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ImageID 72585
7
Oct 2010
6.231
Owned
Plays: 43
A game that teaches you about geography while actually being fun?? The impossible has been accomplished.
2006-06-16*
6
Oct 2011
6.187
Plays: 1
It seems a bit more random than 10 Days in Africa (the only other one in the series I've played), but I've only had one play so far.
2008-06-12*
7
Jul 2012
6.804
Owned
Plays: 6
June 2012: I got myself a birthday present, and I'm looking forward to trying it. Another game in my "wargames my wife might want to play with me" list. Maybe this one will work!
2012-06-26
8
Oct 2010
7.340
Owned
Plays: 2
Only one play so far, but it was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to trying it again. I'll give it an 8 for now.
UPDATE (Mar. '09): Still like it, but I can't seem to finish it in under 4 hours!
2009-03-22
5
Jun 2012
N/A
Plays: 1
If I'm going to have to subject myself to Snakes and Ladders, throwing a little Screwball Scramble in there can't hurt! Probably the best version of this game I've come across, for the toy-factor, at least.
2012-06-26
Abalone (1987)
4
Oct 2011
6.257
Plays: 1
Average abstract game. Can seem to go on forever if you have well-matched opponents.
2011-01-24
N/A
6.030
Owned
Plays: 1
(Mar. 2011): I'm using the updated Steam rules. I picked it up primarily so that I could play with my wife, and I'm hoping we'll get the hang of it soon, unfortunately, you have to jump in with the advanced rules, which is a bit overwhelming at first.
2011-03-31
Z-Man Games edition 2008 with Z-Deck and animeeples
Year: 2008
8
Sep 2011
8.040
Owned
Plays: 12
After one play, I found it fun, but a bit more complicated that I thought it would be. Definitely a stretch to call this one a family game. I'm looking forward to playing it more.
UPDATE: I'm bumping it down a notch to 7. I like it well enough, but it's kind of stressful to play, to be honest. Maybe it's because I always seem to lose so horribly.
UPDATE (Sept. 2011): Back up to an 8! This game shines with 2 players, and since my wife really likes it, that makes for better gaming experiences.
2011-09-20
Tier auf Tier (EN/FR/DE/NL edition 2005) (aka Animal Upon Animal) (2005)
EN/FR/DE/NL edition 2005
Year: 2005
6
Sep 2011
6.637
Owned
Plays: 24
Excellent kids' game that's simple enough to play, but doesn't make grown-ups run away in terror.
2007-10-29*
Antike (2005)
8
Nov 2011
6.900
Owned
Plays: 3
Only one play, and I was starting to come down with a flu at the time. Unfortunately, that unfairly makes me connect this game with a headache, so I'm not willing to give it a rating just yet.
UPDATE (Nov. 2011): I FINALLY got this one to the table with a full complement of six players, and I really liked it! I know Gerdt's rondel games get more complex and sophisticated than this, but I really appreciated the straight-forward rules.
2011-11-03
Out of the Box Party Box 20th Printing
Year: 2005
6
Oct 2010
5.986
Prev. Owned
Plays: 14
Great party game. I originally rated it an 8, but I've kind of overplayed it at the moment. A sure-fire crowd pleaser with non-gamer types.
UPDATE (Sept. '09): This has been pretty much entirely eclipsed by Say Anything! for me.
2009-09-03
Appletters (2009)
5
Oct 2011
5.477
Plays: 1
From the makers of Bananagrams. I only played the first of the four game rules included, but I like Bananagrmas better.
2010-01-05
Arkadia (2006)
ImageID 193620
7
Sep 2011
6.737
Owned
Plays: 3
Pretty cool. After one game, I'm not ready to rate it, but I'm pretty sure it'll end up in the 7+ range.
UPDATE (Sept. 2011): Can't believe it took me so long to play this again. It's a great, light strategy game with a solid amount of tactics.
2011-09-18
Arkham Horror (2005)
7
Oct 2011
7.267
Plays: 2
Only one play so far, but it was an absolute blast. Needs a whole evening to play, so I don't think I'll pick it up, since I have a couple of friends who own it. Still, I'm looking forward to my next play.
2009-09-03
N/A
7.536
Plays: 1
Only one play, but I like the additions in this expansion.
2011-03-03
Hodder & Stoughton First Edition
Year: 1986
6
Oct 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
(Aug. 2011): Sweet thrift store find! A pristine copy of this 1986 adventure game book, complete with cards, fold-out map and a die. It'll be worth a few play-throughs, for sure!
2011-08-29
Backgammon (-3000)
8
Aug 2011
6.387
Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 9
This game is way more strategic than most people give it credit for. Check out The Backgammon Book by Jacoby and Crawford for a great overview of strategy.
2006-07-27*
Balloon Cup (2003)
N/A
6.561
Plays: 1
Looks like a pretty good little two-player game. With Blue Moon, Jambo, and Lost Cities in my collection, though, I don't think it's worth picking up.
2009-12-01
English edition 2006
Year: 2006
6
Oct 2010
6.216
Owned
Plays: 16
Nice quick Scrabble-like game. Great for travelling, and it scales well for pretty much any number of players.
2009-04-21
Mayfair English/Italian edition 2003
Year: 2003
6
Oct 2011
6.515
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 7
Random, chaotic, short on strategy, but tons of fun. It's been a big hit every time I've brought it out.
UPDATE: It's starting to wear a little thin, I have to admit. I'm bumping it down to a 7.
2008-05-28*
English Boxed edition 2004
Year: 2004
6
Oct 2010
6.630
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
The new characters make it worth picking up. The new cards don't improve it much, in my opinion, and I prefer it with 7 rather than 8 players, so the extra renegade doesn't do much for me, either.
2007-09-05*
7
Jul 2015
6.887
Plays: 3
July 2015: Sort of like a cross between The Resistance and King of Tokyo. Since I have both of those already, I don't think I need this one in my collection.
2015-07-10
Bartok (1985)
ImageID 215498
8
Aug 2011
N/A
Plays: 3
I've had more fun playing this game than any other on the planet. If you're a competitive person, you might not like it very much, as there's no real 'winner'; you just play until the game collapses under the weight of its own rules, which usually involves laughing until you can't breathe anymore.
2008-07-07*
Battle Line (2000)
N/A
7.288
Plays: 1
Played once and didn't really like it, which makes me think maybe I had a rule or two wrong, considering how well-loved this game is.
2008-01-07*
2
Oct 2011
4.379
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Well-meaning Christmas gift for "the board game guy". I couldn't make any sense of the rules, which is a bad sign in a game this simple.
2010-01-27
First Edition
Year: 2006
8
Oct 2010
7.239
Owned
Plays: 16
Excellent game. The time it takes to set up and play has been gradually increasing as I've worked through the scenarios, but it's still engaging throughout.

UPDATE (Oct. 2010): I'm sad to drop this down to an 8, but I just can't seem to get it to the table anymore, and I'm sure could if I really pushed for it. That doesn't mean it's not an awesome game, though.
2010-11-28
Bausack - Sac Noir (aka Bausack)
Zoch Deluxe Edition
6
Oct 2011
6.622
Owned
Plays: 8
Every game collection should have one good dexterity game in it (in my humble opinion), and this is one of the best.
2006-06-16*
Blokus 3D (aka Blokus 3D) (2003)
ImageID 372616
Publisher: Alary Games
Year: 2008
Language: English
7
Oct 2010
6.611
Owned
Plays: 8
I've only played it 2-player so far, but I like it. I imagine it's even better with 3 or 4.
2009-04-15
Blokus Duo (aka Blokus Duo) (2005)
ImageID 96215
8
Oct 2010
6.681
Owned
Plays: 27
It's Blokus! But portable! A great, easy to teach abstract.
2006-10-13*
Blokus Trigon (2006)
7
Sep 2011
6.612
Owned
Plays: 7
Easy to teach, with surprisingly deep strategy. A great gateway game for those with a leaning towards abstracts. Plays equally well with 3 and 4 players. (Get Blokus Duo if you want to play with 2, though.)
2007-10-10*
Blue Moon (2004)
8
Oct 2010
6.598
Owned
Plays: 29
I've only played the base set so far (Hoax vs. Vulca), But I'm really enjoying it. I'm rating it a 7 for now, but it could easily go up once I've tried out a few other races.
UPDATE: I now have a couple more races (Mimix & Khind), and it's just as interesting as ever.
UPDATE (Jul. '08): I'm upping this to an 8. I guess that means I should pick up the rest of the decks!
2008-04-22*
8
Oct 2010
6.899
Owned
Plays: 6
This is a pretty dang cool game. I'm excited enough with it to rate it an 8 after two plays. We'll see what happens after a few more...
2007-10-03*
7
Mar 2014
6.048
Owned
Plays: 3
The ships are a neat addition. I need another play or two to decide how much I like it.
UPDATE (Mar. '14): It's a bit swingy, depending on if you draw one of the ships early enough, but bringing down a "ship hammer" on your opponent is pretty satisfying.
2014-03-12
7
Oct 2010
6.365
Owned
Plays: 4
A very slippery deck! My wife destroyed me with this one while I was playing the Khind.
2009-04-15
7
Oct 2010
6.368
Owned
Plays: 4
I like the retrieve mechanism used here. The temptation to hold on to your powerful character cards needs to be balanced with the need to look through the other cards in your deck.
2008-06-12*
7
Oct 2010
6.400
Owned
Plays: 8
The gangs are a neat addition, although they require a bit more luck management.
2008-04-22*
7
Oct 2010
6.384
Owned
Plays: 8
The almost-naked ladies might make this one a little awkward to play in certain contexts, but the pairs and free cards (I can't play boosters? Take THAT!) make it pretty neat.
2008-06-12*
7
Oct 2010
6.334
Owned
Plays: 6
Sort of the flip-side of the Vulca. Pitting the two of them against each other makes for a good battle!
2008-05-18*
Boggle (1972)
5
Jul 2015
6.047
Plays: 3
Hey, it's fast and can play pretty much any number of players. I like Bananagrams better, but at least it's better than Scrabble.
2015-07-10
Bohnanza (1997)
8
Oct 2010
7.012
Owned
Plays: 24
What can I say? The best game about bean farming ever made!
UPDATE: Increasing to a 9. This one has seriously stood the test of time.
UPDATE (Oct. 2010): Dropping to an 8. I've finally outplayed this one a bit.
2010-10-28
Bolide (2005)
N/A
5.990
Plays: 1
Pretty cool. Quite analytical, but I find it's more fun if you play it a bit fast and loose.
2007-04-01*
N/A
6.537
Sold out! I waited too long. Oh well, I managed to pick up Napoleon's Triumph, so I don't feel too bad.
2009-06-01
Brass (2007)
N/A
7.856
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
A fascinating game. I felt completely out of my depth throughout my one play of it so far, but it was definitely a great experience.
2009-11-05
Buzzword (2003)
5
Nov 2010
5.598
Plays: 1
OK party game with the right crowd. Not the best ever, but not too bad.
2010-11-28
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
8
Oct 2010
6.595
Owned
Plays: 24
A great filler with lots of atmosphere. I've only played the basic game so far, without the special abilities, but it's still a great time.
UPDATE (Sept. '09): The special abilities add even more to an already great game. Upping it to an 8; this game deserves a permanent place in my collection.
2009-09-03
Call My Bluff (1965)
N/A
N/A
Plays: 1
A variation on the classic Balderdash. We played a homebrew version.
2010-01-05
Can't Stop! (2007)
Face 2 Face Games edition 2007
Year: 2007
8
Oct 2010
6.730
Owned
Plays: 18
With this and Diamant, I think I have pretty much the two ultimate push-your-luck games (at least of the ones I've played thus far). If you want a simple dice game that actually gives you some decisions to make, this is the one to go for.
2007-10-03*
Carcassonne (2000)
7
Oct 2010
7.347
Owned
Plays: 12
I've kind of over-played it now, but it's still a classic.
2006-09-05*
8
Oct 2010
7.463
Owned
Plays: 4
My favourite Carcassonne expansion. If you like Carcassonne, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up.
2006-05-13*
6
Oct 2010
6.365
Owned
Plays: 1
Cool for the extra tiles you get, but the extra rules aren't much to speak of. I don't have Hunters & Gatherers, so I can't say anything about the Scout expansion.
2007-09-05*
8
Oct 2010
6.916
Owned
Plays: 5
Really nice standalone Carcassonne variant. There's some surprisingly agonizing decisions to make when the walls start going up.
2007-12-14*
6
Oct 2010
6.508
Owned
Plays: 1
Most of the people I've played this with don't like the added conflict. I'm not sure that I do, either. If I want a game with lots of direct conflict, I don't tend to reach for Carcassonne.
2007-09-21*
7
Oct 2010
6.777
Owned
Plays: 1
It's a river! Potentially causes Giant Field Syndrome (GFS), but careful play can deal with that.
2008-01-14*
7
Oct 2010
6.852
Owned
Plays: 1
More river tiles? Cool!
2008-01-14*
7
Oct 2010
7.424
Owned
Plays: 1
My second favourite expansion, after I&C. I'll rarely play without this one.
2006-09-05*
Winning Moves edition 2007
Year: 2007
7
Oct 2010
5.642
Owned
Plays: 3
This is a classic game from my youth that, amazingly, still happens to be really good! I have the new Winning Moves edition.
2008-12-25*
Catan (1995)
ImageID 2730
7
Oct 2010
7.213
Owned
Plays: 11
The classic, and still fun.
2008-04-19*
English Revised edition 2007
Year: 2007
6
Oct 2010
6.680
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Only a couple of plays so far. There seems to be a lot of fiddly rules to keep track of.
2006-09-05*
Revised edition
Year: 2006
N/A
6.649
Owned
For Trade
Haven't played yet. Still getting used to the base game.
2006-09-05*
6
Apr 2011
6.109
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
It's a cool Catan variant, but I'm a bit burnt out on Catan in general. I'm hoping to bring it out as an alternative the next time I'm gaming with some Catan fanatics.
UPDATE (Dec. '09): Gave it to some friends who are Catan fanatics.
2010-04-27
ImageID 131867
6
Oct 2010
6.849
Owned
Plays: 1
Catan is better with 3-4. I'll still play if I have a bunch of friends who really want to play and I can't convince them to play something else.
2007-10-10*
ImageID 142268
6
Oct 2010
6.739
Owned
Plays: 1
3-4 player Cities & Knights is long enough, thank you very much.
2007-09-05*
6
Jul 2012
6.008
Owned
Plays: 1
One play so far. Adds a little variation, and great for those 'dice-haters' out there.
2007-11-20*
7
Oct 2010
6.340
Owned
Plays: 3
It's Settlers, but smaller. Great for playing on airplanes and while waiting in airports.
2008-04-19*
ImageID 193894
6
Oct 2010
6.630
Owned
Plays: 1
Catan is better with 3-4. I'll still play if I have a bunch of friends who really want to play and I can't convince them to play something else.
2007-10-10*
Catch Phrase! (1994)
N/A
6.100
Plays: 1
I'm interested in trying this one again. The electronic version seems ideal for car trips and the like.
2009-03-15
Pando English edition
6
Oct 2010
6.762
Prev. Owned
Plays: 9
Hmmm... not so sure about this one. It's great that it can play up to ten. But if there's any real strategy to it, I'm not sure I see it. I'd rather play Coloretto if I want something with similar mechanics.
UPDATE (Jul. '08): Now that more people have been showing up for games at lunch, this one has been coming in handy.
2008-07-04*
Caylus (2005)
8
Sep 2011
7.781
Owned
Plays: 1
Still haven't had a chance to play this one through yet.
UPDATE (Dec. '10): FINALLY had my first full play of it, 2-player with another newbie. Definitely a brain-burner, but I like it.
2010-12-27
7
Oct 2010
6.783
Plays: 2
It was kind of exhausting to play, frankly, which makes me kind of nervous about playing this one's big brother.
2008-04-23*
6
Jul 2010
5.883
Plays: 2
I prefer Time's Up!, but it's still a great game.
2010-07-23
Checkers (1150)
4
Oct 2010
4.889
Meh.
2007-09-05*
Chess (1475)
6
Oct 2010
6.947
It's chess. I don't hate it, but I've never had any real desire to put in the work it takes to play well.
2007-02-04*
China (2005)
8
Oct 2010
6.819
Owned
Plays: 11
My first experience with a pure area-majority game, and I think it's pretty cool. It's pretty short, too, so it's easy to fit in at the end of gaming session.
2007-06-04*
Citadels (2000)
6
Oct 2010
7.112
Plays: 5
Pretty neat backstabby bluffing game. It's great with the right group.
2007-09-05*
La Città (2000)
N/A
6.900
Owned
Plays: 1
Sort of like Settlers on steroids, switching out the negotiation for more direct conflict. I've only played 2-player so far, but I enjoyed it.
2010-07-23
Coloretto (2003)
7
Sep 2011
6.886
Owned
Plays: 36
Excellent filler. Only takes a couple of minutes to teach, and it has a surprising amount of strategy to it!
2006-09-05*
Colosseum (2007)
N/A
6.995
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
Very interesting! It seems to have mechanics from a number of games that I like. Theatre geeks will get a kick out of it.
2010-01-05
8
Feb 2010
7.137
Owned
Plays: 2
I guess this is my first "proper" consim. It took a little while for my non-wargamer brain to wrap itself around the rules, but the game played surprisingly smoothly once that happened. If I end up buying a "real" wargame any time soon, it'll probably be one in this series.
2010-01-02
Connect Four (1974)
4
Oct 2010
4.884
The vertical game board is a neat idea, but it's just not that fun.
2012-06-26
English edition 2008
Year: 2008
10
Jul 2012
7.470
Owned
Plays: 21
Great game! I've only played it with three players, and I can only image it gets better with more players.
UPDATE (May '09): After playing with 5, I'd say it's even more deserving of an 8.
UPDATE (Apr '12): I've been getting this to the table more often lately, and the more I play it the more I like it. Having at least one expansion to bring it up to 6 players is a must. It's a solid 9 now, and could foreseeably enter the exclusive realm of the 10s at this rate.
UPDATE (Jul '12): Yup. After yet another epically chaotic game, this guy moves up to a 10.
2012-07-12
9
Mar 2012
7.536
Owned
Plays: 14
More is better, right?
2010-09-12
6
Oct 2010
5.835
Owned
Plays: 1
I think it makes the game a bit too cutthroat. A good way to annoy people who prefer the gentler side of Carcassonne.
2006-09-05*
7
Oct 2010
5.911
Owned
Plays: 3
The first co-operative party game I've tried. It's actually quite fun, and nice and quick. It also works with a relatively small group, which is nice in a party game.
2008-05-13*
Cribbage (1630)
ImageID 18838
6
Oct 2010
6.789
Owned
Plays: 5
I've played my fair share of Cribbage over the years, mostly with my cousin while we were growing up. For some reason, even though the game is so random, I could rarely manage to beat him. We still had a lot of fun, though. It's been superseded for me by a lot of other card games, but I still play it a fair bit on my Palm. It saves dealing with the finicky scoring. My Palm tends to beat me as well. I guess I just suck at this game. Oh, and '29' boards are the coolest way to play.
2007-04-23*
8
Oct 2010
6.444
Owned
Plays: 7
My first play was a total blast. There are quite a few rules ambiguities, but we had fun anyway.
UPDATE (May '09): It's a long game, and there seem to be rules issues every time we play, but it's still a great time.
2009-05-04
English First Edition
Year: 2007
8
Oct 2010
6.230
Owned
Plays: 6
More monsters and special character abilities. There's no reason not to play with it.
2009-05-04
7
Oct 2010
6.130
Owned
Plays: 6
Nice, light trick taking game. A fun twist on a classic genre.
2010-09-12
N/A
7.209
Want In Trade
I bit pricey for me to buy without playing first, but I think this just might be the only dungeon crawl I'll need.
2008-07-04*
Diamant (2005)
8
Jul 2010
6.533
Owned
Plays: 40
Great quick filler! I have the German version, because I loved the little crates and Indiana Jones guys. Over produced, sure, but oh so cool!
2007-09-05*
Dixit (2008)
8
Dec 2010
7.324
Owned
Plays: 12
Great party game! It requires a unique combination of visual and verbal understanding to play well, but it's accessible that pretty much anyone can play it. Every group I've introduced it to has loved it.
2011-01-24
8
Dec 2010
5.699
Owned
Plays: 6
Well, it's just one more card, but it's a pretty fun one.
2010-12-27
Dixit Quest (2010)
8
Dec 2010
7.478
Owned
Plays: 11
I bought this at the same time that I bought the base game, because the art is just so fantastic.
2011-01-24
Dominion (2008)
9
Oct 2010
7.691
Owned
Plays: 137
Very cool game. I've only played the introductory card mix so far, but it has a lot of promise.
UPDATE (Jan. '10): Now that I've had a chance to play through all the cards, I'm going to say that this game lives up to the hype. It doesn't beat Race for the Galaxy, but it's much easier to teach to new gamers.
2010-01-06
8
Jul 2010
6.846
Owned
Plays: 16
Hmmm... I like it, but it does seem to slow down the game a bit. I'm giving it an 8 for now.
2010-10-28
7
Jan 2010
6.797
Owned
Plays: 6
I've only played with it once, but it was lots of fun! Not terribly strategic card, but I'm glad I have it.
2010-01-27
Rio Grande English Edition
Year: 2011
8
Aug 2011
7.449
Owned
Plays: 28
(Aug. 2011): I like! I have to say I'm getting a little worn out on Dominion at the moment, though. So I'm taking a bit of a break from it. I'm not entirely sure how this one stacks up to the other expansions.
2011-08-29
7
Sep 2010
6.870
Owned
Plays: 6
I've had it in the card mix, but I haven't bothered to buy it yet. I'm sure the time will come though, but till then I'm not going to give it a rating.

UPDATE (Sept. 2010): Kinda goofy, but definitely worth a look if there aren't too many ways of getting extra cards in your hand in a given layout.
2011-04-06
9
May 2010
7.740
Owned
Plays: 90
I like the new cards! It definitely adds more to think about. I managed to come in 2nd in a 5 player game, but I'm not quite sure how I pulled it off.
2009-11-05
9
Dec 2010
8.115
Owned
Plays: 52
(Dec. '10): Could it be my favourite expansion yet? Possibly, but a few more plays will tell.
2010-12-27
9
Jul 2010
7.913
Owned
Plays: 64
It's more Dominion, and I'm fine with that. The duration cards are a nice addition, and they don't slow down the game too much.
2010-07-23
8
Sep 2010
6.801
Owned
Plays: 3
Very cool card! My favourite of the promo cards so far. Getting four of these is by no means a guaranteed win, but it is a viable strategy. (Especially with councillor!)
2010-07-23
Dominoes (1500)
N/A
5.415
Owned
I don't ever play, but I have a really nice set that I inherited from my Grandfather.
2007-07-01*
7
Apr 2010
6.771
Plays: 2
Very very silly party game. Definitely good for a few laughs!
2010-04-21
Eiertanz (2003)
First Edition
Year: 2003
6
Oct 2010
6.194
Owned
Plays: 12
Very silly game. I think it's worth owning because kids really love playing it, even though I don't think I'd bother bringing it out myself.
2006-11-17*
8
Oct 2010
6.461
Owned
Plays: 3
Pretty cool although the games tend to be a bit long when playing with more than two players. Maybe that'll change with more experience, though.
2007-06-04*
Endeavor (2009)
N/A
7.300
Want In Trade
Plays: 1
Neat game in the classic euro style. I noticed mechanics pulled from all over the place, but they're merged together seamlessly.
2009-11-05
8
Oct 2010
6.262
Owned
Plays: 3
I've only played it twice, and only 2-player, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We'll see how it holds up to multiple plays.
2009-03-15
6
Oct 2010
5.857
Plays: 1
One play. Surprisingly similar to the board game, but what it mostly does is make me want to pull out the board game version again.
2007-05-23*
Z-Man Games edition
Year: 2004
8
Oct 2010
6.681
Owned
Plays: 27
It took me a while to figure out the rules, especially with all the icons on the cards that are hardly even used during gameplay. Once you get past the rules, this is a quick and fun card game with some refreshing mechanics.
2007-10-03*
English Edition
Year: 2007
6
Oct 2010
6.446
Prev. Owned
Plays: 7
Neat little game. The illustrations are a hit with the lady-types. Fairly chaotic, so don't expect any deep strategy here. The psychological aspect keeps things interesting, with a bit of Texas Hold'em decision-making going on.
UPDATE (Sept. '08): The shine's kind of wearing off of this one. There's just not that much there. Dropping it to a 6. I'll keep it though, because my wife likes it so much!
2009-04-24
Finca (2009)
7
Jan 2010
6.842
Plays: 2
Fun, light family game that has some neat tactical decision-making in it. It would definitely make a nice alternative to TtR, SoC, Catan, etc. as a gateway game.
2010-01-05
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2005
7
Oct 2010
6.437
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
I like it! Definitely has the Carcassonne crossed with the end-game of Go feel, but since I love both those games, that's definitely not a problem.
UPDATE (Oct. 2010): There's other quick two-player games I'd rather play, in general. Dropping to a 7.
2010-10-28
Überplay edition 2005
Year: 2005
8
Oct 2010
7.108
Owned
Plays: 64
Top notch filler. I'm always happy to bring it out if there's not time for something longer.
2006-10-13*
8
Feb 2011
6.828
Owned
Plays: 13
Great game! I have Pandemic too, but this is simpler to set up and quicker to play. The race to the helicopter pad gives it a more satisfying ending, too.
2011-03-03
English first edition
Year: 2008
8
May 2011
6.978
Owned
Plays: 10
(Sept. 2011): I needed a good racing game in the collection, and this one seems to be one of the best. I'm definitely enjoying it so far.
2011-09-20
Friedrich (2004)
8
Jul 2013
7.018
Owned
Plays: 2
Only one aborted play under my belt, but the experience was really fascinating. I can't wait to play it through properly.
UPDATE (Jul. '13): Six years later, and I finally get this big guy to the table. We played it for 5+ hours, and didn't manage to finish it. Still, it was super fun, and I'd like to give it a try again soon.
2013-07-29
8
Oct 2010
7.414
Owned
Plays: 9
This game is great, chaotic fun.
2008-03-20*
5
Feb 2014
5.635
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Pretty good little roll 'n' move with some basic decision points.
2014-02-14
GiftTRAP (2006)
N/A
6.221
Plays: 1
Decent party game. I think I have enough of those at the moment, though.
2008-10-10*
Go (-2200)
10
Sep 2011
7.462
Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 16
Just because I rate this a 10, doesn't mean I'm any good at it. When I play this game, I admit to being absolutely overwhelmed, but also completely fascinated. The idea of emergent complexity captivates me; it's like playing a fractal!
2007-10-10*
7
Dec 2012
5.624
Plays: 2
Actually a pretty great first abstract game. Less simplistic than tic-tac-toe, but easy to understand. The memory factor is cool, and gives you a chance to "throw the game" in favour of the little one without making it too obvious.
2013-03-26
4
Oct 2010
5.458
Plays: 1
Slightly worse than just sitting around the table not playing a game. Therefore, I could be talked into it if I really like the company.
2009-10-13
El Grande (1995)
8
Oct 2010
7.721
Owned
Plays: 5
A classic for a good reason. A bit brain-burny at times, but in a good way.
2007-06-04*
5
Oct 2010
6.038
Plays: 1
Pretty average. I doubt I'll play this again.
2009-02-20*
Wizards of the Coast English Third Edition
Year: 2005
6
Oct 2010
6.447
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 9
Hmmm. Perhaps a little too random for my taste. Fun with the right crowd, but I think I'd usually prefer something a little meatier, if given the choice.
2007-05-28*
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2003
6
Sep 2011
6.580
Owned
Plays: 10
The best game to pull out when little kids come over. The components are great, but the box is about 8 times too big! One of very few kids' games that's actually fun for adults to play.
2007-10-10*
Haggis (2010)
8
May 2010
6.777
Owned
Plays: 18
Intriguing. I've marked up an old deck of cards to try it out. If my wife likes it, I think I'll pick up a copy!
UPDATE (May '10): My wife likes it! But the first printing is sold out, so I'm crossing my fingers for the 2nd printing...
UPDATE (Mar. '11): I have the second printing, which is beautiful. If you classic card games and want one that plays great with 2, then you NEED to pick this one up.
2011-03-27
Überplay English Edition
Year: 2004
6
Oct 2014
6.728
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
Kinda dry but quite neat. I think it needs a few more plays.
2009-04-22
7
Nov 2011
6.474
Owned
Plays: 2
I'm glad I picked this up while I could.
2012-06-26
7
Oct 2011
7.158
Owned
Plays: 3
Got in trade for Apples to Apples.
2011-06-13
English/German first edition
Year: 2010
7
Jan 2011
5.711
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 6
I won this in a contest, but it's actually a pretty neat little game. The mechanics are unlike anything I've come across before. The card play is a bit opaque at first, but it's actually surprisingly thematic once you get into it.
UPDATE (July '11): I've played it 4-player partnership, as I believe it was designed to be played, and it definitely was my best experience of the game so far. If you're on the fence about this one, try it this way!
2011-07-25
7
Jul 2012
6.746
Owned
Plays: 27
Solid and quick abstract filler. Easy enough to teach to a kid and have fun playing, but it looks to have enough strategic depth to keep it interesting for quite a while.
2007-06-13*
N/A
6.030
Owned
Plays: 1
One play isn't enough to rate this. Fun with a group who are familiar with the base game, but I'm not convinced it adds enough to be worth it for the added complexity.
2007-10-10*
High Society (1995)
7
Oct 2010
6.595
Owned
Plays: 16
Do I need both this and For Sale? Actually, I'm glad I have both, For Sale is the better game, but this one is great for a change.
2007-09-05*
Hisss (2001)
6
Oct 2010
5.544
Plays: 1
Very simple colour matching game. Would make a good first card game.
2009-11-05
Hive (2001)
ImageID 249333
8
Sep 2011
7.258
Owned
Plays: 29
Well-balanced abstract with tons of tense decisions in a short play time. Also, it's clack-tastic!
2007-06-04*
Hollywood Blockbuster (aka Dream Factory) (2000)
7
Oct 2010
6.879
Owned
Plays: 4
I didn't think I'd like the made-up actor names, but it's actually doesn't hurt the game at all, and can be kind of funny at times. I wish they'd done the same with the (non-4-star) directors, though!
2008-11-22*
6
Oct 2010
5.643
Owned
Plays: 4
Thanks to the work of several kind souls here on BGG, I have my very own deck!
2009-03-15
7
Oct 2010
6.101
Owned
Plays: 6
More complex than the theme would imply, it's still not too difficult once you figure out what all the cards mean. Our first play we completely misunderstood how the worms work, but we had a good time anyway. Now that we know the worms rules (kinda like No Thanks!, another great game), it's even better.
2008-04-19*
Igloo Pop (2003)
7
Oct 2010
5.970
Owned
Plays: 9
A great game to play with kids who are old enough to think that Gulo Gulo is too 'babyish'. Also good for a quick filler whenever you don't feel like thinking too hard. And the game description makes me laugh every time i read it.
2006-09-05*
Imperial (2006)
N/A
7.436
Plays: 1
An interesting, deep game. Definitely a lot to think about, and very evil, in a good way.
2010-07-23
Incan Gold (2006)
8
Oct 2010
6.694
Plays: 1
I prefer the components in Diamant, but this version is still absolutely worth picking up.
2008-08-07*
Ingenious (2004)
7
Sep 2011
7.106
Owned
Plays: 11
Nice little abstract. I like the game, but I mainly picked it up because I won an Ingenious Puzzles prototype autographed by Dr. Knizia himself and I just had to try it out! Update: after a few more plays, it's growing on me. It's still not quite an 8, though.
UPDATE: Yeah,I'll give it an 8. It has some really lovely tension in the endgame.
2008-03-17*
8
Oct 2010
6.675
Plays: 3
I like it. Not my favourite abstract ever, but still good. A solid 7.
UPDATE: Let's push it up to a 8, like its big brother.
2008-04-19*
Isolation (1972)
5
Oct 2010
5.525
Plays: 2
A very simple game. There's definitely some strategy here, but I'd much rather play Hey! That's My Fish! if I'm in the mood for this kind of game.
2008-03-20*
Jambo (2004)
8
Oct 2010
6.943
Owned
Plays: 26
A bit longer than I'd like, and maybe a bit too random (although that could be a result of my inexperience), but nevertheless a really fun little game.
UPDATE: it gets quite a bit quicker once you get used to all the cards, which makes the randomness less of an issue.
UPDATE: I'm moving this up to an 8. Maybe it's because I keep winning all the time, but that in itself tells me that it's not as random as I first thought.
UPDATE (Apr. '09): A welcome discovery! My wife really likes this one. It's definitely staying an 8 for now.
UPDATE (Nov. '09): With both expansions, this game has TONS of replayability. This game has solidified its position as an 8.
2009-12-01
8
Oct 2010
6.410
Owned
Plays: 9
Kind of a pain to get the wares cards and the other cards in the right ratio, but there's some neat variations that I'm looking forward to trying.
UPDATE (Nov. '09): Now that expansion 2 is out, I don't need to worry about the ware/non-ware ratio anymore. Yay! (This rating only when using both expansions.)
2010-10-28
8
Oct 2010
6.303
Owned
Plays: 8
Yes! Now I can play MEGA-JAMBO! (This rating only when using both expansions.)
2010-10-28
Jenga (1983)
6
Oct 2010
5.482
Plays: 1
Jenga gets a bad rap in these here parts. It's a classic dexterity game, and one I'm usually happy to play if someone asks me.
2010-11-28
USAopoly edition
Year: 2008
6
Sep 2011
5.593
Owned
Plays: 3
The best possible Jenga? It seems quite likely.
2011-09-20
Jungle Speed (1997)
7
Oct 2010
6.488
Prev. Owned
Plays: 44
Reasonably fun little game, although "speed" games like this aren't always to my liking. It's good to have at least one in your collection, though, and this one is my favourite by far.
2009-05-25
5
Oct 2010
6.284
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Takes away from the base game, in my opinion, since true matches come up less often. Perhaps with larger numbers of players, it gets more interesting.
2009-06-01
Kahuna (1998)
N/A
6.503
Plays: 1
Wow, now this one hurts the brain. I need a few more plays before I can rate it.
2007-10-03*
Key Largo (2005)
7
Oct 2010
6.042
Plays: 2
Awesome family game! Only one play so far, so this rating may well go down, but right now I can't think of a light family game that I'd rather play.
2008-07-12*
King of Siam (aka König von Siam) (2007)
7
Jan 2012
6.553
Owned
Plays: 2
It looks promising. Only one 2-player attempt so far, and that one had a little bit of rules-confusion, so I'll hold off on a rating just yet, but it could easily be a 8, and no less than a 7.
2008-06-12*
King of Tokyo (2011)
8
Mar 2015
7.323
Owned
Plays: 7
Mar. 2015: Pretty much the best Yahtzee variant out there. I'm not terribly interested in King of New York because this one hits a sweet spot in my collection.
2015-03-10
Kingsburg (2007)
N/A
7.147
Plays: 1
A little long for what it is, but still quite fun. I need to play it again.
2008-06-12*
Labyrinth (1940)
5
Oct 2010
4.970
I had this game when I was growing up. It's more of a puzzle than a game, though, to be honest.
2009-06-01
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2009
7
Aug 2011
6.014
Owned
Plays: 5
(Apr. 2011): It's hard to to know when to pick a leader, but I tried it a couple of times in my last game and I won, so I guess they aren't so bad!
UPDATE (Aug. 2011): I don't bring it out when teaching, but whenever all the players have played before, there's no reason not to include it. I tend to buy a couple of leaders per game, and it seems to work out for me.
2011-08-29
Liar's Dice (1987)
7
Oct 2010
6.813
Plays: 3
Great portable party game. Works great when you're camping or somewhere where setting up a board just won't work too well.
2009-02-20*
Ligretto (1988)
5
Oct 2010
6.001
Plays: 2
It's okay with 3, less fun with 4, and not much fun at all when people combine multiple sets and play with 5 or more.
2008-07-04*
Loopin' Louie (1992)
7
Oct 2010
6.799
Plays: 2
It's just plain (plane?) fun.
2007-02-27*
7
Oct 2010
6.713
Owned
Plays: 3
A fun game, but i can't figure out why some people say it's too easy. Maybe our gaming group is just really unlucky, but we've only managed to beat it once, at the easiest difficulty level.
UPDATE (Oct. 2010): It's been pretty much displaced by Pandemic at this point. Dropping to a 7.
2010-10-28
English edition
Year: 2003
6
Sep 2011
5.672
Owned
Plays: 1
(Sept. 2011): Get a bunch of Tolkien geeks together and have a great time! There's an actual game here, too, rather than simply answering a pile of questions. Plus, I got it for $2 at a thrift store!
2011-09-20
9
Sep 2011
7.025
Plays: 1
I love this game. I prefer the form factor of this version, but the extra characters in the Deluxe version make that one a better choice, in my opinion.
2008-01-03*
9
Oct 2010
7.212
Owned
Plays: 21
Lots of fun. I like the differing strategies for the good guys and the bad guys. I still haven't tried it with the variant characters.
UPDATE: After several more plays, this one's going up to a 9.
2008-07-04*
Lost Cities (1999)
8
Oct 2010
7.041
Owned
Plays: 16
A surprising amount of depth for such a simple card game. I've gotten a number of non-gamer friends hooked on it.
2006-05-13*
Die Macher (1986)
N/A
7.365
Hmmm... maybe I'll wait for a new edition. I appreciate the fact that Valley Games reprinted it, but I just can't handle the artwork (Comic Sans hurts my eyes). Maybe I'll get a chance to play it some day and be so amazed that I'll change my mind.
2009-06-01
6
Oct 2010
7.310
Plays: 2
Yes! One play of the Mother of All CCGs! It was fun in an overwhelming, brain-melty sort of way.
UPDATE: I can see the appeal, But I'm not sure it's for me quite yet. I'll give it a 7 for now.
UPDATE (Feb. '09): Actually, a 6 is more accurate to how I feel about it.
2008-04-15*
Rio Grande Second Edition
Year: 2006
6
Jan 2011
6.911
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Finally got around to playing this. I don't know if it'll reach the heights of Ra and Modern Art, but I can see that there's a lot of depth there.
UPDATE (Jan. '11): Traded it away. I have more than enough auction games to keep me happy.
2011-01-24
Memoir '44 (2004)
8
Oct 2010
7.406
Owned
Plays: 13
I've played this s few times now, but I'm always introducing it to someone, so I keep on replaying the first scenario. I'm interested to see how the rest play out.
UPDATE: it seems to have been pretty much supplanted by BattleLore for me. I'll still bring it out if my opponent prefers the WW2 theme, though.
UPDATE: I'm trying it out with my wife. If she likes it a lot, maybe I'll bring out BattleLore and C&C:Ancients.
2007-10-10*
Memory (1959)
4
Oct 2010
4.948
Plays: 1
It's a classic first kids' game for a reason.
2009-12-01
Metropolys (2008)
7
Oct 2010
6.775
Owned
Plays: 4
Nice spatial twist on the familiar auction game mechanic. I don't have as much of a problem with the board artwork as some people have--I think it looks pretty cool!
2008-06-23*
Modern Art (1992)
8
Oct 2010
7.182
Owned
Plays: 9
Great pure auction game. The "make up a title for your painting" variant is lots of fun with the right group, too!
2007-01-08*
N/A
5.521
I would rate this game ten hundred if I could. Hats off to the mysterious designers behind this all-time classic. Especially those little bellhop hats that monkeys like to wear with their little jackets. Those things are pretty cool. Does anyone know why monkeys like dressing up like bellhops so much? I've never actually seen one working at a hotel, and I imagine they would have a pretty tough time carrying heavy luggage up long flights of stairs. Of course, I guess most hotels have elevators, so maybe it wouldn't be too much of a problem. Since ten hundred is not a viable option in the BGG rating scheme, I am abstaining from giving it a numerical rating of any kind, out of protest.
2007-04-03*
Monopoly (1933)
4
Oct 2010
4.396
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Tedious. I could be talked into playing if we use the real rules, but not otherwise.
2009-06-01
Mouse Trap (1963)
3
Oct 2010
4.456
Plays: 1
The only thing appealing about the game is the contraption. I never actually played a proper game of it when I was a kid, so when I finally got to play it, I was pretty severely underwhelmed.
2007-11-07*
Mr. Jack (2006)
7
Sep 2011
6.998
Owned
Plays: 9
Whoever said it's like "'Guess Who' for grown-ups" hit the nail on the head. Lots of strategic misdirection for Jack, and lots of calculated second-guessing for the investigator.
2007-09-05*
Mummy Rummy (1994)
4
Oct 2010
5.426
Plays: 1
The cards are pretty neat, but the game itself is so-so. Possibly a good rummy variant for teaching kids, but there are definitely better rummy games out there (the Mystery Rummy series comes to mind).
2008-07-04*
4
Oct 2010
6.125
Plays: 2
I played it, but I wasn't that impressed. We had a rule wrong, so I'll give it another chance, but I'm not convinced I'll like it much better.
UPDATE: Gave it another chance. Didn't like it much better.
2008-06-19*
4
Oct 2010
6.091
Plays: 1
More Munchkin. Not much else to say.
2008-06-27*
4
Oct 2010
6.007
Plays: 1
More Munchkin. Not much else to say.
2008-06-27*
6
Mar 2015
6.372
Plays: 4
Mar. 2014: Fun little game to play with the kiddos. I may have to pick this one up when my own little one gets a bit bigger.
2015-03-10
8
Oct 2010
6.657
Owned
Plays: 19
I wish I was more familiar with rummy games. I'm afraid I just don't 'get' this one yet. UPDATE: I think I'm starting to figure it out. Pretty Cool! I'll rate it a 7 for now, but it may go up.
UPDATE: I'll bump it up to a 8. Sometimes it's just the perfect thing to play.
2008-04-19*
N/A
7.153
Owned
I want to play this so bad, but I just can't find someone to play it with. My wife is more than a little overwhelmed with it, and I don't blame her.
2011-01-24
English first edition
Year: 2005
9
Oct 2010
7.099
Owned
Plays: 15
Fun light wargame with enough variation to keep things interesting.
2007-06-04*
No Thanks! (2004)
8
Oct 2010
6.939
Owned
Plays: 52
Great little filler. It may in fact go up to an 8, because it plays so smoothly and quickly.
2008-03-16*
Notre Dame (2007)
8
Sep 2011
7.267
Owned
Plays: 6
One play. It was fun, but not terribly memorable. I want to play it just for the cool geometry of the player boards!
UPDATE (Dec. '09): It plays great with two players, which definitely makes it a keeper. I'd probably rate it a 7.5 if I did fractional ratings, which I don't.
2009-12-16
English edition 2008
Year: 2008
6
Oct 2010
6.373
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
My wife is interested in playing this one. I need to get it out when we have a few suitably creative people over.
2007-04-29*
8
Jan 2015
7.300
Owned
Plays: 56
Mar. 2015: The best 10-minute game around. Like many people, I didn't see how this could possibly work as a game, but work it does. I carry this around with me pretty much all the time.
2015-03-10
Pandemic (2007)
9
Oct 2010
7.583
Owned
Plays: 28
Excellent co-operative game. It might be my favourite so far, actually, although it's hard to compare with the Monster that is Arkham Horror.
2008-04-11*
8
Jan 2010
7.910
Owned
Plays: 7
I've only used the virulent strain so far, but that along with the new roles and special events make it a worthwhile purchase on their own.
2010-01-27
English second edition
Year: 2010
7
Aug 2011
6.574
Owned
Plays: 7
(Aug. 2011): Just picked this one up, and I quite like it! Thanks to Jack at Interactivity Games & Stuff in Victoria for the recommendation, and for letting me know that I can play Schotten Totten with the same deck of cards!
2011-08-29
N/A
N/A
Want In Trade
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 1
(Sept. 2010) I played a prototype version and enjoyed it quite a but. I think it will definitely appeal to its target audience, while still providing some light entertainment to general gamers as well. I'm looking forward to trying it with the finalised rules.
2010-09-12
N/A
5.601
Want In Trade
I've never played this, but my wife has good memories of it, so I'm looking to pick up a used copy some day.
2009-06-01
Pickomino (2005)
6
Oct 2010
6.379
Plays: 2
Nice little dice game. I haven't played too many, but I like this one quite a bit. Great to play when you have a range of ages at the table, and enough decisions to make to prevent it from being an utter luck-fest.
2007-05-28*
Mayfair/Kosmos English edition
Year: 2007
7
Sep 2011
7.199
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Only two partial plays. I love the components, but the game seems to be a little long to get to the table very often with my group.
UPDATE (Aug. 2011): I'm not sure about this one. I've had it on my shelf for ages, but I never seem to want to get it out an actually play it. I want to give it a chance with more players before I consider trading it away.
2011-08-29
Pit (1903)
6
Oct 2010
6.294
Plays: 2
Chaotic fun, but tends to wear out its welcome for me after a few plays. I definitely prefer the old-school "wheat & flax" version to the new "platinum & tech stocks" version.
2007-09-05*
PitchCar (1995)
8
Oct 2010
7.057
Plays: 3
This is better, component-wise, than Pitchcar Mini, but I'm still happy with my purchase for space and portability reasons.
2007-11-20*
8
Oct 2010
6.869
Plays: 2
The one thing that makes this better than the equivalent PitchCar Mini extension is the bridge, which which gives this a bit more flexibility.
2008-01-09*
PitchCar Mini (2003)
8
Oct 2010
6.517
Owned
Plays: 21
A total blast. I've played with as few as 3 and as many as 8 and it's always a good time. I'd like to try the full-sized version, but I'm glad I picked up mini because it's hard enough getting _that_ on the table (with the extension, at least).
2007-10-29*
8
Oct 2010
5.970
Owned
Plays: 20
I've never played Pitchcar without it. I think the jumps are a necessity.
2007-10-29*
ImageID 293105
8
Oct 2010
5.849
Owned
Plays: 10
The 45-degree turns make for some much more creative track construction.
2007-12-15*
7
Oct 2010
5.739
Owned
Plays: 5
You need some serious table space if you're going to use both of there. For truly epic tracks!
2008-04-19*
Plato 3000 (2012)
7
Jul 2013
5.810
Owned
Plays: 6
Great little rummy game with good replayability. I got this for free with Glory to Rome, but it's actually gotten more play!
2013-11-04
Poison (2005)
Playroom English wide box edition 2005
Year: 2005
6
Oct 2010
6.278
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 11
Nice little filler. The simple rules mean it works great with kids, and it has the usual Knizia scoring twist.
2008-07-04*
N/A
5.640
Definition of the word "average".
2008-03-28*
Poker (1810)
7
Oct 2010
6.550
Plays: 1
Poker's great if I'm playing with friends, for a small, but not TOO small, amount of money, say $5-$10. Above $20, I'm not so interested anymore, and playing with strangers wouldn't be much fun at all for me.
2007-05-28*
Playroom Edition
Year: 2007
7
Oct 2010
6.195
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
My wife wanted us to pick this one up based on the theme, and who am I to deny her? I'd heard pretty good things about it, and our one play so far was fun.
2008-09-29*
Pounce (1955)
6
Oct 2010
5.599
Plays: 1
Fun little dexterity kids' game. You need at least 4 players to make it fun, though.
2009-12-01
N/A
7.499
Owned
Plays: 1
I finally played it, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I definitely wouldn't try this one on non-gamers, but it was good fun for me and a couple of my gamer friends.
2007-07-14*
Puerto Rico (2002)
10
Sep 2011
8.046
Owned
Plays: 18
Far easier to learn and more fun than I thought it would be. It works as a great next step after Settlers for those you're trying to indoctrinate into the hobby.
UPDATE: Forget it, I'm giving this a 10. If I had an hour or two to spare and a couple of people asked me to play, I can't think of any reason to say no. Am I a sheep, following the crowd? Maybe, but I don't care; I still love this game.
2007-12-14*
ImageID 182486
N/A
7.043
Owned
I haven't played out the Original yet, so I'll wait a while before trying this one.
2006-06-10*
N/A
7.927
Want In Trade
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)

i'm putting this on my wishlist, as it's pretty much my favourite game ever, though I can't really justify the cost at this point in my life.
2011-10-29
7
Oct 2010
6.181
Plays: 3
Quite a neat little game. Sort of a combination of Citadels and Modern Art.
2007-07-23*
Qwirkle (2006)
7
Jul 2014
6.717
Owned
Plays: 23
I'm rating this a 7 right now, but it really is a solid little abstract that may go up to an 8 with repeated plays. UPDATE: Yup, this one's an 8 now. One of a very few that I've been able to get my non-gamer parents to play.
2007-10-10*
R-Eco (2003)
7
Oct 2010
6.332
Owned
Plays: 11
Only one play, and I don't think this one has 'clicked' yet. I'll need to try it one or two more times before rating.
UPDATE: Another play, and I still feel like I'm sort of floundering when I play this game. I managed to come in dead last with a score of 0, but it didn't feel like there was anything I could do about it. I'll try it a couple more times...
2008-05-17*
Ra (1999)
9
Oct 2010
7.371
Owned
Plays: 9
RAAAAAA! I love this game! Tons of fun and relatively easy to teach. The only drawback is that it seems to take a couple of plays to convince most people of its greatness.
2007-10-10*
10
Sep 2011
7.725
Owned
Plays: 112
Quite promising after 2 plays. I like it more than San Juan, mostly because the added variety makes me not mind the randomness so much.
UPDATE: I've played it 5 times now, and I'm going to raise my rating to a 9. We'll see if it stays there...
UPDATE: OK, after 20+ plays, I'm moving this up to a 9.5. I can't quite give a 10 to a game that I've only been playing for a few months, but I image it'll get there eventually.
UPDATE: Screw it. 10.
2008-04-04*
N/A
7.636
Owned
Plays: 1
Only one play so far, and I didn't get a chance to try any of the new homeworlds. I'm sure it'll be rated at least an 8 after a few plays.
2009-12-01
9
Oct 2010
7.861
Owned
Plays: 15
It's hard to know how to rate this one. I'd rate the solo-play at around a 7--it's fun, but not how I'd prefer to play the game. The new cards and homeworld are great-they just add more to a game I already love, so that gets a 10. I haven't tried the goal cards yet, so that may change my final rating, but I think I'll give it a 9 for now.
2008-03-03*
Rack-O (1956)
4
Oct 2010
5.561
Plays: 2
Severely lacking in strategy and meaningful decisions. I'd much rather play one of the "10 Days" games if I'm looking for something with similar mechanisms. And no, Sam Healey, it's absolutely nothing like Lost Cities, glorified or otherwise.
2007-11-07*
RattleSnake (2007)
6
Oct 2010
5.767
Owned
Plays: 29
Excellent kids' game or ultra-light filler. It's always good to have a few kid-friendly games around that are actually fun to play for adults, and this one definitely fits the bill.
2008-03-04*
N/A
6.960
Owned
Plays: 1
2016-06-04: Hurrah! Finally got to play this somewhat intimidating game. Now that I have a feel for it, I shouldn't have as much difficulty introducing it to others.
2014-06-04
Risk Express (2006)
6
Oct 2010
5.925
Prev. Owned
Plays: 8
Pretty cool dice game. It can definitely go over the 20 minute time limit if people just aren't rolling the dice they need. Great to pull out with non-gamers because of the name recognition.
2008-12-28*
RoboRally (1994)
N/A
7.102
Plays: 1
It seemed kind of long for what it was. I need to give it another try.
2008-05-13*
3
Jun 2012
N/A
Plays: 1
Perfect example of a "simple" kids' game that fails to be simple while still being boring. I think that if the game were played according to the rules, it would take about 3 hours to complete! Not only that, the poor graphic design meant that it was hard enough for me to see where the next space to move my pawn was, let alone my 5-year-old nephew!
2012-06-26
7
Oct 2010
6.844
Owned
Plays: 9
Cool game. Probably as close to a "civ game" as you can get in a 20-minute dice game. Enough strategy to keep you interested for quite a while.
2009-03-15
Rook (1906)
5
Oct 2010
6.082
Owned
Plays: 2
The strategy to this one seems to be "get dealt the best cards", but I'll give it a few more tries before I rate it.
2008-01-16*
Rukshuk (2006)
N/A
5.623
Plays: 1
I didn't think much of this game when I first saw it, but it's surprisingly fun!
2009-12-01
Saboteur (2004)
7
Oct 2010
6.580
Owned
Plays: 16
Pretty neat little secret identity game. Best played with some lively negotiation.
2008-05-18*
8
May 2011
6.673
Owned
Plays: 6
(May '11): A solid improvement to an already great little game. The experience with fewer (less than 6) players is definitely improved. I'm curious to see how it plays with more players.
2011-05-14
Samurai (1998)
8
Oct 2010
7.300
Owned
Plays: 12
Only a few plays, but I'm really liking this one so far. A nice balance between the simplicity of Through the Desert and the complexity of Tigris & Euphrates.
UPDATE (Oct. '07): Continued play, and this one is still holding up strong.
2009-06-10
San Juan (2004)
7
Oct 2010
7.218
Owned
Plays: 15
Much more random than Puerto Rico, but fun nonetheless. Manages to get quite a bit of the feel of PR out of a deck of cards.
UPDATE: Pretty much entirely supplanted by Race for the Galaxy at this point, but if I ever get tired of Race, I'll pull this out for a change.
UPDATE: I still prefer RFTG, but my co-workers were getting a bit tired of it, so we've been pulling out San Juan a bit more often lately.
2008-06-03*
San Marco (2001)
N/A
6.938
Want In Trade
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Someone reprint this, please!
2009-06-01
Santiago (2003)
8
Oct 2010
6.922
Owned
Plays: 4
Lots of fun with 5. I haven't played it with any other number of players, but I imagine it wouldn't hold up as well.
2007-06-04*
Say Anything (2008)
7
Oct 2010
6.670
Owned
Plays: 13
Fun party game. It may become one of my favourites.
2008-07-04*
Scopa (1600)
6
Mar 2014
5.956
Owned
Plays: 2
I picked up a Scopa deck (Napoletane style) at a local Italian grocery, and gave the 2-player game a try. It seems pretty cool, although partnership Scopone sounds even better.
2009-08-30
Scrabble (1948)
6
Oct 2010
6.264
Owned
Plays: 5
I'm not a huge fan, but my wife loves it, and she can definitely talk me into playing a game of it now and then.
2009-03-25
Seafarers of Catan, The (aka Catan: Seafarers) (1997)
ImageID 212894
7
Jul 2012
7.034
Owned
Plays: 3
The best expansion for Settlers, in my opinion. Enough new stuff to keep it interesting, but without the rules overload and randomness that tends to bog down Cities and Knights.
2007-09-05*
English edition 2005
Year: 2005
6
Sep 2011
7.050
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
I've only played this solo so far, just to get used to the rules before teaching it. It looks promising...
UPDATE (Mar. '11): I'm not sure about this one. It seems like it's mostly just a bunch of tug-of-wars going on simultaneously. I'm willing to give it a few more plays, but so far, I'm not all that impressed.
2011-03-16
Shogun (2006)
9
Oct 2010
7.439
Owned
Plays: 6
Such a cool game. After four plays, it's already becoming one of my all-time favourites.

UPDATE (Oct. 2010): It doesn't hit the table that often, but I still love it.
2010-10-28
Shopping List (1995)
6
Jun 2012
5.508
Plays: 1
A neat simple twist on the classic Memory game. Having a shopping list to complete adds a sense of accomplishment. Also, it's short enough not to wear out little attention spans.
2012-06-26
Show Manager (1996)
N/A
6.559
Plays: 1
Pretty fun game. Having it 'splained by Mr. Rick Thornquist was pretty cool, too.
2007-04-01*
Small World (2009)
9
Feb 2010
7.342
Owned
Plays: 35
Fantastic! Simple and quick to explain and play, but the race/power combos give lots of replayability. I'll definitely bring this out for the Carcassonne/Settlers crowd, to give them a taste of something new.
2009-11-05
8
Dec 2013
6.661
Plays: 4
It's awesome, but the setup time drops it down a notch.
2013-12-09
8
Dec 2013
7.192
Plays: 2
The relics and such add some fun and chaos, but it's not really an improvement over the original.
2013-12-09
8
Jan 2011
7.335
Owned
Plays: 24
Some great new races and powers in this set!
UPDATE (Apr. 2011): I think this is my favourite of all the expansions so far.
2011-04-15
8
Apr 2010
7.259
Owned
Plays: 27
My favourite of the expansions so far.
UPDATE (Jan. '11): Be Not Afraid... is looking to be just as good.
2011-01-24
7
Apr 2010
7.178
Owned
Plays: 19
Not as good as Cursed!, but still worth throwing into the mix.
2010-04-21
N/A
6.236
Owned
Plays: 1
(Apr. 2011): Nice to pull out if you have six and you want to play Small World, but I'm not sure about it yet.
2011-04-15
8
Apr 2011
6.861
Owned
Plays: 6
This game seems to be infinitely expandable! This adds a little more chaos to a game that some might think is too predictable.
UPDATE (Apr. 2011): I'm considering adding this in by default. I think it's probably simple enough to introduce to new players.
2011-04-15
Spran Enterprises edition
5
Oct 2010
N/A
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Entirely ludicrous. I'm going to have to give it a try.
UPDATE (Jan. '09): Gave it a try. Confirmed it to be entirely ludicrous.
2008-06-23*
Out of the Box edition 2005
Year: 2004
6
Oct 2010
5.870
Prev. Owned
Plays: 7
Fun little party game. Real-time games aren't my favourite types, but this is a fun and light version that goes over well with non-gamers and kids.
2008-03-17*
Multilingual second edition
Year: 2009
7
Aug 2011
6.764
Owned
Plays: 3
(Aug. 2011): I've only played it 2-player so far, and I imagine it would be better with more. Still, I found it quite fun and I'm definitely looking forward to giving it a few more tries.
2011-08-29
7
Oct 2010
6.296
Owned
Plays: 14
Great little dexterity game with neat components.
2008-12-30*
N/A
6.813
Plays: 1
(Apr. 2011): I'm not sure what to think about this one. It's not high up on my list of co-op games right now, but it's nice and compact, which is definitely in its favour.
2012-04-05
7
Nov 2013
6.585
Owned
Plays: 2
Yes, it's a bit long and the event cards get a bit samey, but it's still a blast. I'm glad to have it to bring out to give Catan-obsessives a change of pace.
2014-02-14
Start Player (2008)
6
Oct 2010
5.987
Owned
Plays: 17
Does exactly what it says it does, and does it in an entertaining manner. What more could you want?
2009-03-22
Mayfair English first edition
Year: 2009
8
Apr 2011
7.533
Owned
Plays: 6
This seems like the perfect balance between Age of Steam and Railroad Tycoon to me. I'm hoping the basic rules will help me introduce it to my less gamerly friends, as well.
2009-06-01
Stone Soup (2011)
4
Jul 2013
N/A
Plays: 2
Mar. 2015: Not much of a game here. There are better games at this level that bring a little more to the table.
2015-03-10
English first edition
Year: 2009
8
Sep 2011
7.059
Owned
Plays: 9
This looks like a promising game system. I'm looking forward to trying it some more.
2011-09-20
English first edition
Year: 2009
8
Sep 2011
7.063
Owned
Plays: 7
This looks like a promising game system. I'm looking forward to trying it some more.
2011-09-20
Taj Mahal (2000)
7
Jun 2012
7.167
Owned
Plays: 3
June 2012: I finally got his one to the table after owning it for five years! I actually liked it quite a bit. Even though the theme isn't even managing to fulfill a basic mnemonic function, it's still a good excuse to have a cup of chai and put on some Bollywood music.
2012-06-26
Tannhäuser (2007)
N/A
6.174
Plays: 1
Beautiful, but I'm not sure now deep it really is. I probably won't be picking this one up.
2008-06-12*
Tantrix (1991)
ImageID 480700
6
Oct 2010
6.054
Owned
Plays: 4
Nice little portable abstract. Great for playing in the pub, as it's beer-proof! It's been pretty much entirely overshadowed by Hive for me in the pub-games category, though. It does have some nice solitaire puzzles you can play with it, so I'll keep it around.
2008-07-04*
Cafe Games Edition
Year: 2006
7
Jun 2014
6.304
Owned
Plays: 2
One almost completed play so far. Not enough for a rating.
UPDATE (Feb. '14): Another incomplete attempt. I feel like I shouldn't give this a rating until I see how the endgame plays out. Right now I think it's heading towards a 7.
2014-02-14
That's Life! (2005)
N/A
6.255
Plays: 1
Brilliantly simple twist on the old roll-and-move mechanic. Much more than the sum of its parts.
2009-12-01
The Cities and Knights of Catan (aka Catan: Cities & Knights) (1998)
ImageID 131900
6
Jul 2012
7.301
Owned
Plays: 1
It's fun, but all the added complexity doesn't quite add up to an equal amount of added fun. Too random for its length. I still like Seafarers better.
Kifty's Law: More Rules != More Fun.
2007-12-14*
Thebes (2007)
ImageID 348656
8
Oct 2010
7.040
Owned
Plays: 5
Fun! I need to play this one again soon!
UPDATE (Aug. '09): Giving it an 8 after my second play. Very thematic for a eurogame.
2009-08-16
Things... (2002)
5
Oct 2010
5.841
Plays: 2
Meh. Too much memorizing.
2007-10-02*
7
Oct 2010
6.957
Owned
Plays: 8
Good, but (pardon the pun) a bit dry.
UPDATE (Oct. 2010): I just don't have a strong desire to play this one anymore. Maybe getting it to the table again would change that, but I don't think so. Dropping to a 7.
2010-10-28
Rio Grande First Edition
Year: 2006
7
Oct 2010
7.049
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I got a copy of this for my birthday. It looks like it plays well with 2, so hopefully I'll get a chance to play it with my fiancée some time soon.
UPDATE (Jan. '09): It does play quite well with 2. I'll give it a 7 for now.
2008-07-04*
Tichu (1991)
ImageID 174150
9
Apr 2010
7.478
Owned
Plays: 59
One play so far, but we're still working our way through the rules.
UPDATE (May '09): Played with all the rules now, and it's a very interesting and subtle game. I can see why so many people are crazy about it.
UPDATE (April '10): I've joined the Tichu cult. It's going up to a 9. Perhaps my favourite 'classic style' card game.
2010-04-05
8
Oct 2010
7.417
Plays: 6
It's TtR, innit? I only own Europe, but I'll play this one any time, too.
2007-04-01*
8
Feb 2013
7.356
Owned
Plays: 5
Mostly playing 2-player on the India side. Some interesting geographical situations.
2014-02-14
7
Jan 2011
7.138
Owned
Plays: 2
If you own TtR:Europe, there's no reason not to pick this up as well. With them both, that's all the Ticket to Ride I need.
2010-07-23
8
Oct 2010
7.491
Owned
Plays: 14
A slight improvement on the original, but I'll be happy to play either one.
2007-09-05*
N/A
7.225
Plays: 1
I tried a passenger strategy, which completely failed to work.
2007-11-20*
N/A
7.180
Plays: 1
I liked it, but with Nordic countries available now, I think I'd rather go for that one if I'm looking for a 2-3 player edition.
2009-06-01
8
Oct 2010
7.651
Owned
Plays: 5
I finally know this game well enough to teach it without referring to the rules. It's a great game once you wrap your head around it.
2007-06-04*
Time's Up! (1999)
8
Oct 2010
7.059
Owned
Plays: 25
Excellent for an old-school-style party game. The escalation of the second and third rounds make for much hilarity.
2007-04-01*
7
Jan 2011
7.105
Plays: 1
I know people tend to like this one better than the original, but based on my one play, I like the obscurity of the names in the original. The most fun happens when you have NO IDEA who the card is referring to!
2010-04-21
6
Oct 2010
6.306
Plays: 3
Pretty good. 'Thinkier' than you'd expect from a dice game. Maybe a bit long for what it is, but if you're after a dice game with some tactical decision-making, this would be the one to go for.
2007-05-31*
Trans Europa (2005)
6
Oct 2010
6.411
Plays: 5
Neat little game. Works great with a pretty wide age range.
2007-04-02*
Tsuro (2004)
6
Oct 2010
6.574
Plays: 7
I've played it with 6 and with 2 so far. 6 was a bit too chaotic, and with 2, it took a little too long for much to happen. I'm thinking 4 may be the sweet spot. It's a beautiful little filler that's quite fun, though.
2008-01-18*
Tummy Ache (1973)
4
Jul 2013
N/A
Plays: 4
Fun art, but not much of a game. More than willing to play it with my nephew, though.
2014-02-14
Turbo Taxi (2000)
6
Jun 2012
5.797
Plays: 1
A pretty neat speed spatial game. I may like it better than Ubongo, in fact.
2009-12-01
8
Dec 2010
8.223
Owned
Plays: 3
This'll probably get an 8, or maybe even a 9 once I play it a bit more. The forthcoming mounted board will deal with the major shortcoming in this game.
UPDATE (Dec. '10): I'll give it an 8 for now. I definitely think that there's something to this game, but it's long enough that I'm not sure how often I'll get to play it.
2010-12-21
Ubongo (2003)
7
Oct 2010
6.616
Plays: 1
Nice little spatial game. I'm not sure whether I like the scoring or not yet; it can be a bit tricky.
2008-05-09*
Ubongo: Duel (2008)
7
Oct 2010
6.295
Plays: 1
Simple spatial race game. There's not much to it, but it's fun for what it is.
2009-11-05
Verräter (1998)
7
Jan 2011
6.387
Owned
Plays: 2
I don't know any gamer-friends who are hard-core enough to deal with all the German text on the cards.
UPDATE (Mar '09): Found the gamer friends, gave it a try, thought it was pretty cool!
2009-03-15
Vexation (2007)
7
Oct 2010
6.291
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
It adds some nice flavour to the base game. Since I don't own either of the base games, though, I don't actually play with it much!
2008-07-04*
Werewolf (1986)
7
Oct 2010
6.507
Plays: 4
This can be pretty fun if you have a good moderator. I am not a good moderator.
2007-04-02*
English edition 2001
Year: 2001
7
Oct 2010
6.779
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 13
Great artwork, which adds a bit to the experience. It bugs me that they split this game from the main Werewolf entry though--it makes tracking games a hassle.
2008-02-29*
7
Oct 2010
5.724
Owned
Plays: 14
We laughed ourselves silly playing this. I played with a fairly creative bunch, but I think any group would enjoy this if they gave it a chance.
2008-01-03*
6
Jul 2015
5.434
Plays: 6
Quite possibly the best game consisting of three cards. That's not saying much, but I'm glad I have a (home-made) set living in my Loveletter pouch.
2015-07-10
7
Oct 2010
6.702
Owned
Plays: 5
Simple and lots of fun. It's a 7 right now, but I'm interested to try it with more people and see how it plays.
2007-12-15*
North Star Games First edition, with rubber mat
Year: 2005
7
Oct 2010
6.893
Owned
Plays: 21
Pretty cool party game. A trivia game that actually has some 'game' to go with the trivia. Actually, it's probably the best trivia game out there.
2007-09-05*
7
Jan 2011
6.352
Plays: 1
The new scoring method is fantastic when playing with younger people or families.
2010-07-23
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