Why Antoine Bauza is so damn cool.
Mike DiLisio
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I didn't start out as a fanboy. Honestly. I just happened to love these games. I really didn't realize right away that they were all by the same developer. Once I realized that they were, I wanted to try to figure out what it is about Antoine's games that appeal to me so much.

Is it a particular mechanic he uses? No, I don't think there's a "signature" mechanic that he relies on...he has dabbled in many different types of games.

Is it theme? Well, that is certainly part of it, as I think he has created some wonderfully thematic games that definitely appeal to my aesthetic sense...but I don't think that's exactly it either. After some thought, I think I've come to an epiphany about why his games appeal to me so much:

Antoine Bauza creates games with a palpable sense of joy! I can feel this joy permeating throughout all of his games, and that joy passes on to me as I play them. Thank you, Antoine for all of the joy you've given to me and my gaming partners, and I look forward to many more great games to come.
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:43]
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The Grand Daddy of them all (so far). Yes, I've heard the arguments against it: "It's just a card drafting game. That's all you do." My (sanitized) response: "Baloney!" It's what he does with that simple mechanic that's so wonderful. A game that scales beautifully up to 7 players, plays quickly, and creates a real sense of civilization building...this is 7 Wonders to me. One of my favorite gaming moments is admiring the table at the end of a game of 7 Wonders. Sublime.
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2. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:201]
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Here's what I mean about joy. I have never had more fun getting absolutely DESTROYED on a consistent basis than I have in this game. I still haven't won! It really says something when a game can be this brutally difficult and yet never feel unfair or frustrating. I haven't played with the expansions, but hopefully that will come soon. Until then, I'll joyfully be destroyed by Wu Feng and his ghostly minions.
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3. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:219]
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The story of a man and his panda. The components of this game drew me in, but the strategy kept me there. It looks like kid's stuff, and it can be, but there's plenty there for "real gamers" too. If you play this game without a smile on your face, there's something wrong somewhere.
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4. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:451]
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Zen beauty. I've never played a game where the experience of playing matched the theme better than this. Every time I've played it's felt like I'm taking a journey. I love, love, LOVE the artistic elements, but the feeling I have while I'm playing cannot be easily described. I suppose if I had to try it would come back again to that one word: joy.
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5. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:288]
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And here's the one I hope to play next. I haven't been able to find this here in the states, but as soon as I can I'll get this to the table. Everything I've seen and read give me confidence that this will give me the same sense of joy his others do. To those of you that have played this, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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6. Board Game: Rockband Manager [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4924]
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This game is also very nice. It has a family game appeal but it has some nice strategy to it. You have to be careful with your resources when bidding. There are different ways to score points in all phases. I found it to be very enjoyable.
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7. Board Game: The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:903]
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Just out, and it's a lovely simple drafting game with a mean twist. Particularly great for fans of the book.
 
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