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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
Archipelago (2012)
N/A
7.115
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.551
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.133
Owned
Basari (1998)
9
Aug 2013
6.379
Owned
Battle Line (2000)
7
Jan 2013
7.289
Owned
This is a fun one. Good 2 player action with classic cardgame elements. playing with just the main deck offers a good experience. It's a light game, but still the decisions can be painful to make. Eventually you're going to have to cut some of your losses when playing this game. The more you play the better you can set yourself up in anticipation of this. It's a quick 25 minute 2 player game. Fun enough to keep.

Alright, played the tactics cards. Pretty fun, gives you options in tough situations
2013-08-22
Bausack (1987)
N/A
6.628
Owned
English fourth edition
Year: 2010
6
Jul 2013
7.033
Prev. Owned
Pretty good auction card game. Good filler. Definitely fun to pick out some strategies and manipulate your odds.

Traded, didn't play enough
2013-09-01
Bohnanza (1997)
10
Jan 2013
7.014
Owned
This is a perfect social game. I've played it with 5 or less people many times. ALWAYS fun. The game is brilliant. It's so satisfying to come up with new trades and bribes and bargaining approaches. It honestly never gets old. Everyone who has played this game loves it. The pattern seems to be: I take it over to a friends to play a round, they end up buying a copy.

There is A LOT of constant player to player interaction, and no down time between turns because you're usually trying to make deals with the active player. No hard feelings in the end, it's always within a few gold of each other, no one feels like a loser. Best with 3 or more. Easy to teach, quick to pick up and learn.
2013-09-01
English edition 2000
Year: 2000
6
Jul 2013
7.348
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
This game on its own is alright. Just alright. Definite potential. But the game REALLY comes to life with the expansion 'Inns and Cathedrals'. As many say, it should have been part of the original game. After adding that expansion and 'Traders and Builders' it feels more rounded and robust in strategies.

Lots of people mention the luck factor in the game, but I think it's all about making the tiles you draw work for you. You have to be flexible and go with the flow in this game. There is limited planning ahead BECAUSE of the luck of the draw, but it doesn't dampen the strategy too much. Even so, you can make a slight rule modification that you can hold 2 or 3 tiles in your hand.

But all in all, I often wonder why this game is always in the top 15. I mean, it's not THAT good. It's an OK time passer, but not something I would consider spectacular enough to be among the top rated and most popular games. And when introducing this game to new players, it's hit or miss. Many don't seem to like it at all. So just keep that in mind.


For trade. In like new condition, also have the expansions Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders, and The River II
2013-02-26
English first edition 2002
Year: 2002
7
Feb 2013
7.464
Prev. Owned
English edition
Year: 2005
6
Jul 2013
6.854
Prev. Owned
Rio Grande English edition 2011
Year: 2011
7
Jul 2013
7.422
Prev. Owned
Carnival (2011)
N/A
5.609
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
8
Dec 2012
6.606
Owned
The decisions in this game are absolutely beautiful, you can get really creative with your moves in this one. There is a fair bit of luck, and at times that may override all of your brilliant moves, but who cares? It's a game about maximizing your position with what you have, and there are plenty of avenues to take in getting this done. I really love the strategy in this one, all I can say is it's beautiful, and coming up with each move to fit the game at play is very rewarding. One of my favorite 3 player games, good with 2 as well. (have not played with 4)
2013-07-28
N/A
6.422
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Carson City (2009)
N/A
7.088
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
9
Aug 2013
7.937
Caylus (2005)
7
Jul 2013
7.784
Owned
Chess (1475)
10
Apr 2012
6.948
Owned
Plays: 1
I think of this as the perfect game, as far as abstracts go. It's very draining and I really only play several times a year, but it is always glorious. I've never become disinterested in chess, it always retains it's charm. I love how the game progresses, I love putting people in/being put in predicaments, I love how each move can pry your brain, I love the surprise of a move you hadn't considered. There's nothing like the satisfaction of an brilliant move, nothing like the devastation of being on the other end. Chess is beautiful.
2012-10-13
Chinatown (1999)
N/A
6.969
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Citadels (2000)
N/A
7.115
Owned
6
Sep 2012
6.468
Owned
Kind of fun, much too long though. We only ever play to 50 rather than 100. It's a lot like blackjack, you wanna push your luck but if you bust(go over a certain number) you lose. Introduces ways of reversing the bust. Each round reaches an anti-climatic ending where there is no more you can do. The character cards add a bit of bluffing and strategy, but still a very luck based game.
2013-01-28
Colosseum (2007)
N/A
6.996
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
5.678
Owned
4
May 2012
5.386
Owned
Goofy kids game
2013-01-28
Cyclades (2009)
N/A
7.350
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Dice Town (2009)
N/A
6.671
Owned
8
Sep 2013
7.747
Owned
N/A
6.085
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.468
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Elk Fest (1999)
N/A
5.977
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
7.030
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Farkle (1982)
6
Sep 2013
5.461
Owned
Light and fun push-your-luck dice game
2013-02-26
Five Crowns (1996)
4
Apr 2012
5.667
Owned
Not my thing, too simple, gets boring very quickly. something to do while you're doing something else. Can play during commercials or while watching something
2012-04-28
Fleet (2012)
N/A
6.748
Owned
For Sale (1997)
N/A
7.112
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Frog Juice (1995)
5
Apr 2012
5.522
Owned
This is the game that got me into gaming. It was so surprisingly unique and different from any game I had played. I asked to play it over and over for a while. The combination of playing it a lot and getting into some more involved games though has kind of made it obsolete to me. This game is a big majority luck. Once the awesome theme and cool cards lose their luster, it becomes just another card game.
2012-04-28
Genoa (2001)
N/A
6.998
Owned
Ghost Blitz (2010)
N/A
6.529
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Glory to Rome (2005)
9
Sep 2012
7.381
Owned
If you've played San Juan or Race for the Galaxy, this takes those gameplay mechanics to the next level.

Glory to Rome is a tremendously rewarding game to play, a bit of a learning curve, but everything fits and makes sense. I personally feel like the luck factor is large in this one but there are always options, always something you can do to further your position. Probably my favorite thing about this game is the 'pool'. Each time a round passes everyone's cards go into the pool, which can then be put to use later on. Hard to explain, but just know this game is a real gamer's game, if you're deep into board games this will satisfy that itch for something new.
2013-01-28
Goa (2004)
N/A
7.542
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Blue Orange wood box edition 2002
Year: 2002
6
Aug 2013
6.132
Owned
For Trade
Like others, this is my favorite 'in a row' game. It tops pentago and connect four anyway. It's a quick and fun enough game to bring out once in a while.

For trade, in like-new condition. Wooden box edition
2013-02-26
Guillotine (1998)
N/A
6.447
Owned
Haggis (2010)
6
Aug 2013
6.787
Owned
Ridiculously frustrating when you're losing, not very satisfying when winning
2013-08-22
Hanabi (2010)
9
Jun 2014
7.263
Owned
N/A
6.471
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Hansa (2004)
8
Jul 2012
6.729
Owned
Ahhhh, Hansa. A good end-of-the-night game. Light but far from boring. Everyone takes turns moving a boat around to set up market booths and acquire goods across the map. Each person shares the one boat to get around the map which opens up a few interesting strategy options each turn. Plays especially well with 3, great with 2, a bit long and drawn out with 4.
2013-07-28
9
Jun 2014
7.448
Hawaii (2011)
7
Jul 2013
6.926
Owned
For whatever reason this rulebook was a real chore to get through. I'd say it was worth it though.

It's a dense game in terms of moves you can make, but still manages to feel relatively light. I've played with 2 and 3 players, and with 3 players it gets to be a bit long. I can't imagine it with 4 or 5, I can't see myself enjoying 3 hours of Hawaii. With that many players you'd be better off playing online, with the convenience of the computer doing the setup every round

The mechanics are plentiful and I like the fact that you can save up your clams for a really good round if you wish. The board changes with each game so replayability is golden. But somehow, with it being jam packed with a dozen-so paths to take, a win doesn't feel like a win, it just feels like you guessed right. And yet I still want to play it more.
2013-02-26
Hera and Zeus (2000)
N/A
6.326
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Hive (2001)
8
May 2012
7.259
Owned
Plays: 1
Short and sweet game. Love the pieces, every game is different, it's portable, no set-up, rich in strategy. It is quite similar to chess but lighter and fresher. Always down for a quick game or two of hive. Make sure to get the version with the mosquito and ladybug.





UPDATE JULY 2013: Well after playing it over a year or so it's earned a permanent spot in my collection. It really is a great game and a lot of fun but there's a small annoyance. There's no way to challenge other pieces in this game. If there were a way to take pieces off of the board in the game or challenge other pieces to move it would open up a plethora of new strategies and much more depth. I've read about changing the Spider(most useless piece) to have the ability to either eat another bug and take it off the board or trade places with a bug. Sounds like a good idea in theory, I've still yet to try it out.
2013-07-28
Hoity Toity (1990)
N/A
6.392
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.679
Jaipur (2009)
10
Sep 2013
7.384
Jambo (2004)
9
May 2012
6.948
Owned
Both my girlfriend and my favorite game. There's a heck of a lot of cards which give it a lot of variety and replay-ability. It is rich in strategy, each game we play we learn or realize something new. A bit of luck, but TONS of fun, you can get really creative with this one which has helped it get to the table dozens of times for us. We love how when one player wins (gets to 60 gold), the other player gets one more turn to try and beat or at least tie their opponent.

MAKE SURE you READ THE CARDS before you play them. A lot of times this game will end up being very close, within a few gold of each other, so every bit counts. Many cards require you to pay in some way to use them, PAY FIRST and then play.
2013-01-24
Jungle Speed (1997)
N/A
6.489
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Keyflower (2012)
N/A
7.725
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
King of Tokyo (2011)
N/A
7.334
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.359
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Lancaster (2011)
N/A
7.220
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Lifeboat (2002)
N/A
6.151
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Lifeboats (1993)
N/A
6.405
Louis XIV (2005)
9
Sep 2012
6.938
Owned
I've got a lot of love for this one. It really shines with 4 players. This game can be very stressful at turns with grueling decisions that need to be made. The more avenues you have access to the less confidence you seem to have in picking one. As you play more, you get a better sense on how to best set yourself up for the next round, and the fact that it is a tight game with only 4 rounds leaves you with a great deal of long term strategizing capabilities. With the amount of different roads you can take, each of them manage to be impressively balanced, there certainly aren't any useless tiles.

A lot of people mention the coat of arms 'luck' factor that seems to be just thrown in there. I think though it's more a probability thing, if you go MAINLY for coats of arms you still have a fighting chance because of that little scoring rule. I'm sure Dorn knew what he was doing, and you can always ignore that small rule if you don't agree.

To me, it seems the greatest imbalance is in the mission card rewards. Some offer GREAT benefits where your opponents really feel it. Others of the same cost are hardly beneficial.

Playing this one though is just a blast. It's a brain burner, you've got to consider a lot of possibilities with each move. With each game you can pursue a different avenue in attempts to win, but win or lose, it's a real gem in terms of gameplay experience.
2013-09-01
Love Letter (2012)
10
Aug 2013
7.352
Owned
This is 3 player gold right here. This is everything you could expect a $10 game with 16 cards to be. It's truly a gem. It plays super fast once everyone is on board, there's constant action. There is a chance you can get eliminated, but you're only out for the round which is 2 minutes tops, and it is just as interesting to watch it play out. REALLY shines with 3, with 4 it's still good/playable. Gets especially bluff-y when playing with more seasoned players. Always begs for another game once you get started. I have no hesitation giving this a perfect 10, and that's something I don't do lightly.
2013-09-01
N/A
6.950
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Meuterer (2000)
N/A
6.686
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Morels (2012)
7
Aug 2013
6.808
Owned
5
Sep 2013
6.807
Prev. Owned
Fun enough logic/deduction game, but more of a puzzle. It lacks choices, there is always one clear choice of what to do on your turn, though you might have to look for a minute before finding it. It's good for something quick and light once in a while, though playing as mr. jack might frustrate some(game is skewed in favor of the detective)


For trade, in like-new condition
2013-02-26
6
Jul 2012
6.661
Owned
We got a good 20 plays out of this one. Fun little card game with a great theme. Not much longevity though, when there's always other choices this one never makes it to the table anymore. Rulebook was horrendous to get through, especially for such a light card game.
2013-02-20
Neue Heimat (2007)
N/A
6.087
Want In Trade
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
No Thanks! (2004)
9
Aug 2013
6.938
Owned
Such a fun game! Plenty of subtle little strategies you can pull. Suspenseful and funny moments. Has a fun gambling feel to it. Can't get much better than that for a $10 game!

Perfect lightweight game, period.
2013-08-22
Notre Dame (2007)
N/A
7.266
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Nottingham (2006)
N/A
6.001
Owned
Oltre Mare (2004)
7
Jul 2013
6.444
Owned
Pretty cool trading game here! Couldn't believe how cheap it was! Similarities to bohnanza, but trading happens less. There's also a board with bonus tokens that gives it a little something interesting.

If you enjoy trading games this is a good buy!
2013-08-22
Pandemic (2007)
7
Jul 2013
7.585
Owned
My girlfriend and I love playing this together. It's usually pretty intense throughout the game, a lot of interaction with each other, very satisfying to win, but still fun if you lose. The game can change in the draw of a card. There have been times when we were in the best possible shape we could be in, and a single card lost us the game. So there is a luck factor, but if you've got solid tactics you'll be able to win often.




EDIT 5/22/12
After playing this a couple dozen times, it has been knocked back to an 8. It's still a great game, but the setting up is so cumbersome. And there's no quick way to do it. This coupled with a luck factor that can kill you off in the first few turns has eaten away at the fun factor of it all. The more we play it the more it starts to feel like a chore, the replay ability only reaches so far.

LUCKILY there is an expansion, so we've got it on our radar, hoping it will breathe some freshness into this once great game


EDIT 6/28/12
We got the 'On the Brink' expansion and love it. Adds lots of variety to the game. Plenty of new roles, new special event cards, even new game modes. We've been back to playing it semi-regularly, the expansion is pretty pricey but adds more fun if you're a fan.
2013-03-07
Parade (2007)
N/A
6.578
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Pentago (2005)
5
Jul 2012
6.176
Owned
I liked this game, and liked the strategies, but it eventually got to be boring to play. I really love twisting things around in my head and enjoyed this game for many plays, but it has become mundane to me.
2012-04-28
PitchCar (1995)
N/A
7.057
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.667
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.184
Owned
Quo Vadis? (1992)
N/A
6.194
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Gigamic edition 1997
Year: 1997
5
Sep 2013
6.478
Prev. Owned
Lots of evil little moves you can pull on one another, and though it can be a drag to go back and forth across the board multiple times per game, that's really part of it's charm. It makes it funny. At the time I'm writing this I've played about 10 1 on 1 games. The strategy is actually quite interesting, some backwards thinking involved. I do like it right now, but I think it might get old unless I play in moderation. I'll probably bust it out every once in a while to keep it fresh. Pretty unique idea though, well made, pretty board. EASY EASY to learn with only 2 maybe 3 rules.

I've also played a couple games with 4 players which really added an interesting dynamic. You can work together to stop whoever's in in danger of taking the game, but ultimately you're in it for yourself. It's chaotic and funny.

2013-09-01
Riff Raff (2012)
N/A
6.374
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.197
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.848
Owned
Roma (2005)
9
Sep 2013
6.638
Owned
Roma is awesome. This game has luck, but with it comes a great deal of creativity. Great use of dice in this one, what you roll can be used in different ways. If you're wise with your choices you can greatly skew the game to favor you.

This one begs to be replayed as every game is different. Sometimes you'll have a bad game where it ends before it ever gets started. Most times it's just a tug-of-war of back and forth power changes. This game can be really intense, and the beauty in it lies in the way the tides can turn. It is possible to make huge comebacks in this game, and the satisfaction of coming back from the brink of defeat is fantastic. The more I play the more possibilities I find, this is a great game.
2013-01-31
Saboteur (2004)
N/A
6.584
Safranito (2010)
N/A
6.248
Owned
San Juan (2004)
9
Jul 2013
7.221
Owned
San Juan is a lot of fun. It's light and easy to learn, teach, and play, yet still maintains a good amount of thought and strategy. Each turn is satisfying, there is no downtime because everyone takes their actions at once. The first few times playing through is awesome getting a sense of all the different buildings. It's often hard to choose which to building to lay down, as you have to pay for it with other building cards in your hands(the buildings double as 'gold'). Just plain fun, hard to turn down this one.
2013-01-28
Santiago (2003)
N/A
6.926
Owned
N/A
6.868
English edition
Year: 2008
4
Sep 2013
5.280
Owned
For Trade
Four letter word game with cards, if you're into scrabble and want something new you'll have fun with this
2013-09-01
Sequence (1982)
4
Jul 2012
5.744
Owned
I feel like I spend the most time scanning the board trying to find the damn card than actually planning/strategizing. It's one of the better 'in a row' games, but that's not saying much.
2012-07-18
N/A
6.163
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
SET (1988)
5
Jul 2012
6.343
Owned
Better as a single player puzzle. Best played on a phone while waiting at the dentist office or somewhere.
2012-07-03
English first edition (with "Dr Toy" sticker)
Year: 2005
5
Sep 2013
6.013
Owned
For Trade
Cool little game, but obviously for a younger audience. Adults will probably have fun for about 5 games before they get the picture. Lots of luck, lots of "take that!" gameplay. Fun, but very light. The cards are beautiful, quite different than the artwork on the cover/box.
2013-08-22
Space Beans (1999)
N/A
5.897
Owned
Spot it! (2009)
5
Apr 2012
6.613
Owned
I have only played this game with 2 players so far. It was fun for a dozen quick games, but really seems like it'll take a few more players to make it fun. Pretty cool though, it's incredibly simple and it can get suspenseful.
2012-04-28
Sticheln (1993)
N/A
6.657
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
7
Jul 2013
7.201
Owned
Swish (2011)
6
Jul 2012
5.646
Owned
Along the lines of set, but more fun in my opinion. I'm usually down for a couple games of swish whenever, it's an easy quick game. You can make it harder though if you add rules like using at least 3 cards. All you're doing is twisting things around in your head, but it's somehow so satisfying when you get a swish.
2012-04-28
Tikal (1999)
8
Jul 2013
7.233
Owned
N/A
6.466
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Troyes (2010)
6
Jul 2013
7.567
Prev. Owned
A rather fiddly game with a few too many rules to remember. Pretty fun nonetheless, a very interesting use of dice, and very tactical overall. Just the right amount of interaction, many avenues available to take. The game has a variety of cards and roles so that it's a little different each time. I also feel like the game doesn't over stay it's welcome(Okay, maybe with 4 players). It does feel a bit like a math problem at times, and with so many avenues it can subject players to analysis paralysis. Some cards are also a bit questionable in terms of their balance, but for such a robust game I think they did a fine job. Just not my cup of tea, I don't have too much fun with it and am trading it away
2013-07-29
Turn the Tide (1997)
8
Aug 2013
6.552
Owned
Tyros (2002)
N/A
6.061
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
6.008
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
N/A
5.819
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
YINSH (2003)
8
Oct 2012
7.369
Owned
N/A
6.399
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Yspahan (2006)
N/A
7.000
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
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