Best game played during National Games Week, 2004
Brian Campbell
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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This past week was National Games Week . Hopefully, everyone had a chance to play a lot of good games. I'm creating this list for people to list the best game they've played this week. Please add your games!
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1. Board Game: Volcano [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2871]
Brian Campbell
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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I hosted a Looney Labs Mini-Experiment this week, in which I demoed as many of their games as I could. I've also played a variety of Icehouse games with my family, while visiting for Thanksgiving. Although Zendo is my favorite Icehouse game, this week I actually had more fun playing Volcano (mostly due to some people making rules for Zendo that were much too difficult).
 
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2. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:853]
Roger Boykin
United States
Baton Rouge
Louisiana
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We played this twice within the last week and had a blast each time. This one is going to get played frequently in our group.
 
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3. Board Game: Smarty Party! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2475]
The Fiend
United States
Avon Lake
Ohio
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I thought I would really hate this when looking at it but I was surprised. If you have over 6 people of both sexes this game is a hell of a lot of fun, everyone wants to be the Smarty-pants! I came in 2nd because ART is a category of the Nobel Prize - NOT Humanities, ya gotta be specific.
 
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4. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3907]
Tom "Snicker Daddy" Pancoast
United States
Henrico
Virginia
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We were going to play a party game during out get-together, but instead a friend finally brought this game over. He got it months ago at DragonCon, and we played it there, but I haven't seen it since. We played the expanded Commodore version which allows for more players, and I definitely enjoyed this game.

It is also interesting since we played Pillage and Plunder the week before, and this game is *so* much better. Unfortunately, it is marred by poor components and although the rules are actually fairly simple and consistent, bad organization in the rule sheet makes it harder than it should be. Even with that, I definitely recommend this game.
 
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5. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Bob Carstensen
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Seven of played in Germany. There were three newbies. I won!!(which was a first), powering 15 cities!
 
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6. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
Bill Herbst
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Sayville
New York
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I played this for the first time with my family (none of them are gamers) while away for Thanksgiving. Everyone, from my mother to my 9 year old nephew, enjoyed it quite a bit. Sadly, I finished fourth of six players.
 
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7. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1381]
Gerald McDaniel
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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It's not my favorite game, but it is fun. What made it special last week was teaching my 96-year-old mother-in-law how to play it and watching her enjoy it so much that we played more than six games (and I think she might have played it more, but the rest of us gave out).
 
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8. Board Game: Phoenix [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2912]
Ed Sherman
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Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Hard call since we played a lot of fun games this week, but I'm going to say Phoenix. I played it twice this week and really enjoyed it -- and not just because I won both times.
 
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9. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
Necessary Evil
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Glen Arm
Maryland
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I got to play this both Friday and Saturday this week. It was the best game I have played in a while.

-M
 
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10. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
Tom
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Seattle
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Finally got to try this out, played twice. Once two-player with my wife, the next on the day after Thanksgiving with wife, father, and brother-in-law. Definitely worth more playings. I am going to have to come up with a better way of teaching it though - I am not sure that my father ever really caught on to everything that was going on.
 
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11. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
Larry Pieniazek
United States
Ada
Michigan
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Always a fun game to play, I managed to get my (non gaming) older teen daughter to play this during gaming week (as part of a 4 player game), on a lark, and she had a good time.
 
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12. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:487]
CHAPEL
United States
Round Rock
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By far the best game that most of you will never get a chance to play. It looks fluffy, but it is quite a brain burner. The mixture of mechanics play well together. Lots of really good cut throat action. Now on my top 20 list for sure. Got lucky to play it the day after thanksgiving.
 
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13. Board Game: Pick Picknic [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1433]
Snooze Fest
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Hillsborough
North Carolina
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Pick Picknic

Despite the unfortunate name, this is a fun game. Played with some non-gamers, and had a really good time - we played 3 games! Simple to pick up, fun to play. I think I wrote up a session report for this? Nice filler, and good introductory game.
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14. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
Jeremy Friesen
United States
Goshen
Indiana
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A very close game of Tichu with some very close friends is the perfect way to celebrate National Games Week.
 
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