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This is a list of games that I have played and my comments on the game (both positive and negative) for the purpose of soliciting suggestions for other games that I would enjoy. As you geeks seem to be quite astute, I'm looking forward to some good suggestions. Hopefully this list could help others as well. It is obvious that there are some genres of games that I haven't ventured into (like wargames). I would consider suggestions in other genres if they fit with my preferences as outlined below.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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The board game that got me into board games. An all-time favorite, but through massive overplaying the very mention of the name now sends me into Catanaphylactic shock. Highlights of the game were the relatively short playing time and the good player interaction (as well as the introduction of a whole new world of board game mechanics). The biggest downfall is that it can't really be played with 2. Most often my gaming partner would be my wife.
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2. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:524]
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This game is almost always a hit when playing with four players, although the workaround for three players is so cumbersome that we will never play that way. I also do appreciate games that can be explained in less than 60 seconds. And there's just something really satisfying about seeing the horror on your opponent's face as you block their strategy with one carefully selected piece.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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An instant hit with any one I've introduced the game to. I love its simplicity (although for me that does also affect its replayability). I also love that it is just plain fun. I also like a game that will make me a little bit nervous. I've also played the Europe version, but don't really have a burning need to play any of the other versions. I would take suggestions for another train-type game.
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Another classic gateway game that I quite enjoy. I appreciate the fact that tile-laying games make the experience different every time. This was also my introduction to worker-placement games and I enjoy that mechanic.
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5. Board Game: Ingenious: Travel Edition [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:870]
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I haven't played the full version, but enjoyed the 2-player version quite a bit. One highlight is the trademark scoring mechanism of Dr. Knizia. I am always looking for games with a new mechanic that I haven't played before.
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6. Board Game: Lost Cities: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:942]
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Quick and simple but with enough tension to keep it interesting. I feel it has more strategic options than it is usually given credit for. This is probably the most card-dependent board game I've played, so suggestions along that line might interest me. For some reason a board game that uses cards heavily scares me, but I am willing to try it if the game fits my other preferences.
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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I bought this game because of its popularity. The role-choosing mechanic is very interesting to me. I feel that I would enjoy it plenty if I could convince anybody to play it. The game length is a little longer than I usually like to play. I also appreciate games that are easier to teach than this one is. I like games that can be enjoyed the first time that it is played.
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8. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:396]
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I like this game. Alhambra is easy to teach and moves fairly quickly. Friends don't always ask to play this one again for some reason though. I like games that make you want to play again and again.
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9. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:218]
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The one time I played this game I loved it. My first introduction to the Action Points idea. This game is like Catan meets Lost Cities meets Risk. A winning combination.
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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I played this game once and want to play it again very much. It was the first game I played that included an auction which was a neat aspect. I also like games that make it hard to run away with the win.
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11. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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The only time I played this game, it was not a hit. I am confident that there is a whole wad of fun waiting to be released after a few plays. I'm excited to release this fun. But if a game isn't fun the first time, my wife often doesn't want to give it a second chance. As I mentioned earlier, I like games that are fun the first time you play them.
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12. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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After one or two plays, my wife said "This is my new favorite game." That automatically makes it one of my favorite games. It's easy to teach, quite short in playing time, and it's just plain fun. Oh yeah, and I won't let you down by not mentioning the mind-boggling leather dice cup.
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13. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:370]
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A great filler game. I always like games that involve trading.
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