The golden tip about your newly acquired game
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Please check out the 2014 edition of this geeklist: Golden tip about your newly acquired game - 2014 Edition

Also, please award the Geekgold given to you to the golden tip. If you didn't play the game yet, please give the GG back to the tippers!

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I want to try something new.

In this list you can post a newly acquired game that you haven't played yet, but plan to play in the near future. Other users can give you suggestions about your first game and give you a small amount of GG. Suggestions can be tips, tricks, lessons learned, strategies, etc.

After you played your first game, you give all the GG donated to you to, what was according to you, the 'golden tip'.

So in short if you have a new game:
* Post the game
* Subscribe to your own list item
* See the suggestions, tips and tricks flowing in
* Play the game
* Reward the best suggestion (golden tip) with all the GG donated to your entry (don't forget this)
* Make clear in your list item, they golden tip has been given and awarded


If you see a game you like on the list:
* Give a good suggestion on playing the game
* Donate some GG to the list entry (don't forget this)
* Wait...
* See if you gave the golden tip
* Possibly earn some GG

This list is suppose to just be fun, so no rules about minimum amount of GG to give, but I assume everyone will just be a good chap
Let see if we can make this work! Thumb this list if you like the idea.

Please note to only post games you haven't played yet, but plan to play in the near future!

Also note this concept only works if you follow the rules and use common courtesy. Please do so.
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1. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:22]
Jaap K
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GG awarded!

I bought this game quite some time ago, but am planning to play it soon. It will be my first Wallace game and I am looking forward to try it out.

Heard it is quite heavy, but after reading the rules I feel quite confident about playing.

I plan to play this before SPIEL starts. Who has the golden tip for me on playing this game?
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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This is fun! Great idea.

I've just purchased this game at Barnes & Noble (thanks to birthday gift cards), so I'd love some tips.

GG WON: Thank you for all the great suggestions, but I've awarded the gg to Shane Larsen (thedacker)! Congrats.
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3. Board Game: Strasbourg [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:787]
Terry Gwazdosky
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I picked this up because we love Stefan Feld games. As most of our games are two player and this is a minimum of three players, we haven't had a chance to play yet.
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4. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:217]
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I have 3 Feld games on the just arrived to play list and I think they will make it to the table before Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar unfortunately.

So I think this one looks simplest of the three we will play:
Bruges
Bora Bora
Trajan--rulebook is designed differently and feels more complicated than it really should be or is...

We usually enjoy all Feld games and loved CoB and just learned Rialto. Which would you try of those three first and what help will be important.
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5. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1053] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
scott Murray
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Picked up from the Miniature Market Clearance along with the Krosmaster: Arena – Exp #1 – Fire & Ice

Been holding off, but almost half price broke the camels back of resistance :-P

Really look forward to playing this as I am a big fan of FF tactics games

#edit# aim to play this weekend!
If that doesn't work out, will be aiming for late November after university is completed
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6. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:94]
Jason Clague
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Got given this game a few months ago - but would really like to have a better idea on how to play it before trying to teach it to others!

Any tips appreciated

EDIT: Well thanks all for the tips - we played today with 6 players and I had a great time. Only one player had any real experience, and they ended up playing Lannister and coming last equal.

We ran out of time and had to stop after 8 rounds (after about 4 hours, including rules explanation), but I was ahead (Martell) on 5 VP - Greyjoy, Stark and Tyrell all had 4 VP and Lannister and Baratheon has 2 VP. I only just managed to get that 5th VP on the last turn.

Looking back again at these tips, I've given the 'Grand Prize' of the 8.3 tipped to this item to:

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charlest wrote:
The Iron throne is probably the least important track.

The Sword track is very useful if you are at the top, but otherwise extremely situational.

The Raven track is by far the most important as the special orders are key to flexibility, potency, and the ability to threaten the opposition. By just looking at the special orders you will not realize all of the benefits. Sure, a +1 attack is nice but it's just one additional strength higher than your existing March order, right? Wrong, the true benefit is you can now March 3 times, allowing you to take open areas, combine units, and chain in unpredictable ways.


I found myself at the bottom of the Raven track for quite a while - and definitely didn't like not being able to play those special orders!

And I also gave a 'Bonus Prize' of 4.15 for:

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Don't shy away from confrontation. You need to attack to win. I've seen too many players try to turtle and the game goes nowhere, it becomes a slog to Round 10. It's most fun when lands and castles are changing hands between multiple factions turn after turn. Also, make alliances freely and break alliances when it suits you. No one wins the Iron Throne without stabbing a few backs.


This is definitely a game where you need to get your hands dirty!
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7. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:512]
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Bought this a couple of weeks ago, but have yet to play it with anyone.

Any suggestions from my fellow geeks?
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8. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:880] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Jonathan Harrison
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I've already played this, but it was a 7-hour marathon session mostly consisting of half-hourly repetitions of "I'm going to take off now. <pause> Oh, wait. If I did that I would die."

We stopped at 4 a.m., after someone took off successfully.
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9. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:456]
Jonathan Harrison
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I got the rules down once before, then didn't end up playing—got halfway through explaining them to my wife and something (probably kids?) came up.

Since then we've had two more kids, but my wife is keen to try.
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10. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1126]
Rainer Kraft
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Well, it's not actually a new purchase but it is the first time that it hits the table.
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11. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:161]
Jasper
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Played once and got hosed because I failed to protect my initial investments and hold on to countries which I build up.

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12. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:163]
David Larson
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This was the game for me to pick up when we were in the US this summer. My 9 year old daughter really wants to play it, and we have a holiday coming up. Show time. I'm a bit nervous about the complexity of options, especially since I'll have to know the rules for my wife or she won't enjoy it much. She'll likely beat me, but she won't enjoy the game as much if the rules are confusing. I love the theme.
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13. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:39]
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Picked it up, and have played one solo game. I feel that I understand the rules fairly well. I brought it out with some friends, and they went 'ooh, gee, looks complicated' and we ended up playing Evo instead. Any tips for the first game with other people?
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14. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1109]
Bruno Valerio
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Bought Ground Floor a few months ago but i am still to bring it to the table.

Mostly lack of time to get over everything in order to explain it to the guys.
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15. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:48]
Jose Pacheco
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This one I picked up used and have not played yet. I've read the rules and watched a few videos. I'm excited to play this original worker placement.
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16. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:462]
Ben Lott
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Neat idea. This was my most recent purchase, so what tips can you all offer.

Ideas of stuff I might find helpful

Teaching tips
Suggestions for what rules to play with when teaching new players (there are separate beginner and advanced rules and I'm not sure which ones to incorporate from the beginning)
Component storage advice

Stuff I absolutely will not find helpful

Strategy tips
Expansion suggestions.

I will seed the pot with 1geekgold just to get things started
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17. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:443]
Jason Lott
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Great list idea! I have a few new games, but the one I anticipate will be the biggest head-scratcher is this one.

In particular I'd love tips on effective teaching, the optimal # of players, and strategies to bring up to new players.

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Tip awarded! We played this last night, and I think Yachoff's tip on emphasizing the end game conditions and their relative likelihood is what really greased the wheels for us. It was a good, fast game for 2 players.
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18. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:332] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Acquired this a month ago and will be getting it on the table soon. I'm seeking to avoid the "show-stopper" gotchas that can sully the "first game" experience, more than anything else. Thanks!
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19. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1243]
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I had it all laid out to study, but had to put it away for other reasons, so havent walked through it at all...but I'd like to teach it to my game group.
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20. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1439]
Dominic Taillefer
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Congrats to the OP for this GeekList! Great idea.

I just recently picked a copy of this one with cash I received for my birthday. I am really, really looking forward to trying it out (maybe this weekend) and I'm not exactly sure as to why. I've been over the rules a few times and I think I have the basics down but any tips would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
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21. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:35]
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I had this game for at least a year. We tried to play it once and it took forever to set up and forever to get going. It just didn't click. I've played most of the other top ten games and really enjoy them but I'm unable to get this one going. Any tips would be greatly appreciated and rewarded with Geek Gold.
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22. Board Game: Birds of Prey: Air Combat in the Jet Age [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:5185]
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23. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:136]
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Cool geeklist idea.

I picked up The Princes of Florence in a recent math trade. I haven't even looked at the rules yet, but I've watched a video. Tips on how to play would be great and I would also like tips on teaching this to a group. Thanks!
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24. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Brandon Kempf
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My daughter and I recently picked up a couple intro decks and the Heroes vs Monsters duel deck.

We've played quite a few times in the past week and bought a Deck Builders box as well.

Some of the terminology is pretty new to me so we are having a bit of a tough time grasping some of it, but other than that it's good fun.

We plan on keeping it casual and only really playing each other or others in the family but we would like some advice on deck building.

Great idea for a geeklist!!
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25. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:104]
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I have a bunch of new games waiting to be played - Castles of Burgundy, Thebes, Conquest of Planet Earth, Basilica, Tobago and a few more (just not enough time in a day). Suburbia however, is the one I'm most interested to try out but have my concerns. Mainly, how do you keep track of all the events that may happen (points for each restuarant, etc) after everyone has a lot of tiles layed out?

Any other tips would be great because I'm not all that good at teaching rules for my game group (family).

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Who gave me the first tip and just told me to simple follow the rule book. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be ...thanks
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