First Impressions of My Collection
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This will be my first real Geeklist, and I just wanted to create a geeklist to catalog my collection and what I thought about each game and how that feeling has evolved. Feel free to add your own games below!
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1. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:46]
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The first time I played Caylus, I read the rules like 10 minutes before I explained it to 4 other people who had never played it before. 2 of these people were non-gamers. It pretty much goes without saying that this was not a pleasant experience! As time went on though, I gave Caylus another shot, and really grew to love it. Now it's one of the games that I wouldn't part with.
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2. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Puerto Rico is the game that I first showed up here on BGG looking for information about. I've always loved the strategy and interactivity of Puerto Rico and understand completely why it's clear up at the top of the ratings.
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3. Board Game: Battle Beyond Space [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4395]
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I was really excited to get this one. I think it's a great gateway game that is easy to introduce non-gamers to. I certainly have a lot of fun with it, in simply an hour every play.
 
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4. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:33]
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When I first saw pictures of Eclipse, I thought, whoa this game looks way to complicated for me... Now it's one of my easily favorite games. I love the quick play time, and the fact that you can actually play with 2. This is probably my wife's favorite game to play and we certainly have gotten our money's worth out of it.
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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I ordered Agricola from the first batch I could get a hand on, and doing so I got some bonus animeeples and the Z deck of cards. I remember reading those early reviews raving about this game. At first, I agreed wholeheartedly, but lately, I've kind of lost my flare for Agricola. It's still a great game, and I enjoy playing it every time, but there are other games that I think I'd rather play.
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6. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:162]
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I got Alien Frontiers blind in a trade. All I knew about it was that it was a huge Kickstarter success. I assumed that because it involved dice though, that I wouldn't like it that much. After playing it, I am absolutely in love with the simple mechanics, and the tense game play. This is one trade I absolutely do not regret!
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7. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:586]
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All I knew about Container was that it was an economic game when I bought it. The guy at my FLGS actually recommended it specifically to me, as I'd bought almost all of my collection there and he knew my taste. I think this was the first economic game that I added to my collection, but I think that it's a great game, really under-appreciated on the geek. I always tell this story with Container - the first time I played with a group of four, we were all lowballing each other so much, and had taken out loans that we kept losing money out of the game, and literally could not finish the game because the economy crashed. Any game that has an economy that works that well, is brilliantly designed.
 
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8. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:35]
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Another economic game I was recommended by my friend at the FLGS and bought without knowing a thing about. I loved it from the first play. It's my absolute favorite Martin Wallace game, and the only one I care to own still.
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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:31]
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Such a classic. I knew I would love it just from watching a simple review here on the 'geek and it's easily still one of my all time favorite games.
 
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10. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:93]
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Chaos was my first experience with very defined variable player powers. I didn't exactly know what I was getting into with purchasing it, but I think it's an all time classic. I am always surprised by how balanced Chaos is.
 
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:103]
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The simple rule framework is what attracted me to Cosmic Encounter and I was not disappointed! I've grown to love this game and own all of the expansions to it.
 
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12. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:217]
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I had watched several reviews on Dune and knew that I'd love it at full player capacity, as everyone recommends, and I'm a huge fan of the series. I broke down and bought one of the Print and Play copies all legitimately printed out. In hindsight, I'm regretting it, not because it's not a great game, but because I've played it only like 2 or 3 times and that simply is not worth what I spent on it.
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13. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:334] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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I placed a preorder for this game with Coolstuff inc, and after reading a lot of negative comments here on the 'geek was trying to cancel my order, but didn't get cancel in time to catch it. I decided I would just sell it if I didn't like it. After playing it a few times, I was hooked. This game might get a bad rap for some wonky targeting rules, but if you play through the game a handful of times you understand exactly why they are in place. My wife and I love playing this game together. I recently took the initiative to paint my set and I'm so proud of the way they turned out. Definitely a great game, and they keep uploading new scenarios which is a huge plus!
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14. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:419]
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I got Cuba blind in a trade, and so far I've only played it a handful of times but I really enjoy it. It has some great looking gorgeous bits and looks beautiful set up on a table.
 
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15. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:249] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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I liked the colorful look of Fresco, and decided to find a trade for it. I did, and this is a great gateway game that I'm glad I own!
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16. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:113]
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I pre-ordered this one from TMG knowing it would be a big hit. I didn't however anticipate that this would be such a great game. I really enjoy the balanced aspects to scoring in this game, and will play it anytime my game group will.
 
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17. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:83]
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This was my first and still the only real "war game" that I own. I absolutely love this game and how balanced the two sides are. Since I've owned it, I've gone through and painted the individual armies just solid colors to distinguish them from each other, and painted all the heroes with detailed colors.
 
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18. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:56]
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I used to play this game a lot, through the first edition, with 6 people a lot. Most of these guys were non-gamers and so these games would take forever... Because of that I kind of lost my zeal for this game, but after thinking about getting the 3rd printing recently, I decided to take the plunge and really am looking forward to playing it again.
 
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19. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:226]
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I knew that Space Hulk was going to be a huge hit, and I was looking forward to getting it. I had probably more fun assembling and painting the figures than I've ever had playing the game, but I'm still really happy that I own this one.
 
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20. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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I've got this on order, and can tell I'm really going to like it.
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21. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1016]
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I recently picked this one up on Kickstarter and I can't wait to see the finished copies and play.
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22. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:214]
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I've got this one on pre-order and am really hoping that I love it. I thought I would love Merchants and Marauders by the same designer, but that just fell flat for me due to slow play time and too much chance determining too much of the game.

From what I've seen, this looks like the Civ game to end all Civ games and I can't wait to get my copy.
 
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