Games I Bought So Far This Year (2010) – Disappointments & Successes
Matthew Lock
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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So I have purchased a half a dozen or so games this year and I just want to share my feelings on these games and give them a stamp of being either a success or a disappointment. So here goes...

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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
Matthew Lock
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Halifax
Nova Scotia
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Success! I have really enjoyed this game. I like the variety of each game and the replayability. A bonus of this game is that I get to play it just about every day at lunch at work.
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2. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:121]
Matthew Lock
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Halifax
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Success! I only bought this one this month but I can see that I will enjoy this game for many plays and it fills a new category on my shelf, advanced train game.
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3. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1133]
Matthew Lock
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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Success! I like it, my family likes it, my friends find it amusing. I don't know why I wanted this game, I just had to have it. I didn't have an auction game before this one either so it fits well.
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4. Board Game: Ligretto [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2414]
Matthew Lock
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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Success! Simple and fun, what's not to like. Also I like that it is made by the Amish. Or at least I think it is?
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5. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
Matthew Lock
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Halifax
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Disappointment! They say that this was the first true expansion to Dominion and that is exactly what it feels like, an expansion. I feel just like I do whenever I buy an expansion... ripped off.
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6. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:252] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Matthew Lock
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Disappointment! Overall not a bad game, just doesn't feel very deep. Don't get me wrong, I like it, I just wasn't wowed.
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7. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:113]
German Mike
United States
Hudson
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For me, simply the best game in 2010 so far.
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8. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:720]
Mark Saya
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Los Angeles
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Success! Music has the three B's and now the flicking-game world has the three C's: Crokinole, Carabande, and Catacombs! I really like flicking games (recently I've also been enjoying Snapshot) and Catacombs is a really good one. Lots of opportunity for both power shots and finesse. Played a quick burst of 10 games in May and June; giving it a rest now but will surely play a lot more. Would love to see an expansion or two: more heroes, even tougher monsters, new rooms (L-shaped, perhaps?).
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9. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1660]
Mark Saya
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Disappointment. The components are nice enough but I'm afraid P&S is not much of a game. The truck-grab aspect reminds me of the machine-grab in Factory Fun, but in that game, once you take your machine you're faced with a challenging little puzzle as to how to fit it most effectively and efficiently onto your factory floor. In P&S, loading your truck is not in the least bit challenging--I'm guessing fairly young children could do it easily. So, maybe a game for kids, but not gamers.
 
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10. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:216] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
suPUR DUEper
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Villa Hills
Kentucky
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Took a bit of a leap on this one. Didn't really research it very heavily and instead relied on anecdotal feedback of the Geeksters here on the site.

Great game: fun, fast, furious. Easy to play and teach. Wide variety of units and factions. Goood stuff.
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11. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1096] [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked]
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Disappointment!

Loved Roma. Roma II just left me flat. This is basically the same game with different cards (one small rules addition). I guess I just thought it would be better.
 
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12. Board Game: Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1888]
Kyle
United States
Up Nort' Der
Wisconsin
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DV: Anakin Skywalker was weak. I destroyed him.                 AT: Then I will avenge his death.             DV: Revenge is not the Jedi way.         AT: I am no Jedi.
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Before buying this game I knew that I'd enjoy it, but I had no clue that I would enjoy it so much. Even better yet, my wife loves it too so we've played it well over a dozen times in just the past month since we got it. We've introduced it to several other people and they've all enjoyed it as well.

The rules are really easy to learn despite all of the Latin text, and it scales well from 2 to 4 players. There is some AP potential and a lot of ways to screw with other players, but overall the game still plays fairly quick - we've had games that were as short as 15 minutes, and never more than an hour.
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