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ImageID 72585
7
Oct 2010
6.235
Owned
Plays: 43
A game that teaches you about geography while actually being fun?? The impossible has been accomplished.
2006-06-16*
7
Jul 2012
6.808
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
Arkadia (2006)
ImageID 193620
7
Sep 2011
6.739
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
7.273
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
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
Blokus 3D (aka Blokus 3D) (2003)
ImageID 372616
Publisher: Alary Games
Year: 2008
Language: English
7
Oct 2010
6.613
Owned
Plays: 7
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 Trigon (2006)
7
Sep 2011
6.614
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*
7
Mar 2014
6.051
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
6.370
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
6.373
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
6.405
Owned
Plays: 8
The gangs are a neat addition, although they require a bit more luck management.
2008-04-22*
7
Oct 2010
6.388
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
6.338
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*
Carcassonne (2000)
7
Oct 2010
7.348
Owned
Plays: 12
I've kind of over-played it now, but it's still a classic.
2006-09-05*
7
Oct 2010
6.774
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
6.851
Owned
Plays: 1
More river tiles? Cool!
2008-01-14*
7
Oct 2010
7.423
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
7.218
Owned
Plays: 11
The classic, and still fun.
2008-04-19*
7
Oct 2010
6.341
Owned
Plays: 3
It's Settlers, but smaller. Great for playing on airplanes and while waiting in airports.
2008-04-19*
7
Oct 2010
6.786
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*
Coloretto (2003)
7
Sep 2011
6.887
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*
7
Oct 2010
5.912
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*
7
Oct 2010
6.131
Owned
Plays: 6
Nice, light trick taking game. A fun twist on a classic genre.
2010-09-12
7
Jan 2010
6.798
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
7
Sep 2010
6.871
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
7
Apr 2010
6.779
Plays: 2
Very very silly party game. Definitely good for a few laughs!
2010-04-21
Finca (2009)
7
Jan 2010
6.843
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
6.438
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
7
Dec 2012
5.614
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
7
Nov 2011
6.472
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
5.710
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
6.750
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*
High Society (1995)
7
Oct 2010
6.596
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*
Hollywood Blockbuster (aka Dream Factory) (2000)
7
Oct 2010
6.883
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*
7
Oct 2010
6.101
Owned
Plays: 5
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
5.973
Owned
Plays: 8
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*
Ingenious (2004)
7
Sep 2011
7.109
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*
Jungle Speed (1997)
7
Oct 2010
6.490
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
Key Largo (2005)
7
Oct 2010
6.039
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
6.555
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*
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2009
7
Aug 2011
6.008
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
6.818
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*
Loopin' Louie (1992)
7
Oct 2010
6.798
Plays: 2
It's just plain (plane?) fun.
2007-02-27*
7
Oct 2010
6.714
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 second edition in blister pack
Year: 2012
7
Jun 2014
7.349
Owned
Plays: 9
English third edition 2013
Year: 2013
7
Mar 2015
7.349
Owned
Plays: 9
Metropolys (2008)
7
Oct 2010
6.777
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*
Mr. Jack (2006)
7
Sep 2011
7.001
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*
English second edition
Year: 2010
7
Aug 2011
6.577
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
Mayfair/Kosmos English edition
Year: 2007
7
Sep 2011
7.197
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
7
Oct 2010
5.741
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
5.809
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
Poker (1810)
7
Oct 2010
6.547
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
6.198
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*
7
Oct 2010
6.180
Plays: 3
Quite a neat little game. Sort of a combination of Citadels and Modern Art.
2007-07-23*
Qwirkle (2006)
7
Jul 2014
6.713
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*
7
Oct 2010
6.846
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
Saboteur (2004)
7
Oct 2010
6.581
Owned
Plays: 16
Pretty neat little secret identity game. Best played with some lively negotiation.
2008-05-18*
San Juan (2004)
7
Oct 2010
7.220
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*
Say Anything (2008)
7
Oct 2010
6.670
Owned
Plays: 13
Fun party game. It may become one of my favourites.
2008-07-04*
Seafarers of Catan, The (aka Catan: Seafarers) (1997)
ImageID 212894
7
Jul 2012
7.036
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*
7
Apr 2010
7.183
Owned
Plays: 19
Not as good as Cursed!, but still worth throwing into the mix.
2010-04-21
Multilingual second edition
Year: 2009
7
Aug 2011
6.765
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
6.302
Owned
Plays: 14
Great little dexterity game with neat components.
2008-12-30*
Splendor (2014)
7
Mar 2015
7.467
Owned
Plays: 5
7
Nov 2013
6.587
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
Taj Mahal (2000)
7
Jun 2012
7.170
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
Cafe Games Edition
Year: 2006
7
Jun 2014
6.311
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
7
Oct 2010
6.959
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
7.050
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*
7
Jan 2011
7.133
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
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
Ubongo (2003)
7
Oct 2010
6.618
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
6.302
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
6.389
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
6.294
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
6.515
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
6.784
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
5.729
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*
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
6.892
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*
North Star Games English edition 2009
Year: 2009
7
Mar 2015
6.892
Owned
Plays: 21
7
Jan 2011
6.362
Plays: 1
The new scoring method is fantastic when playing with younger people or families.
2010-07-23
7
Oct 2010
6.396
Owned
Plays: 5
Any game where you end up offering $1000 for a chicken is pretty good, in my opinion!
2007-09-05*
Boxed Edition
Year: 2003
7
Oct 2010
6.719
Owned
Plays: 9
Yes, I know I could make this out of Treehouse packs, but I'd love to get a boxed version of this. The other Icehouse games don't appeal to me much.
UPDATE: Got it! The local games store sold their demo copy! Woot! Oh, and it's fun, too.
2008-07-04*
Zooloretto (2007)
7
Oct 2010
6.792
Owned
Plays: 9
I'm a big fan of Coloretto, and this 'sequel' of sorts doesn't disappoint. The money actions add a few extra tactics that make it worth picking up even if you have Coloretto, and the cute-factor can come in handy when trying to convince recalcitrant lady-types to play.
2008-04-19*
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