New to you a year ago Sep 10 => Has it stood the test of time?
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Grimwold's new-to-you geeklists are the highlight of my month on the 'geek. They motivate me to review the new games I've played (and recycle my entries as comments), and they allow me to read the thoughts of some of the most insightful 'geeks on new and classic games.

But the new-to-me list is inevitably full of first impressions. I'd be interested in hearing how those games that seemed so great at the time stood up to multiple plays. Did you actually play them that much after the first month? Did a game you dismissed at the time turn out to be better in retrospect?

I think there are enough long-time contributors to Grimwold's list every month to try out this idea. Add an entry with the same game you chose for the New to you Sep 09 geeklist. Link to your entry in that geeklist, then write down your thoughts on the game you chose a year on. If your impression of some of the other games you wrote up that month have changed, let us know about that too.

If this turns out to be successful, I'll do it again next month.

UPDATE: OK, I will! Announcement thread here.
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1. Board Game: Erosion [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:6163]
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I played Erosion eight times that month, two the next month, and only once since then, which is a shame, because I still really like it! Part of the problem is that it's really only a 2-3 player game. I'd never get it out in preference to other games for 4-5 as it's just too chaotic (one player at my games club hated it with a burning passion after a 5-player game). It's had a lot of good competition for my 3-player gaming time, and my wife's not keen enough on it for it to get regular 2-player outings (since we learned Cribbage, not much does!).

John did very kindly send me the mountain and goal card expansions in return for my review (still the only one!) and I like the nugget of strategy they add to a mostly tactical game. It sounds like he has some interesting new ideas, which may help with the main problem I have with the design. This is the tendency for it to bog down when one player draws a load of new cards and then has to choose which of them to uplift, possibly triggering multiple special effects in the process. Writing this has got me really wanting to break it out again soon.

Of the other games I rated that month, the one that I would have picked in retrospect is Stephenson's Rocket. I've only managed to play it four times but each of those has been a gaming highlight. At the time I wrote "it may be one of those games (like Chicago Express, which resembles it in other ways too) that don't work well with new players and so have trouble getting played often", but that fear was unfounded - new players have taken to it fine and been competitive. I think the magic of the game is in the veto mechanism. Once players figure out how easily the fate of a line can be altered by a single turn to the left or right, it becomes a brutal game of extortion. It's a game where you have to keep an eye on what everyone else is doing and keep them in check. If someone gets too far ahead in a line, they can wreak havoc. The scoring is cumbersome, but otherwise this is luckless Acquire done perfectly.

I think I got my other write-ups about right. Endeavor is one I'll happily bring out from time to time; and Stone Age, Le Havre, Ra: the Dice Game and Dominion: Intrigue are ones I happily haven't bothered with. Die Macher still has just the one play, but it must be due another afternoon devoted to it soon. And Bottle Imp has been the recurring success I expected it to be (and part of the aforementioned competition for Erosion in 3-player card games), hopefully getting some more love thanks to Z-Man's reprint.

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2. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:496]
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The Downfall of Pompeji - I agree with what I said back then. I have played it once again since... and then I jumped in the yucata tournament

Oasis - I have played it in the next weeks and haven't played it since. I like the game but the cult of the new destroyed its chances for constant replay.

FITS official expansion - though we don't always use the expansion boards we still do like it, they're really fine.

So, all in all, my opinion hasn't changed since.

No plays since, so I don't know how it would feel now:
Winner's Circle
Im Reich der Wüstenshöhne
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That unpublished prototype
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3. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1069]
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It sounds like I had a choice of two for "best new game" - Ad Astra and Peloponnes. In retrospect, I probably chose the wrong one of the pair.

Ad Astra was played 5 times in September '09, but only three times since then. And they were probably requested by other people. Why so few plays? It's probably down to the randomness - the difficulty of planning. By coincidence, I played Settlers a couple of times in 09/09, and have played it three times since. I'm more likely to play Settlers in the next couple of months than Ad Asta.

Peloponnes, on the other hand, was played twice last September, then 6 more times since. I even played it yesterday evening. I don't think I've ever won a game, but we consistantly enjoy playing it.

Most of the other new play were games owned by other people, and haven't been played again since.
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4. Board Game: Piratenbillard [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3925]
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So apparently September 2009 was one of the months I missed posting to the New To You list. Inspired by Grimwold, however, I keep a running record of this for myself, and also do a "best new finds of the year" geeklist. So I know what my choice was, and have linked to it on my list.

September 2009 was an interesting month for me to look back to, because I went to a con that month and therefore played a lot of new games--13, which is a lot for me. However, I've only played 2 of them again since.

One of them is the one I'd chosen as my favorite of the lot, Piratenbillard. I didn't get to play it again until this September, at the same con, and I didn't play it as much as last year when I first discovered it, but I still think it's awesome. One of my favorite dexterity games (and I'm not a huge fan of dexterity games in general).

The only other game from September 2009 that I've played again since was Ubongo Extreme, which I played again because I'd forgotten how dreadful it was--or how dreadful I was at it. I won't make that mistake again.
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5. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:106]
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New to me in Sept 09: Chaos in the Old World, Starcraft, Guillotine, Airships, Hoppladi Hopplada, Catan Dice game, Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas, Touch of Evil. At the time we didn't own any of the games. We now own both Starcraft and Guillotine, and Guillotine got by far the most plays, so in retrospect that should probably have been my pick for the month.

CitOW got one more play, which isn't bad as we don't own it (no 2p option). Still like the game and wouldn't mind playing again.

Starcraft got added to our collection, we also played it once again (2p).

Guillotine also got added to our collection, we bought a German version in Essen and played it another 22 times in the last year. It was our go to filler for a while, before we rediscovered Tichu.

Airships and Hoppladi Hopplada and the Catan Dice game didn't get played again because I didn't really like them the first time.

Sator didn't come to the table again, I wouldn't mind trying again, but I'm unlikely to request it.

A Touch of Evil didn't get played again either. Still not something I'd like to play again.
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6. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:415]
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I still love bohnanza, and out of the new games I played that month it would still get my vote. Unfortunately I don't get to play it nearly as much as I'd like.

Hive is still strong for me. Love the portability of it, and the fairly quick nature. It always comes on vacation with me : )

Burger Joint! Still like this game, though it doesn't see a whole lot of action. Also we definitely played a rule wrong the first few games we were drawing way too many cubes from the bag, for some reason.

and Zombie in my pocket. I still think this is a rad little game. I usually play the online version though if i want a quick fix. Good if you travel by yourself, but I never do...
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7. Board Game: You're Bluffing! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1423]
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I had 4 items on my entry in September '09. Of those 4 I've only played 1 since September '09. Loopin' Louie is one that has been back to the table dozens of times, and everyone has heartily embraced it. However it is fast and light and can hit the table every day without much effort.

As for my favorite of the bunch, You're Bluffing!, I really want to play it again. I had so much fun with the game and it's so simple I'm shocked that I haven't been able to convince people to try the game again. I think it still would be my favorite of those games because, although Loopin' Louie hits the table more often, You're Bluffing! just has more mechanisms that I'm excited about exploring in more detail.

The 3rd game on that list was Blackout which I will happily never play again. And the last one was an incomplete play of 1960: The Making of the President, which I enjoyed. However I don't own a copy of the game, I have very few opportunities for 2-player games, and I will therefore probably never play it again.

I think what amazes me more about this whole thing is how much has changed. In that list I was just talking about Andy (aka Grimwold) coming to Michigan to get married, and now they have a little baby boy!
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8. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2012]

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The interesting thing about this game is that I've played it a handful of times since then, but have yet to play it by the proper rules. I still like it, but it's hard to really give the game an analysis without really knowing what's right and what's wrong.

Age of Discovery completely fell off my radar. It's one of those, "Oh yeah, I remember playing it, and remember thinking it was a nice enough game, but I seriously doubt I'll ever play it again" sort of games. The same could be said of Portobello Market, but both of those games are still in my gaming group, so there's a good chance I'll be proven wrong at some point in the future.

Though the game of Power Grid: China wasn't the one that encouraged me to get rid of my set, eventually I did do just that. Power Grid has become one of those games that I'll play, and enjoy, but I doubt I would ever suggest to play it. On the other hand, Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele really changed up the base game enough to make me want to play on that board over the original one, so I expect it will get a lot of play. In fact, I have it packed for tonight's game night, so hopefully it will get some table time.
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9. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:833]
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Liberte' definitely still stands up as one of the most challenging and mind bending games I've played. It's one of the very definitions of brain burner.

The Valley Games reprint is finally seeing the light of day, so if you're a Wallace fan, I highly recommend this game.

Endeavor

This game saw 30+ plays in it's first months of ownership. While that number has dropped significantly it's not because of opinions of the game; as a matter of fact 4 other people in our group bought their own copy and their not cult of the new like me

Chaos in the Old World

The more I play it the more I see the wonderful simplicity of the game. It's an hour or less with four players these days. It's conflict filled and has so many ways to make you feel clever.

Mission Red Planet

MRP has fallen away after only a few scant plays. There was just too much downtime. The game is one part El Grande, one part Kreta, and one part Citadels. 2 of the three of those I like better and can fit in the same time frame. I also compared it to RftG yet I have no idea where I gleaned that.

The main reason this is on the trade pile is that compared to most of the games in my largish collection it just never gets favored by anyone in my group; especially me soblue Can't all be winners can they?
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10. Board Game: Things... [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3469] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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My original post from a year ago...

I usually don't play many new games each month, but I went to a private little con last September and got some on the books. Now, a year is a very short time for game playing (to me) so it is not at all uncommon for me not to revisit a game during just one calendar year. For that matter, I can go a decade between plays of a favorite game. That's just how it goes--doesn't mean the game wasn't as good as I thought or that I grew to no longer enjoy it. It just means I don't have a game group and don't play all that many different games except at conventions.

Things... has been played since that time a few times, solely because it is enjoyed by non-gamers. It's still a good game, but really needs to have a smaller crowd (six or fewer, I think) to make for a good experience. Still a good game, though.

My opinions of Dibs (barely positive), Initial Reaction (moderately positive), Likewise (moderately positive), and Midnight Party (very positive) are still the same. I don't think I've played any of these since, but as stated earlier, this is by no means a damning statement. I haven't played my favorite type of game (murder mystery parties) but once since 2003 and haven't played SI Baseball in forever--but they are still great games.

I did discover that I own a copy of Midnight Party and wasn't even aware of it. Woo hoo!

Back twelve months ago, I was down on Dog and Gold Digger (I don't know if either of these links is correct, as there are multiple games with the same name). Understandably, I have not been back to these poor games and likely never will.

So, I'll say that first impressions hold true for me, at least when we're talking about such a short span as one year. Now, I have changed my opinion of games after mulling over them and revisiting them after 10 years. So pencil me in for some radical backtracking when we celebrate the Look Back 10 Years geek lists of 2020!
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11. Board Game: Word on the Street [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1638]
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Here's my entry from last year.

Four new games in September 2009. Last year, I picked Automobile as the best new-to-me, adding, "but the word game will probably see more play over time." Sure enough, Word on the Street is the only one of them I've played again since last September. (The other two new-to-me from last year are Bazaar and CrackeD ICE.)
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12. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:244]
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Here's my New-to-You post from last September followed by my thoughts on each game now in italics.

After August's great deluge of new games and games played overall, I came back down to earth in September. Played some good new games, but nothing that set my pants on fire (in a good way anyhow.) Endeavor came the closest.

LOVED IT!




Endeavor: Played this for the first time just last night and really enjoyed it. It was less complex than I expected upon seeing the board all set up for the first time, but it's full of decisions and different paths to victory. You've got a few different buckets to fill and they're all important. I plan on playing this one more and probably acquiring a copy eventually.

Now: I like Endeavor, not sure I love it. I don't get to play it very often. It's a nice tactical game. People who want a heavy theme will be pissed off at Endeavor. The artwork is nice, that's good enough for me.


Liked it




Thebes: A nice little family-friendly game my wife and I enjoyed. It's got some pretty strong luck elements and sometimes that unbalances things a bit, but it's still a fun game. The luck statement is because sometimes the cards come up in such a way that one player can nab most or all of the council cards and, of course, drawing the tiles out of the bag is all luck too. You can, to a degree, mitigate the luck of the tile draw by gathering a lot of knowledge allowing you to pull several tiles at once as well as by counting how many tiles have already been pulled so you can ensure your not digging in a largely empty area. The theme is integrated very nicely into this one and, well, the tile bags are just pretty.

Now:
I feel the same about Thebes. It's a nice, light game. The ability to mitigate the luck keeps it from being a bore. The time mechanism is neat. I don't care to play Thebes too often, but it's a nice game.




In the Year of the Dragon: Only got to play one 2-player game of this, but I can see it moving up in my estimation and becoming a regularly played game. I'm sure the game is more tense with 3-5 players. It reminded me a bit of Argicola as it feels like you're constantly backed up against a wall and don't have time to do all the things you need to do. I'm finding that I like that feeling in a game.

Now: In the Year of the Dragon got lost in the numbers game and sold. It's a good game and I wouldn't mind playing it, but it wasn't special enough to hit the table and thus not special enough to keep.



Phoenix: My wife loves this game. I like it pretty well, but the luck factor keeps it from my upper echelon of abstract games. Sometimes the pieces and/or cards come out in such a way that one player has a much easier time than the other.

Now: Unchanged. Phoenix is nice, light and quick but too luck-based for me to fall in love with it. It's a nice change-of-pace game for my wife and I to enjoy once in a while.



Before the Wind: A nice card game with some auction elements that plays well with 2 but and is surprisingly nasty with the right group. One of the wargame guys didn't want to play when I told him there were no cannons, but man can you be aggressive and screw your opponents over.

Now: Haven't gotten to play it much, but I think Before the Wind is probably the best game on this list. I think it's one of the underrated gems on BGG. It looks like Just Another Eurogame: The Game. It isn't. It's a cutthroat economic/auction game in a generic eurogame's clothing.

Not so sure



Zombie in my Pocket: Nifty little free PnP game. It's quick, simple and surprisingly thematic. There isn't much in the way of decisions to make in the game, and I can't imagine playing too many times in succession, but as a quick, easily transported and easily set up game to play on the go, it's quite good.

Now: Unchanged. It's nice for what it is, but I don't find myself playing solitaire games too often. I have video games for that.

Didn't care for it




Tales of the Arabian Nights: Not a bad game, but not one I enjoy or want to play again. It's a storytelling game, almost a party game. It feels way too random and the decisions you make seem arbitrary. Yuck.

Now: Dear Tales of Arabian Nights: Please go die in a fire. Thanks.

All told, September '09 wasn't too great for new games for me. I like Before the Wind the best of the bunch, but rarely play it.
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13. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:244]
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A year ago I had played a lot of games that I either never played again or played once or twice more. Endeavor I played more than any other, with 5 plays, and I did cool on it somewhat, lowering it from 8 to 7; it doesn't feel as exciting or vibrant as I feel it could, but it's still a solid game.

I also learned that I was taught Kingsburg very wrong, that the player with the highest roll assigned his dice first. I did play correctly once after that, and I did enjoy it more, but since then the opportunity to try it again hasn't arisen.
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14. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:322]
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A year ago my new-to-me of september was Scripts 'n Scribes, now to be republished as Biblios.

I played it only 7 times in total (which is not so bad with 350+ games) and I still like it a lot. I'm actually considering picking up another (Biblios) play copy at Essen so my Dr. Finn's version can stay at home.

Of all the other games that were new to me that month only 3 games hit the table again:Loopin' Louie (a respectful 47 times!), Industrial Waste (4 times) and some months ago I bought Blokus 3D which is the new version of Rumis, it got played 15 times more.

I'd love to get Siena and Way Out West on the table again, and Colossal Arena and Triumvirate as fillers as well.

And I still need to buy a Crokinole board and Tumblin' dice...

I like this initiative for a geeklist, maybe it will help me put some favorites on the table again (and help me buy less new games that would only get one play...)
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15. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:173] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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I made a real effort from September 2009 to March 2010 to get into the 18xx series and find out what all the fuss was about. Partly, I think I tried too many variations on the system too quickly (though it wasn't me picking the games), but after a while it became apparent that 18xx just isn't for me. Small oversights seem to dominate the experience: I'd make an error, realize it a minute later, and be left with the feeling that it was an obviously dumb, small-scale mis-step that was going to screw in some way or another for hours. I would describe the experience as akin to spell-checking a document (manually). It's like being stuck in some new circle of hell in which you're constantly sending error-ridden emails to your boss and having to live with the results.

I currently rate 1830 a 6 because I think it's by far the best of the traditional 18xx games I've tried. I would be willing to revisit it again down the road. I am quite a fan of 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt, but I think it's pretty well established that Tom Lehmann was trying to take 18xx in a new direction, one that many fans of the series dismiss.

The only game I tried in September 2009 that had any staying power is Long Shot, which I now rate an 8 and consider one of the better light/casual games available.

I'd be happy to play Manifest Destiny again but it's not high on my list of gaming priorities. It's a game with some real flaws that ends up being highly amusing in spite of that.

Everything else is on the scrap heap:

Space Hulk (third edition)
Masters Gallery
Betrayal at House on the Hill (might give the reprint another shot)
Logistico
FITS (nothing wrong with it, but I don't know anyone who would suggest it, myself included).

Looking back at this list, Logistico and Masters Gallery seem like the kind of junk I would avoid trying even once, these days. There are just too many good games with higher priority. I'm making much better choices when it comes to new games, so that's good news.
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16. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:800]
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I didn't do a NTY entry for Sept 09, but I went back and looked at which new games I played. Only two qualify, but this one is a big one. It's in my top 10 of favorite games. I love the Runebound system and world(s). I realize that it doesn't work for everyone and can totally see why, but it works for me as an immersive, "Talisman's all growns up!" kind of experience. When I play this, I don't want direct interaction, and I enjoy the multiplayer solitaire aspect of it. It's basically a race, and I'm totally down with the race to get bigger and badass-er. The flavor text transports me to this other world and allows me to roleplay as much or as little as I want. I don't know what a Ferrox is, but I know I want to kill it.

Furthermore, this game is the most flexible game system I can think of. I play with some of my own house rules and some from suggested variants. I highly recommend: How I play runebound. I wonder if any two people play the game the exact same way, and it doesn't matter. Admittedly, the game would dry up quickly if not for the expansions, but I have plenty of different adventures to try, and they're still pumping out cool, new expansions: Runebound: Mists of Zanaga.

Bottom line: I still enjoy this as my fantasy-escape game of choice.

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Well, I'm not one for deck-building games in general. I enjoyed Dominion for about 20 plays and was like, I've seen all I need to see. This game is more interesting to me than Dominion due to the way you hold back cards and battle for the supercoolitemthingy at the end of the turn. That said, the game needs more variety of cards as it can get stale pretty quick. I believe an expansion is in the works.

We played this a good bit in Sept of 2009 and I don't think I've played it since or even thought of it. I mean, it's an OK game and I'd play it again, but I wouldn't suggest it.
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17. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:808]
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Last year's entry

Nine new games played a year ago this month.

The list is in roughly decreasing order of current enthusiasm, with deltas from that previous list noted along the way.

Planet Steam - thumbsupthumbsup - (1 play in the last 11 months.)
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(1st place: no change) Still one I want to get to the table. It's big (read unwieldy, and hard to transport) which makes me slightly disinclined to drag it to gaming events.

Endeavor - thumbsup - (7 plays in last 11 months.)
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(2nd place: +1 from a year ago.) I now own a copy, and it's grown on me somewhat. I'm not quite as impressed by this as with Planet Steam, but it's a nice design that's well worth the occasional play. The 2p rules aren't bad, either.

Dixit - thumbsup - (6 plays in last 11 months.)
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(3rd place: +2 from a year ago.) My daughter loves this; my wife will play; my boys will even give it a shot occasionally. And, frankly, I enjoy it too: it's a nice almost-party-game, and easy to get to the table with friends.

Waterloo - thumbsup - (No plays in last 11 months.)
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(4th place: -2 from a year ago.) While I still have a lot of appreciation for the design, it's a hard thing to get to the table. I own Gettysburg now too, and that's not made it to the table, either.

Ad Astra - thumbsup - (1 play in last 11 months.)
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(5th place: +1 over the past year) Didn't buy a copy; but still happy to play. I'm not sold on the presentation, but the gameplay is fine. I fear I might be more enthusiastic than most of my regular opponents, though.

Meuterer - thumbsupthumbsdown - (No plays in last 11 months.)
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(5th place: no change.) No success in getting a replay; not any huge motivation to try. I'd rather pull out Verräter or Palastgeflüster if I'm going to play an Adlunger. Still, it's a hair ahead of...

Cargo - thumbsupthumbsdown - (No plays in last 11 months.)
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(6th place: +1 over the past year.) Not at all objectionable, but not adequately compelling to demand another play. It might fly for a Friday lunch at work, so I'm not quite ready to trade it off yet. But it might get there soon.

Masters Gallery - thumbsupthumbsdown - (No plays in last 11 months.)
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(7th place: +1 over the year) Not at all something I want to buy or play. But I'm still much more enthusiastic about a reprise of this one than Chaos in the Old World.

Chaos in the Old World - thumbsdown - (1 play in last 11 months.)
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(8th place: -4 over the past year. And that might be underselling its drop.) After a few plays of this, I realized I didn't like it at all. I don't like the theme; I don't like the artwork; I don't like the gameplay; I don't think the decisions are interesting.
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18. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Pandemic: On the Brink - My opinion has dimmed of the Bio-terrorist variant. Had one more game since where the BT just blew up research stations as they were built and created an NPE for everybody. BT is looking more and more like a nuisance AI. But it's still optional in case somebody really wants to play the BT.

Arkadia - Played more. Still good. A classic.

Piece o' Cake - Fun filler, but I traded it away deciding it was too simple. The strategy is interesting, especially on your first play, but it gets one-dimensional. Also don't really like the uneven downtime (person cutting takes a long time).

PitchCar Extension - Same. So indispensable for the game that I am unhappy that it's so expensive, and that they didn't include it with the base game.

Dominion: Intrigue - I tried to save some kind words for Dominion in my original post, but I've come to terms with the fact that Dominion sucks. One-dimensional, unsophisticated thinking to the max. Too much amounts to "pick a strategy at the start, with some minor in-game tweaks", then pray your draws favor you, and pray you picked the right strategy.

SET - Same. More a social activity to pass the time with non-gamers. Need more players for this, because it can be painful (both for winner and loser) if you play with 2 or 3, and one is much more skilled/experienced than the other.

Chainmail, Slush Fund, Ultimate - Time and further reflection have further devalued my opinion of these games and they were hence traded away. I didn't play enough of Ultimate to judge it on how it plays, but those $2-cheap components taunt me so much and the $30 I paid for it, that I had to get it out of my sight.
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19. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:106]
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Test of time? Absolutely. Still great, and still in my top 10.
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20. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:49]
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September 2009 was likely before my first post on this site (it was certainly before my first board game purchase), so I don't have a geeklist item to link to. But, as it happens, it was also a formative period in my board game exploration, as I had the opportunity to try three of the top-rated games on BGG.


Race for the Galaxy

This would have easily been my top-rated new-to-me game from last September. When I first played it, I was blown away. It seemed to offer so much more strategy space than Dominion (the only other card-based game I had tried), and the simultaneous action selection seem to promise a lot of phychological manipulation once my only opponent got the symbology down (needless to say, the first few games were very lopsided).

Now, I find the game entirely pedestrian. I think the early thrill of the game was in exploring the cards and crafting potential strategies on the fly (as well as struggling to remeber what everything did). Over time, however, I've come to see that the game possesses the illusion of strategic depth more than it possesses depth. The game essentially boils down to a choice between a production strategy and a rush strategy. The various rush strategies (miltary, development, technology, etc.) don't actually feel much different in practice: put down cards that provide discounts in putting down later cards that provide points, and do it all as fast as possible. Nor did I find any meaning in the apparrant distinction between production types. Brown seemed the strongest becuase it really was the only color with natural combos, but often, I was actively upset at the game becuase the better play on a given hand required me to settle an anti-thematic production world just for the points. It's not bad for a short card game once in a while, but it's mostly shiny veneer.


Pandemic

This was my first-ever cooperative game. I recall being enthusiastic about the game, but hesitant becuase cooperative gaming required me to make good decisions on my turn, and I didn't like feeling that I was under scrutiny. To this day, I still prefer to play by feel rather than analyze the game while playing. I think that, at times, my gut instinct was downright wrong. My wife played with us, and she hates cooperative games (I have since learned). She pretty much just asked us what she should do each turn, which seemed to take a bit of the fun out of the game. Still, the pressure of fighting against the mounting diseases and of feeling powerless to stop it made for great fun.

Now, I've analyzed the game to death. Becuase we were so bad at those first few games, I took time to think a bit about the system involved. As I came to realize that good play often required treating the cities least affected by the disease, I lost a lot of respect for the game. Knowing that a city won't be drawn again for so many turns, or knowing that only 2 epidemics remain in the deck, etc. seems so at odds with the panic-driven and reactionary excitement that I wanted (and initially enjoyed) from a disease-fighting game. I'm still happy to play once in a while, and the benefit of the additional analysis is that I no longer feel self-conscious about my in-game decisions, but it promised an immersive, thematic experience that it couldn't deliver (or could only deliver if you stopped caring about winning).


Power Grid

Back in 2009, Power Grid would have easily brought up the rear of this field. We only played it once (maybe twice) and with only three players. With no context to the auctions, the amounts we ended up paying felt largely arbitrary until the end of the game, when we could finally calculate the endgame. In fact, most of the game just felt like treading water until the last 10 minutes or so, and then it got fun.

Turns out, we just really sucked at the game. Every turn felt the same becuase every turn was the same: buy marginally better power plant, buy needed resources, build one additional city, power everything, repeat. Power Grid's quirky, clunky, fits-and-starts flow to the game was completely lost on us, and, once discovered, really turned the experience around. This has quickly become my go-to gateway game, and is now a staple of our game night. Easily my favorite game of last September.

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21. Board Game: Jet Set [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2216]
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So it just so happens that I played this game again this past week, which was almost a year to the day from the last time I played it! I think my thoughts might have cooled a tiny bit on it for two reasons. First, the set up for the game can take awhile, which is a downer for me when considering new players. Second, it didn't seem quite as fun, because money felt so tight in it. Don't get me wrong. I like the game still, just not as much for a Ticket to Ride replacement like I once thought.
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22. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:244]
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My original entry...

Not much has changed. Endeavor is still one of my favourite games.
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23. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:255]
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I think it goes without saying that Survive! has stood the test of time in general.. For me, I've played it once since (and loved it again) and I'm ready to pre-order the new edition when ready.

Here's what I wrote last year:
I'd played the computer version of Escape from Atlantis before, so I knew how Survive! played, generally speaking, but playing it confirmed that it is really a true classic that deserves a new reprint, IMO. This may be the game that really bridges the gap between German game elegant simplicity, AT game theme and screwage and family game fun and appeal.
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24. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:106]
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Chaos in the Old World


I loved this the first time I played it and really wanted to play it again soon. Unfortunately I never had the right group together to play this again, so it's sat at a single play. I will definitely have to push to get this to the table soon.

Space Hulk (third edition)


Space Hulk brings back found memories from my childhood. I played it a ton back then. I've played 3 times in the last year, but have a new gaming buddy that I play Warhammer 40,000 with and so this should start getting played more often. I also need to get this onto my painting table as well.

Ad Astra


Ad Astra has been the surprise game for me. I've really enjoyed it in later plays and have 4-5 plays so far and think this one will stay in rotation for a while.
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