Out of the Dust June 2017
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"Out of the Dust" is a term referring to games we play that we haven't played in awhile - typically a year or more. Sometimes games get a little dusty if we leave them on the shelf too long between plays - hence they are removed from "out of the dust" when we brush them off to play them again. Like other monthly Geeklists, the Out of the Dust Geeklist serves as a dedicated place for board gamers to post the games they played in the previous month - in this case, the dusty games we played again. The Out of the Dust Geeklist is open to anyone who logs their plays and has played a dusty game in the last month.

Andy's handy tool will analyze a user's logged plays for a range of inputted dates and quickly identify any eligible "out of the dust" games. This tool also formats the results in handy BGG code that can conveniently be copy and pasted into a Geeklist entry! http://www.grimwold.org.uk/bgg/tools/dustyPlaysBGG.php

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1. Board Game: König von Siam [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1000]
Bryce Journey
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König von Siam - Dust Level: 1 Year, 9 Months - I am no good at this game. But it doesn't stop me from returning it from time to time. I have a physical copy, but this play was online at Yucata. I'm trying to level up but this one didn't help advance that cause.

Nefarious - Dust Level: 1 Year, 7 Months - I was surprised to see that not only was this one a dusty game, but I apparently didn't play it at all in 2016. This was one of my top games of 2015 and I acquired the expansion right away when it came out this month. This is one of those expansions that just adds a whole bunch additional options for what is already there. I'm okay with that. The expansion almost doubles the size of the Twist deck and it's going to take a whole lot of plays to try them all out. I'm okay with that too.

Terra Mystica - Dust Level: 1 Year, 7 Months - This is one of those games I wouldn't mind playing more often but it's also one of those games that I seem to have to relearn the rules every time I dust it off, which contributes it to getting dusty in the first place. Anyway, had a very enjoyable close game with the expansion and my Yeti just barely lost in the end.

Fauna - Dust Level: 1 Year, 2 Months - I included this game as part of the curriculum of a summer camp I ran at the local history museum. We played a shortened version to accommodate the short attention spans of untested 1st-3rd graders and they really liked it.
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2. Board Game: 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1736]
Håkan König
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Dust level 9 years 8 months
A really old one brought out of the dust. One of the more newbie friendly 18xx games as everybody gets a minor or two at the start and can start running companies immediately. This was a 4 player game with me, 2 guys that had played 1830 back in the 90s, and one newbie to 18xx in general. Guess who won We probably didn't push the trains as hard as we should have but we still finished in a reasonable time. Anyway, the final results were:
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3. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:811]
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Only one dusty board game played in June:

Just one game of Castle Panic played solo which I hadn't played for at least 5 years.

This game is a fairly simple "castle defense" style of game, but can be fun. I have a couple of the expansions which I plan to add in at some point.


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4. Board Game: Neue Heimat [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1554]
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Netherlands
Rijen
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Awesome game. Played two-player; not bad.

Stephenson's Rocket was in the attic, but got a play after 11 years! Not sure, but there's something good in this one.
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5. Board Game: Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures: Angels 20 [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:3935] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
Murray Fish
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Canberra
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Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures: Angels 20 - 1 play
First Published 2012
4 years, 10 months, 16 days
Current Rating -  9.1 


Thor - 3 plays
First Published 2002
3 years, 1 month, 13 days
Current Rating -  7 

I have been playing a lot of Wings of War/Glory of one type or another with the Little Fish. Little Fish the Elder and I went to our local FLGS after soccer while his brother was at a party last weekend and their set of Wings of War: Deluxe Set was gone. He was keen to play with aeroplanes so I introduced him to Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures: Angels 20 which was okay, but still a little complex. I enjoyed it and was very pleased to play this rather good dogfighting game that was sadly left to wither on the vine by Wizards of the Coast.

With the return of one of our long-absent lunchtime games group members came the return of Thor. It was good to play this again as it is quite fun and plays quickly and with just enough randomness to keep it interesting.

Good to have both dusty games hit the table again last month.
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6. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:311]
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Tales of the Arabian Nights - 1 play
3 years, 11 months, 20 days
Current Rating -  6 

Always more fun than I remember, just make sure you go in to this grandaddy of story-telling games with an open mind and no desire to win... the game pretty much determines your path at random, but it can be an amusing ride. Keeping the player count low is sensible, too: this three player game kept us all involved, even if that meant I couldn't move for almost the whole game, another player couldn't make his own mind up for the whole game, and the third player had to visit his nagging wife whether he wanted to or not.

Word on the Street - 1 play
3 years, 6 months, 30 days
Current Rating -  7 

Good team word game, with an emphasis on picking out particular letters. Actually played this two player with my word-game-loving mum, and we had a close and very fun game, helping each other out from time to time.

Dominion - 2 plays
3 years, 7 months, 3 days
Current Rating -  9 

I thought this might go down well with my work colleagues and so it proved: zipping along at a good pace, with the less experienced players in contention throughout. Need I say more?

Pit - 1 play
3 years, 0 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  6.5 

Surprisingly got a play of this in at my game group (I had left the box in my 'party games' bag from a previous, different, group night) and you could see the scepticism in their eyes about this 100+ year old game. As it was, the frenetic activity went down well, with three players buying a copy that very week! I still love it... brings back memories of my family shouting in a good way

Rhino Hero - 2 plays
1 year, 3 months, 8 days
Current Rating -  6.5 

Card-stacking game which my son was happy to find I'd brought on holiday. We finally managed to play by the card-power rules and it added somewhat to the general stacking fun. Still good.

Pick & Pack - 1 play
1 year, 2 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  6 

Another holiday outing - on the ferry crossing, actually - and I can see my son contending for victory in this some time soon: he is crafty and loves dishing out the take-that, though doesn't like it so much in return. Decent, light, 2 player game.
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7. Board Game: Formula Motor Racing [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1939]
Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
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Formula Motor Racing - 1 play
First Published 1995
6 years, 11 months, 5 days
I considered putting this on my Countdown Challenge list, as a new version made it into the game club library. The new board is nice, but I'm glad now I didn't add it.

Las Vegas - 1 play
First Published 2012
2 years, 3 months, 18 days
Fun times. I got all 8 dice on on number once; that was new. The first 7 were intentional as I fought someone for a high-scoring card.

IceDice - 1 play
First Published 2011
1 year, 2 months, 0 days
I put Can't Stop on my Countdown Challenge list this year, so it's no surprise this press your luck game would go dusty.
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8. Board Game: Dominion Big Box (English) [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
N Jones
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Richardson
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Survive: Escape from Atlantis! - 1 play
First Published 1982
1 year, 3 months, 25 days
Current Rating -  6 

We play a co-op variant where we try to save everyone but on the monster turn make the meanest move. We played with the expansion and lost by quite a bit (saved less than died) usually it is the other way around.

Dominion Big Box (English) - 13 plays
First Published 2010
1 year, 3 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  8 

Wow! I had forgotten just how good this game is. My son and I play it near simultaneously, so even a "skipped" turn due to crap cards is nothing. So smooth.

Two Rooms and a Boom - 2 plays
First Published 2013
1 year, 0 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  9 

Always a group favorite.
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9. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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Carcassonne: The City - 1 play
First Published 2004
5 years, 5 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  7 

My son and I played this at ROBA while waiting for more gamers to show up. My copy is available now.


Ciúb - 2 plays
First Published 2014
2 years, 2 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  7 

I don't own this one or I suspect it wouldn't be on this list.


Greed - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 6 months, 28 days
Current Rating -  9 

Then again, this is one I really enjoy, but it isn't in regular rotation.

Keyflower - 1 play
First Published 2012
1 year, 4 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  9 

And this one really surprised me.
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10. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1365]
Jerry Wilkinson
United States
New Castle
Indiana
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TurfMaster 3 years 6 months

A shame that this one even makes the list, since it was my new to me game of the year a few years ago. Now that I've found a solo variant, I'll do my best to keep the dust off this one.

Go Fish 5 years 9 months

Played at a graduation open house.

Niagara 4 years 3 months

I enjoy this one.

Castle Panic 1 year 8 months

I don't care for this as a co-op.
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11. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
Bill Kunes
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - 1 play
First Published 2011
1 year, 6 months, 7 days
Current Rating -  7.8 

With summer upon us and the kids out of school, my wife is opting to sleep in so we are not getting in our early morning coffee games. This has led to me getting out my games I can play solo. I really like this game, but it is a lot of work to set up and keep track of two players myself. I'd really like to try this with another player some time. My wife offered, she just isn't sure when.

Codenames - 3 plays
First Published 2015
1 year, 5 months, 9 days
Current Rating -  7.5 

I really enjoy Codenames but we don't get party games out very often. I had the opportunity to paly Duet at Origins and confirmed it is an instant buy so we can play 2p. But talking about it at a family gathering led to a few family plays. I'm not going to complain.

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12. Board Game: Snit's Revenge [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4483]
Carthoris Pyramidos
United States
Centennial
Colorado
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Antike Duellum - 2 plays
First Published 2012
4 years, 3 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  8 

I had played this game once, all those years ago, and I was very impressed. It's what decided me to buy in early to the same designer's Concordia, now one of my favorites. And meanwhile I also played its bigger brother Antike. But I'm glad to have finally gotten my own copy and come back to play this again. It has a nearly-combinatorial tightness that is absent from those other Gerdts games, and which I really like. This month I got to achieve two counter-historical victories, one with Carthage, the other with Persia.




Snit's Revenge - 1 play
First Published 1977
Approximately 30 years
Current Rating -  7 

My daughter decided to be the Bolotomus, and I gave her the option of playing with the Spark and Splops rules, and she went for that, knowing it would result in a more random outcome. In the end, it favored me, as my Snit Lysander was able to kick the snot out of the snorg in the Lobulus, thus snuffing the Spark, though I was getting low on snits. This game was faster than I remembered it, and we'll probably play it again soon.

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13. Board Game: Tokaido: Crossroads [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Tokaido: Crossroads - 1 play
First Published 2013
3 years, 3 months, 29 days
Current Rating -  6 


Takenoko: Chibis - 1 play
First Published 2015
1 year, 8 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  6 


Takenoko - 1 play
First Published 2011
1 year, 8 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  6 


Patchwork - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 0 months, 7 days
Current Rating -  9 

The big surprise on this list for me was Patchwork. I have taught it to some new people in recent months but never actually played it. Currently working with Matt on a solver algorithm in Excel to find the theoretical maximum possible score.
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14. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:296]
Bryan Thunkd
United States
Florence
MA
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Airlines Europe - 1 play
First Published 2011
3 years, 3 months, 16 days
Current Rating -  7 


The Ancient World - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 6 months, 5 days
Current Rating -  7.5 
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15. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:392]
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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SIX YEARS DUSTY:

Alhambra d10-6

Been a loooooong time since I last played this one but we needed something as a quick game night ender and so we went with it. It continues to be fine but nothing I need to own again.

FOUR YEARS DUSTY:

Poseidon's Kingdom d10-6

This one was still fun but I prefer to play Antics instead and I sold this one after this play. Still happy to play other people's copies. Antics is more interesting with the anthill mechanic.

THREE YEARS DUSTY:

Caverna: The Cave Farmers d10-8

Enjoyed pulling this out and nickeling this one as well. Apparently, the wait was good for my brain as I scored the highest I've ever scored in the game (I still lost). Hopefully, the wait to play again will not be quite as long next time.

Ticket to Ride d10-6

One of my brothers acquired this game and wanted to play so we did. Won over another brother so this one might see more play in the future? There's been enough of a dry spell in plays of this one that I don't mind playing any more - particularly with family.

TWO YEARS DUSTY:

Automobiles d10-6

This works just fine as a two player game. Both of us took a fair bit of wear but my opponent did a better job managing/reducing his wear late in the game to pull away. This play adds this game to my lifetime nickels.

ONE YEAR DUSTY:

Burgle Bros. d10-7

Finally nickeled this game as well and we barely won this one with all of us down to zero stealth and the guards moving fast.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue d10-6

Played the PnP expansion beach house map and we lost control of the fire as it burned down the house after we rescued only 2 people, a dog, and a cat.

Haspelknecht d10-7

In what is a common theme for the month, I nickeled this game as well this month but did add in the expansion with all modules to sample the expansion (even though the rules suggest gradually adding in modules - bah, humbug!). Enjoyed this one and hope to get the game with the expansion back to the table soon.
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16. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:392]
Tiago Perretto
Brazil
Curitiba
Parana
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Without the undust tool working for me, I can't really be sure of all the undusted plays for the month. But I do know a few of them.

Alhambra
- last play: 2013-07-09

Won by just a few days. Almost 4 years! I know some people considerar Alhambra too boring, but I like it quite a bit, specially with some expansions - and we played with the Camps and the Treasure Chests.


Kemet - last play: 2013-07-25

Also almost 4 years. I remember that, after playing Kemet, I was amazed by how well made it is: the push to battle, the constant move towards the finish line, the possibilities around the special powers, etc. So good. Yet, it simply fall in that zone were games are forgotten. Luckly, a friend that usually push his games, has it now, so I expect that a 4 year hiatus won't happen again.


Modern Art - last play: 2015-02-13

Two years and four months. This is a very fun game when played with the proper mood and behavior - just like excited auctioneers. We did, but the play was not a good one, since we are at a Con and one of the players had a booth there and needed to leave twice during play, making it drag too much with all the waiting. Modern Art is very nice, but after playing it several times, I consider Medici (another in the dust) to be above it in quality (it was the other way around until some time ago).


Galaxy Trucker - last play: 2015-08-08

Almost two years. I'm liking GT more and more, the more I play. I used to consider the second phase too boring, and this dragged the whole game down. Yet, by now I have fun with the second phase too.


Fairy Tale - last play: 2015-08-21

Also almost two years. It was a very tight game, with everyone scores just one card away from the other. With this game being so good and fast, I wonder why I don't bring it to the table more often. Oh, well.


Family Business - last play: 2015-12-19

A little less than 18 months for this one. FB isn't for all the occasions or persons - it is mean and has issues, but with the right table, it is quite fun, and, luckly, I have the bastard friends that fit with the game - so much so that we played twice in a row.


Space Alert - last play: 2016-02-19

Around 16 months. Though I like SA, these two plays I had this month wasn't very good: one player wasn't getting into it and complained a lot, specially regarding the rule to move the bots (which is, indeed, boring).


Middle-Earth Quest - last play: 2016-03-29

Thirteen months. A personal goal is to play MEQ at least once every year. Since 2011 I'm keeping my goal. MEQ is awesome!


And that was it!

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17. Board Game: La Granja [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:113]
Jason
United States
Irvine
California
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La Granja - 1 play
First Published 2014
2 years, 8 months, 10 days
Current Rating -  8.0 

Not much from the past this month. It was a little strange as its almost been 3 years since I last played La Granja. Really good game, and one I should not be waiting this long to play again.
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18. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Scott Daniel
United States
San Diego
California
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Chess - 1 play[/size]
1 year, 6 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  6 

Was just feeling nostalgic, didn't realize it had been that long since I'd played Chess.
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19. Board Game: Game of Knowledge [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:13484]
Sharon Khan
United Kingdom
Shefford
Bedfordshire
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Only two dusty games this month - it was a fairy quiet month of gaming, and most of my gaming time was spent playing Terraforming Mars!

Game of Knowledge - Dust Level 18 months

This children's trivia game was a favourite of mine as a child, but my children haven't really got into it, but as my older son has been enjoying Quiz Club I thought I'd try again with a trivia game and it was more popular this time, although I had the usual trouble with Saturn.

Code 777 - Dust Level 16 months

A deduction game that I enjoy but find quite hard to table!
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20. Board Game: UR [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2234]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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Looks like I've managed to play a single title that I'd not played for at least two years. (I acknowledge that the restriction is quite arbitrary; but I might as well be consistent.)


UR -- (1 this month; 7 plays 5 years ago) _7⅓_
(images by frappy & Ceryon)

Sadly, (and entirely possibly because of the gap since the previous game) I got the rules wrong! So an entirely flawed play of a game that is much better than what we actually experienced. Oops.

Fortunately, the kind folk on which I inflicted it are willing to try again with the Real Rules. Looking forward to it.


Thanks (again) to the Lunch@Work folk.
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21. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15229]
Andy
United Kingdom
Manchester
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UNO - 3 plays
First Published 1971
10 years, 10 months, 0 days
Current Rating - 3
My sister in law taught this to our kids while we were all on vacation. It went down quite well with them.

Carcassonne - 4 plays
First Published 2000
7 years, 4 months, 12 days
Current Rating - 8
My brother and sister in law brought their copy with them to our vacation, so we played it a few times... it's been a while since I've played regular Carcassonne!

Diamant - 4 plays
First Published 2005
7 years, 0 months, 20 days
Current Rating - 7
Since our kids have been getting more interested in games, I decided it was time to try them with this light push yer luck game. Both Joe(6) and Ben(4) enjoyed it a lot and can play by themselves without too much trouble. It's great for practising division as well.
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22. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
Mary T.
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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Blokus - 2 plays
First Published 2000
8 years, 5 months, 14 days
Current Rating -  10 

I can't believe it's been 8 years! I still will play this any time. It's just rare that I have 3 other people to play it with. I think I've played the 2-player version more recently.


Finca - 1 play
First Published 2009
4 years, 10 months, 25 days
Current Rating -  7 

Tried this out with my daughter the other day. She seemed to catch on pretty quick. It will probably be a lot less than four years before I play this again.


Forbidden Island - 1 play
First Published 2010
3 years, 9 months, 3 days

I guess I never rated this. I would probably give it a 6 or a 7. I prefer its simplicity to the added complexity of Forbidden Desert.


Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs - 1 play
First Published 2013
2 years, 1 month, 8 days
Current Rating -  6 

I think I would rate this lower now. It's good with little kids, but I think my daughter has outgrown it. I will probably be looking to trade or sell it.


There were a few other things I played this month that were more than a year dusty, but I only count things that are more than 2 years dusty.
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23. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
Farydia Pseudo
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Lords of Waterdeep - 1 play
First Published 2012
2 years, 5 months, 27 days
Current Rating -  8.5 
This is such a smooth and fast game. I was surprised it didn't get out in such a long time. I was hosed, despite a good start, but I do enjoy it a lot. Must get back to playing it more regularly...


T.I.M.E Stories - 3 plays
First Published 2015
1 year, 1 month, 6 days
Current Rating -  9 
The Endurance Mission expansion took ages to arrive and then it was several months until we finally got to play it. And it was meh.
I am still convinced that T.I.M.E. Stories is great - but this last episode was the first that left everyone very underwhelmed. I hope the next one gets better!
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24. Board Game: The Settlers of the Stone Age [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1446]
Jefferson Krogh
United States
San Leandro
California
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[imageID=es/pic200523 square]The Settlers of the Stone Age - 2 plays
First Published 2002
9 years, 4 months, 5 days
Current Rating -  7 


[imageID=es/pic207514 square]Mammoth Hunters - 1 play
First Published 2003
1 year, 3 months, 30 days
Current Rating -  7 


I also played Dominant Species in June, so there's a definite theme!
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25. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2882]
Tim Kelly
United States
Richardson
Texas
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A splendid time was had by all at the family reunion, and not just by the grandkids and cousins!
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