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$timmt $o! (aka Alhambra: The Card Game) (1992)
7
Aug 2003*
5.887
Owned
Plays: 16
8
Jul 2004*
6.149
Owned
Plays: 42
Surprised by how much I like this - though it offers less "oomph" than Europa Tour, it more than makes up for it in quick play & enjoyment of non-gamers. A winner.
2004-07-19*
7
Nov 2011
5.536
Owned
Plays: 10
12 Realms (2010)
N/A
5.628
Owned
Plays: 3
N/A
5.509
Owned
8
Jul 2008*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 5
I am biased - I was a consultant on the book.
2008-07-02*
1st & Goal (2011)
7
Jan 2012
6.210
Owned
Plays: 28
This has replaced Pizza Box Football as my football board game of choice.
2013-01-20
7
May 2012
5.668
Owned
Plays: 9
7
Sep 2012
5.683
Owned
Plays: 8
7
Jun 2013
5.642
Owned
Plays: 9
7
May 2012
5.640
Owned
Plays: 11
6
Dec 2003*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 16
I've now played with 2 & 4... obviously not intended for 2 but it works... but it still is a nice little "pastime" game - falls into my "better than Uno" list of family games. MUCH better with 4 players - the time travel turn mechanism makes for some interesting card play choices.
2003-12-28*
42 (1885)
7
Jun 2007*
5.733
Owned
I don't know if it's the "national game of Texas", but it's certainly the national game of Southern Baptists who live and/or lived in Texas.
2007-06-29*
6 Nimmt! - Jubiläumsedition (aka 6 nimmt!) (1994)
6
Jul 2006*
6.767
Owned
Plays: 33
I've gone through three phases with this now-classic game:

1. I really like this... let's play it a lot!
2. I'm burned out on this... I traded it away.
3. It's the best game in existence for 9-10 players... I got a copy of the Jubilee edition.

Over time, I've come to appreciate the charms of Take 6/6 Nimmt... but Tanz der Hornochsen (the boardgame version) is a much better game.
2006-07-06*
7 Wonders (2010)
8
Aug 2013
7.772
Owned
Plays: 55
8
Jan 2015
6.786
Owned
Plays: 8
7
Jun 2012
6.546
Owned
Plays: 7
8
Apr 2012
7.567
Owned
Plays: 19
7
Jul 2011
7.617
Owned
Plays: 19
8
Dec 2013
6.208
Owned
Plays: 4
6
Jun 2011
6.339
Owned
Plays: 8
7
Aug 2013
7.100
Owned
Plays: 10
Aargh! (2005)
6
Aug 2009*
5.531
Owned
Plays: 16
Simple memory game with nice production... a bit pricey for what it is but a GREAT thrift store pick-up.
2009-09-27
Ab die Post! (1996)
7
Mar 2004*
5.460
Owned
Plays: 40
Much-maligned but delightful racing game... and the Hurricane Cloud predates the Mother Ship shakers from Starfarers by a number of years!
2004-03-20*
Abaddon (2012)
8
Apr 2012
5.700
Owned
Plays: 17
Abandon Ship (2009)
6
Dec 2010
5.918
Owned
Plays: 19
Adlerauge (aka Game, Set, Match!) (1999)
6
Jul 2009*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 2
This is a competitive puzzle game with a variety of rule sets... it works pretty well.
2009-07-19
Adlung Land (2010)
7
Feb 2011
5.568
Owned
Plays: 6
Affenraffen (2002)
8
Apr 2008*
5.552
Owned
Plays: 9
Combine a bit of memory/concentration with a classic "speed"/real-time game - and then throw some special action tiles in to keep things interesting. Very, very good.
2008-04-18*
Africa (2001)
8
May 2006*
5.804
Owned
Plays: 34
There is much LESS luck in this game than most players perceive - since Joe Huber taught me the joys of nomad relocation & thinking carefully about the "actual" value of winning the gold/diamond market. Don't be fooled - this exploration game has some teeth that MANY people ignore.
2006-05-22*
The Agents (2013)
N/A
6.070
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.619
Owned
N/A
5.607
Owned
N/A
5.628
Owned
N/A
5.589
Owned
N/A
5.587
Owned
Z-Man Games first edition 2008
Year: 2008
9
Aug 2008*
8.006
Owned
Plays: 59
It's finally here... and it's HEAVY (as promised). The bits are gorgeous - and the gameplay (so far just solo games) is really interesting. It's got that "just one more game" quality - which would be enhanced if it didn't take up most of the breakfast table to play.

UPDATE: I've played 5 multi-player games & 18 solo games... and it still fascinates me. I think the only negative I can see is the downtime with five. Otherwise, wow. It works with or without the card decks, as well.
2008-01-09*
N/A
6.149
Owned
I own it... but I've never played with them. I don't know if they screw up the balance of the game.
2009-07-19
8
Jan 2010*
7.719
Owned
Plays: 6
N/A
6.329
Owned
Akaba (2004)
8
Feb 2006*
5.730
Owned
Plays: 20
Haba-licious memory game with movement courtesy of an air bulb... there's nothing quite like this out there, with the exception of one of Frank Branham's old prototypes.
2006-02-23*
Akrotiri (2014)
7
Feb 2015
6.597
Owned
Plays: 2
German first edition
Year: 2000
6
Sep 2007*
5.761
Owned
Plays: 20
Interesting 2-player Bohnanza game with a Mafia bean theme. I'm not sure it's entirely successful (and the confusion about the rules didn't help one bit) but I still find it very enjoyable to play.
2007-09-16*
7
Jan 2010
6.390
Owned
Plays: 11
6
Dec 2015
N/A
Owned
Plays: 4
7
Dec 2015
7.005
Owned
Plays: 7
8
Dec 2015
6.367
Owned
Plays: 4
Andromeda (1999)
7
May 2006*
6.044
Owned
Plays: 17
A little light for it's length... or too heavy for the randomness of the Cosmic Hockey Puck. Either way, it feels a bit off - and yet, I _really_ like playing this game. The trading system is genius and it's a great looking game to play. So fun triumphs over elegance for me here!
2006-05-22*
3
Jan 2012
5.224
Owned
Plays: 1
6
Jan 2005*
5.517
Owned
Plays: 38
A very simple Racko-ish game with great animal art (good enough that we used it in our 2nd son's nursery!).
2009-07-19
Animal Upon Animal (aka Animal Upon Animal) (2005)
7
Apr 2009*
6.654
Owned
Plays: 37
A stacking game with amazing pieces & decent gameplay for adult/kid groups.
2007-10-17*
7
Apr 2011
5.968
Owned
Plays: 13
Animal upon Animal: Here we turn! (aka Tier auf Tier: Jetzt geht's rund!) (2012)
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2012
7
Jun 2014
5.634
Owned
Plays: 7
Anno 1503 (2003)
7
Mar 2004*
5.975
Owned
Plays: 21
At it's heart, a multi-player Starship Catan... not a lot of interaction, but a heck of a race.
2004-03-02*
8
Jul 2009*
5.816
Owned
Plays: 10
This is the game that Anno 1503 + the expansion wanted to be... I really enjoyed it.
2008-04-13*
5
Jan 2007*
5.618
Owned
Plays: 1
Totally unnecessary but still fun at $1 buck each.
2007-01-21*
5
Jan 2007*
5.604
Owned
Plays: 1
Totally unnecessary but still fun at $1 buck each.
2007-01-21*
5
Jan 2007*
5.609
Owned
Plays: 1
Totally unnecessary but still fun at $1 buck each.
2007-01-21*
5
Jan 2007*
5.608
Owned
Plays: 1
Totally unnecessary but still fun at $1 buck each.
2007-01-21*
Aquaretto (2008)
7
Feb 2009*
6.633
Owned
Plays: 18
Similar to Zooloretto, but with some different kinds of decisions: more money
2008-05-11*
N/A
5.588
Owned
7
Jul 2009*
5.594
Owned
Plays: 5
Adds some tricky decisions to Aquaretto, as it makes the board VERY crowded.
2009-12-05
6
Jul 2009*
5.611
Owned
Plays: 4
I'm not sure the balance on these is correct.
2009-12-05
7
Nov 2011
6.432
Owned
Plays: 18
It was fun - but nothing to write home about. I think the level of control is illusory.
2009-07-19
7
Apr 2013
6.544
Owned
Plays: 14
7
Aug 2015
5.651
Owned
Plays: 4
9
Nov 2011
6.084
Owned
Plays: 14
Ark (2005)
7
Dec 2005*
6.002
Owned
Plays: 9
The first Christmas gift of 2005... and it went over really well. Thank goodness for the Geek folks and the player aids they created - biggest "not in the box" mistake ever was not including player aid cards. I can't wait for a second playing with experienced players!
2005-12-23*
Ark Extra Mix (2006)
6
Nov 2007*
5.744
Owned
Plays: 4
Non-essential but fun expansion to a very enjoyable little game.
2007-11-20*
7
Jan 2008*
5.587
Owned
Plays: 13
An older Wolfgang Kramer design that really shines with 2-3 players. (It's a bit slow with more.) It's a game of luck management, as you work the cards & the board to your advantage.

There are action cards, but just like "jugging the hare" in Hare & Tortoise, you can avoid them if you want.
2008-01-08*
8
Dec 2007*
6.327
Owned
Plays: 21
Not exactly a gateway (there are a few fiddly bits to this) but instead a family game with some nice tension between speed (traveling city to city) and accuracy (not spending too many "days" to accomplish that). Most games have a close finish, which is a plus.

While I am one of the few people who think Niagara was a deserving winner of the SdJ, it wouldn't have bothered me if Around the World had won instead.
2009-07-28
8
Jul 2011
6.706
Owned
Plays: 15
7
Oct 2009*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 9
Very simple "trace the lines" game that works very, very well... it's nice that they included an easy and a difficult set of cards in the box.
2009-10-30
Attacke (1993)
6
Jan 2007*
5.529
Owned
Plays: 48
This is a wonderful little filler card game of jousting knights - that was COMPLETELY ruined in it's 2nd incarnation, Ivanhoe.
2007-01-04*
9
Dec 2005*
5.648
Owned
Plays: 32
50 figs & counting... one would think that the "new" would have worn off, but it's still a delight to play. One caveat: you can't play in a room with lots of crevices - it's too dang easy to lose the projectile weapons when they go carroming off their targets.
2005-12-21*
Au Backe! (aka By Golly!) (2001)
German edition
Year: 2001
7
Feb 2008*
5.628
Owned
Plays: 42
Chicken Cha Cha as it's own goofy little card game - there's more here than just a simple memory game.
2008-02-24*
Ausgebremst (1993)
9
Dec 2005*
5.806
Owned
Plays: 20
Brilliant design with substandard pieces (I've replaced mine with MicroMachines)... the variablity and "advanced" rules make it a much more interesting game than Ave Caesar.
2005-12-21*
6
Sep 2012
6.006
Owned
Plays: 1
I've only played through this once solo, but I think it has real potential.
2009-07-19
7
Aug 2007*
6.050
Owned
Plays: 2
It runs a little long... but it's a nail-biter of a battle & "feels" right.
2007-08-19*
7
Apr 2007*
6.040
Owned
Plays: 4
Only one play under my belt... but I enjoyed myself a good bit. Feels like "Queen's Gambit" for WW2 fans (though that's not really a fair comparison).

UPDATE: With a couple of solo plays another play against another gamer, my opinion is locked in. This is a good "transitional" wargame... not as strategic as A&A, but an excellent set of tactical problems for both sides with nice variability introduced with the extra card decks.
2007-04-02*
Backgammon (-3000)
8
Dec 2009*
6.383
Owned
Plays: 19
I played a lot of backgammon in college... enough to realize that it is NOT the "game of chance" many think it is. Suggestion: don't play "penny a point" for two semesters if you don't want to end up buying your opponent dinner at the end of the year.
2007-01-26*
Baggage Claim (1987)
6
Jan 2007*
5.489
Owned
Plays: 8
Nifty & simple little memory game... with some nice interactive elements.
2007-01-04*
Baker's Dozen (aka Friday the 13th) (2008)
Playroom Entertainment edition 2008
Year: 2008
7
Nov 2014
6.272
Owned
Plays: 6
Balloon Cup (2003)
8
Dec 2005*
6.544
Owned
Plays: 18
Lockup or no lockup, this is a very enjoyable two player card game. I like that there is no such thing as a bad card IF you're paying attention.
2005-12-21*
Bananagrams (2006)
6
Aug 2009*
6.201
Owned
Plays: 5
We play w/a modified set of rules that work a little more like Pick Two. That said, it's a great little game & very portable.
2009-09-27
Bandu (aka Bausack) (1991)
Milton Bradley English edition
Year: 1991
7
Jan 2007*
6.605
Owned
Plays: 5
I own the American version, Bandu... and except for giving you too few plastic beans (house rule: players should start w/double the bidding beans as in the rules), the game is darn near perfect.
2007-01-05*
daVinci English edition 2003
Year: 2003
7
Dec 2005*
6.475
Owned
Plays: 25
Nice in that it works best with 6-7 players & is theme-rich. The player elimination is a hassle, but then you really can't design a shootout game without people being killed off, can you?
2005-12-21*
N/A
6.075
Owned
7
Dec 2005*
6.609
Owned
Plays: 14
Makes it harder to teach new players the game of Bang! - but makes it more fun for those of us who've played way too much Bang! already.
2005-12-21*
7
Dec 2005*
6.282
Owned
Plays: 12
Good for experienceed players... helps move the game along.
2005-12-21*
Bären-Blues (2005)
N/A
N/A
Owned
German first edition
Year: 1998
8
Jan 2007*
6.341
Owned
Plays: 15
Yeah, yeah... it's kind of theme-less, and you can get hosed by the dice, and there may well be a kingmaker problem sometimes... but that doesn't stop me from enjoying each & every game I play of this trading/bluffing classic.
2007-01-06*
8
Mar 2015
5.595
Owned
9
Mar 2015
6.216
Owned
8
Mar 2015
5.651
Owned
8
Mar 2015
5.659
Owned
8
Mar 2015
5.657
Owned
8
Mar 2015
5.644
Owned
Batik (1997)
7
Dec 2005*
5.664
Owned
Plays: 14
Greatest 2 minute game EVER... and the "tournament" rules (playing multiple games to find a final winner - loser of each game throws away the piece that causes them to lose... first player who can't play loses the match) make for a fine 10 minute game.
2005-12-21*
8
Dec 2014
6.217
Owned
Plays: 7
8
Feb 2007*
5.746
Owned
Plays: 24
I own an early playtest version of this game... cuz I was/am one of the playtesters. I'm LIVID that this hasn't seen publication - it's a great game!
2007-02-23*
6
Nov 2009*
5.840
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
Battleball (2003)
6
Feb 2004*
6.032
Owned
Plays: 17
It's not really football - it's more like rugby w/the ability to maim other players. But it is a fun Ameritrash-y game that has the spirit of Blood Bowl without all the nitpicky rules, expensive figs or insanely long playing time.
2009-09-27
Parker English Edition
Year: 1984
6
Apr 2004*
5.527
Owned
Plays: 2
Has some king-making problems in the end game, but that's typical of this genre. Otherwise, ahead of it's time and great fun to play!
2004-04-11*
4
Jun 2006*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 10
English first edition
Year: 1999
8
Feb 2004*
6.528
Owned
Plays: 40
Best with 2-3 players, this is my favorite city-building game.
2004-02-29*
6
Feb 2010
5.505
Owned
Plays: 4
6
Aug 2004*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 6
Another solid memory game from Goldsieber... in the vein of Hallo Dachs.
2004-08-26*
BITS (2011)
7
Feb 2012
5.792
Owned
Plays: 9
Black Spy (1981)
6
Apr 2013
5.782
Owned
Plays: 1
Blöder Sack (2014)
7
Nov 2015
5.526
Owned
Plays: 9
Looking for English rules... dang, haven't done this in a while.
2015-11-16
German First edition (3-5p)
Year: 1997
9
Feb 2004*
7.001
Owned
Plays: 21
German first edition
Year: 1997
8
Feb 2004*
6.266
Owned
Plays: 9
German edition
Year: 2001
8
Feb 2004*
6.349
Owned
Plays: 10
Amigo German Edition
Year: 1998
3
Sep 2007*
5.632
Owned
The really worthless Bohnanza expansion...
2007-09-13*
Bongo! (2000)
7
Feb 2004*
5.702
Owned
Plays: 19
Stunning in it's simplicity, evil in it's mind-bending nuttiness. And no fair complaining about losing brain cells until you've tried the infamous poacher dice!
2004-02-02*
Boochie (2008)
7
May 2013
5.593
Owned
Plays: 4
5
Sep 2009*
5.744
Owned
I feel like a bad guy for saying this, but Sid didn't do a great job of picking games for kids. He picked games for parents who want their kids to be smart. The book is excellent but is MUCH too weighted to abstract games.
2009-09-27
7
Mar 2009*
5.617
Owned
Plays: 48
This is like going to the county fair without plunking down $1 a throw... and it's competitive!
2008-06-02*
Bounce-Off (2013)
5
May 2015
5.549
Owned
Plays: 2
Brawl (1999)
8
Dec 2004*
5.977
Owned
Plays: 25
Real-time card game that uses "tuned" decks for each player to "simulate" combat. It plays at hyperspeed & is a whole lot of fun. (It doesn't hurt my opinion of the game that I didn't pay full price for any of the decks I own.)
2009-09-27
7
Nov 2006*
5.724
Owned
Plays: 13
It's a little too easy to win... but it's a lot of fun to play!
2006-11-29*
9
Feb 2010
6.245
Owned
Plays: 9
8
Feb 2004*
5.598
Owned
Plays: 9
It's long (2+ hours), it's a roll'n'move, it's chaotic... but we've always had fun playing it and the investment system is a hoot. A personal favorite.
2004-02-02*
6
Dec 2013
5.659
Owned
Plays: 3
Buddel Bande (1999)
6
Feb 2004*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 6
A cute little memory/race game from the Goldsieber Minibox series. Doesn't work well with 2 players, though.
2004-02-02*
Buddel-Wuddel (2003)
7
Feb 2004*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 18
7
Mar 2008*
6.222
Owned
Plays: 13
1 player is capital "E" Evil... and the rest are Buffy & the Scoobies. This is a licensed game that does real justice both to the franchise AND to good gameplay.
2009-09-27
Bungee (2007)
7
Jul 2009*
5.488
Owned
Plays: 8
Based on playing the designer's rules (published on his website), I don't understand the low ratings for this game. It's a fun little "better than UNO" card game that blitzes along quickly.
2009-07-11
Burg Appenzell (aka Château Roquefort) (2007)
German edition
Year: 2007
8
Jun 2007*
6.469
Owned
Plays: 19
Like a freaky cross between Tikal & Amazing Labyrinth, only with mice & cheese & mousetraps. Me like-y much.
2007-06-11*
Spielbox edition
Year: 2007
7
Mar 2009*
5.630
Owned
Plays: 5
Only one of the two chips is "new" if you own the Cheesy Gonzola expansion (the cat/smelly sock)... so don't break the bank trying to get this. OTOH, if you like Burg Appenzell, these add some nice new wrinkles.
2009-09-27
7
Jan 2010*
5.590
Owned
Plays: 6
Burg-Ritter (aka Castle Knights) (2007)
First edition
Year: 2007
8
Jan 2008*
5.741
Owned
Plays: 11
First Edition
Year: 2009
7
Jan 2010
5.696
Owned
Plays: 13
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
7
Dec 2008*
6.573
Owned
Plays: 20
It's a bluffing game with actual foam weaponry. What more can you ask for?!
2007-09-08*
8
Feb 2010
5.754
Owned
Plays: 5
7
Mar 2011
5.720
Owned
Plays: 5
Wow, talk about unnecessary expansions... but how cool is it that there's the POSSIBILITY of having an automatic weapon at this particular party?!
2009-01-04*
7
Dec 2008*
6.059
Owned
Plays: 13
It's makes it more complicated and more gamer-y... but it's still a lot of fun!
2008-07-02*
AMIGO 20 years edition
Year: 2009
7
Jun 2004*
6.057
Owned
Plays: 93
Playing on BSW has completely changed my opinion of this game - there is MUCH more here that meets the first glance (or first playing)!
2004-06-19*
7
Feb 2004*
5.582
Owned
Plays: 42
Cairo (2002)
7
Feb 2004*
5.593
Owned
Plays: 12
Frank Branham called this "CaraGrande" - since it's a mash-up of a flicking game AND an area control game. I'm not sure if it's a good game - but it's fun to play & that should count for something.
2009-09-27
Can't Stop (1980)
9
Feb 2004*
6.721
Owned
Plays: 126
This is Sid Sackson's masterwork... and the big plastic board absolutely makes it the game better. It's so simple (roll 4 dice & divide them into two pairs) and yet calculating the odds is tough.
2009-07-22
Canasta (1939)
8
Sep 2008*
5.893
Owned
Plays: 5
Probably my favorite standard deck card game - it's cutthroat with 2 players, great fun with 4 as partners. I think Canasta Caliente is an excellent way to teach new players - the scores & special effects are printed on the cards.
2009-09-27
8
Feb 2004*
5.855
Owned
Plays: 28
The best way to learn Canasta - the scoring is already on the cards. I can take or leave the Caliente cards (added in this version).
2009-07-22
Kosmos German edition
Year: 2004
6
Apr 2009*
5.906
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 4
Not spectacular, but I enjoy it. MUCH better with the souped-up exploration tiles.

UPDATE: And much better with 2-3 players. AVOID w/4 players.
2012-02-18
Hasbro / Milton Bradley Collector's Edition 2003
Year: 2003
2
Jan 2007*
3.657
Owned
Plays: 17
My mother hates me... despite us asking her NOT to give it to my son, she did. UPDATE: found a solution that makes the game bearable - each player draws 2 cards on their turn & uses one. Faster & a bit of decision-making for the kiddos.
2007-01-10*
Abacus Multilingual Edition
Year: 1997
8
Jan 2007*
5.845
Owned
Plays: 20
A really great combination of trick-taking & racing... made even better with the Grand Canyon expansion.
2007-01-10*
8
Mar 2007*
5.610
Owned
Plays: 18
ESSENTIAL expansion for Canyon. Adds Cosmic Encounter-ish powers and tightens up the game.
2007-03-01*
Carabande (aka PitchCar) (1996)
Spiel des Jahres edition
Year: 1996
8
Feb 2004*
7.062
Owned
Plays: 54
Carabande Action Set (aka PitchCar Extension) (1997)
Yellow rails extension
Year: 1997
8
Feb 2004*
6.845
Owned
Plays: 52
Caramba! (1992)
5
Feb 2004*
5.517
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 6
7
Feb 2010
6.297
Owned
Plays: 4
I really enjoyed playing this Carc spin-off/expansion as a stand-alone game... the wheel actually offers some interesting extra choices & not as much random silliness as you'd think. (It is not a roulette wheel but a rondel - that's gamerspeak for "it's actually a cool gaming mechanic, guys.")
2010-07-22
Parker Brothers edition 1976
Year: 1976
6
Jan 2007*
5.649
Owned
Plays: 6
I own the 70's version... and have enjoyed this since I was a kid. Shame I don't get to play it more.
2007-01-19*
Castle Panic (2009)
7
Jun 2010
6.581
Owned
Plays: 25
8
Apr 2015
6.061
Owned
Plays: 4
N/A
N/A
Owned
8
Dec 2011
6.965
Owned
Plays: 15
I'm really looking forward to this... the base game is great & my family is looking to expand our experience!

(The rating is conditional & is placed here to balance out a "complaint" rating - you may or may not like expansions or how companies do them, but it doesn't justify pre-rating something you haven't even seen.)
2011-11-17
8
Nov 2014
7.613
Owned
Plays: 12
9
Dec 2015
6.361
Owned
Plays: 3
English first edition
Year: 2010
9
May 2010
6.838
Owned
Plays: 26
I keep saying this in a variety of forums, but it's worth saying again: take the dungeon crawl/combat experience of Descent: Journeys in the Dark, subtract 3 hours & add the flicking element from Carabande... and now you have Catacombs. We've had a lot of fun with this one - it cries out for an expansion!
2010-07-22
First Edition
Year: 2011
8
Sep 2011
5.703
Owned
Plays: 11
English first edition
Year: 2011
9
Sep 2011
6.194
Owned
Plays: 11
English first edition
Year: 2012
9
Mar 2012
5.729
Owned
Plays: 6
7
Jul 2015
N/A
Owned
Plays: 2
8
Apr 2014
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
5.604
Owned
Mayfair English edition
Year: 2006
7
Jul 2011
6.090
Owned
Plays: 4
7
Jan 2015
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
Mayfair edition
Year: 2006
8
Nov 2014
5.982
Owned
Plays: 4
Non-essential...except for Cities & Knights, which should have come standardd with a dice deck.

The events throw a bit more randomness into the game, but you can ignore them & just use the dice deck.
2008-02-27*
Catch Phrase! (1994)
7
Apr 2004*
6.073
Owned
Plays: 18
The electronic goodie puts this game in the pantheon of Really Good Party Games.
2004-04-08*
7
Oct 2008*
5.588
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 9
I'm still kicking myself for trading this away - it's a very enjoyable (and difficult to win!) solitaire game with plenty of atmosphere. Sigh.

UPDATE: I was finally able to trade back for it - though without the expansion. Three games in 24 hours... yeah, it holds up as a very fun & fast sci-fi solo companion to Dungeonquest.
2007-09-08*
Checkers (1150)
7
Dec 2009*
4.893
Owned
Plays: 6
Playing checkers reminds me of my Grandpa Jackson, who was VERY GOOD at it. (It was also the only game he played with us.) That's a sweet memory.
2007-01-19*
First edition
Year: 2008
7
Jul 2008*
5.738
Owned
Plays: 8
Excellent expansion that also gives you a great place to store the bits from the original game.
2009-09-27
Chess (1475)
4
Sep 2008*
6.939
Owned
Plays: 9
I primarily play Chess to be social - which, I know, sounds weird. But my father-in-law likes the game, as did some of the youth & college students I used to work with. I like Knightmare Chess for the "from left field" quality it adds to an otherwise dry game.
2007-01-19*
8
Mar 2004*
6.295
Owned
Plays: 37
Bits'o'wonder + a nifty memory/racing game. Incredible.
2004-03-29*
7
Feb 2004*
5.496
Owned
Plays: 26
Lots of early buzz focused on the "memory" aspect - which is minimal. (In fact, I wonder if the problem was the reference to 'memory chips' in the game rules.) It's a cute dexterity game with gorgeous pieces and a tiny bit of tactical thinking. I like it.
2004-02-02*
Chrononauts (2000)
6
Jul 2009*
6.068
Owned
Plays: 25
Lots of fun w/2 players, OK w/3 players, evil & bad & yucky w/4 players.
2007-01-19*
6
Sep 2009*
6.050
Owned
Plays: 9
Non-essential expansion... that is, until you've played Chrononauts 20+ times and want some variety.
2009-09-27
5
Mar 2013
5.842
Owned
Plays: 2
Chubby Cheeks (aka Chubby Cheeks) (1998)
6
Jan 2009*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 12
This is a simple roll'n'move for kids... but the bits are gorgeous & it plays quickly.

The rating reflects enjoyment for my 3 year old.
2008-12-27*
The City (2011)
9
Feb 2012
6.183
Owned
Plays: 78
7
Aug 2011
5.680
Owned
Plays: 17
9
Sep 2014
7.286
Owned
Plays: 10
10
Jan 2015
6.648
Owned
Plays: 5
N/A
5.751
Owned
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2002
7
Jan 2007*
5.699
Owned
Plays: 25
With the right crowd, this is a splendid dice game of gladiator combat - complete with the hooting, hollering & wishing for better rolls that makes up a great dice game. With the wrong crowd, it devolves into odds calculations and slow play... and dies right there on the table. (Yes, I've played it both ways.)
2007-01-19*
8
May 2010
7.335
Owned
Plays: 19
8
Dec 2011
6.551
Owned
Plays: 5
8
Jan 2015
5.821
Owned
Plays: 3
7
Jun 2008*
6.642
Owned
Plays: 7
Clubs (2013)
7
Apr 2013
6.002
Owned
Plays: 5
Clue DVD Game (2006)
8
May 2006*
5.673
Owned
Plays: 9
Finally, a DVD game that actually enhances board game play! This souped-up version of Clue takes everything good about the deduction part of Clue and adds some fun & urgency to the proceedings. It also, oddly enough, reduces the amount of luck in the game.
2006-05-22*
7
Jan 2007*
6.176
Owned
Plays: 6
Clue in name only - this is a very good "hunt the thief" game with cool plastic components - esp. the 3-D board.
2007-01-20*
Coal Baron (2013)
8
Feb 2014
6.865
Owned
Plays: 5
Colt Express (2014)
7
Dec 2014
7.071
Owned
Plays: 13
7
Dec 2015
6.156
Owned
Plays: 3
Columbus (1991)
7
Sep 2007*
5.513
Owned
Plays: 9
A light & "fluffy" game of racing to the New World & back... of course, you must use the telescope to "see" the New World, which is a hoot.
2007-09-08*
Compatibility (1996)
6
Jan 2007*
5.954
Owned
Plays: 3
With some people, the best thing you can do for the game is to remove the "sex" card from each players deck... you know who you are.
2007-01-20*
Connect Four (1974)
4
Sep 2008*
4.883
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Control Nut! (2005)
8
Jan 2007*
5.665
Owned
Plays: 2
Snakey trick-taking game that makes me smile with delight.
2007-01-20*
Core Worlds (2011)
7
Jan 2013
6.927
Owned
Plays: 14
8
Apr 2013
6.807
Owned
Plays: 10
8
Oct 2014
5.943
Owned
Plays: 3
Corsaro: Irrfahrt im Piratenmeer (aka Piraten-Abenteuer) (1991)
Multilingual second edition with "Sonderpreis Kinderspiel" badge
Year: 1991
7
Apr 2008*
5.567
Owned
Plays: 18
Interesting cooperative game with rule variations to vary the difficulty.

UPDATE: Now reprinted in the "15 Greatest Board Games in the World" book from Klutz Press.
2008-04-09*
Cosa Nostra (aka Vendetta) (1990)
Parker Brothers German edition
Year: 1990
7
Aug 2005*
5.419
Owned
Plays: 13
A wonderful backgammon-ish game with mobsters & godfathers... and a big honkin' "drive-by shooting" spinner in the middle of the board!
2005-08-02*
C3 Suede Pouch Edition
Year: 1986
5
Jan 2007*
5.682
Owned
Plays: 3
Fill or Bust, Can't Stop & Dancing Dice have replaced this as the dice game of choice at the Jackson home.
2007-01-20*
4
Jan 2007*
5.473
Owned
Plays: 9
A slightly better themed & more complicated version of Go Fish.
2007-01-20*
6
Mar 2007*
5.529
Owned
Plays: 17
Put the 6 rating in context - my 2.5 year old son LOVES playing with this... and that's the point, right?!

UPDATE: Some 3 years later, Son #1 is no longer a big fan, but Son #2 is just about to enter the "I wuv Hu-a-boo" phase. This is Twister for the preschool set...
2007-03-23*
English first edition
Year: 2011
6
Sep 2011
5.566
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 10
6
Apr 2015
N/A
Owned
Plays: 7
Desktop Published (First edition)
Year: 2001
7
Feb 2007*
5.541
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 5
I own both the original "cut & paste" version... and the 2nd "train box" version. (The scoring points work better on the 2nd edition.)
2007-02-18*
Cribbage (1630)
6
Jan 2007*
6.781
Owned
Plays: 1
I wish I didn't have to re-learn the rules (well, scoring) every stinkin' time I play.
2007-01-19*
6
Jan 2007*
5.374
Owned
Plays: 7
Don't judge this game against E&T, for crying out loud. It's a very cute mechanical game for kids - the "adult" comparison is Shocking Roulette.
2007-01-15*
CUPONK (2010)
5
Jan 2012
5.484
Owned
Plays: 2
D-Day Dice (2012)
7
Apr 2013
6.598
Owned
Plays: 4
Daddy Cool (2004)
8
Jul 2006*
5.573
Owned
Plays: 32
A very, very enjoyable "Can't Stop"-like outing for kids... that works just fine with adults. Comes with nice bits & a small box, making it portable as well.
2006-07-25*
Dancing Eggs (2003)
8
Dec 2005*
6.178
Owned
Plays: 15
The carton says 2-4, but it will work well with 5. Play around a coffee table for maximum silliness... we play that eggs remain in play until one player grabs them - no matter WHERE the egg bounces.
2005-12-21*
Das Faultier (aka Le Paresseux) (1990)
Eurogames German Edition
Year: 1990
6
Dec 2006*
5.527
Owned
Plays: 13
A racing game (well, an anti-racing game) with "sawing logs" tokens... lots of light silly fun.
2006-12-24*
Das Geheimnis der Pyramiden (aka Secrets of the Pyramids) (2000)
6
Jul 2007*
5.465
Owned
Plays: 9
Memory game with 3 different variants - nothing special but it works quite well.
2007-07-13*
Daytona 500 (1990)
8
Jan 2007*
6.386
Owned
Plays: 11
The best of a set of very good games - Kramer's card-driven racing games are all worth your time. This one (actually published by Milton Bradley?!) is the most enjoyable. (The game is also best with 3 players.)
2007-01-19*
8
Dec 2015
5.984
Owned
Plays: 17
6
Aug 2015
6.379
Owned
Plays: 4
Play it without the traits or other extra stuff - it's a gamer version of DUCK DUCK BRUCE. My boys & I are having a lot of fun with it.

OTOH, the traits do NOT feel like they were carefully playtested.
2015-08-18
Deadwood (1999)
English first edition
Year: 1999
6
Jan 2007*
5.657
Owned
Plays: 2
I usually dislike Cheap*** games, but this one slid past my radar with a nice theme & some interesting odds calculations.
2007-01-21*
N/A
5.534
Owned
8
Jun 2013
7.573
Owned
Plays: 34
7
Mar 2014
5.719
Owned
Plays: 12
8
Mar 2014
6.750
Owned
Plays: 12
8
Jul 2013
6.822
Owned
Plays: 33
N/A
5.801
Owned
8
Dec 2015
5.690
Owned
Plays: 1
8
May 2014
5.676
Owned
Plays: 8
N/A
6.426
Owned
8
Mar 2014
6.531
Owned
Plays: 11
N/A
5.668
Owned
Desktopia (2013)
7
Jan 2014
N/A
Owned
Plays: 3
Deukalion (2008)
7
Jan 2009*
5.590
Owned
Plays: 2
2 plays into this, there is so much I want to like but it feels unfinished - as if the game was 90% done and just let out into the wild without polishing the finished product. There seems to be little incentive to go to the lower half of the board.
2009-10-30
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
7
Jan 2007*
5.877
Owned
Plays: 3
This trick-taking masterpiece will EAT YOUR BRAIN, even with the collected cards laid out on the table. And that's a good thing.
2007-01-21*
Dice Town (2009)
7
Jan 2012
6.660
Owned
Plays: 9
8
Jan 2012
6.354
Owned
Plays: 9
Diceball! (1991)
8
Jan 2007*
5.491
Owned
Plays: 9
Diceball! is to baseball like Pizza Box Football is to football... both very good dice games that get the "feel" of their respective games dead on.
2007-01-25*
Die Siedler von Catan (aka Catan) (1995)
10
Apr 2004*
7.174
Owned
Plays: 134
The game and the expansions are brilliant. Still one of my top ten games... hey, maybe we ought to play this tomorrow night!
2004-04-01*
6
Dec 2010
5.608
Owned
Plays: 5
Dino Hunt (1996)
5
Jan 2007*
5.422
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
A long-ish dice game with REALLY cool pix & dino information.
2007-01-26*
6
Jan 2007*
5.802
Owned
Plays: 4
This is a nifty exploration/battle game from "old" Avalon Hill... but it doesn't really feel like a wargame. It's one of the games I'd LOVE to see H/AH re-work & re-publish.
2007-01-26*
Dish It Up! (1996)
7
Jul 2004*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 44
Great kid's memory game with a fun theme... enjoyable and challenging.
2004-07-05*
Dominion (2008)
7
Jan 2009*
7.654
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 78
Rating is conditional... it could turn out to be very same-y w/a lot of plays & lose a notch.
2009-01-28*
Dominoes (1500)
6
Dec 2009*
5.402
Owned
Plays: 10
I prefer "Muggins" or "42", but most of the time I end up playing the standard "get rid of your dominoes" game with kids.
2007-05-21*
4
Jan 2007*
5.104
Owned
Plays: 11
I hate setting this one up.
2007-01-26*
7
Jan 2007*
6.937
Owned
Plays: 33
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this game not only worked as an "adult" version of Midnight Party - but also worked great with my (gamer) 5 year old son as a 2 player game.
2007-01-04*
8
Jan 2007*
5.916
Owned
Plays: 5
I'm glad they changed the theme... but either version has great mind-numbing gameplay.
2007-01-26*
Drachen Wurf (2008)
7
Feb 2012
5.589
Owned
Plays: 3
Dragonhunt (1982)
N/A
5.544
Owned
Drahtseilakt (aka Relationship Tightrope) (1999)
7
May 2006*
5.886
Owned
Plays: 16
I hate the new men vs women theme, but the game itself is great. (The old theme of tightrope walking worked much better.)
2006-05-22*
7
Jul 2006*
5.603
Owned
Plays: 10
A tile-placement game that isn't abstract - all the rules make sense in terms of the animals. Whew - it's nice to get to play a game that integrates theme & mechanism! (Though I can't begin to pronounce the name correctly... sigh.)
2006-07-25*
Drunter & Drüber (aka Wacky Wacky West) (1991)
Hans im Glück German second edition with SdJ
Year: 1991
7
Sep 2003*
6.006
Owned
Plays: 6
A very good game - and the variant cards included are a nice change of pace. Shame I don't get to play it more.
2003-09-08*
Dschungel (1999)
6
Jul 2003*
5.441
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
8
Nov 2003*
5.535
Owned
Plays: 41
Delightful conga-line roll'n'move... with cute bits & fun gameplay. Like Midnight Party, has worked very well even with audiences of all adults.
2003-11-17*
Dschungelschatz (aka Jungle Treasure) (2006)
7
Aug 2007*
5.749
Owned
Plays: 18
Du Balai! (aka Wicked Witches Way) (2006)
6
Feb 2007*
6.097
Owned
Plays: 3
7
Feb 2008*
5.772
Owned
Plays: 28
Cute card-collecting game for kids that reminds me a bit of Zirkus Flohcati.
2008-02-20*
6
Jul 2006*
5.716
Owned
Plays: 27
The only game expansion I own that has wooden poop markers. (Actually, a nice addition to Chicken Cha Cha... and it IS compatible with the Rio Grande release.)
2006-07-06*
Dungeon Dice (1977)
6
Jul 2003*
5.590
Owned
Plays: 42
Dungeon Lords (2009)
7
Feb 2010
7.321
Owned
Plays: 20
8
Feb 2016
5.618
Owned
Plays: 2
8
Mar 2013
6.363
Owned
Plays: 9
7
Mar 2015
5.607
Owned
Plays: 3
Dungeon Roll (2013)
7
Mar 2013
6.068
Owned
Plays: 13
7
Aug 2013
5.812
Owned
Plays: 3
7
Aug 2013
5.929
Owned
Plays: 10
7
Aug 2014
5.612
Owned
Plays: 1
DungeonQuest (1985)
8
Jul 2009*
6.352
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 73
Like playing D&D with a DM who hates you... only this time, it's the game system & the game itself only takes an hour to play.
2005-12-21*
8
Jul 2009*
5.874
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 37
I can NOT believe I traded this away over 10 years ago. I am an idiot.
2007-01-27*
8
Jan 2012
6.973
Owned
Plays: 16
6
Nov 2012
6.018
Owned
Plays: 2
7
Jul 2003*
5.653
Owned
Plays: 20
Eldorado (1988)
4
Jan 2007*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 8
The IDEA is cool... a roll'n'move about gold prospecting where you use scales to weigh the gold you acquire. Unfortunately, the whole "weighing" thing DOUBLES the length of the game... and it's not that good a game to begin with.
2007-01-27*
Elefun (1993)
6
Apr 2007*
5.254
Owned
Plays: 2
7
Jul 2004*
5.520
Owned
Plays: 15
Rough & tumble speed game... with odd theme (monsters traveling up & down an elevator). Very similar, I think, to Eddie's Elevator, which is NOT a speed game but a math game. Speed game idea MUCH, much better.
2004-07-05*
Elk Fest (1999)
8
Jan 2007*
5.958
Owned
Plays: 33
Portable moose-flicking silliness... much fun.
2007-01-10*
8
Jan 2014
6.970
Owned
Plays: 38
7
Aug 2014
5.607
Owned
Plays: 6
N/A
N/A
Owned
7
Aug 2012
6.257
Owned
Plays: 28
9
Jan 2014
6.712
Owned
Plays: 18
8
Feb 2014
5.720
Owned
Plays: 16
8
Jun 2015
N/A
Owned
Plays: 5
8
Aug 2014
6.118
Owned
Plays: 14
En Garde (1993)
6
Jul 2003*
6.125
Owned
Plays: 11
Entdecker (1996)
9
Sep 2004*
6.096
Owned
Plays: 30
An act of gaming brilliance from Klaus Teuber (esp. with the Manu variant). Still the best exploration game out there - and vastly superior to the Neue Entdecker remake.
2004-09-01*
Entenrallye (1988)
8
Aug 2004*
5.520
Owned
Plays: 15
I'm a fan of this dice-rolling "race" game... which is actually about 6 races. You've got to decide when to go for it and when to give up on your first objective and go on to the next one. Yes, bad dice rolls will hose you, but the game plays out in an hour and is a delight.
2004-08-26*
Enuk (2008)
6
Jan 2010
5.547
Owned
Plays: 10
7
Feb 2016
5.736
Owned
Plays: 5
7
Feb 2016
N/A
Owned
Plays: 5
Die Erbraffer (1994)
7
Jan 2007*
5.481
Owned
Plays: 7
The only game I know of that uses a family tree as a board. Best with 3... playable with 6... any other number is pretty much "blech."
2007-01-25*
6
Sep 2008*
6.119
Owned
Plays: 16
The bits are gorgeous (I have a 1990's Waddingtons edition), the gameplay is a bit stiff, but the end result is always a lot of fun.

I keep saying I'm going to figure out a way to assign points (a la "Survive") to the pawns, but I've never gone ahead & followed through.
2007-01-27*
Espresso (1995)
6
Jan 2007*
5.524
Owned
Plays: 40
Solidly in the Ligretto/Dutch Blitz family... this time "themed" around food & beverages.

A family favorite.
2007-01-27*
Eureka (1988)
6
Mar 2006*
5.560
Owned
Plays: 5
It's a "take that" game, cleverly disguised as an exploration game. And with that said, it works really well with 4-6 players as a light "end of the evening" play.
2006-03-04*
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