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8
Jul 2010
6.242
Owned
Plays: 1
In Africa they have a saying, "He who pursues a chicken often falls but the chicken has to run" (Ochu nwa okuko nwe ada mana nwa okuko nwe nwe nwe oso.)

Well, I like chickens, and I like this game. Simple, classical, and filled with feathers. Just like a chicken.
2011-12-31
8
Jul 2010
6.205
A good version of this game. Nice way to learn Asian geography.
2010-07-09
8
Jul 2010
6.250
Plays: 7
Not much different than the other versions, but a good way to learn European geography.
2010-07-09
8
Jul 2010
6.169
Owned
Good family game.
2010-07-09
6
Jan 2008*
7.349
One of the classic train games. Unfortunately, it's far too long. Rating: barely leaves the station.
2008-01-07*
1835 (1990)
6
Dec 2007*
6.167
1870 (1992)
6
Dec 2007*
6.510
Seemed to be a better game than 1835 to me.
2007-12-28*
8
Jan 2008*
7.352
Owned
Plays: 3
This is a very good 2 player game, similar in so many ways to Twilight Struggle. This game certainly is shorter than TS, but the way the cards work with actions and CP is almost identical. I do like this game better than TS I think, since it appears that no single card is TOO powerful. It seemed to me in TS that some of the later events were game-ending. Note for the future: make sure to get endorsements! Letting the other player get all the endorsements makes for a very rough end.
2008-01-04*
2 de Mayo (2008)
8
Mar 2011
6.547
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
500 (1904)
7
Jan 2008*
5.934
One of my favorite card games.
2008-01-03*
51st State (2010)
5
Jul 2011
6.610
Owned
Plays: 1
Where to start. The rules suck. Really, really suck. The problem is that they use all these dumb made-up role-playing terms when trying to describe standard mechanics. They don't say MONEY or CURRENCY but rather 3 different weird words that have nothing to do with money or currency.

Cards are also hugely multi-purpose, and have over 59 different icons on them. This makes learning the game very difficult and mentally taxing.

The game itself is actually pretty good I think. It's race-for-the-galaxyish, and I personally enjoyed it more than race for the galaxy. Then again, I've never really understood or appreciated race for the galaxy so this isn't saying much.

Still, the game mostly makes sense while playing it and once you get the basic structure of the game down.

I'll probably play this once more and then then trade it away if we don't find it to be super-fantastic. I can't imagine ever actually teaching this to anyone else though.

Initial rating.... 2 for some strange general design decisions and awful rules, 7 for gameplay. overall 5.
2011-07-19
7 Wonders (2010)
8
Jan 2011
7.800
Owned
Plays: 8
I like it. The rules are clean and simple, the play is fairly quick. It's a nice light game.

I think the hype is a little unusual though, because there really isn't a whole lot to this game. There are limited paths to victory (greens are all or nothing, for example), and games seem to get a little boring. It feels like a game badly in need of expansions.

Appropriately 7 Wonders gets a 7.

Jan 2011: Upped to an 8, after it plays far better than I thought with a larger number of players. Still enjoying it and would like to add this to my collection.
2011-01-24
6
Jul 2011
7.623
Plays: 1
Meh. Not sure I really understand what this adds to the game. Sure, it's an "obvious" expansion (civilization themed games always have "leaders" with special powers), but it all seemed rather bland and mostly useless to me. I do, however, subscribe to the "if it's an expansion, it had better be really good or it's not worth playing with" school of thought though.

Initial rating a 5.
2011-07-11
A la carte (1989)
7
Jul 2010
6.275
Not a game I'd play more than once every few years, but it deserves credit for originality. The salt shaker is kind of funny.
2010-07-20
7
Dec 2011
5.902
Not a very memorable expansion.
2011-12-22
Abandon Ship (2009)
6
Sep 2011
5.948
Plays: 1
Not a whole lot of control or strategy to this, particularly with a lot of players. There's also the potential problem of some rats having more backers than others.

Still, it's a fun theme and a pretty quick play, so it's good as a filler.

Initial rating a 6.
2011-09-16
Acqua Dolce (2009)
7
Jul 2011
5.569
Plays: 1
The cards are nice, and the concept is pretty good. There are certainly different strategies that can be taken, from trying to stay at almost no cards to saving up victory conditions in your own hand to lay down canasta-style in one big surprise "I win" moment.

Not a bad game really, although I can't picture myself requesting it often. Initial rating 7,
2011-07-27
Acquire (1964)
8
Jan 2008*
7.262
Owned
Plays: 2
Fun stock marketesque game. It's the sort of game that you can't afford to fall behind early in. I'm bullish on this one.
2008-01-07*
Ad Astra (2009)
7
Dec 2009*
6.613
Very easy to teach this one, as the rules are fairly straightforward and intuitive. The gameplay isn't obvious though, which gives the game some depth.

Only complaint is that there really is little player interaction. You can't really target players effectively, take over planets, etc, which would add a whole new level to the game. A little too friendly and solo for my tastes.
2009-12-30
Adam & Eva (2004)
7
Jan 2008*
5.583
I enjoyed this game. There's a little strategy but nothing too heavy. Good 2 player game. It's no Eden though.
2008-01-07*
Adios Amigos (2009)
6
Jan 2010*
5.865
Plays: 1
Not sure that this is such a good or replayable game, since there seems to be very limited strategy outside of yelling "bomb reload reload" as early as possible. After all, if you're dead they're no use to you. It would normally get a 4 or 5, but the pieces are creative and the theme is relatively funny, so this gets a bonus.
2010-01-02
Adlungland (2010)
8
Jul 2011
5.574
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
This is actually a pretty compelling card game. It reminded me a lot of "Rollercoaster Tycoon" at first, but much simplified and without all the complicated components.

In the end, it's a series of tradeoffs between taking penalty cards, losing turns, scoring points, and opening up scoring opportunities for your opponent. There are some interesting decisions to be made about when and whether to take cards from/give cards to the other player.

The art is good, the playtime reasonable. Overall this is one of the better 2 player card games that I've played. Initial rating an 8.
2011-07-27
6
Nov 2014
5.578
Not a bad game, although it did seem to drag on playing multiple rounds. It does have a considerable "take that" element, where it's very easy to collude and beat up on the leader. Although, I think we were playing with open points, which made that more pronounced whereas I think the rules state that points should be hidden.
2014-11-26
Affenraffen (2002)
7
Dec 2009*
5.555
A game where you turn over tiles an try to find pairs. Interesting memory element, particularly when other players are moving stuff around and generally confusing you even further. A pretty stressful game!
2009-12-04
Africa (2001)
5
Jan 2008*
5.808
Pretty simple game that I certainly wouldn't play often.
2009-12-31
6
May 2009*
6.287
By no means was this a bad game... in fact I thought it was pretty fun.

However, it did seem to drag on a little longer than I had hoped, and by the end of the game it had reached a point where people were spending way too long moving armies around.

I could be talked into playing it again, but it wouldn't be one I'd ever choose.
2009-05-18
8
Jan 2008*
6.006
Surprisingly entertaining. As you'll discover... in an age. The end sneaks up very quickly, so you've got to be really careful to make sure you're not stuck with a bunch of ships. Still, nice trade off between tying ships up/earning income and sending ships off.

2009-12-04
9
Jan 2008*
7.443
Owned
A remarkably well put together game, considering that its theme is from the computer game of the same name. This one doesn't crash.
2008-01-06*
6
Jan 2011
7.070
Plays: 1
This is like Brass except stripped down. It just doesn't feel right to me, and I'd rather play Brass than this.
2011-01-18
Age of Steam (2002)
10
Jun 2009*
7.519
Owned
Plays: 4
One of my all time favorites, this is a cut throat strategy game where the weak go bankrupt and the strong can run away with the game. Money is tight and you cannot afford to make a mistake. This game just chugs along.
2008-01-06*
8
Jul 2010
6.613
Plays: 1
This is a nice nasty map for AoS. It's certainly not for first-timers. Jolly good.

Deurbanization is lots of fun. Sorry Jonathan! Heehee...
2010-07-02
7
Jun 2008*
6.408
Plays: 1
Pretty good expansion. Relatively roomy for 5 players.
2008-06-09*
4
Dec 2007*
6.420
Owned
Not crazy about Scandinavia since the ferrying action tends to be overpowered. There are better expansion maps.
2007-12-16*
7
Dec 2007*
6.120
Owned
8
Mar 2008*
5.641
Plays: 1
Pretty generic map. Fairly tricky. Not a big fan of the nationalize action.... it can be pretty unbalancing if you pick on one player, or if one player happens to build around an important area.
2008-03-26*
7
Apr 2008*
5.851
Plays: 1
Pretty fun map. Very tight on cubes.
2008-04-11*
Agricola (2007)
9
Apr 2008*
8.053
Owned
Plays: 15
Sheep (Ovis aries) are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it almost always refers to Ovis aries. Numbering a little over one billion, domestic sheep are also the most numerous species of sheep.

Shut up about the sheep.

Fine.

Tell me about the goddamn game.

Whatever.

No, seriously.

This game gets a 9 because it is well themed, reasonably well paced with little downtime, and the expansions are fantastic. For once, a game that has a ton of variability and replayability due to the cards. I wish other game makers (ex: Phoenecia) would learn from Agricola and add a ton more variation. Sure, it's a lot more work in game balance, but it's well worth it. Only complaint is that a few occupation/upgrades do seem to be considerably under or overpowered. I suspect more tweaking should be done in this regard, and would be welcome in a 2nd edition (with even more expansion cards of course!) The expansions ensure that the seeds for an entertaining game are sown.
2011-12-31
2
May 2009*
5.759
WHY? For the love of ALL THINGS EXPANSIONARY, WHY?

What's the point? Why waste the paper? These cards seemed way too inconsistent / unbalancing to be any use whatsoever.

Seriously now, who sits down and says "LETS BREAK OUT THAT UBER AWESOME X DECK!" ?
2011-07-23
7
May 2009*
6.187
Owned
8
Jul 2010
7.757
Owned
Plays: 2
Worthy addition to Agricola.
2014-11-27
9
Mar 2015
5.621
One of the better expansion decks I thought. Nothing too overpowered, yet interesting enough to offer new ways to think about playing. Exactly what an expansion deck should be.
2015-03-14
7
May 2009*
6.386
Fun little twist. Might as well make those starving people suffer even more in winter, eh?
2009-05-18
Airlines (1990)
6
Dec 2007*
5.884
Not as good as UP.
2007-12-28*
Airships (2007)
4
May 2009*
6.237
Rich get richer dynamic really ruins this game imo.
2009-05-18
7
Dec 2007*
6.658
For some reason this reminds me of Ys. It's a far better game when you use the advanced cards.
2007-12-16*
Alchemist (2007)
4
Jan 2008*
5.997
Plays: 1
Far too subtle for my tastes and completely lacks any sort of tension. It's almost like a chess game where you take and lose pieces but can never checkmate the opponent. In other words, this game is missing an ingredient or two.
2008-01-20*
5
Jul 2010
6.404
Plays: 1
This is a combination of many different games, but is still an ok game. Good trade off decisions between getting first in an area vs getting in lots of areas vs running out of time because another player runs out of dice. Still, it lacks creativity and originality. Would not miss it.
2010-07-20
Alhambra (2003)
7
Mar 2011
6.970
Owned
Plays: 3
Good game that can be taught to new gamers fairly easily.
2007-12-28*
8
Mar 2011
5.902
Owned
Plays: 2
Simplifies Alhambra to the parts that matter. The wall stuff is gone, and so are the need for tiles. Much cleaner experience IMO, and I'd prefer this to Alhambra any day.

Will probably trade Alhambra away.
2011-03-24
7
Feb 2008*
6.388
Plays: 1
Ok expansion.... the camps are an interesting twist, and the wild cards give more flexibility.
2008-02-29*
6
Dec 2007*
6.165
5
Dec 2007*
6.189
Not a big fan of the Alhambra expansions that I've played so far. I think the game stands on its own best.
2007-12-28*
Alibi (1993)
2
Mar 2011
5.412
Bought it, read the rules, realized this game was stupid, gave it away as a freebie in a trade.

Black Vienna, Clue, and Sleuth are rolling in their graves.
2011-03-08
4
Jul 2011
7.381
Plays: 1
Ugh. This game just wasn't fun. It was a series of uninteresting dice placement decisions that were largely repeated over and over again. The game was too long for what it was. Also, the penalties for getting attacked by other players were too severe, so that there were often times when you'd intentionally hold back on progressing just so your stuff wouldn't get stolen. Lame. Huge kingmaking issues at the end of the game too.

More surprisingly, I completely lost interest soon after the game began.

Overall, an uninspired and mechanical affair. Initial rating 4. No interest in playing this game again.

Amazed that this game is so hyped. This is probably the most overhyped game out there besides Small World.
2011-09-08
Amazonas (2005)
6
Jan 2011
6.024
Plays: 1
The board itself is quite attractive, but I find this game to be a little tight on the money. Also, a lot of it comes down to how lucky you are with the order that symbols turn up in the deck. If what you're collecting comes out late, then yay for you. Otherwise, sucks to be you. Finally, the scoring is such that it's very difficult to get ahead of anyone else. All of the scores in our first game were effectively tied. Shrug.
2011-01-24
Amun-Re (2003)
6
Nov 2014
7.210
Could never get into this one. It seems to be a little too random, and the bonus cards are extremely powerful. Lucky card draws can easily push a player ahead regardless of how well other players are playing. Design seems to be a bit sloppy and in the end this game lacks creativity.

2013: Third play and this is starting to grow on me a bit. Raising rating from 4 to a 6.
2014-11-27
Amyitis (2007)
4
May 2009*
6.691
Plays: 1
This is a funny one. There are so many concepts thrown into the game that it's completely overwhelming when you first set up and learn the rules. There's just so much STUFF. There are coins, victory points, plants, plant upgrades, the obligatory CAMELS, temple markers, worker markers, coin cards, camel cards, starting player rules, last player messing with the temple rules, victory point bonus cards, hanging garden tiles, resource cards, irrigation spots, irrigation cards, temple cards, ending conditions, a board that a camel runs around.... AHHH MAKE IT STOP! It's pretty ridiculous. However, the game itself isn't too bad. It does seem very difficult to get an edge on the other players, and the resources were a little too tight for my liking, limiting your options significantly... so, mixed feelings on this one. Could be talked into playing it again, but not sure I could be talked into listening to all of the rules again.
2009-05-16
6
Jul 2011
5.683
Plays: 1
We only played this 2 player, and it really didn't work very well. I suspect that with 3 it might be somewhat better, but overall this game is pretty aged.

The theme is pretty good (albeit yet another Egypt theme), but the gameplay is pretty bland. The random tiles would also be pretty irritating if you get unlucky.

So, nothing much to see here, move on.... rated 6 because of the general good presentation of the game.
2011-07-27
Andromeda (1999)
7
Jan 2011
6.062
Owned
Plays: 2
One of the more luck-intensive space themed games. I say go for Red Planet over this anyday. Andromeda's not a star.

Jan 2011: Upgraded to a 7 from a 5. Although there is still more frustration and luck than ever, at least I KNOW what to expect when we play now. I'm starting to actually come around to liking this game and its cosmic ashtray.
2011-01-24
6
Jan 2011
6.630
Kids would probably enjoy this more than we did.
2011-01-24
Animalia (2006)
4
Jul 2010
5.830
Plays: 1
Tries to be something like medici but doesn't quite get there. Not sure why entirely, but I don't find this game very engaging. You really don't have many choices to make, and with all of the monkey cards it can really become a game where you have almost no control over your final score.
2010-07-22
Anno 1503 (2003)
7
Dec 2007*
5.985
Fun little game. Wouldn't play it every week, but it's a good combination of a number of different elements. Great for those with ADD.
2007-12-28*
Anomia (2010)
8
Aug 2010
6.064
Owned
Plays: 9
Very enjoyable game. This is very much like Fast Food with a bit of a twist.

Really like some of the cascading situations that come into play, and the wild cards add a little more complexity. It's remarkable how hard it is to name something simple when you've only for a couple of seconds to do so.
2010-08-01
9
Nov 2014
5.722
Like the original except a ton more cards. The thing I love about this game is how simple it is to introduce and teach to new players. You can be up playing it within 30 seconds, and it's nearly universally enjoyed.
2014-11-26
Antigua (2010)
5
Jul 2011
5.538
Plays: 1
Pirate games continue to disappoint me. I can't actually think of one that has been both fun and non-fiddly.

This game is non-fiddly but not fun. Since almost every card has a treasure on it, there is no sense of exploration or excitement when you turn over a card. Also, the combat elements are so important in a 2 player game (and probably 3) that you almost have to go cannon heavy and try to take out your opponents.

The card-switching idea is somewhat interesting and makes it difficult to plan head, keeping this out of the "abstract" category.

Overall, just not interested in this one. Initial rating 5.
2011-07-27
Antiquity (2004)
9
Feb 2011
7.264
Owned
Plays: 2
This is probably the best civilization building game that I have played to date. It is less fiddly than roads and boats, but still provides a lot of variety. I'm not sure how balanced the victory conditions are, but I suppose good players could make any of them work. I'd almost rate this a 9 given how difficult it must be to pull off a successful game of this scope.

Mar 2010: Upped to a 9. Fun game, would like a copy!

Nov 2010: Copy found! Last one at B&B.
2011-04-15
6
Dec 2007*
6.017
Average party game. Pretty simple, fun with people you know.
2007-12-28*
Aquaretto (2008)
7
May 2009*
6.681
Playing this game feels like I'm at sea world. Nice twists on the Coloretto theme, and I found the game enjoyable.
2009-05-16
6
May 2009*
5.629
Arbos (1999)
6
Jun 2011
5.760
Plays: 1
I kind of like this one. It's your typical "add something to the pile and try not to knock anything off" game, and it does the job fairly well.

The tricky part is setting up the base appropriately so that the game is neither too easy nor too hard. We failed in both our attempts (one game was way too easy and the other one resulted in the tree falling over entirely).

Initial rating a 6. Probably fun to bring out every now and then.
2011-06-03
8
Dec 2014
6.440
Fantastic little card game that plays fast and has that addictive shiny-treasure-may-be-in-the-deck quality to it.
2014-12-04
Architekton (2005)
5
Dec 2007*
5.552
Simply not a fan of tile laying games. This one is fairly dull and unmemorable.
2007-12-28*
Ark (2005)
5
Jan 2008*
6.022
Plays: 1
When it comes down to it, this is an area control game. However, it's not the sort of card game that typically floats my boat.
2008-01-06*
Arkadia (2006)
7
May 2009*
6.749
Owned
Plays: 1
It is important not to make a bad move early on in this one, so it's a little frustrating as a first time player. However, I suspect on further plays it will be a better experience.
2008-01-06*
Arkham Horror (2005)
3
Jul 2010
7.279
I'm pretty sure we played with some rules wrong, because the game didn't quite feel right. I spent most of it sitting inside portals that I had never actually attempted to enter (I was sucked in?), and so I had an incredibly linear game that allowed for very few decisions. I like the idea of this game, but the execution seems to be... unwieldy. I felt like I was watching other people sort-of playing a game rather than playing it myself.
2010-07-20
8
Jan 2008*
6.337
Owned
For Trade
Quite fun for a light game. Requires some planning to do well. This game balloons with entertainment.
2008-01-06*
Artus (2011)
6
Jul 2011
5.929
Plays: 1
Although there is certainly a lot of chaos in this one, I do think that strategy does play at least a small role. In the end it comes down to taking calculated risks, and making the best of scoring cards, even if it means locking in small losses.

Probably wouldn't play this often, and certainly wouldn't buy it, but it's a reasonably entertaining game.

Initial rating a 6.
2011-07-11
6
Dec 2011
5.723
7
Aug 2011
6.913
Plays: 1
A fantasy geek's dominion I guess. I enjoyed my single play of this game, but certainly don't think it's anywhere as nearly innovative or as deep as Dominion and its expansions.

Still, I like the simplicity of the buy system where you don't need to count buys. The cards look kind of cool too, and the box art is perty.

Initial rating a 7. Doubt that I'd buy this, but I wouldn't mind playing it now and then.
2011-08-09
6
Dec 2011
6.943
Plays: 1
I suspect it may be my Dominion Snobbiness, but I just don't like this game. The theme seems uninspiring and the dominion copycatness just doesn't feel right. I'd play again, but this isn't going to become a favorite.

Initial rating a 6.
2011-12-22
Assyria (2009)
6
Jul 2010
6.445
Plays: 1
An okay game. I found parts of it a little frustrating, such as having very little control over feeding your people. Also, there appears to be a design hole where 2 wild cards are considered to be the best possible hand you can get, which is baloney... afterall, this means you can only feed 2 people. If you're forced to take these, you not only get shafted that round, but also go last in turn order for the next turn too. Yuck.

Apart from that, it plays fine... trade offs between permanent settlements and scoring points gradually.
2010-07-09
Asteroyds (2010)
8
Jul 2010
6.065
Owned
Plays: 2
Really enjoyable game, and it can be quite tricky with all of the moving asteroids. I suspect that over time we'd get better and it would become more of an optimization problem rather than a game of survival.

Certainly would like to play this again.
2010-07-02
7
Dec 2009*
7.170
After three plays I've decided to give it a rating.

A solid game, yet it seems to suffer from a lack of replayability. It seems to me that there is very little variability from game to game due to the way the scoring track is laid out and the way that the small number of cards allows. Maybe I'm just spoiled because of the variability of Agricola, but this game just doesn't capture my interest.
2009-12-04
Atlantic Star (2001)
10
Mar 2011
6.500
Owned
Plays: 3
I really like the choices in this game. Artwork is good and I also like the theme. It's also pretty accessible to newer players, making it a reasonably good family game.

2011: Upgraded to a 10. This is one of the rare games that I truly could play almost any time. I really like the game, the art, the theme, and the money mechanism.
2011-03-24
Aton (2005)
7
Jul 2010
6.667
Plays: 1
This turned out to be a much better 2 player game than I had thought. The trade off between winning by points vs winning by end condition is an interesting one, and adds some tension to the game. Do you try to put your opponent away with the chance that you won't succeed, or do you slowly but surely score points?

The random cards, while critical to keeping the game interesting, do present a bit of a problem if one player gets a string of low numbers early. It seems to me that havign an early lead is pretty important, as it is harder to remove tiles than it is to add them, and initial tile placement is probably a big advantage.
2010-07-20
Attika (2003)
8
Jul 2010
6.862
Owned
Plays: 1
One of the best 2-3 player games. Nice length, not too complicated, easy to set up. This is how games should be designed. Only problem I see is that it's not ADDICTIVE. I rarely want to play it, but always enjoy it when I do.

2010 update: downgraded to an 8 as Im getting bored of this one. Still a good game, but needs an expansion or something to keep interest!
2010-07-20
Attila (2000)
7
Dec 2011
6.191
Plays: 1
An interesting challenge, trying to determine whether to save up cards for a final push to dominate the end, or try to score evenly throughout. A little on the long side, but it's reasonable enough.

Initial rating a 7.
2011-12-22
Auf Achse (1987)
8
Dec 2007*
5.994
Owned
For Trade
Rating this an 8 just because it's so damn funny to see the goofy truck pieces on the board and because I dominated the other players the only time I played. I thought this game was fantastically kitchy, and at times quite humorous.
2007-12-28*
7
Jul 2011
5.617
Plays: 1
Pleasantly surprised by this trick taking game. My initial reaction of this game after hearing the rules was "you dont know whether you want to win or lose tricks? What a stupid game!"

In practice though, it's pretty clever. That's sort of the point... because you dont know you need to play in a certain sort of way, leaving your options open. So, I actually ended up really enjoying this game.

Initial rating a 7, and I'd certainly play this again.
2011-07-11
Australia (2005)
7
Mar 2011
6.167
Plays: 1
This is a remarkably good 2 player game. I really like the planning aspect of this game... you need to work your way around the country in a way that optimizes the placement of the ranger guys. It's a very tricky problem.

Traded away after a couple more plays. Just doesn't hold my interest enough.
2011-07-25
8
Feb 2008*
5.997
Owned
Plays: 3
A very enjoyable game... probably my favorite yet of the empire builder series. The board is fairly compact, and you can set up lots of long runs. The event cards are fairly irrelevant, and the Australian Rail twist is pretty insignificant.
2008-02-26*
Automobile (2009)
8
Mar 2011
7.164
Plays: 1
I just love economic games like this. Good theme, well made pieces. Interesting decisions and careful optimization is required.
2009-07-27
Ave Caesar (1989)
7
Apr 2008*
6.443
Owned
Plays: 3
Light game with almost no strategy involved. Sort of like watching TV. Nice game to play after something heavy.

Its major problem is that turn order is ridiculously important. In a 6 player game, the end result is largely pre-ordained by start order. It would be nice if there was a way to tweak the game to give players starting last a chance to catch the leaders.
2010-04-19
Axis & Allies (1981)
6
Dec 2007*
6.347
An old classic.
2007-12-28*
Babel (2000)
6
Sep 2010
6.472
Finally played this against JT. It's okay I suppose, but seems to offer nothing much new. It seems slightly complicated for such a simple game too. I can think of any better 2 player games.
2010-09-29
5
May 2009*
5.729
At least it's more entertaining than bang.
2009-05-18
Backgammon (-3000)
5
Dec 2007*
6.385
Simple, but not for me. Then again I tend to dislike most mainstream stuff.
2007-12-28*
4
Aug 2010
5.619
Plays: 1
Just not a very compelling game. There's only so much of "draw a circle, draw a square, now put a square in the circle..." I can take. It gets very repetitious very quickly. It doesn't really require any creativity, because what you're allowed to say is very generic (shapes, etc). There are worse games out there, but I'd choose a great deal of other "party games" before this one.
2010-08-13
Balderdash (1984)
7
Dec 2007*
6.179
Fun party game.
2007-12-28*
Balloon Cup (2003)
5
Dec 2007*
6.567
Reasonably entertaining 2 player game for a short while. Bores me quickly though.
2007-12-28*
Bamboleo (1996)
5
Jan 2008*
6.043
Plays: 1
Oh, you know. Not incredibly excited about this type of game. It's fun for about 4 minutes. Seems well made. Shrug!
2008-01-02*
Bananagrams (2006)
6
Aug 2010
6.223
Plays: 2
Hard to express how I feel about this one... it's somewhat fun given the race, but the game itself is rather dull. Perhaps it would be more interesting if all words had to be at least 4 letters or something.
2010-08-12
Los Banditos (2008)
8
Apr 2011
5.764
Owned
Plays: 7
A fun little filler that plays fast and has enough decisions to feel like a game. Certainly very luck dependent, but a good time nonetheless. One of my more favored 2 player dice games. Initial rating 8.
2011-04-25
BANG! (2002)
1
Jan 2008*
6.525
OMG, do I dislike this game. Why is it everyone carries this stupid card game around and then pulls it out in large groups thinking they're so clever and innovative for suggesting it?

It's so boring. It's even more boring when everyone instantly kills you because you bitch about the game and you end up having to watch other people play the stupid game and watch it drag on. It's like watching ren-fair people bashing in each other's pretend heads with pretend foam weapons.

The cards are lame, the concept is lame. If you want a kitchy gun game, you might as well go all out and try Cash & Guns. UPDATE: I think that common perception that non-gamers should play this game is false. I think new players should be introduced to the best games, not the most mediocre! Remember, "non-gamers" aren't necessarily idiots requiring simplicity -- they're just inexperienced. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out Alhambra or even something more involved like Agricola.


2011-07-23
7
Dec 2007*
6.147
Plays: 3
Another fun card game. Well designed.
2007-12-29*
Barista (2007)
1
Jan 2011
5.384
Well strap me to a pig and bash by medula oblongata in with a floppy noodle...

Got this game at a thrift for 99 cents. Tried to read the rules, realized this was the dumbest game ever (draw a card, lay the card, yet the rules are confusing? how is that even possible? Did someone with brain damage write the rules?), and threw it in the trash. Didn't even want my gaming group to have to sit through this.

What a godawful piece of junk.
2011-07-23
2
Dec 2007*
4.647
If you think this game is fun, then I'd hate to see where you go for vacation.
2007-12-28*
BasketBoss (2009)
7
Jul 2010
5.895
Plays: 1
Fun game, somewhat unique theme. The components and roles are well designed, and the auctions vary in value dramatically as the game progresses. Difficult bidding decisions.
2010-07-20
Battle Line (2000)
8
Jan 2008*
7.290
Owned
Plays: 1
What a fantastic two player game... nice and easy to set up, with a very simple idea. Reminds me a bit of lost cities. A good game to try with the wife!
2008-01-15*
Battleship (1931)
3
Dec 2007*
4.578
Yawn. You sunk my desire to play this game ever again!
2007-12-28*
8
Mar 2011
7.707
Owned
Plays: 2
Love this game. Of course, I'm a BSG fan, but the game itself is fantastic. Love the paranoia and interesting strategies that can be made. As much a game of politicing and twisting other players minds as it is anything else. Few games can invoke the player interaction, frustration, scheming, lynching and accusing that this one can.

I suspect the thing with this game though is it all depends on your group and the personalities involved. It would likely not work well with a bunch of quiet/reserved people or a bunch of people who are afraid or unable to lie and misdirect. Our group seems to be filled with enough liers and backstabbers to work perfectly with this game.

One of my favorite games.

Edit Jan 2011: After a couple of so-so games, enthusiasm is dropping a bit. Down to an 8.
2011-03-24
Bausack (1987)
8
Aug 2010
6.630
Owned
Plays: 6
Fantastically crafted pieces, and this game is a lot of fun. I'm not entirely crazy about the "games" they list in the instructions though -- the ones we have tried seem a little clumsy with the bidding for pieces, or rejecting pieces. I recall that it was far more advantageous to just offload difficult pieces off on other people. Rules could use some tweaking.

Nov 2010: played the co-op version where everyone is adding to the same castle. Much more fun IMO than the basic game with the gems.
2010-11-28
Bazaar (1967)
7
Jan 2008*
6.150
Plays: 1
A light gem trading game that relies a lot on dice luck. Still, it's quite enjoyable and plays fast. Tim Thomas's dice luck is really bazaar.
2008-01-25*
Beep! Beep! (2008)
7
Apr 2010
5.571
Plays: 1
Fun speed game, but the problem of 2 or more players reaching for the same card and almost destroying it is a problem. That's why games like Fast Food are superior: the buzzer acts as a non-ambiguous tie-breaker. In this game, it comes down to who pulls the card the hardest, which is a very good way of destroying the game.
2010-04-11
7
May 2010
5.653
Plays: 1
Not really a game; more like a toy. Still, fun.
2010-05-10
8
Jan 2008*
6.299
Owned
Liked this game. A fun, evil game of extortion. Great to play with Tim Thomas. A breezy good time.
2008-01-06*
4
Jul 2010
6.203
Can take it or leave it. Seemed to be lots of gambling elements in this one, which meant if you were lucky you could do well and if you weren't, well, tough.
2007-12-28*
7
Dec 2007*
6.419
Fun party game.
2007-12-28*
Biblios (2007)
6
May 2008*
7.010
Plays: 1
I wasn't overly impressed by this one. It seemed that players tended to throw gold into the auction pile, and it ended up being highly anti-climactic.
2008-05-02*
Big Boggle (1979)
9
Jan 2011
6.277
Owned
Plays: 19
Bigger the boggle, the more the fun. I like this larger version more than the original. More potential for larger words. We play that only 4 letters+ allowed.

Jan 2011: Upped to a 9 from 8. Wife and I have been playing this a ton, and it's fun to see improvement over time.
2011-01-24
Big City (1999)
8
Jul 2010
6.567
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
Big city, medium rating. Interesting city building game.

On further play, upped to an 8. I'm starting to see a few interesting strategies that can be taken. The trade-offs between wasting a turn and stopping another player from setting up something is also interesting.
2010-07-09
Big Points (2008)
7
Apr 2008*
6.009
Owned
Plays: 3
Quick, fun game.
2008-04-11*
Big Shot (2001)
10
Sep 2011
5.856
Owned
Plays: 2
This is one of the most underrated and underplayed games on BGG. It is a cutthroat auction game, filled with tension, angst, and evil choices. It is unique and unlike any other auction game out there.

I am amazed that this game doesn't have a wider following.
2011-03-29
Bingo (1530)
2
Dec 2007*
3.554
Oh shoot me now.
2007-12-28*
6
Jan 2008*
6.057
Works well as a 3 player game. I thought that it wasn't nearly as good as a 4 player game. I herd this was a good game, but it wasn't that great.
2008-01-12*
BITS (2011)
7
Mar 2011
5.824
Plays: 2
First game review: This is a tile-drawing/placement game in the spirit of Take it Easy where all players draw the same tiles. This means that games are certainly very fair and even.

I quite like this one, probably more than FITS (which seems to be a Tetris plagiarism to me). At least this game offers some sort of original thought in its design, and I suppose the various different scoring types add some variety to games. While Karen immediately said she wanted to get this game, I'm still on the fence... I would certainly get this over FITS or request it in a math trade, but its rated 7 for now.
2011-03-25
Black Friday (2010)
8
Apr 2011
6.156
Want In Trade
Plays: 2
I think in general the market mechanics are pretty good. Prices increase with purchases and decrease with sales. The "crash" element is also cleverly done... the later the bull market goes, the greater the probability of a crash. Also, the potential for an early game crash stops a player from trying to hold on for the entire game with minimal selling.

The one part that doesn't quite feel right is that gold buying allows you to place a color of your choice into the bag. You would think that such anti-market activity wouldn't support price increases in that manner. Still, that's the rule.

Overall a very good mix between pushing your luck, taking advantage of price increases, and buying gold at the right time. Near the end of the game the market movements became a little too predictable because there were only a tiny number of cubes in the bag.

A good game, rating 8 initially, and certainly one of the better stock market simulation games out there. Far better than the weak Tulipmania.
2011-04-05
Black Vienna (1987)
9
Apr 2010
6.076
Owned
Plays: 2
I really liked this game after 1 play, and now think that it's the best deduction game we have played to date (better than sleuth, mystery train, abbey, clue, etc).

The great part about this game is that there are points where everyone must rush to come to conclusions because it's very possible that the final answer is now workable by more than one player. The flip side is that this also means that players are more prone to error, and error in this game is almost unfixable. A game where you need to be both careful and fast is a well designed game and it allows for some good end-game tension.

Something that none of us did but that we could have done if you thought other players were close would be to take your turn faster, hopefully confusing other players and giving them less time to deduce and letting you catch up. In 8 guesses in 2 games now, 7 of them have been wrong, and all 8 players have messed up. That indicates this is a nicely tricky game.
Initial rating a 9.
2010-04-24
Blackjack (1700)
2
Dec 2007*
4.892
What a sad, pathetic game. I can't believe people play this for money when the odds are against them. How lame. How very, very lame.
2007-12-28*
3
Mar 2011
5.732
Plays: 1
Not sure why this game is rated so highly initially (play testers?). Our group found this game incredibly tedious, and threads suggesting this game was at all similar to "Brass" are so off the mark that it's not funny.

This is not, in anyone's even wildest imaginations, a euro game or a euro crossover game. Its turns and pacing are like that of a wargame. It is slow, has a lot of downtime, and the decisions aren't incredibly interesting.

The decision to have a player make all of his turns at once (rather than one at a time around the table) is incredibly odd, because it results in players having turns that are 10+ minutes long, and that's not doing much thinking. Since everything changes every time you move, other players CANNOT plan ahead. They must just sit there, and then when it's their turns feel all stressed out about having to try to do things quickly.

The production is also pretty awful. There are typos in big bold text printed on the board ("defense" and "defence" appear right next to each other, for example), and the little flag thingies don't at all fit in the boats, making for aggravation.

Perhaps this game has a very niche audience (history buffs perhaps who are fine with sitting around a table and talking about the civil war for hours, for example).

But avoid if you are a euro gamer with little interest in the history. In fact, even war gamers will likely want to avoid too.
2011-03-09
Blockhead! (1954)
5
Jan 2012
5.458
Plays: 1
I kind of like the simplicity of this one. Still, there's not a whole lot here and after a couple of minutes you're ready to move on Agricola or Antiquity.

Rated a 5.
2012-01-08
Blokus (2000)
8
Feb 2008*
6.910
Owned
Plays: 1
Enjoyable light game.
2008-02-29*
Blokus 3D (2003)
7
May 2009*
6.623
Want To Play
3d multi-player blokus/tetris... fairly basic and zen. Good little filler.
2009-05-18
Blokus Duo (2005)
7
Aug 2010
6.697
Blox (2008)
8
May 2009*
5.942
Plays: 1
Thoroughly enjoyable abstract game. Would like to play it again. Very interesting how the different phases allow different towers to be taken... it allows for pre-positioning of pieces for future rounds while forcing players to carefully plan the construction of towers too.
2009-05-17
Blue Moon (2004)
6
Dec 2007*
6.615
Lost interest quickly, although it's a reasonable 2 player game.
2007-12-28*
7
Jun 2009*
6.908
Plays: 1
Fairly solid game. I like the tricky decisions between returning home to buy cheap stuff and staying out to collect more gems.
2009-06-13
6
Dec 2007*
6.066
Alright expansion, adds a couple of extra plays to the original game.
2007-12-28*
6
Dec 2007*
6.387
Alright expansion, adds a couple of extra plays to the original game.
2007-12-28*
6
Dec 2007*
6.393
Alright expansion, adds a couple of extra plays to the original game.
2007-12-28*
6
Dec 2007*
6.407
Alright expansion, adds a couple of extra plays to the original game.
2007-12-28*
6
Jan 2011
6.358
2
Jan 2010
5.792
Plays: 1
Cute marketing exercise, selling the game to a community of people who like the name of it.

Before I rip the game, it's important to note that the graphics and detail on the images is incredible. Someone spent a ridiculous number of hours putting together the artwork for this game. It's really quite impressive.

Unfortunately, they put about 100 times more effort into the artwork than into actually designing and play testing this game.

Players place tiles fairly randomly, roll to determine where they randomly end up, and randomly lose points having to undo those dice rolls if they get shafted.

Don't get me wrong -- I love dice games and games of chance, but this one pretends to be a strategy game, so it's a little deceiving.

The decisions about where to place tiles in a window are entirely pointless, because giving another player +1 or +2 points in a 5 or 6 player game is such a miniscule consideration that it's almost not even worth the brain activity to think about. The "decision" becomes entirely automatic.

The scoring is poorly thought out too -- it comes down to entirely who has the most sets. If you get unlucky enough to get beaten out on a tile, or unlucky enough to be collecting what other players are collecting, you lose.

The algorithm for what to choose can be described by: "Can I easily get a 6 tile? No? Then what am I collecting? 2s? Ok, am I lucky enough that someone has put a 2 out there? No? Then I lose."

So overall, one of the most disappointing new games of last year. No desire to play this ever again.
2010-01-25
Boggle (1972)
5
Jul 2011
6.058
Plays: 5
Big Boggle is much more interesting.
2011-07-11
Bohnanza (1997)
7
May 2009*
7.014
Owned
For Trade
Have never been able to get into this one.
2007-12-28*
Boing! (1996)
7
Sep 2011
5.589
Plays: 1
Clever and creative idea for a game. While I guess there's some minor dexterity/coordination involved, it certainly doesn't appear to require much skill, but perhaps a Boing! expert could prove me wrong. Still, it's fun and colorful and deserves recognition for its uniqueness. Not a very practical game to own though given its size.

Initial rating a 7.
2011-09-15
Bombay (2009)
7
Dec 2009*
6.130
Owned
Very nice looking board with cool bits. Seems to be at least a couple of different strategies that one can take for victory, but I suspect that after a couple of plays it might start to get old. Still, a fun game.
2009-12-04
Bongo! (2000)
7
Apr 2010
5.717
Plays: 1
Fun game; the poacher dice makes it very difficult.
2010-04-29
Boomtown (2004)
8
Jan 2008*
6.346
Owned
Plays: 1
Fun, fast game. Works well with 4-5 players. A blast.
2008-01-19*
Bootleggers (2004)
3
May 2011
6.444
Want To Play
Plays: 1
"I'd rather eat a bag of hair than play this game again."

May 2011: There is nothing wrong with randomness. In fact, a little randomness is important in most games IMO.

The problem with Bootleggers is that everything is random -- starting with your dealt mob cards, production rolls, huge negative cards played on you, the "cop" which gives you zero income, etc.

Not only is everything random, but all of the random elements have massive variance. You won't earn 5 or 7 goods based on a die roll... you will earn "2 or 12". Or "25 or 0"

The cards are also ridiculously overpowered, giving "the group" the ability to crush any player they want into submission. The fact that you have to show everyone how much money you have all the time means that there is zero incentive to actually do well in this game.

When I played, I went from last to first, to last in the course of the game, based entirely on getting unlucky, then lucky, then crushed. There is also no rational or strategic defense against any of the luck or player elements.

So, this is not a game I have any desire to play again. It gets an initial rating of 3 -- probably the lowest rating I've given a game in a year.

I'm a little disappointed by this, because this is a game that I had been wanting to play for a while, and I like the freshness of the theme.
2011-07-23
7
May 2008*
6.470
Plays: 2
Surprisingly TRICKY card game. Not nearly as easy as it looks at first glance.
2008-05-02*
Boxcars (1974)
8
Feb 2008*
5.630
Plays: 1
This is rail baron with a few minor rule changes. Entertaining as always. The ability to "reuse" routes makes it easier to avoid larger fees. The game comes with a nifty spinner device that you can use to look up destinations, instead of a dice roll. Overall, it's very impressive for a first release of a game. We threw in superchiefs from RB to help speed up the game.
2008-02-10*
Brass (2007)
8
May 2011
7.856
Plays: 5
This game is close, but not quite there. I can see the makings of a great game, but the complexity of rules is a little daunting and still not completely clear. Perhaps with further plays it will be better. Wish the "get paid every 2 minutes" mechanic could somehow be streamlined. Update: 2nd play was better... still feel like it's just missing a little something to be considered a great game... perhaps in an expansion!

Sep 2011: Rating of 8 remains fair here. After more plays I'm starting to get more comfortable with some of the general principles of the game, and am starting to appreciate the manipulation of turn order a little more.

Still, there's a lot more to this game, and I'm taking more loans than I think I should be. Probably need to get coal down earlier than I have been, although in the last game played I was handed iron opportunities on silver platters and had to take them.
2011-09-25
Bridge (1925)
8
Dec 2007*
6.997
Owned
A fun, complex game. Unfortunately, sometimes the bidding strategies become a little lame, with all of that having to memorize signals and bidding meanings etc.
2007-12-28*
7
Sep 2011
6.451
Want To Play
Plays: 1
I actually quite liked this one. It's certainly very dry and an abstract at heart, but I found myself constantly thinking throughout the game, both during my turn and other players turns. Any game that does that is at least a partial winner in my opinion.

It certainly does appear to be a game like chess where a bit of experience could totally dominate other players. I doubt this is one that I'll play very often or convince others to play very often, but I think this would be good for occasional play.

Initial rating a 7.
2011-09-16
Brouhaha (2004)
5
Jun 2009*
5.516
Plays: 2
Probably a lot more entertaining for kids, but as a game is pretty flawed nonetheless. When someone fails, the person with a matching card can see what those two people had... bit of a loophole.
2009-06-13
7
Jan 2008*
5.753
I swear this game was about firemen, and not bears. Perhaps someone was offended by the firemen?
2008-01-19*
Bugs & Co (2011)
6
Jun 2011
5.515
Plays: 1
Pretty simple, silly game. The scoring seems a little weak though, in that you can win by just madly picking up pieces as fast as you can (we tried it!).

A better scoring system would be to have a -2 penalty per unmatched piece, forcing people to be VERY careful in what they choose to keep.

Initial rating 6.
2011-06-03
Bunte Runde (2005)
6
Dec 2007*
5.586
Plays: 2
Reasonable filler game. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot of strategy.
2007-12-28*
Burger Joint (2009)
6
Mar 2011
5.737
Game is too tight. Impossible to get ahead of other players.
2011-03-30
BuyWord (2004)
7
Jul 2010
5.928
Plays: 1
pretty fun for such an old game. The variants certainly add a lot. I wouldn't want to play without them (ex: crossword variant).
2010-07-11
Buzz It! (2010)
8
Jan 2011
5.564
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
I quite like this "think quickly" game. You have a certain amount of time to come up with an item in a class, and once you run out of items you're in trouble. There are also some pretty funny categories like "things you don't like about people at the table".
2011-01-24
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
7
Dec 2007*
6.604
Plays: 2
This is a funny game. What other "board" games allow you to point a gun at an opponent's head? The cards / personas are pretty funny too.
2007-12-28*
2
Jan 2008*
6.295
Very disappointing 2 player game. We just found it dull. The theme was also pretty yawnarific too... senators... yawn. whatever.

Reminds me a little of Star Wars 4 when they do all of that terrifically boring stuff involving the "galactic senate" (and they ruin whatsyamacalees beautiful hair by making it all big and poofy). Yeah, whatever Lucas. Wake me up when the show's over. Oh and what the hell was with Jar Jar Binks. What a lame piece of crap that was.. AND MEDICHLORINES? Duh..
2011-07-23
Cairo (2002)
7
Jun 2011
5.603
Plays: 1
This is a pretty ridiculous game, but I like it. Then again, I tend to like most ridiculous games.

It's pretty difficult actually, and fun to try to knock other player blocks out.

Our initial game dragged on way too long though, perhaps because most of us were so awful at it. Initial rating a 7.
2011-06-02
Camelot (1930)
6
Jan 2011
5.780
Plays: 1
A slightly more complicated version of checkers, so there's not a whole lot here. The ability to capture a ton of pieces at once does make it somewhat amusing though.

Thrift store find. Probably got $1.99 of enjoyment out of this. Our version was called "Inside Moves".
2011-01-24
6
Dec 2007*
5.872
Owned
For Trade
Reasonable game for 3 players; doesn't work too well with 2. RPGesque.
2007-12-28*
8
Aug 2010
6.455
Owned
Oprahpalooza! A fun game. I sort of wish the starting drafting of cards wasn't involved, but I suppose that's part of the game. I guess I just find the whole reading through a deck of cards part boring. Still, a fun game once it's going.
2010-08-11
8
Mar 2011
5.624
Owned
Plays: 2
A remarkably complex game for its simple appearance. I love the scoring methodology at end game... can't help feeling that this sort of elimination scoring could work well in other games.
2009-05-18
Can't Stop (1980)
9
Jul 2011
6.731
Plays: 13
The best "push your luck" game out there. Although it's completely random, the strategy lies in controlling your own greed.

July 2011: Rating up to a 9 from a 7. This is a game that I seem to always be in the mood to play. That is a very rare thing.
2011-07-29
Canal Grande (2002)
7
Jan 2008*
5.903
Plays: 1
Fairly good two player game that gives you an interesting set of decisions when deciding how to split the cards. It can be problematic if one player happens to get all of the cards of one color. This game is fairly grande.
2008-01-25*
Canal Mania (2006)
6
Dec 2007*
6.413
A poor Age of Steam clone.
2007-12-28*
Canasta (1939)
7
Dec 2007*
5.910
They call this an old woman's game, but I love it. Probably because it's one of the few card games where tension can build over a period of time.
2007-12-28*
6
Dec 2007*
5.944
Seemed like a computer game that someone tried to make into a boardgame. Just seemed overly fiddly.
2007-12-28*
Candy Land (1949)
1
May 2009*
3.657
For Trade
Plays: 1
I almost decided not to have any children just so I'd be able to avoid this game. It is so boring. Mind numbingly boring. In fact my cranium aches just thinking about having to look at this game.

May God have mercy on all our souls. Amen.
2011-07-23
El Capitán (2007)
7
May 2009*
6.438
Want To Play
Fun. Would like to play it a second time.
2009-05-18
Capitol (2001)
8
Dec 2007*
6.421
Owned
Really enjoyed capitol. One of the better area control type games. Hurts the brain a bit too, which is always good.
2007-12-28*
5
Jan 2011
5.577
I don't mind silly games in general, but this just didn't seem that fun.
2011-01-24
Carcassonne (2000)
6
Dec 2007*
7.347
Owned
Simply not a fan of tile laying games.
2011-01-24
5
Dec 2007*
7.464
Boring expansion = still boring.
2007-12-28*
9
May 2009*
6.890
Owned
Plays: 2
Although I dislike tile laying games in general, this is one of the best 2 player games out there. This game had a good foundation and stands strong.
2008-01-06*
8
May 2009*
6.931
Owned
Very solid 2 player game. By far the best of the Carcasonne series.
2009-05-16
5
Dec 2007*
6.766
Boring expansion = still boring.
2007-12-28*
5
Dec 2007*
7.428
Owned
Boring expansion = still boring.
2007-12-28*
7
Nov 2014
6.473
Fun game for large groups. More of an activity than a game really.
2014-11-27
Careers (1955)
9
Jan 2008*
5.639
Owned
We played this game as a family for YEARS and it never got old... good challenge for both kids and parents. There was a reprint in the 80s or 90s which dumbed the game down and made it suck. The original version is a fantastic family game. Meet normal requirements. May save or sell.
2008-01-06*
7
Dec 2007*
6.612
Quite a complex game.
2007-12-28*
Carrousel (2006)
7
Dec 2009*
5.693
Pretty fun speed game. Some of the more complex transformations are a little tricky, so it's certainly the kind of game that you could get better at over time.
2009-12-04
Carson City (2009)
6
Jul 2010
7.092
Plays: 1
I really went in with high hopes, as I love the theme and the pieces and board looked great.

However it seemed a little on the long side for what it is. The biggest problem is that there are so many cowboys to place, and a turn order that changes, so you're constantly having to ask "whose turn is it?". That probably annoyed me the most. Perhaps if players switched seats each turn it would go a lot more quickly, particularly later on.

An okay game though... certainly interesting tradeoffs between guns and production. Open to raising this rating with another play...
2010-07-02
Cartagena (2000)
8
Jul 2010
6.573
Owned
Plays: 3
Fairly enjoyable game that is abstract at its core. Rating upped to an 8 after further plays... I really like the simplicity of this game. Anything with short rules that is interesting is a good game.
2010-07-09
Cash-a-Catch (2007)
7
Mar 2011
5.941
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 3
Light game, you bid, you win fish, you sell them. The game tends to flounder after a while.

Update: upped to an 8. Game is still enjoyable.

Jan 2011: Down to a 7. For some reason my group has turned on this one after a couple of so-so experiences. I think the problem was we were playing with too many players. Perhaps this is a game that requires 3 or 4 to shine.
2011-03-24
7
Jan 2010*
6.507
Plays: 1
Hooray, another castle building game. With resources. And little meeples. Whee.

On the bright side... it plays fast, which is nice, due to the simultaneous play of cards.

The game itself offers numerous paths to victory, so it's certainly replayable with different strategies. The "master builder" bluffing also adds an interesting element of interaction to the game.

Overall, a solid game, although I wish that there were a few more different cards that could be played to aid in replayability.

2010-01-06
7
Jul 2009*
6.266
Plays: 2
Very enjoyable game. The team concept is interesting, and the subtle ways you can screw with people makes the game very interesting. I almost wish there was no way to simply look at another players allegiance. It could have been a much better (and difficult) game if you had to work that out by inference. Update: down to a 7 after subsequent plays. Unless players actively try to confuse people by bluffing (like I attempted our last play), the game gets pretty stale. Am disappointed because I WANT to like this game more, but it's missing something. I'm pretty sure the concepts here can be expanded a bit to make a great game.
2009-05-17
Castle Panic (2009)
4
Feb 2011
6.604
First game I have rated that I haven't played... bought this, read the rules, and traded it away.

Looks mind-numbingly boring from a rules read, and can't imagine any scenario where this game could be even the slightest entertaining. There are far better co-op games out there.
2011-02-05
8
Dec 2011
7.928
Plays: 1
I quite liked this one. The use of special buildings is really where this game shines, and you really need to scam them up to do well. Solid euro that felt somewhat innovative to me.

Initial rating an 8.
2011-12-22
Catan (1995)
8
Dec 2007*
7.232
Owned
Plays: 5
The classic.
2007-12-29*
7
Dec 2007*
6.811
What an amazing looking board. Unfortunately, still the same old Catan.
2007-12-28*
7
Dec 2007*
6.690
Owned
Fun 2 player game.
2007-12-28*
7
Dec 2007*
6.669
Owned
These add a lot of new options to game play. A few cards are a little too powerful, but overall they are well done. I have since stopped playing this one with my wife (the entire game gets old imo), but it was fun while we were onto it.
2007-12-28*
5
Jan 2011
6.479
Plays: 1
I actually quite like the concept of this game, but it is so incredibly poorly paced. The game is far too long, and it just drags on and on at the end. We were playing pretty quickly and it still took a zillion hours. I can't imagine how tedious this would be had people been thinking about their moves.
2011-01-13
1
Dec 2007*
6.861
Oh my god. Shoot me now. The original game has enough downtime. This makes it suicide-inducing.

I NEED THREE WOODS AND A BRICK.. AND TIM NEEDS A WOOD AND A SHEEP AND A GRAIN.. NO TWO GRAINS... OH... AND ANYONE WANT TO TRADE A WOOD FOR A TURD? OH YOU DO JANE? NO, I DONT WANT THREE OF THEM. OH, YOU NEED ONE MORE SHEEP MOE? OKAY. AND JONATHAN NEEDS GRAIN AND BRICK AND BRICK AND AND...... *pow*
2011-07-23
4
Dec 2007*
6.752
zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
2007-12-28*
8
May 2009*
7.041
Owned
Fun variant. My favorite expansion.
2009-05-18
Catch Phrase! (1994)
6
Aug 2010
6.111
Plays: 4
Slightly fun. There are certainly better party games out there. The timer is a little weird though, in that you could really just sit there for 20 seconds doing nothing before playing.
2010-08-12
Category 5 (1994)
6
Dec 2007*
6.758
Entertaining card game for occasional play.
2007-12-29*
8
Nov 2014
8.069
Wow... I still haven't mastered Agricola (or come close to being considered a GOOD player), so it's probably a little bit of a folly to take on Caverna.

Still, I really like the huge number of things that can be done, and the way that different aspects of the game interact. It seems to me this game could be played a large number of times and still you'd make discoveries.

Rated 8 initially, with room to grow. Only concern is play time.
2014-11-27
Caylus (2005)
7
May 2009*
7.790
Owned
Plays: 1
7
Nov 2010
7.517
Plays: 2
I thought that this was a fun game. I tend to like games where each player has unique goals and abilities, and this fit that mold nicely.

It's certainly a game with some replayability because of this, so I look forward to playing it again.

It is dripping with theme, and the little character pieces are quite atmospheric.


Note on 2nd play (and rating dropped to 7 from 8):

I found the game a little frustrating in that it does appear that all players must be extremely aware of what other players are doing relatively early in the game to stop someone from taking a future lead that can become unsurmountable.

If purple or red get 2 rounds where they win dial-majority, the game is effectively over, and even a clever point victory can't win it for you.

I found myself multiple times reminding other players of the condition/strategies of opponents (and getting a little frustrated at their lack of urgency) to attempt to get them to help me stop such a lead, with mixed results.

In any case, I probably came over as being manipulative or pushy when I was just trying to prevent a lead that could not be stopped. I really dislike games where you are forced to campaign against other players. What was pretty obvious to me was not obvious to other players (and in a way was NOT obvious because it dealt with an early advantage turning into a bigger advantage later on), which just made me look like a pushy dick.

In this way, it does appear to be a very fragile game. One mistake by one player at the right time can enable an unstoppable future victory for another player. It is also incredibly easy to king make (either intentionally or not) for almost any player as the game end approaches.
2010-11-30
Charades (1550)
4
Jan 2008*
5.299
People who play this game often, imo, look stupid. They have all of these really dumb hand expressions planned out... you know what I mean, like the movie one where they make their hand go around and around... as if that's how Steven Spielberg actually films movies.

People who are just playing it by waving their arms around stupidly and not with "official charade signs" are far cooler and far more entertaining to watch.





2011-08-02
Checkers (1150)
3
Dec 2007*
4.891
Aren't games supposed to be fun?
2007-12-28*
Cheeky Monkey (2007)
7
May 2009*
6.076
Solid filleresque game.
2009-05-17
Chess (1475)
6
Dec 2007*
6.949
7
May 2009*
7.052
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Enjoyed this game. Like the idea of stock holders having to improve their own routes. In our first game it was a runaway victory so there wasn't much tension, but I suspect it would be better once players were more familiar with the strategy.
2009-05-16
7
Aug 2010
7.052
Plays: 2
Nice artwork and a solid foundation for a game. We haven't played enough to really explore it, but on the surface it seems like a reasonable game. Only complaint is that the end arrived unexpectedly quickly.
2010-08-13
7
Apr 2011
6.320
Plays: 1
April 2011: I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pieces and the appealing artwork. Overall it's a very solid game, and I think the kids will enjoy this a little more as they get a little older. Perhaps this game will help the older one practice focusing a little more on a task.

The game has the obvious flaw in that it's possible that it might never end, as our first game encountered. It's quite possible to go around and around for a very long time without a winner being crowned. Initial rating a 7.
2011-04-20
China (2005)
7
Apr 2008*
6.835
Plays: 1
Area control game. Pretty fun. Note: doesn't play very well with 5 players... too random. 3 is best.
2008-04-15*
Chinatown (1999)
8
May 2009*
6.962
Enjoyable negotiation game. Certainly works better with more players.
2009-05-16
5
Dec 2007*
5.175
8
May 2010
5.783
Owned
So simple, quite fun. It's always entertaining to try to steal pieces from other players as they try to return with them.
2010-05-07
Chrononauts (2000)
6
Dec 2007*
6.084
Ciao, Ciao... (1997)
8
Nov 2010
5.625
Owned
Plays: 4
It's always fun to lie to everyone. I really like this simple little game.
2010-11-28
9
Dec 2011
6.254
Want In Trade
Plays: 2
Fun, light card game. Collect the fleas, lay the cards. I'm itching to play this one again.

Dec 2011: Rating up to a 9.
2011-12-22
Citadels (2000)
5
Apr 2010
7.121
Plays: 1
I just don't like this game. The role mechanic is somewhat interesting, but the rest of the game is pretty dull. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of tension or excitement in this one.

It also slows down waaaay too much as you approach 6 players.
2010-04-15
Cities (2008)
6
May 2009*
6.071
Feels like Carcasonne & Take it easy combined. Not bad, although it barely holds my interest for more than a few minutes.
2009-12-04
Clans (2002)
4
Dec 2007*
6.408
Climb! (2008)
7
Jan 2011
5.555
Plays: 1
Creative little dexterity filler. This is effectively the game twister except with your fingers. Rated 7 initially, although I can't imagine ever requesting to play this.
2011-01-24
The Climbers (2008)
7
Jul 2011
6.269
Plays: 2
I'm a sucker for 3D games, and this was block game was... solid.
2010-04-09
Clue (1949)
5
Jul 2011
5.553
One of the better representatives of its time and place, but still a rather mechanical game.

Clue 2 was better.
2011-07-26
7
Dec 2007*
5.529
This was actually a well put together VCR game. The characters are well done too.
2007-12-28*
7
Dec 2007*
6.046
A far better version of Clue than the original. The extra weapons, rooms, etc adds to the complexity to make it a game for older players to enjoy.
2007-12-28*
Cluzzle (2004)
7
Jan 2008*
5.923
Plays: 2
I could play this game all clay!
2008-01-12*
Cobra (2007)
4
May 2009*
5.510
Plays: 1
Surprisingly hard to understand for what one would expect to be such a simple game. I'm not sure if that's because the rules are slightly convoluted or if our group is just mentally challenged. In any case, this does seem to have limited replayability and didn't really hold my interest.
2009-05-22
8
Apr 2008*
6.153
Owned
Plays: 1
Surprisingly fun game for its simplicity. Wouldn't play it daily or anything, but with a group of people you know it's pretty fun.
2008-04-15*
Coco Crazy (1992)
6
Jan 2011
5.493
Plays: 1
Fun concept for kids. Not really my cup of tea though.
2011-01-24
Coda (2002)
8
Sep 2011
5.878
Plays: 1
Short, simple game that I wanted to play again immediately after play #1. That alone gives this game an initial rating of an 8.

Let's be honest -- there's not much here, but for just a bunch of plastic tiles I think they made a decent game.
2011-09-15
Code 777 (1985)
7
Dec 2007*
6.345
Plays: 1
Fun deduction game.
2007-12-28*
6
Jan 2008*
6.468
Plays: 1
If I told you what I thought of this game I'd have to kill you.
2008-01-25*
Coloretto (2003)
8
May 2009*
6.890
Owned
Fun, quick game.
2009-05-16
8
Jul 2011
5.601
Want In Trade
What a pleasant little game. Nothing too invigorating here, but it doesn't require much thought or effort, and is feels relatively fun. Would certainly play this more.
2011-07-27
7
May 2009*
6.680
Owned
Plays: 1
This is a strange one. The first time I played I thought it was a fantastic game. The second time I thought it was dumb. It seems that the fewer players the better.

July 2011: My initial feeling for this game has thankfully been restored. Clearly, I just don't like playing this with lots of players. 2-3 seems perfect. Any more and the amount of control you've got becomes insignificant.

Rating up to an 8 from the previous 7.
2011-07-25
Colosseum (2007)
8
Mar 2011
6.996
Really like this game. Not sure I'd play it often due to its brain-hurtingness, but it's a great complex game.
2007-12-28*
7
Jul 2011
N/A
Plays: 1
Nothing innovative here -- this is charades in a box.

It's pretty silly how only some rounds are "commotion" rounds. All of them should be, and that's how we played. The dice rolling in general is pretty dumb too. It makes much more sense to just keep score on a piece of paper. One point per victory.

I enjoy charades though, so I liked this game, even though it's nothing but a box of charade suggestion cards. Not sure if I'll ever be able to get other people to play this with, but I actually enjoyed this.

Rating a 7.

Modifications to make this fun:

- Throw away the board and pieces.
- Split into two teams.
- Cycle through the categories each turn. On each turn, both teams choose a different card and whatever actor gets the item right first wins a point for his/her team.
- Repeat until first to 10 points or something.
2011-07-29
Compatibility (1996)
8
Jan 2011
5.972
Owned
Plays: 4
JTs and my copy have a different set of cards, so I guess different editions have completely different pics.

The game is fun, and is a nice change of pace after some more complicated games. It's interesting to see the reasoning between some of the choices made, and how people see things in different ways.
2011-01-24
Concentration (1958)
5
Dec 2007*
5.419
Fun as a kid.
2007-12-29*
Concordia (2013)
8
Nov 2014
7.493
One of my favorite games of the year. This blends a race element (to be the first to locations) with careful balancing of resources. The deck building element is fresh and fits the game well. Certainly want to play this one more.
2014-11-27
6
Dec 2011
6.551
Plays: 1
Oh, I don't know. I tend not to like 2 player games in general, and this doesn't help the cause. While it's got a clever mechanic in trying to guess pieces, it still doesn't feel like anything new. Maybe after being spoiled by some great games I'm becoming real new game snob.... but this gets a rating of 6.
2011-12-22
Connect Four (1974)
1
Dec 2007*
4.879
HEY, LET'S GET A PIECE OF PLASTIC AND SLIDE THINGIES INTO IT AND CALL IT A GAME. OHKAY.

Connect these four: THIS GAME BLOWS CHUNKS.
2011-07-23
Container (2007)
9
Apr 2008*
6.804
Want In Trade
Plays: 6
What a fun game. Completely original game mechanics make for a very interesting game. Probably wouldn't play it too often as it does require a lot of brainpower and concentration, but the great combination of the auctions and cash management make it a good game.
2008-04-12*
5
Dec 2007*
5.519
I can't believe I played this "game".
2007-12-29*
Core Worlds (2011)
9
Dec 2011
6.960
Plays: 1
One of the most pleasant surprises in a while. I really liked how streamlined and intuitive this game was. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, no weird rule exceptions. This is how game design should be.

The decisions between laying cards, invading, and taking cards are also very important and interesting decisions.

Initial rating a 9. Want to add to my collection. Looking forward to expansions too.
2011-12-22
6
Nov 2014
5.912
This doesn't seem to improve the original game much, which to me is hindered by the player elimination element. I guess I'm at a point in gaming now where getting kicked out of a game and having to watch others play just isn't a necessary nor fun mechanic.
2014-11-26
Cranium (1998)
4
Dec 2007*
5.653
Owned
For Trade
Don't get why people are nuts over this one. It's pretty lame.
2007-12-28*
8
Jan 2010
5.686
Plays: 2
Great game for a 2 year old. My daughter loves trying to find the balls and although she goes ADD after about 15 minutes and starts to open everything, she still likes it.
2010-01-25
1
Jan 2011
5.633
Plays: 1
I'll use JT's session report to sum this game up:

"Such a stupid game - I won because Terry likes Sailing and Mountains more than Unicorns."
2011-01-24
7
Sep 2011
5.577
Plays: 1
This is a clear rip-off of Gifttrap. I don't mind rip offs as long as they are considerably better. In this case, that holds true. Gifttrap is weighted down by a relatively over-engineered scoring system, and this game keeps it simple. Simple games should have very simple scoring.

The variant where you choose 2 gifts (trying for the worst and best gifts) was good. I can't imagine why this isn't the default method of play. Initial rating a 7.
2011-09-15
Cribbage (1630)
6
Dec 2007*
6.791
Have never been able to remember the scoring system. Seems a lot like tennis... 15-0... love...
2007-12-29*
Crokinole (1867)
9
Dec 2009*
7.599
Owned
Plays: 19
Few games recently have had me wanting to play them again, but this is one of them! Looks like the type of thing where years of hard study is required to become a great player. Might have to pick up a board for play with the family...

Update Jan 2011: have had a board for a few mths now (Mayday games) and it actually works pretty well for its price. Game still fun, although the wife isn't much interested in it.
2011-01-24
7
Jul 2011
6.229
Want To Play
Plays: 1
This is a game (McMulti) that I had wanted to try for a while. I really liked the mechanics, and for such an old game it actually felt pretty solid. Sure, the die rolls add a lot of luck to the game, but then again isn't oil drilling 80% luck at the end of the day?

I thought that the market mechanics combined with the item placement mechanics made this a pretty interesting game. I can see how it certainly wouldn't be for everyone, but for some reason oil games just interest me, and this is certainly a good game.

Not sure if I'll purchase the reprint or not. Probably not, unless things are streamlined and the reviews are good. But, it was fun. Initial rating a 7.
2011-07-11
Cuba (2007)
3
May 2009*
7.041
Plays: 1
Ok game, although Im not much a fan of how even the game is. It just seems like you have to play a PERFECT game to win. There is no room for error. Would play it again, but not one of the better games imo.
2008-04-04*
3
Feb 2008*
6.461
Plays: 2
The game played weirdly when we played it... everyone started running out of cards and having few options, and the text on one of the monsters was ambiguous. Took a long time and not a whole lot really happened. Would not be bothered if I never played this game again.
2008-02-18*
Cyclades (2009)
7
Sep 2011
7.349
Dakota (2010)
6
Jul 2011
5.669
Plays: 1
This game seems fundamentally a little flawed... the way it is designed, cowboys and indians each are competing for different goods, and rarely come into conflict with one another. That's a little strange, considering that in a team game you sort of WANT to encourage conflict. There is actually more conflict against players on your own team.

I wish there were some resources that were valuable to everyone, so that there was a little tension at least there.

We played 3 vs 1 and it felt a little flat, but I would play it again just to see if 2 vs 2 was more fun.

Initial rating a 6. It's not a bad game, but it feels like it could have been so much more with a little more work on competitive tension.
2011-07-16
Dancing Eggs (2003)
8
Dec 2011
6.200
Owned
Plays: 1
Only played it once, but the 3 year old laughed her head off throughout the whole game. So certainly has potential. She is still a little too small to hold more than a couple of eggs, but she loved it.

Initial rating an 8.
2011-12-22
Danger 13 (2007)
6
May 2010
5.628
Plays: 2
Suffers a little from the figaro problem, where everyone knows who's winning at any time, and therefore can offset that by giving that player penalties. In theory you'd think this game should be almost a tie every time. So, blah.

Rating upped to a 6 on subsequent play. Although I'm not convinced there's much of a game here, it is somewhat fun to give big cards to other players. That alone is worth a rating bump.
2010-05-07
Darjeeling (2007)
6
May 2009*
6.172
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
A little too fiddly to be played often, both in terms of components, and in the constant replacing of tiles. Still a game that is strategically pretty tricky. Timing is the key.
2008-01-19*
7
Dec 2007*
6.140
Owned
Enjoyed this trick taking game. Would play again.
2007-12-29*
Daytona 500 (1990)
6
Jan 2011
6.460
Okay I guess, although the bidding is a little unbalanced. Whoever goes last can choose what they want for cheap, and since it's a random-fest in general, that's a nice advantage.
2011-01-24
Diamant (2005)
6
Dec 2007*
6.537
Plays: 1
Diamonds (2014)
6
Nov 2014
6.520
A pretty bland and uninspiring game, but fine for a play or two. It does seem a little weird that you get something for doing almost anything. It does seem like there are very few decisions to make, and you sort of just play out the cards that are given and take what gems are given.
2014-11-26
Diamonds Club (2008)
6
May 2009*
6.602
This certainly isn't a BAD game. My problem with it is that it doesn't add anything new. It seems to me to be a bunch of other games cobbled together. Perhaps I'm just getting a little pickier with my expectations in my old age...
2009-05-18
Dice Town (2009)
7
May 2009*
6.674
Plays: 4
Fun game that seemed to be a little longer than I expected. There are a few decisions to be made, but as the name might imply a lot comes down to luck. Still, a fun light game. Has a pretty strong "get the leader" mechanic like Catan, but in our first game the obvious leader managed to roll incredibly well and still win, even with 3 of us gunning for them.
2009-05-17
Digit (1987)
3
Jan 2012
5.487
Plays: 1
I guess you could argue that this is a game. But, whatever. I feel like the 30 seconds we played this game will never be returned to me. Lost forever. So sad. Rated a 3.
2012-01-08
Diplomacy (1959)
8
Dec 2009*
6.906
Played with a very slow group, but the being-able-to-stab-people-in-the-back-or-front aspect is quite entertaining. Certainly no lack of freedom of choice here.
2009-12-12
Dixit (2008)
9
Jan 2011
7.334
Owned
Plays: 9
Fun partyish game, although I could see that some people could naturally struggle with this one given the subtlety required to do well.

One interesting thing that Jonathan did was to use inside information ("Claire" - TV Lost) to describe a card, and ensure that I got it, but Tim/Dave did not. That's a fantastic strategy, but I'm torn whether that would make for a poor game if it happened every single round, as most players would be just guessing randomly, rather than making clever deductions. This could become particularly problematic if husband/wife were playing. "Hawaii vacation, 1993, near the volcano! Ha ha ha!"

Other concern is that there aren't really that many cards, and replayability could be a bit of a problem. Next time I play in a game with Jonathan & some new people, I could use those phrases that I remember from previous games to give us endless points. So I'm very doubtful that the game has much replayability at all.

Jan 2011: Rating raised from 8 to 9. Enjoy this game every time we play. Dixit 2 improves the options even more.
2011-01-24
Dixit Odyssey (2011)
9
Sep 2011
7.354
Plays: 1
The scoring board is quite nice, and the peg-board things are better than the tiles for lots of players. Artwork is as good as in the past I thought, although a little less detailed. Rated 9 to match Dixit, because this is effectively the same game.
2011-09-12
Dixit Quest (2010)
8
Jan 2011
7.484
Owned
Plays: 2
A nice collection of cards in the same style as the original. Mix in seamlessly. Nice addition! Hope there will be more...
2011-01-24
Dog (1997)
5
May 2010
5.990
Plays: 1
This game suffers from a pretty obvious flaw: if you don't get any cards that allow you to start pieces, you sit there doing nothing. It is very easy for one team to get a lot fewer of these cards, making this a pretty random game.

2010-05-17
8
Dec 2007*
5.897
Owned
Plays: 1
A very enjoyable filler game. In fact, it's one of the more memorable that we have played.
2007-12-28*
Domaine (2003)
6
Dec 2007*
6.798
Plays: 1
Interesting game that can become pretty cutthroat later on. I have found that in a 4 player game, one player tends to get slapped down early, whether intentional or not. Control of mines early on is critical to success, and any early competition can quickly put you out of this game.

Being the player "left alone" tends to be the best path to victory which is a bit of a flaw IMO.

Apr 2011: traded away. Dont have any desire to play this any more.
2011-04-20
8
Sep 2011
7.725
Owned
Plays: 3
A fantastic game, deeply strategic, with very little luck in the pot.

I also like the theme. The most impressive part though to me is the cleanness of the game's design. The rules are straightforward, the board contains all of the info you need to know, and the cards are for the mostpart concise.

Not a game I'd play all that often due to length, but a good game. Initial rating 9.

Sep 2011: Rating down to an 8. For some reason I have almost no desire to play this, even though I really quite liked it. Not sure why. But, I don't think it's a 9 anymore!
2011-09-12
Domination (2005)
4
Feb 2011
5.466
Picked this up at a thrift and decided to throw it away rather than waste gaming time on it. Although it's a little unfair to judge a game and rate it before even playing it, after reading the rules it is clear that this is a very mediocre game that appears to take far too long to play.
2011-02-11
Dominion (2008)
10
Aug 2011
7.702
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 4
I do think this is a solid game though, and quite enjoyable. However, everyone seems gaga over this one and I don't really understand it. It's a little too solitaire for me I think.

Update June 2011: I sort of got burned out on this game after the original, and didnt really revisit it until now. I've got to say, it's far more interesting with all these new expansions and in the fun ways that they all interact with one another in random setups. This sort of replayability is something the original Dominion was missing, and I have found a new appreciation for the game.

Rating up to a 9.

Update Aug 2011:

Rating upped to a 10. This is the first game that I had initially rated poorly (6 in this case) that turned into a 10.

Having played a hundred or so games online now, I'm struck with how even after a ton of plays new strategies and considerations can come into play depending on the random card selection.

Now it's important to note that without the expansions, I'd rate Dominion a 7. But with all the expansions and random setups, this becomes a 10.
2011-08-09
8
Aug 2011
6.864
Owned
Plays: 1
Yet another expansion. Not crazy about this one.
2011-01-24
3
May 2009*
6.800
You know the barrel is getting scraped when a single card is considered an expansion.

This rating is in protest that now single cards are getting entries here. Come on. It's a card. It doesn't need an entry. Post about it on the dominion page. Is little Benny really going to ask mommy and daddy to get the ENVOY CARD for Christmas? Really?

2011-07-23
8
Jun 2011
7.467
Owned
Plays: 1
June 2011: A very solid expansion. While it's not as fun as seaside / prosperity, I think the cards do allow for new strategies and add favorably to the game. They don't seem to integrate as well into random setups though (like alchemy). Initial rating an 8.
2011-06-29
8
Nov 2014
7.643
The weakest of all the expansions IMO, but still.... it's dominion, so it gets an 8.
2014-11-26
3
May 2009*
6.883
You know the barrel is getting scraped when a single card is considered an expansion.
2009-05-17
8
Dec 2011
7.658
Plays: 1
A lot of fun scammy cards in this one. A great addition to Dominion. I'm starting to feel though that Dominion is done... as in, adding new cards here doesn't really add much. There are already zillions of combinations available. Rating 8.
2011-12-22
8
Aug 2011
7.751
Owned
Plays: 3
Solid expansion (or stand alone game even). I like these cards in general over the original decks. Not entirely sure why, but they allow for some interesting strategies.
2009-07-27
8
Aug 2011
8.131
Owned
My favorite of the expansions. Fun to be able to get lots of coins and feel like you're producing lots of stuff.
2011-05-23
8
Aug 2011
7.922
Owned
Plays: 2
I tired of Dominion a long, long time ago, and so this edition doesn't really change that. Some of the cards are fun though, although the "treasure map" cards seemed way overpowered.

edit June 2011: I've since regained my appreciation for Dominion, but Seaside isn't as strong as expansions like Prosperity.
2011-06-29
6
Jul 2011
6.818
Plays: 1
It's a single card. Get over it.
2011-07-11
Dominoes (1500)
2
Dec 2007*
5.410
Strap me to a pig and roll me in mud!
2007-12-28*
Don (2001)
9
Sep 2011
5.906
Owned
Plays: 4
Need to play this one again. Blew my money too early in the first game we played and fell too far behind, but it was a good game. Rating will likely change on further plays.

Upped to 8 on further plays. Fun game with lots of player interaction.

Sep 2011: Upped to 9.
2011-09-16
Dörbern (1998)
5
Jul 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
I was actually going to post maybe a 2 word review here ("sucky game"?), but seeing as this is the first review and that this game has apparently not been played by anyone, ever, I should be more descriptive.

The artwork is pretty funny. Clearly some guy went out with a digital camera and took some photos and stuck them on cards. This game isn't going to be winning any art awards.

The next problem is that it's almost entirely luck. If you get dealt lots of 1s and 6s you will do well. If you get dealt lots of 3s and 4s you will do poorly.

The biggest problem though is that there are simply too many suits. Perhaps the "screw players 1 and 2 over by following a 2nd suit as the 4th player" element (which seems to be some of the only strategy in the game) is sort of sabotaged by the large number of suits. Odds are small that you as the 4th player will have the right card to mess up players 1 and 2.

Wow that's a lot of words.

In any case, this game isn't the worst I've played, and it's certainly not the best. In the end though, we learned that Dorbern is a place, so not all was lost.

Let's give it a rating of 5, raise a glass to the good people of Dorbern, and leave it at that.
2011-07-11
Double Agent (2005)
7
Jun 2011
5.585
Plays: 1
June 2011: This is a neat little game, part bluffing, part planning actions, and part luck. It's a lot better than I thought, and seems to be a very solid 2 player game. It doesn't have a huge number of cards though, so replayability is likely an issue. Then again, we're probably getting spoiled from games such as Dominion.

Initial rating a 7.
2011-06-29
8
Feb 2008*
6.949
Plays: 1
Pretty fun game. Best part is when the volcano erupts and kills everyone.
2008-02-29*
Drachen Wurf (2008)
6
Apr 2011
5.597
Plays: 1
April 2011: This feels like a number of games we have played in the past, and has elements of Easy Come, Easy Go, Loot, and Ticket to Ride the card game.

I guess the best strategy comes down to not competing with the other players if you can help it, so that they are less likely to come after you. Also, in a 3 player game there is the usual problem of 2 of the players not having much incentive to harm their own position to attack the leader. It tends to be much easier to just do your own thing and hope you can outscore the other guy and hope the other player harms the leader. Overall not my favorite game, but I'd be open to playing it more. Initial rating 6.
2011-04-07
Dragon's Gold (2001)
8
Jan 2010
6.242
Owned
Plays: 3
Interesting game as long as one of your opponents *COUGH DAVE* doesn't try to screw you both over.

Update: Rating upped to an 8 after further plays. The black cube adds another dimension to the game that wasn't entirely apparent before.
2010-01-25
Dragonland (2002)
5
May 2009*
5.966
Seems to be an ok game, but far too long and drawn out. Many other games that provide more bang for your time. Also the flying dragon thing and egg-perks add a lot of complexity that really isn't needed. Eh.
2009-05-17
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