Games I learned at my local game group this month
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Up until this month now, the majority of the games that I've played are games that I own. I usually research a game on BGG (usually a top 25 game) and then decide to buy it (without playing it before) and hope it is a success. I've been pretty lucky so far. But joining a game group this month has been a great way to try some new games without buying first. A few on the MGG Top 100 were actually disappointing for me. And a couple others seemed surprisingly under-rated on the Geek.

I will list each new game I've tried throughout the month, with my favorite being at the top.

I will leave the list open so you can sound off on your new plays as well. What new games were you introduced to this month?

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1. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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This one was new to me this month, although I've been wanting to play it for a while. I ended up purchasing it, and I've logged 11 plays. I probably would have purchased it prior to August had I not been waiting for the reprint. But after my first couple sessions at my gaming group hosted by the FLGS, I decided to cancel my online order and purchase it there to give my support. What a great place! The game itself is by far this month's top success in my house! I've logged 11 plays so far.
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2. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:605]
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This game is pretty close to Pandemic in my book. Something about this game just caught me. Under-rated if you ask me. I haven't played with 5 yet, but it seems like it's more intense the more people are playing. This is going on my wish-list.
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3. Board Game: Nicht die Bohne! [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2545]
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Fantastic game. I never would've played it (or possibly heard of it) had it not been at gaming group. The ability to force the leader to take a negative card, turning their high scoring hand into the worst hand just made this title a blast. Very under-rated.

I may pick this one up.
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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I posted a session report on this one elsewhere. After just two plays, this is not one of my new favorites. But I will take everyone's advice and give it a few (or a dozen more plays) before I render my final verdict.
 
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5. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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I would've never played this on my own, and not so sure I'd buy it. But it was a pretty great filler for more than 4 people.
 
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6. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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I only played one game of this. It had some appeal for me, but I'll need some more plays. For now, it is just okay. By the way, this was the first game I've ever played at a game group.
 
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7. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:574]
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The theme seemed a bit superficial to me. And being that it is a dice-game, the mechanics alone didn't seem to hold it together for me. Surprisingly I won my first round with several experienced players. But this game too seems over-rated to me. This was another game I played on my very first board game group event.
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8. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:180]
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I really feel this one is over-rated. Maybe it's just me, and maybe because it is a game based on "Poker Hands." I'll pass on this one, but I'm glad I got a chance to play.
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9. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:955]
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Okay, so this is not a game we played at the FLGS. But I did pick it up for my daughter's 5th birthday this month, and it has been a blast. I can as hard as I want, and still win less than half the time. She didn't quite get the strategy at first (to flip or not to flip?) but after a couple plays, she's a force to be reckoned with. My 2-year old still likes to throw the pieces, but she should be able to play soon.

This has been a great game this month that has really brought gaming "home."
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