Board games we bought due to XRemX
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说了又不听,听了又不懂,不懂又不问,问了又不做,做了又做错,错了又不认,认了又不改,改了又不服,不服又不说,那你要我怎麽办?
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My Significant Other and I were having a casual chat about our board game collection over breakfast this morning. We observed that a number of our purchases were due to our friend, Weiliang (also known as XRemX on BGG).

We met him after joining a local gaming club at the start of 2012. Since then, he has probably introduced and taught 60+ games to us. meeple We have taken fancy of some of the titles he introduced to us and have gone on to purchase the game ourselves. Meeting him has certainly lowered our board game purchase risk. whistle Both of us are grateful to him for sharing his board games with us!

I am sure more games will be added to the list as he introduces more board games to us.

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1. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:291]
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说了又不听,听了又不懂,不懂又不问,问了又不做,做了又做错,错了又不认,认了又不改,改了又不服,不服又不说,那你要我怎麽办?
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Purchase date: 24th September 2012

This is one of my favourite games. Playtime is relatively short but it offers various strategies for players to adopt. The mechanic allowing each player to decide on the number of turns to take in the game and the comparative scoring are interesting. The game rewards players who are the most efficient with their actions. There is sufficient player interaction throughout the game as players need to compete for the tiles available.

However, it may suffer from replayability issue after a number of plays as the number of tiles are always the same from game to game. The variation comes from the players and order in which the tiles appear.



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2. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:52]
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Purchase date: 1st February 2013

Our first play was a 4-player game. It felt complex during the game explanation and there were quite a number of rules to remember. I am not one who can remember game rules very well. As a result, some of the smaller rules in games usually slips by me. blush

However, my Significant Other and I love the theme of the game as we enjoy watching natural history documentaries. Our favourites are the ones helmed by David Attenborough. We felt that the theme and mechanic were well-implemented in this game. The version we tried with Weiliang was the second edition. We thought that the artwork could be better ...

And then, we found out about the third edition with improved artwork on BGG. We were naturally excited about it! zombie I feel that it is a game that I will learn to appreciate after many more games though it can be very brutal at times.
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3. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:146]
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Purchase date: 14th May 2013

My Significant Other and I learnt a card game Dou Dizhu from a Taiwanese TV variety show. We got interested in the game and discussed it with Weiliang. He was not too interested in traditional card games (he prefer games with more theme) but told us that Tichu may be a game that we will be interested in too. We were curious and asked him to teach us. The game play felt a bit similar to Dou Dizhu except that it is a partnership game played between 2 teams of 2 players. Dou Dizhu is played with 3 players instead.

After playing the game a few times, we decided that we like it sufficiently to purchase a set for ourselves. This is one of the games that I have introduced to my dad and brother subsequently.
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4. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:247]
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Purchase date: 19th July 2013

This was a game that Weiliang taught us over his dinner. He had ordered a few bags (yes, a few wow) of board games through the club and had included Love Letter as an afterthought.

He told us that it is a very short game with deduction involved. That got us curious and we gave it a spin. It turned out to be quite enjoyable experience for us. Given that it is such a short game, it will be easy for us to introduce it to my family and our friends.

We went down to the local game store and bought a copy for ourselves the very next day. Weiliang was quite surprised by our fast reactions. ninja

We were actually on our way to visit two friends (married couple) that day for a playtesting session, and took the opportunity to introduce Love Letter to them that evening. Turns out that they enjoyed it too. The female half even asked about the price and requested our help to get a copy for them!
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5. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:202]
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Purchase date: 17 September 2013

My Significant Other was chatting with Weiliang about board games that Weiliang owns but had not tried yet. My Significant Other was joking that he could help Weiliang to "amortise" his game costs by playing them for him . Weiliang started naming games off his head and soon came upon "Battle Line". It was a game we had researched on previously, but hesitated to buy because we had not tried it yet. We jumped on the chance to ask Weiliang to bring the game for us to try, which he obliged.

The following week, he passed the game to us. It was still in its packaging and unopened. We had the honour of opening the game for him. We found ourselves enjoying the game during the initial try. We went on to play it a few more times that evening.

Later that evening, my Significant Other asked Weiliang whether he was interested in selling his copy to us since he did not seem that interested in the game. He shook his head, adding that he would like to keep the copy. Weiliang is not only a gamer but also a game collector. Heh...

We have since gone on to make an order of the game for ourselves at a local game shop. At the time of writing, we are still waiting for the stock to arrive. It seems to be in between prints. Hopefully, we will get our hands on it soon. After a lengthy wait of 4-5 months, the game finally arrived.

Battle Line is a very portable 2-player game, which will be ideal for us to bring along on overseas trips. We brought along Hive in our previous trip to Tokyo.
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6. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:50]
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We have played this game twice with Weiliang's copy before we decided to purchase a copy for ourselves.

The game play involves bidding and worker placement. Personally, I enjoy both mechanics in games. The randomness of the starting meeples for each player create replayability from game to game. The bidding and placing of meeples on tiles to activate the benefit introduced interaction among the players. A lot of interesting decisions behind the game play. Setting one's priority is quite important in this game.

The game incorporates a number of mechanics but yet, it does not make the rules overly complicated during game play. thumbsup

I look forward to receiving our copy!





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