BK's Unplayed Games - 2018 Edition
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Out of sight, out of mind??? Not always.



Sometimes well intended games lose out to other games that grab your attention in the moment, or because of the enjoyed history of a favorite.

In the mean time you buy, trade and receive other games that sit patiently on your shelf waiting a turn to impress and hopefully earn a special place in your collection that leads to additional plays. Others, well... they just go back on the trade pile as you realize as much as you'd like to try them they just aren't going to get played.


Here is my shelf of shame/opportunity, the list of unplayed games in my collection acquired prior to December 2018 and an update when they finally get played... IF they get played.


Previous years: 2017 / 2016

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1. Board Game: Broom Service [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:404]
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I picked this up in the Origins Math Trade this past summer and haven't gotten it to the table. So, I decided to add it to my BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2018 List.


Conclusion: Played Jan-30
I was never crazy about the theme and had essentially passed on the game for that reason. However, given the opportunity in the math trade I took a chance and it turned out to be better than I thought. Granted this is an initial response to a single play but the obvious brave/cowardly push your luck mechanism and the variety really makes for an interesting game. It worked fine at 2p and I could see it being even more interesting during an occasional multiple player setting.

Action: We have 9 more plays as part of our 10x10. I'll make a long-term decision on its status in our collection after those plays.
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2. Board Game: Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:205]
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As an interested party in escape room implementations in a game format I picked up a bunch at Origins this past summer to play with the family. None have gotten played yet, so on the list they go.

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3. Board Game: Exit: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:549]
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As an interested party in escape room implementations in a game format I picked up a bunch at Origins this past summer to play with the family. None have gotten played yet, so on the list they go.

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4. Board Game: Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:591]
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As an interested party in escape room implementations in a game format I picked up a bunch at Origins this past summer to play with the family. None have gotten played yet, so on the list they go.

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5. Board Game: Karuba [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:378]
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After watching folks playing this in a giant, remote game during this year's Gen Can't, I picked this up for the family and added it to my BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2018 List.


Conclusion: My daughter and I broke this out of the shrink and played two learning games. As expected it is a light, straight forward, easy to learn family weight game.

Action: I was hoping to be wrong in my expectations. I would have gladly welcomed being surprised to find a little more weight to it, but it accomplishes what I believe it sets out to do. The jury is still out on whether I'll keep it after the 10x10 challenge. I'm not sure I have a need for it long-term.
 
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6. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
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I picked this up along with the expansion in the Origins Math Trade this past summer and haven't gotten it to the table. So, I decided to add it to my BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2018 List.


Conclusion: Played Feb-02
I had watched a setup and how to play video earlier in the day and had a 2p game setup for my friend and I in the evening. Game play is fairly straight forward and played quickly for us. Our play was fairly mechanical in acquiring and converting cubes, er adventurers, and money into completed quests. The intrigue cards introduce some interesting twists. We liked it. I could see a few more plays of the basic game and then a need to include the expansion. It definitely had a euro feel (which is fine by me). I look forward to seeing what my wife's opinion of the game is given this is part of our 2018 10x10.

Action: I will revisit and update this after our 10x10 plays.
 
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7. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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I picked this up in the 2016 Origins Math Trade and still haven't gotten it played so its back for another year. I enjoy social deduction games like this but other than my youngest daughter I don't have many willing participants.

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8. Board Game: Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Australia map

I'm a sucker for new maps and this two map expansion was gifted to me back in 2014 and I've yet to play either map. Friends in my game group have played them, but unfortunately with out me, so I carry it over from my 2017 list. This is getting embarrassing.

A gaming bucket list of mine is to play each map at least once.

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9. Board Game: Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Indian Subcontinent map

I'm a sucker for new maps and this two map expansion was gifted to me back in 2014 and I've yet to play either map. Friends in my game group have played them, but unfortunately with out me, so I carry it over from my 2017 list, the second year in a row. This is getting embarrassing.

A gaming bucket list of mine is to play each map at least once.

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10. Board Game: Power Grid: Northern Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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Northern Europe map

As I've noted, I'm a sucker for new maps and picked this map expansion up at Origins this past summer. I have a few maps yet to play, but it is on my gaming bucket list of mine is to play each map at least once.

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11. Board Game: Power Grid: Northern Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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United Kingdom & Ireland map

As I've noted, I'm a sucker for new maps and picked this map expansion up at Origins this past summer. I have a few maps yet to play, but it is on my gaming bucket list of mine is to play each map at least once.

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12. Board Game: Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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I acquired the base game and both expansions in a math trade at Gen Con back in 2014. I've played base set cards but have not ventured on to this expansion yet. This is carried over from yet another year.

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13. Board Game: Seasons: Path of Destiny [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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I got this expansion as part of the math trade at Gen Con back in 2014 as well. Obviously I need to play the first expansion before I mix this one in.

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14. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
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I bought this at Origins in 2016 to play with my wife, sister and BIL but that never happened, and then with my best friend and his wife, but that hasn't happened, so we're basically going to play this with whoever we can get to commit to playing it through. This is probably the game on my shelf of shame that I'm most interested in getting to the table.

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15. Board Game: Unlock! The Formula [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1076]
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As an interested party in escape room implementations in a game format I picked up a bunch at Origins this past summer to play with the family. None have gotten played yet, so on the list they go.

Conclusion: Played Mar-16
My daughter was home for Spring Break and wanted to play some games so I suggested we finally break out Unlock! The Formula with 3p. We ran through the tutorial scenario and finished it in short order in a hurried fashion and cold have benefited a little more in learning the iconography. We then proceeded to the main event. Ultimately we scored (no stars) and completed in 82:50 with 9 hints, 9:00 lost due to three penalties. I can't read my writing but we lost a bunch of time to erroneous codes as well.

I liked the setup and the app. Unfortunately my wife was a bit impatient at times and kept asking for hints and wanting to just guess at codes for reasons that didn't make sense (e.g. time is running out with 30+ mins on the clock). We argued a bit as she was getting bored and felt like we were wasting time examining cards and trying to puzzle through the cards we had.

Action: I'm keeping this so others can play it, I might even try it solo after some time but the biggest take away when playing other similar games like this is to make sure we are not tired.

 
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16. Board Game: Village Port [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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I picked this expansion up in the Origins Math Trade this past summer. I've wanted to try the game with one of the expansions ever since they came out. Now I just need to dust off the base game for a few plays.

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17. Board Game: Yokohama [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:104]
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I picked this up at an irresistible price at Origins this past summer and planned on waiting until I could get it to the table. It is one of my BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2018 List.

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