Surviving the Purge
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List of games that survived the Great Purge of 2019.

What started as an exercise in reducing a collection to the Great titles -> https://opinionatedgamers.com/2019/07/04/brandon-kempf-sturg...

Turned into an actual massive culling of games.

I documented my Culling -> https://opinionatedgamers.com/2019/12/14/41680/

Since that time I have been doing posts that highlight games that stayed in the collection and giving a bit of the reasoning as to why.

This geeklist is incomplete and will be continually updated as I post a new Surviving the Purge article over on the Opinionated Gamers website, usually on Saturdays or Sundays.
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51. Board Game: Junk Art [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:430]
Board Game: Junk Art
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I was going to do a full review of Junk Art, but Dale has this one covered pretty well. Plus, I have kind of ran out of time this week. We did recently play Junk Art though and had a wonderful time with it once again. The basic jist of Junk Art is that you are building art with things that you have laying around. Lots of little bits that need to be stacked without falling over. The fun in Junk Art is in the City Cards that change the goals and how you stack each round. Some are straight forward, build your art with the pieces you are dealt and try to not have things fall over. Others have little twists, like a draft where you have three cards and you choose one to keep for yourself to add to your art, and the others you pass to your neighbors for them to add to their art, or a city where everyone rotates around the table building on each of the pieces of art. Fun, interactive and well done. Just too bad I don’t have the oversized version to play, but at least we have the wooden version. 3 plays since 2019.
 
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52. Board Game: Just One [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:160]
Board Game: Just One
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The other party game in this cube is Just One. This is probably my favorite of the two and a well deserving Spiel des Jahres winning game. Review here on the OG was handled by Nathan Beeler. Such a simple premise, everyone at the table knows the word that the one person at the table is trying to figure out. Each other player can give one clue on a dry erase board to show the person trying to guess, but the trick is the players aren’t allowed to use the same clues, if any clue is repeated the guesser doesn’t get to see it. Amazingly simple and amazingly fun. Along with Letter Jam, this is one of the few games that I can get my family to play. 15 plays since November 2018.
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53. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:560]
Board Game: Kingdom Builder
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I’m sure there are games that have won the Spiel des Jahres, that folks feel didn’t deserve it more than the other nominated games, and modern award wise, I would wager a guess that Kingdom Builder is on top of their list. Nathan Beeler had the original review of Kingdom Builder here on the Opinionated Gamers and Chris Wray took a second look at it as part of the SdJ revisited series. Despite the lukewarm reception, it remains a family favorite. Part of the draw for me to Kingdom Builder is a lot like Vaccarino’s other title, Dominion. The endless variation and the fact that you’ll never play the same game twice. From having different board pieces, to having different Kingdom Builder Cards that incentivize you to do certain things, the game has endless combinations. Add on top of what is already in the base box and you have three big box expansions and numerous promos to add to the mix. That can be the biggest draw, and the biggest negative, it’s kind of difficult to get a game set up and ready to play with everything we have in the Big Box. I know that folks lament the draw and play nature of the game and consider it kind of a crapshoot whether you get what you want. I love the fact that you have to limit your options. You don’t want to build somewhere touching two or three different land masses, you want to be free to move around the board as much as you can possibly do. So while most games teach you to create more options, Kingdom Builder teaches you that more is not always better, unless we’re talking expansions. Absolutely deserving of the Spiel des Jahres, even over another family favorite, Las Vegas, which will appear later in this series. 26 plays since 2012.
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54. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:224] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
Board Game: Kingdomino
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Some games just kind of scream Spiel des Jahres when they release and Kingdomino is one of them. Chris has us covered here on the Opinionated Gamers, and I hit the expansion. When I think about how the Spiel des Jahres has changed over the last handful of years, getting lighter and lighter, but still managing to find games that pack more game play into fifteen to thirty minutes than most games that at least double that, I think of Kingdomino. It’s dead simple in premise, you are building your kingdom, within limited boundaries, and you are doing so in hopes of scoring more points than your fellow players. An ingenious tile purchasing system drives the elegant and simple game play. You can’t afford to always be picking last, those juicy tiles won’t be there for you to add to your kingdom. Scoring is simple, each land area scores based on how many squares it takes up and is multiplied by the number of crowns in that land area. The Giants add a bit of take that to the game where you can place the Giants on opponents kingdoms to degrade the value of their lands. But the new end game scoring tiles are the biggest reason to get the expansion. We’ve added some fun promo castles to our copy, along with two tower dispensers to hold the tiles during the game so you don’t see what is coming up. When I think of Bruno Cathala, Kingdomino, is always what I think of. 26 plays since 2017.
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55. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:182] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
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This is another game that my loving wife has nixxed me culling on more than one occasion. In fairness to her though, only reason I was selling it was because it was going to fetch a good amount of money thanks to the Fantastic Four expansion being out of print and possibly never re-printed at the time, but that is all behind us now as it is readily available. Marvel Legendary was the first in the Legendary line of games from Upper Deck and to me, it’s arguably the best of them. Marvel Legendary is a deck building game where the players are playing against an end boss and trying to defeat him and his henchmen. Ultimately though, if the players win, there is a winner of the game, which is the person who collected the most points from the bad guys. Lose as a team, win as a team, but there is one big winner. I know that drives some folks away from these Legendary games, and that’s fine, you could also not play with the ultimate winner, but that’s up to you. It can be really difficult at times, based on the heroes chosen and the villains, or it can be ultimately really easy. This always bothered me. I wanted to be able to use a randomizer and be able to win if we played the best we could, but some scenarios just didn’t allow that to happen. Still, all in all a really fun game and thematically a hit in our family. I have added Dark City, Fantastic Four and one of the Spiderman expansions to our base box and that box is heavy at this point, there are just so many cards. Deck Building may be my second favorite game mechanism, I love it, and I love when folks try to do different things with it and incorporate it into a bigger game. 21 plays since 2012
 
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56. Board Game: Letter Jam [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:869]
Board Game: Letter Jam
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So this the 2019 party-ish game of the year for us. We don’t really do the party games around here but Letter Jam is a fantastic word/party game. I gave the full review here on the OG back in August. It’s a word game that requires everyone at the table to partake in, you can’t be that person hanging back and letting everyone else give their clues, firstly the rules require you to give a clue before the green clues on the cards can be given. So in theory everyone should be on equal footing vocabulary wise, but I think that clever, smart clues will be far more important than having a large vocabulary. 8 plays since August 2019.

 
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57. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:271]
Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel
Brandon Kempf
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Darkly thematic, hidden movement. Who would have thought that my wife would have loved playing as Jack the Ripper so much. It has been a long while since we have played Letters from Whitechapel but it’s a game that everytime I ask if I can sell it, I get a resounding no from my wife. Predominantly played at two players here in our house, Letters from Whitechapel lets one player play Jack the Ripper and the other player(s) play as detetives trying to catch him and stop him from killing the prostitutes of Whitechapel. If Jack manages to kill five victims and make it back to his hideout without being caught, he wins the game. But if the detectives hone in on his location and stop him before that, the detectives have saved the day. Jack and the detectives have two different ways of moving throughout the same spaces on the map, and Jack can even take a ride or two on carriages to further throw them off his trail. Wonderfully thematic, and well put together, but just a bit overwhelming to be an every night type of game for us, I’m glad we kept it around, but I do wonder when it will get played again. 4 logged plays since 2013.
 
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58. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:907]
Board Game: Linko!
Brandon Kempf
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I mentioned Linko! in the Unheralded Games of the 2010s series and I stand by that. Simple shedding game in premise, but really tricky to play well in practice. You are trying to get rid of thirteen cards in hand by playing them in front of you. You can play singles, doubles, triples and so on in front and if you play the same number of cards as people before you and yours are higher, you can make them pick those cards up, or you can take them and make them draw new ones to replace them. It’s light hearted enough to fit almost any age gamer, plus strategic enough to work with even the most battle hardened of gamers at your table. 10 plays since 2014.
 
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59. Board Game: Majesty: For the Realm [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:845]
Board Game: Majesty: For the Realm
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How would I categorize Majesty for the Realm? First off this is a lighter weight family style game, where you are going to be drafting cards to place in your tableau in hopes of scoring more points each consecutive turn. So in all honesty, I want to call it a tableau builder, but I’m not sure that works any better than calling it a set collection game. Whatever you want to categorize it as, we’ll just say that it has the third most plays for us as a family since we discovered it back in November of 2017. Thirty seven plays, only bested by Azul & Ganz Schon Clever. For the full review here on The Opinionated Gamers, Simon Neale had the honors. Play is super smooth over twelve rounds, with each round consisting of one choice, which card do I draft into my town from a choice of six. Dead simple and lightning fast. My daughter and I once played a best of three series in about twenty five minutes. Yes, it is one of those games where you are always going forward, and yes there is a bit of an attack-y strategy that can play out (which we don’t mind, we’re an attack-y family), but it’s a wonderfully clean, rules light, perfectly balanced, family weight game. Honestly, if it weren’t for Azul and a bit of a confusing wording or two in the rule book, this could have been and probably should have been the Spiel des Jahres winner in 2018. 37 plays since November 2017
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60. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1184]
Board Game: Manhattan
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I am waaaay late to the Manhattan train. It won the Spiel des Jahres in 1994 and I first played it in October of 2017, on that old ugly copy that used to be around. Now it’s all pretty and while I think the opaque tower pieces make it easier to see how tall the buildings are, I think everything about the new edition is just better. Even though it seems rather tropical for Manhattan, but who cares about that. Chris, who introduced me to the game, has you covered here on The OG with the SDJ Re-Review. Manhattan was made for our group, and especially for me I think. It can be one of the nicest games to play, but if the game is played nicely, ya’ll are playing it wrong. You steal as many towers as you can, you sneak in and you take majorities away any chance you get, it’s just made to be played that way and we absolutely love it. I’ve gone for the tallest tower to my detriment more times than I care to admit, just because I didn’t want someone else to have it. It can make you make irrational choices because you just want to get even. By far, this is my favorite Seyfarth game. I mean honestly, it should have won the SdJ again the year it was re-released. 11 plays since October 2017.
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61. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:222]
Board Game: Modern Art
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Okay, so Modern Art is a Top 5 game for me and all it is, is a simple auction game about building the best art gallery, which means having the most money at the end of the game. Five different types of auctions, all sorts of bad art, or good art, just depends on which version we play. It can be mathed out almost completely by those who want to do that, but you know what, we don’t do that, well, at least not entirely. Our group almost treats this like it’s a role playing game, actively trying to persuade others to buy the art by naming the pieces and giving the meaning of the paintings. Sometimes with horrible accents, sometimes while talking trash against the other art pieces and other art museums. Knizia has made something that is so rules light it almost feels like you are just making it up as you go. What I mean by that is that some games are so bogged down by rules that you think that it’s the game that makes the fun, but that’s not what it is here. Modern Art is fun and exciting because of the people playing it and how they play it. IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE is truly a thing in our group sometimes, with some people. Buying art just because they can, not why they can or whether they should. It’s a masterpiece and I don’t care what anyone says. The other genius thing that Dr. Knizia has done is that he has created a game that can be made and localized nearly everywhere. There are so many different versions of Modern Art it’s almost a collector’s dream. I don’t like the card game nearly as much, but I keep a copy of it around because it’s Modern Art and I’ll be buying that new version that I swear I saw something about on BGG, but now can’t locate so maybe I am just nuts. 9 plays of Modern Art since 2017 & 5 plays of Modern Art the Card Game since 2015. Plus, 2 plays of Duckomenta Art.

edit: I was wrong, it wasn’t on BGG that I saw it, it was on Twitter! Thanks for the help finding it, WEM. https://twitter.com/BoardGameGeek/status/1239088057091006464...

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62. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:545]
Board Game: Mr. Jack
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Another one of my oldest daughter’s favorite games that we’ve probably held on to a bit too long, but sentimental reasons can be just as valid, right? There is no review for Mr. Jack on the OG, but there is a review of Mr. Jack in New York from Greg if you’d like to take a look at that one. I’ve never played that version. Mr. Jack is a simple two player deduction game where one person is playing Mr. Jack and they are trying to escape from all the other characters on the board who are looking through them. Each character can do something a bit different on the map giving the searching player some much needed mobility through the streets. It’s fun, it’s short and most of all, my daughter took a liking to it so it got played. Even when she cheated I had fun with it. How did she cheat? Well, the fine folks at Board with Life summed it up quite well, and she swears she didn’t watch this video before using the trick against me. 17 plays since July 2012.


 
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63. Board Game: Nevermore [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2680]
Board Game: Nevermore
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I am sitting here asking my daughter why Nevermore stayed in the collection. She told me it’s because she won that copy at Geekway to the West in a tournament and it’s autographed by Curt Covert. When asked if she could describe the game to me, she said, “No, where is it? I’ll read the rules a bit and describe it to you later.” That’s about all I know about it as I have never played it. I believe it’s a social deduction game where you are trying to score points or be the last person standing. How you score those points, I really don’t know and I probably won’t know until she is done playing Overwatch for the evening. So there you go, Nevermore, it stayed in the collection because Gabby said it was staying. 0 plays since ever by me, but Gabby plays it every year at Geekway to the West.
 
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64. Board Game: NMBR 9 [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:881]
Board Game: NMBR 9
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Man, I absolutely love this puzzle of a game. Dale has you covered here on The OG with the review, it was before my time or I would have happily rambled on for entirely too long about my love of this one. It’s a simple premise, tetromino pieces that are in the shapes of numbers are what you are playing with. Everyone has the same thing, two of each number zero through nine. Each turn a number card is drawn and everyone must place that number in their play area. Object is to build up because each level is the multiplier for the number you placed there, so if you have a two on the second level, it’s worth four points. Get that eight on the third level and that’s twenty four points. Rules are easy, if you build something on the same level it has to be adjacent to another piece and if you build up, the entirety of the piece must be supported by pieces below, no hanging over air. Game ends when all the cards have been drawn and folks have built all their pieces. Stupidly simple game to explain, but damn if the game doesn’t have some of the most innocuously aggravating moments of choice. It’s perfect and as you all know if you read two posts ago, I love Kingdomino, but if NMBR 9 would have won the SdJ that year, I would not have complained, as it is, it wasn’t even nominated or recommended which is a shame as it’s a perfect family weight game. As Chris Wray is likely to say if you play the game with him, it’s definitely all about that base (that you build). 20 plays since April 2017.
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65. Board Game: Orléans: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:8.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.38 Unranked]
Board Game: Orléans
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2016 at Geekway to the West, Tasty Minstrel Games had a booth setup there, it was really the first big year for vendors that I remember. Their hot ticket that year was this, the “Deluxified” version of the wonderful Euro, Orleans. It was expensive, so I didn’t buy it immediately, but friend Bill Corey Jr did and he sat down to play it with Gabby, Kerensa and a couple other folks I now consider friends. The best part of me not playing is that I didn’t have to sticker everything, they did, and that took a long time. But Gabby and Kerensa really liked the game so the next morning I went and picked up our copy. So, my wife and daughter are probably two of the few who have every stickered two sets of Orleans Deluxe. Dan has us covered here with the review and all the how to’s. It’s a wonderful point salad of a game and it brought us Bag Building. Much like Deck Building you are building what you can do in the future each turn by adding more choices. You can buy different “workers” that do different things, but the thing about Orleans is that you need a variety as each task normally will take at least two different workers. The game almost naturally moves you to diversifying your workers. I have not played with any of the expansions,as I don’t think that they were ever made in the “Deluxified” version. For a game this big, it’s really not overly complex, it falls firmly in that 60-90 minute Medium Weight Euro field which I absolutely love. 4 plays since 2016 and one play on the plebian regular version.
 
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66. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.61 Overall Rank:2]
Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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So, Legacy games, yeah….. We started this as a family game back in January of 2016. Picked it back up in January of 2017 and played May, but it has not seen the table again and now I’m kind of just stuck with it, as no one in their right mind wants to buy a half used copy of Pandemic Legacy Season 1. I’ve given up on others. Charterston gone after three plays, it was boring, but it could be reset so I passed it on to someone else. Betrayal Legacy was going well until half the group just realised that we didn’t like Betrayal and ultimately, this was just as random and awful, so I passed that on to the half of the group that enjoyed it. Machi Koro Legacy sits unplayed and that kind of all sums up how I feel about the Legacy genre of games. But….. I want to play Pandemic Legacy Season 1 and I want to finish it. Of all the Legacy titles I have tried, I think it’s the best use of that system, I think that it has interesting choices and interesting consequences that could happen even if it was ultimately just Advanced Pandemic, a game that while I think is a good game, it’s just not a game I ever really feel the need to play. But this one was telling a bigger story, the narrative was moving forward and we could see our characters growing and we worried if they would die, but apparently not too much. 8 plays since January 2016. And I have started a Pandemic Legacy Season 2 Session with friends that fell apart just due to responsibilities and time, 5 plays since January 2018.
 
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67. Board Game: Pandoria [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3791]
Board Game: Pandoria
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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The second Allers title on this shelf alone, although this one was co-designed with Bernd Eisenstein. Before we go too far here, Larry has the review up on The OG for everyone to peruse so that you can understand the game. Why is it so important to take a look at Larry’s review? Because I’ve only played this one once. It’s a bit meatier than my family will usually sit down and play. After one play I thought it felt like a beefed up fantasy Through the Desert with individualized powers and even the ability to change what you do, and how you do it a bit, and I really liked it. I did awful at it, enough to prompt one of the players to ask if I realized that the point of the game was to score points, but I really liked it. Rather, maybe I liked the idea of it. For me, the first play of a game is all about me messing about, pulling levers and getting rules straight in my head. It’s the second play of a game that really matters and cuts to the meat of it, even more so to me than the third, fourth, fifth on and on and on. Sure future plays are important, it shows that there is staying power, but that second play is usually where I decide whether it warrants more. So in my head, I loved it, but on the table, it still remains to be proven with a second play. Much like the weird person I am, my copy also has both expansions in it, still waiting to get played. I don’t know why I do that, it just happens. 1 play since 2018.
 
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68. Board Game: Paradox [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3925]
Board Game: Paradox
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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That same year at Geekway to the West as the Orleans story, Split Second Games was also a vendor. I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Imboden a couple Geekway’s earlier during a rousing game of Quicksilver. Paul’s attitude toward gaming was infectious as he simply enjoyed watching and commenting while our group did everything we could to destroy each other’s chances, rather than focusing on our ultimate goal of winning a race. It was a wonderful experience. Naturally when I saw he was at Geekway again, I wanted to stop in and say Hi and play a game or two with him and Paradox was one of them, he was also in that Orleans game that I wasn’t in. I almost included Paradox in our Unheralded Game articles, but that year was ultimately dominated by another for me, but both of those games are utterly charming set collection games. Paradox just does it a little more uniquely. You see, you have this five by five grid of chips and ultimately, you creating three or more like colors drives what you can buy. It’s quite ingenious if you ask me. I’ll have to ask Paul if they have any more copies out there floating around for sale, as I really should do a bigger review of it but I hate reviewing games that are impossible to get. It has wonderful art, each of the alien races that you are trying to collect have three cards and each race is done by a different artist. After you collect them they make this wonderful little panorama view of that Alien homeland. It should be played more, and damn it, it will be played more. I just think people see it and think that its going to be inelegant or convoluted, but it’s really not. It plays wonderfully. I should also mention that this was I believe the first design from designer Brian Suhre who has gone on to design a couple more games that have garnered some good praise, including Coldwater Crown which is probably the best fishing based board game out there, I’m not sure I’ve ever played a game that had a mechanism tie in so fluidly with the theme. 3 plays since 2016.
 
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69. Board Game: Potion Explosion [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:449]
Board Game: Potion Explosion
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Marbles are such a wonderful toy. They are so versatile in what they can do. I’ll confess to being one of those weird people who love marbles a bit too much, I mean one of my favorite Youtube channels of all time is Jelle’s Marble Runs. Don’t worry, no one will judge you for sitting and watching hours of that. Anyway, using marbles in board games is a genius idea, and Potion Explosion is an example of that genius. Ultimately the game is a simple matching game where you get to take whatever matches you make by removing other marbles, all in an attempt to collect the colors that you need to complete your potions. The marbles in Potion Explosion are ingredients and you are students learning the fine art of potion making. Creating the potions will give you further benefits in the game allowing you to make even more potions even more efficiently. It’s a simple premise and it’s a wonderful game, one that my youngest daughter absolutely loves, and luckily, so do I. 11 plays since 2016.
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70. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:823]
Board Game: Qwirkle
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Qwirkle was a late bloomer for our family. Sure, we had played it a handful of times since we bought it in 2013, but something weird happened last year and Qwirkle ended up having the third most plays of any game last year at 11 plays. It’s partially because our youngest daughter showed an interest in it, and also just partially because we realized just how good of a game it is and that it was just sitting on the shelf collecting dust. A lot of people will point to games like Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne as wonderful Gateway games, and they are that, but for my money Qwirkle is hands down the easiest to teach of the bunch and has been a hit with everyone I have shown it to. I do need to get a copy of Qwirkle Cubes and throw it in the same box just to have around for a change of pace as it’s wonderful as well. 15 plays since 2012.
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71. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:181]
Board Game: Ra
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Ra! Ra! Ra! Ra! Classic Knizia auction and set collection, so of course this had to stay in the collection. While it doesn’t get nearly as much play as Modern Art, this is probably my second favorite Knizia game. I’ve always loved the fact that you have your set items you could bid with and how they rotate through the game, making sure that you don’t overspend until absolutely necessary because it can be so damn crippling the next round. Hmmm, maybe this should be played soon. 2 plays since 2016, man I swear I have played this more often than that.
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72. Board Game: Ragusa [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1848]
Board Game: Ragusa
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Back in October, I did a full review of Ragusa. Like a lot of games that I review though, almost as soon as the review is done, the game goes on the shelf for a long period of time. Which is a shame, as I really enjoy the heck out of Ragusa. Sure, it may have faults in the way of a first player advantage, that doesn’t detract in any way from the excellent game play here. It speaks to the nature of reviewing games when quality titles like these get shuffled to the back of the line just because we keep moving forward. I know that Capstone Games made their mark bringing in heavier titles, Arkwright, Lignum, et al, but I think they really have hit their stride working with this style of game and working with Braincrack Games to get them here. I am anxiously awaiting their next title, Venice. 4 plays since September 2019.
 
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73. Board Game: Reef [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:623]
Board Game: Reef
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Quite honestly, Reef almost didn’t make it. My youngest daughter saved it from leaving the collection. Much like the Azul line of games, Reef has a wonderful table presence. One that prompts folks to stop what they are doing and see what’s going on. It’s a simple game where you are building reef patterns on a central board and trying to complete objective cards which will require various colors to be in certain positions and certain heights. Really simple play, and beautiful in play. It’s just that it can suffer from the Takenoko problem. There are times where you are going to draft cards that are easier to complete than other times, sometimes they may even already be complete. It’s not a game breaker, but it’s there, noticeable and can be annoying. We enjoy Reef though, enough that we kept the Next Move collection together. 4 plays since 2018.
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74. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1645]
Board Game: Rummikub
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Another Spiel des Jahres winner on this shelf to go along with Qwirkle. Ours is a well worn copy where the box doesn’t even close properly, but that’s not because of us, it’s because this copy was owned by my wife’s Grandparents. Seems they saw Don Rickles on The Tonight Show talking about Rummikub, just like millions of other Americans. Propelling sales into the millions for the Romanian designer, Ephraim Hertzano, who came up with the idea to create a Rummy game using cubes instead of cards because cards weren’t allowed in Romania. Rummikub has to be one of the best selling board games of all time and it shows no sign of slowing down. We’ve played it countless times in the past, but since I started trying to log plays of every game we play, we’ve only played it once, but this copy and it’s sentimental reasons will always have a place in our collection. Countless unlogged plays since we got it from my wife’s Grandma and Grandpa’s basement.
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75. Board Game: Santa Maria [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:350]
Board Game: Santa Maria
Brandon Kempf
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Jefferson City
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Another one of those I “kept it because of one positive play and I hope for more” games. But as it is, Santa Maria is on the cusp of going away because I’m not sure that I want to get it to the table again. The theme is definitely of questionable taste and those happiness tokens are quite questionable, but the main reason is that I remember it being a bear to teach and I don’t know if I want to take the time to do it. I do recall enjoying the dice drafting quite a bit and how you use them. But for the life of me, even sitting here and looking at photos, I don’t recall how to play, at all. Thankfully Dale can save the day and has a review up on The OG. 1 play in May 2018.
 
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