Thoughts on my games of 2013
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With 2013 wrapping up, I thought I would put together a quick snapshot of what I played and thought in 2013. Last year I started to keep track of all games I played at my game nights, and I ended up playing 74 different games in total. My list and thoughts on them can be found here (2013 - A Gaming Journal). Sadly I have now moved away and my game time has dropped significantly. For 2014 I think my goal will be to play all of my games at least once, and I'll have to get a new geeklist going for that attempts.

For now, here is a quick insight into what I played and learned this year.
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1. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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2013's winner of the most played, most thought about, and most invested in game.

I have caught the Netrunner bug and spend far more time thinking and reading about it than I do playing. I have forced myself to stop purchasing new cards as they are released and instead getting more enjoyment out of the ones I have. I think this will continue to be my most played and most enjoyed game next year.
 
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2. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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Small and simple looking games can be complex and strategic.

With 3 or 4 players this game is tight and competitive, while pretending to be a fun, social experience. Its small and portable nature makes it easy to get a game of this in at the pub.
 
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3. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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A game doesn't have to be composed of perfectly controllable parts to be great fun.

Embracing the chaos can lead to a fantastic time, and Innovation is a perfect example of this. I am always happy to get in a game of Innovation.
 
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4. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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Play me more often!

Modern Art is the game I want to get to the table more in 2014. I really enjoy auction games, and the full mix of auction types in Modern Art really makes it a great game. It was also the only game I have so far won in a geek auction, and I am glad I bought it.
 
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5. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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Play games because they are fun, and don't write off a game just because it has a few issues.

Sure it can be random, you can get eliminated immediately, and you might never draw a helpful card, but you can still have a fun time doing so! For every bad luck game there is a handful of hilarious times yelling at each other, dueling, and convincing the sheriff not to shoot you cause clearly you are on their side.
 
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6. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:106]
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Fill time with games, not TV!

I bought Jaipur to play with my SO, as it is a quick and light game with minimal confrontation, but doesn't rely on a card driven tableau development. As a result it gets a fair number of plays, and is right up there with crib for a relaxing 2 player game that can still be taken fairly seriously.
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:451]
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Give games a second chance!

The first time I played Kingdom Builder I thought it was boring and lacking in any kind of choices. But that is a short sighted view of a medium complexity game. Fortunately I gave it a couple of more tries, and I enjoy it more with each play. Yes it is light, and I don't see myself running out to buy it, but I won't turn down a game.
 
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8. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:109]
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New Games!

Steam is my newest acquisition, and was my Christmas present this year. I enjoy a good economic train game, and hope to get a good number of plays of it this year.

 
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9. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:214]
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Buy this already!

I really enjoy The Manhattan Project, and it was my other option for a Christmas present this year. It will be top of my list for next year if I don't buy it before then.
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10. Board Game: Imperial 2030 [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:167]
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Get a game group together!

Imperial 2030 is the game I would buy, if I had a regular game group of interested players. I really enjoy it, and would love to play more of it, but can't see it ever hitting the table at the present time. Maybe in the future!
 
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11. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:278]
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Get a reprint!

I mean come on! A great game with a neat twist on a simple mechanic. I'm sure I would have bought this already if it was in print.
 
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12. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:421]
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You don't have to buy every game you like at first glance.

I enjoyed my first few plays of Escape, and fortunately it wasn't available as I may have bought it then and there. A few plays at a later date and I realized that while it is a fun game, it isn't one I need to have on hand at all times.
 
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13. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:695]
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Some games aren't what they seem, and that is why you should try before you buy.

Fleet pretends to be a medium weight game with good depth and lots of strategic decisions, but I don't see it. To me it is a light game with a few interesting decisions, but nothing special. It isn't a bad game, but I won't rush out to buy it, and I'm glad I had a chance to play it before deciding if I should buy it.
 
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14. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:68]
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Don't solely trust the geek.

Troyes, as well as Lords of Waterdeep, are highly regarded BGG games that I really don't enjoy. But that is just fine! People are allowed to have different views and like different things. A good example of why playing before you buy is a great idea.
 
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15. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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The game I really want to play!

I think I might really enjoy Twilight Struggle. I can't buy it though as I don't have a regular partner to play it with the number of times it would require to get hooked. Maybe I'll get someone to teach it to me sometime, but for now it is the game I most want to try.
 
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