New to you a year ago Apr 17 => Has it stood the test of time?
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Grimwold's new-to-you geeklists are the highlight of my month on the geek. They motivate me to review the new games I've played (and recycle my entries as comments), and they allow me to read the thoughts of some of the most insightful BGGers on new and classic games.

But the new-to-me list is inevitably full of first impressions. I'm interested in hearing how those games that seemed so great at the time stood up to multiple plays. Did you actually play them that much after the first month? Did a game you dismissed at the time turn out to be better in retrospect?

Add an entry with the same game you chose for the New To You April 16 geeklist. Link to your entry in that geeklist, then write down your thoughts on the game you chose a year on. If your impression of some of the other games you wrote up that month have changed, let us know about that too.

The hot game that month was Star Wars: Rebellion. Has it stood the test of time?

I'll be starting these lists mid-month (except when I forget!), so we don't have to keep up with this list and Grimwold's (and several other monthly ones) all at the same time. You can subscribe to the announcement thread for reminders.
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1. Board Game: Origin [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2212]
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Origin is the only one to be played again, but only once which is shocking. I really like it!
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2. Board Game: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:637]
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Lanterns: The Harvest Festival - 1 play
First Published 2015


Played this for the first time at an open games event as a two player game against a very canny seven year old. I really quite enjoyed the game and from the way it played, with the tiles that each player places affecting other players it looks like it would probably be best with four.

So, all-in-all, a pleasant little game. I doubt I'll purchase it as it doesn't really 'scratch any itch' I have but I enjoyed the two player game and would definitely play again.

Shopping List - 2 plays -
First Published 1995



Sort-of new-to-me in that we have played this a lot abut these are my first records plays of Shopping List. It's a children's memory game. That's about all I can say about this game. Quite well produced and a bit of fun but not one for the ages. We'll probably play until the Little Fish grow out of it and then give it away to friends with small children.

Ramses Pyramid - 1 play
First Published 2009


This is what happens when a big name designer (in this case the divine Reiner) phones in a game design to a toy company.

The components are great, as you'd expect from a LEGO product, and the Little Fish really enjoyed making the pyramid. Sadly, that's a good as it gets. The game combines roll-and-move and memory mixed with a poorly written and rather confusing rulebook which does not address key aspects to gameplay. From what I can tell Herr Doctor Doctor Knizia's sole contribution here was to lend his name and collect a paycheque.

That said, the Little Fish like it and we have house-ruled some aspects of the game so I can see this getting a bit more use. This is not a game I'd recommend however.


This is now:

I haven't played Lanterns: The Harvest Festival again. No real interest in it. It was an okay gaming experience but, really, nothing special. I saw it for sale at a reasonable price at a recent(ish) convention and didn't take too long to decide not to buy it. As I say above, I'd be open to playing again but wouldn't seek it out.

Also haven't dragged out Shopping List. As they're getting older this game is less and less attractive to the Little Fish (much the same as other former favourites like Go Away Monster!) and I can see it ending up as a gift or being traded away. It had a pretty good run, but really only works for the very young. So, good for what it is but it has been grown out of and not necessarily a bad thing either.

The mania of the Little Fish for Lego games has also abated somewhat which is interesting - and will probably change when I get around to giving them the Star Wars: Battle of Hoth (maybe this Xmas) so only a few more more plays of Ramses Pyramid. I am not distraught over this omission as this remains, in my opinion, easily the worst game designed by Herr Dr Dr Reiner Knizia. I hope to one day sell or swap this oddessy of tedium for something better but for now it remains in the collection 'just in case' the Little Fish feel the overwhelming need to play it.

As for the 'hot game of the month' I picked up Star Wars: Rebellion for my birthday in February and already it's getting a bit of use. I really like the game and can see it getting a lot of play in the years to come. Compelling gameplay, top-notch components and a terrific theme all combined the the trademark Fantasy Flight Games professionalism makes a wonderful gaming product. I'm sure when it finally goes out of print it'll sell for stupid money on eBay.


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3. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:25]
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Awesome game. Love this 'bag building' thing. Works great!

Qwinto

Fun! These small games are fun! Qwixx, Qwixx Cards, Qwinto, bring it!


Yes!Got most expansions now; great game.

The small Q-games are still fun, as well. Nothing special, always fun to play.
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4. Board Game: Animals on Board [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1719]
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Last April was the start of another Eastbourne weekend, so loads of new games as always. Animals on Board turned out to be pretty good - a very light set collecting game with some mean streaks. Takes about a minute to explain but some nice tactical elements to it and I still enjoy it.

Item for Geeklist "New to you April 2016 => Best new boardgame"

I also still enjoy Blindes Huhn (Second Edition); there's much more to this bluffing game than expected and it suits London on Board perfectly.

I've not played Quickpick: Island of Monster Masks since but loved it. It's a great party game. I thought Chimera might get more plays but I guess the 'we love Tichu but can't find a fourth' crowd is smaller than expected. I should probably either buy Tokaido: Crossroads or ditch my copy of the base game because it improves all the aspects it needs to, but the fact I haven't and haven't played either since suggests ditching might be the way forward.

I wasn't that impressed with Quadropolis, Automania or Mombasa and would probably turn all three down if offered. Needless to say none have been played since.

Not a bad month all in all. Nothing spectacular but some enjoyable games mixed with ones I just don't care for, rather than any real stinkers.
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5. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:225]
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Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)

Played 5 more times since last year, this is a definite keeper. The only caveat is that this plays best at the 4 or higher player count though although I have not tried it with 6P yet. I also managed to introduce this to my son's buddies on the rare occasion they visited the house and it was a hit.

Current rating: 8.0/10
Original rating: 8.0/10

Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game

Played 3 more times since, this is one I reserve specifically for when I am with my nephews. With them the rating goes up to 7 but I can think of better and more challenging deckbuilders for the guys in my gaming group. It's still a decent one as a gateway game for the genre though.

Current rating: 6.5/10
Original rating: 6.5/10
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6. Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:96]
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Last April was a good month for new games, with a couple of favourites for me, and one for my daughter.

Grand Austria Hotel
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Current geek rating: 9
Plays in first year:22

First Published 2015


I loved this from the very first play, and over the next few months it saw lots of play. Only the downtime with 4 stopped it being played more often, and eventually it dropped out of weekly plays onto the less regular rotation of a no-longer hot game, but I can't see it spending long on the shelf between plays, it's still a fun game!

Paperback
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 8
Plays in first year: 7

First Published 2014


I really enjoyed playing this game last April, but then didn't manage to acquire myself a copy until a couple of months ago, but since then it's come out as a filler a number of times. It's a little bit different from other games, being a mix of a word game and deckbuilding, and is quite fun. Being a word game it's never going to hit the table as often as strategy games though.

Story Craze: The Crazy Story Game - 6 plays
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 5
Plays in first year: 26 plays

First Published 2016


This might not be a game that I'd choose to play with adults, but has to be one of my 11 year old daughter's favourite games ever. Sadly her younger brothers aren't as good at, or as keen on, storytelling, so it only really works well when my husband and I are both available to play, but it's been a huge hit as a family game - my husband has the children in fits of giggles with his imaginative stories, and my daughter has kept all the stories from all the games in a folder that she reads through from time to time. A very different game to play with your children, but a great way to get more imaginative children into gaming.

Khet: The Laser Game
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Current geek rating: 4
Plays in first year: 7

First Published 2005


This is too abstract for me to want to play with children, but as a kids toy it was popular for a while. I think it may have been replaced now by a laser puzzle game, that has the laser aspect of this and is a puzzle activity they can do solo, rather than an abstract game, which doesn't appeal so much. I can quite see that in a year or so this will have left the collection, but we're keeping it for now.

Not played again since:

Deception: Murder in Hong Kong - 2 plays -  6 
City of Iron: Second Edition - 1 play -  6 
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.44 Overall Rank:6]
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April 2016's List

Star Wars: Rebellion

This one continues to be a favourite of mine and thankfully my wife enjoys playing it as well. Made a foam core insert for this one. Got the fancy acrylic stands for the leaders. The only thing I need to make this even fancier is to paint the minis and get a second set of dice (if FFG would ever release them!). My win percentage isn't quite as high as I would like, but we're having a great time with this one!

Nippon

I'm still in love with this one and my wife and I still debate about whether this or Madeira is the better game (I'm on the side of Nippon, she's backing Madeira). In any event, we both still like this one quite a bit with the few other plays we've had over the year. I've been wanting to bring this one back out recently but there have been a number of other new games that we've been trying out and older ones that have made their way to the top of the to-play list. This one will come back out though - I like this one too much to ignore it!

The Gallerist

Vital just doesn't do it for us. We played this one a couple of times and tried to like it but it just wasn't happening. We ended up trading this one away.

Summoner Wars: Alliances Master Set

When we tried this out at the Calgary Expo last year, we knew that we wanted to grab our own copy of this and did. We've also picked up all of the other summoners and second summoners. This one saw a glut of plays in May and June and then for some reason completely stopped. I have no idea why, though I do keep suggesting that we pick it up and start playing it again since it's fairly simply and light. Hopefully this comes back onto the table pretty soon!

The Grizzled

We've enjoyed this one so far and have the expansion in our collection now - we just haven't actually played the game since we got that expansion. It's on our list of games to play again. The revised 2-player rules sound a little more interesting so I'm sure this will continue to work well for us.
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8. Board Game: Trickerion: Legends of Illusion [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:149]
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This was my geeklist from a year ago - New to Me April 2016

Games that stood the test of time:

Karuba (has become my favorite new to me game from last April) -> 10 plays

A year later... thoughts and rating (6 -> 8)

The more I've played Karuba the more I've enjoyed it. My concerns about replay value and the game being "solved" have been unfounded; Karuba is a very well designed, family friendly game. In fact in a time of so many complex games being produced I have more appreciation for a design that is easy to teach and fun to play while still offering interesting decisions; you will not be consulting the rule book every five minutes while playing Karuba. Set up still isn't fun, but there is really no way around it so I consider it a necessary evil.

I would highly recommend Karuba for families, especially if you are looking for those next step games to play as your kids get older. My youngest just turned 7 and she isn't interested in a lot of the children's games we have so Karuba has joined the list of great family games she's ready to explore (Coloretto, Dream Home, Habitats, Indigo and Sushi Go Party have all been hits as well).



Trickerion: Legends of Illusion -> 2 plays

A year later... thoughts and rating (8 -> 8)

I've only gotten to play this one more time and it was a 4p game with all the modules again. My second play was just as good as my first, this is one of the best truly heavy games I've played. Even though there is a lot to take in and plan for everything you do makes sense thematically so planning out your moves ahead feels very intuitive. Trickerion is an excellent game that I would still highly recommend if you enjoy complex, brain burners. I've had other opportunities to play, but the time commitment has kept me from playing, usually I prefer to play a few quicker/lighter games than something this long and heavy unless it's a war game. If you enjoy heavy games with a lot of player agency and freedom I don't think you can do much better than Trickerion.


Games that haven't stood the test of time:


Kraftwagen -> 3 plays

A year later... thoughts and rating (6/8 -> 6)

I only managed one more play of Kraftwagen over the course of the last year. There are two main reasons why it is no longer in our collection, player count and Glen More. Kraftwagen was originally designed as a 3+ player game and then had 2p rules added in. Regrettably Kraftwagen really doesn't work as a 2p game because the rondel mechanic falls flat because there isn't a penalty for taking every action the other player skipped over to take their action. Glen More solves that problem in two ways, a dummy die that will destroy tiles and there is a significant VP penalty for every tile you have in excess of the player with the least. I'm not sure of how that could've been solved in the 2p version of Kraftwagen, but as it stands there is absolutely no tension in that portion of the game.

Once I played Glen More I had absolutely no desire to go back and play Kraftwagen. I felt that Glen More felt more cohesive in terms of the integration of mechanics and theme while Kraftwagen felt like a bunch of separate parts jammed together. Even with more players I found enough similarities between Glen More and Kraftwagen that I'd always rather play the former so I ended up trading my copy of Kraftwagen.



Thunder & Lightning -> 8 plays

A year later... thoughts and rating (6 -> 4)

My son and I enjoyed our initial plays, but as I initially thought there is a severe lack of variety in T&L and the game became stagnant. The deck's are exactly the same which was a disappointment out of the gate and after we played a bunch of games there just wasn't much there to draw us back. It took me some time to figure out why this bothered me in T&L and not a game like Battle Line and I think it is because T&L relies heavily on the special powers of cards and they really aren't that interesting and instead make the randomness of the card draw feel more pronounced since there are very specific cards to balance other cards. The lack of diversity hurts this game. If I want a more streamlined game with some special power cards I'll play Battle Line and if I am looking for a game with a lot of varying powers, abilities and counters I'll play Vs System 2PCG: The Marvel Battles.



Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions.

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9. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:720]
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Turned back the clock and went old school to see if this held up to what nostalgia said it was so this wasn't technically new but it felt close enough since it had been 15 or whatever years since I had played it. It did not. Far too much die rolling and risk/reward when going after objectives to make this feel anything but highly dated. It is in the 4-5 range.

Haven't played it since and still have no desire to.

Tokaido

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Enjoyed more than expected. It feels like it has a bit more depth than a game with high quality art geared towards families would have. I would like to get more plays and a fellow gamer bought it, so I will thankfully get some plays in. Lets say a 7 for now.

Mildly surprised another play of this hasn't happened as I would be open to it.

Road Kill Rally

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A bucket of dumb 'Merica fun. The guy teaching it house ruled it, and honestly I can see why. Even then, it is highly random. I won because the other two players wiped out enough to be done. This is a 5-6 at best post house ruled. Enjoyed if played occasionally.

Another play didn't help. At least one other player openly talked about how he disliked it.

Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

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I have a rampaging soft spot for tile placement games, so I have somewhat been bugging a guy I game with to get this played. I'm not sure it stands out from the mass that is tile placement games, but I enjoyed it enough. We did notice a quirk with the scaling when using different players. Like not enough of the cards are removed if you play with 3 versus 4. With four players, you can definitely get screwed in not getting a card. This is less so in a 3-player game. I would play again because I am a tile placement whore. 6 or a low 7.

No other play. Still not sure how this stands out in any real way. Decent and willing to play, but there's nothing here that really stands out.

Food Chain Magnate

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No other play although I did pick it up. My biggest problem is remembering to bring it to the game days where it will get played at. #2 new-to-me for 2016.

Qwirkle

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Grown to like this more and more. Certainly in the 7 range. Actually did buy the travel edition, so it is an easy add.
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10. Board Game: Kontor [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:5031]
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Kontor was at the top of my list then, and after playing four more times since then, it remains at the top. I feel like I’m only just beginning to learn how to play well. (Or maybe I’m just a little dense.) Like Hansa and Richelieu, Kontor has the balance of Nadia Comăneci and the playing speed of Usain Bolt. (My partner puts up a fight like Oscar de la Hoya.) Haters have rated this far too low.

Kontor increases from four to

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I noted last year that I might have to track down a copy of Thurn und Taxis, and thanks to a math trader, that’s what has happened. When I learned Thurn und Taxis, it was with friends at a game café, but I’ve played it twice since then against my partner. We probably would have played it more except for the fact that when my partner loses this game (and only this) she gets so furious that she can’t even look at me or the game. Ooh it’s lovely!

Thurn und Taxis remains at

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I love a good abstract game, and while Rat Hot is about arranging your goods, I just don’t see a much good about it. I don’t see much bad about it either, but it’s likely that we won’t play this again.

Rat Hot drops from three to

(Image by Martin Montecillo)




I wrote that Flower of the Lotus “[l]ooks like a children's game but plays like a children's game made out of razor blades.” Unfortunately, only the kids wanted to play this, and I never thought I would say this, but it’s just too mean. Giving them the button tokens as points, letting them hold on to them and then taking them away was a little upsetting. Hop along, little froggies.

Flower of the Lotus drops from three and a half to

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My friends and I learned The Bottle Imp on the same day that we learned Thurn und Taxis, and like that latter game, I also tracked a copy of this game down. (Thank you again, Marc!) It’s underplayed but on my mind to change that since it’s such a damn fine trick-taking game. What is it about Robert Louis Stevenson and trick taking games? See also Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

The Bottle Imp remains at
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While I prefer the original over Hansa: Changing Winds, it is still Hansa (a favourite) and my partner likes this one more. I’m happy to oblige. Changing Winds has an option to sail against the current—WHAT?!?—and a few more ways to score points, which I always seem to screw up.

Hansa: Changing Winds drops from four to (but just for me)

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It’s Wolfgang Kramer and Amigo, but the sum of Schnapp den Sack is less than its parts. It reminds me a little of Ghost Blitz, but Schnapp den Sack doesn’t equal that game’s appeal to our family. Our kids are all at ages where their reaction times/math skills are just different enough that the eldest dominates when playing this.

Schnapp den Sack drops from three to

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I’ll end on a positive note with Circle of Life, a game I like so much that I wrote my first review ever for it. I have on occasion added Carnivores to the “Games only YOU have played” geeklists, and that’s a shame. I hope it gets the wider attention it deserves.

It gets from me.

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11. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:38]
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I realy liked this game, and have been thinking about it ever since. I agree with all of the people who criticize it by saying it's a Euro game with a space theme that is maybe a bit pasted on, but I don't think that's a bad thing at all. There is theme, don't get me wrong, but if the theme isn't enough to draw you in by itself (e.g. my wife), you may still like the game, as the system and mechanisms provide plenty of strategy and interesting decisions. I think this was definitely my favorite of the month.

I really love this game. It doesn't get as high a rating as it deserves just because of the BGG rating system. Eclipse is too long and heavy for me to want to play all the time. This is a game that I have to schedule pretty far in advance, but I think it's worth it, and I think it will be a favorite for a long time.

Rating Then: Did not finish
Rating Now: 7.5
Plays: 1.5

Alchemists
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I played a 3 player game, and I really, really enjoyed it. The deduction is about the weight and feel of a simplified sudoku, so if you like sudoku you'll probably enjoy this, and if you don't, then it might not be so heavy that it bothers you. The worker placement is really interesting, too. It's Caylus-style, so everyone places and then everyone resolves. You bid (sort of) on turn order, and it can be very important. There's no traditional blocking, but someone going before you can definitely mess with your plans. And there's a lot of planning! This game would easily rate higher for me, except for the game length. It takes a couple of hours at least.

Alchemists is straight up phenomenal. I love this game. It's not my favorite, but it's definitely top 10, maybe even top 5. I never seem to get tired of it, which is unusual for me. I haven't even graduated from the apprentice rules yet! I have looked at the expansion, but it really doesn't seem like it adds anything that I'd want to include very often.

Rating Then: 7.5
Rating Now: 9
Plays: 21


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Argent: The Consortium
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We all had a lot of fun with it, though, and after the first round everything seemed to click pretty well. I think everyone was just exploring the game, so the strategy was a little thin on the ground. There are 10 voters over all, and you're never going to be able to focus on what all of them wants, so it can be difficult to make yourself just pick a few and hope for the best (which may not actually be the best thing, I don't know). I really like this game, and, despite myself, I'm even curious about the expansion. I don't think it will make it to the table very often, but not because I don't want to play it. If you like big, interactive worker placement games, this is definitely worth checking out.

I'd really like to get this to the table more often. Two things are keeping it from getting played more frequently, though: table space/number of bits and game length. I can't play it at my weekly meetup, so I have to schedule it. It's competing for very limited time with my other "must schedule" games: Eclipse, Scythe, Terra Mystica... all top 10 games for me. I do like this game, though, and it will see table time.

Rating Then: 7.5
Rating Now: 7.5
Plays: 2

7 Wonders Duel
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7 Wonders: Duel is a fantastic implementation that beautifully captures the experience of the original game. The card pyramids are a genius method of recreating the tension of the pick and pass card drafting, because there are absolutely those moments where you are torn between taking what you want, and hate-drafting something. On top of that, the face down cards even add to the tension because you don't want to give your opponent first crack at the mystery cards. The changes to military work very well, but the science changes are really very cool as well. This is a really good game. In time, I could see this overtaking 7 Wonders in my estimation.

I like 7 Wonders: Duel more than 7 Wonders, and I really like 7 Wonders. My wife and I have been trying to play games over coffee on the weekends, but her schedule has prevented that recently. Once we get back to that, 7 Wonders: Duel will be in the regular rotation.

Rating Then: 7.5
Rating Now: 7.5
Plays: 3


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Carson City: Big Box
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I knew I liked the idea of the game, but sometimes I just need to have it in front of me to really understand it. That proved to be the case here. I really like the way this game works. I like that you can duel over spots, so there is a course of action if you just absolutely need something that someone else took. I like that the worker placement always resolves in the same order, so you can plan around it. I like the way the buildings work with each other and the area control on the board. The western theme doesn't really appeal to my wife, but she really liked the game anyway, so that's good, too.

Has it stood the test of time? I would say yes. I like this game. I would like to play it more. It has too many bits for me to take it to the bar for my weekly meetup, though.

Rating Then: 7
Rating Now: 7
Plays: 3

Snowdonia
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I really enjoyed the way the non-player company works. It definitely adds a sense of urgency to everything you're trying to accomplish. The worker placement is simple and interesting as well. All in all, I think this is a good game, and I'm looking forward to playing it with more players.

I really need to get this to the table again.

Rating Then: 7
Rating Now: 7
Plays: 1


Not asking for, but enjoy

Super Motherload
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I was able to play a 3 player game this month, and I really like it. The card actions are very simple, but the tile laying is a really interesting puzzle with a lot of tough choices. The deck building is an interesting implementation, too, where you are slowly saving up to buy specific cards (you have unique decks, so there's no competition for the cards). When you buy a card, it gives you some kind of bonus: an extra action, a free card draw, the ability to duplicate a gem (effectively getting more money for free). So the timing of your purchases is important and can be set up to create some pretty epic turns. That said, that timing combined with the really tough choices of where and how to dig can lead to some pretty serious downtime.

I liked this game, and I've been tempted to buy it a couple of times. Ultimately, though, I don't think it would get played often enough to justify it.

Rating Then: 7
Rating Now: 6
Plays: 1

Shakespeare
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I liked Shakespeare. I'd call it tableau building with a little bit of card drafting and bidding (for turn order). The drafting is interesting, especially because you can't just take whatever you want. You have to think about whether or not you'll be able to pay the card's cost at the end of the game. The actions that the cards give you are pretty simple; they're going to let you improve some aspect of your production. I wanted to focus on one thing, but I discovered that you can't quite do that. There are some things you just have to do, or else you can see your hard won points trickle down the drain. I had a lot of fun with this one.

Oh look, another game that I want to play more often. I need to introduce my wife to this game, but the opportunity has not come up yet.

Rating Then: 7
Rating Now: 7
Plays: 1

Indigo
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Indigo is the game that I wanted Tsuro to be. It's quick to learn and play, and we had a good time with it. It's a perfect game for non-gamers, but I had fun with it, too, especially as we got deeper into the game and more of our tile placements were connecting longer paths.

This is pretty much the only "build routes to get pieces off the board" game that I need or want. It's much better than Tsuro. It's a situational game, though (light, 4 or fewer players), so it's not going to hit the table very often.

Rating Then: 7
Rating Now: 7
Plays: 1

Apotheca
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I'm not normally big on abstracts, which I think Apotheca definitely is, but there was something appealing about the sort of chess/connect four/hidden information combination here that appealed to me. At this point, I've only played the 4 player team variant, and I really wouldn't recommend that at all, but even in that game, I could see how it would be an interesting 2 player game.

Another game I need to introduce to my wife. I think this will end up being a good coffee game.

Rating Then: 7
Rating Now: 7
Plays: 1

The Undercity: An Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game
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It's a pretty run of the mill dungeon crawl that isn't bringing anything new to the table. That said, this sin't the kind of game that really needs innovation to make it worth playing. It's a pure coop, which is my preferred way to play these games. The AI is designed very similarly to Galaxy Defenders, only simpler (and a bit easier). I don't think I would pay the current CSI asking price for it, but if you like these games and you get a chance to play it, I think it's worth it.

We only played one more game in this campaign, and it continued to be fun and fine. I don't know why we haven't gotten back to it. I imagine we will at some point.

Rating Then: 6.5
Rating Now: 6.5
Plays: 2


Not going to play again anytime soon

Tides of Time
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It's a fine micro card drafting game. It has some interesting decisions, mostly focused on paying attention to what your opponent is doing, but it doesn't come close to replacing Fairy Tale or either of the 7 Wonders implementations.

I still think this needs to be more portable. I might even go so far as to make my own pocket version. Without that portability, though, it's not going to get played over other 2 player options in my collection.

Rating Then: 6.5
Rating Now: 6.5
Plays: 1

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12. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:65]
Simona Dostalova
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I played 8 new games last April, out of which 2 will never be played again (by me) and the other ones I enjoyed.

The winner


Plays in April 2016: 2
Total plays: 6
The winner of April 2016 is Patchwork - not my favourite of the month but I played it the most. It is a nice little and fast tetris game with terrible theme (at least it almost doesn't exist but still).


Played more


Plays in April 2016: 3
Total plays: 8
I really like Jenga, although I don't own it. Our friends do, however, and we often play it to decide who will play last in some heavier game, like Takenoko


Plays in April 2016: 1
Total plays: 4
I also finally got to play Go! And it is great. I am honestly not sure why we haven't played it more...I suck at it so that might be one of the reasons...We need to play again!


Plays in April 2016: 1
Total plays: 3
Lords of Xidit are great - beautiful artwork, smart programmed movement, relatively fast gameplay. For some reason, SO doesn't care for it (probably because it is fantasy), so we don't play it often but from time to time I manage to bring it on the table.


Plays in April 2016: 1
Total plays: 3
Has it really been 6 month since I played Survive: Space Attack!? I need to get it back to the table because it is a great, great mean and evil game!


Didn't play again but want to


Total plays: 1
Oh BATTALIA: The Creation, you are one of my Shelf-of-Shame games. I only played it once and 2-player at that which is really weird considering how much I wanted it. I don't know why. It is a really good game but I am never in the mood to play and now I've reached a point when I would have to completely re-learn the game and I am usually in a mood to just grab something and play it, not read through 30+ pages rulebook soblue


Don't want to play again


Total plays: 1
Honestly, I don't know what people see in Tides of Time, cause it just fell dull and boring to me. I would rather play Sushi Go Party! for a drafting game or Love Letter for a micro game.



Total plays: 1
And another game I didn't enjoy are Lords of Waterdeep. Oh, how much I hated playing it. Which is weird considering I recently played Yedo and loved it and people tell me it's similar to this... but Waterdeep, no, thanks, I would rather play nothing than that game!
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13. Board Game: Onitama [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:210]
Justin Wawrzonek
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Amsterdam
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Onitama - 5 plays -  8 
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This is still a great abstract game, although this has been replaced somewhat by The Duke.

Pixel Tactics - 1 play -  8 
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This is still a fantastic game. My favorite so far is still probably Pixel Tactics 2, but this one is great.


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14. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1937]
Matt Clark
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Minneapolis
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I still consider Quo Vadis? to be a very good negotiation game. I seem to be unable to convince other people of this, but I still torture them with it from time to time.

I finally picked up a copy of 18MEX and still think that it's a great choice for a shorter 18xx with some fun bells and whistles.

Everything else from last April remains unplayed since then. I would play DVONN again and my mediocre impression of Imhotep and Castles of Mad King Ludwig remain unchanged.
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15. Board Game: Circle of Life [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Islington
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Quite a few I didn't play again, none of which I really regret.
Eight-Minute Empire (1 play then) I have happily put behind me, although I await the Brexit tie-in Eight-Minute Empire 2.0 with interest. Navia Dratp (1 play then), Vault (2 plays then) and Mage Knight Board Game (1 play) the opportunity has not rearisen; I watched some people play The King Is Dead (1 play then) at LoBsterCon which was enough interaction with it for me. Simple lovely abstract Trax (1 play) comes closest to me actually wishing I'd play it again.

The others stood up better though! Dominant Species (1 play then; 1 play since) I'm surprised to find has only had two plays overall, but it is a rather fun evening's dickery, and I shall be pleased to join in the next time the opportunity arises. Circle of Life (4 plays then; 1 play since) still holds a special place in my heart - I really do think it's terrific, though its suitability to tablet play means I've not so much tried to push it on people over-the-board.

Perhaps no one will be surprised to learn, though, that the real enduring success of the month in play terms was Santorini (5 plays then; 21 plays since), thanks to the horrendously overproduced new version and its eminent suitability to lunchtime play. Gosh it's a lovely little thing.
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16. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:99]
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A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)

1 subsequent play. Current Rating: 7.5/10 [-0.5]

A slight downgrade for me on this one. Not necessarily anything to do with the game but more I think my rating last year weighted the theme too heavily. I still really enjoyed my second play of the game but the game really suffers from everyone at the table has to really be into it. Both times we played we had at least 1 person who wasn't into the game and it basically threw the balance out of whack. It does have fun mechanics though, so if you like the theme, have a long time available to play, and can get exactly 6 people together it is a fun time!

Codenames

22 subsequent plays (all forms of the game). Current Rating: 7.5/10 [+0.5]

The accessibility of this game combined with the potential for thinkiness make this game great. I can get a little tired of it if we play it too much but some people in my group LOVE it and would play it all night. We tend to compromise and play it at the end of evenings to close out a lot of game nights.
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17. Board Game: Beyond Baker Street [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1299]
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Curitiba
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New games one year ago:
Beyong Baker Street
Prêt-à-Porter
Sheriff of Nothingham
TTA: New History
Epic Spell Wars: Rumble at Tentakill


Well, this is embarrassing, but not games from 1 year ago were played again.

This ins't the usual for me, still the truth is that I don't own these games, nor found most of them, except BBS and Prêt, good enough to actually ask for them again.

Therefore, in the end, none of them truly stood the test of time.

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18. Board Game: Wings for the Baron (second edition) [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:3601]
Eric Brosius
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I played just one new game in April 2016. I didn't like it enough to want to buy a copy, but I said I'd cheerfully play again. I rated it a _7_.

I haven't gotten any requests to play it a second time in the past 12 months, but I'd still cheerfully play it again.

[Edit: I still haven't even gotten a request to play Star Wars: Rebellion...]
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19. Board Game: Piñata [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2112]
Ben Cox
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I only played two new games last April: it was a quiet month. This and
Prohis. Neither has a second play.

I own and prefer Balloon Cup, but it hardly ever hits the table nowadays even though it's one of my wife's favorites...

If I remember correctly, Prohis was a decent bluffing game, and served as good, quick filler while waiting for folks to arrive to game night. A friend brought it but they haven't brought it again since.
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20. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:23]
Valtteri Sankari
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Best boardgame of the month back then was Caverna. I have played it twice since then and it has stood the test of time. I made an insert for it and gave it as a birthday present to the owner. So far we haven't tested the insert which I think will make it even more enjoyable. The owner has so far won all of our games (all 3p with the same group) and I'm eager to play it again and try to defeat him. Very good worker placement game.

Another great game from last April was Codenames which I have played 41 times in total. Codenames is probably my favorite party game and I'm always up for it. I don't get people who say it's dry and silent: we always have a hoot when playing. People laugh and joke all the time. I have been thinking about getting the picture-version because it's language independent.

Exploding Kittens (NSFW deck) on the other hand has not stood the time that well. There's just lots of other better fillers. It gets to stay in collection because we like The Oatmeal and cats. Mostly because we like cats.

Ubongo Mini was meh then and has stayed that way with no subsequent plays.
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21. Board Game: Disturbed Friends [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:16116] [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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April was a party at a friends with people I don't normally play with. We didn't play anything new to me that was worth mentioning.


Disturbed Friends - 1/10
1 year later. I've since played it again because the same friend was at another thing. I leave it at a 1.

Awkward Turtle 4/10
1 year later. I think I actually increased this after a few months. I didn't play it again, but although it has the "offensive for the sake of being offensive" issue, you can mitigate it by not selecting that word, or by delivering your clue in a more clever way. Stays the same because I'd still rather play something else.

Salem 1692 6/10
1 year later. I had attributed the parts I didn't like about it to the group I was playing it with. Since then, I have seen the same issue described by many people, so I'll probably knock this down to a 5.
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22. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:868]
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Littleton
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I had played this game twice when I listed it as new to me last year. As predicted, I played it again but didn't acquire a copy. I've played it twice more since, with different groups of players. It is fun enough, and certainly easy to learn. Its great virtue is the total absence of off-turn downtime, while still passing turns from player to player in a conventional and accessible way.
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23. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:117]
Jake Blomquist
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Here is my geeklist item from last year. I find it interesting that I called last April a light month for new games when I played eleven. By contrast in 2017 so far I've played two new to me games total.

Anyway, the only of these games I've played since last year is Hansa Teutonica. It's still excellent and I keep wanting to play it more. The dynamic between getting upgrades and getting points is great, especially with the variable end game. And the way you can feed off of what others are doing or get in their way to get some free cubes is really interesting.

The rest of the games I played that month I could take or leave. Don't get me wrong, I'd be happy to play Goa or Edo again, but I also don't feel any need to. Also, the more I thought about Amerigo the less I liked it and so the rating has gone down a bit in spite of no more plays. There's just really nothing going on in that game.
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24. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.44 Overall Rank:6]
Dan Sharpe
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Star Wars: Rebellion - 1 play -  9 
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I had pre-ordered this months ago, so I was super excited to get it to the table. Though it took us the course of two evenings to finish our play, it was totally worth it! I love this game, and can not wait to try it out again as the rebels. Easy choice for this month.

We did play this twice more, and while I love it, Chris finds playing the Rebels too stressful and has no interest in playing the Empire. Which leaves me in a bit of a dilemma. I really like the game, but am struggling to find opponents, as 3+ hour two player only games (and yes this is a two player only game, despite what the box says) can be a hard sell. I'm going to hang on to it for now, but tragically this may be sacrificed to trade or sale pile at some point.

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Codenames - 4 plays -  7.5 
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We decided to do a filler day at our games day this month, so we got a lot of the lighter games in my collection to the table. We had actually tried this with my parents once, but we were all tired and ready to go to bed so I was excited to try this out properly. I enjoyed the game but I can definitely see the complaints that it is not a true party game, as most of our plays involved silent contemplation, and I do think this really needs a bigger group to play. Trying to guess the clues by yourself isn't nearly as fun as working them out with someone else.

We have played this once since then, and I really enjoy it. The reality is we just rarely play party games, as we often have a group of people together to play scheduled games, rather than impromptu gatherings. I will have to remember to try and bring this to our next family gathering.

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Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise - 1 play -  7 
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This was one of our Secret Santa gifts this year, actually the last one we hadn't tried yet. A fun little race game, but not something I'm rushing to get back to the table. I would probably get Camel Up out if we needed a quick race filler. All that said it will stay in our collection as I did enjoy it and I can see my daughter liking it in a few years as well.

We haven't tried this since, but are holding on to it for now as I think in a year or two our daughter will really like it. I enjoyed it, but just don't find many opportunities to bring it to the table.

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Between Two Cities - 1 play -  7 
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This is probably the game I'm most torn about. While I really enjoyed it and would like to play again, it didn't go over that well with our group. I think this is a game that definitely benefits from multiple plays so I'm hoping we can try it out again soon.

Still haven't tried this again, and would like to. But honestly this one is probably making it's way closer to the trade pile than staying in the collection.
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25. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:97]
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Six new to me games last April, none of which I've played since. So nothing stood the test of time.
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