Games I played in 2018!
Mark Scrudder
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This is a geeklist for all of the games played in 2018. Whether new to me or the 100th time I've played, I will add a game to this list the first time I play it.

I typically play around 200 different games in a year, so let's see how this goes!

I have several Legacy / campaign games I am planning on starting in 2018, so for those I will try and make updates as I make progress on them :-)

This is mostly for my own reference, but feel free to comment and make suggestions :-)
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1. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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An old favourite in my household. We play this regularly, both physical copy and digital. We often pull it up on the iPad when we're waiting at a restaurant.
 
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2. Board Game: Lotus [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1289]
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This was a New Years gift from a friend and Rachel and I played it on January 1st. A nice light, relaxing game. Rachel and Kali also played a game on the 2nd. I think this will be a regular filler game :-)
 
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3. Board Game: Resistor_ [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3940]
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Got a free copy of this recently and brought it to the table on the 1st with Rachel. Rules are a bit weird, so it took us a few turns to really grok it. Wasn't a hit for us, but I'll probably try it again with a different 2nd player and see how it goes.

New in 2018 count: 1
 
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4. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.01 Overall Rank:1]
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Third solo game on January 1st. Love this game so much :-D
 
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5. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 [Average Rating:8.53 Overall Rank:33]
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January 2nd, we played our second game in March and won. We opened a few new things, some good and some very not good, leading to the first exposure of a character.

We're enjoying this greatly and I'm liking it a lot more than PLS1, which I felt was too much like the base game.
 
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6. Board Game: Fabled Fruit [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:607]
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Kali, Rachel, and I have been playing this as our go-to for filler games.

January 2nd, we played our 5th game of it and are nearing the end of deck 1, as we have unlocked up through 18. We still have three 1s. There were several times I could have juiced one, but I'd rather keep them in play. They're too useful!

It's going faster than I thought it would, and we're Really enjoying it. I also bought the Lime expansion so we can restart when we finish :-D
 
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7. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:95]
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Kali and I are playing Charterstone as a two player Legacy game.

January 2nd, we played our third game. We both doubled our previous scores and unlocked a bunch of new things. We decided not to use any Automa and just play the two of us, which I agree with. We're playing to open and unlock stuff as opposed to winning, so we're not rushing the end of games and I've actively been working to drag the games out so we can unlock more things :-D
 
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8. Board Game: Dice Forge [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:352]
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9. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:522] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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January 2nd: Combined with Kingdomino for 3 player 7x7. Kali had a Huge river running through it scoring 168 Just for the river. It was beautiful!
 
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10. Board Game: Century: Spice Road [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:219] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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11. Board Game: Phase 10 [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15287]
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12. Board Game: Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1631]
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This is my favourite implementation of Machi Koro. I love many of the things which were added in the expansions, but feel that it gets really clunky. This version streamlined the gameplay and has a strong set of cards in it.

I do intend to go back and play the base game with the expansions using the rules from Bright Lights, Big City and compare again later this year.
 
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13. Board Game: Province [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2308]
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Hadn't played in over 1 year count: 1
 
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14. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:451]
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Hadn't played in over 1 year count: 2
 
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15. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:51]
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Hadn't played in over 1 year count: 3
 
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16. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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17. Board Game: The Gnumies [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:13974]
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Hadn't played in over 1 year count: 4
 
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18. Board Game: Super Motherload [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:492]
Mark Scrudder
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This was a Kickstarter I missed and later got a copy after playing it and falling in love.

I'm a sucker for a deckbuilder, and a deckbuilder with asymmetric starting decks and a board for interactions gets my attention.

I love that this game allows for simple decisions which have repercussions going throughout the entire game.

I have a few caveats for the game:
Player interaction is minimal. Other than racing for specific resources and watching what achievements the other players are getting close to, there's nothing for interaction.
The boards get same-y quickly. There are 4 levels and each board is two sided, but the differences aren't that great.
There is nothing to indicate what the best path for a specific deck is unless you look through the starting cards and the cards you can buy and already have a good understanding of the game.

That all said, I love this game and look forward to getting it to the table again later this year :-)

Hadn't played in over 1 year count: 5
 
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19. Board Game: Quartex [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:11750]
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20. Board Game: Forge War [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:916]
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Fantastic game. Took three rounds (out of 7 total) to really get into the flow of the game and work it all out, but by the time we were finished 3 of the 4 players were excited to play the long game sometime soon!

This has the usual Childres problem of the rulebook being hard to parse and locate information in, but we muddled through it.

New in 2018 count: 2
 
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21. Board Game: Mystic Vale [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:385]
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22. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:56]
Mark Scrudder
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A friend lent this to me for the week and Rachel and I sat down to play it. We weren't huge fans of the scoring simply because it doesn't feel good to lose so much from empty spaces (our scores in our first game were 11 and 4), but we loved the gameplay.

We played a second game and felt a lot more comfortable about game flow and ended with a better score of 34 to 21.

This went immediately to Rachel's "must buy" list and she said that she might buy it with her first paycheck at her new job :-)

New in 2018 count: 3
 
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23. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Old favourite :-)

So far this year, we've been playing with various combinations of old sets and the Nocturne set.
 
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24. Board Game: Flag Dash [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:6307]
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This one arrived in the Board Game Bento. Not bad, but not fantastic either. Some wobbliness in the rules caused confusion.

We played 3 players, me controlling one team, R and K controlling the players of the other team. It might have been better with 4 players. I honestly feel it would have been best with 6 players, which would have required 2 more decks and initiative tokens.

I really liked the way the cards and tokens interacted, but felt a bit limited by the types of actions available.

R said that she would have enjoyed it better if the "capture the flag" aspect was removed and it was played as just flag football. I'm not sure there would be enough game there if that was the case, but I think that it's a great fit as designed.

Some cool ideas in the design which I might use in other designs at some point.

If someone asks you to play, I'd say it's worth playing, but I wouldn't buy this game.

New in 2018 count: 4
 
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25. Board Game: Spaced Out [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
Mark Scrudder
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Space Uno. A fun light game with a few too many rules to explain all in one go.

Hadn't played in over 1 year count: 6
 
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