May 2014
Steve Kennedy

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May finds a bit more time to play, but often it is overtaken with the many joys of yard work as the weather improves. Still, a quick trip to visit a friend certainly allowed for some fun down time this month that culminated in an Innovation extravaganza of sorts essentially doubling the number of times my wife and I had played it!

There were plenty of older games to play with the 2 kids as well making for a great week or so of gaming. The end result was that trip, along with a host of solitaire game play, may make this month the one with the most games played ever! Anyone seeing my profile might have wondered about the seeming randomness of games as there was everything from Bingo, Trouble, Life, to Ticket to Ride, Ruckus, and even Rack-O! But, a game is a game right?

Games listed here must have at least 2 plays and are listed by most to least plays through the month.

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1. Board Game: Ottoman Sunset [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1728] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Steve Kennedy

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This is fast becoming a favorite fast-playing historical game. It can be brutal sometimes with a very fast loss, or one can go for quite a while with great hope! The last is a great case in point. Having played a round of the cards in "historical" order, I made it half way through the yellow mid-day cards. Then in a random order , I made it down to the very last card only to lose as the one army that I needed to push back stayed in place due to cruddy dice rolls. Got to love that!
 
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2. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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My friend and I played this almost daily during my visit. We even taught it to his 11-yr old son, who promptly beat us with a brilliantly lucky draw that gave him tons of points late in the game.
 
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3. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:934]
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Bided some time with this in the airport and while waiting for the kids to come home during my recent trip.
 
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4. Board Game: Pentago [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1695]
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The 11-yr old brought this out to humble me continuously with this fast-playing abstract.
 
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5. Board Game: Cities [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2246]
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I had a solo night for game playing but with all the phone calls it was hard to get something more complex set up. Though this little game is always a bit if fun with its variants for solo play and different challenges.
 
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6. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:247]
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I brought this along upon request on my May trip. We had a great time learning this and even taught it to the 11-yr old. Love the way the strategy plays out here and it gives you an appreciation for the history the same way other games in this series do.
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7. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
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This used to be a commonly played game at our house and it had been a long time since we played this, but this year, the board has come out a few times and we are reminded why this was a favorite.
 
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8. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:138]
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Certainly enjoying this game's solitaire aspect and it simply makes me want to introduce it to others to play soon!
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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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It was also great fun to play this with the kiddoes as this was the Christmas gift hit we gave them last year.
 
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10. Board Game: Masters Gallery [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1613]
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Brought this out for a few quick games after a long day of yard work.
 
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11. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – 2nd Story [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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I am embarrassed to say that this expansion, which I even kickstarted, has sat in the bottom of the FP box until now. The base game itself is still a favorite and is often easier to get played than even the Urban Structures expansion. So, I decided this month to get out the board and try it solitaire playing 2 characters plus the dog and I think I like it slightly better than the earlier expansion, still there is more to enjoy here for many replays!
 
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12. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Extreme Danger [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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Just picked this up this month and it was the inspiration for playing the earlier expansion first. I really like this expansion even more than the other 2 (4!) boards. The merchant ship and sub are two quite different playing experiences but I was certainly caught up by the spread of the fire and the different ways to try and get to people to move them to safety.
 
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13. Board Game: Sun Tzu [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1007]
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We tried this for the first time and found it "ok". It fell a bit in the shadow of a couple other games I brought this time.
 
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14. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1400]
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Another of those abstract games I introduced to my friends and it came out for a couple of quick games during my visit.
 
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15. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:660]
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This one continues to be a hit both with the kids we introduced it to, as well as my wife. Excellent fun game worth bringing out regularly.
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Two very fast games of this classic.
 
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