Secret Santa 2015
Dear Santa (Anna?),
I received your gift upon my return from BGG.con, but then immediately left for Thanksgiving week. Wow, you were fast! It was a copy of Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion
! There's an interesting story to go along with that expansion.
When I opened the box from Amazon, there was a QR code which allowed me to send you a "thank you" note. When I followed that link, the pre-populated form said that I was sending the note to "Anna." "Aha," I thought to myself. "I can find this person on BGG now!" I performed a user search
for everyone with that name.
1000 matches. 10 pages.
That's actually not too bad because the next step was to go through and find people who were sporting 2015 Secret Santa participant
. No one with the microbadge, at least not visibly. Hmmm.
Next up: look at the users with the microbadge, and search for "Anna." Four matches. But so far, none of them have been you. Apparently you are secret-er than I expected!
One of them wrote back, telling me that Harbor
completely revitalized the game for her and her husband. I had read similar things about it, and am very excited to give it a try. However, I will wait until Christmas to crack the seal.
Thank you again for your generosity, and I hope your holidays are equally as wonderful!
P.S. I have added a GeekList item
to 2015 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me... (10th Anniversary Edition)
!Werewolf Secret Santa 2015
I received your message, and I hope that Ron doesn’t hunt you down with a blowtorch. That would singe your fur, and then I would miss Ron. Did we see each other last week?
I am a Christian, a husband, and a father. A desire to find wholesome, recreational activities for the family resurrected my dormant interest in board games. That search led me to discover BGG. Most of the game plays that I have logged were played with my family.
I'm a creative writer with a satirical sense of humor, and a passion for vivid imagery. The "Werewolf" games being played on the forums here
provided an incredible outlet. The community is wonderful, and its members are very supportive of new players. Stop by for a game, if you have the chance. We'd be glad to
I focus on writing long comments for games, rather than short reviews: I think this style benefits my friends who perform a "GeekBuddy Analysis" on a game for which I have submitted a comment.The Beowulf Scale
10 - Outstanding. Gaming nirvana. That magical blend of game mechanics and group dynamics that is always fun. Angels herald the box each time that it is brought to the table.
9 - Superior. A solid game without any glaring weaknesses. Definitely has the "it" factor that keeps me coming back for more.
8 - A very good game. Has a minor flaw or two at most. I'll suggest it, and will only turn down a game if I have the opportunity to play a "9" or a "10" instead.
7 - Good game, one that I'm usually willing to play.
6 - Above average. Offers some fun or challenge. I will play if I'm in the right mood. It could be a better game if played with the right group.
5 - Average game, slightly boring. I can take it or leave it. It's possible that we don't understand each other.
4 - Not so good. I would rather not play it, but I could be talked into it on occasion if I have repressed the previous memories.
3 - Poor. Therapy isn't enough: I will resent you for making me play it.
2 - Awful. I won't ever play this game again. I will come up with lame excuses if need be to avoid playing it.
1 - These "games" represent their own special ring of Hell.Top 10
I think you can deduce my favorite games by examining the graph to the right. That makes the "Top 10" list redundant. Instead, I have used "Top 10" to list my recommendations for someone looking to start a new collection. Start at the top and work your way down. Every game is currently available as of the date at the bottom of my profile.
I start with an easy winner in Ticket to Ride
. I move on to a successful 2p game in Lost Cities
. Next I sample different game mechanics including worker placement, deck building, abstract, area control, and a cooperative game. Finally I ratchet up the complexity with San Juan
, include an empire builder with 7 Wonders
, and then end with the satisfyingly robust Tigris & Euphrates
.Correlated Group ScoresChoose and/or group your GeekBuddies carefully
, and you can learn a lot about a game without ever having played it! If you don't know whom you should add, Mikko Saari's BGG Rating Correlation tool
is fantastic. The suggested scoring brackets are my own. GeekBuddy Rating
of Correlated Users Wishlist
(correlation > 0.6) Rating
>= 8.00 1
>= 7.50, < 8.00 2
>= 6.75, < 7.50 3
>= 6.00, < 6.75 4
< 6.00 5 GO NAVY!
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