Games I played in October 2017
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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1. Board Game: NMBR 9 [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:816]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
Alberta
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Played this one with my wife and the in-laws. Five times against my father in-law, with me winning 3 games to 2. He did however set the house record of 87 points. Played 1 game with three players and two with 4. It's a good game, light and quick. I do wonder how many more times I will play it because there's not a ton of depth, maybe I can get my hands on the extra tiles to help with the replayability.
 
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2. Board Game: Downforce [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:639]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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The first of the games played on Thanksgiving Day. I played a five player game with two friends, my mom, and my father in-law. One of my buddies had played it before but the other three had not.

Almost everyone enjoyed the game, it's quick and easy. My father in-law was not a fan, stating that it did not have enough strategy or time to implement a strategy.

I have played this game five times now, I'm hoping I can finally try a six player game soon.

Fun game, one of the best purchases I have made this year.
 
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3. Board Game: Farkel [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14627]
Jordan Croswell
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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My in-laws played this with their friends and they loved it, so they decided to introduce this "amazing" game. After a terrible rules explanation from them we dove into this game with open minds. It's a bad game, there's no getting around it. I'm sure this game can be okay in certain situations but at Thanksgiving when we have plenty of other games it's hard to justify using any time to play this.

The rules are limited, the strategy is lacking, and the player interaction is non-existent. Two of the players took off and the rest of us played catch up for the rest of the time.

Would only ever play this one again in very specific circumstances - maybe when I'm camping or drinking.
 
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4. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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Played this one at Thanksgiving with the in-laws and my family. We added the 6th player and the Black Market to the game. The 6th player with the Sheriff and not the deputies makes the game too long (we should have used the deputies), but it still is very nice to be able to play this game with more people. I have always thought that this game could be played with up to 8 people as long as you had the materials to do so. The Black Market cards are amazing - I would never play without them again - it gives you a reason to smuggle illegal goods in.

My mother-in-law spilled water on some of the cards and the nun player board - first time that any of my games have had something spilled on them - the cards are okay - but the player board puffed up a bit, oh well - accidents happen and it doesn't hurt our ability to play the game in any way. I feel it gives character to the game.

I really like this expansion - I would not play 6 players without using the deputies to speed up the process.
 
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5. Board Game: Sagrada [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:168]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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Played this game with a buddy twice over lunch. I have played this one many times before. I enjoy how this game is easily taught and played. The production value of the game is amazing- everything looks great. My biggest issue with this game is that there is no player interaction besides the dice draft - it would be cool if you could mess with you opponent somehow - maybe a future expansion could help this.

I enjoy this game, it never fails to impress.
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6. Board Game: Hero Realms [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:187]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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Got in one game of this in with my buddy over lunch. Coming from Star Realms and the terrible Epic game it seems the company has learned how to refine Star Realms while making an actual fun game to play that's easy to learn (unlike Epic). I think I enjoy this game better than Star Realms the character decks that he had were cool and added some variety to the game. I still think the game is a little to luck based and that mechanics can be too simplistic, but it's still fun in the right situations.

I don't think I will every buy this game - unless it's really cheap, but I still enjoyed playing it.
 
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7. Board Game: Mysterium [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:152]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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Finally got this one to the table with 5 people. We played with the Hidden Signs expansion included.

This is a great game, we played it three times and my group really bought into the theme and the mystery of solving the murder. The first two games we did not making it to the end suspect phase because one or two people got stuck on the weapon phase. Luckily my wife excels at abstract-artsy games, and with her as the ghost we were able to solve the crime. It helped that the bear trap was the murder weapon and that she had a card with the bear trap in it - making an unanimous vote for the culprit.

The one aspect I didn't like was that it felt like we went though the vision cards too quick - even with the expansion cards included. Makes me want to buy the the newest expansion but I'm not sure if I will play this game many more times to justify the purchase.

I hope I can play this game again.
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8. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
Jordan Croswell
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Calgary
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Played this at the 4 player level with my parents and brother. The reason I bought this game is because we loved a game growing up called Masterpiece. So a painting game with auctions in them goes over well with my family.

My family loved this game, we only got to play it once but even my brother who tends to be the biggest critic said it was one of the best ones we have played. The way the economy of the game evolves as you play and how you have a direct impact on it is a strong mechanic.

I understand why this game has lived on for so long and had so many different versions - it's because the gameplay is top notch. Next time I am visiting my parents this game will come with me.
 
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9. Board Game: Wordsy [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2848]
Jordan Croswell
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Played this one with my wife. It's quick, easy to learn, and fun. My wife is amazing at word games, Paperback is one of her favorites, and she usually destroys me. Over the two games of Wordy she proved that she still is the queen of word games. The first game I lost by over 20 points and the second game by 6 points (so close).

I'm not great at this game but I do enjoy it. Looking forward to playing it with more people at a family reunion in November.
 
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