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Gen-X Games edition
Year: 2008
5
Feb 2013
6.540
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
51st State (2010)
5
Nov 2010
6.612
Plays: 1
I didn't like it very much. Note well - this is not me saying it's not a good game, this is me saying it's not my kind of game.

It's a tableau building game and probably the best way I could describe it is that it's RftG meets Neuroshima Hex (which is ostensibly the setting for 51st State).

At the start of your turn you draft cards. Cards have three aspects - a blue aspect which is a bar along one end of the card, a red one along the other, and a building in the centre. Each card has a point value assigned to it, say 3.

Each player has three sets of cards that contribute to the three colours - red are conquests, blue are cooperatives, and the buildings are incorporations. The number is meant to be a range, but what the units of range are is never clearly defined.

If you get a card by conquest, you tuck it under your home card with the red stripe showing. This will have something on it, say three stars which are victory points. You can cash this in at the start of the production round to take three VP and then you throw the card away.

If you take a card by cooperation, you tuck the card under your home card with the blue stripe showing. Whatever's on the stripe is something that you get every prodution turn, say a unit of fuel.

The incorporations do a variety of things, usually related to producing units of goods you'll need to activate your cards for conquest, cooperation, or incorporation. I played the mutants and conquest required 1 weapon to get 3 conquest points, my home card produced one weapon every turn, so that's easy. My incorporation required two resources (not important what they were), and so I had to figure out ways to get them.

You can use other people's incorporations to get resources by using one of the three people you get every production turn, and the nifty thing here is you are paying the other player that person token to use their widget factory and then they get to use that person themselves.

Some incorporation cards can only be used by you and the icon on the card will show that. Another interesting twist is that some cards generate VP if you feed them the right resources, but they can only produce three times before they're depleted at which point you'll need to upgrade them to something else.

Whatever resources you produce on any given turn must be used on that turn. Anything leftover gets tossed.

I'm not covering all the cards and interplays here. There are also leader cards that confer certain benefits.

The iconography takes some getting used to, but for whatever reason it clicked with me pretty quickly, unlike RftG.

My quick verdict based on one late evening play at BGG.Con is that it's well designed, it's thematic, and it's not my kind of game.
2012-08-07
German first edition
Year: 2009
5
Aug 2011
5.539
Plays: 5
A nice set collection game, especially for younger children.
2010-07-16
7 Wonders (2010)
5
Feb 2013
7.798
Plays: 14
I'm not sure how to rate 7 Wonders. It's so much fun to play, and yet at the same time it's just not all that much depth to it.

And yet, I'm hard pressed to name any game that plays up to seven people in about half an hour that's actually interesting. I guess time is really the key point here; no matter how badly you might be doing, it'll be over soon. And you can just play again.

Or to paraphrase a friend of mine:
I don't feel bad about losing; I can't imagine feeling good about winning; I make some decisions, am informed of a result, and go about my day.
2012-03-14
5
Oct 2006*
5.463
Owned
Pretty good, but Melee is better.
2006-10-05*
Chaosium First Edition
Year: 1987
5
Feb 2013
5.862
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*
5
Nov 2008*
5.552
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*
Aton (2005)
5
Feb 2013
6.662
Plays: 1
Battle Cry (2000)
5
Feb 2013
6.843
Plays: 1
I enjoy this system that spawned Memoir '44, C&C:Ancients, Battle Lore, etc.
2010-07-16
5
Feb 2013
6.309
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Not a bad little game, but it's competing against a lot of other card game fillers in my collection.
2010-01-15
BattleLore (2006)
5
Feb 2013
7.241
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
A fun little game. Reminds me strongly of C&C:Ancients.
2010-01-27
Battling Tops (1968)
5
Feb 2013
5.657
Plays: 4
5
Oct 2006*
5.624
Prev. Owned
Light between game game.
2006-10-05*
5
Feb 2013
5.552
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I really enjoyed this game with three people, but more would be even better. Even non-hockey fans can enjoy this one (and do well).
2007-03-13*
Alary Canadian edition 2000
Year: 2000
5
Feb 2013
6.901
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*
Educational Insights StrataGems edition
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2013
6.614
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*
Boggle (1972)
5
Feb 2013
6.049
Prev. Owned
Bananagrams is the ultimate word game for me now, but this one is fun in the right circumstances.
2010-07-16
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!
Bridge (1925)
5
Sep 2008*
6.988
I understand how to play, and I agree that it's a marvellous card game, but this is the WorstGameEver(tm) for engendering what I call the "sore winner" behaviour that I loathe. Yes, I understand that you won this hand, I don't need the trick by trick analysis of the last hand. Let's move on. Next!
2008-01-10*
5
Apr 2013
6.275
Plays: 1
A much streamlined version of History of the World, and quite fun.

An inexcusably shoddy rulebook though.
2013-04-14
English Boxed Edition
Year: 2002
5
Feb 2013
5.694
Owned
For Trade
Fairly straightforward strategy, but very high humour factor.
2006-11-07*
Carcassonne (2000)
5
Feb 2013
7.348
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
7.462
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*
5
Feb 2013
6.364
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*
5
Apr 2009*
6.233
Plays: 2
This isn't a bad variant, but I think it would take a lot more play to really figure out the best strategies here, and with all the Carcassonne's on my games shelf, why bother?
2007-03-13*
5
Nov 2008*
6.774
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*
English Edition
Year: 2000
5
Feb 2013
5.912
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Plays best with 5.
2013-04-08
Change! (1999)
5
Sep 2008*
5.453
Prev. Owned
Nice and light, good travelling game.
2006-10-05*
5
Nov 2008*
5.653
Prev. Owned
Very silly but fun.
2003-07-31*
5
Feb 2013
6.504
Plays: 7
Surprisingly fun - definitely a kids game though.
2013-02-16
Metagaming English First Edition
Year: 1977
5
Oct 2006*
5.570
Owned
Bug on bug action!
2010-07-16
First edition, first printing
Year: 2000
5
Feb 2013
6.086
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*
5
Feb 2013
6.252
Prev. Owned
Nostalgia has this on my want list, but I'm not sure how well it would be received by my gaming group.
2010-07-16
Chaosium Bagged Edition
Year: 1993
5
Nov 2008*
5.560
Prev. Owned
Best with at least 4. A great game hidden under very badly written rules.
2007-12-13*
MultiSim edition
5
May 2012
5.560
Prev. Owned
SPI Bagged Edition
Year: 1979
5
Nov 2008*
5.525
Owned
It's not a bad dungeon crawl game, but it hasn't aged very well.
2008-01-16*
Demons (1979)
5
Sep 2009*
5.475
Prev. Owned
This is one of those SPI games that oozes theme, has really interesting idea stamped all over it, but unfortunately is a little flat in the actual game play.
2010-07-16
5
Nov 2012
5.713
Plays: 1
5
Sep 2008*
5.743
Prev. Owned
A fun card game, and while it's a CCG, I like that (a) you can buy the complete set in one go, and (b) that all the cards are equally common.
2006-12-29*
5
Nov 2008*
5.728
Prev. Owned
It's just an ok addition to the game. Once you've played Spice Harvest, other than the initial on-board placement, you start just like regular Dune.
2007-12-21*
DVONN (2001)
5
Aug 2011
7.078
Prev. Owned
This is a clever game and one of the stronger ones in the GIPF series.
2006-11-07*
Elfenland (1998)
5
Aug 2011
6.630
Prev. Owned
Very fun game. For two players, we use this variant - each turn you get to play two transport tokens. Makes for a more strategic game.
2008-02-22*
5
Feb 2013
6.109
Plays: 2
Endeavor (2009)
5
Feb 2013
7.301
Plays: 6
Jan 2010 - I don't see any link between theme and game play. I know Euros sometimes get accused of having pasted on theme - for Endeavor it's a post-it note.

Update from August 2011 - It's still not my favorite game, but it's ok with the right group.
2011-08-05
5
Feb 2013
5.483
Prev. Owned
The more the merrier. Scrabble players will do well!
2006-11-11*
5
Aug 2011
6.215
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Pros: Easy to learn, quick to set up, and it can be played in less than two hours. The graphics are nice and simple and easily read, and the rules are well written. Also - fun!

Cons: The system doesn't have massive replay value - don't get me wrong - you *will* get your money's worth and then some playing this little game, but once you've played all the scenarios a few times and won them, then it'll be one of those "Oh yeah, I remember that game!" items in your games closet that hits the table out of nostalgia every five years.
2009-02-22
Finca (2009)
5
Feb 2013
6.843
Plays: 2
This is a cute little game. It plays pretty quickly, and should be easy for non-gamers to pick up.
2009-11-14
English edition
Year: 2010
5
Feb 2013
6.832
Prev. Owned
Plays: 15
Fast fun filler - good for kids.
2011-01-18
Get Out (1998)
5
Nov 2008*
5.505
Prev. Owned
The more the merrier!
2006-11-07*
GiftTRAP (2006)
5
Feb 2013
6.222
As a party game, this one's pretty cool.
2011-11-12
Giganten der Lüfte (aka Airships) (2007)
German Edition
Year: 2007
5
Aug 2011
6.227
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
A fun dice rolling game where you're trying to balance the resources you have to maximize the odds of collecting more resources and airships (and ultimately pieces of the Hindenburg). Plays in just under an hour with four players.
2009-06-23
Rio Grande Games English Edition
Year: 2007
5
Feb 2013
6.042
Owned
Plays: 2
A fun little set collection game.
2013-02-16
5
Feb 2013
5.515
Prev. Owned
A very fun light game. You're never out of the game and always have a chance to win.
2006-11-07*
Guerre des Moutons, La (aka Wooly Bully) (2002)
5
Apr 2009*
5.943
Prev. Owned
Plays: 7
It's cute, but the end game game is too chaotic.
2011-01-22
Hera and Zeus (2000)
5
Nov 2008*
6.325
Prev. Owned
Not as good as Ceasar and Cleopatra.
2006-11-07*
5
Feb 2013
6.851
Prev. Owned
Nothing to do between turns and takes a long time to play, but a lot of fun. Plays best with all 7 players. (comments based on the original AH version, not the new Hasbro/AH version)
2006-11-07*
Hive (2001)
5
Aug 2011
7.259
Prev. Owned
Plays: 8
A very clever game, but unfortunately I'm not very good at it.
2006-12-29*
Hoity Toity (1990)
5
Feb 2013
6.394
Plays: 1
You really need the right group to play this game - everyone has to get into the spirit of the theme. Otherwise, the experience can fall a little flat.
2010-07-16
Holy War (1979)
5
Nov 2008*
5.436
Prev. Owned
Played this one only once, way back. It was pretty weird, but worked ok. I'd be willing to try it again.
2003-08-05*
5
Feb 2013
5.671
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Played this for the first time just recently (Feb 2006). Not a bad little game - decent filler, and like Mamma Mia, an excuse to do silly accents -
2006-11-07*
5
Aug 2009*
6.137
Prev. Owned
A so-so expansion to a great game
2008-01-01*
Fantasy Flight Games English edition
Year: 2004
5
Feb 2013
7.109
Prev. Owned
Plays: 11
Ingenious is the mot juste for this game. There is a lot of subtlety and the game plays quite quickly too.
2006-11-12*
Insecta (1995)
5
Aug 2011
5.606
Experiences will differ, but I've found that small fast invertebrates usually do very very well against almost anything else.
2006-12-29*
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2004
5
Feb 2013
6.946
Owned
Plays: 21
Thank you Secret Santa 2008.
2009-01-23*
Rio Grande Games Edition
Year: 2009
5
Feb 2013
6.311
Owned
Love the carpet expansion from this one.
2010-07-16
5
Nov 2008*
5.391
Prev. Owned
Needs to be played with the Cheapass updates
2006-11-07*
Java (2000)
5
Feb 2013
6.741
Prev. Owned
Comparisons have been made between Java and Tikal and arguments abound as to which is better, but my summation is this - they're different enough to warrant playing on their own, and similar enough that if you know how to play one, you can play the other. Java is slightly more complex in strategy.
2006-11-07*
Rio Grande Games English first edition
Year: 1998
5
Feb 2013
6.502
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*
GMT edition
Year: 2009
5
Aug 2011
5.836
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
This game is really best as either 2-player or really works well as a solo game. With 3-4, play something like Pacific Typhoon instead.
2010-01-20
Cheapass English edition 1998 (paper envelope)
Year: 1998
5
Nov 2008*
5.668
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*
5
Feb 2013
5.967
Prev. Owned
If you're playing with 3 or more, play Elfenland. If you're only playing with 2 people, play this.
2008-01-01*
5
Aug 2011
5.705
Entertaining once in a while, but between this and Scrabble, I'll take Scrabble any day
2002-01-02*
Kingsburg (2007)
5
Feb 2013
7.147
Plays: 3
A nice dice roller game, but there are lots of better ones.
2013-02-16
5
Feb 2013
6.555
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
This game is really clever, but ultimately every three player game of this I've played has essentially ended in a kingmaker scenario. It's a very fun two player game.

Ultimately its big downfall is that there are too many conditions at the end.
2010-02-06
English first edition
Year: 2010
5
Feb 2013
7.125
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
Landlord! (1992)
5
Nov 2008*
5.714
Prev. Owned
A very clever game, with a wickedly clever theme, but suffers from a runaway leader problem.
2006-11-07*
First edition
Year: 2010
5
Feb 2013
6.100
Prev. Owned
For Trade
Plays: 9
"This game lets you fill the need to play a game with hexes and dice and movement points and what have you and I don't have to play any war games" - my wife.

The premise is hilarious, and the game play works, but there's just a lack of dynamism here. I may explore some variants at some point to resurrect this game from the dust collecting pile.
2013-02-16
5
Feb 2011
5.596
Plays: 1
Rating after one (incomplete) play. I've heard of Phil Eklund's designs, and this was my first experience with it. We were six and we didn't manage to finish out the first decade (for a whole variety of reasons, not all of which were related to time constraints).

I can see the rating going up, and I would play this again, but would want to do so with fewer players and enough time to grind it out. I can certainly see that it would go much more quickly once you got your faction built up - question is, given how dry it is to get there, do I want to invest the time?
2011-02-18
KOSMOS/Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 1999
5
Feb 2013
7.042
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 10
A great light introductory game, but not one that holds any interest for me anymore.
2013-02-16
Mahjong (1850)
5
Feb 2013
6.789
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
English first edition
Year: 2012
5
Feb 2013
7.263
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
A great idea, but there's just something about the game that falls flat for me. I'll happily play if asked, but nobody else is asking me to play it either.
2013-02-16
5
Feb 2013
6.417
Prev. Owned
The nations expansion is great. I'm just giving it the same rating as I have for the base game.
2013-02-16
Manila (2005)
5
Feb 2013
6.784
Plays: 2
A great little gambling game.
2013-02-23
English first edition
Year: 2011
5
Feb 2013
6.167
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 3
Freebie from BGG.Con 2012
2012-11-19
5
Feb 2013
6.271
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
The game is an interesting challenge in graph theory and the scoring is clever. However, the money is really annoying - it would have been better to use poker chips or bring a roll of pennies.
2006-11-07*
Memoir '44 (2004)
5
Feb 2013
7.408
Prev. Owned
Plays: 22
I think the best part of this game is it's short enough that if one game doesn't go your way, well, set up the next scenario and have at it again!
2008-06-18*
Phalanx English edition
Year: 2005
5
Feb 2013
6.200
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
At first glance a relatively simple Euro, but soon you realize there's a lot of direct player confrontation possible, and better yet, scarcity of resources.
2010-12-06
Queen multilingual EN/FR/DE/SP Edition 2005
Year: 2005
5
Feb 2013
6.235
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 12
This one grows on me more and more as the number of plays increases.
2006-10-05*
5
Nov 2008*
5.435
Prev. Owned
A tough game to win, and oil is so very important (and the game unforgiving if you don't own any!)
2006-11-07*
Monad (1969)
5
Mar 2010
5.781
Prev. Owned
Had this briefly and played it a few times back in the early 90's.
2010-07-16
Monopoly (1933)
5
Nov 2008*
4.395
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
5
Feb 2013
6.203
Plays: 1
I like the creeping meeple elimination.
2010-07-16
Flying Buffalo New Art & Cards Edition
Year: 1985
5
Feb 2013
6.003
Owned
Plays: 4
KABOOM! :-) How can you not love a silly game like this?
2006-10-05*
5
Sep 2008*
5.672
Prev. Owned
If you're a miniatures wargamer, in the classic sense of using rulers to measure distance etc, and you love Ogre, then this is for you.

If you love Ogre, but aren't a miniatures gamer, this probably won't convert you.
2008-09-18*
5
Aug 2011
5.683
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
This is a very fun game. It takes longer than it should to get to the endgame, but at least you're engaged right to the end unlike Munchkin.
2008-07-05*
English first edition
Year: 2009
5
Apr 2013
7.914
Prev. Owned
This is the only way to play Pandemic.
2009-12-31
PanzerBlitz (1970)
5
Feb 2013
6.066
Prev. Owned
One of the games that turned me into a grognard back in the day.
2010-07-16
Perquackey (1956)
5
Jun 2001*
5.566
I like word games, but I think Bananagrams reigns supreme in my books.
2010-07-16
Pictionary (1985)
5
Feb 2013
5.748
Plays: 1
Enjoyable in the right circumstances. Like on a cruise ship with the whole extended family in the games lounge.
2010-07-16
5
Feb 2013
7.078
I felt this expansion actually made the game less fun and interesting than the base game by removing some of the interesting hinder-your-neighbour options.
2010-07-16
First English edition
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2013
5.594
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Quarriors! (2011)
5
Feb 2013
6.776
Plays: 2
A delightfully fun little dice game. "Deck building without the shuffling" indeed!

It's too bad the game is only 2-4 players.
2011-11-06
Quarto! (1991)
5
Feb 2013
6.527
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
The "connect 4" mechanism is not new by any stretch, but selecting the piece your opponent must play is the icing that makes this game a good one.
2004-08-30*
MindWare English edition 2006
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2013
6.714
Owned
Plays: 7
A fun game and a bit of a mind bender.
2011-08-27
Rack-O (1956)
5
Feb 2013
5.561
Plays: 4
Railroad Tycoon: The Boardgame (aka Railways of the World) (2005)
5
Feb 2013
7.539
Plays: 1
Rat-a-Tat Cat (1995)
5
Feb 2013
5.965
Plays: 20
A clever deduction game, good filler, good with kids.
2011-11-24
Rivets (1977)
5
Nov 2008*
5.653
Prev. Owned
A very clever concept.
2003-08-05*
Tilsit French First Edition
Year: 2000
5
Feb 2013
6.449
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
I really like this game - the cards add just a light element of luck because you never know what you'll draw. But that aside, hand management is key, as is managing your hero cards. Nice blend of strategy and tactics.
2006-10-05*
5
Feb 2013
6.214
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
The two player version leaves much to be desired, but it's a great little game otherwise.
2009-10-19
5
Jan 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 14
Sequence (1982)
5
Feb 2013
5.747
Owned
Plays: 10
This is a great "cabin" game - something to do while unwinding after a day of fun at the beach or at the lake.
2005-09-09*
SET (1988)
5
Feb 2013
6.341
Owned
Plays: 4
More of a pleasant puzzle like activity than game, but it's another cottage game.
2010-07-16
First Edition
Year: 1999
5
Feb 2013
5.721
Owned
Plays: 2
The system works well, and it can be a challenge to see who you'd rather help with your placements. Suffers from having very close endgames and the possibility of kingmaking.
2008-01-01*
5
Feb 2013
5.627
Preordered
Plays: 1
Skip-Bo (1967)
5
Feb 2013
5.298
Plays: 7
Mostly harmless fun. A cottage game.
2010-07-16
Slamwich (1994)
5
Feb 2013
5.232
Plays: 2
5
Feb 2013
7.199
Plays: 1
For what it's worth, I liked it better than the original
2012-05-29
Space Beans (1999)
5
Aug 2008*
5.894
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
A good light game that could be used as a filler, although we've had some games take a long time to complete!
2006-10-05*
5
Feb 2013
5.792
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
A fun 2 player wargame filler.
2011-08-27
First edition
Year: 1988
5
Dec 2006*
5.431
Owned
A heavily luck based game - I've always thought there was a great game just waiting to break out of this one!

However, a nice game for kids - lots of educational opportunities here. Geography, history, spice trade, trade routes are marked as to who sailed them (e.g. Columbus, Magellan).

I also like the spice-tube player tokens.
2006-12-16*
5
Jan 2010*
6.220
Ah yes, Star Fleet Lawyers... Computerized this would be great, but waaaaaaaaaay too much bookkeeping for a table-top game.
2002-06-28*
Stone Age (2008)
5
Feb 2013
7.565
Plays: 1
This is one of those games that's fun and engaging and yet I never ask for it and I would put a long list of games ahead of it on my "let's play x tonight" list.
2010-07-16
5
Feb 2013
6.423
Plays: 2
Notwithstanding anything else, I didn't feel a lot of tension in the game, and I can't pin my finger on it too well. To some extent it's because the system has been simplified almost to the point of being generic. Partly it's that the combat system feels bland. In any event, I never had that little electric tingle along my spine that something really exciting was about to happen.

I'd like to try this again, ideally with the campaign scenario, or at least a much longer one, and I think it would be fun to try it with 4 players.
2012-02-06
Rio Grande edition
Year: 1999
5
Feb 2013
6.440
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
What a splendid game - if you like abstract games with a good theme, this is great! Plays in parters with 4, and has a very clever mechanism to play with 3. Components are very nice.

If you want something less expensive, find a copy of Cheapass' Very Clever Pipe Game
2008-01-10*
English edition 2000
Year: 2000
5
Aug 2011
6.959
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
What a fun game. The camels look like those mints you get at the take out place, and the elegance of trying to surround territory in a very Go-like fashion.

Make no mistake though, this is a relatively light filler.
2010-06-14
Rio Grande First Edition
Year: 2006
5
Nov 2014
7.050
Prev. Owned
Plays: 13
This game was fabulous the first half dozen times and then my interest in it just slowly waned.
2011-08-27
Tichu (1991)
5
Feb 2013
7.481
Plays: 1
If you're going to play this, play with exactly 4. No more, no less.
2010-07-16
International first edition
Year: 2008
5
Feb 2013
5.590
Owned
This isn't nearly as bad as critics make it out to be.

TTR: Works very well with 2 players and speeds the game up.
2010-06-06
Rio Grande English edition 1999
Year: 1999
5
Feb 2013
7.233
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Many have compared Tikal and Java. In short, they're both different enough to warrant playing on their own, but both similar enough that if you can play one, you can easily learn the other. Tikal is less strategically challenging than Java, but on the other hand, Tikal is more accessible to the casual gamer.
2006-12-16*
BattlessonTM edition
Year: 2010
5
Feb 2013
5.627
Owned
Plays: 3
First black box edition
Year: 2009
5
Feb 2013
6.144
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
BGG.Con 2009 special edition.

A "7" from my first play, but will likely pop up to an 8 if I can get it on the table more often between now and the end of the year. [17/12/2009]

And then I didn't play it for over a year so I sold it.
2011-08-27
WizKids Multilingual first edition
Year: 2004
5
Feb 2013
6.574
Owned
Plays: 20
A fun little game. Reminds me of Metro, but without the pretension of trying to make routes! The elimination aspect is very interesting. The game is also scalable to 8 players, and it plays very quickly, which makes it very appealing as a filler.
2011-01-12
English first edition
Year: 2001
5
Feb 2013
5.829
Prev. Owned
This is a hilarious game, right up there with Guillotine in terms of fun. A great filler game, or definitely for beer & pretzel nights.
2006-11-07*
UNO (1971)
5
Feb 2013
5.274
Prev. Owned
Plays: 85
A comment on the rating: this game is, for me, in the same class as Pit; namely, it fills the need as a simple and fun filler. In other words, in the right crowd and at the right time, it's a lot of fun.
2007-12-25*
Vinhos (2010)
5
Feb 2013
7.153
Plays: 1
An interesting game to be sure, but the lengthy playing time combined with mechanics that don't inspire me pushes this off my wishlist.
2011-08-27
WarpWar (1977)
5
Oct 2006*
5.639
Owned
A fairly simple yet clever gaming system for spaceship combat. I understand it plays well via pbm/pbem, though I've not done so myself.
2006-10-05*
First Edition
Year: 2010
5
Feb 2013
7.042
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
As I stated in my review, fast furious fun.

That said, if I had the time, I'd rather play Unhappy King Charles, which I think is a much better game than this one, even if it does take twice as long.
2013-02-16
Canadian Bilingual Edition
Year: 1972
5
Feb 2013
5.436
Owned
Plays: 2
Warning - you'll need a lot of table space for this one.
2008-04-21*
German edition
Year: 2004
5
Feb 2013
5.819
Owned
Plays: 4
This game is solid. I really enjoy the bidding and building process, and the game seems well balanced to me. Based on two 5-player games.
2007-06-22*
Witch's Brew (2008)
5
Feb 2013
6.767
Plays: 1
A lot of fun with the role selections. A game that doesn't take itself too seriously.
2010-06-10
5
Oct 2009*
6.174
Plays: 1
I've only played this once and I can't say I'm in a rush to play it again.

The counters are horrid to read. They look nice in the photos on file, but on the map they're very hard to read.
2010-01-27
5
Feb 2013
6.969
Plays: 1
I liked this one in pretty much the exact same vein as Pillars of the Earth.
2010-11-21
Designer's Self Published Edition
Year: 2007
5
Feb 2013
5.990
Owned
Plays: 1
Signed by Jeremiah Lee himself - how cool is that?

This is a great little solo game. It's a fun race against time and I like the nice simple mechanics. You don't have to think too hard, you can push your luck a little, and ultimately, it's a very satisfying way to spend 10-15 minutes.
2008-09-22*
5
Feb 2013
6.055
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Rating a solid 6, possibly worth a 7. A zombie themed game that actually works! It makes me think of what a competitive Pandemic might look like.
2011-03-30
Rio Grande SDJ Edition
Year: 2007
5
Feb 2013
6.791
Owned
Plays: 2
Great kids game.
2011-11-24
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