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51. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:25]
Jason Hinchliffe
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Mississauga
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It was a rough battle, and one game led the pack from April right up until the 27th of December. Unfortunately, it lost out to 3 games of the new champ, Dominant Species.

The runner up is no slouch, and I can't speak highly enough for it, which is...Railways of the World.

It really came down to one question I had to ask myself, which was how did I feel after that first game?

For Railways, my first game lasted about 2 hours, and at its conclusion, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction.

On the other hand, my first game of Dominant Species, lasted near 4 hours, and at its conclusion, all I wanted to do was play again right away.

For me, that says all that needs to be said.
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52. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:25]
Mattias Andersson
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First year back in the hobby since childhood. Glad to be back!

d10-1 Dominant Spieces


Love from first sight. Best rulebook I have read so far. Easy to play, hard to master. Great graphics.


d10-2 Ghost Stories


Great fun for 1 or more players. Nice graphics.


d10-3 Stalingrad Pocket (2nd Edition)


Lots of counters. Really like the smaller scenarios.


d10-4 Field Commander Napoleon


Lots of variety in the different campaigns.


d10-5 RoboRally


Pure fun, mayhem and chaos.


d10-6 Airlines Europe


Easy to teach, easy to play.


d10-7 Onirim


Love the graphics.


d10-8 Julius Caesar


My first block game and I like the fog of war (but I prefer counters).


d10-9 Space Hulk: The Death Angel + Expansions


Hate those 'nids.


d10-1d10-0 Bastonge: Screaming Eagles under Siege


Like the main scenario much more than the two first small ones.
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53. Board Game: Warhammer: Invasion [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:262]
Adam Daulton
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Indianapolis
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I haven't been into a collectible card game since The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game. I missed it. Well, my buddy taught me this game and I love it. Such great decisions to make, since unlike a lot of card games, you don't have just one place to attack or defend. Also, cards are played in 3 different areas and do different things according to where they are played. It's just an excellent game that deserves all the love it gets around here. I wish more people would play it so there could be a bit larger of a tournament scene. So go out, buy yourselves the base game, play it 20-30 times with just the base and see how great it is and then get into this game! I'm partial to the Orcs and Dwarves myself.

Here are my others:
2. The Castles of Burgundy
3. Jaipur
4. Eclipse
5. Haggis

I wrote a blog about my favorite games in 2011 you can see here: http://theologyboardgameslife.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-11-fr...
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54. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:25]
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Best New Game: Dominant Species



The game is brilliant! It is heavy. It is full of competition and conflict. It is a brain burner. Every turn is full of agonizing decisions. It rewards tactical play, but is a deeply strategic game. Did I mention it is tremendously heavy..? I was impressed with Chad Jensen's design. It is not without flaws. A few to note: It does seem a bit scripted until all the Domination slots have been selected. It scales OK, and plays better with more people. It is on the long side. Regardless of those noted items, this game takes the top spot for me. I highly recommend it.

Runner Up: Navegador



Mac Gerdts designed a tight rondel game that offers multiple paths to victory. I love the market fluctuations, and how players can manipulate or be rewarded with strong tactical play. It does have a race element in the game, but the turns are fast, keeps players engaged. I feel the game scales well. I enjoy playing it two player. It also scores high with the spousal unit. Of Gerdts's rondel games, this is a sure winner.

Honorable Mentions:

Mansions of Madness


Letters from Whitechapel


7 Wonders


Troyes


Innovation



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55. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:91]
Jean-Christophe Gareau
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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My TOP 6

Glory to Rome

Clever card game. I love doing some combos!


King of Tokyo

It's all about luck and bashing. I love it. And, the art is gorgeous.


Ninjato

I love the theme and the art. I love the choices we have to take. Brilliant.


Warhammer: Invasion

One of my favorite 2 players game. There is a lot of things to do with this base game.


Puzzle Strike

Another card game for 2 player. I love it. It's all about the combos (again...)!


7 Wonders

It's not my favorite games, but I had to put it here because basically all my friends want to play this.


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56. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:134] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Doug Mann
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Corpus Christi
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By sheer numbers of plays, this one wins out. I played it about equally with mulitple players and solitaire with four investigators. I'm not sure our group will play it frequently due to set-up and duration issues, but I hope to get a few more plays.

Close behind (first, because it's new to me & second because my wife loves it) is


Right up there with it is my latest passion:


Don't know about the long-term staying power of the deck-builders, and I've only just played my first game of


If I had to predict, I would say that TS will edge out the others by this time next year. Our first play was a learning game, and didn't do it justice. By turn 4 we were getting the hang of it, and the depth of the play options was starting to become apparent. All in all, a good year for quality, if not quantity.
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57. Board Game: Space Infantry [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2198]
Judy Krauss
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Pittsburgh
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Four of the 44 new-to-me games rated a 9. (There were no 10s)



Space Infantry is my favorite of the list. It's a solitaire, science-fiction, tactical wargame with high replayability and the ability to improve units over the course of a campaign. The only reason this game did not get a 10 rating from me is that the quality of the components could have been better (and I had been expecting high quality because usually Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC. wargames have impressive component quality), so I was somewhat disappointed. But the gameplay is excellent, and although the printed rulebook is rather unclear in places, you can download an updated rulebook at the designer's site:
http://zak965.it/spaceinfantry/resources.html




Elder Sign is a dice-rolling, co-op, card game (with a surprising amount of strategy) set in the Cthulhu Mythos that also plays exceptionally well solo. I became addicted to this game (even buying the Mac app), although I found the rules to be ambiguous and lacking in many ways, and I also found the game to be too easy to win. Despite the rules problems (which required house-ruling until the FAQ came out) and needing to create variants to increase the difficulty, the game appeals to me quite a bit. Being familiar with H.P. Lovecraft's stories, and liking to create stories to go along with the gameplay increased the fun.




Pergamon is a bidding/gathering/set collecting game with an archaeology/museum theme -- this game was a nice surprise -- well written, good-looking, and plays well with 2 or more players (a simple but effective 2-player rule is included in the rulebook).




Forbidden Island is an inexpensive, but high quality game (beautiful components, and it comes in a nice tin) that can be played co-op or solo. I like the theme of trying to collect items and escape from an island as it sinks beneath you. The replayability is pretty good, with various characters of different abilities, random map set up, and a method for increasing difficulty.



The following games all rated an 8 from me. All of them were well worth getting. Some are older games that I just tried or traded for.

Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations
Sumeria (with 2-player expansion)
Commands & Colors: Ancients
Sector 41
DungeonQuest (3rd edition)
Yggdrasil
Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour - Poland 1939 (expansion)
Strat-o-Matic Baseball
Phantom Leader
A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game
Gears of War: The Board Game
Warriors of God
Bionic Woman



There were many other games that were pretty good, and a handful that I found to be very disappointing or just plain bad.
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58. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Chris
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With 85 new to me games in 2011, one of my gaming resolutions for 2012 is going to be to play less new games. Of these 85 games, there are 61 games that I only played once or twice. Of these 61 games, there are only about 20 games that I'd like to play more!

On a more positive note: I have played 11 new to me games I rate at least an 8!

My favorite of the bunch is 7 Wonders, which is just a fantastic, quick and fun game that gets played a lot and that just keeps getting better with each play. I rate it a 9 and it definitely earned its place in my personal top 10.

The other 10 games I rate an 8 and these are in order of preference:
Tammany Hall
Dominant Species
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland
Lancaster
King of Tokyo
Omen: A Reign of War
Yomi
Metropolys
Wars of the Roses: Lancaster vs. York
Innovation

I expect some of these to go down with more plays, but there are also a couple that I can imagine becoming a 9 if my future plays are as tense and awesome as the first: Tammany Hall and Dominant Species!
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59. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:166]
Ingmar Hauge
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Looking back through the New to me lists it seems I gave 5 games full score last year. Strangely enough it happened twice on the same month, and just to add to that my best game of the year didn't even win the month it first was played, and no ratings have changed since they were new to me. Beyond game of the year the last 4 are in the order they were played and not the way they rate compared to each other as that would likely change from day to day.


Descent: Journeys in the Dark
4 plays of Descent has really confirmed the expectations I had beforehand. The final straw however was how well it has been received by my regular gaming group, everybody has really been vowed by it and there has been a few games played where I've not been a part of the group. One part that is so great about it is that it hits well both for the coop fan and the competetive player as there is no problem if anyone else wants to be the Overlord for a session.

Claustrophobia
Back in January Descent lost out to Claustrophobia. I've played it 4 more more times since then and I still think the design is just amazingly smart. A geekbuddy of mine also rated it a 10 so I really should have more plays of it than I have. I need to be better at booking gaming nights this year for 2 player games.

Dominant Species
Best worker placement game of last year comes from GMT??? Now, there is a phrase I never thought I would use but here it is. Thanks to a very ingenious feature Dominant Species really stood out, the same feature that makes it somewhat hard to understand at first. Domination doesn't go the one who has the most species in an area. So far every 1. time player has done at least one mistake on this part. Due to the somewhat unpredictable final scoring this always tends to be a tense game which is great for a game lasting several hours.

Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
Back in April I was very muck back and forth on which to pick for game of the month and I'm still not sure which it should be. I'm sad I haven't got more spare time for games of this length as I really enjoy them and would like to play more of the kind. My second game of Civ was played this last December and confirmed to me how much I like it with all 3 of us being one round away from winning at the end.

Ascending Empires
My last ten of last year is a bit unlike the rest. A space themed dexterity game? Ascending Empires really blew me away with its fast and fun gameplay. Granted, there is a lot of randomness here they are somewhat evened out by placing a group of planets together in one quadrant. Warped boards? That is just the hazards of travelling through space.
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60. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:352] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Shefford
Bedfordshire
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91 new games this year

A fairly typical year for number of new games this year. What wasn't so typical was the style of favourite new games - they are mostly fillers, or different in stlye to my usual fare.

1. Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
Plays: 46
With 46 plays in just over four months this has to be my top pick for the year. It is also my only 10 awarded to a new game this year, although some of the games currently rated 9 miight get there when I've played them a bit more.

2. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Plays: 7
I've only played the advanced game yet, but this is about the only typical eurogame to escite me all year, and usually I consider myself primarily a eurogamer. I can't wait to get some more games of it in now that the Christmas period is over.

3. Eminent Domain
Plays: 15
I've been really enjoying trying out this deckbuilder. Lots of different things to try, and plays really well with just 2.

4. King of Tokyo
Plays: 7
Only 7 plays so far, but given that my first play was on 30th December that's pretty good going. More skill than at first glance, but more importantly this game is just a whole lot of fun!

5. Quarriors!
Plays: 23
Another little fun filler, dice building instead of deck building this time. Tons of dice, quite a lot of luck, and lots of fun. Can be a bit unsatisfying at times, but that tends to just mean we play a pair of games instead of just one!

6. The Castles of Burgundy
Plays: 8
My favourite of the new eurogames released this year. It's Feld, so you pretty much know what you're getting, but somehow this game seems to have that extra that excites me.

7. Letters from Whitechapel
Plays: 5
I don't own this game, but that's only because it's completely unobtainable - I would love to buy it, and wish I could play more. As it is I'm limited to when I can play a copy at my monthly club. Not my usual style of game, as I'm normally not in to coops, but something about this really appeals to me.

8. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game/Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game
Plays: 4
The friend that brought Ravenloft thought it wouldn't be my type of game, but I absolutely loved it. Have managed to play it or Ashardalon a few more times over the year, then asked my sister to buy me Ashardalon for Christmas (I think the dragon theme will be better for my son to play as he gets older). Looking forward to lots more plays now I own it.

9. The Resistance
Plays: 6
I don't own this, so am reliant on playing someone else's copy, but I really enjoy it. A logic puzzle at times, reading other player's bluffs, and also bluffing yourself - and all in a very short game, so you tend to play a couple of games one after the other.

10. Egizia
Plays: 2
It was hard to decide on my 10th game, as there are a number of contenders, all rated 8, but none of which I've played more than a handful of times. I've gone with this one, which was new to us in mid-December, and which I think will get the most play next year.
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61. Board Game: Urban Sprawl [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:798]
Gary Heidenreich
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Milwaukee
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I don't have the list of all the new games I played over the past year but I do figure it was probably a solid 30+ games. The best new to me game for the year has to be Urban Sprawl. I'm a map geek and city maps have always intrigued me since I was a kid. The theme and look of this game played upon that. I have loved the game more every time I had played it. Also, the game play is pretty awesome, too.

The Castles of Burgundy would be the second best new game I played this year. It's a game that I would expect out of Alea and Feld. It has made me into a Feld fanboy (almost). I tracked down the Spielbox boards which give the game unlimted play now. I think it looks great and plays awesome!

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62. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:442]
Robert
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By far and away the game I've had the most fun playing in 2011. I will say that this comes with a STRONGLY WORDED COMPLAINT regarding the quality of the dice. In two new sets that I personally opened, there were at least a dozen dice that were unreadable or otherwise mis-marked (but still readable). I was pleased to see the larger font on the expansion dice and hope that an eventual reprint of the original set will include this larger font.

OK, that complaint out of the way, truly a fun game. Yes, the inevitable comparisons to Dominion / Thunderstone, etc... Argue all you like about how much strategy there can be in a game where you're only 50% sure you're going to be able to roll what you need... That's not the point. The point is that it is a fun game to play - perhaps not as deep and strategic as some other "deck builders" but given what I've seen of the expansions, there is more interactive strategy on the way.

Other games I enjoyed this year that were new to me:
Core Worlds Though I've only played it once so far, that one experience was very rewarding, and I hope to play this game many times in the new year. It plays a lot like Ascension which is another deck builder I like.
Nexus Ops I think I got the last First Edition copy in my area... and I actually only had to pay retail for it. A lot of fun, very well balanced and the glowing pieces are just pretty. It will be interesting to see how the new edition compares.
7 Wonders Though it came out in 2010, I didn't get to play it until this year. Wonderful game. Certainly one of my favorites of the year and one that I will be looking forward to playing for many more years.
Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game A game that I knew nothing about... in fact it's really the first foray I made into the whole GW Warhammer world... if one can call it that. Liked it so much I bought the PC Version and have been enjoying it ever since. Can't wait to see what expansions will do to the Team Manager game... there is a great deal of potential there.

-Robert Escher
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63. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:442]
J. Jefferson
United States
Columbus
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Quarriors is without question my pick for 2011. Other than kids games (Go Away Monster) and party games (Anomia) it is my most-played game, but while I had those other two all year, I picked up Quarriors in November.

Quarriors hits a sweet spot for me. It's quick to set up, easy, and fun. Light enough that it's easy to pull out, but strategic enough to feel like we're playing a real game. And it's fun, lot's of fun. Did I mention that?

I just picked up the Rise of the Demons expansion and I'm really looking forward to giving it a try.

Honorable mention: Elder Sign: Another really fun game, and nicely different from any other co-op that I have. But without any expansion, it's just too easy, almost to the point where I consider the game flawed. After five plays, it's played out. I don't really want to reward a business strategy of releasing flawed games then selling expansions that fix them, but Elder Sign is fun and so almost-great that I will buy an expansion if a good one arrives.
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64. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:15]
Lucian Pleianu
Romania
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For me, 2011 could probably be described as Martin Wallace year. In top 10, there are definitely 2 games (top 2), and potentially two more.

But it I'd make a quick top 5, the game I was most impressed by this year was, no doubts about it:

#1 Brass.



I simply love this game, it;s tense, cutthroat in that good sense, where you need to maximize your expected value, but at the same time minimize the potential gain you allow to your opponents. It can be brutal, you have to consider your every move, it's meaty. Euro gaming at it's best!

#2 Steam



Another Wallace where I love each decision throughout the game. You need to carefully plan ahead a couple of turns and have some fallback plans in case your most desired track position is somehow (and most probably will be) snatched from under your nose. And to end on the same note I started: Another Wallace, another great design.

#3 BattleLine



Got this game in last year's Secret Santa and it skyrocketed to the top of my most played games of all times. I love the simplicity and elegance of the design, but this doesn't come at the cost of trivial decisions. It's a game that seems to get better with each game against the same opponent, as you'll end up playing the player more than your cards in order to win. Possibly I like the game this much, as the style of "playing the player just as much as your cards" reminds me of poker. And that leveling game I just adore.

#4 Le Havre



Not sure I'm able to pin-point why I like this game better than Agricola, I just know that I do. Maybe it's because there are so many options in the later stages of the game, really can't tell, but this is a game that I'd play as a 2-3 player game as often as I'd be given the chance. What can I say, seems I'm fond of good Euro's

#5 Earth Reborn



Not sure this is indeed the #5 game on this list, as we only played scenarios 1 and 3 right before the year ended and it feels like we barely scratched the outer-layer of this game. But I can see the potential in this game - a 4 hour long scenario on a randomly generated map, with all the rules in play. Now that sounds thematic! And for a guy that loves the "cinematic" behind a scenario of Last Night on Earth, this seems to provide just as much, if not more.

Anyway, if Earth Reborn won't stand the test of time, I'd have to give an ...

Honorable Mention - London



A different kind of Wallace, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed the first time I've played it. Will need to get in some more plays to see how it fares. But it's that type of game that leaves you thinking about the "what if's" long after the gaming session concluded.
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65. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:228]
Ryan Newell
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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I did very little gaming in 2011 but there were four very good games that I played for the first time.

Best New to Me:
Tales of the Arabian Nights


There is no strategy. There are no tactics. What there is is some random, crazy shit that makes me laugh or face-palm or, most likely, both. My favourite games are those that generate smiles and few do it better than this one. On top of that, the system (reaction matrix and book of tales) that creates this random, crazy shit is absolutely brilliant in its simplicity. I can see how it would be a glorious flop for some game groups, but it works great with mine.

Runner-Ups:
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Le Havre
Nemo's War


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66. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:340] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
Murray Fish
Australia
Canberra
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Lots of good games last year, but the one I have had a real blast playing has been Last Night on Earth。

Great theme, easy gameplay and good scenarios make this a winner。

Also plastic pieces, zombie theme, challenging and amusing cards and wonderful production values make this a delight to play。
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67. Board Game: Thunderstone: Dragonspire [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:278] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Jason Birzer
United States
Burke
Virginia
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Hard for me, since I don't play many repeats in a year, but best new game goes to Thunderstone: Dragonspire. I've been pretty addicted, playing a lot of the base game on Yucata.

Runners Up:

London
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
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68. Board Game: Zopp [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2616]
Jack K
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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As I look back, there were so many great games that I was introduced to in the past year. I decided to restrict my list here to five, but 10 would have been easy too.

The winner:

Zopp



I picked this up in an auction in December. It had been on my wishlist for a few years and I had to pay a pretty penny (and sell some other games to pay for it), but it was worth it. I brought it out for three friends who aren't soccer fans and they absolutely loved it. It was a big hit. Don't ask me to trade or sell this because it won't happen unless I'm desperate.

Runner up:

K2



Wow - what a great all around game. Were it not for the late acquisition of Zopp, this would have been a clear winner for me. Lots of tough decisions and just a little potential nastiness...

Third Place:

Totemo

Thanks to my friend Bill, who has a habit of finding obscure but very cool games and sharing them with me. I played this earlier this year and then grabbed a copy. IIRC there were only 500 of these made. If you get a chance to snag one, do it. Cloth board, wooden components otherwise and an amazing game. I introduced it to three other friends a few months ago and two of them bought copies.



Fourth Place:

Grand Cru



I liked this so much that I demoed it at a con. Yes, the theme sucked me in but the game play hooked me.

Fifth Place:

Elefantenparade



A thrift store find, a simple game with lovely components and just fun.

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69. Board Game: Dog [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1841]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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The favorite game I learned must have been Dog. It is a rather simple game, but fun, reasonably deep and popular with pretty much anyone I played this with.

Other notable new games for me include:

Tix A truly fantastic abstract which is nothing short of a modern classic: Simple, organic rules allowing countless possibilities. If you have any feeling towards abstract games, give it a try. I would list this first if I didn't prefer Dog for the partnership aspect. For a two player abstract, Tix is as good as it gets.

Eselsbrücke This came from my very secret Santa, and I am truly grateful for this. Fun, creative, challenging.

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70. Board Game: 1880: China [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1739]
Bill Gallagher
United States
Torrance
California
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For me, it was this 18xx title. I heard about it in May 2011. Once I heard it would be played at Origins, I downloaded the rules, and decided to give it a whirl. I played it twice - and enjoyed it enough to get my own copy.

For those who have played other 18xx titles, here are some of the unique twists in 1880:
--- Four possible start prices (100, 90, 80, 70). Only four companies can start at any given price (14 companies total). 1856-style requirements for company start (20% at start; 30% after first 3-train, 40% after first 4-train, 60% after first 6-train).
--- Companies run in order of start price (within each tier, it's first come, first served).
--- Operating rounds are variable in length. A stock buying round is triggered when either the last train of a given type is purchased OR all companies have passed on a given train type (in which case the remaining trains of that type are discarded).
--- Director may start with a 20%, 30%, or 40% Director share. Let me explain briefly... 4 colors of tiles (yellow, green, brown/russet, gray). Four game phases corresponding to the tile colors. 20% Director share = upgrade/lay tile in 3 consecutive phases; 30% Director share = upgrade/lay tile in 2 consecutive phases; 40% Director share = upgrade/lay tile in one phase only.
--- Game end is triggered once the last 8-train disappears (whether through purchase or by all companies passing).
--- Train manifest: 2, 2+2, 3, 3+3, 4, 4+4, 6, 6E, 8, 8E, 10. The "plus" trains run as in 1835. "Recycled" 2-trains become available once the first 6-train (first permanent train) is purchased. These 2-trains count towards train holding limit; however, they do NOT satisfy the "must have a train" requirement (meaning a company with only a recycled 2-train must buy another train on its next turn).
--- There are EXACTLY 10 stock rounds in the game.
--- No player bankruptcy. Companies take out loans when forced to buy a train.

Silver medal: Urban Sprawl

Bronze medal: Castles of Burgundy
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71. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:298]
Alex Brown
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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My love of Eminent Domain says everything about me as a gamer. It's quick, replayable and scales well. It's unfortunate that it's lack of 'newness' will mean it will remain a niche title.

I played a lot of Yomi and Claustrophobia this year too.

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72. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:124]
Freddie Foulds
United Kingdom
Durham
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I've got some 311 plays recorded from 2011! Of all the games I played, I think that Letters from Whitechapel is going to take the top spot for the game that I enjoyed playing the most.

Second is probably going to be Ascension: Deckbuilding Game and all things related to it. It is the one game that my fiancée continually asks me to play! As a result, I'm looking forward to the Storm of Souls expansion, which should be out in the next couple of weeks here in the UK.
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73. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:121]
Charis
Switzerland
Genève
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In a year with many new plays of excellent boardgames, my favorite new game of the year was Earth Reborn.

My other top 10 new games for me by order of preference:

2. Android

3. Troyes

4. Imperial 2030

5. Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game

6. Space Alert

7. Runewars

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

9. Chaos in the Old World

10. Dixit Odyssey
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74. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1309]
Kris Verbeeck
Belgium
Mol
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2011 Was a great year.
I hate to generalise. Everybody I know can vouch for that.
I love complexity and individual things/components. Every year I am humbled by how great this boardgaming community is.
Thank you guys I wish you all an excellent 2012. It was great to meet a couple of you, however brief the moment was.
James,Micheal,Mike,Steve thank you for coming to my gameroom opening.

Now my top 5 new games to me.

1. Preussische Ostbahn (German Railways)
To me this is the most innovative game I've played.
Why? Well it is possible to win a game without taking a turn. It is highly unlikely though.
What I really like is the deep gameplay with such a simple set of rules. the difference between the companies are also a huge factor of why the game is so great.

2. Troyes
Troyes I like because of what you can do with your dice. Something that is easily is forgotten in the first number of games is that when you are first to go you can change your dice as well (to fight). I think troyes is very low on luck. Probably lower than most games that don't use dice even.

3. Dominant Species
well depending on the species you have you have to approach the game differently. You see different strategies/tactics being applied by all players and that is such a joy.

4 Claustrophobia
I would love to explore it more in 2012. I like the way it plays. It has a movie feel to me.

5. Time's Up! Title Recall!
It's the game we were playing when 2010 became 2011. I don't know if I have entered it in last list... This year we didn't play games on New year's eve. My friends asked me if I didn't bring any games. so this year I will.


I also loved playing

Struggle of empires
Age of empires III
American rails
Dixit
Mord im arosa
speed circuit
Deluges
Poseidon's kingdom
Le havre
and so many more....
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75. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Italian Seismologist
United Kingdom
norwich
Norfolk
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finally managed to get a game of this in at a mates house in december.. great little game... we lost though (i KNEW she was a cylon!)..
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