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1960 (aka 1960: The Making of the President) (2007)
ImageID 224859
5
Dec 2012
7.331
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
Abalone (1987)
ImageID 64491
3
Dec 2012
6.254
Owned
Plays: 1
ImageID 135414
5
Dec 2012
5.419
Owned
More fun than Monopoly.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 273964
7
Apr 2015
7.285
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
7.046
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*
ImageID 108744
8
Dec 2012
6.753
Owned
Plays: 3
ImageID 480259
7
Dec 2012
6.243
Owned
Plays: 3
8
Jun 2013
7.354
Owned
Plays: 19
N/A
6.481
Owned
N/A
6.933
Owned
Plays: 1
Alexandros (2003)
ImageID 43870
5
Dec 2012
5.845
Owned
Plays: 1
Alhambra (2003)
ImageID 105163
6
Dec 2012
6.963
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*
N/A
6.384
Owned
Plays: 1
Amun-Re (2003)
ImageID 105291
10
Mar 2010
7.185
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*
4
Aug 2015
7.931
Owned
Plays: 181
N/A
6.754
Owned
N/A
6.916
Owned
N/A
6.913
Owned
N/A
6.263
Owned
N/A
6.288
Owned
N/A
6.755
Owned
N/A
6.502
Owned
N/A
6.758
Owned
N/A
6.379
Owned
N/A
6.555
Owned
N/A
6.437
Owned
N/A
6.077
Owned
N/A
6.925
Owned
N/A
6.376
Owned
N/A
6.102
Owned
N/A
7.013
Owned
Antike (2005)
ImageID 109989
7
Dec 2012
6.881
Owned
Plays: 15
Light civilization game with micro-actions which makes for very quick turns.
2007-12-20*
ImageID 92607
5
Dec 2012
5.946
Owned
Plays: 15
High in fun. Low in everything else. No such a bad thing for a party game.
2007-12-20*
Ardennes '44 (2003)
N/A
6.357
Owned
Arkadia (2006)
ImageID 157835
6
Dec 2012
6.718
Owned
Plays: 6
Arkham Horror (2005)
ImageID 226524
5
Dec 2012
7.244
Owned
Plays: 46
Poor design, terrible rules, okay game.
2010-09-23
ImageID 196738
3
Dec 2012
6.945
Owned
Plays: 1
ImageID 190060
3
Dec 2012
7.511
Owned
Plays: 3
3
Dec 2012
6.908
Owned
ImageID 105159
5
Dec 2012
6.332
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*
Ars Victor (2013)
N/A
5.705
Owned
Z-Man English edition
Year: 2010
7
Dec 2014
7.168
Owned
Plays: 43
Aton (2005)
ImageID 130879
7
Dec 2012
6.636
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
6.844
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*
Augsburg 1520 (2006)
ImageID 276860
7
Dec 2012
6.095
Owned
Plays: 1
Automobile (2009)
ImageID 533204
8
Dec 2014
7.131
Owned
Plays: 5
Axiom (1988)
N/A
5.782
Owned
Plays: 4
Axis & Allies (1981)
4
Dec 2012
6.330
Owned
Great pseudo-wargame for non-wargamers.
2011-05-16
Babel (2000)
ImageID 224499
7
Dec 2012
6.467
Owned
Plays: 32
Backgammon (-3000)
5
Dec 2012
6.384
Owned
Plays: 56
Balloon Cup (2003)
ImageID 108227
5
Dec 2012
6.548
Owned
Plays: 10
6
Jun 2015
5.990
Owned
Plays: 4
Design is okay. Rules are disorganized and sloppy.
2015-05-28
N/A
6.110
Owned
Plays: 5
Fun game, but embarrassing rulebook.
2016-01-03
5
Dec 2012
7.681
Owned
Plays: 11
ImageID 192205
7
Dec 2012
6.166
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*
Biblios (2007)
N/A
7.065
Owned
Plays: 7
Black Hat (2015)
N/A
5.566
Owned
Plays: 1
Blood & Roses (2014)
N/A
5.833
Owned
Boggle (1972)
ImageID 61689
5
Dec 2012
6.044
Owned
Bridge (1925)
ImageID 137721
4
Dec 2012
6.967
Owned
Plays: 39
Duplicate Bridge is the only way to play the game.

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2005-12-26*
ImageID 186071
N/A
6.420
Owned
Byzantium (2005)
ImageID 103452
9
Apr 2013
6.306
Owned
Plays: 4
El Caballero (1998)
N/A
6.136
Owned
Carcassonne (2000)
ImageID 81969
6
Dec 2012
7.341
Owned
Plays: 92
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 144177
6
Dec 2012
7.457
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 135820
6
Dec 2012
7.419
Owned
Plays: 5
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 61906
5
Dec 2012
6.996
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 76184
6
Dec 2012
6.871
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
6.899
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
6.772
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 75999
8
Jan 2011
6.578
Owned
Plays: 27
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
6.568
Owned
Plays: 24
Great filler. Fun with 2-5.
2005-09-08*
Castle Risk (1986)
4
Dec 2012
5.403
Owned
Catan (1995)
ImageID 17996
3
Dec 2012
7.185
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
A sad choice of gateway game for non-gamers or Monopoly lovers.
2005-09-16*
Caylus (2005)
ImageID 108707
4
Aug 2015
7.771
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*
Chess (1475)
ImageID 33028
6
Feb 2008*
6.944
Owned
Plays: 6
Too quirky to be a top game. The best abstract 100% information game is Go.
2008-02-22*
China (2005)
ImageID 130493
7
Dec 2012
6.798
Owned
Plays: 8
3
Dec 2012
5.161
Owned
Plays: 2
Churchill (2015)
9
Sep 2015
6.683
Owned
Plays: 6
Cineplexity (2007)
7
Dec 2012
5.559
Owned
Plays: 27
Citadels (2000)
ImageID 548
7
Dec 2012
7.093
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
6.884
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*
Clans (2002)
ImageID 67965
5
Dec 2012
6.402
Owned
Plays: 9
Codenames (2015)
9
Jan 2016
7.832
Owned
Plays: 23
ImageID 155786
7
Dec 2012
6.453
Owned
Plays: 14
Colonialism (2013)
N/A
5.789
Owned
Coloretto (2003)
ImageID 32348
4
Feb 2011
6.884
Owned
Plays: 21
ImageID 60931
7
Dec 2012
6.659
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*
ImageID 185896
10
Oct 2014
7.523
Owned
Plays: 24
N/A
7.198
Owned
Concept (2013)
7
Sep 2015
6.824
Owned
Plays: 10
Condottiere (1995)
ImageID 238601
7
Dec 2012
6.545
Owned
Plays: 9
Confusion (aka Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War) (1992)
7
Jul 2015
6.510
Owned
Plays: 2
Coup (2012)
N/A
7.077
Owned
Plays: 19
Cribbage (1630)
6
Jun 2008*
6.786
Owned
Plays: 5
Diplomacy (1959)
ImageID 11666
6
Dec 2012
6.886
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
6.770
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*
8
Jan 2016
7.716
Owned
Plays: 5
Dominion (2008)
5
Dec 2012
7.664
Owned
Plays: 218
ImageID 61079
5
Dec 2012
6.938
Owned
Plays: 11
DVONN (2001)
ImageID 56692
8
Dec 2012
7.060
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*
ImageID 117457
5
Dec 2012
6.435
Owned
Plays: 6
Elevenses (2013)
N/A
5.836
Owned
First edition
Year: 2005
N/A
6.629
Owned
ImageID 100532
6
Dec 2012
6.398
Owned
Plays: 5
Endeavor (2009)
ImageID 542032
7
Dec 2012
7.284
Owned
Plays: 4
ImageID 176620
8
Jan 2011
6.245
Owned
Plays: 4
ImageID 302964
10
Dec 2012
6.359
Owned
Plays: 8
Fading Glory (2012)
8
Dec 2014
6.170
Owned
Plays: 4
N/A
6.194
Owned
Plays: 13
Fourth edition (2010 edition)
Year: 2010
N/A
5.682
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
5.590
Owned
Own: 1, 2, 7, 10, 12, 16, 17, 18, 91
2015-12-30
10
Oct 2015
5.958
Owned
Plays: 6
N/A
5.596
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
10
Apr 2015
6.221
Owned
Plays: 7
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
N/A
5.614
Owned
Fjords (2005)
ImageID 181686
7
Dec 2012
6.424
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*
N/A
5.655
Owned
Plays: 4
9
Apr 2013
6.711
Owned
Plays: 2
4
Dec 2012
6.346
Owned
Friedrich (2004)
ImageID 90103
8
Jul 2014
6.999
Owned
Plays: 6
Anniversary edition coming.
2011-08-14
ImageID 128999
6
Dec 2012
7.040
Owned
Plays: 13
ImageID 66792
2
Nov 2005*
4.156
Owned
Gettysburg (2010)
8
Dec 2012
5.944
Owned
Plays: 2
Gheos (2006)
ImageID 139672
6
Dec 2012
6.220
Owned
Plays: 4
Ghost Stories (2008)
ImageID 346826
5
Dec 2012
7.271
Owned
Plays: 21
GIPF (1997)
ImageID 61828
8
Oct 2010
6.672
Owned
Plays: 14
2
Nov 2006*
5.421
Owned
Gloria Mundi (2006)
ImageID 127246
5
Dec 2012
5.850
Owned
Plays: 5
Cambridge Games Factory Black Box Edition
Year: 2012
10
Feb 2015
7.364
Owned
Plays: 48
Go (-2200)
10
May 2010
7.456
Owned
Plays: 341
The deepest and purest abstract strategy game ever.

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2008-05-23*
Goa (2004)
ImageID 72018
10
Nov 2010
7.510
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
7.709
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*
N/A
6.308
Owned
Plays: 2
Hanabi (2010)
10
Nov 2013
7.219
Owned
Plays: 245
Hansa (2004)
ImageID 45647
6
Dec 2012
6.717
Owned
Plays: 22
Light abstract.

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2008-05-23*
ImageID 594072
8
Mar 2010
7.442
Owned
Plays: 17
8
Dec 2012
6.682
Owned
Plays: 1
Le Havre (2008)
ImageID 481619
8
Dec 2014
7.858
Owned
Plays: 29
6
Dec 2012
6.716
Owned
Plays: 1
English first edition
Year: 2000
9
Dec 2012
6.311
Owned
Plays: 30
Himalaya (2002)
ImageID 58948
5
Dec 2012
6.610
Owned
Plays: 3
Hive (2001)
ImageID 117972
8
Dec 2012
7.246
Owned
Plays: 37
2008-05-23*
6
Dec 2012
6.752
Owned
Plays: 2
6
Dec 2012
6.899
Owned
Plays: 3
Ido (1998)
N/A
5.565
Owned
Plays: 3
Ikusa (1986)
N/A
6.721
Owned
Iliad (2006)
ImageID 119971
5
Dec 2012
6.229
Owned
Plays: 2
Impulse (2013)
N/A
6.419
Owned
Plays: 3
ImageID 82870
8
Jan 2010
6.652
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
7.254
Owned
Plays: 14
Best game from 2007.
2008-05-29*
Ingenious (2004)
ImageID 80600
6
Feb 2011
7.089
Owned
Plays: 49
N/A
6.650
Owned
Plays: 4
Inkognito (1988)
ImageID 83908
8
Jan 2010
6.292
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*
Jambo (2004)
ImageID 78460
7
Dec 2012
6.927
Owned
Plays: 20
Java (2000)
ImageID 75099
7
Dec 2012
6.718
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
6.500
Owned
Plays: 6
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*
Key Harvest (2007)
ImageID 234990
7
Dec 2012
6.378
Owned
Plays: 4
Keythedral (2002)
ImageID 57627
6
Dec 2012
6.769
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
5.725
Owned
Plays: 2
Just some extra tiles to make the top levels more varied.
2007-12-20*
Khronos (2006)
ImageID 150446
7
Dec 2012
6.117
Owned
Plays: 1
ImageID 223711
8
Jan 2011
6.533
Owned
Plays: 10
Koryŏ (2013)
N/A
6.256
Owned
Plays: 1
Kremlin (1986)
ImageID 122196
8
Jan 2011
6.619
Owned
Plays: 4
Very light and humorous.
2009-11-19
ImageID 589357
7
Dec 2012
6.420
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
Liar's Dice (1987)
ImageID 5710
6
Dec 2007*
6.806
Owned
Plays: 8
Liberté (2001)
ImageID 60191
10
Feb 2010
6.736
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
6.698
Owned
Plays: 28
Cooperative. Very linear. Card and risk management.
2010-02-18
2
Dec 2007*
6.255
Owned
ImageID 200050
7
Dec 2012
6.095
Owned
Plays: 2
ImageID 158545
7
Dec 2012
6.839
Owned
Plays: 3
ImageID 125034
9
Apr 2013
7.193
Owned
Plays: 8
Lost Cities (1999)
ImageID 166195
6
Dec 2012
7.041
Owned
Plays: 57
Louis XIV (2005)
ImageID 204812
6
Dec 2012
6.909
Owned
Plays: 3
Love Letter (2012)
8
Aug 2013
7.300
Owned
Plays: 32
Madeira (2013)
N/A
6.991
Owned
9
Aug 2015
7.965
Owned
Plays: 13
N/A
7.847
Owned
ImageID 88412
4
Dec 2012
7.302
Owned
Plays: 8
Magna Grecia (2003)
ImageID 119054
6
Dec 2012
6.063
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
6.928
Owned
Plays: 15
Improved rating after more plays.
2007-12-20*
Mancala (-1300)
4
Dec 2012
5.753
Owned
Plays: 1
Mascarade (2013)
N/A
6.590
Owned
Plays: 1
Masons (2006)
ImageID 119784
5
Dec 2012
6.292
Owned
Plays: 4
Mastermind (1971)
ImageID 13738
5
Dec 2012
5.420
Owned
Plays: 1757
Medici (1995)
ImageID 121659
6
Dec 2012
6.901
Owned
Plays: 5
ImageID 155817
6
Dec 2007*
6.183
Owned
Plays: 7
Medina (2001)
ImageID 129897
8
Jan 2010
6.715
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
ImageID 110459
7
Dec 2012
6.298
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*
Meridian (2001)
ImageID 79214
5
Dec 2012
5.667
Owned
Plays: 1
Meuterer (2000)
ImageID 109490
9
Dec 2012
6.658
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
6.713
Owned
Plays: 6
The best of the Mask Trilogy. Great bridge movement and blocking tactics.
2007-12-20*
N/A
6.019
Owned
Plays: 1
Setup. Ready to solo full campaign.
2015-06-15
Modern Art (1992)
ImageID 133198
8
Jan 2011
7.174
Owned
Plays: 9
Monopoly (1933)
ImageID 19090
2
Dec 2007*
4.376
Owned
Roll and move. Sigh.
2007-12-20*
Mr. Jack (2006)
ImageID 204014
8
Dec 2012
6.983
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*
Mysterium (2015)
N/A
7.253
Owned
Plays: 2
7
Dec 2012
6.640
Owned
Plays: 7
Napoleon's Triumph (aka Napoleon's Triumph) (2007)
ImageID 298088
10
Feb 2010
7.121
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
N/A
6.755
Owned
Plays: 1
No Thanks! (2004)
ImageID 98548
5
Dec 2012
6.940
Owned
Plays: 11
Notre Dame (2007)
ImageID 158301
8
Nov 2010
7.260
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*
O Zoo le Mio (2002)
ImageID 132013
5
Dec 2012
6.333
Owned
Plays: 6
ImageID 157787
7
Dec 2012
6.551
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*
9
Apr 2014
7.258
Owned
Plays: 75
8
Jun 2015
6.568
Owned
Plays: 15
Othello (1883)
ImageID 158681
3
Dec 2012
5.938
Owned
N/A
5.923
Owned
Pandemic (2008)
ImageID 254415
7
Dec 2012
7.588
Owned
Plays: 249
Best game (so far) from 2008.
2008-04-13*
ImageID 568156
7
Dec 2012
7.911
Owned
Plays: 128
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
N/A
7.120
Owned
Plays: 27
English collector's edition
Year: 2015
N/A
6.921
Owned
Plays: 2
Pente (1977)
6
Dec 2007*
6.291
Owned
Plays: 7
Phoenix (2003)
ImageID 165904
5
Dec 2012
5.922
Owned
Plays: 22
Pictionary (1985)
ImageID 11700
4
Sep 2006*
5.737
Owned
Pizarro & Co. (2002)
ImageID 212005
7
Dec 2012
6.174
Owned
Plays: 4
9
Feb 2014
6.940
Owned
Plays: 4
ImageID 201322
7
Dec 2012
6.088
Owned
Plays: 12
Very cool tactical abstract.
2008-06-06*
ImageID 205875
5
Dec 2012
6.183
Owned
Plays: 2
Power Grid (2004)
ImageID 62750
8
Aug 2015
7.908
Owned
Plays: 16
Plant market rules are not elegant.

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2007-12-25*
ImageID 110665
6
Dec 2012
6.767
Owned
Plays: 2
ImageID 87902
10
Nov 2010
7.482
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*
Pueblo (2002)
ImageID 262589
6
Dec 2012
6.487
Owned
Plays: 2
Puerto Rico (2002)
ImageID 8072
7
Apr 2014
8.032
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*
6
Dec 2012
7.030
Owned
Plays: 1
PÜNCT (2005)
ImageID 97206
8
Dec 2012
6.355
Owned
Plays: 14
3d Twixt!
2007-12-20*
Quarto! (1991)
ImageID 114288
5
Dec 2012
6.516
Owned
Plays: 3
Ra (1999)
ImageID 148719
7
Dec 2012
7.360
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
7.712
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
4
Dec 2012
5.965
Owned
Realm (1973)
N/A
5.555
Owned
Red7 (2014)
N/A
6.803
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.851
Owned
Rheinländer (1999)
ImageID 90431
8
Jan 2011
6.225
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*
Other: Yellow Mountain
10
Jan 2016
5.759
Owned
Plays: 463
Risk (1959)
ImageID 65832
4
Dec 2012
5.465
Owned
RoboRally (1994)
ImageID 108803
6
Dec 2012
7.092
Owned
Plays: 6
Roma (2005)
ImageID 94425
8
Jan 2011
6.609
Owned
Plays: 181
Rook (1906)
ImageID 96847
6
Dec 2007*
6.068
Owned
Ruhm für Rom (2011)
Lookout Games German first edition
Year: 2011
N/A
7.364
Owned
Plays: 48
Ruse (2014)
N/A
5.493
Owned
Plays: 1
6
Oct 2014
7.593
Owned
Plays: 7
ImageID 82611
8
Dec 2012
7.220
Owned
Plays: 35
Incredible card game...with a board.
2007-12-20*
Samurai (1998)
ImageID 2479
6
Dec 2012
7.298
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
7.212
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
6.917
Owned
Plays: 26
It's even great with 2 players.
2007-12-25*
Santiago (2003)
ImageID 125368
6
Dec 2012
6.907
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*
Scattergories (1988)
ImageID 17870
6
Aug 2005*
5.977
Owned
Plays: 6
Scrabble (1948)
ImageID 340986
6
Dec 2012
6.249
Owned
Plays: 1
SET (1988)
ImageID 60858
4
Dec 2012
6.337
Owned
Plays: 2
ImageID 532298
5
Dec 2012
6.689
Owned
Plays: 9
ImageID 84637
4
Dec 2012
7.051
Owned
Plays: 12
2008-05-23*
Shazamm! (2003)
ImageID 62060
7
Dec 2012
5.810
Owned
Plays: 9
Shogi (1000)
ImageID 610514
10
Sep 2012
6.452
Owned
Plays: 35
Skip-Bo (1967)
ImageID 121379
3
Dec 2012
5.310
Owned
Plays: 5
Skybridge (2006)
N/A
5.599
Owned
Plays: 2
Sleuth (1971)
ImageID 49234
7
Dec 2012
6.482
Owned
Plays: 2
ImageID 12448
7
Dec 2014
6.201
Owned
Plays: 5
N/A
6.065
Owned
Plays: 2
ImageID 92061
2
Dec 2007*
5.628
Owned
Steam (2009)
ImageID 515164
8
Dec 2012
7.505
Owned
Plays: 17
Better than Age of Steam, and much better than Railroad Tycoon.
2010-02-18
N/A
5.830
Owned
Stratego (1947)
ImageID 66351
4
Sep 2006*
5.929
Owned
Plays: 1
Stronghold (2009)
7
Dec 2014
6.962
Owned
Plays: 12
ImageID 59217
8
Dec 2012
7.139
Owned
Plays: 3
Turn order and alliance auction, combat, area influence, and negotiation...all in a small box.
2008-03-07*
N/A
6.644
Owned
Taboo (1989)
ImageID 131492
5
Dec 2012
6.153
Owned
Plays: 1
Taj Mahal (2000)
ImageID 105522
10
Dec 2010
7.147
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*
Taluva (2006)
ImageID 356888
6
Mar 2010
6.958
Owned
Plays: 11
TAMSK (1998)
ImageID 203779
6
Mar 2010
6.275
Owned
Plays: 1
ImageID 147021
N/A
5.847
Owned
Jason Little kindly picked up a copy for me from Origins 2007.
2007-07-25*
Terra Nova (2006)
ImageID 131164
6
Dec 2012
6.095
Owned
Plays: 5
Nasty, nasty game. I like it.
2007-12-20*
Terrace (1992)
ImageID 10932
5
Dec 2012
5.789
Owned
Plays: 1
Through the Ages (aka Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization) (2006)
ImageID 559118
6
Aug 2015
8.038
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
6.946
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*
ImageID 125373
7
Dec 2012
7.044
Owned
Plays: 15
Tichu (1991)
ImageID 141839
7
Dec 2012
7.453
Owned
Plays: 72
The best 4p team game ever.
2010-02-18
ImageID 86567
8
Dec 2012
7.632
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*
Tikal (1999)
ImageID 106333
8
Jan 2011
7.224
Owned
Plays: 5
9
Apr 2013
6.996
Owned
Plays: 13
Light and nasty. Random and manageable.
2010-02-18
Tongiaki (2004)
ImageID 45641
6
Dec 2012
6.020
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
6.997
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*
Tri-Ominos (1965)
ImageID 98920
3
Dec 2012
5.299
Owned
Trias (2002)
ImageID 62766
5
Dec 2012
6.216
Owned
Plays: 3
ImageID 77693
4
Mar 2008*
5.480
Owned
English Deluxe edition 2012
Year: 2012
10
Dec 2012
8.211
Owned
Plays: 24
Twixt (1962)
ImageID 115974
5
Dec 2012
6.247
Owned
TZAAR (2007)
ImageID 260803
9
Dec 2012
7.024
Owned
Plays: 30
UNO (1971)
4
Dec 2012
5.263
Owned
Plays: 1
Upwords (1981)
ImageID 96114
5
Dec 2012
5.624
Owned
Utopia Engine (2010)
N/A
5.893
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.994
Owned
Plays: 7
Verräter (1998)
N/A
6.361
Owned
ImageID 181649
10
Dec 2012
6.588
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
Vikings (2007)
ImageID 260271
7
Dec 2012
7.113
Owned
Plays: 30
Vinci (1999)
ImageID 142465
8
Jan 2010
6.854
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*
War of the Ring CE (aka War of the Ring Collector's Edition) (2010)
ImageID 590207
8
Dec 2012
7.280
Owned
Plays: 20
Werewolf (1986)
7
Dec 2012
6.465
Owned
Plays: 3
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