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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
500 (1904)
6
Jan 2007*
5.909
Played this in lieu of going to many a lecture at university.
2007-01-24*
6 nimmt! (1994)
8
Apr 2012
6.768
7 Wonders (2010)
8
Feb 2011
7.779
Owned
2 plays. Very nice game. Who can complain about a game that can take 3-7 players that always takes about 30 mins where there is so little downtime because of the simultaneous play. And, it feels like a proper Euro too. Given the play time, there is plenty of interaction for me, even if I can't directly interact with anyone except my neighbours.
2011-02-07
7
Apr 2012
6.340
Owned
It's okay.
2011-08-25
8
Jul 2009*
7.424
Agricola (2007)
9
Apr 2009*
8.015
Owned
It takes a long time to play, but the time flies by. Want to play it more, but don't know if I will get the time to very much. I'm starting to like long games (~2h) mark less as it's getting harder and harder to play them due to mainly playing weeknights. May have to juggle some older ratings of other longer games.
2009-09-23
Alhambra (2003)
7.5
Apr 2008*
6.963
Owned
I prefer Palazzo to this. However, Alhambra does handle up to 6p, which is a plus, but it seems to play too slowly with 6p.
2008-04-23*
Amun-Re (2003)
8.5
Apr 2008*
7.185
Owned
Very good game. A classic.
2008-04-23*
8
Feb 2008*
6.652
Owned
This is a great game and I play this with kids, non-gamers and gamers. It only takes about 10 minutes a game so it's a perfect filler. Can even be played on the side simultaneously with a heavy game during periods of down time.
2008-02-22*
6
Jun 2008*
6.433
I enjoyed playing the game and like the mechanics. However, the value of the sets seems unbalanced which leads me to think that the game is broken. Eg, the 3 cost cards give 40VP if you have a set of 5. ie, cost 15 for 40VP. There is a 1 cost card that gives 15 VP for a set of 5. ie, cost 5 for 15VP. The cheaper cards seemed about the same value, but you didn't have to worry so much about the effects of the thieves and the sandstorm as you generally had less cards and lower value cards in your hand.
2009-04-14
8
Apr 2012
6.447
Arkadia (2006)
7.5
Apr 2008*
6.718
Owned
Plays quick and requires plenty of meaningful decisions. What's not to like?
2008-04-23*
Attika (2003)
7.5
Sep 2009*
6.843
Owned
I played this game a lot a while back, and played it again fairly recently. Back then I liked it, but didn't love it. Looking back I can't see what's not to love about it. After the recent play, I can see why I didn't love it. It just seemed abstract and for me that's a negative even though the theme is fine. Despite that, it's fairly quick and offers plenty of meaningful decisions. Perhaps it was a little abstract. I've upped my rating to remove this prejudice.
2009-09-23
Augsburg 1520 (2006)
6
Sep 2009*
6.095
Owned
One play. Took forever. Perhaps we shouldn't have started at midnight I seemed to be the only one that understood the rules - perhaps due to tired rules explanation and tired players.
2008-04-23*
5
Apr 2005*
6.186
Axis & Allies (1981)
6
Apr 2005*
6.330
Babel (2000)
7
Sep 2009*
6.469
Owned
Played twice in one sitting. When I read the rules, it seemed complicated. When I played it I was taught the game and it's straight forward. Played each game well under the suggested time on the box - a first. This is a solid 2p game. Right now I want to play it more.
2009-09-23
6
Jun 2008*
5.716
One play. It felt as though we had the rules wrong as the game didn't seem to work properly. The game should have been quick, but wasn't. Nice theme and idea, but the execution fell short.
2008-06-15*
Backgammon (-3000)
5
Jan 2007*
6.384
Balderdash (1984)
7
Apr 2005*
6.185
Balloon Cup (2003)
8
Apr 2008*
6.548
Owned
Good holiday 2p game to play with my girlfriend.
2008-04-23*
BANG! (2002)
6
Sep 2009*
6.485
Owned
For Trade
Mindless fun party game played many times in one night. Played it again at a gamer's bucks party and I didn't like it. It's just too slow to be a party game. Plus, anybody getting knocked out of the game early blows. Putting this one up for trade.
2009-09-23
Battle Line (2000)
7.5
Nov 2008*
7.280
Owned
Very good 2 player game. Very good.
2008-08-22*
Battlebikes (1984)
6
Apr 2005*
5.543
Battlecars (1983)
6
Apr 2005*
5.659
BattleLore (2006)
9
Apr 2007*
7.225
Owned
Better than Memoir '44 thanks to the fantasy theme and "Lore" rules. Darn good game, despite my distaste for Wargames. How they can say it has elements of an RPG I have no idea.
2007-04-02*
Biblios (2007)
8
Apr 2013
7.065
Owned
Reminiscent of For Sale. Different enough that it is worth having. I think Biblios has more meaningful decisions. It plays quickly and makes an ideal filler. For Sale has the advantage of taking up to 6 players whereas Biblios only takes up to 4.
2015-05-12
Bingo (1530)
1
Apr 2005*
3.610
Blackjack (1700)
2
Jan 2007*
4.912
Blue Moon (2004)
9
Apr 2007*
6.585
Owned
The Knizia take on customisable card games (like Magic: the Gathering) is a winner. Love the non-collectable attribute.
2007-04-02*
9
Apr 2007*
6.892
Owned
I can't believe they still make games that give colourblind players grief. An exemplary German game that proves that not all influence games need be slow and tedious.
2007-04-02*
8
Apr 2008*
6.154
Owned
I like the expansion tiles. It almost feels as though they were left off so as to be made available as promotional offerings. They should have been in the original game, or at least made readily available.
2009-09-23
Boggle (1972)
6
Apr 2005*
6.044
Owned
Bohnanza (1997)
6
Apr 2008*
7.004
Owned
Too few real decisions in this game given the playing time for my liking. It seems to take over an hour to play and for that time, there are plenty of much better games to choose from. If it took 30 minutes to play it'd be a different story.
2008-04-23*
Boomtown (2004)
7
Apr 2008*
6.318
Owned
It's a solid and fun game. Luck plays a part, but given the style of the game I'm not complaining about it.
2008-04-23*
Bridge (1925)
6
Jan 2007*
6.967
Canasta (1939)
4
Apr 2005*
5.894
Car Wars (1981)
3
Apr 2005*
6.041
Carcassonne (2000)
9
Apr 2005*
7.341
Owned
9
Apr 2005*
7.457
Owned
9
Apr 2005*
7.419
Owned
10
Apr 2005*
6.996
Owned
Superior to the original!
2005-04-26*
7
Apr 2005*
6.871
Owned
For two players, I prefer Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers.
2005-04-26*
9
May 2006*
6.899
Owned
8
Sep 2008*
6.214
Owned
Played once
2008-04-07*
6
Apr 2005*
6.772
Owned
I don't think this adds to the game but if people want to use it then I'll go with the flow. Pun intended.
2005-04-26*
Carson City (2009)
8
Nov 2010
7.085
Owned
Played twice. Liked it very much. At first I felt it was gonna be a harsh game, but it worked very well. It's a worker placement game with a twist. Once you've used a worker it goes to the general stock so you can't automatically use it next round. Also, you can have multiple workers placed on the same square and they have to duel to determine who gets to take the action. Talk about interaction. My only complaint is that the game is long, especially with AP players, and I don't get a lot of opportunity to play long games these days.
2010-11-24
Rio Grande English edition 2008
Year: 2008
8
Apr 2012
6.567
Owned
8.5
Mar 2009*
6.480
Owned
Played once. All good, except it's hard to get your head around the building requirements. Believe it or not, it feels quite a bit like Puerto Rico. The main difference being that you don't build up an engine.
2009-09-23
Catan (1995)
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10
Apr 2005*
7.184
Owned
I never tire of playing this game. People whine about it being luck based but my group's games are always close with usually all players being in contention to win the game.
2005-04-26*
8
Apr 2008*
6.662
Owned
I love Settlers of Catan but when you don't have 3+ players this is the next best thing. I really need tuckboxes for this game.
2008-04-07*
10
Apr 2005*
6.837
Owned
I love that I can now play the game with 3-6 players but it is a shame that an expansion is required for 5-6 players. The rule changes to suit 5-6 players work very well and the games don't take that much longer.
2005-04-26*
6.5
Apr 2008*
5.987
Owned
I prefer the randomness of the dice to the non-randomness of the event cards. The special effect each turn doesn't really add anything to the game IMO. However, if some anti-dice player insists on using this, I'm up for it.
2008-04-23*
Catan: Junior (2012)
9
Jun 2012
6.234
Owned
Picked this up at the 2012 Australian Toy & Game Expo specifically to play with my 5 yo son and a couple of his kindergarten friends. Played twice, 2p then 3p. He's played a number of other young kids games so I knew he'd understand the rules well, despite this being the most complicated of the lot (others are for 4+, Catan: Junior is 6+). Although he was busy making up stories and playing with the cool pieces when I was explaining the rules, we got there and he became very excited when the game started. He loved the whole building his engine and getting more resources so he could build faster part of the game. It is Catan at heart, but light enough for young kids. After the first game with me he was so excited that he wanted to play again with his mum too and started explaining the rules to her (wish I'd videoed it). So, far this is a real hit. It definitely has luck, but there's much analysis and thinking (for a young kid) to do in order to work out a good play. For me this sets it apart from most other good kids games that are primarily dexterity or memory games. It's a simple game for seasoned gamers, but even I had to think hard a couple of times.
2012-06-15
Caylus (2005)
9
Nov 2008*
7.771
Owned
I'd give this a 10 if it didn't take as long to play as it does.
2008-11-25*
7.5
Nov 2008*
6.772
Owned
After two plays, I can say that I'm disappointed in this game. I was expecting Caylus lite, but it's nearly as heavy and takes nearly as long (at least that is the case with the people I play with). Aside from portability, I prefer Caylus to this. However, don't get me wrong, it's still a good game.
2008-04-23*
Chang Cheng (2007)
6
Jun 2008*
5.881
Played once. Believe it or not, all four players in the game tied with exactly the same score. Seems fairly quick for an area majority game. However, I've had enough of area majority games and the inevitable analysis paralysis that accompanies them.
2008-06-15*
Charades (1550)
5
Apr 2005*
5.310
Checkers (1150)
5
Jan 2007*
4.892
Chess (1475)
5
Jan 2007*
6.944
3
Apr 2005*
5.161
Citadels (2000)
9
Apr 2005*
7.093
Owned
Clans (2002)
7
May 2006*
6.401
Owned
Another tricky one to play for colourblind players. As with all such games it helps when played under good lighting.
2006-05-26*
7.5
Jun 2007*
6.644
Owned
Takes longer than 60 mins to play IMO, mostly due to the complexity in the tile laying to maximise points and sanctuary space. If it was a little quicker to play, it'd be a great game.
2007-06-24*
Clue (1949)
6
May 2006*
5.551
Owned
We call it Cluedo in Australia.
2006-05-26*
Coda (2002)
6
Apr 2007*
5.861
Owned
I've liked playing this game so far. It plays quick, but it's starting to get stale.
2007-04-02*
Coloretto (2003)
7.5
Apr 2012
6.884
Owned
8
Jan 2007*
6.659
Owned
My favourite creature is the Cyclops, because his special ability is to give a 'stunning blow'.
2007-01-24*
Colosseum (2007)
8
Apr 2008*
6.993
Owned
I enjoy playing this game, but don't know yet how much control I really have sometimes. If the right tiles don't come up and players just aren't willing to trade them cos' you don't have what they need, I'm not sure if there's a lot you can do about it.
2008-04-23*
Condottiere (1995)
6.5
Jun 2008*
6.545
Owned
Played once starting 3.30am. Game seemed slower than I anticipated, but that is probably due to the late hour. Hope to enjoy it when I play again at a reasonable hour.
2008-06-15*
Connect Four (1974)
4
Apr 2005*
4.882
7
Jan 2009*
6.648
I played this a couple of times as a kid. I remember really liking the game, but found that the rules were ambiguous as to how to handle a bunch of conflicing situtions.
2008-04-03*
7.5
Apr 2012
7.471
Owned
Played 4 times. Games are reasonably quick, better than I expected.
2012-09-28
Cribbage (1630)
5
Apr 2005*
6.786
Crokinole (1876)
9
Apr 2012
7.585
Owned
Darjeeling (2007)
8
Nov 2008*
6.146
Owned
Really liked it all times I've played it. It's one of the few 5 player games that doesn't drag on too long and still has plenty of meaty decisions. The box is too big. Needs some setup sheets to speed up setting up the tea chest tiles.
2008-06-15*
6
Oct 2008*
6.117
Played once with 4p. Took about an hour, but game was abandonded after 3 of 4 rounds. I like the game and the twist with the suits, but as people did too much thinking it played too slow for my liking. I'd like it a lot if there wasn't so much counting and calculating involved. Keen to play it again.
2008-10-14*
Diamant (2005)
7.5
Apr 2007*
6.518
Owned
It's a fine and fun party game. I much prefer Diamant's components over Incan Gold's, but like the addition of the artifacts in the latter.
2007-04-02*
Diplomacy (1959)
3
Apr 2005*
6.886
As a board game I got very bored; this game takes too long to play. As a play-by-mail game that could well be a different story.
2005-04-26*
Dominion (2008)
9
Sep 2009*
7.664
Owned
Played many times now. I still find it addictive. A shame that it doesn't take 30 mins to play yet as my game group thinks too much. However, the quickest way to play this game is just with the Dominion base game and no expansions.
2011-12-23
8.25
Apr 2012
6.822
Owned
Want To Play
Played a few times. A bit better than Seaside, but not by very much.
2011-12-23
8.5
Apr 2012
7.421
Owned
Want To Play
Played two games and have not yet tried all the new cards. I definitely like this one.
2011-12-23
9
Sep 2009*
7.719
Owned
Over a dozen plays. Great addition to the base game. With so many more combos of Kingdom cards, I don't feel like I'll be getting tired of it any time soon. Each game takes a little longer in general when playing with Intrigue.
2011-12-23
9
Apr 2012
8.091
Owned
Several plays. I like Prosperity a lot as it made the game feel fresh. It changes the game a fair bit when played with the Platinum and Colony cards. Have only played Prosperity with a smattering of base cards so far.
2011-12-23
8
Apr 2012
7.897
Owned
Played a few times. Not bad, but I think my least favourite expansion so far (up to Prosperity), but I don't like the bits of cardboard that this game comes with. Coins are fine though.
2011-12-23
7.5
Apr 2012
6.937
Dragonheart (2010)
7
May 2011
6.333
Owned
A light 2 player game that I think is a good alternative to Lost Cities.
2011-05-22
7
Apr 2008*
6.294
Owned
Although not having played this with 6 players, I think it's a good game to have for those occasions when there are 6 players.
2008-04-07*
Dungeon Lords (2009)
7
Jun 2010
7.326
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
I felt this game was overhyped. I think it's a good game, but play time is too long.
2010-06-30
DungeonQuest (1985)
7
Apr 2005*
6.356
Owned
Cracks me up.
2005-04-26*
7
Apr 2005*
5.881
Owned
7
Apr 2009*
6.433
Owned
Played once
2009-04-14
Elfenland (1998)
7
Apr 2012
6.620
Endeavor (2009)
8.5
Apr 2012
7.284
Owned
Played once 3p. Initial impressions are all good.
2009-11-17
Escalation! (2007)
5.5
Jun 2008*
5.593
One sitting 3 games. Thought it would grab me more than it did.
2008-06-15*
8
Sep 2013
7.013
Owned
Played about 10 times with between 2 and 4 players, and once solo. At this point I rate it an 8. Definitely more fun with 3 or more players. My 7 year old loves this game and the fact that you can setup, and play a game within 15 minutes is a bonus when he wants to play a game and it's nearly bedtime. His grandparents have played once and refuse to play it again. We always play with more gems than the setup rules indicate or else it is too easy. Not sure what the longevity of the game will be. It's probably a game that really needs expansions to keep it interesting. Just as long as they are good expansions.
2013-09-30
Euchre (1848)
4
Jan 2007*
6.316
7
Apr 2008*
5.846
Owned
I'm not real sure that this is much quicker than the board game. It's portability is it's biggest bonus. I'd have been happy with an even smaller box.
2008-04-23*
Fairy Tale (2004)
7
Jan 2007*
6.676
Owned
Much better with the advanced rules.
2007-01-24*
8
Mar 2008*
6.430
Owned
I like this filler a lot. Always gets some laughs. As good as "For Sale".
2008-03-04*
Fjords (2005)
8
Jan 2007*
6.424
Owned
A solid, quick 2 player game. It would be super quick if I could just work out where I can fit a tile more quickly.
2007-01-24*
For Sale (1997)
8
Feb 2007*
7.107
Owned
Perhaps the best filler around. Very little down time and accommodates up to 6 players. Love it!
2007-02-27*
Frenzy (2003)
6
Apr 2007*
5.541
Owned
I get nervous playing this game, with it's perfectly apt name
2007-04-02*
Fresco (2010)
8
Apr 2012
7.191
8
Jun 2008*
7.402
Owned
Woohoo! This is great fun. Definitely my favourite real time game played to date.
2008-06-15*
Genoa (2001)
8.5
Jul 2009*
6.961
Owned
Underrated in my opinion. 5 player games seem to take less time than 4 player games. Best trading game I know of.
2006-05-26*
Gheos (2006)
6
Jun 2008*
6.220
Played once
2008-06-15*
Glory to Rome (2005)
7
Apr 2012
7.364
Owned
Goa (2004)
8
Jul 2007*
7.509
Owned
Not quite enough player interaction for my liking, but still quite addictive neverthe less.
2007-07-18*
El Grande (1995)
7
Feb 2007*
7.709
Owned
I think I would like this game much more if a couple of the people I play didn't slow the game down so much with their Analysis Paralysis.
2007-02-27*
Grass (1980)
7
Apr 2005*
5.697
Haven't played this one since I was a kid but it brings back fond memories.
2005-04-26*
6
May 2006*
6.364
A slight version of a regular card game I used to play at university. It comes under a number of guises - Emperor Scum, Asshole and Big Two to name a few.
2006-05-26*
7.5
Apr 2008*
6.026
Owned
Played once. Thought it was a great filler with a bit of meat that worked well with 3 players. Will it bog down with 4 or 5 players? I don't think so, but need to play again to be sure.
2008-04-28*
Hacienda (2005)
9
Feb 2007*
6.730
Owned
I think this game is underrated. Sure, it's not particularly new or innovative, but it plays great. My only criticism is that the poinst scored at the first scoring round are effectively doubled. So, for example, if you are 4 points behind after the first scoring round you have to get 8 points just to catch up.
2007-02-27*
7.5
Feb 2009*
6.421
Owned
Good solid lite game that's more than a filler.
2008-06-15*
Hearts (1850)
7
Jan 2007*
6.210
I am the master at shooting the moon.
2007-01-24*
8
Apr 2005*
6.008
Owned
Some of the new characters are not very balanced. However, it still improves upon the original game.
2005-04-26*
HeroQuest (1989)
4
Apr 2005*
6.723
7
Apr 2012
6.727
Owned
Played a few times. When played competitively, the game is not my cup of tea. When played as a family game, I like it. I'd like to get this to play with my 4 yr old.
2011-01-13
High Society (1995)
8
Apr 2012
6.584
Owned
Supoib!
2007-01-24*
Hive (2001)
7
Nov 2009*
7.245
Owned
3
Oct 2015
5.409
Owned
For Trade
Looks interesting. 10 3p games played. Broken. Terrible.
2015-10-12
5
Apr 2008*
5.114
Owned
This is a kids game. Better than monopoly. Can't wait until my son is old enough to play (assuming he gets into board games).
2008-04-23*
Hoity Toity (1990)
7
Jan 2007*
6.384
Owned
Would get an 8 if the rules weren't so poorly written. Works well with 6 players.
2007-01-24*
Illuminati (1982)
8
Apr 2005*
5.976
Owned
8
May 2006*
5.757
8
May 2006*
5.749
8
Apr 2005*
5.580
Owned
8
May 2006*
6.323
Owned
8
Jun 2008*
7.253
Owned
The first few turns are essential to get right to prepare for the challenges ahead. If you make a mistake here it can ruin your changes of being competitive in the game (it is a problem for new players when playing with experienced players). It seems hard to find time to earn more VP than the other guys, let alone make sure you don't lose too many persons and fall behind.
2008-06-21*
Incan Gold (2006)
7
Apr 2012
6.688
Innovation (2010)
8
Apr 2012
7.122
Owned
Want To Play
Jambo (2004)
6
Apr 2007*
6.927
Owned
I don't get this game. 2 player solitaire is an apt description. First play is just learning the cards and later plays are better, but not much. I feel that it needs more interaction. Disappointing, as I have really liked all of Rüdiger Dorn's other games that I have played.
2007-04-02*
Kahuna (1998)
8
Feb 2007*
6.499
Owned
This game requires more skill than most of the 2 player games I've been playing. I love the way you can really swing the game when you take down other players bridges to an island when you gain a majority on that island.
2007-02-27*
Keltis (2008)
7.5
Feb 2009*
6.312
Owned
Played once. Good fun. Great gateway.
2009-09-23
7
Apr 2005*
6.185
Kingsburg (2007)
8
Apr 2012
7.137
Owned
7
Apr 2012
6.553
Owned
Played once. The game seems solid after 1 play.
2008-04-07*
Loopin' Louie (1992)
7
Sep 2010
6.782
Owned
Technically not owned, but on extended loan as I was given the game. However, that generous gamer now has a baby so I think in a few years I'll be handing it back.

This is fun for a short while with adults. Kid's love it.
2010-09-01
3
Apr 2005*
6.697
English first edition
Year: 2011
8
Apr 2012
7.448
Owned
I'm concerned about the monthly adventure packs and my need to have complete sets being a huge money sink. Might try to resist and just get a few "boosters".
2011-05-22
8.5
Jul 2009*
7.010
9
Jan 2007*
7.193
Owned
Not everyone's cup of tea, but IMO the best Lord of the Rings game, and an excellent 2 player game too. Admitedly, the deluxe edition box is way too big and mostly full of air.
2007-01-24*
Lost Cities (1999)
9
Jan 2007*
7.040
Owned
Perhaps my favourite 2 player game because my girlfriend is happy to play it.
2007-01-24*
8
Apr 2012
6.507
Louis XIV (2005)
7
Apr 2012
6.909
Owned
One play
2008-04-23*
9
Apr 2008*
7.302
Owned
Shame it costs so much to play competitively.
2008-04-23*
7.5
Jul 2009*
6.928
Mahjong (1850)
5
Jan 2007*
6.770
Masterpiece (1970)
6
Apr 2005*
5.455
It's very satisfying when you sell a forgery for a packet.
2005-04-26*
Medici (1995)
7
Apr 2008*
6.901
Owned
A little too much calculation for my liking, which can lead to slow play times. Other than that, it's a solid auction game.
2008-04-23*
7
Apr 2007*
6.184
Owned
I prefer to play using intuition instead of detailed analysis and calculation. If my opponent plays intuitively I reckon it's a great game. If my opponent becomes the human calculator the game bogs down, plays slow and does not entertain me.
2007-04-02*
Memoir '44 (2004)
8
Jan 2007*
7.398
Owned
I'm not a fan of wargames, but this game I can play.
2007-01-24*
Metro (1997)
7
Apr 2007*
6.224
Owned
I always do poorly at this game, coming last every time, which probably affects my rating of it. I can't blame that on my colourblindness this time
2007-04-02*
Metropolys (2008)
7
Apr 2012
6.768
Owned
Unplayed
2008-04-20*
Middle-Earth (1995)
6
Apr 2008*
6.539
Owned
I never got in to this.
2008-04-07*
6.5
Apr 2012
7.017
Played once as a character in a 4p game. I felt it had too much downtime for the 3 players and as the game went over 4 hours (from memory) this meant this game wasn't the winner I'd hoped for. Some players' turns were over in a minute and when a round takes in the order of 20-30 mins that sux. I'm sure the Sauron player had a good time given he had a lot more to do. Not sure when I'd get the time to play this again, let alone get a chance to be the Sauron player, which I'd like to do before I rate this game.

Really like the combat system.
2010-06-30
MindTrap (1991)
4
May 2006*
4.978
Owned
Limited playability.
2006-05-26*
7
Apr 2007*
5.731
Owned
See my comments for Scarab Lords. Minotaur Lords and Scarab Lords together gives you 4 pre-constructed decks to choose from, giving the game heaps more replayability. It would be great to see the planned, but never published, 3rd "Lords" game in the series to give it even greater depth and replayability.
2007-04-02*
7
Apr 2008*
6.692
Owned
It's a bit like a gamers version of Citadels from a gameplay point of view. Love the theme and artwork. Terrible component quality. Being primarily area majority/influence it takes longer to play than I like - 90+ mins in our group
2009-11-19
Modern Art (1992)
8
Apr 2008*
7.173
Owned
It seems that most auction games require a decent amount of arithmetic to be used. This isn't too bad in this regard. Definitely one of the better auction games around.
2008-04-23*
Monopoly (1933)
3
Apr 2008*
4.375
Owned
Sure it's a lousy game, but sometimes it must be played with kids. *sigh*
2008-04-23*
Mr. Jack (2006)
7.5
Apr 2008*
6.983
Owned
I think this game can suffer from analysis paralysis. But if you don't think through your turn properly a simple mistake can cost you the game. So, it plays longer than I expected and wanted it to. Aside from that, it is an excellent 2 player game.
2008-04-07*
7
May 2011
6.502
Owned
Played once. Like it. Needs more plays.
2011-05-22
6.5
May 2011
6.791
Owned
Played a couple of times. Pretty good portable Mr. Jack lite.
2011-05-22
Munchkin (2001)
7
Jan 2007*
5.840
Owned
More mindless Steve Jackson fun.
2007-01-24*
7
Apr 2008*
6.264
Owned
7
Apr 2008*
6.242
Owned
Munchkin Dice (2005)
7
Apr 2008*
5.903
Owned
I like the dice.
2008-04-07*
Municipium (2008)
8
Nov 2009*
6.113
Owned
This is the best area majority/influence game I've played simply because it plays in 45-60 mins whilst others seem to drag on and on.
2009-11-19
7
Sep 2010
6.361
Owned
I've rated this as a game for kids. This is a proper strategy game for kids. ie, it's not dexterity, memory or mostly luck based game as many kids' games are. Sure there is luck, but strategy is there.
2010-09-01
Mykerinos (2006)
6.5
Apr 2012
6.655
Owned
One play
2008-04-23*
Niagara (2004)
8
Jan 2007*
6.424
Owned
The way the river moves in this game really impressed me the first game I played.
2007-01-24*
No Thanks! (2004)
7.5
Jun 2008*
6.940
Owned
Picked this up directly from the Z-man at the Australian Games Expo 2007. This games has got plenty of plays. Excellent filler.
2008-06-15*
Notre Dame (2007)
8
Apr 2008*
7.259
Owned
This game is really good if people play quickly. Much of it can be done simultaneously and the game can really shove along when people play simultaneously. It's only the car movement that causes turn order issues. If played purely in turn order the game moves to slowly for my liking.
2008-04-17*
6
Apr 2005*
6.056
Owned
6
Apr 2005*
5.971
Owned
Nuclear War (1965)
6
Apr 2005*
5.997
Owned
Oh Hell! (1930)
8
Jan 2007*
6.135
Old Maid (1874)
1
Jan 2007*
4.443
Oregon (2007)
7
Jun 2008*
6.513
Owned
Played once.
2008-06-15*
Othello (1883)
4
Apr 2005*
5.937
Two player abstract games just aren't my thing.
2005-04-26*
Palazzo (2005)
8
Jan 2007*
6.290
Owned
Feels like a quick, but meaty game to me. You know the old adage: plenty of tough decisions to make and not enough time to do everything you want. All that in a 45 minute timeframe.
2007-01-24*
Pandemic (2008)
7.5
Nov 2015
7.588
Owned
Not bad. Didn't grab me, but cooperative games haven't to date. Still, it's the best cooperative game I've played. To me cooperative games are like a bunch of people sharing a game of solitaire.
Update Nov 2015. My wife and son really like co-op games so this game has been popular recently. It is a great family game.
2015-11-09
Pass the Pigs (1977)
1
Apr 2005*
5.255
Playing a gambling game without money is pointless, and there are better games to play when money is at stake.
2005-04-26*
Pick Picknic (2001)
6.5
Apr 2009*
6.292
Owned
Pleasantly surprised by this filler. Kidsy theme is fine by me. And now I find it is simply a rethemed Razzia in a great small box and excellently priced.
2009-04-14
Pickomino (2005)
6.5
Apr 2009*
6.377
Owned
Pleasantly surprised by this filler that is such good friends with Pick Picknic.
2009-04-14
Pictionary (1985)
7
Apr 2008*
5.737
Owned
Great game to play on holidays. I can't remember the last time I didn't win a game when partnered with my girlfriend.
2008-04-23*
8
Apr 2008*
7.189
Owned
I am really enjoying like this game. It feels like there is a definite winning strategy here. Haven't played it enough to be sure.
2008-04-23*
8
Jan 2009*
7.046
Owned
Played once with 5p. A very nice expansion. I liked everything about it, except that the last 1 or 2 (of 15) master builders to get placed often had nowhere useful to go. Perhaps that's just part of the design. Whoever places the first master builder also plays the very last one.
2008-06-15*
PitchCar (1995)
8
Jan 2007*
7.057
Owned
Many plays. Heaps of fun. Party nd kid friendly too. It'd get a 10 if the track joins didn't cause cars to launch into the air and if the rails didn't fall out. These problems could be fixed, but shouldn't have to be.
2009-12-19
8
Jan 2007*
6.847
Owned
Multiple plays. A must if you have PitchCar, if only so you can get longer tracks.
2009-12-19
7.9
Dec 2009*
6.350
Owned
Multiple plays. It can be a little tricky building a track using the 45 degree corners, but the extra components add variety and enable longer tracks.
2009-12-19
8
Apr 2012
5.948
Owned
8.5
Dec 2009*
6.043
Owned
Multiple plays. My favourite PitchCar expansion due to the long flicks down smooth straights. These long pieces get easily warped though.
2009-12-19
7
Dec 2009*
5.988
Owned
Multiple plays. Least favourite and least necessary expansion. The ramps are quite tricky to get up and some players can fail to get up the ramps to the top level. Having another level is actually a bit gimmicky and doesn't add much to the experience. Using the ramps simply to make a mega jump is pretty cool.
2009-12-19
Poker (1810)
10
Jan 2007*
6.538
Great gambling game of skill. Luck is hardly a factor.
2007-01-24*
Power Grid (2004)
7
Apr 2005*
7.908
Owned
This seems like a great game, but the fact that my group can and does calculate every elektro causes the game to bog down. Too slow for my taste.
2005-04-26*
8
Apr 2012
6.734
Owned
Priests of Ra (2009)
9.5
Aug 2010
6.256
Owned
Better than Ra. This is the game Ra should have been. I'd prefer to play this over Ra any day, except for sentimental reasons.
2010-08-17
7.5
Apr 2008*
7.482
Owned
Overrated in my opinion, mostly because it plays best with 5 players, okay with 4 but not so good with just 3. That's not to say it's a bad game. It's good, but not as good as it ranking implies.
2008-04-23*
Puerto Rico (2002)
9
Apr 2005*
8.032
Owned
Great game but I have overplayed it to the point where it is not fun to play with beginners.
2005-04-26*
9
Apr 2005*
7.030
Owned
Brings new life to this game which had become a little stale to me.
2005-04-26*
R-Eco (2003)
6
Feb 2008*
6.311
Owned
Knizia-esque mechanics. A decent filler although a little dry.
2008-02-21*
Ra (1999)
9
Jan 2007*
7.360
Owned
We play this game a lot.
2007-01-24*
8.5
Apr 2008*
7.712
Owned
I think it's better than San Juan, has longer playability, but still has limited playability. It feels like there is a best strategy for each world and if you get the right cards you will win. Sounds bad, but I haven't played it enough to get to that point and still want to play it more.
2008-04-07*
6.5
Jul 2009*
6.935
Played once
2009-07-09
Risk (1959)
5
Apr 2005*
5.465
5
Apr 2005*
5.750
Owned
For Trade
I love the Lord of the Rings books and movies but do not like the LotR version of Risk. I'd prefer to play with normal Risk rules so then I end up playing normal Risk which allows up to 6 players.
2005-04-26*
RoboRally (1994)
8
Apr 2005*
7.092
Owned
This is a great game but has a problem with runaway leaders.
2005-04-26*
8
Apr 2005*
6.899
Owned
Perhaps it adds too much additional complication and mayhem. Recommended for Roborally veterans.
2005-04-26*
8
Apr 2008*
6.705
Owned
Perhaps it adds too much additional complication and mayhem. Recommended for Roborally veterans.
2008-04-23*
8
Apr 2008*
6.502
Owned
Perhaps it adds too much additional complication and mayhem. Recommended for Roborally veterans.
2008-04-23*
2
Jan 2007*
5.452
Better than tic tac toe thanks to the psychological angle.
2007-01-24*
7
Apr 2012
6.826
Rum & Pirates (2006)
7
Apr 2008*
6.113
Owned
I enjoyed this more the 2nd time I played it. It's a bit like a German version of Talisman. Fast play time, balanced for all players, a splash of luck and proper decisions to be made.
2008-04-23*
Ruse & Bruise (2006)
8
Apr 2008*
6.111
Owned
This is always good fun and still gets laughs.
2008-04-23*
Saboteur (2004)
8
Jun 2008*
6.568
Picked this up directly from the Z-man at the Australian Games Expo 2007. Initially the saboteurs struggled to thwart the golddiggers. Nowadays the saboteurs are regulary succeeding. Much more fun playing a saboteur than a golddigger.
2008-06-15*
9
Apr 2005*
7.219
Owned
This game deserves the 2004 IGA it received. An excellent and quick strategy game.
2005-04-26*
8.5
Apr 2012
6.412
Played handful of times. Short play time, plenty of meaningful decisions, yet simple rules. Can be hard to judge who's winning which keeps it interesting until the end. What's not to like about this game? Why isn't this game rated higher? It's a bit heavier than Ticket to Ride and you have more to do than simply draw cards most of the time. It's a good game to satisfy players who want more of a game than T2R whilst still being accessible to non-gamers. Why didn't this game get SDJ the year it was released? Who's responsible?
2012-04-02
Samurai (1998)
8
Apr 2008*
7.298
Owned
Fantastic quick filler game with enough depth to keep me coming back for more. Update: with more plays playing time increases and the game becomes more analytical. That's not my style so I avoid playing this with sloths.
2008-04-23*
7
Aug 2010
5.739
Owned
Played once. I like this game. Pity the box is so large. Why should a card game come in such a big box? It should be far more portable. Ideally in a box about the size of Red November.
2010-08-02
San Juan (2004)
8
Apr 2008*
7.212
Owned
I haven't played it in a while, but it feels like there is a best strategy and it therefore comes down to luck.
2008-04-07*
Santiago (2003)
6.5
Jun 2008*
6.906
Played once
2008-06-15*
Scarab Lords (2002)
7
Apr 2007*
5.878
Owned
In the vein of Magic: the Gathering in terms of deck vs. deck, but with a pair of pre-constructed, well balanced decks in the box. Add Minotaur lords for greater variety.
2007-04-02*
Scrabble (1948)
7
Apr 2008*
6.249
Owned
Does "anal retentive" have a hyphen in it?
2008-04-23*
SET (1988)
6.5
Apr 2008*
6.337
Owned
I've had good fun playing this game, but as a filler it doesn't get played that much. It seems that there is a vast skill level difference between newbies and advanced playes.
2008-04-23*
7
Nov 2015
7.306
Owned
I like this game quite a lot. Some good bluffing and second guessing. The one problem is that it's a bit like playing poker without real money at stake. On the last round, everyone just goes all in. I suppose knowing that now helps play better, but those who think they are behind will have nothing to lose so will still try a big haul. Usualy, whoever is Sheriff gets lots of bribes final round and has an advantage.
2015-11-09
Show Manager (1996)
7
Apr 2012
6.534
5.5
Jun 2008*
5.862
Played once. Seemed a bit pointless. We all ended up with 1 duck each left and then it came down to luck. On top of that, it has huge kingmaker potential as eliminated players still get to play cards.
2008-06-15*
Skat (1810)
7
Apr 2005*
6.259
A great 3 player card game.
2005-04-26*
Small World (2009)
9
Sep 2009*
7.327
Owned
Played once. I like it a lot.
2009-05-30
9
Dec 2011
7.171
Owned
Want To Play
Played once. I reckon that if you took out the Popular Places and Righteous Relics, I think the game is a little simpler and cleaner than the original. I found the board a bit easier to grasp. I like the mechanics of the river. With the PP and RR in the game is a bit more complicated, but no more so than Ticket to Ride Europe is than the original T2R.
2011-12-08
Smash Up (2012)
7.5
Jul 2014
6.814
Owned
Played twice. A surprisingly good game. Works surprisingly well, in my opinion, with 2 players. Games with more than 2p are lengthier than I'd like and I reckon the base game could have come with more than 8 factions - which are all used in a 4p game, to give it more variety. Sure there are expansions, but these are relatively expensive. Even more so than the base game. Quite pricey as far as non collectible card games go.
2014-07-14
1
Jun 2005*
3.405
Snow Tails (2008)
9
Apr 2012
6.773
Owned
Played twice. My first pure race game. Excellent fun.
2009-11-11
7
Nov 2009*
5.934
Owned
It's good to have the bonus tile, but it didn't make any difference in our game. Perhaps it needs to go just before a sharp corner.
2009-11-11
Solitaire (1697)
2
Jan 2007*
4.885
Space Hulk (1989)
5
Apr 2005*
7.008
Speed Circuit (1971)
9
Oct 2009*
6.241
Owned
8
Apr 2008*
6.145
Owned
This does appear to fix the problems I felt existed with the standard game.
2008-04-07*
Stone Age (2008)
8.5
Sep 2009*
7.553
Owned
Wanna play more.
2008-06-21*
6.5
Jun 2008*
5.461
Have played "the High Druid" (Political Game), "Chariots of Stone Henge" (Race Game) and "Arthurian Ghost Knights". So far I've really enjoyed the High Druid. The others are okay, but not great.
2008-06-21*
Stratego (1947)
5
Apr 2005*
5.929
Strozzi (2008)
7.5
Jan 2009*
6.204
Owned
Played twice. Once with 6 at the AGE, once with 4. I liked it enough to buy it at the Expo. Games that play 6p and don't take an age are hard to come by, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Worked fine with 4 too.
2009-09-23
Taj Mahal (2000)
7.5
Apr 2008*
7.146
Owned
It seems like there's always one player that's having a rough time when playing this game.
2008-04-23*
Talisman (1983)
8
Apr 2005*
6.155
Owned
Pure fun.
2005-04-26*
Talisman City (1989)
7
Apr 2005*
5.942
Owned
7
Apr 2005*
5.782
Owned
6
Apr 2005*
6.056
Owned
8
Apr 2008*
6.231
Owned
I wouldn't play Talisman without this. More cards means more variety.
2008-04-23*
6
Apr 2005*
5.648
Want In Trade
I wish I'd bought this when it was available, even though it is the lamest of the Talisman expansions.
2005-04-26*
8
Apr 2008*
6.197
Owned
I wouldn't play Talisman without this. More cards means more variety.
2008-04-23*
Taluva (2006)
6
Jun 2008*
6.957
Played once
2008-06-15*
Thebes (2007)
7
Apr 2008*
7.027
Owned
This game has some great mechanics. I love the turn order mechanism. However, the games I've played so far have been around the 2 hour mark. I didn't mind the random factor, but not for games that take that long. There's more calculation in this game than it appears at first glance. If people don't think during other player's turns then the game is too slow.
2008-04-07*
8
May 2006*
6.945
Owned
Tough one for us colourblind players.
2006-05-26*
9
Apr 2007*
7.044
Owned
Under-rated game in my opinion. This is an exemplary German Game.
2007-04-02*
9
Apr 2008*
6.676
Owned
This expansion makes play more gamer oriented than the original alone. However, it does increase game time noticeably, but it's still about 1 hour play which is excellent. I'm just as happy to play vanilla or with this expansion.
2008-04-23*
Tic-Tac-Toe (-1300)
1
Jan 2007*
3.245
9
Apr 2005*
7.411
Owned
Great game to introduce gamers to. Simple to play yet decent strategic game. I predict that in the years to come people will give it the same treatment that Settlers of Catan receives.
2005-04-26*
9
Apr 2005*
7.490
Owned
Not better and not worse than the original Ticket to Ride. Just different. Perhaps less suited for introducing to new gamers and more suited to experienced gamers with the additional rules and some added depth.
2005-04-26*
9
Jan 2007*
7.219
Owned
Not as suitable a gateway game as the original, but the depth is great for veterans.
2007-01-24*
9
Apr 2005*
6.103
Owned
Not necessary but adds a little spice to the original.
2005-04-26*
9
Nov 2008*
7.431
Owned
Played twice. Very nice for 2p or 3p. Different enough to T2R Switzerland. A shame there isn't room in the tray to fit the T2R Swiss map in with it.
2008-08-22*
9
Apr 2008*
7.168
Owned
This is the way to go if you want some 2p or 3p T2R action. Chuck the insert to T2R and slot this in the T2R box along with 1910 and you'll never look back.
2008-04-23*
6.5
Aug 2008*
6.063
Owned
Played once. Not bad - quite enjoyed it. Better than I expected after hearing about it from people who'd played it. Problem is that if played seriously (ie, making an effort to remember cards), it might actually be slower than a game of the original Ticket to Ride. The best thing going for it is portability and setup/tear down times.
2008-04-20*
9.5
Apr 2007*
7.749
Owned
This expansion makes Ticket 2 Ride near perfect.
2007-04-02*
9
Apr 2008*
7.632
Owned
The direct confrontation element in this game causes me play quite defensively. It seems to work very well for me. It seems that everybody, but me, has trouble grasping that your symbol identifies you, not colour. Perhaps it's because I am colourblind.
2008-04-23*
Tikal (1999)
7
Jul 2009*
7.224
Great to play at spielbyweb.com. Suffers from analysis paralysis when played face to face.
2007-02-18*
7
Apr 2008*
6.292
Owned
Seems as though you need to get a General to win. At least, I've never seen anybody win without the general. Those 2 extra dice seem to be way better than any other ability.
2008-04-07*
8
Jan 2007*
6.371
Owned
A surprisingly good game, with little down time.
2007-01-24*
Trias (2002)
7
May 2006*
6.215
Owned
Cutesy dinosaurs
2006-05-26*
6
Apr 2005*
5.196
Twister (1966)
2
Apr 2005*
4.783
UNO (1971)
3
Apr 2005*
5.263
Utopia (2007)
5.5
Jun 2008*
5.914
Played once. The game just seemed flat to me. None of the gameplay or the mechanics excited or impressed me. I could play it again as first impressions aren't always reliable.
2008-06-15*
Vikings (2007)
8
Apr 2008*
7.112
Owned
After 3 plays I like this game very much. I like it more with 3 players than 4p, which is unsual. Theme is very artificial. However, in my last game I felt as though I had no control. I'm leaning towards thinking last player is at a disadvantage.
2008-04-07*
Wheedle (2002)
7.5
Jun 2008*
5.721
Owned
An excellent 5 or 6 player real time filler game. Love it. Doesn't do your voice box any good.
2008-06-15*
Whist (1663)
7
Jan 2007*
5.758
6
Apr 2005*
6.340
8
Jun 2008*
6.690
Owned
I have the Alea (Royal Turf) version. Takes 6 players, which is a good thing as it's one of the few 6p games which doesn't drag on. Tip: be sure to bet on Red Fox, it always comes in the top 3.
2008-06-15*
Witch's Brew (2008)
7
Apr 2012
6.754
Owned
Wyatt Earp (2001)
7
Apr 2008*
6.604
Owned
Seems that it should play quicker than when we play.
2008-04-23*
Ys (2004)
7
Apr 2008*
6.599
Owned
Plays: 1
Games take longer to play than I like, but I'm not sure why. It seems like it should play pretty quickly.
2008-04-07*
Yspahan (2006)
8
Apr 2008*
6.976
Owned
This game works really well. I don't feel like luck of the dice wrecks the game. I like the challenge of picking the best option given the throw of the dice.
2008-04-07*
Zing! (2003)
7
Apr 2012
6.501
Zooloretto (2007)
7
Oct 2008*
6.777
Played several times, but cannot get the hang of it and only manage 2nd spot at best.
2008-10-14*
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