In Response Who Called my Ratings, "A VENDETTA" I Reevaluate my Scores on Some Games.
Mark Paul
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Springfield
Massachusetts
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In a recent geeklist I spoke of several popular games that my group considers overrated. I was pointed out that several high ranking games were given a "1" by me and the question was asked if these were done objectively or in anger.

If you saw my geeklist, "Don't Get Me Started..." you know that I do tend to wear my emotions on my sleeves. Over the weekend I relearned and played three games with friends who consider them among their favorites.

I ended up modifying my score on all three games. I will describe how these games went and why I changed my ratings.

I throw down the gauntlet to others, to take they games you have trashed in your ratings, play them again and see If you change your mind.
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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It took me awhile to relearn the icons and the system. I won't count the game I played on Friday night, this wasn't enjoyable not so much because of the game itself, but that I was trying to remember it quickly.

So on Saturday afternoon I played two four player and two two player games. I didn't add any expansions, but simply did my best to try to enjoy this game. I must admit I did at times. It felt my like a CCG than a boardgame. Making decisions of what actions to take was interesting. There was a great deal of thought and tension as other scored.

But,........

I still had a few issues with the game:

1. It is very abstract to say the least. I still think the theme is truly pasted on.

2. I won every game I played and these were experienced players. I continue to feel there is a great deal of randomness in the game.

3. I can honestly understand why people might like this game, the design is clever and the game deserves more than my original rating of "1".

I still think this game has been overhyped and overrated. I will change my rating to a 5.5 .
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2. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
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I was able to review the rules quickly on this. I played two three player games. My friends said they often practice on the PC version. Well, their practice and experience showed. I got beaten big time.

This game has a great mechanic, it is well designed, but to me it just isn't fun. My friends seemed to enjoy this challenge, and I remember playing Scrabble, Chess and Shogi. For some reason I loved these brain burners.

So, I'll give it a 5 instead of a 1.
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:56]
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This was my worse replay. I'm sorry, but the tower still seems like a gimmick from one of the mattel games of my childhood. It's like Risk with some house rules thrown in.

Yes, there is strategy, It didn't deserve the "1" I gave it. It also does doesn't deserve the hype it gets. I'll give it a 4.
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4. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:754]
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As a Post Script, we later played a game of Mission:Red Planet to wrap up the evening. We had an absolute blast with the thing. This game is rated low on BGG and it for a game with such a bad rep, it seems to bring enjoyment. I still rate this above all those games.
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