Games played in 2013 ~ And what I think of them
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A look back at 2013. I never had a game group until I found a local game group Louisville Card Board Gamers. Massively changed my gaming life. I also had a falling out with some friends about 1/2 through the year, but still gamed alot with them until then.

I'm creating this just so I have the history. I'll do my best to recall games I haven't played since 2013, and my thoughts at the time I played them in 2013.
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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Mixed on this one

+ Drafting works well
+ Plays high player counts
+ Unique boards

- Too many generic point scoring ways
- Theme doesn't come through
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2. Board Game: Abandon Ship [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2776]
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Solid Filler

+ Fun theme and board
+ Quick to set up and play
+ Offers some choices even though it's really light

- Getting cheese to important
- Repetitive
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3. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1321]
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Better than the other one

+ Great use of theme
+ Push your luck done right
+ Good production

- Can make you cuss
- Nothing more than a light fun time every now and then
 
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4. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1094]
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Not as good as I hoped

+ Looks awesome

- Doesn't offer any interesting choices
- Different gameplay elements don't feel like they mesh well
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5. Board Game: Age of Gods [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3272]
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Didn't like it

- Long set up time
- Players playing wrong early in the game ruin the end game
- Lots of text on cards
 
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6. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1088]
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+ Awesome theme
+ Unique characters
+ Fun stories
+ Always provides laughs

? Stories don't connect like tales of arabian nights

- Anticlimactic ending
- Long set up time
- Tons of great kickstarter extras that shouldn't be exclusive
 
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7. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:846]
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Pretty fun

+ Good blind bidding mechanics
+ Great components

- Unbalanced powers/cards
 
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8. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:162]
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+ Lots of options on a turn
+ Good mix of worker placement and area control

? Despite the bits, the theme is barely there

- Lots of downtime
- Hard to find
 
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9. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Another one I was hyped for, that was not good

+ Pretty

- Drafting becomes obvious once you pick how your are gonna build
- All cards are just boring point scoring
- Terrible score track
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10. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1026]
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Desperately needs a 2nd edition

+ Cyberpunk
+ Cool storytelling mechanics
+ Puzzle is abstract but cool

- You are not so much fingering out a murder, but planting evidence
- Amazingly broken cards that shouldn't have got past alpha testing
- Poor balance in just about everything
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11. Board Game: Android: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1257]
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Doesn't work

+ Good idea on paper

- Little ass cards
- Rarely get to see 1/2 the game
- Not that interesting
 
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12. Board Game: ARC [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Surprisingly good

+ Good theme idea
+ Plays more than 2
+ Unique factions

- Odd distribution choices
- Too old school CCG for it's own good
- Needs more cards
- Theme doesn't shine well
 
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13. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:936]
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One of my favorite deckbuilders

+ Different theme than other dbs
+ Pvp stuff
+ Variable player powers

- Needs more cards
- Buildings don't seem that useful
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14. Board Game: Batman: Arkham City Escape [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:9060]
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So close to being really good

+ Good theme

- Bad art
- Awful action point system based on dice chucking
- That system leaves the game completely luck based
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15. Board Game: Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3945]
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I like it, but been mixed amongst friends

+ Play as villains
+ Area control works well
+ Villains all play different

? Could have had better art/components

- Broken at 3 players
- 2 Players needs a variant
- Runs too long
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16. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Top 5 game for me, love this game!


+ Awesome job with the theme
+ Variable player powers
+ Hidden traitor is so fun

? Long play time

- Gotta play with the right people
- I don't get to play it enough
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17. Board Game: Berserk: War of the Realms [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:4203] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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So glad I decided to pnp this so I could pre sale my kickstarter

+ Good art
+ Very cool no card draw gameplay

- Awful rulebook
- Terrible balance
- Dice rolling seems unnecessary
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18. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
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1st play, pretty neat

+ Good use of theme and story
+ Different scenarios
+ Traitor

- Seemed kind of fiddly
- Unclear rules in a few parts
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19. Board Game: BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1768]
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Wish I loved it, as I'm a huge bioshock infinite fan

+ Good work with the theme
+ Good art design
+ Upgrading cards is a very cool concept...

- ... poorly executed (it's way too fast)
- Dice decides everything
- Getting VP is unfair at times
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20. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:240]
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Liked it so far

+ Good theme
+ Fun gameplay
+ Unique but balanced teams

- Not particularly deep
- Downtime at 4 players
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21. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:902]
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Theme I hate

+ Unqiue center table gameplay
+ Good resource system

- Tons of text
- Feels like an old ccg, with the problems of old ccgs
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22. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:631]
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Good for non gamers I'd think

+ Gateway and easy to understand
+ Push your luck done right

- Too simplistic for gamers
- Could use some abilities
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Finally got to try this "classic". color me unimpressed.

+ Tile placement is interesting
+ Works at different player counts

- Wonky scoring
- Little rules
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24. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:811]
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With expansion. For some reason I really enjoy this game.

+ Easy to understand rules
+ Expansion adds good decision making
+ Good gateway
+ Visually appealing

- Expansion is a must have
- Can be too easy at higher player counts
- Too light for some
- Promos overpowered
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25. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Another classic I got to play for the first time

+ Wasn't terrible

??? How did this become one of the most popular board games of all time

- Boring theme
- Luck based gameplay
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