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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Homo Ludens
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Our roleplaying group was going through a rough patch. People were finding it hard to commit time to prep games, and so I decided to try and find a board game that had enough theme and depth to scratch the roleplaying itch but without the prep time involved in writing adventures.

Pros
Cthulhu theme
Positive reviews online
Lots of expansions
Possible to roleplay a bit during the game
Components look awesome
Rules are easy to learn

Cons
Set up time
Game length
Needs a lot of table space

This has not seen much table time due to the game length. The sweet spot for our group is 60-120 minutes. Everyone enjoys the game but don't find many opportunities to set aside the time to play it.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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I'm not a fan of CCG/LCG so I was a bit dubious about 7 Wonders. However, I took time to watch some video reviews and understood that this is NOT that kind of card game.



Pros
Easy to set up
Can play multiple games in an evening
Different strategies for victory
Expansions available
Nice components
Easy to teach

Cons
People want to play this ALL the time
Didn't help my sleeve addiction



I have the Cities and Leaders expansions as well and we play with both all the time.
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
Homo Ludens
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The 2013 release (with the new art design) came to my attention though Amazon and I checked the online reviews...which were all positive.

The theme is great, and an easy sell to my group. Also the ability to play this solo was a big plus point. Once I sleeved the cards I then started to look at alternative storage, which is a rabbit hole you should be wary of entering



Pros
Great theme
Easy to teach
The rules match the theme
Sense of tension throughout the game
Solo play
Variety of player roles

Cons
Meeple colours are a bit too similar for some roles when you add it to the One The Brink expansion

I have pre-ordered In The Lab and await Z-Man getting it sorted and shipping some stock to the UK shake

This has not hit the table as often as I expected because I have been trying out new games (and 7 Wonders keeps being requested all the time).
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4. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:600]
Homo Ludens
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By now I was becoming curious about 'Euro' games. I had played, and enjoyed, Lords of Waterdeep and was keen to try out a straight Euro game.

The video review (Miami Dice 112 http://boardgamegeek.com/video/31959/the-palaces-of-carrara/... ) for The Palaces of Carrara got me hooked, and I ordered the game. I was not disappointed.

Pros
Pure 'Euro' game
The rondel adds strategy when buying blocks
Easy to teach
Multiple routes to victory
Great looking components
Basic and Advances game in the box

Cons
The lack of a strong theme might put people off

Great game. This has hit the table a few times. As it is limited to 4 players I had to skip this game once when a 5th person turned up to play (lucky that I had 7 Wonders with me as well).

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5. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:123]
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So i'm hooked.

I'm reading BGG, watching TableTop and The Dice Tower, and someone put me on to Shut Up & Sit Down (http://www.shutupandsitdown.com/). The review of Village had me ordering the game (and Village Inn expansion) almost before the review was finished.

I'm the head of a family in a medieval village, sending out generations of meeples to toil away to game victory points before I decide to kill them off at the most opportune moment by taking plague cubes from the board...where do I sign up

And of course once the game arrived I could play around with a way to store the components.



Pros
Great looking components
The design of the overlays in the Village Inn expansion is simply wonderful
Multiple strategies for victory

Cons
It might be hard to sell the theme to your friends
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6. Board Game: Cthulhu Fluxx [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2908]
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We all need a portable filler game. After watching Star Fluxx (I own this one now as well) on TableTop I decided to buy the Cthulhu themed version.

Pros
Cthulhu theme
Quick to play filler game
Easy to carry around and can play almost anywhere
Easy to teach

Cons
Some people seem to hate on Fluxx
Needs the right people to play with

This is just a silly fun filler game.
 
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7. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:56]
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Ooh, more Cthulhu goo

Arkham Horror has not seen as much play as I hoped. This new game seems to address a lot of the problems I have found with Arkham Horror and looks to be more story based. I will pre-order this when it becomes available.
 
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8. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:293]
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I had this on pre-order until a couple of days ago.

I'm a big Firefly fan, and the game reviews looked great. However, the 'Artful Dodger' promo release that they did via Game Trade Magazine (which is not widely available in the UK) kind of annoyed me, and the news of the upcoming Breaki' Atmo expansion left me gulp so I cancelled by pre-order and decided to buy...
 
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9. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:247]
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...this instead (plus the Nations and Second Stage expansions)

I was sold on this by the excellent video review from The Game Boy Geek http://boardgamegeek.com/video/32391/the-manhattan-project/t...

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The component quality, game design, and theme all had me hooked. Add to that a timely tax rebate arriving in the post and I had to pull the trigger and order this game

I'll have to leave the Pros and Cons for another day and the game has not arrived yet cry
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10. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:300]
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And no collection would be complete without a bad game or two.

To be fair this is NOT a bad game. I just don't enjoy playing it. The TableTop episode where they played Forbidden Island was great, and I like Pandemic (by the same designer), so I thought i'd jump in and by Forbidden Desert.

This goes to show that you can do the research but there is no guarantee that you will enjoy a game, even one that gets almost universal plaudits.
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11. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:490]
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Based on the excellent review by Paul and Quinns at Shut Up & Sit Down I ordered this game (damn them to hell, they made me by Village as well ).

I have played this once solo to learn the rules. My meeple made it to the summit but froze to death in his tent on the way down during bad weather cry

I'm looking forward to playing this with my gaming group.



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12. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:235]
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This has been on my Wish List for a while. I could not resist the charms of the cute Panda any longer and purchased the game

Great components, and the game has a lot more depth than I was expecting. This is one that both kids and adults can enjoy.
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13. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
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I purchased this along with



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I'm not usually a fan of dice games as I find them a bit too random. This is essentially Yahtzee but there is the push-your-luck element (and monsters) which tipped the balance for me.
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne: Winter Edition [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:848]
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I have played the original a few times but never really liked it that much. I recently got the kindle app and something clicked, so when the Winter Edition appeared on Amazon at half price I got a copy.

The artwork on the tiles is fantastic.
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15. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:11]
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This has been on my list of possible purchases for a while, but lack of availability and a rather hefty price tag put me off.

Whilst at Dragon Con I finally caved in a got it.

This game is great! There is real depth of strategy, and I can't wait to try out all the races. It lives up to the hype.
 
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