My personal best new games of 2008
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Inspired by Lori's list.

2008 seems to be the year I jumped into the hobby head first. I purchased the most games and logged the most. I turned a few family members into full time gamers as well.

I will list the best new games I found during 2008.

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1. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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January
A huge month for me - new games coming in from Christmas.

Power Grid was my 2007 Secret Santa gift and it was an immediate hit.

The competition:
1960: The Making of the President - a very close second
Carcassonne - a very close third
Master Labyrinth - not my cup of tea -- couldn't see far enough ahead
Gargon - I remember having a good time with this one
Ticket to Ride - I can see how people really like this series
Guatemala Café - Would've liked to change one move I made in this game
Thunder Road - fun smash 'em up game
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2. Board Game: Power Grid: France/Italy [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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February

My lowest game played total of the year. Bought the expanion maps to Power Grid and liked Italy/France the most.

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Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe - Also a fun map set
Fifth Avenue - fell flat with my family
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3. Board Game: Amazing Space Venture [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:11691]
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March

A 25 games played month.

My father bought this for me as a gift from Prezcon. He knew I enjoyed Carcassone and this is basically carc in space. We played a few games and it is definately a fun game.

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Black Death - I thought this game would be a hoot. I don't remember much of it though, only played 2P. Proabably better with more.
Kill Doctor Lucky - the theme was very intriguing, the gameplay was kinda meh
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4. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:215]
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April

29 games played this month.

Notre Dame was a game from my Christmas order -- shame on me for waiting this long on this one. I really like this one. It ranks 9 in my top ten. I wish I could play it more on the table, but the extended family REALLY hates the rats.

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Amun-Re - taught myself this one on SBW. Still playing, still trying to learn - good find.
Rail Baron - father taught my wife and I this one -- she likes it a lot more than I do.
Lie, Cheat & Steal - didn't really like this
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5. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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May

A new record for games played at 42 for me.

This game was as close to an auction party game as there is. We had a fun time with the "actors" and "movies". I don't think it'll see much more table time though, which is a shame as it's a very fun game.

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Biblios - awesome game
Pacific Typhoon - fun card game
Catan Histories: Struggle for Rome - fun catan style game
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6. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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June

Yet another new record for me - 47 logged plays.

Blokus came to me through facebook. An application called BlockBust. I had it on my wishlist for a while and just got it for Christmas (so there's an example of an online app leading to a sale).

Very fun, taught the mrs. in about 10 seconds and she enjoys playing it now as well.

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Mexica - I'm a fan of Tikal, so I thought this was a must. I like it, but don't play it enough.
Risk - honestly, never played it before. I played a version online.
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7. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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July

Continued to up the bar in terms of plays with 66.

A birthday bundle game for me - and shame on me for waiting the month and a half to break this out. Currently sitting at 3 in my top ten. Just a great game that the extended family also enjoys. I also like playing on GTO.

no other new games
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8. Board Game: Sports Illustrated Baseball [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:4438]
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August

Not surprisingly a new record for plays thanks to WBC week - 73 logged. A good goal to shoot for next August - 100.

Learned this while at WBC.

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was the GM of this event and I decided it was a good idea to play. I watched my father play a gentleman named Marshall, and it took all of 5 minutes of watching to get a grasp of it. I probably won't get to play much outside of WBC, but I do look forward to drafting a better team and competing this August.

No competition:

The Princes of Florence comes close, but it was only a demo at the WBC. No logged plays.
 
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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September

What happened this month? 26 logged, must've been busy with something.

This Birthday bundle game took a while to come in and it was worth the wait. Thanks to Boardgames with Scott I had a grasp on the rules. I also was able to attend a demo at WBC run by
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I've since upgraded my cubes to rail critters and have gotten my extended family into the game as well.

The Competition:

El Capitán - a very good game.
Tycoon - played an online application after playing El Capitan. I'm glad they changed the rules they changed.
 
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10. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:231]
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October

Back up to my average -- 40 logged plays.

Another big month for new plays. I really liked this game as a 2P game and am eager to get the extended family into it for more player interaction/blocking. Deserves a spot in my top 10, but ranks just outside.

The competition:
Java - sadly fell flat with 2P. Needs 4.
Archaeology: The Card Game - this was one fun card game.
Highlanders - not the best combat driven game I've tried
Trilogía del Destino: Linaje - this was pretty fun
Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel - another fun catan style game
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11. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
 
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November

55 logged plays, including a personal best 17 day log streak and 19 out of 20 streak.

Very fun game that I learned on the table but translated to Yucata with my father. One of the games we enjoy a lot online.

The Competition:
College Basketball Dynasty - my first print and play. Very enjoyable.
Power Grid: China/Korea - VERY tough market in Korea.
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12. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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December

The birth of my son and traveling for the holidays = 29 logged. Not the worst month, or even the second worst though. So all in all, very successful.

The Competition:
Tomb - I recommended this for my brother in law for Christmas. Fun dungeoncrawl.
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