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Hey there, this list is for meetups and friends.
It's a list of games that I own and know enough about to be comfortable hosting a session to play with others who might be playing the game for the first time. It also may include (and I'll note it down) games that I might have just received and wish to learn and play with everyone!
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Fans of economic games, Fans of civilization building and Set Collection games
Difficulty to Learn: 7
Difficulty to Play: 7
Suggested Player Count: 3-7
Game Length: Medium

Quite a fast paced game that supports a large player count. 7 Wonders is a card drafting game where you draft cards to build your city and civilization. You need to draft resource buildings to generate material from your city, but you also need buildings for points and armies to defend against your neighbors.

Opinions: This game just gets more fun when you begin to understand it. The core of it is extremely simple, although it gets more and more difficult as you begin to think ahead, observe your neighbors, or maybe even observe your neighbors' neighbors! Because of how neighbors can affect each other, by buying goods from each other, or fighting with their armies at the end of an age, this game gets really interesting as you try to see what you need and balance it out with the threats and goods that a neighbor might be building up. Eventually someone sitting across from you might end up doing something that will ripple around the table and have an effect on you via your neighbors adapting to what's happening next to them! Overall a great game I'd play basically anytime someone wants to.
 
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2. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:81]
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Who should play it: Fans of Strategy and Deduction Games
Difficulty to Learn: 10
Difficulty to Play: 10
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Long

Brew potions, feed them to a student (hopefully not poison them), and discover the chemical makeup of an ingredient in order to publish your findings and earn prestige! Alchemists is a game about trying to become the most prestigious and well known potion brewer in the land.

Opinion: Probably one of the most confusing games I played at first, but I promise it's not really all that bad once you get the hang of it! There's so much to do and so little time to do it! Deduction with a bit of a sudoku element to it, and knowing when to publish your findings or debunk other people's findings is key! Despite being such an overwhelming game at first, this is probably one of my favorites so far. Even if I do end up in the hospital quite often.
 
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3. Board Game: Arcadia Quest [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:86] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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Uh... Dunno! Haven't played this yet. Willing to play and learn together!

It's cute, it's got minis, it's an adventure! Each player controls a guild of 3 heroes and competes against the other players and monsters in a series of quests, forming a campaign to defeat the evil vampire lord. Only 1 guild may be the best! Upgrade your heroes as you complete each scenario, making them stronger before the next begins!
 
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4. Board Game: Attack on Titan: The Last Stand [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:3696]
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Who should play it: Anime fans, fans of 1 vs all games, fans of dice rolling
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 5
Suggested Player Count: 5
Game Length: Short

A titan is rampaging and it's up to the elite corp to stop them. Fly up using your gear, dodge titan attacks and weaken him with attacks and cannon fire until your team is able to use tactics to bring down the titan down for good.

Opinions: A good game. Really quite fun for the time it plays for. I don't know how people would feel if they don't know the anime or the manga, but I found it rather thematic as well. I'm sure even without that, people could enjoy this quick little yahtzee style game. There are enough tactics for the titan player to really keep the hero players guessing and the hero players really need to work together to try and bring down the threat.
 
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5. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:48] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Who should play it: People who appreciate a good looking game, people who like placement games, people who like games that look light but require strategy
Difficulty to Learn: 3
Difficulty to Play: 6
Suggested Player Count: 3-4
Game Length: Short to Medium

Decorate the walls with beautiful tiles, placing them carefully a few at a time, but don't drop them! Fill the wall with colors, trying to impress the king, and do so better than your neighbors as you draft tiles in a way that is advantageous to yourself and your patterns and plans, but might undermine your rivals' plans and have them shattering tiles on the ground.

Opinions: It looks beautiful and very pleasing. The tiles themselves are extremely satisfying to pick up and put down and grab from the bag. More than that though, it's really simple to grasp, but there is a lot that can be done to plan well for your wall. From doing things like purposely not finishing a planning row, to not ending the game right away because you want to score more points before finishing, to combo-ing a bunch of tile finishes for big points in 1 round, all while balancing so that you draft tiles smartly enough not to shatter tiles, or perhaps shatter a few on purpose in order to draft so your opponents are forced to shatter a lot! There's certainly a lot of strategy to be played here, but at the same time its quite relaxing to play.
 
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6. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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Who should play it: Fans of 1 vs all games, Fans of a little bit of spooky creepiness, Fans of haunted mansions and thematic games.
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 6
Suggested Player Count: 4-6
Game Length: Medium

Explore a haunted house and find ghosts of previous occupants, a shifty elevator, and items of interesting power. Try not to go insane or get injured too much in this broken house. It will happen sooner or later though and one of you will end up betraying the others... but no one knows who that is, not even the traitor themselves!

Opinions: The beginning of this game is really cool. Exploring the house and finding all the neat events is really nice, and spookily thematic if you add in some ambiance! Dim the lights, turn on some music... too spooky for me. I really like the part where someone begins betraying too. It's really a cool system. However... that's where my joy ended. I'm not sure if it was just the mission we drew, but towards the end its a lot of straight dice rolls, or there is only a single solitary objective. Traitor kills the rest of the group, or rest of the group kills traitor. There's really no way of beating around the bush and while I suppose there was a tiny bit of strategizing, we could've easily turned it into a stalemate situation where we just would never make a move if we didn't have an advantage and then the game would never end. It's a highly thematic game for sure, but there's a bunch of balancing issues that kind of ruined the end game for me. Hoping that other scenarios are better in that regard.
 
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7. Board Game: Between Two Cities [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:474]
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Who should play it: Fans of city Building, Fans of Tile Laying, Fans of Set Collection, Fans of Drafting
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 7
Suggested Player Count: 4-6
Game Length: Short to Medium

A semi-cooperative game where you're working with both the player on your left and right in order to build the best city you can. The catch is that only the city that's worse will count, so it becomes a delicate balancing game of which building do i put in which city in order to have both your cities be better than the worst city an opponent has built.

Opinions: I love how quick and fast paced the game is. Before you know it, you're 4x4 city is complete, and somewhere along the way you'll realize that you probably shouldn't have put that there... or that there... or that you should've communicated a little more with your allies, but its so fast you can simply just go again and aim for a much improved city the next time around! It's simple, quick, and satisfying to play, even when you're exasperated with your partners' oversights as they went and screwed up your city by accident... or on purpose.
 
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8. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:379]
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Who should play it: Gamblers, Casual Gamers, Party groups
Difficulty to Learn: 3
Difficulty to Play: 3
Suggested Player Count: 5-8
Game Length: Short to Medium

Camels are racing towards the finish line, passing by each other and getting passed by in the most ridiculous fashion, by stacking on top of each other! As wildly rich folk, your job is to get even richer by betting on camels! If you can correctly determine which camel will come out on top (literally!) for each leg of the race, then you win money! Help your camels jump ahead by providing them with an oasis to refresh themselves before they speed ahead, or exhaust them and have them falling to the back of the pack!

Opinions: I don't have much to say about this game. It's a great game. I've had so much fun playing it and it ends in a flash. Every turn you make a choice of either rolling a dice to move a camel, or grabbing a bet. The choices get tougher as the dice move the camels in exactly the way you thought they weren't going to and suddenly the camel you were certain is going to be first has suddenly become 4th, and now you're losing money instead of winning! It's fast paced, hilarious, and anything can happen. A perfect fun betting game.
 
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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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Who should play it: Fans of Dice and Tile Laying games
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 5
Suggested Player Count: 3-4
Game Length: Short to Medium

Playing as aristocrats in Burgundy, each player must try and build castles and settlements to make their land the best princedom. Take settlements from the tiles and build them according to how your territory is laid out. Grab animals, ship goods, build a variety of different buildings to earn income, hire workers, fill in your land, and of course earn points.

Opinions: Very fun game for me. It relies quite a bit on dice rolls and luck, but there's more than enough mitigation, being able to use your workers to change the dice, that its not a problem for me. Then again, I love dice to begin with, but from a strategic point of view, for me at least it is enough control for me. Alongside that, even with a bad die roll, you often find that its not so bad, because of the amount of options you have and the things that you can do with it. Optimally speaking, yes it can sting a little, but I've always been able to find myself something to do with it. If nothing else, you can always grab some money and workers, which is never really that bad. It plays very quickly and turns will go by very fast as people race to grab different tiles and race to fill in and expand their territories. That said, there are some times where the decisions seem pretty obvious because contrary to what I said previously, there are some times where you feel like, oh there's nothing else I can do so I guess I'll do this... but the thing is, it doesn't ever really feel that bad to do that. The powers for each building is really nice, and it has a nice variety of scoring options that encourage different strategies while playing, but also in a way that's really easy to pick up and understand.
 
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10. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:556]
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Who should play it: Fans of set collection, people looking for a nice quick filler game
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 4
Suggested Player Count: 3-4
Game Length: Short

A spin off of the Castles of Burgundy boardgame, using cards. Collect different types of buildings for your kingdom, ship livestock and goods, and build up the surrounding lands as best you can.

Opinions: I actually really like this game a lot. It's got a really neat system that uses cards to replace dice and it works pretty really well in my opinion. It's a really fast paced, light game, that doesn't have a whole lot of depth to it, but its great as a starter/closer/filler game that only lasts about 30 minutes if everyone knows what they're looking for. The theme is kinda eh, but that's fine because I think the simplicity but fun in the gameplay makes up for it.
 
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11. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:94]
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Who should play it: Anyone... and everyone...
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 5
Suggested Player Count: 6
Game Length: Medium

A legacy game about a group of settlers colonizing new territory in order to gain favor with the Forever King. Being a legacy game, this game PERMANENTLY changes as you play, as you apply stickers and write on cards. Because of that aspect and the personalized nature of the game, it would be great it there could be a constant, consistent group of 6 playing through the 12 game campaign. Once the board is complete, the game can be opened up to others to play as a normal worker placement game.

Opinions: I love this game. I think it does what it sets out to do in a stunning manner. It's one of those games that I just want to share with everyone I know and everyone who loves boardgames, and I hope everyone can have a chance to experience it. At first it's certainly more of a light game as options are limited, but you don't even notice because the joy of discovering new things makes up for it, and it never really wears off, but the game gets deeper as more choices open up in front of you. My friends and I were extremely surprised when after only one session, we felt really invested into our Charters and it felt totally personalized.
 
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12. Board Game: The City of Kings [Average Rating:8.41 Overall Rank:1343]
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Who should play it: Fans of RPGs, particularly video game RPGs, fans of adventure and exploration games
Difficulty to Learn: 6
Difficulty to Play: 6
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Medium to Long

The world has been lost to Vesh, a dark entity who has taken over and destroyed The Ageless Realm. The only city that remains is the oldest city, The City of Kings. It's time to fight back against the darkness and restore the world to the way it was before. Take on the role of one of six heroes and explore different stories or scenarios and defeat baddies with everchanging abilities, while you explore an unknown land, find and complete quests, harvest resources and trade them in for equipment, and level up to fight back against the monsters roaming the land.

Opinions: This is more of a first impressions really, but I enjoyed it. I'm not sure how the balancing is in this game, but the first time we played we got greedy and explored too much, resulting in us dying very fast. The second time we were extremely careful and leveled up a lot first. With a small bit of luck, we breezed through easily. I loved the idea, and the way it played through, but I can't say that it was perfect either. Learning the rules took quite a while and like I said, unsure if its a balance issue (probably also because its the first story only), and there was a small feeling of while the monsters are ever changing abilities, they always come out in the same order, so you kind of know what's coming up as you start a new adventure. I wish that was randomized a bit more as well. We had a really good time though and all of us wanted to try it again and explore the game more. That's a good sign I think, so I won't say I'm disappointed with the game. Far from it, as in fact, I love it. I love the level up system, the questing and exploration system, the action point and worker placement type system, and its gorgeous to look at. But it does seem like it's just a little bit off from being THAT game. Hoping my opinion will change with more playthroughs.
 
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13. Board Game: Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:59]
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Who should play it: Fans of deck building games, Anyone who has ever wanted to steal from a dragon before.
Difficulty to Learn: 6 to 7 (lots of card reading)
Difficulty to Play: 6 or 7
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Medium

Clank! Steal a dragon's treasure out from underneath its nose, but try not to be too noisy doing it, or it will find you and attack you! Get in, get the treasure, and then probably greed for more treasure, and then get out before he roasts you! As it states, a deck-building adventure

Opinion: Love it! As a fantasy buff, the idea of this game is amazing. I love reaching into the clank bag and seeing which poor adventurer feels the dragon's wrath this time around.
 
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14. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Who should play it: Fans of word games, fans of deduction games, fans of party games
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 8
Suggested Player Count: 4-10
Game Length: Short to Medium

Two teams of two face off against each other as a spymaster on each team tries to lead their team to find their team's corresponding spy cards before the other team does. However they can only do so with limited communication. One word, and one number per turn is all they can give. Seems easy? Give it a go!

Opinions: Absolutely fantastic game. This is probably the game I show the most to people who don't play a lot of board games. It's a game that's right for most people. It has a friendly competitive nature and is a lot of fun on both sides of the table. You end up learning that your friends have the strangest thought processes and you'll always greed to try and link just one more word together so your team can pull ahead... only to find that oh god you somehow missed the other 3 words that could possibly be related to what you just said, and now you can only watch in equal parts horror and amusement as your team scratches their heads and wonders what on Earth you could possibly have meant to point them to while the opponents suggest the most ridiculous things to them in order to throw them off track. Just so simple and fun. Must play if you haven't tried it before and are comfortable with English even a little.
 
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15. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:887]
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Who should play it: Casual gamers, those interested in creating a story
Difficulty to Learn: 3
Difficulty to Play: 3
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Short

Create a CV of your life! Create relationships, get healthy, get a job and get rich! A quick yahtzee style game where you roll dice and try and match symbols to live life to the fullest!

Opinions: A fun, light game of collecting cards that will end up creating a story of "your life". It's not that deep of a game, but it does have some elements where you make a few strategic decisions here and there to better complete your life goals.
 
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16. Board Game: Dice City [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:843]
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Who should play it: Fans of dice chucking, Fans of take that
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 5
Suggested Player Count: 3-4
Game Length: Short to Medium

Roll your dice and see what parts of your city gets activated! Gather resources, manipulate active parts in your city, and build new buildings to enhance your city so you can do more! Build up your armies and defences in case your neighbors decide to go to war and attack you. Trade goods and rid the area of bandits for extra points before someone develops their city enough so that the game ends!

Opinions: A pretty neat game that plays really fast. You roll your dice, manipulate their positions, gather resources, attack and build. The turns often fly by at times but eventually you'll slow down to think about placement of new buildings in your city as you try to be more effective and build a synergistic city. Then it depends on how aggressive everyone is. The game changes drastically once someone decides to attack. On top of attacking bandits, your opponents can attack and disable your buildings or steal resources from you, so you want to be efficient while spending resources and buy extra defences for your city. You can try to build a well balanced city, or focus hard on trading, building, or attacking to try for a sweeping victory!
 
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17. Board Game: Dungeon Fighter [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:766]
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Who should play it: Silly People (In the best of meanings) who don't mind a challenge
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 9?
Suggested Player Count: 4-5 (Up to 6)
Game Length: Short to Medium

A wacky cooperative dexterity game that has you throwing and bouncing dice (literally) everywhere in order to combat monsters in a dungeon and gain loot.

Opinions: A hilarious game if people don't mind looking a bit silly. Downside is I'm not sure we could do it in a public place because we might slightly more space and dice will probably be bouncing everywhere. Still its great fun, even if it IS pretty difficult and can be a frustrating challenge because you might end up losing pretty quickly.
 
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18. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:610] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Who should play it: Fans of Dungeons and Dragons, Fans of Dungeon Crawlers, Fans of Fantasy
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 6
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Medium to Quite Long

A dungeon crawling game based on the Dungeons and Dragons universe where you and your party will traverse through a randomly generated dungeon and fight enemies they find on their way to complete an objective, different for each scenario.

Opinions: Anyone looking for a nice light dungeon crawling game can't really go wrong with one of these I think. It's not the greatest, but it's definitely not bad for me. Of course if I play this, I would just rather play a game of real Dungeons and Dragons but there's not always time for that. Some people might not like the whole dice rolling element, but that's the nature of the game though. I think it's pretty good and you can play it quite a few times before tiring of it. It's relatively straightforward though so really not quite as strategic as some other grid movement skirmishers.
 
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19. Board Game: Escape: Zombie City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1721]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Fans of real time game, fans of dice chucking, fans of quick co-ops
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 3
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Short

The zombie apocalypse has arrived and as a group of survivors, you must explore the city, running from and killing zombies as you try to find the exit, gather items, and eventually escape together on the escape van. Don't let the zombies overrun the church though, or escape will become impossible and then its game over! A quick real-time game played in 15 minutes.

Opinions: Loud, lots of frantic dice chucking, and overall a general mess. In other words, it's pretty fun. Together you and your friends are throwing the dice over and over and over again, in an attempt to match symbols on the board, on the zombies, on the items, on the van, etc. If you panic and get locked up, you have to wait for your friends to come save you, or you can choose to spawn a zombie, adding to the wave of zombies rushing towards the church. Played in 15 minutes with a soundtrack, it's a light, but at the same time tense game as you guys work together to race against the clock to find what you need and escape the city before it gets swarmed.
 
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20. Board Game: Ex Libris [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:795]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: People who enjoy light puzzly games, People who like books and a nice light humor.
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 4
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Short to Medium

Ah books. Love them, love them, love them! As book collectors we all want to collect the rarest and most valuable of books in order to impressive the Mayor and his officials when they come in order to grab the title of Grand Librarian! Yes... yes... we must make sure our shelves are sturdy and neat! Alphabetical order is important... and we must make sure we have a good variety to impress the Inspector. Hopefully we don't leave any banned books out.

Opinions: A game that was at the same time lighter, but more puzzly then I expected it to be. I really love the theme, and I think the names of the books are really clever and hilarious. I found myself enjoying the game a lot, but although there seems to be quite a lot of things to think about, after a while you realize that it's not so much after all and then soon after that the game is over. My biggest problem is that I thought the game ended TOO fast for me! Maybe I'd like to try variations where we extend the end game to a higher book count. Overall I loved it and I think it looks gorgeous, but it may be too light for some people.
 
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21. Board Game: Flick 'em Up!: Dead of Winter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2642]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Fans of Dexterity games, Fans of silly zombies, Fans of Dead of Winter
Difficulty to Learn: 3
Difficulty to Play: 8
Suggested Player Count: 3-5
Game Length: Medium

Zombies are coming! Complete a variety of different scenarios by flicking discs, knives, and bats across a map, slaying and avoiding zombies as they fall from the zombie tower, stumbling and rolling and sliding towards you, causing mayhem across the board.

Opinions: I love Dead of Winter so I was really looking forward to this. I didn't feel the theme and tension ooze out of this game as much as Dead of Winter, probably because overall the game is so goofy. It does kind of disappoint me a little bit when I think about how the tension isn't there and it doesn't really feel like a Dead of Winter game. However after I stopped looking at it as a Dead of Winter game and as a dexterity game, I started to enjoy myself, even as I missed every single shot I tried to make. It does have negatives though. Takes up quite a bit of room, takes some time to set up, and the way zombies are dropped in, while its certainly fun, also kind of breaks the pacing of the game. If you can get past that and like a good challenge, then this game could be really fun with the right group of friends.
 
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22. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:263]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Cooperative Boardgame fans, Fans of Pandemic
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 7
Suggested Player Count: 2-5
Game Length: Short to Medium

You and your crew have crash landed in a desert and you've got to dig through the sand to find the parts of your ship and rebuild it, taking care to stay hydrated and not to get overwhelmed by the incoming sandstorm.

Opinion: A relatively quick game in the same cooperative vein as Pandemic (not surprising given its also by Matt Leacock), wherein you work together as a group to complete an objective, in this case find the parts of your ship and fix it before the sandstorm pieces run out and you get overwhelmed. You also have to make sure each member doesn't dehydrate so finding water is important. It's an alright game for me. Thematically it was pretty cool, especially the mechanism to find the missing ship pieces. However I didn't find it good or great. It was just alright for me and while I'd say that its worth trying, I wouldn't actively recommend this game for other people to play unless they're fans of Pandemic and just want to try it because they're fans. After all, I'd always just ask... why not just play Pandemic instead?
 
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23. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:541]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Casual gamers and people looking for a fun filler game
Difficulty to Learn: 5
Difficulty to Play: 6
Suggested Player Count: 2-5
Game Length: Short

10 minutes and counting! Your spaceship has been attacked and bombs have been set all over the ship. You only have 10 minute to defuse them before you get blown to smithereens. A real-time lightning quick game of rolling and squabbling over dice, that's supposed to be cooperative but in a lot of ways never turns out to be.

Opinions: It's really difficult at first, but a lot of fun. It gets easier as time goes on and with some luck, beating harder and harder challenges can be done. It gets really chaotic in the middle, but its a fun fast filler or warm-up game.
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24. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Fans of real time game, Fans of absolutely silly games, people who don't mind their plans being completely ruined by a stroke of misfortune.
Difficulty to Learn: 4
Difficulty to Play: 5
Suggested Player Count: 4
Game Length: Medium

In a galaxy far, far away... they need sewer systems, too! As Galaxy Truckers, you must build a ship that can withstand the journey across space. Everything from alien and pirate boardings, to fighting through a meteor field with your ship intact, to racing ahead of your opponents and carry VIPs, there's a lot to look out for in this 2 part game. Build your ship and let it fly. Pray that what you've built is good enough to survive the journey... even if the crew has been demolished, goods taken, and there's probably a bomb or two on board!

Opinions: Apparently I'm terrible at building ships. Didn't stop me from really like the game though. I'm ready to give it another go at any time. There's so many events that can possibly happen and trying to prepare it all is something that's so difficult to do! That's exactly what makes it so much fun. You feel like you built the perfect ship, have the best crew ever... and then suddenly you don't. You definitely can't be too serious to have fun with this game. Space is dangerous after all and you're bound to find yourself spinning out in space with your crew floating all around you and your ship destroyed at some point during the game. It all comes down to how much can you keep and knowing when to drop out and save what you can. Clever, fun, zany, accessible.
 
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25. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:84]
Matthew Chan
Hong Kong
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Who should play it: Game of Thrones Fans, Fans of Negotiation Games, People who can spare what is basically an entire afternoon (depending on the people)
Difficulty to Learn: 8
Difficulty to Play: 7
Suggested Player Count: 5-6
Game Length: Long to very long

Take control of one of the great houses of Westeros after the fall of King Robert Baratheon as the fight for power breaks out across the land. Arryn, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Martell, Stark, and Tyrell contest each other over the land, making alliances one minute, and breaking them the next. Anything goes. Trust no one, except that you must as the Wildlings storm down from the North and sweep over the land. If you can't unite, you'll all suffer the consequences.

Opinions: So I'm not great at negotiation games. I'm not great at the skirmishy area control type games. I'm not good at wargames, or bidding games. This is all of the above. I still liked it. The one that I didn't like was just how long it took to play. Playing with AP prone friends makes this game almost painful as theres just so much to consider. From the constantly shifting forces and armies, to deciding whether or not you can trust your allies one more turn, or will they jump on your weaknesses if you go forward to fight someone else, to expanding your supply power and getting more money, theres just so much to think about. This is all before you worry about bidding for power. Who will get the power of the Iron Throne, the power of the King's Court and who can influence Fiefdoms the most? All in all, its a lot of simple systems that are linked together to form a complex beast of a game, made only that much more difficult but the unpredictable human element of trust and betrayals. It's all very thematic actually, as long as games can be kept moving along and one person doesn't bog the game down for TOO long each time.
 
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