2004 New (or new to me) Games played once and why.
Scott Henshaw
United States
East Bridgewater
Massachusetts
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While sorting my games played list, I noticed that quite a few games that were 1st plays for me last year, were never played again. Some reasons I came up with:
1) Not readily available
2) I'm not actively seeking to play again and no one else is suggesting it
3) I'd rather not play again and am avoiding it
4) Such a bad experience, the 1st time was also was my last
5) The game is long or complex in play or set up making it hard to get to the table
6) I'm willing to play; no one else cares to (this hurts)
7) Not the right amount of players needed for optimum game.

Any others??

Below is my 2004 new, or new to me, 1 time played games.
1st game of each category in alphabetical order is the one listed:
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1. Board Game: Botts and Balls [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:8821]
Scott Henshaw
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A catagory 1 game. Joe Huber was nice enough to teach and share his newly acquired game at the Gathering with a group of new players. Nice game but Ann makes these by hand, so it is very rare to see one available for play. If you do try it out!
Other games in this category:
Desperado - quirky little brain burner card game. I have only seen 1 copy, I hope to see it again soon. I might buy this one.
Leapfrog- nice fluffy game that is fun, hard to find.
Tal der Konig - Enjoyed my 1st play of this older title. I liked it, but not easy to find.
Ys- I'm sure to play this again. Expensive to find.
 
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2. Board Game: The Settlers of the Stone Age [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1444]
Scott Henshaw
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East Bridgewater
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My first play of this Settlers spin off. I actually liked it more than vanilla Settlers. I haven't played Settlers in ~2 years. I believe this is due to burnout. This game falls into category #2. I'm not actively trying to play and no one else has suggested it. I'll keep my copy, but it will be available on the trade pile.
Others:
Andromeda - Finally got to try the 'Cosmic Ashtray' Fun. but will I see it again?
Emerald - Liked it but other games will keep it away I think.
Igloo Pop - Fun kids game, but without kids will it show?
Piracy - A little long and luck filled. If I don't suggest, I doubt anyone else will, so probably never again.
Power Grid- Liked playing it, seemed everything hinged on knowing what turn the game will end on. Will probably play again, but not at my suggestion.
Raja - new Kramer. Liked to play it, never saw it again last year. Maybe this year?
Wongar - Older Moon/Borg game. Nice enough, but doesn't hit any tables.
 
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3. Board Game: Balancing Aliens [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:13369]
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Yuck! Roll sixes and win! Category 3 (almost 4). The only reason I would ever play this again if forced is because I know at least it plays quickly.
Others:
Einfach Genial - I recognize the game quality, it just isn't my kind of game.
Kakerlaken Poker - I'll avoid, but will play if the group wants to.
La Strada - Wallace newer game-Not interested enough to play, except when pressed.
Mall World - Clever, bit of a brain burner, no fun for me in that box! Traded my copy already.
Maya- Nice game that bored me to tears, not sure why.

 
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4. Board Game: Familienbande [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3335]
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Leo Colovini is mostly miss with me in the last few years. I won't revisit this game. It is not a bad game, just bad for me.
Others:
Hispaniola- Complex for no entertainment value. A rare Schacht miss for me.
Piratenpoker- WHY??? Yuck!!
Sindbad- Bad sin!


 
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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I loved this game when I finally got to play at the Gathering in April. Never saw it hit the table again in 2004. It is hard to get the right group of people ready to play at the same time. My copy is up for trade, but I might withdraw it if I see it being played more, by me!
Others:
Heroscape- I'd love to play, but set up is difficult on a short game night.
Polarity - nice game, but don't bump the table!
 
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6. Board Game: Way Out West [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3519]
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Nice older Wallace game. It took me almost a year to get people to try this. I thought it was fun, but will struggle again to get it on the table.
 
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7. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6351]
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Two player games are hard to get to the table in our game group. I liked this and hope to play it and Midwayquite a bit this year.
 
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