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Arden Nelson Jr.
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These are the games that I plan to learn and play soon. They will be from my unplayed list or from the games that I have on preorder and expect to come this year. I'm going to put them in the order that I want to learn them.

EDIT: So far (3/9/2008) I've learned 6 new games in a little less than a months time. That's more than one a week and not bad at all. Plus, all of them have been very good or above average games in my book.
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1. Board Game: E.T.I.: Estimated Time to Invasion [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10375]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I obviously don't own this one ... yet. But that should change soon.

EDIT: The aliens have seen fit to rent me a copy. Now we'll see if I give in and play their game.

Played

The aliens first scouting party was barely thwarted. But their next force easily crushed the puny earth defenses.
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2. Board Game: Pacific Typhoon [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2223]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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Given some of the other games my group has been enjoying recently this one should be right up our alley. I can't wait for this one to come from GMT this year.

EDIT: I have it ... now I need to learn it.
 
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3. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:729]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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An hour long Euro game that looks great. I believe there are many from the church group that are ready for a "next step" game. This one might fit the bill nicely. (Though, I will probably grant the request for Pillars of the Earth first and then try this one.)

Learned & Played Wed. March 5, 2008

I had some unexpected extra free time and decided to finally assemble the castle pieces and get this one learned. I'm glad I did. I listed to the Speil's SDJ special again to help make sense of how the game works. It took me a little bit but I finally got it. The mechanics of the game aren't that complicated. Knowing how to play well ... that's where it gets interesting. I could see that this could be quite competitive depending on the group. There is a bit of "try not set up your opponent" to this game. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
 
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4. Board Game: Nature of the Beast: Farm vs. Forest [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:6727]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I did play through the sample game that can be printed online but I need to redo that sometime before attemping this game. I think I have some possible opponents lined up.

EDIT: Played

I found the suggested way to learn the game mechanics slowly to be quite helpful.
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5. Board Game: Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3421]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I've been wanting to learn how to play hex and counter war games and this might be a great way to do just that. BGG says it is playable in 90 minutes. I hope that is about right.

EDIT: It might be a little while until I get to this but it is now high on my to learn soon list.

Played Friday March, 7, 2008

It's pretty good. The question now is will I find situations where I can actually play it. There is a bit of work to playing it both in terms of math and for someone who is all thumbs like me just manipulating the chits. I may have to break out the tweasers and try that next time.
 
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6. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:300]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I didn't add this at first because I didn't think I would have time to learn and play this one. Then, we got snowed in and church was canceled one Sunday. I opted to apply the stickers, finish learning the rules, and play my first practice game solitaire.

PLAYED: Sunday, March 9, 2008

My brother is quite interested in learning and playing this sometime. We might be able to get another friend to try it out as well. The theme sees to get people interested in the first place. The wonderful mechanics seem to sell the deal.

We hope to play face to face a couple of times and then we might start playing online after that.
 
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7. Board Game: Politics as Usual [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:12866]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I need to play this one soon or it will be too out of date to be of much interest. I might be able to think of some modern character cards but I'll need to play this one a few times first.

EDIT: It's now or never. I'm trying to convince myself if this one will ever likely hit the table or is it just good for a few laughs and should be traded away at some point.
 
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8. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3161]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I might need to use some play dough to make this one work. My guess is that I should just try my best with molding and not worry about gaming how good of a represenation that I can mold.
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9. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:787] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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This should be a quick playing game. It might work better with minis but I want to make sure that I enjoy the gameplay first.
 
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10. Board Game: Sole Mio! [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3185] [Average Rating:6.27 Unranked]
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I like Mamma Mia so I have no idea why I haven't tried this one yet. I think I even read the rules a long time ago. This should be one of the easiest ones to pick up and learn on this list because of familiarity.
 
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11. Board Game: Rat-a-Tat Cat [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2453]
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I'm sure this must be simple but something confused me the first time I read the rule. This one might work with my nephew so I would like to try it soon.
 
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12. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6362]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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This 2 player game should be fun for the discussion it will likely start if I play against my brother or father.
 
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13. Board Game: Coda [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2886]
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I've had this one for a while without trying it. That needss to change.
 
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14. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
Arden Nelson Jr.
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I'm looking forward to the yet unpublished version from Z-man games. I've only put it lower on the list because of the time commitment to learn and play. I'm quite interesting in learning this one!

It isn't going to come until Summer from the looks of it. I'll leave it on this list though because I could read more online about it to learn before it comes.
 
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