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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
Z-Man Games edition 2008 with Z-Deck and animeeples
Year: 2008
8
Sep 2011
8.039
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
8
Aug 2015
7.981
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 2
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
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*
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*
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
Blokus Duo (aka Blokus Duo) (2005)
ImageID 96215
8
Oct 2010
6.680
Owned
Plays: 27
It's Blokus! But portable! A great, easy to teach abstract.
2006-10-13*
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*
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
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
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*
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*
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*
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
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*
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
8
Oct 2010
6.445
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
6.229
Owned
Plays: 6
More monsters and special character abilities. There's no reason not to play with it.
2009-05-04
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
7.323
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
7.477
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
8
Jul 2010
6.845
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
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
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
Eclipse (2011)
8
Jun 2013
7.934
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Plays: 1
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*
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
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*
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
6.827
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
7.413
Owned
Plays: 9
This game is great, chaotic fun.
2008-03-20*
Glory to Rome (2005)
8
Jun 2014
7.379
Owned
Plays: 3
El Grande (1995)
8
Oct 2010
7.720
Owned
Plays: 5
A classic for a good reason. A bit brain-burny at times, but in a good way.
2007-06-04*
Haggis (2010)
8
May 2010
6.776
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
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*
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*
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*
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
King of Tokyo (2011)
8
Mar 2015
7.322
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
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*
Memoir '44 (2004)
8
Oct 2010
7.405
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*
8
Mar 2015
7.345
Owned
Plays: 4
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*
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*
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
7.266
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
8
Jan 2015
7.301
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
8
Jan 2010
7.909
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
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*
8
Dec 2012
7.410
Owned
Plays: 23
8
Dec 2013
7.671
Owned
Plays: 4
8
May 2011
6.672
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
7.299
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
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*
8
Dec 2013
6.662
Plays: 4
It's awesome, but the setup time drops it down a notch.
2013-12-09
8
Dec 2013
7.193
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
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
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
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
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
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
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*
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*
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
8
Dec 2014
6.104
Owned
Plays: 5
YINSH (2003)
8
Oct 2010
7.366
Owned
Plays: 5
Neat brain-burner of an abstract. Quite chaotic, but pretty fun. A good way to bring the chess-folks into the hobby, along with Hive.
2006-10-13*
Yspahan (2006)
8
Oct 2010
6.992
Owned
Plays: 12
Only a couple of plays, but I'm looking forward to playing it more. Trying to take advantage of the caravan more effectively is my next goal.
UPDATE: Well, I just got 99 points with the caravan strategy, so I guess it works pretty well!
2007-10-26*
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