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I wanted to make a Geeklist of all the Spiel Des Jahres winners so I could keep track of which ones I have played and my general thoughts of those games.

For each game I will list:

- The year that game was voted Game of the Year

- If I have played that game

- My Status with the game: Owned, Previously Owned, Wanted or Do not Want.

- I will give my thoughts on that game if I have played it

- I will provide links to other Geeklists of mine that game is also part of
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1. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1073]
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SDJ 1979

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Status = Previously Owned - Traded

Quick Thoughts - Decent little racing game. I would not mind getting this game again.



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2. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1552]
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SDJ 1980

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Quick Thoughts - This is just Rummy. A deck of cards works fine.

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3. Board Game: Focus [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2698]
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SDJ 1981

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Quick Thoughts - I don't enjoy abstract games much, so naturally this falls short with me.

 
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4. Board Game: Enchanted Forest [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5165]
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SDJ 1982

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Quick Thoughts - Good game for children.

 
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5. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1063]
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SDJ 1983

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Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - Fun group deduction game
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6. Board Game: Railway Rivals [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3209]
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SDJ 1984

Want to Play

Status = I want to buy this

Quick Thoughts - I have previously owned and played Dampfross. It is basically the same game. I really enjoyed it.
 
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7. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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SDJ 1985

Want to Play

Status = I have no desire to own this game

Quick Thoughts - I want to play this game, but I don't think it worth buying a copy just to play it.

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8. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1540]
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SDJ 1986

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Status = Previously Owned

Quick Thoughts - I enjoyed this game, but the experience was ruined for me by a certain play group. They completely broke the game and made it unenjoyable. So I traded it. I might get it back some day.
 
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9. Board Game: Auf Achse [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2466]
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SDJ 1987

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Status = Previously Owned

Quick Thoughts - Great early train game. I definitely need to get this game again.
 
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10. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2218]
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SDJ 1988

Want to Play

Status = I might buy this. Playing with Play-Doh is fun.

Quick Thoughts - I previously owned and have played many times Cluzzle. I understand the two games are very similar.
 
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11. Board Game: Café International [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2071]
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SDJ 1989

Played on iOS

Status = Owned on iOS

Quick Thoughts - I actually enjoy this more on the iOS platform then the real game.
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12. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1202]
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SDJ 1990

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Status = Previously Owned

Quick Thoughts - I was rather blah on this game.

 
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13. Board Game: Wacky Wacky West [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2232]
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SDJ 1991 - AKA Drunter und Druber

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Status = Previously Owned

Quick Thoughts - I bought this then traded it before playing it.



 
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14. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1124]
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SDJ 1992

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Status = Want in Trade/Want to Buy/Wishlist

Quick Thoughts - Fantastic racing game. This truly feels like bicycle racing.

 
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15. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:563]
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SDJ 1993

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Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - Great party game. Good with all level of gamers.
 
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16. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:991]
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SDJ 1994

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Status = Want in Trade/Want to Buy/Wishlist

Quick Thoughts - Great upwardly driven area control game.

 
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17. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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SDJ 1995

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Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - I really like this game. I think this game catches a lot unwarranted crap from many gamers.
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18. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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SDJ 1996

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Status = Want in Trade/Want to Buy/Wishlist

Quick Thoughts - Great game. I need to buy one.

 
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19. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1586]
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SDJ 1997

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Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - Good racing game that is unlike any other. But the Mississippi Queen: The Black Rose expansion really makes the game shine.

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20. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:795]
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SDJ 1998

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Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - I really enjoy this game. I also really want Elfengold to make the game more like Elfenroads.

 
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21. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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SDJ 1999

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Status = Previously Owned

Quick Thoughts - I rather blah on this game. It is much better with the auction variant.

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22. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:401]
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SDJ 2000

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Status = Previously Owned

Quick Thoughts - Another game I was blah about. And another game that is better with the variant of using the cards.

 
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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SDJ 2001

Played

Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - Good game. I thing this game jumped the shark with expansions ages ago though.


I decided to play all the expansions at once in one MASSIVE game. This is that Geeklist -

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/191033/carcassonne-project

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24. Board Game: Villa Paletti [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1391]
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SDJ 2002

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Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - The first dexterity game of the year. Sort of an odd choice.
 
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25. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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SDJ 2003

Played

Status = Owned

Quick Thoughts - Good game.



**Alhambra Big Box is on Two Player Game List here - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171376/rygels-two-player-g...

**Alhambra Big Box is on my Three Player Game List here - http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171378/rygels-three-player...


I own Alhambra: Big Box. My listing of Alhambra -


Alhambra is a fun tile laying puzzle type game. The game is basically a multi-player solitaire game with very little direct player interaction. Each player acts independently to purchase tiles that he can use to build the best Alhambra possible. However, as each player vies for the proper tiles to build his Alhambra, the game can get tense.

I really like the puzzle aspect of the game. The game carries a wonderful feeling of accomplishment when building your Alhambra to take advantage of every possible scoring opportunity. Therefore, acquiring the proper tiles to build your Alhambra with is vital.

Alhambra is a fantastic family game and is great for younger children learning to play. It offers a simple, yet workable economy and teaches great puzzle manipulation skills.

Alhambra Big Box offers a lot in a single box. It contains the base game and all five of the expansions. I like that all the expansions can be purchased in a single game. I feel that is a good deal. But I can not get past exactly how big the box is. It feels unnecessarily large.

The expansions are done nicely. Each expansion contains four individual pieces. The pieces of each expansion can be added independently and mix-matched to customize the game exactly how you wish.

Unfortunately, not all the expansions are worthy of note. Some are actually very good and improve the base game. A few expansions are rather dull. While a few others are down right poor.

Playing with a few of the expansions is nice and adds a bit more strategy to the game. Playing with all the expansions at once is mind-numbingly bad and overwhelming.

I feel that to properly list the Big Box version of Alhambra I need to explain the expansion as well since all the expansions are part of the game. I will do just that below.

Pros -
- Great puzzle building
- Good for children
- All the expansions in a single box
- Mix and match expansions as you wish

Cons -
- Not all the expansions are good
- The box is simply too big


Overall Playability = 6.8

Design = 8
Strategy = 7
Luck = 8
Artwork & Components = 5
Use of Mechanics = 8
Time of Play = 6
Fun = 8
Innovation = 6
Analysis Paralysis = 6
Theme = 6

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Since Alhambra Big Box contains all the expansions, it makes sense to list each expansion within the list.

Each expansion is meant to carry an overall theme and then add to, or change, the base game in ways that are based around that theme. I find that these themes are loosely based and some of expansion pieces really have nothing to do with that expansions theme.

I will list each expansion as well as each of the four pieces inside each expansion. I will give my thoughts for each piece and which I ones I feel play well together.

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The first expansion is Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor and is meant to be themed around getting help from your most trusted advisor. Overall this is a fairly good expansion and many of the pieces are readily usable with the base game.


The individual pieces of this expansion are -


Vizier's Favor - A very simple expansion with only a single component. This piece allows a player to take an action to buy a tile out of turn. Very easy to use and bring into the game. I like playing with this expansion.


Worker's Huts - This is an interesting expansion that adds more tiles to the game. Each player can use three. They are the same as regular except they are free. I like playing with this expansion.


Currency Exchange Cards - A very straight forward expansion that allows the card user to use one type of currency as another. I like playing this with expansion.


Bonus Cards - These cards each show one particular tile. If you play that exact tile, you can play that card as well. That card counts as an extra tile of that type. This is a very poor expansion as you extremely rarely get the exact tile you need. I do not play with this expansion.


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The second expansion is Alhambra: The City Gates and is meant to be centered around helping your Alhambra walls. However, only two of the expansions actually deal with the walls. This is rather mediocre expansion and I usually only only play with two pieces.


The individual pieces of this expansion are -

City Gates - This is a cool concept that allows the player to bridge over a double wall and continue building. I like playing with this expansion.


Diamonds - The diamond cards are just another type of currency which can be used to buy any building. I like playing with this expansion.


Characters - These are character cards that are added to the draw deck and are auctioned off when drawn. Each character has some sort of activated ability that helps the owner. I like playing with this expansion.


Camps - These are more tiles that are added to the game. These tiles can only be built on the outside walls and offer a new scoring mechanic. I like the idea of this expansion, but rarely play with it.


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The third expansion is Alhambra: The Thief's Turn and meant to be center around thieves and stealing. The is a very poor expansion and only one piece is actually centered around the theme. I rarely play with any of these expansions.


The individual pieces of this expansion are -


Thieves - The only piece that has anything to do with the theme. These cards allow the player to take a face-up currency card. I do not play with this expansion.


City Walls - Each of these cards show a city wall in a particular edge of a tile. The player can then use the card to add a wooden city wall piece to a tile in his Alhambra along that edge. This works to continue the wall of the Alhambra. This is fun concept, but I do not like the expansion. I do not play with this expansion.


Change - This expansion is simply a bag with currency coins of each color. If a player overpays by more then two when buying a tile, he can draw one random currency coin. Each coin is worth one of that color. This sound like a good expansion, but it is not. Getting change breaks one the games most basic rules. I do not play with this expansion.


Street Traders - An interesting idea for a new scoring mechanic that just totally falls apart because it does not differentiate the players enough. Players get one meeple in each color of tile. When you build a tile of that color you can put that same color meeple on the tile. Players earn point based on how many of their meeples they place. The problem is that it is just too easy to put your meeples down and score, so everyone ends up with the same score for meeples. I rarely play with this expansion.


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The fourth expansion is Alhambra: The Treasure Chamber and is obviously themed around gaining treasures from the treasure chamber. Only a single piece of this expansion has anything to do with the actual treasure chamber though. Overall, this is mostly a poor expansion and I only play with a single piece somewhat regularly.


The individual pieces of this expansion are -


Treasure Chamber - An interesting idea for a new scoring mechanic that just totally falls apart because it does not differentiate the players enough. Players get a new action which is buying treasure chests from the Treasure Chamber. These chests are in the same colors as the tiles and when purchased go on the respective colored tiles in their Alhambra. Players then get points based on how many treasure chests they have in their Alhambra. The problem is that it is just too easy to put treasure chests down and score, so everyone ends up with the same score for treasure chests. I rarely play with this expansion.


Master Builders - Just a few cards that serve two functions; the cards are money, or, the cards allow the players to use the card to perform an extra rearranging action of their Alhambra when used. I do not see this as very useful. I do not play with expansion.


Invaders - A few cards that trigger an attack on each Alhambra during the scoring rounds. Your only defenses are your Alhambra walls, so building a closed Alhambra becomes more important. The Invaders come from a certain direction, so each open, non-walled, tile of your Alhambra facing that direction get attacked and you lose points. For me, this expansion simply does not feel like it should be part of Alhambra, although it might be fun to use every once in a while. I rarely use this expansion.


Bazaars - A fun expansion that brings both more tiles into the game and offers a new scoring mechanic. Each Bazaar is associated with three colors of tiles. The Bazaar tiles are purchased like regular tiles and are built into the Alhambra. At the games end players received points based on how many matching colored tiles are around each Bazaar. I like playing with this expansion.


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The fifth expansion is Alhambra: Power of the Sultan and is centered around the Sultan bringing his unique abilities into the game for the players to use. While this expansion offers several interesting ideas into the game, there is only one piece that I use on a regular basis.


The individual pieces of this expansion are -


Power of the Sultan - This expansion is just a few cards that are added to the draw deck. These cards show the different colors of building tiles in the game. A die is rolled to pick which color of building each card associates with when drawn. These cards can then be purchased and allow the player to freely build the associated color of building. To me this seems a much longer and more complicated way of just buying a building. I do not play with this expansion.


Score Cards - These cards mix up the scoring order of the different colored building tiles. Although simple, this adds a new twist to the game. I like this expansion and use it often.


Caravan - This expansion is just 8 cards that can be purchased and serve as a money making device. I think there is plenty of money available in the game and making more money is not really required. I do not play with this expansion.


Art of the Moors - This is an odd expansion that brings another scoring mechanic into the game. Bonus points are awarded when players buy tiles that have the same price as tile they already own. The problem is that this expansion does not differentiate the players enough and players end up scoring about the same number of bonus points. I do not play with this expansion.

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I have also decided to include the Alhambra: The Magical Buildings with this section of expansions.

This is a nice expansion. It is simple and easy to use.

It is only six tiles, one of each color, that can be purchased like normal tiles. These tiles are special in that they have no proper facing and so can be placed in any direction. This makes the tile easier to place and keep your Alhambra walls intact.

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I like playing with the following expansions all used together -
- Vizier's Favor
- Worker's Huts
- Currency Exchange
- City Gates
- Diamonds
- Characters
- Bazaars
- Score Cards

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