Quest Complete: All Stefan Feld games played.
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I was learning La Isla at Atlanta Game Fest in January and it occured to me that I had played most of Stefan Feld's games. So I set a personal goal to seek out and play every Feld game I had not yet played.

Thanks to Ward Batty who decided to hold a contest to see who could play the most Feld games at Game-O-Rama and encouraged atendees to bring as many Feld titles as possible. And to David Satterfield who brought and taught me the last 3 titles I needed, the task was easier than I expected.

Here are my thoughts on my journey.
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1. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:221]
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Mr Feld and I did not see eye-to-eye at our first meeting. It was 2009, I was fairly new to Eurogames and I felt too constrained by the restriction that you can only use each role once.
To this day I have not played In the Year of the Dragon again, but I am curious as to what I would think of it now.
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2. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:243]
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However Stefan won me over at our second meeting even if I was still unaware of his name. I loved the process of setting yourself up for that big turn where everything clicks. Immediately after my first game I had to have it.
I do not get Macao to the table often now days, it is a bit heavier than the local gamers will tolerate, but I would happily play it anytime.
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3. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Gnomecon 2012 was the first time I played The Castles of Burgundy. It was/is the perfect game for my OCD, I can make my own little board just how I want it. By now I realized that Stefan Feld has made two games I really like and keep an eye out for more.
I still play this often and it is an easy game to teach to new players.
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4. Board Game: Rum & Pirates [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1954]
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I do not remember the exact date I learned Rum & Pirates and I cannot recall exactly how it is played but I did enjoy it and it helped to cement the name Stefan Feld into my mind.
I would happily purchase a copy for my collection.
Avast!
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5. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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I learned Trajan at Atlanta Game Fest 2012. It was about 11PM when we started the game and because no one was very experienced with the game, it took over 3 hours. In the last three years I have only played it two more times, but I did play it this last weekend at Game-O-Rama and I think it is growing on me.
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6. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:873] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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My wife does not like games that involve direct conflict so this one was not a keeper.
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7. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:157]
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Perhaps my favorite Feld game. I grew up in Hawaii, the theme appeals to me, and the mini-games seem to work together so much better than in Trajan.
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8. Board Game: It Happens.. [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3016]
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By now my wife and I are Feld fans, and when Tina saw this was available she bought copies for the store. I enjoyed the game be we decided it was not one we would get to the table often, so we recently sold our copy.
I hope I do not regret selling this one.
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9. Board Game: Rialto [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:768]
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Atlanta Game Fest is where we learn new games and decide what to stock in our store. So at May 2013's Atlanta Game Fest we played Rialto for the first time. Tina and I both liked the card selection mechanic, but Tina did not like the area control aspect.
We own a copy of Rialto but it is still in shrink and alas does not see any play.
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10. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:199]
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I love how simple it is to teach Bruges but I feel too much at the mercy of the cards. Too many times I purchased a card for end of game points never to see another card of that type again.
I like the game, but there are other Feld's I would rather play.
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11. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:218]
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In Jan 2014 my wife and I were invited over to a friend's house for supper and games, we were eager to try Notre Dame when we saw they had a copy of it. As soon as Tina was able we placed an order through our German distributor and got a copy for ourselves and stock for the store.
This is a title I love to play but play badly.
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12. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1839]
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Another game Tina ordered for the store just because it had Stefan Feld's name on the box cover. I have played it a couple times but feel it is the weakest of the Feld games.
Sold our copy, this is one of the few Feld games I would turn down an offer to play.
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13. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:602]
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Yet another Feld title Tina was able to get from our distributor. This one I like but it seems too easy to dominate when you are the richest player. We do have Kaispeicher but have not tried it yet.
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14. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:267]
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We played Ameriga for the first time at Atlanta Game Fest in Jan 2014. I enjoyed it but we have not been able to get it back to the table.
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15. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:359]
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Atlanta Game Fest 2015. A bit heavier than my comfort zone, it will take more plays to figure out a strategy that works.
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16. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:401]
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I bought this for Tina a couple years ago for her Birthday. I like it but it is rules heavy and hard to teach to new players.
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17. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:731]
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The third of three Stefan Feld games we learned at Atlanta Game Fest 2015. A bit more abstract and luck based than the typical Feld. I enjoyed it but Tina was nonplussed.
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18. Board Game: The Name of the Rose [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1533]
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The last three titles on my list I was able to play at Game-O-Rama, this one Tina and I both really liked. Anyone have a copy they want to trade?
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19. Board Game: Strasbourg [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:720]
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I enjoyed this auction game and would like to give it another play, but Tina did not care for it.
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20. Board Game: Spiel mit Lukas: Dribbel-Fieber [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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I was very excited that David brought this to Game-O-Rama, we played just the basic game because David had not yet translated the advanced rules. It is a light game, but it was great fun shouting Goal! every time one of us scored. That is in the rules, right? The Steam players at the next table did not seem too annoyed...
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21. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1055] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Having played Roma I did not feel I needed to play this one, but because there were copies at Game-O-Rama I decided to play it just so no one would call me out on a technicality.
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22. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:572]
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We got our hands on the German version of this game. I am not one that goes in much for cute, but the miniature box is worth the $14.00 MSRP.
The game was a bit of a let down, since you only have one action each turn, it was harder to set up the awesome combos that make Macao and CoB so much fun. A keeper but not a replacement for Castles of Burgundy.
 
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23. Board Game: The Oracle of Delphi [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:508]
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Thoughts after the first play:

I watched a couple videos and got excited to try this one. We played a four player game and I was surprised how tight this one was. After two hours, two players finished the 12th task on the same turn and the other two players would have finished with one more turn.

So I am not sure what to think of that, will it turn out with further plays that no matter what different paths players take, they will complete their tasks pretty much at the same time?

I must say, the game does seem to be well balanced, things I thought would be powerful turned out not to give as much of an edge as I thought.

We did the boat draft to select our ships at the beginning of the game, I went last so I selected the boat that I thought to be most broken (Advance all of your Gods on the God track), also in play was +2 move; +1 favor; and storage capacity 4. Despite giving myself what I thought was an advantage, each of us lead at some point of the game, and as I said before we all finished at virtually the same time.

I look forward to playing again, but I do not think this will be one of my favorite Feld games.
 
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