February 2013
Steve Kennedy

New Hampshire
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A pretty good month overall as it included a weekend game convention and picking up a number of games on my wishlist/radar on sale.

Games listed this month had at least 2 plays.

New Games Added this Month
Battle Line
Architekton
Arena-Roma II
Carcassonne The Discovery
Albion
Awful Green Things From Outer Space
Onirim
TtR: Map Collection vol. 2
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1. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:943]
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This is one of those fast-playing solo, or 2-player, games. It is quite fun actually and will now join the travel pack for plane trips as it should easily be able to play on those seat back trays. After 4 plays one strategy that worked proved to have been a bit luckier than I had thought!
 
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2. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:650]
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We played our way through Princes and the three Age of Darkness expansions this month. It certainly made the game far more interesting and the wife really liked the added depth of the "expansion" packs. I suspect more playing in the future when we want to play Catan...
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3. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Played at Con of the North.
 
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Brought this home and it got instant table play. We did both sides and these are great maps with tight game play especially for 2. Our first play of Switzerland had a 1-point margin. The first for India ended in a tie and a realization of the value of how long the country really is!

I'm glad I picked up the USA 1910 expansion with the bigger cards now too!
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5. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:456]
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We brought this out again having just tried it after Christmas.

It plays rather quickly and after we played it there was a bit of discussion about whether there were some expansions that would add a bit more to the game. So....I suspect that means I can get them...
 
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6. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:110]
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Played at Con of the North.
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7. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:243]
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Another great Feld game that has a lot of stuff going on and a maddening need to plan ahead to make sure you have resources for actions on later turns.

Though still learning this a bit, it was a reminder of how important a rule book is in order to encourage one to play a game. Once you get things set up, there is very little need to grab the rules to check things.

It is a reminder that you can make a complicated game, but if your rules are harder to read than the game is to play you will not win over people fast.

Still trying to decide whether I like this over Castles of Burgundy or not. They are both so different. I still prefer Notre Dame just because it seems to play a bit faster when you want a fun game with some unique play.
 
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