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In time, this is to become my personal boardgame collection tracker and radar at the same time.

It's a futile attempt to track which games I'd like to buy or already bought and if I played them and such things. Hopefully it will put things in perspective and make my purchases less impulsive.

We'll see about that.

Ofcourse, comments are welcome.
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1. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:4]
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Terraforming Mars is one of those titles that I'm realy looking forward to.

It has many of the things that I like in a game:

+ science (and fiction ofcourse)

+ cards !!
Not sure if this involves deckbuilding?

+ I appreciate their artwork a lot


I found some info here: http://www.fryxgames.se/news/page/2/ and I hope that they will bring it to Essen this year for me to test & play & most probably also buy.
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2. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:29]
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A true classic, even if it's only around for 8-10 years or something.

+ epic game

- military can be a heavy point-swinger, even for experienced players

- price tag was 65€ something but you get lots of paper, cardboard and some wood for your money.

- fiddly, that's why many people prefer the online version

+ great gameplay, so many options, it's a bid addictive.


Weird that I have so many "-" (minus) points for a game that I like so much. Can't even explain properly why I like it.
 
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3. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:35]
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My copy of eclipse has seen regular playtime back in the day when it was first released.
Alas, it hasn't been played in quite some time due to changes in the gaming group and some people giving up on the game, considering it as fundamentally broken.
Myself I'd love to play it again sometime.

+ euro-style 4-X game

+ science fiction theme

+ building and configuring starships to battle the oponents

+/- Ships are not cardboard but plastic. the designs are a bit bland but functional.

+/- Playtime can be a bit at the long side which isn't a minus perse.

- difficult to get it on the table in my gaming-group

+ the boxes from the ship-pack and ancients-expansion are very good for holding my collection of Android: Netrunner cards.


Also bought the expansion back when it was first released to Belgium and I realy liked the ancients and new races.

There's still a lot to explore in this game for me.

I bought Eclipse: Ship Pack One also but I never used those mini's except once if I remember correctly.


 
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4. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:41]
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Bought this game at the fair today 24th of may 2015.

Why did I buy this?

+ It's title references to history which is a serious plus for me.

+ Someone in my gaming-group described this as a good euro-game, that "someone" is a bit of a BG-guru to me and I rarely dislike any game he likes.

+ looks like one of those games I can play with the other half and many members of my gaming-group.

- I didn't even bother to look at the rules just yet.

+ price: about 35€
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5. Board Game: La Granja [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:121]
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A recent addition to my collection (begin may 2015)

This game was originally released by Spielworxx about one year ago, took some time before it was finally picked up by publishers around the globe. Probably this is due to licensing deals etc.

I can safely state that this game is a gem! One of my recent favorites. (that tends to shift about with time)

+ Had the chance to play it when it was originally released by Spielworxx.

- Had to wait a LOOOOONGGG time before I could get a copy. I'm rarely willing to pay loanshark prices for a boardgame, no matter how much I like it.

+ The card & dice mechanism and resource managment make it a challenging game without ever getting complex.

+ Play time is not too long, never bored, not even in a 4-player game.

+ price tag: about 33€
 
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6. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:376]
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Phil Eklund's games are often (if not always) based on scientific facts. This sometimes leads to great games like this one.

+ history! (yeah, I know) I'm a bit intrigued by the inhumanity of this period and by extent the situation of Mexico nowadays.

+/- playtime is rather long, but this could be a plus because the game is fun.

+ challenging but not overly unrewarding like High Frontier

- availability was dissapointing but ...

+ there's a collectors edt. up for sale at Sierra Madre Games with a special "board" which can be used also for Pax Pamir

- 46€ + shipping (or Essen pickup for free) is rather steep but it's worth it in this case.


status: preordered the collectors edt.
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7. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Empires [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:387]
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Just (2015-05-25) backed this game on the (in)famous (depending on subject) crowdfunding site kickstarter.

- pricetag: the Academy Games, Inc.' games are never cheap but this looks like an intriguing game. (60$ + 20$ shipping)

+ history of the mediteranean and near east, the source of our great whistle civilization. And the perfect setting for every classic CIV game.

+ CIV game, build your empire and protect yourself and your trade-interests. I'm looking for more info about the rules.

- have to wait until november 2015 (and probably a while longer since it's on KS)

+ Rules for 2 player version included

- The "updated" rules for this game are nowhere to be seen yet.
 
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8. Board Game: Sigismundus Augustus: Dei gratia rex Poloniae [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3837]
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This is a very nice game, though I only had one opportunity to play it yet. Definitely need more plays asap.

I bought the game at the Essen 2013 fair because I'm a sucker for history-themed games. It was never on my radar before I passed the booth.
Don't remember the price but I think it was about 45€?


- difficult to find takers for this one in my gaming group although it's a good euro-style game with lots of flavour.

+ historical setting, this game just drowns in it.

+ not too heavy, there's some learning to do however but it's not a light game either.

+ Expect the game to take a while, it's an evening filler type of game.

+ the bargaining mechanic is well done. There's some politics but nothing that will paralyze the game with endless palavering.

 
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9. Board Game: Valley of the Kings [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:641] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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A micro-boxed AEG title.

+ the size to game ratio is good.

+ a deck-building, set-collecting "micro" game. Every player has a starting deck and there's a central "pyramid" of cards from which players can buy cards to add to their personal decks.

+ fast playtime if you played it once, easy to learn.

- maybe this will be boring soon, not sure if there's much replayability. However, I do think that it'll be one of those games that can be fun if not played too frequent. (that shouldn't be a problem for me )

-/+ price was about 16€ for just a small deck of cards, but backed by a decent game.

 
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10. Board Game: Riff Raff [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1240]
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A dexterity game with some planning and tactics.

+ card mechanism forces you to make some tactical choices during the game

+ short playtime, too short to get bored

+ nice quality components

- setup is a bit clumsy, but the material is sturdy, so it should last a while.
 
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11. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:740] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Classic kids game, I'm lucky that nowadays, there's some interesting choice of children's games that I can play with my kids which are even for me fun to play.

It's difficult to give those games a rating on BGG because they're most enjoyable with the kids and between adults, can be rather boring anyway because of the simplicity.

I do like dexterity games, so if not playing with kids, I'd prefer Riff Raff over this one anytime because of the added play value.

+ very easy to learn for kids

+ not a memory game!!

+ short playing time, can play multiple times with the kids without them (or me) getting bored.

+ beautiful wooden animals to play with

 
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12. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1110]
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I like to play this with the girls, (almost) 5 and 6 years old.

+ combination strategy & memory

+ difficulty is modular, easy to give handicap to "older" player.

- fiddly to put back in and to get out of the box

+ it's got CHEESE!! yip. We play this with a dish of cheese on the side.
 
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13. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:894]
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I already played this games on multiple occasions over the past years but only last year, at the Essen 2014 fair, I got the chance to buy it secondhand (however still in shrink) from an American none-the-less. (Isn't this a Belgian game?)

+ fun! like the name so indicates, this game is really fun.

+ Ideal as a filler or as a warmup before the meatier games hit the table. Or even as an evening filler if you so please.

+ quick to learn, no complicated rules.
 
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14. Board Game: Subdivision [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2114]
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This was an impulse buy when I was scooping through the shop whilst my only goal was to return back home with La Granja.

+ I did like suburbia and this originated from the same stable.

- It feels a little bland to me, not a bad game but just a little too "meh".

- price tag: 45€ for just a bit of cardboard and some small wooden fries, seriously overpriced for it's contents if you ask me. But it seems that more Bézier Games boardgames suffer from the same issue.
It's unlikely I'll buy from Bezier again, not even the very good game Castles of Mad King Ludwig which I like a lot.


Definitely want to give this game another go sometime, preferably with more than 2 players, maybe it's better that way. With only one play at this time, my rating is probably bound to change.
 
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15. Board Game: The Foreign King [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:5131]
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Recently crowdfunded game on giochistarter.it

+ interesting theme

+/- reminds me a lot of El Grande, I like that game but don't play it very often anymore so maybe buying this one is a bit redundant?

+/- pricetag is about 24€ without shipping (afaik) which is a good price however, they work with this early bid marketing system which could've been my trigger to buy this. Now that I missed it, not so sure.

- the crowdfunding site sent me a confirmation email when I created my account. ... with my password in plaintext... I don't feel to well about this so I'll probably never fund anything there.


status: I'll probably wait and try this out before I buy. (Maybe on Essen 2015?)

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