Bit by Bit, Meeple by Meeple - Playing Through Our Collection in 2013
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For a while now my husband and I have been thinking about playing our entire board game collection since we have games we've never played and games that haven't had table time in quite a while. We finally decided that in 2013 we would play every game in our collection. Earlier this year on the Geek I discovered another couple (whose blog I can no longer find) who did this in 2012. I really liked the format of his geeklist and that's why I decided I'd do a list about our experience as well. I'll closely follow the setup of his geeklist since I really liked it, but it will be sort of different since I can no longer find the list (or give them credit ) and to make it a little more our own.

After we play games I plan to record the games we've played, how many times we've played them in 2013, my rating, Joe's rating, and why we're happy we got to play this game again or finally got to play it.

We don't even come close to owning nearly as many games as most people on the Geek own, so this should be fairly reasonable for us, but we'll see how it goes.

The game I'm most looking forward to playing in 2103: Agricola. We haven't played this in over a year and I've been wanting to get it out again. Either it gets passed up at game nights or Joe and I get around to playing games too late at night that we don't get this one out. I remember loving this game so I'm excited to play it once more.

The game I'm dreading the most in 2013: Eurorails. I.detest.this.game. I appreciate the concept and recognize the appeal it has to people, especially Joe. I am terrible at strategy, can't remember what city exports what, and I keep having to look at the booklet to see where I can pick things up and I just don't take how long I have to spend researching my next move. I can't stand it and I slow the game down which is not good since this game already takes a long time to play. Unfortunately this is one of Joe's favorite games, but I'm hoping to con my way out of playing this one since I already know I don't like it and have him play it with someone else.

UPDATE: I think I have now added all of the games in our collection that we currently own with exception to some children's games I've bought at garage sales for work purposes. I may find a few that I missed and add them later. I'll also add any that we buy during the course of 2013.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:19]
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By far the game I'm most looking forward to getting table time again in 2013.
 
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2. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:3354] [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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3. Board Game: Apples to Apples to Go [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:8448]
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This one is already mixed up with the Apples to Apples Party Box and I have no idea which cards are in which box so it will be played at the same time as regular 'ol Apples to Apples Party Box.
 
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5. Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1197]
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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:244] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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We've owned this for 2 years now and are yet to play it.

Update: Played this for the very first time on 3-2-13. Yay! We finally know how to play.

Played again on 3-3-13
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7. Board Game: Balance of Power [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:13617]
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8. Board Game: Barista [Average Rating:4.31 Overall Rank:15576]
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9. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15914]
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If we can find our copy of this game. We bought it while Joe was still in college to play when I went to visit him, but it has since gone missing. I claim he "lost" it so I couldn't continue to beat him with my strategy which angers him since he claims there is no strategy in Battleship, only luck.
 
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10. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Joe's favorite. If I had to guess this is the game he's most looking forward to playing...even though we've played it recently and have plans to play it later this week.
 
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13. Board Game: British Rails [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2238]
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I'm looking forward to playing this more than Eurorails. ::sigh::
 
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Not exactly a game that either of us are looking forward to playing again, but we must.
 
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16. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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UPDATE: We played this on Sunday (1-6-13). We own the original Big Box so the first round we played with only two of the expansions, Inns and Cathedrals and Traders and Builders. The second round of the night we played with four of the included 5 expansions: Traders and Builders, Inns and Cathedrals, Princess and the Dragon, and Tower. We excluded The River II since both Joe and I really dislike The River II expansion. Yes, we are going to play all of our games in 2013, but we didn't say anything about expansions! It may be a loophole since we wanted to make a point of playing our other expansions as well, but I make an exception for The River II since we've played it multiple times and we've never liked it. Where as we were yet to play with The Tower so it finally got game time. I don't think we'll play with The Tower again, but at least now we've seen how it works and affects the game. We also played with The King expansion. It was a mini expansion I bought a few years ago and we hadn't played it yet. While it doesn't add a lot to the game, it did put an interesting spin with the longest road element. I can see us playing with this expansion again in the future, but not every game.
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17. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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UPDATE: We played this expansion in two rounds of Carcassonne on 1-6-13.
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18. Board Game: Carcassonne: King & Scout [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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Only one half of this expansion will be played since we don't own Hunters and Gatherers.

UPDATE: We played this expansion in one round of Carcassonne on 1-6-13.
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:514]
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The first Carcasonne game we ever played and we loved it. After playing the original this one is a little odd to us.
 
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20. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1695]
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21. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
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UPDATE: We played this expansion in one round of Carcassonne on 1-6-13.
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22. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 4 – The Tower [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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UPDATE: We played this expansion in one round of Carcassonne on 1-6-13.
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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UPDATE: We played this expansion in two rounds of Carcassonne on 1-6-13.
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24. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity: First Expansion [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Update: Played this one on 1-2-13 with the second expansion.
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25. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity: Second Expansion [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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UPDATE: Played this on 1-2-13 with the first expansion. Everyone enjoyed it and I came in second place, just one card shy of tieing for first place.
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