Games release in 2014
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Some friends were talking about 2014 titles they liked, and what they thought of them. I geeked out and did some queries to figure out what games published in 2014 I'd played.

Instead of just responding, and since it was actually easier to respond in a Geeklist, figured I'd put it up here.
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1. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:394] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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A 4.5/5 is an awful high rating for me, but the game is so easy, the Android/IOS app is so convenient, and the laughs are aplenty, so, I give it high ratings!

It appears this is my favorite game of 2014. It's not something I would have thought of putting up as "Davebo's Favorite Game of 2014!", but, it's a lot of fun, and I assume I'll be playing this many, many years from now.
 
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2. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:436]
Board Game: Evolution
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I must be in a real optimistic mood. So many games are getting 4/5!

But, this one I think will stick regardless. I liked this one quite a bit when I played the "original" (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/71021/evolution-orig...). Although I did like the clean artwork of the original, the artwork on this version is quite nice.

I geek out pretty good on animals and evolution, so I knew this one would be right up my alley. When I saw it on Kickstarter, I booked it, didn't even think very hard about the choice.

One thing I have noticed is that players that lack experience are hammered pretty good, I'll have to make sure to discover what the pitfalls are, and describe them well.

Gonna call this my Favorite Gamery-game of 2014!
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3. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:116]
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Another first-play at MeepleFest. Game has a real nice weight to it, real sweet spot for me. The random placement is nice, I can see playing this for quite a few years.
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4. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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I think giving this game a 4/5 may be premature, but what the heck. It has a nice "I'm living out the movie Aliens" feel to it, so hats off. Not complicated, definitely something I'd like to play again.
 
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5. Board Game: Paperback [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:433]
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Fun little game I first played at Doug Garrett's MeepleFest. Deck builder where you gain points by spelling words. What really makes this game sing is the artwork, but the game carries itself.

I also like that it doesn't take "Scrabble-brain" to play it. The words one must spell need not be bizarre.
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6. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:372]
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Played this first at BGG.CON.

Last I heard this still hadn't been released, but I thought it was a fun game, with decent depth, that didn't overstay its welcome.
 
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7. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:912]
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I've only played this once, and just the other day, but it really struck me as fun. Not too heavy, and the choices weren't overly complicated. But, enough there to cause some thought.
 
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8. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157]
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I was introduced this game in April, and quickly purchased it. A fun game.

My difficulty will be getting people to play with. I'm not a sharky player, never one to pay much attention to what others are up to. Add that to the fact that two of my closest gamer buds don't care for it, and we'll see if it gets to the table much.
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9. Board Game: Monikers [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:355] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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DISCLAIMER: I was part of the beta testers for this product.

I'm a huge fan of the party game Time's Up. This game takes more modern, "hip" topics and applies the same mechanism.

Now, anyone who's anyone knows that Time's Up power is in its sheer volume of cards. The rules for Time's Up and Moniker are both from the public domain game "Celebrity". My concern for Moniker is that it may not have the staying power of Time's Up due to it being so timely, and perhaps not having the depth of cards. But, even if I'm not playing it five years from now, who cares? I think I'll still get lots of plays out of it. I anxiously await my Kickstarter official release version, which should be here soon.
 
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10. Board Game: Pairs [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2442]
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How odd to give this game 4/5 after giving Diamonds a 2.5/5. Well, Diamonds isn't a 5 minute game. I realize this game is older than 2014, but as I got it in the Kickstarter this year, I'm counting it.

Fun little game, easy to teach, and any game that makes people groan, applaud and cheer is a winner in my book.
 
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11. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:61]
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Another game I had to go review pictures of in order to remember much about it.

I enjoyed it, and think that it'll be a game which will get a few plays out of it, then, I'll be done. But, until then, I think I'll dig it.
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12. Board Game: Uruk II: Die Entwicklung geht weiter [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:5993]
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I just don't know what to do about this game.

I'm a big fan of the original Uruk with 20 plays. I even acquired an Artscow version of Uruk in English. A complaint I've always had with it is that the rules are hard to convey, and I constantly find myself referring to the rulebook.

So when you thought Uruk II came out with streamlined rules and improved bits I'd love it, right? Well, I'm just not sure. Some of the tension has been removed with the rules simplification, so I may create a hybrid version that brings back some of the things I liked about Uruk.
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13. Board Game: Temporum [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3193]
Board Game: Temporum
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I'm always a sucker for time travel movies, especially when one experiments with the concept of changing the past to impact the present.

Temporum has that as a key element.

Not too deep, but deep enough, another that hits my sweet spot.

I'll have to give it another play or two to see if it slips into that coveted "4/5 star" spot.
 
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14. Board Game: Isaribi [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6735]
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I only had one aborted attempt at this game, but the artwork grabbed me and I thought the game play was going to be simple fun.
 
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15. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:449] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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First played at BGG.CON.

Is this game real luck-based? Does it wear out its welcome? I'm not quite sure. It's rather quick, but, maybe not quick enough?

I'm not sure if all of the cards in the deck are appropriately useful, or if there's really only one path to victory. I think I need to play it more to find out.
 
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16. Board Game: Valley of the Kings [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:768] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Bad sign when I need to look at pictures of a game to see what I thought. Now, I did that with "Legendary Encounters" above, and that ended up to be a pleasant surprise.

As I recall, it was nice enough. I give it a 3/5 because I don't recall hating it, but neither do I remember loving it.
 
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17. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:847]
Board Game: Diamonds
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First played at BGG.CON, but have since played again. There's an analogy I like to give, which fits this game well. Water tastes good. Kool Aid tastes better, but watery Kool Aid is worse than either. Or, to quote Revelation 3:16 "But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!"

It's an okay game. Harmless. However, even though I tend to avoid trick taking games because sharky players eviscerate me, this one is just too luck-based, and lacking too much of the skills required that Hearts, a game I like, requires. I miss the need to hold back cards, and to carefully pass, as one need do in Hearts. I hate being required to count cards in a game, but, I miss that need here. I realize that Diamonds is note entirely a luck-based games, and I'm sure sharky players will slaughter me, but still, I'm lukewarm on it.
 
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18. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:641]
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There's a lot of buzz around this, but, I just didn't like it much. Trying to figure out if "you're winning" felt less fun and more like a task.

Need to give it another try.
 
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19. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:466]
Board Game: Camel Up
David G.
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I've only played this once, at Meeplefest.

Perhaps I need to try this again, but I saw no game here. The choices were always quite apparent, and when I tried to shake things up by not just grabbing points, I was rewarded with a low return.
 
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20. Board Game: Cubo [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:13125]
Board Game: Cubo
David G.
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Played at BGG.CON.

I wouldn't refuse to play it, but, there just wasn't much here. One of those games where you feel like you should have a lot of control and impact, and you really are just at the whim of a few dice rolls.
 
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21. Board Game: Lost Legacy: The Starship [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1675] [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
Board Game: Lost Legacy: The Starship
David G.
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Sorry "Lost Legacy", I have NO RECOLLECTION of playing you. For that reason, I have to give you a low rating. You should have stuck better in my head!
 
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22. Board Game: Rolling Japan [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4832]
Board Game: Rolling Japan
David G.
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Tried first at BGG.CON.

Another game that SEEMS like it should have the delicious agony of Qwixx or Wurfel Bohnanza, but instead, it's just frustrating agony.
 
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23. Board Game: Doodle City [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3596]
Board Game: Doodle City
David G.
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What a fun name! What fun box art! What a fun concept! What a dud.

Didn't grab me, just seemed frustrating. Not delightfully frustrating like Qwixx, just, maddening.
 
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24. Board Game: McJohny's [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:10885]
Board Game: McJohny's
David G.
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Played at BGG.CON.

Insignificant game play busy work with nice packaging and presentation.
 
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25. Board Game: Maskmen [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3325]
Board Game: Maskmen
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Great design, but the fiddliness of having to figure out what ranks where is distracting and was a puzzle which shouldn't have been there. When you take that out, it's just a simple trick-taking game with great bits and artwork.
 
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