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Following my 'What I want for Xmas' list, I've decided to maintain a geeklist of games I have on the radar for purchase during 2012.

Some games will transfer from my Xmas list (i.e. the games I din't get cry, but still want). Other games won't be available in time for Xmas.

Here goes...

1/6/12 ... I have now re-orderd the list, with most interest near the top, least interest towards the bottom. Games already bought (or kick-started) are also at the bottom.

Added 'BUY', 'HOLD', and 'SELL' to indicate likely purchasing decision.

6/11/12 changed the title of this list to match my ongoing series title

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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51. Board Game: Article 27: The UN Security Council Game [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1677]
 
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DO NOT BUY

Just heard about this in Garrett's Games and Geekiness #294: http://www.garrettsgames.com/
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52. Board Game: Sunrise City [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1408]
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DO NOT BUY

Need a review
Released at Origins 2012
Rather get Suburbia

 
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53. Board Game: Ladies & Gentlemen [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1674]
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INDEFINITE HOLD
Won't be released until 2013 (see author's response, below)

In the unusual and asymmetric game of Ladies & Gentlemen, players compete in teams of two to make their lady look as good as possible.

Hmmm ... I am intrigued
 
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54. Board Game: Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1666]
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DO NOT BUY

I have Steam and Automobile (so this completes the set) - but need a review

Martin Wallace plus dice !?!??!

Components include:
3 special dice
1 first player die

Tom Vassel has reviewed this and it was not good. Definitely not but this game now.

Tired of MW
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55. Board Game: Farmerama [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4358]
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DO NOT BUY

Is is wise for one author to bring out two games so closely related in theme at the same time?

See Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small as well.

Richard Ham has done a video walktrhough of this. See:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/140177/boardgame-walkt...

Very poor review in Spielbox magazine. Poor components, gameplay not great. Will give this one a miss.
 
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56. Board Game: Edo [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:769]
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DO NOT BUY

If Nick doesn't like it, I won't like it

New from Queen games at Nuremberg. Video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQD91L1uZ58&feature=player_em...
 
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57. Board Game: Briefcase [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2324]
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DO NOT BUY

I have kickstarted Ground Floor instead
From the makers of Drum Roll.
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58. Board Game: Maharani [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2155]
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DO NOT BUY

So-so review on Opinionated Gamers

Just watched the BGG video of this from Nuremberg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwU22rwCfSQ&feature=player_em...

Looks like a Fresco-weight game, from Fresco-publisher Queem games, using Fresco-sized tiles, placed on a Fresco-style board representing the Taj Mahal. By a guy who has designed expansions for Fresco.

If you like your Fresco, your might like this.
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59. Board Game: Five Points: Gangs of New York [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:5292]
 
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DO NOT BUY

Have kickstarted the reprint of Tammany Hall instead

Andreas Steading (of Hansa Teutonica fame) game, with the same theme as Tammany Hall.
 
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60. Board Game: Wallenstein (second edition) [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:535]
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DO NOT BUY

Too many other better games

It's a re-printing (with expansions) of a Top 100 game. Does that make it a must buy?
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61. Board Game: Call to Glory [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2385]
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DO NOT BUY

On JimS's advice and having played once (I agree - mediocre game)

Michael Schacht design. Players try to collect Japanese characters of different values. Reimplements Crazy Chicken.
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62. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1708]
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These are the games I've already bought, having failed to resist the temptation...

Manhattan Project
Carson City
PAX
Village
Dominant Species: The Card Game
 
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63. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:141]
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BOUGHT
And love it!

I had hoped this would be out for Xmas ... it goes to the top of my 'must purchase in 2012' list
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64. Board Game: PAX [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1443]
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BOUGHT (direct from author) - waiting for it to arrive
Nice little game that plays in a short time

Played once and want to buy. Features a similar mechanism to Biblios, which I enjoy: draw cards one at a time, and either 1) keep, 2) place in market for later pickup, or 3) return to bottom of deck. Quick game but very enjoyable.
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65. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:73]
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BUY BOUGHT
When it comes back into stock It has come back into stock
I have enjoyed my few plays of this so far

OK, I know it's not a 2012 release, but I've only just got to play this and was impressed. The plague/dieing mechanisms is novel and the multiple paths to get VPs interesting. There is not a lot of player interaction - mainly a race to pick up the best resources first, but still very enjoyable.

Another game not currently available in UK online retail shops. Ho, hum.
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66. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:230]
 
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BOUGHT
And love it!

A game that was published way back in 2009. I haven't played it, but I have come to like other games by Xavier Georges, Troyes and Royal Palace in particular. I've just watched Tom Vasel's review of Carson City and I'm won over.
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67. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2256]
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PRE-BOUGHT - waiting to be charged and game to be delivered
Advance P500 purchase
SHIPPED - waiting to arrive
ARRIVED

Faster and less fiddly? If so, could be good
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68. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1708]
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ADDED TO BIRTHDAY LIST

Homesteaders
Kaispeicher
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Trajan
 
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69. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:285]
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BUY - ADD TO BIRTHDAY LIST
Before it goes out of stock

An old game, but one that seems to get universal praise
 
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70. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:38]
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BUY - ADD TO BIRTHDAY LIST
I am becoming a Stefan Feld completist

This is as good as Castles of Burgundy, even though (like Castles) its theme is wafer thin. The mancala mechanism makes this a must-buy.
 
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71. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:103]
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BUY - add to birthday list

Just watched a the video walkthrough of this and it looks fun. Will be a game I can easily play with my wife in next to no time

With Uwe's return to form with Pray and Work, here's hoping this will also be another winner
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72. Board Game: Kaispeicher [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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BUY - ADD TO BIRTHDAY LIST
Wait until it gets discounted

I own and enjoy the The Speicherstadt, but think it would benefit from a little extra. Hopefully this will be that extra.

Lots of really good reviews of this - one expansion that is well worth the money.
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73. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:249]
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Another Xavier George's game, he of Troyes, Royal Palace, and Carson City fame.
 
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