Games only YOU have played in October 2017
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As Hallowe'en approaches, are you spooked by the number of games you're missing out on? Why not read this list and find out the games that have eluded everyone else - apart from one lucky gamer!

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Look at your plays for the month of October, and then check out the games and see if you can find any games where you are currently the solitary logger of a play for October (or if the other loggers were actually in the same game session with you). Use your common sense in order to make the search faster. Obviously things like Dominion, Magic, etc. will have plenty of people playing them. Note: expansions that only you logged are fine, feel free to add them as well.

Then share any comments you might have. Are we missing something? How could this happen? What is your opinion of the game?


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1. Board Game: Test Match (second edition) [Average Rating:6.39 Unranked]
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Dave and I played Romantic Composers against Historical Authors, and he beat me by a comfortable 70 runs or so.

There is no need for other dexterity games when you have something this awesome on the coffee table.
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2. Board Game: March Hares [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked]
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This was on my print-and-play list for the month, and we enjoyed our first play through. Love the art. I need to discuss some rulings with Rob, though.
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3. Board Game: Alice Chess [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Definitely one of the best chess variants around, played entirely with standard pieces and moves, other than the dimensional slippage between the two boards, which effectively divides every piece into its evenly-moved original and an oddly-moved shadow. It was only our second play, and it still hurts our brains a little (in a good way).

This month's game was a variant of Alice Chess, where we started on opposite boards instead of on the same board.
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4. Board Game: Monochrome Chess [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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I keep evangelizing for this game, but I'm still the only one logging it on BGG. It was the basis for Andy Looney's Martian Chess, but Monochrome Chess is the better two-player game by far. (The chief advantage of Martian Chess is accommodating higher player counts.) My daughter has gotten good at this game, which she uses to torment classmates in her chess club, and she's now the favorite to win in plays with me as well.
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5. Board Game: Spire [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Russ Williams
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It had been a while since we'd played any Shibumi games, so we played a couple games of Spire, a neat pure placement game which has a restriction that no 2x2 square can have more than 2 of a given color, and you cannot put a ball on a square that has 2 of that ball's color. It leads to some weird tactics and fun aha-effects.
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6. Board Game: Cardinal's Guards [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
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This game was the first of many that I learned for my newly-acquired Piecepack kit this month. Most of them were games that only I logged for October. (A Geeklist-in-progress on the topic is Piecepack Explorations.)

Cardinal's Guards was the best of the piecepack solo games I tried. It uses all of the piecepack contents, and it presents an interesting puzzle. There's no randomness after the initial setup.
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7. Board Game: One Man: Thrag! [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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This solo piecepack game was also fun. It's a dice-rolling dungeon crawler, that I tarted up with some further storytelling elements. I gave the three wizards discrete identities, and particular monsters that they summon.
sauronredtrain The Wizard of Suns is Shamshamish, and he conjures an imp (1), a salamander (2), an efreet (3), a phoenix (4), and a fire-breathing dragon (5).
sauronbluetrain The Wizard of Arms is Xaddai, and his minions are undead: a zombie (1), a skeleton (2), a specter (3), a vampire (4), and a lich king (5).
sauronyellowtrain The Wizard of Crowns is Gadoo-Ladoo, and he sends whole troops of goblins (1), orcs (2), ogres (3), trolls (4), and giants (5).
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8. Board Game: Galaxy Express [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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Another solo piecepack game, this one with a science fiction theme. I liked it well enough to replay it, and my scores were respectable. There's definitely some challenge here.
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9. Board Game: Power Lunch [Average Rating:2.72 Overall Rank:15233]
Jeroen Doumen
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Just one for me this month
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10. Board Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of the Nam [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked]
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Going tactical in country.... Fast paced game set in the Vietnam War. Does a good job of showing how chaotic and deadly combat can be in the jungle.
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11. Board Game: Das Pferd von Troja [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:12658]
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Not a good month for me either. This one is a very intriguing Alex Randolph design, with a bit of memory but most important: a lot of concentration. Not for all people, we really enjoyed it.
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12. Board Game: Mini Cat & Mouse [Average Rating:4.48 Overall Rank:13993]
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A fun dexterity games for kids.
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13. Board Game: Sleepers [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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My son came home from college for the weekend and we had an abstract mini-fest: Sleepers, Quoridor and DVONN. He was 2-0 in Sleepers and 6-2 overall. From now on, I only play him in thematic or war games. whistle Ugh.
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14. Board Game: Tula [Average Rating:4.83 Unranked]
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This solitaire piecepack game is really short, so I played it seven times. If I play it again, it will just be to get a pic of it with the Boardman edition (Infinite Board Game). It's a painfully simple game with the tiles alone, comparable to the traditional playing-card solitaire Accordion.
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15. Board Game: Campos [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:11147]
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Tile placement to build (then dismantle) a shared area to satisfy criteria on scoring cards.

Nice chunky bits.
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16. Board Game: Froggy Bottom [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
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This two-player piecepack game is really quick, and I only played it once. It seemed to have a huge first-player advantage--easily mitigated by giving the first player a half-turn (which half to be decided by the second player in a quasi-pie rule).
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17. Board Game: Habe fertig [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:10285]
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Other people also play this card game. Surely?
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18. Board Game: Compañeros [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11577]
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Another unloved card game.
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19. Board Game: Shove piecepack [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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This pub game adaptation was the most successful of the few piecepack dexterity games we tried this month. The BGG entry was already there, but I was the first to log plays against it.
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20. Board Game: Elfer raus! Das Brettspiel [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:9949]
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Knizia's take on a traditional game.
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21. Board Game: MARK [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:10548]
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Dicey recycling fun.
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22. Board Game: Brigand Kings [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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A Decktet game with dice. Nifty but maybe a bit too long at 2-player.

Also, just missed with two more decktet games, Jacynth and Bharg.
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23. Board Game: Japanese: The Game [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:11331] [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
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There's a little bit of game here, but it's mostly for education and making goofy (but grammatically correct!) sentences.
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24. Board Game: Boundary [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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An old abstract with a unique twist: an elastic band stretched across the middle of the board, that your pieces "drag" with them as they move. As well as standard move-and-replace captures, you can make a capture by encircling a piece (or pieces) with the band!

This is a game where I found it very hard to visualise the results of moves, insofar as what would happen to the string. That doesn't stop me wanting to try it again; but I don't think it will ever be a game I'd want to spend lots of time exploring.
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25. Board Game: Amoeba [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Two plays of this at regular abstracts lunch. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly impressed - the well-worn stacking and movement mechanisms made it feel, to me, like Accasta* except, well, not as good.

*I know, I know, if I love Dieter Stein so much why don't I just marry him
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