My Return to Boardgaming: 500 plays in 1 year!
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This is a continuation of my documentation of my journey back into boardgaming after a 20 year absence. I first posted this Geeklist: My return to Boardgaming: 100 Plays and had intended to post one after every 100 plays, but I found that this would be too tedious and so I've waited to get to 500 plays and see how I've progressed!

I first got back into boardgaming May 2012, hit 100 plays in September 2012, and now have 500 recorded face to face or solo plays of boardgames. I do play IOS boardgame apps, but have recorded these in the VGG section.

In any case, after a year I have 3 distinct playgroups. The first one involves the 3 staff at my FLGS: Vangie and Julie are regulars, with the 3rd one varying (now it's Rose, it used to be Janine and foor a very brief moment Anna). I am happy to say that I have made them Eurogame afficionados, and I play the heaviest euros with them.

The other group are some players from my 40K group, namely Kent and his 2 brother Keith and Karl, Paulo, and sometimes Glenn. Here I can play the more conflict driven and "gamey" games. The boardgaming trend is also slowly spreading to others, starting naturally with miniature based ones.

Finally, I have my family. My 9 year old son Shawn is my most constant companion here, with my wife Betty and my 14 yr old daughter Shari next. My 17 yr old son Sherwin used to be into it, but he has lately tuned out in favor of Computer and Console games. Besides them, I also play with my 2 nephews Ethan (10) and Maki (12), plus my brother Sunny, who is another 40K and WHFB nut. Card based games dominate my plays with all of them, with lighter non-direct conflict boardgames also in the mix.

It's been a BLAST so far. I hope the trend continues way into my 1000th play!
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Number of Plays: 41
First Play: August 2012
Previous rating: 9
Current rating: 9.5
Expansions: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor, Agricola: Gamers' Deck, Agricola: World Championship Deck – 2011, Agricola: Belgium Deck

My current highest rated game, and my most played boardgame. Such an amazing game due to it's tenseness. I have only played this with the gals at my FLGS, and among them Vangie is really the only who makes the attempt to grow the family, as Julie is content to live with 2-3 family members and maximize her farm that way. These days we alternate games using the normal rules with the FOTM expansion, for variety. I also need to try out the World Championship and Belgium decks.

I have also made this a travelling game when I go on business trips. I bring just enough components for a soloplay series, so I do have a lot of soloplays logged in.

Finally, I hope to teach this to the other groups. I believe I have a better chance in doing so with Kent and company rather than my family members, since they may find it too tense.


This is a great game!
 
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43]
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Number of Plays: 41
First Play: July 2012
Previous and Current rating: 9
Expansions: 7 Wonders: Leaders, 7 Wonders: Cities

My highest ranked card game. The previous family favorite has now become the favorite of the gals at the FLGS, and it sees more plays there now than at home. We always play with both expansions included, and LEADERS is the more preferred expansion, so much so that the Roma Wonder card is the most desired one.

I will teach this next to my nephews, as I believe they will enjoy this game.


Can't wait to get 7 Wonders: Wonder Pack
 
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3. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Number of Plays: 38
First Play: September 2012
Previous rating: 8
Current rating: 8.5
Expansions: King of Tokyo: Power Up!, King of Tokyo: Heidelbärger Brockenbär (promo character), King of Tokyo: Promo Cards

My most played dice game. This has been a success wherever I teach it, and I consider it now one of the Gateway games to introduce non-gamers to boardgaming. The number of plays has slowed down recently though since I have gotten a lot more filler type games, but with the POWER UP expansion now with me I am sure this will continue to get more plays.

 
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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I will also include my 7 plays of Dominion: Intrigue in this entry.

Number of plays: 22 with Dominion, 7 with Intrigue = 29
First Play: December 2012
Current Rating: 8.5
Expansions: Dominion: Hinterlands, Dominion: Cornucopia

I first play this with Kent and other guys in the 40K gang last December, and I must say I was underwhelmed with it. In addition, all the BGG negativity to this did affect me, so I kept myself at a distance from the game, focusing instead on other deckbuilders like Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. I am not sure what pushed me to get the base set, but I guess it was also the positive feedback from Kent and the others who played. In any case, I bought the base set February this year, and ever since then it kept on being played, and I slowly grew into the game. It has turned out to be an extremely accessible card game, almost a Gateway game, and is currently my wife's favorite, and is also requested a lot by the gals at the FLGS and my nephews. I initially gave it a rating of 8, but it's now an 8.5, and I've gotten my own sets of INTRIGUE, HINTERLANDS, and CORNUCOPIA, and will be looking out for Dominion: Prosperity and Dominion: Seaside.

 
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5. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:329] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Number of Plays: 26
First Play: November 2012
Current Rating: 8.5
Expansions: Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane, Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption, Thunderstone Avatars

This was my first deckbuilder purchase. It quickly shot up my play chart since I have found this to be a GREAT solo game. It is too heavy to bring around during trips however, so I play this solo in the house when I am in the mood for a game and everyone else is too busy to play with me.

I have played this with the 40K guys, and also with my brother and my nephews. I haven't taught it yet to the gals since I think it maybe too complex and mathy for them, but they have requested it so I will at least try it out once with them and see if they like it.

I have also tried out the Cooperative Siege mode from the Root of Corruption expansion once with Kent, Keith, and Paulo, and that was a LOT of fun. I look forward for more siege games in the future.

It's funny, but it seems I find the solo and coop modes more fun than the regular multiplayer play. This is because in those variants the game actually moves and fights back, unlike in regular play where the monsters just stay in the dungeon waiting for someone to hit them.

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6. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:230]
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Number of Plays: 22
First Play: August 2012
Current rating: 8.5
Expansions: Alea Treasure Chest

I've only played this 9 more times since my 100 Play list last September. This is because I have a lot more card games now, as well as the fact that I now also own Puerto Rico. This will continue to get plays though, as the gals at the FLGS like it, and my daughter and Shawn know how to play it. This is also a great game to use to teach others the role selection mechanic used in many other games. This is also a very portable game, and will be something I will carry around during family travels.

 
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7. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1718]
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Number of Plays: 20
First Play: February 2013
Current rating: 7
Expansions: Zombie Dice 2: Double Feature

Nothing much to say here except that it is a REALLY portable game which I like to bring around even for short trips. This is Shawn's current favorite filler, and I like the addition of the Hottie, Hunk, and Santa dice from the expansion.

 
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8. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:594]
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Number of Plays: 19
First Play: September 2012
Previous rating: 8.5
Current rating: 8

This has really fallen out of the 2 Player rotation since January this year. My wife and daughter now find the game choices too limiting, and now prefer other games for 2P play. I still like it though, and I still think this game will be good for more plays, especially with the gals at the FLGS. It's also a hard game to get so I will definitely be keeping this now. You never know when it will become so rare that I can trade or sell it for a something of much greater value!

 
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9. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:423]
 
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Number of Plays: 15
First play: March 2013
Current rating: 8

Purchased March, this is another filler which has become Shawn's favorite. I do find it stressful though, and will only play at max 2 games straight. I think it won't wear out it's welcome if it is played sporadically, and interspersed with other meatier games. It's a unique game and I am happy to have it in my collection.

 
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10. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Number of plays: 13
First Play: February 2013
Current rating: 8

I have to admit I got this due to the hype, and the fact that it's about Marvel superheroes. I am glad the game does not disappoint, as it really feels like you are assembling a superhero team, just like the Avengers movie. All my playgroups seem to like it (although I have not taught it yet to my wife and daughter) and have NO issues whatsoever with the much ballyhooed samey art. It also gives a different feel from the other deckbuilders, and thus will stay in the rotation.

I am looking forward to the Legendary: Dark City expansion, as it claims to ramp up the difficulty level a lot!

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11. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:190] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Number of Plays: 8
First Play: June 2012
Previous rating: 8.5
Current rating: 8
Expansions: Small World: Grand Dames of Small World, Small World: Cursed!, Small World: Be Not Afraid..., Small World: Tales and Legends

This is another of my "original" games (ie games I first got into during my re-entry into the hobby) that has slowed down and has seen less play at the table. One of the reasons is that I find it better to have 4-5 players, and these days it is not that easy to come up with that player count. Paulo really likes it though and so it will still get plays at the FLGS and also with the 40K boys.

 
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12. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Number of Plays: 13
First Play: July 2012
Previous and Current rating: 8
Expansions: Stone Age: The Expansion

Similar to SMALL WORLD, this is one of my "original" games which is seeing less play. One reason is that my family finds it now too "stressful" as Shawn constantly complains about his low rolls, thus this only gets played at the FLGS. Even then there are so many euros too choose from so I just make sure to get the game played once in a while as part of the rotation.

This is still a good game though, and I actually appreciate it's streamlined design more since I have compared it to many other games. I like to play it with the expansion, since I like playing with more huts and cards.

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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Number of Plays: 13
First Play: August 2012
Current rating: 8
Expansions: Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912

In my previous geeklist I had mentioned that I was tempted to jump the gun and purchase the game just to surprise Shawn. Well I did do it, and it has turned out to be well worth it. This is because this has also become a favorite with the gals at the FLGS, especially when we are at least 4 players.

The EUROPA 1912 adds nice new options for the game, and I will always incorporate some rules from that expansion into the games from now on. I am tempted to also buy one of the smaller maps for 2-3 players (Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Ticket to Ride: Switzerland) since it seems only Shawn is interested to play this with me in the house.

 
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14. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Number of Plays: 12
First Play: October 2012
Current rating: 8

My first, and most played Feld game so far. This has proven to be a hit with the gals, and my daughter find it "chill".

I find it OK. I do don't know why, but I really seem to have difficulty winning in this game, especially against Julie. I don't really mind though since I always get satisfaction in filling up the regions and spaces, and to be honest the game does not really promote an atmosphere of cutthroat competition. I know others have complained that it could be AP prone, but I have been lucky enough in that the gals know what they are doing, so our games actually flow pretty fast, even with 4 players.

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15. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:183]
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Number of Plays: 11
First Play: September 2012
Current rating: 8.5

As with MORELS, the number of plays have tapered off since we have much more options now for 2P games. I still love this game though and I am looking for a way to get the Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – More Buildings Big and Small expansion. I will try to teach this to Shari and hope that she likes it!

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16. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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Number of plays: 11
First Play: November 2012
Current rating: 8
Expansion: Pandemic: On the Brink

I got this second hand together with the expansion. I was lucky in that the previous owner pimped the box to make sure it fit all the components and the petri dishes, even making foam core dividers for the cards.

The game itself is fine. My nephews find it OK, especially Maki, who dislikes too much conflict. It really is a big puzzle, except it is a puzzle that bites.

 
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17. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:433]
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Number of Plays: 11
First Play: July 2012
Previous and Current rating: 7.5

Still a cute (candy camels!!) yet deep abstract which I bring out once in a while. Another good game to teach non-gamers with.

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18. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:257]
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Number of Plays: 10
First Play: September 2012
Current rating: 7.5

This has often been said to be a mix of 7 Wonders and Carcassonne, but I find that it is definitely a distinct game from either of them. It is also a game I totally suck at, and I can only imagine how people can score higher than 30 points. This game challenges me, and I will continue to keep it and persist to discover the secret on how to get a high score.

 
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19. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Number of Plays: 10
First Play: October 2012
Current rating: 8.5
Expansion: Puerto Rico: Expansion I – New Buildings

Another game I managed to get second hand together with the expansion buildings. Vangie and Julie consistently beat me in this game, and now I have also taught the Celino brothers how to play it. It must have been a success as Kent promptly bought his own copy.

Great classic game!

 
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20. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1350]
 
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First Play: 1998
Number of Plays since I restarted boardgaming: 10
Current rating: 9

I included WHFB 8th edition just to see how well I balance tabletop wargaming when I am also into boardgames. I really like 8th ed as I believe it is the best ruleset ever, and I started all the way back in 1998 with 5th edition. I have 2 armies, the Empire and the Lizardmen, and I like to alternate between both.

I've played 9 more game since my September 2012 geeklist, and this was for a Gladiator league. I joined in order to support the organizer, but was very disappointed that he did NOT fulfill his commitment to finish the league, and I had to initiate a move for a full refund to all participants. Sigh.

 
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21. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:162]
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Number of Plays: 10
First Play: October 2012
Current rating: 8.5

This clever game has not gotten more plays since I have not taught this to the gals and the rest of my family. I believe this is a "Gamer's game" and is best appreciated by players who like doing a lot of combos. In addition, I am still waiting for my order of Alien Frontiers: Factions, as I really think the game will benefit from the inclusion of the hidden scoring conditions.

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22. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:33]
Fernando Robert Yu
Philippines
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Number of Plays: 9
First Play: September 2012
Current rating: 8.5
Expansions: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients

I am happy to have taught this to Kent and his brothers, as this resulted in this getting played more and more. The game is even better now with the ROTA expansion. Now my mission is to get it played with 4 players or more!

 
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23. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:303]
Fernando Robert Yu
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Number of Plays: 8
First Play: October 2012
Current rating: 7.5

I got this game primarily because Shawn loves airplanes. I was also influenced by Ryan Sturm's How To Play episode on it. In any case I was right as Shawn did like the game, and it is quite easy to teach and play. The gals at the FLGS play it, and I've just taught this to Kent.

The only negative is the paper money. I HATE those thin paper money!

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24. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:141]
Fernando Robert Yu
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Number of Plays: 4
First Play: July 2012
Previous rating: 7.5
Current rating: 7.25

This has gotten only 4 more plays since September 2012, and again this is due to my ever growing collection of euros. I still endeavor to have it played at least once a quarter though. I also have recently taught this to Kent and his brothers and the reception was OK, so maybe I can play this more frequently. In addition, the recent announcement of an expansion for it may rekindle new life into the game!

I've also watched recent videos of Dungeon Lords, and that game looks very interesting. Hmmm....it is something the Celino brothers will like methinks!



 
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25. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:298]
Fernando Robert Yu
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Number of Plays: 8
First Play: January 2013
Current rating: 7.5

I got this second hand, and this essentially was the reason why Morels and Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small are not being played as much. Shari and Shawn now prefer this quick playing card game. It's another game I suck at, since I am too conservative and do not like to gamble if I do not get the right cards, and of course that does not make for good Lost Cities play!

 
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