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8
Nov 2012
7.106
Owned
Plays: 30
This is a brilliant take on the TS game engine.
2010-01-21
English first edition
Year: 2012
8
Aug 2012
7.106
Owned
Plays: 30
A finely tuned beautifully crafted game. If you love Twilight Struggle, you'll love this one too.
2012-06-11
Gen-X Games edition
Year: 2008
5
Feb 2013
6.514
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 6
Thank you Secret Santa 2008!

This game is a brain burner, but the cards move it out of the abstract realm, and the play time really is in the 20-30 minute range.
2011-08-27
English first edition
Year: 2015
N/A
6.126
Owned
Nova slipcase edition
Year: 1985
6
Apr 2009*
5.603
Owned
This is different from the others in this series in that one is fighting from the ground and the other from the air. Suffers somewhat from having an easy move for the fighter pilot to shoot the balloon down right from the get go... (Left as an exercise for the reader)
2006-10-05*
Nova slipcase edition
Year: 1983
6
Apr 2009*
5.845
Owned
Fun game in this series. Interesting more for variety than authenticity (if you care about that in a WWI dogfight game)
2006-10-05*
Nova second slipcase edition
Year: 1980
7
Apr 2009*
6.291
Owned
Plays: 3
I love this series (I have all 4 sets - balloon busters, handy rotary, powerhouse, and flying machines). If you use the advanced rules and add players, you have something truly complex.
2006-10-05*
NOVA second slipcase edition
Year: 1981
7
Apr 2009*
6.063
Owned
This and Handy Rotary are the best in the series.
2006-10-05*
N/A
N/A
Owned
Hexasim edition
Year: 2010
N/A
5.669
Owned
For Trade
Ambush! (1983)
N/A
6.724
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2014
6
Jan 2016
6.475
Owned
Plays: 2
Red Raven Games Promo Edition
Year: 2014
N/A
N/A
Owned
5
Oct 2006*
5.465
Owned
Pretty good, but Melee is better.
2006-10-05*
Chaosium First Edition
Year: 1987
5
Feb 2013
5.844
Owned
Plays: 1
Chaosium can't write board game rules well, but this is a fun "Cthulhu" game. I like that everyone can lose.
2006-12-16*
English edition
Year: 2004
7
Aug 2010
6.332
Owned
Plays: 8
Simple fast fun racing game.

My copy has home made laminated cards in French.
2012-05-29
6
Jan 2016
6.293
Owned
Plays: 2
5
Nov 2008*
5.544
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
A decent little card game. The run of play is not difficult, and the only thing you need to remember is what your opponents still have in their hands. Works well as a kids game, light starter to a gaming night, or something to finish off your gaming night.
2008-01-01*
First Edition
Year: 2010
7
Dec 2012
5.846
Owned
Plays: 1
First edition
Year: 1997
7
Feb 2010
5.869
Owned
I've seen the prices this commands on eBay, and the only reason I'm interested in this over Pacific Typhoon is that Atlantic Storm can be played with 2. I was happy to find a good playing copy of this for a reasonable trade value.
2008-11-24*
6
Jan 2016
5.583
Owned
Plays: 1
English edition 2006
Year: 2006
7
Feb 2013
6.204
Owned
Plays: 89
This game is hilariously fun, even with only two players.
2008-12-25*
English/Italian first edition
Year: 2013
6
Jan 2016
6.868
Owned
Plays: 30
It delivers 80% of the fun of Bang! in 20% of the time.
2015-01-09
SPI Ares Magazine Edition
Year: 1980
6
Oct 2006*
5.549
Owned
I have the SPI magazine edition.
2011-03-09
Battle Line (2000)
ImageID 959807
Language: English
7
Sep 2008*
7.280
Owned
Plays: 2
A lot more than meets the eye!
2009-10-11
Steve Jackson Games Spacegamer Edition
Year: 1983
N/A
5.465
Owned
Never played this one, but from reading the rules, I'd rather stick to Ogre/GEV.
2006-10-05*
SPI Strategy & Tactics Edition
Year: 1980
N/A
5.707
Owned
Alary Canadian edition 2000
Year: 2000
5
Feb 2013
6.874
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 8
A very clever game - only being able to place your pieces corner to corner allows opportunities for your opponents to get into your territory. A very clever game.
2006-10-05*
Blokus Duo (Mattel English edition) (aka Blokus Duo) (2008)
Mattel English edition
Year: 2008
8
Feb 2013
6.662
Owned
Plays: 17
For two players, this is the only way to go. It plays really fast, it's very tense, and the small board means you're in the other player's hair (and vice versa) right away.
2006-11-11*
Educational Insights StrataGems edition
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2013
6.592
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 3
I like this much better than the original Blokus - in part it's because it's harder to analyze the board position, and unlike the original, flipping a piece over or twisting it this way and that trying to figure out where it can go is a lot harder. I like abstract games in general, but I don't like pure abstraction - I like an element of "luck".
2006-11-17*
Borodino 1812 (2012)
N/A
5.578
Owned
For Trade
Bouquet (1999)
5
Nov 2008*
N/A
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
If you're an oenophile or learning to be a sommelier, this is the game for you. Otherwise, I recommend giving this one a miss - drink some wine instead!
3M bookcase edition
Year: 1965
N/A
5.554
Owned
For Trade
Bruges (2013)
8
Dec 2015
7.277
Owned
Plays: 4
N/A
N/A
Owned
Burgoo (2014)
N/A
5.664
Owned
English edition
Year: 1999
6
Feb 2013
6.277
Owned
For Trade
A favorite 2-player game once upon a time, but it just doesn't hit the table anymore.
2011-08-27
Parker Brothers First Edition
Year: 1980
6
Feb 2013
6.724
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 9
This game is a great filler, and appeals to the "all or nothing" part of me. Yes, the dice introduce some luck, but it's really all about probability...
2007-09-28*
English Boxed Edition
Year: 2002
5
Feb 2013
5.686
Owned
For Trade
Fairly straightforward strategy, but very high humour factor.
2006-11-07*
Carcassonne (2000)
5
Feb 2013
7.340
Owned
Plays: 7
One of my favourite tile laying games, but the expansions actually detract from the game by adding length without a lot of added fun/value.
2008-06-18*
5
Feb 2013
7.457
Owned
A lot of the tiles help finish cities/roads that you might not have been able to fit in the original. The added risk/reward of cathedrals and taverns, don't really add much to the game for me. Personally I'd take out the cathedrals and ignore the taverns (scoring wise).
2008-06-18*
7
Nov 2008*
7.418
Owned
I like this better than the original expansion - the addition of the goods tiles makes for a nice challenge for bonus points at the end, and the pigs are cool. This expansion essentially makes the River redundant.
2008-06-18*
Rio Grande English Edition
Year: 2002
7
Aug 2011
6.996
Owned
Plays: 20
I've decided I like this better than original Carcassonne.
2006-11-11*
5
Feb 2013
6.355
Owned
Nicely packaged, and adds a little something extra to two games. Will need to play more to see if the rating goes up.
2008-06-18*
English First edition
Year: 2003
8
Feb 2013
6.871
Owned
Plays: 36
It's definitely well optimized for two players. Some people will hate the bonus tiles.

One of my favourite two player games.
2006-10-05*
English first edition
Year: 2004
8
Oct 2006*
6.899
Owned
Plays: 10
I tbink this is one of the best, if not the best, in the Carcassonne series. Lots to think about, possibility of scoring on many levels, strategy and tactics both much more important in this one than the others. The city wall makes a very nice additional twist.
2006-10-05*
5
Nov 2008*
6.772
Owned
A nice add-on - I like that it helps open up the starting board a bit, although it does potentially give a huge farm advantage in the early game.
2008-06-18*
6
Jan 2016
6.255
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.822
Owned
7
Nov 2012
7.972
Owned
Plays: 15
N/A
6.521
Owned
N/A
6.259
Owned
N/A
6.270
Owned
N/A
5.983
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2014
8
Nov 2014
7.611
Owned
Plays: 26
6
Jan 2016
6.238
Owned
Chess (1475)
7
Feb 2013
6.943
Owned
Plays: 302
I rarely play live anymore, but I do play a lot of tournaments at www.playchess.de
2006-10-05*
Metagaming English First Edition
Year: 1977
5
Oct 2006*
5.562
Owned
Bug on bug action!
2010-07-16
First edition, first printing
Year: 2000
5
Feb 2013
6.073
Owned
Plays: 6
A light game with enough strategy to make it interesting. The full game can take a long time, but it's still one of the better games by this publisher.
2008-06-18*
Churchill (2015)
N/A
6.685
Owned
English Second Convention Exclusive Edition
Year: 2013
8
Jul 2013
5.851
Owned
Plays: 13
2013-08-10
Fantasy Flight English Small Box edition with Dark City expansion 2006
Year: 2006
4
Feb 2012
7.093
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 29
I've played this game many times with different numbers of players. It has a place in my gaming closet, but doesn't get a lot of table time.

The expansion cards remind me a lot of the roles/buildings in San Juan oddly.

I have the FFG edition with the Citadels: The Dark City.

Update 26 Feb 2012: I think that my days of playing Citadels are over. I spent most of the last game I played hoping it would end soon. I'm actually sorry to say that as it's a game that I've had a lot of fun with over the years. Oh well.

Update 28 May 2012: I thought maybe it would still be ok 2-player, but I think the magic is gone.
2012-05-29
English first edition
Year: 2000
7
Apr 2009*
6.884
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
A solid game - lots of tactical decisions to make each turn of the political phase, and a need to keep an overall stratgey going. The requirement to produce enough farm resources to maintain your citizen level (and thus not incur a penalty) is a nice added touch. Definitely a keeper in my collection.
2006-12-29*
Coin Age (2013)
N/A
5.980
Owned
Strategy & Tactics Magazine edition
Year: 2006
N/A
5.572
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.653
Owned
Additional scenarios and maps.
2013-08-10
English first edition
Year: 2008
N/A
6.605
Owned
A lot of urban combat scenarios, including the brilliant battle at the gun factory. Includes a campaign scenario as well.

Adds some nasty melee rules and also urban snipers.
2013-08-10
N/A
6.605
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2010
N/A
6.428
Owned
Has a campaign, and there's also another campaign scenario set from C3i. Has some interesting battles.
2013-08-10
First edition
Year: 2011
N/A
6.063
Owned
I like the scenarios from this battle pack more than the ones in the base game.
2013-08-10
N/A
6.029
Owned
Some simply astoundingly good scenarios in this battle pack. The AFV rules are likewise very interesting and come with a relatively low rules overhead for the amount of fun they provide.
2013-08-10
N/A
5.846
Owned
P500
2013-01-30
N/A
N/A
Owned
English first edition, second printing
Year: 2008
10
Feb 2012
7.523
Owned
Plays: 77
If you love wargames and you love games with a strong narrative, this is one of the best games out there. Clear well written rules with a beautiful hand management system.

Incredible game, incredible value. Get this, you won't regret it.

Also this is too good a line not to share:

Thripshaw wrote:
How do you know when a game has finally "arrived?" When counter storage is being discussed. shake

- from this thread.

Edit Feb 2012: that little electric tingle along my spine that something really exciting was about to happen is almost always there when I play. It's crossed the line from plain old great game to personal favorite whatever its flaws.

2015-01-17: in this thread, I said This is in great part why I like Combat "Why do I need a fire card to fire?" Commander so much. I can see those guys in the foxhole on the hill top with the mortar shooting at my guys. But the game is saying "yeah, you see them, Mr. Gamer Guy, but those poor SOBs in hex K4, they don't see sweet bugger all. And that's why I'm not giving you a fire card, because, well, f*** you!"
2015-01-18
First edition
Year: 2007
10
Feb 2012
7.198
Owned
This expansion is a must. Three additional factions, updated RSG rules, and more maps.
2013-08-10
First Edition
Year: 2008
10
Feb 2012
7.102
Owned
Plays: 12
More refined than CC:E in some ways. You can't go wrong with this series.
2011-11-24
English first edition
Year: 2011
N/A
6.202
Owned
I really like how the whole CC:E franchise has evolved over time, and appreciate this expansion quite a bit.
2011-12-09
GMT First Edition
Year: 2007
9
Feb 2013
6.174
Owned
Plays: 20
To quote my own review: What we really have here is a brilliant civilization building game with many of the core hallmarks of more complicated 4X games, wrapped in an attractive package absolutely soaking in well researched theme, plays in about 90-120 minutes, and plays equally well with 2, 3, or 4 players.
2012-09-04
9
Feb 2013
5.582
Owned
The expansion cards add a nice fun factor to that game that acts both to enhance the overall experience and also give a small boost to the person who's furthest behind on the VP track.
2010-03-21
Coup d'etat (1966)
N/A
5.614
Owned
SPI Bagged Edition
Year: 1979
6
Sep 2012
5.793
Owned
This is a great theme for a game - I really wish someone would make something similar today with a fresh set of mechanics (hmmm...). There's a simple winning strategy for the brew-your-own monster. No attack, super fast, fire breathing, rest into defense, and then you zoom around the city burning it down as you go. The humans can't keep up and can't hurt you. Monster wins.
2008-01-01*
Cribbage (1630)
8
Sep 2010
6.786
Owned
Plays: 33
One of my favourite card games.
2006-10-05*
Crokinole (1876)
7
Dec 2010
7.585
Owned
Plays: 14
I like this game, but you either need to play it a lot to become really good, or be a really casual player who only plays against equally (in)ept opponents.
2010-04-17
Crusader Rex (2005)
N/A
6.454
Owned
SPI Strategy & Tactics Edition
Year: 1978
N/A
5.588
Owned
Cuba Libre (2013)
8
Oct 2013
6.725
Owned
Plays: 21
2013-10-30
Ares magazine edition
Year: 1983
6
Sep 2008*
5.527
Owned
Plays: 1
This is a great solo game. One of my favourites.
2008-06-18*
N/A
6.501
Owned
SPI Bagged Edition
Year: 1979
5
Nov 2008*
5.531
Owned
It's not a bad dungeon crawl game, but it hasn't aged very well.
2008-01-16*
Against the Odds First edition
Year: 2008
N/A
5.630
Owned
Decktet (2008)
N/A
6.204
Owned
7
Jan 2016
6.296
Owned
Plays: 8
A devious little game of treasure diving.
2016-01-21
Schmidt first edition
Year: 2005
7
Sep 2009*
6.518
Owned
Plays: 4
A great push your luck game. I like this better than Can't Stop.
2010-07-16
Blue Terrier Press edition
Year: 2010
7
Oct 2011
5.649
Owned
Not a real rating because it's a book... It has several games in it, including the well received Decathlon. A valuable resource on any gamers shelf.
2011-10-16
Avalon Hill First Edition
Year: 1987
6
Sep 2010
5.811
Owned
Plays: 1
The review by mi_de sums this game up nicely.

The solo game works well, and is quite deadly. With the right minded group, this game will be a lot of fun; if you enjoyed the Lost World television series back when, you'll like this game.
2010-09-13
Waddington Sanders Canadian edition
Year: 1986
7
Dec 2006*
6.886
Owned
Best with all 7 players.

As an aside, it's a classic game that has stood the test of time. However, it's a game not to be played with people who hold grudges as it perforce expects that you will be swindled, backstabbed, and cheated...
2006-12-29*
Treefrog English Collector's Edition
Year: 2011
7
Aug 2014
6.934
Owned
Plays: 15
Preliminary rating. Highly enthused by the initial two 3-player games I've had...
2012-05-18
8
Jan 2016
6.560
Owned
Plays: 4
Asmodee English edition 2011
Year: 2011
8
Jun 2010
7.307
Owned
Plays: 26
Beautiful artwork, lots of fun for gamers and non gamers alike.
2010-06-29
Dixit 2 (2011)
Asmodee English edition 2011
Year: 2011
8
Jul 2010
7.456
Owned
More excellent art.
2010-07-21
N/A
5.681
Owned
Wishlist(1)
 (Must have)
Asmodee English first edition
Year: 2011
8
Aug 2011
7.343
Owned
More excellent art and storage for all three Dixit decks!
2011-08-25
N/A
6.493
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2012
8
Aug 2012
7.075
Owned
First edition
Year: 2013
8
Jan 2014
N/A
Owned
Plays: 13
English first edition
Year: 2010
8
Oct 2010
7.716
Owned
Plays: 8
Link to my review: [Roger's Reviews] Dominant Species: An Intelligent Design

Chad Jensen suggests removing the following cards for a quicker game:
Intelligence, Parasitism, Omnivore and Immigrants.
2013-08-10
English first edition, third printing
Year: 2012
8
Jun 2012
7.716
Owned
Plays: 8
If you're interested in the differences between the original and third editions (all cosmetic), check out my follow up review: [Roger's Reviews] Dominant Species, 3rd edition: An Intelligent Re-Design
2013-08-10
English first edition
Year: 2012
7
Jul 2012
5.860
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 10
With promo cards.

This game is a nice thinky take-that filler. Although card games are often not as complex as their inspirations, this one is decidedly light compared to DS.

See my review: [Roger's Reviews] DS: The Card Game
2013-08-10
Doppelkopf (1895)
N/A
6.144
Owned
English Edition
Year: 2015
6
Jan 2016
5.527
Owned
Plays: 8
Filosofia English Edition
Year: 2009
7
Apr 2014
6.858
Owned
Plays: 4
I'm not big on auction games, but this game has a lot of fun in it.
2006-12-30*
C3i Magazine Edition
Year: 2008
N/A
5.637
Owned
C3i #20 version.
2009-01-06*
English edition 2005
Year: 2005
7
Oct 2013
5.990
Owned
Plays: 1
A lovely old classic. A deal from Value Village
2013-10-05
Box set bronze edition
Year: 1995
N/A
5.744
Owned
For Trade
I bought the bronze set. Seemed silly to pay triple the price for the foil colour on the card numbers.
2009-12-14
Columbia First Edition
Year: 1991
10
Jan 2016
6.444
Owned
Plays: 22
My favourite wargame, hands down. I have a slight preference for this one over EastFront II if only because the map is smaller and actually fits on my normal gaming surface.
2006-10-05*
First edition
Year: 2006
10
Feb 2010
6.429
Owned
Plays: 8
EastFront II is marvellous. The map is simply gorgeous, and the rules have been cleaned up where needed. However, unlike the original EastFront, this one takes up a lot more table space.
2010-02-06
English first edition
Year: 2013
6
Jan 2016
6.724
Owned
Plays: 11
First edition
Year: 2013
N/A
5.667
Owned
5
Jan 2016
5.734
Owned
6
Jan 2016
7.708
Owned
Plays: 2
English first edition
Year: 2009
8
Jan 2012
5.769
Owned
Plays: 1
Thank you Santa Grogs 2011!
2012-01-03
First edition
Year: 2009
8
Jan 2012
5.599
Owned
Beasley-edited edition 2007
Year: 2007
7
Jan 2012
N/A
Owned
It's essentially impossible to rate a book like this - I enjoy browsing it on a regular basis, but I haven't really tried the variants posted in it. That said, the variants that exist in this book run the gamut from compelling to bizarre to downright unplayable.
2008-02-06*
First edition
Year: 2006
7
Jan 2016
5.869
Owned
Plays: 1
Received 12 Dec 2006. Happy birthday to me! :-) $16.91 in customs fees though...
2006-12-12*
6
Jan 2016
5.641
Owned
Plays: 6
The most successful Kickstarter campaign ever at $8,782,571 that started as a lark shipped on time, and lo and behold it's a decent game. Is it brilliant? No. Is it funny? Yes. Is it short? Also yes. You can play this with non-gamers and gamers alike. It shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes to play, and if it does, don't play it with those people anymore. This is not a game for deep thinkers and card counters. It's a quick "bang, you're dead" game.
2015-08-17
N/A
5.844
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2013
5.616
Owned
Plays: 1
A lovely 2010 birthday present!

Fabula is kind of a cross between Dixit and Once Upon a Time. There are 10 large double sided art tableaus to give the flavour of the story, and then there are three storytelling rounds for each of the 20 stories.

There's also a deck of object cards of which 3n+2 are dealt out face up on the table. One person takes on the role of "Grimm". Grimm reads out of the prologue for the story (a few paragraphs), and then presents "chapter 1" (a short paragraph).

Players have a set of about 15 stand up characters to choose from and pick one to represent them in the game context and are supposed to take on the persona being presented, although the expression of that will be up to each player. There is, for example, a knight in armour, a sly looking fox with a cap and cloak, a big bad wolf, a fairy, a witch, and a bunch of others. There's wide room for interpreting these characters.

Each player then has the chance, by raising their hand, to propose a continuance to the plot raised in the chapter. They can be brief or more detailed, but must use one of the face up object cards - say a sword, or an hourglass.

Grimm will then reward each player who, in their opinion, has contributed a plausible story continuation with a quill token.

Do this two more times, with the second chapter and thurd chapter being worth 2 and 3 quill tokens respectively.

At the end, there will be two cards left in the middle of the table. The top two people with quill tokens then each have 30 seconds (there's a timer included in the game) to sum up an ending and must use both object cards left on the table. In case there's a tie in quill tokens, then the person with the most valuable objects (e.g. a sword has 1 star and an hourglass has 4 stars) gets to be in the final 2.

Then Grimm decides who has the best ending.

So, if you're playing with the "get rid of your cards quickest" group, it won't be a good experience. If you're playing with the "create a story together" crowd, it'll be great. Indeed, with last night's group we almost didn't care about the quill tokens, we were just interested in who had the best story ideas.

One of the built in limitations of the game is that there are "only" 20 story outlines to play with. However, with a little effort, one could generate several plots that fit the game either re-using the art included in the game or using any art one liked.

The challenge I think is that unlike OUaT and Dixit, this game requires someone to take on the role of Grimm and pass judgment on the other players' contributions (to give or not give quill tokens out) rather than everyone being full participants.
2010-12-13
Facts in Five (1964)
N/A
5.742
Owned
For Trade
3M Edition 1969
Year: 1969
N/A
5.733
Owned
For Trade
7
Jan 2016
7.238
Owned
Plays: 8
2011-11-24
N/A
N/A
Owned
For Trade
7
Jan 2016
6.982
Owned
Plays: 2
English first edition
Year: 2012
7
Nov 2012
6.735
Owned
Plays: 7
Fleet is a very refreshing light game.
2013-04-08
N/A
N/A
Owned
The CWJ's sourcebooks are very good for historical information.
2008-06-18*
Fluxx (1997)
3
Feb 2013
5.609
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 11
This is a gem of a light card game. It's mostly unpredictable and drives the analysis-paralysis crowd apopleptic - worth getting if only for that! As a friend of mine put it "It's like hitting your fingers with a hammer while you're on morphine - you know it hurts, yet somehow it doesn't."
2004-09-28*
Taste For Life First Edition
Year: 1984
N/A
N/A
Owned
Given to my by my friend Jonathan to be part of my "not very good, but food themed game collection".
2011-12-16
Avalon Hill Edition 1976
Year: 1976
5
Jan 2016
5.757
Owned
Plays: 1
Against the Odds edition
Year: 2012
N/A
N/A
Owned
Why punch this when the back of the counter sheet is so cool?
2013-08-10
N/A
N/A
Owned
The CWJ's sourcebooks are very good for historical information.
2006-11-11*
English first edition
Year: 2012
N/A
5.646
Owned
For Trade
GMT Second Printing
Year: 2007
N/A
6.099
Owned
First edition
Year: 2011
N/A
5.559
Owned
Descartes Edition
Year: 1993
7
Jan 2009*
7.272
Owned
For Trade
Best with all 6 powers. I like it without the expansions personally, but I play this game any chance I can.
2011-08-27
English/German second edition
Year: 2007
9
Dec 2015
6.999
Owned
Plays: 10
With four experienced players, this game really shines. New players should never play Prussia (unless everyone's a new player). [2009-12-14]

Edit: [2012-01-25] Just received the new Jubilee Edition map in the mail. It looks really nice. The only significant change I noticed is the suits in the left hand "column" of the map have changed to club-hearts-club-hearts from what it was before. And one town name change.

2012-01-25
German first edition
Year: 2013
N/A
6.331
Owned
The Gallerist (2015)
7
Jan 2016
7.035
Owned
Plays: 4
KS
2015-09-06
Victory Games First Edition
Year: 1989
4
Oct 2008*
N/A
Owned
This is a fun game (with lots of recipes) but it's really a matter of rolling well. Made in conjunction McCormick-Schilling, likely a partner to AH's Spices of the World
2008-02-04*
Avalon Hill edition
Year: 1966
N/A
5.430
Owned
For Trade
N/A
N/A
Owned
It's hard to rate a book on how often one wants to play it, but if I were simply to rate this book out of 10, it would be a solid 7 and possibly even an 8.

The games covered in the book are mostly well-known classics with a few games that were outside of my scope of knowledge.

What differentiates this book from most of the "here's how to play x" catalogue style tomes is that there are instructions on how to build your own copy of the game. If I didn't already have a nice Go board, I'd have used the plans from this book to construct one, because the plans are very nice indeed.
2013-09-06
Italian first edition 2007
Year: 2007
6
Feb 2013
5.861
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
A very fun game of cat and mouse.
2010-12-27
Rio Grande English First Edition
Year: 2010
7
Nov 2010
7.165
Owned
Plays: 28
A surprise hit for me at BGG.Con 2010. Although there's nothing "new" or "innovative" here in terms of mechanics (it's all things we've seen before in Carcassonne and elsewhere), at the same time the game manages to charm you and become greater than the sum of its parts.
2011-01-30
Rio Grande Games English Edition
Year: 2007
5
Feb 2013
6.020
Owned
Plays: 2
A fun little set collection game.
2013-02-16
Go (-2200)
ImageID 295597
10
Oct 2006*
7.455
Owned
Plays: 244
My favourite abstract - wish I were better at it, but I'd need to play almost nothing but to get really good at it... http://www.samarkand.net has not only great sets for sale, but also have a great description of the game for the uninitiated.
2006-10-05*
English first edition (second printing from China)
Year: 2006
8
Dec 2007*
7.510
Owned
Plays: 12
Finally had a chance to play this (30 Dec 2007) - exceptionally fun. The rules are a little murky, but using the play aids really helped. Playing a sample round really let it sink in. It'll take quite a few plays to really understand all the interactions, but there is a lot here.
2007-12-31*
English first edition
Year: 2004
N/A
6.074
Owned
For Trade
N/A
N/A
Owned
The CWJ's sourcebooks are very good for historical information.
2006-11-11*
N/A
N/A
Owned
The CWJ's sourcebooks are very good for historical information.
2006-11-11*
SPI First Edition
Year: 1979
7
Sep 2009*
5.629
Owned
I regret immensely selling it back in the 90's, but I have managed to get a near pristine copy and now it's safely back in my collection.
2009-09-30
7
Aug 2013
5.629
Owned
For Trade
Spare copy - definitely a players copy, maps and rules well used, and the box has seen better days (but still intact)
2013-08-10
Greenland (2014)
5
Jan 2016
6.203
Owned
Plays: 1
Wizards of the Coast English Third Edition
Year: 2005
7
Oct 2006*
6.440
Owned
Plays: 26
The more the merrier - what a hoot! Light between game fun
2006-10-05*
First edition
Year: 2006
7
Aug 2009*
5.979
Owned
Plays: 1
I liked this addition to the musket & pike series, but I found the different cavalry codes a little too distracting. Perhaps once I've played this a few times I'll just know them off by heart.
2009-03-01
N/A
N/A
Owned
The CWJ's sourcebooks are very good for historical information.

Includes a "hex and counter" game - need to DIY.
2006-11-11*
Le Havre (2008)
6
Feb 2013
7.858
Owned
Plays: 1
This one makes my brain hurt.
2010-01-06
N/A
6.716
Owned
English Deluxe Edition; Second Printing
Year: 2010
9
Dec 2010
7.395
Owned
Plays: 16
This game is worth flying to Dallas for BGG.Con for.
2011-11-24
7
Jan 2016
6.601
Owned
Plays: 13
This game is a fine quick pastime if you're looking for a challenging yet interesting diversion.

But... if you want to have a Das Boot style cinematic thematic immersive experience, then, my friends, what you want to do is enter a tournament with a bunch of other people and try to see who comes out on top with the most tonnage possible!
2015-02-20
Illuminati (1982)
6
Aug 2009*
5.976
Owned
The more people the better
2008-01-01*
Metagaming Microgame 12 First Edition
Year: 1979
4
Nov 2008*
5.583
Owned
Fun concept, but the humans almost always win.
2003-08-05*
6
Jan 2016
6.961
Owned
Plays: 5
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2004
6
Nov 2015
6.927
Owned
Plays: 23
Thank you Secret Santa 2008.
2009-01-23*
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.388
Owned
Rio Grande Games Edition
Year: 2009
5
Feb 2013
6.274
Owned
Love the carpet expansion from this one.
2010-07-16
Queen German version
Year: 2007
7
Feb 2013
7.027
Owned
Plays: 11
I love the asynchronicity in the game. The time track mechanism is a very fine innovation.
2009-05-17
First edition
Year: 2010
8
Jun 2010
6.753
Owned
Plays: 8
2011-11-24
Rio Grande Games English first edition
Year: 1998
5
Feb 2013
6.499
Owned
For Trade
Lots of deep strategy once you get the hang of it. If you're good at graph theory, you'll do very well at this game.
2008-01-01*
Keyflower (2012)
8
Jul 2013
7.759
Owned
Plays: 21
N/A
5.750
Owned
N/A
5.909
Owned
Thank you for your kind generosity Matt! (bixby)
2013-11-01
N/A
6.010
Owned
Ordered from BGG store
2013-09-06
N/A
5.815
Owned
N/A
6.591
Owned
N/A
6.305
Owned
N/A
5.744
Owned
Titanic Games edition 2006
Year: 2006
7
Nov 2008*
6.014
Owned
Plays: 7
This is for the Titanic Games edition
2008-01-01*
Cheapass English edition 1998 (paper envelope)
Year: 1998
5
Nov 2008*
5.650
Owned
It's ok, and I bought it because I've been the Craigdarroch Castle, but it's not as dynamic a map as the original.
2008-01-01*
Vae Victis magazine edition
Year: 2005
N/A
N/A
Owned
6
Jan 2016
5.703
Owned
Plays: 6
KS
2015-09-06
Avalon Hill small box version
Year: 1982
7
Nov 2009*
5.717
Owned
Nicely balanced for 2 players, assuming Robin Hood survives the first few turns...

A good used copy would be most welcome.
2010-01-06
N/A
N/A
Owned
For the fantasy minitatures gamer.
2006-11-11*
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
6
Jan 2016
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
7
Mar 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 2
A nice basic intro scenario. Good to get all the mechanics of the rules down.
2011-11-24
N/A
N/A
Owned
6
May 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
6
Mar 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 2
A well executed paragraph driven adventure rife with classic sci-fi cliches. The time limit pressure on the team boosts the replayability.

However, the SF version of the core game system isn't as much fun as the fantasy version. In part it's because the weapons are so much more powerful.
2011-03-11
English first clamshell edition 2014
Year: 2014
7
Nov 2012
7.300
Owned
Plays: 9
Short, sweet, fun.
2013-02-16
First edition
Year: 2010
8
Jun 2011
5.731
Owned
Plays: 14
Once again I find myself in the interesting position that I'm not usually one to play solitaire games, but oddly compelled and drawn in by a VPG product. This is the first solo game I've tried from them since the very enjoyable Nemo's Way, and is my introduction to the States of Siege series.

It won't be my last!
2011-06-10
First edition
Year: 2010
8
Jun 2011
5.587
Owned
Treefrog Games first edition
Year: 2010
8
Feb 2011
7.186
Owned
Plays: 42
I like the simple elegance in this one. The game is simple on its surface, but it's all about the interplay of the cards. This one clicked for me right away, and I hope to play it again often.
2011-02-20
English fifth edition (w/ Dr Toy / Mensa Select sticker)
Year: 2005
6
Jan 2016
6.173
Owned
Plays: 2
Special Edition Color
Year: 2003
7
Nov 2008*
5.780
Owned
Plays: 1
Would you like fries with that? Plays fast, a good beer and pretzels game. Get the "Chinese take-out box" edition. Better cards and many different menus.
2008-06-18*
Metagaming English First Edition
Year: 1980
N/A
5.523
Owned
KOSMOS/Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 1999
5
Feb 2013
7.040
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 10
A great light introductory game, but not one that holds any interest for me anymore.
2013-02-16
English first edition
Year: 2005
8
Dec 2007*
6.909
Owned
Plays: 11
I like this game quite a bit - the fluctuating requirements to gain influence are a clever touch. My one complaint is that there's a lot of setup required for what's a relatively short game.
2007-12-25*
German second edition
Year: 1997
9
Aug 2011
7.350
Owned
Plays: 7
One of my top ten games. Brilliant interconnected mechanics. A classic that's stood the test of time.
2011-08-27
6
Jan 2016
N/A
Owned
Plays: 2
Mahjong (1850)
5
Feb 2013
6.770
Owned
Essentially a Rummy style game with tiles and fancy designs, but a lot of fun. If it wasn't for all the wierd scoring variants (everyone has their own set of rules), I'd play it a lot more often...

In fact, while I used to rate this an "8", I think my new rating of "5" is more appropriate. It would take some persuasion (and careful negotiation of which of the many rules variants out there) to get it to hit the table.
2013-02-16
First edition
Year: 2011
8
Jan 2012
5.645
Owned
Plays: 1
Mamma Mia! (1999)
4
Feb 2013
6.334
Owned
Plays: 18
A solid filler, lots of fun with kids, and cheesy (pun intended) Italian accents essential. :-)
2006-10-05*
GMT Games First edition
Year: 2008
9
Mar 2009*
6.785
Owned
Plays: 39
It had not occurred to me until I read this review, but this game is actually good for up to 8 players at the same time.

This game might well be summed up as "what Chess would be like is someone designed it today".
2012-09-11
First edition
Year: 2009
9
Sep 2011
7.221
Owned
Plays: 14
Maria is deeper than Friedrich, but I find Friedrich more fun to play. Either way, you can't go wrong. And if you only have 3 players, this is the ideal choice.

September 2011 - updated my rating from 8 to 9
2011-09-18
English first edition
Year: 2011
5
Feb 2013
6.146
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 3
Freebie from BGG.Con 2012
2012-11-19
Masterpiece (1970)
6
Aug 2009*
5.455
Owned
For Trade
Fond childhood memories of this one.
2009-08-13
MedFront (1994)
7
Nov 2008*
5.593
Owned
Plays: 1
The North African map/expansion really only works well with East/WestFront, but the Spanish Civil War is a brilliant little gem of a game - it has all the complexity and flavour of the xFront system, but a small compact game that typically plays in an hour.

As others have noted, the MedFront part doesn't really shine on its own. My rating is mostly based on the Spanish Civil War portion.

The SCW game is an 8, the rest of MedFront gets a 6 - Rommel in the Desert is the block game of choice for North Africa.

Added note: While I have upgraded to *Front II across the board, I did buy the components for SCW from Columbia Games as it makes a great small wargame.
2010-03-29
7
Jan 2016
7.335
Owned
Plays: 6
Parker Brothers edition 1971
Year: 1971
6
Mar 2011
5.596
Owned
Plays: 15
Definitely a game for the cottage on the patio with a glass of wine.
2010-07-16
6
Jan 2016
5.644
Owned
Plays: 4
Light? Yes.
Short? Yes.
Fun? Absolutely.
2015-04-05
6
Jan 2016
5.663
Owned
Plays: 2
KS
2015-09-06
6
Jan 2016
5.682
Owned
Plays: 7
Light? Yes.
Short? Yes.
Fun? Absolutely.
2015-04-04
Monopoly (1933)
5
Nov 2008*
4.375
Owned
For Trade
Stole this great quote from user sobriquet - "Yeah, so I don't think Monopoly is very good any more... so what? It was a huge part of my game playing childhood, and I'm sure I owe my enjoyment of the hobby to it, at least to some extent. So bugger those who slag Monopoly -- rate it poorly, sure, according to your enjoyment, but why slag it?"
2010-02-02
First Edition (boxed)
Year: 2012
7
Feb 2013
5.613
Owned
Plays: 2
A beautifully thematic little game in the spirit of the old Metagaming microgames, but with the weight of over three decades of advances in publishing technology behind it.

Great production values - the VPG gold banner quality is a huge step forward from their early days.

And most importantly, fun.

[Roger's Reviews] Moonbase Alpha: In Space, Nobody Can Hear Your Share Price Fall
2013-01-28
English first edition
Year: 2012
6
Jun 2013
6.810
Owned
Plays: 2
A perfect game for pub night.
2013-06-22
N/A
5.857
Owned
SPI boxed edition
Year: 1979
N/A
5.552
Owned
For Trade
Simmons edition
Year: 2007
10
Jul 2012
7.121
Owned
Plays: 10
Two comments:

1. The team game is what makes this game the brilliant gem it is and it's the only way I want to play it.

2. It still hurts my brain, but it's coming more clear with every play.

This '9' rating is a synthesis of... 10 for the team game, 8 for the one on one game.

Who am I kidding. This is just a 10.
2012-07-11
Columbia Games fourth edition
Year: 2013
7
Jun 2013
6.532
Owned
Plays: 4
Gamma Two Games first edition
Year: 1974
7
Oct 2013
6.532
Owned
Plays: 4
Navajo Wars (2013)
N/A
6.459
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2009
8
Dec 2010
5.942
Owned
Plays: 14
I'm not usually keen on solitaire games, but I decided to take a flyer on this one, especially as I'm attracted to the Jules Verne classic.

Well, I was very pleasantly surprised. The biggest issue with solo games tends to be replayability, and it looks like this one might have legs. Of course, that might only last for 20-30 plays, but even then, at an hour a game, that's a lot of bang for the buck.
2010-12-25
First Edition
Year: 2009
N/A
5.628
Owned
Rating same as base game.
2010-12-26
First edition
Year: 1983
N/A
5.518
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2011
N/A
5.573
Owned
Autographed by the designer.
2013-08-10
First edition
Year: 2012
N/A
5.575
Owned
Autographed by the designer.
2013-08-10
First edition
Year: 2011
N/A
5.582
Owned
Both the C3i edition and the VPG edition.
2013-08-10
N/A
5.827
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
BGG.CON 2013 Special Edition
Year: 2013
5
Jan 2016
6.027
Owned
Plays: 2
If you want me to autograph my card in your copy, I'd be happy to do it. Just get in touch.

This is a really clever little card game.
2013-12-02
English First Edition
Year: 2010
8
Jul 2010
5.927
Owned
Plays: 1
Link to my review: [Roger's Reviews] Insights on the Scanian War

Fifth in the brilliant Musket & Pike Battle Series. This one focuses on battles of the Scanian War.
2011-11-24
Flying Buffalo New Art & Cards Edition
Year: 1985
5
Feb 2013
5.997
Owned
Plays: 4
KABOOM! :-) How can you not love a silly game like this?
2006-10-05*
C3i Magazine Edition
Year: 2012
N/A
5.680
Owned
Ogre (1977)
6
Jan 2016
6.526
Owned
Plays: 9
The Ogre Book (1982)
7
Aug 2011
5.690
Owned
Prev. Owned
My rating for this item reflects not my interest/willingness to play Ogre as much as it reflects the amount of cool information that's in this sourcebook. If you're a big Ogre fan and get to play it a lot, you'd be remiss if you didn't try to find a copy.
2011-08-27
N/A
5.589
Owned
N/A
5.570
Owned
Steve Jackson Games edition
Year: 2013
7
Jun 2012
6.526
Owned
Plays: 9
This is a behemoth.

This copy is the KS edition.
2013-12-22
Steve Jackson Games edition
Year: 2013
7
Jan 2016
6.526
Owned
Plays: 9
Retail version of DE.
2013-12-22
Steve Jackson Games edition 2013
Year: 2013
6
Jan 2016
6.526
Owned
Plays: 9
Kickstarter - My inner 12 year old won out!
2012-06-11
First edition
Year: 1978
4
Jan 2008*
5.570
Owned
So so effort from the sadly defunct MetaGaming
2008-01-16*
7
Oct 2006*
6.113
Owned
This addition adds a Brothers Grimm flavour to the deck that can allow the tales to in a slightly more complex direction.
2006-10-25*
7
Oct 2006*
6.353
Owned
Plays: 3
I enjoy this game, especially with non-gamers. My in-laws enjoy it, my gamer and RPG friends enjoy it, and our spouses enjoy it. Some great punny endings have cropped up too.
2006-10-25*
N/A
5.635
Owned
First edition
Year: 2010
N/A
6.065
Owned
Thank you Santa Grogs 2011!
2011-12-21
English first edition
Year: 2008
7
Jan 2010*
6.055
Owned
Plays: 28
Way more fun than The Kaiser's Pirates, but you really do need 4+ players.
2010-01-16
English/French second edition
Year: 2011
7
Dec 2012
6.310
Owned
Plays: 13
I enjoy playing this game, but I dislike setting up this game.
2013-04-08
Abacus edition
Year: 2003
4
Feb 2013
5.919
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 8
I really enjoy this game. There are enough decisions to make it interesting, and just enough luck to kill most analysis paralysis.

That said, I like Web of Power better (although this plays with 2 players) and Thurn & Taxis is great.

Update: Jan 2009. The new Paris Paris expansion might save this from gaming obscurity.
2008-01-01*
N/A
N/A
Owned
Printed this out in colour and use it as a reference chart rather than making little tiles for everyone.
2009-04-14
6
Feb 2013
5.971
Owned
I really enjoyed this game back in the day. Would love to have a chance to play it again.

2010-01-06
Pax Pamir (2015)
7
Jan 2016
6.115
Owned
Plays: 2
8
Apr 2013
6.921
Owned
Plays: 44
For an Eklund game, the game is remarkably straightforward. This is not to say that it's simple in any way shape or form. There's a lot going on, a lot to keep track of, and a lot to think about.

Also, the rules suffer from being not as concise and to the point as they ought to be. The glossary is a must, and it would have been really useful to have the card summaries on a handout rather than on the side of the box.
2013-04-28
First English edition
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2013
5.584
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Playco English Edition 1988
Year: 1988
N/A
5.479
Owned
For Trade
Pit (1903)
7
Jul 2002*
6.288
Owned
Plays: 32
2! 2! 2!!! Corner on wheat! (Don't keep score, it's more fun that way)
2002-07-04*
Mercury English first edition
Year: 2014
7
Jan 2016
6.939
Owned
Plays: 1
Vae Victis magazine edition
Year: 2005
N/A
N/A
Owned
Rio Grande English edition 2009
Year: 2009
10
Mar 2013
7.908
Owned
Plays: 47
I had preconceived notions about this game that put me off playing it for a very long time. I'm sorry that I waited so long. This game is great. Fortunately I have friends who own and like this that I can play this with again.
2010-10-22
N/A
7.135
Owned
Plays logged under Power Grid
2015-01-19
N/A
7.505
Owned
N/A
6.320
Owned
N/A
6.988
Owned
N/A
7.421
Owned
N/A
7.439
Owned
N/A
6.599
Owned
N/A
6.599
Owned
N/A
5.735
Owned
N/A
6.289
Owned
N/A
6.940
Owned
N/A
5.741
Owned
N/A
7.352
Owned
N/A
6.369
Owned
N/A
5.628
Owned
Z-man edition with DSP logo
Year: 2004
N/A
6.767
Owned
English first edition 2002
Year: 2002
7
Sep 2011
8.032
Owned
Plays: 31
This is one of the few games in my collection where newbies say "let's play again right now" at the end of a game. Heck, some non-newbies too. :-) A great addition to any collection and highly recommended.

Update 26 Dec 2006 - changed rating from 10 to 8. :-)
2006-12-26*
6
Dec 2006*
7.030
Owned
The buildings aren't as cool as they look, and don't add enough to the game to make it very worthwhile. After several plays with it, we've stopped using the expansion and stick with the original.
2006-12-26*
Gamma Two Games Second Edition (Bookcase)
Year: 1975
7
Jul 2003*
6.108
Owned
Plays: 2
The Canadian Wargamers Journal published some variant rules to this game which, if added, make this game an 8. It's a great game to introduce new gamers to wargaming! (Especially Canadians...)
2003-07-15*
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