Game Impressions of a Semi-Newbie
Joseph Cardarelli
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These are some game I have bought or tried and my impressions of them. Some of them I have only played 1 demo of though.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
 
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I own this game. A great game that everyone I play with likes. I've played this more than any other game, and Im still toying with strategies. I win about half the time. Trying to convince other people of what role I want them to choose is a big part of it for me.
 
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2. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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I own this game. I like the frustration in never being able to do what I really want. The secret order placement is my favorite part, and trying to anticipate what others will be doing. My alliances never work because everyone knows Im going to stab them in their back. A great game in my opinion.
 
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3. Board Game: WarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2687]
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I own this game. I like this game whenever I play it, although Im the only one in my group who likes it. The resource aspect of the game is pretty weak in my opinion, and for some reason it just doesnt hold the appeal to people that I think it should. Probably gonna sell it on ebay or trade it here.
 
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4. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1020]
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I own this game. This game is pure fun and choas and I like it alot. I always lose, but am always willing to play. A lighter game to be sure, with easy combat and no strategy. Always fun though.
 
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5. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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I own this game. I like the thinking aspect of this game, but the theme is so dry (what the hell is it about again). Doesnt see alot of play, but I do play it sometimes. If played with more mature people I think this game would be better than it is. Gonna keep it around though because i do think its great.
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
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I own this game. A lighter game, but with some hard choices and frustrating choices. It seems every tile has a forsaken river on it. Hasnt had to many plays, but only bought it a few weeks ago. I think the original with all the expansions is more fun (i played it as a demo).
 
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7. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2938]
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I do not own this game. I played a demo of this game and found it lacking in fun. Its just move roll, move roll. And there is no player interaction at all. Im glad I didnt buy this game, im not sure what all the hype is about.
 
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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I do not own this game. I played a demo of this game with 3 people and didnt really get that into it. The luck based role of the die just angered me, and the positioning of roads wasnt all that strategic. Much prefer the card gae.
 
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9. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:736]
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I own this game. Although only two playes, this game is much more fun that the board game of the same name. Although the resources are still based on a die roll, its much more even in the card game than the board game. All the games I've played have been different and challenging. (Never try to go for the Collosius of Cataan!)
 
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10. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:413]
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I own this game. This is a great little game with alot of strategy and a "lets play again" aspect. Every game is different and bluffing is a huge part. The 2 sides at first seem uneven, but its all in the way they're played.
 
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11. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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I own this game. This is a good game with bluffing and role choosing. Although after many playes it lost most of its interest. Still play every now and again though. I think the box is much too big for what it is.
 
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12. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2592]
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I own this game. I also have Vault of the Fiends. This game is much better than runebound in my opinion. I played alot when I first got it and was waiting for the expansions to come out. I never play it now. Strategy seems to be minimal, and with so many map cards with 2 decks it take forever to find the room with your quest. Also the tediousness of always updating your glory and peril is...well...tedious.
 
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13. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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I do not own this game. I played a demo of this, although it wasnt a full demo since I spent a long time reading the rules and setting the board up, but it seems like a good solid game. I will probably end up buying this game, but i dont know when. Every time I think about playing it I think of Risk Godstorm and dont want to play it anymore.
 
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14. Board Game: Risk: Godstorm [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2340]
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I do not own this game. I played a demo of this game and was sorely dissapointed. I have never played Risk, but based on this I think I would hate it. The pieces are so nice too, its such a shame the mechanics werent better. It seems like its too hard to move around without spreading yourself to thin to be killed by someonelse. And theres only 5 rounds, so thats kinda weak too.
 
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