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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
Age of Steam (2002)
10
May 2011
7.508
Owned
Plays: 24
This is an excellent game that can be VERY tense and thought-provoking. Gut-wrenching decisions abound, and the game is very unforgiving of mistakes -- especially in the early rounds.
2007-10-20*
Battle Line (2000)
10
Jul 2013
7.290
Owned
Plays: 110
Very intense strategy game. Despite the fact that it plays quickly and is only a deck of cards with a few pawns, this game presents you with more tense decisions and tricky puzzles than many larger and more complicated games. Update -- this game has become a huge hit with a bunch of people at the office; the cards are becoming worn from frequent play.
2007-08-12*
Chess (1475)
10
Nov 2003*
6.947
Owned
Plays: 354
Classic -- perhaps my favorite game.
2003-11-28*
Dominion (2008)
9.5
Jul 2009*
7.695
Owned
Plays: 23
Very interesting card game in which one builds a deck while the game is in progress. I love the challenge of trying to build the most efficient engine to power purchases. Further play with different card combinations has shown that this game has legs. Five player with 12 kingdom cards played until 4 piles run out works fairly well.
2009-03-14
El Grande (1995)
9.5
Jul 2006*
7.723
Owned
Plays: 18
This is an excellent game with an elegant system that constantly forces you to make tough choices to balance the distribution of caballeros and thus maximize your victory points. This is clearly among the best Euro games I have ever played.
2006-07-29*
9.5
Dec 2007*
7.464
Owned
Plays: 3
I have long heard this game praised as the best card driven war game. As far as my limited experience goes, I can say that I agree. It manages to provide an abundance of period flavor while still retaining an elegant system. I personally like the battle card system very much as it seems to lend the game a little more tension compared to the typical roll your dice and check the CRT format. Tension, agonizingly difficult decisions, historical flavor and the ability to control well-balanced asymmetrical powers, this game falls nicely into my wargaming sweet spot.
2007-12-11*
Navia Dratp (2004)
10
Sep 2011
6.198
Owned
Plays: 24
Although I have come to this game after it had ceased production of any new units, I have quickly become a huge fan. The theme is not a selling point for me but I really enjoy the game play. I am an avid (although not particularly good) chess player and this game scratches that itch very nicely. While it lacks the austere beauty of chess, the special powers of the pieces and the multiple routes to victory go a long way towards making up for some of that loss. Being able to play this on Vassal as well as face to face means that I should be able to enjoy this one quite a bit.
2007-04-06*
9.5
Mar 2011
N/A
Owned
Love this game. This expansion wave adds some more masetai to the mix.
2011-03-04
9.5
Mar 2011
5.649
Owned
Excellent expansion wave for a wonderful game. See my comments on Navia Dratp itself.
2011-03-04
Poker (1810)
10
Dec 2009*
6.548
Owned
Plays: 88
No Limit Hold Em is my favorite poker variant although more experience with other types would likely improve my opinions of those as well. Poker makes me tense in the same way as a very tense boardgame. Dan Harrington's three book series really helped my appreciation of tournament hold'em (although I'm still not particularly good). Although I love trick-taking card games and rank Bridge, Spades and Euchre among my favorite past-times, Poker is probably my favorite traditional card game and the only game other than chess that I currently rank a 10.
2009-12-14
10
Jan 2012
8.064
Owned
Plays: 8
Very well designed and interesting civilization game. This sits at my upper limit for epic games in terms of length and it is not a game I would like to play often because of its length. That said, I respect the design and enjoy playing it when I can get the chance. My favorite part is managing resource production, population etc. I especially like how technological innovation allows you to use resources more efficiently.
2010-08-06
9.5
Dec 2004*
7.652
Owned
Plays: 8
Excellent game! I have yet to try it with 2 players, but it is an outstanding classic of modern game design. I wish I could convince others to play this more often. I have found that I prefer conflict heavy games of T&E with a great deal of interaction to more passive games so I now greatly prefer playing with 4 players.
2011-07-24
10
Nov 2008*
5.962
A deck of cards has a lot of virtues. It can be used to play hundreds of games that range from fun games for kids to complicated and satisfying games of strategy, it is small enough to fit in one's pocket, readily available and very cheap. How would I rate it? I have decided to give it only my second rating of 10 (out of almost 650 rated games) because I see myself playing card games happily until I die.
2006-09-06*
9.5
Nov 2011
8.222
Owned
Plays: 4
I am incredibly impressed with this game. Excellent combination of historical feel and playability -- maybe the best I've seen in this regard. Like the Cold War itself it is not a war in any conventional sense but rather a unique strategic undertaking. This takes its place at the top of its class (along with We the People and Hannibal) for me.
2011-11-19
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