2012 Recap Rankings
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After a stellar 2011 (my first full year as a hobby board gamer), where my collection grew with ridiculous speeds and we added tons of players to our regular game nights, 2012 threw in one major curveball.

In July of 2012, my wife and I decided to accept jobs in the high desert of California and move half-way across the country from our very comfortable Missouri life. As with any move, there have been plenty of ups and downs; lots of second guessing, but a lot of growth too. One of the biggest difficulties has been leaving our friends behind, especially the guys that made up our regular game group.

Even still, after moving to CA, my wife and I still play games together as a way of structuring in some quality time into the busy schedule, and I've found that the high school I now teach at has a board game club and so I've spent some time there learning and teaching new games. ...whew! What a crazy year it's been!

The criteria that I'm using for this whole list is the following question: "How much fun and/or enjoyment do I have while playing the game?"

So, without further ado, here is the list of the games I own, from the games barely hanging on to stay in my collection (I have a self-imposed cap of 100 games at any one time), all the way to my top game of the year at #1!
I've also given out gold awards (10 - best overall rating), silver awards (16 - best in category), and bronze awards (16 - minor award winners) to certain games, so keep out an eye for those.


note: At the time of creating this list, there are 5 games in my collection that still haven't made it to the table quite yet:
War of the Ring
Campaign Manager
Telestrations
Caylus
Container




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1. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1158]
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#111


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Jul.2010
Total plays: 5



If I have to play nothing at all or this game, I'll pick this game. If the choice is any other (real) game, then I'll go with that instead.

No reason to trade it; just going to put it in with the group of card games once I get them all combined into one big box.


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2. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:324]
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#110


Plays in 2012: 2


1st play: Oct.2010
Total plays: 14



I got so tired of this game. It takes so long, is so luck dependent, and is the poster-child for king-maker games.... there's so much that I've come to dislike about this game.

And it's gone. Given away to relatives who still like it and have a good time while playing (I just try to have other suggestions for when I'm around!).


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3. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
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#109


Plays in 2012: 1


1st play: Jun.2012
Total plays: 1



I do not get this game. It didn't feel fun, and this comes from someone who loves Agricola.

Rather than try to force myself to like the game, I just simply let it move on to another owner.


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4. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:906]
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#108


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Oct.2011
Total plays: 2



I'm not sure this is really a game. More of a social activity really.... It probably would be fun with the right crowd (and the right amount of alcohol), but I didn't really find that it fit our group all that well.

Either I wait and see if I can find a group that'll enjoy this game, or I move on and trade it away. Currently it's up for trade so we'll have to see if anyone's interested.


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5. Board Game: BasketBoss [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3000]
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#107


Plays in 2012: 1


1st play: Aug.2011
Total plays: 6



This game seemed really cute and fun and creative when I first saw a video of it when I was brand new to the gaming scene. What I've come to realize is that this game only really does one thing, auctions, and there are plenty of other games that do auctions just as well, but also add in other elements as well.

This game ended up being given away to a friend who enjoys it. Hopefully he'll be able to use it to draw in more new gamers into the fold.


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6. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:777]
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#106


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Oct.2011
Total plays: 8



There is nothing complex to this game, but even in the simplicity, it's a little fun to be able to roam around the board hoping for an opportunity to kill off one of your opponents.

I've had a lot of success teaching this game to some of my high school students, so my copy of the game is pretty beat up. I haven't played it a bunch, but I know that it's been played upwards of 50 times since my last play.


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7. Board Game: Quelf [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15538]
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#105


Plays in 2012: 1


1st play: Aug.2008
Total plays: 5



Is this even really a game? It's nearly impossible to describe all that can happen while playing..... it's chaotic, and it's pretty fun for at least the first little while (especially with the right group).

Because this isn't really a game (and has no strategic value whatsoever), I rate it really low. I like the game and will keep it (and my wife likes it way more than I do), but it's not moving up this list anytime soon.


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8. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:505] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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#104


Plays in 2012: 2


1st play: Apr.2012
Total plays: 2



The game system is pretty well done, but it is more luck-dependent than Dominion and that ruins it a little for me.

However, the app for this game plays super fast and it's more acceptable to be a victim to luck when you only spend 5 minutes playing a game rather than 30-45 minutes.


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9. Board Game: JAB: Realtime Boxing [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2775]
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#103


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Aug.2011
Total plays: 4



The theme here is great. As far as speed games go, this one is pretty good, but speed games lead to stressful play (which most people I know don't like) and to huge skill discrepancies (and there's no handicap system to address that issue).

These complaints largely ruin what otherwise would be a super innovative and amazing game. I don't know if I should keep the game or not. Regardless, I don't see it getting played very much.


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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:507]
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#102


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Nov.2010
Total plays: 4



Nothing too exciting here. Pick up a tile, play that one tile. No advance planning really. It looks cool, it's a little bit of fun, but there are too many other great games that I'd rather play than this one.

After that resounding endorsement, anyone want to trade for it?


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11. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1080]
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#101


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Jan.2011
Total plays: 3



I think that the biggest mistake I made with this game is that I treated it as a muli-player game where it ultimately is a two-player game. Perhaps if I gave it another shot as just a two-player game, I would end up enjoying it more. As it is, however, it was too long for what is was.

Trade it or give it another shot? Only time will tell.


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12. Board Game: Sake & Samurai [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:8697]
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#100


Plays in 2012: 2


1st play: Mar.2012
Total plays: 2



The rules for the cards and for the dead (but still playing) players are a bit clunky, and that unfortunately knocks this game down into the "just okay" category.

I ended up giving this game away to a friend who seemed to enjoy the game. Hopefully he'll figure it out (perhaps house-rule a thing or two) and end up with lots of life out of this game.


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13. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:449]
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#99


Plays in 2012: 1


1st play: Nov.2011
Total plays: 7



Very cool gateway game that has a volcano! The placement phase (and particularly the Omen cards) are a bit too random for a game of this length. Once you start playing, the movement and lava flow are both well done.

The randomness of the card draw (particularly the Omen cards) made this game less about strategy and more about who could get lucky and score several big relative bonuses. This ended up getting traded away during the year.


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14. Board Game: Eketorp [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2351]
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#98


Plays in 2012: 1


1st play: May.2012
Total plays: 1



I have only blind-purchased two games in my life. I enjoy the research and background checking of various games in the never-ending search for the newest and best games out there. This is one of my blind purchases, and it was not worth it. There's no real strategic depth to the game, and if I just want a chaotic party style game, there are plenty of other choices out there.

This game got traded away pretty quick after I realized that I had picked up a very average game.


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15. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
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Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: May.2011
Total plays: 6



When I was first getting into the realm of real board games, this is the game that everyone said that you had to have on hand as a good quick filler gateway game. While it has done that to a certain extent, there really isn't enough of a game here to make it worthwhile for a group of anything besides brand-new gamers.

There are tons of other games that I would teach to new players before this one so I suppose that this game will either get traded away, or put in a combination box with a bunch of other card games to save space.


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16. Board Game: Dungeon Run [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2515]
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#96


Plays in 2012: 1


1st play: Dec.2011
Total plays: 3



The character advancement/leveling is very cool. The items and the battle system are very interesting and satisfying. The only (albeit major) complaint about this game is that once the Boss is defeated (or perhaps even just shows up), the game devolves into a stalemated game of chicken. Because the end of the game is the part that you remember the longest, it is inexcusable for that to be the weak part of the game.

And because of that, this game has since been traded away. I think I would like to find something similar, but definitely having a climatic ending is a must!


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17. Board Game: Dragon's Gold [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1535]
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Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Dec.2011
Total plays: 1



Either your game group likes negotiations, or they'd rather not cajole like that. For me, at least in the past, my group has not been drawn to this type of game. They enjoy some negotiations, but only as a small part of a larger goal.

There are other negotiation games that I feel are better than this one, so this will probably get traded away.


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18. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:732] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: irrelevant
Total plays: irrelevant



These games are in my collection because they are extremely neat to look at. They're more conversation starter than game.

Some people prefer abstract games (not really anyone I know personally), so I figure they're always good to have on hand.


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19. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:848]
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#93


Plays in 2012: 3


1st play: Dec.2011
Total plays: 6



A quick filler that is way more strategic than it is fun. It plays quick, and allows you to pursue several different routes to victory.

While it's not really a super fun game, it's a good coffee house game. You can never have too many of them (okay, you can, but I don't have too many yet), so it's a keeper.


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20. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:620]
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#92


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Oct.2011
Total plays: 11



More of a mini-game rather than an actual game, this one is handy to be able to pull out and kill 10-30 minutes whenever you find that you have the time. The deduction through line-of-sight is pretty interesting and well done through the action selection flipping mechanic.

It's fun, but not really more than just a little diversion. It's really in a whole different category so it's hard to rate.


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21. Board Game: Word on the Street [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1481]
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Plays in 2012: 8


1st play: Feb.2012
Total plays: 8



The actual, physical tug-of-war for each letter as it moves back and forth across the street is a very nice visual for this game. The categories aren't all that exciting, but we have had a few funny moments.

This game is in my collection because I know that other people like word games. I am not really one of those people, but because I can appreciate those that do, this game will stick around.


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22. Board Game: Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1126]
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#90


Plays in 2012: 2


1st play: Jun.2011
Total plays: 8



It's hard to explain how an abstract can have a meaningful theme, but this one really does. It feels very much like chess when you play, and as such, you need one other player who really enjoys the head-to-head, dry, confrontation that comes with that.

In the end, I found a good trade for this one and sent it on its way. It really is a good game, but not one that I would say that was super enjoyable. Sometimes it's hard to explain the difference.


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23. Board Game: Harry Potter Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3470]
A.J. Sansom
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#89


Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Aug.2010
Total plays: 6



This game is fun, but it also makes me a little mad. There is so much creative design space that could have been used here, but I feel that it was largely mismanaged. Creating decks is really fun, but playing the game often feels like you're on auto-pilot.

I don't want to get rid of this game. I'm not sure that I really want to play it either. It's a really weird place to be in.


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24. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:204]
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Plays in 2012: 22


1st play: Aug.2010
Total plays: 39



It's portable chess that plays faster, is fairly easy to explain, and doesn't seem so unbearable to the general public. Because it's portable and fast, it gets a lot of play in the classroom.

This game isn't a ton of fun, but it's a game that makes you think and that makes it good in certain situations.


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25. Board Game: RoboDerby: Express [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:4255]
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Plays in 2012: 0


1st play: Apr.2011
Total plays: 13



A fun little programming/dice game that I PnPed a while back, this game is pretty fun to play around with a couple of times for a few minutes, but it's just filler to be sure.

Since I made my copy of the game, it feels wrong to try to get rid of this game, but I don't know how much play it will get. I thought I would have success introducing it to some of my high school students, but they haven't really taken to it when I showed a few of them.


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