Pre-Birthday Board Game Gifts to Myself
Rick Koeppen
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Bellevue
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Some might say that it isn't a good idea to buy things for yourself shortly before your birthday, and generally I'd agree. It is, however, Labor Day weekend in a couple of days and there are too many awesome games currently available and recently released that need to be played!

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1. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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Are you kidding me? I haven't found as much fun in a box in months. I was foolish not to look into Suburbia sooner. Theme is huge for me so I tend to look past games that are set in a modern era in favor of fantasy. I love the idea of the SimCity computer games, though, (even if I am not good at them) and like others have said before, this is about as close as it currently gets in board game form.
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2. Board Game: Castellan [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2915]
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The idea of Castellan won me over as soon as I heard about it. So simple but so engaging. The components are quality and the game looks fantastic on the table.
 
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3. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
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An obvious addition for anyone who loves Lords of Waterdeep. The only thing that would make this better are some of those custom meeples that are cut into the various character shapes. I want some of those!
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4. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:928] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Here is where I jump on the Kickstarter regret train. I was close to backing Krosmaster, but I backed away because of Japanime's track record with prior KS projects. Even though there are still some issues backers are having, I still wished I would have jumped on the $500 pledge level that I initially had in mind. Boards & Bits has the base game with the Amalia promo so at least I have her to help wipe my tears as I search for the rest of the promotional pieces at a huuuge markup.
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5. Board Game: Zooloretto Junior [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2590] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Zooloretto is a big hit in my house. When relatives come to visit I immediately bring it out and it wins them over again and again. The mini version is more of the same but with fewer components/rules and a shorter game length.
 
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6. Board Game: Zooloretto: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1894]
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This is great. Super fast to play, a very small footprint, and dice! More Zooloretto fun.
 
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7. Board Game: King's Gate [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3164]
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I really enjoy Atlanteon, and King's Gate adds a bit more complexity to an already enjoyable tile placement game.
 
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8. Board Game: Wizard's Brew [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:9492]
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Wizard's Brew looks like a lot of fun, and I owe my first glimpse of the game to Joel Eddy's DriveThruReview video. It isn't the first time that I've spent money thanks to him and it won't be the last. I haven't regretted it yet.
 
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9. Board Game: Cube Quest [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1284]
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I was looking into Kingbrick about the same time that Cube Quest was announced. The idea looks fun and I don't already own anything like it (if you look at my collection you'd see that probably wouldn't matter anyway, though). The player mat issue seems to be hurting the game in the eyes of many, thankfully my mats lay pretty flat apart from a small rise across the middle of each, but I'm storing them folded the opposite way so we'll see if that helps. A fix is in the works I'm told.
 
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10. Board Game: Darkness Falls on Sevinpold [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:14807]
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I don't blame you if you haven't heard about this game. Some might say you'd be better off just walking away. My goal of collecting fantasy-themed games requires me to purchase this game, as it also has nice plastic bits. I am not convinced that there still isn't a bit of fun to be had here. Mark my words, I will find it. :]
 
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11. Board Game: Helvetia Cup [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:4160]
Rick Koeppen
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Bellevue
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A miniatures sports game ala Blood Bowl and Dread Ball. I'm not surprised as there are so many games with a variety of themes along these lines currently/formerly available. The difference here is that the teams are PRE PAINTED. Wow, count me in. Also, I am intrigued by the fact that there are "gamer's" rules and "family" rules. The family rules are one page back and front, the gamer's rules are a thick booklet, but there are nice pictures and big font. The components look quality in person.
 
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12. Board Game: Shafausa [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:10721]
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This is a game I hadn't heard much about prior to GenCon. It seems to be a heavy euro with an interesting them. Also, something I didn't know prior to making this purchase, it is in the same family of recently released games as Helvetia Cup. Apparently Helvetia Cup is called 'Tome 1' and Shafausa is 'Tome 2' in the Helvetia line of games with 'Tome 3' not yet announced. If I hadn't purchased one or the other of these games I would have to eventually anyway thanks to my "must collect them all" completionist mentality.
 
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13. Board Game: Fallen City of Karez [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:15188]
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Here is another game that I didn't back on Kickstarter, but it seems to have had a few more issues along the way than most. Either way, I'm glad to have picked up a copy now as it has always been a game that I eventually wanted to play.
 
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14. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition): The City Expansion [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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I rarely break out my Talisman expansions, but, again, the little but screaming loud completionist in me demands it. I still enjoy Talisman enough to play with expansions, though, so I'm sure one more won't hurt.
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15. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – More Buildings Big and Small [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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I've told this story on this site a few times about how I got my mom off of the computer and had her play a game of Agricola with me using the comparison to her favorite Facebook game Farmville to ignite the spark. She loved it, though the full game is a bit complex for her. The 'family' style version is great, but Agricola: ACBaS is perfect. This expansion is more farm fun to love.
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16. Board Game: Mage Tower: A Tower Defense Card Game [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4705]
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I remember not too long ago when people said there aren't any really good "tower defense" games. Now I see people complaining that there are too many. I really don't share that criticism. I actually enjoy the art in Mage Tower, also, so chalk me up to being insane I suppose.
 
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