disom's 15 Unplayed in 2015 or How I embraced playing games that had no business being unplayed
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This is my list for the Alternative 2015 Challenge: Play 15 of your unplayed games in 2015 -- Now w/ microbadges!!!. My goal is to play at least 15 games that currently sit unplayed on my shelves. Many of the games on this list have absolutely no business being unplayed so I will do them justice by getting them to the table in 2015. It'll be a tough task because some of them are longer games which don't mix with having a kid turning two in May and having another child coming in June. But I will do my best to get through the 15 I list and hopefully will be able to add some more before the year is out. So without further ado, here are the 15 games I must get on the table in 2015:

Progress:
02/08/15 - 3 of 15 Played Total
02/22/15 - 4 of 15 Played Total
03/01/15 - 6 of 15 Played Total
03/22/15 - 7 of 15 Played Total
04/25/15 - 8 of 15 Played Total
08/09/15 - 10 of 15 Played Total

FAILED
I wasn't able to get any more of the unplayed to the table but I did roll 4 of the 5 of them into this year's list.
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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This has been sitting on the shelf since April when I ordered it for my birthday. I've watched a handful of gameplay videos and this one seems like it'll be a great shorter game once the group gets in a handful of plays.
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2. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:111]
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This was also apart of my birthday purchase. The longer play time and the groups strange aversion to Euros at the time of purchase caused this one to sit. The long rule book looked daunting but the group wants to get this to the table after playing other worker placement Euros.
 
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3. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:219]
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The was the final game in the birthday purchase back in April. I got all three games for under the $100 in gift cards I had to Amazon and this one was the one I was most excited for. Exploration games are great and this classic should go over well with the group.
 
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4. Board Game: Quarto [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:819]
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I looooove me some abstracts, especially when they are wooden. Which is why this Gigamic game needs to make it to the table in 2015. With it being a two player game, it should be one of the easier ones to play.

*** Played 2/8/2015 ***
I got to play this a couple times and it's a fun little abstract with beautiful components which is no surprise because it's a Gigamic product. My opponent and I came to the realization that with enough plays, if two players are proficient enough, this game would often end in draws like our second game did. That didn't take away my enjoyment of it.
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5. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1094]
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I recently acquired this game in a trade for Monopoly: Heirloom Edition. Having picked up a near mint condition copy of said Monopoly for just $4 at a thrift store, this was one of my better grabs. My wife's brother-in-law also has this on his wishlist so this may be one of the first to make it to the table.
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6. Board Game: Gobblet [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1819]
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Another wooden abstract that I'd love to play. This copy came as a part of a trade where I received about 8 games for a base game plus some expansions for Game of Thrones: The Card Game which I picked up at a thrift store for $3. The box was cracked and missing part of the cover but it doesn't mean the game should sit unplayed and injured.

*** Played 2/8/2015 ***
I really enjoyed this game. I only got to play it once but having to remember what pieces where under what kept the game interesting. A complete brain fart by my opponent led to victory on my part when he though he had a piece under one of mine that would have given him the win but instead I gobbled up one of his pieces to complete the line of 4.
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7. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:1812]
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I got this in my stocking a couple years ago but never thought anything of it until reading more about it here on the geek. Some people seem to really enjoy it and I'm a big fan of filler card games so we'll see how it goes.

***Played 4/25/15***
Didn't expect to get any gaming in this past weekend since I was out of town for a wedding but I was determined to try this game out. I got two games in with deadwringer. There aren't a lot of choices to make but for a filler that plays in less than 10 minutes, this game is a lot of fun. The Deal Breaker card that allows you to steal a full set of properties is rather overpowered to the point of almost being broken. There should be more Just Say No cards to counter it. I won both games but they were both very close. I'd like to see how this plays with 3 and 4 players.
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8. Board Game: Monza [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1879]
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I was floored when I saw this HABA game sitting at Goodwill for only a couple of dollars. The components for HABA's games are always top notch. This is my first one and after finding an interesting variant here on BGG I think the group will like it while I wait for my daughter to get a little older to play the original way.

*** Played 3/1/2015 ***
Our 22 month old daughter, Grace, woke up while we were playing The Walking Dead Board Game: The Best Defense so she sat on my lap while we finished. She has a fascination with the board games when we bring them out and often says "Oooo games", so I decided to get out Monza for her first board gaming experience. I wasn't sure if we could get through a game with her, but we did and the darnedest thing happened, the little bugger won! We let her pick out her own car and of course she chose purple. My wife took white and I went with blue. We let Grace hold the dice and drop them on her turn and then we moved her car accordingly after asking her what colors were on each die. She moved right along while my wife and I kept getting stuck behind her, unable to roll the colors we needed. On Grace's off turns, we let her play with the other cars to keep her occupied but she was right back into it once we handed her the dice. She blew us both away despite my late rally. This game will always have a special game in my heart because of this memory.


Grace playing with the green car after winning with her purple car.
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9. Board Game: Vineta [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2966]
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Another game received in trade. This was a throw in to even the trade out but looks to be a perfect game for my group.

***Played 8/9/15***
During a day of gaming I got to play this with deadwringer. After getting through the rules, we started playing even though we were confused at first. After the first turn, we got it and then things got interesting. It's a fun little game of cat and mouse once you realize that it's not possible to have to use the cards you already played until all of them have been used. I squeaked out a tie breaker victory despite getting only 1 of 5 meeples on the last turn. Thankfully there was one of my color left and that ended up being the deciding factor. We'll definitely be playing this again and I'd like to try it with more players.
 
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10. Board Game: Black Sheep [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3962]
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I picked this Knizia game for $3 at a thrift store and despite it being taped all to hell, it's in great condition. It may be directed more towards children, but I need to check it out to see if I should keep it for when my kids get older.
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11. Board Game: Break the Safe [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4454]
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My wife's brother-in-law thrifted 3 copies of this game over a couple years' time in order to make one copy. He gave me the two parts copies and I was able to cobble together another complete copy. Co-ops are popular with my group because we get at each other's throats with most other games so it's a nice change of pace.

*** Played 3/22/2015 ***
My wife's twin sister and brother-in-law were over for a day of gaming yesterday and this was among the many games we played. Our daughter needed a nap so shortly after starting a game of Fluxx, my wife went to lay down with her on the couch which left 3 of us to finish that game and then start something new. I figured a co-op was in order and they said they hadn't beaten it in 2 player mode so we gave it a shot. Since this is more of kid's game, not much strategy was involved and we made quick work of finding all of the keys. We did end up revealing all of the red tiles in order to find them but with just 4 minutes to go, we had a string of terrible rolls on everyone's part. Two of us got to the safe room but one kept getting sent to jail by the dog or the guard. The most entertaining part of the game was when we were quickly rolling and passing the dice to the one player who was left. With just 1 minute left on the time, we were able to Break the Safe. I don't think this will get to the table anytime soon but I'll save it for when my kids get older.
 
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12. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11140] [Average Rating:5.59 Unranked]
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I picked this up year's ago after trading in all of my Magic: The Gathering cards. I had a few dollars left to spend in store credit and decided to pick this up. My group has a copy but I've never played it.

***Played 8/9/15***
During a day of gaming I got to play this with deadwringer and my wife. We jumped right in and played 4 games in a row because they ended so quickly. The cards that affect what words you can't say made for a few laughs as each person tried to get the other players to say one of forbidden phrases. We didn't get to check out all of the cards but we will in time as I can see us playing this in between some heavier or longer games as a palette refresher of sorts.
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13. Board Game: The Walking Dead: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6772] [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
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I'm a huge fan of the show, zombies, and any game with a solitaire variant. This game hit all three and I got an unpunched copy for $5 at Goodwill. It may not get to the table with the group but it'll definitely get their as a solo adventure.

*** Played 2/22/2015 ***
After having to wait until almost 3 in the afternoon for our daughter to take a nap, my wife and I were finally able to sit down and play this. She was more interested in playing co-op rather than against each other so we did that. We drew Glenn and Dale who just happened to be right next to each other. After a turn each, we joined the same party. Having a large dice pool made the game rather easy so we decided to scout the 3 locations needed plus both of the private locations we had drawn. As fans of the show, we enjoyed this for the theme but the gameplay was also fun. I'd like to play this game with 4 for a different experience.

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14. Board Game: The Walking Dead Board Game: The Best Defense [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4743]
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This game hits all three things I liked about the last entry. I picked it up the same day as the last entry for only $3. Again, I don't know it the group will see it but I'll give it a go solo style.

*** Played 3/1/2015 ***
Following last Sunday's lead, we waited for our daughter to take a nap before busting this one out. Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy this game as much as we did The Walking Dead: The Board Game. It was alright but the rules are very poorly written and the whole thing felt very clunky to both of us. We also found it to be rather easy so perhaps playing on the hardcore mode would have made it more interesting. I'd like to play with 4 to see if the experience changes but with many better games out there, this one might be headed back to Goodwill. In the meantime, it's definitely going on the trade pile.
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15. Board Game: Slamwich [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:15345]
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This has been sitting on the shelves for nearly two years. I've almost given it away or donated it but I only payed $1 for it and I can't justify getting rid of a game that takes up so little space before giving it a try.

*** Played 2/8/2015 ***
This game was more fun than I thought it was going to be. I'm not really a fan of "slapping" games but my opponent and I had a boat load of laughs. We realized before starting that the card counts were all off. I don't know if it was a printing error or if the previous owner had customized it with another copy before donating it to Goodwill. It didn't seem to effect game play so I won't bother trying to hunt down the right cards. I'll keep this because of it's small footprint for when my kids get older.
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