Games at Mind Games 2015
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We looked at 56 games and three puzzles or puzzle collections this year. The winners are here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/190807/mensa-select-winner.... The results some years leave me scratching my head, but not this year's. Those five games are all enjoyable. The following is a list of all the games.
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1. Board Game: Alpha Bandits [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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2. Board Game: Anarchy in the Monarchy [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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A relatively unknown company brought us this climbing game this year and last year's trick-taker, Elbows Up. The latter game is fairly straightforward; Anarchy, on the other hand, becomes weird as it tries to stick to its theme.
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3. Board Game: Ani-Gram-It [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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4. Board Game: Animal Winner Family Board Game [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Animal trivia for kids, mostly, although some of the "hard" questions can be just that, even for adults.
 
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5. Board Game: Battle Sheep [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1217]
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Goodbye, Hey! That's My Fish. I've found your successor, and it takes no time at all to set up.
 
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6. Board Game: Bellz! [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:4893]
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7. Board Game: BOP! [Average Rating:5.66 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: Castellan [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2988]
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9. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:84]
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A winner. No surprise, given Suburbia's success.
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10. Board Game: Chocoltized Quotes [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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11. Board Game: Choice Words [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
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Match Play is fun; Scratch Play not so much, but then I dislike Scattergories.
 
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12. Board Game: Crowded Waters [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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I thought this abstract did not quite work; it's too bad, because the designer tried mightily to create the feel of a shark moving through water.
 
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13. Board Game: D!Git [Average Rating:3.95 Unranked]
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14. Board Game: Dimension [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1508]
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Terrific game. The timer will keep AP types from ruining it.
 
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15. Board Game: Dohdles! [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:7224]
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Nicely re-done version of Barbarossa
 
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16. Board Game: Dolly's Bookworm [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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17. Board Game: Dozen Doubloons [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Dragonwood [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1637]
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A winner. The convention has been accused of being a PR event for Gamewright (and Educational Insights, Mindware, and Thinkfun, for that matter), and the company probably does hold the record for wins. This one is pretty good.
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19. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:334]
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This is not quite what comes to mind when I think of a card-driven game, but it's close enough for me to give it a pass in the future.
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20. Board Game: Fliip Football [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:8438]
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21. Board Game: The Game of 49 [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2433]
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22. Board Game: Gist: The Game of Dueling Metaphors [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: The Great Debate [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:11012] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Hogger Logger [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:13233]
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25. Board Game: Just Desserts [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4323]
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