Ten Years - Ten Games
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
36 
 Thumb up
1.00
 tip
 Hide
I have been seeing a few “decade retrospective” geeklists posted, and thought I might craft my own.

By 2010, I was a well-experienced gamer. I had embraced Euros in the late 90’s, after years of prior gaming: role playing games, miniatures, long strategy games, and family fare.

Let’s see what the decade wrought...
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Mord im Arosa [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2062]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2010 choice

Mord im Arosa delighted my sense of whimsy. Instead of a strategy game, it was a toy. The game is probably unfair. But the novelty of having to listen for clues, and the accessibility of the theme made this an instant favorite.
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:293]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2011 choice

So, the Halifax Hammer ruined this game... except it didn’t. At least for me. I love the theme, the literary reference in the title, and how the deck-building mechanism meshes perfectly with the theme. The play of the game has never felt broken to me or any of my opponents. Even so, I was convinced by the broo ha to trade my copy away. But after dabbling with the sequel, I realized the Canadian historical theme made the game for me. So, fortuitously, I managed to get a limited edition copy which now sits permanently on one of my game shelves (unless of course it is on my table being played).
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Legend: History of 1000 Miglia [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:7525]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2012 choice

This obscure game has intrigued me. I love racing games, and I love history. I knew next to nothing about the Mille Miglia when I first learned of this game. But I was immediately drawn to it once I investigated the theme, the history, and the game details. In this game players race in an endurance race with automobiles from the 1920s. This means the cars are not that reliable, so you might need to stop and replace your alternator, or spark plugs, etc. I love this sort of detail, and really appreciate the first version of the rules. (The designer later revamped the rules to streamline things, but I want the gory details of the original rules.)
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Race! Formula 90 [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1254]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2013 choice

Race! Formula 90 is another race game, obviously. But it is truly a strategy game. Sure going fast is still the aim, but unlike many race games there is a lot of room for strategic decisions. Pairing your driver skill and your race strategy will create a specific situation, and depending on the racing conditions, finding the right combo will have very big consequences. Lots to like here, but you do have a lot of rules to clear before you can truly see the game.
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:810]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2014 choice

Quartermaster General really appeals to me in large part due to its breezy nature. World War II is a big heavy subject, and the central theme of keeping troops in supply is often a burdensome subject in wargames. So along comes Quartermaster General which turns all this on its ear. Turns are brisk, actions are concise, and to my surprise and pretty much anyone else I have played with - their surprise, the game just hums along beautifully.
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: Wings for the Baron (second edition) [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:3714]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2015 choice

Wings for the Baron has players making aircraft for the German war effort during the World War (I). Despite the theme, this is really a light euro game. I like the unexpected theme, and like how each company has a different set of strengths and differing starting positions.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.42 Overall Rank:3]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2016 choice

This game needs no introduction. Suffice to say it is buoyed by strong support from dear friends and even my wife, who greatly enjoys the positive energies of terraforming Mars. (No Turmoil for us.)

Honorable mention to Forged in Steel, a game about the history of Pueblo, Colorado.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: Finished! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2429]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2017 choice

Finished did not initially impress me. But as I returned to it, I found myself enjoying myself more than I expected. Now I find it a great little solitaire game I can play while simultaneously watching television with my wife. This is more of a mild-effort/reasonable reward sort of game. But even so, there is enough here for me to give it the nod for the class of ‘17.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
9. Board Game: Powerships [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:4153]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2018 choice

Yep, another racing game. Powerships is a smart racing game. The rules are intuitive, the solar system is a fun setting, and the game is really fast to play.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
10. Board Game: Glorantha: The Gods War [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:3184]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
2019 choice

The Gods War is just over-the-top with giant plastic gods and warriors on a giant map, battling it for supremacy. This is no Euro, it is battle strategy. The game is too expensive, but I own it, and am loving it every time we get a chance to table it.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}