Recent gaming: Carcassonne, Oltre Mare, Hamsterbacke, Martian Dice, Race for the Galaxy
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Feb 1-7, 2016

Back to normal, meaning a normal amount of games played in the past week.

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1. Board Game: Carcassonne: Cult, Siege and Creativity [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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It's been an awfully long time since I played Carcassonne, and I've missed it. Expansionitis sort of turned me away from it, but even I will agree that Inns & Cathedrals is a nice addition. Less so for the rest. In this outing we used the mini-expansion listed here, which sort of proved my point. It wasn't a problem, but neither did it add much to the game. I'd rather just play Carc.
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2. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1120]
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I've had a on-again, off-again relationship with Oltre Mare since it was first released in its small box edition. It seems so clever, but also hard to wrap your brain around...the planning ahead to the limitations of your own future turn. This time it sure seemed like the game was doing everything it could to shoot itself in the foot, as a trading game. After I shared that frustration in a tweet, a friend implored me to hang onto the game since he likes it. That means my roller coaster relationship with this game continues!
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3. Board Game: Hamsterbacke [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4200]
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Second try at this one, and its pleasantness is starting to be outweighed by its meaninglessness. Or maybe I'm missing something? I'm all for minimalist games that don't have more than card with numbers on them, but this one wasn't so charming.
 
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4. Board Game: Martian Dice [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1752]
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This one, on the other hand, continues to entertain. I can't imagine we'll be playing this in six months, but for now it's a fun filler.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Like Carcassonne, this one confirmed the obvious: the old favorites are that for a reason! It's been a long time since I played Race. Though I'd normally consider myself one of those likely to be bothered by all of the iconography & small text, that hasn't been a problem for me. I love the gameplay, and the hard SF theming works well, too.

(Though we played with expansions 1 & 2, we didn't get into the wars, takeovers, or whatever they're called.)
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Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization I'm horrible at this game, having never won in many, many online plays. This time I was leading a 4-player game all the way til the end...when I came in last!

Trias It's not a dinosaur game as much as it is a tectonic shifts game. Which is good stuff. The strategy is still opaque to me. Rating could go up.

Wir sind das Volk! Ok, I got my head handed to me AGAIN in online play, but I'm starting to get the hang of it. Snooze is going to crush me in this week's game, but at least I'll be going the distance (I think).
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