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6
Sep 2013
6.808
Plays: 1
A nice light game with a War of 1812 theme.
2013-09-03
Nova slipcase edition
Year: 1985
6
Apr 2009*
5.612
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*
5.861
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*
6
Apr 2009*
7.458
Prev. Owned
An excellent multi-player game, but has two major flaws. First, it takes forever to play. Second, the random calamities can completely take you out of contention if you're unlucky enough to get several "complementary" ones in a row.
2008-01-02*
6
Sep 2008*
5.607
Prev. Owned
An absolutely gorgeous map.
2006-10-05*
Arkadia (2006)
6
Feb 2013
6.739
Plays: 1
A very enjoyable game - and the castles are really cool.
2009-01-03*
SPI Ares Magazine Edition
Year: 1980
6
Oct 2006*
5.552
Owned
I have the SPI magazine edition.
2011-03-09
6
Apr 2009*
5.797
Prev. Owned
I loved this game when I was in my early teens, rating reflects nostalgia more than anything...
2006-10-24*
Bears! (2011)
6
Nov 2012
5.684
Plays: 3
Bloody Buna (1979)
6
Jun 2009*
5.550
Prev. Owned
A tight tense game of supply lines.
2010-07-16
Bobby Lee (1993)
6
Aug 2009*
5.860
Prev. Owned
I have the playtest copy of this game (from when I playtested it). I love the Columbia block games, but the US Civil War doesn't do it for me (not interested in the period).
2006-10-05*
Bohnanza (1997)
6
Feb 2013
7.013
Plays: 8
As much fun as this game is, I can't seem to get it to the table very often.
2010-07-16
First edition
Year: 2005
6
Feb 2013
6.543
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I printed the absolutely gorgeous map by

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I downloaded the rules from Simmons Games, and have the pieces from Napoleon's Triumph.

So in a sense, I have two games for the price of one nicely printed map.

This game has a beautiful chess-like intensity, and is a nice short game.
2010-02-01
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
6
Nov 2010
6.595
Plays: 11
A great game to end the night. Light, not meant to be taken seriously. But did I mention that it's FUN?

Make sure you play with an odd number of players.
2010-11-05
Cable Car (2009)
6
Feb 2013
6.081
I like the "stock market" version of this game - should be easy to implement with my copy of Metro.
2010-02-19
English edition
Year: 1999
6
Feb 2013
6.288
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
6.732
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*
6
Aug 2009*
5.642
Plays: 15
I seem to have ridiculously good luck with this one.
2010-07-16
Civilization (1980)
6
Apr 2009*
7.276
Prev. Owned
Brilliant design, but takes too long to play for what it is.
2010-07-16
6
Aug 2011
6.623
Prev. Owned
Almost vital to own if you're going to play Advanced Civ with seven people.
2011-08-27
First Edition
Year: 2008
6
Oct 2009*
5.932
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
My only play of this has been lacklustre, in part because we made a few gaffes, especially around scoring.
2010-07-16
First Edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2013
7.134
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
A solid entry in the C&C franchise.
2011-02-27
SPI Bagged Edition
Year: 1979
6
Sep 2012
5.809
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*
Cyclades (2009)
6
Feb 2013
7.354
Plays: 3
A ton of fun and fantastic bits!
2010-05-25
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*
Death Test (1978)
6
Dec 2011
5.615
Prev. Owned
Death Test 2 (1980)
6
Dec 2011
5.574
Prev. Owned
Avalon Hill First Edition
Year: 1987
6
Sep 2010
5.827
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
Divine Right (1979)
6
Apr 2009*
6.020
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Rating more out of nostaligia than anything I think...
2002-01-02*
Eclipse (2011)
6
Feb 2013
7.936
Plays: 7
I enjoyed this game quite a bit and although you can see the design compromises made to speed the game up, the sum of the parts work well together and it all makes thematic as well as mechanical sense.
2012-06-29
6
Feb 2013
6.566
Prev. Owned
Plays: 14
I wish I'd been smart enough to design this little gem.
2013-09-02
6
Feb 2013
6.408
Plays: 1
First Edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2013
5.631
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
Fresco (2010)
6
Feb 2013
7.203
Plays: 3
The two player variant works very well.

This game is not light, nor is it heavy, it's a nice medium complexity game with nicely interlinked elements that work well to support both the theme and the flow of play.

And the theme is awesome.
2010-07-16
Italian first edition 2007
Year: 2007
6
Feb 2013
5.872
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
A very fun game of cat and mouse.
2010-12-27
Gulo Gulo (2003)
6
Feb 2013
6.583
Plays: 17
I'm not good at dexterity games, so I try to avoid them, but my daughter really likes this one.
2008-01-10*
6
Jan 2012
5.446
Plays: 7
More fun than Clue thanks to the events deck. And having a young Harry Potter fan in the house helps this get some table time.
2012-01-01
Le Havre (2008)
6
Feb 2013
7.887
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 1
This one makes my brain hurt.
2010-01-06
First edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2013
6.193
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I liked the design, but I think the Peloponnesian War just isn't my period. A 7 for the design, but I'm not sure when it'll hit the table again.
2010-01-10
Hitler's War (1981)
6
Nov 2008*
5.795
Prev. Owned
The whole of the ETO on one small map with not a lot of counters. No surprise results are not exactly in line with history.
2010-07-16
Hot Spot (1979)
6
Dec 2011
5.462
Prev. Owned
A really cool idea.
2011-12-13
Illuminati (1982)
6
Aug 2009*
5.994
Owned
The more people the better
2008-01-01*
6
Aug 2009*
6.345
Prev. Owned
For Trade
The more people the better. This newer edition lacks some of the subtlety in the humour of the original, but plays every bit as well.
2008-01-01*
English first edition (second printing)
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2013
7.139
Prev. Owned
Plays: 7
An entertaining card game that I've barely scratched the surface of.

This is a game that if you play it a lot, you'll really learn the subtle nuances and depth there is here. If you're a casual player, like me, then it's entertaining enough, but you quickly forget the synergies between plays so it doesn't get as much love and attention as it might otherwise.
2013-02-16
Italia (2006)
6
Feb 2013
5.805
Plays: 1
I've heard Brittania is better, but I haven't played it yet.

This game reminds me of History of the World, but with more interesting decisions.
2010-07-16
Cheapass envelope edition
Year: 1996
6
Jun 2009*
6.030
Prev. Owned
Plays: 7
This is for the Cheapass Games edition
2009-02-07*
King of Tokyo (2011)
6
Jul 2011
7.330
Plays: 3
6
Feb 2013
5.741
Plays: 1
A relatively light game about a topic I'd know little about until I played.

I liked a lot of the ideas in the game, such as the Indian surrender based on colonial VP and the lack of inherent supply based on the razed villages. However, the supply issue only comes up once in the winter turn.

If I had a complaint, and this is reaching, it's that the Indian counters are all the same save for the background stripe. In poor lighting conditions it would have been easy to mix some of them up.
2012-03-13
Kingmaker (1974)
6
Feb 2013
6.152
Plays: 2
A fun classic.
2013-02-16
6
May 2009*
6.061
Prev. Owned
An interesting idea but if you want a chess like experience which has some luck, play Manoeuvre.
2010-07-16
English first edition
Year: 2011
6
Feb 2013
7.089
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
This game is the total anti-Agricola. No struggling for resources. No indeed, you are trying to spend, spend, SPEND!

This is the Brewster's Millions for the gaming crowd.
2011-11-20
6
May 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
6
Mar 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
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
Loopin' Louie (1992)
6
Nov 2010
6.798
Plays: 14
Macao (2009)
6
Jun 2013
7.227
Plays: 1
Machiavelli (1977)
6
Feb 2013
6.320
Prev. Owned
Diplomacy with the addition of money, assassinations, and mercenaries. Not as nicely balanced as Diplomacy is, but every bit as devious.
2006-10-05*
6
Feb 2013
6.948
Plays: 2
Masterpiece (1970)
6
Aug 2009*
5.437
Owned
For Trade
Fond childhood memories of this one.
2009-08-13
Medina (2001)
6
Feb 2013
6.732
Prev. Owned
A very fun game that has lots of little wooden bits. Appeals to my sense of thingyness.
2008-02-22*
6
Feb 2013
6.817
Prev. Owned
Much needed as there never seems to be enough terrain tiles for a scenario
2008-06-18*
Parker Brothers edition 1971
Year: 1971
6
Mar 2011
5.598
Owned
Plays: 15
Definitely a game for the cottage on the patio with a glass of wine.
2010-07-16
English first edition
Year: 2012
6
Jun 2013
6.815
Owned
Plays: 2
A perfect game for pub night.
2013-06-22
Columbia Games third edition, first printing
Year: 1993
6
Jun 2013
6.559
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
An under appreciated classic.
2010-07-16
6
Feb 2013
6.573
Plays: 2
This game is nice and easy and a lot of fun.
2010-01-31
German edition
Year: 2009
6
Feb 2013
6.108
Prev. Owned
For Trade
Plays: 6
I first played this at BGG.Con 2009, with an initial rating of 7.

It's a nicely crafted game, and while it owes an homage to Puerto Rico in a lot of its design elements, in execution it's quite different (as one might expect).

Money is tight in the early game and looser in the latter half of the game, but VP are always the key. Eyes on the prize...
2013-08-10
6
Feb 2013
5.989
I really enjoyed this game back in the day. Would love to have a chance to play it again.

2010-01-06
Mayfair/Kosmos English edition
Year: 2007
6
Feb 2013
7.197
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
I like this better without the expansion, but it's a good game. May induce AP.
2010-01-04
6
Dec 2006*
7.046
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*
Ra (1999)
6
Feb 2013
7.374
Plays: 2
Finally had a chance to play this one - it's an auction game I like!
2004-10-25*
6
Sep 2013
7.895
Plays: 1
Note that these comments are based on the edition I played, which I am given to understand is the original printing, and not the more recent broadly released version.

If you're looking for an innovative co-op game, this is excellent.

While it's convoluted and complex (qualities I admire in competitive games), it's not something I can say I'll be clamouring for.

I liked the game, I had a lot of fun, but I prefer games that are not co-operative.
2013-09-03
6
Dec 2013
6.846
Owned
Plays: 15
Rummikub (1977)
6
Oct 2013
6.144
Owned
Plays: 5
English edition
Year: 1998
6
Feb 2013
7.301
Owned
Plays: 5
Almost too clever for its own good, but the aesthetics are perfect.
2010-07-16
English First Edition
Year: 2011
6
Feb 2013
7.257
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
2011-11-24
6
Feb 2013
N/A
Prev. Owned
A very fine wargame.
2009-10-27
Columbia Games edition 2011
Year: 2011
6
Jul 2011
5.930
Owned
Plays: 3
Brisk light fun for 4-5 players ideally. Has to be a right crowd - I know that kind of comment has and can be made for many games, but it's definitely true here.
2011-07-15
Parker Brothers English First Edition
Year: 2008
6
Feb 2013
6.302
Plays: 40
For the low price, this game delivers immense gaming entertainment.
2010-01-27
6
Oct 2013
6.724
Plays: 1
6
Nov 2008*
5.633
Prev. Owned
A game that's just begging for expansions, tweaks, more chrome, etc. Nevertheless, a decent strategy game. The movement rules are too complex for their own good.
2006-12-29*
6
Nov 2008*
5.827
Prev. Owned
A great game, but there's a fair amount of bookkeeping. A spreadsheet aid would help. Oddly enough, my playing experience has been that the further along the game goes, the faster it gets (as the bookkeeping and decisions get easier).
2006-11-07*
6
Feb 2013
6.008
Plays: 1
6
Mar 2010
6.665
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 1
I enjoyed this game, but for the time investment I feel there are better options.

Players in the lead have some built in advantages that really hinder those who are behind from making catch up attempts.
2010-03-13
Rio Grande 2006 edition
Year: 2006
6
Feb 2013
7.170
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I simply love the auction mechanism in this one, and I'm generally no fan of auction games.

It's all about getting what you can for as little as possible as long as it scores you points more efficiently than everyone else.
2010-07-16
English second edition
Year: 2011
6
Jan 2012
5.535
Plays: 6
A fun light story telling activity.
2012-01-06
6
Nov 2009*
5.758
Plays: 1
The campaign and 1835 scenarios are only ok, but the Alamo scenario is great.
2010-07-16
6
Aug 2011
8.062
Plays: 2
Days of Wonder English Edition
Year: 2006
6
Aug 2011
7.228
Owned
Plays: 11
I was delighted with this version - it's every bit as much fun as TTR:Europe, but its challenges are different. Making your destination tickets is tougher. I also suck incredibly at it.

This is the only TTR game that not only have I not won, but I've actually been lapped on the score track.
2013-02-16
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2007
6
Jan 2011
7.181
Owned
Plays: 3
One thing I really like about the TTR games is how they're different in subtle ways that have big game play differences. TTR Switzerland has some really nice innovations.
2008-03-21*
Titan (1980)
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Year: 1980
Language: English
6
Nov 2009*
6.680
Prev. Owned
This is actually an amazingly great game with 3 players, and almost as good with only 2. I have a copy of a tournament variant for 12 players and table for quick battle resolutions. Downside of this game is that non-involved players (especially during battles) have literally nothing to do.

I have the AH version.
2009-11-21
First edition
Year: 2005
6
Oct 2009*
6.100
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
This is a game I really want to like. It's got a lot of the elements I look for before I invest in a wargame. The scenario is unusual, the system is innovative, the game isn't just about moving units around (Twilight Struggle and Here I Stand are both shining examples of games where it's not only about the military aspects, but also about the politics and external events), and it's from an era of interest.
2010-01-06
Troyes (2010)
6
Feb 2013
7.568
Plays: 2
6
Feb 2013
5.419
Prev. Owned
A surprisingly detailed and tense game, given that it's a small game.
2006-11-07*
6
Feb 2013
6.047
Plays: 1
A classic no stacking ZOC-driven hex and counter game.
2010-07-16
Rio Grande English Edition
Year: 1999
6
Aug 2008*
5.969
Owned
A perfectly fine mercantile game. There are better games out there, but I have a penchant for food & wine themed games, so this one's a keeper for me.
2008-01-01*
English first edition
Year: 2012
6
Feb 2013
6.991
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
A game I wanted to love as much as Here I Stand, but ultimately didn't. At worst it's a noble failure, but it's not that - it really is a grand game. But Here I Stand is simply better.
2013-02-16
War of 1812 (1973)
6
Oct 2009*
6.155
Prev. Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
This game is similar in style and complexity to Quebec 1759. The main difference is the inclusion of naval units, which battle it out on the great lakes.
2006-11-07*
6
Jul 2009*
6.527
Plays: 2
I've played this twice, both times as the French, one of each scenario. I won both times, which usually makes me inclined to like a game more.

However, as pretty as this game is, I don't think it'll hold up to repeated plays.
2010-01-27
Rio Grande English edition
Year: 1999
6
Feb 2013
6.965
Prev. Owned
Plays: 9
This game is very clever and the scoring can be wicked. There are some good strategic and teactical choices with each turn, and the scoring mechanism is very clever.
2006-12-29*
WeyKick (2001)
6
Feb 2013
6.007
Plays: 2
A lot of fun. I may need to find space for this one in my house.
2009-11-19
WildLife (2002)
6
Feb 2013
6.277
Plays: 2
An engaging game about moving your species to the top of the food chain. I can see some clear links between this and Dominant Species.

This is the easier game, and also clocks in at about half the time (around 2 hours for a six player game). Worth getting if you're looking for a Dominant Species like game.
2011-01-14
Witch Trial (2001)
6
Feb 2013
5.830
Prev. Owned
Had a great session with seven people playing this - very silly but very very fun!
2006-11-07*
English first edition
Year: 2001
6
Aug 2011
6.611
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 6
Western themed rummy with chrome (and reward $$!). Very fun.
2006-10-05*
Xiangqi (762)
6
Oct 2011
6.536
Owned
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