Played Games for 2012 for a Couple New to Gaming
Matt and Tina R.
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My gaming story started when a long time friend asked me be his best man. I was tasked with creating a low key bachelor party with board games. I didn't want the guys sitting around playing the game of life... we needed more excitement. So I started doing internet research and my eyes were vastly opened to designer board games. My wife took to them as well. Now we run a small board game facebook groups called BOOM (Board Out Of Our Minds) for a group of friends/gamers in Central Texas.

This list is of the games we've played in 2012 and logged on BGG. To be more accurate it reflects our gaming history from around May 2012 to Dec. 29, 2012. Being new to gaming we are limited to games with in our personal collection and those in our circle of Friends and the occasional times we've played with members of the San Antonio Board Game Group.

Enjoy and we'd love to hear recommendations based on the games that you see we've played the most of.
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1. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:297]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
TX
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First Place (Played 20 times since buying it in June 2012)

We picked this game up in June 2012 while at the Mall of America during a 3,000 mile road trip. It is tied with Archaeology: The Card game for first place as we've logged 20 plays since purchasing it in June. It's a great 2 player game which makes it great of a couple with no kids. We've thought about buying a second copy to keep cards in the glove box in the car and ditch the board aspect of it so when we are dinning out we can get in a quick game. It's also affordable as well.
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2. Board Game: Archaeology: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1134]
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Helotes
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Second Place (Played 20 times since buying in May 2012)

It traveled in the car with on a road trip through 14 states or 3,000 miles this summer. The game is really small travels well. Is extremely affordable as it can be found for under $10. We enjoy this game and it has been easy to teach to new people and enjoyed by them as well.
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3. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1014]
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United States
Helotes
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Third Place (Played 18 times).

My wife loves chopping heads of people... should I be worried?

It's also another affordable game that we love. Our friends enjoy it as well.
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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4th Place (with 12 plays)

Classic game need I say more? and YES we play it two player sometimes.

Tied with Zombie Dice but it's miles ahead of zombie dice due to complexity.
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5. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1712]
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5th place - played 12 times.

It's tied with Settlers of Catan. I use this with my 3rd graders I teach to teach probability. Nice game for all ages good for teaching purposes.
 
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6. Board Game: Zombie Fluxx [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2811]
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6th place - 11 Plays

It's fun. Cheap. what more do you want?
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Helotes
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7th place - 9 plays (tied with Tsuro)

This game should be higher and will be in 2013. We've only owned it about a month and it's be a favorite especially when playing with family over the holidays.
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8. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:776]
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7th Place - 9 Plays (Tied with Ticket to Ride)

This is a quick game. I really like that this game start off kind of boring then ends very fasted paced. The rising action of this game is in the last half of the game.
 
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9. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:816]
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United States
Helotes
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8th Place - 8 Plays

When playing this with more than 3 people it's just too darn easy. So we usually start without walls when playing with a large number of people. This game is fun. I bought it after seeing it on Geek and Sundry's Table Top.
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10. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:197] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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7th Place- 7 Plays (Tied with Loot)

We actually have Dixit and Dixit 2 combined. It's a great game with the right people. Wife loves it. I believe it is her favorite game. When introducing this game to a couple that was ranting and raving of how much they liked their Apples to Apples they played one game of Dixit and said they thought compared to Dixit, Apples to Apples is boring.
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11. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1642]
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Helotes
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7th Place - 7 Plays (Tied with Dixit)

Fun game with friends especially since the house rule is that you have to talk with a pirate when playing it.
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12. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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6th Place - 6 plays tied with Pandemic

Recent purchase. We both enjoy playing this but set up can take a while.
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13. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
TX
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6th Place - 6 plays (tied with Memoir 44)

After playing with our board game group (B.O.O.M.) two members went out and purchased copies of it.
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14. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:428]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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5th Place - 4 plays (Tied with Ca$h 'n Gun$, Small World, Snake Oil)

I like this game but we only seem to play one lap. It was a big hit at the bachelor party!
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15. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:190] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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4th Place - 4 plays (Tied with Ca$h 'n Gun$, Formula D, Snake Oil)

This one our first purchase into designer board games. It's also most disappointing as we just don't bring it out much. Also it doesn't travel well.
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16. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:905]
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Helotes
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5th Place - 4 plays (Tied with Formula D, Small World, Snake Oil)

Always good for laughs...with the right people.
 
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17. Board Game: Snake Oil [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1246] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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5th Place - 4 plays (Tied with Ca$h 'n Gun$, Small World, Formula D)

You have to have the right type of people who are willing to play this game. My wife loves it. Nice party game, but I think the wife likes it more than I do. I know she took it to her school and played it with her 7th grade students.
 
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18. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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4th place - 3 plays (Tied with Two by Two)

The first time we played this it was with the San Antonio Board game group and my wife didn't like it too well because it wasn't really explained good to her but I liked it and bought it used and we've enjoyed the game at our own pace but it's difficult to explain to new players as we are still learning it ourselves.
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19. Board Game: Two by Two [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4741]
Matt and Tina R.
United States
Helotes
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4th Place - 3 plays (tied with Glory to Rome)

Cute bible themed game yet... you get to drown puppies! lol
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20. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1456] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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Helotes
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5th Place - 2 plays

My wife didn't want me to buy this one because it was too sad but now she loves it. Haven't played it much because it was a newer purchase and one needs to have people to play with that are willing to create good back stories to the cards and actions they are taking in the game.
 
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21. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:184]
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United States
Helotes
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7th Place - 1 Play (tied with a bunch of other ones)

We own it but the wife doesn't like it... I think it is because she lost the only game we ever played... I'm hoping we get to play again someday as I really liked it.
 
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22. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:397]
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7th Place - 1 Play (tied with a bunch of other ones)

Don't own it but played with San Antonio Board Game Group once using the deluxe edition. Enjoyed it.
 
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23. Board Game: Whitewater [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:7631]
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7th Place - 1 Play (tied with a bunch of other ones)

I'd like to play this more but my wife doesn't care for it too much. We own it I need to convince her to give it another try.
 
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24. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:181]
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7th Place - 1 Play (tied with a bunch of other ones)

Need a good group to play this one. We own it.
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25. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3421] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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7th Place - 1 Play (tied with a bunch of other ones)


Don't own it. Played once with our BOOM Group. Enjoyed it. Will buy in the future.
 
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