State of the Game ~ 2007 part 2
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This is the next installment of my State of the Game series, chronicling my gaming exploits twice a year. For the previous edition, please see: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27664

This season I focused on learning new titles. I learned 17 new games during this period (a record), and I replayed many old favorites.

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1. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6632]
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+16 Jewish Fluxx
(and 2 games of EcoFluxx)

Fluxx Experiment Part II has been conducted, and results will be posted in early '08.

My definitive Fluxx moment for this season: In the middle of a 17-mile bicycle ride along the Washington & Old Dominion Bike Trail, we stopped at a refurbished railroad whistlestop platform and spent a nice break playing EcoFluxx while munching on cashews.
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2. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1945] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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5 plays, Chrononauts
3 plays, Early American Chrononauts

I should post my ID, William Henry, here someday.
 
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3. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4190]
 
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...and for good reason.
 
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4. Board Game: Management Material: Information Technology Edition [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:12575]
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11 plays

I'm surprised how much staying power this one has had with my group.
 
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5. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2241]
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This includes some Icehouse games from the summer Icehouse Game Design Contest, more tweaking of my card game Ferrball's Mansion, and my new tile game, Wanderlust:

"I'm standing at the airport. I have no idea how I got here, or where I'm going next. My pockets are bulging with coal, I'm surrounded by ferrets, and I can't get that Jimmy Buffett song out of my head (yeah, *that* one). You know what this means.... I'm playing that sneaky tile game, Wanderlust."

(http://ceruleansgames.tripod.com/wanderlust.htm)
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6. Board Game: Bushwhackin' Varmints out of Sergio's Butte [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:9614] [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
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9 plays, Bushwhackin' Varmints Out of Sergio's Butte (NEW to me)
6 plays, Grave Robbers From Outer Space
6 plays, Grave Robbers 2: Skippy's Revenge
4 plays, Bell-bottomed Badassses From the Mean Streets of Funk
4 plays, Cannibal Pygmies From the Jungle of Doom
3 plays, Scurvy Musketeers of the Spanish Main

Managed to get a six-decker in around Thanksgiving.
 
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7. Board Game: Zarcana [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:8717]
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8. Board Game: Burn Rate [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4590]
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9. Board Game: Drip [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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2 plays (New to me)

First new game of the season. Heard good buzz about it on the Icehouse mailing list and gave it a try. Nice use of the stash tube as a game component, but otherwise nothing to write home about.
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10. Board Game: Volcano [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2870]
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Memorable session of Volcano: During Sukkot, while eating strawberries in a gazebo in the middle of a lake.
 
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11. Board Game: Penguin Soccer [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:12016]
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5 plays (NEW to me)

Learned this during the IDGC 5, and my favorite of all the entries. My wife, usually averse to luckless abstracts, liked this one. Must be the cute theme!
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12. Board Game: Naval Battles [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:4502]
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13. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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14. Board Game: Web of Gold [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10167]
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Web of Gold was a childhood favorite of mine. When I found out that my FLGS still had a shrink wrapped original copy, I had to get it.
 
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15. Board Game: Mad Scientist [Average Rating:4.25 Overall Rank:15054]
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1 play (NEW to me)

It's not everyday that someone hands you a free game. It's also not everyday that someone hands you a game this wretched.

The continent coasters will make great player aids for Risk.
 
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16. Board Game: Black Ice [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:11710]
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1 play (NEW to me)

Bought 3HOUSE so I'd have the rules to this. Slightly better than Treehouse, but *meh* nonetheless.
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17. Board Game: Chez Geek [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5621]
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4 plays
(and 2 plays of Chez Goth)

For the second year in a row, Chez Geek was my last played game of the calendar year.
 
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18. Board Game: Badaboom [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:14636]
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1 play (NEW to me)

This needs at least 4 players to be worth playing, and probably 5 or 6 to be fun.

Suggestion: Use some other object to mark the top of the draw pile, like a mini or a pyramid. The black token is invisible on top of those dark colored cards.
 
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19. Board Game: Attack Sub [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:3180]
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8 plays
 
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20. Board Game: Unexploded Cow [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3097]
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So far, this is my second favorite Cheapass design. Now I get the France reference on GMTB's 'Mission Creep' card.
 
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21. Board Game: Waterworks [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14092]
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I began experimenting with a new game using the Waterworks components. When I get a ruleset I like, I'll post them online.
 
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22. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2380]
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My wife surprised me by wanting to learn this one. She's doing well so far, and was delighted when she finally defeated her mentor spouse. It reminded me of the first time I defeated my Dad in Chess.
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23. Board Game: IGOR: The Mad Scientist's Lament [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:11205]
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I coached my Mom on how to play this... over the phone.

Mom: "Okay, I just rolled the die. It's green."

Me: "Ah, Igor has stolen a part for you. See him tiptoeing off with a sack on his back?"

Mom: "How do you know what it looks like? How can you see that? That's freaky!"

Mom managed to win in her first game.
 
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24. Board Game: Lawless [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4796]
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(Note to self: Quick, come up with a Lucy Lawless joke!)
 
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25. Board Game: Aquarius [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:3456]
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This game is perfect for my in-laws. They both have very weak vision, and it helps them to have as little text to read as possible. The bright colors are also very distinct. I'll be sure to bring this with next time I visit them.

(This list continued on the next page --->
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