New Games To Me - 2017
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This is a (primarily retrospective) list of all the games I played for the first time in 2017, with some comments on what I thought about them.

I'm putting this list together at the end of the year, so the recollections from games played months ago might be a little fuzzy... it's been a good gaming year! Too many games to remember.
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1. Board Game: London Dread [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1953]
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2017/01/04. I thought I'd really like this game... the theme really calls to me. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I expected. It might justify another play.
 
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2. Board Game: The Great Dinosaur Rush [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2155]
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2017/01/04. This is light but has some meat, and makes you make some tough decisions.
 
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3. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:230]
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2017/01/10. This is a classic worker placement game and I felt that I needed to get a play of it in my log for the sake of understanding some board game history. I really expected to love this game - I really enjoyed reading the novel a decade or two ago - but the game fell somewhat flat to me. Perhaps worker placement games have come a long way since then? (And yet Caylus - another classic worker placement game - holds its own with me.)
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4. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:74]
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2017/01/10. A really cool abstract game (the theme is semi-pasted on to me, although it looks very, very impressive as you build the squares up). Tons of strategy, especially with higher player counts. It's easy to forget the special abilities of the other players, so you need to be careful or you'll lose. I liked this a lot.
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5. Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1227]
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2017/01/10. We really liked La Granja, so Lori was really happy to get this from her BGG Secret Santa. We've ended up getting in a lot of plays of it - it's light but still has depth. It's nice and small, too, so it's easy to take it on trips to play in the hotel, or on board a train. (Maybe an aircraft... economy class sucks though!)
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6. Board Game: First Class [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:349]
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2017/01/21. This is a clever worker placement game - I was very successful in my early plays but I seem to be slipping. There are a lot of paths to victory. The theme works quite well for the game.
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7. Board Game: Nerdy Inventions [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:10219]
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2017/01/22. From Derek's collection. A light card game with a fun theme. Not sure I need to own it, but I'd play it again.
 
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8. Board Game: Villages of Valeria [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:922]
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2017/01/24. Neat card game with some set collection elements. Good theme. Not a heavy game, but a fun one.
 
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9. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:208]
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2017/01/28. I enjoyed the original Manhattan Project game, and this game was fun too. (I even managed to win!) The theme is great, and there's enough meat on the bones here to justify repeat plays, I suspect.
 
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10. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1816]
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2017/01/28. We played this the same day as Energy Empire, but unfortunately we were a bit rushed so I didn't get the full experience. It's a card game that, again, has a neat theme. I'd really need to play it again to give a true opinion on it.
 
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11. Board Game: Shakespeare [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:431]
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2017/02/01. From Kristy's collection. A deep worker placement game. A bit complex to learn, but I liked it.
 
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12. Board Game: Dr. Eureka [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1299]
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2017/02/01. From Brad's collection. A really light and fun dexterity game. I'm not normally a fan of dexterity games, but this was a lot of fun.
 
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13. Board Game: Hey Waiter! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4704]
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2017/02/04. From Derek's collection. I vaguely remember it... It was fun. But I forget a lot of details, which may say something about it.
 
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14. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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2017/02/07. From Ryan M.'s collection. This was a lot of fun - another classic that I really wanted to get logged. I'd be tempted to buy the reprint.
 
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15. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:20]
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2017/02/13. This isn't Lori's style of game, but I really enjoyed it (and won). Visually impressive, and I thought it had plenty of depth. I'd play it again.
 
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16. Board Game: Pandemic Iberia [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:93]
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2017/02/26. I thought the Pandemic world had been exhausted, but this game is a lot of fun and just different enough to justify owning it. Get it soon if you're so inclined; it's a limited edition.
 
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17. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:344]
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2017/03/04. Our second Splotter (after Food Chain Magnate). Not as hard to learn as I suspected it would be, but lots of depth, so it will take a few plays to master. I'm very happy with this purchase.
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18. Board Game: Ancient Terrible Things [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1395]
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2017/03/12. We got this as a Kickstarter some time ago but had never gotten it to the table. It was fun but a little samey at times. I should play it again to decide my final opinion.
 
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19. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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2017/03/18. Lori's become meh on this game, but I quite like it and our niece and nephew love it. The worst aspect of it is the interruption in the game when one player becomes a traitor and everyone has to read a bunch of rules. The game does a good job of feeling tense.
 
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20. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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I liked this.
 
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21. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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This game has become a favourite to teach others, as it's so simple to learn but has good depth. It's also visually very pretty. A great gateway game.
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22. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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2017/03/21. From Derek's collection. Need to play this again. Easier to learn than I suspected. Tons of depth, as you'd expect from a Rosenberg.
 
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23. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:872]
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2017/04/01. I liked this more than most do, I suspect. It plays longer than the rail-only versions because of the distraction of the ocean crossings. I don't think I'd prefer it to the other versions in general, but if you like TTR, it would make a great once-in-awhile game to shake things up.
 
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24. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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2017/04/01. Somehow I'd never gotten a play of this one in. I like it better than the US map.
 
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25. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1077]
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2017/04/02. This game has some campaign elements that I quite like. I'd like to get back to it soon.
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