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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
1776 (1974)
N/A
5.930
Prev. Owned
Afrika Korps (1964)
N/A
5.769
Prev. Owned
7
Jan 2011
6.349
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Light wargame with some area control bits added in. It plays fairly fast for this sort of game once you digest the tricky ruleset. A solid game but not a standout in its genre.
2011-01-29
Aquädukt (2005)
7
Jul 2007*
6.158
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Relatively quick and light tile placement game which offers the option of building springs or water for known gains or rolling the die and placing houses for possible immediate reward or future speculation. Ironically for a game about Aquaducts, I suspect this will get a little dry with further play.
2007-07-16*
Attika (2003)
7
Aug 2008*
6.854
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Interesting rather abstract tile placement game with many decisions to consider before each play. I have yet to experience the problems with multiplayer games that others have had but I have not played with four players yet.
2008-05-20*
7.5
Oct 2009*
6.035
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I am enjoying the specific battle series of A&A games very much. This game has quite a different feel from the A&A Bulge game. There is plenty of opportunity for clever manuever and dramatic swings of fortune. I happen to like the random casualty system provided by the much maligned Battle Box. The fact that units which attack in more than one sphere (land, sea, air) can make multiple attacks per turn seems a little odd but I suppose the units that are capable are also of higher cost. Airfields and carriers really play an important role in this game. Very nice job in creating a simple wargame that is not in any way simplistic!
2008-02-11*
7.5
Oct 2009*
6.082
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I enjoy the level of complexity in this game. It hits the sweet spot for me in terms of offering some nice thematic touches to enhance the experience of recreating history while avoiding tons of exceptions and special cases. My biggest problem with the game is the initiative roles for combat as they seem overpowerful and a bad run on those particular rolls will sink your chances of winning (of course rolling poorly in any A&A game is not going to be good but the entire game seems to me to rest on only 7 combat initiative rolls (no role for round 1). My first play saw the battle come down to a struggle for Bastogne and exhibited a bulged front line that rather nicely approximated the historical front.
2007-04-25*
Battle Cry (2000)
7
Mar 2009*
6.842
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Light but very engaging war game. While short on strategic depth and historical simulation, it makes up for that with its streamlined rules and FAST play.
2006-11-30*
Bitter Woods (1998)
7
Aug 2009*
5.791
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
This is a very solid hex and counter wargame. I have only played the shorter (tournament) scenario without the optional rules so my experience here is very limited. The game seems to model the Battle of the Bulge nicely with a minimum of complexity. It offers opportunity for creative manuever and rewards solid tactical play. On the negative side, it can run a bit long and it's a bit too tempting to try to "math" your way towards the optimal combat ratios.
2008-05-18*
Bobby Lee (1993)
N/A
5.857
Prev. Owned
8
May 2009*
6.543
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Excellent game -- VERY unique wargame that is elegant in both appearance and play. Decisions are tense and the fog of war effect works better even than in the Columbia Games I've played. I've only played as the Austrians so far but I enjoy the asymmetrical forces with different victory conditions. My only (slight) gripe is that the game lacks a certain intangible "fun" factor that is probably a result of the diceless combat.
2007-10-20*
Boomtown (2004)
7
Apr 2009*
6.339
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Cute light bidding game and majority control game. Reminds me of Medici in that you bid your victory points (gold) each round to gain items that might score larger bonuses. Of course the random production element and the take that card play make this game much lighter and less fulfilling.
2011-08-30
Brandywine (2000)
7.5
May 2006*
5.817
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Very interesting simulation of a fairly large scale American Revolutionary War battle. The conventional wisdom suggests that this game offers more scope for creative manuevering than the other titles in the series. Having only played Guilford and Eutaw Springs before this, I cannot really confirm or deny this but I would tend to believe that it's true as my first play saw fronts opening and closing all over the large map. In enjoy this series although I do find that the tactics chits can slow down the gameplay somewhat.
2006-05-18*
N/A
6.646
Prev. Owned
6.5
Mar 2009*
6.439
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting, highly abstract game of placement, spawning and hopefully well-timed movement. There is a definite tension to each decision and determining one's opponents' most likely moves is critical. Of course, as with most perfect information multiplayer games I could see the possibility of there being kingmaker and bash-the-leader problems. The end game can also become a rather dry exercise in number crunching
2007-04-22*
N/A
5.505
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.894
Prev. Owned
6
Aug 2010
5.709
Prev. Owned
Decent network building game. One must upgrade resources into other more advanced resources in order to buy and produce films, Can be a little bit of a grind but the game basically works. Graphics detract from the whole.
2010-08-10
7
Sep 2008*
7.462
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
This expansion adds some more interesting strategic decisions (which are, in my opinion, welcome) to the base game. The inns make the road scoring a more significant part of the game and I like the depth added by the giant meeple.
2007-07-18*
7
Sep 2008*
7.423
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Possibly the best of the Carcassonne expansions. This adds some interesting (and much needed) strategic decisions to the base game.
2007-07-18*
7.5
Dec 2008*
6.503
Prev. Owned
Plays: 8
Very nice combination of memory and strategy game for young children and the whole family. Children and aduts will enjoy the lavish components and the cute theme as well.
2008-12-04*
N/A
5.930
Prev. Owned
7
Aug 2008*
5.707
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
The common criticism that this game is very light and involves a ton of dice rolling is absolutely true. However, it does offer some meaningful decisions (especially when assembling gladiator teams) and remains fun throughout its relatively short playing time.
2007-06-14*
Cloud 9 (1999)
7
Sep 2008*
6.211
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
Light as air, quick and fun. I have only used the Out of the Box ruleset but I think I will try out the FX Schmidt special rules for melds (3,4,5 card plays) in the near future.
2007-07-18*
5
Sep 2008*
5.517
Prev. Owned
I used to own this game in my youth. It remember it being quite different from every other game I'e ever played becaused of the way in which it requires you to pay close attention to the events transpiring during the scenes. I haven't seen this in almost 20 years so I don't know what I would think of this today.
2005-12-09*
Colosseum (2007)
7.5
Nov 2010
6.996
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Some have complained that about this game simply recycles mechanisms from other Euros. There is some truth to the complaint but it does not inhibit my enjoyment of the game at all. The game has set collection, auctions, and resource management aspects that will seem very familiar. It also includes a roll and move element that's not typical of most Euros. The mixture works well for me however and seems to offer tension and opportunity for clever play. The game is over produced and I like the colorful components.
2008-05-18*
9
Aug 2010
7.144
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I generally like the rules alterations in this version - the overstacking penalty seems to make more sense and adds a tense choice, the automatic kill possibility lends tension to large fire attacks and I love the recon order. The breaking of weapons mechanic here seems odd honestly.
2010-08-17
Conspiracy (1973)
4
Sep 2008*
5.780
Prev. Owned
I owned this as a child and distinctly remember that I did not particularly enjoy it. I might not have been playing with the ideal number of people, however. I would have to play again to give it a completely fair rating.
2005-06-30*
7
Nov 2009*
6.663
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Doom is a fun and relatively light "dungeon" exploration game. The "balance issues" so frequently discussed were not evident in the first game that I played even though we did not employ any of the fixes listed on this site(the marines eventually lost while standing on the threshold of the victory door). The marines lost heavily when I played the scenario again (with me as the Invader this time) and the three players complained of a lack of ammo which they felt gave a serious advantage to the Invader player.
2006-08-20*
N/A
5.643
Prev. Owned
7
Dec 2010
6.800
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Very light, streamlined dungeon crawl. This might be my favorite game in a genre that I don't really love (although I always have high expectations for this sort of game).
2010-12-24
N/A
6.580
Prev. Owned
6
Apr 2009*
6.730
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I like the basic mechanics of this game quite a bit. The length is going to prevent it from hitting the table as often as it should. Also the rules are exception-ridden and probably a bit too complicated for my taste. If the basic system itself weren't so elegant I would have a harder time swallowing many of the more fiddly parts.
2007-01-31*
6
Aug 2008*
6.531
Prev. Owned
Plays: 11
Interesting race game with a nicely integrated theme. Played quickly it can be a fairly enjoyable, light game with some interesting tactical decisions, but played with careful calculation, it bogs down significantly.
2008-07-07*
Feudal (1967)
6.5
Aug 2012
5.743
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting tactical game with a blind set up. Chess-like with some more wargame options.
2012-08-08
7.5
Nov 2007*
6.726
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
Interesting expansion of the card driven system into the ACW era. I absolutely love the basic engine of the game here but I feel that much of the additional chrome detracts from my enjoyment. River movement/control and the leadership hierarchy in an army/corps are two particularly bloated areas that should be trimmed.
2007-11-18*
7.5
Apr 2009*
6.367
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Fortress America was an interesting game back when it was first released. More balanced in my opinion than Axis and Allies but somewhat less enjoyable gameplay. This game is better multiplayer than two player as the gameplay can bog down if the invader player is beset by AP.
2006-10-01*
Funny Friends (2005)
6.5
Apr 2009*
6.237
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Interesting set collection/resource management game with a mildly amusing theme. The game is more than a bit fiddly considering how light it is.
2009-04-19
7
Nov 2006*
6.288
Prev. Owned
I have only tried some of the games presented in this book. The best of those I've tried are Poke (a strange two handed poker game), Lines of Action, Crossings and Focus.
2006-11-30*
Genoa (2001)
8
Oct 2008*
6.994
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting negotiation game that has a unique feel. It's difficult to gauge the relative values of different actions, and it's generally a tense struggle to actualize the plan once you've decided upon a specific course of action that seems tactically beneficial. Like many games with so much player interaction, it can run a bit long.
2006-11-05*
Germantown (2010)
N/A
5.725
Prev. Owned
Currently Unplayed
2010-09-04
7.5
Aug 2009*
5.802
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
This game adds a command dimension to the typical Columbia block game system that I have come to know through Hammer of the Scots and Liberty. Since read Killer Angles and visiting the battlefield, Gettysburg is a subject that I enjoy exploring. Melee attacks without outflanking the opponent or softening them up with fire attacks can easily backfire. The command mechanics add an interesting element to the game on one level but they also contribute to the fact that this game just feels much less elegant than the other block games I've played.
2007-05-25*
Gladiator (1981)
5
Mar 2009*
5.805
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
This is one of those Avalon Hill titles that reminds me of how far game design has come in the past twenty-five years. There is a good game in here somewhere but the dice rolling and CRT consultation becomes more than a bit tedious. I made the mistake of playing a four person game which resulted in more than a bit of downtime as the various battles were conducted and the endless charts were consulted. I actually like the basic idea behind the movement and combat mechanisms but the structure of one chart sending the players to subsequent charts which might require further dice rolls after that becomes draining.
2007-08-26*
Guilford (2002)
7.5
Aug 2012
5.885
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
The fact that this game includes two completely different battles (both of which have shorter "tournament scenarios") makes this a hit for me. The mechanics are relatively streamlined while still allowing for some degree of immersion into the conditions of 18th century warfare. I also appreciate the ability to learn a rules system which is applicable to other titles in Mark Miklos' ARW series.
2006-04-12*
8
Aug 2009*
5.690
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Interesting CDG on an American war about which I know very little. I like the fact that how many movement points you have left before entering a battle can influence your readiness for the fight. I like the level of chrome here -- not too dry/abstract and not too complex from a rules standpoint.
2009-08-21
N/A
5.785
Prev. Owned
7
Aug 2008*
6.307
Prev. Owned
Plays: 22
4-pack wave 3 heroscape expansion. This is a decent but unspectacular bunch of units.
2007-03-29*
7
Aug 2008*
6.527
Prev. Owned
Plays: 15
If you've explored the master set figure options thoroughly, this set offers some new options. The price is a bit high when compared to the price of the master set. As a classicist, my favorite figures are the Romans (although I wish each of the archers was a different sculpt).
2007-03-29*
7.5
Aug 2006*
6.551
Prev. Owned
Plays: 17
This is perhaps the most worthwhile expansion to the base Heroscape game; I especially like the bridge tiles and trees
2006-08-12*
7
Aug 2008*
6.373
Prev. Owned
Plays: 11
Large Figure Heroscape expansion. The two dragons are both excellent but my favorite figure is the giant, Jotund.
2007-02-03*
7
Aug 2008*
6.363
Prev. Owned
Plays: 8
Like "The Road to the Forgotten Forest," this expansion adds some needed "coverage" terrain to Heroscape. The Snow tiles are only one color -- perhaps they should have been white on a light blue background. The ice tiles and glaciers are excellent.
2007-02-03*
7
Jan 2008*
6.181
Prev. Owned
Plays: 19
Some interesting new units in this expansion. I like the new agents and the Soulborg blastatrons & gladiatrons are a potentially lethal combination
2008-01-26*
7
Aug 2008*
6.447
Prev. Owned
Plays: 21
This is similar to Mallidon's prophecy in that it offers 4 new packs of figures. The price is somewhat high when compared to the terrain expansions and the base set. Try to get a hold of copies at the occasional TRU half price boardgame sales, if possible (that's closer to a fair price). I think the fact that you "have to" buy three packs of the Marro Drones to utilize their special power is absurd. Buy one pack and use their power to move other Marro figures in your army as someone has suggested on this site.
2007-03-29*
7
Sep 2008*
6.271
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
An interesting Heroscape expansion that adds quite a bit of different terrain as well as some new figures for little more than the cost of a new figure pack from one of the four-part figure expansions.
2006-10-02*
7
Aug 2008*
6.217
Prev. Owned
Plays: 19
Comparable in value to the other 4-pack wave Heroscape expansions. As a classicist, I'm happy to see some Greek soldiers included to compliment the Romans from Mallidon's Prohecy.
2007-03-29*
8
Jun 2007*
7.158
Prev. Owned
Plays: 41
Light, fun, dice-rolling game with very nice miniatures. There are usually some interesting tactical decisions to be made (especially at the beginning of the game when one has a lot of units) and drafting one's army offers some room for strategic analysis of how to diversify one's forces and adapt a group for a certain scenario.
2007-06-14*
5
Aug 2008*
5.825
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
A single repainted figure who might see some more table time now that I own the snow/ice terrain set.
2007-04-14*
Imperial (2006)
8
Nov 2011
7.438
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Another very interesting Euro game with a strong element of conflict. Combat is reminiscent of Advanced Civilization in that military aggression hurts both the attacker and defender. Although the game is primarily about economic growth and investment, the threat of combat looms over everything and makes for some tense gameplay. I love how all of your careful planning can be undone by having a rival take control of a country in which you had held the majority.
2007-09-20*
5
Aug 2009*
5.903
Prev. Owned
Managed to play only once. It is quite an undertaking. I don't recall the payoff being worthwhile
2006-09-25*
Indonesia (2005)
8
Jun 2010
7.213
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Very interesting economic development game. The integration between the operating rounds, merger phase and research&development choices each player makes is very well handled and gives the game a rare depth. Enjoyable, satisfying engine building game that does not outstay its 4 hour playtime. Components could be designed more functionally given the amount of fiddling that needs to be done over the course of the game.
2010-02-27
Jambo (2004)
7
Mar 2009*
6.945
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Interesting card game that allows for some CCG-like interaction between the players. Buying the items in order to sell sets begins to feel like a lot of work for a little gain sometimes.
2009-03-19
Kahuna (1998)
7.5
Aug 2008*
6.504
Prev. Owned
Plays: 9
Nice 2 player game with a good deal of strategy and a bit of luck in the card draw.
2007-03-24*
Keythedral (2002)
8
Mar 2007*
6.794
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Keythedral is a particulary outstanding Euro game. The method of gathering resources from fields by placing cottages on the intersections feels very much like Settlers. The auction for turn order and the use of the cottage/house numbers are an ingenious way of forcing people to plan their strategies carefully and weigh their decisions. The law cards, trading posts and the victory point tiles are all ingeniously and elegantly designed. The game is also beautifully produced with great variety in the artwork on the individual pieces. Although the individual mechanics of this game are not completely original, the game as a whole is unique and well-crafted.
2007-03-24*
6
Apr 2009*
5.840
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
The splitter certainly adds a new level of tactical depth to the game but it can also highlight problems with the beam's inaccuracy after a few bounces. I probably need to play the base game more frequently in order to really appreciate this expansion fully.
2008-06-28*
7
Apr 2009*
6.309
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Try it for the laser gimmick but play it again because it's an interesting abstract game that forces one to look ahead spatially in an unusual way in order to place mirrors in such a way as to divert the laser beam to one's advantage. I am eager to play this further and will update my rating accordingly.
2008-06-28*
4.5
Apr 2007*
5.837
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Very light, luck driven "take that" card game with a little hand management involved. I actually like the components (the artwork is pleasantly understated for a game/theme that is not exactly subtle). This can be fun with the right group. My kids enjoy hitting me with huge combinations. (Prize table pick-up)
2007-04-04*
8.5
Jun 2006*
6.148
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Very good block game in the tradition of Hammer of the Scots. The naval movement/attacks seem a bit fiddle to me after one play -- I don't quite understand why sea attacks cannot be supplemented by simultaneous land attacks (without resorting to the excuse that it would make the game too easy for the Brits if that rule weren't in effect). After one play, I'd say it's not quite up to the level of Hammer because it's less richly themed but it plays easily and quickly and gives a nice strategic-level overview of the American Revolution. It also suffers somewhat in my opinion by being the second best simple strategic-level ARW game since We the People is a bit better.
2006-06-15*
7.5
Aug 2008*
6.714
Owned
Prev. Owned
Very different, cooperative game. Despite the evocative artwork and apparent attention to theme, the game can feel abstract in execution -- I seldom imagine myself as a hobbit using precious resources to avoid corruption but often find myself calculating the benefits of discarding a certain number of cards to forestall an event tile.
2007-03-24*
N/A
6.871
Prev. Owned
Magnet (2008)
6.5
Nov 2011
5.596
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting Stratego-like abstract. I don't have any complaints about the gameplay here but don't feel particularly compelled to play it either.
2011-11-06
8
May 2007*
6.948
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
The simultaneous secret action choice is the heart of this game. It gives it a great deal of flavor but also makes it quite chaotic. I enjoy the interactions of the special bonuses of the roles and the decisions about where to invest your resources when considering the upcoming areas to be scored.
2007-05-20*
Manhattan (1994)
7
Jun 2009*
6.481
Prev. Owned
Plays: 5
This quick, light game offers a nice balance of strategy and luck with a cutthroat edge.
2009-06-06
Manila (2005)
8
May 2008*
6.786
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I enjoy this unique game which effectively spices up a relatively simple press-your-luck gambling mechanic with an auction and other elements to form a whole that seems greater than the sum of its parts. The components (particularly the wooden boats) are very well done. I especially like how the harbor master can control the starting positions of the boats each round.
2008-05-22*
7
Dec 2010
5.973
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Meaty Economic Euro with some interesting ideas implemented. Unfortunately, the economic system is more than a bit fiddly and the way in which the prices for resources and stocks rise and fall is not completely intuitive. Our first game saw everyone pursuing a guild order strategy with less focus on the stock market; the dangers of having your stock price undercut by other sellers makes the market very risky as a longterm strategy in a large mulitplayer game.
2010-12-18
7
Mar 2009*
6.782
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
The air rules are by no means necessary to enjoying Memoir 44. They are a little extra razzle-dazzle for the Memori fanatic who has everything. I happen to like the way the planes are handled but they do make a VERY simple game somewhat more complex. I am really getting to the point with all of my Memoir stuff where I need some way to keep track of the terrain hexes that is better than having them spread out through 5 different expansion boxes.
2008-04-14*
5
Mar 2009*
6.816
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
The extra terrain tiles are nice but this is a very high priced expansion with little payoff. The inclusion of only a handful of extra scenarios which don't even make full use of all the terrain tiles is particularly disappointing. This is far inferior to the Eastern Front expansion.
2007-11-24*
N/A
5.685
Prev. Owned
Men of Iron (2005)
N/A
6.044
Prev. Owned
Currently Unplayed
2009-08-07
Monmouth (2007)
7
Aug 2009*
5.921
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Another very good entry in the Great Battles of the American Revolution series. I have only played the 3rd scenario which does not include the command rules.
2009-08-14
Palazzo (2005)
8
Jan 2007*
6.304
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting, quick-playing game in which players must build palaces. The quest to construct in sequential levels for maximum efficiency reminds me of Lost Cities while the auctions remind me of several of the designer's other games. Despite some people's legitimate complaints about originality, I found the game light, quick, tense and, most importantly, fun.
2007-01-14*
7.5
Feb 2008*
7.575
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I have only played the introductory and limited war scenarios so far, so I am not really in a position to give a final judgement on the game. I enjoy the ramp up from mobilization through Limited War into total war. I like the combat system. My major misgivings are some of the chrome rules regarding the Near East map, the entry/exit of US and Russia, and the exceptional rules that differentiate the individual powers and certain specific units. For a strategic overview of the conflict on this level, I would prefer that there were fewer exceptions to the rules (at the price of some of the WWI flavor). A second play has raised my rating somewhat as the basic mechanics give the game a nice flow despite the exceptions.
2008-02-04*
Paydirt (1970)
5.5
Dec 2004*
5.925
Prev. Owned
I haven't played this in many years. I don't recall being particularly impressed.
2004-12-30*
Pensacola (2010)
N/A
5.596
Prev. Owned
Currently Unplayed
2010-07-10
7.5
Mar 2010
7.198
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
This was a surprisingly fun game for me. It offers a great deal of meaningful decisions in every stage of the game. There are random elements to add spice but various ways to mitigate their effects or compensate in other areas that you can control. It also plays very well with three which can be a difficult number.
2008-05-18*
PitchCar Mini (2003)
7
Aug 2008*
6.521
Prev. Owned
Plays: 25
This is a nice dexterity game that my whole family enjoys. Like many dexterity games Pitchcar Mini tempts one to make the "brilliant" shot but seems to reward fairly conservative control shots. This aspect can be a bit frustrating for the kids but they always get a kick when their huge shots pay off.
2006-10-08*
Polarity (1986)
7
Jul 2007*
6.136
Owned
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Interesting, relatively quick dexterity game with a light strategy component. Perhaps more strategic options will emerge as my opponents and I become more adept at the placement of the pieces. Unique if nothing else.
2007-07-18*
N/A
5.667
Prev. Owned
Il Principe (2005)
6.5
Aug 2008*
6.088
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
This is a fairly dry auction / area control / building game with minimal integration of theme and no really groundbreaking mechanics. The map is absurdly too small.
2008-05-07*
N/A
6.337
Prev. Owned
N/A
7.126
Prev. Owned
Currently unplayed
2012-08-08
6
Aug 2008*
6.227
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Decent implementation of a fantasy quest RPG style board game. The main problem is that the endgame simply drags on too long. I could also see replay value being limited. It has some promise however. I would like it more if it really played in and hour and a half. There should perhaps be more opportunities to gain gold.
2007-04-13*
N/A
5.608
Prev. Owned
RoboRally (1994)
7
May 2009*
7.103
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
This is a very unique game that manages to allow for some long term planning while also injecting a large dose of chaos to ruin those finely laid out plans. I am not sufficiently spatially inclined to be successful at this game and it can run a little long for what it is. A very good game that others may well enjoy more than I.
2007-06-30*
Saratoga (1998)
6.5
Jun 2008*
5.990
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Mildly enjoyable light simulation of the Battle of Saratoga. I like this series because it introduces me to the major tactical problems faced in a number of American Revolutionary Battles. I enjoy how the importance of maintaining room to retreat compels one to use formations that imitate commanders of the time. I also like the relatively low counter density and simple rules. I would enjoy the game more if the CRT led to somewhat more dramatic results. It's tough to eliminate units here -- I understand why it's tough to eliminate units given the nature of the conflict, but I would enjoy this more as a GAME if this aspect were a bit more dynamic.
2009-07-20
Savannah (2005)
N/A
5.654
Prev. Owned
Currently unplayed
2006-04-12*
6
Jul 2010
5.976
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Mediocre simultaneous action selection game. Could have been a cute filler game but it's just too long and a bit too repetitive for that. Could be a good children's game if shortened but the choice of band names etc. makes that a little problematic.
2010-07-25
N/A
5.851
Prev. Owned
7
Oct 2008*
7.050
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
This is an excellent cooperative game with tense decisions and plenty of opportunity for discussion of options on a given turn. Of course, the possibility of having a traitor in the group adds greatly to the fun. In the usual Days of Wonder fashion, the presentation is wonderful. I would have to admit that there are occasions when one's next few turns are obvious and the downtime can drag.
2008-07-07*
Shear Panic (2005)
7
Sep 2008*
6.236
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Very nice game with a highly abstract feel. Movement reminds me somewhat of Hive. An extra point for the cute sheep!
2008-05-21*
Shipyard (2009)
7.5
Aug 2010
6.947
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Clever, meaty Euro that clearly has a lot going on but has not yet become a favorite. I have only played it two player -- perhaps it needs more people to shine.
2010-08-06
N/A
5.724
Prev. Owned
Currently Unplayed
2011-11-20
Space Alert (2008)
7
Sep 2009*
7.444
Prev. Owned
Plays: 8
I have only played the two test run scenarios so far. I will update this rating when I play the full game. Very interesting, unique design that uses time pressure well (much better than Space Dealer for instance). I often find cooperative games to be very deterministic in play after a few games -- hopefully this game will break that trend.
2009-09-07
7.5
Aug 2011
7.311
Prev. Owned
Plays: 10
Very nice tactical game with asymetrical sides. I especially enjoy the quick playing time but I'm not too sold on the overproduced components. I would probably prefer chits and a price tag of 1/3 the amount.

Scenario 1 Suicide Mission, 2 Exterminate
2011-08-08
Taktika (2007)
7
Jul 2009*
5.836
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Cute flicking game that has different pieces that move and attack in different ways, Unique, light and fun.
2009-07-19
5
Jul 2014
7.098
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Very different story-telling game. Not a lot of strategy here but it can yield and interesting tale. I bought it to play with my daughter who is a big Betrayal on the House of the Hill fan and it shares some RPG-lite and exploration elements with that game.
2009-08-10
7.5
Jun 2007*
5.867
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Very enjoyable wargame which allows for clever tactical play with a highly streamlined ruleset. The short playing time and lack of complexity makes this an ideal introduction to traditional hex and counter wargames. It is one of very few wargames that I can actually get to the table. Thanks, MMP!
2007-06-30*
7
Mar 2009*
6.117
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
I feel that this expansion greatly adds to the main game by making the least chosen turn action siginificantly more attractive. The addition of several bonus cards encourages the drawing of extra tickets -- the aspect of the game that adds the most tension, fun and tactical depth to the gameplay. UPDATE: Further play has shown that the draw of certain expansion tickets may give players too large an advantage -- I will probably use it less frequently.
2006-12-29*
N/A
5.976
Prev. Owned
N/A
6.475
Prev. Owned
Up Front (1983)
6.5
Aug 2008*
7.154
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I've only played the introductory scenario of this game and need to read through additional rules in order to explore the more advanced scenarios but I've been a little underwhelmed by this classic so far. It is an innovative system that gives an interesting abstract perspective on movement, terrain, combat, command problems and fog of war. Ultimately, for the amount of complexity I would prefer to play a traditional wargame.
2007-08-03*
Urban Sprawl (2011)
6
Apr 2012
6.453
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
This is a rich game with a lot of interesting card interactions. The main knock on the game is that the players are often at the mercy of fairly random card draws that can seriously impact their success in the game. I do have to say that my first play did give me that feeling of only having very limited control over my own destiny. Perhaps a bigger knock for me is that there is little to do on other people's turns as the cards available will often shift radically by the time your turn arrives. This leads to a pretty long, random game with a lot of downtime. Perhaps it is a testament to what the game does get right that I still rate it fairly highly.
2011-11-06
N/A
6.615
Prev. Owned
Vinci (1999)
7.5
Oct 2008*
6.876
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
Interesting civilization expansion game -- much of the strategy involves determining how to maximize your score with limited resources by the end of your turn. The decision of when to go into decline is also always tough.
2007-06-30*
3
Dec 2011
5.645
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
The blind drawing mechanic is simply too thin to build a game around. Too long for what it is. Maybe could have been a fun 30 minute filler but it is almost unplayable in its current form.
2011-12-18
N/A
5.846
Prev. Owned
N/A
7.153
Prev. Owned
Wellington (2005)
N/A
6.123
Prev. Owned
7
Mar 2008*
6.453
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
This rating reflects my first impressions after two plays. I enjoy the ways in which small modifications to the Paths of Glory system have sped up the action and given this game a very different feel despite sharing many mechanics with its WWI predecessor. I enjoy how the Axis begins the game with two major strategic options. As with Paths of Glory, some of the chrome rules are difficult for me to memorize (as I play most games too infrequently to digest rules exceptions thoroughly) and so I rank this below some more streamlined CDGs. I would have preferred some shorter scenario options as well. Our second game also devolved into a in/out of supply seesaw between Germany and Russia that was unsatisfying and felt a bit "gamey" to me.
2008-03-27*
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