RPGs & Board Games I played for the first time in 2009
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1. RPG: Savage Worlds [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:17]
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Played just before Christmas. What a wonderful little, and inexpensive, book. Easy RPG system, love it.
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2. RPG: Star Wars (Saga) [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:117]
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I bought it as soon as it was released, but at the time I in the middle of a campaign using RCRB. Eventually got to run two campaings using Saga this year, and I'm so glad I did. Great use of the D20 system. Maybe there could have been a few morew skills, but generally I'm loving this game system.
 
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3. RPG: HERO System (5th Edition) [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:134]
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Don't ask me to play this again!

I swear. I thought the character creation was the most convoluted and tedious system I've ever played.
 
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4. RPG: Shadowrun (4th & Twentieth Anniversary Editions) [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:86]
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I've loved Shadowrun for many years despite not actually playing it. Alas I missed the end of our adventure, and we hadn't even moved into the future, so I still have not played a proper Shadowrun adventure.

The next adventure in one of my groups I will be running this though. So I may not get to play it but at least I get to GM it. I'll be running a version of the 1st Ed. published adventure Dreamchipper.
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5. RPG: GURPS (4th Edition) [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:76]
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Actually I'm not too sure which version I played, and like Savage Worlds it was just for the one night. However unlike Savage Worlds I was not immediately grabbed by the game. But the GM was running WWII, a setting I'm not comfortable playing in. The system itself didn't seem too bad from what I recall.
 
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6. RPG: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:43]
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Yeah, yeah, it's just D&D+.
But it's still technically an RPG I've not played before. We'll be continuing this campaign in the New Year. I think I'm playing a half-Orc Ranger, but I'm a bit lost because I normally play Barbarians or Bards.
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7. RPG: 3:16: Carnage Amongst the Stars [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:126]
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Just a single evening as I recall. Still, not a bad little game IMHO. Not sure if it's a system I'd like to use for an ongoing campaign, but a decent filler game would be okay.
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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2009 was the year I became a gaming whore. And I figured I'd have to at least try some of the games which often get high praise from BGG, so what better game than Carcassonne. And even my girlfriend enjoyed plyaing it!
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Another often highly regarded board games. I asked a friedn to let me know when the games club would be having a board game night (I couldn't commit to an RPG campaign at the time). I went down and this what was suggested, and I jumped at the chance.
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10. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:695]
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It was this or Talisman. Then I found a cheap copy of the original Talisman on eBay, so I bought Runebound instead. I like it.
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11. Board Game: Drakon (third edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1514]
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My turn to introduce gamers to a new game. I bought it simply because it sounded simple and to my tastes.

First game with my girlfriend was not good, she didn't like it.

The I took it to the games club. OMG. Drakon with three hardcore gamers... great fun!
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12. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:605]
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One of the best new games I have played recently.

I discovered this little gem at UK Games Expo. We had a demo game and loved it. A friend and I immediately went and bought ourselves a copy. I took it to my other gaming group too recently, and they loved it. Everyone loves Snow Tails.
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13. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:225]
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Err... does this count as a new game?

I love Space Hulk so had to get myself a copy of the new one. The quality and detail is very good and the gameplay as solid as ever.
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14. Board Game: Axis & Allies Miniatures [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2426]
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I love miniatures games. And WOTC do do decent miniatures games, aside form their tome of errata. I play Star Wars Minis and D&D minis, so figured I'd give Axis & Allies a shot (despite my WWII sentimentality as mentioned earlier).

Not a bad game, but I don't really have the money to expand my squads.
 
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15. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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I said I liked miniatures games. OMG! This is fantastic, and I've only played it once. I've got loads, and plan on buying the D&D master set too as soon as it's released.
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16. Board Game: Risk Express [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2797]
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Simple enough game. But I couldn't believe that I enjoyed it more than I did Risk. But then Risk is banned in my one group as it always leads to lots on animosity (not from me I may add).
 
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17. Board Game: Soccer Dice [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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Great game. Can keep your attention for two, three, even five minutes!

Yes okay, just a novelty game best given as a gift. The amazing thing is that it will actually keep you engrossed for those five minutes.
 
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