Casual Reviews by a Gamer's Wife
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My reviews are light, casual, and mostly just pictures with silly words on them. Now, you may catch a video review thrown in here and there. Enjoy!

*update 1.7.18 there were some issues with my photos not showing, but I think everything is good to go again! If you see something amiss, please let me know (preferably in a non-dickish way). Thanks!*
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1. Board Game: Black Fleet [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:633]
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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1298940/casual-review-b...

Black Fleet is a fun little "get all up in everyone's biz" game that is both pleasantly infuriating and addicting.
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2. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:198]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/14598774

In the words of the majestic Dothraki, when it comes to my (and my husband's) adoration of Stefan Feld games, "It is known."
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3. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/924708/in-which-i-fangirl-ov...

In a nutshell: You have 2 dice. At the beginning of your turn, roll the dice. The numbers that roll show you what you can do. Take a tile, place a tile, ship goods, sell goods or take workers. There are a variety of options for you which COULD be overwhelming, only it isn't because the dice help narrow your scope as to what you can take. Variability and balance all in one. My heart goes pitter pat just thinking of the glory!
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4. Board Game: Core Worlds: Galactic Orders [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/article/15259644

Are you sick of spaced theme games? ME NEITHER!
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5. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:695]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/863326/a-short-review-from-a...

Overall, this was a great two player game for the hubs and I. It has enough variability that you can't just hone in on a strategy and repeat. I think this would be a great game for families to play too, as it isn't super competitive and cut throat. Sure, you're competing, but you're not screwing anybody over because the cards have so many uses.
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6. Board Game: The Flow of History [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1888]
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In which I try my hand at video reviewing!

It's clear to me now that you can't hear me all that well as I'm explaining the cards on the table, so I'm sorry about that. Something I'll do better next time!

Also, Andrew informs me that I "could have done better" explaining the sniping action. So there's that.

Without further ado, here's my first ever video review!



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7. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:210]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1102281/a-brief-gamers-wife-...

Ultimately, I found Glass Road enjoyable because it provides a personal player board and balances player interactions regarding decision making, navigating of resources with the production wheel, and getting in each others heads is a fun twist too. Oh, and never feeding anyone, ever. Not even once. Delightful! I can definitely see Glass Road getting worked into a semi-regular rotation thanks to the variety of buildings and strategies the game provides.
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8. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1069604/a-light-review-of-le...

If you're looking for a detailed, eloquent review of Le Havre, keep on looking. If you think maybe you'd like to read a light review that hits on the main points of Le Havre while trying to explain why it's addictive, you're getting warmer.

Oh Le Havre. How you give me ulcers and anxiety induced hives...yet I still love to collect goods and build ships and process goods at your harbor. Uwe, you get me.

Le Havre is a game that encourages a variety of strategies, a fun shipping/harbor theme, and is an addictive challenge of trying to balance short term planning with long term goals.
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9. Board Game: Le Havre: The Inland Port [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:806]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1078376/a-gamer-wifes-light-...

If you're interested in Le Havre that's been scaled down for two players to knock out in 30 minutes, definitely pick this one up.
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10. Board Game: Kanagawa [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:522]
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https://boardgamegeek.com/article/24197068

Kanagawa is a light hearted, press your luck + tableau building game. The theme, being a student of a Master Painter, means trying to prove yourself worthy by expanding your studio and painting a harmonious print.
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11. Board Game: Planes [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4527]
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https://boardgamegeek.com/article/17866848

A game based around frantically trying to board your flight on time? YES PLEASE!
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12. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:211]
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https://boardgamegeek.com/article/22805516

This is definitely a great game to bust out with new groups, as a palate cleanser, or just because you feel like looking at a gorgeous board and enjoying a straight forward, quick, enjoyable game!
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13. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:627]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1184247/a-casual-review-...

If given the chance, I think it's safe to say with 100% certainty that we would all choose to be a dragon. RAMPAGE gives us that chance. Let's not waste it, okay?
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14. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:71]
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/890396/a-short-review-from-a...

Things I liked:
- My own player board!
- Lots of ways to score! You don't feel locked into a certain strategy. Just be careful not to spread yourself too thin or you don't get a good score engine going. I speak from experience.
- Fits on our table! This is a big deal for us. I hate lugging out our big gaming table. I mean, I'll DO IT. I just don't like to.
- Turns are straight forward, despite lots of options. There's always potential for analysis paralysis in these types of games. However, I like having enough options that I never feel a turn is wasted. I'll take it.
- The mancala/rondel element is SO COOL and unlike any other game I've played. It's so tricky yet balanced and creative. Love it a lot.

This game errs on the medium side (versus a light game like Fleet), but it was so much fun and there's so much going on that I can guarantee this will be one that Andrew and I play lots and lots of times. I recommend it for the game player who's familiar with at least a couple worker placement games so you're not totally overwhelmed by all of the things.
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15. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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Things I liked about Tzolk'in The Mayan Calendar:
Player guides! I always like to have a guide to remind me of what things cost. In this case, it reminds me how much corn it costs to put out workers. The more you put out, the more it costs but it's a little tricky to remember.
Colors and symbols! If I was ever in doubt as to what coordinated with what, I looked at the colors. Sure the wheels have names, but let's be real, it's easier to remember that blue goes with blue and brown goes with brown. The symbols on the buildings that pop up are easy to understand too, so you don't have to reference the rulebook each time a new building crops up. Just cruise right along.
The wheels! I really did think the gears were a neat element to the game. It was a nice spin on the worker placement/resource collection dynamic. (see what I did there?)
Diversity! There's always SOMETHING to do, which is great. Sure, it might not be your top choice, but you aren't stuck doing nothing either so just be happy about that.
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16. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:20]
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https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1523488/casual-review-vitic...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am constantly in want of games that allow me to use my own player board. Another truth: I like wine. A lot. So Viticulture was pretty much made with me in mind!
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