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1. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4292]
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I used to get a kick out of playing this, but nowadays I'd rather just play Kingmaker, it fills the same niche. Might as well just call this The Japan Sticker Sheet version.
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2. Board Game: War of the Ring [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:5814]
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300+ pages seemed long for a rulebook, and then I realized I'd have to buy the miniatures separately, and then ... Fun Vampire Suck Agh. I like Italian food as much as anybody but this was just too much.
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3. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:6418]
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Good fun when it was just me and my wife, but because we usually play with three nowadays, it never sees table time since it only plays two. Designer should have foreseen this flaw.
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4. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:10230]
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I enjoy this more than any other roll-and-move game I've played, but that statement is its own disclaimer. Why not just play Monopoly? You can get it cheaper. At least I can.
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5. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:12632]
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Far too easy to force a draw, which I don't think matches up with reality well. As far as that goes, who needs twelve generals? (Tho it is nice.) Even that can't save an abstract, though. At the risk of being tripe, I say keep the abstracts in the journals, thank you.
 
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6. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:4.67 Overall Rank:16681]
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My pawn always gets stuck at the Department Store, too much like real life for my tastes. Anyway anyone who says they are getting a bargain at the department store is one flea short of a pet shoppe if you ask me.
 
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7. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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I don't like detective games. And if I did I wouldn't like this one. Don't get me wrong I don't like Clue, but I don't like this either.
 
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8. Board Game: For Sale: A Real Estate Game [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Totally dependent on the outcome of the dice, which as an Irondie player I don't like. I know that sounds ironical but it is true.
 
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9. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
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Simulating a ride on a train doesn't float my boat AT ALL. Why not building a route like other train games? Designer totally missed the boat on this one by trying to be innovative just for the sake of making waves. Sheesh.

I don't see how it's a copy of Dominion anyway. Is everybody smoking LSD? BGG isn't what it used to be.
 
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10. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:2.91 Unranked]
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Dice and bidding do NOT go well together, IMO. What was the designer thinking? Exotic (Chinese) theme does not save this game.
 
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11. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:3.63 Unranked]
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A game that is all about hats. I could get behind that, maybe, I like hats myself. Unfortunately the only country this seems to be available in is Europe. Cheap by the looks of it but it's not as if I have euros just lying about. shake
 
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12. Board Game: Space Empires [Average Rating:6.68 Unranked]
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Simple but unconvincing: ZOCs in space? Gimme a break. Should have taken place planetside. Twelve alien races can't save this one from weirdness.
 
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13. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Tiny board is too small. And if I wanted semiprecious stones lying about I'd become a jeweler. But who wants to be really?
 
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14. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Totally don't get the recent hype over this one. I've taken the liberty of rewriting the flavor text as a mini-review:

You are a slum lord, like your parents before you, a ruler
of an ever-diminishing kingdom of dwindling rivulets and
wilting shrubs pockmarked by dingy shacks. Unlike your
parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a
bigger and more pleasant district, with perhaps a pond and
a tree or two. You want a Dominion! In all directions lie
shabby little alleyways, lanes, and cottages. All are small
bits of land, controlled by would-be homeowners'
associations and verging on outright frumpiness. You will
bring new meaning, however slight, to these people, uniting
them under your ever-shrinking liability clause.

But wait! It must be something in the air; several other
slum lords have had the exact same idea. You must race to
annex as many of these hovels as possible, fending off
building inspectors and your ever-present creditors along
the way. To do this you will hire your remaining family
members, construct almost convincing façades to your new
rental properties, spruce up your shabby wardrobe, and fill
your pockets with the pence you find in the alleys. Your
parents wouldn’t be proud, but your grandparents would be
even less so.


Not the groundbreaker everyone says it is.
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