Spiel des Josh
Here are quick links to my annual Spiel des Josh lists:2011
- all prior years
I wait several months after the end of each year before publishing the previous year's list. This gives me a better chance to "get it right" the first time - even though I constantly update the lists as I play new games or as my opinions change.Hot 10
My "Hot 10" are the hottest games that I don't own - either I'm eager to try them, or I've already tried them and am eager to own them.Game Ratings
I don't like BGG's ratings guidelines because frequency of play has little bearing on my rating for a game. Here's my scale, which is based upon the alternate ratings guidelines
that were once intended to replace the old guidelines.
10: Magnificent game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
9: Excellent game. Always a pleasure to play.
8: Very good game. I definitely own/want it, and will actively suggest or recommend.
7: Good game. I might even suggest or recommend it. I may or may not own it.
6: Above average game. Somewhat enjoyable in the right circumstances.
5: Average game. I'm indifferent, but may be willing to play occasionally.
4: Below average game. I'll probably suggest something else, but might be persuaded to play.
3: Poor game. Will actively avoid playing.
2: Very poor game. Please don't ask me to play this.
1: Dreadful, terrible, awful game. The opposite of fun. Conjures feelings of hatred or anger. Also the category for games which present players with no choices at all.