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1960 (aka 1960: The Making of the President) (2007)
ImageID 224859
5
Dec 2012
7.347
Owned
Plays: 4
Nice design. Although I enjoy Twilight Struggle, I think 1960 solves a number of small issues I have with it.

1) Bad hands (CP-wise) are mitigated by Rest Cubes and Campaign Bag.
2) Bad hands (event-wise) are mitigated by Momentum.
3) More things to juggle (media, endorsements, issues, debates).
4) Scoring only happens at the end.

It's a simple system made complex by 91 unique events. Each card has 4 functions: event (for one or both players), campaign points (campaign, advertise, position), issue icon for debates, and state for election day. Each full game turn, you have either 6 or 7 cards. You need to decide which cards to play during the turn, and which you want to save for the debate/election day. For the debate, you generally want high-valued cards with your own icon and a symbol for the issue(s) you want to win. For election day, you want cards with states that have a chance of swinging your way with 3 support checks. In both these cases, you don't know exactly what you might need at the beginning of the turn (and less so in earlier turns), and you may even change your mind as the events play out.

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I have changed my mind on this. After playing it a bit, I now understand why TS works the way it does, and I enjoy it more.
2011-08-27
ImageID 135414
5
Dec 2012
5.420
Owned
More fun than Monopoly.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 273964
7
Apr 2015
7.311
Owned
Plays: 8
After playing a number of tactical wargames, there are 4 things that stand out as being required for me:

- Morale. At the tactical level, units simply do not constantly eliminate each other. They take cover, they run, they refuse to fight. You can order them to charge the heavy machine gun, but you can't force them to commit suicide.

- Defensive Fire. Over the course of a full turn, every unit gets to take its move/fire actions AND fire at enemy units, during and after movement. Many games make defensive fire more costly than any other action, and basically require the unit to give up everything for the possibility of a future shot.

- Choice. If I want a unit to fire because it's obvious/necessary, but it cannot because I don't have a Fire Attack card, then I am not playing a wargame. A deck of all possible wargame concepts DOES NOT simulate the chaos of war. If you want to simulate command problems, broken radios, or a general lack of information being available to every unit, then build that specifically into the game.

- Playable. Many people fear or criticize ASL because it has a reputation for being really complicated and full of chrome. That may be true, but I can teach and play an infantry scenario (granted, SK) to a wargame newbie in an evening. That says a lot about the system. You only need to know the rules for the parts of the system you are playing, and you can add new stuff as you go.
2010-06-09
ImageID 56474
7
Apr 2015
7.075
Owned
Plays: 21
Just the right amount of detail and abstraction for tactical squad-level combat. If you haven't played other wargames before (M44 doesn't count), then you won't get it right away.
2007-12-20*
Age of Empires III (aka Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery) (2007)
Tropical First English Edition
Year: 2007
5
Dec 2012
7.440
Plays: 2
Hmmm.
2008-01-03*
5
Dec 2012
6.166
Plays: 2
The Minnesota map is as good as, but different from, the basic maps (8). The Japan map turns the game into Agricola (5). Thus the 6.5 rating.
2011-07-12
Age of Steam (2002)
ImageID 126872
6
Dec 2012
7.510
Plays: 3
I like it better than Railroad Tycoon. It's cleaner, easier to setup, and takes half the space. The rules are terrible, but we figured out what they meant to say.
2007-12-20*
Agricola (2007)
6
Feb 2010
8.047
Plays: 5
A little too coarse for my tastes.
2008-08-16*
Alhambra (2003)
ImageID 105163
6
Dec 2012
6.969
Owned
Plays: 41
Excellent with 2. Haven't played much with more. It's a bit like an area influence game with no board.
2007-12-20*
Amun-Re (2003)
ImageID 105291
10
Mar 2010
7.205
Owned
Plays: 16
Like Ra, players bid for things that have different values for each of them. On top of that, you have 3 resources to manage (farmers, pyramids, cards) that affect your game position. Looks great and plays great.
2007-10-31*
Antike (2005)
ImageID 109989
7
Dec 2012
6.904
Owned
Plays: 15
Light civilization game with micro-actions which makes for very quick turns.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 92607
5
Dec 2012
6.001
Owned
Plays: 15
High in fun. Low in everything else. No such a bad thing for a party game.
2007-12-20*
Arkham Horror (2005)
ImageID 226524
5
Dec 2012
7.275
Owned
Plays: 46
Poor design, terrible rules, okay game.
2010-09-23
ImageID 105159
5
Dec 2012
6.336
Owned
Plays: 5
Interesting physical issues: the huge box is almost empty, yet the board doesn't really fit into it. The game is really nice light fare. Card/action drafting, card-driven movement, low score wins. A little heavy on rules for such a light game, but pretty easy to teach.
2007-12-20*
Aton (2005)
ImageID 130879
7
Dec 2012
6.663
Owned
Plays: 15
This game was EXACTLY like I thought it would be from reading the rules. It matched my expectations more closely than any other game so far. And that is a good thing.

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2008-05-23*
Attika (2003)
ImageID 45942
7
Dec 2012
6.855
Owned
Plays: 20
A game of building and optimization. If you build in the right order, and in the right locations, you can build much faster and cheaper. No hope of winning by connection against reasonable opponents.
2007-12-20*
Axis & Allies (1981)
4
Dec 2012
6.342
Owned
Great pseudo-wargame for non-wargamers.
2011-05-16
6
Jun 2015
5.988
Owned
Plays: 4
Design is okay. Rules are disorganized and sloppy.
2015-05-28
BANG! (2002)
ImageID 97063
5
Dec 2012
6.519
Plays: 10
Light fun.
2008-03-12*
Basari (1998)
ImageID 132141
6
Dec 2012
6.379
Plays: 4
Liked it much better after my second play.
2007-12-20*
N/A
6.410
Plays: 1
Fun game, but embarrassing rulebook.
2015-05-10
Battle Cry (2000)
ImageID 5854
2
Jan 2008*
6.847
The mechanics are flawed by randomness or lack of strategic choices.
2008-01-29*
ImageID 192205
7
Dec 2012
6.192
Owned
Plays: 8
My GeekBuddies demanded that I like it despite my reservations. And, you know, they were right! It's not as much like Taj Mahal as I expected it to be.
2008-05-29*
ImageID 224819
1
Mar 2010
6.939
Plays: 1
Not a game.
2010-09-02
ImageID 252102
3
Dec 2012
6.901
Plays: 1
Unimpressed. Too tactical and coarse.
2008-03-16*
ImageID 129890
6
Dec 2012
6.550
Plays: 2
All plays online.
2007-12-20*
Bridge (1925)
ImageID 137721
4
Dec 2012
6.991
Owned
Plays: 39
Duplicate Bridge is the only way to play the game.

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2005-12-26*
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
ImageID 249240
3
Dec 2012
6.596
Plays: 6
Hmm.
2008-07-03*
Caligula (2009)
5
Dec 2012
5.643
Plays: 1
Seems like a combination of ideas from Tribune, Meuterer, and Pacific Typhoon. On radar.
2009-08-03
Carcassonne (2000)
ImageID 81969
6
Dec 2012
7.348
Owned
Plays: 90
A must play for everyone, even non-gamers. Simple tile laying with some connectivity and spatial relations. I recommend using the new farmer scoring (3 points per city for the owner of each farm).
2007-04-16*
ImageID 61906
5
Dec 2012
7.008
Owned
Plays: 4
I don't really see what all the fuss is about. It's normal Carc with different scoring for the "roads" and fields. It's a good game, but I like City, Castle, and T&B better.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 144177
6
Dec 2012
7.464
Owned
Plays: 1
The 2nd best expansion for the original. The inn tiles make roads more interesting. The cathedral tiles are pretty much useless. The best part is the large meeple, allowing you to compete in new ways.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 76184
6
Dec 2012
6.886
Owned
Plays: 14
Fantastic 2-player version of Carcassonne. I find the interaction is less direct than with the original or H&G. The wall tiles make the game a bit more random. The fact that you only need to match up road edges (as in The City) gives more choices for tile placement.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 54983
6
Dec 2012
6.921
Owned
Plays: 10
The best of the Carcassonne family. So much going on. Tile placement, wall placement, and guard placement. All are somewhat opposing forces, making you have to keep your eyes on everything the whole time.

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2007-12-20*
ImageID 96560
5
Dec 2012
6.773
Owned
Plays: 1
A mildly different flavor to the basic game, but I feel it's a step down in play. The river, while ostensibly trying to split the map in 2, actually tends to make it all one large field.
2007-07-08*
ImageID 135820
6
Dec 2012
7.422
Owned
Plays: 4
A must have if you like the original. It adds extra elements that pull you in different directions. Do you help your opponent finish his city/road in order to gain the resources?
2007-12-20*
ImageID 75999
8
Jan 2011
6.606
Owned
Plays: 26
Very interesting and pretty abstract area influence game. The king moves around the circle of territories under player control. Each place he visits gets resolved. The winner places a tower and merges the territory with any neighboring territories with their towers. Very tense, but a bit chaotic at the end.

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2008-05-23*
Cartagena (2000)
ImageID 105379
6
Jan 2010
6.575
Owned
Plays: 24
Great filler. Fun with 2-5.
2005-09-08*
Catan (1995)
ImageID 17996
3
Dec 2012
7.223
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
A sad choice of gateway game for non-gamers or Monopoly lovers.
2005-09-16*
Caylus (2005)
ImageID 108707
6
Dec 2012
7.784
Owned
Plays: 17
I enjoy the "micro-actions" of Caylus. Instead of coarse choices per turn, like build this and that, you actually have to "save up" for things.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 571383
3
Dec 2012
7.517
Plays: 5
Not a bad design, but the physical production is lacking in quality and playability.
2009-11-13
Chess (1475)
ImageID 33028
6
Feb 2008*
6.948
Owned
Plays: 6
Too quirky to be a top game. The best abstract 100% information game is Go.
2008-02-22*
Citadels (2000)
ImageID 548
7
Dec 2012
7.115
Owned
Plays: 22
Some like lots of players, but I think 2-3 players is best because you each choose 2 characters. Instead of 8 possibilities, there are 56! Rated 8 with 2-3 players, 6 with 4+.
2008-02-15*
La Città (2000)
ImageID 15224
6
Dec 2012
6.907
Owned
Plays: 8
It feels like a 9 game, but the fact that you can do "too well" and lose just feels a little wrong. So it loses a point.
2008-01-10*
ImageID 60931
7
Dec 2012
6.675
Owned
Plays: 13
8 nasty critters battle it out until only 3 are left. Players place bets on them. Earlier bets are worth more, but are riskier since your favorite critters can be killed off. The player with the highest visible bet values of a given critter can use its special powers. Very good depth for such a simple game.
2007-05-19*
Conflict of Heroes (aka Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42) (2008)
ImageID 308909
4
Dec 2012
7.145
Plays: 3
A thoroughly elegant design that incorporates many of the complicated tactical wargame concepts into a nice clean system. Each unit counter shows costs for movement and attack, firepower, range, front/flank defensive ratings, and a few other special things on certain units. This information, along with a small terrain effects chart, is all you need to make your decisions. There's no CRT, no other tables, no special rules for cross-unit combat. Players take turns taking actions/reactions until both pass. This handles the issues of simultaneity and defensive fire much better than other light wargames, and much cleaner than other heavy wargames.
2008-07-06*
ImageID 278225
2
Dec 2012
6.451
Plays: 1
Good idea, but poorly-implemented. All the potential fun is sapped right out of the game.
2007-12-25*
4
Apr 2015
6.536
Owned
Plays: 1
Very unimpressive mechanical, physical, and graphical design. Few interesting or meaningful decisions. Not even that fun to watch unfold.
2015-04-21
Diplomacy (1959)
ImageID 11666
6
Dec 2012
6.903
Owned
Was very fun the few times I managed to get 7 people together who were willing to play. Don't play with close friends.
2007-07-08*
Domaine (2003)
ImageID 46178
6
Dec 2012
6.794
Owned
Plays: 11
Rating could go up or down depending on how stagnant play becomes. Does the initial setup and randomness of the cards allow for a nice variety, or does the game become repetetive? [04/06] Starting to feel like tug-of-war. Down a half point.

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2008-05-23*
4
Nov 2010
7.726
Plays: 1
A very clean design, but 100% chaos. It would not even be fun if it lasted only an hour.
2010-11-14
Dune (1979)
ImageID 86193
8
Dec 2012
7.290
Want To Buy
Plays: 3
I don't care as much about retaining the original theme as I do about retaining the game itself. If it ends up being FFG-ized (500 indistinguishable plastic figures and tokens, decks of command cards, simple rules disguised as complex rules), then I'm not interested.
2011-02-01
1
Sep 2010
6.403
Plays: 1
This game is retarded. There's no other word that describes it as well. Every part of this design is a joke: movement, tile draws, card draws, combat, encounters. I can't think of any age that I would have enjoyed this game at all.
2010-09-07
3
Dec 2012
6.804
Plays: 1
Silly design. Not in the least bit reminiscent of a fantasy RPG with a GM.
2010-09-16
DVONN (2001)
ImageID 56692
8
Dec 2012
7.079
Owned
Plays: 20
The endgame is great. The beginning is hard to play, because it's difficult to know what moves will result in what positions at the end. Might as well setup the board randomly.
2007-12-20*
Elder Sign (2011)
5
Dec 2012
6.884
Plays: 24
Not bad as a light version of Arkham, but yet another FFG failure of graphic design. They not only don't have a clue, they also don't have a clue that they don't have a clue. The card stock and cutting sucks. There are 10x more components than there needs to be.
2011-09-20
Emerald (2002)
ImageID 181495
3
Dec 2012
6.050
Plays: 6
BSW play only.
2008-03-07*
Fairy Tale (2004)
ImageID 65817
3
Dec 2012
6.685
Plays: 10
Disappointing play and very disappointing physical design. I don't know why everyone raves about the graphics and art. They are horrendously bad.
2008-03-16*
10
Apr 2015
6.256
Owned
Plays: 4
Although I have enjoyed SFB in the past, Federation Commander pretty much fixes every issue I had with it, without creating more problems. In fact, the game is deeper and more fun because of the additional impulse tactics and speedier play.
2015-04-28
4
Dec 2012
7.264
Plays: 1
Inexcusable board design.
2011-08-21
Fjords (2005)
ImageID 181686
7
Dec 2012
6.440
Owned
Plays: 3
Excellent design. A nice filler with elements of Carcassonne and Through the Desert. The tile placement rules keep the region from being too "stringy". It's amazing how frequent it occurs that a tile is unplayable, and must be set aside into the face up pile.
2007-12-20*
Friedrich (2004)
ImageID 90103
8
Jul 2014
7.026
Owned
Plays: 6
Anniversary edition coming.
2011-08-14
2
Jun 2014
5.688
Plays: 1
One of the most horrendous game designs and graphic designs that I have seen in a long time.
2014-06-25
ImageID 163565
5
Dec 2012
7.163
Plays: 7
Rating based on 2 plays.
2008-05-08*
Genesis (2006)
ImageID 183566
2
Dec 2012
5.861
Plays: 2
Disappointing for a Knizia game.
2007-12-20*
Go (-2200)
10
May 2010
7.470
Owned
Plays: 288
The deepest and purest abstract strategy game ever.

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2008-05-23*
Goa (2004)
ImageID 72018
10
Nov 2010
7.542
Owned
Plays: 33
Fantastic! It's unusual for an auction game that you could possibly win every auction (or none of them) each round.
2010-02-18
El Grande (1995)
ImageID 105293
8
Dec 2012
7.724
Owned
Plays: 13
I liked this game even more than I thought I would. The mechanics are simple; the decisions are tough. See my 2p variant; it works great!
2007-10-31*
Hacienda (2005)
ImageID 125367
4
Feb 2011
6.752
Not as terrible as Ticket to Ride. That's the only good thing I could think of to say.
2008-03-16*
Hansa (2004)
ImageID 45647
6
Dec 2012
6.729
Owned
Plays: 22
Light abstract.

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2008-05-23*
Hermagor (2006)
ImageID 156420
2
Dec 2012
6.509
Plays: 1
Very disappointing.
2007-12-20*
Hive (2001)
ImageID 117972
8
Dec 2012
7.259
Owned
Plays: 37
2008-05-23*
Homesteaders (2009)
4
Dec 2012
7.011
Plays: 1
Kind of blah euro with uninteresting auction and resource conversion. Nice wooden bits, but otherwise poor physical quality and graphic design.
2010-02-13
Ideology (aka Ideology: The War of Ideas) (2003)
ImageID 301240
5
Dec 2012
5.861
Plays: 1
Interesting, but physically unplayable in the same way that War of the Ring or VG's Die Macher are unplayable.
2009-09-30
Imperial (2006)
ImageID 156493
6
Nov 2010
7.438
Plays: 2
Want to try again on BSW.
2007-07-08*
ImageID 82870
8
Jan 2010
6.679
Owned
Plays: 7
A lot of game for such a small package. This game is unique in that it has a two-tier "election" system. The bottom tier is area influence, and the winners of those 7 areas get to vote for the results of the top tier. There's a lot of potential for screwage and leader bashing, but is really a blast if you don't mind thinking.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 243217
8
Jan 2011
7.270
Owned
Plays: 14
Best game from 2007.
2008-05-29*
Inkognito (1988)
ImageID 83908
8
Jan 2010
6.314
Owned
Plays: 4
Partnership game where you have to deduce who your partner is. I love this aspect of the game.

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2008-05-23*
Intrigue (1994)
ImageID 200191
5
Dec 2012
6.152
Plays: 3
A lot of game for such a small box.
2007-12-20*
Java (2000)
ImageID 75099
7
Dec 2012
6.743
Owned
Plays: 5
Excellent quality 3d building game with an action point allowance system. My only beef with the game is the underdeveloped party mechanic. You can hold a party on any resort on which you have a marker. There should be forces at work making you want to choose one over another.
2007-12-20*
Kahuna (1998)
ImageID 111691
6
Dec 2012
6.502
Owned
Plays: 5
Kind of an area influence game. You want the majority of bridges to an island in order to place a stone of your own upon it. However, bridges connect 2 islands, so they count for majority in 2 places. If an opponent "captures" an island, you lose all your bridges to that island. This can have a ripple effect. Nice little 2 player abstract.
2008-02-15*
Keythedral (2002)
ImageID 57627
6
Dec 2012
6.796
Owned
Plays: 4
This is the game that Catan should have been. The randomness is spread across all players. No stinkin' dice rolls.

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2007-12-20*
ImageID 58132
6
Dec 2012
5.738
Owned
Plays: 2
Just some extra tiles to make the top levels more varied.
2007-12-20*
Kremlin (1986)
ImageID 122196
8
Jan 2011
6.650
Owned
Plays: 4
Very light and humorous.
2009-11-19
ImageID 589357
7
Dec 2012
6.461
Owned
Plays: 6
Not your usual train game: 5 types of resources (4 of which are auctioned), all track counts as loss, passenger and cargo trains are only "rented", track may (in reality, must) be sold to bigger companies, large networks of your own track not important.
2009-12-03
ImageID 143704
3
Dec 2012
6.581
Plays: 1
I dislike the hidden nature of what players are building. Area influence type games deserve less uncertainty.
2008-03-16*
Liberté (2001)
ImageID 60191
10
Feb 2010
6.768
Owned
Plays: 11
Leave it to Martin Wallace to turn area majority inside out. Players are NOT the 3 factions of the French Revolution; they can control all of them in various regions. Players seek to have the most control of the faction that ends up winning each election. Players can also win (even if behind in the VP race) through Revolution or Counter-Revolution.
2011-02-10
ImageID 59385
8
Jan 2011
6.715
Owned
Plays: 28
Cooperative. Very linear. Card and risk management.
2010-02-18
Die Macher (1986)
ImageID 79423
8
Oct 2014
7.377
Plays: 5
Players are trying to maximize their party's political control in Germany. Elections are held in 7 regions. Each region resolves itself over 4 turns and is offset from the previous region by 1 turn. Regions are scored partly based on each party's popularity there. Popularity is a dynamic graph similar to a stock chart. Players attempt to cash in their "meetings" when the graph is high so as to score as many votes as possible. This is complicated by the fact that players can change their party's stand on the issues each turn, and by the fact that the stance of a region on the issues is only revealed one new issue per turn.

So you need to find a balance between your party's issues and the 7 constantly (but slowly) changing regional issue sets. If you max out the current region which is about the hold the election, then you may have almost no sway at all in the next one. But maybe it's worth it. Winning an election gives you a big boost on the national charts, and let's you sway opinions...
2007-12-20*
ImageID 45338
3
Dec 2012
5.841
Plays: 4
After a few more 2-player games, this one has come way down in my ratings. The game has some interesting mechanics, but doesn't work well in practice. I'm not sure if there is any simple fix. Probably works a little better with 3+ players.
2008-03-19*
Magna Grecia (2003)
ImageID 119054
6
Dec 2012
6.094
Owned
Plays: 5
Some very quirky rules for road/city placement. Still, I'm enjoying the learning of this game.
2008-02-15*
Maharaja (aka Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India) (2004)
ImageID 196479
9
Dec 2012
6.950
Owned
Plays: 15
Improved rating after more plays.
2007-12-20*
Mahjong (1850)
10
Jan 2015
6.794
Owned
Plays: 320
Addicted to this game (Riichi), with no signs of slowing down after 235 plays.
2015-04-28
Manila (2005)
ImageID 76168
6
Dec 2012
6.785
Plays: 4
SEE MY REVIEW.
2007-12-20*
Medina (2001)
ImageID 129897
8
Jan 2010
6.734
Owned
Plays: 8
Tile laying, but the tiles are wooden blocks. Feels like playing chicken. You must grab the palaces when they get big enough. If you grab too soon, you get few points. If you wait too long, someone else grabs them. The additional mechanics of the villagers and walls gives some extra tension to the game.

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2009-04-24
Memoir '44 (2004)
ImageID 61082
2
Dec 2012
7.408
Plays: 24
The cards play you.
2007-12-25*
ImageID 110459
7
Dec 2012
6.326
Owned
Plays: 1
Very disappointed with physical quality. The timer is worse even than I was led to believe. Good thing I got this as a half-price item. Game play is pretty decent.
2007-12-20*
Metropolys (2008)
ImageID 312951
5
Dec 2012
6.775
Plays: 5
Online play so far.
2008-03-26*
Meuterer (2000)
ImageID 109490
9
Dec 2012
6.686
Owned
Plays: 13
Brilliant role selection game with a traitor mechanism as well as simple economics.

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2008-05-23*
Mexica (2002)
ImageID 106359
8
Jan 2011
6.707
Owned
Plays: 6
The best of the Mask Trilogy. Great bridge movement and blocking tactics.
2007-12-20*
N/A
6.017
Owned
Plays: 1
Setup. Ready to solo full campaign.
2015-06-15
1
Dec 2012
5.500
Plays: 1
Almost no decisions. Pointless theme.
2012-04-21
Monopoly (1933)
ImageID 19090
2
Dec 2007*
4.396
Owned
Roll and move. Sigh.
2007-12-20*
Mr. Jack (2006)
ImageID 204014
8
Dec 2012
7.004
Owned
Plays: 30
One player is the Detective, and the other player is Jack the Ripper. There are 8 characters on the board. One of them is Jack, but his identity is unknown to the Detective. Both players have partial control over all the characters. To win, the Detective must accuse Jack within 8 turns. In order to do this, he must correctly deduce Jack's identity, then get another character to Jack's location. Jack wins if he escapes the city, if he remains unaccused after 8 turns, or if the Detective falsely accuses the wrong character. Jack may only escape if he was not witnessed on the previous turn. Through control of the characters available, their positions, the careful movement of street lamps, manhole covers, and roadblocks, the players play a cat-and-mouse game of risk, bluffing, and wit.

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2008-05-23*
Mykerinos (2006)
ImageID 129707
5
Dec 2012
6.680
Plays: 7
Rating based on 2 plays.
2007-12-25*
Napoleon's Triumph (aka Napoleon's Triumph) (2007)
ImageID 298088
10
Feb 2010
7.169
Owned
Plays: 15
The system is odd, but plays out in a very satisfying way. There's an amazing amount of play with only 3 basic unit types. Players are not throwing huge piles of units against huge piles of units (eg Risk). They are using position and maneuver to force their opponent to retreat and/or stretch their defenses too thin.
2010-02-18
ImageID 74671
3
Dec 2012
5.790
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2008-03-19*
Notre Dame (2007)
ImageID 158301
8
Nov 2010
7.266
Owned
Plays: 80
Great game. Typical Alea physical quality, which is to say okay. The cardboard coins, VP counters, and messages are really too thin. The main boards are much thicker but also too thin. The purple cubes are too close to the black cubes. The "red" message counters are barely orange.
2007-12-25*
ImageID 157787
7
Dec 2012
6.576
Owned
Plays: 9
The passenger mechanism is fastastic and keeps the game from becoming scripted. Each turn you must decide whether to "chase the passenger" and/or play for fixed/long-term points.
2007-12-20*
Origo (2007)
ImageID 184093
3
Dec 2012
5.683
Plays: 8
Not bad, but a little too much wide-spectrum randomness, and a little heavy on choas as well.
2007-12-20*
Palazzo (2005)
4
Feb 2011
6.304
Plays: 1
I didn't enjoy any part of this game.
2011-02-01
Pandemic (2007)
ImageID 254415
7
Dec 2012
7.585
Owned
Plays: 245
Best game (so far) from 2008.
2008-04-13*
ImageID 568156
7
Dec 2012
7.916
Owned
Plays: 124
The new roles, the mutation disease, as well as the virulent strain are all excellent additions to the base game. The bio-terrorist is just okay.
2010-02-18
Pick & Pack (2007)
ImageID 226510
3
Dec 2012
6.002
Plays: 4
Playing online.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 147572
4
Dec 2012
7.197
Plays: 4
A little heavy on the screwage factor for a lighter game. That said, it takes the best of Caylus and Powergrid, without the weight of the former or the fiddliness of the later. Probably best with 2.
2006-11-02*
Piranha Pedro (2004)
ImageID 209065
3
Dec 2012
5.881
Plays: 3
BSW play only. Too much SAS to take seriously.
2008-03-21*
Pirate's Cove (2002)
ImageID 115095
2
Dec 2007*
6.482
Plays: 7
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2007-12-20*
ImageID 208162
2
Dec 2007*
5.786
Plays: 1
A truly awful game. Overwhelmingly simple, ambiguous, and analog. The number of cannons you have is equal to your masts, but your masts do not affect your speed. Huh!?!? I can see 10-year-olds drooling over the neato-cool detailed plastic models, but there is no game here. At all.
2007-12-20*
Poker (1810)
6
Dec 2012
6.545
Plays: 251
No-Limit Hold'Em
2008-11-01*
ImageID 201322
7
Dec 2012
6.114
Owned
Plays: 12
Very cool tactical abstract.
2008-06-06*
Power Grid (2004)
ImageID 62750
7
Dec 2012
7.924
Owned
Plays: 15
Plant market rules are not elegant.

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2007-12-25*
3
Dec 2012
6.762
Plays: 1
Auctions are too coarse and meaningless. Selecting tiles is pretty meaningless. Acquiring tiles has all the same problems as Agricola action selection.
2009-12-14
ImageID 87902
10
Nov 2010
7.508
Owned
Plays: 19
Played lots on BSW. A terrific game of interaction and optimization. I'm still no good at it, but that doesn't keep me from trying to find ways to win.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 35400
6
Oct 2008*
6.904
Plays: 1
This was a Holy Grail game for so long. I finally got to play it and was not impressed.
2008-01-13*
Puerto Rico (2002)
ImageID 8072
7
Apr 2014
8.051
Owned
Plays: 35
Decent semi-multi-player-solitaire. Not the #1 game by far in my book. Each player has their own buildings, plantations, colonists, and crops. They only share ships and the trading post. Too much chaos for me with more than 3 players.
2008-02-27*
PÜNCT (2005)
ImageID 97206
8
Dec 2012
6.368
Owned
Plays: 14
3d Twixt!
2007-12-20*
Quo Vadis? (1992)
ImageID 63212
4
Dec 2012
6.194
Plays: 1
First and only play was underwhelming for the group. I'm not sure it will ever hit the table again. Traded.
2008-02-22*
Ra (1999)
ImageID 148719
7
Dec 2012
7.375
Owned
Plays: 41
Do not dismiss this as a simple bidding game. It is very unique. If you win the bid, you win the previous bidding marker, and your bidding marker gets added to the items for the next auction. You are trying to collect various items that score in all sorts of ways (sets, most of, most different, etc). There is also an unknown amount of time to get what you want. If you are too greedy, you might get burned.

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2008-05-23*
ImageID 253528
7
Dec 2012
7.726
Owned
Plays: 114
If you hate this game after 1 or 2 plays because of the icons, please give it another game or 2.
2010-02-18
6
Dec 2013
6.481
Owned
Plays: 1
Too much simulation, not enough game. The simulation is well done, though.
2013-12-24
ImageID 120685
5
Dec 2012
7.542
Plays: 5
It's a great game, but almost seems fiddly after playing Age of Steam.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 59333
4
Dec 2012
6.965
Plays: 2
Not any better after 2 plays.
2008-02-07*
N/A
7.128
Plays: 1
On radar because of very high user ratings, but VG publishing makes it a very unlikely purchase.
2009-11-03
Rheinländer (1999)
ImageID 90431
8
Jan 2011
6.248
Owned
Plays: 7
Rating based 1 play. Sort of a 1-dimensional version of E&T, except that the river winds back on itself in some places making some spaces adjacent that wouldn't normally be. Some luck of the draw, but being able to use any card to reinforce a knight in play (as long as it's not adjacent to an opponent's knight) makes this game work nicely.
2007-12-20*
Roads & Boats (1999)
ImageID 2910
3
Dec 2012
7.190
Plays: 1
Terrible, terrible game.
2008-03-16*
1
Dec 2012
5.895
Plays: 3
The game is broken in so many ways. FFG really needs to work on their quality, rules, and overall design. Shipping it in its current state is insulting.
2006-09-27*
ImageID 82611
8
Dec 2012
7.231
Owned
Plays: 35
Incredible card game...with a board.
2007-12-20*
Samurai (1998)
ImageID 2479
6
Dec 2012
7.303
Owned
Plays: 9
Based on playing the computer version....and now face to face.
2007-05-14*
San Juan (2004)
ImageID 44115
8
Dec 2012
7.221
Owned
Plays: 17
This game stands on its own while giving some feel of Puerto Rico. Setup is minimal (shuffle a deck of cards), so it's much easier to bring out if you feel lazy. A little heavy on luck, but light enough that it doesn't matter so much.
2007-12-20*
San Marco (2001)
ImageID 61909
8
Apr 2010
6.941
Owned
Plays: 26
It's even great with 2 players.
2007-12-25*
Santiago (2003)
ImageID 125368
6
Dec 2012
6.926
Owned
Plays: 6
Medium weight bidding game with some Torres feel to it. As you build up plantations, you have to balance what you gain with what you are giving others. Money is tight.
2007-10-03*
ImageID 112749
N/A
5.978
Plays: 2
BSW play only.
2008-02-24*
ImageID 84637
4
Dec 2012
7.053
Owned
Plays: 12
2008-05-23*
ImageID 187505
4
Dec 2012
6.638
Plays: 1
A little random for my tastes.
2007-12-20*
Steam (2009)
ImageID 515164
8
Dec 2012
7.543
Owned
Plays: 17
Better than Age of Steam, and much better than Railroad Tycoon.
2010-02-18
ImageID 59217
8
Dec 2012
7.173
Owned
Plays: 3
Turn order and alliance auction, combat, area influence, and negotiation...all in a small box.
2008-03-07*
Subbuteo (1947)
ImageID 161440
7
Dec 2012
6.416
Plays: 26
Incredibly fun real-time game.
2007-12-25*
Sutter's Mill (2008)
2
Sep 2009*
5.733
Plays: 1
Horrible, clunky system, lacking in any sort of reasonable granularity. Large turn order binding. Will never play again.
2009-09-30
Taj Mahal (2000)
ImageID 105522
10
Dec 2010
7.171
Owned
Plays: 17
Best design I've ever seen. You are trying to get points spatially, by set collection, by collecting bonuses, and by possession of the +2 card. A little bit of press-your-luck, a little bit of bluffing, and some hand management. You don't refill your hand by drawing cards blindly from a deck; you get to draw 2 cards (usually) from a set of face-up cards...but only at the point where you decide to stop competing for the round. Withdraw early and you get your choice. Withdraw late and you get what's left. Awesome awesome game, and about as medium in weight as Euros go.
2007-11-01*
1
Mar 2010
7.095
Plays: 1
Nice graphical production, okay physical production. Not really a game by my definition.
2009-07-26
ImageID 147021
N/A
5.866
Owned
Jason Little kindly picked up a copy for me from Origins 2007.
2007-07-25*
Terra Nova (2006)
ImageID 131164
6
Dec 2012
6.114
Owned
Plays: 5
Nasty, nasty game. I like it.
2007-12-20*
Terra Prime (2009)
3
Dec 2012
5.844
Plays: 1
Abolutely NOT my kind of game. Too random. Too much chaos. The component design choices are all wrong, and the physical quality is very poor.
2011-02-01
The Traders of Genoa (aka Genoa) (2001)
ImageID 141220
6
Dec 2012
6.998
Owned
Plays: 4
This is the game to wean American gamers from playing Monopoly. Great player interaction. Every move is up for grabs to the highest bidder.
2007-12-20*
Through the Ages (aka Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization) (2006)
ImageID 559118
7
Jan 2013
8.067
Owned
Plays: 64
Amazing system. Deep, subtle, lots of tough choices. The military part of the game really shines.
2008-05-12*
ImageID 35426
6
Dec 2012
6.961
Owned
Plays: 11
This is not the simple "chase each other around the board" game that you may think. Every decision is painful. If you play in one area, you know you are giving up something elsewhere. While the game is pretty, the colors detract from functionality, and the quality (FFG) is subpar.
2005-12-26*
7
May 2015
6.730
Plays: 9
This is a GAME! It is not pure simulation like other solo wargames (eg RAF).
2015-04-28
Tichu (1991)
ImageID 141839
7
Dec 2012
7.486
Owned
Plays: 72
The best 4p team game ever.
2010-02-18
ImageID 115214
2
Dec 2012
7.421
Plays: 19
A little too much chaos factor and solitaire play for my tastes. Every time I play it, it gets worse.
2008-03-16*
ImageID 86567
8
Dec 2012
7.651
Owned
Plays: 43
Almost completely abstract tile laying game. The only luck is the draw of the tiles. Always plenty of choices, and some deep player interaction/conflict.

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2008-05-23*
9
Apr 2013
7.029
Owned
Plays: 12
Light and nasty. Random and manageable.
2010-02-18
Tongiaki (2004)
ImageID 45641
6
Dec 2012
6.043
Owned
Plays: 9
The only randomness is the draw of the tile(s) when you set sail; this might be a little too random for some; you can get a lucky break and have half the board for yourself. Otherwise, very chess-like in its play. Trying to calculate a complicated series of chain reactions is difficult.
2007-12-20*
Torres (1999)
ImageID 97144
8
Jan 2011
7.013
Owned
Plays: 16
Own it but have only played online. As the game progresses, the AP gets a little daunting. I tend to want to calculate out the current score in order to decide what to do. My rating may drop a little over time. Definitely use the "all cards in hand" variant if you don't like the luck element.
2005-12-26*
ImageID 80268
6
Dec 2012
6.394
Owned
Plays: 4
Knizia does it again. This can be taught in 5 minutes "as you play". But there is some depth here that casual gamers will not find. A little dry, but I don't mind at all.
2007-12-20*
Tumblin-Dice (2004)
ImageID 111976
5
Dec 2012
6.734
Plays: 7
Fantastic quality.
2007-04-16*
Utopia (2007)
ImageID 249811
4
Dec 2012
5.928
Plays: 4
Bits are good, but visually dysfunctional.
2008-02-15*
N/A
5.612
Pathetically incomplete rules. Shame, shame on you Columbia Games for releasing it in this state.
2015-03-05
ImageID 181649
10
Dec 2012
6.613
Owned
Plays: 9
A very simple operational-level game. The Axis player must make a controlled retreat while waiting for reinforcements and better command ability. The Soviets must use shear weight of numbers to overwhelm the superior German units, and try to punch a hole through the sparse defensive lines.
2011-02-01
Villa Paletti (2001)
ImageID 14086
1
Dec 2012
6.313
Plays: 5
The pieces are all different lengths, cause a huge color bias. Not very fun.
2007-12-20*
Vinci (1999)
ImageID 142465
8
Jan 2010
6.876
Owned
Plays: 14
Excellent civ-light game. The tile selection mechanic, and the ever-declining-and-rising civilizations create a very dynamic game with lots of interaction. It feels a little wargame-like.

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2008-05-23*
ImageID 21456
6
Dec 2007*
7.183
Plays: 4
A simple pseudo-wargame with moderately complex logistics.
2007-12-25*
ImageID 132562
6
Feb 2014
7.644
Plays: 1
Waiting to see quality and changes for the deluxe edition.
2009-10-21
Wizard (1984)
ImageID 100146
3
Dec 2012
6.667
Plays: 4
Just ok. BSW implementation is retarded.
2008-03-16*
Wizard Kings (2000)
ImageID 108798
4
Dec 2012
6.217
Plays: 5
I've lowered my rating a bit since my initial review. The game now feels like less than a game kit. The rules are in constant flux, and none of them feel quite right. If I wanted a game with no scenarios and no rules, I could have made one up myself.

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2007-12-20*
4
Dec 2012
5.868
Dwarves and Undead (so far).
2007-12-25*
4
Dec 2012
5.802
Maps 5-12. Thounsands of configurations.
2007-12-25*
YINSH (2003)
ImageID 61083
8
Jan 2010
7.369
Owned
Plays: 41
This game is what Othello could have been. Rings move around the board flipping over discs (in both directions). The simplest move can have such drastic effects. Very difficult to look ahead.
2007-12-25*
Ys (2004)
ImageID 61426
3
Dec 2012
6.625
Plays: 7
SEE MY REVIEW.
2007-12-20*
Yspahan (2006)
ImageID 150661
4
Mar 2008*
7.000
Plays: 4
Too many uninteresting, meaningless, and false choices.
2008-03-16*
Zendo (2001)
ImageID 107655
7
Dec 2012
6.726
Owned
Plays: 9
The only game of induction that I know. Given a bunch of positive and negative examples, you must find the rule that applies to them all. In effect, the opposite of Mastermind or Sleuth.
2005-10-30*
ZÈRTZ (1999)
ImageID 62780
9
Dec 2012
6.968
Owned
Plays: 53
Best of the GIPF games.
2008-06-01*
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