Games I Got! 2014 Edition
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A geeklist to track the games I acquire in 2014. To chronicle my acquisitions? Document my addiction? Or at least augment my failing memory?



For previous year's purchases:
Games I Got! 2013 Edition
Games I Got! 2011/2012 edition

Next year's list:
Games I got! 2015 Edition


And some of these games will likely appear in here:
Thunkd's New-to-me games - 2014
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1. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
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Technically the first three items are items I purchased in 2013, but the preorder didn't arrive until January 3rd. And this is the big one of the lot.

I'm a big fan of Agricola, and this is it's successor, so it was pretty obvious that this was one I was going to get. I know that many people have issues with the tight food pressure in Agricola and the way it takes ten actions to do something like bake bread. This game streamlines a lot of that and smooths over some of those rough patches that can rub people the wrong way. Action spaces do multiple different functions and there is a cool expedition system, both of which allow you to accomplish a lot more on a single action than in Agricola. I'm hoping this can preserve what I love about Agricola and improve on some of the parts that don't always go over well.
 
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2. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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The second of my three holiday preorders.

I saw a run through of this game and really thought it looked sharp. I'm a fan of Mac Gerdts and was intrigued in his non-rondel game. It was a pretty easy pick to add to my holiday order.

I got a play in on New Year's Day, albeit not my copy, and really enjoyed it. I look forward to getting more plays in soon.
 
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3. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:265]
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The last game on my preorder which was actually not a preorder item. I'm a big Stefan Feld fan so I was watching this one for a while. I've run hot and cold on this game though. Originally I saw it on Kickstarter, and it didn't intrigue me at all. Then I watched a video run through of it and my enthusiasm went through the roof. Next I heard reports that the cube tower wasn't working well and that some people thought it was a ho-hum kinda game and my excitement plummeted. But eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I added it to my order.

I'm hoping this one justifies my earlier hopes. Fingers crossed.
 
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4. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:197]
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I saw this in a video about upcoming games at Essen and it caught my interest. Just the theme alone, dressmaking, was something novel enough in the world of dry dusty Euros that I'd take a look at it. But it actually looked like an interesting game.

It's a combination deck builder/area control/resource gathering dressmaking game. Sold! Unfortunately availability was limited and the price became unreasonable. But I got my group to enter the contest on it, and my friend Bob won a copy. He was kind enough to sell it to me at a great price.
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5. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:136]
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I started playing Dungeon Petz online and fell in love with this game. So I started looking for copies, but they were kinda pricey. Then a friend was purging his collection and letting this go for a good price. Another person in my group beat me to the punch, but I was able to convince him to trade it to me, so all ended well.
 
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6. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:663]
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I'll be the first to admit, I probably don't need this game. There's two copies already in my group, although one of them is the dreaded Ludo version.

But I've wanted this one since I heard they were reprinting it with new artwork. And a friend had a copy and it was a game that just didn't click for him. So I traded away Cuba (and the expansion) for this. I do think this will actually get played more than Cuba did, so there's that at least.
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7. Board Game: Asara [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:807]
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I played and enjoyed this tower building game from Kramer/Kiesling and found a copy fairly cheap at the Unity Auction.
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8. Board Game: City Tycoon [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2149]
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I played this once a while ago and have had a hankering to try it again. Another fairly cheap pick up from the Unity auction.
 
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9. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
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A game I played at the last Unity convention and had wanted for a while. I broke down and got this in the Unity Auction.
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10. Board Game: Shanghaien [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1963]
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A fairly light game that I've played online that my family might like.
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11. Board Game: Fossil [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:13835]
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This looked interesting so I figured I'd try it out.
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12. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1473]
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A game that my kids will probably like.
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13. Board Game: Cities [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2247]
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Another game I've played online that is interesting.
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14. Board Game: Hexagony [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:10710]
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For a buck, I figured I had to try this one.
 
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15. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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I saw a runthrough of this game and knew I wanted it. Almost immediately an order in my group came together and this got ordered. I've already played it once now and love it. Can't wait to play again.
 
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16. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:209]
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I'm an Uwe Rosenberg fan and this has a neat card aspect that looks interesting. So I caved to the inevitable and threw it onto the group order. I'm hoping it lives up to my expectations.
 
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17. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:344]
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I've wanted to play this game for almost two years now. So I was offered a two for one trade in my favor that included this game and I accepted. I've heard that it may not live up to my expectations, but we'll see.
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18. Board Game: The Road to Canterbury [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1739]
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The other game in the two for one trade, and another that I've wanted to play for a couple of years. I love the theme on this one.
 
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19. Board Game: Baltimore & Ohio [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1764]
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This is a game that I'm hoping can scratch the 18xx itch in less than 18xxish time. I've wanted to try it for a bit, and a good trade offer came around for it, so here it is.
 
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20. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:825]
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Ubongo is a game that I've wanted for my kids for a while now. So since I was ordering something else from Germany, I threw this game on the order as well.
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21. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:300]
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I blame the Rahdo Runs Through video series for this purchase. I'm all for heavier Euros with interesting choices and this looks to be right up my alley.
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22. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:251]
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Another game that I bought after watching Rahdo's run through. This one was a last minute thing... I ended up catching the order just before it went out the door and taking off two smaller games to add this one.

This one looks fascinating. The worker placement aspect alone sold it to me. There are 25 action spaces (many of which are duplicates) and the start player gets to choose between a couple of choices of which subset of those are available. Placing workers simultaneously selects your action and contributes to an auction for a bonus card as well as contributing to an area majority fight. Additionally you can build your buildings on action spots so that opponents triggering the action have to give you a bonus action. My mind is already boggling!
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23. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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I really love Terra Mystica... It's arguable that I know enough people who own it that I don't really need a copy. But I hate having to hope that someone brings the game I want to play.
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24. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:483]
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This game is one that I thought looked interesting and I've been curious about. I was kinda hoping that I'd get to try it at Unity or that someone I knew would buy it, but neither of those happened. So I'm going out on a limb and buying it. I had a visa gift card that I was spending on board games, so I needed something about this price point to finish out the order. Hopefully it's a good game.
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25. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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This just showed up on my doorstep.
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