Games acquired in 2014 and the excuses I used
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Last year's list fit on one page, a big improvement on 2012! Let's see how this year goes...
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
Martin G
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Excuse: I've been waiting since 2011...
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2. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:594]
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Excuse: trusted geekbuddy ratings are through the roof and it popped up in the UK math trade

(OUT: Steam and Clippers)
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3. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1381]
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Excuse: I've been really enjoying the simplicity and large-group-suitability of this recently. Another UK maths trade acquisition.

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4. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:832]
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Excuse: another one I was recently introduced to, played several times and loved. UK maths trade again.

(OUT: a bundle of 6 card games I wasn't playing)
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5. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
Martin G
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Excuse: going cheap at £25 shipped and I really ought to own my whole top ten. Financed by sales of other games.

(OUT: Artus, Palazzo and Frank's Zoo)
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6. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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Excuse: played over 100 times but never owned. That can't be right. And the joker cards in the new 20th anniversary edition sound quite fun.
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7. Board Game: San Quentin Kings [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:6366]
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Excuse: cheap, rare, intriguing designer and I'm a sucker for unusual modern-day themes
 
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8. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:408] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Excuse: the filler hit of LoB's Eastbourne weekend. I really like the hybrid of push-your-luck and engine-building.
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9. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:704]
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Excuse: another Eastbourne hit. I was surprised by how fresh it feels for a game that's just made of numbers.
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10. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
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Excuse: it's one of my favourite games that I didn't already own. So when it showed up at discount store The Works for a mere £10 inc. shipping, how could I say no?
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11. Board Game: Pylos [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2505]
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Excuse: 5th (wooden) anniversary present from my lovely wife
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12. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1026]
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Excuse: played once a while ago and really liked it; got it in the UK maths trade in exchange for Niagara and Wildlife Adventure
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13. Board Game: Trump, Tricks, Game! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3586]
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Excuse: £3 in the UK Expo bring & buy. After queueing for that long I felt like I ought to buy something! And tricktakers are my weakness.
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14. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:920]
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Excuse: another one going cheap at The Works (see item 10). I played it a few years ago and it was the kind of simple-rules-high-interaction Euro that I'm partial to.
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15. Board Game: Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896 [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2412]
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Excuse: really enjoyed my plays of the original and thought about Kickstarting the new version TWO YEARS AGO. Glad I didn't, as shortly after it finally appeared, I just picked up an in-shrink copy with all the KS bonuses on amazon for £25...
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16. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:540]
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Excuse: I loved the sound of Chudyk's new mini-game and it fortuitously became available to order just as I was setting off for a holiday in the US.
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17. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:371]
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Excuse: probably my favourite new-to-me game of 2014.
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was auctioning his copy, and I'd already arranged to game at his place while I was staying in the US. Perfect!
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18. Board Game: Impulse [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1160]
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Excuse: ...and even better, he was able to pick up a half-price copy of Chudyk's other new game for me. Thanks Jimmy!
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19. Board Game: Elements [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2867]
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Excuse: also at the gathering at Jimmy's was
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who gave me a present of this beautiful Japanese card game. Because he's just that good a guy!
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20. Board Game: Greenland [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1507] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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Excuse: like I wasn't going to buy this...
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21. Board Game: Wir sind das Volk! [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:535]
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Excuse: love the theme, love Peer Sylvester's King of Siam, love card-driven games, love the box size, love the price!
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22. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:513]
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Excuse: my favourite of the Kramer/Kiesling action point games, but hard to find a copy. A buddy from LoB was selling his.
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23. Board Game: Nefertiti Expansion [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
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Excuse: another LoB buddy accidentally ended up with two copies and donated one to me. Thanks Chris!
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24. Board Game: Simply Ingenious [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:14899]
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Excuse: a Bristol buddy spotted this much-maligned game in a charity shop and picked it up for me, knowing I'm a Knizia nut. Thanks Joe!
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25. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1022]
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Excuse: impulse purchase! Going cheap online and well-rated by Kniziaphile geekbuddies.
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