Yellohat - First Plays - August 2013
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The games I played first time last month August 2013.

I realy liked XanadĂș a lot. It is a worker placement card game with a lot of interaction.

The other games what came in big were American Rails, Kaigan and London.

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1. Board Game: XanadĂș [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3261]
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A game imported from Colombia. Customs investigated the package thoroughly so there is a cut and a hole in the box.

This is a nice worker placment card game with a high level of interaction! It is really cool to play. I really like the artwork.
During play you really have to look good what goods there are available, so that might take some time. The real fun is in damaging the precious buildings of the other users.

Great game! Recommended!
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2. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:1112]
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This game is really easy to teach and it has a great looking map. This is a great game where you cooperate and compete at the same time.
I never played Chicago Express, but on the table they said this game plays more tactical.
Great game I would like to play again! Quined Games will release the game this Spiel.
 
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3. Board Game: Kaigan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2386]
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This is a great game! At first you plan by placing a card on the board. After placing you may claim a row of action cards. Every player gets one row of action cards to be executed in the placed order.
And this is where the game can be mean. Somebody else can claim the row that you tried to build up. And you might end up with a less favorable row. It is the dilemma of take now or hope for better.
Then you send out your workers or get them to work. And the completed work gets you points and or income.

The game is Japanese and nearly abstract. Those two go fine together. I really enjoyed playing Kaigan and it is a pity the game is hard to obtain.
 
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4. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:262]
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Awesome card game by Martin Wallace that plays pretty smooth. You manage your cards trying to get most income with least side effects. And then there are also those nasty loans.

Nice game, I only wish that those plastic coins were forbidden.
 
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5. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Second Stage [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Second Stage in fact is a collection of expansions you can combine with the base game.
Famous persons really add something to the game and makes the turn where you withdraw your workers more interesting.
The H-bomb looks interesting and for the more aggressive players, the rockets may appeal.
The additional nations give something more to choose and that is cool.
 
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6. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Union Pacific is a nice card game where they added a board. You have to build in order to get possible assets and these assets will generate the income. Nice fast paced game. In the components you can see that this is a older game, the game play still is fine.
 
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7. Board Game: Council of Verona [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1982]
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I really like the ideas of the game. Cards are from one of the two families or neutral and most characters on the cards have their goal. If the goal is met the players supporting that character, card, gets points.
You place the card in the city council or out of town and then you activate it's special power, if the card has.

In the first play I saw too much going on to keep track, it felt turbulent. Maybe I get better notion after more plays.
 
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8. Board Game: Diamonds Club [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:971]
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The game has great components and I like the way you get your stuff. It is a mingle between auctioning and workerplacement. There are many places where you can get things and you have to pay as many as one more coin than there is in total adjacent to that place.
Furthermore it is a nice paced game.
 
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9. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:893]
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TransAmerica is an okay game. You get a couple of cards, one per color, and on the cards there are city. The color represends a region on the map.
On your turn you place track on the map and as soon as your network is connected to a different player. You may use and extend the combined network. As soon as you are connected to all cities on your cards, you win the round.
It is fun playing and for winning a bit luck with card drawing helps.
 
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10. Board Game: Win, Lose, or Banana [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:14653]
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A game of only three cards and it can only be played with three.
The owner of the win card has to pick the banana card. If not he loses. The other players try to convince the owner of the win card that they have the banana. The player picked wins.

Fast en funny.
 
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11. Board Game: Office 21 [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:7182]
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Nice cardgame based on blackjack where the cards are given actions what gives the game a lot more interaction.
The first rounds in the game look a bit pointless but later the game comes at steam when one or more players are nearing the object 21 points.
 
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12. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:989]
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I think the game material doesn't support the game well enough. Some icons should be done better in explaining the game play. Ground Floor is a worker placement and there can be a lot of workers what have to be placed, a bit too much. And the theme is really unappealing to me. The office theme also makes the names between the tiles or actions spaces too little distinct. Confusing situations are close.
I like the planning and this comes with some nice mechanics, like the way you sell the goods.
 
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13. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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In principle this is an easy game but to play it well is a different story. I still have no idea what is a good way of playing.
There five rows of cards. You have to place a card at the row what is the highest value and lower than your card. If you place the card as sixth in that row you have to take the first five cards to your penalty pile.

Simple to play, hard to oversee.
 
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14. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1373] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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An in principle interesting game but the cards made the game dragging and it seemed endless. The proclaimed negotiating is nothing more than asking to join the party.
It is slow and uninteresting.
 
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