Games to research before buying / recommending Q4 2013
Arden Nelson Jr.
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This is list is both my personal list as well as games I might use at school. This list is for researching games I don't know much about. I'll add impressions from what I read / watch and try to move games up the list I'm considering.

I do have some games purchased for the school group. I'm might get something for our church group as well.
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1. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:148]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I doubt I'll pick up both games so I want to decide. Of course if someone in my group wanted to pick up the other I wouldn't be opposed. While I love Greek mythology I currently lean towards Kemet. The likelyhood is high that down the road I'll get the other game.
 
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2. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:80]
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This one is high on my list. Main thing keeping me back is I might pick up Cyclades instead. At this point I lean towards Cyclades unless I really think Cyclades would get more play.

UPDATE: Purchased and played once. Scheduling issues but many have been requesting it.
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3. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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Personal and ??

Game length?
Appropriateness of art for school?
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4. Board Game: Courtier [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2247]
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My only question is will I actually get it played or should I try to find someone at a meetup who has it and play their copy. Of course that goes for all games but others I can tell or sure I can get it to the table. I personally would play this. Will my group?
 
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5. Board Game: Rolling Freight [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2248]
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Not sure

Maybe?
 
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6. Board Game: 1st & Goal [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1930]
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Hmmm

Only 2 player. How fast does it play? How easy to explain?
 
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7. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1243]
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I don't know much about this one. My only concern is at what point do I own too many co-ops?
 
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8. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1340]
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Church

3-6 players
90 minutes

A co-op with timers and a sci if theme but will enough people love the theme to make it work?
 
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9. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:105]
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1-4 players
90 minutes

Sim city as a board game?

UPDATE: Purchased and played practice 2 player game.
 
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10. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:341]
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Sounds interesting. Don't know much about it.

Might appeal to the gamers who like Citadels.
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11. Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1085]
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Sounds great. Will it see my gaming table or should I find someon else who owns it instead?

Which is better ... This game or Eclipse?
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12. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:235]
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Maybe? ... Ok, on the way. I think it will be a useful game to have in my library.

UPDATE: Purchased and played by my school game group a number of times now. I like it and hope my family will like it as well.
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13. Board Game: Black Gold [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1785]
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Just heard about this one again ... worth checking out though the theme might not interest others.
 
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14. Board Game: Pluckin' Pairs [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:3011]
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Just heard about this one. Maybe?
 
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15. Board Game: Snake Oil [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1348] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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I already own this and enjoy it. I might one or two to give away.
 
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16. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:176]
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Keep hearing about this bit not sure what it is.
 
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17. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:313]
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This one looks quite good. I hope to try this once at a meetup soon.
 
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18. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:799]
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Maybe? Will the theme work for my group?
 
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19. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:247]
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Sounds interesting.does someone in my group own it? I'm definitely curious about this one.
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20. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:458]
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Could work for my school club. I might pick this one up.

UPDATE: I picked this one up and tried it "solo" but I think I'm not understanding something or it is much better when you can share dice and such.
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21. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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Looks interesting.
 
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22. Board Game: C3K: Creatures Crossover Cyclades/Kemet [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Ok I'm in and this will likely lead to me picking up Cyclades as well.
 
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23. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:400]
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I'm curious about this one.
 
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