Recent gaming: Golden Ages, London's Burning, Qwixx Kartenspiel, Port Royal Expansion, Subdivision, R-Eco, Pairs
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Feb 29-Mar 6, 2016

A bunch of good boardgaming, and a new topic for wargaming (since I'm working on my next series for WGTG).

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1. Board Game: The Golden Ages [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:680]
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I have high hopes for this one, since it makes quite a few bold decisions to boil down the civ game to a 90-minute form. Not everyone will like all of the cuts it makes, but I do. However, our game was a lot longer than 90 minutes. It was a learning game, and everyone else seemed to enjoy it, but whether I keep this one will depend on it speeding up on repeat plays.
 
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2. Board Game: London's Burning [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2498]
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Wow, I had a great time with this one. It's a giant dicefest solo game about the Battle of Britain. Took some time, but I had that this weekend. By playing the full game I was able to see the longterm error of my early decisions, which meant Britain was NOT saved by The Few.
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3. Board Game: Qwixx: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3453]
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I got this one mostly two show two friends who really enjoy the original Qwixx dice game. The card game is very clever, but only understandable in terms of the parent game.
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4. Board Game: Port Royal: Ein Auftrag geht noch... [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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Look at me, trying expansions! Normally I avoid these, but have long thought that Port Royal--a big favorite--would benefit from a bit more stuff. Does this do it? Yes, I think it does. The new contracts are ok, but maybe more than I need. Just a few more crew cards add to the fun, though, and the ships where you give a coin to an opponent is a good addition.
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5. Board Game: Subdivision [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1951]
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Something about the more well-known Suburbia always keeps me at arms' length. I like it ok, and I see its ingenuity, but I find the play experience kind of tedious. Subdivision is quite a bit lighter, and plays in its own way. I think it's the superior game.
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6. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1274]
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I used to love this game, but have come to think there isn't as much worthwhile here after all. Too dependent on luck, I'd say. Better in person than online.
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7. Board Game: Pairs [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1923]
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No, there's not a lot to it. However, as a last game to suggest while everyone is tired & ready to go home...it works. People stick around, and laugh while we squeeze in one more quick game for the night.
 
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El Grande I've never loved this classic as much as others. A lot of work for metagaming the scoring throughout.

Kaispeicher Oddly enough, I now think I like this quite a bit...but only when we play online. In person, I definitely prefer the clean & quick design of the original.

Maori Always solid. In this game we even had a complete tie, including the normal tiebreaker (shells).

Port Royal Now I'm ready to play the expansion online at Yucata, too.

Wir Sind das Volk! Another game where I always felt a step behind my opponent. What am I doing wrong?
 
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