going to list everything first)
1x Tigris & Euphrates
1x Shadowrun: Crossfire
1x Res Publica
1x Sheep 'n' Sheep (new)
1x Bus (new)
1x Keltis: Der Weg der Steine
2x Okey Dokey (new)
2x TIME Stories
1x Near & Far
4x Shephy (new)
3x Yamatai (new)
Yamatai is an interesting tactical puzzle, but the scoring feels a touch flat (majorities or first-to-n achievements would help for me). I am interested in any expansion that adds something like this. :]
Bus was a very enjoyable first play, even though we missed nearly every opportunity to mess with one another since we were all learning. We played much more quickly than the box suggested, which seems to be standard for most Splotter games I have played.
I got to play Tigris & Euphrates and Res Publica on the same day, which was a treat.
I'm enjoying "Character Mode" in Near & Far more than Above & Below, due to the comparative coherence and entertainment value of the stories in the book. The mechanisms around the book feel more developed, too.
Sheep 'n' Sheep is an early highlight of the big Japanese game box that arrived on Saturday, and might be the most immediately impressive Hisashi Hayashi game I have played (even compared to Yokohama and Minerva). Shephy is a cute solitaire game, but it already feels 95% solved after four plays. I did find half a dozen official variants on BGG which seem much harder, so I'm going to try them next.
The pile of Japanese games: