January 2013
Steve Kennedy

New Hampshire
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It's a new year and the game closet certainly grew last year by leaps and bounds. When I started doing this list, mostly for myself, I had planned to list games that had 3 or more plays. But I find it interesting to include those with 2 or more, especially since we tend to rotate them more each month. Still, some certainly are more popular, and more fun than others!

New Games this month
Village
Entdecker
Rivals for Catan: Age of Darkness

Games listed here received at least two plays. They are ordered from most to least plays.
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1. Board Game: Skip-Bo [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:15480]
Steve Kennedy

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After a day of learning a couple new games, I forgot we had this even in the closet. It's been 4 or more years since we've played this one. It used to be popular to play over dinner sometimes.
 
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2. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:651]
Steve Kennedy

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Revisited this again and rethought a strategy focusing on the action and basic cards instead of just settlements and roads.

And the arrival of Age of Darkness allowed us to finally get to the "expansion" decks in RoC as well! It certainly makes for a much more interesting game all around. Though I actually preferred the "Age of Turmoil" set the most next to "Age of Gold". The "Age of Progress" may grow on me but those plagues really do you in once you have all cities and 3 times caused me to have to wait several turns sitting with 11 points before I could finally build a new building!
 
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3. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:308]
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Still trying to get Robinson off the island. There must be a secret way! Strangely though, even when losing, it is somewhat addictive.
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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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Brought this out to introduce different friends to a couple times this month and it was a hit, of course.

Starting to wonder if it's time to ask for a little kickback for all these new games we are promoting.whistle
 
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5. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1569] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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A few quick after dinner games to warm up for the more substantial game of the evening. I don't mind this too much, and we actually had a chance to play with 4 this month so that added new challenges to creating words at least. The game plays faster as well which is a bonus.
 
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6. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:248]
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Starting to like this one quite a bit after only a couple of plays.
 
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7. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1524]
Steve Kennedy

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Whiled away some time with this classic.
 
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8. Board Game: Augsburg 1520 [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2101]
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As we played through some of our "new-to-us" unplayed games, we finally got around to this one. While I like the bidding/auction aspect of this game, theme-wise it is not all that convincing. Though once you get the hand of the playing rhythm it goes fairly fast with two.
 
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9. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
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This continues to be popular as a quick game after a dinner party with friends.
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10. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
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Finally got time to sit down and walk through this game. Our first game ended in a tie. Not so with the second game which featured a lot more awareness of multiple ways to victory and a wary eye to those end-of-game rewards as well. This may work its way up to a top favorite!

Though I must admit that I often want to pull out Notre Dame and play it after every game of Troyes for some reason...
 
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11. Board Game: Batt'l Kha'os [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3111]
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Working through a few of the games I picked up last year and we tried a couple games of this again when we had a brief period of time. Final verdict on this one is that it can get tossed into our travel bag when we have time to waste but we have plenty of other good 2-player games to play more often at home. (I personally like it though...)
 
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