The 1 game you must play in 2013
Nathan
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So, we have set our goals for 2013, although some resolutions have no doubt fallen by the wayside already.

If you could only play one new game in 2013, what would it be? What is that game you absolutely must play before the year's end? What single game, if you get to play it this year, would totally make 2013 for you?

Please only post one item per user, otherwise you cannot be that serious about the game you already posted! If you could only try one new game this year what would it be...

aka your grail game for 2013.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:50]
 
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This game looks to be the game of games. I believe I would very much like it and that it would very quickly become one of my favourite games.

However, with a box large enough to bury me in and a price tag large enough to purchase life insurance with, this definitely has to go on my "try before you buy" list. And also because you cannot really play 2 player I would need people to play it with. Oh yes, and the time.

Be that as it may, I think I would love this game and will try really hard to play it this year. It really helps that there is a group of gamers in London trying to play this more often now, so maybe I will be very happy at the end of 2013, because I have played this game.
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2. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:261] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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I bought it last year and had great plans to play it, but the group it was purchased for never got back together. So I will relearn the rules and make sure it sees the table this year!
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3. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:173]
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...all I need is five other interested players who can get to 'nham.



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4. Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:993]
Matt Brown
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Curious to see how much of an Eclipse killer this could be. Anything else I have no plans on getting or I'm getting it anyway.
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5. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:341]
Harry Readinger
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Really need to get and play this before it becomes impossible to find!
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6. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:236]
Rayne Smith
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My friend and I have been talking about playing this one for quite awhile. Well, now we have the game, just have to find the time to sit down and play it.
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7. Board Game: Space Empires: Close Encounters [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
Guido Gloor
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I'll cheat a bit and add a new-to-me expansion to a base game I already know

I love Space Empires: 4X. Everything I ever hoped for in a game in one neat package. I only realized what I really missed in TI3 and other space conquest games when I held this box in my hand and saw all the ship types and their interactions. Repeat play confirmed my suspicions: This game is awesome.

And now comes along the expansion and adds more awesome stuff! Boarding ships and flagships and ground troops with tanks and transports and titans and industrial and research centers and racial advantages and alien technology and space amoebas and tons more tech to research and specialize in and ship experience ... and all this with mechanisms that fit right in and don't feel tacked-on at all. An unlimited number of strategies to explore and exploit, with counters to everything (if you get them in time), and with now even more possibilities to surprise your opponents.

So when before the expansion, I really wanted to play SE:4X whenever I could (and did more so than any other bigger game), the expansion made this even worse. I think I might have found my grail game.
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8. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:214]
Stefaan Henderickx
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It looks like this game did not appear in Belgium yet. I only saw the French version in Essen and knew a lot of my fellow players would prefer English, so I waited. I think it will be a favorite for me and some friends, a good civ game with nice stuff...
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Rick Koeppen
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Ahhhhh this is killing me! All of the glowing reviews. All of the beautiful pictures of the components. In all reality, the soonest I will be able to get my hands on this game is not going to be for several months.

Can everyone just keep quiet about it until then? whistle
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10. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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Must try.
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11. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:406]
Tim Moore
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Rounding out my top 3 Essen releases (I thumbed The Great Zimbabwe and Terra Mystica) I'm really torn between the three. Wouldn't it be cool to play all three in one session?
 
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