New to you 2008!!! Your Best New Game of the Year
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This is the annual Companion List to the New To you Geeklists... your chance to have your say about your favourite new game(s) for 2008...


The Meta List - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/28741
(with summaries)

Two Years of New To You - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33735

Forum Subscription thread - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/297188


Most Played Game 2008 : http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/38092
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1. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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Space Alert
41 plays in 2008

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Of all the games I've played in 2008... Space Alert is the most outstanding game of the year... and currently rests at #2 in my all time favourite games, though I can see it potentially taking the top spot off Arkham Horror....

I only got the game in November, and have already notched up 41 plays already... I've played it with 1; 2; 3; 4 and 5 player... all loads of fun... 1 and 2 player it plays much more like a puzzle, while with more players it becomes more about communication and teamwork.

For all my plays, I've still only played about 5 times using the mission CD... all the rest have been using the 8 training and simulation tracks on the tutorial CD... and hardly any using the advanced internal/external threats.... so there's tons of fun and replayability yet to be had from this awesome game.


Other highly praised (by me) new games of 2008


Dominion
7 plays in 2008
PPM 700%


Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
3 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 300%


Ghost Stories
5 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 250%


Pandemic
17 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 189%


Shadow Hunters
7 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 175%


Le Havre
1 play in 2008
PPM 100%


Race for the Galaxy
5 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 100%


Agricola
5 plays in 2008
PPM 83%


Galaxy Trucker
6 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 67%


Aquaretto
5 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 63%


Railways of Europe
3 plays in 2008
OWN
PPM 27%


Vegas Showdown
1 play in 2008
OWN
PPM 25%
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2. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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This was really a two-horse race between BSG and War of the Ring (First Edition). I'll give the slight preference to BSG because it scales so well, it's much easier to learn, and it's a game/theme that my girlfriend also digs.

Other games I tried and loved in 2008 include Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game and Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie (plus some other HeroScape additions). Duel in the Dark and 1960: The Making of the President also deserve honourable mentions, though unfortunately I've only been able to play each just once.
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Hands down the #1. Lots of fun games this year, but everybody I have taught has enjoyed it, and I even sold a couple more copies .

Honorable mentions:

Qwirkle, Race for the Galaxy, Mordred, Railways of Europe, Say Anything, Princes of the Renaissance, Galaxy Trucker, Colosseum, Um Reifenbreite, Pandemic, and Take it Easy!.
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4. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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It's an even race between Dominion and Through the ages. One game is short and the other one is long, so they are very hard to compare.

Dominion 700% ppm
I've played it 14 times this year, which is great considering my usual rate to play and is my most played game this year. There is alot of attraction to the game, but mainly it is quick, has alot of variety and feels fresh and unique.

Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 17% ppm
Only played once, but loved the game and new I would do too. I like these kinds of game where you develope a country and the like and this is the top of the list. One game I am definately going to get when I get more money. It is a very engaging game.
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5. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:189]
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For 2008, I kept a list of my games of the month - games that I found the best that month. Now looking back at the list, it was a pretty good list. As far as my favorite new game of 2008? This one took me all of about 5 seconds to pick. Besides being a terrific game, Indonesia introduced the world to Siap Faji - one of the most fun things to say EVER. So, what makes this such a great game? Its a terrific economic game that is almost entirely driven by the player choices. The one random part of the game has so little randomness to it to almost not matter (the cards each player gets that indicate the various spots for cities each phase of the game are the only bit of randomness). I love that the game is shaped by the group dynamic, and yet you still have to play the economies of the game properly to win. What I found really interesting is that this game seemed to play out faster with 5 players than with 4 - which after I thought about it wasn't that strange. The game length is based on how quickly companies were put out and in a five player game, they got gobbled up pretty quickly. My friend The Fonz asked me why this isn't in my top 10 games. Well, its right on the edge, but held back by the one thing I hate about this game - the little "chits of fiddleyness". I have yet to hit on a better scheme for handling the shipping, which means each round of the game is full of the stupid chits. That and the shipping payouts are something of a hassle. Now, Power Grid has fiddleyness too, but this is a step up the complexity chart from fiddley to annoying. Now, I expect to play this some more in 2009 and perhaps the beauty of the game will finally overshine the wart on the nose here and push this into my top 10. I hope to avoid 4-player games of this as I like the speed of the 5-player games, but will likely not complain regardless of which way it gets played.
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6. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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I played many good new games in 2008, but the best one was Scripts and Scribes. It is a fantastic little card game. I have played many games with both 2 and 3 players and think it works great with both. Scripts and Scribes is very simple, yet at the same time there is some real strategy to it. Also the game does not really feel like any other game in my collection which is great when you have played hundreds and hundreds of games. About a month ago I played a game where I was *sure* I was going to win the game by winning the first two dice with values of “5” and “6”. It turned out I lost each die by one point, and thus not only did I not win the game, I ended up with zero total points!

The game feels like one of Knizia’s better designs, and since I think highly of Knizia, that is high praise from me! The only bad thing is that the game will be very hard to get if Dr. Finn quits publishing this game. This game is *too* good to be out of print! I hope Rio Grande, Z-Man, etc., will get in touch with Dr. Finn or vice-versa and ensure that this game is around to buy for years to come.

I have 3 “runner-up” games:



Yspahan, or as it is known in my house as the “camel” game. This is a game that I liked with the first few plays, but I grew to love it with more plays. Yes, dice are involved, but it does not feel like a dice game if that makes sense. I really enjoy the fact that there are many different ways to gain points. I have read that “caravan” strategy is the way to go, but from my plays it seems like you have to have a strategy “on the go” as you need to work with what the dice give you.


Vikings was my top new game last month and quickly made it to my runners up list. The board and bits are beautiful but the part that makes the game is the auction wheel. Perhaps this has been used in other games before, but it was a new device to me, and one that is a lot of fun. Not only do you get the basic game, but you get rules and pieces for an advanced game. I have played and enjoyed both the beginning and advanced game. Vikings also plays great with both 2 or 3 players.

Shanghaien is my final runner up. I am always on the lookout for good two player games, and Shanghaien was the best 2 player only game that I found in 2008. This is a dice game that *does* feel like a dice game, but in a very good way. I am always a sucker for a “this game is too simple to actually work” design and this game has that in spades. I highly recommend it to anyone that plays a lot of 2 player games.

One final note. My best new game of 2007 was Schnappchen Jagd. This game went from being ranked a “9” to recently becoming one of my very few games I rate a “10”. After about 100 plays I still am learning better ways to play, finding more mistakes I am making, etc. If you play a lot of 3 player games and/or love card games, you *need* this game! Don’t let the fact that it is out of print stop you – just get two decks of Rage and have a blast!
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7. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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Well, an easier way to look at this exercise is to look at my picks from every month for this year, and pick the best from that pool.

January
Brass: Lancashire
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Brass saw two plays, also in Atlanta, and despite all the rules confusion and further clarification needed to understand the dang ports, I like it. I'm ready to play a third time, now that I know what I should be doing.


February
1960: The Making of the President
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1960: The Making of the President plays quickly, has interesting choices, and is a nifty iteration of the Twilight Struggle engine. We didn't make it through a full game, but we came awfully close before we had to wrap it up; we made it through the debates. I can see this game taking between 60-90 minutes with two experienced players. I just hope I get the opportunity to play it more often.


March
Pandemic

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Pandemic! Yep. Four solo games and two multiplayer games revealed a lot to like in this game. I expect that, at some point, it will play itself out, but there's a nice agony in trying to defeat the diseases before one of the game timers runs out. In our one four-player game (with four epidemics), we won the game with one last card in the deck. It was tres cool.


April
Memoir '44

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Lastly, I played four games of Memoir '44, twice on Mont Mouchet (once playing each side of the scenario), and twice on Wake Island (also once on each side of the scenario). Despite poor dice rolls, and unhelpful card draws, I find myself intrigued with the system, and wanting to play it again. Part of it is the short time frame of the games, but I think another part is that there seem to be tactical advantages to be gained in the scenarios that will benefit you, despite the poor luck. I will keep bringing this to me game nights and suggesting we play it.


May
Glory to Rome

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Glory to Rome is probably the award-winner for May. It has similarities to both San Juan and Race for the Galaxy, but it has a different approach to that same idea. So far, I've only played the basic game (I and the other player were learning the game from scratch, so we thought it best), but it has an addictive quality that makes me want to play again. This is another "Want to play again!" game, and I look forward to showing it off to some new players.


June
Arkham Horror

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The winner for June, though, would have to be Arkham Horror. It took a long time to play, and I initially rated it lower than my current rating, but DANG, did I have fun with this game. It helps, probably, that I'm a horror buff, and like designs that squeeze you to death, because those characteristics help me overlook the down time, the randomness, and the lull that strikes about 2/3 of the way through the game. I REALLY look forward to playing this one again.


July
Samurai

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I did, however, get a chance to replay Samurai via MaBiWeb, as a two-player game, and really enjoyed it. If I can find a way to get the game on the cheap, I'll probably do so. I misunderstood the way the game scored on the second game, but I had a very pleasurably tense moment trying to manipulate the game to keep my opponent from getting any of the third type of good on the board. It's a shame that it didn't keep him from winning the game, but trust me; it was a KILLER MOVE!


August
Thebes

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The clear winner for August, I think, is Thebes. I got a little frustrated with it my first time around, due to poor digs, but the time mechanism and the way players collected cards really intrigued me. I played it a second time, and the game really cemented with me. It's light and short, and has the potential to be dictated by the luck of the draw, but there are enough ways to prepare for digs that I think it evens out over time. It can really capture the players, and for that, I think Thebes will be in heavy rotation for the next few weeks.


September
Galaxy Trucker

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The big winner, though, was Galaxy Trucker, and not only because I spent so dang much money on a copy. No other game I've played this year has elicited as many groans, laughs, and good times as this one, and everyone, even the players who get beat to hell and back on their journey into space, loves the process of building their spaceships. I've played it three times so far this month (two of those were played correctly), and I can see it getting played many, many more times to come.


October
Dominion

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The winner for this month, though, was an easy pick: Dominion. I had an opportunity to play the prototype before getting my own copy of the game (just this Thursday, in fact), and really took to it. When I played Fairy Tale for the first time, the drafting mechanism addicted me to the game, and I wanted to play it every chance I got. After a year or so, I manged to get that monkey off my back, and I've been running clean since then. Now, there's Dominion, and it's PULLING ME RIGHT BACK. All I can ask at this point is: When is the expansion set to get released??


November
Snow Tails

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Lastly, I tried out Snow Tails, courtesy of a friend of mine who pre-ordered it through Essen, and I enjoyed it FAR more than I expected to. It's like a shorter, more challenging version of Formula De, with a nifty hand management mechanism built in, to boot. I'm glad that Asmodee decided to pick it up for English distribution, because I wouldn't mind having it in my collection.


December
Sorry! Sliders & Wasabi!

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The New Game of the Month Award, though, will have to be shared between two VERY different games, both of which are very fun to play. One is a strategic game of planning, manipulation, and hand management, which is prone to a slight bit of chaos, and significant down time; the other is a raucous, fast-playing dexterity game that has more in common with Crokinole than, say, RattleSnake. Those games are Wasabi! and Sorry! Sliders, respectively, and they each get a nice 7 rating from me.


So, the winners are...

Most Brain Burning: Brass
Most Fun: Sorry! Sliders
Most Thematic: Arkham Horror
Most Played: Dominion
Most Memorable: Pandemic
Most Laughs: Galaxy Trucker
Most Tactical: 1960
Most Discussed: Glory to Rome
Best Balance of Luck & Strategy: Wasabi!
Best Rediscovery: Samurai
Best Quicktime Game: Memoir '44
Best Use of Hand Management: Snow Tails

Best of Show: Thebes



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8. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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I played many good games this year. The 2008 crop is not as good as the 2007 one, but I played a number of older games for the first time that could compete with the best...

I want to mention The Castle of the Devil, Factory Fun and Intrigue; these are currently in my top-20 of all time, if not top-10. Dominion is the best game published in 2008 that I played.

But my single best new game of the year is Go. The winning combination is the elegance of the small ruleset, the beauty of a game in progress, and the handicap system that makes every match exciting.
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9. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
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Though not a new-new game, Combat Commander: Europe is the new-to-me game that I most enjoyed playing in 2008. From initially not thinking all that much of it to ranking it in my current top 10, I've come to find this to be one of the most engaging games I own and have come to enjoy the kind of callenge and frustration that CC in its various iterations can "inflict."

Runners-up:

To call Imperial a runner-up is a bit of a misnomer, as it's a truly phenomenal game. Each time we played it--and we played it as much as we could--there were memorable battles, wild shifts in nation directorship, and repeated efforts to get Austria-Hungary to win.

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game yielded for me both a pretty dull time and the best single game of the year--or maybe ever.

For pure, giddy fun, it was pretty hard to beat Red November. It came out at a time when I was buying more games and enjoying them less, and this game brought some genuine entertainment back to the table for me.
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10. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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2008 has been the flashpoint year for me and gaming, and over the last six months I've thoroughly enjoyed chronicling my monthly adventures on Grimwold's New to You Lists.

Cheers to Grimwold and Best Wishes for 2009!

So without further ado...

Twilight Struggle
21 plays

Twilight Struggle emerged as the leader of the pack in '08; indeed, it's become my favorite game of all time. I play almost every week with this guy, and game after game we're laughing out loud, floored by the parade of unanticipated, intense, and engaging scenarios (Matt, I tip my glass to you and your Nazi Scientists). Each time I give it my all, each time it's all kinds of fun, and each time I find the game expanding ever outward, not content to become predictable. For a while there this game made me hesitant to rate anything else a "10," because nothing else is as good. Hell, I even had the chance to play this against my Mom - a Cold War historian - on my birthday. Suffice it to say I'll always remember that game fondly.

Runners up:

Pandemic 40 plays
Glory to Rome 18 plays
Brass 5 plays
Dominion 69 plays


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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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By a huge margin, Agricola was our most played game of 2008 with 49 and a plays/month of just around 10. There's just something about it that clicked with us, and despite it's long playing time, we've been playing it over and over again.

Pandemic was another new game that worked well and my family enjoyed it a lot. We got 13 plays in, both as two player games and as a gateway game with my family.

Catan Card Game was a good new two player game that we got this year with only 4 plays. It's been overshadowed by Agricola, but my girlfriend and I enjoy it so I hope that we get more plays in 2009.

Wits & Wagers was a shooting star during Christmas, with 12 plays in only two days. It's the fastest dime in our collection. We played it with two sets of family over the break. Unfortunately, it's a game that doesn't really work with two players, so it may have to wait until the next holiday cycle.
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12. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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This has to be at the top of my list. I really enjoy co-op games. This is fun to play, scales well from 2 to 4 and has several difficulty levels. Everything I wanted in a game.

One of the few games I played time after time, one right after another because I enjoyed it so much. Played with gamers and non-gamers and it went over fine each time.



My most played from 2008 was Tumblin' Dice Jr. A fast mindless, dexterity game that went over like a firework. Everybody who saw wanted to play.

Good fun.

Thanks for the list and have a Happy New Year Grimwold.
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13. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Since I played it for the first time at Euroquest in November, and it became my most-played game of 2008, I think I have to put this one up. It has displaced San Juan from its niche as something to play when I only have an hour. Advantages include the card variety, artwork, theme, ability to go to 5 players with the expansion, and simultaneous play. I still enjoy San Juan, but this is the apple of my eye right now.

Runner-up would be Duel of Ages Set 2: Intensity.
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14. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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Game of the Year: Cosmic Encounter

This is by far my big hit of the year. I first played this at GenCon this past year, and was unbelievably blown away. Luckily my first game was playtesting the recent FFG version of the game. Luckily a friend acquired a copy of the old AH version so that we could continue to play until the new version made it onto the shelves. This game has just about everything that I love about board gaming, and the design of the new version is top notch.

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Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit

It took 12 games to finally get my hands on this one, and after playing it, I would have traded 12 more games to get it. Completely, and utterly, worth the cost to be able to play this one. Simple game, tough decisions, great toy value in the miniatures.




Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

I was one of the lucky ones that was able to purchase this at GenCon. What a pick up. This game is simply great from start to finish. The accusations, the difficulty right from the start, the theme, it's all gaming gold. WAY better than Shadows Over Camelot.




Risk Express

Received this one in a Math Trade earlier this year, and have already played the crap out of it. It truly is everything I loved about regular Risk (the trash talking), while leaving out all of the things that I hated about Risk (the downtime between turns). And I can tell you it really does play in 20 minutes.




Drakon (third edition)

This one was kind of a surprise, but I have really come to enjoy this one quite a bit. It can get nasty, and it can be filled with difficult decisions. Carcassone for the AT crowd.




Biblios

Picked this one up based on the rave reviews being posted. It didn't disappoint at all. Quick, simple play combined with very difficult decisions, turns this into gaming gold from an indie game publisher. Dr. Finn definitely wins the "Bell of the Ball" award for this year. Someone please hire this man to design card games full time.




Space Hulk

I have found myself more and more drawn to small squad tactical games, and when I found out a friend of mine had a never played 1st edition copy of this game I had to get a few games in. While the game is from the 90s the concepts are still fresh, and fun to play. The game is a little simplistic (I am hoping when I get my first game of Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel I will have found what to me amounts to my ideal game), but what is there is pure gold. I couldn't really find many faults with this one, other than it's simplicity, and the amount of money it is going to take for me to acquire the base set, the expansions, and the campaign book. Oh, and I would like to once again say to the person who outsniped me for the campaign book and the expansions on 12/29/08, "I hate you."



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15. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
 
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It a hard one.

I've gone through now. Apparently I've learned 169 new games this year. A TON of them haven't gotten any replay. Although, I'm still torn.

So, I'm left with what impressions they left.

Two got 9 ratings from me Container and Um Reifenbreite. I'm going with Container because I think it's a game that really exercises my mind while still gives me enjoyment. I do really enjoy light games too. UR is the other end of the spectrum and may have gotten better press from me if I owned it, but it's one of those that hasn't gotten replay.

On the other hand, We Didn't Playtest This At All doesn't rank very highly for me as far as a game goes. But, is a very light filler game that gives a lot of laughs. Therefore it's new this year AND my most played game of the year.

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game has a VERY strong Honorable Mention. I've only rated it an 8. I may bump it up to a 9, but think that it may not be a long time winner. I LOVE the game, but don't want to think that it will be that way for years to come.

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16. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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Well, maybe an odd choice. I haven't picked it up much lately. But by golly, this is just an utterly amazing game. It deserves the respect it gets.

What other game will still be played a few thousands year from now? Pretty much Go.

It just plays so different every time. I really love how it rewards ideas and strategy instead of just memorized moves


Dominion isn't bad, but it's just not the same as Go!
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17. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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It looks like we have an early front-runner.

HUGE Kudos to Dr. Finn for creating the best card game of the year. I agree with the above poster who said someone should hire Finn to design games full time. I've played this game 17 times in the 5 months I've had it.

To find out which game won for me, I went to my ratings and looked at the top for games I played for the first time this year. As it turns out, I have two 'new' games rated a 9. So I must admit, Scriptorium ties for this honour with Tigris & Euphrates, which I've played 14 times since my first attempt in March.
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18. Board Game: Asia Engulfed [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1977]
Brad Miller
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Based on my own Avg ratings for the year, the 'Gric is the winner with a 7.75 rating, (my ratings are based on the quality of the actual play of the individual game, not overall game quality BTW). Close behind is Race:TGS, After that, it's Middle-earth (5 plays), After the Flood (2 plays), and Cosmic Encounter (2 plays), all of which ended up with 7.0 ratings.

But, I'm having a ball with a couple of email games of Asia Engulfed, which will likely end up higher than even the 'Gric. Successors (third edition), also 2 games in progress, could also make a run for the top.
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19. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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My favorite new game of the year was Kingsburg. Unlike the Oscars, I can remember something that was new to me a year ago. My first play was January 3rd. It has everything I like (dice, resource management, light civ building) and only one thing I don't (a very slight memory aspect). I haven't played Yspahan since...and I love Yspahan.

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Following closely was Dominion. A great new game with no downtime. The mechanics are great; the length and speed of play were even better. I love it!
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20. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Of course.



Agricola 56
Neue Heimat 3
Race for the Galaxy 3



Times Square 24
Werewolves of Miller's Hollow 8
O Zoo le Mio 4
Cuba 1



Ticket to Ride: The Card Game 11
Wizard 4
Elasund: The First City of Catan 3
Reiner Knizia's Decathlon 3
Chicago Poker 2
Druidenwalzer 1



Don 2
Pickomino 2
micropul 1



Catan Dice Game 5
Oceania 3
Domaine 2
Minotaur! 2
Monopoly: The Card Game 1



Knock Out 1

Children's Games



Tier auf Tier 8
Obstgärtchen 4



Igloo Pop 5



Crazy Creatures 2
Plop Dobbel 2



Nijntje voert de dieren 5
Go-Go-Giraffe! 1



Funny Bunny 2



Puzzle Memo 1


* Added the number of times played *
* Ranked from best to worst - zero stars does not mean a 1 rating *
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21. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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With 10 plays in the first weekend, and 59 plays in total, there's nothing that comes close.
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22. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Whilst I discovered so many good games in 2008, Stone Age has to get the gong.

It has quickly become my favourite game of all time as it hits all my sweet spots -

d10-1 Plays in 40-60 minutes with experienced players

d10-2 Many paths to victory and difficult decisions must be made on most turns.

d10-3 The game offers more control than luck but the chances for disaster are evident (I like a little chaos).

d10-4 Looks fantastic and has high quality components.

d10-5 It appeals to more than just one of my gaming groups meaning it gets a good run on the table.

d10-6 It scales well for 2-4 people.

With 39 plays in only 6 months, Stone Age represents my most heavily played Euro in that length of time.

PPM - 650%
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23. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Jack Wells
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This is a really tough decision, I'm quite new to proper board gaming, this year was the year that I really started to get into it, though a lack of cash and being away from my geeky friends hindered my ability to play them. If I wanted to play it I had to buy it myself (not that I'm that bothered about that, just a lack on money hindered me slightly) and my NGFs back here (well I think I can call at least 1 of them a gamer now) are more into AT than euro so I haven't been able to get into some of the games I've bought. So with a poorly formatted copy of Andy's layout, first place, by a teeny tiny nose is:

Arkham Horror
6 plays in 2008
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PPM 30%

Although I've not had too many plays of this game, I think this is probably my favourite I have played so far. The main reasons I've not played it too much is, I've only had it 2 months, it takes a long time to play, and only 1 of my friends likes it (though like me, this is one of his favourites). It has the makings of a truly awful game, very long, very complicated, but for some reason I just love it. It's starting to get a bit easier now, so I'm going to start adding in the expansions to it. We'll probably play it with each of the expansions on their own a couple of times and then try it with all of them. That way we'd get a good play of the new features of each one and more games before it starts to get too easy.

My second place goes to Last Night on Earth
32 plays in 2008
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PPM 800%

This is my second favourite game, I own all the supplements and expansions for this bar the extended sountrack CD. This one has a lot more plays than Arkham since I got it before and it's a much shorter game that all my friends like to play. This is probably the group favourite and it probably comes out every time we game.

Other new games I've played this year

A Touch of Evil
4 plays in 2008
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PPM 133%

Though I do like this game it's often overshadowed by LNoE, I do think LNoE is a better game but I would have liked to have played this a bit more. My group however insists on playing LNoE. I guess it's mainly because not all of them play LNoE so much as me, since we only play it when I'm there and not everyone is there every night we play.

Carcassonne
7 plays in 2008
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PPM 140%

Not played this one a whole lot really, as soon as I managed to get my grubby paws on LNoE it took a back burner and we only break it out every now and again.

Revenge of the B-Movie
9 plays in 2008
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PPM 129%

This is a great filler game, though it loses it's magic a bit. Generally if we want to play a filler we'll play Fluxx as all but one of us love it.
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24. Board Game: Giro Galoppo [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2580]
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This is by far my most played face to face game of 2008 and a surprise hit with children, teens and adults. Can you count? Can you predict what your opponents will do? If so you should do well.

Aquire

This one was almost my choice. I'm surprised I enjoyed this one so much but I do.

Stone Age

This was another contenter because I certainly enjoy it.

Race for the Galaxy

I played this 5 times when I learned it and have taught it to my brother-in-law and others.

Dominion

This game had 7 plays and I don't own it. I have had many opportunities to play it at meetups.

Some honorable mentions include:

Say Anything
Der scwarze Pirat
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
Manoeuvre
Wasabi
Wabash Cannonball / Chicago Express
Battlestar Galactica
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25. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
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The game is enjoyable, plays quickly, ties nicely into the theme, and is easily accessible making it my favorite new game this year.
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