Timo's Favorite Board Games
Timo Saarinen
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Myself I own just three board games, while my daughter owns far more. I prefer to keep my personal collection minimal, that often requires spending countless hours on analyzing online manuals, pictures, reviews, expansions and comments before ordering a new game. This list is partially result of that work.
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1. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:42]
Timo Saarinen
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Co-operative board games are my favorite ones, and Robinson Crusoe is a true gem among them. It also looks beautiful and has an compelling theme. The only downsides are complexity and duration of the game, as just setting up the board takes 30 minutes single-handed!
 
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2. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:220]
Timo Saarinen
Finland
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As I have been always interested in everything related to the sea and sailing, I wanted to find the best sailing-themed adventure board game. The final decision was made between M&M, The Pirate Republic and Navegador. None of them is perfect but M&M seemed to get closest to my ideals. The golden age of pirates in The Caribbean Sea is a colorful historical setting for such a game, and I like how the game lets you can choose your career. Actually winning as a merchant seems to be easier than winning as a pirate or a privateer. The Seas of Glory expansion enhances the game significantly. It has several modules and variations you can choose for your games. The extra captain, event, mission and ship cards add more variety. They plays tend to last few hours, so we usually divide them into two sessions. I was pretty surprised how much my wife and daughters like this game!
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3. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:228] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Timo Saarinen
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We played this game first time when visiting friends. After the game it was an unanimous decision to buy a copy for ourselves too. Dixit is such a perfect party game for occasions when you need an easy-to-learn and simple game which can be finished within an hour, but still is versatile, social and rewarding to play. I also like its innovativeness, as well as all the expansion packs that enhance replayability.
 
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4. Board Game: Fauna [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:739] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Timo Saarinen
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Fauna is an interesting game which combines an animal quiz with geography, and we Finns have always loved quizes. Based on my family's experiences, the minimum age should be increased from 10 to 14 because small children aren't good on estimating weights and dimensions of exotic animals.
 
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5. Board Game: Commissioned [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1901]
Timo Saarinen
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I was curious to see how a combination of the first century Christianity and a co-operative mechanics would work together. The result is pretty successful but may not be an ideal choice for everybody because of the theme. I really like how there are rules on randomly "muting" potential alpha players. The artwork is modest compared to many other popular games. Play duration is far longer than the estimate written on the box.
 
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6. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:644]
Timo Saarinen
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When playing as a family, co-operative games create a really nice atmosphere. Forbidden Island is an easy-to-learn option for small children. For adults the game maybe be bit too simple, and not everybody likes its fantasy theme.
 
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7. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1497]
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A fun game to play together with children, and actually not boring for adults either. The rules are simple, the board is modular and artwork is pretty.
 
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