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Tonight I lived through the strongest earthquake I've felt in my life. Okay, so that sounds more dramatic than it really was. As far as I've heard, nobody died. But a few houses did tumble in the town where I live here in Patzicia, Guatemala.

So, to celebrate living through it, I decided to take a look at all the games I rate a 6.5 and talk a little about each one.

6.5 is actually an interesting number because I'm not sure why I would ever keep a 6.5-rated game in my collection; yet, I do have a few. Whereas with a 7, it's much more likely for me to keep it. So let's take a look and talk about each game I've rated a 6.5

Feel free to take a look at your collection, add your 6.5s to the list, and join in on the conversation!

Happy Richter 6.5 day!

Oh, and HERE'S a news feed on the earthquake.
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1. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:280]
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RATING: 6.5
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My sister's neighbor owns this and I was able to play their copy as I considered buying it. I'm really glad I tried before I buy-ed here.

I recognize there is some decent design behind it, and I can appreciate why people tend to like it. But I just don't like co-ops that much. It takes something really special for a co-op to click with me. This is not one of them. It falls into the feels-the-same-every-time experience.
 
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2. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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RATING: 6.5
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I know many people consider this the Chess killer. And it may very well be. But that doesn't help it much in my book since Chess is one my least favorite games I've ever played.

I guess I just don't like 2-player abstracts much. Theme makes a game so much more interesting to me. What's more is I'm not a fan of games that are mostly tactical. I want build-up strategy, not tactical.
 
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3. Board Game: Tiki Topple [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2072]
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RATING: 6.5
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The first 6.5 I still own. The reason: my niece loves it. Every time I've considered trading, selling, chucking it, I've thought about my niece and how I'd rather just give it to her than anything else. So I'll probably hold onto it until I find myself in a good opportunity to just hand it to her and say, "It's yours."

I actually find the game quite fun. It's just not my kind of game. So I'll play it when she--or anybody else asks--because it's not that long and it's worth the time put in.
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4. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:727]
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RATING: 6.5
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I own the travel edition because it's so small and convenient for travel. The game isn't that bad, but as I mentioned before, I don't live tactical abstracts. This one at least plays with multiple players, so that makes it more interesting to me. And I like the little penguin. So while it's not my type of game, I definitely like it more than say, Hive. So I've kept it around since this particular copy doesn't take much space at all.
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5. Board Game: A la carte [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1628]
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RATING: 6.5
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I should like dexterity games a lot more than I do, because I'm really good at them. I guess when I play a board game, I don't want to test my physical agility. I like testing my brain power a little more. If I want to play a dexterity game, I'll play basketball or soccer.

This one had a cool theme, and the dexterity was luck-based enough (with the spice shakers) that I can appreciate why people find it fun. But still, I want to test my brain, not my eye-hand coordination.
 
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6. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:997]
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RATING: 6.5
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The first surprise on the list. I am surprised by my own rating here. In fact, I'm considering raising it even as I type. I like this game, and I often recommend it. I just don't play it much.

I looked at my comments and I now remember some of the things I don't like about it. Mostly because it suffers from what I call the too-balanced issue.

Still, I imagine I'll raise my rating after the next time I play it.
 
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7. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1598]
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RATING: 6.5
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This is probably the game I played most growing up with my family, before I was a "geek".

It served its purpose for us, and I used to think it was a lot of fun. But that was then. Now that I know what more there is out there, I rate it very low. Nostalgia is the only thing keeping it above a 5.
 
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8. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:871]
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RATING: 6.5
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This is actually a pretty good entry-level cooperative game. But those are two problems for my ratings. I like heavier games, and I don't favor co-ops. I do recommend this often though because I feel like it offers something a little different from most co-ops, and the theme works well for families.
 
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9. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1489]
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RATING: 6.5
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Good kids/family game. It teaches them some basics in tactical play and achieving goals. Definitely not worth the shelf space for me. My nephew has it and I'll play it when he wants.
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10. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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RATING: 6.5
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Once again, I'm not a co-op guy in general. I don't think I'll ever feel the need to own this one, even though I understand it's great as a gateway, Euro, co-op game. I just haven't had fun when I played it, additionally, so many people own it that there will always be a copy around for me to play if needs be.
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11. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:426]
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RATING: 6.5
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I gave this away to my sister because she really likes it. If I kept games for their collectible value, I'd still have it. It's beautiful and has a unique theme. I also like the way the mechanics blend with the theme.

But after several plays, it fell flat for me. I guess it lacks depth.
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12. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:652]
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RATING: 6.5
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This is a good filler game in the press-your-luck category. I suppose I need one of those. Beyond that, I don't find it interesting or fun enough to give it a better rating than a 6.5.
 
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13. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1120]
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RATING: 6.5
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Quite frankly, I think game where movement is based on a battle-of-wits style mechanic is not much different than a roll-and-move game. It ends up feeling like total randomness. And in this game, it's all about movement. Pretty board, components, and fun theme are the only things that save it a bit.
 
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14. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:218] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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RATING: 6.5
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I don't loathe party games. But this is a really "good" party game. So 6.5 is about right.
 
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15. Board Game: Canasta Caliente [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:3454]
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RATING: 6.5
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This just feels like another Rummy-style traditional card game. As I think about it now, 6.5 may be giving it too much.
 
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16. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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RATING: 6.5
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It just didn't grab me. The part I like about it is the trading. But there are much better trading games available.
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17. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:562]
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RATING: 6.5
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I've actually owned this game three different times. Each time I hope it ends up to be the game I want it to be. Each time it fails me. I don't like that the solo game requires you play three different characters. And it's too long and to fiddly for what it is (very luck driven).
 
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18. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:341]
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RATING: 6.5
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This is another one I actually enjoy playing once or twice a year. I keep it because it's good for events like family reunions, cabin getaways, etc. I mentioned before that I don't generally like dexterity games, but because this one is so straight forward, it's worth keeping around for those appropriate events.
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19. Board Game: Dream Buck [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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I don't have many games rated. But the one game I added to the data base I just so happened to rate a 6.5

Deer Hunting card game.
I found a copy of this at a 2nd hand store w/out rules.
So I bought it and tracked down a new copy so I could know what I was doing.

Build a hand of cards with high deer weights & rack points. Then play a shot card while trying to rid your hand of problem cards.

It's not that great. No player interaction.
Just whoever has the largest deer by 5 times through the deck representing 5 days of hunting season. You only get one deer though.

Like I said, I got it at a resell store.
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