My 2015 Gathering of Friends - by Stephen Glenn
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The 2015 Gathering of Friends was pretty special for me. I had three new games (Spike, Rattlebones and Lumis) that were all very well received. On top of that, I discovered a new game that will almost certainly enter my personal top 10.

It was a great year. Here's a geeklist of my experiences. In alphabetical order (for your protection).
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1. Board Game: 504 [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2051]
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It seems impossible that this idea can work, but it does. We asked Friedemann to pick a combination of mechanisms that he had not physically played. He did, and we played a game. Amazing. Not sure if it was the greatest or most fun game I've ever played, but I don't think that's the point. If nothing else, this is a fascinating design exercise. I can't wait to own one just so I can study it and see how he did it.
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2. Board Game: Abraca...what? [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1944]
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Code 777 with funny spells is the best way to describe this one. I played it 3x. There's probably more guesswork than deduction, and it's more fun if you do a little role-playing when casting spells.
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3. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:602]
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Played 3x. Quite the two player brain burner. Pick up and deliver to earn money to excavate temples to earn more action points, etc. A very tight little design.
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4. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:778]
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One of my favorites a couple of years ago. Seems to have all but disappeared (and where are the expansions?)
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5. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:367]
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Played a prototype of this last year and it confused the hell out of me. I guess I wanted it to feel more like real baseball. I gave it another try this year and now I truly recognize its brilliance. In fact, this is the game I thought about most on my 12-hour drive home. Quite inspiring.
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6. Board Game: But Wait, There's More! [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2626] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Sat down to play an "adult" version of this game. Frankly, I think the game is robust enough that you can make it "adult" without specific cards. On the other hand, a broom designed for breast men is a product I would consider buying.
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7. Board Game: Ciúb [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4705]
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A thinky, Yahtzee-type game. Too much downtime with 4 players. Would like to revisit with 2 or 3.
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8. Board Game: Dark Moon [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:746]
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Upcoming game by my good friend and roommate, Evan Derrick. It's going to be a BGG darling, for sure.
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9. Board Game: Dark Seas [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4070]
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Game by my good friend and non-roommate, Anthony Rubbo. We had a lot of fun with it. Just make sure you play with the designer's rules. I assume they are posted in the files section.
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10. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:195] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This was the last game of the Gathering for me. I'm really not in the LOVE camp for this one. In fact, someone standing by our table called it "barely a game" and I think I agree. I'm not even sure I consider it a particularly fun activity. Yea... I just don't get it.
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11. Board Game: Favor of the Pharaoh [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1112]
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I played "To Court The King" many years ago and it did not leave a great impression on me. Big pictures and tiny icons and it seemed to go on forever. I did not have high hopes for this game, but it seems improved in almost every conceivable way. Really enjoyed it.
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12. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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Five Tribes was getting a TON of love during the summer cons, but I think there were only two copies in the entire ballroom. I rarely saw it being played. I guess with a thousand new games being released each year, a game can't expect to stay in the limelight for any reasonable length of time. A shame, since this is one of my favorites, and it was my pick from the prize table.
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13. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:731]
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A kind of fun, reasonably interesting game that I can't imagine ever wanting to play again.
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14. Board Game: Loony Quest [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:650]
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Pretty silly game where you're drawing on clear overlays in an attempt to "hit" things when you place it on a drawing. Watch a video if that's not clear. We didn't like the tokens that let you screw with other players.
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15. Board Game: Loopin' Chewie [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2199]
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Three player Loopin' Louie. After years of perfecting my 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 shots, I now have to work on my 1/3 and 2/3 shots? What's up with that?
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16. Board Game: Lumis: Der Pfad des Feuers [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:7428]
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One of mine. I really love it. Sold in the fall of 2012.
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17. Board Game: Milestones [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2125]
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This was played.
 
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18. Board Game: Montage [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:3667]
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Got in two games of this TOP 10 word game. I really love it.
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19. Board Game: Orongo [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3791]
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I'm convinced Reiner designed this game in 1998, left it in a bottom drawer and then forgot about it until 17 years later. This is the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt of board games.
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20. Board Game: Rapa Nui [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1933]
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Yg4t5w0lg
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21. Board Game: Rattlebones [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2306]
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Another one of mine. Like everyone else, I look forward to seeing the dice mechanism used in meatier games NOT designed by me

Sold in the spring of 2009.
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22. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:197]
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Nope. Just not for me at all. Too many rules and a flurry of scoring possibilities. A real treat for those who love that sort of thing, I suppose.
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23. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
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Almost everyone I spoke with said they preferred this to the original cardgame. I felt the opposite. I really do not like the fact that easy mistakes can happen behind the screen -- even with 100% honest players. It was played mostly simultaneously and privately with no one even really caring what the other players were doing. When it was over someone had won.
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24. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:695]
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This game represents my VERY successful flea market sale. I drove by myself this year and had lots of extra space in the van, so I loaded it up with boxes of games to sell.

Ironically, this is one of the few games that did NOT sell. I thought Runebound 2e was in high, hot demand. I went as low as $30 before the flea market ended. It's still in my collection.
 
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25. Board Game: Spike [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:2880]
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Another one of mine. Designed and developed over the course of two years (FYI, that's a long time for me to stick with a design). Sold in the spring of 2014.
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