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Hello Everyone! The purpose of this Geeklist is to help each other find other users and their tastes with the ultimate hope of expanding one's Geek Buddy list.

1. Add your favorite game, or game you feel epitomizes your tastes.

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3.5 It's important to note that it's useful to have Geek Buddies that share your tastes, but also important to have Geek Buddies who have opposite tastes; you can partition your Geek Buddies into groups.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Jeremy Avery
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Hello! I'm Jeremy Avery, a teacher from Vancouver, BC, and longtime Geek.

I know it's not very creative to pick Agricola, but it really is my favorite game. It wasn't always my favorite game - in fact, my first 10 playings of it left me thinking it was good, but not great. Something eventually clicked, and now I love it: the pressure to turn out success from a highly variable selection of Occupation and Minor Improvement cards really works for me.

I like variable set-up (the hand of cards in Agricola), asymmetry (Netrunner; the different races in Eclipse), tile placement (Ora & Labora; Carcassonne - though I'm waiting for the next revolution in tile-laying), deckbuilders (Dominion), hand management (Daytona 500; Bohnanza), and well-chosen theme/setting. I tend to like cards with rule-bending text (Agricola), powers with variable costs for balance (Lord of the Rings: The Card Game). I tend dislike Euros that rely heavy on simple, overly symmetrical systems (though I love Medina, I dislike Tzolkin and Stone Age). I tend to dislike Ameris that lack any semblance of balanced systems, and run on too long (e.g. Betrayal at House of the Hill, Arkham Horror)!
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Joshua Hamer
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Oakville
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My name is Joshua Hamer, I'm a gamer in St. Louis (Oakville, to be specific).

I haven't been in the hobby long, only a few years. My sister introduced me to Catan several years ago, but it wasn't until she introduced me to Ticket to Ride and I bought that and Carcassonne did it really stick.

I've gotten more into Euros, I like resource management games (Agricola, Lords of Waterdeep), more puzzley constructs (fitting the occs/minors together in Agricola, solving a Pandemic or Arkham Horror board, everything about Carc), deck building (Dominion, Legendary to a lesser extent). I dislike randomness, especially dice (Quarriors), and I definitively prefer strong mechanics over theme. Smash Up, Last Night on Earth, and DC Deck Builder have been hits with my group, but just haven't clicked with me. And I have big problems with social and bluffing games because of innate honesty I can't shake; Resistance was an utter failure, and I love running Werewolf games but can't play them to save my life. I just bought Cosmic Encounter the other day, I'm hoping that'll let me lie a little more convincingly since that's not the only element of the game like it is in Werewolf.
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3. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
Scott Rogers
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I am Scott Rogers from Los Angeles, CA. I'm a video game designer by profession, but design board game prototypes for fun. I collect comics and action figures. Enjoy reading, gaming and movies. Prefer the term "fan" to "nerd".

I love games with miniatures, modular maps and dice! Particularly fond of Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Superhero games. I also like a good deduction game and have many in my collection. While much of my collection is Ameritrash, I will play anything at least once.

While I love many games, Betrayal at House on the Hill scratches many of my gaming itches (minis, modular board, horror theme) and I particularly love it's replayability. I'm not even close to having played all of the 50 endings! I hope to one day design a game with as many repeat plays as BAHOTH!
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4. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:367]
Tom Bigwood
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Golden Valley
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I'm Tom Bigwood, computer programmer from Minnesota.

I'm beginning to realize that I should ask the following questions when picking out games:

Does the game make me feel like I'm building something? I love Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, Galaxy Trucker, and even Odin's Ravens because I feel like I'm building something cool and then watching it expand and unspool in clever or horrible ways.

Does the game have a low set-up/explanation time to play time ratio? When I was a kid, I had no problem plowing through RPG rule books. Now I'd rather play a game that I can set up and explain in 10 minutes or less. (As an aside, I'm convinced that the average AD&D player spent ten times as many hours studying the rules as actually playing the game.)

Does the game feature a couple agonizing decisions each time I play? Formula Dé is a wonderful game because every player hits that "oh God, there is no perfect choice" point in every game.

Does the game get folks talking? I don't want to sit silently at a table for two hours. Let's play Two Rooms and a Boom and argue with each other for fifteen minutes instead.

Is the game funny? A little bit of silliness can turn a good night into a great night.

Bohnanza hits all the sweet spots. In one box, I get:
-setting up in about two mintues
-building up rows of cards and cashing them in
-struggling with when to harvest
-negotiating and pleading with other players
-laughing at the guy who keeps growing vast fields of stink beans, until he cashes them in and crushes everybody.
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5. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
Stephen Tudor
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Paoli
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I'm Stephen Tudor, software engineer in southeastern Pennsylvania. I sometimes suffer from AP but am on the road to recovery thanks to conscientious friends.

I'd say I enjoy eurogames best, but I also have fun along the whole gamut from abstracts to Ameritrash and RPGs. Looking at my game shelves, and the variety is there: wargames, fillers, space games, civ games. In particular, though, I have an obvious affinity for thematic economic games, and Brass certainly fits that mold.

What makes Brass shine is its dynamic economy. In Power Grid, players can affect demand in the resource market, but supply is pretty static. In Brass, players collectively determine both supply and demand, and that is what drives the many interesting decisions. 4-player games of Brass also tend to be fiercely competitive due to the cramped map, forcing players to be creative.

Well, that's me. Who's next?
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6. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:675]
Chris Funk
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Springfield
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Chris Funk, IT director for a local county office in Springfield, OH.

I started following this game before it was released. I've been a fan of dexterity games for a while, but this just... Scratched that itch. I love adventure games and my first game after buying the base game and I realized that this one just felt different. There was strategy as well as the dexterity. Teamwork, and not just from the players, but from the person playing the Overseer, as well.

When I would play Overseer, I learned that the key for everyone having a great time playing was my job. I had the ability to be fair in my actions and I could control the difficulty on the fly somewhat. Very similar to how a DM runs a game of D&D. This was also learned by watching others play the Overseer as they would actively try and crush the heroes, often taking one of the stronger heroes out in the very first couple of rooms. When you play this game as a cutthroat OS, it's very easy to turn players off of the game because many times, the monsters are stronger and it's very easy to concentrate your attacks one a single player. It can easily mean losing the last battle if you lose a hero early because it's extremely expensive to revive and heal.

If you have a fair OS that doesn't necessarily play to win versus one that is only playing to win, this game is a great 1-2 hour dungeon delve that really sets itself apart. And if you get one of the bad ones, you make sure they don't play OS again with you.
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7. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3554]
Clark D. Rodeffer
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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Howdy! I'm Clark Rodeffer, and I live in Ann Arbor, MI where I currently work in the technology department of a public school and tutor on the side to pay the bills.

I eat combinatorial / abstract strategy games for breakfast, but shy away from most collectible games and deck builders. I also enjoy consims and role playing games when I have the time and am with the right group.
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8. Board Game: Crusoe's Planet [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Wanda Davies
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Olympia
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I've taken to periodically eating a spoonful of peanut-butter topped with a sprinkle of dried coconut and a square of dark chocolate.

It is my guess that art ultimately speaks about humans and the world we live in via both the work's portrayal of some sort of expression of the artist's own mind compromising, in a way, with the world the artist lives in/sees/is part of. Since I'm kinda slow, I appreciate games that seem to have more to say about the world we live in or else have some sort of relevancy I can grasp. I like rules to have a purpose outside of the closed system. I also like games that let me explore both what one can do within the game and how people interact with each other. I do like it when games are enjoyable, but if they can be enjoyable and teach me something beyond the game itself, why not choose the tasty nutritious meal over the junk food that leaves me wanting?

Crusoe's Planet meets all of the above criteria and does it one better by not relying on the artificiality of pure competition or cooperation in a multi-player environment.

Will you be my friend?
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9. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:364]
Caysi McQuillan
United States
Newport
Kentucky
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My name is Caysi Hinchcliff. I love boardgames for as long as i could remember. My grandma taught me rummy when i was 5 years old and i would play that game non stop. I had a few "classic" game as well growing up: Monopoly, sorry, trouble...but those were never enough. As I got older people just did not want to play with me so i quickly dropped my obsession. I then went onto a business trip 2 years ago and my co-worker took me to a game store. Seeing all the games around me just opened the floodgates. The first year i was playing catch-up learning and playing all i could. I went to GenCon for the first time last year and had the time of my life. I managed to snag an awesome position where i can demo board games for Eagle/Gryphon games. I now go to more conventions, in fact, i will be at Orgins this year with them showing off some awesome games!

I like games that challenge me. I don't fall into any category. I play games that fit the mood i am in. My game collection grows at a steady pace and i always have something to play.

I chose this game because it was my first Eagle/Gryphon game. I love its co-op style as well as the game it self. I just can't get enough of this game. Everytime i play this game (or demo it) i have an awesome time. Plus, the dragon is awesome!!!
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10. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:267]
Phil Christiansen
United States
Wasilla
Alaska
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Well let's see. I live in Wasilla Alaska and thanks to bgg I've actually discovered a handful of local gamers. I chose Descent because it's my wife and I obsession game right now. It's also our latest review vid subject. We've been pretty into our reviews lately, and I like to think each on gets a lil less terrible

We play pretty much any game honestly, but I gravitate towards euros and thematics with a higher complexity. Terra Mystica is another big one in our house right now. Also out favorite KS game to date, Galaxy Defenders.

We've also gotten big into pnp stuff, though we're not super great at it yet. Got a laminator recently, and named it Lammie! Black Forest was our most recent project and is an amazing game fyi.

Thanks for reading, and for those who care our reviews are at: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/150519/gaming-on-a-bud...
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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Josh Bailey
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Hendersonville
North Carolina
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I am Josh Bailey from Asheville, NC. I am an engineer working in manufacturing, married, and do not have any kids. I came across BGG in 2010 after researching some gateway games I had just played, got sucked into the Werewolf PBF subforum, and have been playing games ever since. I try to rate and log most games that I play in person and leave comments to help explain my ratings. My ratings go by the BGG suggested scale of how often I want to play a game. I don't feel like I can "objectively" rate the design of a game from broken to perfect.

I had a hard time picking a game to sum up my tastes, but Dominion probably does the best job. It is not my favorite game (though it's way up there). That status currently belongs to Android: Netrunner although I recently purchased Tigris & Euphrates and that could easily land in the top spot. My gaming tastes have a few major trends:

-Card games: I grew up playing trick-taking games with my family and played the Star Wars Customizable Card Game somewhat competitively as a kid. So I love games like Tichu and Mu, but also Dominion and Glory to Rome. I even enjoy Fluxx (see next category).

-Casual/Family/Gateway games: While I sometimes play with experienced, gamer-y people, most of my gaming tends to be casual with new players and non-gaming friends and family. I very much enjoy teaching games to people who wouldn't normally play them. So I will defend Catan to the death, and play a lot of Stone Age, Survive: Escape from Atlantis!, King of Tokyo, etc.

-Simple rules, interesting gameplay: Whether or not a game belongs in this category is highly subjective, but for me this means games like Battle Line, Hanabi, Acquire, Ra, and so on. Two of my favorite designers as a result are Sid Sackson and Reiner Knizia as I believe they exemplify this type of game design.

-Competitive gaming: All games tend to have a competitive nature, but by this I mean the games you might play in a tournament. I probably also am thinking primarily of customizable games. Android: Netrunner and Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game are my current favorites. I have never gotten into miniatures gaming outside of X-wing.

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12. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1736]
Raymond Polacek
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Munhall
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Hello everyone. My name is RJ Polacek. I am a senior business analyst for an insurance company in Pittsburgh, PA.

I hate having to pick a favorite game since I am open to just about everything. I like to find a common ground with the people I am going to play with, so the type of game depends on my company. I have been buying games since 2005, so I have a good selection to match the particular crowd.

I picked Duel of Ages as my favorite game since this was the common bond between my new board game obsession and my high school friends. Coming back from college, I had played a lot of games and got a feel for what I liked. I wanted a team game that involved strategy with a little touch of luck. I wanted to have versatility in a game ... random maps, nearly infinite assortment of characters, open world, multiple strategies. Enter Duel of Ages. We played this game dozens of times and had a blast. Sadly, life got in the way. We were unable to regularly get together and play, but the memories of us hanging out will not be forgotten. It's been about 8 years since we first started playing, and we still will bring it up every now and then.

As I stated before, I am a huge fan of all genres. I enjoy a good co-op game such as Robinson Crusoe, Agents of SMERSH, and Pandemic. I like a good game of Dominion or Race for the Galaxy. I fancy a game of Agricola. I would love to find a group that would be willing to learn and play Twilight Imperium or A Game of Thrones. Whether it's long (Arkham Horror) or super short (Love Letter) games, I am in. Really, I just like to hang out with friends, play a game, and have fun.
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13. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:276]
Dave Rolfson
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My name is David Rolfson. Married to Jenni and we have two kids (and one on the way). We live in Glenwood, a rural village in southern Alberta. I am a research technician for a small remote sensing research company.

In my early childhood my grandfather taught me how to play Checkers and Crokinole. Then my father taught me Chess. My mom always liked card games (especially Gin). We had some of the staples (Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Uno, etc.) And some of the lesser-knowns (like Ratrace, Bigfoot, and Spy vs. Spy). Growing up in the boonies in the days before the Internet limited my (and my siblings') knowledge of games to those we acquired at thrift stores or invented on our own, but I still loved what we had!

There was a dry spell during my college years before I started playing Chess with a girl I knew. She taught me Crib and Euchre while we were dating. Marriage brought friendships with gaming couples and introductions to Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Puerto Rico and my old love of games was rekindled. Now hardly a day goes by I don't think about gaming in some way, even if I don't get to play very often and our budget keeps our collection from growing too quickly.

I don't hold any one game or system above all others, though I tend to tire of party games quickly (as does Jenni).

I chose Firefly, a game I've never played, but would like to (now), based on a show I never watched (but have wanted to), because of a session report I recently viewed (http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1171392/lets-be-really-bad-g..., thanks BlueSun).

It highlighted that each player had a different goal and different routes to accomplish it. I feel that describes me. Some days I want a good brain burner, others I feel more like rolling a bunch of dice or throwing some cards around. I like variety. If I can have fun with a game, I will play it, regardless of the sticking points - so commonly discussed/debated on BGG - that might turn others away.
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14. Board Game: A Frozen Hell [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:7266]
Dan Mixer
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Brooksville
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My ideal geek buddy would live in Maine (State Motto: We'll hold the glaciers back as long as we can)

I am destined to be a very lonely geek.
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15. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked]
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Hi, my name is Dennis. I'm a 26 year old Logistics student from Arnhem (Holland). I got into gaming a few years ago because an uncle introduced me to Carcassonne. After I picked it up along with Pandemic things sort of snowballed and I now own a collection of rougly 90 games.

I really like games with a strong theme, variable set-up, asymmetry, variable player powers, worker placement, deduction, building, coöperative aspects (either fully coöperative or teams).

Because of the game mechanisms I like my board game tastes are all over the place with Pandemic, Galaxy Trucker, Ticket to Ride, The Resistance, Mage Wars and Russian Railroads. I tend to like coöperative games a lot and I'm a sucker for fantasy themed games (too bad my girlfriend really dislikes this particular theme, noone is perfect I guess shake).



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16. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:191]
Erin Jean
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New Jersey
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Hi all, my name is Erin, and I've been playing games since I was a kid. It wasn't until a few years ago that I seriously got into gaming...mostly thanks to Wil Wheton and TableTop

Besides gaming, I also run a blog called The Geeky Gimp, where I review games, TV shows, movies, and more from the perspective of a disabled nerd. My last review is a collaboration with Mr. Richard Ham of Rahdo Runs Through, so I was very excited about that. You can find it at geekygimp.com.

I also enjoy Star Trek (TOS and DS9 are my favorite series), Doctor Who (9 is my favorite doctor), Star Wars, literature, hockey (a NJ Devils fan), and comics. I'm definitely more into DC characters (Superman, Batman, and Batgirl, yay) but Marvel has been putting out some great stuff lately - like Ms. Marvel.

I picked Ghost Stories, because it's my favorite game right now. It may eventually take over Pandemic as my favorite game of all time. We shall see

My gaming preferences are basically anything that's fun. I will play any game at least once. Cooperative games are wonderful, especially when introducing new people to gaming. I've been into researching deck builders lately, since my experience with Paperback was great. I haven't played any war games, but I would give those a try if I find the right group.
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17. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:989]
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My name is Max. I live in Chambersburg, PA. I grew up in Northeastern PA. I am a second generation board gamer. My dad started playing board games with me and I've enjoyed playing many different style games over the years. My dad grew up on Avalon Hill games. I have a couple from his collection now. I have a 5 year old son named Derek who is taking a liking into dice - so I play some racing games with him. Someday I hope he enjoys gaming as much as I do.

The latest gaming venture my dad and I have undertaken is to design a game. It's actually much more of my dad's vision than mine, but I have hopefully improved on his initial thoughts. It's called Lords of Baseball

Professionally, I've worked in media (as a TV anchor), marketing, corporate training, and currently I am a High School Business Teacher. I also coach 8th grade football.

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I'll try any game once as long as someone is patient enough to teach me. I'm not a huge Wargame fan, although I do enjoy conflict games. I think my top 20 list is way more Euro-Centric though.

#1: Air Baron
#2: Lords of Baseball
#3: Cuba
#4: Vegas Showdown
#5: Stone Age
#6: The Manhattan Project
#7: Ground Floor
#8: Union Pacific
#9: Santiago de Cuba
#10: March Madness
#11: Vikings
#12: Power Grid
#13: Attika
#14: Founding Fathers
#15: El Capitán
#16: The Castles of Burgundy
#17: TC Tennis
#18: The Pillars of the Earth
#19: Glen More
#20: Hacienda

Explain why you chose this game

I've played Ground Floor recently enough to have it fresh in my mind and I really enjoy it. It's basically a race game mixed with VP and I really like the components. I like the variable economies and how they affect sales. I do wish there was an extra "office" room that simulated sending an employee home early though - 3 time = $1, upgrade to 2 time = $1 - extra floor tile gives 3 options for 1 time = $1. I have enjoyed it a lot though - would love to see it with 4 experienced players. Hoping to get that at WBC this year.


Games I dislike
I'm not a fan of games that are long for length sake. For example, I played a game a while back called Confederate Rails. I loved the concept - you're shipping goods during a war and rails can get destroyed. It really should've been a 90-120 minute affair. We hacked through it for 4 hours and kinda quit halfway. HALFWAY!!!! Mage Wars Arena felt the same for me in a 4P game. I can't imagine how long it would've taken us to have 1 final winner in our game. It took us 4 hours to kill ONE mage. If I played it again 4P, I would say we need to do 2 on 2, with the first mage death as the end game. That would've improved it for our game I think.

Other games I can do without that are fairly popular (ranked 5 or less here),

Dominion (4)
Race for the Galaxy (3.5)
A Few Acres of Snow (5)

Games that aren't quite that bad for me, but are also popular (ranked 6-7)

Automobile (6)
Pacific Typhoon (6) -- another example of a game too long for what it really is
Brass (6.2) - probably more me than the game. I just never really "got it"
Descent (6.5) - I like dungeon crawly stuff too, but you NEED a good DM to really make this work.
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18. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1527]
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I've been playing board and card games for over 40 years, but role playing games are my favourite. Unfortunately, with family, work, and other social commitments, I never seem to play as much as I want.

Gunslinger is definitely my favourite game. Players have special abilities, can work cooperatively or in teams, and the game has numerous role playing elements. I am also a big fan of western movies and the genre itself. This extends to Star Wars which is really just a western in outer space. In an ideal world, some awesome game designer would redo this game with the new generation of mechanics and resources to make it awesome again. I would so contribute to a kickstarter for this.

Because of my love of role playing, I lean towards cooperative games with fantasy themes like Ghost Stories or Space Alert. I like games with variable player powers and combat. I have come to the conclusion that I HATE deckbuilders. I just can't get into them, even though I can play them competently. Probably the only deckbuilder I come close to enjoying is Legendary, but that's because I love superheroes.

I've also grown a bit intolerant of Fantasy Flight games and their overly complicated way of designing games. I'm more into elegant simplicity married to theme than just "more stuff in the box". I know, this runs counter to Gunslinger, which is why I would love to see a redesign. Theme trumps game mechanics for me, but bad mechanics can definitely ruin the theme.

Cheers!
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19. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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My name is Tim Yordy, from Pennsylvania.

I chose King of Tokyo mainly because it is one of a few games that there is never a bad time to play it. Always short and often with some back and forth between players.

Other games I might have chosen would be 1775: Rebellion or Flash Point: Fire Rescue just based on my own ratings.

I mainly got into serious board games because I started working on designing games but realized that I didn't have enough experience with good board games to be able to even approach the design process adequately.

I tend to be most interested in lighter games with playing times that aren't much over an hour with a few exceptions. I haven't found a fantasy themed game yet that I enjoy. For that matter, I don't like co-ops (Flashpoint being the exception). I tend to like most Stefan Feld releases and about half of Antione Bauza's.
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20. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:579]
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I grew up in the Midwest in a family where playing Sheepshead was a way of life. After graduate school, I spent a number of years in Japan teaching English, and that experience heavily influenced a lot of my tastes. I ended up moving to the Bay Area, in a large part to be in a location with easy access to multicultural activities. (The weather doesn't hurt either.)

Morels represents my favorite games because of the following qualities:

1. Cards. I love cards. I enjoy the physical process of shuffling them and dealing them. I also like the tension of having to decide which card(s) in my hand to play.

2. Art. I'm a sucker for pretty art.

3. Portability. While huge games with tons of components may look nice while in progress, they are generally a huge pain to set up and take down, plus they are difficult to carry to meetup sessions. Smaller, lighter games are much more likely to get played for me.

4. Meaningful decisions. I want to have those moments of agonizing over which strategy to employ for the game and which action to take each turn.

5. No attacking. I don't mind competing with my opponent, as in a race, but I don't want to spend time destroying what my opponent has built. Any game with "betrayal" or "backstabbing" in the description is an instant turn-off.
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21. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:89]
Brian Frahm
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I am horrible at OeL, but man do I love what it does to my brain!

I am a systems admin at a large company in the Phoenix metro, a father of three - two of which are old enough to game with me - though not at the OeL level yet

I strongly dislike deduction games like Coup, The Resistance, and Mascarade -- but I will still play them. My favorite games are medium-to-heavy euros. Rosenberg and Feld are probably my favorite designers, so most of their stuff get a passing grade from me.

From the first play of Ora Et Labora to my most recent one, I simply love how much it works my gray matter. The complexity comes not in the rules, but in the expanding choices that present themselves as the game moves along.
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22. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:377]
Edward Uhler
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Hi folks, I'm Edward (Amanda just lurks). I'm a Marine and work in aviation as an avionics technician. Married to a heavy gamer and we are lucky to have been adopted by a rescue greyhound. No kids (and none planned) and we live in Denver, Colorado.

Only been in the hobby about 2 years, but have a lot of gaming time during that time. I prefer heavier, deeper games, mostly in the Heavy Euro, 18xx, and wargame parts of this hobby. I'll play lighter games, but I get the most enjoyment out of those. It's really hard for me to put my finger on ONE GAME and say that is my #1 game, but to give you an idea of games that I'm high on: Pax Porfiriana, Dominant Species, Virgin Queen, most 18xx titles, COIN series. While I'm not normally too keen on abstracts or AT games, I do love me some The Climbers and I'm super anxious to get War of the Ring (Second Edition) to the table.

I chose Pax Porfiriana as a game that epitomizes my taste mostly due to the fact that it's an incredible game, but also because it's a really cool blend of heavy Euro and wargame. It's a heavy & deep game that everyone that I've taught/introduced it to has loved it. Even the missus has enjoyed her play of the game.

Speaking of heavy and deep, I'm very much of the mind that if I have 4 hours to play games, I would prefer to play one 4-hour game than 2-5 smaller, less immersive games.
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23. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:663]
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Well hello there. I'm Eddie and I'm from Odessa, Ukraine, but currently live in upstate New York. I'm a published author in various genres, but like to spend most of my free time playing board games ... and so does my girlfriend of 20 years (and, yes, I do feel lucky for that).


What I like:
-- Mostly Euros that are on the fun side, not the "feels like work" side; so not too many where you must build up and work to maintain your engine. Almost all Stefan Feld games among these, and those trump any and all dislike preferences.

-- Economic games that focus on evaluation and markets (Planet Steam, Automobile, Power Grid), rather than the economic snowball variety; though the latter can be fun in small doses.

-- Just about anything with variable player powers. I like it when everyone at the table can do different things and can have different agendas because of these.

-- Story telling games (Once Upon a Time, Tales of the Arabian Nights).


What I don't:
-- Agricola, Caylus, Puerto Rico, Troyes and similar stuff.

-- Most co-ops, though there are these exceptions: Space Alert, Red November, Ghost Stories and Yggdrasil.


I chose this game 'cause it's a heavy economic, market-manipulation game with variable player powers (though these can switch from turn to turn). It is a title that always leaves me satisfied and I love the production value of the original printing as much as the brilliant game mechanisms.
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24. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:174]
J. M.
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I'm Jokke. Becoming a singer, slowly but surely. Love interactive and social games. Magic the gathering really brought me into games in 2002. (the flgs, which has now gone bankrupt, also gave me a little bit of a boardgametaste: Bohnanza, The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow and Halli Galli) Played a little bit competitive for a short while. Switch to poker afterwards, but got bored. (ok I go on tillt from time to time, and I may have lost almost all my profit that took me 6 months to build. in 1 day.) Then I tried to get some Q-time with the SO. So suggested some games. I actually don't know what the first one was. Catan Card Game perhaps. Jaipur was also a fairly early one. Personally, I love love love The Resistance! I played 12 hours straight with some friends and I could play even longer.. I never ever get tired of it. with the exception of a few games, it is always intens, fun and memorable.

Then I started searching actively for social deduction games:

Coup (current SO favorite)
Mascarade
Where Art Thou Romeo?
Mayday!Mayday!
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
The Castle of the Devil (it's still waiting to get played..)
...

Close to this is the traitor element. Which induces interaction..

That's why Bruno cathala is one of my favorite designers. Shadows, mr. jack, sobek (jaipur with a twist),...

He hits all my buttons.. It's almost sensual.

Edit: A game I enjoyed alot after 5 games, but do not own. Cosmic Encounter. This is one highly on my wishlist. But still don't know if I should. The people I would play it with, don't come together too often..
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25. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:146]
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I'm Nicholas DeLateur! I'm a synthetic biologist and cat lover.

I like Ameritrash, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, and dice. I don't suffer from AP and love confrontation and lying. A former MTG player and current LCG addict.

Runewars is like TI3, but fantasy, and I love it so much. Confrontation, with multi-level gameplay of armies and heroes, with strategic cards, simultaneous action selection, epic scale and gameplay. I was thiiiiis close to putting Empires of the Void here instead.
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