Carl's games obtained in 2012 and how I rank them
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This is a simple geeklist. Listed here are all the games I have bought this year ranked from best to worst. I'll write my impressions so far of these games, what I rank them, and whether I think that ranking will go up or down.

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Here is last year's list:

Carl's games bought in 2011 and how I rank them
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1. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:111]
Carl Garber
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I have only played this game twice so far this year and already I can see that it will likely jump into my Top 10 shortly. It is one of those games that has just clicked with me! I am curious to see how the various people I game with respond to it. My first play with my family got neutral reactions. They were all just trying to get their heads around it and weren't sure if they liked it or not. I currently give this a rating of 9 and if my enjoyment of this game stays the same that rating will likely go up.
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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I have only played this game 4 times thus far but quite enjoy it already! I currently rate this an 8(which is the highest rating I give to this type of game). I think this game will maintain this rating. However, I could see both Jaipur and Trajan passing it on this geeklist. A really chaotic game that will appeal to those friends of mine that like direct interaction!
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3. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:107]
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This game has been an absolute gem so far! I have played it 11 times and everyone seems to love it! The only reason it is ranked lower than KoT above is that I feel there is more to explore in KoT for me right now where I pretty much have my head around Jaipur already. However, Jaipur is a great quick playing game that gives you some interesting decisions each game. Also, it is pretty to look at and is relaxing to play. I currently rate it an 8 and cannot see that rating falling. This will likely rank above KoT eventually as it has a more "classic" feel to it and I could see KoT potentially feeling a bit gimicky after awhile.
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4. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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Only one play of this game so far. The way I described my family in the Goa description applies to me here! Alot to get your head around and to see how things interact with each other. Also, for this first play I was really focussing on keeping things moving as my wife hates when things slow down! It is crucial that my wife enjoy her first couple plays until she gets hooked, then we can both slow down as we figure things out more deeply. I have given this a rating of 8 thus far which will almost certainly go up. However, currently I am getting more of a Castles of Burgundy vibe from this game rather than a Macao vibe. While my appreciation for CoB has gone up since last year(I currently rate it 8.4 up from 8 last year) it is still a little to "mathy" for my liking. As in I can start assigning static values to various actions and plays and can calculate what is the most valuable option. I think Trajan could go down this same route for me. Trajan mad eme realize that what I love about Macao is that there is no static evaluations as the cards you currently have and the cubes you currently have shift the values of the cards up for drafting.

I think Trajan will likely climb up this list and rest right under Goa, but I am doubtful it can reach a rating of 9 from me. I think it has the potential to rank higher than CoB in my collection, however, due to the neat mancala action selector puzzle.
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5. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:254]
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Got this as a gift and have played it 21 times! This game is more of an experience than a game for me! I am always just excited to see what happens and whether we can save the people or not. I think we overplayed this a bit as it has sat on our shelf for awhile. Still 21 games in a year before burnout is pretty amazing! I can see us going back to enjoy this again in a little bit. Rating here has a chance to go up but will not hit elite "9" status.
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6. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1080]
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A thrift store buy for me that was well worth it! I've played this 6 times so far. Most 2p games with my Dad. My wife doesn't like it so it will likely stay a 2p with my Dad game only! I must admit that I am surprised at its low weight rating here on BGG. I don't know how other people play this game but between me and my Dad this is almost "chess lite" for us when we don't quite want the mental exercise that chess presents. A very neat game of cat and mouse that everyone should try at least once! I also love how this game gets you to think in very different ways depending what side you play. As Mr. X you have complete information and are looking for loopholes in a closing grid. As the detectives you have imperfect information and must close the net carefully making sure to cut off all paths of escape. I currently rate this an 8 and I suspect it will go up if I can get regular plays of it in.
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7. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:351]
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This is a tough game for me to judge as I have only played my copy once but have played 14 games before this year and many more on yucata.de. I currently rate it at 7.9 but I wonder if that is just because I have played it so much. At this point my approach is locked in and I just try to follow the "best" strategy as closely as possible. I think playing this 4p might bump this up in my opinion as I think that may make it a more tactical experience.
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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A late addition to this list! My bro in law got this for me and brought it on the 27th! I rate this 7.7 but actually probably enjoy it enough to bump up that rating! However, I find my main gaming companions all don't like this game which makes it difficult to get to the table!

Edit: Just bumped the rating for this one up to 7.9 as I realized that I would prefer this over TTR:Europe every time.
 
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Another thrift store buy! A game I wouldn't have bought except that I found it for 5$ and couldn't resist! This has actually worked out great to play with my Mom! I have played it 7 times thus far and it has been enjoyable if not super interesting. I currently rate this at 7.8 as it is a solid if unspectacular game. I could see that rating slip down to 7.5 over time.
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10. Board Game: International Oilman Game [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:11118]
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Recieved as a gift and played once. Was a neat experience and would like to play it again! I don't have it listed on BGG here because it is way to random to consider a game, but a very enjoyable way to spend time with friends.
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11. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1372]
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Bought this last year from a thrift store and then received it as a small gift this year! I guess I will return the thrifted copy and keep this one! Still unplayed and am not sure if I will actively try to get it played unless someone requests it.
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