Games I Want; organized by desire and similarity
Alan, "Son of Hett"

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Either because I am new here and have not RTFM or because it is not a feature of the site, I have not been able to organize my Wishlist (and Want To Play list) in the manner I see fit. Therefore, I am making this GeekList for that purpose.

I shall attempt to create a hierarchy first by desire, with most wanted items first, and secondly with subcategories of games I believe to be related somehow to the more desired, higher-level game (the subcategory items are posted as comments to the primary item). Given the constraints of time and money, I probably can get only one game of each grouping. However, I know that even similar games can have different mechanics or theme or whatever to warrant striving to obtain them all. I am leaving this list public in the event that more knowledgeable or experienced BGG members choose to offer advice toward my choices.


Update: Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to post a comment. I did not expect a response (being new and unfamiliar with BGG), but already some of your comments have guided my decisions about these games.
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1. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

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#1 on my list, my gold standard for the idea of what a board game should be. I have never played it — I have not played any of these games — but I know in my heart that I will love this game.

2 to 4 players
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2. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:21]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
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a close #2 on my list; nearly everything else in this list is just exploration — I very much want these games, but many were added because I want to try different mechanics or themes or complexities.
It is so very highly rated, and I do intensely want it. Therefore it shall remain at #2, but, honestly, my current desires lean more toward the confrontational or, at least, interactive (T&E, Kemet, Antike II, Merchants, I Spy, etc.).

2 to 5 players
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3. Board Game: I, Spy [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:3547]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
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Okay, this game has the deception or discovery that I wanted from Covert (below), although it is not a spy game, per se. I am not as enthusiastic about the WWI theme, but it looks like a good, mid-heavy game.

Okay, I have read the rules and watched some videos, so I have moved this from near the bottom of my list to this position. It is definitely a spy game, a manipulative, deceptive, take-that, wonderful spy game. ninja

(I am still minimally disappointed that the designers went with a WWI theme, but I suppose the Cold War has been overdone, and the semi-educational aspect is kinda cool.)

2 to 4 players (why the heck isn't this a 3-5 player game?)
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4. Board Game: Merchants of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1625]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
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So I invented a simple board game for a story idea or RPG scenario I had in mind; it is an abstract, pick-up-and-deliver merchant game involving carts moving products from city to city. However, it is a very simple game, somewhat inspired by Backgammon. I wanted to make it more complex. Then I discovered Merchants of the Middle Ages, a game about moving goods on carts from city to city.

2 to 4 players
 
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5. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:77]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
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This is probably a "Must Have" game for me, but I suspect I will not convince anyone in my group to play it with me. Such a shame. I am not a fan of warfare, but as a game this looks pretty awesome; the game rewards the aggressor, but victory is not certain (unlike in Antike II or Olympos). I like the use of cards to tilt the outcome of battle (and perform other actions (right?)). Recruiting monsters to one's army is freaky cool, too. devil And do not forget that an invader can use the power of a defender's pyramids (the D4 pyramids are also a cool mechanic). Yeah, I definitely have to have this game. thumbsup

2 to 5 players
 
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6. Board Game: Antike II [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1062]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

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I discovered Antike first, but the second edition supposedly is streamlined and more balanced. Having not played, my impression is that Concordia is Antike without the combat; can anyone confirm? No, totally different games, aside from being ancient-themed by Mac Gerdts, but I still very much want this (but clearly I also want something like a Concordia-with-warfare). (Note: battle is 1:1 attrition to last (presumably the attacker) meeple standing.)

3 to 6 players
 
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7. Board Game: Olympos [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:933]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
North Carolina
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I would place this in the same category as Antike and leave it as a toss-up, but I definitely want this game, too. I like the aspect of meddling from the gods via the regularly placed random deity cards. (Note: battle won by aggressor, who pays a cost; loser also gains a token.)

2 to 5 players
 
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8. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:772]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
North Carolina
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Tetris-like tile placement plus worker placement in order to perform what? tile stacking? What is that mechanic called, in which the piece on top is the one that scores? I have seen a similar action in Monarch. (The Architects of) Arkadia is a funky, construction (city-building) - scoring - bonus construction game.

2 to 4 players
 
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9. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:687]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
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This game caught my attention because the characters are not European — I like the setting and theme of this game, a bit like "a year in the life of a Pacific islander" — but it also looks to be a challenging and fun game.
(This far down the list only because we own Clans of Caledonia, which is nothing like Vanuatu but it fills a similar play-desire-niche.) Update: Okay, maybe I should bump this one up a bit, given the commentary of many people; here is an example, "Some friends didn’t like the depth of the game; others didn’t like the meanness of the game. I love it." The theme, the game style, and the fighting/bidding over action-taking, plus the fact that it can accommodate a fifth player, might nudge it above Caledonia for me.

2 to 5 players


(Note: 1st edition only! I do not like the artwork of 2nd edition.)
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10. Board Game: Leaving Earth [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:626]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
North Carolina
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Somehow, Leaving Earth and High Frontier are the same game but not the same game. They are a tie for me; I simply cannot decide on one or the other. I suppose I will have to get both!

1 to 5 players


(Note: 2nd or 4th (coming soon?) editions only.)
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11. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:835]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
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I like that Leaving Earth is a somewhat fictionalized version of the history of the space race, and I like that High Frontier is a theoretical version of future space exploration. I really do not know which one I would like better.

2 to 5 players


(Oh, who am I kidding; I am never going to be able to afford either of these games.)
 
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12. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:115]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
North Carolina
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I want this game for the aspect of killing off one's meeples. Okay, I know that is not the theme. Whereas Vanuatu is "a year (or eight) in the life of a villager", Village is "a century in the lives of a village", which appeals to me. Still, the game seems a bit wonky, which is why I put it this far down.

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13. Board Game: Barony [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1001]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

The Triangle
North Carolina
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Honestly, I want to lump Barony and its kin up with Kemet and such — different, yes, but still combative area control — but even after watching several videos about Barony and Löwenherz I still have questions and I am unsure how strongly I feel about them. I do like them, I just… I still have questions. (Update: I think they are this far down because they seem simply like "battle Catan"; they do not have the epic feel of Kemet or Cyclades. (That is not necessarily a bad thing; sometimes a "light" battle game might be just what I want.))

2 to 4 players
 
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14. Board Game: eenie meenie minie moe [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

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Catch a tiger by its toe…

I do not want this board game, but the title (the children's rhyme) summarizes this section, which is the list of all of my "Thinking About It" wishlist items. These are not necessarily in order of my desire, as I do not have enough information about many of them. I will need to play them at least once or find a good video of game play in order to decide.

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Istanbul
Reassessed: moved up to Merchants of the Middle Ages section.



I, Spy
Reassessed: moved near top of the wishlist.




La Granja
A better Agricola? I enjoy Agricola, but the conclusion is a bit dissatisfying, all that work for hardly anything. I understand that is the theme — barely-surviving, impoverished farmers in the Middle Ages — but I would like to feel more than "yay! we didn't starve to death." It seems like La Granja fits that bill nicely.
Update: the Agricola comparison was meant thematically; these are very different games, but both are conceptually "how well can you run a farm?". And that leads to the similar challenge of Vanuatu in wondering if I should get it because I already have Clans of Caledonia? Again, these are all very different games (so yes I probably want them all, eventually), but they fulfill a similar play/desire/theme niche. I have to say that I am very intrigued by the card mechanic of La Granja: deciding which edge/function of the card to utilize on the farm.
1 to 4 players



Troyes
This is such a strange game; I think perhaps the theme gets lost in the odd mechanics. Perhaps this should go below on the "Want To Play" list. No, it is rated well enough and I like the dice mechanics, so I will just have to buy it someday, eventually.
2 to 4 players



Ghost Stories
Something light and cooperative for a relaxing evening. The theme with the monks caught my attention.
Update: not light and relaxing, as I have been informed, which makes me like it more. Apparently it is quite the cooperative puzzle.
1 to 4 players



Ex Libris
I was very excited when I first read the box on the shelf at my local game store, but that has waned considerably since watching a how-to-play video. I still like it — I am certain it will be a fun light game among friends — but it is too simple for my current tastes.
Update: Game Theory, in Raleigh, NC, has a demonstration copy, so my wife and I played most of a game (ran out of time). It was indeed fun and light, but not too light. It is a little luck-of-the-draw and a little worker-placement, with ever more places to go as the game progresses.
1 to 4 players



Backgammon
We have a cheaply-made board (one of those multi-game boxes), but someday I would like to buy a well-made or hand-crafted version, because a good backgammon board is aesthetically pleasing to me, and I have recently discovered that I greatly enjoy the game. I find it relaxing.
2 players (duh)



Hnefatafl or Tablut
I am terrible at this game, but I feel like I should own a nicely crafted version of it, as a conversation piece or a companion to Backgammon.
2 players

Nevermind. See my opinion of Chess below (a comment about Go); I think this game also requires memorized openings and counter-moves. I really am terrible at this game, and — barring taking the time to study the game to improve myself — I do not enjoy playing it.




Go
I believe I should own a well crafted board for this. Although I am a bit torn on it. I do not like Chess because serious play requires study and memorization; games between novices devolve into games of attrition. I had believed that Go avoided that, allowing satisfying games even for novices (and balanced games between players of different skill levels), but it seems that serious play of Go also requires study and memorization, or is that only at the advanced levels? I shall have to ask experienced players if the game can still be played and enjoyed by clueless beginners. I hope so. I am drawn to the aesthetic and contemplation of Go. And I recently learned that even advanced Backgammon involves memorization of optimal moves based on one's roll of the dice, yet it remains an enjoyable game as an ignorant novice.
2 players



Tak
As mentioned earlier (under Merchants of the Middle Ages), I created a game for a RPG scenario. After discovering Merchants, I then found Tak, a game created by an author for a story. There have been others, of course.
Update: Game Theory in Raleigh, NC, has a demonstration copy, which my wife and I played half a game (just to get a feel for it); I was impressed. I think a custom-made board of Tak would go nicely with my dreamed-of boards of Backgammon and Go.
2 players



Root
"Redwall (or Mouse Guard): the board game". With it being new, I shall give it some time to see how it stands up.
2 to 4 players



Lisboa
This game looks wonderfully painful in its high complexity. Still, at the price, I want to be certain I would want to play it; as it is newer, I shall return to it after a time to research it again.
1 to 4 players



The Captain Is Dead
I need to know if this is as deadly as Pandemic before I choose it. My friends and I very rarely win at Pandemic, which eventually is too frustrating to want to play anymore. Otherwise, this looks like a great game.
1 to 7 players



Red November
I have played this and found it humorously good, a light game for a relaxing night with friends over drinks and munchies. I want it for that reason, but my current tastes are more complex.
1 to 8 players
 
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15. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.61 Overall Rank:16310]
Alan, "Son of Hett"

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North Carolina
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Just as in the section above, this is merely a placeholder for the games below, my "Want To Play" items not on my Wishlist (Tic-Tac-Toe is the lowest rated game on BGG, so these, too, are the games at the bottom of my list). These are games that have caught my attention but that I do not necessarily want to purchase.

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Princes of the Renaissance
Most likely I would greatly enjoy this game, but I shall need the right people to play with. Whereas Kemet seems like a fun and exciting war game, this one seems mentally taxing in its backstabbery. Or is it really not that treacherous and is merely shuffling cards around for influence?
Update: I believe I, Spy would better suit my desire for such a thing, despite the differences. I would relocate Princes as a subsection of I Spy, but (1)it is quite different and (2)I really would need to play it first before deciding on it.
3 to 6 players



The Golden City
This seems like a kind of variant of Catan, which I already have enough of. Worth at least one play.
3 to 4 players



Elasund: The First City
More Catan, but at least this one is different. Still, plenty of better games of the sort, but also worth at least one go.
2 to 4 players



The Oracle of Delphi
Idunno, "Olympos lite"? No, no, this is much different. It seems rather cool, interesting mechanics, race to the finish; but I really do not like the board. I need to play this or see it played.
2 to 4 players



Primordial Soup
Goofy fun, but far too light for my current tastes.
3 to 4 players
 
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