2013 Gaming Resolution -- Unplayed Games -- SUCCESS
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2013 New Year's Resolution: Play all of my unplayed games.

It was a daunting project since I started the year with ~30 unplayed games in my game closet. As the year went on, I of course accumulated more games but we managed to chipped away at the list steadily.

For the first time in my life, I have actually succeed at a New Year's resolution!! I did make an addition to my plan deciding to exclude any games received after mid-December. Sorry if this feels like cheating to you but I didn't want rush the enjoyment of my Christmas games just to fit them in in 2013.

You'll notice I've played a lot of new to me games that I don't own. I figured they should be a part of this list too because... well because its my list and I do what I want.

New games played: 80
New games I own played: 41

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I've indicate the games I own with an *.
The number listed after the game represents the number of plays of each game this year.
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Finally, many thanks to my fantastic gaming friends who helped me play through all these games!

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1. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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Castles of Burgundy* (13x)
#6 Game of the Year - Sara
#1 Game of the Year - Gaming Group (tied with T&E)


It's hard to believe that we have only been playing this game for a year! It has been a massive hit with pretty much everyone in our gaming group. We love that there is variety here but no real chaos. In classic Feld fashion, this game requires both careful planning and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. It provides a balanced game that keeps people engaged. Add in the relatively short play time and you have a game my gaming group just can't get enough of.




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2. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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Glory to Rome* (13x)
#3 Game of the Year - Sara

The first few times we played this I was simply not sold. It took about 5 plays before it clicked for me. Now I am dying to play it whenever I can but it's always hard to find opponents for it in our group. It just doesn't get much love. I agree that it can get a little out of hand if someone gets the right set of cards built and the other players don't have a plan to manage it. But as long as the person in the lead doesn't try to drag the game out too much it doesn't have to be excruciating.
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3. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:193] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Dixit* (1x)

We played this on my birthday with some non-gamer friends. I enjoyed it more than Apples to Apples because the Balderdash-like answer selection mechanic made it feel more like a game and less like a single person arbitrarily picking their favorite. So it was good but it doesn't really fit in with our typical style of game so it never got a second play. I'll probably hang on to it since I think it works well for what it is.
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4. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
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Elder Sign* (5x)

Having played this a bunch on iOS, I was pretty excited to see how it played on table top. The answer is - fine. It's fine. Not really a substitute for Arkham Horror for us. Still like it best on my iPhone.
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5. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Pandemic: On the Brink* (~5x, inconsistent expansion tracking)

An excellent, must-have expansion. Still haven't played with the bioterrorist though. Love a good traitor mechanic!



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6. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:643]
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Vanuatu* (4x)
#7 Game of the Year - Sara

I love this mean game. The role selection just is so clever and full of painful, exciting choices. Sadly, we have a couple of folks who just aren't having any of it.

"We're gonna need a bigger gaming group."

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7. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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Flash Point: Fire Rescue* (6x)

Theme keeps this co-op interesting. I don't like it as much as Pandemic but it is still tense & fun. I Kickstarted the expansion(s) in hopes that variety will inspire people to play this more.

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make you wonder why you are friends with people who value rescuing cats over rescuing people.
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8. Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Agricola: Farmers of the Moor* (~4x)

Adds extra variety to Agricola but not sure it actually makes game play more compelling. Probably not a must buy. Maaaybe if you have played all the decks of Agricola to death.



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9. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:268] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Sentinels of the Multiverse + All the Expansions* (10x)

I Kickstarted it all! I wanted to love it!

I don't. Tracking the various game effects from each card is just tedious and virtually impossible to get right every turn. It has great theme, art, and variety but the game play just doesn't live up to the presentation. I will be selling this one though a couple of people in our gaming group will mourn the loss of this game.
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10. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1163]
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Space Cadets* (3x)

We tried learning this from the manual with 4 players. DO NOT DO THIS! The game is not that hard to learn but you need to watch videos about those mini-games or have someone teach them to you. After a looong 2 hours, we finally started to play and had a blast!

Sadly, after that first play we never found that fun again. People realized what they were good at and just stuck to those positions. Steering incorrectly as the helmsmen will get you yelled at in our group.


This game takes too long for what it is. Our games lasted at least 3 hours. The mini-games are fun and child-friendly but not really enough to keep adults interested for several hours. Later in the year we played Space Alert. Space Alert just works so much better while covering the same territory.
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11. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Battle Line* (13x)
Best 2 Player Game (tied with Parade)

Fantastic, short two player game. If you like that sort of game this is a must buy. If you don't typically like this type of game, you should try this one... it might change your mind.

Game most likely to...
replace Lost Cities in your collection.

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12. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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Friday (2x)

First exclusively solo game I have played. I enjoyed it but turning up the difficulty didn't seem to make it that much harder to beat. I would give it more plays. I probably just got lucky. Not something I would buy for myself.
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13. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
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Dominant Species* (2x)
#8 Game of the Year - Sara

Fantastic. Two plays is only enough to scratch the surface of this monster game. So many possibilities in one box! Interested in getting this play count up next year.

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14. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:262]
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London* (3x)

Enjoyed this quite a bit but after a few plays no one requested it anymore. A good game but perhaps not a very memorable game? Managing poverty cubes is an interesting challenge.

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15. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:85]
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The Resistance: Avalon* (9x)
#1 Game of the Year - Sara

I love this game! Every game is tense and involves deduction, treachery, & wild guesses! What could be better? No other game we play ends with so much conversation. I could play this game all day long.
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16. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:425]
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Eminent Domain* (3x)

Picked this one up because of the excellent reviews it received. Honestly, I wasn't very impressed. After a couple of plays, I was really searching for something to maintain my interest. Perhaps this games deserves more of a chance? Mostly it just makes me want to play Race for the Galaxy.
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17. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:936]
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Onirim (4x)

My second solo game of the year. I really like that this game is playable solo and with a partner. Very clever. It also comes with expansions!! What a deal! That makes me feel like the designer really cares about player experience above and beyond what is expected. The expansions could have easily been released as promos or something but there they are in the little box adding variety!

The game play itself is pretty good. You face some tough decisions trying to manage the nightmares as they appear. Keeping count of what cards have been played is absolutely necessary. This is a game I will keep around for awhile.



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18. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Last Will* (5x)

The clever goal of having to spend all your money to win made this game a must try. When it was fresh I really enjoyed the theme, but after a few plays it became clear that there are only a couple of jokes here "I took my dog to dinner! Hehe" or ...
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19. Board Game: The Walking Dead: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6657] [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
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The Walking Dead: The Board Game (1x)

About halfway through this game started to feel impossible to win, but then a couple of people teamed up. After that things for them really started to move along. By the end, I had decided that winning requires you team up with at least one other person. Which is actually an interesting take on the whole zombie theme. It seems like getting together with a group of survivors would increase the likelihood that you'd make it. Of course get too many people involved and it becomes more likely that someone will turn on you! I would play this again but probably won't buy it.
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20. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Race for the Galaxy: Rebel Vs Imperium* (1x)

Putting this one on the list feels a little like cheating. I technically learned how to play the expansion and I even played a game with it, but I really don't remember much about it. I didn't ever activate the attack(?)option (see I don't even remember what that mechanic was called). We didn't play nearly enough RftG this year. Will make that a bigger priority next year.
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21. Board Game: 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3559]
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221B Baker Street* (3x)

This game is really just a simple little puzzler. My husband seemed to really like the theme and simplicity. I ran out and bought all the expansions I could get my hands on. We haven't played it since...

I still stand by the idea that I will enjoy playing this game on a rainy Sunday with a cup of tea and a fire in the fireplace. (Disclaimer: Fireplace is purely fantasy at this point.)
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22. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Galaxy Trucker* (5x)
#4 Game of the Year - Sara

Could be that we stopped playing 221 Baker St because we discovered this game right after. My husband liked this one even better so I had an excuse to get the Anniversary edition. This game is just so clever and hilarious! The opening puzzle of building your ship well and quickly is great. Then watching it get bashed apart by space junk and aliens is really fun. If everything falls apart it is funny. If you make it out alive what an accomplishment! Winning and losing is fun in this game.

I just always end up enslaved.
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23. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:718]
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Dice Town* (3x)

I bought this in hopes that I could lure some non-gaming friends to a game night with the promise of dice in the wild west! Having played it a few times now I'm afraid it is probably a bit too complicated. Don't get me wrong this game isn't terribly complex but it has more going on than a game like King of Tokyo. Once you add the expansion that just doubles the number of things that can happen. Surprisingly, people in our regular group seem to like it pretty well. I'll keep it another year and see if it finds a niche to fill.

** Months later I played Pony Express. That was totally the game I was looking for when I bought this one. Too bad it isn't available.
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24. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:214]
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The Manhattan Project* (4x)

Every time I play this I enjoy it. It's a really nice medium weight worker placement. I, also, really enjoy the art. Not sure anyone else in our group is sold on it. I think the fact that it often ends abruptly really bugs some people.
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25. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:555]
Sara Grace
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Cribbage* (6x)

It's good to have a few card games up your sleeve. I always carry playing cards with me so that we can fill time if we need to. Cribbage isn't quite as portable partly because of the board which you don't need in order to play but it really is part of the fun. Another issue is I tend to forget the rules if I haven't played in recently. Mostly that comes from the non-traditional structure of play. Trying to balance which cards will be the most valuable for each phase of play is really interesting.

A game we will certainly keep playing.
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