Travis' Pretty Quick Component Review
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I'm Travis, and I really like the bits of board games. Sometimes we hear so much about how to play the game that we neglect how the games are made. Of course, the final product of a game isn't the end-all-be-all of it, but with a great presentation a game can only be made better.

With little-to-no focus on gameplay and mechanics, but with all focus directly on the quality of the components, this is my feeble attempt to get a quick review out there so people can see the components up close. Hope you enjoy!
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1. Board Game: Moby Dick, or, The Card Game [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:10371]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/38012/moby-dick-or-the-ca...

A highly-thematic, bleak adventure on the Pequod, chasing after the white whale.
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2. Board Game: Mascarade [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:877]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/38013/mascarade/travis-pr...

"Who am I anymore?" The small amount of cards combined with gorgeous artwork help push this small game from alright to outstanding!
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3. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/38014/coup/travis-pretty-...

This tiny game, all 15 cards, of bluffing and backstabbing sure can pack a punch.
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4. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:94]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/38183/nations/travis-pretty-q...

The 1-5 player civilization builder, fresh out of the box.
 
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5. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/38184/friday/travis-pretty-qu...

The solo deck-building adventure game that definitely makes you feel like you're fighting against the odds.
 
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6. Board Game: Courtier [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1981]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/38189/courtier/travis-pretty-...

How does the first Tempest game stack up to the rest? By kicking off the story with high-quality bits!
 
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7. Board Game: Fantastiqa [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1410]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/38556/fantastiqa/travis-p...

2 players, 4 players in teams, the typical Gryphon Games super sturdy box? Fantastiqa!
 
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8. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:176]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/38557/agricola-all-creatu...

ACB&S + a bit of the first expansion, More Buildings Big & Small!

Think Rosenberg's top game can't be downsized? Don't count your sheep before they breed. Actually, DO count them, otherwise you won't know how many to plan for...
 
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9. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:483]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/38558/spyrium/travis-pretty-q...

Worker placement in between the spaces of a Victorian Steampunk past? Definitely! Bring on the Spyrium crystals!
 
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10. Board Game: Legacy: Gears of Time [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1500]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/38559/legacy-gears-of-time/tr...

Doc Brown should have played some Legacy: Gears of Time before heading back in time. He might not have had the issues he did!
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11. Board Game: Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Can Plaid Hat Games continue their super awesome quality kick with Heart of Glorm? Do you really need to ask?
 
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12. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/38576/race-for-the-galaxy-ali...

So how does the long-awaited arc expansion for RftG stand up?

With wooden meeples!
 
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13. Board Game: Utopia Engine [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2566]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/38665/utopia-engine/travi...

Wait, a component review of a PnP game? That doesn't make any sense. Well, just you wait and see...
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14. Board Game: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/45528/marvel-dice-masters...

How does the new hotness (of Q2 2014) hold up to a component review? Let's find out!
 
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15. Board Game: Il Vecchio [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1229]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/45531/il-vecchio/travis-prett...

Pick up and deliver in 1500 Italy by Rudiger Dorn?

Sold!
 
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16. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/45532/carcassonne-the-castle/...

Reiner Knizia makes Carcassonne a less sprawling game and a more "I'll stab you here, here, and here" game.
 
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17. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:588]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/45533/the-speicherstadt/travi...

An earlier auction-style/push your luck Feld game? Let's not set it on fire just yet!
 
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18. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:451]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/45560/kingdom-builder/travis-...

Spiel des Jahres winner of 2012. Talk about variability in game. Check it out!
 
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19. Board Game: Cuba Libre [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:487]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/video/45561/cuba-libre/travis-prett...

COIN series vol 2 by GMT games. You know it's good.
 
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