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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
Charlie Theel
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Reviewer: Byron
Rating: 4 Stars
Link: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/7wondersreview.html

In which Byron compares 7 Wonders to the pizza place down the street.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Leaders [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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In other words, Leaders provides a little direction for your 7 Wonders game. It’s a great way to shine a spotlight on certain aspects of the game and give you more focused opportunities
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3. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:324]
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Reviewer: Nate
Rating: 3 Stars
Link: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/abyssreview.html

Nate's first review and he brands Ariel's father with the scarlet letter.
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4. Board Game: Achaia [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:4880]
Jason Meyers
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Link: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/reviewcorner/achaia-review/

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Achaia is not for the timid or orderly. It is an angst-ridden storm of shifting power, back-stabbing and ever-changing positions that often fly out of control, no matter how well you try to shore up your footing. Familiarity with its source material and setting may enhance your enjoyment, but isn’t necessary. Because its theme of unadulterated intrigue is ubiquitous - and one we can all get behind.
 
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5. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:209]
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It’s a game that’s not afraid to let players fail. Poor investments, risky tile placements that don’t pay off, and yes, even a little bit of bad luck can sink the would-be tycoon’s hopes and dreams. The flipside of this of course is that the game greatly rewards those who avoid these pitfalls. In many lesser designs, everyone is equally, gradually working toward victory without any big leaps--so a win is cheapened, and a loss does not teach us anything. Acquire, on the other hand, creates a space in which players can work toward big moments, mammoth payoffs that they’ll feel truly responsible for.
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6. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2218]
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In practice, Alcatraz drops the soap
 
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7. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:80]
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Link: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/alchemistsreview.html

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I cannot recommend Alchemists highly enough. It’s sharp. Replay value is high. And gameplay is tense. If you get a chance to play this title, do so.
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8. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:397]
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The game is not very confrontational, requires smart play and includes some luck in the draw of cards and tiles. Yet its randomness is just enough to level the playing field. It’s never over-bearing and doesn’t give experienced players an unfair advantage. All of these elements create a very accessible family-style game.
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9. Board Game: Android: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1255]
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What makes each run so memorable is that they're never the same. What makes them tense is that you can never be sure what's coming. At heart, Infiltration is a game about pressing your luck, choosing to run for the door when the proximity dial gets hot, or to press on into the belly of the beast, hoping to find something worth the risk.
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10. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:39]
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While the asymmetric game of cat and mouse is baked into Netrunner, the game is so much more than that. In fact, reliance on mere bluffing is a recipe for disaster though some bluffing is necessary. Like many constructed deck games, the match starts before you ever sit down against an opponent.
 
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11. Board Game: Anzio/Cassino [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:9499]
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Battlelines will quickly form over the two or three crucial areas of each warzone, allowing the players to focus on tactics rather than slowly scanning a detailed hex map for an undefended flank or front... Those used to wargaming of yore will feel right at home with the classic attacker-defender ratio system, while neophytes will find the system effortless to learn.
 
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12. Board Game: Arcadia Quest [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:86] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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Arcadia Quest is a great episodic dungeon crawler with a solid sense of persistent, campaign-like elements and a strong narrative framework showing through in the gameplay and how the characters develop over the course of a quest.
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13. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers: Base Game+HQ+Recon [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Link: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/arcticscavengersreview.html

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Rio Grande has brought this gritty deck-builder back from the dead in great fashion. The complete package now feels almost like a "big box" deluxe release while still maintaining an easy entry...
 
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14. Board Game: Argent: The Consortium [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:453]
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With so many options available, the player can feel clever on almost every turn. Each move is a masterpiece of tactical brilliance. Each retreat feels strategic – as though you’re blunting the main force of an opponent’s strike
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15. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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You're right that it is a broken clock. A clock with weird elliptical gears meeting at non-Euclidian angles. And it's true, a broken clock is only "right" twice a day...but even when it's wrong, it's more interesting to watch than a tidy timekeeper. Just the concept of these overlapping, ritualistic, unknowable rule sets spitting out eerily appropriate story moments fits the Lovecraftian theme.
 
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16. Board Game: Ars Victor [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:4192]
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This class of game has been very popular over the past ten years and, for many game players, it’s also a class that has become redundant. So Ars Victor, designed by the very enthusiastic Stephen DeBaun, has its work cut out for itself. It needs to prove that it can stand next to some of the one-hour titans, it has to evidence differentiators that set it apart from the pack and if it’s going to be eligible to be considered THE one hour wargame- it’s got to be awesome.

The good news is that Mr. DeBaun mostly pulls it off...
 
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17. Board Game: B-Sieged: Sons of the Abyss [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2587]
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It's a race to gather weapons, traps, magic spells, and more that allow your valiant team to defend a fleeing—and later returning—messenger as he retrieves a mystical ritual that will banish a horde of demons back to their fiery underworld.
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18. Board Game: The Battle at Kemble's Cascade [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1543]
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Some players might... abandon the game as soon as the novelty wears off. A game this strange can't please everybody. But those who accept its eccentricities will find a surprisingly engrossing tactical puzzle beneath the hood of this cross-medium aberration.
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19. Board Game: Battle Beyond Space [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:4282]
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It's not often that something like this comes along and sort of upsets the notion that squadron-level space games need to be complex to be good.
 
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20. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:180]
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What begins as a handful of soldiers lollygagging around waiting for a battle to start ends in a thrilling finish, where committing to a battle one turn too early or holding back one turn too late can mean defeat. These late turns represent Knizia at his very best, and are more enjoyable than most any other two-player card game out there.

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21. Board Game: The Battle of Five Armies [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:377]
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Ares’ Battle of Five Armies delivers a slowly unfolding epic tale, where each turn, every stroke and counterstroke builds the drama until the very last move pushes the game to its breathtaking conclusion. Despite a few shortcomings, it’s an excellent package that brings many worthy innovations to the tactical wargaming world.
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22. Board Game: BattleCON: Devastation of Indines [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:199] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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The reason that it succeeds is because it doesn’t focus on the twitch reflexes necessary to play fighting video games at a high level (nor could it, given the format). Instead, it focuses on the strategy behind the game and, in doing so, creates an undeniably amazing experience.
 
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23. Board Game: BattleLore (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:132]
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You find yourself painstakingly drafting units, cunningly arranging your battle formations, and min/maxing your army--a process that seems to take as long as the battle itself--only for the dice and cards to decide the game anyway. It tries to be both a customizable minis game as well as a C&C battle game, and I just don’t think it fully succeeds at either.
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24. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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While games like Coup attempt to strip deduction down to its barest essence, BSG tries to distract players with a crazy quilt of game mechanics. You've got Cylon armadas popping onto the board, trying to destroy civilian ships; you've got boarding parties that need to be shot down; you've got the special powers (and handicaps) tied to each character... Even with its TV license stripped away, BSG would be a great game. However, it's a great game, in large part, because it's such a perfect adaptation of the show.
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25. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
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The interesting thing is that you don’t always know how the other side will win. This is especially common for the hero side. Often the betrayer makes rolls or does things that seem … inconsistent with your objective. This leads to a wonderful feeling of suspicion that maybe you should be doing something else, and the paranoid sense that if you don’t move quickly, you’ll end up losing.
 
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