Short Interviews With Each Person Who Has The Most Recorded Plays of Each of the Games Ranked 51-100
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This list is a continuation of a geeklist I created about a month ago:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33059

I enjoyed putting together that list of short questions and answers with each person with the most logged plays of the top 50 ranked games enough to expand the list to include the rest of the games currently ranked in the top 100. Since that list was created, Stone Age and Roads and Boats have moved up in the rankings into the top 50, so I include them here as well.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback for this interesting look at what makes these games so interesting and replayable for them.
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1. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Where I'm coming from: I've played mostly four player games and a few three player games. All my games were played on Brettspiel Welt, (real-time online, live players, rules enforced by the server) except one that was face to face. I think the four player game is better. I've never played a two player game of Stone Age, so I can't comment on that.

What do you like the most about Stone Age?

Now to answer the question: I've enjoyed trying to figure out the viable paths to victory that were left open to me from game to game. I ended up deciding that the game exceeded my luck threshold for a game of this nature. I don't mind the dice so much, (you can mitigate that with more workers and tools) it is the order of the random card draws that heavily determines the outcome.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

5

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

No. Not unless someone in my game group brings it and wants to play.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

It is replayable, in that no two games will be alike, but it is not replayable in a way that is interesting to me any longer.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Die Macher and Dune (Avalon Hill) are my top two. I haven't played either of them enough to determine which one is my "Favorite of All Time".

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2. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127]
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There is a tie between 2 people for most logged plays of Galaxy Trucker

Lisa Bjornseth
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What do you like the most about Galaxy Trucker?

There are a lot of great things about Galaxy Trucker. The very first thing about it that interested me was the rules. I read them online while researching new games. Immediately I knew this was a game I had to have. Not only did the game sound like fun, but the rules were great to read. I like the theme and I love the building mechanic. I guess if I had to pick one thing that I like most, it would be building my spaceship. There is a bit of a puzzle mechanic there and while I don't put puzzles together anymore, I still like that sort of mechanic.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

9

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Yes.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

Well, I have to admit that there was a point in time when I started to get a little bored of the game because I had gotten good enough at ship building that it was rare to loose much of my ship en-route. This took out a lot of the tension during the flight phase of the game. This was before the Rough Road Ahead expansion was available so Brian and I played around some trying to come up with a variant by which our ships would come out less than ideal. After some failures, we finally came up with this variant: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/290914. Basically, you always draw two face down tiles and MUST save or place one in your ship and discard the other. This can really cramp your ship building style and puts a bit of spice back in the flight phase. When playing two player, we play with this variant and at least one Rough Road Ahead card.

What is your favorite game of all time?

I don't think I can answer this question. It's kind of like asking someone to pick their favorite child... even if you could pick one, you would never admit it.


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What do you like the most about Galaxy Trucker?

Everything! I love the frantic logic puzzle like ship building. Its kind of like playing with blocks, getting to put together a different ship. The flight itself, while not exactly filled with decisions, brings lot of excitement and despair as you watch the cards appear and find either riches or destruction.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

A 9 at the moment.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Some, but not quite as much. We (Lisa and I) have gotten to where we've mastered ship building enough that flights aren't quite as enjoyably destructive as they used to be. It gets more fun with a bigger group of people - we just need people in our game group to catch up with us on skill!

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

I find games with a 'puzzle' feel to them very addictive; its like you keep wanting to 'solve' the puzzle but you never really can. Combine that with lots of possible card and ship variations, add a little more spice with the Rough Road Ahead cards, tack on some silly ship building variants if you feel like it, and you've got a game with a ton of variety.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Wow. That's a tough question. No, that goes beyond tough. That's a Tanga-Cleopatra-puzzle inside the Dungeonquest dungeon on board a Galaxy Trucker ship built with a 30 second timer tough question.

I rate Agricola and Factory Fun a 10; both are great times with a lot going for them. (Agricola in some ways is more an 'all around great game 10 than I 'I always want to play it' 10).

Crokinole is probably my favorite dexterity game. I love Last Night on Earth for light, themey fun. Pandemic has outdone Arkham Horror as my favorite co-op (though if Arkham Horror were better designed, it would probably be my favorite game ever).

I love RPGs, but they aren't on BGG, and they tend to be too hard to get a good group for.

I've stuck with 40K through all its various incarnations.

Is that totally wishy-washy or what?
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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What do you like the most about Carcassonne?

Carcassonne is just a great gateway game : it's very easy to teach/learn (if you don't start with too many expansions) and can really get non-gamers into gaming. I introduced the game almost 5 years to my colleagues at work (all non-gamers) and ever since we've been playing it during lunch-time. Everyone got completely addicted to it !
We use a total of 138 tiles : 71 from the base game, 24 from Traders & Builders, 18 from Inns & Cathedrals, 12 from River II, 5 from King and just 8/30 from Princess & Dragon. Even with 138 tiles, the game is easily played in less than 1 hour, which is a very strong point, specially if you use it as lunch-time game.
I consider Carcassonne a rather simple game, but still it has room for plenty of strategy. My preferred number of players is 3 : with more players, the strategy factor tends to decrease and the luck factor increases.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I rate it a solid 10.
All my ratings are according the BGG 'rules/guidelines' and 'Always want to play and expect this will never change' certainly applies to me for this game.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

My number of Carcassonne plays have gone down a lot the last 2 years.
Several people of the original lunch-time club have left the company and replacements are not easy to find, due to high standards ;-)
We're only 3 now and instead of daily, we now only play weekly or so. 2005 was my top year with 190 plays, last year I only managed to play 55 games.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

Even after more than 600 games I'm still fascinated when playing and it seems that every game is different enough to still enjoy it.
I developed a fun & extensive ranking system which includes Current Year, Last 15 and Total ranking. This certainly helps creating a very competitive atmosphere and making the game even more replayable, but I guess this would apply to all games played.
Just want to mention that I'm still using my first copy of the base game as well as all the expansions. The tiles have not been laminated or so and are pretty worn out now, but still usable. Just amazing quality if you ask me !

What is your favorite game of all time?

Tough question : very hard to pick just 1 game, there are so many good games out there...

My favorite 2 player game certainly is Roma.
I just played Race for the Galaxy for the first time (5 plays now) and this might be a possible candidate in the future.
Also recently had my first 2 player Agricola game and enjoyed that very much. I was very surprised how good it plays with just 2.

For 3 players or more I would mention El Grande, Agricola and of course Carcassonne.
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4. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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What do you like the most about 1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons?

I like the combination of railroad construction, expansion and operation with the financial model (stock market) - the object is to end up with the most money which may have to be at the expense of the railroad companies you control. There are not many games that exhibit that kind of subtlety although I believe Imperial tried to achieve something similar. Here, you can easily get wrapped up in the running of a railroad (which is just plain fun) and forget that amassing a fortune is what really defines success. The game takes a somewhat cynical view of the "Robber Baron" era but distills the essence of it in a captivating and elegant way! What I also like is that aside from the initial player turn order there is not a single random element in the game. You succeed or fail strictly on your play - no die rolls to use as excuses.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

My current rating for 1830 is 9.5 (my rating system tries to be objective - I have yet to rate a game a 10 and only one other game has an equal rating - War of the Ring).

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

At present, play for me is strictly on the computer (solo) as my current group does not have a copy of the original and I can't convince them to try the hotseat mode on the computer. I own and play 1856 with them which is a very close second in terms of overall quality and game play value (I rate 1856 a 9.0).

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keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


Replayability? Despite a fixed map (fixed on the computer) and what some may consider a "scripted" way the game tends to unfold (but you could say the same of Chess), I never tire of the game as no two sessions ever completely copy one another. The player dynamics and variations within the scope of the general arc of the game keep it very much alive for me.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Favorite game(s) of all time: Privateer on the computer - hands down - no contest (I had to get that in)! I guess 1830 and War of the Ring are it for board games but there are many others that I have enjoyed over the years. I've a very soft spot in my heart for Dune - one of the best themed games of all time- and I was very much into Magic Realm for a while as well. A brief flirtation with miniatures had me most impressed with Napoleon's Battles. I guess you can see a strong leaning towards Avalon Hill (the real AH) - ah, the good old days!

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The 30 games that I have recorded represent a period of time that I was almost obsessed with the game and we had a very active group of friends that shared the obsession and also had the available time. Although I have recorded my playings during one single year they probably were played in the duration of 3-5 years in the 90s. I am certain that there are more fanatic or knowledgeable players about 1830 but it's definitely a favorite game of mine and would be happy to share some thoughts about it.

What do you like the most about 1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons?

What I like about 1830 is the immersive feeling of starting a small railroad company and from that building up a huge RR empire, all in the face of a cut-throat competition. The importance of each decision is huge, especially in the beginning. Even the choice of which small company to acquire can be very important. The fact that there is always the risk of bankruptcy adds to the excitement. Add to that the ability to really hurt the competitors by some clever moves (which sometimes backfire) and you have a perfect blend of an utterly thrilling game. I also like the fact that the game requires a good investment of time, but not never more than 5 or 6 hours (and we are very slow players). I want my games to be memorable and 1830 used to satisfy that need.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

My current rating is 10 because I truly love the game, and would not refuse to play it, given the opportunity. It's full of theme and has an elegance that is lacking in most other games and for me it's a "classic".

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

I don't know how much I will be playing this one in the future. My intention is to certainly continue playing it. Unfortunately the limited available time makes it currently very difficult to play a game that requires more than 3 hours. Which is sad because most of my favorite games (Die Macher, Civilization and many others), require much more time than that.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what
keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


The replayability of this games comes from the difficulty of the challenge that it provides, the intense competition between players, the risk involved in some of the decisions and generally in the excitement that it offers to me.

What is your favorite game of all time?

My favorite game of all time is Up Front and close to that (my current obsession) Commands & Colors: Ancients.


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What do you like the most about 1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons?

The most appealing point to me is the 2 distinct phases of the game: Stock round and action round. The requier completly different sets of skills, you cannot win the game at excelling at one of the 2 aspect you need to be good at both.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

My current rating is a 7 on this game.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

We still own 2 copys of the game in my regular gaming group, but lattely we have tried different train game, also I have grown fond of discovering game mecanics now and we dont play the same game as often. It took me 30 years to get to approx 25 games and about 10 after that to reach 100... replayability is less of an issue now.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what
keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


The replayability is quite high with the game, as we all know the opening moves we all try to block our opponent from doing them. My playing group is really competitive and will not bow down to single strategie game, there has to be sustanability. The dual aspect of the game makes sure that you can compensate a bad board situation with smart moves on the stock round and vice versa.

What is your favorite game of all time?

My favorite game of all time would be Advanced Civ., second would be Twillight struggle.
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5. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
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What do you like the most about Here I Stand?

The dynamic interplay between each of the six powers is truly unique to HIS. In most multiplayer games the route to victory is generally the same for all players, not so in HIS. Each power has a path to victory that is somewhat different than the others. One must chart your path to victory while at the same time being cognizant of your opponent's progression on his own path. Failure to do so oftern leads to losing the game.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

9

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

I will have at least one game of HIS ongoing for the next couple of years if not longer. This is both PBeM as well as FTF.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

See the above answer on 'What I like best about HIS'. Each game is totally different as the six players attempt to secure victory for themselves at the expense of their opponents.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Hmmm, that is difficult to determine, I've played so many since I began playing games. If I had to pick a boardgame it would be Squad Leader (The original AH version, no ASL). However, this is quickly changing as I delve deeper and deeper into Combat Commander. My favorite game of all time though has to be Eucher.
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6. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:178]
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Almost all of our games have been between my wife and I, so we both will be answering the questions.

We were playing this quite regularly and really enjoying it. We were listed as #2 on BGG for number of plays for a while. My wife is a member of the Red Hat society (a national women's social organization dedicated to having fun and dressing up silly). The group asked members to make New Year's resolutions. My wife decided to make a resolution she could accomplish -- to become #1 for Battle Line! After that we played quite often.

What do you like the most about Battle Line?

We are evenly matched, so often the game comes down to one card at the end. It is a close, exciting game for us.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I rate it a 9, an absolutely great game.
My wife rates it a 10, she would be willing to play it any time, although she is willing to play other, new games as well.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Not so much, we have gotten into other games, particularly Pandemic. We enjoy the cooperative nature of the game.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

We like the fun competition. The game does not have a lot of "tearing down the other player" types of actions. But, there is an head-to-head aspect that is intense and challenges both of us. The deduction elements and decisions of what is the best use of each card you have also make this an interesting game.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Kind of hard to say. For the last year we have been enjoying Amazing Labyrinth and Break the Safe with our 6 year-old grandson. They are interesting games for all involved (not just for him). (By the way, we are #1 in Break the Safe games as well, due to his love of that game; runs in the family I guess.)

Some of our favorite group games are Settlers of Catan and Bohnanza which we play with our teenage daughter and her friends.

Finally we like party games with our friends and family. We can play Apples to Apples with our 6 year-old grandson and his 90 year-old great grandmother in the same game. Other favorites are Wits & Wagers and Catch Phrase.
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7. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:189]
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What do you like the most about Indonesia?

The mergers! They add a very aggresive aspect to an interesting economic/pick-up and delivery game. One must be careful not to leave a cherished company too vulnerable to hostile takeover or you've just spent time and money to help the other guy. Similarly, suckering the other guy into overpaying for a throwaway company (and then immediately using that capital to take his best company ) is quite fun.

For me, Indonesia is one of the most thematic games out there - I genuinely feel as though I am running a company that is in fierce competition to make a profit.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

Right now it's sitting there at a 9.5. If I'm still having as much fun with it after another 20 plays or so it'll be a 10.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Oh my, yes!

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what
keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


The different placement of cities always keeps the game somewhat fresh. Sitting down to play, there are multiple "obvious" paths to victory, but there are many subtleties within those paths that are still becoming apparent. And because the game is so highly affected by the strategies of the other players (and how those strategies are in turn disrupted by the mergers phase), it should be quite a while before the game starts to feel stale.

What is your favorite game of all time?

All time? Poker, but check back in a couple of years and it will probably be Race for the Galaxy.
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8. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:192]
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What do you like the most about Blood Bowl?

Most definately the combination of sports, fantasy and a small number of models needed to play. I enjoy painting models but I lose patience if I have to paint more than about a dozen in one colour scheme so the small team size is a huge bonus.

It helps that the game is pretty fast flowing, very tactical and quite brutal. (Sometimes it's just nice to smash face a little.) I'm also very impressed with the way the game straddles the line between miniature gamers and board gamers.

Last of all I was involved in the playtesting of LRB 5.0 and the fact that some of my comments, experiences and suggestions were taken onboard makes the game just that little bit extra personal for me. (I'm responsible for suggesting 60K rerolls on the Chaos team and the Chaos Minotaur mutating on normal rolls for example.)

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

A solid 9, it's something I'll always play without hesitation if I'm asked and I'm happy to play any of the different teams as well.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Definately, I'm playing in two leagues right now. My Vampires are doing ok and I'm just about to start playing Norse in the first and I'm doing terribly with my poor Ogre team in the other one (I'm just comforting myself that they are the prettiest team in the league instead).

I've pretty much played Blood Bowl since 1st Edition was released (it was the second boardgame I played after Heroquest) and I feel the current incarnation (LRB5) is the strongest one yet. So I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

It's the sheer level of skill in the game, while dice are involved it's the positional play, prioritising actions and knowing where to push players that seperate the beginner from the expert. Also the various different teams cater for a wide range of playing styles and skill levels - when I find things getting a little to easy I'll break out the Vampires for a spin, when I'm in a mood to win I'll use Undead or Skaven and when I just want to make players expire I'll coach Chaos/Nurgle. Something for everyone.

What is your favorite game of all time?

All time? It varies from week to week, but if I was pushed it would be between Blood Bowl, Race For The Galaxy, Puerto Rico, Cuba or Pandemic for groups. I'm also very fond of Betrayal at House on the Hill despite all it's flaws and I'm currently engaged in crafting a 3D version of the tiles.

For two players it's definately a toss up between 1960: The Making of the President and Mr. Jack.

But, right now the games that are getting the most play on our tables are Fury of Dracula, Senji, RtfG and Galactic Emperor.
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9. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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What do you like the most about Hive?

It's quick and deep. And you can play it Blitz-style.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

It's a 9, making it one of my highest rated games.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

I haven't played in a while, for lack of a partner. For some reason, it's one of those game I don't like playing online, though there are nice ways of doing so IIRC. But given a partner who gets into it, sure. My kids have shown interest, but they're still too young to enjoy it (eldest is 7). I never lose on purpose (but I do play with handicaps).

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

It's pretty deep. I suspect it's a little simpler than Chess in terms of tactics and quite a bit simpler in terms of strategy. Thus it doesn't give me a headache Still, as it's fairly chaotic, the middle game can be quite varied. It's also simple to teach and you can play with a handicap (fewer pieces) without breaking the game's structure or its experience.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Go was the first game I played with a passion and even though I hardly play it anymore, I still have very strong feelings for it. I spent an unbelievable amount of time playing it and studying it. I also like that few players I'm likely to play Hive with will actually study it (I sure will not - keeping it at an intuitive level is going to be more fun).
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10. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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I'm surprised I have the most sessions logged. I played Acquire every week, with few exceptions, from late 1990 through early 2005, and I was the newest member of the group. It was a total of five players and we typically played two games of Acquire every game night. I never bothered to log each play. I just retroactively logged the sessions to more accurately reflect my gaming history.

What do you like the most about Acquire?

Hmm. All the features I can think of aren't really specific to Acquire. Random tile-draws provide replayability as well as the potential for both good and bad luck. (Yes, I think luck is a good thing. Responding to players' deliberate moves can foster only so much adaptability.) The shared gameboard means that players' actions impact subsequent gameplay for everyone. Tactics and strategy are rewarding, but not to the extent that newbies can't play successfully with experienced players.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I have an odd dichotomy of thought on that one. I consider it one of the greats (perhaps as high as a 9), but I don't actually want to play it. Let me be clear: I did not burn out. I still enjoy the game and I'll happily play if that's what the group wants. The thing is, we own so many games (many of them unplayed) that it's hard to devote time to a game we've already played so frequently for so many years.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

In the near future, not much. But I hope that our retirement years will be spent playing and playing and playing our favorites. Acquire is definitely on the list.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

Answering that is like answering why I like to play board games. I can point to various qualities of games, but it really comes back to some ineffable personal affinity. For all the years we played, I found Acquire somehow simultaneously engaging and comfortable. It's important to mention that our gaming group was committed to Acquire Night. It was rare for any of us to miss a session. This meant we didn't have to worry whether there would be enough people, and since this group didn't play any other games, we didn't agonize over which game we would play. Our Acquire Night was spent in companionable gameplay.

What is your favorite game of all time?

The Settlers of Catan (and its many variants and variations). It's comfort-food for my gamer's soul.
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11. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Personal comments: I love this theme, which seems well integrated. Nice mix of temple-building and treasure finding makes for some tough decisions. Perhaps suffers a tad from downtime and can be a little longish, but I love it anyway.

Rating: 9

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12. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:218]
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What do you like the most about Antiquity?

Antiquity is the second best game ever designed.

It is the archetypical resource gathering and building game, challenging and tight with a serious dark side. You have to balance building, exploration, and growth while dealing with the pollution taking over the countryside preventing you from gathering resources and the graves overrunning your cities preventing you from building. It plays like multiplayer solitaire at first, letting you establish yourself, but then out of nowhere the opponents are all up in your grill and it is anything but solitaire.

Really great game.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

9

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

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It is very replayable. First of all, it’s hard. I’ve nowhere near figured it out yet. Second, the modular board causes the game to play out differently each time. Different layouts change strategic goals slightly for each player, particularly which of the five different victory conditions each player selects as his target. The variety is great.

The replayability is hindered only by the game’s fiddliness. I’m not always in the mood to work so hard to play a game, even a game as great as Antiquity. It’s not always easy to get a quorum. Probably explains why my 23 plays is enough to give me the most plays of anyone here on the Geek. This would be one awesome game if it were playable on line with the computer tracking everything.

What is your favorite game of all time?

As far as what is my favorite game, well, see:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33059/item/698089#item...
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13. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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What do you like the most about In the Year of the Dragon?

The theme is really present and give a real life, with the very strong impression of living a hellish years in China. Being constantly on the razor's edge, knowing that each action could be the last one is particularly well rendered here with a good stress. The tension is palpable and intense… Surviving has never been so fun… Even more difficult is that size and that the sacrifices that would be more painful and not easy to take. We have to find the right tempo to anticipate and survive.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I put 9 but I think it will probably go to 10.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

The more I play it the more I enjoyed it, and want to find other way to do better.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

Since the event are never in the same order, and your choice are always affected by other players actions. It's question of making good choices at the right time to win over but mainly to avoid losing too. This dialectic is quite interesting because it is quite different from what we usually encounter in management games. A very original design of the management spices a lot parties, making it extremely tense and difficult choice of each action… because if there is one thing that does not support the players, is to know what everybody will do in their efforts development and what sacrifice their are willing to do.

What is your favorite game of all time?

It's difficult, to say I really like Dungeon Twister but I dont play it a lot missing partner but this is to me the best game. I think Power Grid or Tigris are my favorite games. Which one it's difficult may be Tigris & Euphrates.
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14. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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I did play Civ a lot, but mostly with just one friend, and both having 2 (or 3) countries. I only played about 5 "proper" games of Civ.

What do you like the most about Civilization?

However, I do like Civ a lot (not having played for some time, although the plays counter may say otherwise), and I will definitly teach it to my kids soon, them beeing 7 and 5 now.
I do like Civ because it was one of the first games I knew in which you had to all participate at the same time, (almost) all the time. The trade and buy rounds, even if you were not dooing it yourself, was a time to watch and learn about the position of the other players. You had to be both sneaky and nice. Sneaky to avoid having a disaster traded to you, or played on you, and nice to get the benefits of a trade. Also the inherant futility of warfare (in the long run) appealed to me (me beeing a wargamer!). And the painfull choices to be made about the civilization cards to buy now, or later.
Nowadays all these points have been addressed by newer, slicker designs, that also can be played in less time, so Civ. has more or less fallen by the wayside. The fact that you need at least five people for a "proper" game, is no help either.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

But I still rate is a solid 7 on a scale of 1 worst 10 best. And, like I said, I will teach it to the kids soon. After all, they play Age of Empires, and Civilization on the computer, so this should not be too hard.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

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(Answered above)

What is your favorite game of all time?

Favorite game of all time.... Though one. I have a favorite wargame, a favorite kiddies (2 to 5 yr) game, a favorite kids (4 to 8 yr) game, a favorite two person game,.... Well, you get the point. My taste in gaming is rather too broad for just 1 favorite game of all time.
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15. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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What do you like the most about St.Petersburg?

I like it for the simplicity of design and gameplay, yet with some decisions to make (at least until you "learn" the game). And it's a quick game, too. The best thing is to learn how to play it right.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

8, for 2 people (98% of my games were in 2). 6 for more than 2 - too chaotic.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

To tell the truth, no. My wife love light eurogames, and happens I took some time to buy light euros after I bought St. Petersburg. Now we are playing others light games. Perhaps once on a while, just for nostalgia.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

Well, lack of options to my wife
Seriously, I think theres a "good" learning curve, but once you get used to the game, its almost always a luck thing - I dont think there's paths for victory, just one - and if both players know it, it's a question of who can get the "best" cards...

What is your favorite game of all time?

Difficult one.
Now, I'm in a mood to play Die Macher. TI3 is a must, too! And I need people to play 1870, too!
 
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16. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:230]
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:235] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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What do you like the most about TTR: Marklin?

I like the addition of the travelers, I think it adds a lot of strategy to a simple game.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

7

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

I do not have all my plays recorded (I need to do that) we still play it maybe once or twice a month.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

My wife "owns" me at this game, she usually just slaughters me - it makes me want to play so that I can see if I can beat her. She seems to have a solution to everyone of my strategies (or she is stacking the deck).

What is your favorite game of all time?

I am sure it is a game that I have not played yet. Duel of Ages has a special place in mine and my wife's heart. It hits the table once a week (for 3 hours on Saturday mornings) but I would not say it is my favorite just a special game.
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18. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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What do you like the most about Arkham Horror?

I love the way Arkham Horror works as a GM-less RPG-Boardgame. It's all very random but I have a great time exploring Arkham and it's surroundings. Also, I really like cooperative games.
And just like in a real RPG there are these "special" moments you will treasure for a long time. Like that one time when Michael McGlen single-handedly defeated hordes of monsters from the "Terrible Experiment"-Rumor and ended the game with over thirty toughness worth of monsters.
But there are two other "off-table" factors that led to my high play-count:
First, I am a total Lovecraft-nut.
Second, and propably most important, my girfriend really likes this game. As this is the heaviest game we can always agree on, it has hit the table very, very often. As as side note, I have been very successful in introducing this game to other gamers in general. I have introduced this game to propably ten people and there was not a single case of "don't like". Even casual gamers and people who don't know Lovecraft enjoyed the game a lot.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

10 - the only game to achieve this rating yet.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Not as much as in the past but the game still get's requested at meetings and I still have fun playing it. I plan to get Pandemic and Touch of Evil this fall and we'll see if these can stand up to Arkham Horror.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

There is endless replayability. No two games are even similiar. You can play two games with the same Investigators and the same GOO and it will still be a completely different experience due to the change in equipment the Investigators get and the different course the game takes.
Then there are the expansions which continualy introduce new stuff. The great thing about Arkham Horror is, that you can mix and match expansions as you like.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Arkham Horror. But looking at past favorites, Civilization, Battletech or Carcassonne come close.
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19. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:267]
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What do you like the most about Descent: Journeys in the Dark?

What I like about Descent is that it is a good solid dungeon crawl. The group I play Descent with the most used to really like Advanced Heroquest back in to day, and there is a lot of good similarities. Our group isn't big on role playing, but with the release of the Road to Legend campaign expansion we get the combination of a strategic boardgame and an ongoing game. The game is streamlined, yet has the possibility of creative uses of skills and treasure items.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I currently rate Descent an "8", but I rated the Road to Legend campaign expansion a "9" for possibilities it opens up for the game.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

I see myself playing the game just as much in the foreseeable future. We play two regular long sessions per month with the possibility of other impromptu games. We have two different campaigns going on, one of which I am the overlord. The Road to Legend expansion gives you the option to break the game into an hour or two segments (or even to stop exactly when who want if you take a camera photo of the board). You "save" the game by placing each characters items, skills and current health and other condition markers into a character's own box. I probably would have had over a hundred plays listed, but I've only started logging games since the start of 2007.

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keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


I think the game is so replayable because by the time you think you have played all the heroes with all the skill combinations, Fantasy Flight puts out another expansion, along with the new world that the Road to Legend campaign expansion has opened up.

What is your favorite game of all time?

My favorite game of all time would have to be RoboRally, another great and very versatile system.
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20. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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What do you like the most about Roads and Boats?

I enjoy the tech tree aspect of R&B most of all. That's one of my favorite game ideas, and it is featured prominently in TI3, my favorite game.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

R&B is a solid ten for me. At least half of my logged games were solo joints - I like it that much.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

I can't see tiring of it in any permanent sense, especially when using the rules from the expansion.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

There seem to be many approaches to take in the pursuit of a higher score. I still suck at it, and I'm sure there are a good number of BGGers who have played R&B more than I have ... but they just weren't obsessive enough to log their plays. Too bad for them. Boo hoo.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
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21. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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22. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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What do you like the most about Citadels?

I think the thing that I like most about Citadels is the psychology of the game. I know that he knows that the architect is his logical next choice, but he knows that I know... etc.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I currently rate Citadels a 9 and I could see moving it higher. I don't see any prospect of lowering my rating.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

It is an easily portable game and accomodates a good range of people without sacrificing the fun aspects of it. I think that is one of the most promising qualities of the game for me. I can always come back to play the game because you don't really play the game, you play the people.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what
keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


Games are vastly different based on who you are playing with. Even when you play with the same people, they learn more about you and you about them so the game play evolves. A bonus is the beautiful art on the cards. The one issue I have with the game is that the character cards wear out quickly.

What is your favorite game of all time?

I don't really have a favorite game. There are games I like for different reasons. RISK is my favorite nostalgia game. Gulo Gulo is the best game for me to play with my daughter. The Ticket to Ride series is best with my wife. If I had to choose just one, It would have to be Unpublished Prototype, I always like my game designs best. Maybe one day I can move one or more of them to BGG.
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23. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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What do you like the most about Ingenious?

Well, to be honest, what I like most about it is how much fun I have playing it. However, let me see if I can give you a better answer than that.
I like to play Ingenious either as a two-player or a four-player team. Under those conditions, the random elements of the game become much smaller. I like how you can play with a great deal of tactics and strategy yet the random draw of tiles leaves enough up in the air to keep it fun and exciting.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

Oh, it’s a 10. It didn’t start out that way for me, not by a long shot. However, as I realized that I will play it every chance I can get, I realized that was the definition of 10.

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Oh, most certainly. It is a fast game to play, particularly on BSW. It’s easy to squeeze in a game of Ingenious in order to get a quick gaming fix. And, yes, I do record plays from BSW, although not solitaire games or games against AIs. If I am matching wits with another human being, then it counts for me.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

Despite the simplicity of the game, there is always more to learn, more to hone. There are people on BSW who are so much better than me that I feel like a 14-year-old wrestling a professional football player to control the board. I am always learning new things about Ingenious.
However, the random draw keeps the game from getting too formulaic for me and also provides room to play the game casually just for fun.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Oh, can I just pick five? Settlers of Catan, Go, Ingenious, RA, rummy of any flavor.
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24. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
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Personal comments: I love it and all my friends do. One of the top "no-downtime" games!
Rating: 8.5

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What do you like the most about RoboRally?

I think what I like most about RoboRally is the fact that it is a fun "social" game. I like that it's challenging enough to let you feel some sense of accomplishment when you do well at it, but it's light enough to be something you can play with a mixed group who want to play a game as a vehicle for social interaction. However, I also like that RoboRally can be played pretty competitively if you so choose. I play in the WBC (World Boardgaming Championship) RoboRally tournament every year, and while some people will claim that it's all luck, there is clearly some amount of skill involved, because I see some of the same people coming out on top year after year. (I myself have won the WBC tournament 5 out of the last 9 years.) I like that RoboRally is playable online in the form of a clone called RoboRunner at eyeplaygames.com. This is a great way to play regularly against other live opponents at a leisurly pace, and there is an ongoing ladder competition being run by one of the players at www.mrumpler.at, if you'd like to see how you can compete. (I've never been able to rise above a place in the mid-30s with any consistency in this world-wide competition.) Finally, I really like that RoboRally can support up to 8 players (or even more, if you have multiple sets and you're highly tolerant), which makes RoboRally one of the few options that I own that I feel is really viable for a table of more than 6 casual to semi-serious gamers.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

I currently rate RoboRally a 10, using the accepted BGG guideline of "Always want to play this game and expect this will never change." RoboRally is not without its flaws in terms of design, but it's just one of the few games that I truly have fun playing any time. There are only a relative handful of games that I will literally never say no to playing, and RoboRally is at or near the top of that list. (Others might include Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Race for the Galaxy - all nice, pleasant, relatively fast-playing, light-to-medium-weight games.)

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Certainly. I actually only play occasionally with my friends and family, but there is one subset of my friends who won't play any game *but* RoboRally with me, so I can always expect to play it whenever I get together with them. After attending WBC for 11 years, the only tournament that I continue to enter every year is RoboRally, so I know I will play it a number of times there each August. Finally, I definitely expect to continue to play RoboRunner online fairly regularly (even though I stopped recording online plays on BGG some time ago).

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?

For me, I think RoboRally is so replayable because it's the perfect blend of strategy, tactics, and just plain fun. I know RoboRally has a bit of meat to it because it does take some amount of experience to be able to play it well. You need an ability to identify and judge the merits of several different strategies to be able to pick the "best" route (in terms of efficiency and probability of success) across the board. You also need to be able to think tactically in order to pick your "best" set of moves given a random selection of movement options each turn, sometimes requiring some intuition as to what other players will do. But on the other hand, there is enough chance in the game to keep it from being perfectly analyzable, so there are plenty of opportunities for surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant, which I feel is really necessary for me to truly have "fun" playing a game.

What is your favorite game of all time?

This is of course a very tough choice, but I would probably have to say Dune. A primary reason for this is pure nostalgia - I have played Dune pretty regularly since the time it was first released in 1979, and it was one of the first boardgames that truly became a favorite with my small circle of game-playing high school friends in the early 80s. I still stay in touch with some of those guys, and we will still play Dune when we're lucky enough to get together. Over the years I refined my understanding of Dune and I became something of a Dune proponent, helping start a group of PBeM (play by email) players on Yahoo around 10-12 years ago and starting to collect a set of Dune rulings and clarifications. I also got involved with the Dune tournament at WBC, and I've now GMed that tournament for the last 8 years. Dune is certainly quite different from RoboRally, but it's one of the few games (along with RoboRally) with which I can claim some level of expertise. I enjoy playing Dune because of its mix of unique game mechanics combined with a really captivating treatment of its source material. I think of it as almost the perfect multi-player assymetrical diplomacy-driven game (in spite of, and maybe even because of, its significant rules flaws).
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25. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:337]
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My husband Nicola and me are very happy to answer to your questions about Republic of Rome.

What do you like the most about Republic of Rome?

What we like most about this game is that you can't win alone but you have to cooperate with the others players.

What do you currently rate this game (from 1 to 10)?

We rate it a 10!

Do you think you'll be playing much more of it in the future?

Yes we have preordered also the new edition of Republic of Rome for us and for a friend of us, even if we have the first edition of the game.

Why do you think this game is so replayable? In other words, what
keeps you from getting bored with it after so many plays?


The game is replayable for us and not boring first of all because there are three different historical periods to play and secondly because there are a lot of random events (dice rolls for the events, senators death casuality and event cards).

What is your favorite game of all time?

We have a lot of games that we like to play and each of them have different characteristic that we love. We just choose three for different reasons:Agricola because it is fast but it is also a very complex game which is different any time you play it; Through the Ages because it is a strategic and complex game ; and Friedrich because it is simply fantastic!
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