Colorado Springs Best Games 2007
Wade Broadhead
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Pueblo
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Ok so I dont even live in the Springs but I travel up every week to play with all the nuemrous good groups that fission and fusion. The wide variety of gamer types and groups has allowed me to play an amazing array of different games this year. Also, we have had a number of new and recently addicted members, so its nice to see the group expanding. So all of you please provide your favorite three games (or so) and why. I'd recommend putting in your two 2-3 favorites of they year and perhaps one you loved that wasn't necessarily a big group hit.

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1. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
Wade Broadhead
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Pueblo
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Now fading somewhat this was one of my new favorites that made it to the table quite often. The uber power of the missionary strategy and new games have sent it to the back of the shelf lately, but this was one of my new favorites.
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2. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
Wade Broadhead
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Shogun and Wallenstein were played a lot and I must say these were some of my most enjoyable and fondest memories of the year. I even got verbified further as "pulling a Wade" meant getting afirst round lead and then coming in last
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3. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:726]
Wade Broadhead
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Not a universal hit, put one of those really FUN yet strategic games I enjoyed this year. Thanks Joe for showing it to me this Spring, only to have me buy it in the summer and play it a ton until recently. A good, interactive, fun game for newbies too.
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4. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
Dan Rivera
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Fountain
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My new favorite two player game. Fun light wargame. A game of damage mitigation. You will always get cards that will help the other player you just have to be the person who makes that help hurt the least.
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
Dan Rivera
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My new favorite card game. Quick tight decisions. Different strategies and goals. Its San Juan with more depth. A realy good fast game. Hopefully the thrill doesnt fade with time. I realy enjoy it.
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
Dan Rivera
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New to me. In my opinion the best of the C&C system. It realy does envoke the feel of being a general in the classic age. It promotes line integrity and the use of the troops in the way that they were actually used in that era. Thats hard to do and they do it with simple rules and easy to learn mechanics.
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7. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:377]
Doug Saxon
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Colorado Springs
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I've only played this twice now, but it's one of the few games that I got this year. I look forward to more plays next year. One of the few games learned this year that felt was truly new and different from the many other games we play.
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8. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
Doug Saxon
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Duh. Wasn't there like 7 weeks in a row that this was played at my house? And some of those evenings it even got played multiple times. This was the only game that I bumped up to a "10" rating this year. Have played this many, many times and it just doesn't get old.
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9. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
Tim Condit
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Colorado Springs
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I love this game so much I just bought 2 new expansions that are solitare versions. lol!! I just can't get enough of this game, I think I could play it weekely and not get tired of it. Unfortunatly because its not on BSW and its length of play I don't get to play it nearly enough.
 
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10. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
Tim Condit
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Another new favorite of mine. Although this one is on BSW so I do get to play it often. What appeals to me is the variability of game play, (I assure you Doug, Russia does not always get to 25 first... its group think) every time I've played its been a different outcome. The Rondel is a pretty cool action selection system that makes this game pretty unique. Deep and Fun!! mmmmmm
 
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11. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1994]
Joe J.
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Colorado Springs
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This has been kind of surprise hit lately. DaveK is especially enamored of it. I think it has great mechanics (even if the theme is a bit thin), is exceptionally well made, and a lot of fun. It's also one of those on a long list of games that I'll play many times and never win.

EDIT: I'm betting Tim will have his own copy before the end of the year.
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12. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:382]
Tiny Epic Trickster
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Colorado Springs
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Way too much fun, can't wait to try it again, so I'll be dragging it along to every session just in case.

Tim, quick: Wild Bill Hick...!
 
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13. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
Steve Perucca
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Colorado Springs
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Will see how long this stays in my Top 10, but right now it's Top #1 for 2007. It's the tightest game I've every played.
 
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14. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:841]
Steve Perucca
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Colorado Springs
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Easily one of my favorites (to me) this year. This game is all about the end-game.
 
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15. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:660]
Steve Perucca
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Colorado Springs
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Scrabble (my favorite word game) with colors and shapes.
 
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16. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
Jason Leveille
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Colorado Springs
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Considering that here on the Geek, this one is also called Incan Gold, this has to be one of the top ones for 2007. Yeah, it's a filler, but I played this one the most. My wife gives this one a 10, because she loves luck-based games and the pretty bits. I'm less enamored with it than when I first was introduced to it, but it still is great fun and is ridiculously simple.
 
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17. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
Jason Leveille
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Colorado Springs
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Another filler, but I also played this one a bunch. It's been the traditional closer of the night when I've gone over to Doug's and I know that many others have played and enjoyed. I've learned that I love auction games, and this certainly is one of my favorites.
 
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18. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:498]
Jason Leveille
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As a huge fan of auction games, I think this one is my favorite. It can drag a little bit at times, but I just love all of the player interaction in this one. I know it may be old hat to many of the Springs gamers, but in a year where everything was new to me, this one really stands out.
 
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