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Joe McKinley
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When I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he he lectured with
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much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars. W.W.
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Magic: The Gathering

Magic is of average Challenge, but it probably has the most Variety of any game I have ever played. The huge, and growing, library of cards available make an endless variety of distinct deck strategies viable. The five colors of magic have five distinct play styles. In addition, the fact that it has several completely unrelated victory conditions makes many victorious paths through the possibility space possible. Magic also has a above average Atmosphere. The unknown nature of your opponents deck provides surprises at every play of a card. The synergies between different cards can cause dramatic power shifts. The luck of the shuffle can lead to angst or exhilaration. Its 'take that' play style can lead to good natured social interaction.

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Diplomacy

Diplomacy is the ultimate game for testing your skills in manipulating and reading other players. It is not a very Challenging game, and its Variety is limited by its fixed starting position and a lack of any random elements; however, it has the highest Atmosphere of any game I have played. The skill of gamesmanship is an absolute requirement for this game. In order to derive fun from Diplomacy, you must embrace and personify the concepts of betrayal, lying, and manipulation, but you must recognize the boundaries between the possibility space of the game and reality.

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Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)

Twilight Imperium III, with its numerous races, technologies, and victory objectives, provides for a large Variety of paths through possibility space. Its rich theme, player interactions, and dice based combat system provide for a lot of dramatic Atmosphere. It provides just the right amount of Challenge for a 4-8 hour game.

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a very tactical game that requires good player reading skills and decent analysis skills. I derive a lot of fun from the prediction of and anticipation of the other player's path selections through the possibility space. The relative lack of Variety in this case is actually an asset, in that it increases player predictability.

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Battle Line

There is always time to play one more game of Battle Line! The bluffing and press your luck elements give this game a lot of Atmosphere. There is constant tension over completing formations. There is some Challenge in determining the optimal card play each turn, but not enough to make your brain hurt.

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User Details for The Unbeliever
Registration Date: 2003-09-22
Last Profile Update: 2011-02-08
Last Login: 2015-07-24
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Top 10
#1: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
#2: Diplomacy
#3: Magic: The Gathering
#4: Puerto Rico
#5: Battle Line
#6: War of the Ring (first edition)
#7: Struggle of Empires
#8: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition
#9: Age of Steam
#10: Vinci
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#1: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
#2: Brass
#3: Dragonmaster
#4: Dominion
#5: Power Grid
#6: Descent: Journeys in the Dark
#7: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#8: Rise of Empires
#9: Cyclades
#10: Tichu
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